NASA Education Express — Nov. 29, 2012

Check out the followingNASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listedbelow.

2013 CanSat Competition
Audience: Higher Education Educators andStudents
Application Deadline: Nov. 30, 2012

Opportunity to Publish Student Climate Researchin Harvard University’s Journal of Emerging Investigators
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Notice of Intent Deadline: Nov. 30, 2012

Free Smithsonian’s StarsLecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Dec. 1, 2012

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

What’s New in Planetary Science: A Tourof Recent Discoveries in Our Solar System Web Seminar
Audience: 4-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Dec. 3, 2012

2013 NASA SpaceTechnology Research Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Dec. 4, 2012

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

Engineering Design Challenge: ThermalProtection System Web Seminar
Audience: 8-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Dec. 6, 2012

2013 RASC-AL Robo-OpsCompetition
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: Dec. 9, 2012

2012 OPTIMUS PRIMESpinoff Video Contest
Audience: Grade 3-12 Students
Registration Deadline: Dec. 15, 2012

2013 Texas High SchoolAerospace Scholars
Audience: 9-12 Students
New Extended Deadline: Dec. 16, 2012

Women in STEM High School AerospaceScholars
Audience: Female High School Juniors
Deadline: Dec. 28, 2012

Teaching From Space Office Seeks Educators for MicroGravity eXperience
Audience: K-12 Educators
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 9, 2013

2013 NASA Student Airborne ResearchProgram
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 8, 2013

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2013 CanSat Competition

Applications currently are being accepted forthe 2013 CanSat Competition.

This annual competition is open to universityand college students from the United States, Canada, Mexico and othercountries. Teams of three to 10 students must design, build and launch a sensorpayload called a CanSat. Each CanSat is slightly larger than a soda can andmust be built according to the specifications released by the competitionorganizing committee.

All teams entering the CanSat competition arerequired to have a faculty adviser. The faculty adviser will oversee and beresponsible for the conduct of the team at all times during the competition.The advisor is strongly encouraged to accompany the team to the competition.

Applications are due Nov. 30, 2012.

For more information about the competition andto download the application, visit http://www.cansatcompetition.com/.

Questions about this competition should bedirected to questions@juno.nrl.navy.mil.

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Opportunity toPublish Student Climate Research in Harvard University’s Journal of EmergingInvestigators

Harvard University’s Journal of EmergingInvestigators, or JEI, has formed a collaboration with theInstitute for Earth Science Research and Education to publish a series ofpeer-reviewed, climate-related research papers authored by middle- andsecondary-school students.

JEI isan open-access peer-reviewed online journal whose mission is to encourage andpublish authentic student research. In addition to standalone research papers, JEIalso encourages students who are developing science fair projects to submitjournal articles based on those projects. Guidelines for articles, includingsome practical suggestions for converting a science fair project into a journalarticle submission, can be found at www.instesre.org.

The initial deadline for an intent to submit amanuscript email is Nov.30, 2012. For more information, including submissioninstructions and other deadlines, please contact David Brooks at brooksdr@instesre.org.

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FreeSmithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

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

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

Dec. 1, 2012 — A Universe of Data
This century has seen stunning cosmicdiscoveries. The digital age has given everyone free access to space data; thetrick is to turn that data into quantitative science and pictures that tell astory. Astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell will use images from the Chandra SpaceTelescope to help explain how astronomers study space in the computer age.

Dec. 15, 2012 — TheMission 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 toevaluate whether Mars may have harbored habitable environments. Geologist JohnGrant will delve into the recent findings from Curiosity.

Jan. 5, 2013 — Trees inthe City
Tree cover is an important element of the urbanenvironment that plays an increasingly larger role in ecosystem processes.Geographer Andrew Johnston will discuss how satellite data is used to makereliable observations about urban tree cover variability, why it matters tourban residents and how these same data are used to map changes in tree cover.

For more information about the Smithsonian’sStars 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 bedirected to the visitor service line at 202-633-1000.

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

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Free Education Webinar Series fromthe Aerospace Education Services Project

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

Exploration Then and Now: Science and the Historical Perspective (Grades4-8)
Dec. 3, 2012, 5 – 6 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Brandon Hargis will compare the experiencesof settlers of Jamestown in 1607 and space-faring explorers discovering newworlds and building settlements in extraterrestrial environments. Participantswill be introduced to the “Exploration: Then and Now” educator guideand discuss the connections to science and social studies standards.

Amusement Park Physics (Grades 6-12)
Dec. 3, 2012, 7 – 8 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist John Weis will provide participants with anintroduction to the “Amusement Park Physics With a NASA Twist”educator guide and classroom activities. These activities cover multiplephysics concepts including energy, describing motion, collisions and simple harmonicmotion.

Mars and Earth Compared: Life on Other Worlds? (Grades 4-12)
Dec. 4, 2012, 5 – 6 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will explore the possibilityof finding evidence of life on Mars and how Earth compares to the Red Planet.Participants will learn about education resources relating to NASA’s Curiosityrover and activities to help develop a better understanding of life on Earthand the possibilities of life on Mars.

Planetary Modeling Dough: Solar System Scale Model (Grades 3-8)
Dec. 11, 2012, 5 – 6 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Rick Varner will lead participants throughactivities that use simple clay materials to create a scale model of therelative masses and sizes of the planets (including the dwarf planet, Pluto).This activity will help educators dispel some of the common misconceptionsabout the solar system.

Solar Energy: Power for Earth, the Space Station and Exploring Other Worlds!(Grades 6-12)
Dec. 12, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EST and 7 – 8p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Brandon Hargis will introduce participants to aproblem-based learning activity that requires students to propose and defend adesign to provide power to a lunar or Martian research habitat for sixexplorers. This webinar is part of the Department of Education Green Strideswebinar series.

Ignite Learning Using the RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering DesignChallenge (Grades 8-12)
Dec. 13, 2012, 6 – 7 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Sharon Bowers will introduce participants to theRealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge, a free web-basedengineering design challenge that offers students a change to redesigncomponents of the James Webb Space Telescope.

How Do We Know the Climate Is Changing? NASA Climate Kids (Grades 2-8)
Dec. 18, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler will lead participants on anexploration of the “Climate Kids” and “Eyes on the Earth” educator materials.Participants will also learn how to use real-time data to explain the effectsof climate change on the arctic ice caps.

Chipmunk Cheeks and Chicken Legs: Body Systems and Life in Space (GradesK-12)
Dec. 19, 2012, 4 – 6 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Rachelle Oblack will lead participants on anexploration of the circulatory, nervous, vestibular and musculoskeletal systemswith hands-on activities and demonstrations. A full downloadable educator guidewill be shared. This webinar is part of the Department of Education GreenStrides webinar series.

For more information about these webinars, visit http://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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What’s New in Planetary Science:A Tour of Recent Discoveries in Our Solar System 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 Dec. 3, 2012, at 6:15 p.m. EST. In the five decadessince Mariner 2 flew by Venus,NASA has explored our solar system from one end to the other. It is almostimpossible to keep up with all the latest discoveries in our solar system. Inthis Web seminar, NASA expert Sarah Noble will be your tour guide on a strollthrough the solar system to find out what’s new with each of our planetaryneighbors.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar26.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 SpaceTechnology Research Fellowships

NASA is seeking applications from current andprospective graduate students for the agency’s third class of Space TechnologyResearch Fellows. Applications will be accepted from accredited U.S.universities on behalf of individuals pursuing or planning to pursue master’sor doctoral degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at theirrespective institutions beginning in fall 2013.

The fellowships will sponsor U.S. graduatestudent researchers who show significant potential to contribute to NASA’sstrategic goals and mission in the area of space technology. NASA’s Office ofthe Chief Technologist and the Space Technology Program sponsor the fellowshipswith the goal of providing the nation a pipeline of highly skilled engineersand technologists to improve America’s technological competitiveness. Fellowswill perform innovative space technology research today while building theskills necessary to become future technological leaders.

The deadline for submitting applications is Dec. 4, 2012.

For more information on the fellowships, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/oct/stp/strg/nstrf13.htmland https://www.nasa.gov/offices/oct/stp/strg/nstrf13_video.html.

All material related to this fellowshipopportunity, including eligibility requirements and detailed instructions onhow to submit an application, may be accessed from http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7b67565659-36F8-8888-A19E-6DC271DA6ED5%7d&path=open.

