NASA Education Express — Jan. 17, 2013

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

Science Fair Projects Demystified in NASA’s JetPropulsion Laboratory’s Education Videos
Audience: All Educators and Students

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

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

2013 RASC-AL Competition
Audience: Higher Education Students
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

Chemical Elements: Genesis — What AreWe Made Of? Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 23, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST

Temperature and Earth Climate: ModelingHot and Cold Planets Web Seminar
Audience: 7-9 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 24, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST

NASA’s Glenn ResearchCenter’s High School Shadowing Project
Audience: Students in Grades 10-12
Session II Application Deadline: Jan. 25, 2013
Sessions III and IV Application Deadline: Feb.22, 2013

U.S. Department of Education TeachingAmbassador Fellowships
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: Jan. 29, 2013

Langley Aerospace Research StudentScholars — Summer 2013 Session
Audience: Higher Education Students
Informational Webcasts: Jan. 23-24, 2013
Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2013

U.S. Department of Energy Webcast — AnEnergy Literate Citizenry From K to Gray
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: Feb. 6, 2013, at 4 p.m. EST

IRIS Challenge: Trackinga Solar Storm
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Registration Open Now, Challenge Begins February2013

2013 Summer Undergraduate ResearchFellowships
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2013

5th Annual NASA STEM Educators Workshop Series
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Registration Deadline: Feb. 25, 2013
Event Date: March 4-6, 2013

2013 NASA Glenn Research CenterHigh School Internship Project
Audience: Students in Grades 10-11
Application Deadline: March 15, 2013

Free Lecture — GPS for Humanity — The Stealth Utility
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Date: March 21, 2013, at 8 p.m. EST

2013 Jet Propulsion LaboratorySummer Faculty Research Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Deadline: April 1, 2013

Presidential Awards forExcellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Audience: All Educators and Students
Nomination Deadline: April 1, 2013


Science Fair Projects Demystified in NASA’s JetPropulsion Laboratory’s Education Videos

Just in time for science fair season, theEducation Office at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL, has released avideo series designed to take teachers, students and parents through thesometimes mystifying process of crafting a science fair project.

The six-part video seriesfeatures JPL scientist Serina Diniega, engineer Arby Argueta and educator OtaLutz, who team up to take viewers step by step through the project designprocess, from generating an idea to communicating the final results in anattractive display.

Students learn about one of the hardest steps in the process — generating anidea — from the perspectives of scientific investigation and engineering design,discovering how to observe and ask questions about the world around them thatcan serve as starting points for their projects.

The videos also cover common areas that students often overlook while designingtheir projects, such as asking a testable question that examines just oneconcept, and considering elements that could affect an experiment and factoringthem into the results.

Visit watch the series, download related resources and find notes for teachers andparents.

Questions about this video series should beemailed to Kim Orr 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


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 majoring inengineering 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 projectplan of 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


2013 RASC-AL Competition

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


ISS EarthKAM Winter 2013 Mission

Middle schooleducators are invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAMWinter 2013 Mission from Jan. 29 – Feb. 1, 2013. Guide your students inhands-on research as they program cameras aboard the space station to takepictures of specific 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 developmentactivities with STEM-based context.

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

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


ChemicalElements: Genesis — What Are We Made Of? 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 Jan.23, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn how to use the “What Are WeMade Of?” hands-on activity to integrate mathematics and physical science inyour classroom. Discover how students can use statistical sampling to estimatethe chemical composition of the sun by analyzing data in a way similar to theone used by scientists who analyzed solar particles collected by the Genesisspacecraft.

For more information and to register online,visit

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schoolsproject, visit

Email any questions about this opportunity to


Temperature and Earth Climate:Modeling Hot and Cold Planets 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 Web seminar on Jan. 24, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Use NASAmission data collected from NASA satellites to see how a planet’s climate isdetermined. Attend this session and discover how you can incorporate authenticNASA data into your classroom to provide a real-world connection for your students.

This seminar will be repeated on May 2, 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


NASA’s Glenn Research Center’s High SchoolShadowing Project

NASA’s Glenn Research Center, or GRC, inCleveland, Ohio, is accepting applications for its High School ShadowingProject sessions for the 2012-2013 school year. This opportunity providesstudents with a one- to five-day career exploration experience at GlennResearch Center.

The project provides high school students withan opportunity to explore career possibilities in a research and developmentenvironment while under the guidance of a NASA scientist, engineer, technicianor administrative professional that serves as the student’s mentor. Studentsare provided information about various careers, career paths and Glenn ResearchCenter educational resources and programs.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 16years old by the application deadline. Application periods are still open forthree sessions scheduled for the 2012-2013 school year.

Session II —
Application Deadline: Jan. 25, 2013
Session Date: Feb. 27, 2013

Session III —
Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2013
Session Date: March 26, 2013

Session IV —
Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2013
Session Date: April 24, 2013

For more information about this opportunity,please visit

Questions about the GRC High School ShadowingProject should be directed by email to GRC-Intern@mail.nasa.govor by telephone to 216-433-6656.


