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NASA Education Express — May 31, 2012

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Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listed below.

Space Center Houston Hosts Shuttlebration Weekend
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: June 1-3, 2012

NASA History Division Fall 2012 Internships

Audience: Higher Education Students

Deadline: June 1, 2012

Expeditions 33 and 34 In-flight Education Downlink Opportunities

Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: June 1, 2012

Engineering Design: Forces and Motion — The Great Boomerang Challenge Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: June 4, 2012

Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Various Dates During June 2012

Sun-Earth Day Webcast to Commemorate Venus Transit
Audience: All Educators and Students

Event Date: June 5, 2012

Venus Transit Event at the National Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and Students

Event Date: June 5, 2012


Free Exploring Space Lecture — Seeking Planets Like Earth
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students

Event Date: June 5, 2012

Algebraic Equations: Transit Tracks — Finding Habitable Planets Web Seminar
Audience: Algebra Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: June 5, 2011

“My American Landscape” Contest
Audience: All Educators and Students
Entry Deadline: June 6, 2012

2012 National Community College Aerospace Scholars Program

Audience: Higher Education Students

Application Deadline: June 6, 2012

National Space Biomedical Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students

Application Deadline: June 8, 2012

New Application Available from Classroom of the Future
Audience: All Educators and Students

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Space Center Houston Hosts Shuttlebration Weekend

Join Space Center Houston as they welcome their biggest addition ever, a full-size space shuttle replica.

Shuttlebration Weekend begins on the afternoon of Friday, June 1, 2012, when the space shuttle replica arrives by barge at NASA’s Johnson Space Center’s NASA Road 1 dock on Clear Lake near the Nassau Bay Hilton hotel. The public is invited to a free street party between the dock and the hotel to witness and celebrate the historic arrival. The street party will include exhibits and displays of new technologies and space vehicles that are being developed for the future of exploration, as well as local marching bands, food and entertainment.

On Saturday, June 2, 2012, the space shuttle replica will be loaded onto a mobile transfer vehicle for transport to Space Center Houston. Loading will take a full day to complete. No public events are planned.

Early in the morning on Sunday, June 3, 2012, the space shuttle replica will make a three-hour trek down NASA Parkway from the Hilton to its permanent home at Space Center Houston. It will receive a futuristic VIP escort from prototype planetary rovers for future solar system exploration. Upon the space shuttle replica’s arrival, Space Center Houston, along with NASA’s Johnson Space Center, will host a free public celebration in its parking lot from 9 a.m. to noon. The family-oriented event will include more opportunities to see the space shuttle attraction up close, and to get a look at the latest ongoing developments in space exploration taking place at JSC.

For more information, visit
http://www.spacecenter.org/shuttlebration.html.

Questions about this event should be directed to
schinfo@spacecenter.org.


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NASA History Division Fall 2012 Internships

The NASA History Division is seeking undergraduate and graduate students for fall 2012 internships. The History Division maintains archival materials to answer research questions from NASA personnel, journalists, scholars, students at all levels and others from around the world. The division also edits and publishes several books and monographs each year. It maintains a large number of websites on NASA history.

Students of all majors are welcome to apply. While detailed prior knowledge of the aeronautics and space fields is not necessary, a keen interest and some basic familiarity with these topics are needed. Strong research, writing and editing skills are essential. Experience with computers, especially HTML formatting, is a plus.

Intern projects are flexible. Typical projects include handling a wide variety of information requests, editing historical manuscripts, doing research and writing biographical sketches, updating and creating websites, and identifying and captioning photos.

Applications are due June 1, 2012. For more information, visit http://history.nasa.gov/interncall.htm.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact Bill Barry at bill.barry@nasa.gov.

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Expeditions 33 and 34 In-flight Education Downlink Opportunities

NASA is seeking formal and informal educational organizations, individually or working together, to host live, in-flight education downlinks during Expeditions 33 and 34 (approximately from September 2012 to March 2013). To maximize these downlink opportunities, NASA is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the downlinks into well-developed education plans.

The deadline to submit a proposal is June 1, 2012.

During Expeditions 33 and 34, crew members aboard the International Space Station will participate in downlinks. Downlinks take approximately 20 minutes and allow students and educators to interact with astronauts through a question-and-answer session. Downlinks afford education audiences the opportunity to learn firsthand from astronauts what it is like to live and work in space. Downlinks are broadcast live on NASA TV and are streamed on the NASA website. Because of the nature of human spaceflight, organizations must demonstrate the flexibility to accommodate changes in downlink dates and times.


Interested organizations should contact Teaching From Space, a NASA Education office, to obtain information related to expectations, format, audience, guidelines and forms by sending an email to JSC-Teaching-From-Space@mail.nasa.gov or by calling 281-244-7608.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/teachingfromspace/students/downlinks.html.

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Engineering Design: Forces and Motion — The Great Boomerang Challenge Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a free 90-minute professional development Web seminar for educators on June 4, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn how NASA aerodynamics research can be applied to boomerang design to increase performance. During the session, participants will be introduced to the Boomerang Design Challenge and learn how to incorporate this activity into science classes. The seminar also includes information about two unique extensions. In the first, students access a free computer simulation illustrating the airflow around an airfoil to determine the correct flow equation, and a second extension uses an interactive simulation to determine the airflow around various shapes of airfoils.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar24.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit
http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NES Help Desk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.


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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of free webinars through June 2012. All webinars can be accessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

Living and Working in Space (Grades K-5)
June 5, 2012, 9 – 10 a.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Wil Robertson will introduce teachers to some of the obstacles humans face while traveling in space. The webinar will review the major difficulties and concerns of adapting to the space environment, from everyday living and personal hygiene to safety.

NASA Engineering Design Challenge: Can You Deliver? “Touchdown!” (Grades 5-10)
June 5, 2012, 7:15 – 8:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will share an activity that challenges students to safely deliver a cargo to the surface of Mars. This activity introduces students to the engineering design process, from brainstorming to writing a summary report. Given a particular set of materials, student teams design, build and test prototypes.

Animals in Space (Grades K-5)
June 6, 2012, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Wil Robertson
will demonstrate how teachers can use stuffed animals as props in telling the story of the animals that preceded humans in space. The program is geared for teachers in K-5, with a special focus of aligning the topic with the Core Literacy Standards for elementary grades. Web resources will be provided.

NASA Mathematics for Middle School (Grades 6-8)
June 6, 2012, 7 – 8 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist John Weis will demonstrate NASA education products and resources related to mathematics. Materials discussed will cover graphing, ratios, simple algebraic manipulation and simple statistics. Lesson plans and strategies will be shared.

Fly Into NASA Aeronautics: Forces and Motion (Grades 3-8 and Informal)
June 7, 2012, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Brian Hawkins will demonstrate lessons that explain how airplanes fly. The activities will help students understand the four forces of flight and three axes of motion. A review of NASA’s contributions in improving aircraft will be presented, and a high-performing classroom glider will be constructed.

I’m Signed up for NEON — Now What?? (Grades K-12)
June 9, 2012, 11 a.m. – noon EDT
Aerospace education specialist Anne Weiss will introduce participants to basic features of the NASA Educators Online Network, or NEON, professional/collaborative learning community. Participants will also learn how to use NEON to find appropriate NASA standards-aligned activities that satisfy state-specific teaching standards.

Understanding Earth, Moon and Sun Connections (Grades K-8)
June 12, 2012, 2 – 3 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Sonja Williams will introduce cultural perspectives related to the phases of the moon and the solar system. Attendees will participate in an activity based upon a Native American/Western science story. Participants will receive culturally relevant materials related to stars and constellations that they can share with their students.

NASA in the Classroom (Grades K-12)
June 12, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tom Estill will introduce K-12 teachers to various NASA education resources. Participants will learn how to find science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, lesson plans, current teacher/student opportunities and NASA videos for classroom use. Teachers will also be shown how to use local NASA-related resources.

The Real Lord of the Ring (Grades K-4)
June 13, 2012, 6 – 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Alexis Harry will introduce teachers to a set of lessons that enhance basic communication skills through scientific exploration based on the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn. Throughout the lessons, participants practice a variety of language arts skills, including descriptive writing, note-taking, poetry, illustration and oral communication.

Mars Uncovered: Revealing the Geologic History of Mars (Grades 5-12)
June 18, 2012, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will share an inquiry-based lesson that presents a critical-thinking approach of studying the surface of Mars. This process is similar to the approach used by NASA scientists. This lesson will teach students to examine geologic features of a planetary surface and use relative-age dating techniques to analyze the information and interpret the geologic history.

Looking at the Sun (Grades 2-8)
June 20, 2012, noon – 1 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Rick Varner will present sun-Earth-moon models that help to explain the phases of the moon, and both lunar and solar eclipses. Additionally, the activity Kinesthetic Astronomy will be introduced for its explanation of the seasons.

