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


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, visit

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to Katie Haydenat


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

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

E-mail any questions about this opportunity to the NES Help Desk at


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

Questions about this competition should bedirected to


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

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to


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

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


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

Questions about this contest should be directedto Darryl Mitchell at


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