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NASA Education Express — March 28, 2013

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Guidance for Education and Public OutreachActivities Under Sequestration

NASA has taken the first steps in addressing themandatory spending cuts called for in the Budget Control Act of 2011. The lawmandates a series of indiscriminate and significant across-the-board spendingreductions totaling $1.2 trillion over 10 years.

As a result, NASA has been forced to implement anumber of new cost-saving measures, policies, and reviews in order to minimizeimpacts to the mission-critical activities of the Agency. Guidance regardingconferences, travel, and training that reflect the new fiscal reality in whichthe agency must operate has been provided.

For specific guidance as it relates to public outreach and engagementactivities please reference the following webpage.

https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/about/sequestration-NASA-education-guidance.html

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Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community.Full descriptions are listed below.

Engineering Design Challenge: Thermal Protection System Web Seminar

Audience: 8-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 28, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

MAVEN EducatorAmbassador Workshop
Audience: Middle School and High School Teachers
Application Deadline: March 31, 2013
Workshop Dates: July 8-12, 2013

Free Education Webinar Series from the AerospaceEducation Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: April 1, 2013

The Challenge ofDiscovery! Educator Workshops
Audience: All Educators
Registration Deadline: April 1, 2013
Workshop Date: April 6, 2013

2013 Jet Propulsion Laboratory Summer FacultyResearch Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Deadline: April 1, 2013

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

2013-14 History of Science Society Fellowship inthe History of Space Science
Audience: Higher Education Educators andStudents
Application Deadline: April 1, 2013

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

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

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Audience: All Educators and Students
Nomination Deadline: April 1, 2013

Digital Learning Network Webcast Event:Climate Change
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: April 3 and 17, 2013, Noon – 1 p.m. EDT

Distance/Rate/Time Problems: Smart Skies Web Seminar
Audience: 5-9 and Informal Educators
Event Date: April 3, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

Weather andClimate: Satellite Meteorology Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: April 4, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

Pre-Service Teacher Institutes atNASA’s Ames Research Center
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: April 5, 2013
Institute Dates: June 19 – July 2, 2013

Pre-ServiceTeacher Institute at NASA’s Stennis Space Center
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: April 5, 2013
Institute Dates: July 14-26, 2013

Undergraduate StudentInstrument Project Educational Flight Opportunity
Audience: Higher Education
Proposal Deadline: April 5, 2013

Going to Mars With MAVENStudent Art Contest
Audience: Students Ages 5 to 17
Entry Deadline: April 8, 2013

Summer Counselors Needed: 2013 Women inSTEM High School Aerospace Scholars
Audience: Educators Interested in STEM Fields
Application Deadline: April 15, 2013
Summer Session Dates: June 23-28 and July 7-12, 2013

Center for Astronomy EducationTeaching Excellence Workshops
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Event Dates: Multiple Dates April – June 2013

2013 Summer Workshops — ClimateScience Research for Educators and Students
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Application Deadline: May 1, 2013

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

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EngineeringDesign Challenge: Thermal Protection System Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminarfor educators on March 28, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn about thescience of heat transfer and heat dissipation related to NASA vehicles, andreceive an introduction to the associated engineering design challenge, ThermalProtection System. In this activity, students are challenged to design athermal protection system and test it using a propane torch.

This is the last time, during the current school year, this seminar will beoffered.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar16.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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MAVEN Educator Ambassador Workshop

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, orMAVEN, mission will explore the planet’s upper atmosphere, ionosphere andinteractions with the solar wind. Set to launch in November 2013, the missionwill provide invaluable insights into the history of Mars’ atmosphere andclimate, liquid water and planetary habitability.

The MAVEN Educator Ambassador, or MEA, workshopwill bring together educators from around the country for in-depth learningexperiences around MAVEN science. The goal of the MEA program is forparticipants to develop the knowledge and skills needed to train other teacherson NASA’s educational resources. Participants will attend a weeklongprofessional development workshop and receive training on a variety ofstandards-based classroom activities, as well as receive follow-up support forseveral years. The expectation is that participants will implement some of thelesson plans and resources in their classrooms, as well as conduct teachertrainings in their local areas on the MAVEN mission and related educationalactivities.

A $700 travel stipend is offered, along with a$700 honorarium after a local workshop is conducted. Housing and meals areprovided.

Applications are due March 31, 2013.

For more information about the workshop and toapply online, visit http://lasp.colorado.edu/home/maven/education-outreach/for-educators/mea/.

Please email any questions about thisopportunity to Stephanie Renfrow at stephanie.renfrow@lasp.colorado.edu.

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Free Education Webinar Series fromthe Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of freewebinars throughout April 2013. All webinars can be accessed online. Joinaerospace education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans,educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

Exploring Solar Energy: Electricity for Space Exploration (Grades 6-12)
April 1, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and6 – 7 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist John Weis as he discusses waysto use the online resource “Electricity and Power in Space” toprovide an exciting context for teaching concepts related to energy,electricity and circuits. Participants will be guided through a series ofactivities relating to circuits, voltage, amperes, ohms and much more.

Engineering Design Challenge: The Great Spaghetti Tower Challenge (Grades5-8)
April 2, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and6 – 7 p.m. EDT
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.

Applying the Engineering Design Process to STEM Content (Grades 6-12)
April 8, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and6 – 7 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist John Weis as he discusses waysto modify lessons to teach the engineering process while still covering requiredcontent. Upon completion, participants will be able to modify lessons and unitsto incorporate engineering design into any science, technology, engineering andmathematics subject as recommended in the Common Core standards.

Wings, Strings and Flying Things (Grades 3-8)
April 9, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and6 – 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Angelo Casaberri will discuss thefour forces of flight: lift, drag, thrust and weight. Participants will beintroduced to activities that bring aviation into the classroom. Build and fly kitchen trash bag sled kites, paperhelicopters/rotor motors and foam plate gliders from scale drawings andtemplates using inexpensive, locally obtainable materials.

3,670,044,979 miles From the Sun and Wicked Cold (Grades 3-8)
April 15, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and 6- 7 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist Rick Varner as he discusses the extremedistances of the objects in our solar system. Participants will learn how touse a simple linear model of paper to look more closely at the distant dwarfplanet Pluto and the New Horizons mission scheduled for an encounter in 2015.

Our Solar System: A Model Overview (Grades 4-8)
April 16, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and 6- 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will present NASA inquiryactivities that demonstrate remote sensing and scale models to better visualizeour sun, planets, asteroids and other objects as a whole system.

Space Faring: The Radiation Challenge (Grades 6-12)
April 22, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and 6- 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler will discuss ways NASA is workingto keep astronauts from exceeding acceptable levels of radiation exposureduring spaceflight.

Kepler Mission: Planets, Planets… Planets! (Grades 6-12)
April 23, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and 6- 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will discuss NASA’s Kepler Mission.Kepler has been in space for three years searching for planets that are orbitingstars in the Milky Way galaxy. Participants will learn how transits are used tofind planets and determine their sizes and distances from the stars they orbit.

Robotics on a Budget (Grades 4-8)
April 30, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and 6- 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will explore how to use robotics toenhance your students’ understanding of science, technology, engineering andmathematics, or STEM. Participants will also learn about NASA STEM roboticsmissions, curriculum and activities that are available.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinarstaking place through April 2013, visithttp://aesp.psu.edu/programs/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/about/inits/ed/green-strides/webinar.html.

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The Challenge ofDiscovery! Educator Workshops

You want to go where? What does it take to make a NASA mission happen, andwho are the people that drive these tremendous projects?