I’m Signed up for NEON — Now What?? (Grades K-12)
June 20, 2012, 6- 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Anne Weiss will introduce participants to basic features of the NASA Educators Online Network, or NEON, professional/collaborative learning community. Participants will also learn how to use NEON to find appropriate NASA standards-aligned activities that satisfy state-specific teaching standards.

Our Solar System: A Model Overview (Grades 4-9)
June 25, 2012, 11 a.m. – noon EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will present NASA inquiry activities that demonstrate remote sensing and scale models to better visualize our sun, planets, asteroids and other objects as a whole system.

Our Solar System: A Model Overview (Grades 4-9)
June 25, 2012, 3 – 4 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will present NASA inquiry activities that demonstrate remote sensing and scale models to better visualize our sun, planets, asteroids and other objects as a whole system.


For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through August 2012, visit http://neon.psu.edu/webinars/
.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to
Gwendolyn Wheatle at
Gwendolyn.H.Wheatle@nasa.gov.


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Sun-Earth Day Webcast to Commemorate Venus Transit

NASA’s Sun-Earth Day team has joined forces with NASA EDGE to celebrate the Transit of Venus with a live webcast from Hawaii. On June 5, 2012, tune in for a live webcast from Mauna Kea in Hawaii.

The Venus Transit event will not be visible from the continental U.S. in its entirety, so the NASA EDGE and Sun-Earth Day teams are heading to Hilo, Hawaii. A mountainside location on Mauna Kea will give a wonderful view of the entire transit with little chance of cloud cover. Viewers will be able to see real-time images of the transit for the duration of the event in various wavelengths of light.

This webcast will emphasize the history and importance of Hawaiian astronomy and its connections to NASA space science. Using the backdrop of Mauna Kea, the University of Hawaii, NASA scientists and Hawaiian cultural leaders will weave multigenerational stories combining ancient ways of knowing with modern scientific discoveries.

For more information about the Venus Transit webcast, visit http://venustransit.nasa.gov.

To learn more about the Transit of Venus and to find activities related to this once-in-a-lifetime event, visit http://sunearthday.nasa.gov/2012/transit/transitofvenus.php.

Inquiries about this event should be directed to Elaine Lewis at elaine.m.lewis@nasa.gov.

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Venus Transit Event at the National Air and Space Museum

Visit the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., on June 5, 2012, from 6-8 p.m. for a special look at Venus as it passes between Earth and the sun. Astronomy educators and museum volunteers will assist visitors in viewing the transit through safe solar telescopes. This is a must-see opportunity and the last chance to view the transit in our lifetime.

The special viewing will take place weather permitting.


For more information, visit
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=4027.

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Free Exploring Space Lecture — Seeking Planets Like Earth

Transiting planets are special, because scientists can determine their bulk density and can even observe their atmospheres. Join astronomer Dave W. Latham as he discusses his studies of transiting planets and how we can use them to find rocky worlds similar to the Earth.

The lecture will take place on June 5, 2012, at 8 p.m. Come early to see a free film and to meet the lecturer.

For more information, visit http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=3728
.

Questions about this series of lectures should be directed to
nasmpubliclectures@si.edu.


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Algebraic Equations: Transit Tracks — Finding Habitable Planets Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools and Learning Environments and Research Network, or LE&RN, projects are hosting a 60-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on June 5, 2012, at 8 p.m. EDT. Discover how an algebra activity called “Finding Habitable Planets” will help you teach students to use their skills to analyze NASA data. Students learn about the possibility of discovering planets in habitable zones of solar systems.

For more information and to register online, visit https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-algebraic-equations/.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit
http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NES Help Desk at
NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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“My American Landscape” Contest

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the United States’ Landsat Earth-observing Program, NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey are holding a contest that will offer winners customized satellite views of changing local landscapes.

All U.S. citizens are eligible to enter the “My American Landscape: A Space Chronicle of Change” contest. Winners will be announced on July 23, 2012, at a Landsat Program anniversary news conference in Washington, which will be carried live on NASA Television. The submissions deadline is June 6, 2012.

The Landsat Program has created the longest continuous global record of the Earth’s surface observed from space. The images are a critical ingredient in decision making for agriculture, climate research, disaster mitigation, ecosystems, forestry, human health
and water management.

To enter the contest, send NASA an email describing the local landscape changes you are interested in where you live, and what you hope to learn about them from Landsat’s four decades of observations from space. Scientists will review the Landsat data archive for the six areas selected and show the changes observed at the July 23 event.

For more information on the contest and details on how to enter, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/landsat_contest.html

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Jeannie Allen at
Jeannette.E.Allen@nasa.gov.


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2012 National Community College Aerospace Scholars Program

National Community College Aerospace Scholars, or NCAS, is an interactive, online learning experience featuring engineering career possibilities. It is highlighted by an on-site experience where selected students are encouraged to study mathematics, science, engineering or computer science by interacting with engineers at NASA.

The only cost to participants is a $30 registration fee. NASA covers travel, food and lodging. NCAS is open to community college students throughout the United States. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have access to the Internet.

Applications are due June 6, 2012.

For more information and to apply online, visit http://ncas.aerospacescholars.org/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to jsc-ncas@mail.nasa.gov.

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National Space Biomedical Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The National Space Biomedical Research Institute, or NSBRI, seeks solutions to health concerns facing astronauts on long-duration missions. This research also benefits patients on Earth. The NSBRI is soliciting applications for its Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

The NSBRI’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program provides support for postdoctoral fellows in any U.S. laboratory carrying out space-related biomedical or biotechnological research. Funding is for a two-year period with an option for a third year of support. Applicants must prepare proposals with the support of a mentor, and all proposals are evaluated by a peer-review panel.

Applications are due June 8, 2012.

For detailed information on the application process, visit http://www.nsbri.org/postdocs/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to postdoc@nsbri.org.

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New Application Available from Classroom of the Future

You’re stuck on the moon or relocated to Mars. How are you going to survive for months or possibly years without resupply?

This is the challenge you face in the Bioregenerative Life Support System Simulator, or BLiSS Sim, the first science education app developed by the NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future at the Center for Educational Technologies at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, W. Va. Using information from NASA’s Bioregenerative Life Support System research, you can plan a plant-based, Earth-like solution for oxygen, water and food production.

The free BLiSS Sim app is available for download from the iTunes Store at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bliss-sim/id525464463?ls=1&mt=8.

BLiSS Sim uses a game format to engage youth and adults in the challenges of supporting humans in space or extreme environments on Earth. Players learn how four plant types — wheat, potatoes, soybeans and lettuce — can be grown and harvested to supply human oxygen, water and food needs. Anyone interested in plants, human space travel or planning biological sustainability here on Earth will want this free app based on NASA’s advanced life support research.

To learn more about BLiSS Sim, visit the http://bliss-sim.cet.edu website.

iTunes Store is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. registered in the U.S. and other countries.

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Don’t miss out on education-related opportunities available from NASA. For a full list of Current Opportunities, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html.

Visit NASA Education on the Web:
For Educators:
https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html
For Students:
https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html
NASA Kids’ Club:
https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub

NASA Education Express — May 24, 2012

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Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community.Full descriptions are listed below.

Derivatives:Math and Science @ Work — Space Shuttle Auxiliary Power Units Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 Calculus Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: May 30, 2012

Chemistry of Water: Math and Science @Work — A Breath of Fresh Air Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: May 31, 2012

NASA Earth Day VideoContest 2012
Audience: All Educators and Students
Deadline for Entries: May 31, 2012

2012 Educate to InnovateConference
Audience: 6-12 Educators
Registration Deadline: May 31, 2012
Event Date: June 20-21, 2012 and June 26-27,2012

2012 Summer Workshops –Climate Science Research for Educators and Students
Audience: 9-12 Educators
Application Deadline: June 1, 2012

NASA History DivisionFall 2012 Internships
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: June 1, 2012

Expeditions 33 and 34In-flight Education Downlink Opportunities
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: June 1, 2012

2012 Music and Astronomy Under the StarsEvents
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: Multiple dates June 13 – Oct. 26, 2012

Space StationExpedition Webcasts
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: July 12, Oct. 11 and Oct.12, 2012

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Derivatives:Math and Science @ Work — Space Shuttle Auxiliary Power Units Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools and Learning Environments and ResearchNetwork, or LEARN, projects are hosting a 60-minute live professionaldevelopment Web seminar for educators on May30, 2012, at 8 p.m. EDT. The Space Shuttle Auxiliary Power Units studentactivity featured in this seminar is a problem set from the Mission Controlseries of NASA’s Math and Science @ Work project. Participants will assume therole of a student. Attendees will work the problem set, score their results andshare best practices with other participants for implementing this problem setinto the classroom.

