NASA Education Express — Dec. 20, 2012

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

National Space Biomedical Research InstituteSummer Internship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators andStudents
Application Deadline: Dec. 31, 2012

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program –Mission 4 to the International Space Station
Audience: 5-Higher Education Educators and Students
Inquiry Deadline: Dec. 31, 2012

NASA Social Event at Next Landsat Launch
Audience: All Educators and Students 18+ Years Old
Registration Deadline: Noon EST on Jan. 2, 2013

Women in STEM HighSchool Aerospace Scholars
Audience: Female High School Juniors
Deadline: Jan. 3, 2013

Free Smithsonian’s StarsLecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Jan. 5, 2013

2013 NASA and WorcesterPolytechnic Institute Sample Return Robot Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators andStudents
Early Bird Registration Deadline: Jan. 7, 2013

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

Analyzing Solar Energy Graphs: MY NASADATA Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 8, 2013

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

International Space Station ResearchOpportunity for Higher Education Organizations
Audience: Higher Education Community
Deadline to Submit White Papers: Jan. 23, 2013

2013 Space Exploration Educators Conference
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Feb. 7-9, 2013

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National Space Biomedical Research InstituteSummer Internship Program

Interns selected for the NSBRI’s summer programjoin ongoing project activities and gain hands-on experience in spacebiomedical research at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas; GlennResearch Center in Cleveland, Ohio; or Ames Research Center in Moffett Field,Calif. The program is open to graduate students, medical students andundergraduate students who have completed their second year of studies.

Applicants are asked to submit a curriculumvitae or resume, a letter of interest, two letters of recommendation, andcollege transcripts. Applicants must be available from May 27 through Aug. 2,2013.The program is open to U.S. citizens.

Applications for the 2013 program are due Dec. 31, 2012.

For more information and to apply online, visit http://www.nsbri.org/summerinternship/.Questions about this opportunity should be directed to info@nsbri.org.

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Student Spaceflight ExperimentsProgram — Mission 4 to the International Space Station

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the ArthurC. Clarke Institute for Space Education, in partnership with NanoRacks LLC,announce a new opportunity for communities across the U.S. and space stationpartner nations. The newest Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, or SSEP,flight opportunity, Mission 4 to the International Space Station, or ISS, givesstudents across a community the ability to design and propose real experimentsto fly in low Earth orbit on the International Space Station.

Each participating community will be provided areal microgravity research mini-laboratory capable of supporting a singlemicrogravity experiment, and all launch services to fly the mini-lab to thespace station in fall 2013 and return it to Earth. An experiment designcompetition in each community — engaging 300+ students — allows student teamsto design and propose real experiments vying for theircommunity’s reserved mini-lab. Content resources for teachers and studentssupport foundational instruction on science in microgravity and experimentaldesign. Additional SSEP programming leverages the experiment design competitionto engage the community, embracing a learning community model for science,technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education.

This competition is open to students in grades 5-12 and college. Informaleducation groups and organizations are also encouraged to participate.Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than Dec. 31, 2012. The National Center for Earth and SpaceScience Education is available to help interested communities in the U.S.secure the needed funding.

The first two SSEP flight opportunities saw experiments flown on the finalflights of space shuttles Endeavour and Atlantis. These missions engaged 27communities, providing a combined 30,700 students in grades 5-14 theopportunity to participate, 977 student team proposals were received and 27experiments were selected and flown on the shuttles. SSEP Missions 1, 2 and 3to the International Space Station engaged 32 communities, providing 69,100 studentsin grades 5-14 the opportunity to participate, 3,370 student team proposalswere received and 39 experiments were flown to space station on the SpaceXDragon vehicle. The Mission 3 payload of 17 experiments is expected to fly to thespace station in April 2013.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit the SSEP Mission 4 to InternationalSpace Station National Announcement of Opportunity at http://ssep.ncesse.org/2012/11/announcing-student-spaceflight-experiment-program-ssep-mission-4-to-the-international-space-station-for-2013/.

SSEP is a program of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Educationin the U.S., and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Educationinternationally. It is enabled through a strategic partnership with NanoRacksLLC working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization ofthe International Space Station as a national laboratory. The
Center for the Advancement of Science in Space  is a National Partner onSSEP.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please email SSEP NationalProgram Director Jeff Goldstein at jeffgoldstein@ncesse.org.

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NASASocial Event at Next Landsat Launch

NASA invites social media followers to a unique two-day NASA Social event onFeb. 10-11, 2013, at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The event willbring 80 social media users together to witness the launch of the Landsat DataContinuity Mission, a satellite that continues a record-breaking 40 years ofEarth observations.

NASA Socials are in-person meetings with peoplewho engage with the agency through Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other socialnetworks. Participants will get a behind-the-scenes tour of Vandenberg AirForce Base’s Western Range, including a rare look inside the launch controlcenter, tours of the launchpad and mission control and a visit to Vandenberg’son-base private museum. Participants will also hear first-hand accounts by theLandsat Mission science and engineering teams and meet fellow scienceenthusiasts who are active on social media.

On launch day, NASA Social participants and their friends and families areinvited to a special public viewing area to watch the Landsat launch.

Registration is open until noon EST on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. NASA will select 80participants 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 on tours. Each participant must be age 18 orolder.

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

To join and track the conversation online duringthe NASA Socials, follow the hashtags #NASASocial and #Landsat.

To learn more about the Landsat series ofEarth-observing satellites, visit https://www.nasa.gov/Landsat.

