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


“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

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


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, visit

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to KatieHayden at


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.


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

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NES Help Desk at


“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

Questions about this conference should be directed to


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:

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


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

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.


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

International participants are also encouraged to enter. Deadlines forindividual countries vary. To see if your country is participating, visit

If you have questions about this contest, please email


“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

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to


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

To see a video explanation about the contest, visit

For information about the OSIRIS-REx mission, visit

Questions about this contest should be directedto


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

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Tony Springer at


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


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

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

For NASA Tiles for Teachers lesson plans, visit

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to


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

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to


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

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to


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

If you have questions about Museum in a Box, contact April Lanotte at


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