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.

Foursquare is a registered trademark ofFoursquare Labs Inc.

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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