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

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Women in STEMHigh School Aerospace Scholars

Engineer your dream job! The adventure begins in2013. NASA wants you to become part of the workforce of tomorrow as we offerthe opportunity to dream, engineer and WISH. The Women in STEM High SchoolAerospace Scholars, or WISH, project offers a one-of-a-kind experience forfemale high school juniors to jump-start their future by engaging inopportunities relating to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Participation starts in an online community andculminates with a summer experience at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston,Texas, during the summer of 2013. Get ready to collaborate with girls fromacross the country as you complete online activities, design unique projects,work with NASA personnel and present mission accomplishments. Start your dreamnow!

To be eligible, applicants must be:
— U.S. citizens.
— Female high school juniors during the2012-2013 school year.
— Interested and excited about science,technology, engineering and mathematics.
— Committed to a one-year relationship withNASA’s Johnson Space Center.
— Able to access the Internet and email (athome, school or public library).
— A scholar with a cumulative GPA of 3.25/4.0or higher.

The application deadline has been extended to Jan.3, 2013.

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

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

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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.

Jan. 5, 2013 — Trees in the 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.

Feb. 2, 2013 — VolcanoBreath
Join Global Volcanism Program Director LizCottrell for a lecture about volcanoes on a global scale. Learn how the gaseouscontents of volcanoes propel their explosions and impact our climate. Hear thelatest about volcanic gas research and explore the latest discoveries about howthe deep Earth is recycling the air we breathe.

Feb. 16, 2013 — Venus:50 Years After Mariner 2
Fifty years ago Mariner 2 flew past Venus, becoming the first space probeto explore another planet. But Venus, our nearest neighbor, still holds manymysteries. Geophysicist Bruce Campbell will discuss what is known about Venus,including how it differs from Earth, and how future explorers may providecrucial clues to understanding this hot, dry world.

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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2013 NASA and Worcester Polytechnic InstituteSample Return Robot Challenge

NASA and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute inWorcester, Mass., are seeking teams to compete in a robot technologydemonstration competition with a potential $1.5 million prize purse.

During the Sample Return Robot Challenge, teamswill compete to demonstrate a robot that can locate and retrieve geologic samplesfrom a wide and varied terrain without human control. The objective of thecompetition is to encourage innovations in automatic navigation and roboticmanipulator technologies. Innovations stemming from this challenge may improveNASA’s capability to explore a variety of destinations in space, as well asenhance the nation’s robotic technology for use in industries and applicationson Earth.

NASA provides the prize money to the winningteam as part of the agency’s Centennial Challenges competitions, which seekunconventional solutions to problems of interest to the agency and the nation.While NASA provides the prize purse, the competitions are managed by nonprofitorganizations that cover the cost of operations through commercial or privatesponsorships. The competition is planned for June 2013 in Worcester and isanticipated to attract hundreds of competitors from industry and academianationwide.

Early bird registration and fees for thecompetition are due by Jan.7, 2013. Teams wishing to register after this date are subjectto approval by the judging committee.

For more information about the Sample ReturnRobot Challenge and to register online for the competition, visit http://challenge.wpi.edu.

The Centennial Challenges program is part ofNASA’s Space Technology Program, which is innovating, developing, testing andflying hardware for use in NASA’s future missions. NASA’s Space TechnologyProgram and the Centennial Challenges are creating new technological solutionsfor NASA and our nation’s future. For more information about NASA’s CentennialChallenges and the Space
Technology Program, visit https://www.nasa.gov/challenges.

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

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Registration Openfor the 20th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race

Registration is open for the 20th Annual NASAGreat Moonbuggy Race. High school and college students are challenged to designand build a vehicle that addresses a series of engineering problems similar tothose faced by the original lunar-roving vehicle team. Each school may enter upto two teams. International teams are limited to 10 teams per country. The racewill 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 andto register online, visit http://moonbuggy.msfc.nasa.gov/index.html.

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

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Analyzing Solar Energy Graphs: MYNASA DATA 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 Web seminar for educators on Jan 8, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST.

Become familiar with the MY NASA DATA activity, “Solar Cell EnergyAvailability From Around the Country.” Compare monthly averages ofdownward radiation in locations around the U.S. and analyze areas whereconditions would be conducive to having solar panels. Access data on the NASALive Access Server as you “journey” around the U.S. to determine the amount ofsolar radiation and analyze overlay plots to compare data from NASA satellites.

This seminar is offered again on March 26, 2013.

For more information and to register online,visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar20.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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Teaching FromSpace Office Seeks Educators for MicroGravity eXperience

NASA’s Teaching From Space Office and the Reduced Gravity Education FlightProgram are seeking applications for teams of K-12 educators to participate inthe MicroGravity eXperience, or Micro GX, project. This project gives studentsand educators across the country the opportunity to work together on anexperiment to be tested aboard a microgravity aircraft. This incredibleopportunity is open to any current K-12 classroom educator in the UnitedStates. Educators must also be U.S. citizens.

Micro GX activities begins with students andeducators developing and proposing a reduced-gravity experiment. Selectededucator teams will receive online professional development on classroomresources for microgravity, collaboration with a NASA mentor and areduced-gravity flight. With combined input from their students and mentor,educator teams will design and fabricate their experiments to be tested andevaluated aboard an aircraft that flies approximately 30 roller-coaster-likeclimbs and dips to produce periods of microgravity and hypergravity, rangingfrom almost zero gravity to 2 g.

Seven teams of four to five educators from asingle school or school district will be selected from this application processto participate in Micro GX. This includes participation in an onlinemicrogravity course, which will begin on Feb. 11, 2013, with a series of Webseminars with NASA personnel to initiate experiment development. The highlightof the online course is to travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston,Texas, and participate in the Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program duringthe week of July 12-20, 2013. During the flight week, educators will fly andperform custom experiments in a reduced-gravity environment. Selected teamsare responsible for all expenses associated with the travel and stay in Houston.The online course continues with activities beyond the flight experiencethrough Aug. 26, 2013.