U.S. Department of Education TeachingAmbassador Fellowships

Teachers with successful strategies for increasing student achievement areencouraged to apply for Teaching Ambassador Fellowship positions with the U.S.Department of Education for the 2013-2014 school year. Teachers will be chosenbased upon their record of leadership, impact on student achievement andpotential for contribution to the department and the field.

The program offers two tracks: Classroom and Washington Fellows.

Classroom Fellows will serve their regular teaching contracts with theirdistricts and will be paid to perform additional fellowship duties for theDepartment of Education. As practicing classroom teachers, these Fellows willshare an important perspective for — and will gain more knowledge about — educationpolicy and program development. They will share their experiences with otherFellows and with the Department of Education at designated times throughout theyear.

Washington Fellowswill serve as full-time federal employees in Washington, D.C., from the summerof 2013 through June 2014. They will be placed in appropriate positions withinthe Department of Education to work on education program development andimplementation. They will focus on using their previous classroom experience tocontribute knowledge and insight to various Department of Education projects.They will spend the majority of their time working in program offices,increasing their knowledge of and contributing to federal education policiesand programs, and collaborating with other Fellows.

Applications for both tracks are due Jan.29, 2013.

For more information about this fellowship opportunity and activities ofthe current group of Teaching Ambassador Fellows, visit

If you have questions about the fellowship, please email your inquiries to


Langley Aerospace Research StudentScholars — Summer 2013 Session

Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars, or LARSS, is offering a10-week summer internship at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.Internships are available for rising undergraduate juniors, seniors andgraduate students at accredited U.S. colleges, universities and communitycolleges. Students of all majors are encouraged to apply. The grade pointaverage requirement is a 3.0 out of a 4.0.

The internship includes doing a research project under the supervision of aresearcher, attending technical lectures by prominent engineers and scientistsand presenting project results at a poster session. Additional elements includetours of Langley wind tunnels, computational facilities and laboratories, aswell as several networking activities.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applications are due Feb. 1, 2013.

Note: Fifteen-week fall and spring sessions are also offered. Please see thewebsite for details.

For more information and to applyonline, visit

To learn more about the LARSS internship opportunity, join NASA’s DigitalLearning Network for two informational webcast events. The webcasts are takingplace from 3-4 p.m. on Jan. 23-24, 2013. To join the webcast, visit

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Debbie Murray at


U.S. Department of Energy Webcast– An Energy Literate Citizenry From K to Gray

Join the U.S. Department of Energy for a webinar detailing the “EnergyLiteracy Framework,” which identifies concepts every citizen should knowto be energy literate. With this document, the Department of Energy aims toempower energy educators to apply an interdisciplinary, systems-based approachto teaching the physical, natural and social sciences necessary for a comprehensiveunderstanding of energy.

The “Energy Literacy Framework” was developed through a series ofworkshops and an extensive review and comment process involving the 13 federalpartner agencies, including NASA. The U.S. Global Change Research Program comprisesthese agencies and many other education partners. With the “EnergyLiteracy Framework” complete and in print, work continues involvingeducation partners to advance energy education with audiences from K to Gray.

This webinar will take place on Feb. 6,2013, at 4 p.m. EST.

For more information and toregister online, visit

To learn more about the “Energy Literacy Framework,” visit

Questions about this webinar should be emailed to DaNel Hogan at


IRIS Challenge:Tracking a Solar Storm

Join the Tracking a Solar Storm Challenge andguide students as they learn about the sun’s anatomy, the space weather itgenerates and why studying the sun is important.

This challenge is designed around NASA’s solarmission Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS. Scheduled to launch inApril 2013, the IRIS spacecraft will study the dynamics of the interface regionof our sun’s atmosphere using an ultraviolet telescope and imagingspectrograph. As students participate in the challenge, they will learn moreabout the IRIS mission and the instruments that scientists use to gather solardata.

An educators’ guide for the IRIS challenge isavailable on the Tracking a Solar Storm website and includes key informationfor helping students study the sun’s weather, track a solar storm and predictits effect on Earth. Students will demonstrate what they have learned bycollecting data and producing a space weather report.

The challenge will run February – May 2013.

To learn more about the challenge, visit

Educators are invited to register now at receive updates as the challenge develops.

Please email any questions about this challengeto Linda Conrad at


2013 Summer UndergraduateResearch Fellowships

Caltech’s Summer Undergraduate ResearchFellowships, or SURF, project introduces undergraduate students to researchunder the guidance of seasoned mentors at Caltech or NASA’s Jet PropulsionLaboratory, or JPL. Students experience the process of research as a creativeintellectual activity and gain a more realistic view of the opportunities anddemands of a professional research career.

