NASA Education Express — Feb. 28, 2013

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

NASA National Space Grant College and FellowshipProgram to Host Interactive Student Presentations
Audience: Higher Education Educators andStudents
Presentation Dates: Feb. 28 – March 1, 2013

Polar Science Weekend atthe Pacific Science Center
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Feb. 28 – March 3, 2013

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Next Application Deadline: March 1, 2013

Expeditions 37 and 38In-flight Education Downlink Opportunities
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: March 1, 2013

Host a Real-TimeConversation With Crewmembers Aboard the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: March 1, 2013

Free Smithsonian’s StarsLecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: March 2, 2013

HistoricalNASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other EducationOrganizations
Deadline: March 4, 2013

Free Education Webinar Series from the AerospaceEducation Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Various Dates During March 2013

Engineering Design: Forces and Motion –The Great Boomerang Challenge Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Mar. 7, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST

National Air and SpaceMuseum Super Science Saturday Events
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event: March 9, 2013

NASA Requestfor Information — Educator Professional Development
Audience: Entities With the Academic Expertise Neededto Implement a Range of Requirements Designed to Enhance the Professional Developmentof STEM Educators
Deadline: March 11, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. EDT

Pre-Proposal Teleconference Slides and Agenda –NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums,and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMP+) (AnnouncementNumber: NNH13ZHA001N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number:43.008)
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Proposal Due Date: April 9, 2013

Pre-Service Teacher Institutes at NASA’sMarshall Space Flight Center
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: May 10, 2013
Institute Dates: July 12-24, 2013

Don’t miss out onupcoming NASA education opportunities.
For a full list of events, opportunities andmore, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA’swebsite:
— Educators https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/current-opps-index.html

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NASA National Space Grant College and FellowshipProgram to Host Interactive Student Presentations

On Feb. 28 – March 2, 2013, the National Council of NASA Space GrantDirectors’ Spring Meeting will be held in Crystal City, Va. This meeting willinclude a NASA Digital Learning Network, or DLN, broadcast of presentations by undergraduateand graduate students who are supported by Space Grant consortia from acrossthe country. Join us online for this exciting, interactive event. Viewers will have the opportunity toemail questions to the presenters during the live presentations. The NASA SpaceGrant Program Office staff will also be in attendance.

The presentations will commence as follows:

Thursday, Feb.28, 2013, 3 – 4:15 p.m. EST: Learn aboutstudents’ exciting work on space hardware, a supersonic wind tunnel,ionospheric dust collection and robotic aircraft during this webcast.

Friday, March 1, 2013, 2 – 2:45 p.m. EST:Learn about students’ exciting work on transformative Space Grant projects,bone loss in microgravity and helicopter testing during this webcast.

To access, please visit the NASA DLN website at https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/webcast/webcast.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to AleksandraKorobov at aleksandra.b.korobov@nasa.gov.

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Polar Science Weekend at the Pacific ScienceCenter

Polar Science Weekend at the Pacific ScienceCenter in Seattle, Wash., is taking place Feb. 28 – March 3, 2013. The event isfour days of hands-on activities, live demonstrations and exhibits presented byscientists who work in some of the most remote and challenging places on Earth.Learn about ice sheets and sea ice, polar bears and penguins, scientificinstruments and polar expeditions.

Polar Science Weekend highlights NASA-fundedwork in the polar regions, and is supported by a grant from NASA’s ScienceMission Directorate

For more information, visit http://psc.apl.washington.edu/wordpress/education/polar-science-weekend/.

Questions about this event should be directed topsw@apl.washington.edu.

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NASA Postdoctoral ProgramFellowships

The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) supports NASA’sgoal to expand scientific understanding of the Earth and the universe in whichwe live.

Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NPP Fellows complete one- tothree-year Fellowship appointments that offer scientists and engineers uniqueopportunities to conduct research in fields of science relevant to NASA.

These opportunities advance NASA’s missions in Earth science, heliophysics,planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics and engineering,human exploration and space operations, and astrobiology. Opportunities areavailable at NASA Centers and other NASA-approved sites.

As a result, NPP Fellows contribute to national priorities for scientificexploration, confirm NASA’s leadership in fundamental research, and complementthe efforts of NASA’s partners in the national science community.

U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and foreign nationals eligible forJ-1 status as a Research Scholar may apply. Applicants must have completed aPh.D. or equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but may apply whilecompleting the degree requirements. Applicants who earned the Ph.D. more thanfive years before the deadline date are categorized as Senior Fellows; allapplicants, no matter their category, must apply and become eligible for an NPPaward via the same process.

Interested applicants may apply by one of three annual application deadlines: March 1, July 1, and November 1.

For more information and application procedures, go to http://nasa.orau.org/postdoc/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to nasapostdoc@orau.org.

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Expeditions 37and 38 In-flight Education Downlink Opportunities

NASA is seeking formal and informal educationalorganizations, individually or working together, to host live, in-flighteducation downlinks during Expeditions 37 and 38 (approximately from September2013 to March 2014). 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 March 1, 2013.

During Expeditions 37 and 38, crew members aboard the International SpaceStation will participate in downlinks. Downlinks last 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 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-TimeConversation With Crewmembers Aboard the International Space Station

NASA is now accepting proposals from U.S.schools, museums, science centers and community youth organizations to host anAmateur Radio on the International Space Station, or ARISS, contact betweenNov. 1, 2013, and May 1, 2014. To maximize these radio contact opportunities,NASA is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participantsand integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. Proposals aredue March 1, 2013.

Using amateur radio, students can ask astronauts questions about life inspace and other space-related topics. Students fully engage in the ARISScontact by helping set up an amateur radio ground station at the school andthen using that station to talk directly with a crew member on theInternational Space Station for approximately 10 minutes. The technology iseasier to acquire than ever before. ARISS has a network of mentors to helporganizations obtain the technology required to host this once in a lifetimeopportunity for students.

Interested parties should visit www.nasa.gov/education/tfs/arissto obtain complete information including how the technology works, what isexpected of the host organization and how to submit the proposal form.

Questions about this opportunity should beemailed to JSC-TFS-ARISS@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.

March 2, 2013 — Robots and Humans Unite
The universe is far older and vaster than anyoneimagined a century ago. To help scientists map the structure and evolution ofthe universe, a special instrument called a Hectospec was needed. A Hectospecuses the precision technology of optical fibers placed by delicate but veryfast robots. Senior Physicist Dan Fabricant will discuss how the Hectospec wasdeveloped, how it works and how it is used by astronomers for scientificdiscovery.

For more information about the Smithsonian’sStars Lecture Series, 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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HistoricalNASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use

NASA is inviting eligible educational institutions,museums and other organizations to screen and request historical spaceartifacts.

The artifacts represent significant human spaceflight technologies andprocesses and the accomplishments of NASA’s many programs. NASA and the GeneralServices Administration worked together to ensure broad access to spaceartifacts and to provide a Web-based electronic artifacts viewing capability.The Web-based artifacts module is located at http://gsaxcess.gov/NASAWel.htm.

Eligible participants may view the artifacts and request specific items at thewebsite through March 4, 2013. Onlyschools and museums are eligible to receive artifacts. They must registeronline using an assigned Department of Education number, or through the stateagency for surplus property in their state.

The artifacts are free of charge. Eligible organizations must cover shippingcosts and any special handling fees. Shipping fees on smaller items will berelatively inexpensive, while larger items may involve extensive disassembly,preparation, shipping and reassembly costs. NASA will work closely witheligible organizations, on a case-by-case basis, to address any unique specialhandling costs.

Special items, such as space shuttle thermal protective tiles and packages ofthree packets of astronaut food, also are offered on a first-come, first-servedbasis. Instructions for requesting artifacts and special items are linked onthe website home page.

To date, more than 7,500 artifacts from programs, including the Mercury,Gemini, Apollo, space shuttle and the Hubble Space Telescope, have been givento eligible museums, schools, universities, libraries and planetariums in all50 U.S. states.

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to GSAXcessHelp@gsa.gov.

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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 March 2013. All webinars can beaccessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn aboutactivities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into yourclassroom.

Physics Resources for Secondary School (Grades 7-12)
March 4, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST and6 – 7 p.m. EST
Join aerospace education specialist John Weis as he demonstratessimple activities and resources for teaching physics at middle and high schoollevels. Topics and resources covered will include Newton’s Laws of Motion, energy,light and gravity. Lesson plans and modification strategies will be discussed.

How’s the Weather? (Grades 5-8)
March 5, 2013, at 4 – 5:30 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will guide participantsthrough a storm of classroom activities, and explore NASA’s role in ourunderstanding and forecasting of weather. This webinar will also feature avisit from an Air Force hurricane hunter pilot who will share his experiencesand expertise in the study of hurricanes.

Solar Max: Storm Warning (Grades 3-8)
March 11, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDTand 6 – 7 p.m. EDT
In preparation for the 2013 Sun-Earth Day program “Solar Max:Storm Warning,” aerospace education specialist Rick Varner will shareSun-Earth Day resources and the amazing imagery rendered by the NASA heliophysicsmission Solar Dynamics Observatory. Students will be able to use this onlineresource to track sunspots and solar storms as they develop and migrate acrossthe sun.

Mars and the Scientific Method (Grades 6-12)
March 12, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDTand 6 – 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will lead participantsin an investigation conducted by viewing images of Mars and creating generalquestions that can be refined using the information available. Participantswill evaluate the lesson and determine its effectiveness in helping studentsuse a critical thinking, collaborative approach to the first step of thescientific process.

Food and Fitness (Grades 5-8)
March 13, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Angelo Casaburri will discuss the relationshipbetween nutrition and fitness. Participants will be introduced to activitiesthat examine techniques to make life-long healthy meal and activity choices,such as determining the proper serving size, understanding food labels andassessing proper nutritional and exercise choices. This webinar is part of the Departmentof Education Green Strides webinar series.

Climate Versus Weather: It’s a Matter of Time (Grades 4-8)
March 18, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and 6- 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will explore how weather andclimate are related and how they differ. Participants will be introduced to NASAwebsites that will engage and educate students about these important topics.

Physics Resources for Elementary School (Grades 1-6)
March 19, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and 6- 7 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist John Weis as he demonstrates simpleactivities and resources for teaching physics at elementary school levels.Topics and resources covered will include Newton’s Laws of Motion, energy, lightand gravity. Lesson plans and modification strategies will be discussed.

Radiation Exposure on Earth (Grades 5-8)
March 20, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Julie Muffler will share “RadiationExposure on Earth,” the first activity of “NASA’s Radiation ChallengeGuide” designed for middle school classrooms. Discover how NASA is usingradiation studies to help design long-duration spaceflight vehicles and howNASA’s space experiences are helping us here on Earth. This webinar is part ofthe Department of Education Green Strides webinar series.

Our Earth: A Real World Overview (Grades 5-12)
March 25, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and 6- 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will discuss how we explore Earthusing NASA satellites, maps and astronaut observations. Participants willexplore how to integrate NASA resources into their existing science,technology, engineering, mathematics and geography curriculum to betterunderstand the processes that shape our planet.

Building Curiosity Using NASA’s Teaching Strategies and Instructional Design(Grades K-12)
March 26, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and 6- 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler will explore inquiry-based learning,problem-based learning and project-based learning models using NASA uniqueresources. This session will empower participants to design and implementengaging meaningful lessons based on 21st century needs.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinarstaking place through March 2013, visithttp://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to ChrisGamrat at gamrat@psu.edu.

The U.S. Department of Education has Green Strideswebinars scheduled throughout 2013. To see a full list of Green Strideswebinars, visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/webinar.html.

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EngineeringDesign: Forces and Motion — The Great Boomerang Challenge Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional developmentexperiences, the NASA Explorer Schoolsproject and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a free 90-minuteprofessional development Web seminar for educators on Mar. 7, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn how forces and motion are usedin boomerang design to increase performance. During the session, participantswill be introduced to the Boomerang Design Challenge and learn how toincorporate this activity into science classes. The seminar also includesinformation about two unique extensions. In the first, students access a freecomputer simulation illustrating the airflow around an airfoil to determine thecorrect flow equation, and a second extension uses an interactive simulation todetermine the airflow around various shapes of airfoils.

This is the last time during this school year that this Web seminar will beoffered.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar6.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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National Air andSpace Museum Super Science Saturday Events

Join the National Air and Space Museum on the second Saturday of each monthduring 2013 for Super Science Saturday at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center inChantilly, Va. Through demonstrations and hands-on activities, visitors of allages will become immersed in science, technology, engineering and mathematicstopics related to aviation and space exploration. Each event takes place from10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Admission is free, and parking is $15.

Upcoming topics include:

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 http://airandspace.si.edu/events/superscience/.

Questions about this series of lectures shouldbe directed to nasmpubliclectures@si.edu.

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NASARequest for Information — Educator Professional Development

The following is a Request for Information (RFI) or Sources Sought Notice.This synopsis is for information and planning purposes and does NOT constitutea Request for Proposal (RFP). It is issued under the authority of FAR15.201(“Exchanges of information before receipt of proposals”).

NASA’s Langley Research Center is conducting market research in order toidentify potential sources that have the academic resources, capabilities, andexperience to assist in the implementation of NASA’s “Educator ProfessionalDevelopment” (EPD) Line of Business.

NASA’s education mission is to advance high quality Science, Technology,Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education utilizing NASA’s uniquecapabilities. NASA’s attention to professional development for educators spansmore than 50 years as various related models, projects, and activities at allten NASA field centers have been implemented to introduce and integrate theagency’s unique educational STEM resources into formal and informal learningenvironments locally and nationally. The NASA EPD Line of Business has beenestablished to consolidate these diverse components into a focused agency-wideeffort to ensure operational efficiency while optimizing strategies, methods,and technologies that promote educators’ use of NASA-related content. NASA’sEPD incorporates four integrated delivery mechanisms: Facility Face-to-Face(F2F) Institute, Partner-Delivered, Online EPD, and Community-Requested EPD. Theoverall objective of EPD is to utilize the four components in concert withNASA-related content to enhance the professional development of STEM educators.

The purpose of this Sources Sought Notice/Market Research is to identifysources with the academic expertise needed to implement a range of requirementsdesigned to enhance the professional development of STEM educators. Interestedparties are asked to submit a written capability statement that demonstrate thefollowing: (1) Experience in designing and developing research based educatorprofessional development with a STEM focus; (2) Accreditation by a certifiedhigher education governing board; (3) Ability to perform robust evaluationsrelated to educator professional development; (4) Ability to scale up and downto meet changing geographic and budget requirements; (5) Ability to conductface-to-face workshops at various geographical locations simultaneously; (6)Ability to respond to community requested opportunities; (7) Ability to plan,prepare, and produce high quality, synchronous and asynchronous STEM EPDsessions, courses, and learning modules for delivery through an online environment,and (8) Ability and success in utilizing in distance learning tools and socialnetworking structures to effectively enhance educator professional development.

Capability statements must also include: (1) Complete Business Name, includingDUNs Number; (2) Contact Information (Respondent’s name and title, address,telephone, facsimile, e-mail); (3) Business Size and Classification (small,small-disadvantaged, SBA Certified 8(a), HUBZone, etc.).  The NAICS code is identified as 611310(Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools).  Capability statements shall be submitted inMicrosoft Word or PDF format and must not exceed five (5) pages. Font sizeshall not be smaller than Times New Roman, 12-type point.

This Sources Sought Notice should not be construed as a commitment by theGovernment for any purpose, nor does it restrict the Government on determiningthe ultimate acquisition approach. Questions will not be addressed at thistime. The Government will not award a contract on the basis of this notice norreimburse the cost incurred by potential offerors who respond to this notice. Anyinformation submitted by respondents to this notice is strictly voluntary. Theinformation provided herein is subject to change and in no way binds theGovernment to solicit or award a contract. All capability statements should besent via email to Drena.J.McIntosh@nasa.govno later than 4:30 p.m. EDT, March 11,2013. Please reference NNL13ZB1002L in any response.

It is the offeror’s responsibility to monitor www.fbo.govfor the release of any follow-on information.

For more information about this opportunity, visithttp://prod.nais.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/eps/synopsis.cgi?acqid=155292.

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Pre-Proposal Teleconference Slides andAgenda — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for ScienceMuseums, Planetariums, and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMP+)(Announcement Number: NNH13ZHA001N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance(CFDA) Number: 43.008)

An agenda and 78 Pre-Proposal Teleconference slides were posted on the CP4SMP+portal page on NSPIRES on Feb. 20, 2013.

Visit: https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7B37764C2A-F415-01DF-1B30-F1971BE7F8BE%7D&path=open

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Pre-Service Teacher Institutes atNASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center has partneredwith Oakwood University to offer a two-weekPre-Service Teacher Institute taking place July 12-24, 2013, in Huntsville, Ala.This residential session is for education majors preparing to teachgrades K-8.

Participants will engage in hands-on learningexperiences designed to develop their skills for teaching science, technology,engineering and mathematics using NASA-developed curriculum resources. Full-timerising junior or senior undergraduate and graduate students at minorityinstitutions are invited to apply. Housing, meals, travel assistance and astipend will be provided.

Applications must be postmarked by May 10,2013.

For more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/education/msfc/psti.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Marilyn Lewis at marilyn.h.lewis@nasa.gov.

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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 — Feb. 21, 2013

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

ElectromagneticSpectrum: Remote Sensing Ices on Mars Web Seminar
Audience: 8-10 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 21, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST

NASAto Host Google+ Hangout Live With International Space Station
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Feb. 22, 2013

NASA’s GlennResearch Center’s High School Shadowing Project
Audience: Students in Grades 10-12
Sessions III and IV Application Deadline: Feb.22, 2013

2013 SummerUndergraduate Research Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2013

Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Feb. 23, 2013

Free Education Webinar Series from the AerospaceEducation Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Various Dates During February 2013

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

High Power Microscopes: The Virtual LabWeb Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 26, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST

The Search for Life Beyond Earth:Mars Educator Conference
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Registration Deadline: Feb. 26, 2013
Conference Date: March 2, 2013

Pythagorean Theorem: ExploringSpace Through Math — Lunar Rover Web Seminar
Audience: 8-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 27, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST

Space DayTexas 2013
Audience: All Educators and Students
School Registration Deadline: Feb. 27, 2013
Event Date: March 19, 2013

NASA National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program to Host InteractiveStudent Presentations
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Presentation Dates: Feb. 28 – March 1, 2013

What If? LiveStudent Design Challenge
Audience: Students Age 14-18
Registration Deadline: Feb. 28, 2013

Titan and Europa Essay Contest
Audience: 5-12 Students
Entry Deadline: Feb. 28, 2013

Polar Science Weekend atthe Pacific Science Center
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Feb. 28 – March 3, 2013

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Next Application Deadline: March 1, 2013

Expeditions 37 and 38In-flight Education Downlink Opportunities
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: March 1, 2013

Host a Real-TimeConversation With Crewmembers Aboard the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: March 1, 2013

HistoricalNASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other EducationOrganizations
Deadline: March 4, 2013

Free Exploring Space Lecture Series –Attend in Person or View Online
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: March 12, 2013

Celebrate Solar Week — Spring2013
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Event Dates: March 18-22, 2013

Sun-Earth Days’SolarMAX Anime’ Contest
Audience: Students ages 13 and older
Entry Deadline: March 20, 2013

HeritageFamily Day Events at Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event Date: March 23, 2013

NASA Fellowship in the History of SpaceTechnology
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: April 1, 2013

2013-14 History of ScienceSociety Fellowship in the History of Space Science
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: April 1, 2013

Fellowship in Aerospace History
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: April 1, 2013

Amendment and Frequently Asked Questions — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program forScience Museums, Planetariums, and NASA Visitor Centers Plus OtherOpportunities (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH13ZHA001N, Catalog of FederalDomestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008)
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Proposal Due Date: April 9, 2013

RockOn 2013 University Rocket Science Workshop
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: May 1, 2013
Workshop Dates: June 15-20, 2013

Don’t miss out on upcomingNASA education opportunities.
For a full list of events, opportunities andmore, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA’swebsite:
— Educators https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/current-opps-index.html

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ElectromagneticSpectrum: Remote Sensing Ices 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 on Feb.21, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn how to use authentic NASA mission data toinvestigate the composition and distribution of ices in the high-latituderegions of Mars through analysis of visible light, infrared light and gammarays. The seminar includes information about a unique student extensionactivity, where students access a free computer simulation illustrating howgamma rays are used to determine the chemical composition of Mars.

This is the last time this Web seminar will be offered during the currentschool year.

For more information and to registeronline, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar4.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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NASA toHost Google+ Hangout Live With International Space Station

NASA will host its first Google+ Hangoutlive with the International Space Station from 11 a.m. to noon EST, Friday,Feb. 22, 2013. This event will connect NASA’s social media followers withastronauts on the ground and those living and working aboard the laboratory orbiting240 miles above Earth.

Google+ Hangouts allow as many as 10 people to chat face to face, whilethousands more can tune in to watch the conversation live on Google+ orYouTube.

NASA’s social media followers submitted video questions before the hangout.During the event, several video questions will be answered by the station crewand astronauts on the ground. Additionally, NASA will take real-time questionssubmitted by fans. Use #askAstro to ask real-time questions on Google+, YouTubeor Twitter during the hangout. On themorning of the event, NASA will open a thread on its Facebook page wherequestions may be posted.

The hangout may be viewed live on NASA’s Google+ page or on the NASA TelevisionYouTube channel. To join the hangout, and for updates and opportunities to participatein upcoming hangouts, visit NASA’s Google+ page at http://www.google.com/+NASA.

Astronauts Kevin Ford and Tom Marshburn of NASA and Chris Hadfield of theCanadian Space Agency will answer questions and provide insight about lifeaboard the station. Crews conduct a variety of science experiments and performstation maintenance during their six-month stay on the outpost. Their lifeaboard the station in near-weightlessness requires different approaches toeveryday activities such as eating, sleeping and exercising.

For information about the space station, research in low Earth orbit, NASA’scommercial space programs and the future of American spaceflight, visit https://www.nasa.gov/exploration.

To follow astronauts Marshburn and Hadfield on Twitter, visit http://www.twitter.com/AstroMarshburn and http://www.twitter.com/Cmdr_Hadfield.

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to HQ-social@mail.nasa.gov.

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NASA’s GlennResearch Center’s High School Shadowing 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 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 https://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/education/ShadowingProgram_GRC.html.