For more information and toregister online, visit https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-derivatives/.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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Chemistryof Water: Math and Science @ Work — A Breath of Fresh Air Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Associationare hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educatorson May 31, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learnhow to implement a chemistry lab activity called “A Breath of Fresh Air.”During the activity, students create their own electrolysis apparatus togenerate oxygen and use a Texas Instruments TI-Nspire calculator to collectdata. Note: You do not need to have a TI-Nspire calculator during this professionaldevelopment.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar13.aspx

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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NASA Earth Day Video Contest 2012

To mark Earth Day 2012, NASA presents the EarthDay Video Contest 2012. For the second year in a row, NASA is challenging thepublic to create a compelling video vision of NASA’s exploration of Earth –The Home Frontier.

To enter, produce a short video that captureswhat you find inspiring and important about the unique view and understandingof Earth provided by NASA science. Upload your video to YouTube and tag itusing the instructions found on the contest website. NASA will feature the bestentry — chosen by a panel of NASA scientists and communicators — on the NASAwebsite. And, the winner will receive a behind-the-scenes look at the nextrocket launch of a NASA Earth-observing satellite.

Submissions will be accepted until May 31, 2012.

For more information, official contest rules andto see the winning video from last year, visit https://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/earthday-vid-2012.html.

If you have any questions about this contest,please email Patrick Lynch at Patrick.Lynch@nasa.gov.

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2012 Educate to Innovate Conference

NASA’s Aerospace Education Services Project andthe Kentucky Southeast-Southcentral Education Cooperative are presenting twoEducate to Innovate opportunities this summer. These conference workshops willexplore engineering design challenges, problem-based learning activities,distance-learning modules, inquiry-based lessons, literacy across thecurriculum and hands-on projects. Event agenda items will target the nextgeneration standards of learning for science, technology, engineering andmathematics.

Workshop participants will experience eightbreakout sessions with hands-on activities over the two-day training.Participants also can sign up for free 90-minute virtual follow-up with one ofNASA’s aerospace education specialists.

Two separate conference opportunities areavailable. The first will take place June 20-21, 2012, at Eastern KentuckyUniversity. The second will take place June 26-27, 2012, at Corbin Center forTechnology and Community Activities in Corbin, Ky.

The registration deadline for these events is May 31, 2012.

For more information and to register online,visit https://coetech.eku.edu/registration/Online_PD_RegForm.php.

If you have any questions about the conference,please contact Brandon Hargis at Brandon.hargis@nasa.gov.

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2012 Summer Workshops –Climate Science Research for Educators and Students

The Institute for Earth Science Research and Education, in collaborationwith Queens College/City University of New York, is seeking participants for summerprofessional development workshops in the second year of its Climate ScienceResearch for Educators and Students project. Funded by the NASA Innovations inClimate Education program, this project seeks to improve student engagement inclimate science by helping teachers and students develop authenticclimate-related science research projects.

During summer 2012, two climate scienceworkshops will take place in New York City. The first workshop will be held inlate June or early July. The workshop will focus on understandingsun/Earth/atmosphere interactions and Earth’s radiative balance, a fundamentalconcept for climate science. All participants will build pyranometers,instruments for monitoring solar radiation. A follow-up workshop will take placein August. During the summer, participants are expected to conduct their ownresearch. 

All workshop participants in 2011 were from NewYork City or within commuting distance. In 2012, teachers from other places areencouraged to attend the early summer workshop, with follow-on activities to beconducted online in place of attendance at the August workshop. On-campushousing at Queens College should be available, and travel support for teachersfrom outside the NYC area may be available.

Applications are due June 1, 2012.

For more information, visit http://www.instesre.org/GCCE/GCCEHome.htm.

Questions about this competition should bedirected to David Brooks via email at brooksdr@drexel.eduor by phone at 610-584-5619.

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NASA History Division Fall 2012 Internships

The NASA History Division is seekingundergraduate and graduate students for fall 2012 internships. The HistoryDivision maintains archival materials to answer research questions from NASApersonnel, journalists, scholars, students at all levels and others from aroundthe world. The division also edits and publishes several books and monographseach year. It maintains a large number of websites on NASA history.

Students of all majors are welcome to apply.While detailed prior knowledge of the aeronautics and space fields is notnecessary, a keen interest and some basic familiarity with these topics areneeded. Strong research, writing and editing skills are essential. Experiencewith computers, especially HTML formatting, is a plus.

Intern projects are flexible. Typical projectsinclude handling a wide variety of information requests, editing historicalmanuscripts, doing research and writing biographical sketches, updating andcreating websites, and identifying and captioning photos.

Applications are due June 1, 2012. For moreinformation, visit http://history.nasa.gov/interncall.htm.

If you have questions about this opportunity,please contact Bill Barry at bill.barry@nasa.gov.

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Expeditions 33 and 34 In-flight EducationDownlink Opportunities

NASA is seeking formal and informal educationalorganizations, individually or working together, to host live, in-flighteducation downlinks during Expeditions 33 and 34 (approximately from September2012 to March 2013). To maximize these downlink opportunities, NASA is lookingfor organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integratethe downlinks into well-developed education plans.

The deadline to submit a proposal is June 1, 2012.

During Expeditions 33 and 34, crew members aboard the International SpaceStation will participate in downlinks. Downlinks take approximately 20 minutesand allow students and educators to interact with astronauts through a question-and-answersession. Downlinks afford education audiences the opportunity to learnfirsthand from astronauts what it is like to live and work in space. Downlinksare broadcast live on NASA TV and are streamed on the NASA website. Because ofthe nature of human spaceflight, organizations must demonstrate the flexibilityto accommodate changes in downlink dates and times.

Interested organizations should contact TeachingFrom Space, a NASA Education office, to obtain information related toexpectations, format, audience, guidelines and forms by sending an email to JSC-Teaching-From-Space@mail.nasa.govor by calling 281-244-7608.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/teachingfromspace/students/downlinks.html.

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2012Music and Astronomy Under the Stars Events

Join Dr. Donald Lubowich, coordinator of the Astronomy Outreach Program atHofstra University, for a series of events bringing astronomy to the public.Concertgoers at several events this summer will get a glimpse of heavens alongwith their music.

This NASA-sponsored program will include optical and radio telescopeobservations of the Sun prior to the concerts. Observations of the moon,planets, multi-colored double stars, star clusters and nebulae will be featuredat intermission and after the concerts. Videos, posters, hands-on activitiesand the sounds of the sun will also be available.

For more information and to see a full schedule of events, visit http://www.hofstra.edu/Academics/Colleges/HCLAS/PHYSIC/physic_underthestars.html.

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Space Station Expedition Webcasts

NASA’s Endeavor Science Teaching Certificateproject and NASA’s Teaching From Space office are presenting three free webcaststhat focus on the International Space Station. All three webcasts will cover the same materials. Each webcast will kick off with anintroduction to space station expeditions and will then explore NASA’s mostrelevant classroom resources.

Webcasts will take place on July 12,Oct. 11 and Oct. 12, 2012. Participants must register online. Registrationcloses three days prior to each session.

For more information, visit http://www.us-satellite.net/ISS-expedition-webcasts/index.cfm.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to nasa_endeavor@us-satellite.net.

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Don’t miss out on education-related opportunities available from NASA. For afull list of Current Opportunities, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html.

Visit NASA Education on the Web:

For Educators: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html
For Students: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html
NASA Kids’ Club: https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub

NASA Education Express — May 17, 2012

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Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listed below.

Live Video Chat: Robonaut Technology Aboard the Space Station
Audience: Grades 6-12
Event Date: May 18, 2012, 1 p.m. EDT

Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators

Event Dates: Various Dates during May 2012

Live Video Chat:
Mia Siochi: The Amazing World of Nanomaterials
Audience: Grades 9-12
Event Date: May 23, 2012, noon EDT

Digital Learning Network Webcast: Learn More About the Upcoming Transit of Venus

Audience: All Educators and Students
Launch Date: May 23, 2012, 1 p.m. EDT

Ultraviolet Radiation and Yeast: Radiation Biology Web Seminar

Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: May 23, 2012, 8:15 p.m. EDT

Free Lecture — John Glenn: Earning the Right Stuff as a Decorated Marine Aviator and Navy Test Pilot — Attend in Person or View Online
Audience: All Educators and Students

Event Date: May 24, 2012

NASA History Division Fall 2012 Internships
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: June 1, 2012

NASA Tournament Lab: $10,000 Planetary Data System Mashup Challenge
Audience: Students Ages 13-18 Years Old
Entry Deadline: June 16, 2012

Electronic Professional Development Network Courses
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Using Robotics to Enhance STEM Learning: Aug. 29 – Oct. 9, 2012
Project-Based Inquiry Learning: Sept. 26 – Oct. 30, 2012

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Live Video Chat: Robonaut Technology Aboard the Space Station

NASA Explorer Schools is offering students in grades 6-12 an opportunity to ask questions of CJ Kanelakos, a mechanical design engineer working on Robonaut 2, or R2. Join the video chat on May 18, 2012, from 1-2 p.m. EDT to ask Kanelakos questions about designing, testing and building a lower body for R2 that will enable it to be more mobile on the International Space Station.