Please email any questions about thisopportunity to Claudia Meyer at hq-nstrf-call@mail.nasa.gov.

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2013-14 AlbertEinstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship

Applications are currently available for the2013-14 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program. This programis open to current public or private elementary and secondary mathematics,technology, engineering and science classroom teachers with demonstratedexcellence in teaching. Applications are due Dec. 5, 2012.

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

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

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

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

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Engineering Design Challenge:Thermal Protection System 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 live professional development Web seminarfor educators on Dec. 6, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn about the scienceof heat transfer and heat dissipation related to NASA vehicles, and receive anintroduction to the associated engineering design challenge, Thermal ProtectionSystem. In this activity, students are challenged to design a thermalprotection system and test it using a propane torch.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar16.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 RASC-ALRobo-Ops Competition

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospaceannounce the 2013 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic LinkageExploration Robo-Ops, also known as RASC-AL Robo-Ops, competition. This designcompetition is aimed at university-level engineering students.

The RASC-AL Robo-Ops contest challengesparticipants to build a planetary rover prototype and demonstrate itscapabilities in field tests at NASA’s Johnson Space Center’s, or JSC’s, RockYard. Up to three members of the team (plus the faculty advisor) may travel toJSC for the onsite testing. The remaining team members will stay behind at thelocal university to conduct mission control tasks. The prototype rovers will betele-operated by the university-based team members and must negotiate a seriesof obstacles while accomplishing a variety of tasks. The only informationavailable to the rover controller to perform the required tasks will beinformation transmitted through onboard rover video camera(s) or other onboardsensors.

Teams will be required to do an education and outreachactivity for their rovers that demonstrates participatory explorationapproaches for future NASA missions.

Interested teams are encouraged to submit anotice of intent by Nov.18, 2012, and teams must submit a project plan for theirproposed project by Dec.19, 2012. The RASC-AL Robo-Ops Steering Committee of NASAexperts will evaluate the project plans and select as many as eight teams tocompete against each other at the Rock Yard in June 2013.

The RASC-AL competition is open to full-timeundergraduate or graduate students majoring in engineering or science at anaccredited university. University design teams must include one faculty orindustry advisor with a university affiliation and two or more undergraduate orgraduate students. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

For more information about this competition,visit http://www.nianet.org/RoboOps-2013/index.aspx.

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

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2012 OPTIMUS PRIMESpinoff Video Contest

NASA has opened registration for the 2012OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Video Contest. Featuring OPTIMUS PRIME, the leader fromthe popular TRANSFORMERS brand, the contest highlights spinoffs from NASAtechnologies that are used on Earth. The goal is to help students understandthe benefits of NASA technology to their daily lives.

Each student, or group of students, will submita three- to five-minute video on a selected NASA spinoff technology listed inNASA’s 2011 “Spinoff” publication. Videos must demonstrate an understanding ofthe NASA spinoff technology and the associated NASA mission, as well as thecommercial application and public benefit associated with the spinofftechnology.

Participants must register for the contest by Dec. 15, 2012.

Video entries will be posted on the NASA YouTubechannel, and the public will be responsible for the first round of judging. Thetop five submissions from each of the three grade groups (elementary [3rd-5th],middle [6th-8th] and high school [9th-12th]) will advance for final judging. ANASA panel will select a winning entry from each group. The students submittingthe winning entries will be the guests of honor at the OPTIMUS PRIME SpinoffContest awards ceremony in May 2013. While there, the winners will receive theOPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Contest trophy and have the opportunity to meet NASAVIPs, astronauts and actor Peter Cullen, who voices the character OPTIMUSPRIME.

TRANSFORMERS and OPTIMUS PRIME are trademarks ofHasbro and are used with permission. © 2012 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.

For more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/news/releases/2012/12-077.html.

Questions about this contest should be directedto Darryl Mitchell at Darryl.R.Mitchell@nasa.gov.

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2013 Texas HighSchool Aerospace Scholars

The Texas High School Aerospace Scholars projectis an interactive, online learning experience. It is highlighted by a six-dayinternship where selected students are encouraged to study mathematics,science, engineering or computer science by interacting with engineers atNASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The Texas High School Aerospace Scholars projectis open to high school juniors throughout Texas. Applicants must be U.S.citizens and have access to the Internet.

The application deadline has been extended to Dec. 16, 2012.

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

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

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Women in STEM High SchoolAerospace Scholars

Engineer your dream job! The adventure begins in 2013. NASA wants you to becomepart of the workforce of tomorrow as we offer the opportunity to dream,engineer and WISH. The Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars, or WISH, projectoffers a one-of-a-kind experience for female high school juniors to jump-starttheir future by engaging in opportunities relating to science, technology,engineering and mathematics.

Participation starts in an online community and culminates with a summerexperience at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, during the summer of2013. Get ready to collaborate with girls from across the country as youcomplete online activities, design unique projects, work with NASA personneland present mission accomplishments. Start your dream now!

To be eligible, applicants must be:
— U.S. citizens.
— Female high school juniors during the 2012-2013 school year.
— Interested and excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
— Committed to a one-year relationship with NASA’s Johnson Space Center.
— Able to access the Internet and email (at home, school or public library).
— A scholar with a cumulative GPA of 3.25/4.0 or higher.

Applications and all supporting documents are being accepted until 11:59 p.m. CSTon Dec. 28, 2012.

For more information and to download the application, visit http://wish.aerospacescholars.org/.

Questions should be directed to JSC-NHAS@mail.nasa.gov.

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Teaching From Space Office Seeks Educators forMicroGravity eXperience

NASA’s Teaching From Space Office and theReduced Gravity Education Flight Program are seeking applications for teams ofK-12 educators to participate in the MicroGravity eXperience, or Micro GX,project. This project gives students and educators across the country theopportunity to work together on an experiment to be tested aboard amicrogravity aircraft. This incredible opportunity is open to any current K-12classroom educator in the United States. Educators must also be U.S. citizens.

Micro GX activities begins with students and educators developing and proposinga reduced-gravity experiment. Selected educator teams will receive onlineprofessional development on classroom resources for microgravity, collaborationwith a NASA mentor and a reduced-gravity flight. With combined input from theirstudents and mentor, educator teams will design and fabricate their experimentsto be tested and evaluated aboard an aircraft that flies approximately 30roller-coaster-like climbs and dips to produce periods of microgravity andhypergravity, ranging from almost zero gravity to 2 g.

Seven teams of four to five educators from a single school or school district willbe selected from this application process to participate in Micro GX. Thisincludes participation in an online microgravity course, which will begin onFeb. 11, 2013, with a series of Web seminars with NASA personnel to initiateexperiment development. The highlight of the online course is to travel toNASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, and participate in the ReducedGravity Education Flight Program during the week of July 12-20, 2013. Duringthe flight week, educators will fly and perform custom experiments in areduced-gravity environment. Selected teams are responsible for all expensesassociated with the travel and stay in Houston. The online course continueswith activities beyond the flight experience through Aug. 26, 2013.

Educator teams interested in participating in Micro GX may submit a proposal nolater than Jan. 9, 2013. For more information, visit http://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov/tfs or send an email to jsc-rgeducator@nasa.gov.


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2013 NASA Student AirborneResearch Program

The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highly motivated junior and seniorundergraduate students to apply for the NASA Student Airborne Research Program,also known as SARP, 2013. The program provides students with hands-on researchexperience in all aspects of a major scientific campaign, from detailedplanning on how to achieve mission objectives to formal presentation of resultsand conclusions to peers and others. Students will assist in the operation ofairborne instruments onboard the NASA DC-8 aircraft.

The program takes place in summer 2013. Instrument and flight preparations, andthe research flights themselves, will occur at NASA’s Dryden AircraftOperations Facility in Palmdale, Calif. Data analysis will take place at theUniversity of California, Irvine.

Successful applicants will be awarded a stipend and meals allowance for eightweeks of participation in the program. Round-trip travel to California, housingand transportation will be provided.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 8,2013.

For more information and to download the program application, visit http://www.nserc.und.edu/learning/SARP2013.html.

Specific questions about the program should be directed to SARP2013@nserc.und.edu.

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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

NASA Education Express — Nov. 20, 2012

Check out the followingNASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listedbelow.