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

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2013 Summer Undergraduate Research 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 with potential mentors to define and develop a project andto write research proposals. Caltech faculty or JPL staff review the proposalsand recommend awards. Students work over a 10-week period in the summer,mid-June to late August. At the conclusion of the project, each student willsubmit a technical paper and give a SURF Seminar Day oral presentation.

All application materials must be received nolater than Feb. 22, 2013.For more information, visit http://www.surf.caltech.edu/.

Please email any questions about thisopportunity to the Caltech Student-Faculty Programs office at sfp@caltech.edu.

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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.

Feb. 23, 2013 — A Universe of Data: How We GetScience Out of Space Telescopes
This century has seen stunning cosmicdiscoveries. The digital age has given everyone free access to space data; thetrick is to turn that data into quantitative science and pictures that tell astory. Astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell will use images from the Chandra SpaceTelescope to help explain how astronomers study space in the computer age.

March 2, 2013 — Robotsand Humans Unite
The universe is far older and vaster than anyone imagined a century ago. Tohelp scientists map the structure and evolution of the universe, a specialinstrument called a Hectospec was needed. A Hectospec uses the precisiontechnology of optical fibers placed by delicate but very fast robots. SeniorPhysicist Dan Fabricant will discuss how the Hectospec was developed, how itworks and how it is used by astronomers for scientific discovery.

For more information about the Smithsonian’sStars Lecture Series, 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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FreeEducation Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project ispresenting a series of free webinars throughout February 2013. All webinars canbe accessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn aboutactivities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into yourclassroom.

Quantifying Changes Over Time (Grades 4-10)
Feb. 25, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST and 6 -7 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Rick Varner will discuss the Landsat missions,one of the longest running Earth observation missions. Participants willcompare remote sensing images of Earth taken across periods of time to reflectchanges to the observed areas that are both natural and influenced by humans.

Blue Marble Matches: Comparing Earth’s Features to the Other Planets (Grades4-12)
Feb. 26, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST and 6 -7 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler will present an activity designedto introduce students to the geologic processes on Earth. In the activity,students take on the roles of geologists and planetary scientists as theyobserve and interpret satellite photography and use data to explain thefeatures on distant planets.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinarstaking place through March 2013, visithttp://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to ChrisGamrat at gamrat@psu.edu.

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5th Annual NASA STEM Educators Workshop Series

Join NASA for the 5th Annual NASA STEM EducatorsWorkshop Series taking place March 4-6, 2013, in Charlotte, N.C.

This workshop series will explore engineeringdesign challenges, problem-based learning activities, distance learningmodules, inquiry-based lessons and hands-on projects. Each workshop will be ledby experienced educators and education public outreach specialists who willmodel pedagogical techniques and methods to foster problem-based learning,science as inquiry, technology integration and best practices. Workshops targetinservice, informal and preservice teachers who serve the K-12 educationcommunity.

Registration is free. The deadline forregistration is Feb. 25,2013.

For more information and to register for theworkshops, visit https://education.uncc.edu/cstem/nasa.

If you have any questions about the workshops,please contact Brandon Hargis at Brandon.Hargis@nasa.gov.

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HighPower Microscopes: The Virtual Lab 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 Feb. 26, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn to use a computer programsimulating three high-power virtual microscopes: an atomic force microscope, ascanning electron microscope and a fluorescence light microscope. Viewingspecimens include one-celled organisms, human tissue, computer chips, insectsand fungi. You will get an overview of the software, watch videos of studentsexploring specimens and learn to use the Virtual Lab website and software.

This is the last time this Web seminar will be offered during the currentschool year.

For more informationand to register online, visit URL http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar13.aspx.

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

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

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The Search for Life Beyond Earth:Mars Educator Conference

Bring your classroom along to share NASA’s greatquest for habitable environments beyond Earth, starting with Gale Crater on Mars.Using NASA’s newest rover, Curiosity, learn how to use NASA astrobiology andthe exploration of Mars to enhance life science and physical science topics inyour classroom. Engage your students to think critically about big questions,such as “What are the conditions for life?” and “Is there life beyond Earth?”

Special Mars and astrobiology guest presenters from NASA will share the latestnews. NASA education specialists will show hands-on activities relating toscience, technology, engineering and mathematics to help educators extend theirstudents’ learning and demonstrate how activities align to the Next GenerationScience Standards. Conference participants will receive lessonplans, NASA materials and resources

The conference will take place on March 2, 2013, at the Arizona StateUniversity main campus in Tempe, Ariz.

The conference is free, but registration is required before Feb. 26, 2013.

For more information and to register for the conference, visit http://marsed.asu.edu/registerSP2013.

Questions about the workshop should be directed to mars@asu.edu.

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Pythagorean Theorem: ExploringSpace Through Math — Lunar Rover Web Seminar

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hostinga 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Feb. 27, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learnto use the distance formula and the Pythagorean theorem to determine theminimal path and minimal time for a lunar rover to perform tasks on the surfaceof the moon. Participants should have a basic knowledge of scale factor andapplication of the Pythagorean theorem. Having access to a calculator ishelpful but not necessary for session.

Seminar participants will be given an overview of the lesson and a look atwhere it fits in the mathematics curriculum, including an alignment to theCommon Core Standards for mathematics.

This is the last time this Web seminar will be offered during the currentschool year.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar9.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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SpaceDay Texas 2013

Space Day Texas 2013 is just around thecorner! NASA will take over the Texas Capitol on March 19, 2013, for Space Dayat the Capitol, a space exploration celebration. This year’s theme is “HumanExploration: the Journey Continues.” The day will include space exhibits,demonstrations and hands-on activities for students, legislative proclamationsand an astronaut appearance. Visitors also have the chance to experience NASA’smobile space exhibit, “Driven to Explore,” which includes a chance to touch analmost 4-billion-year-old moon rock.

Visitors can view exhibits in the Capitol rotunda and along Colorado Streetfrom 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. An astronaut autograph session at the Capitol isscheduled for 1:15 – 2:15 p.m.

Registration for schools to attend closes Feb. 27, 2013. Register your studentstoday! https://events.jsc.nasa.gov/registration/SpaceDay/Register.cfm

For more information on Space Week Texas 2013, visit https://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/events/sed.html.

For more information about NASA and agency programs, visit https://www.nasa.gov/home/.

Follow us on Twitter @NASA_Johnson, # SpaceWeek, for more Space Week Texasactivities.

Questions about this event should be directed to Linda Smith at linda.k.smith@nasa.gov.

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NASA National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program to HostInteractive Student Presentations

On Feb. 28 – March 2, 2013, the National Council of NASA Space Grant Directors’ Spring Meeting will beheld in Crystal City, Va. This meeting will include a NASA Digital LearningNetwork, or DLN, broadcast of presentations by undergraduate and graduate studentswho are supported by Space Grant consortia from across the country. Joinus online for this exciting, interactive event. Viewers will have the opportunity to email questions to thepresenters during the live presentations. The NASA Space Grant Program Officestaff will also be in attendance.

The presentations will commence as follows:

Thursday, Feb.28, 2013, 3 – 4:15 p.m. EST: Learn aboutstudents’ exciting work on space hardware, a supersonic wind tunnel,ionospheric dust collection and robotic aircraft during this webcast.

Friday, March 1, 2013, 2 – 2:45 p.m. EST:Learn about students’ exciting work on transformative Space Grant projects,bone loss in microgravity and helicopter testing during this webcast.

To access, please visit the NASA DLN website at https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/webcast/webcast.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to AleksandraKorobov at aleksandra.b.korobov@nasa.gov.

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WhatIf? Live Student Design Challenge

Candy, soda and other everyday items will be thetools of the trade for teenage rocket makers competing in the What If? LiveStudent Design Challenge. Registration is open through Feb. 28, 2013, for the worldwide contest, in which 14- to18-year-old students will design experimental propulsion systems usingmaterials that are inexpensive and easy to obtain.

The challenge is designed to excite students about science, technology,engineering and mathematics. The goal is to develop students’ creative and analyticalabilities by learning about the growing need for green fuels and designing avehicle propulsion system using commonly available materials, including sweettreats and carbonated beverages. Students may work alone or in groups of asmany as four. Participants must create a research plan, write a research paper,develop and build the propulsion system, make a video showing the vehicle inaction and submit the video to judges via YouTube.com.

A panel of scientists, astronauts and educators will judge the entries andselect finalists. There will be one winning design in each age category.Winners will be announced in May and will receive special recognition from NASAand Ahoora.

To register, submit research and learn more about vehicle design, the officialrules and other information about the What If? Live Student Design Challenge,including view a two-minute video of the propulsion system in action, visit http://www.whatifprize.org.

Questions about this contest should be emailedto info@whatifprize.org.

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Titan and Europa Essay Contest

NASA scientists want to know where students in grades 5-12 think NASA’snext big mission to the outer solar system should go: Saturn’s moon, Titan, orJupiter’s moon, Europa. Both of these moons are fascinating places to explore.Learn why astrobiologists want to explore these worlds.

The Titan and Europa Essay Contest challenges students to learn more aboutastrobiology and the engineering challenges of exploring Titan and Europa.After watching short videos and learning about both moons and how missions toexplore each would work, students should write an essay (no longer than 500words) to explain why NASA should go to Titan or to Europa.

Essays must be submitted by a teacher by Feb.28, 2013.

NASA will send certificates of participation to all students who enter thecontest. Winning essays will be posted on a NASA website, and the winners andtheir classes will be invited to participate in a question-and-answerteleconference, videoconference or webchat with NASA scientists.

This contest is sponsored by the NASA Astrobiology Institute, withparticipation from the Titan Astrobiology team and the Astrobiology of IcyWorlds team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

For more information, visit http://icyworlds.jpl.nasa.gov/contest/.

If you have questions about this contest, please email titaneuropa@jpl.nasa.gov.

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Polar ScienceWeekend at the Pacific Science Center

Polar Science Weekend at the Pacific ScienceCenter in Seattle, Wash., is taking place Feb. 28 – March 3, 2013. The event isfour days of hands-on activities, live demonstrations and exhibits presented byscientists who work in some of the most remote and challenging places on Earth.Learn about ice sheets and sea ice, polar bears and penguins, scientificinstruments and polar expeditions.

Polar Science Weekend highlights NASA-fundedwork in the polar regions, and is supported by a grant from NASA’s ScienceMission Directorate

For more information, visit http://psc.apl.washington.edu/wordpress/education/polar-science-weekend/.

Questions about this event should be directed topsw@apl.washington.edu.

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NASA Postdoctoral ProgramFellowships

The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) supports NASA’sgoal to expand scientific understanding of the Earth and the universe in whichwe live.

Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NPP Fellows complete one- tothree-year Fellowship appointments that offer scientists and engineers uniqueopportunities to conduct research in fields of science relevant to NASA.

These opportunities advance NASA’s missions in Earth science, heliophysics,planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics and engineering,human exploration and space operations, and astrobiology. Opportunities areavailable at NASA Centers and other NASA-approved sites.

As a result, NPP Fellows contribute to national priorities for scientificexploration, confirm NASA’s leadership in fundamental research, and complementthe efforts of NASA’s partners in the national science community.

U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and foreign nationals eligible forJ-1 status as a Research Scholar may apply. Applicants must have completed aPh.D. or equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but may apply whilecompleting the degree requirements. Applicants who earned the Ph.D. more thanfive years before the deadline date are categorized as Senior Fellows; allapplicants, no matter their category, must apply and become eligible for an NPPaward via the same process.

Interested applicants may apply by one of three annual application deadlines:March 1, July 1, and November 1.

For more information and application procedures, go to http://nasa.orau.org/postdoc/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to nasapostdoc@orau.org.

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Expeditions 37and 38 In-flight Education Downlink Opportunities

NASA is seeking formal and informal educationalorganizations, individually or working together, to host live, in-flighteducation downlinks during Expeditions 37 and 38 (approximately from September2013 to March 2014). 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 March 1, 2013.

During Expeditions 37 and 38, crew members aboard the International SpaceStation will participate in downlinks. Downlinks last 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 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-TimeConversation With Crewmembers Aboard the International Space Station

NASA is now accepting proposals from U.S.schools, museums, science centers and community youth organizations to host anAmateur Radio on the International Space Station, or ARISS, contact betweenNov. 1, 2013, and May 1, 2014. To maximize these radio contact opportunities,NASA is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participantsand integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. Proposals aredue March 1, 2013.

Using amateur radio, students can ask astronauts questions about life inspace and other space-related topics. Students fully engage in the ARISScontact by helping set up an amateur radio ground station at the school andthen using that station to talk directly with a crew member on theInternational Space Station for approximately 10 minutes. The technology iseasier to acquire than ever before. ARISS has a network of mentors to helporganizations obtain the technology required to host this once in a lifetimeopportunity for students.

Interested parties should visit www.nasa.gov/education/tfs/arissto obtain complete information including how the technology works, what isexpected of the host organization and how to submit the proposal form.

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

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HistoricalNASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use

NASA is inviting eligible educational institutions,museums and other organizations to screen and request historical spaceartifacts.

The artifacts represent significant human spaceflight technologies andprocesses and the accomplishments of NASA’s many programs. NASA and the GeneralServices Administration worked together to ensure broad access to spaceartifacts and to provide a Web-based electronic artifacts viewing capability.The Web-based artifacts module is located at http://gsaxcess.gov/NASAWel.htm.

Eligible participants may view the artifacts and request specific items at thewebsite through March 4, 2013. Onlyschools and museums are eligible to receive artifacts. They must registeronline using an assigned Department of Education number, or through the stateagency for surplus property in their state.

The artifacts are free of charge. Eligible organizations must cover shippingcosts and any special handling fees. Shipping fees on smaller items will berelatively inexpensive, while larger items may involve extensive disassembly,preparation, shipping and reassembly costs. NASA will work closely witheligible organizations, on a case-by-case basis, to address any unique specialhandling costs.

Special items, such as space shuttle thermal protective tiles and packages ofthree packets of astronaut food, also are offered on a first-come, first-servedbasis. Instructions for requesting artifacts and special items are linked onthe website home page.

To date, more than 7,500 artifacts from programs, including the Mercury,Gemini, Apollo, space shuttle and the Hubble Space Telescope, have been givento eligible museums, schools, universities, libraries and planetariums in all50 U.S. states.

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to GSAXcessHelp@gsa.gov.

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Free Exploring Space LectureSeries — Attend in Person or View Online

The 2013 Exploring Space Lectures will feature world-class scholarsdiscussing the incredibly diverse worlds that make up our solar system. Thelectures will be held at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.,and are free to attend. Tickets are required. The lectures will be webcast livefor free viewing. Lecture videos will be archived.

Curiosity’s Mission of Exploration at Gale Crater, Mars

In August 2012, the Curiosity rover arrived on Mars in a daring feat ofengineering. John Grotzinger, chief scientist for the Mars Science LaboratoryMission, will share the latest images and scientific results from the Curiositymission. Grotzinger will also discuss Gale Crater, the area where Curiosity isexploring.

The lecture will take place on March 12,2013, at 8 p.m. Come early to see a free film and to meet the lecturer.

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=4977.

The Voyager Journey to the Edge of InterstellarSpace

Launched in 1977 on a journey to exploreJupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, the two Voyager spacecraft are now overnine billion miles from Earth. Professor Edward Stone of the CaliforniaInstitute of Technology will discuss the epic journey taken by the Voyagerspacecraft as they approach interstellar space.

The lecture will take place on April 16,2013, at 8 p.m. Come early to see a free film and to meet the lecturer.

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=4978.

Vesta in the Light of Dawn

Before starting its journey to the dwarf planet Ceres,the Dawn spacecraft spent a year exploring the asteroid Vesta. PrincipalScientist Carol Raymond will lead attendees on a tour of the ancient world ofVesta and what it can teach us about the early days of the solar system.

The lecture will take place on May 7, 2013,at 8 p.m. Come early to see a free film and to meet the lecturer session.

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=4979.

50 Years of Solar System Exploration: NewWorlds, New Discoveries

Through the decades of planetary explorations, awide variety of spacecraft (orbiters, landers, rovers and more) have revealedan amazing diversity of worlds, each with its own story to tell. Join James L. Green, director of planetary science at NASAHeadquarters, as he guides attendees through the 50-year voyage of discovery.

The lecture will take place on June 13,2013, at 8 p.m. Come early to see a free film and to meet the lecturer.

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=4980.

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CelebrateSolar Week — Spring 2013

Solar Week provides a weeklong seriesof Web-based educational classroom activities and games with a focus on the sun-Earthconnection geared for grades 5-8. Studentslearn about solar eclipses, sunspots, solar flares and solar storms through aseries of activities, games andlessons. In addition, there’s a message board where classrooms can submit aquestion to leading solar scientists.

Solar Week is ideal for students studying thesolar system, the stars or astronomy in general, and now Solar Week features aday focused on solar energy. Solar Week is also for kids pondering possiblecareer choices and wondering what it’s like to be a scientist. Participationmakes for a fun computer lab activity as well. After doing the activities, studentscan interact on the bulletin board with leading scientists at the forefront ofsun-Earth research. It’s a great place for any student interestedin our nearest star, the sun.

Solar Week takes place March 18-22, 2013.

To learn more and to register to participate, visit http://www.solarweek.org.

Questions about Solar Week may be emailed to solarweek@solarweek.org.

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Sun-Earth Days ‘SolarMAX Anime’ Contest

NASA’s Sun-Earth Days program wants to see yourbest anime artwork. SolarMAX is the official superhero mascot for Sun-EarthDays. But keeping an eye on space weather is a big job for just one superhero. TheSun-Earth Days team is looking for students ages 13 and older to create and submita new and original anime-style character to help SolarMAX. The character musthave a visible space weather related super power.

The Sun-Earth Days team will select five characters to be added to theSun-Earth Days superhero team! The first two winning characters will beselected and announced on the live Sun-Earth Days webcast on March 22, 2013.Winner characters also will appear as part of a new Sun-Earth Days desktop wallpaper!

Entries must be submitted online by March20, 2013.

For more information, including instructions for submitting a character design,visit http://sunearthday.nasa.gov/2013/solarmax/contest.php.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to sunearthday@gmail.com.

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HeritageFamily Day Events at Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum

The 2013 Heritage Family Day event series celebrates the diverse ethnic andcultural communities that have contributed to aviation and space exploration. Eventswill commemorate historic and current contributions through presentations andactivities for the entire family. The events will take place at the Smithsonian’sAir and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., and at theSmithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. The events arefree and open to the public.

Women inAviation and Space
March 23, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
Celebrate the incredible contributions of women in aviation, scienceand aerospace. Enjoy hands-on activities, guest speakers, a theatricalpresentation, book signings and Flights of Fancy story time for our youngestvisitors.
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=4833

Explore the Universe Day: Everyone Looks Up!
June 1, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
Everyone looks up! People around the world havealways looked to the sky, but they don’t always see thesame things. Experience how different people study the sky and hear theirstories.
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=4835

A Century of Women in Aerospace
Sept. 14,2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
For over 100 years, women have contributed to technological advancesin aviation and space. Hear about the historic women who have inspired today’srole models.
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=4836

HispanicHeritage Month: Innovators in Air and Space
Sept. 24, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
Oct. 5, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
Celebrate Latin America’s historical contributions to aviation andspace exploration. Meet current Hispanic scientists and engineers through theSmithsonian Latinos in STEM initiative. Listen to bilingual stories andparticipate in hands-on activities. The events are free and open to the public.
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=4837

Questions about this series of events should bedirected to the Visitor Service line at 202-633-1000.

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NASA Fellowship in the History ofSpace Technology

The NASA Fellowship in the History of SpaceTechnology, offered by the Society for the History of Technology and supportedby the NASA History Division, seeks applications for a yearlong predoctoral orpostdoctoral fellowship related to the history of space technology. Thefellowship may support advanced research related to all aspects of spacehistory, leading to publications on the history of space technology broadlyconsidered, including cultural and intellectual history, institutional history,economic history, history of law and public policy, and history of engineeringand management.

The fellowship carries a stipend of $17,000, paid quarterly. Funds may not beused to support tuition or fees. The NASA Fellow will also receivecomplimentary membership in the Society for the History of Technology for theyear of fellowship.

Applicants must possess a doctorate in history of technology or in a closelyrelated field, or be enrolled as a student in a doctoral degree program andhave completed all requirements for the Ph.D., except the dissertation, inhistory of technology or a related field. Eligibility is not limited to U.S.citizens or residents.

Applications are due April 1,2013.

For detailed information on the fellowship and the application process, visit http://www.historyoftechnology.org/awards/nasa.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to shot@virginia.edu.

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2013-14 History of ScienceSociety Fellowship in the History of Space Science

The Fellowship in the History of Space Science,offered by the History of Science Society and supported by the NASA HistoryDivision, seeks applications for a nine-month predoctoral or postdoctoralfellowship related to the history of science. The fellowship may supportadvanced research related to all aspects of the history of space science, fromthe earliest human interest in space to the present.

The fellowship carries a stipend of $21,250. Funds may not be used to supporttuition or fees.

Applicants must possess a doctorate in history of science or in a closelyrelated field, or be enrolled as a student in a doctoral degree program and havecompleted all requirements for the degree, except the dissertation, in historyof science or a related field. Eligibility is not limited to U.S. citizens orresidents.

Applications are due April 1,2013.

For detailed information on the fellowship and the application process, visit http://www.hssonline.org/about/society_NASAFellowship.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to info@hssonline.org.

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Fellowship in Aerospace History

The Fellowship in Aerospace History, offeredby the American Historical Association and supported by NASA, seeksapplications for a predoctoral or postdoctoral fellowship related to thehistory of aerospace. The selected Fellow will have the opportunity to engagein significant and sustained advanced research in all aspects of the history ofaerospace from the earliest human interest in flight to the present, includingcultural and intellectual history, economic history, history of law and publicpolicy, and the history of science, engineering and management.

The fellowship carries a stipend of $20,000 for a six- to nine-month fellowshipand is adjustable for longer fellowships of up to a year. Funds may not be usedto support tuition or fees.

The fellowship is open to applicants who hold a doctoral degree in history orin a closely related field, or who are enrolled in and have completed allcoursework for a doctoral degree-granting program.

Applications are due April 1,2013.

For detailed information on the fellowship and the application process, visit http://www.historians.org/prizes/NASA.htm.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to aha@historians.org.

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Amendment andFrequently Asked Questions — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) CompetitiveProgram for Science Museums, Planetariums, and NASA Visitor Centers Plus OtherOpportunities (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH13ZHA001N, Catalog of FederalDomestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008)

One amendment and 44 Frequently AskedQuestions were posted on the CP4SMP+ portal page on NSPIRES on Feb. 20, 2013.The FAQs include the categories of PeerReview/Proposal Content Development/Format; Institutional/PrincipalInvestigator Eligibility; Allowable Costs, Budgets, Indirect Costs, and NASAGrant Policies; and Partnerships with NASA/Other Entities and Other Third PartyIssues.

Visit: https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7B37764C2A-F415-01DF-1B30-F1971BE7F8BE%7D&path=open

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RockOn 2013 University Rocket Science Workshop

U.S. university and community college faculty and students are invited to aweeklong workshop to learn how to build and launch a scientific experiment intospace. NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia is hosting the RockOn 2013workshop June 15-20, 2013, in partnership with the Colorado and Virginia SpaceGrant Consortia. Workshop participants must be U.S. citizens. The registrationdeadline for the workshop is May 1, 2013.

The hands-on workshop teaches participants to build experiments that fly onsounding rockets. During the week, participants will work together in teams ofthree to construct and integrate a sounding rocket payload from a kit. On thefifth day of the workshop, the experiments will fly on a sounding rocketexpected to reach an altitude of more than 70 miles.

Each experiment will provide valuable scientific data, analyzed as part of thestudent-led science and engineering research. The program engages faculty andstudents in science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills critical toNASA’s future engineering, scientific and technical missions.

For more information about RockOn and to register online, visit http://spacegrant.colorado.edu/national-programs/rockon-2013-home.

Questions about the workshop or the registration process should be directed toChris Koehler by email at koehler@colorado.edu orby telephone at 303-492-3141.

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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 — Feb. 14, 2013

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

Newton’sLaws of Motion: Lunar Nautics Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 14, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST

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

Free Smithsonian’s StarsLecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Feb. 16, 2013

Free Education Webinar Series from the AerospaceEducation Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Various Dates During February 2013

Pre-Proposal Teleconference, Plus Amendments and Update to Frequent AskedQuestions — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for ScienceMuseums, Planetariums, and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities(CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH13ZHA001N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance(CFDA) Number: 43.008)
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Amendments and Updates to FAQs to Be Posted On or After Feb. 15, 2013
Pre-Proposal Teleconference: Feb. 20, 1-3 p.m. EST
Proposal Due Date: April 9, 2013

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Webcast –Explore African American History and Science With NASA and Tuskegee
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: Feb. 20, 2013, at 2 p.m.EST

Linear Equations: NASA CONNECT –Breaking Barriers Web Seminar
Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb 20. 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST

Electromagnetic Spectrum: RemoteSensing Ices on Mars Web Seminar
Audience: 8-10 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 21, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST

Call for Abstracts: 64thInternational Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time Graduate Students
Submission Deadline: Feb. 21, 2013

NASA to HostGoogle+ Hangout Live With International Space Station
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Feb. 22, 2013

NASA’s GlennResearch Center’s High School Shadowing Project
Audience: Students in Grades 10-12
Sessions III and IV Application Deadline: Feb.22, 2013

2013 SummerUndergraduate Research Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2013

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

The Search for Life Beyond Earth:Mars Educator Conference
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Registration Deadline: Feb. 26, 2013
Conference Date: March 2, 2013

What If? LiveStudent Design Challenge
Audience: Students Age 14-18
Registration Deadline: Feb. 28, 2013

Titan and Europa Essay Contest
Audience: 5-12 Students
Entry Deadline: Feb. 28, 2013

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Next Application Deadline: March 1, 2013

HistoricalNASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other EducationOrganizations
Deadline: March 4, 2013

Cooperative AgreementNotice for NASA Internships
Audience: Higher Education Institutions and Organizations
Deadline: March 13, 2013

NASA Announcement for High-Impact,National, Strategic STEM Education Partnerships
Audience: Education Organizations
Informational Teleconference: March 27, 2013, 11:30 a.m. EDT
Response Deadline: Dec. 31, 2014

Don’t miss outon upcoming NASA education opportunities.
For a full list of events, opportunities and more, visit the Educator andStudent Current Opportunity pages on NASA’s website:
— Educators https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/current-opps-index.html

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Newton’sLaws of Motion: Lunar Nautics 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 Feb. 14, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST. This Web seminar features threelessons for grades 5-8, focusing on a real-world understanding of Newton’s Lawsof Motion and addresses common misconceptions associated with the laws. Thefeatured lessons are Rocket Staging: Balloon Staging, Lunar Landing: SwingingTray and Lunar Base Supply Egg Drop.

This is the final time during this school year that this seminar will beoffered.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar1.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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NASA’s REEL Science Communication Contest

So you want to be a NASA producer? NASA is looking for talented high schoolstudents to create videos that engage students in 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 Cut Video from NASA Producer Ali Ogden —

NASA producer Ali Ogden created a video, which shares her insight aboutproducing a video feature for NASA. In this director’s cut version of herMontreal Protocol story, Ali provides practical advice about audience, thinkingvisually, story and post-production. These practical tips for video productionwill help students with the REEL Science 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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Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

Curious about our nearest star, moon rocks,volcanoes and other wonders of the universe? Come to the Smithsonian’s Stars, aseries of 10 lectures by Smithsonian researchers who are exploring the sun, themoon, planets, stars, galaxies and the universe. These speakers will sharebehind-the-scenes details about how their research is done and technologiesthat advance new discoveries at 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 place at4 p.m. prior to each lecture. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory,weather permitting.

Feb. 16, 2013 — Venus: 50 Years After Mariner 2
Fifty years ago Mariner 2 flew past Venus,becoming the first space probe to explore another planet. But Venus, ournearest neighbor, still holds many mysteries. Geophysicist Bruce Campbell willdiscuss what is known about Venus, including how it differs from Earth, and howfuture explorers may provide crucial clues to understanding this hot, dryworld.

Feb. 23, 2013 — A Universe of Data: How We GetScience Out of Space Telescopes
This century has seen stunning cosmicdiscoveries. The digital age has given everyone free access to space data; thetrick is to turn that data into quantitative science and pictures that tell astory. Astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell will use images from the Chandra SpaceTelescope to help explain how astronomers study space in the computer age.

March 2, 2013 — Robotsand Humans Unite
The universe is far older and vaster than anyone imagined a century ago. Tohelp scientists map the structure and evolution of the universe, a specialinstrument called a Hectospec was needed. A Hectospec uses the precisiontechnology of optical fibers placed by delicate but very fast robots. SeniorPhysicist Dan Fabricant will discuss how the Hectospec was developed, how itworks and how it is used by astronomers for scientific discovery.

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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Free Education Webinar Series fromthe Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of freewebinars throughout February 2013. 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.

I Want to Hold Your Hand (Grades 2-5)
Feb. 19, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST and6 – 7 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Beth White will lead participants inan activity to construct a simple robotic-like hand using low-cost materials.Participants will demonstrate how data is collected when using robotictechnology.

Climate Time Machine (Grades K-12)
Feb. 20, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Sandy Kaszynski will help participants get toknow NASA’s climate website. Learn how to find resources for teaching orlearning about what we know and how we know about what’s happening to Earth.This webinar is part of the Department of Education Green Strides webinarseries

Quantifying Changes Over Time (Grades 4-10)
Feb. 25, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST and 6 -7 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Rick Varner will discuss the Landsat missions,one of the longest running Earth observation missions. Participants willcompare remote sensing images of Earth taken across periods of time to reflectchanges to the observed areas that are both natural and influenced by humans.

Blue Marble Matches: Comparing Earth’s Features to the Other Planets (Grades4-12)
Feb. 26, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST and 6 -7 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler will present an activity designedto introduce students to the geologic processes on Earth. In the activity,students take on the roles of geologists and planetary scientists as theyobserve and interpret satellite photography and use data to explain thefeatures on distant planets.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinarstaking place through March 2013, visithttp://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to ChrisGamrat at gamrat@psu.edu.

The U.S. Department of Education has Green Strideswebinars scheduled throughout 2013. To see a full list of Green Strideswebinars, visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/webinar.html.

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Pre-Proposal Teleconference, PlusAmendments and Update to Frequent Asked Questions — NASA Research Announcement(NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums, and NASA VisitorCenters Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH13ZHA001N,Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008)

Amendments to the NRAwill be posted on the CP4SMP+ portal page on NSPIRES on or after Feb.15, 2013. https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7B37764C2A-F415-01DF-1B30-F1971BE7F8BE%7D&path=open

A pre-proposal teleconference will be held on Feb. 20, 2013 from 1-3 p.m. EST. Prospective proposers are requested to submit any questions in writingto CP4SMP@jpl.nasa.gov no later than four business days before the teleconference date so that NASA will beprepared to cover as much information as possible at the teleconference. NASAplans to post written questions and answers, and teleconference charts to theNASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System, orNSPIRES, website. The teleconference will provide an opportunity to askquestions and solicit clarifications from proposers. To dial into theteleconference, call 1-888-469-1385. Everyoneis encouraged to dial in 15-20 minutes in advance to allow time for theoperators to take roll and add you to the telecon. The participant passcode is CP4SMP. For relayservices for the hearing impaired, call 711 at least 30 minutes before the callis to begin.

For more information aboutthis opportunity, visit https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7B37764C2A-F415-01DF-1B30-F1971BE7F8BE%7D&path=open.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Webcast – Explore African AmericanHistory and Science With NASA and Tuskegee

Join NASA’s Digital Learning NetworkTMFeb. 20, 2013, from 2-3 p.m. EST, fora webcast. Let your students soar through the clouds to explore history,science and the early frontiers of aviation with contrail scientist Dr. LinChambers and Howard Baugh Jr., pilot and son of a documented originalTuskegee Airman. Classes may join the webcast via live streaming on the DLiNfoChannel at the following website: https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/webcast/webcast.html.

For more information, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/index.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to BonnieMurray at
bonnie.murray@nasa.gov.

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LinearEquations: NASA CONNECT — Breaking BarriersWeb Seminar

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Webseminar for educators on Feb. 20, 2013at 6:30 p.m. EST. During this professional development session,participants will receive information about the applications of linearequations at NASA and learn how to implement the Breaking Barriers activity.Breaking Barriers provides students an opportunity to step into the shoes of aNASA engineer to design, build and test an X-1 balloon.

This seminar will not be offered again during this school year.

For more information and to registeronline, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar8.aspx.

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

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

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ElectromagneticSpectrum: Remote Sensing Ices 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 on Feb.21, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn how to use authentic NASA mission data toinvestigate the composition and distribution of ices in the high-latituderegions of Mars through analysis of visible light, infrared light and gammarays. The seminar includes information about a unique student extensionactivity, where students access a free computer simulation illustrating howgamma rays are used to determine the chemical composition of Mars.

This is the last time this Web seminar will be offered during the currentschool year.

For more information and to registeronline, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar4.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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Call for Abstracts: 64th InternationalAstronautical Congress

NASA announces its intent to participate in the64th International Astronautical Congress, or IAC, and requests that full-timegraduate students attending U.S. universities or colleges respond to this callfor abstracts. The IAC, which is organized by the International AstronauticalFederation, or IAF, the International Academy of Astronautics and theInternational Institute of Space Law, is the largest space-related conferenceworldwide and selects an average of 1,000 scientific papers every year.

The upcoming IAC will be held Sept. 23-27, 2013,in Beijing, China. NASA’s participation in this event is an ongoing effort tocontinue to connect NASA with the international astronautical and spacecommunities.

The IAC has posted a “Call forAbstracts,” with a submission deadline of Feb. 21, 2013. NASA plans to alsoannounce a “Call for Abstracts” inviting graduate students to submitabstracts (of no more than 400 words) to participate in the 64th InternationalAstronautical Congress. Abstracts must be submitted to NASA and to the IAF.Details on the NASA “Call for Abstracts” will be distributed bymid-January, with the same submission deadline of Feb. 21, 2013. Theselected NASA-sponsored students must also be selected by the IAF.

Please visit the IAC website (http://www.iac2013.org/) for additionalinformation about the Congress and to obtain information about the “Callfor Abstracts.”

Important IAC Deadlines:

— Abstract submission closes Feb. 21, 2013.
— Paper submission closes Sept. 4, 2013.
— Presentation submission closes Sept. 18,2013.

Questions about this opportunity should beemailed to Carolyn Knowles at carolyn.knowles-1@nasa.gov.

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NASA toHost Google+ Hangout Live With International Space Station

NASA will host its first Google+ Hangoutlive with the International Space Station from 11 a.m. to noon EST, Friday,Feb. 22, 2013. This event will connect NASA’s social media followers with astronautson the ground and those living and working aboard the laboratory orbiting 240miles above Earth.

Google+ Hangouts allow as many as 10 people to chat face to face, whilethousands more can tune in to watch the conversation live on Google+ or YouTube.

NASA’s social media followers submitted video questions before the hangout.During the event, several video questions will be answered by the station crewand astronauts on the ground. Additionally, NASA will take real-time questionssubmitted by fans. Use #askAstro to ask real-time questions on Google+, YouTubeor Twitter during the hangout. On themorning of the event, NASA will open a thread on its Facebook page wherequestions may be posted.

The hangout may be viewed live on NASA’s Google+ page or on the NASA TelevisionYouTube channel. To join the hangout, and for updates and opportunities toparticipate in upcoming hangouts, visit NASA’s Google+ page at http://www.google.com/+NASA.

Astronauts Kevin Ford and Tom Marshburn of NASA and Chris Hadfield of theCanadian Space Agency will answer questions and provide insight about lifeaboard the station. Crews conduct a variety of science experiments and performstation maintenance during their six-month stay on the outpost. Their lifeaboard the station in near-weightlessness requires different approaches toeveryday activities such as eating, sleeping and exercising.

For information about the space station, research in low Earth orbit, NASA’scommercial space programs and the future of American spaceflight, visit https://www.nasa.gov/exploration.

To follow astronauts Marshburn and Hadfield on Twitter, visit http://www.twitter.com/AstroMarshburn and http://www.twitter.com/Cmdr_Hadfield.

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to HQ-social@mail.nasa.gov.

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NASA’s GlennResearch Center’s High School Shadowing 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 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 https://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/education/ShadowingProgram_GRC.html.

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

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2013 Summer Undergraduate Research 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 with potential mentors to define and develop a project andto write research proposals. Caltech faculty or JPL staff review the proposalsand recommend awards. Students work over a 10-week period in the summer,mid-June to late August. At the conclusion of the project, each student willsubmit a technical paper and give a SURF Seminar Day oral presentation.

All application materials must be received nolater than Feb. 22, 2013.For more information, visit http://www.surf.caltech.edu/.

Please email any questions about thisopportunity to the Caltech Student-Faculty Programs office at sfp@caltech.edu.

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5th Annual NASASTEM 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 engineeringdesign challenges, problem-based learning activities, distance learningmodules, inquiry-based lessons and hands-on projects. Each workshop will be ledby experienced educators and education public outreach specialists who willmodel pedagogical techniques and methods to foster problem-based learning,science as inquiry, technology integration and best practices. Workshops targetinservice, informal and preservice teachers who serve the K-12 educationcommunity.

Registration is free. The deadline forregistration is Feb. 25,2013.

For more information and to register for theworkshops, visit https://education.uncc.edu/cstem/nasa.

If you have any questions about the workshops,please contact Brandon Hargis at Brandon.Hargis@nasa.gov.

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The Search for Life Beyond Earth:Mars Educator Conference

Bring your classroom along to share NASA’s greatquest for habitable environments beyond Earth, starting with Gale Crater onMars. Using NASA’s newest rover, Curiosity, learn how to use NASA astrobiologyand the exploration of Mars to enhance life science and physical science topicsin your classroom. Engage your students to think critically about big questions,such as “What are the conditions for life?” and “Is there life beyond Earth?”

Special Mars and astrobiology guest presenters from NASA will share the latestnews. NASA education specialists will show hands-on activities relating toscience, technology, engineering and mathematics to help educators extend theirstudents’ learning and demonstrate how activities align to the Next GenerationScience Standards. Conference participants will receive lessonplans, NASA materials and resources

The conference will take place on March 2, 2013, at the Arizona StateUniversity main campus in Tempe, Ariz.

The conference is free, but registration is required before Feb. 26, 2013.

For more information and to register for the conference, visit http://marsed.asu.edu/registerSP2013.

Questions about the workshop should be directed to mars@asu.edu.

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WhatIf? Live Student Design Challenge

Candy, soda and other everyday items will be thetools of the trade for teenage rocket makers competing in the What If? LiveStudent Design Challenge. Registration is open through Feb. 28, 2013, for the worldwide contest, in which 14- to18-year-old students will design experimental propulsion systems usingmaterials that are inexpensive and easy to obtain.

The challenge is designed to excite students about science, technology,engineering and mathematics. The goal is to develop students’ creative andanalytical abilities by learning about the growing need for green fuels anddesigning a vehicle propulsion system using commonly available materials, includingsweet treats and carbonated beverages. Students may work alone or in groups ofas many as four. Participants must create a research plan, write a researchpaper, develop and build the propulsion system, make a video showing thevehicle in action and submit the video to judges via YouTube.com.

A panel of scientists, astronauts and educators will judge the entries andselect finalists. There will be one winning design in each age category.Winners will be announced in May and will receive special recognition from NASAand Ahoora.

To register, submit research and learn more about vehicle design, the officialrules and other information about the What If? Live Student Design Challenge,including view a two-minute video of the propulsion system in action, visit http://www.whatifprize.org.

Questions about this contest should be emailedto info@whatifprize.org.

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Titan and Europa Essay Contest

NASA scientists want to know where students in grades 5-12 think NASA’snext big mission to the outer solar system should go: Saturn’s moon, Titan, orJupiter’s moon, Europa. Both of these moons are fascinating places to explore.Learn why astrobiologists want to explore these worlds.

The Titan and Europa Essay Contest challenges students to learn more aboutastrobiology and the engineering challenges of exploring Titan and Europa.After watching short videos and learning about both moons and how missions toexplore each would work, students should write an essay (no longer than 500words) to explain why NASA should go to Titan or to Europa.

Essays must be submitted by a teacher by Feb.28, 2013.

NASA will send certificates of participation to all students who enter thecontest. Winning essays will be posted on a NASA website, and the winners andtheir classes will be invited to participate in a question-and-answerteleconference, videoconference or webchat with NASA scientists.

This contest is sponsored by the NASA Astrobiology Institute, withparticipation from the Titan Astrobiology team and the Astrobiology of IcyWorlds team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

For more information, visit http://icyworlds.jpl.nasa.gov/contest/.

If you have questions about this contest, please email titaneuropa@jpl.nasa.gov.

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NASA Postdoctoral ProgramFellowships

The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) supports NASA’sgoal to expand scientific understanding of the Earth and the universe in whichwe live.

Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NPP Fellows complete one- tothree-year Fellowship appointments that offer scientists and engineers uniqueopportunities to conduct research in fields of science relevant to NASA.

These opportunities advance NASA’s missions in Earth science, heliophysics,planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics and engineering,human exploration and space operations, and astrobiology. Opportunities areavailable at NASA Centers and other NASA-approved sites.

As a result, NPP Fellows contribute to national priorities for scientificexploration, confirm NASA’s leadership in fundamental research, and complementthe efforts of NASA’s partners in the national science community.

U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and foreign nationals eligible forJ-1 status as a Research Scholar may apply. Applicants must have completed aPh.D. or equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but may apply whilecompleting the degree requirements. Applicants who earned the Ph.D. more thanfive years before the deadline date are categorized as Senior Fellows; allapplicants, no matter their category, must apply and become eligible for an NPPaward via the same process.

Interested applicants may apply by one of three annual application deadlines:March 1, July 1, and November 1.

For more information and application procedures, go to http://nasa.orau.org/postdoc/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to nasapostdoc@orau.org.

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HistoricalNASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use

NASA is inviting eligible educational institutions,museums and other organizations to screen and request historical spaceartifacts.

The artifacts represent significant human spaceflight technologies andprocesses and the accomplishments of NASA’s many programs. NASA and the GeneralServices Administration worked together to ensure broad access to spaceartifacts and to provide a Web-based electronic artifacts viewing capability.The Web-based artifacts module is located at http://gsaxcess.gov/NASAWel.htm.

Eligible participants may view the artifacts and request specific items at thewebsite through March 4, 2013. Onlyschools and museums are eligible to receive artifacts. They must registeronline using an assigned Department of Education number, or through the stateagency for surplus property in their state.

The artifacts are free of charge. Eligible organizations must cover shippingcosts and any special handling fees. Shipping fees on smaller items will be relativelyinexpensive, while larger items may involve extensive disassembly, preparation,shipping and reassembly costs. NASA will work closely with eligibleorganizations, on a case-by-case basis, to address any unique special handlingcosts.

Special items, such as space shuttle thermal protective tiles and packages ofthree packets of astronaut food, also are offered on a first-come, first-servedbasis. Instructions for requesting artifacts and special items are linked onthe website home page.

To date, more than 7,500 artifacts from programs, including the Mercury,Gemini, Apollo, space shuttle and the Hubble Space Telescope, have been givento eligible museums, schools, universities, libraries and planetariums in all50 U.S. states.

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to GSAXcessHelp@gsa.gov.

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CooperativeAgreement Notice for NASA Internships

The NASA Headquarters Office of Education, incooperation with the NASA Johnson Space Center and other NASA centers, hasreleased a Cooperative Agreement Notice, or CAN, for NASA internships.

Institutions eligible to respond to this CAN arelimited to higher education institutions, nonprofit organizations and consortiaor groups of organizations and institutions serving higher education students,whose mission includes capturing student interest and/or improving studentperformance in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, orrelated fields. The estimated annual value of the award is $3,000,000 to$10,000,000 per year, for a period of performance not to exceed 5 years.

It is anticipated that this award will be anindefinite delivery indefinite quantity and cost reimbursement cooperativeagreement. The recipient of this single award will support sub-agreements at 10NASA centers delineated by unique cooperative agreement numbers assigned by theNASA Shared Services Center.

All proposals in response to this CAN must besubmitted electronically. Electronic proposals must be submitted in theirentirety by 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time on the proposal due date of March 13, 2013.

For more information and instructions forsubmitting a NOI and proposal, visit http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={445EE623-416B-4524-69CF-EA75FCC529BD}&path=open.

Questions about this CAN should be emailed toTamra Ross at tkross@nasaprs.com.

