NASA Education Express — August 30, 2012

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

2012-2013 NASA’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

‘Blast Back toSchool’ International Space Station Downlink and Webcast
Audience:K-12 Educators and Students
EventDate: Sept. 4, 2012, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EDT

NASA’s Glenn Research Center’s Exploring Project
Audience: 9-12 Students
Application Deadline: Sept. 5, 2012

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents”Roving on Mars With Curiosity”
Audience: Grades 5-12
Event Date: Sept. 8, 2012, 1:30-2:30 p.m. EDT

Presenters Needed for2013 Space Exploration Educators Conference
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Sept. 6, 2012

REGISTRATIONOPEN: Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2012
Audience:9-12 Educators and Students
CompetitionBegins: Sept. 8, 2012

2013 NASA’s Reduced Gravity EducationFlight Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators & Students
Proposal Deadline: Oct. 24, 2012

NASA’s Glenn Research Center’s HighSchool Shadowing Project
Audience: Students in Grades 10-12
Session I Application Deadline: Nov. 2, 2012
Session II Application Deadline: Jan. 25, 2013
Sessions III and IV Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2013


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 critical designs.The project also requires flight and launch readiness reviews before therockets 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


‘Blast Back to School’ International SpaceStation Downlink and Webcast

Join astronauts Suni Williams and Joe Acaba live from the International SpaceStation, orbiting 250 miles above Earth for a downlink on Sept. 4, 2012, at 11:30 a.m. EDT.

During this hour webcast presented by NASA Explorer Schools, students and thepublic will learn about life aboard the space station, current research, andthe path to becoming a NASA scientist, engineer or astronaut. Also featured inthe program are Ray Lugo, director of NASA’s Glenn Research Center, andastronaut Greg (Box) Johnson.

For more information, visit

Please email any questions about this opportunity to


NASA’sGlenn Research Center’s Exploring Project

NASA’s Glenn Research Center, or GRC, in Cleveland, Ohio, is acceptingapplications for the Exploring Project. This opportunity allows students toexplore the variety of science, technology, engineering and mathematics careerchoices available at NASA and at Glenn Research Center.

During the months of October through April, participants spend two hours afterschool, once per week, meeting with Exploring advisors to take part inactivities relating to one of five tracks. Applicants can choose from focusareas in Aeronautics, Computer Technology, Balloon Sat Technology, Human SpaceFlight and eXtreme Green.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and between the ages of 14 and 20. Applicationsare due Sept. 5, 2012.

For more information about this opportunity, please visit

Questions about the GRC Exploring Projectshould be directed by email to GRC-Intern@mail.nasa.govor by telephone to 216-433-6656.


NASA’sDigital Learning Network Presents “Roving on Mars With Curiosity”

Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, on Sept. 6, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. EDT for a special event to launch thenewly updated “Next Step Mars” module. Help your students get acloser look at Mars by studying alongside the Curiosity rover. See how Curiosity made itsway to the Red Planet, and engage in the data that comes from approximately 78million kilometers (48,360,000 miles) away.

This webcast launch is part of the Rockets to Racecars activitiestaking place at Richmond International Raceway. After this kick-off event, the module will be availableonline for teacher use.

For more information and to watch the webcast online, visit the DLN website at

Inquiries about this webcast should be directed to Bonnie Murray at


Presenters Needed for 2013 Space ExplorationEducators Conference

The 19th Annual Space Exploration EducatorsConference, or SEEC, is taking place Feb. 7-9, 2013, at Space Center Houston.The goal of SEEC is to encourage K-12 educators to use space to teach allsubjects in their classrooms. Over 700 educators gather for this event eachyear.

Conference organizers are looking for 170interactive sessions that present exciting classroom activities. All sessionsmust have a hands-on component; lecture sessions will not be accepted.Proposals are due Sept.6, 2012.

For more information, visit

If you have any questions about the conference,please call 281-244-2149 or email


REGISTRATIONOPEN: Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2012

NASA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, andMassachusetts Institute of Technology’s, or MIT’s, Space Systems Laboratory areproud to announce that the next Zero Robotics High School Tournament will takeplace this fall, offering high school students the opportunity to designexperiments that will be tested in space.

Zero Robotics challenges high school student teams to write their ownalgorithms to fly the Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient,Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES. The competition starts online where teamscompete to solve an annual challenge guided by mentors. Students can create,edit, share, save, simulate and submit code, all from a Web browser. Afterseveral phases of virtual competition, finalists are selected to compete in alive championship aboard the International Space Station!

Teams may register now:
1) Go to
2) Log In or Create an Account. (Note: You can start programming in the onlineintegrated development environment at this point!)
3) Click “Tournaments” and register for the High School Tournament.
4) Create a team and invite other users.
5) Visit Resources to get started.

The competition starts on Sept. 8, 2012 with a live webcast kickoff, and youcan try out the site right now just by creating an account.

The Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2012 is brought to you by NASA andDARPA, and facilitated by the MIT Space Systems Laboratory, TopCoder and AuroraFlight Sciences.

To see a promotional video for the competition, visit

Please email any questions about this opportunity to


2013NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program

NASA is offering undergraduate students an opportunity to test experiments inmicrogravity aboard NASA’s reduced gravity aircraft.

The opportunity is part of NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program,which gives aspiring explorers a chance to propose, design and fabricate areduced-gravity experiment. Selected teams will test and evaluate theirexperiment aboard NASA’s reduced-gravity airplane. The aircraft flies about 30roller-coaster-like climbs and dips during experiment flights to produceperiods of weightlessness and hypergravity ranging from 0 g to 2 g.

Proposals are due Oct.24, 2012.

Interested students also should submit a letter of intent by Sept. 12, 2012.This step is optional but serves as an introductory notice that a team plans tosubmit a proposal for the upcoming competition.

NASA will announce selected teams Dec. 5, 2012. The teams will fly in thesummer of 2013. Once selected, teams also may invite a full-time, accreditedjournalist to fly with them and document the team’s experiment and experiences.All applicants must be full-time undergraduate students, U.S. citizens and atleast 18 years old.

For more information about the opportunity and instructions for submitting aproposal, visit

Please email any questions about this opportunity to


NASA’sGlenn Research Center’s High School Shadowing Project

NASA’s Glenn Research Center, or GRC, in Cleveland, Ohio, is acceptingapplications for its High School Shadowing Project sessions for the 2012-2013school year. This opportunity provides students with a one- to five-day careerexploration experience at Glenn Research Center.

The project provides high school students with an opportunity to explore careerpossibilities in a research and development environment while under theguidance of a NASA scientist, engineer, technician or administrativeprofessional that serves as the student’s mentor. Students are providedinformation about various careers, career paths and Glenn Research Centereducational resources and programs.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 16 years old by the applicationdeadline. Four sessions are scheduled for the 2012-2013 school year.

Session I —
Application Deadline: Nov. 2, 2012
Session Date: Dec. 4, 2012

Session II —
Application Deadline: Jan. 25, 2013
Session Date: Feb. 27, 2013

Session III —
Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2013
Session Date: March 26, 2013

Session IV —
Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2013
Session Date: April 24, 2013

For more information about this opportunity, please visit

Questions about the GRC High SchoolShadowing Project should be directed by email to or bytelephone to 216-433-6656.


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