Students do not need to be in a school participating in the NASA Explorer Schools project in order to ask questions during this video chat.


Submit questions during the chat through a chat window, or send them to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

To learn more about NES, visit the explorerschools.nasa.gov website.

For more information and to view the video chat, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/kanelakos-chat.html.

If you have any questions about the video chat, contact NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.


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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of free webinars through May 2012. All webinars can be accessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

Rocket Scientists Write? (Grades K-12)
May 21, 2012, 6 – 7 p.m. EDT

Aerospace education specialist John Weis will demonstrate language arts activities using NASA materials and lessons found within NASA educator guides. Materials discussed will cover reading comprehension and composition for grades K-12. Lesson plans and strategies will be shared.

Sun-Earth-Moon Relationships (Grades K-8)
May 24, 2012, 4:30 – 6 p.m. EDT

Aerospace education specialist Rick Varner will introduce sun-Earth-moon models that help to explain the phases of the moon and both lunar and solar eclipses. Additionally, the activity “Kinesthetic Astronomy” will be introduced for its explanation of the seasons.

Toys in Space (Grades 4-9)
May 24, 2012, 7 – 8 p.m. EDT

Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will share NASA’s Toys in Space videos and activities. In this program, astronauts took toys from around the world with them into space. Students predict, observe and record how the toys behave without the effects of Earth’s gravity, putting Newton’s Laws of Motion to the test. Participants will receive copies of the astronaut videos for use in the classroom.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through June 2012, visit http://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to Gwendolyn Wheatle at Gwendolyn.H.Wheatle@nasa.gov.

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Live Video Chat: Mia Siochi: The Amazing World of Nanomaterials

In recognition of AsianPacific American Heritage Month, NASA Explorer Schools is offering students in grades 9-12 an opportunity to ask questions of Mia Siochi, a research materials engineer working on nanotechnology, self-healing materials and other emerging aerospace materials and systems of the future. Join the video chat on May 23, 2012, from noon-1 p.m. EDT.

Students do not need to be in a school participating in the NASA Explorer Schools project in order to ask questions during this video chat.


Submit questions during the chat through a chat window, or send them to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

To learn more about NES, visit the explorerschools.nasa.gov website.

For more information and to view the video chat, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/siochi-chat.html.

If you have any questions about the video chat, contact NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.


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Digital Learning Network Webcast: Learn More About the Upcoming Transit of Venus

Educators and students are invited to join NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center for a Digital Learning Network webcast to learn more about the upcoming transit of Venus. The webcast event will take place on May 23, 2012, at 1 p.m. EDT. Astronomer Louis Mayo, as well as other guests, will share information on the scientific significance of the transit as well as education resources for teachers and students.

To learn more about the transit, visit the Sun-Earth Day website at
http://sunearthday.nasa.gov/2012/about/about.php.

View NASA’s Distance Learning Network webcast at
https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/index.html.

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Ultraviolet Radiation and Yeast: Radiation Biology Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on May 23, 2012, at 8:15 p.m. EDT. The student activity featured in this seminar demonstrates the effects of radiation on living organisms. Learn how sun-screening materials protect live yeast cells from harmful ultraviolet, or UV, radiation, countermeasures for UV radiation and discuss phenotypic changes in yeast as a result of radiation damage. Also see how you can expand the range of items tested in this lab by using different sun protection materials. Use this activity to establish a connection for your students between science and a real-world situation.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar11.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov
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Free Lecture — John Glenn: Earning the Right Stuff as a Decorated Marine Aviator and Navy Test Pilot — Attend in Person or View Online

How did John Glenn get “the right stuff?” Before he was an astronaut, John Glenn earned six Distinguished Flying Crosses as a United States Marine Corps aviator in World War II and the Korean conflict, and also flew as a naval test pilot.

On May 24, 2012, National Air and Space Museum Director Jack Dailey will join Glenn for a discussion of his career-defining moments. The lecture begins at 8 p.m. at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Admission is free, but tickets are required and have been distributed via a drawing. For those unable to attend in person, the lecture will be webcast live.

For more information, visit http://www.airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=3734.

Questions about this lecture should be directed to nasmpubliclectures@si.edu.

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NASA History Division Fall 2012 Internships

The NASA History Division is seeking undergraduate and graduate students for fall 2012 internships. The History Division maintains archival materials to answer research questions from NASA personnel, journalists, scholars, students at all levels and others from around the world. The division also edits and publishes several books and monographs each year. It maintains a large number of websites on NASA history.

Students of all majors are welcome to apply. While detailed prior knowledge of the aeronautics and space fields is not necessary, a keen interest and some basic familiarity with these topics are needed. Strong research, writing and editing skills are essential. Experience with computers, especially HTML formatting, is a plus.

Intern projects are flexible. Typical projects include handling a wide variety of information requests, editing historical manuscripts, doing research and writing biographical sketches, updating and creating websites, and identifying and captioning photos.

Applications are due June 1, 2012. For more information, visit
http://history.nasa.gov/interncall.htm.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact Bill Barry at
bill.barry@nasa.gov.

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NASA Tournament Lab: $10,000 Planetary Data System Mashup Challenge

The NASA Tournament Lab is looking for the best student-built mobile and Web-based applications. Do you have what it takes?

NASA’s Planetary Data System has tons and tons of data (over 100 terabytes), but they need a better way to share it. The NASA Tournament Lab asked for ideas on how to share this data with its Idea Generation Contest in April 2012. And now it’s looking for ways to translate these ideas into great mobile or Web-based apps.

Not only are there $10,000 in prizes, but the first-place winner will earn an invitation to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California to witness the Mars Science Lab lander touch down on Mars!

Mobile and Web apps will be accepted through June 16, 2012, and there is no limit on the number of ideas you can submit. This contest is open to 13-18 year olds in the United States.

Ready to get your hands dirty? To learn more and to sign up for the challenge, visit https://www.nonamesite.com/web/cs-stem/pds-stem-mashup-challenge.

Email any questions about this opportunity to nonamesite-support@topcoder.com.


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Electronic Professional Development Network Courses

NASA’s Learning Environments and Research Network and the Georgia Institute of Technology have teamed up to create the electronic professional development network, or e-PDN, an initiative dedicated to preparing K-12 teachers to engage their students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, through the use of NASA-developed learning materials and resources.

If you are looking for a way to enhance your instructional skills, meet your professional development goals or find new and exciting resources to use in your learning environments, apply to one of our free courses today!

Applications are now open for the following courses:

Using Robotics to Enhance STEM Learning — Aug. 29 – Oct. 9, 2012
Learn how to build and program LEGO Mindstorm robots and use them to promote student engagement and conceptual understanding of mathematics, science and engineering. Explore robotic manipulators and end effectors like the ones NASA uses on the International Space Station, and integrate multiple sensors into your robot to allow for systematic control. Join your colleagues in the Grand Challenge to design, build and program a robot to explore an environment and return with a sample for investigation.

Project-Based Inquiry LearningSept. 26 – Oct. 30, 2012
Develop skills in designing and using project-based inquiry learning, or PBIL, to enhance conceptual understanding, critical thinking, scientific reasoning and problem solving in standards-based classrooms. Experience and analyze two NASA-oriented PBIL projects firsthand; learn PBIL curriculum design strategies and methods; and design a PBIL unit for use in your classroom.


To learn more about these free courses and to apply online, visit http://nasaepdn.gatech.edu/course_schedules.php.

For more information on the e-PDN and the resources it offers to K-12 teachers, visit https://www.nasaepdn.gatech.edu.

Questions about these courses should be directed to Kristen Anderson at kristen.anderson@dlpe.gatech.edu.

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Don’t miss out on education-related opportunities available from NASA. For a full list of Current Opportunities, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html.

Visit NASA Education on the Web:
For Educators: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html
For Students: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html
NASA Kids’ Club: https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub

NASA Education Express — May 3, 2012

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Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community.Full descriptions are listed below.

