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


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

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

Email any questions about this opportunity to


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

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

Inquiries about this webcast should be directed to JoshuaSantora at


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

Questions about the GRCHigh School Shadowing Project should be directed by email to or bytelephone to 216-433-6656.


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

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.


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

Acaba’s Twitter account is

Acaba’s biography is available at

For information about connecting and collaborating with NASA, visit


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, visit

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


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

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NASA Explorer Schools help deskat


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

Questions about this event should be emailed toDaesha Roberts at


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

If you have questions about the EarthKAM project, please email


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

Questions about this opportunity should be directedto


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

Questions about this competition should be directed to


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

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to


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

Questions about the challenge should be directed to Elizabeth Ward at


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

Questions about the challenge should be directed to Elizabeth Ward at


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

If you have questions about this opportunity, please email Robyn Wagner, PGGURPadministrator, at


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

For information on NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, visit

For information about NASA education programs, visit


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.


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

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, 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

For the Classroom
Voyage on the High Seas: A Jason 1 Ocean Adventure is a real boardgame. Go to 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

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

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 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

Dec. 14: Geminids Meteor Shower
Get tips on the best meteor viewing techniques at

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

Dec. 31, 1705: First recorded sightingof Halley’s comet
Play “Comet Quest” and learn about comets at

You can find dozens of other ideas and rich resources for theclassroom and out-of-school time at our Parents & Educators page,


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