NASA Education Express — Sept. 27, 2012

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

REGISTERNOW — REGISTRATION CLOSES SEPT. 28 –Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2012
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: Sept. 28, 2012

Free Education Webinar Series from the AerospaceEducation Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Various Dates During October 2012

Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications
Audience: All Educators
Application Deadline: Sept. 30, 2012

2012-2013 NationalStudent Solar Spectrograph Competition
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Deadline to register and apply for build awards:Sept. 30, 2012

EngineeringDesign Challenge: Water Filtration Web Seminar
Audience: Physics Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 2, 2012

Electromagnetic Spectrum: Remote SensingIces on Mars Web Seminar
Audience: 8-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 4, 2012

Celebrate World SpaceWeek
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: Oct. 4-10, 2012

NASA’s Digital Learning Network CelebratesWorld Space Week Special Events Featuring Curiosity!
Audience: Grades 5-12
Event Dates: Oct. 4-10, 2012

Celebrate World Space Week With Free EducationWebinars from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Oct. 4-9, 2012

2013 Texas High School AerospaceScholars
Audience: 9-12 Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 2, 2012

NASA Sponsors Odyssey of the Mind Long-Term Problem — It’s How You Look atIt
Audience: All Educators and Students
Visit Website for Regional Competition Dates

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REGISTERNOW — REGISTRATION CLOSES SEPT. 28 –Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2012

NASA, the Defense Advanced Research ProjectsAgency, or DARPA, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s, or MIT’s, SpaceSystems Laboratory are proud to announce that the next Zero Robotics HighSchool Tournament will take place this fall, offering high school students theopportunity to design experiments that will be tested in space.

Zero Robotics challenges high school studentteams to write their own algorithms to fly the Synchronized Position Hold,Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES. The competition startsonline where teams compete to solve an annual challenge guided by mentors.Students can create, edit, share, save, simulate and submit code, all from aWeb browser. After several phases of virtual competition, finalists areselected to compete in a live championship aboard the International SpaceStation!

Teams may register now:
1) Go to http://zerorobotics.mit.edu/.
2) Log In or Create an Account. (Note: You canstart programming in the online integrated development environment at thispoint!)
3) Click “Tournaments” and registerfor the High School Tournament.
4) Create a team and invite other users.
5) Visit Resources to get started.

Registration closes on Sept. 28, 2012. Visitthe site now to create an account and join the competition!

The Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2012 isbrought to you by NASA and DARPA, and facilitated by the MIT Space SystemsLaboratory, TopCoder and Aurora Flight Sciences.

To see a promotional video for the competition,visit https://www.youtube.com/roboticsinspace.

Please email any questions about thisopportunity to zerorobotics@mit.edu.

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FreeEducation Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

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

I’m Signed up for NEON — Now What? (Grades K-12)
Sept. 29, 2012, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Anne Weiss will introduce participants tobasic features of the NASA Educators Online Network, or NEON,professional/collaborative learning community. Participants will also learn howto use NEON to find appropriate NASA standards-aligned activities that satisfystate-specific teaching standards.

Applying the Engineering Process to STEM (Grades K-12)
Oct. 2, 2012, 5 – 6 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist John Weis will discuss the uses of theEngineering Design Process as a method of problem solving in subject areasother than engineering.

Engineering Is Elementary (Grades 3-8)
Oct. 3, 2012, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Brandon Hargis will discuss ways toincorporate the engineering design process using NASA-developed engineeringdesign challenges for students in grades 3-8. These challenges will engage students’creativity, foster their curiosity, and encourage their interest in space.

Solar System and the Periodic Table(Grades 3-8)
Oct. 17, 2012, 5 – 6 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Sandy Kaszynski will lead this standards-basedwebinar that teaches participants basic principles of what the periodic tablerepresents, using the solar system as an exciting basis for understanding. Thisis an introductory lesson with a concluding game.

Investigating the Climate System (Grades 5-12)
Oct. 24, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist John Weis will introduce participants to thefive problem-based learning educator guides in the NASA Investigating theClimate System series. Topics addressed will include wind, precipitation,energy, clouds and extreme weather. This webinar is part of the Department ofEducation Green Strides webinar series.

Robotics on a Budget (Grades 5-12)
Oct. 30, 2012, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will explore how to use robotics toenhance your students’ understanding of science, technology, engineering andmathematics, or STEM. Participants will also learn about NASA STEM roboticsmissions, curriculum and activities that are available.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinarstaking place through December 2012, visithttp://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to KatieHayden at Katie.S.Hayden@nasa.gov.

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Solar System Ambassadors Program AcceptingApplications

The NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassadors, or SSA, Program,a nationwide network of space enthusiast volunteers, is accepting applicationsthrough Sept. 30, 2012.

Highly motivated individuals will be given the opportunity to represent NASA’sJet Propulsion Laboratory as volunteer Solar System Ambassadors to the publicfor a one-year, renewable term beginning Jan. 1, 2013.

While applications are being sought nationwide, interested parties from thefollowing states are especially encouraged to apply: Iowa,North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia and southern Arizona (nearTucson). Successful applicants from southern Arizona will also have theopportunity to support the University of Arizona locally as OSIRIS-RExAmbassadors. The Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource IdentificationSecurity Regolith Explorer, also known as OSIRIS-Rex, is a NASA planetaryscience mission that will send a spacecraft to an asteroid in 2016.

To learn more about the Solar System Ambassador Program and to apply online,visit http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/.

If you have questions about this opportunity, contact Kay Ferrari, SSA Coordinator,by email at ambassad@jpl.nasa.gov.

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2012-2013 National Student Solar SpectrographCompetition

The National Student Solar SpectrographCompetition is the Montana Space Grant Consortium’s Education Program forNASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, mission. IRIS will usespectrography and imaging in ultraviolet wavelengths to reveal the dynamics ofthe sun’s chromospheres and transition region.

This yearly competition is open to undergraduateinterdisciplinary teams from colleges and universities across the U.S. Teamsare challenged to design and build a working ground-based solar spectrographand demonstrate the capabilities of the spectrograph as defined by theirscience goal. Typical teams have three to six students and must have a facultyadvisor.

Both substantial scholarship prizes and travelprizes will be given in four categories: best design, best build, best scienceobservations and best presentation of results. Teams may apply for funding of$2,000 per team for project materials. Priority for build funds will be givento minority-serving institutions, community colleges and institutions with lessaerospace activity.

Applications for build awards and registrationsare due on Sept. 30,2012.

The competition will be held in Bozeman, Mont.,in May 2013.

For more information and to register online,visit http://www.spacegrant.montana.edu/IRIS/index.html.

Please email any questions about thiscompetition to Randy Larimer at rlarimer@ece.montana.edu.

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Engineering Design Challenge: Water Filtration WebSeminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminarfor educators on Oct. 2, 2012, at 6:30p.m. EDT.

Earth recycles water naturally. Water is also recycled in processing plants andin the Water Recycling Assembly on the International Space Station. During thisseminar, participants will receive background information about the principlesthat apply to all three systems, and then see how to incorporate theinformation into an exciting hands-on, inquiry-based challenge requiringstudents to solve a problem in the best way they can create.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar3.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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ElectromagneticSpectrum: Remote Sensing Ices on Mars Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, theNASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a 90-minute Web seminar on Oct.4, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. EDT. Learn how to use authentic NASA mission data toinvestigate the composition and distribution of ices in the high-latituderegions of Mars through analysis of visible light, infrared light and gammarays. The seminar includes information about a unique student extensionactivity, where students access a free computer simulation illustrating howgamma rays are used to determine the chemical composition of Mars.

For more information and to registeronline, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar4.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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Celebrate World Space Week

Join educators and space enthusiasts around theworld to celebrate World Space Week, Oct.4-10, 2012. This international event commemorates the beginningof the Space Age with the launch of Sputnik 1 on Oct. 4, 1957.

World Space Week is the largest public spaceevent in the world, with celebrations in more than 50 nations. During WorldSpace Week, teachers are encouraged to use space-themed activities. The themefor 2012, “Space for Human Safety and Security,” has been chosen tocelebrate the many ways in which mankind’s activities in space improve our dailylives.

To find NASA educational resources that can beused during World Space Week, visit the Educational Materials Finder: http://search.nasa.gov/search/edFilterSearch.jsp?empty=true.

To learn more about World Space Week, search forevents in your area and find educational materials related to the event, visit www.worldspaceweek.org.

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NASA’sDigital Learning Network Celebrates World Space Week Special Events FeaturingCuriosity!

Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, for a trio of special events tocelebrate World Space Week (Oct. 4-10, 2012).

On Oct. 4, 2012, at 12:30 p.m. EDT,NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California and Goddard Space Flight Centerin Maryland are teaming up to celebrate the landing of the Curiosity rover onMars! This live event will explore NASA’s latest rover on the Red Planet, andstudents will learn from NASA experts about how both centers contributed to themission.

On Oct. 9, 2012, at 3:30 p.m. EDT and Oct. 10, 2012, at 6 p.m. EDT, the DLNpresents opportunities for students to interact with experts at NASA’s JetPropulsion Laboratory in California. During these special live events, studentscan discuss the Curiosity mission to Mars with NASA experts who helped designthe mission. Visit the DLN website to learn how your class can participate.

For more information and to watch the webcasts online, visit the DLN website athttp://dln.nasa.gov.

Inquiries about these events should be directed to Caryn Long at caryn.long@nasa.gov.

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CelebrateWorld Space Week With Free Education Webinars from the Aerospace EducationServices Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project is celebratingWorld Space Week with a series of free webinars taking place Oct. 4-9, 2012.All webinars can be accessed online. Join aerospace education specialists tolearn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bringNASA into your classroom.

Kepler Mission (Grades K-12)
Oct. 4, 2012, 6 – 7:30 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt as he discusses NASA’sKepler mission to find Earth-like planets. Participants will also learn aboutKepler-related educational materials and how to use the activities with their students.

The International Space Station: Life in Space (Grades 4-12)
Oct. 4, 2012, 5 – 6 p.m. EDT
The International Space Station is a unique and exciting classroom inspace. Join aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan as he shares inquiryactivities and online resources for your classroom on Earth. NASA STEMresources, space food and nutrition, and Newton’s Laws of Motion are just someof the topics integrated during the out of this world webinar.

The Origins of the Solar System: The Dawn Mission (Grades 4-12)
Oct. 5, 2012, 1 – 2 p.m. EDT and 4 – 5 p.m.
Join aerospace education specialist Rachelle Oblack as she discussesthe Dawn mission. Learn how this mission will characterize the early solarsystem and the processes that dominated its formation by studying asteroidVesta and dwarf planet Ceres, celestial bodies believed to have accreted earlyin the history of the solar system.

Exploring Strange New Worlds (Grades K-12)
Oct. 8, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Most of our knowledge about the solar system and objects beyond our celestialneighborhood comes to us through remote sensing, fly-by, orbiter and roboticmissions. Join aerospace education specialist Rick Varner as he discusses theseinformation gathering techniques. Participants will be introduced to the”Strange New Worlds” classroom activity.

Solar System Resources (Grades 2-12)
Oct. 9, 2012, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialists John Weis and Brandon Hargis for anoverview of NASA resources available for teaching about the solar system.Resources will focus on hands-on activities and include topics such as scale,missions, moons and eclipses.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinarstaking place through December 2012, visithttp://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to KatieHayden at Katie.S.Hayden@nasa.gov.

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2013Texas High School Aerospace Scholars

The Texas High School AerospaceScholars project is an interactive, online learning experience. It ishighlighted by a six-day internship where selected students are encouraged tostudy mathematics, science, engineering or computer science by interacting withengineers at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The Texas High School Aerospace Scholars project is open to high schooljuniors throughout Texas. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have access tothe Internet.

The application deadline is Nov. 2, 2012.

For additional information on the project and to apply online, visit http://has.aerospacescholars.org/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to jsc-aeroscho@mail.nasa.gov.

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NASA Sponsors Odyssey of the Mind Long-TermProblem — It’s How You Look at It

NASA is sponsoring the Odyssey of the Mind Long-Term Problem — It’s How YouLook at It.

Odyssey ofthe Mind is an international educational program that offers creativeproblem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college.Participants apply their creativity to solve problems that range from buildingmechanical devices to presenting their own interpretations of literaryclassics. The teams then bring their solutions to competition on the local,state and international levels.

This year’s NASA-sponsored problem requires teams to create andpresent an original humorous performance that includes two characters that actnaturally — to them — but odd to those around them. One scene will establishthe “normal” behavior of one character that, at some point in the performance,finds itself among others who react to the out-of-place behavior. The othercharacter’s behavior will stand out too, but this character will end up in asetting where its odd behavior is considered normal. The performance will alsoinclude a meter that indicates the degree of odd/normal behavior and a creativescene change.

For more information and to find datesfor regional competitions, visit http://www.odysseyofthemind.com/.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please emailinfo@odysseyofthemind.com.

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Don’t miss out on education-related opportunitiesavailable 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

NASA Education Express — Sept. 20, 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 During September 2012

“Curiosity Has Landed inYour Classroom” Educator Conference
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Registration Deadline: Sept. 21, 2012
Conference Date: Sept. 29, 2012

Live Video Chat: Life as an Astronaut
Audience: Grades 4-12
Event Date: Sept. 25, 2012, 1-1:45 p.m. EDT

2012 Gregory G. LeptoukhOnline Giovanni Workshop
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Workshop Dates: Sept. 25-28, 2012

Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications
Audience: All Educators
Application Deadline: Sept. 30, 2012

2012-2013 NationalStudent Solar Spectrograph Competition
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Deadline to register and apply for build awards:Sept. 30, 2012

2013 RASC-AL Competition
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: Jan. 19, 2013

New DIYPodcast Module Available — Failure Prevention
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students

New NASA iPad Magazine “Space PlacePrime” Now Available
Audience: Educators of Grades 3-14

Have a Blast Learning About the Moon With NewSelene Video Game
Audience: All Educators and Grade 5-HigherEducation Students

Discovery Dome Loaner Program
Audience: Informal Educators and Museum Curators

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FreeEducation Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

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

Putting NEON to Work for You (Grades K-12)
Sept. 20, 2012, 5 – 6 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Anne Weiss explains how to use theNASA Educators Online Network, or NEON’s, most important feature: the interestgroups. Participants will role-play several scenarios to find out how NEON’svarious tools can be used to find NASA activities that align to state-specificstandards.