Astronaut Don Pettit Shares Space Physics “Science Off the Sphere”Videos
Audience: All Educators and Students

Free Education WebinarSeries from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Various Dates during May 2012

Celebrate Space Day at the National Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: May 5, 2012

Engineering Design: Forces and Motion –Balloon Aerodynamics Challenge Web Seminar
Audience: 6-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: May 7, 2012

QuadraticFunctions: Exploring Space Through Math — Weightless Wonder Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: May 9, 2012

Live Video Chat: How SpaceStation Research Affects Life onEarth
Audience: Grades 7-12
Event Date: May 11, 2012, 2-3 p.m. EDT

Pre-Service TeacherInstitutes at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: May 11, 2012
Institute Dates: July 14-27, 2012

For High School Juniorsand Seniors: 2012 Lunabotics University/College Recruitment Fair
Audience: 9-12 Students
Application Deadline: May 11, 2012
Event Date: May 26, 2012

2012-2013 NationalStudent Solar Spectrograph Competition
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Deadline to register and apply for build awards: Sept. 30, 2012

What’s New at NASA’s Space Place Website
Audience: K-6 Educators

Additional FrequentlyAsked Questions — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program forScience Museums and Planetariums Plus Opportunities for NASA Visitor Centersand Other Informal Education Institutions (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number:NNH11ZHA004N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008) –Available For Download
Audience: Informal Education Institutions

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Astronaut Don Pettit Shares Space Physics”Science Off the Sphere” Videos

NASA astronaut and Expedition 31 crew member DonPettit continues to examine how microgravity affects scientific principlesthrough “Science Off the Sphere,” a video series featuring unique physicsexperiments performed on the International Space Station using everydayobjects.

NASA and the American Physical Society, or APS, have partnered to share thevideos with students, educators and science fans around the world.

In the short, downloadable videos, Pettit has used knitting needles and waterdroplets to examine static electricity, demonstrated capillary flow by creatinga zero-gravity tea cup, used thin water films to experiment with fluid motion,shared infrared imagery of Earth and more.

APS, the professional society for physicists, shares new “Science Off the Sphere” videos every other Thursday on itsoutreach website, Physics Central. The website also features educationalcontent on the physics topics demonstrated in space by Pettit and facilitates aphysics-oriented challenge based on the experiments. APS reviews the responsesand identifies a winner, who is recognized by Pettit in a future installment.

For more information and to view the science demonstrations, visit: http://www.physicscentral.com/sots.

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Free Education Webinar Series from the AerospaceEducation Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project ispresenting a series of free webinars through May 2012. All webinars can beaccessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn aboutactivities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into yourclassroom.

NASA and Education Resource Access (Grades K-12)
May 3, 2012, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Sonya Williamswill explain NASA’s mission directorates and their purposes. Learn about theK-12 educational materials created by each of the directorates and howeducators can access these materials free of charge. Learn about citizenscience opportunities, student design challenges and many other NASA resourcesthat educators can incorporate into their classrooms.

Animals in Space (Grades K-5)
May 3, 2012, 7 – 8 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Wil Robertsonwill demonstrate how teachers can use stuffed animals as props in telling thestory of the animals that preceded humans in space. The program is geared forteachers in K-5 with a special focus of aligning the topic with the CoreLiteracy Standards for elementary grades. Web resources will be provided.

Animals in Space (Grades K-5)
May 5, 2012, 9 – 10 a.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Wil Robertsonwill demonstrate how teachers can use stuffed animals as props in telling thestory of the animals that preceded humans in space. The program is geared forteachers in K-5 with a special focus of aligning the topic with the Core LiteracyStandards for elementary grades. Web resources will be provided.

Food for Thought: Space Food and Nutrition inthe Classroom (Grades 4-9)
May 5, 2012, 11 a.m. -noon EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivanwill share “Food for Thought,” a new NASA educator guide designed toexplore space food and the nutritional needs of astronauts that includes a menuof inquiry activities and other resources to address this exciting topic.

Rocket Scientists Write? (Grades K-12)
May 7, 2012, 6 – 7 p.m.EDT

Aerospace education specialist John Weis willdemonstrate language arts activities using NASA materials and lessons foundwithin NASA educator guides. Materials discussed will cover readingcomprehension and composition for grades K-12. Lesson plans and strategies willbe shared.

NASA’s S’COOL Program (Grades 4-12)
May 8, 2012, 3:30 – 4:30p.m.
Aerospace education specialist Les Gold willintroduce NASA’s Students’ Cloud Observations On-Line, or S’COOL, program. Theprogram engages students to make observations of cloud type and cover and thenshare it with NASA. Scientists use the data to assist their understanding ofglobal climate change. After sending in observations, teachers receivesatellite images for comparison to student data.

Free Planetarium Program for Your Computer(Grades K-12)
May 15, 2012, 3:30 -4:30 p.m.
Aerospace education specialist Les Gold willintroduce participants to a free planetarium program. Participants will learnhow to use the program to demonstrate day/night cycles, the sun’s changingposition in the sky, as well as seasons, phases of the moon, constellations andmore.

Looking at Our Earth From Above (Grades 4-9)
May 15, 2012, 6 – 7 p.m.
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivanwill integrate science, technology, engineering, mathematics and geography, orSTEM-G, with Earth observations, remote sensing and maps. NASA curriculumproducts, missions and other resources will be utilized to demonstrate aninquiry-based teaching strategy to better understand Earth and the processesthat shape it.

Mars Uncovered: Revealing the Geologic Historyof Mars (Grades 5-12)
May 16, 2012, 7:30 -8:30 p.m.

Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt willshare an inquiry-based lesson that presents a critical-thinking approach ofstudying the surface of Mars. This process is similar to the approach used byNASA scientists. This lesson will teach students to examine geologic featuresof a planetary surface and use relative-age dating techniques to analyze theinformation and interpret the geologic history.

Rocket Scientists Write? (Grades K-12)
May 21, 2012, 6 – 7 p.m.EDT

Aerospace education specialist John Weis willdemonstrate language arts activities using NASA materials and lessons foundwithin NASA educator guides. Materials discussed will cover readingcomprehension and composition for grades K-12. Lesson plans and strategies willbe shared.

Toys in Space (Grades 4-9)
May 24, 2012, 7 – 8 p.m.EDT

Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivanwill share NASA’s Toys in Space videos and activities. In this program,astronauts took toys from around the world with them into space. Studentspredict, observe and record how the toys behave without the effects of Earth’sgravity, putting Newton’s Laws of Motion to the test. Participants will receivecopies of the astronaut videos for use in the classroom.

Sun-Earth-Moon Relationships (Grades K-8)
May 24, 2012, 7 – 8 p.m.EDT

Aerospace education specialist Rick Varner willintroduce sun-Earth-moon models that help to explain the phases of the moon andboth lunar and solar eclipses. Additionally, the activity “KinestheticAstronomy” will be introduced for its explanation of the seasons.

For more information about these webinars, andto see a full list of webinars taking place through June 2012, visit http://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars shouldbe directed to Gwendolyn Wheatle at Gwendolyn.H.Wheatle@nasa.gov.

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Celebrate Space Day at the National Air andSpace Museum

Celebrate Space Day at the National Air andSpace Museum, on Saturday, May 5, 2012.This event is sponsored by Lockheed Martin.

Space Day is an annual favorite at the National Air and Space Museum. Visitorsenjoy hands-on activities; meet NASA astronauts, scientists and engineers; findout how space suits are made; design a mission patch; and learn about spacefrom museum experts.

Visit the Museum’s National Mall building in Washington, D.C. to see the BuzzLightyear action figure that flew in space. Or get an up-close look at spaceshuttle Discovery at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va.

For a list of scheduled events, visit http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/dateRange.cfm?date=5/5/2012.

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EngineeringDesign: Forces and Motion — Balloon Aerodynamics Challenge Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminarfor educators on May 7, 2012, at 6:30p.m. EDT. This Web seminar will introduce the Forces and Motion: BalloonAerodynamics Challenge for students. This activity provides first-handinformation about density, neutral buoyancy and drag, which is then used to solvea problem. The activity provides many opportunities for incorporating nationalmathematics, science and technology learning standards into your curriculum.

For more information and to registeronline, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar23.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NES Help Desk at NASA.Explorer.Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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Quadratic Functions: Exploring Space Through Math — Weightless Wonder

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project is hosting a 60-minute Web seminaron May 9, 2012, at 8 p.m. EDT.Investigate the characteristics of quadratic functions to solve real-worldproblems involving the parabolic flight path of NASA’s Weightless Wonder C-9jet. Get an overview of a student investigation, solve related quadraticequations and evaluate and graph quadratic functions. A graphing calculatorwill be used to demonstrate concepts; however, you do not need a calculator forthis professional development seminar.

For more information and toregister online, visit https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-quadratic-functions/.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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Live Video Chat: How Space Station Research Affects Life on Earth

The NASA Explorer Schools project is offering students in grades 7-12 anopportunity to ask questions of Tara Ruttley, the associate program scientistfor the International Space Station. Join the video chat on May 11, 2012, from 2-3 p.m. EDT.Ruttley will answer questions submitted during this live video chat aboutconducting research on the space station and the benefits of this research toastronauts living and working in space and to life on Earth.

Students do not need to be in a school participating in the NASA ExplorerSchools project in order to ask questions during this video chat.

Submit questions during the chat through a chatwindow, or send them to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

To learn more about NES, visit the explorerschools.nasa.gov website.

For more information and to view the video chat, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/research-ruttley-chat.html.

If you have any questions about the video chat, contact NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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Pre-Service Teacher Institutes at NASA’sMarshall Space Flight Center

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center has partneredwith Oakwood University to offer a two-week Pre-Service Teacher Institutetaking place July 14-27, 2012, in Huntsville, Ala. This residential session isfor education majors preparing to teach grades 4-8.

Participants will engage in hands-on learningexperiences designed to develop their skills for teaching science, technology,engineering and mathematics using NASA-developed curriculum resources.Full-time undergraduate students in their junior or senior year at minorityinstitutions are invited to apply. Housing, meals, travel assistance and astipend will be provided.

Applications must be postmarked by May 11, 2012.

For more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/education/msfc/psti.

Please email any questions about thisopportunity to Marilyn Lewis at marilyn.h.lewis@nasa.gov.

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For High School Juniors and Seniors: 2012Lunabotics University/College Recruitment Fair

As part of NASA’s Third Annual Lunabotics MiningCompetition, a University/College Recruitment Fair will be held on May 26,2012, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Top colleges and universitiesfrom across the U.S. will be at the fair to share information about science,technology, engineering and mathematics opportunities at their schools. NASAscientists and engineers will be available to answer questions about specificmajors and technical career paths.

Students interested in attending this freerecruitment fair are asked to register online before May 11, 2012. Toregister, visit http://www.secorstrategies.com/nasa-lunabotics.

Inquiries about this event should be directed toMary Baker at Mary@SecorStrategies.com.

To learn more about NASA’s Lunabotics MiningCompetition, visit www.nasa.gov/lunabotics.

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2012-2013 National Student Solar SpectrographCompetition

The National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition is the Montana Space Grant Consortium’sEducation Program for NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS,mission. IRIS will use spectrography and imaging in ultraviolet wavelengths toreveal the dynamics of the sun’s chromospheres and transition region.

This yearly competition is open to undergraduate interdisciplinary teams fromcolleges and universities across the U.S. Teams are challenged to design andbuild a working ground-based solar spectrograph and demonstrate thecapabilities of the spectrograph as defined by their science goal. Typicalteams have three to six students and must have a faculty advisor.

Both substantial scholarship prizes and travel prizes will be given in fourcategories: best design, best build, best science observations and bestpresentation of results. Teams may apply for funding of $2,000 per team forproject materials. Priority for build funds will be given to minority-servinginstitutions, community colleges and institutions with less aerospace activity.

Applications for build awards and registrations are due on Sept. 30, 2012.

The competition will be held in Bozeman, Mont., in May 2013.

For more information and to register online, visit http://www.spacegrant.montana.edu/IRIS/index.html.

Please email any questions about this competition to RandyLarimer at rlarimer@ece.montana.edu.

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What’s New at NASA’s Space Place Website

The Space Place is a NASA website for elementary school-aged kids, theirteachers and their parents.

     Space is harsh! It’s vicious!
     It reminds us every day.
     There‛s heat and cold and sun thatblasts
     All objects in its way,
     The zero-g, no gravity!
     A galactic cosmic ray!
     And not a whiff of air to breathe.
     Nor guide to show the way.

At the Space Place, we have plenty to remind you of the nature of nature whenyou leave Mother Earth.

New at spaceplace.nasa.gov
It was a dark and stormy August night in 1859 … solar stormy, that is. Asolar storm caused such bright Northern Lights that gold miners in the Rockieswere frying up bacon and eggs at 1 a.m. thinking the sun was up.

Violent storms on the sun blast out charged particles and radiation that candamage satellites, power grids, and communication and navigation systems. Inthe new game “Shields Up!” you are in charge of protecting threesatellites by putting them into safe mode whenever bad stuff is coming theirway. The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite – R Series, orGOES-R, monitors the sun’s surface and warns the other satellites when theyneed to get ready for the worst.

Put your “Shields Up!and save those satellites at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/shields-up.

Space Place en Español
Black Hole Rescue!,
enespañol, is a challenging game in which you must spell out black-hole-relatedvocabulary words by clicking on moving letter tiles that have been dropped intoa swirling vortex of matter that is slowly being devoured by a black hole. Talkabout a harsh environment. So time is of the essence!

This is a good language arts game for Spanish speakers or learners. Accentedletters must be matched too. No substituting an “n” for an “ñ” or an “e” for an“é.” Rescue words from the black hole at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/sp/black-hole-rescue.

New Space Place “Listmania®”
“Customers who bought this item also bought . . .” is a commonmarketing ploy on popular retail websites. Well, The Space Place team knows agood idea when we see one, and we are not above borrowing. You will now findrecommendations at the bottom of every Space Place article, game or activity.There’s a lot of cross-pollination on the site, so these suggestions shouldhelp visitors deepen their appreciation for any topic that engages theirinterest.

For the Classroom
What’s the weirdest, most alien place you can imagine? Well, nomatter how extreme your imaginary world, there’s probably something like itsomewhere in the universe, probably in our own galaxy. Even our own solarsystem has some real doozies. Methane rain on Saturn’s moon Titan? Crushingpressures in Jupiter’s atmosphere? A surface hot enough to melt lead on Venus?So, how do space scientists and engineers know what kinds of scienceinstruments (cameras, spectrometers, etc.) to put on spacecraft that aredestined for one of these strange places? The classroom activity “Designing forthe Barely Imaginable” explains these planetary science instruments asextensions of our five senses, with each type of instrument analogous to eyes,ears, noses, etc. The activity invites students to imagine and describe analien world, then design a pretend mission to explore that world and give theresults! This activity involves engineering design, physics, earth science andlanguage arts. Find it at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/classroom-activities/#alienworld.

Forout-of-school time
Here’s a classic physics experiment with a space exploration twist.Crush an aluminum can without even touching it. This version of the activity ispresented in the context of testing a new spacecraft material. How would thismaterial work in the harsh vacuum of space? The activity requires pouring asmall amount of boiling water into an empty soft-drink can, which an adult cando, but the rest is very doable by a child. And the result is a dramaticdemonstration (and explanation) of atmospheric pressure. It makes it look as ifwe ourselves withstand a measure of harshness under the weight of our ownatmosphere. It’s at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/soda-can-test.

Special Days

May 2, 1953: First Commercial Jet Flight
Why can’t we just fly into space? Read about a rocket that hitches anairplane ride for part of the trip to space. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/galex-pegasus.

May 17: Pack Rat Day
You can’t afford to be a pack rat whenyou are packing for a trip to Mars. Trythis fun, geometry-oriented activity for your class. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/classroom-activities/#marspacking

May 18, 1980: Mount St. Helens Erupted, Completely Blowing Off Its Top
Volcanoes look amazing from space. See Mount St. Helens and others at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/gallery-earth/#volcanos.

June 5: World Environment Day
How are satellites helping us understand and care for the environment? Oneway is by tracking migrating endangered animals. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/migration

June 15: Nature Photography Day
Kids can make their own cameras and take awesome nature pictures whilelearning about light. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/classroom-activities/#pinhole

June 16, 1914: Birthday of LymanSpitzer, Jr.
He was a great scientist, and the Spitzer Space Telescope is named for him.Read how it was invented to make a dream come true. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/story-lucy

And anotherthing…
If you are taking a vacation from the classroom, have a wonderful,restorative summer. Before you let those kids go, however, remind them to visitThe Space Place in between their other screen-related activities!

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Additional Frequently Asked Questions — NASAResearch Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums andPlanetariums Plus Opportunities for NASA Visitor Centers and Other InformalEducation Institutions (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH11ZHA004N, Catalog ofFederal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008) — Available For Download

Four Frequently Asked Questions received afterthe proposal due date have been added to the CP4SMP+ portal page on NSPIRES atthe following URL:

http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7b75AAC7BF-2F69-6C73-2980-B1DCF25EA665%7d&path=closed

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Don’t miss out on education-related opportunities available from NASA. For afull list of Current Opportunities, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html.

Visit NASA Education on the Web:

For Educators: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html
For Students: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html
NASA Kids’ Club: https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub

NASA Education Express — May 10, 2012

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Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community.Full descriptions are listed below.