FreeEducation Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Various Dates Through December 2012

Distance/Rate/Time Problems: Smart Skies Web Seminar
Audience: 5-9 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 28, 2012

2013 CanSat Competition
Audience: Higher Education Educators andStudents
Application Deadline: Nov. 30, 2012

2013 Texas High School Aerospace Scholars
Audience: 9-12 Students
New Extended Deadline: Nov. 30, 2012

Opportunity to PublishStudent Climate Research in Harvard University’s Journal of EmergingInvestigators
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Notice of Intent Deadline: Nov. 30, 2012

2012 OPTIMUS PRIMESpinoff Video Contest
Audience: Grade 3-12 Students
Registration Deadline: Dec. 15, 2012

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Free Education Webinar Series fromthe Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of freewebinars throughout November 2012. All webinars can be accessed online. Join aerospaceeducation specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guidesand resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

Robotics on a Budget (Grades 5-12)
Nov. 28, 2012, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EST
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 this webinar, 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 Katie Haydenat Katie.S.Hayden@nasa.gov.

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Distance/Rate/Time Problems: Smart Skies 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 professional development Web seminar for educators on Nov. 28, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learnhow to use an innovative air traffic control simulator to engage your studentsas they explore the mathematics involved in the role of an air trafficcontroller. In the three-plane problem featured in this lesson, the challengeis to change routes and speeds to line up the planes safely, with properspacing, at a given route intersection.

This seminar will be repeated on Apr. 3, 2013.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar15.aspx.

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

E-mail any questions about this opportunity to the NES Help Desk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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2013 CanSat Competition

Applications currently are being accepted forthe 2013 CanSat Competition.

This annual competition is open to universityand college students from the United States, Canada, Mexico and othercountries. Teams of three to 10 students must design, build and launch a sensorpayload called a CanSat. Each CanSat is slightly larger than a soda can andmust be built according to the specifications released by the competitionorganizing committee.

All teams entering the CanSat competition arerequired to have a faculty adviser. The faculty adviser will oversee and beresponsible for the conduct of the team at all times during the competition.The advisor is strongly encouraged to accompany the team to the competition.

Applications are due Nov. 30, 2012.

For more information about the competition andto download the application, visit http://www.cansatcompetition.com/.

Questions about this competition should bedirected to questions@juno.nrl.navy.mil.

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2013 Texas HighSchool Aerospace Scholars

The Texas High School Aerospace Scholars projectis an interactive, online learning experience. It is highlighted by a six-dayinternship where selected students are encouraged to study mathematics,science, engineering or computer science by interacting with engineers atNASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The Texas High School Aerospace Scholars projectis open to high school juniors throughout Texas. Applicants must be U.S.citizens and have access to the Internet.

The application deadline has been extended to Nov. 30, 2012.

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

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

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Opportunity toPublish Student Climate Research in Harvard University’s Journal of EmergingInvestigators

Harvard University’s Journal of EmergingInvestigators, or JEI, has formed a collaboration with theInstitute for Earth Science Research and Education to publish a series ofpeer-reviewed, climate-related research papers authored by middle- andsecondary-school students.

JEI isan open-access peer-reviewed online journal whose mission is to encourage andpublish authentic student research. In addition to standalone research papers, JEIalso encourages students who are developing science fair projects to submitjournal articles based on those projects. Guidelines for articles, includingsome practical suggestions for converting a science fair project into a journalarticle submission, can be found at www.instesre.org.

The initial deadline for an intent to submit amanuscript email is Nov.30, 2012. For more information, including submissioninstructions and other deadlines, please contact David Brooks at brooksdr@instesre.org.

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2012 OPTIMUSPRIME Spinoff Video Contest

NASA has opened registration for the 2012 OPTIMUSPRIME Spinoff Video Contest. Featuring OPTIMUS PRIME, the leader from thepopular TRANSFORMERS brand, the contest highlights spinoffs from NASAtechnologies that are used on Earth. The goal is to help students understandthe benefits of NASA technology to their daily lives.

Each student, or group of students, will submita three- to five-minute video on a selected NASA spinoff technology listed inNASA’s 2011 “Spinoff” publication. Videos must demonstrate an understanding ofthe NASA spinoff technology and the associated NASA mission, as well as thecommercial application and public benefit associated with the spinofftechnology.

Participants must register for the contest by Dec. 15, 2012.

Video entries will be posted on the NASA YouTubechannel, and the public will be responsible for the first round of judging. Thetop five submissions from each of the three grade groups (elementary [3rd-5th],middle [6th-8th] and high school [9th-12th]) will advance for final judging. ANASA panel will select a winning entry from each group. The students submittingthe winning entries will be the guests of honor at the OPTIMUS PRIME SpinoffContest awards ceremony in May 2013. While there, the winners will receive theOPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Contest trophy and have the opportunity to meet NASAVIPs, astronauts and actor Peter Cullen, who voices the character OPTIMUSPRIME.

TRANSFORMERS and OPTIMUS PRIME are trademarks ofHasbro and are used with permission. © 2012 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.

For more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/news/releases/2012/12-077.html.

Questions about this contest should be directedto Darryl Mitchell at Darryl.R.Mitchell@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

NASA Education Express — Nov. 15, 2012

Check out the followingNASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listedbelow.

NASAEducation Launches New Clubhouse
Audience: K-4 Educators and Students

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

NASA Social Event at the AmericanGeophysical Union Fall Meeting 2012
Audience: All Educators and Students 18+ Years Old
Registration Deadline: 5 p.m. on Nov. 16, 2012

2012-2013 RealWorld Design Challenge
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students — U.S. Only
Registration Deadline: Nov. 16, 2012

Free Smithsonian’s StarsLecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Nov. 17, 2012

NASA CubeSat SpaceMissions
Audience: Higher Education Educators &Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 20, 2012

Distance/Rate/Time Problems: Smart Skies Web Seminar
Audience: 5-9 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 28, 2012

2012 OPTIMUS PRIMESpinoff Video Contest
Audience: Grade 3-12 Students
Registration Deadline: Dec. 15, 2012

2013 NASA and Worcester PolytechnicInstitute Sample Return Robot Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Early Bird Registration Deadline: Jan. 7, 2013

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships Program Accepting Proposalsfor 2013-2014 Academic Year
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 1, 2013

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NASA Education Launches NewClubhouse

A new room awaits kids on the NASA Kids’ Clubwebsite. Find your way to the new Clubhouse from the mission control console onthe NASA Kids’ Club page. Journey with Nebula, the Clubhouse commander, andexplore games and interactive features designed for K-4 audiences. Look throughthe porthole in the floor to see pictures of Earth taken from space; read aboutwhy NASA explores; play a game about what astronauts eat in space; discoverwhat your age and weight would be on a moon or another planet; color picturesof wildlife living on NASA centers; assemble a polygon featuring NASA aircraft;and check out the “hot spots” that come to life upon contact.

In addition to the many games NASA Kids’ Club offers, its “Now in Space” areaprovides current and past information about the astronauts on the InternationalSpace Station. Look in the “More Pictures” section for incredible NASA images.

NASA Kids’ Club is an award-winning educational website designed for childrenin kindergarten through fourth grade. Content is based on education standardsand designed to engage young children in science, technology, engineering andmathematics.

Click the link below to begin your NASA Kids’Club adventure.

https://www.nasa.gov/education/kidsclub

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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 November 2012. All webinars canbe accessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn aboutactivities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into yourclassroom.

Here an Earth, There an Earth, Everywhere an Earth: The Kepler TelescopeSearch for Habitable Planets Beyond Our Solar System (Grades 5-12)
Nov. 15, 2012, 5 – 6 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will discuss NASA’s Keplertelescope and its search for Earth-like planets orbiting other stars.Participants will learn how to use Johannes Kepler’s Third Law and actualKepler telescope data to construct graphs to record and interpret data thatdetermine if a planet orbiting a star in another solar system is a possiblecandidate to support life.

Robotics on a Budget (Grades 5-12)
Nov. 28, 2012, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EST
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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NASA Social Event at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2012

NASA and the American Geophysical Union areinviting social media followers to a unique behind-the-scenes NASA Social onTuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, in San Francisco. The event will bring 20 social mediausers together with some of the world’s best and brightest scientific minds atthe world’s largest Earth and solar system science conference.

NASA Socials are in-person meetings with people who engage with the agencythrough Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social networks. Participants willget special access to parts of the AGU meeting and meet with NASA and otherscientists presenting research on Earth’s climate, deep ocean exploration andthe latest findings from Mars. Additionally, guests will sit in on a pressconference, attend a panel on deep ocean exploration with film-maker JamesCameron and a NASA astrobiologist, explore the expansive exhibit hall, and meetfellow science enthusiasts who are active on social media.