Are Microbes Alive? (Grades 5-12)
Sept. 25, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler will discuss how scientists definelife and what characteristics are common to living things. This webinar willfocus on a problem- based learning activity that connects the concept ofrequirements for life and serves as a bridge to activities in whichparticipants speculate on the possibilities of life (possibly microbial life)on other planets in our solar system.

Are Microbes Alive? (Grades 5-12)
Sept. 25, 2012, 7 – 8 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler will discuss how scientists definelife and what characteristics are common to living things. This webinar willfocus on a problem- based learning activity that connects the concept ofrequirements for life and serves as a bridge to activities in whichparticipants speculate on the possibilities of life (possibly microbial life)on other planets in our solar system.

Mission to Planet Earth: Remote Sensing (Grades 2-8)
Sept. 26, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
The world around us is constantly changing. Sometimes these changes happensuddenly and are easily observed. In many cases, changes in the Earth are not easilyseen, yet are readily apparent in comparisons made over time. Join aerospace educationspecialist Rick Varner for this session designed to help teachers and studentsappreciate these changes and study the impacts of Earth’s natural systems andhow humans affect their environment.

I’m Signed up for NEON — Now What? (Grades K-12)
Sept. 29, 2012, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Anne Weiss will introduce participants tobasic features of the NASA Educators Online Network, or NEON, professional/collaborativelearning community. Participants will also learn how to use NEON to findappropriate NASA standards-aligned activities that satisfy state-specificteaching standards.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinarstaking place through December 2012, visithttp://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to KatieHayden at Katie.S.Hayden@nasa.gov.

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“CuriosityHas Landed in Your Classroom” Educator Conference

Learn how to bring STEM concepts from NASA’s newestMars rover, Curiosity, into your classroom during a free educator conference atArizona State University! Special presenters from NASA’s Mars team will sharethe latest news and discoveries from the Red Planet, and education specialistswill showcase hands-on activities to help educators extend their students’science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, learning.

A certificate for 6.5 professional development clock hours will be given forthis conference. Conference participants will receive lesson plans, NASAmaterials and resources.

The conference will take place on Sept. 29, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thedeadline to register is Sept. 21, 2012.

For more information and to register, visit http://marsed.asu.edu/curiosityhaslanded.

Questions about this conference should be directed to marsed@mars.asu.edu.

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Live Video Chat: Lifeas an Astronaut

NASA Explorer Schools is offering students in grades 4-12 an opportunity to askquestions of Bob Cabana, astronaut and Director of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.Join the video chat on Sept. 25, 2012,from 1-1:45 p.m. EDT to ask Cabana questions about his education, astronauttraining, living and working in space and the future of space exploration.

Students do not need to be in a school participating in the NASA ExplorerSchools project in order to ask questions during this video chat.

Submit questions during the chat through a chatwindow, or send them to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

To learn more about NES, visit the explorerschools.nasa.gov website.

For more information and to view the video chat, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/cabana-chat.html.

If you have any questions about the video chat, contact NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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2012 Gregory G. Leptoukh Online GiovanniWorkshop

Join the NASA Goddard Earth Science Data andInformation Services Center for the 2012 Gregory G. Leptoukh Online GiovanniWorkshop taking place Sept.25-28, 2012. This workshop will focus on the use of thepioneering data visualization and analysis tool, Giovanni. The online workshopwill be organized around four main themes: Earth system research utilizingGiovanni; Giovanni applications (air quality, disaster management,environmental monitoring, etc.); planned and desired augmentation of Giovanni;and educational use of Giovanni.

The workshop will primarily consist of onlineauthor-led presentations coupled with real-time discussions about thesepresentations. Presentations and chat logs will be available online for reviewfor those unable to participate in live sessions.

To learn more, visit http://disc.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/giovanni/additional/newsletters/gregory_leptoukh_2012_online_giovanni_workshop.

Questions about this workshop should be directedto Dr. James G. Acker at James.G.Acker@nasa.gov.

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Solar System Ambassadors Program AcceptingApplications

The NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassadors, or SSA, Program,a nationwide network of space enthusiast volunteers, is accepting applicationsthrough Sept. 30, 2012.

Highly motivated individuals will be given the opportunity to represent NASA’sJet Propulsion Laboratory as volunteer Solar System Ambassadors to the publicfor a one-year, renewable term beginning Jan. 1, 2013.

While applications are being sought nationwide, interested parties from thefollowing states are especially encouraged to apply: Iowa,North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia and southern Arizona (nearTucson). Successful applicants from southern Arizona will also have theopportunity to support the University of Arizona locally as OSIRIS-RExAmbassadors. The Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource IdentificationSecurity Regolith Explorer, also known as OSIRIS-Rex, is a NASA planetaryscience mission that will send a spacecraft to an asteroid in 2016.

To learn more about the Solar System Ambassador Program and to apply online,visit http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/.

If you have questions about this opportunity, contact Kay Ferrari, SSA Coordinator,by email at ambassad@jpl.nasa.gov.

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2012-2013 National Student Solar SpectrographCompetition

The National Student Solar SpectrographCompetition is the Montana Space Grant Consortium’s Education Program forNASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, mission. IRIS will usespectrography and imaging in ultraviolet wavelengths to reveal the dynamics ofthe sun’s chromospheres and transition region.

This yearly competition is open to undergraduateinterdisciplinary teams from colleges and universities across the U.S. Teamsare challenged to design and build a working ground-based solar spectrographand demonstrate the capabilities of the spectrograph as defined by their sciencegoal. Typical teams have three to six students and must have a faculty advisor.

Both substantial scholarship prizes and travelprizes will be given in four categories: best design, best build, best scienceobservations and best presentation of results. Teams may apply for funding of$2,000 per team for project materials. Priority for build funds will be givento minority-serving institutions, community colleges and institutions with lessaerospace activity.

Applications for build awards and registrationsare due on Sept. 30,2012.

The competition will be held in Bozeman, Mont.,in May 2013.

For more information and to register online,visit http://www.spacegrant.montana.edu/IRIS/index.html.

Please email any questions about thiscompetition to Randy Larimer at rlarimer@ece.montana.edu.

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2013 RASC-AL Competition

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace announce the 2013 RevolutionaryAerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage, or RASC-AL, Competition. RASC-ALis a design project competition aimed at university-level engineering students.