Live Video Chat: How Space Station ResearchAffects Life on Earth
Audience: Grades 7-12
Event Date: May 11, 2012, 2-3 p.m. EDT

Chemistry ofWater: Mars Exploration — Is There Water on Mars? Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: May 14, 2012

Celebrate the Launch of Astronaut Joe Acaba
Audience: All Educators and Students
Launch Date: May 15, 2012

Live Video Chat: Astronaut GregJohnson — Living and Working in Space
Audience: Grades 4-12
Event Date: May 15, 2012, noon-1 p.m. EDT

Free Education WebinarSeries from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Various Dates during May 2012

Engineering Design Challenge: Thermal Protection System Web Seminar
Audience: 8-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: May 15, 2012

LAUNCH: Beyond WasteChallenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Entry Deadline: May 15, 2012

Linear Regression: ExploringSpace Through Math – Space Shuttle Ascent Web Seminar
Audience: Algebra Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: May 16, 2012

Free Exploring SpaceLecture — Gamma Ray Bursts and the Birth of Black Holes
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Date: May 16, 2012

Teachers Touch the Sky: An Astronomy Workshop
Audience: Grade 3-9 Educators
Registration Deadline: June 15, 2012
Workshop Dates: Aug. 6-10, 2012

2012 NASA’s MultiwavelengthUniverse Online Professional Development Course
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Higher Education Students
Event Dates: June 25 – July 13, 2012

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program –Mission 3 to the International Space Station
Audience: 5-Higher Education Educators and Students
Letter of Commitment Deadline: Sept. 12, 2012

New Educational Materials Available at NASA.gov
Space Math VII Educator Guide –Grades 3-12
Remote Sensing Math Educator Guide — Grades 3-12
Solar System Magnetism Demonstration — Grades 5-8
Astrobiology Math Educator Guide — Grades 6-12
Supernova Remnant SNR 0509 Lithograph– Grades 11-12


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Live Video Chat: How Space Station ResearchAffects Life on Earth

The NASA Explorer Schools project is offeringstudents in grades 7-12 an opportunity to ask questions of Tara Ruttley, theassociate program scientist for the International Space Station. Join the videochat on May 11, 2012,from 2-3 p.m. EDT. Ruttley will answer questions submittedduring this live video chat about conducting research on the space station andthe benefits of this research to astronauts living and working in space and tolife on Earth.

Students do not need to be in a schoolparticipating in the NASA Explorer Schools project in order to ask questionsduring this video chat.

Submit questions during the chat through a chatwindow, or send them to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

To learn more about NES, visit the explorerschools.nasa.gov website.

For more information and to view the video chat,visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/research-ruttley-chat.html.

If you have any questions about the video chat,contact NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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Chemistry of Water: Mars Exploration — Is There Water on Mars? WebSeminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on May 14, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. “Chemistry of Water: MarsExploration — Is There Water on Mars?” is an inquiry-based lesson on howatmospheric pressure and vapor pressure affect the boiling point of water. Seewhy water’s boiling point is pressure-dependent, rather thantemperature-dependent. Then, by extension, you will deduce if there could be liquidwater on Mars.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar25.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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Celebrate the Launch of Astronaut Joe Acaba

Educator and astronaut Joe Acaba will launch tothe International Space Station to join Expedition 31. Students and educatorscan join NASA’s Digital Learning Network on May 15, 2012, at 12 p.m. EDT to celebrate the launch and to meet anastronaut trainer who helps prepare astronauts for their missions. There willalso be a chance to ask questions.

Before joining the webcast, be sure to take a moment and visit Teach Station,NASA Education’s newest website for students and educators about theInternational Space Station. Visit the website often and watch foropportunities to connect with expedition crew members and other NASA educationopportunities. Be sure to check out the page A Teacher in Space and meet JoeAcaba. Read about his experience as an astronaut and his transition from being aclassroom teacher to becoming an astronaut in the astronaut corps.

Visit the new website at https://www.nasa.gov/education/teachstation.

View NASA’s Distance Learning Network webcast at https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/index.html.

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Live Video Chat: Astronaut Greg Johnson — Living and Working inSpace

NASA Explorer Schools is offering students in grades 4-12 an opportunity to askastronaut Greg Johnson questions during a live video chat. Join the chat on May 15, 2012, from noon-1 p.m. EDT toask Johnson questions about his education, astronaut training and experienceswhile living and working in space.

In 2007, Johnson was selected to pilot Endeavour on the STS-123 mission thatlaunched in March 2008. After he returned from the flight, he served as a capsulecommunicator, or CAPCOM, for STS-126, STS-119, STS-125 and STS-127. In May2011, Johnson piloted Endeavour’s final flight, STS-134.

Students do not need to be in a school participating in the NASA ExplorerSchools project in order to ask questions during this video chat.

To learn more about astronaut Greg Johnson, visit http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/johnson-gh.html.

Submit questions during the chat through a chat window, or send them to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

To learn more about NES, visit the explorerschools.nasa.gov website.

For more information and to view the video chat, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/johnson-chat.html.

If you have any questions about the video chat, contact NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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Free Education Webinar Series from the AerospaceEducation Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project ispresenting a series of free webinars through May 2012. All webinars can beaccessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn aboutactivities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into yourclassroom.

Free Planetarium Program for Your Computer(Grades K-12)
May 15, 2012, 3:30 -4:30 p.m.
Aerospace education specialist Les Gold will introduceparticipants to a free planetarium program. Participants will learn how to usethe program to demonstrate day/night cycles, the sun’s changing position in thesky, as well as seasons, phases of the moon, constellations and more.

Looking at Our Earth From Above (Grades 4-9)
May 15, 2012, 6 – 7 p.m.
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivanwill integrate science, technology, engineering, mathematics and geography, orSTEM-G, with Earth observations, remote sensing and maps. NASA curriculumproducts, missions and other resources will be utilized to demonstrate aninquiry-based teaching strategy to better understand Earth and the processesthat shape it.

Mars Uncovered: Revealing the Geologic Historyof Mars (Grades 5-12)
May 16, 2012, 7:30 -8:30 p.m.

Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt willshare an inquiry-based lesson that presents a critical-thinking approach ofstudying the surface of Mars. This process is similar to the approach used byNASA scientists. This lesson will teach students to examine geologic featuresof a planetary surface and use relative-age dating techniques to analyze theinformation and interpret the geologic history.

Rocket Scientists Write? (Grades K-12)
May 21, 2012, 6 – 7 p.m.EDT

Aerospace education specialist John Weis willdemonstrate language arts activities using NASA materials and lessons foundwithin NASA educator guides. Materials discussed will cover readingcomprehension and composition for grades K-12. Lesson plans and strategies willbe shared.

Toys in Space (Grades 4-9)
May 24, 2012, 7 – 8 p.m.EDT

Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivanwill share NASA’s Toys in Space videos and activities. In this program,astronauts took toys from around the world with them into space. Studentspredict, observe and record how the toys behave without the effects of Earth’sgravity, putting Newton’s Laws of Motion to the test. Participants will receivecopies of the astronaut videos for use in the classroom.

Sun-Earth-Moon Relationships (Grades K-8)
May 24, 2012, 7 – 8 p.m.EDT

Aerospace education specialist Rick Varner willintroduce sun-Earth-moon models that help to explain the phases of the moon andboth lunar and solar eclipses. Additionally, the activity “KinestheticAstronomy” will be introduced for its explanation of the seasons.

For more information about these webinars, andto see a full list of webinars taking place through June 2012, visit http://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars shouldbe directed to Gwendolyn Wheatle at Gwendolyn.H.Wheatle@nasa.gov.

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EngineeringDesign Challenge: Thermal Protection System Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminarfor educators on May 15, 2012, at 8:15 p.m. EDT. Learn about the scienceof heat transfer and heat dissipation related to NASA vehicles, and receive anintroduction to the associated engineering design challenge, Thermal ProtectionSystem. In this activity, students are challenged to design a thermalprotection system and test it using a propane torch.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar10.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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LAUNCH: Beyond Waste Challenge

NASA, the U.S. Agency for InternationalDevelopment, the State Department and Nike recently announced a challenge toidentify 10 game-changing innovations that could transform waste-managementsystems and practices. Waste management is important for planning long-durationhuman spaceflight missions to an asteroid, Mars or beyond.

Humans living off the planet require wastesolutions that mirror issues facing people on Earth. In the hostile environmentof space, waste must be eliminated or transformed in the most efficient andcost-effective manner possible. The innovations, which will be presented at theLAUNCH: Beyond Waste forum, may lead to practical applications for astronautsas we send humans deeper into our solar system.