Registration is open until 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16. NASA and the AGU will select20 participants at random from Web registrants. Additional applicants will beplaced on a waiting list. Because of space limitations, those selected will notbe permitted to bring a guest. Each participant must be age 18 or older.

For more NASA Social and sign up information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/social.

To join and track the conversation online during the NASA Socials, follow the hashtags#NASASocial and #AGU12.

The AGU Fall Meeting attracts as many as 20,000 attendees and offers a platformfor scientists to present their most cutting-edge work. For more information onthe meeting, visit http://fallmeeting.agu.org/2012.

Questions about this NASA Social event should be directed to HQ-Social@mail.nasa.gov.

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2012-2013 RealWorld Design Challenge

The Real World Design Challenge is an annual U.S. competition that givesstudents in grades 9-12 the opportunity to work on real-world engineeringchallenges in a team environment. This year, NASA is teaming up with other RWDCpartners on the Aviation Challenge. This challenge invites students to designan unmanned aerial system to help locate a lost child.

Participating schools receive real engineeringsoftware and partner with mentors who are professional engineers. The contestprovides students with opportunities to apply the lessons of the classroom toreal technical problems.

The deadline for team registration is Nov. 16, 2012. Entriesmust be submitted by Jan. 18, 2013.

For more information about the challenge, visit http://www.realworlddesignchallenge.org.

Questions about the Real World Design Challenge should be directed to RalphCoppola at rkcoppola@outlook.com.

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Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

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

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

Nov. 17, 2012 — The Dynamic Sun
The sun is even more dynamic, mysterious andbeautiful than you probably imagine. Astrophysicist Mark Weber will explorethis incredible star with observations from some of the most advancedtelescopes. Learn what scientists have discovered and what they are onlybeginning to understand.

Dec. 1, 2012 — A Universe of Data
This century has seen stunning cosmicdiscoveries. The digital age has given everyone free access to space data; thetrick is to turn that data into quantitative science and pictures that tell astory. Astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell will use images from the Chandra SpaceTelescope to help explain how astronomers study space in the computer age.

Dec. 15, 2012 — TheMission 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 toevaluate whether Mars may have harbored habitable environments. Geologist JohnGrant will delve into the recent findings from Curiosity.

For more information about the Smithsonian’sStars 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 bedirected to the visitor service line at 202-633-1000.

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

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NASA CubeSatSpace Missions

NASA is seeking proposals for small satellitepayloads to fly on rockets planned to launch between 2013 and 2016. Theseminiature spacecraft, known as CubeSats, could be auxiliary payloads onpreviously planned missions.

CubeSats are a class of research spacecraftcalled nanosatellites. These cube-shaped satellites are approximately fourinches long, have a volume of about one quart and weigh less than three pounds.

Proposed CubeSat investigations must beconsistent with NASA’s Strategic Plan and the NASA education vision and goals.The research must address aspects of science, exploration, technologydevelopment, education or operations.

Applicants must submit proposals electronicallyby 4:30 p.m. EST, Nov. 20, 2012. NASA will select the payloads by Jan. 31,2013. Selection does not guarantee a launch opportunity. The selectedspacecraft will be eligible for flight after final negotiations when a launchopportunity arises. NASA will not provide funding for the development of thesmall satellites.

NASA recently announced the results from thethird round of the CubeSat Launch Initiative. From the first three launchinitiatives, 64 payloads made the short list for launch opportunities between2011 and 2014. They are eligible for launch pending an appropriate opportunityand final negotiations. The satellites come from 25 states: Alabama, Alaska, California,Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland,Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, New Hampshire, NewMexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Vermont and Virginia.

For additional information about NASA’s CubeSatLaunch Initiative program, visit http://go.nasa.gov/puk9K2and http://go.nasa.gov/CubeSatOp.

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Distance/Rate/Time Problems: Smart Skies 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 professional development Web seminar for educators on Nov. 28, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learnhow to use an innovative air traffic control simulator to engage your studentsas they explore the mathematics involved in the role of an air trafficcontroller. In the three-plane problem featured in this lesson, the challengeis to change routes and speeds to line up the planes safely, with properspacing, at a given route intersection.

This seminar will be repeated on Apr. 3, 2013.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar15.aspx.

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

E-mail any questions about this opportunity to the NES Help Desk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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2013NASA and Worcester Polytechnic Institute Sample Return Robot Challenge

NASA and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass., are seekingteams to compete in a robot technology demonstration competition with apotential $1.5 million prize purse.

During the Sample Return Robot Challenge, teams will compete to demonstrate arobot that can locate and retrieve geologic samples from a wide and variedterrain without human control. The objective of the competition is to encourageinnovations in automatic navigation and robotic manipulator technologies.Innovations stemming from this challenge may improve NASA’s capability toexplore a variety of destinations in space, as well as enhance the nation’srobotic technology for use in industries and applications on Earth.

NASA provides the prize money to the winning team as part of the agency’sCentennial Challenges competitions, which seek unconventional solutions toproblems of interest to the agency and the nation. While NASA provides theprize purse, the competitions are managed by nonprofit organizations that coverthe cost of operations through commercial or private sponsorships. Thecompetition is planned for June 2013 in Worcester and is anticipated to attracthundreds of competitors from industry and academia nationwide.

Early bird registration and fees for the competition are due by Jan. 7, 2013. Teams wishing to registerafter this date are subject to approval by the judging committee.

For more information about the Sample Return Robot Challenge and to registeronline for the competition, visit http://challenge.wpi.edu.

The Centennial Challenges program is part of NASA’sSpace Technology Program, which is innovating, developing, testing and flyinghardware for use in NASA’s future missions. NASA’s Space Technology Program andthe Centennial Challenges are creating new technological solutions for NASA andour nation’s future. For more information about NASA’s Centennial Challengesand the Space
Technology Program, visit https://www.nasa.gov/challenges.

Questions about the Sample Return Robot Challenge should be sent to challenge@wpi.edu.

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2012 OPTIMUSPRIME Spinoff Video Contest

NASA has opened registration for the 2012OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Video Contest. Featuring OPTIMUS PRIME, the leader fromthe popular TRANSFORMERS brand, the contest highlights spinoffs from NASAtechnologies that are used on Earth. The goal is to help students understandthe benefits of NASA technology to their daily lives.

Each student, or group of students, will submita three- to five-minute video on a selected NASA spinoff technology listed inNASA’s 2011 “Spinoff” publication. Videos must demonstrate an understanding ofthe NASA spinoff technology and the associated NASA mission, as well as thecommercial application and public benefit associated with the spinofftechnology.

Participants must register for the contest by Dec. 15, 2012.

Video entries will be posted on the NASA YouTubechannel, and the public will be responsible for the first round of judging. Thetop five submissions from each of the three grade groups (elementary [3rd-5th],middle [6th-8th] and high school [9th-12th]) will advance for final judging. ANASA panel will select a winning entry from each group. The students submittingthe winning entries will be the guests of honor at the OPTIMUS PRIME SpinoffContest awards ceremony in May 2013. While there, the winners will receive theOPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Contest trophy and have the opportunity to meet NASAVIPs, astronauts and actor Peter Cullen, who voices the character OPTIMUSPRIME.

TRANSFORMERS and OPTIMUS PRIME are trademarks ofHasbro and are used with permission. © 2012 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.

For more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/news/releases/2012/12-077.html.

Questions about this contest should be directedto Darryl Mitchell at Darryl.R.Mitchell@nasa.gov.

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NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships Program Accepting Proposalsfor 2013-2014 Academic Year

The NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship Program, or NESSF, is solicitingapplications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individualspursuing master’s or doctoral degrees in earth and space sciences, or relateddisciplines, for the 2013-2014 academic year. The purpose of NESSF is to ensurecontinued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed toachieve NASA’s scientific goals. Awards resulting from the competitiveselection will be training grants to the respective universities, with theadvisor serving as the principal investigator. The financial support for theNESSF program comes from the Science Mission Directorate’s four sciencedivisions: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science and Astrophysics.

Initially, NESSF awards are made for one year. They may be renewed for no morethan two additional years, contingent upon satisfactory progress (as reflectedin academic performance, research progress and recommendation by the facultyadvisor) and the availability of funds.

The maximum amount of a NESSF award is $30,000 per year.

Proposals for this opportunity are due Feb. 1, 2013.