The RASC-AL contest challenges participants to design projects based on realNASA projects. Participants can choose from three different themes. Conceptsderived from the design projects potentially could be implemented by NASA.

Interested teams are encouraged to submit a notice of intent by Nov 9, 2012,and teams must submit an abstract for their proposed project by Jan. 19, 2013. The RASC-AL SteeringCommittee of NASA and industry experts will evaluate the proposals and selectas many as 10 undergraduate and five graduate teams tocompete against each other at a forum in June 2013 in Florida.

The RASC-AL competition is open to full-time undergraduate or graduate studentsmajoring in engineering or science at an accredited university. Universitydesign teams must include one faculty or industry advisor with a universityaffiliation and two or more undergraduate or graduate students. A group ofuniversities may also work in collaboration on a design project entry.Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

For more information about this competition, visit http://www.nianet.org/rascal/index.html.

If you have questions about this competition, please contact Shelley Spears at Shelley.Spears@nianet.org or Stacy Dees at stacy.dees@nianet.org.

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New DIY Podcast Module Available — Failure Prevention

For every NASA mission, the goal is success. If a vehicle, hardware or systemfails, it can cost time, equipment, money or even lives. NASA’s Do-It-YourselfPodcast’s newest module is “Failure Prevention.” In this module, youwill find background information on how failure plays a role in the engineeringdesign process. Audio and video clips contain interviews with NASA specialistswho analyze failure, as well as clips of vehicle and system tests that haveboth failed and succeeded.

Visit NASA’s DIY Podcast site today to introduce your students to this topic.Integrate technology into your lessons by asking your students to make apodcast. Students may use the information in the overview as a starting point,then develop a script for their podcasts as they add audio and video clips tosupport their topics.

Come on! Integrate to educate: your students will love it! And what’s more,there are teaching tips and hints on the DIY Podcast blog.

NASA’s DIY Podcast: Failure Prevention https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/diypodcast/failure-prevention-index-diy.html

NASA’s DIY Podcast Blog https://blogs.nasa.gov/cm/newui/blog/viewpostlist.jsp?blogname=diyPodcastBlog

If you have questions or comments about NASA’s DIY Podcast, please email educationpodcast@nasa.gov.

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New NASA iPad Magazine “Space PlacePrime” Now Available

Announcing “Space Place Prime,” the newNASA magazine for iPad. This brand new app gathers some of the best and mostrecent Web offerings from NASA. It taps engrossing articles from The SpacePlace website, enlightening NASA videos and daily images such as the AstronomyPicture of the Day and the NASA Earth Observatory Image of the Day.

“Space Place Prime” targets a multigenerational audience. Kids, teachers,parents, space enthusiasts and everyone in between will find fascinating featureson this new, free NASA app.

For more information about the new magazine, visit http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/ios/.

iPad is a registered trademarks of Apple Inc.

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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 selene@cet.edu 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 http://selene.cet.edu.

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DiscoveryDome Loaner Program

Thanks to NASA support fromthe Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums, museums, sciencecenters, Challenger centers and other 501(c)(3) community organizations areeligible for a free Discovery Dome loaner program.

The Discovery Dome is available for monthlong loans. The dome includes the show”We Choose Space,” but will also include other NASA-sponsoredplanetarium shows. Stellarium star software and WorldWide Telescope galacticexploration software will also be included. In addition, a free immersive game”Monster Trucks on the Moon” is included. This game allowsparticipants to test their driving skills by navigating a truck on the moonwithout turning it over or spilling its cargo.

To watch the “We Choose Space” show for free, to download educationalresources, and to order the show on DVD, visit http://www.spaceupdate.com/?shows/ddome/we_choose_space/we_choose_space.html.

To watch all of the planetarium shows, visit http://tinyurl.com/domeshows.

In order to receive a loaner Discovery Dome, your organization must:

— commit to sending someone to Houston, Texas, or Washington, D.C., fortraining (or pay travel expenses for a trainer to come to your site).
— pay for one-way return shipping of the system to Houston (or to its nextlocation).
— have insurance or guarantee for any loss or damage. If the mirror is damagedduring use, the cost will vary from $100 (minor scratch) to $1,000(replacement). Total financial commitment is approximately $2,000 or less.
— commit for a person to operate the dome, at least part time. Venues areallowed to sell tickets or otherwise charge (especially if offsite travel isinvolved), but to maximize usage it is requested that fees are kept to aminimum.

Organizations that are accepted must keep usage statistics for NASA metrics andfill out an evaluation form.

Preference will be given to rural sites, sites more than 100 miles from adigital planetarium and sites serving minority groups.

Interested organizations should fill out the online application form at https://adobeformscentral.com/?f=BvNwE2deC-oenx7oKwe3wQ.

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to Patricia H. Reiff at reiff@rice.edu or 713-348-4634.

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Don’t miss out on education-related opportunitiesavailable 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

DATE CHANGE: NASA's Digital Learning Network Presents Space Shuttle Endeavour 'Fly-Out' Celebration

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents Space ShuttleEndeavour “Fly-Out” Celebration
Audience: Grades 4-12
Event Date: Sept. 19, 2012, 1 – 2 p.m. EDT

NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, is hosting a special event on Sept. 19, 2012, at 1 p.m. EDT tocommemorate the departure of space shuttle Endeavour. JoinDLN hosts Rachel Power and Joshua Santora live at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centerin Florida as space shuttle Endeavour continues her journey on the back of theShuttle Carrier Aircraft, a modified 747, to its final destination at theCalifornia Science Center in the heart of Los Angeles.

The Space Shuttle Endeavour “Fly-Out”Celebration will include special guests that have worked on the space shuttleover the years both on land and in space. Also, the DLN team from NASA’s JetPropulsion Laboratory, located in Pasadena, Calif., will be giving a preview ofwhat awaits Endeavour on the West Coast.

For more information and to watch the webcast online, visit the DLN website at http://dln.nasa.gov.

Do you have a question you would like to see answered live during the webcast?Send questions to dlinfochannel@gmail.com.

Inquiries about this webcast should be directed to JoshuaSantora at Joshua.Santora@nasa.gov.