SURF is modeled on the grant-seeking process. Students collaborate withpotential mentors to define and develop a project and to write researchproposals. Caltech faculty or JPL staff review the proposals and recommendawards. Students work over a 10-week period in the summer, mid-June to late August.At the conclusion of the project, each student will submit a technical paperand give a SURF Seminar Day oral presentation.

All application materials must be received no later than Feb. 22, 2013. For more information,visit

Please email any questions about thisopportunity to the Caltech Student-Faculty Programs office at


5th Annual NASA STEM Educators Workshop Series

Join NASA for the 5th Annual NASA STEM Educators Workshop Series takingplace March 4-6, 2013,in Charlotte, N.C.

This workshop series will explore engineering design challenges, problem-basedlearning activities, distance learning modules, inquiry-based lessons andhands-on projects. Each workshop will be led by experienced educators andeducation public outreach specialists who will model pedagogical techniques andmethods to foster problem-based learning, science as inquiry, technologyintegration and best practices. Workshops target inservice, informal andpreservice teachers who serve the K-12 education community.

Registration is free. The deadline for registration is Feb. 25, 2013.

For more information and to register for the workshops, visit

If you have any questions about the workshops, please contact Brandon Hargis


2013 NASA Glenn Research CenterHigh School Internship Project

The NASA Glenn Research Center High SchoolInternship Project provides paid summer internship opportunities, eight weeksin duration, to students interested in careers in science, technology,engineering, mathematics and professional administration at the NASA GlennResearch Center in Cleveland, Ohio. This project offers opportunities forstudents in grades 10 and 11 who will be juniors and seniors in the upcomingschool year, and is sponsored by the Educational Programs Office.

To be eligible for this project:

— The applicant must be a U.S. citizen and 16 years old on or before theproject start date (June 17, 2013).
— The applicant must be a permanent resident of Ohio and currently enrolled ina high school located within a 50-mile radius of Glenn Research Center.
— The applicant must be a current sophomore or junior at the time ofapplication.
— The applicant must have a minimumcumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
— The applicant must be available on a full-time basis (Monday through Friday,40 hours per week) from June 17, 2013, through Aug. 9, 2013.

Applications are due March 15,2013. For more information, visit

Please email any questions about this opportunity to


FreeLecture — GPS for Humanity — The StealthUtility

The Global PositioningSystem, or GPS, has become a ubiquitous, but often invisible, part of modernlife. On March21, 2013, Dr. Bradford Parkinson, chiefarchitect and original program director for GPS in the 1970s, will present thehistory, applications and future of GPS and the Global Navigation SatelliteSystem.

The lecture begins at 8 p.m. at the National Air and Space Museum inWashington, D.C. For those unable to attend in person, the lecture will bewebcast live.

For more information, visit

Questions about this lecture should be directed to


2013 Jet Propulsion LaboratorySummer Faculty Research Program

Applications are currently accepted for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory2013 Summer Faculty Research Program. This program provides opportunities forscience, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, faculty to engage inresearch of mutual interest to the faculty member and a JPL researcher.Non-STEM faculty will be considered based on available opportunities.

To be eligible to participate in the program, a potential fellow must hold afull-time appointment at an accredited university or college in the U.S.Special requirements for foreign national faculty members may apply. Fellowsare required to submit a research report and present their work at the end ofthe session.

The program awards $13,500 fellowships for the 10-week session. A housingallowance will be offered for awardees who live beyond a 50-mile radius of JPL.Please note that stipend payments or salaries from other federal fundingsources, including research grants and contracts, may not be accepted duringthe 10-week tenure of a JPL faculty research appointment.

The deadline for applications is April1, 2013. For more information about this opportunity, visit

Inquiries about NASA’s JPL Summer Faculty Research Program should be directedto the Petra Kneissl-Milanian at


Presidential Awards forExcellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

The National Science Foundation is currently accepting nominations andapplications for the PresidentialAwards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, or PAEMST, program.PAEMST is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th-grademathematics or science (including computer science) teacher may receive foroutstanding teaching in the United States. Since 1983, more than 4,100 teachershave been recognized for their contributions to mathematics and scienceeducation. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to theircommunities and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and scienceeducation. Up to 108 awardees may be recognized each year.

Presidential awardees receive a certificate signed by the president of theUnited States, a trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a series ofrecognition events and professional development opportunities, and a $10,000award from the National Science Foundation. The National Science Foundationadministers PAEMST on the behalf of The White House Office of Science andTechnology Policy.

The PAEMST program is open to outstanding mathematics and science teachers inthe 50 states and the four U.S. jurisdictions (Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico,Department of Defense education activity schools and the U.S. territories as agroup). Anyone — principals, teachers, parents, students or members of thegeneral public — may nominate a teacher by completing the nomination formavailable on the PAEMST website. Teachers may also apply directly.

Nominations for secondary school teachers (grades 7-12) are due April 1, 2013. Elementary schoolteachers (Grades K-6) are eligible to apply in 2014.

For more information, visit

Please email any questions about thisopportunity to


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