NASA Education Express — Oct. 18, 2012

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

Solar System Exploration @ 50 Symposium
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Registration Deadline: Oct. 19, 2012
Symposium Dates: Oct. 25-26, 2012

Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Oct. 20, 2012

NASA University Research Centers Virtual Poster Session and Symposium
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Event Dates: Oct. 24-31 and Nov. 8, 2012

Live Video Chat:
Multiple Teams Make the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle
Audience: Grades 7-12
Event Date: Oct. 24, 2012, 1 p.m. EDT

2012 Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest

Audience: 5-12 Students

Entry Deadline: Oct. 24, 2012, 3 p.m. EDT

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

Pythagorean Theorem: Exploring Space Through Math — Lunar Rover Web Seminar
Audience: 8-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 24, 2012, 6:30 p.m. EDT

2013 NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program

Audience: Higher Education Educators & Students

Proposal Deadline: Oct. 24, 2012

Meteorology: How Clouds Form Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 25, 2012, 7:30 p.m. EDT

NASA History Program Office Spring and Summer 2013 Internships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Spring 2013 Application Deadline: Oct. 30, 2012
Summer 2013 Application Deadline: Feb. 4, 2013


Deadline Extended: 2012 Humans in Space Youth Art Competition
Audience: K-12 Students

New Deadline: Nov. 15, 2012

2013-14 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship
Audience: K-12 STEM Educators
Application Deadline: Dec. 5, 2012

RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge
Audience: 8-12 Educators and Students
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2013

NASA’s REEL Science Communication Contest

Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2013


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Solar System Exploration @ 50 Symposium

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first successful planetary mission, Mariner 2 sent to Venus, the NASA History Program Office, NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Division of Space History at the National Air and Space Museum are hosting a two-day symposium on the history of planetary exploration. This historical symposium will be held in Arlington, Va., on Oct. 25-26, 2012.

Entitled “Solar System Exploration @ 50,” this symposium will challenge us to consider what we have learned about the other bodies of the solar system and the process whereby we have learned it. This symposium seeks to pursue broader questions relating to the history of planetary exploration.

The event is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is required. Registration closes on Oct. 19, 2012.

For those unable to attend in person, the symposium will be webcast live, and you can follow along on social media with the hashtag #Planets50.


For more information, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/topics/history/features/SSEat50.html.


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Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

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

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

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

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


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

For more information about the Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series and to see a full schedule of upcoming lectures, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/lectures/stars/index.cfm.

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

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

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NASA University Research Centers Virtual Poster Session and Symposium

NASA University Research Centers, or URC, is hosting a Virtual Poster Session and Symposium at the end of October and the beginning of November. These events will highlight talented students within the NASA URC program and their recent experiences as interns or co-ops at NASA.

During the session taking place Oct. 24-31, 2012, students will present virtual poster presentations of the research that was conducted during their internship or co-op. During the session, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, exchange information and ideas, and interact with students and other event participants via the Facebook social network. A panel of NASA subject matter experts will review and score the poster presentations.

Top finalists will give oral presentations of their research during a virtual symposium on Nov. 8, 2012.

To learn more about the NASA URC Virtual Poster Session and Symposium, visit
http://www.earthzine.org/nasa-urc-fall-2012-vpss/
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Questions about this event should be emailed to Daesha Roberts at
daesha.d.roberts@nasa.gov.

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Live Video Chat: Multiple Teams Make the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle

NASA Explorer Schools is offering students in grades 7-12 an opportunity to ask questions of Nicole Smith, an aerospace engineer on the Orion crew and service module project. Join the video chat on Oct. 24, 2012, from 1 – 2 p.m. EDT to ask Smith questions about the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, America’s new spacecraft for human exploration. She also will address the importance of teamwork and her career as an aerospace engineer.

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


Submit questions during the chat through a chat window, 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/nicole-smith-chat.html.

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


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2012 Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest

The Cassini Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying Saturn. Participants examine three possible observations taken by Cassini and choose the one they think will yield the best scientific results. Students then write an essay under 500 words explaining their choice. Winners will participate in a teleconference with Cassini scientists.

The contest is open to all students in the United States in grades 5-12. The essays 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 only one entry.

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

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

International participants are also encouraged to enter. Deadlines for individual 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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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of free webinars throughout October 2012. All webinars can be accessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

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

Here an Earth, There an Earth, Everywhere an Earth: The Kepler Telescope Search for Habitable Planets Beyond Our Solar System (Grades 6-12)
Oct. 25, 2012, 5 – 6 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will discuss NASA’s Kepler telescope and its search for Earth-like planets orbiting other stars. Participants will learn how to use Johannes Kepler’s Third Law and actual Kepler telescope data to construct graphs to record and interpret data that determines if a planet orbiting a star in another solar system is a possible candidate to support life.

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 to enhance your students’ understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. Participants will also learn about NASA STEM robotics missions, curriculum and activities that are available.


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

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


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Pythagorean Theorem: Exploring Space Through Math — Lunar Rover Web Seminar

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Oct. 24, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn to use the distance formula and the Pythagorean theorem to determine the minimal path and minimal time for a lunar rover to perform tasks on the surface of the moon. Participants should have a basic knowledge of scale factor and application of the Pythagorean theorem. Having access to a calculator is helpful but not necessary for session.