For more information about this solicitation, visit http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={BC1C168E-1D9B-0BD1-816B-14E1C31BB0D3}&path=open.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to:

For earth science, Claire Macaulay at Claire.I.Macaulay@nasa.gov.

For heliophysics, planetary science and astrophysics, Dolores Holland at hq-nessf-Space@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

NASA Education Express — Nov. 8, 2012

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

International Space Station EarthKAM Fall 2012 Mission
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Event Date: Nov. 13-16, 2012

High Power Microscopes: The Virtual Lab Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 13, 2012

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

Engineering Design Challenge: Spacecraft Structures Web Seminar
Audience: 5-9 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 14, 2012

National Air and Space Museum Downlink Event
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Nov. 15, 2012, at 11:35 a.m. EST

NASA’s DEVELOP Program — 2013 Spring and Summer Sessions

Audience: 9-12 and Higher Education Educators and Students
Spring Session Deadline: Nov. 15, 2012
Summer Session Deadline: Feb. 4, 2013

“The World’s a Place of Living Things” Art Contest
Audience: Students in Grades 2-4

Entry Deadline: Nov. 16, 2012

2012-2013 Real World Design Challenge
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students — U.S. Only

Registration Deadline: Nov. 16, 2012

DEADLINE EXTENDED: NASA CubeSat Space Missions

Audience: Higher Education Educators & Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 20, 2012

2012 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Video Contest

Audience: Grade 3-12 Students
Registration Deadline: Dec. 15, 2012

Registration Open for the 20th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race
Audience: 9-12 & Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline for International Teams: Jan. 7, 2013
Registration Deadline for U.S. Teams: Feb. 4, 2013

IRIS Challenge: Tracking a Solar Storm
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Registration Open Now, Challenge Begins February 2013

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International Space Station EarthKAM Fall 2012 Mission

Middle school educators are invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAM Fall 2012 Mission from Nov. 13-16, 2012. Find out more about this exciting opportunity that allows students to take pictures of Earth from a digital camera aboard the International Space Station.

International Space Station EarthKAM is a NASA-sponsored project that provides stunning, high-quality photographs of Earth taken from the space shuttle and the space station. Since 1996, EarthKAM students have taken hundreds of thousands of photographs of Earth by using the World Wide Web to direct a digital camera on select spaceflights and, currently, on the space station.

For more information about the project and to register for the upcoming mission, visit the EarthKAM home page
www.EarthKAM.ucsd.edu.

If you have questions about the EarthKAM project, please email
ek-help@earthkam.ucsd.edu.

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High Power Microscopes: The Virtual Lab 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 90-minute Web seminar for educators on Nov. 13, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. EST. Learn to use a computer program simulating three high-power virtual microscopes: an atomic force microscope, a scanning electron microscope and a fluorescence light microscope. Viewing specimens include one-celled organisms, human tissue, computer chips, insects and fungi. You will get an overview of the software, watch videos of students exploring specimens and learn to use the Virtual Lab website and software.

For more information and to register online, visit URL http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar13.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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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of free webinars throughout November 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.

Train Like an Astronaut (Grades 1-12)
Nov. 14, 2012, 2 – 3 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Lester Morales will discuss the “Train Like an Astronaut” education materials. These activities use a physical and inquiry-based approach to human health and fitness on Earth and in space. Activities are modeled after the real-life training that astronauts do to prepare for exploring space. This webinar is part of the Department of Education’s 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 5-12)
Nov. 15, 2012, 5 – 6 p.m. EST
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 determine if a planet orbiting a star in another solar system is a possible candidate to support life.

Robotics on a Budget (Grades 5-12)
Nov. 28, 2012, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EST
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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Engineering Design Challenge: Spacecraft Structures Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Nov. 14, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn how to incorporate the excitement of rocketry into your classroom during this Web seminar and receive an overview of the student engineering design challenge, Spacecraft Structures, where students design and construct a strong, but lightweight, structure that can withstand the launch of a water bottle “rocket.”

This Web seminar will be repeated on Mar. 20, 2013.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar14.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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National Air and Space Museum Downlink Event

Join NASA and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum on Nov. 15, 2012, at 11:35 a.m. EST to see students involved in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, or SSEP, talk live with astronauts Kevin Ford and Suni Williams.

SSEP is an in-orbit educational research opportunity that allows students to design and send experiments to the space station through a partnership with NanoRacks, LLC. Astronaut Williams has been involved in activating the latest round of SSEP experiments that launched to the space station on the Dragon spacecraft in early October.

The downlink, hosted at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., takes place during International Education Week, or IEW. IEW is a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education that celebrates the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller, National Air and Space Museum Director General Jack Dailey, Smithsonian Institute Assistant Secretary for Education and Access Claudine Brown, and the NASA Associate Administrator for Education Leland Melvin will participate in the program.


To watch the downlink event live online, visit 
http://ncesse.org/events/isswebcast/.

For more information about the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/.

To learn more about NASA education downlinks, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/teachingfromspace/students/downlinks.html.

Questions about this event should be directed to Becky Kamas at
JSC-Teaching-From-Space@mail.nasa.gov.

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NASA’s DEVELOP Program — 2013 Spring and Summer Sessions

DEVELOP is a NASA Science Mission Directorate Applied Sciences-sponsored internship that fosters the training and development of students in the Earth sciences. The DEVELOP Program extends the application of NASA Earth science research and technology to meet societal needs.

Students conduct projects that focus on the practical application of NASA’s Earth science research and demonstrate how results can benefit partner organizations and local communities. Advisors and mentors, from NASA and partner institutions, provide guidance and support for the program. Students gain experience using NASA science and technology in a professional setting.

Students from high school through doctoral levels are selected through a competitive application process. Students chosen by DEVELOP work on teams onsite at 13 locations in North America. Activities are conducted during three 10-week terms per year: spring, summer and fall. To apply to a DEVELOP center at a NASA location, applicants must be a citizen of the U.S. However, international students currently registered at an accredited school in the U.S. are eligible to apply to DEVELOP regional locations. International applicants must already have a visa that permits them to work in the U.S.

Applications for the spring 2013 session are due Nov. 15, 2012. Summer 2013 applications are due Feb. 4, 2013.

For more information about this unique internship opportunity, please visit the DEVELOP website at http://develop.larc.nasa.gov.

Questions about the DEVELOP Program should be directed by email to NASA-DL-DEVELOP@mail.nasa.gov or by telephone to 757-864-3761.

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

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, or IGES, invites young scientists and artists to explore biodiversity. There are many different types of life on Earth — from bacteria to insects to plants and animals. Biodiversity is everywhere. Students in grades 2-4 are encouraged to learn more about the forms of life in a particular place — what types of life can be seen? What types of life 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 (no larger 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 on the IGES website.

Entries are due Nov. 16, 2012. For full details on the contest, resources on biodiversity and 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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2012-2013 Real World Design Challenge

The Real World Design Challenge is an annual U.S. competition that gives students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to work on real-world engineering challenges in a team environment. This year, NASA is teaming up with other RWDC partners on the Aviation Challenge. This challenge invites students to design an unmanned aerial system to help locate a lost child.


Participating schools receive real engineering software and partner with mentors who are professional engineers. The contest provides students with opportunities to apply the lessons of the classroom to real technical problems.

The deadline for team registration is Nov. 16, 2012. Entries must be submitted by Jan. 18, 2013.

For more information about the challenge, visit http://www.realworlddesignchallenge.org.

Questions about the Real World Design Challenge should be directed to Ralph Coppola at rcoppola@ptc.com.

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: NASA CubeSat Space Missions


NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads to fly on rockets planned to launch between 2013 and 2016. These miniature spacecraft, known as CubeSats, could be auxiliary payloads on previously planned missions.

CubeSats are a class of research spacecraft called nanosatellites. These cube-shaped satellites are approximately four inches long, have a volume of about one quart and weigh less than three pounds.

Proposed CubeSat investigations must be consistent with NASA’s Strategic Plan and the NASA education vision and goals. The research must address aspects of science, exploration, technology development, education or operations.

Applicants must submit proposals electronically by 4:30 p.m. EST, Nov. 20, 2012. NASA will select the payloads by Jan. 31, 2013. Selection does not guarantee a launch opportunity. The selected spacecraft will be eligible for flight after final negotiations when a launch opportunity arises. NASA will not provide funding for the development of the small satellites.