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NASA Announcement forHigh-Impact, National, Strategic STEM Education Partnerships

NASA Headquarters Office of Education requests information from organizationsinterested in helping the Agency, on a no-exchange-of-funds basis, achieve itsstrategic goals for education. NASA uses theAgency’s unique missions, discoveries, and assets to inspire and motivatestudents and learners of all ages in science, technology, engineering andmathematics, or STEM. NASA seeks high-impact, national scale resultsthat will broaden the STEM education audience andinclude diverse individuals who are underrepresented in STEM education.

Potential partnership activities are varied. NASA is receptive to a widerange of creative possibilities. All categories of domestic entities, includingU.S. federal government agencies, are eligible to respond to this announcement.The Announcement is currently open. NASA will accept responses through Dec. 31,2014. Review of responses will begin in May 2013.

NASA will conduct an informational teleconference for the Announcement on March 27, 2013 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30p.m. EDT.

Organizations interested in learning more about this education opportunity,including teleconference details, can access the Announcement Web page at:

http://go.nasa.gov/VgRZYt

To learn more about NASA’s broad education initiatives, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/education

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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 — Feb. 7, 2013

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

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

Engineering Design Challenge: LunarPlant Growth Chamber Web Seminar
Audience: 4-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 7, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST

2013 NASA StudentAirborne Research Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators andStudents
Application Deadline: Feb. 8, 2013

National Air and SpaceMuseum Super Science Saturday Events
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event: Feb. 9, 2013

Plan a Launch Party to Celebrate theLandsat Data Continuity Mission
Audience: All Educators and Students
Launch Date: Feb. 11, 2013

Free Education Webinar Series from the AerospaceEducation Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Various Dates During February 2013

Engineering Design Process: On the Moon Educator Guide Web Seminar
Audience: 6-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 13, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST

Newton’sLaws of Motion: Lunar Nautics Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 14, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST

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

Free Smithsonian’s StarsLecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Feb. 16, 2013

Pre-Proposal Telecon — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Programfor Science Museums, Planetariums, and NASA Visitor Centers Plus OtherOpportunities (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH13ZHA001N, Catalog of FederalDomestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008)
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Pre-Proposal Telecon: Feb. 20, 1-3 p.m. EST
Proposal Due Date: April 9, 2013

Call forAbstracts: 64th International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time Graduate Students
Submission Deadline: Feb. 21, 2013

The Search for Life Beyond Earth:Mars Educator Conference
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Registration Deadline: Feb. 26, 2013
Conference Date: March 2, 2013

What If? LiveStudent Design Challenge
Audience: Students Age 14-18
Registration Deadline: Feb. 28, 2013

Titan and Europa Essay Contest
Audience: 5-12 Students
Entry Deadline: Feb. 28, 2013

HistoricalNASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other EducationOrganizations
Deadline: March 4, 2013

Pennsylvania Space Grant Workshops
Audience: 4-12 Educators
Workshop Dates: Multiple dates July – August 2013
Application Deadline: March 17, 2013

Pre-Service Teacher Institutes at NASA’sJohnson Space Center
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: April 1, 2013
Institute Dates: June 10-14 and 24-28, 2013

CuriosityExplorer Badge on Foursquare
Audience: All Educators and Students

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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 http://irischallenge.arc.nasa.gov/.

Educators are invited to register now at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZRBWQQKto receive updates as the challenge develops.

Please email any questions about this challengeto Linda Conrad at arc-quest-challenge@mail.nasa.gov.

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EngineeringDesign Challenge: Lunar Plant Growth Chamber WebSeminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminarfor educators on Feb. 7, 2013, at 6:30p.m. EST. Learn how to incorporate exciting space exploration problems intoyour technology or life science classes. See how you can use the engineeringdesign process to have students design, build and evaluate the effectiveness ofa lunar plant growth chambers while engaging them in research andstandards-based learning experiences.

This seminar will be repeated on May 9, 2013.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar25.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 NASA StudentAirborne Research Program

The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highlymotivated junior and senior undergraduate students to apply for the NASAStudent Airborne Research Program, also known as SARP, 2013. The programprovides students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a majorscientific campaign, from detailed planning on how to achieve missionobjectives to formal presentation of results and conclusions to peers andothers. Students will assist in the operation of airborne instruments onboardthe NASA DC-8 aircraft.

The program takes place in summer 2013.Instrument and flight preparations, and the research flights themselves, willoccur at NASA’s Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif. Dataanalysis will take place at the University of California, Irvine.

Successful applicants will be awarded a stipendand meals allowance for eight weeks of participation in the program. Round-triptravel to California, housing and transportation will be provided.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 8, 2013.

For more information and to download the programapplication, visit http://www.nserc.und.edu/learning/SARP2013.html.

Specific questions about the program should bedirected to SARP2013@nserc.und.edu.

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National Air andSpace Museum Super Science Saturday Events

Join the National Air and Space Museum on the second Saturday of each monthduring 2013 for Super Science Saturday at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center inChantilly, Va. Through demonstrations and hands-on activities, visitors of allages will become immersed in science, technology, engineering and mathematicstopics related to aviation and space exploration. Each event takes place from10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Admission is free, and parking is $15.

Upcoming topics include:

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 http://airandspace.si.edu/events/superscience/.

Questions about this series of lectures shouldbe directed to nasmpubliclectures@si.edu.

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Plan a Launch Party to Celebratethe Landsat Data Continuity Mission

Did you know that the longest continuous view of Earth from space comes fromthe Landsat satellite program? Its 40-year archive offers a priceless record ofchanging communities and landscapes. The record continues on Feb. 11, 2013, when NASA and the U.S.Geological Survey are scheduled to launch the eighth Landsat satellite, theLandsat Data Continuity Mission.

Join others across the planet in celebration of this much anticipated event byhosting a launch party! Planning and hosting your own launch party with NASAresources is fun and easy, and it’s a wonderful way to engage your community inyour interests and the work you do.

For more information, including activities, decorations and other Landsatresources, visit http://launchkit-ldcm.gsfc.nasa.gov/.

Tune in to NASA TVto watch the launch and launch events live, including talks from NASAscientists and engineers.

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to the “Contact Us” link at the bottom of the Landsat DataContinuity Mission Launch Party website.

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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 February 2013. All webinars canbe accessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn aboutactivities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into yourclassroom.

What Is the Effect of Clouds on Earth’s Climate? (Grades 4-8)
Feb. 11, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST and6 – 7 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Brandon Hargis will present the CERESS’COOL Project. S’COOL involves students in real science, making and reportingground observations of clouds to assist in the validation of NASA’s CERESsatellite instruments. Participants will practice a simulatedcloud-observations and review sample student activities and lesson plans.

Engineering Design Challenge: Spaghetti Tower (Grades 5-8)
Feb. 12, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST and6 – 7 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Angelo Casaburri will compare thescientific method and the engineering design process. Participants will use thedesign process to identify the problem and brainstorm, design, build, test,redesign and share solutions about constructing the tallest skyscraper usinguncooked spaghetti noodles.

NASA Envisions “Clean Energy” From Algae Grown in Waste Water(Grades K-12)
Feb. 13, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST and6 – 7 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will discuss the processproposed by NASA scientists to produce “clean energy” biofuels. Theprocess cleans waste water, removes carbon dioxide from the air, retainsimportant nutrients and does not compete with agriculture for land orfreshwater. This webinar is part of the Department of Education Green Strideswebinar series.

I Want to Hold Your Hand (Grades 2-5)
Feb. 19, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST and6 – 7 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Beth White will lead participants inan activity to construct a simple robotic-like hand using low-cost materials.Participants will demonstrate how data is collected when using robotictechnology.

Climate Time Machine (Grades K-12)
Feb. 20, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Sandy Kaszynski will help participants get toknow NASA’s climate website. Learn how to find resources for teaching orlearning about what we know and how we know about what’s happening to Earth.This webinar is part of the Department of Education Green Strides webinarseries

Quantifying Changes Over Time (Grades 4-10)
Feb. 25, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST and 6 -7 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Rick Varner will discuss the Landsat missions,one of the longest running Earth observation missions. Participants willcompare remote sensing images of Earth taken across periods of time to reflectchanges to the observed areas that are both natural and influenced by humans.

Blue Marble Matches: Comparing Earth’s Features to the Other Planets (Grades4-12)
Feb. 26, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST and 6 -7 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler will present an activity designedto introduce students to the geologic processes on Earth. In the activity,students take on the roles of geologists and planetary scientists as theyobserve and interpret satellite photography and use data to explain thefeatures on distant planets.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinarstaking place through March 2013, visithttp://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to ChrisGamrat at gamrat@psu.edu.

The U.S. Department of Education has Green Strideswebinars scheduled throughout 2013. To see a full list of Green Strideswebinars, visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/webinar.html.

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Engineering Design Process: On the Moon Educator Guide Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASAExplorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar on Feb. 13, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST. Thisseminar showcases two lessons from the “On the Moon” educator guide: “On Target”and “Feel the Heat.” Learn how to use the engineering design process tochallenge students to solve problems related to exploring the moon. Thissession will fully prepare you to implement these activities in your classroom.

This is the last time during this school year that this Web seminar will beoffered.

For more informationand to register online, visit URL http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar5.aspx.

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

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

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Newton’sLaws of Motion: Lunar Nautics 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 Feb. 14, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST. This Web seminar features threelessons for grades 5-8, focusing on a real-world understanding of Newton’s Lawsof Motion and addresses common misconceptions associated with the laws. Thefeatured lessons are Rocket Staging: Balloon Staging, Lunar Landing: SwingingTray and Lunar Base Supply Egg Drop.

This is the final time during this school year that this seminar will beoffered.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar1.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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NASA’s REEL Science Communication Contest

So you want to be a NASA producer? NASA is looking for talented high schoolstudents to create videos that engage students in 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 Cut Video from NASA Producer Ali Ogden —

NASA producer Ali Ogden created a video, which shares her insight aboutproducing a video feature for NASA. In this director’s cut version of herMontreal Protocol story, Ali provides practical advice about audience, thinkingvisually, story and post-production. These practical tips for video productionwill help students with the REEL Science 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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Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

Curious about our nearest star, moon rocks,volcanoes and other wonders of the universe? Come to the Smithsonian’s Stars, aseries of 10 lectures by Smithsonian researchers who are exploring the sun, themoon, planets, stars, galaxies and the universe. These speakers will sharebehind-the-scenes details about how their research is done and technologiesthat advance new discoveries at 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.

Feb. 16, 2013 — Venus: 50 Years After Mariner 2
Fifty years ago Mariner 2 flew past Venus,becoming the first space probe to explore another planet. But Venus, ournearest neighbor, still holds many mysteries. Geophysicist Bruce Campbell willdiscuss what is known about Venus, including how it differs from Earth, and howfuture explorers may provide crucial clues to understanding this hot, dryworld.

Feb. 23, 2013 — A Universe of Data: How We GetScience Out of Space Telescopes
This century has seen stunning cosmicdiscoveries. The digital age has given everyone free access to space data; thetrick is to turn that data into quantitative science and pictures that tell astory. Astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell will use images from the Chandra SpaceTelescope to help explain how astronomers study space in the computer age.

March 2, 2013 — Robotsand Humans Unite
The universe is far older and vaster than anyone imagined a century ago. Tohelp scientists map the structure and evolution of the universe, a specialinstrument called a Hectospec was needed. A Hectospec uses the precisiontechnology of optical fibers placed by delicate but very fast robots. SeniorPhysicist Dan Fabricant will discuss how the Hectospec was developed, how itworks and how it is used by astronomers for scientific discovery.

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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Pre-Proposal Telecon — NASA ResearchAnnouncement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums, andNASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number:NNH13ZHA001N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008)

Apre-proposal teleconference will be held on Feb. 20, 2013 from 1-3 p.m.EST. Prospective proposers are requested to submit any questions in writingto
CP4SMP@jpl.nasa.gov no later than four business days before the teleconference date so that NASA will beprepared to cover as much information as possible at the teleconference. NASAplans to post written questions and answers, and teleconference charts to theNASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System, orNSPIRES, website. The teleconference will provide an opportunity to askquestions and solicit clarifications from proposers. To dial into theteleconference, call 1-888-469-1385. Everyoneis encouraged to dial in 15-20 minutes in advance to allow time for theoperators to take roll and add you to the telecon. The participant passcode is CP4SMP. For relayservices for the hearing impaired, call 711 at least 30 minutes before the callis to begin.

For more information aboutthis opportunity, visit https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7B37764C2A-F415-01DF-1B30-F1971BE7F8BE%7D&path=open.

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Call for Abstracts: 64th InternationalAstronautical Congress

NASA announces its intent to participate in the64th International Astronautical Congress, or IAC, and requests that full-timegraduate students attending U.S. universities or colleges respond to this callfor abstracts. The IAC, which is organized by the International AstronauticalFederation, or IAF, the International Academy of Astronautics and theInternational Institute of Space Law, is the largest space-related conferenceworldwide and selects an average of 1,000 scientific papers every year.

The upcoming IAC will be held Sept. 23-27, 2013,in Beijing, China. NASA’s participation in this event is an ongoing effort tocontinue to connect NASA with the international astronautical and spacecommunities.

The IAC has posted a “Call forAbstracts,” with a submission deadline of Feb. 21, 2013. NASA plans to alsoannounce a “Call for Abstracts” inviting graduate students to submitabstracts (of no more than 400 words) to participate in the 64th InternationalAstronautical Congress. Abstracts must be submitted to NASA and to the IAF.Details on the NASA “Call for Abstracts” will be distributed bymid-January, with the same submission deadline of Feb. 21, 2013. Theselected NASA-sponsored students must also be selected by the IAF.

Please visit the IAC website (http://www.iac2013.org/) for additionalinformation about the Congress and to obtain information about the “Callfor Abstracts.”

Important IAC Deadlines:

— Abstract submission closes Feb. 21, 2013.
— Paper submission closes Sept. 4, 2013.
— Presentation submission closes Sept. 18,2013.

Questions about this opportunity should beemailed to Carolyn Knowles at carolyn.knowles-1@nasa.gov.

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The Search for Life Beyond Earth:Mars Educator Conference

Bring your classroom along to share NASA’s greatquest for habitable environments beyond Earth, starting with Gale Crater onMars. Using NASA’s newest rover, Curiosity, learn how to use NASA astrobiologyand the exploration of Mars to enhance life science and physical science topicsin your classroom. Engage your students to think critically about big questions,such as “What are the conditions for life?” and “Is there life beyond Earth?”

Special Mars and astrobiology guest presenters from NASA will share the latestnews. NASA education specialists will show hands-on activities relating toscience, technology, engineering and mathematics to help educators extend theirstudents’ learning and demonstrate how activities align to the Next GenerationScience Standards. Conference participants will receive lessonplans, NASA materials and resources

The conference will take place on March 2, 2013, at the Arizona StateUniversity main campus in Tempe, Ariz.

The conference is free, but registration is required before Feb. 26, 2013.

For more information and to register for the conference, visit http://marsed.asu.edu/registerSP2013.

Questions about the workshop should be directed to mars@asu.edu.

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WhatIf? Live Student Design Challenge

Candy, soda and other everyday items will be thetools of the trade for teenage rocket makers competing in the What If? LiveStudent Design Challenge. Registration is open through Feb. 28, 2013, for the worldwide contest, in which 14- to18-year-old students will design experimental propulsion systems usingmaterials that are inexpensive and easy to obtain.

The challenge is designed to excite students about science, technology, engineeringand mathematics. The goal is to develop students’ creative and analyticalabilities by learning about the growing need for green fuels and designing avehicle propulsion system using commonly available materials, including sweettreats and carbonated beverages. Students may work alone or in groups of asmany as four. Participants must create a research plan, write a research paper,develop and build the propulsion system, make a video showing the vehicle inaction and submit the video to judges via YouTube.com.

A panel of scientists, astronauts and educators will judge the entries andselect finalists. There will be one winning design in each age category.Winners will be announced in May and will receive special recognition from NASAand Ahoora.

To register, submit research and learn more about vehicle design, the officialrules and other information about the What If? Live Student Design Challenge,including view a two-minute video of the propulsion system in action, visit http://www.whatifprize.org.

Questions about this contest should be emailedto info@whatifprize.org.

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Titan and Europa Essay Contest

NASA scientists want to know where students in grades 5-12 think NASA’snext big mission to the outer solar system should go: Saturn’s moon, Titan, orJupiter’s moon, Europa. Both of these moons are fascinating places to explore.Learn why astrobiologists want to explore these worlds.

The Titan and Europa Essay Contest challenges students to learn more aboutastrobiology and the engineering challenges of exploring Titan and Europa.After watching short videos and learning about both moons and how missions toexplore each would work, students should write an essay (no longer than 500words) to explain why NASA should go to Titan or to Europa.

Essays must be submitted by a teacher by Feb.28, 2013.

NASA will send certificates of participation to all students who enter thecontest. Winning essays will be posted on a NASA website, and the winners andtheir classes will be invited to participate in a question-and-answerteleconference, videoconference or webchat with NASA scientists.

This contest is sponsored by the NASA Astrobiology Institute, withparticipation from the Titan Astrobiology team and the Astrobiology of IcyWorlds team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

For more information, visit http://icyworlds.jpl.nasa.gov/contest/.

If you have questions about this contest, please email titaneuropa@jpl.nasa.gov.

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HistoricalNASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use

NASA is inviting eligible educational institutions,museums and other organizations to screen and request historical spaceartifacts.

The artifacts represent significant human spaceflight technologies andprocesses and the accomplishments of NASA’s many programs. NASA and the GeneralServices Administration worked together to ensure broad access to spaceartifacts and to provide a Web-based electronic artifacts viewing capability.The Web-based artifacts module is located at http://gsaxcess.gov/NASAWel.htm.

Eligible participants may view the artifacts and request specific items at thewebsite through March 4, 2013. Onlyschools and museums are eligible to receive artifacts. They must registeronline using an assigned Department of Education number, or through the stateagency for surplus property in their state.

The artifacts are free of charge. Eligible organizations must cover shippingcosts and any special handling fees. Shipping fees on smaller items will berelatively inexpensive, while larger items may involve extensive disassembly,preparation, shipping and reassembly costs. NASA will work closely witheligible organizations, on a case-by-case basis, to address any unique specialhandling costs.

Special items, such as space shuttle thermal protective tiles and packages ofthree packets of astronaut food, also are offered on a first-come, first-servedbasis. Instructions for requesting artifacts and special items are linked onthe website home page.

To date, more than 7,500 artifacts from programs, including the Mercury,Gemini, Apollo, space shuttle and the Hubble Space Telescope, have been givento eligible museums, schools, universities, libraries and planetariums in all50 U.S. states.

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to GSAXcessHelp@gsa.gov.

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Pennsylvania Space GrantWorkshops

Keep pace with the latest science research, engage in standards-based classroomactivities and explore ways to make science fun while working with Penn Statefaculty during these summer workshops for inservice science, technology,engineering and mathematics, or STEM, educators. Network with peers and earngraduate credits. Workshops are aligned with the national science education standardsand Pennsylvania standards for science and technology.

All workshops take place on Penn State campus facilities in Pennsylvania. Grantsare awarded to all participants to cover lodging, parking, some meals andpartial tuition.

Applications for all workshops are due March17, 2013.

Black Holes: Gravity’s Fatal Attraction(Grades 6-12) — July 15-19, 2013
Delve into the predicted properties of black holes, the astronomicalevidence for their existence and their importance in the cosmos. Modern ideas aboutgravity, space and time will also be explored.
http://teachscience.psu.edu/workshops/black_holes.html

Astrobiology forEducators: Is There Life Beyond Our Planet? And How Would We Know? (Grades4-12) — July 22-26, 2013
Participants will be introduced to sciencecontent related to the cutting-edge field of astrobiology. Participants willexplore the latest discoveries in the search for conditions needed to supportlife on other planets.
http://www.abington.psu.edu/continuing-education/astrobiology-educators

Hands-On Particle Astrophysics (Grades9-12) — July 22-26, 2013
Participants will get a brief overview of modern particle physics andexplore various astrophysics topics. Instructors will help participants buildand use devices made from household materials to detect air showers generatedby cosmic-ray protons.
http://teachscience.psu.edu/workshops/particle_astrophysics.html

Telescopes:Tools for Astronomical Discovery and the Search for Life on Other Planets(Grades 6-12) — July 29 – Aug. 2, 2013
Participants will build a simple telescope andlearn how to use the Falcon Telescope Network. Modern telescopes that may helpscientists discover other habitable planets will also be discussed.
http://teachscience.psu.edu/workshops/telescopes.html

Questions about the Pennsylvania Space Grant workshops should be directed toHeather Nelson at teachscience@psu.edu.

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Pre-Service Teacher Institutes atNASA’s Johnson Space Center

The Pre-Service Teacher Institute is a one-week summer residentialsession for education majors preparing to teach in an elementary or middleschool classroom. Two institutes will take place this year: June 10-14 and June 24-28, 2013. Bothevents will take place at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

College students from diverse backgrounds will be exposed to aerospace,mathematics and science enrichment activities. Pre-service teachers are able tointerface with NASA personnel and tour Johnson Space Center facilities whilelearning to incorporate NASA’s cutting-edge research into lesson plans for theirstudents.

Full-time undergraduate students in their junior or senior year are invited toapply.

The application period closes on April 1, 2013.For more information, visit http://education.jsc.nasa.gov/psti/.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Suzanne Foxworth at suzanne.m.foxworth@nasa.gov.

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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 platformcan earn the badge by following NASA and checking in at a NASA visitor centeror venue categorized as a science museum or planetarium. Upon earning thebadge, users will see a special message on Foursquare:

“Get out your rock-vaporizing laser! You’veexplored your scientific curiosities just like NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars.Stay curious and keep exploring. You never know what you’ll find.”

The launch of the badge follows the Octobercheck-in on Mars by NASA’s Curiosity rover, which marked the first check-in onanother planet. Foursquare users can keep up with Curiosity as the rover checksin at key locations and posts photos and tips, all while exploring the RedPlanet.

To learn more about the new Foursquare badge,visit https://www.nasa.gov/connect/foursquare.html.

To follow the Mars Curiosity rover and NASA onFoursquare, visit http://www.foursquare.com/MarsCuriosityand http://www.foursquare.com/NASA.

For more information about NASA’s Curiositymission, visit https://www.nasa.gov/msl.

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to Jason Townsend at Jason.C.Townsend@nasa.gov.

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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