Seminar participants will be given an overview of the lesson and a look at where it fits in the mathematics curriculum, including an alignment to the Common Core Standards for mathematics.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar9.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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2013 NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program

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

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

Proposals are due Oct. 24, 2012.

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

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

For more information about the opportunity and instructions for submitting a proposal, visit http://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to jsc-reducedgravity@nasa.gov.

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Meteorology: How Clouds Form Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a free 90-minute Web seminar on Oct. 25, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. EDT. Learn about the relationships between air pressure, temperature, volume and cloud formation. Get an overview of the necessary conditions for cloud formation and then see how to make a cloud in a bottle. Information will be provided about an extension activity, the S’COOL Project, which involves student participation in authentic science.

For more information and to register online, visit URL http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar10.aspx.

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

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

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NASA History Program Office Spring and Summer 2013 Internships

The NASA History Program Office is seeking undergraduate and graduate students for spring and summer 2013 internships. The History Program Office maintains archival materials to answer research questions from NASA personnel, journalists, scholars, students at all levels and others from around the world. The division also edits and publishes several books and monographs each year. It maintains a large number of websites on NASA history.

Students of all majors are welcome to apply. While detailed prior knowledge of the aeronautics and space fields is not necessary, a keen interest and some basic familiarity with these topics are needed. Strong research, writing and editing skills are essential. Experience with computers, especially hypertext markup language, or HTML, formatting, is a plus.

Intern projects are flexible. Typical projects include handling a variety of information requests, editing historical manuscripts, doing research and writing biographical sketches, updating and creating websites, and identifying and captioning photos.


Applications for spring 2013 internships are due Oct. 30, 2012. Summer 2013 internship applications are due Feb. 4, 2013.

For more information, visit
http://history.nasa.gov/interncall.htm.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact Bill Barry at
bill.barry@nasa.gov.


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Deadline Extended: 2012 Humans in Space Youth Art Competition

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

Artwork submissions will be judged on creativity, skill and demonstration of meaning relevant to expressing “How will humans use science and technology to explore space, and what mysteries will we uncover?”

Winning art will be showcased at displays and multimedia performances worldwide from 2013 to 2014, as well as in an online gallery. Submissions must be received by Nov. 15, 2012.

For additional information and a complete list of guidelines, visit www.humansinspaceart.org.

Inquiries about this opportunity should be directed to Jancy McPhee at jancy.c.mcphee@nasa.gov.

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2013-14 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship

Applications are currently available for the 2013-14 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program. This program is open to current public or private elementary and secondary mathematics, technology, engineering and science classroom teachers with demonstrated excellence in teaching. Applications are due Dec. 5, 2012.

Selected teachers
spend a school year in Washington, D.C., sharing their expertise with policy makers. Einstein Fellows may serve with one of several government agency sponsors, such as the Department of Energy, NASA or the National Science Foundation.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and be currently employed full time in a public or private elementary or secondary school or school district. Applicants must have been teaching full time for at least five of the last seven years.

For more information about this opportunity and to apply online, visit
www.einsteinfellows.org.

Inquiries about the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program should be directed to Brian O’Donnell at
Brian.O’Donnell@science.doe.gov.


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RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge

The RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge encourages students in grades 8-12 to explore and build skills essential for successful careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through two phases of project-based learning and team competition.

RealWorld (Phase 1): Teams of middle- and high-school-aged students, with support of their teachers/coaches/parents, work collaboratively as engineers and scientists to explore and design solutions related to the James Webb Space Telescope.

RealWorld Phase ends: Jan. 31, 2013. To be considered to move to the InWorld phase, all RealWorld work must be submitted by this deadline.

InWorld (Phase 2): Participating college students select teams of two to four middle- and high-school-aged students who have completed the RealWorld phase to build their InWorld teams. Participation is limited to U.S. citizens. Teams work in a 3-D virtual online environment using 21st century tools to refine designs and to create 3-D models of their design solutions.

InWorld Phase begins: Feb. 9, 2013.
InWorld Phase ends: April 26, 2013.

NASA scientists and engineers visit and chat virtually throughout both phases of the challenge.

To learn more about the challenge and to register for online resources for this free and flexible project, visit
www.nasarealworldinworld.org.


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NASA’s REEL Science Communication Contest

So you want to be a NASA producer? NASA is looking for talented high school students to create videos that engage students in earth science.

Students are consuming over 10 hours of media each day, and video is increasingly important to reach and engage this audience about science. NASA earth science missions are kicking off a new video contest challenging high school students to produce a two-minute video for middle school students. The videos should focus on one of three topics: Ozone in the Stratosphere, Ship Tracks and Our Environment, or The Water of the Water Planet.

Winning videos will be posted on NASA’s website. Winners will also get the opportunity to be a NASA producer working with NASA scientists and communication experts in July 2013 to produce an earth science feature video.

The deadline for submitting videos is Feb. 15, 2013.

For more information and instructions for submitting a video, visit
http://aura.gsfc.nasa.gov/reelscience
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Questions about this contest should be emailed to Ginger Butcher at
ginger.butcher-1@nasa.gov.


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Don’t miss out on education-related opportunities available 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