NASA recently announced the results from the third round of the CubeSat Launch Initiative. From the first three launch initiatives, 64 payloads made the short list for launch opportunities between 2011 and 2014. They are eligible for launch pending an appropriate opportunity and final negotiations. The satellites come from 25 states: Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Vermont and Virginia.

For additional information about NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative program, visit http://go.nasa.gov/puk9K2 and http://go.nasa.gov/CubeSatOp.

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2012 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Video Contest


NASA has opened registration for the 2012 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Video Contest. Featuring OPTIMUS PRIME, the leader from the popular TRANSFORMERS brand, the contest highlights spinoffs from NASA technologies that are used on Earth. The goal is to help students understand the benefits of NASA technology to their daily lives.

Each student, or group of students, will submit a three- to five-minute video on a selected NASA spinoff technology listed in NASA’s 2011 “Spinoff” publication. Videos must demonstrate an understanding of the NASA spinoff technology and the associated NASA mission, as well as the commercial application and public benefit associated with the spinoff technology.

Participants must register for the contest by Dec. 15, 2012.

Video entries will be posted on the NASA YouTube channel, and the public will be responsible for the first round of judging. The top five submissions from each of the three grade groups (elementary [3rd-5th], middle [6th-8th] and high school [9th-12th]) will advance for final judging. A NASA panel will select a winning entry from each group. The students submitting the winning entries will be the guests of honor at the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Contest awards ceremony in May 2013. While there, the winners will receive the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Contest trophy and have the opportunity to meet NASA VIPs, astronauts and actor Peter Cullen, who voices the character OPTIMUS PRIME.

TRANSFORMERS and OPTIMUS PRIME are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. © 2012 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.

For more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/news/releases/2012/12-077.html.

Questions about this contest should be directed to Darryl Mitchell at Darryl.R.Mitchell@nasa.gov.

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Registration Open for the 20th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race

Registration is open for the 20th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race. High school and college students are challenged to design and build a vehicle that addresses a series of engineering problems similar to those faced by the original lunar-roving vehicle team. Each school may enter up to two teams. International teams are limited to 10 teams per country. The race will take place April 25-27, 2013, in Huntsville, Ala., at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

International teams must register by Jan. 7, 2013. U.S. teams must register by Feb. 4, 2013.

For more information about the competition and to register online, visit http://moonbuggy.msfc.nasa.gov/index.html.

International teams with questions about this event and registration should email Marilyn Lewis at Marilyn.H.Lewis@nasa.gov. U.S. teams with questions should contact Diedra Williams at Diedra.A.Williams@nasa.gov.

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IRIS Challenge: Tracking a Solar Storm

Join the Tracking a Solar Storm Challenge and guide students as they learn about our sun’s anatomy, the space weather it generates and why studying the sun is important.

This challenge is designed around NASA’s solar mission Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS. Scheduled to launch in 2013, the IRIS spacecraft will study the dynamics of our sun’s atmosphere using an ultraviolet telescope and spectrograph. As students participate in the challenge, they will learn more about the IRIS mission and the instruments that scientists will use to gather data.

An educators’ guide for the IRIS challenge will be posted in mid-November outlining basic lesson plans and supplementary learning projects available to help you lead students in studying the sun’s weather, tracking a solar storm and predicting its effect on Earth.

The challenge will run February – May 2013.

To learn more about the challenge, visit
http://irischallenge.arc.nasa.gov/.

Educators are invited to register now at
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZRBWQQK to receive updates as the challenge develops.

Please email any questions about this challenge to Linda Conrad at arc-quest-challenge@mail.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
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NASA Education Express — Nov. 1, 2012

Check out the followingNASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listedbelow.

HeatTransfer: MESSENGER — My Angle on Cooling Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov 1, 2012, 6:30 – 8 p.m. EDT

NASA’s Digital Learning Network PresentsSpace Shuttle Atlantis “Roll Over” Celebration
Audience: Grades 4-12
Event Date: Nov. 2, 2012, 1 – 2 p.m. EDT

NASA’s GlennResearch Center’s High School Shadowing Project
Audience: Students inGrades 10-12
Session I ApplicationDeadline: Nov. 2, 2012
Session II ApplicationDeadline: Jan. 25, 2013
Sessions III and IVApplication Deadline: Feb. 22, 2013

Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher EducationStudents
Next Lecture Date: Nov. 3, 2012

NASA Hosts Social Media Event inD.C. With Astronaut Joe Acaba
Audience: Educators and Students Ages 18+
Registration Deadline: Nov. 5, 2012 at 5 p.m. EST

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

Algebraic Equations: CalculatorControlled Robots Web Seminar
Audience: Algebra Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 7, 2012

NASA UniversityResearch Centers Virtual Symposium
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Event Dates: Nov. 8, 2012

International Space StationEarthKAM Fall 2012 Mission
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Event Date: Nov. 13-16, 2012

DEADLINE EXTENDED: “TheWorld’s a Place of Living Things” Art Contest
Audience: Students in Grades 2-4
Entry Deadline: Nov. 16, 2012

2013 CanSat Competition
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 30, 2012

2013 Texas HighSchool Aerospace Scholars
Audience: 9-12 Students
New Extended Deadline: Nov. 30, 2012

2013 NASA Unmanned Aerial SystemsChallenge
Audience: Higher Education Students and Faculty
Notice of Intent Deadline: Jan. 15, 2013

2012-2013 Game Changing EngineeringDesign Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students and Faculty
Notice of Intent Deadline: Jan. 15, 2013

2013 Planetary Geology and GeophysicsUndergraduate Research Program
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2013

NASA Wavelength Online Science ResourceNow Available
Audience: All Educators and Students

Find NASA Education Resources With theNASA Materials Finder
Audience: All Educators

What’s New at NASA’s Space Place Website
Audience: K-6 Educators

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Heat Transfer: MESSENGER — MyAngle on Cooling Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, theNASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hostinga 90-minute Web seminar on Nov 1, 2012,at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn how the MESSENGER mission to Mercury takes advantage of passivecooling methods to keep the spacecraft functioning in a high-temperatureenvironment. You will also see how to use the mission’s Staying Cool activities tolead students through an examination of different solutions to the problem ofhow to deal with too much sunlight and energy.

This seminar will be repeated on Mar. 21, 2013.

For more informationand to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar11.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’s Digital Learning Network Presents Space Shuttle Atlantis”Roll Over” Celebration

NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, is hosting a special event on Nov. 2, 2012, at 1 p.m. EDT tocommemorate the departure of space shuttle Atlantis. JoinDLN hosts Rachel Power and Joshua Santora live at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centerin Florida as space shuttle Atlantis is transferred from the Vehicle AssemblyBuilding to its permanent home at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

The Space Shuttle Atlantis “Roll Over”Celebration will feature special guests including NASA Administrator and astronautCharles Bolden, members of the space shuttle’s processing team and members fromthe team responsible for the design of the new home for Atlantis.

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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NASA’sGlenn Research Center’s High School Shadowing Project

NASA’s Glenn ResearchCenter, or GRC, in Cleveland, Ohio, is accepting applications for its HighSchool Shadowing Project sessions for the 2012-2013 school year. Thisopportunity provides students with a one- to five-day career explorationexperience at Glenn Research Center.

The project provides highschool students with an opportunity to explore career possibilities in aresearch and development environment while under the guidance of a NASAscientist, engineer, technician or administrative professional that serves asthe student’s mentor. Students are provided information about various careers,career paths and Glenn Research Center educational resources and programs.

Applicants must be U.S.citizens and at least 16 years old by the application deadline. Four sessionsare scheduled for the 2012-2013 school year.

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

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

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

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

For more information aboutthis opportunity, please visit https://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/education/ShadowingProgram_GRC.html.

Questions about the GRCHigh School Shadowing Project should be directed by email to GRC-Intern@mail.nasa.gov or bytelephone to 216-433-6656.

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Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

Curious about our nearest star, moon rocks, volcanoesand other wonders of the universe? Come to the Smithsonian’s Stars, a series of10 lectures by Smithsonian researchers who are exploring the sun, the moon,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 followedby a question-and-answer session. A Discovery Station activity will take placeat 4 p.m. prior to each lecture. Stay after the lecture to visit theobservatory, weather permitting.

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

Nov. 17, 2012 — The Dynamic Sun
The sun is even more dynamic, mysterious andbeautiful than you probably imagine. Astrophysicist Mark Weber will explorethis incredible star with observations from some of the most advancedtelescopes. Learn what scientists have discovered and what they are onlybeginning to understand.