Educator teams interested in participating inMicro GX may submit a proposal no later than Jan. 9, 2013. For more information, visithttp://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov/tfsor send an email to jsc-rgeducator@nasa.gov.

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International Space StationResearch Opportunity for Higher Education Organizations

Conduct research in space and make new discoveries! The adventure begins in2013. The International Space Station NASA Education Projects Office hasreleased a solicitation for proposals of educational experiments relating toscience, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, that utilize theunique microgravity platform of the space station.

Proposals are being accepted from higher education institutions or consortia oforganizations serving the higher education community. Proposals must align withspace station program research priorities in technology, biology, biotechnologyand physical sciences. Experiment ideas also must address innovative,meaningful and enduring research and technology developmentactivities with STEM-based context.

Whitepapers must be submitted by 4 p.m. CST on Jan. 23, 2013. Full proposals aredue Feb. 20, 2013.

For more information, visit http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={8626F554-923E-4797-DEE7-89CF3988FEE3}&path=open.

Questions about this solicitation should be directed to Janejit T. Gensler at Janejit.t.gensler@nasa.gov.

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2013 Space Exploration Educators Conference

Make plans to attend the 19th Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference, tobe held Feb. 7-9, 2013, at Space Center Houston. This conference is forall K-12 educators. Activities presented use space-related themes to teachacross the curriculum and can be used for science, language arts, mathematics,history and more.

Attend sessions hosted by scientists and engineers working on the InternationalSpace Station, Mars exploration and the planets beyond. Hear from astronautswho will be leading the charge in exploration. Attend sessions presented byeducators and receive ready-to-implement classroom ideas. Attendees can earn upto 24 hours of continuing professional education credit.

Keynote speakers scheduled to attend include astronaut Satoshi Furukawa andactor LeVar Burton.

For more information, visit http://spacecenter.org/TeachersSEEC.html.

If you have any questions about the conference, please call 281-244-2149 oremail seec@spacecenter.org.

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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 — Dec. 13, 2012

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

Comet Quest Game Now Available in Spanish, French and German
Audience: All Educators and Students

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

Weatherand Climate: Satellite Meteorology Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Dec. 13, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. EST

2013 NASA High-AltitudeStudent Platform Opportunity
Audience: Higher Education Educators andStudents
Application Deadline: Dec. 14, 2012

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

Free Smithsonian’s StarsLecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Dec. 15, 2012

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

Chemistry ofWater: Mars Exploration — Is There Water on Mars? Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Dec. 17, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. EST

Social Media Users Invited to Apply for Credentials to Attend NASA Social Media Event at TDRS-K Launch in Florida
Audience: All Educators and Students 18+ Years Old
Registration Deadline: 3 p.m. EST on Dec. 19, 2012

Engineering Design: Forces and Motion –Balloon Aerodynamics Challenge Web Seminar
Audience: 6-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Dec. 19, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. EST

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Womenin STEM High School Aerospace Scholars
Audience: Female High School Juniors
New Deadline: Jan. 3, 2013

DEADLINE EXTENDED: 2013RASC-AL Lunar Wheel Design Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students
New Deadline: Jan. 19, 2013

NASA’s REEL Science Communication Contest
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2013

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Comet Quest Game Now Available in Spanish, French and German

NASA’s popular “Comet Quest” game fromNASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is now available for free in three additionallanguages. The game can be downloaded from the iTunes Apps store in Spanish,French and German (as well as English).

Players of “Comet Quest” learn about comets and the European SpaceAgency’s international Rosetta mission. The game mimics the real Rosettamission, and enables you to control the spacecraft. Players drop a lander on acomet’s nucleus, then observe and record events (cracks in the comet, coma andtail getting brighter and more) as they occur. Players must avoid hazards andsuccessfully transmit data to Earth, earning points for each accomplishment.

The free “CometQuest” app is available for download for iPhone and iPad from theiTunes Store at http://bit.ly/xXhjI7.

To learn more about the Rosetta mission, visit http://rosetta.jpl.nasa.gov/.

iPhone, iPad and iTunes Store are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.registered in the U.S. and other countries.

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

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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Weather and Climate: Satellite Meteorology 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 Dec. 13, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EST.

Participants will learn to use the data from NASA’s research satellite programin their meteorology lessons. This Web seminar features “Monitoring theGlobal Environment,” one of eight modules within the satellite meteorologycourse. The activities within this module incorporate the use of authentic dataacquired by NASA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites and PolarOperational Environmental Satellites. Attendees will learn how to locate anddownload satellite data then use the data to create graphs.

For more informationand to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar17.aspx.

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to John Entwistle at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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2013 NASA High-Altitude Student PlatformOpportunity

NASA is accepting applications from students atU.S. colleges and universities who want to send experiments to the edge ofspace on a high-flying scientific balloon.

The annual NASA project provides near-spaceaccess for 12 undergraduate and graduate student experiments to be carried by aNASA high-altitude research balloon. The flights typically last 15 to 20 hoursand reach an altitude of 23 miles. Experiments may include compact satellitesor prototypes.

The experiments are flown aboard theHigh-Altitude Student Platform, or HASP, a balloon-born instrument stacklaunched from the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility’s remote site in FortSumner, N.M. The goals of the project are to provide a space test platform toencourage student research and stimulate the development of student satellitepayloads and other space-engineering products.