The LAUNCH: Beyond Waste challenge is openthrough May 15, 2012,and seeks creative solutions to minimize waste or transform it into newproducts in space and on Earth. Forum partners will select 10 innovators topresent their technology solutions at the LAUNCH: Beyond Waste forum, hosted byNASA July 20-22, 2012, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

NASA and the LAUNCH Council — thought leadersrepresenting a diverse and collaborative body of entrepreneurs, scientists,engineers, government, media and business — will participate in the forum andhelp guide these innovations forward. The selected LAUNCH innovators willreceive networking and mentoring opportunities from influential business andgovernment leaders, as well as portfolio presentations.

LAUNCH was created to identify, showcase andsupport innovative approaches to global sustainability challenges. LAUNCHsearches for visionaries whose ideas, technologies or programs show greatpromise for making tangible impacts on society in the developed and developingworlds.

For more information about the LAUNCH: BeyondWaste Challenge and how to enter, visit http://links.launch.org/beyond-waste.

Inquiries about this challenge should bedirected to Chad Badiyan at chad.badiyan@secondmuse.com.

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LinearRegression: Exploring Space Through Math – Space Shuttle Ascent Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools and Learning Environments and ResearchNetwork, or LEARN, Projects are hosting a 60-minute live professionaldevelopment Web seminar for educators on May16, 2012, at 8 p.m. EDT. Discover how you can use the Space Shuttle Ascentactivity to construct a knowledge bridge for your students between the algebraconcepts they learn in your classroom and space exploration.

For more information and toregister online, visit https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-linear-regression/.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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Free Exploring Space Lecture — Gamma Ray Bursts and the Birth of Black Holes

The Swift Explorer is an astronomical satellitethat is observing gamma-ray bursts, the birth cries of black holes. Experimentalphysicist Neil Gehrels will share the latest mission results and discuss the amazingproperties of black holes.

The lecture will take place on May 16,2012, at 8 p.m. EDT. Come early to see a free film and to meet the lecturer.

The lecture will be held at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington,D.C., and is free to attend. Tickets are required. The lecture will be webcastlive for free viewing online. Lecture video will be archived.

For more information, visit http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=3727.

Questions about this lecture should be directed to nasmpubliclectures@si.edu.

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Teachers Touch the Sky: An Astronomy Workshop

Space science is inherently interesting to students, less threatening toteachers than some other sciences and interdisciplinary in nature. Thesefeatures make it the ideal vehicle for teaching basic scientific concepts tochildren in a concrete and captivating manner.

In August 2012, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL, in Pasadena, Calif.,will host a one-week educator workshop for teachers of grades 3 through 9.Attendees will learn about NASA education materials, including hands-onactivities based on current projects in astronomy and space science at JPL, witha special focus on NASA’s current Dawn Mission to the asteroid Vesta. Participantswill take a field trip to JPL’s Table Mountain Observatory, tour JPL’sfacilities and to talk to real scientists about their work.

Registration for this workshop closes on June15, 2012.

For more information and to download the workshop application, visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/index.cfm?page=273.

Please direct questions about this workshop to Dr. Bonnie Buratti at Bonnie.J.Buratti@jpl.nasa.gov.

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2012NASA’s Multiwavelength Universe Online Professional Development Course

In-service and pre-service teachers ofmiddle- and high-school students are invited to register for an onlineprofessional development course sponsored by several NASA missions that are exploringthe universe across the electromagnetic spectrum.

The course is offered for academic or continuing education credit throughSonoma State University. In the course, participants will be shown how to useastronomical examples (images, phenomena, telescopes) to describe the nature oflight and color in terms of the regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Participantswill also learn why NASA uses a variety of telescopes and space-basedinstruments to make observations of the universe. NASA resources for the classroomwill be shared, and participants will learn how NASA resources can be used toaddress common student misconceptions about the nature of light and color.

Formal presentations for the course will take place on four dates between June 25 and July 13, 2012, but willalso be available for archival viewing. Homework for academic credit is dueAug. 17, 2012.

Enrollment is limited to 25 participants. Auditors are also welcomed, on aspace-available basis.

For more information and to register, visit http://epo.sonoma.edu/multiu.php.

Questions about this course should be directed to Lynn Cominsky at lynnc@universe.sonoma.edu.

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StudentSpaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 3 to the International Space Station
Audience: 5-Higher Education Educators andStudents
Letter of Commitment Deadline: Sept. 12, 2012

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, in partnershipwith NanoRacks LLC, announces a new opportunity for communities across the U.S.and space station partner nations. The newest Student Spaceflight ExperimentsProgram, or SSEP, flight opportunity, Mission 3 to the International SpaceStation, or ISS, gives students across a community the ability to design andpropose real experiments to fly in low Earth orbit on the International SpaceStation.

Each participatingcommunity will be provided an experiment slot in a real microgravity researchminilaboratory scheduled to fly on the space station from mid-April to mid-May2013. An experiment design competition in each community — engaging 300 to1,000 students — allows student teams to design real experimentsvying for their communities’ reserved experiment slot on the space station.Additional SSEP programming leverages the experiment design competition toengage the community, embracing a Learning Community Model for science,technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education.

This competition is open to students in grades 5-12 and college. Informaleducation groups and organizations are also encouraged to participate. Allparticipating communities must be aboard by Sept. 12, 2012. The National Center for Earth and Space ScienceEducation is available to help interested communities secure the neededfunding. 

Through previous SSEP missions on the space shuttle and International SpaceStation, more than 70,000 students in almost 200 schools have had theopportunity to design and propose real experiments to fly aboard the spacestation. A total of 27 experiments, reflecting the 27 communities, flew on thefinal two space shuttle flights. The third SSEP flight opportunity, Mission 1to the ISS, engaged 12 communities, and 15 experiments have been selected tofly on SpaceX’s Dragon capsule scheduled to launch later this month. TheMission 2 experiments are slated to fly to the space station in fall 2012.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit the SSEP Mission 3 to ISS NationalAnnouncement of Opportunity at http://ssep.ncesse.org/?p=9708.

The SSEP in-orbit research opportunity is enabled through NanoRacks LLC, whichis working in partnership with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of usingthe International Space Station as a national laboratory.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please email SSEP NationalProgram Director Jeff Goldstein at jeffgoldstein@ncesse.org.

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New Educational Materials Available at NASA.gov

The Educational Materials section of NASA’s Web site offers classroomactivities, educator guides, posters and other types of resources that areavailable for use in the classroom. Materials are listed by type, grade leveland subject. The following items are now available for downloading.

Space Math VII Educator Guide — Grades 3-12

This collection of activities are intended for students looking foradditional challenges in mathematics and physical science. The problems dealwith modern science and engineering issues, often involving actual researchdata. Each word problem includes background information and teachers’ answerkeys.

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Space_Math_VII.html

Remote Sensing Math Educator Guide — Grades 3-12
This guide is a complete study for remote sensing and mathematicalmodels. Each lesson in this guide is a supplement for teaching mathematicaltopics. The problems can be used to enhance understanding of the mathematicalconcept or as an assessment of student mastery. Each word problem includesbackground information and teachers’ answer keys.


https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Remote_Sensing_Math.html

Solar System Magnetism Demonstration — Grades 5-8
The big idea of this demonstration is that the sun and Earth havedifferent magnetic properties. Sunspots are related to magnetism on the sun.Earth has a strong simple magnetic field with two poles. The educator buildsthe magnetic fields using polystyrene spheres, strong magnets and staples. Thenthe participants make “field detectors” from simple objects topredict the locations of the fields.


https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Solar_System_Magnetism.html

Astrobiology Math Educator Guide — Grades 6-12
This collection of activities is intended for students looking foradditional challenges in the mathematics and physical science curriculum ingrades 6-12. The problems deal with modern science and engineering issues,often involving actual research data. Each word problem includes backgroundinformation and teachers’ answer keys.


https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Astrobiology_Math.html

Supernova Remnant SNR 0509 Lithograph — Grades 11-12
The Hubble Space Telescope captured an image of what appears to be adelicate bubble of gas floating in space. The bubble is the visible remnant ofa powerful stellar explosion that took place in the Large Magellanic Cloud, agalaxy about 160,000 light-years from Earth. The image of the supernova remnantis on the first page of the lithograph, and background information is on thesecond page. The lithograph includes a Level One Inquiry activity entitled”In Search of … Supernova Remnants” in which students researchsupernovae and dispel misconceptions of the life cycle of stars.

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Supernova_Remnant_SNR_0509.html

To find more NASA educational materials, visit http://search.nasa.gov/search/edFilterSearch.jsp?empty=true.

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Don’t miss out on education-related opportunities available from NASA. For afull list of Current Opportunities, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html.

Visit NASA Education on the Web:

For Educators: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html
For Students: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html
NASA Kids’ Club: https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub