NASA Education Express — Jan. 10, 2013

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

CuriosityExplorer Badge on Foursquare
Audience: All Educators and Students

Properties ofLiving Things: Searching for Life on Mars Web Seminar
Audience: 4-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 10, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST

Women in STEM HighSchool Aerospace Scholars
Audience: Female High School Juniors
Application Deadline: Jan.10, 2013

National Air and Space Museum SuperScience Saturday Events
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event: Jan. 12, 2013

American MeteorologicalSociety’s DataStreme Earth’s Climate System Professional Development Course
Audience: K-12 Educators
Course Begins: Jan. 14, 2013

2013 Alan ShepardTechnology in Education Awards
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: Jan. 14, 2013

Fall 2013 NASAAeronautics Scholarships
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 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

Go Out of ThisWorld at the Presidential Inauguration with NASA
Audience: All Educators and Students 18+ Years Old
Registration Deadline: Noon EST on Jan. 16, 2013

Human Body: Space Adaptations Web Seminar
Audience: 4-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 16, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST

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

2013 RASC-AL Competition
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: Jan. 19, 2013

2013 RASC-AL Lunar WheelDesign Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students
New Deadline: Jan. 19, 2013

Invitation to Participate in ISSEarthKAM Winter 2013 Mission
Audience: Middle School Educators and Students
Optional Online Information Sessions: Jan. 22 and 23, 2013
Mission Dates: Jan. 29 – Feb. 1, 2013

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

Undergraduate Student Instrument ProjectEducational Flight Opportunity
Audience: Higher Education
Proposal Deadline: April 5, 2013

NASAResearch Announcement for Competitive Program for Science Museums,Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMP+)
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Proposal Due Date: April 9, 2013

Space Place Prime Now Available foriPhone
Audience: K-6 Educators


CuriosityExplorer Badge on Foursquare

NASA and the mobile application Foursquare haveteamed up to help the public unlock its scientific curiosity with a newrover-themed Curiosity Explorer badge.

Users of the Foursquare social media platform can earn the badge by followingNASA and checking in at a NASA visitor center or venue categorized as a sciencemuseum or planetarium. Upon earning the badge, users will see a special messageon Foursquare:

“Get out your rock-vaporizing laser! You’ve explored your scientific curiositiesjust like NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars. Stay curious and keep exploring. Younever know what you’ll find.”

The launch of the badge follows the October check-in on Mars by NASA’sCuriosity rover, which marked the first check-in on another planet. Foursquareusers can keep up with Curiosity as the rover checks in at key locations andposts photos and tips, all while exploring the Red Planet.

To learn more about the new Foursquare badge,visit

To follow the Mars Curiosity rover and NASA on Foursquare, visit and

For more information about NASA’s Curiosity mission, visit

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to Jason Townsend at

Foursquare is a registered trademark of Foursquare Labs Inc.


Properties of Living Things: Searching for Life on Mars 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. 10, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Thisweb seminar features two lessons: one on extremophiles and the other onsearching for life. Review criteria for determiningif something is alive and learn how students apply the criteria in a hands-onactivity. A video will be shown that connects the activity to a NASA mission. Collaboratewith other participants about ways of using and adapting the activity.Extension activities for students interested in the topic will be provided.

This seminar is offered again on April 18, 2013.

For more information and toregister online, visit

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NASA Explorer Schools helpdesk at


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 is Jan. 10, 2013.

For more information and to download theapplication, visit

Questions should be directed to


NationalAir and Space Museum Super Science Saturday Events

Join the National Air and Space Museum on thesecond Saturday of each month during 2013 for Super Science Saturday at the StevenF. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. Through demonstrations and hands-onactivities, visitors of all ages will become immersed in science, technology,engineering and mathematics topics related to aviation and space exploration.Each event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Admission is free,and parking is $15.

Upcoming topics include:

Jan. 12, 2013 — From the Wright Brothers to the Right Stuff
Feb. 9, 2013 — Scientists and Inventors
March 9, 2013 — The Space Shuttle
April 13, 2013 — How Things Fly
May 11, 2013 — Astronomy
June 8, 2013 — Energy
July 13, 2013 — Weather
Aug. 10, 2013 — Helicopters
Sept. 14, 2013 — Living and Working in Space
Oct. 12, 2013 — Balloons and Blimps
Nov. 9, 2013 — The Moon and Beyond
Dec. 14, 2013 — The Wright Brothers

For more information, visit

Questions about this series of lectures should be directed to


American Meteorological Society’s DataStremeEarth’s Climate System Professional Development Course

The American Meteorological Society, withsupport from NASA and in partnership with the State University of New York’sCollege at Brockport, is developing a national cadre of K-12 teachers highlytrained in climate science and familiar with climate modeling. Teachers aretrained through DataStreme Earth’s Climate System, or ECS, a semester-long,graduate level, precollege teacher professional development course.

DataStreme ECS uses NASA Earth Observing Systemdata and visualizations, and introduces the Educational Global Climate Modeldeveloped by the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, to explore thefundamentals of climate change. Teachers completing the course construct andexecute a plan of action to advance public climate science literacy and affectcurriculum change within their local schools and districts.

DataStreme ECS is administered through LocalImplementation Teams across the country. The course is free to allparticipants, and the teachers are awarded three graduate credits uponsuccessful completion of the course.

The spring 2013 course begins on Jan. 14, 2013.

For more information, including a listing ofcourse offerings by state, and an application form, visit

Questions about these courses should be directedto


2013 Alan ShepardTechnology in Education Awards

Do you know K-12 teachers or district-level administrators who are making adifference in education through the use of technology? Recognize theirachievements by nominating them for the Alan Shepard Technology in EducationAward. The Astronauts Memorial Foundation, in partnership with NASA and theSpace Foundation, will recognize the accomplishments of one outstandingindividual and his or her contributions to lifelong learning through the applicationof technology in the classroom or in the professional development of teachers.

Technology personnel and K-12 classroom teacherswho have demonstrated exemplary use of technology to enhance learning areeligible for this award. School principals, superintendents or associatesuperintendents may nominate eligible candidates. The award will be presentedin April 2013 at the 29th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo.The deadline for applications is Jan.14, 2013.

Applications and more information are availableonline at

Questions about this award should be directed


Fall 2013 NASAAeronautics Scholarships

Applications are now being accepted through an online process for the fall2013 cycle of the NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program. The program annuallyawards multiyear scholarships to 20 undergraduate and five graduate students inaeronautics or related fields of study.

Undergraduate students with at least two yearsof study remaining will receive up to $15,000 per year for two years and theopportunity to receive a $10,000 stipend by interning at a NASA research centerduring the summer. Graduate students receive up to $46,000 per year for up tothree years, with an opportunity to receive a $10,000 stipend interning at aNASA research center for up to two consecutive summers. Applicants must be U.S.citizens.

NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directoratesponsors the program. The application period closes Jan. 15, 2013.

Scholarship details and application instructionsare available at

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to Tony Springer at


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

Questions about the challenge should be directedto Elizabeth Ward at


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

Questions about the challenge should be directedto Elizabeth Ward at


Go Out of This World at the Presidential Inauguration with NASA

NASA invites social media followers to a NASA OpenHouse event showcasing NASA’s science, technology and engineering prowess from9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at NASA Headquarters inWashington, D.C. This NASA Social is an opportunity to obtain a reserved seatduring the open house and gain behind-the-scenes access to NASA’s talentedpeople, including astronauts, mission management and communicators.

During the event, participants will participate in four interactive sessionscovering topics including NASA’s plans for the future of human spaceflight; theimportance of technology innovation to our future; science on the InternationalSpace Station; and NASA’s ongoing and future missions to Mars. Additionally,the NASA Social participants will be treated to a special behind-the-scenessession about living and working in space.

The NASA Social will take place in the James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium atNASA Headquarters, 300 E Street, SW, Washington, D.C.

Registration is open until noonEST on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. NASAwill randomly select 75 total participants, including guests, from theregistrants to obtain a reserved seat. Additional applicants will be able toparticipate and attend the public open house portions of the event on aspace-available basis. The Webb Auditorium holds nearly 200 persons.

For more NASA Social and sign up information, visit

Questions about this NASA Social event should bedirected to


Human Body: Space Adaptations WebSeminar

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hostinga 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Jan. 16, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST. Spaceis a harsh environment. When an astronaut goes into space, his or her bodyimmediately begins to change, causing the astronaut to feel and even lookslightly different. During this seminar, you will get information about theeffects of microgravity on astronauts. You also will be guided through threestudent activities, which provide a first-hand look at the effects of reducedgravity on bones, the fluid shifts in the body and the amount of oxygen neededto survive.

This seminar will be repeated on April 24, 2013.

For more information and to registeronline, visit

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NASA Explorer Schools helpdesk at


Expeditions 35 and 36 In-flight EducationDownlink Opportunities

NASA is seeking formal and informal educationalorganizations, individually or working together, to host live, in-flighteducation downlinks during Expeditions 35 and 36 (approximately from March 2013to September 2013). To maximize these downlink opportunities, NASA is lookingfor organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integratethe 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 aquestion-and-answer session. Downlinks afford education audiences theopportunity to learn firsthand from astronauts what it is like to live and workin space. Downlinks are broadcast live on NASA TV and are streamed on the NASAwebsite. Because of the nature of human spaceflight, organizations mustdemonstrate the flexibility to accommodate changes in downlink dates and times.

Interested organizations should visit learn more or contact Teaching From Space at


2013 RASC-ALCompetition

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospaceannounce the 2013 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage, orRASC-AL, Competition. RASC-AL is a design project competition aimed atuniversity-level engineering students.

The RASC-AL contest challenges participants todesign projects based on real NASA projects. Participants can choose from threedifferent themes. Concepts derived from the design projects potentially couldbe implemented by NASA.

Interested teams are encouraged to submit anotice of intent by Nov 9, 2012, and teams must submit an abstract for theirproposed project by Jan.19, 2013. The RASC-AL Steering Committee of NASA and industryexperts will evaluate the proposals and select as many as 10 undergraduate andfive graduate teams to compete against each other at a forum in June 2013 inFlorida.

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. A group of universities may also work in collaboration on adesign project entry. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

For more information about this competition,visit

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


2013RASC-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

If you have questions aboutthis competition, please contact Shannon Verstynen at orShelley Spears at


ISS EarthKAM Winter 2013 Mission

Middle school educatorsare invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAM Winter2013 Mission from Jan. 29 – Feb. 1, 2013. Guide your students in hands-onresearch as they program cameras aboard the space station to take pictures ofspecific locations on Earth.

For more information about EarthKAM and to register for the upcoming mission,visit the EarthKAM home page

Optional EarthKAM Online InformationSessions

If you’re new to EarthKAM or if you registered for a past mission butweren’t sure how to navigate the website and request images, join us for a 30-minuteonline EarthKAM information session. You’ll learn:

— What EarthKAM is all about and how you and your students can participate.
— What to expect during the mission, including the classroom time commitment.
— Ways to use EarthKAM to enhance what you already teach.

The online information sessions are free. Send an email to torequest log-in information. Please indicate which session you plan to attend.

Jan. 22 at 9:30 a.m. CST
Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. CST

Please note that you do not have to attend an information session toparticipate in the upcoming EarthKAM mission. The information sessions areprovided as an option for teachers who are new to EarthKAM or for returningteachers who have general questions.

If you have questions about the EarthKAMproject, please email


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 development activities with STEM-basedcontext.