HASP seeks to enhance the technical skills andresearch abilities of students in critical science, technology, engineering andmathematics disciplines. The project is a joint effort between NASA and theLouisiana Space Grant Consortium.

The deadline for applications is Dec. 14, 2012.

For application information and technicaldetails about the program, visit http://laspace.lsu.edu/hasp.

Questions about the High-Altitude Student Platformopportunity should be directed to T. Gregory Guzik at guzik@phunds.phys.lsu.edu.

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2012 OPTIMUS PRIME 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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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. 15, 2012 — The Mission of the Mars ScienceLaboratory, Curiosity
Since landing on Mars in early August 2012, theMars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover has returned an array of stunning datathat is being used to evaluate whether Mars may have harbored habitableenvironments. Geologist John Grant will delve into the recent findings fromCuriosity.

Jan. 5, 2013 — Trees in the 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.

Feb. 2, 2013 — VolcanoBreath
Join Global Volcanism Program Director LizCottrell for a lecture about volcanoes on a global scale. Learn how the gaseouscontents of volcanoes propel their explosions and impact our climate. Hear thelatest about volcanic gas research and explore the latest discoveries about howthe deep Earth is recycling the air we breathe.

For more information about the Smithsonian’s StarsLecture 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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2013 Texas High School 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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Chemistryof Water: Mars Exploration — Is There Water on Mars? Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators,the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Associationare hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on Dec.17, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EST. “Chemistry of Water: Mars Exploration –Is There Water on Mars?” is an inquiry-based lesson on how atmosphericpressure and vapor pressure affect the boiling point of water. See why theboiling point of water is pressure-dependent, rather thantemperature-dependent. Then, by extension, you will deduce if there could beliquid water on Mars.

This seminar will be repeated on March 12, 2013.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar18.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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Social Media Users Invited to Apply for Credentials to Attend NASA Social Media Event at TDRS-K Launch in Florida

NASA will give 70 of its social media followers an
insider’s look at America’s space program and the opportunity to see
a launch in-person. The NASA Social, scheduled for Jan. 28-29 to
coincide with the launch of NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay
Satellite-K (TDRS-K), will be held at the agency’s Kennedy Space
Center in Florida.

NASA Socials are in-person meetings with people who engage with the
agency through Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social networks.

TDRS-K is targeted to launch at 8:52 p.m. EST Jan. 29 on a United
Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

Registration for the NASA Social opens at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13,
and closes at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec.19. Participants will be selected
from online registrations. Because portions of this event may take
place in restricted areas, registration is limited to U.S. citizens.
Participants will have unique behind the scenes experiences with NASA,
which they are encouraged to share with others through their favorite
social networks. Guests will view the launch, tour facilities at
Kennedy, speak with representatives from NASA and the Space
Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Office, visit the Atlas V launch
pad, and meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media
and members of NASA’s social media team.

The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System is a space-based
communication system used to provide tracking, telemetry, command,
and high bandwidth data return services to its many customers. A
major component of the system is the spacecraft itself, TDRS.
Currently, there are 7 operational satellites that provide in-flight
communications with spacecraft operating in low-Earth orbit. Aboard
each satellite are multiple antennae that send and receive signals
both to and from the ground to multiple satellites simultaneously. As
a result, TDRS provides a wide variety of services to meet customers’
needs and demands.

For more information on the NASA Social and to register, visit:
https://www.nasa.gov/social

To find all the ways to connect and collaborate with NASA, visit:
https://www.nasa.gov/connect

To learn more about TDRS, visit:
https://www.nasa.gov/tdrs

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EngineeringDesign: Forces and Motion — Balloon Aerodynamics Challenge 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. 19, 2012, at 6:30p.m. EST. This Web seminar will introduce the Forces and Motion: BalloonAerodynamics Challenge for students. This activity provides firsthandinformation about density, neutral buoyancy and drag, which is then used tosolve a problem. The activity provides many opportunities for incorporatingnational mathematics, science and technology learning standards into yourcurriculum.

This seminar will be repeated on Apr. 17, 2013.

For more information and to registeronline, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar19.aspx.

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

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

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DEADLINEEXTENDED: Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars

Engineer your dream job! The adventure begins in2013. NASA wants you to become part of the workforce of tomorrow as we offerthe opportunity to dream, engineer and WISH. The Women in STEM High SchoolAerospace Scholars, or WISH, project offers a one-of-a-kind experience forfemale high school juniors to jump-start their future by engaging inopportunities relating to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Participation starts in an online community andculminates with a summer experience at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston,Texas, during the summer of 2013. Get ready to collaborate with girls fromacross the country as you complete online activities, design unique projects,work with NASA personnel and present mission accomplishments. Start your dreamnow!

To be eligible, applicants must be:
— U.S. citizens.
— Female high school juniors during the2012-2013 school year.
— Interested and excited about science,technology, engineering and mathematics.
— Committed to a one-year relationship withNASA’s Johnson Space Center.
— Able to access the Internet and email (athome, school or public library).
— A scholar with a cumulative GPA of 3.25/4.0or higher.

The application deadline has been extended to Jan.3, 2013.

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

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

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DEADLINEEXTENDED: 2013 RASC-AL Lunar Wheel Design Challenge

Due to an initially aggressive schedule that resulted from a delayed launch ofthe 2013 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkage, orRASC-AL, Lunar Wheel Design Challenge, the new deadline to submit projectplans has been extended to Sunday, Jan. 19, 2013, at midnight EST.

