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
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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

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to AleksandraKorobov at


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

Questions about this event should be directed


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

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to


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 learn more or contact Teaching From Space at


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 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


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

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.


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

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


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, visit

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to ChrisGamrat at

The U.S. Department of Education has Green Strideswebinars scheduled throughout 2013. To see a full list of Green Strideswebinars, visit


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

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NES Help Desk at


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

Questions about this series of lectures shouldbe directed to


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, visit


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.



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

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Marilyn Lewis at


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