NASA Education Express — May 10, 2012

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