The RASC-AL Lunar WheelDesign Challenge invites student teams to design and build a lunar wheelprototype and demonstrate its capabilities while mounted on a utility vehicleduring the “Roll-Off” (field tests at NASA’s Johnson Space Center’s Rock Yard)in July 2013. Teams are challenged with developing a wheel that needs littlemaintenance, can travel at higher speeds needed for human rovers and canwithstand several years of harsh temperature swings, abrasive regolith, intensesun radiation and lack of an Earth-like atmosphere.

In addition to the fieldtests, teams will present their wheel concepts to a design review panelcomprising Space Exploration Vehicle, or SEV, engineers. Presentations will bebased on each team’s technical paper that details the wheel concept’spath-to-flight (i.e., how the design can be applied to actual planetaryexploration on an SEV).

Based on a review of eachteam’s proposal, up to eight teams will be selected to compete at the“Roll-Off” in July 2013. Qualifying teams will receive a minimum of $9,000 todevelop and test their wheel designs. Winning teams will receive cash prizes.

The challenge is open to full-time undergraduate or graduate students majoringin engineering or science at an accredited university. University design teamsmust include one faculty or industry advisor with a university affiliation andtwo or more undergraduate or graduate students.

Student teams and their faculty advisors are invited to submit an onlineNotice of Intent (NOI)and a projectplanof their proposed wheelconcepts by Jan. 19, 2013. Multi-disciplinary teams and internationalcollaborations are encouraged.

For more information about this competition, visit https://www.nianet.org/RASCAL-wheeldesign2012/index.aspx.

If you have questions aboutthis competition, please contact Shannon Verstynen at shannon.verstynen@nianet.org orShelley Spears at shelley.spears@nianet.org.

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NASA’s REEL Science Communication Contest

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

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

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

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

 — NEW! Director’s CutVideo from NASA Producer Ali Ogden —

NASA producer Ali Ogden created a video, whichshares her insight about producing a video feature for NASA. In this director’scut version of her Montreal Protocol story, Ali providespractical advice about audience, thinking visually, story and post-production.These practical tips for video production will help students with the REELScience Contest. To view Ogden’s video, visit http://aura.gsfc.nasa.gov/reelscience-video.html.

For more information and instructions for submitting a video, visit http://aura.gsfc.nasa.gov/reelscience.

Questions about this contest should be emailed to Ginger Butcher at ginger.butcher-1@nasa.gov.

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Don’t miss out on education-relatedopportunities 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 — Dec. 6, 2012

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

New DIY Podcast Module Available — Exploration Careers
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students

Engineering Design Challenge: Thermal Protection System Web Seminar
Audience: 8-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Dec. 6, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. EST

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

Social Media Users Invited to Apply forCredentials to Attend NASA Airborne Earth Science Event
Audience: All Educators and Students 18+ YearsOld
Registration Deadline: 7 p.m. EST on Dec. 10, 2012

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

Online Professional Development Workshop: Big Answers From SmallBodies
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Event Date: Dec. 12, 2012

Weather andClimate: Satellite Meteorology Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Dec. 13, 2012

2013 NASA High-AltitudeStudent Platform Opportunity
Audience: Higher Education Educators andStudents
Application Deadline: Dec. 14, 2012

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

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program –Mission 4 to the International Space Station
Audience: 5-Higher Education Educators and Students
Inquiry Deadline: Dec. 31, 2012

NASA Social Event at Next Landsat Launch
Audience: All Educators and Students 18+ Years Old
Registration Deadline: Noon EST on Jan. 2, 2013

2013 NASA UnmannedAerial Systems Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students and Faculty
Notice of Intent Deadline: Jan. 15, 2013

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

Expeditions 35 and 36 In-flightEducation Downlink Opportunities
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 18, 2013

Host a Real-Time Conversation With Crewmembers Aboard the InternationalSpace Station
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 28, 2013

Electronic Professional DevelopmentNetwork Courses
Audience: K-12 Educators
Using Robotics to Enhance STEM Learning: Jan. 16 – Feb. 26, 2013
Project-Based Inquiry Learning: March 13 – April 16, 2013

2013 Thacher Environmental ResearchContest
Audience: 9-12 Students
Entry Deadline: April 15, 2013

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New DIY Podcast Module Available — Exploration Careers

NASA’s Do-It-YourselfPodcast’s newest module, Exploration Careers, provides students with videoclips, audio clips, and resources featuring various scientists, engineers andhuman resource specialists to offer insightful tips and information on variousNASA career fields.

Even though the Space Shuttle Program has ended, NASA is still developing newtechnology and spacecraft to continue the mission to explore. Developing newspacecraft systems, improving life-support systems for long-term space travel,and studying the effects of extended visits in space on the human body requirestrong workforce knowledge and skill.

NASA depends on its workforce to fulfill its missions. Soon, many employeeswill be retiring, so NASA has another mission to complete. NASA will need tohire people with degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics toreach its goals. In fact, numerous federal agencies and private companies needworkers with STEM skills. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show thatjobs in STEM fields are expected to grow faster than those in non-STEM fieldsfrom 2010-2020.

So, how do we get students interested in STEM careers? Sharing information onthe vast array of STEM careers is important. And having students conducthands-on STEM activities is crucial to developing problem-solving and other21st-century skills that will be demanded by employers. Exposure toprofessionals working in STEM fields is a key element. According to the U.S.Government Accountability Office, having a mentor significantly influencesstudents’ decisions to pursue STEM degrees and jobs, especially for women andminorities.

Using the video and audio clips, students can create their own podcasts as theylearn about STEM careers at NASA. Teachers can access the DIY Podcast blog togather resources and information to supplement the Careers module.

Come on! It’s time to integrate technology into your classrooms. And NASA’s DIYPodcast has the tools and information to help you and your students succeed.

