NASA Education Express — August 16, 2012

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

OnlineClimate Research Applications Course
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 Humans inSpace Youth Art Competition
Audience: K-12 Students
Deadline: Oct. 21, 2012

NASA Announces NextOpportunity for CubeSat Space Missions
Audience: Higher Education Educators &Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 12, 2012

New Educational Materials Available at
Microgravity Square Bookmark –Grades K-12
Rocketry Bookmark — All Grade Levels
STEM on Station Bookmark — All Grade Levels
Bag of Bones Activity — Grades K-8

Have a Blast LearningAbout the Moon With New Selene Video Game
Audience: All Educators and Grade 5-HigherEducation Students


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 their availabletools for educating students and their local communities. Participants willearn three graduate-level credit hours through UNL, as well as a stipend tocover 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 Humans in SpaceYouth Art Competition

The international 2012 Humans in Space Youth ArtCompetition invites students ages 10-18 to express their ideas about the futureof human space exploration through visual, literary, musical or digital art.

Artwork submissions will be judged oncreativity, skill and demonstration of meaning relevant to expressing “How willhumans use science and technology to explore space, and what mysteries will weuncover?”

Winning art will be showcased at displays andmultimedia performances worldwide from 2013 to 2014, as well as in an onlinegallery. Submissions must be received by Oct.21, 2012.

For additional information and a complete listof guidelines, visit

Inquiries about this opportunity should bedirected to Jancy McPhee at


NASA Announces Next Opportunity for CubeSatSpace Missions

NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads to fly on rocketsplanned to launch between 2013 and 2016. These miniature spacecraft, known asCubeSats, could be auxiliary payloads on previously planned missions.

CubeSats are a class of research spacecraft called nanosatellites. Thesecube-shaped satellites are approximately four inches long, have a volume ofabout one quart and weigh less than three pounds.

Proposed CubeSat investigations must be consistent with NASA’s Strategic Planand the NASA education vision and goals. The research must address aspects ofscience, exploration, technology development, education or operations.

Applicants must submit proposals electronically by 4:30 p.m. EST, Nov. 12,2012. NASA will select the payloads by Jan. 31, 2013. Selection does notguarantee a launch opportunity. The selected spacecraft will be eligible forflight after final negotiations when a launch opportunity arises. NASA will notprovide funding for the development of the small satellites.

NASA recently announced the results from the third round of the CubeSat LaunchInitiative. From the first three launch initiatives, 64 payloads made the shortlist for launch opportunities between 2011 and 2014. They are eligible forlaunch pending an appropriate opportunity and final negotiations. Thesatellites come from 25 states: Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida,Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts,Michigan, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York,Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Vermont and Virginia.

For additional information about NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative program,visit and


New Educational Materials Available at

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.

Microgravity Square Bookmark — Grades K-12

The uniquely shaped bookmark highlights the microgravity resources for K-12educators found on the Microgravity education website. The website offerslesson plans, research information, opportunities for educators and students,and multimedia highlighting NASA’s microgravity research.

Rocketry Bookmark — All Grade Levels
Blast off to the exciting world of rocketry! Thedownloadable bookmark has the Web address for NASA’s Rocketry education site.Visit the site to explore incredible rocketry resources for educators andstudents.

STEM on Station Bookmark — All Grade Levels
Think beyond textbooks and use the InternationalSpace Station as a teaching resource. The bookmark has the Web address forNASA’s STEM on Station education site. Visit the site to download videos,access lesson plans and find space station opportunities for students andeducators.

Bag of Bones Activity — Grades K-8
Students test bone density using plastic snackbags, corn puff cereal and a heavy book. They apply the scientific method todetermine degrees of bone loss and learn why healthy bones are important inspace and on Earth.

To find more NASA educational materials, visit


Have a Blast Learning About the Moon With NewSelene Video Game

Use your computer to journey back some 4.5billion years, and prepare to blast away — you’re going to make a moon justlike Earth’s. All you need to do is to register to play the award-winning”Selene” online video game from the Center for EducationalTechnologies, or CET. CET is the home of NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Futureat Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, W.Va.

In “Selene: A Lunar ConstructionGame,” you and your students learn about basic geological processes onEarth and in the solar system while helping educational researchers study howand when people learn through educational video games.

Funded by NASA and the National ScienceFoundation, “Selene” has won numerous awards, and research has shownthat the game aids learning. But we need players. To register your students,email with your contact infoand times when you would be available for a short 30-minute orientation.

New for the 2012-2013 school year is aSpanish-language version of the game. The game is open to ages 9 and up and canbe played anytime, anyplace. To learn more about “Selene,” readtestimonials about it or see how it aligns with national and state sciencestandards. Visit the “Selene” website at


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