Dec. 1, 2012 — AUniverse 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.

For more information about the Smithsonian’sStars 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 bedirected to the visitor service line at 202-633-1000.

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

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NASA Hosts Social Media Event in D.C. WithAstronaut Joe Acaba

NASA invites its social media followers to a specialevent with astronaut Joe Acaba on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, in Washington, D.C.Registration for the event is open to NASA social media followers and theirguests until 5 p.m. EST Monday, Nov. 5,2012. NASA will select 150 participants by lottery from those who registeronline. Additional applicants will be placed on a waiting list.

NASA Socials are in-person meetings with people who engage with the agencythrough Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social networks. This NASA Socialis an opportunity to meet and speak with Acaba, the people behind NASA’s socialmedia accounts and other space-exploration-minded participants.

Acaba launched to the International Space Station on a Russian Soyuz spacecrafton May 15, 2012. He spent 123 days aboard the orbiting laboratory as a flightengineer of the Expedition 31 and 32 crews. He returned to Earth on Sept. 17after four months off the planet.

Acaba participated in numerous scientific research experiments and performedregular maintenance and operational tasks aboard the orbiting complex. He alsofrequently tweeted on his Twitter account, @AstroAcaba, and participated in an#askStation TweetChat.

Acaba also flew aboard space shuttle Discovery in March 2009 during a spacestation assembly mission, during which he spent almost 13 hours performing twospacewalks.

To join and track the conversation online during the NASA Social, follow thehashtag #NASASocial. For more information on NASA Socials and to register,visit https://www.nasa.gov/social.

Acaba’s Twitter account is https://twitter.com/AstroAcaba.

Acaba’s biography is available at http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/acaba-jm.html.

For information about connecting and collaborating with NASA, visit https://www.nasa.gov/connect.

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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education ServicesProject

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

Amusement Park Physics (Grades 6-12)
Nov. 5, 2012, 7 – 8 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist John Weis will provide participants with anintroduction to the “Amusement Park Physics With a NASA Twist”educator guide and classroom activities. These activities cover multiplephysics concepts including energy, describing motion, collisions and simple harmonicmotion.

Sun, Earth and Moon Relationships: Anatomy of an Eclipse (Grades 2-8)
Nov. 7, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EST
For centuries people have been amazed by the spectacle created by lunar andsolar eclipses. On Nov. 13, 2012, a total solar eclipse will occur in the SouthPacific. Join aerospace education specialist Rick Varner for a free webcast tolearn about eclipse-related NASA resources. Varner will also share a simpleactivity to simulate eclipses in the classroom.

Train Like an Astronaut (Grades 1-12)
Nov. 14, 2012, 2 – 3 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Lester Morales will discuss the”Train Like an Astronaut” education materials. These activities use aphysical and inquiry-based approach to human health and fitness on Earth and inspace. Activities are modeled after the real-life training that astronauts doto prepare for exploring space. This webinar is part of the Department ofEducation’s Green Strides webinar series.

Here an Earth, There an Earth, Everywhere an Earth: The Kepler TelescopeSearch for Habitable Planets Beyond Our Solar System (Grades 5-12)
Nov. 15, 2012, 5 – 6 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will discuss NASA’s Keplertelescope and its search for Earth-like planets orbiting other stars.Participants will learn how to use Johannes Kepler’s Third Law and actualKepler telescope data to construct graphs to record and interpret data thatdetermine if a planet orbiting a star in another solar system is a possiblecandidate to support life.

Robotics on a Budget (Grades 5-12)
Nov. 28, 2012, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EST
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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Algebraic Equations: Calculator Controlled Robots WebSeminar

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 Nov. 7,2012, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Discover a unique way of integrating robotictechnology into your algebra classes. Robotic missions engage students andprovide a unique way of bringing to life the concepts you are teaching. Learnto use programmable Texas Instruments, or TI, calculators and Norland ResearchRobots to solve problems requiring substituting values for variables informulas.

This seminar provides an overview of using robotics in algebra so you can makean informed decision about purchasing the robots and other equipment. You donot need to have a Norland Research Robot or programmable TI calculator toparticipate in this seminar, or know how to program the calculator.

For more information and to registeronline, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar12.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 deskat NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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NASA University Research Centers VirtualSymposium

NASA University Research Centers, or URC, ishosting a Virtual Symposium to highlight talented students within the NASA URCprogram and their recent experiences as interns or co-ops at NASA.

During a series of poster sessions held on Oct. 24-31, 2012,students presented virtual poster presentations of the research that wasconducted during their internship or co-op. During the sessions, participantshad the opportunity to ask questions, exchange information and ideas, andinteract with students and other event participants via the Facebook socialnetwork. A panel of NASA subject matter experts reviewed and scored the posterpresentations.

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

To learn more about the NASA URC Virtual Symposium,visit http://www.earthzine.org/nasa-urc-fall-2012-vpss/.

Questions about this event should be emailed toDaesha Roberts at daesha.d.roberts@nasa.gov.

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InternationalSpace Station EarthKAM Fall 2012 Mission

Middle school educators are invited tojoin NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAM Fall 2012 Mission from Nov.13-16, 2012. Find out more about this exciting opportunity thatallows students to take pictures of Earth from a digital camera aboard theInternational Space Station.

International Space Station EarthKAMis a NASA-sponsored project that provides stunning, high-quality photographs ofEarth taken from the space shuttle and the space station. Since 1996, EarthKAM students have taken hundredsof thousands of photographs of Earth by using the World Wide Web to direct adigital camera on select spaceflights and, currently, on the space station.

For more information about the projectand to register for the upcoming mission, visit the EarthKAM home page www.EarthKAM.ucsd.edu.

If you have questions about the EarthKAM project, please email ek-help@earthkam.ucsd.edu.

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: “The World’s a Place ofLiving Things” Art Contest

The Institute for Global EnvironmentalStrategies, or IGES, invites young scientists and artists to explorebiodiversity. There are many different types of life on Earth — from bacteriato insects to plants and animals. Biodiversity is everywhere. Students ingrades 2-4 are encouraged to learn more about the forms of life in a particularplace — what types of life can be seen? What types of life are hard to see? Dothe different types of life interact with each other?

Students should investigate these questions, andcreate a piece of artwork (no larger than 16″x20″) to show what theyhave learned. First-, second-, and third-place artists will receive a $100,$75, and $50 gift card, respectively, framed color certificates and theirartwork will be showcased on the IGES website.

Entries are due Nov. 16, 2012. Forfull details on the contest, resources on biodiversity and to download an entryform, visit http://www.strategies.org/artcontest.

Questions about this opportunity should be directedto info@strategies.org.

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2013 CanSat Competition

Applications currently are being accepted for the 2013 CanSat Competition.

This annual competition is open to university and college students from theUnited States, Canada, Mexico and other countries. Teams of three to 10students must design, build and launch a sensor payload called a CanSat. EachCanSat is slightly larger than a soda can and must be built according to thespecifications released by the competition organizing committee.

All teams entering the CanSat competition are required to have a facultyadviser. The faculty adviser will oversee and be responsible for the conduct ofthe team at all times during the competition. The advisor is stronglyencouraged to accompany the team to the competition.

Applications are due Nov. 30, 2012.

For more information about the competition and to download the application,visit http://www.cansatcompetition.com/.

Questions about this competition should be directed to questions@juno.nrl.navy.mil.

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: 2013 Texas High SchoolAerospace Scholars

The Texas High School Aerospace Scholars projectis an interactive, online learning experience. It is highlighted by a six-dayinternship where selected students are encouraged to study mathematics,science, engineering or computer science by interacting with engineers atNASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The Texas High School Aerospace Scholars projectis open to high school juniors throughout Texas. Applicants must be U.S.citizens and have access to the Internet.

The application deadline has been extended to Nov. 30, 2012.

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

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

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2013 NASA Unmanned Aerial SystemsChallenge

NASA invites college teams to take part in the 2013 NASA AeronauticsMission Directorate’s Unmanned Aerial Systems Challenge. Students are invitedto propose an unmanned aerial firefighting system to battle a wildfire ragingin a drought-stricken area. Design assessment will be based on projectedeffectiveness, cost, innovation, and ease of use and operation inside theNational Air Space.

The contest is open to teams of full-time students enrolled in higher educationinstitutions of the United States or its territories. This category includesuniversities, colleges, trade schools, community colleges, professionalschools, etc. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

A notice of intent is due Jan.15, 2013. Final entries are due May 3, 2013.

