NASA Education Express — May 17, 2012

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