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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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

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