For more information and a complete list of rules, visit https://aero.larc.nasa.gov/competitions_univ.htm.

Questions about the challenge should be directed to Elizabeth Ward at Elizabeth.B.Ward@nasa.gov.

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2012-2013 Game ChangingEngineering Design Challenge

NASA invites college student teams to enter the 2013 Game Changing EngineeringDesign Challenge. Student teams are asked to design a thermal control systemfor a manned space station in low lunar orbit. Designs must accommodate asix-person crew, maintain acceptable temperatures for avionics components, andprovide a healthy environment for the crew. Multidisciplinary teams areencouraged.

The contest is open to student teams from post-secondary institutions inthe United States or its territories. This category includes universities,colleges, trade schools, community colleges, professional schools, etc.

Finalists will be invited to present their work toNASA engineers and tour a NASA center.

A notice of intent is due Jan. 15, 2013.Final entries are due on April 29, 2013.

For more information and a complete list of rules, visit http://spacetech.larc.nasa.gov.

Questions about the challenge should be directed to Elizabeth Ward at Elizabeth.B.Ward@nasa.gov.

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2013 Planetary Geology andGeophysics Undergraduate Research Program

The Planetary Geology and GeophysicsUndergraduate Research Program, or PGGURP,pairs qualified undergraduate students with NASA-funded investigators atresearch locations across the U.S. for eight weeks during the summer. Studentswill spend the summer at the NASA scientists’ home institutions. Selectedstudents receive a cost-of-living stipend and compensation for housing andtravel.

Undergraduate students interested in learning about research in planetarygeoscience are eligible to apply. Students graduating in 2013 who have notstarted graduate school yet are also eligible. Preference is given to U.S.citizens and permanent residents.

Applications are due Feb. 1, 2013.

For more information, visit http://www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~tgregg/pggurp.html.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please email Robyn Wagner, PGGURPadministrator, at rlwagner@buffalo.edu.

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NASA Wavelength Online Science Resource Now Available

NASA has a new online science resource for teachersand students to help bring Earth, sun, the solar system, and the universe into theirschools and homes.

Called NASA Wavelength, the site features hundreds of resources organized bytopic and audience level from elementary to college, and out-of-school programsthat span the extent of NASA science. Educators at all levels can locate science-relatededucational resources through information on educational standards, subjectsand keywords and other relevant details, such as learning time required tocarry out a lesson or an activity, cost of materials and more.

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, or SMD, funds a nationwide community ofeducation and outreach professionals that develop and deliver resources for alllevels of formal and informal education and public outreach activities usingNASA content, expertise and facilities.

NASA Wavelength features peer-reviewed science resources developed by thiscommunity, including award-winning curriculum tools, activities that allowstudents and teachers to learn about and participate in NASA missions, exhibitsand planetarium shows and more.

The site offers an innovative way to keep up with the latest developments inEarth and space science education. Users will be able to receive email updateson new content, and share the latest information through social media andemail.

Through featured selections highlighted on the homepage, educators can identifyscience resources relevant to specific themes, such as Mars-related activities,and lessons for educators interested in teaching about climate, theelectromagnetic spectrum or magnetism.

The Space Sciences Laboratory and Lawrence Hall of Science at the University ofCalifornia, Berkeley, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, andthe Adler Planetarium worked with educators across the country to define, testand launch NASA Wavelength. Scientists and educators who comprise SMD’seducation and public outreach community coordinate the continued developmentand upkeep of the site.

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate seeks new knowledge and understanding ofEarth, the sun, solar system and the universe from the vantage point of space.The directorate also constantly looks for inventive ways to reach out to thepublic using museums, classrooms, science centers and home schools.

For access to NASA Wavelength, visit http://nasawavelength.org.

For information on NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, visit http://science.nasa.gov/.

For information about NASA education programs, visit https://www.nasa.gov/education.

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Find NASA Education ResourcesWith the NASA Materials Finder

Are you looking for NASA educational resources to use in your classroom?Use the NASA Education Materials Finder search tool to find materials that fityour needs.

Search hundreds of NASA educational materials by grade level, type of materialand subject area. The ability to search by keyword is also available. Plus, thesubject areas include dozens of sub-category selections to allow you to better fine-tuneyour search.

In addition, all of these search criteria can be combined into one search,which allows you to restrict the results to exactly what you are looking for.

Click the link below to begin your search forNASA educational materials.

https://www.nasa.gov/education/materials

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What’s New at NASA’s Space Place Website

Earth is a water world. Even ifwe live far from the ocean, we feel its effects. We feel it in the weather andclimate. We breathe in the oxygen produced by its plant life. We are cooler dueto the ocean’s ability to absorb some of the excess greenhouse gases we add tothe atmosphere. The ocean influences every aspect of our planet that make ithabitable. The Space Place website is about space out there and Earth down hereas studied from space out there. This month we pay tribute to the ocean and thetechnologies that help us understand it better.

What’s New on Space Place
When Earth first formed, it was very hot. Any liquid water would haveboiled away into space. So where did the ocean come from? Scientists thinkcomets may have provided an important water delivery service. But how can theyknow?

A new “Explore” article on the Space Place explains how even water hasfingerprints of sorts that can be used to trace its origin. Visit http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/comet-ocean.

Space Place en Español
Satellite images show the swirling, organized rotational cloudsystems of tropical storms and hurricanes. We can watch them in fascination –or fear, if they are headed our way. What is actually going on in the belly ofthese monsters? How do they begin and grow? What determines their severity andtheir paths? In both English and Spanish, the basics are explained. Check out¿Cómo se forman los huracanes? And see Space Place entirely in Spanish at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/sp, withtoggles to the English on every page.

Spotlight on …
“Missions to Planet Earth” is an online card game. It started out asa real card game, but we wanted everyone to be able to enjoy playing it andlearn about what it takes to build a space mission. The player competes withthe computer, but can tell the computer how “smart” to play. Sobeginners can succeed, too. The object is to gather all the necessarycomponents to complete the maximum number of missions — before the computeropponent does. This is a great game for the classroom when students have a fewminutes to spare. Go to http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/earth-card-game.

For the Classroom
Voyage on the High Seas: A Jason 1 Ocean Adventure is a real boardgame. Go to http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/posters/#high_seasto download a full-size game board (42.5 x 33 inches). You can have it printed– and perhaps laminated — at an office supply store. There are also gamecards to print on standard paper and cut apart, as well as a spinner and tinygame markers (research vessels). The game is a fun way for students to learnsome geography, oceanography and meteorology. The back side of the poster(printable on standard paper) has other related activities and articles aswell.

Forout-of-School (Cookie) Time
We leave the ocean theme for a moment to tell you of our new Oreo®cookies moon phases activity. It reduces the oft-confusing topic of moon phasesto its simplest — and sweetest — form. To make a new Moon, eat all the crèmefilling. To make a 1st or 3rd quarter Moon, scrape off half the filling. For afull Moon, alas, you must resist. Printable activity sheets make it easy for theactivity director. Go to http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/oreo-moon.

Special Days

Nov. 9, 1934: Carl Sagan was born.
Dr. Sagan helped pick the sounds and images for the Voyager spacecrafts’“Golden Record.” See and hear samples at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/voyager-to-stars.

Nov. 13, 1946: Vincent Joseph Schaefer made the first artificially inducedsnowstorm.
It’s easy to predict a snowstorm it you make it yourself. If nature makesit …not so much. Check out a little booklet that explains in the simplestpossible terms how to make a weather-prediction satellite. It’s at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/story-weather-satellite.The booklet is also in Spanish and Italian.

Nov. 29, 1803: Birthday of Christian Doppler
He described the Doppler effect, a good analogy for the expansion of spaceand understanding why the sky is dark at night. Check it out at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/classroom-activities#bluesky.

Dec. 14: Geminids Meteor Shower
Get tips on the best meteor viewing techniques at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/meteor-shower.

Dec. 25, 1642: Birthday of Isaac Newton
He understood how orbits work, and so can you by firing a cannon intospace. With enough gunpowder, you, too, can achieve orbit! Go to http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/how-orbits-work.

Dec. 31, 1705: First recorded sightingof Halley’s comet
Play “Comet Quest” and learn about comets at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/comet-quest.

Don’tForget…
You can find dozens of other ideas and rich resources for theclassroom and out-of-school time at our Parents & Educators page, http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/menu/parents-and-educators.

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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