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


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


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
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

Please email any questions about this opportunity to


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.

Please email any questionsabout this survey to Theresa Schwerin at

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


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

For more information on YouTube Space lab, visit

For more information on NASA Education programs, visit


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

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

Email any questions about this opportunity to


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

Do you have a question you would like to see answered live during the webcast?Send questions to

Inquiries about this webcast should be directed to JoshuaSantora at


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

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


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

Questions about this award should be directed to


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