NASA Education Express — Sept. 13, 2012

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

“A Century of Women in Aerospace” Family Day
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Sept. 15, 2012

Free Education Webinar Series from the AerospaceEducation Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Various Dates During September 2012

NASA’sDigital Learning Network Presents Space Shuttle Endeavour “Fly-Out”Celebration
Audience: Grades 4-12
Event Date: Sept. 17, 2012, 1 – 2 p.m. EDT

DEADLINE EXTENDED: NASA’s Glenn ResearchCenter’s Exploring Project
Audience: 9-12 Students
New Application Deadline: Sept. 17, 2012

Algebraic Equations: Transit Tracks –Finding Habitable Planets Web Seminar
Audience: Algebra Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: Sept. 19, 2012

“Curiosity Has Landed in YourClassroom” Educator Conference
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Registration Deadline: Sept. 21, 2012
Conference Date: Sept. 29, 2012

Celebrate World SpaceWeek
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: Oct. 4-10, 2012

Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Dates: Multiple Dates Through March 2013

2012 Cassini Scientist for a DayEssay Contest
Audience: 5-12 Students
Entry Deadline: Oct. 24, 2012

“TheWorld’s a Place of Living Things” Art Contest
Audience: Students in Grades 2-4
Entry Deadline: Nov. 5, 2012

Name That Asteroid Contest
Audience: Students Under 18 Years of Age
Application Deadline: Dec. 2, 2012

Fall 2013 NASA Aeronautics Scholarships
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2013

Registration Open for NASA Explorer Schools Project
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-12

Expanded Offer for Space Shuttle Tilesand Food
Audience: All Educators and Museum Curators

NASA’s Digital LearningNetwork Special Event: Chat With a Mission Control Flight Officer
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students

New ModuleAvailable from NASA’s Digital Learning Network: STEM on Station
Audience: 6-8 Educators

DOWNLOAD NOW: ‘Museum in a Box’ FlightScience Lessons
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators

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“A Century of Women in Aerospace” Family Day

For over 100 years, women have contributed to technological advances inaviation and space. Hear about the historic women who have inspired today’srole models during “A Century of Women in Aerospace” Family Day atthe National Air and Space Museum in Washington,D.C. This event takes place on Sept. 15, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Meet women who’ve made a difference in aerospaceand aviation, including NASA astronaut Serena Auñón. Enjoy story time and hands-onactivities for children. See if you have the right stuff in the AstronautCandidate Training Center and create a mission patch you can wear. Makeold-fashioned pennants and tickets from the golden age of flight. Play theWomen in Aerospace timeline game and get your historic pilot’s license.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=3668.

Questions about this event should be directed to the visitor service line at202-633-1000.

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FreeEducation Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

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

I’m Signed up for NEON — Now What? (Grades K-12)
Sept. 15, 2012, noon – 1 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Anne Weiss will introduce participants tobasic features of the NASA Educators Online Network, or NEON,professional/collaborative learning community. Participants will also learn howto use NEON to find appropriate NASA standards-aligned activities that satisfystate-specific teaching standards.

Observing the Moon (Grades 4-12)
Sept. 19, 2012, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EDT
“International Observe the Moon Night: Under the Same Moon,”takes place on Sept. 22, 2012. To prepare you for the event, aerospaceeducation specialist Steve Culivan will explore NASA lunar missions andeducation resources. The speaker will also model ways to integrate theseresources to enhance your classroom curriculum.

Putting NEON to Work for You (Grades K-12)
Sept. 20, 2012, 5 – 6 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Anne Weiss explains how to use theNASA Educators Online Network, or NEON’s, most important feature: the interestgroups. Participants will role-play several scenarios to find out how NEON’svarious tools can be used to find NASA activities that align to state-specificstandards.

Are Microbes Alive? (Grades 5-12)
Sept. 25, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler will discuss how scientists definelife and what characteristics are common to living things. This webinar willfocus on a problem- based learning activity that connects the concept ofrequirements for life and serves as a bridge to activities in whichparticipants speculate on the possibilities of life (possibly microbial life)on other planets in our solar system.

Are Microbes Alive? (Grades 5-12)
Sept. 25, 2012, 7 – 8 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler will discuss how scientists definelife and what characteristics are common to living things. This webinar willfocus on a problem- based learning activity that connects the concept ofrequirements for life and serves as a bridge to activities in whichparticipants speculate on the possibilities of life (possibly microbial life)on other planets in our solar system.

Mission to Planet Earth: Remote Sensing (Grades 2-8)
Sept. 26, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
The world around us is constantly changing. Sometimes these changes happensuddenly and are easily observed. In many cases, changes in the Earth are noteasily seen, yet are readily apparent in comparisons made over time. Join aerospaceeducation specialist Rick Varner for this session designed to help teachers andstudents appreciate these changes and study the impacts of Earth’s naturalsystems and how humans affect their environment.

I’m Signed up for NEON — Now What? (Grades K-12)
Sept. 29, 2012, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Anne Weiss will introduce participants tobasic features of the NASA Educators Online Network, or NEON,professional/collaborative learning community. Participants will also learn howto use NEON to find appropriate NASA standards-aligned activities that satisfystate-specific teaching standards.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinarstaking place through December 2012, visithttp://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to KatieHayden at Katie.S.Hayden@nasa.gov.

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NASA’sDigital Learning Network Presents Space Shuttle Endeavour “Fly-Out”Celebration

NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, is hosting a special event on Sept. 17, 2012, at 1 p.m. EDT tocommemorate the departure of space shuttle Endeavour. JoinDLN hosts Rachel Power and Joshua Santora live at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centerin Florida as space shuttle Endeavour continues her journey on the back of theShuttle Carrier Aircraft, a modified 747, to its final destination at theCalifornia Science Center in the heart of Los Angeles.

The Space Shuttle Endeavour “Fly-Out”Celebration will include special guests that have worked on the space shuttleover the years both on land and in space. Also, the DLN team from NASA’s JetPropulsion Laboratory, located in Pasadena, Calif., will be giving a preview ofwhat awaits Endeavour on the West Coast.

For more information and to watch the webcast online, visit the DLN website at http://dln.nasa.gov.

Do you have a question you would like to see answered live during the webcast?Send questions to dlinfochannel@gmail.com.

Inquiries about this webcast should be directed to JoshuaSantora at Joshua.Santora@nasa.gov.

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DEADLINEEXTENDED: NASA’s Glenn 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. 17, 2012.

For more information about this opportunity, please visit https://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/education/NASAExplorers_GRC.html.

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

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AlgebraicEquations: Transit Tracks — Finding Habitable Planets WebSeminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Sept. 19, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. EDT. Inthis Web seminar, participants will learn about an engaging algebra activitycalled “Finding Habitable Planets” that allows students to analyze NASA data withthe hopes of discovering planets in habitable zones of solar systems.

For more information and to registeronline, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar2.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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“CuriosityHas Landed in Your Classroom” Educator Conference

Learn how to bring STEM concepts from NASA’s newestMars rover, Curiosity, into your classroom during a free educator conference atArizona State University! Special presenters from NASA’s Mars team will sharethe latest news and discoveries from the Red Planet, and education specialistswill showcase hands-on activities to help educators extend their students’science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, learning.

A certificate for 6.5 professional development clock hours will be given forthis conference. Conference participants will receive lesson plans, NASAmaterials and resources.

The conference will take place on Sept. 29, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thedeadline to register is Sept. 21, 2012.

For more information and to register, visit http://marsed.asu.edu/curiosityhaslanded.

Questions about this conference should be directed to marsed@mars.asu.edu.

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Celebrate World Space Week

Join educators and space enthusiasts around theworld to celebrate World Space Week, Oct.4-10, 2012. This international event commemorates the beginningof the Space Age with the launch of Sputnik 1 on Oct. 4, 1957.

