NASA Education Express — August 9, 2012

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

FreeEducation Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Various Dates Through August 2012

NASA Office ofEducation Solicits Proposals for the NASA Experimental Program to StimulateCompetitive Research, or EPSCoR
Audience: Higher Education Institutions inEligible States
Proposal Deadline: Aug. 14, 2012

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event– Radiation Belt Storm Probes
Audience: Grades 5-12
Event Date: Aug. 16, 2012, 1 – 2 p.m. EDT

Online Climate Research ApplicationsCourse
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: Aug. 20, 2012

GLOBE Student Climate ResearchCampaign Phase 2 Webinar
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Aug. 21 and Aug. 22, 2012

2012-2013NASA’s University Student Launch Initiative
Audience: Higher Education Students
Proposal Deadline: Aug. 31, 2012

Become a NASA Galileo EducatorNetwork Fellow
Audience: K-12 Educator Professional Development Providers
Application Deadline: Aug. 31, 2012

Minorities Striving and Pursuing HigherDegrees of Success in Earth System Science
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Aug. 31, 2012


Free Education Webinar Series from the AerospaceEducation Services Project

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

Exploring Our Earth From Above (Grades 4-12)
Aug. 9, 2012, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will integrate science,technology, engineering, mathematics and geography, or STEM-G, with Earthobservations, remote sensing and maps. NASA curriculum products, missions andother resources will be utilized to demonstrate an inquiry-based teachingstrategy to better understand Earth and the processes that shape it.

Kepler Mission: Searching for Earth-like Planets (Grades 6-12)
Aug. 13, 2012, 7:30 – 8:45 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will discuss NASA’s KeplerMission.  Kepler has been in space forthree years searching for planets that are orbiting stars in the Milky Waygalaxy. Participants will learn how transits are used to find planets and determinetheir sizes and distances from the stars they orbit.

Living and Working in Space (Grades K-5)
Aug. 16, 2012, 10 – 11 a.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Wil Robertson will introduce teachers to someof the obstacles humans face while traveling in space. The webinar will reviewthe major difficulties and concerns of adapting to the space environment, fromeveryday living and personal hygiene to safety.

“Flying to Mars… In an Airplane?” (Grades 3-9)
Aug. 16, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Brian Hawkins will present anoverview of the Mars Science Laboratory mission with its Curiosity rover and explorethe proposed Aerial Regional-Scale Environmental Survey of Mars, or ARES,mission. ARES is also known as the Mars Airplane. Two hands-on activities willbe demonstrated during this session.

For more information about these webinars, andto see a full list of webinars taking place through August 2012, visit

Questions about this series of webinars shouldbe directed to Gwendolyn Wheatle at


NASA Office of Education Solicits Proposals forthe NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR

The National Aeronautics and SpaceAdministration (NASA) Office of Education, in cooperation with NASA’sAeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), Human Exploration &Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD), and Science Mission Directorates (SMD),the Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT), and NASA’s ten Centers, solicitsproposals for the NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research(EPSCoR). Each funded NASA EPSCoR proposal is expected to establish researchactivities that will make significant contributions to the strategic researchand technology development priorities of one or more of the Mission Directoratesor the OCT and contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science andtechnology capabilities, higher education, and economic development of thejurisdiction. Proposals are due on Aug.14, 2012.

Public Law 102-588, passed in 1992, authorizedNASA to initiate NASA EPSCoR to strengthen the research capability ofjurisdictions that have not in the past participated equably in competitiveaerospace research activities. The goal of NASA EPSCoR is to provide seedfunding that will enable jurisdictions to develop an academic researchenterprise directed toward long-term, self-sustaining, nationally-competitivecapabilities in aerospace and aerospace-related research. This capability will,in turn, contribute to the jurisdiction’s economic viability and expand thenation’s base for aerospace research and development. Since its inception, NASAEPSCoR has been closely linked to the National Space Grant College andFellowship Program (Space Grant).

While proposals can be accepted only frominstitutions for which the NASA EPSCoR Directors are currently serving, allinstitutions of higher education within the jurisdiction should be given theopportunity and must be made aware of the FY 2012 NASA EPSCoR CAN. The NationalScience Foundation (NSF) determines overall jurisdiction eligibility for NASAEPSCoR.

Details regarding general eligibility areavailable at

The following jurisdictions are eligible tosubmit up to two proposals that must be submitted through the jurisdiction PIto this NASA EPSCoR solicitation: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii,Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana,Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, PuertoRico, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, andWyoming.

South Carolina may submit up to three proposals,provided at least one of the proposals represents a project from the U.S.Virgin Islands (which currently falls under South Carolina’s jurisdiction).