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

For more information, visit

Questions about this solicitation should be directed to Janejit T. Gensler at


UndergraduateStudent Instrument Project Educational Flight Opportunity

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, or SMD, has released a solicitation forproposals for the Undergraduate Student Instrument Project Educational FlightOpportunity. This opportunity is open to U.S. university undergraduate studentsand is seeking proposals from student teams to design, build, test and fly ascience payload on a NASA suborbital vehicle, such as a sounding rocket,balloon, aircraft or commercial suborbital reusable launch vehicle.

This Educational Flight Opportunity is intended to provide multidisciplineundergraduate student teams an exciting hands-on project, while at the sametime promoting the technical and project management skills necessary to trainthe country’s future science and technology leaders.

The maximum funding available from SMD for a proposedproject, including the design, development and testing of the science payload,is $50,000. The science payload funding may be supplemented with contributionsby the implementing university; however, there are no expectations as to theamount of the university contributions. The university contribution isdetermined strictly by the university based on the university’s capabilitiesand the project’s needs. The cost of payload integration with the suborbitalvehicle and the launch/flight is provided by NASA at no cost to the universityteam. The selected projects must be launched or flight-ready within 13-16months from the project initiation date. SMD expects to select approximately15-20 projects, subject to available funding.

Proposalsmust be submitted by 5 p.m. EDT on April 5, 2013.

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Questions about this solicitation should be directed to David Pierce at


NASAResearch Announcement for Competitive Program for Science Museums,Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMP+)

The NASA Office of Education invites proposals from museums, science centers,planetariums, NASA Visitor Centers and other informal education institutionsvia this 2013 NASA Research Announcement, or NRA,: Competitive Program forScience Museums, Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers Plus OtherOpportunities, or CP4SMP+, Announcement Number NNH13ZHA001N. Proposals must besubmitted electronically via the NASA Solicitation and Proposal IntegratedReview and Evaluation System, or NSPIRES, or

Proposers may request a grant or cooperative agreement to support NASA-themedscience, technology, engineering or mathematics, or STEM, education, includingexhibits, within these congressionally directed topics: space exploration,aeronautics, space science, Earth science or microgravity. CP4SMP+ is acompetitive, high-quality national program. The basic goal of the CP4SMP+solicitation is to further NASA Strategic Goal 6: Share NASA with the public,educators and students to provide opportunities to participate in our mission,foster innovation and contribute to a strong national economy. A primary, butnot the only, subgoal of this solicitation is to achieve NASA’s flagshipinvestment in Outcome 6.2: Promote STEM literacy through strategic partnershipswith formal and informal organizations.

Eligible institutions do not need to have the words “museum,””visitor center,” “science” or “planetarium” intheir official names, but must be located in the United States or itsterritories. See the NRA for full eligibility requirements and other limitations.Check the NSPIRES website once a week to learn if amendments or frequentlyasked questions, or FAQs, have been added. Amendments and FAQs also will beannounced via the NASA Education Express Listserv.

Do not submit a Notice Of Intent.

Full proposals are due April 9, 2013.

For more information about this opportunity, visitNSPIRES at{37764C2A-F415-01DF-1B30-F1971BE7F8BE}&path=open.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please direct your questionsto the contacts listed within the NRA.


Space Place Prime Now Availablefor iPhone

Space Place Prime, the popular iPad magazine from NASA’s Jet PropulsionLaboratory, is now available for iPhone. This exciting app gathers some of thebest and most recent Web offerings from NASA and JPL, including engrossingarticles from The Space Place website,enlightening videos, and daily images such as the Astronomy Picture of the Dayand the NASA Earth Observatory Image of the Day.

Space Place Prime targets a multigenerational audience. Kids, teachers,parents, space enthusiasts and everyone in between will find fascinatingfeatures on this new, free iPhone app.

Look for Space Place Prime in the Apple App Store at

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