NASA’s DIY Podcast: Exploration Careers
https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/diypodcast/exploration-careers-index-diy.html

NASA’s DIY Podcast Blog https://blogs.nasa.gov/cm/newui/blog/viewpostlist.jsp?blogname=diyPodcastBlog

If you have questions or comments about NASA’s DIY Podcast, please email educationpodcast@nasa.gov.

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EngineeringDesign 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 seminar foreducators on Dec. 6, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn about the science ofheat 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-AL Robo-OpsCompetition

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 challenges participantsto build a planetary rover prototype and demonstrate its capabilities in fieldtests at NASA’s Johnson Space Center’s, or JSC’s, Rock Yard. Up to threemembers of the team (plus the faculty advisor) may travel to JSC for the onsitetesting. The remaining team members will stay behind at the local university toconduct mission control tasks. The prototype rovers will be tele-operated bythe university-based team members and must negotiate a series of obstacleswhile accomplishing a variety of tasks. The only information available to therover controller to perform the required tasks will be information transmittedthrough onboard rover video camera(s) or other onboard sensors.

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

Teams must submit a project plan for theirproposed project by Dec.9, 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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Social Media Users Invited to Apply for Credentials to Attend NASA AirborneEarth Science Event


NASA is inviting social media followers for abehind-the-scenes look at several airborne Earth science missions during anevent on Jan. 25, 2013, at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards,Calif.

Social media users may apply for credentials to meet scientists and learn howthey study the Earth using specialized science instruments on a unique fleet ofaircraft.

Three major Earth science missions that will be airborne studying air pollutionand climate change next month will be featured.

— NASA’s high-altitude unmanned Global Hawk aircraft will fly six miles abovethe surface to a region of the atmosphere that controls the entry of pollutantsand other gases into the stratosphere. NASA’s Airborne Tropical TropopauseExperiment (ATTREX) will look at how these gases influence Earth’s climate,ozone layer and energy budget.

— Two NASA planes will fly over the San Joaquin Valley to measure airpollution this winter. They are part of a five-year NASA science campaigncalled DISCOVER-AQ, which is working to improve the ability of satellites toobserve air quality in the lowest part of the atmosphere. The goal is to bettermonitor pollution from satellites, so scientists can make better air qualityforecasts and more accurately determine the source of pollution.

— NASA’s high-altitude ER-2 will fly three state-of-the-art instruments todevelop new orbiting sensors to better measure aerosol and cloud physicalproperties around the world. These new instruments, part of the PolarDefinition Experiment, show great promise for advancing aerosol measurementsfrom space. Tiny aerosol particles can be found over oceans, deserts, mountainsand forests. Despite their small size, aerosols have major impacts on ourclimate and our health.

Social media users selected to attend the event will be given the same accessas news media. Individuals who actively collect, report, analyze anddisseminate news on social networking platforms are encouraged to apply forcredentials. Selection is not random. Those chosen must demonstrate through theregistration process they meet specific engagement criteria. All social mediaaccreditation applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Amaximum of 50 participants will be chosen from online registrations.

NASA social media accreditation opens at noon EST (9 a.m. PST), Wednesday, Dec.5, 2012. Foreign national and U.S. social media users must apply forcredentials by 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST),Monday, Dec.10, 2012.

For more information about NASA social media accreditation requirements and toregister for the event, visit https://www.nasa.gov/social.

For more information about NASA’s Airborne Science Program, visit http://airbornescience.nasa.gov/.

For more information about NASA’s Earth Science Program, visit https://www.nasa.gov/earth.

Questions about this NASA Social event should bedirected to HQ-Social@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 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.

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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Online Professional Development Workshop: BigAnswers From Small Bodies

John Ensworth at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies and the NASAScience Mission Directorate invite you to attend an upcoming onlineprofessional development workshop.

Big Answers From Small Bodies: What theMain Asteroid Belt Is Telling Us About the Early Solar System

This online workshop will feature Dr.Carol Raymond, the deputy principal investigator for the Dawn mission. The goalof the Dawn mission is to characterize the conditions and processes of thesolar system’s earliest epoch by investigating in detail two of the largestprotoplanets remaining intact since their formations, Vesta and Ceres. Raymond’sother research interests include solar system evolution, sun-Earth magneticinteractions, and quantifying post-glacial rebound in Antarctica.

Dr. Raymond will discuss the recent progress in modeling of early solar systemdynamics during the planet-forming era (including the “Nice” modeland related work), as well as the chemical and physical characteristics of themain asteroid belt (including a brief description of all the asteroids forcontext). She will place this in the context of what we knew pre-Dawn and whatwe have learned from Dawn’s Vesta data. Dr. Raymond will then look forward toCeres and what may be learned from that encounter.

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012

Time: 1:00 p.m., EST (Greenwich Mean Time -05:00, New York)

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1. Go to https://nasa.webex.com/nasa/j.php?ED=191386442&UID=0&PW=NYTI2NTMyYTUw&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D.
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3. Enter the meeting password: iges*123.
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To view in other time zones or languages, go to https://nasa.webex.com/nasa/j.php?ED=191386442&UID=0&PW=NYTI2NTMyYTUw&ORT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D.

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At the start time of the event, please log in to your event by clicking on thelink below.
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For the audio portion of the meeting, please dial:
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Questions about this event can be directed to John Ensworth by email at john.d.ensworth@nasa.gov or by phoneat 1-703-312-0563.

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Weather and Climate: Satellite Meteorology 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 Dec. 13, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EST.