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NASA’sDigital Learning Network Event — Radiation Belt Storm Probes

Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, host hosts Joshua Santora andRachel Power for a live interactive education event on Aug. 16, 2012, at 1 p.m. EDT to discuss the Radiation Belt StormProbes, or RBSP, project. Understanding the radiation belt environment and itsvariability has extremely important practical applications in the areas ofspacecraft operations, spacecraft and spacecraft system design, missionplanning and astronaut safety. Interact with RBSP Deputy Project ScientistNicky Fox during this live webcast.

For more information and to take part in the webcast, visit the DLN website at

Inquiries about this webcast should be directed to Joshua Santora at


OnlineClimate Research Applications Course

The University ofNebraska-Lincoln, or UNL, offers K-12 science educators the opportunity to takepart in the development of a new online master’s-level course in ClimateResearch Applications funded by the NASA Innovations in Climate Educationprogram.

Climate change issues will serve as a context to develop research questions anddesign a discrete, locally oriented research project through which they definea problem, analyze data and develop conclusions to potentially impactdecision-making in their communities. Educators are encouraged to utilize thisopportunity to expand their knowledge of climate change, as well as theiravailable tools for educating students and their local communities.Participants will earn three graduate-level credit hours through UNL, as wellas a stipend to cover tuition costs.

Applications are due Aug. 20, 2012.

For more information, visit

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Christine Haney Douglassat


GLOBEStudent Climate Research Campaign Phase 2 Webinar

The second phase of the Global Learning andObservations to Benefit the Environment, or GLOBE, Student Climate ResearchCampaign, or SCRC, will launch in September 2012. Students will develop andconduct climate science research projects using GLOBE data and other long-termdata sets. Learn more by participating in the “SCRC Phase 2: Using GLOBEProtocols and Data to Study Local Climate” webinar. The webinar occursmultiple times on Aug. 21 and Aug. 22,2012.

For more information, visit

Questions about the webinar may be sent to


2012-2013 NASA’s University Student Launch Initiative

NASA’s University Student Launch Initiative, orUSLI, is a competition that challenges university-level students to design,build and launch a reusable rocket with a scientific or engineering payload toone mile above ground level. The project engages students in scientificresearch and real-world engineering processes with NASA engineers.

Once selected, teams design their rockets and payloads throughout the academicyear. USLI requires a NASA review of the teams’ preliminary and criticaldesigns. The project also requires flight and launch readiness reviews beforethe rockets and payloads are approved for launch. Teams complete a Post-LaunchAssessment Review to include conclusions from their science or engineeringexperiment and the overall flight performance. The Preliminary Design Review,Critical Design Review and Flight Readiness Review are conducted by a panel ofscientists and engineers from NASA, NASA contactors and external partners.

NASA’s Student Launch Projects are sponsored by ATK Aerospace Systems. Theannual launch event is hosted at Bragg Farms in Toney, Ala., and launchservices are provided by the National Association of Rocketry. The 2012-2013launch will be on April 20, 2013. Proposals are due Aug. 31, 2012.

The Statement of Work and instructions for submitting a proposal can be foundon the USLI website at

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Julie Clift at


Becomea NASA Galileo Educator Network Fellow

The NASA Galileo Educator Network is accepting applications for a professional development institute in September 2012, atthe Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Ill.

The 15-hour institute will focus on the integration of science content, sciencepractices and the nature of science as outlined in thenational Framework for K–12 Science Education. The goal of this program is totrain participants to assist K-12 teachers with the implementation of the NextGeneration Science Standards, in the context of astronomy and space science.

Lodging support for out-of-town participants and stipends for all participantsare available.

Applications are due Aug. 31,2012.

For more information about the NASA Galileo Educator Network and to apply forthe professional development institute online, visit

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to Brian Kruse at


MinoritiesStriving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success in Earth System Science

The Minorities Striving and Pursuing HigherDegrees of Success in Earth System Science, or MS PHD’S, initiative wasdeveloped by and for underrepresented minorities to facilitate increasedparticipation in earth system science. Each year, the initiative engages approximately 25 minorityundergraduate and graduate students in a series of activities.

The project starts with orientation and a broad earth system science andengineering exposure during MS PHD’S community-building activities at the American Geophysical Unionfall meeting in San Francisco, Calif.

Participants will engage in additional professional development activities atone of the MS PHD’S organizational partners’ meetings. These activities couldinclude attending meetings of the American Meteorological Society, the Associationfor the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, the National Association ofBlack Geologists and Geophysicists, and the Ecological Society of America,among others. Each participant will attend the meeting that most closely alignswith his or her specific academic and professional interests.

The final phase will occur at the National Academies in Washington, D.C., whereparticipants will visit government agencies and engage in dialogs withprofessional society and foundation representatives. Each student will alsoreceive a scholarship award of up to $1,000 and participate in a tour of NASA’sGoddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

The deadline for submitting the online applicationis Aug. 31, 2012.

For more information about the MSPHD’S initiative and how to apply, visit

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to


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