World Space Week is the largest public spaceevent in the world, with celebrations in more than 50 nations. During WorldSpace Week, teachers are encouraged to use space-themed activities. The themefor 2012, “Space for Human Safety and Security,” has been chosen tocelebrate the many ways in which mankind’s activities in space improve ourdaily lives.

To find NASA educational resources that can beused during World Space Week, visit the Educational Materials Finder: http://search.nasa.gov/search/edFilterSearch.jsp?empty=true.

To learn more about World Space Week, search forevents in your area and find educational materials related to the event, visit www.worldspaceweek.org.

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FreeSmithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

Curious about our nearest star, moon rocks,volcanoes and other wonders of the universe? Come to the Smithsonian’s Stars, aseries of 10 lectures by Smithsonian researchers who are exploring the sun, themoon, planets, stars, galaxies and the universe. These speakers will sharebehind-the-scenes details about how their research is done and technologiesthat advance new discoveries at the Smithsonian Institution.

Each lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. and is followed by a question-and-answersession. A Discovery Station activity will take place at 4 p.m. prior to eachlecture. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.

Oct. 6, 2012 — Three Decades of Telescopes for Observing the Sun
Thirty years ago, Smithsonian scientists and engineers began developing a newtechnique for coating mirrors to look at the sun. The resulting telescopes havedriven three decades of new discoveries. Senior Project Engineer Peter Cheimetswill discuss the telescopes that have made this golden age of solar observationpossible and the breathtaking results.

Oct. 20, 2012 — Mercury: Oh Strange New World
Data from the MESSENGER spacecraft orbiting Mercury shows us just howwondrous and unique the smallest planet in our solar system is. PlanetaryGeophysicist Michelle Selvans will discuss the complexities that make Mercuryso wonderfully unique.

Nov. 3, 2012 — Moon Rocks and How They Became Famous
In the late 1960s, Apollo astronauts collected rocks from the moon andbrought them back to Earth. Scientists studied these rocks, curators put themon display in museums around the world and President Nixon gave them as giftsto foreign heads of state. Teasel Muir-Harmonywill explore the wide-ranging roles that these rocks played.

Nov. 17, 2012 — The Dynamic Sun
The sun is even more dynamic, mysterious and beautifulthan you probably imagine. Astrophysicist Mark Weber will explore thisincredible star with observations from some of the most advanced telescopes.Learn what scientists have discovered and what they are only beginning tounderstand.

Dec. 1, 2012 — A Universe of Data
This century has seen stunning cosmic discoveries. The digital age hasgiven everyone free access to space data; the trick is to turn that data intoquantitative science and pictures that tell a story. Astrophysicist JonathanMcDowell will use images from the Chandra Space Telescope to help explain howastronomers study space in the computer age.

Dec. 15, 2012 — The Mission of the Mars Science Laboratory,Curiosity
Since landing on Mars in early August 2012, the Mars Science LaboratoryCuriosity rover has returned an array of stunning data that is being used to evaluatewhether Mars may have harbored habitable environments. Geologist John Grantwill delve into the recent findings from Curiosity.

Jan. 5, 2013 — Trees in the City
Tree cover is an important element of the urban environment that plays anincreasingly larger role in ecosystem processes. Geographer Andrew Johnston willdiscuss how satellite data is used to make reliable observations about urbantree cover variability, why it matters to urban residents and how these samedata are used to map changes in tree cover.

Feb. 2, 2013– Volcano Breath
Join Global Volcanism Program Director Liz Cottrell for a lecture about volcanoeson a global scale. Learn how the gaseous contents of volcanoes propel theirexplosions and impact our climate. Hear the latest about volcanic gas research andexplore the latest discoveries about how the deep Earth is recycling the air webreathe.

Feb. 16, 2013– Venus: 50 Years After Mariner2
Fifty years ago Mariner 2 flew past Venus, becoming the first spaceprobe to explore another planet. But Venus, our nearest neighbor, still holdsmany mysteries. On Feb. 16, 2013, GeophysicistBruce Campbell will discuss what is known about Venus, including how it differsfrom Earth, and how future explorers may provide crucial clues to understandingthis hot, dry world.

March 2, 2013 — Robots and Humans Unite
The universe is far older and vaster than anyone imagined a century ago. Tohelp scientists map the structure and evolution of the universe, a specialinstrument called a Hectospec was needed. A Hectospec uses the precisiontechnology of optical fibers placed by delicate but very fast robots. SeniorPhysicist Dan Fabricant will discuss how the Hectospec was developed, how itworks and how it is used by astronomers for scientific discovery.

For more information about the Smithsonian’sStars Lecture Series, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/lectures/stars/index.cfm.

Questions about this lecture series should be directed to the visitor serviceline at 202-633-1000.

The Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series is made possible by a grant fromNASA.

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2012Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest

The Cassini Scientist for a Day contest challengesstudents to become NASA scientists studying Saturn. Participants examine threepossible observations taken by Cassini and choose the one they think will yieldthe best scientific results. Students then write an essay under 500 wordsexplaining their choice. Winners will participate in a teleconference withCassini scientists.

The contest is open to all students in the United States in grades 5-12. Theessays will be divided into three groups for scoring: grades 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12.All submissions must be students’ original work. Each student can submit onlyone entry.

Deadline for fall 2012 submissions is 3p.m. EDT onOct. 24, 2012.

For more information, visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/scientistforaday/.

International participants are also encouraged to enter. Deadlines forindividual countries vary. To see if your country is participating, visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/education/scientistforaday11thedition/international/.

If you have questions about this contest, please email scientistforaday@jpl.nasa.gov.

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“The World’s a Place of Living Things” Art Contest

The Institute for Global EnvironmentalStrategies, or IGES, invites young scientists andartists to explore biodiversity. There are many different types of life onEarth — from bacteria to insects to plants and animals. Biodiversity iseverywhere. Students in grades 2-4 are encouraged to learn more about the formsof life in a particular place — what types of life can be seen? What types oflife are hard to see? Do the different types of life interact with each other?

Students should investigate these questions, and create a piece of artwork (nolarger than 16″x20″) to show what they have learned. First-, second-,and third-place artists will receive a $100, $75, and $50 gift card,respectively, framed color certificates and their artwork will be showcased onthe IGES website. For full details on the contest, resources on biodiversityand to download an entry form, visit http://www.strategies.org/artcontest.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to info@strategies.org.


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NameThat Asteroid Contest

Students worldwide have anopportunity to name an asteroid from which an upcoming NASA mission will returnsamples to Earth.

Scheduled to launch in 2016, the mission is called the Origins-SpectralInterpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer, orOSIRIS-REx. Samples returned from the primitive surface of the near-Earth asteroidcurrently called (101955) 1999 RQ36 could hold clues to the origin of the solarsystem and organic molecules that may have seeded life on Earth. NASA also isplanning a crewed mission to an asteroid by 2025. A closer scientific study ofasteroids will provide context and help inform this mission.

The competition is open to students under age 18 from anywhere in the world.Each contestant can submit one name, up to 16 characters long. Entries mustinclude a short explanation and rationale for the name. Submissions must bemade by an adult on behalf of the student. The contest deadline is Dec. 2, 2012.

The contest is a partnership with The Planetary Society in Pasadena, Calif.,the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s, or MIT, Lincoln Laboratory inLexington and the University of Arizona in Tucson.

A panel will review proposed asteroid names. First prize will be awarded to thestudent who recommends a name that is approved by the InternationalAstronomical Union Committee for Small-Body Nomenclature.

The asteroid was discovered in 1999 by the Lincoln Near Earth Asteroid Research,or LINEAR, survey at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory. LINEAR is part of NASA’s NearEarth Observation Program in Washington, which detects and catalogs near-Earthasteroids and comets. The asteroid has an average diameter of approximatelyone-third of a mile (500 meters).

To review contest rules and guidelines, visit http://planetary.org/name.

To see a video explanation about the contest, visit https://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/features/name-asteroid.html.

For information about the OSIRIS-REx mission, visit http://osiris-rex.lpl.arizona.edu.

Questions about this contest should be directedto tps@planetary.org.

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Fall2013 NASA Aeronautics Scholarships

Applications are now being accepted through anonline process for the fall 2013 cycle of the NASA Aeronautics ScholarshipProgram. The program annually awards multiyear scholarships to 20 undergraduateand five graduate students in aeronautics or related fields of study.

Undergraduate students with at least two years of study remaining will receiveup to $15,000 per year for two years and the opportunity to receive a $10,000stipend by interning at a NASA research center during the summer. Graduate studentsreceive up to $46,000 per year for up to three years, with an opportunity toreceive a $10,000 stipend interning at a NASA research center for up to twoconsecutive summers. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate sponsors the program. The applicationperiod closes Jan. 15, 2013.

Scholarship details and application instructions are available at http://nasa.asee.org.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Tony Springer at tony.springer@nasa.gov.

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Registration Open for NASA Explorer SchoolsProject

Registration is open for educators of grades 4-12 to join the NASA ExplorerSchools project. If you are lookingfor fun, exciting and interactive ways to connect your students to NASA, thenthe NES project is for you.

NES provides a forum for accessing free lessons, student engagement activities,and professional development opportunities centered on NASA missions andscience, technology, engineering and mathematics topics and careers. NES alsooffers multiple pathways for you to connect with other motivated STEM educatorsacross the country to share best practices and ideas for classroomimplementation.

Signing up is quick and easy. Just complete the online NES registration form to start your journey.

For more information, visit the NES website at http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

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ExpandedOffer for Space Shuttle Tiles and Food

NASA is expanding its offerof space shuttle heat shield tiles and food packaged for spaceflight to museumsand schools. Museums across the United States are now eligible to receive thesepieces of space history, in addition to the schools and universities that havereceived them since the end of the Space Shuttle Program.

Providing space shuttle thermal protection tiles and dehydrated astronaut foodto museums is a way for NASA to share technology and history with the public.This initiative helps NASA inspire the next generation of space explorers,scientists and engineers.

The lightweight tiles protected the shuttles from extreme temperatures whenthey re-entered Earth’s atmosphere. The astronaut food was precooked orprocessed so it required no refrigeration and was ready to eat. It could beprepared simply by adding water or by heating.

Requests for these artifacts are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.Museums must obtain a user ID and password from their state agency for surplusproperty. Eligible educational institutions need their National Center forEducation Statistics or Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System numbersassigned by the U.S. Department of Education to apply for this offer. Schoolsand museums can obtain additional information, register for a login ID and requesta tile or food at http://gsaxcess.gov/NASAWel.htm.

Tiles are available in three types: black-coated, white-coated and uncoated.Institutions may request up to three tiles, one of each type, while supplieslast. Schools and museums are responsible for a $23.40 shipping and handlingfee per tile, which is payable to the shipping company through a securewebsite. Space food is offered as a package of approximately three space fooditems for a shipping and handling fee of $28.03. Institutions may request onlyone package of space food.

NASA also is offering artifacts representing significant human spaceflighttechnologies, processes and accomplishments from its space explorationprograms. Artifacts include 11 Fastrac engine nozzles used on X-34 aircraft;models of aircraft fuselages tested at NASA’s Langley Research Center inHampton, Va.; early space shuttle prototype models; Ranger, Telestar, ExplorerXII, Mariner VII, Nimbus and other spacecraft models; X3 solar mirrors; andvarious space shuttle components.

For additional information about thermal tiles, space food and other NASAartifacts available to museums and libraries, visit http://artifacts.nasa.gov/.

For NASA Tiles for Teachers lesson plans, visit http://artifacts.nasa.gov/shuttle_tiles_teachers.htm.

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to GSAXcessHelp@gsa.gov.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Special Event:Chat With a Mission Control Flight Officer

NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, isexcited to offer a unique opportunity to ask questions of an actual missioncontrol flight officer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Students willhave a direct connection to the public affairs console and will witness theinner workings of the International Space Station’s Mission Control Center.Additional flight control officers specializing in life support, power,data/communications and robotics may be also be available to speak withstudents.

Before you connect with mission control, a DLNeducation specialist will spend approximately 30 minutes with your studentshighlighting the many science, technology, engineering and mathematics conceptsthat are important aboard the space station. Give an incredible, inspirationalopportunity to your students and illustrate real-life applications of science,technology, engineering and mathematics in action.

For more information and to register for anupcoming event, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/special/MCC.html.

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to jsc-dislearn@mail.nasa.gov.

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New Module Available from NASA’s Digital Learning Network: STEM onStation

NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, isexcited to offer a unique opportunity to see firsthand how operating theInternational Space Station is tied to science, technology, engineering andmathematics, or STEM, classroom lessons. This module puts students in thedriver’s seat as they complete four activities that are close models ofconcepts that real NASA engineers utilize for the space station.

Grow crystals with the science activity, Create an end effector (much like the spacestation robotic arm) with the robotics activity. The engineering activitychallenges students to illustrate the relationship between the thickness ofspacesuit fabric and the mass and velocity of projectiles. In the mathematicsactivity, students must rely on their algebra and geometry know-how tocalculate the electrical energy production of the space station.

During your event, the Digital Learning Network will provide additionalinformation regarding the marvel of the space station. Completion of activitiesis encouraged but not required. If your students have completed the activities,they will be given time to share their results with the DLN host.

For more information and to register for an upcoming event, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/events/STEM_on_Station.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to jsc-dislearn@mail.nasa.gov.

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DOWNLOADNOW: ‘Museum in a Box’ Flight Science Lessons

NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate has been busy adding to and updatingnearly all the Museum in a Box lesson plans over the past few months. Currentlythere are 32 lessons available that span grade levels K-12.

Great for educators at museums, science centers andschools, Museum in a Box provides exciting hands-on/minds-on lessons with anaeronautics theme to inspire future scientists, mathematicians and engineers. Alllessons align with national science and mathematics standards.

Lesson categories include History of Flight, Parts of an Airplane, Principlesof Flight, Structures and Materials (including space shuttle tire and tilelessons), Propulsion, Future Flight, Careers in Aeronautics, and Airspace.