Participants will learn to use the data from NASA’s research satellite programin their meteorology lessons. This Web seminar features “Monitoring theGlobal Environment,” one of eight modules within the satellite meteorologycourse. The activities within this module incorporate the use of authentic dataacquired by NASA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites and PolarOperational Environmental Satellites. Attendees will learn how to locate anddownload satellite data then use the data to create graphs.

For more informationand to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar17.aspx.

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to John Entwistle at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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2013 NASA High-Altitude Student PlatformOpportunity

NASA is accepting applications from students atU.S. colleges and universities who want to send experiments to the edge ofspace on a high-flying scientific balloon.

The annual NASA project provides near-space accessfor 12 undergraduate and graduate student experiments to be carried by a NASAhigh-altitude research balloon. The flights typically last 15 to 20 hours andreach an altitude of 23 miles. Experiments may include compact satellites orprototypes.

The experiments are flown aboard theHigh-Altitude Student Platform, or HASP, a balloon-born instrument stacklaunched from the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility’s remote site in FortSumner, N.M. The goals of the project are to provide a space test platform toencourage student research and stimulate the development of student satellitepayloads and other space-engineering products.

HASP seeks to enhance the technical skills andresearch abilities of students in critical science, technology, engineering andmathematics disciplines. The project is a joint effort between NASA and theLouisiana Space Grant Consortium.

The deadline for applications is Dec. 14, 2012.

For application information and technicaldetails about the program, visit http://laspace.lsu.edu/hasp.

Questions about the High-Altitude StudentPlatform opportunity should be directed to T. Gregory Guzik at guzik@phunds.phys.lsu.edu.

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2012 OPTIMUS PRIME 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 spinoff technology.

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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StudentSpaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 4 to the International Space Station

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the ArthurC. Clarke Institute for Space Education, in partnership with NanoRacks LLC,announce a new opportunity for communities across the U.S. and space stationpartner nations. The newest Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, or SSEP,flight opportunity, Mission 4 to the International Space Station, or ISS, givesstudents across a community the ability to design and propose real experimentsto fly in low Earth orbit on the International Space Station.

Each participating community will be provided areal microgravity research mini-laboratory capable of supporting a singlemicrogravity experiment, and all launch services to fly the mini-lab to thespace station in fall 2013 and return it to Earth. An experiment designcompetition in each community — engaging 300+ students — allows student teamsto design and propose real experiments vying for their community’sreserved mini-lab. Content resources for teachers and students supportfoundational instruction on science in microgravity and experimental design.Additional SSEP programming leverages the experiment design competition toengage the community, embracing a learning community model for science,technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education.

This competition is open to students in grades 5-12 and college. Informaleducation groups and organizations are also encouraged to participate. Interestedcommunities must inquire about the program no later than Dec. 31, 2012. The National Center for Earth and SpaceScience Education is available to help interested communities in the U.S.secure the needed funding.

The first two SSEP flight opportunities saw experiments flown on the finalflights of space shuttles Endeavour and Atlantis. These missions engaged 27communities, providing a combined 30,700 students in grades 5-14 theopportunity to participate, 977 student team proposals were received and 27experiments were selected and flown on the shuttles. SSEP Missions 1, 2 and 3to the International Space Station engaged 32 communities, providing 69,100 studentsin grades 5-14 the opportunity to participate, 3,370 student team proposalswere received and 39 experiments were flown to space station on the SpaceXDragon vehicle. The Mission 3 payload of 17 experiments is expected to fly to thespace station in April 2013.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit the SSEP Mission 4 to InternationalSpace Station National Announcement of Opportunity at http://ssep.ncesse.org/2012/11/announcing-student-spaceflight-experiment-program-ssep-mission-4-to-the-international-space-station-for-2013/.

SSEP is a program of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Educationin the U.S., and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Educationinternationally. It is enabled through a strategic partnership with NanoRacksLLC working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization ofthe International Space Station as a national laboratory. The
Center for the Advancement of Science in Space  is a National Partner onSSEP.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please email SSEP NationalProgram Director Jeff Goldstein at jeffgoldstein@ncesse.org.

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NASASocial Event at Next Landsat Launch

NASA invites social media followers to a unique two-day NASA Social event onFeb. 10-11, 2013, at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The event willbring 80 social media users together to witness the launch of the Landsat DataContinuity Mission, a satellite that continues a record-breaking 40 years ofEarth observations.

NASA Socials are in-person meetings with peoplewho engage with the agency through Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other socialnetworks. Participants will get a behind-the-scenes tour of Vandenberg AirForce Base’s Western Range, including a rare look inside the launch controlcenter, tours of the launchpad and mission control and a visit to Vandenberg’son-base private museum. Participants will also hear first-hand accounts by theLandsat Mission science and engineering teams and meet fellow scienceenthusiasts who are active on social media.

On launch day, NASA Social participants and their friends and families areinvited to a special public viewing area to watch the Landsat launch.

Registration is open until noon EST on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. NASA will select 80 participantsat random from Web registrants. Additional applicants will be placed on awaiting list. Because of space limitations, those selected will not bepermitted to bring a guest on tours. 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 duringthe NASA Socials, follow the hashtags #NASASocial and #Landsat.

To learn more about the Landsat series of Earth-observingsatellites, visit https://www.nasa.gov/Landsat.

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

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2013 NASAUnmanned Aerial Systems Challenge

NASA invites college teams to take part in the2013 NASA Aeronautics Mission Directorate’s Unmanned Aerial Systems Challenge.Students are invited to propose an unmanned aerial firefighting system tobattle a wildfire raging in a drought-stricken area. Design assessment will bebased on projected effectiveness, cost, innovation, and ease of use andoperation inside the National Air Space.

