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


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


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


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

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.


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

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


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

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

Email any questions about this opportunity to


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

All material related to this fellowshipopportunity, including eligibility requirements and detailed instructions onhow to submit an application, may be accessed from

Please email any questions about thisopportunity to Claudia Meyer at


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

Inquiries about the Albert EinsteinDistinguished Educator Fellowship Program should be directed to Brian O’Donnellat Brian.O’


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

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

Email any questions about this opportunity to


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

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


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

Questions about this contest should be directedto Darryl Mitchell at


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

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to


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

Questions should be directed to


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 or send an email to


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

Specific questions about the program should be directed to


Don’t miss out on education-related opportunities available from NASA.For a full list of Current Opportunities, visit

Visit NASA Education on the Web:
For Educators:
For Students:
NASA Kids’ Club: