NASA Education Express — May 31, 2012

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
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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