The contest is open to teams of full-timestudents enrolled in higher education institutions of the United States or itsterritories. This category includes universities, colleges, trade schools,community colleges, professional schools, etc. Multidisciplinary teams areencouraged.

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

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

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

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2012-2013 Game Changing Engineering DesignChallenge

NASA invites college student teams to enter the2013 Game Changing Engineering Design Challenge. Student teams are asked todesign a thermal control system for a manned space station in low lunar orbit.Designs must accommodate a six-person crew, maintain acceptable temperaturesfor avionics components, and provide a healthy environment for the crew.Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

The contest is open to student teams frompost-secondary institutions in the United States or its territories. Thiscategory includes universities, colleges, trade schools, community colleges,professional schools, etc.

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

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

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

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

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Expeditions35 and 36 In-flight Education Downlink Opportunities

NASA is seeking formal and informal educational organizations, individually orworking together, to host live, in-flight education downlinks during Expeditions35 and 36 (approximately from March 2013 to September 2013). To maximize thesedownlink opportunities, NASA is looking for organizations that will draw large numbersof participants and integrate the downlinks into well-developed education plans.

The deadline to submit a proposal is Jan.18, 2013.

During Expeditions 35 and 36, crew members aboard the International SpaceStation will participate in downlinks. Downlinks take approximately 20 minutesand allow students and educators to interact with astronauts through a question-and-answersession. Downlinks afford education audiences the opportunity to learnfirsthand from astronauts what it is like to live and work in space. Downlinksare broadcast live on NASA TV and are streamed on the NASA website. Because ofthe nature of human spaceflight, organizations must demonstrate the flexibilityto accommodate changes in downlink dates and times.

Interested organizations should visit https://www.nasa.gov/education/tfs/downlinksto learn more or contact Teaching From Space at JSC-Teaching-From-Space@mail.nasa.gov.

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Host a Real-Time Conversation With Crewmembers Aboard theInternational Space Station

NASA is now accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums, science centers andcommunity youth organizations to host an Amateur Radio on the InternationalSpace Station, or ARISS, contact between May 1, 2013, and Nov 1, 2013. Tomaximize these radio contact opportunities, NASA is looking for organizationsthat will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into awell-developed education plan. Proposals are due Jan. 28, 2013.

Using amateur radio, students can ask astronauts questions about life inspace and other space-related topics. Students fully engage in the ARISS contactby helping set up an amateur radio ground station at the school and then usingthat station to talk directly with a crew member on the International SpaceStation for approximately 10 minutes. The technology is easier to acquire thanever before. ARISS has a network of mentors to help organizations obtain thetechnology required to host this once in a lifetime opportunity for students.

Interested parties should visit www.nasa.gov/education/tfs/ariss to obtain complete information including how thetechnology works, what is expected of the host organization and how to submitthe proposal form.

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to JSC-TFS-ARISS@mail.nasa.gov.

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Electronic ProfessionalDevelopment Network Courses

NASA’s Learning Environments and Research Network and the Georgia Institute ofTechnology have teamed up to create the Electronic Professional DevelopmentNetwork, or e-PDN, an initiative dedicated to preparing K-12 teachers to engagetheir students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM,through the use of NASA-developed learning materials and resources.

If you are looking for a way to enhance your instructional skills, meet yourprofessional development goals or find new and exciting resources to use inyour learning environments, apply to one of our free courses today!

Applications are now open for the following courses:

Using Robotics toEnhance STEM Learning Jan. 16 -Feb. 26, 2013
Learn how to build and program LEGO Mindstorm robots and use them topromote student engagement and conceptual understanding of mathematics, scienceand engineering. Explore robotic manipulators and end effectors like NASA useson the International Space Station, and integrate multiple sensors into yourrobot to allow for systematic control. Join your colleagues in the GrandChallenge to design, build and program a robot to explore an environment andreturn with a sample for investigation.

Project-Based Inquiry Learning: ScienceTeaching and Learning for the 21st Century — March 13 – April 16, 2013
Develop your skills in designing and using project-based inquiry learning, or PBIL,to enhance conceptual understanding, critical thinking, scientific reasoningand problem solving in standards-based classrooms. Experience and analyze twoNASA-oriented PBIL projects firsthand; learn PBIL curriculum design strategiesand methods; and design a PBIL unit for use in your classroom. Use e-PDN’ssuite of online tools to collaborate, connect and create with other courseparticipants.

To learn more about these free courses and to apply online, visit https://nasaepdn.gatech.edu/certificates/course-schedule.

For more information on the ePDN and the resources it offers to K-12 teachers,visit www.nasaepdn.gatech.edu.

Questions about these courses should be directed to Kristen Anderson at kristen.anderson@pe.gatech.edu.

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2013 Thacher EnvironmentalResearch Contest

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies is currently acceptingentries for the 2013 Thacher Environmental Research Contest. The contest isopen to U.S. students in grades 9-12. Entries should demonstrate the best useof geospatial tools or data to study our home planet. Eligible geospatial toolsand data include satellite remote sensing, aerial photography, geographicinformation systems and the Global Positioning System. The main focus of theproject must be on the application of the geospatial tool(s) or data to study aproblem related to Earth’s environment.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Students in public, private, parochial,Native American reservation and home schools are eligible. Entries may be submitted by individuals or teams. Cash awards will begiven to students in the top three places. Awards will also be given to thewinning students’ teachers.

Entries must be postmarked by April 15,2013. Entries may also be submitted electronically.

For more information, visit http://strategies.org/education/student-contests/thacher-contest/2013-thacher-environmental-research-contest/.

Questions about this contest should be emailed to ThacherScholars@strategies.org.

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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