Lessons that can be downloaded are marked “Available for download”next to the lesson title.

To download the lessons, visit http://www.aeronautics.nasa.gov/mib.htm.

If you have questions about Museum in a Box, contact April Lanotte at april.a.lanotte@nasa.gov.

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Don’t miss out on education-related opportunitiesavailable 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

NASA Education Express — Sept. 6, 2012

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

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

REGISTRATION OPEN: ZeroRobotics High School Tournament 2012 Starts This Saturday, Sept. 8!!!
Audience:9-12 Educators and Students
CompetitionBegins: Sept. 8, 2012

NASA’s Science MissionDirectorate Education Professional Development Survey
Audience: All Educators
Survey Deadline: Sept. 10,2012

YouTube Space Lab Live Broadcast of SpaceExperiments
Audience: All Educators and Students
Live Broadcast Date: Sept. 13, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. EDT

Newton’s Laws of Motion: Lunar Nautics Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Sept. 13, 2012

NASA’sDigital Learning Network Presents Space Shuttle Endeavour “Fly-Out”Celebration
Audience: Grades 4-12
Event Date: Sept. 17, 2012, 1 – 2 p.m. EDT

DEADLINE EXTENDED: NASA’s Glenn ResearchCenter’s Exploring Project
Audience: 9-12 Students
New Application Deadline: Sept. 17, 2012

2013 Alan Shepard Technology inEducation Awards
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: Jan. 14, 2013

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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 http://dln.nasa.gov.

Inquiries about this webcast should be directed to Bonnie Murray at bonnie.murray@nasa.gov.

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REGISTRATION OPEN: Zero Robotics High SchoolTournament 2012 Starts This Saturday, Sept. 8!!!

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 http://zerorobotics.mit.edu/.
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, 2012with a live webcast kickoff, and you can try out the site right now just bycreating 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 https://www.youtube.com/roboticsinspace.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to zerorobotics@mit.edu.

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NASA’s Science MissionDirectorate Education Professional Development Survey

NASA’s Science MissionDirectorate, or SMD, is strongly committed to enhancing the nation’s science,technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education. As part of thatcommitment, each of the four divisions within the SMD established an Educationand Public Outreach, or E/PO, Forum. Each Forum consists of a team ofscientists and educators that coordinates activities using NASA sciencecontent, expertise and facilities.

One of the areas for theForums is teacher professional development. In an effort to continue offeringthe most valuable professional development experience possible, the Forums areseeking your expert input.

Please fill in the surveyfound at the website listed below. The survey should take less than 20 minutes.We are asking for yourresponse by Sept. 10, 2012.

http://bit.ly/NASAscienceteacher

Please email any questionsabout this survey to Theresa Schwerin at theresa_schwerin@strategies.org.

Thank you very much foryour contribution to NASA Science E/PO Forums!

The NASA Science E/POForums
Cassie Soeffing, Institutefor Global Environmental Strategies
Earth Science Forum

Lindsay Bartolone, AdlerPlanetarium
Astrophysics Forum

Ruth Paglierani, Universityof California, Berkeley
Heliophysics Forum

Sheri Klug Boonstra,Arizona State University
Planetary Science Forum

Liz Burck, NASA Goddard SpaceFlight Center/Wyle Information Systems, LLC
Earth Science Forum

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YouTube Space Lab Live Broadcast of SpaceExperiments

NASA has partnered with Space Adventures and YouTube on a global competitionthat challenged 14-18 year old students to design a science experiment to beperformed in space. The winning experiments were conducted aboard the InternationalSpace Station, or ISS, and the results will be revealed live on YouTube.

Of the 2,000 experiment ideas received from students in over 80 countries, onlytwo were chosen to fly to space. The world will now see the winning experimentsperformed by astronaut Sunita Williams during a live stream on YouTube from 250miles above Earth aboard the space station. The 40-minute live program willbegin with host Bill Nye interviewing the global winners and special guests viaGoogle+ Hangout, and feature the story of Space Lab told through videos sinceits launch last year. Then, NASA’s Mission Control Center will connect thestudio to the ISS for a conversation with astronaut Sunita Williams.

The live broadcast can be seen on Sept. 13, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. EDT, at https://www.youtube.com/spacelab.

For more information on YouTube Space lab, visit https://www.youtube.com/spacelab.

For more information on NASA Education programs, visit https://www.nasa.gov/education.

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Newton’sLaws of Motion: Lunar Nautics Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on Sept. 13, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. This Web seminar features threelessons for grades 5-8, focusing on a real-world understanding of Newton’s Lawsof Motion and addresses common misconceptions associated with the laws. Thefeatured lessons are Rocket Staging: Balloon Staging, Lunar Landing: SwingingTray and Lunar Base Supply Egg Drop.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar1.aspx

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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NASA’sDigital Learning Network Presents Space Shuttle Endeavour “Fly-Out”Celebration

NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, is hosting a special event on Sept. 17, 2012, at 1 p.m. EDT tocommemorate the departure of space shuttle Endeavour. JoinDLN hosts Rachel Power and Joshua Santora live at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centerin Florida as space shuttle Endeavour continues her journey on the back of theShuttle Carrier Aircraft, a modified 747, to its final destination at theCalifornia Science Center in the heart of Los Angeles.

The Space Shuttle Endeavour “Fly-Out”Celebration will include special guests that have worked on the space shuttleover the years both on land and in space. Also, the DLN team from NASA’s JetPropulsion Laboratory, located in Pasadena, Calif., will be giving a preview ofwhat awaits Endeavour on the West Coast.

For more information and to watch the webcast online, visit the DLN website at http://dln.nasa.gov.

Do you have a question you would like to see answered live during the webcast?Send questions to dlinfochannel@gmail.com.

Inquiries about this webcast should be directed to JoshuaSantora at Joshua.Santora@nasa.gov.

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DEADLINEEXTENDED: NASA’s Glenn 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. 17, 2012.

For more information about this opportunity, please visit https://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/education/NASAExplorers_GRC.html.

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

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2013Alan Shepard Technology in Education Awards

Do you know K-12 teachers or district-leveladministrators who are making a difference in education through the use oftechnology? Recognize their achievements by nominating them for the AlanShepard Technology in Education Award. The Astronauts Memorial Foundation, inpartnership with NASA and the Space Foundation, will recognize theaccomplishments of one outstanding individual and his or her contributions tolifelong learning through the application of technology in the classroom or inthe professional development of teachers.

Technology personnel and K-12 classroom teachers who have demonstratedexemplary use of technology to enhance learning are eligible for this award.School principals, superintendents or associate superintendents may nominateeligible candidates. The award will be presented in April 2013 at the 29thNational Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo. The deadline forapplications is Jan. 14, 2013.

Applications and more information are available online at http://www.amfcse.org/alan_shepard_award/default.html.

Questions about this award should be directed to amfreg@amfcse.org.

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Don’t miss out on education-related opportunitiesavailable 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