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