NASA Education Express — May 24, 2012

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


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

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

Email any questions about this opportunity to


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

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

Email any questions about this opportunity to


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

If you have any questions about this contest,please email Patrick Lynch at


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

If you have any questions about the conference,please contact Brandon Hargis at


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

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


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

If you have questions about this opportunity,please contact Bill Barry at


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


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


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

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to


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  1. This is the chance for a new generation to a part in NASA activities in a easy way…….. Thanks NASA…

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