In Discovery Program’s third annual multisiteprofessional development workshop, we delve into the stories behind someamazing NASA missions, from conception to science results. Learn howscientists, engineers and mission operators collaborate to meet the challenges ofcomplex missions to assure the science goals are met. Investigate what it takesto move a fantastic idea from dream to reality.

The Challenge of Discovery workshop will takeplace on April 6, 2013, in four locations.
 — NASA’sJet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
 — NASA’sJohnson Space Center, Houston, Texas
 — University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.
 — Johns Hopkins University AppliedPhysics Laboratory, Laurel, Md.

All sites will offer special speakers, hands-onactivities for K-12 and out-of-school-time educators and resource packets.

The cost of the workshop is $25. Lunch andsnacks will be provided. Registration closes on April 1, 2013.

For more information, visit http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/discovery/challenge_of_discovery.asp.

Please email any questions about thisopportunity to Mary Cullen at mcullen@mcrel.org.

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2013 Jet Propulsion Laboratory Summer FacultyResearch Program

Applications are currently accepted for NASA’sJet Propulsion Laboratory 2013 Summer Faculty Research Program. This programprovides opportunities for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, orSTEM, faculty to engage in research of mutual interest to the faculty memberand a JPL researcher. Non-STEM faculty will be considered based on availableopportunities.

To be eligible to participate in the program, apotential fellow must hold a full-time appointment at an accredited universityor college in the U.S. Special requirements for foreign national facultymembers may apply. Fellows are required to submit a research report and presenttheir work at the end of the session.

The program awards $13,500 fellowships for the10-week session. A housing allowance will be offered for awardees who livebeyond a 50-mile radius of JPL. Please note that stipend payments or salariesfrom other federal funding sources, including research grants and contracts,may not be accepted during the 10-week tenure of a JPL faculty researchappointment.

The deadline for applications is April 1, 2013. Formore information about this opportunity, visit http://jsfrp.jpl.nasa.gov/.

Inquiries about NASA’s JPL Summer FacultyResearch Program should be directed to the Petra Kneissl-Milanian at Petra.A.Kneissl-Milanian@jpl.nasa.gov.

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NASA Fellowship in the History of SpaceTechnology

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 be used to support tuition or fees. The NASAFellow will also receive complimentary membership in the Society for theHistory of Technology for the year of fellowship.

Applicants must possess a doctorate in historyof technology or in a closely related field, or be enrolled as a student in adoctoral degree program and have completed all requirements for the Ph.D.,except the dissertation, in history 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 andthe application process, visit http://www.historyoftechnology.org/awards/nasa.html.

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to shot@virginia.edu.

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2013-14 History of Science Society Fellowship inthe 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 support tuition or fees.

Applicants must possess a doctorate in historyof science or in a closely related field, or be enrolled as a student in adoctoral degree program and have completed all requirements for the degree,except the dissertation, in history of science or a related field. Eligibilityis not limited to U.S. citizens or residents.

Applications are due April 1, 2013.

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

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to info@hssonline.org.

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Fellowship in Aerospace History

The Fellowship in Aerospace History, offered bythe American Historical Association and supported by NASA, seeks applicationsfor a predoctoral or postdoctoral fellowship related to the history ofaerospace. The selected Fellow will have the opportunity to engage insignificant 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 fora six- to nine-month fellowship and is adjustable for longer fellowships of upto a year. Funds may not be used to support tuition or fees.

The fellowship is open to applicants who hold adoctoral degree in history or in a closely related field, or who are enrolledin and have completed all coursework for a doctoral degree-granting program.

Applications are due April 1, 2013.

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

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to aha@historians.org.

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Pre-Service Teacher Institutes at NASA’s JohnsonSpace Center

The Pre-Service Teacher Institute is a one-weeksummer residential session for education majors preparing to teach in anelementary or middle school classroom. Two institutes will take place thisyear: June 10-14 and June 24-28, 2013. Both events will take place at NASA’sJohnson Space Center in Houston.

College students from diverse backgrounds will beexposed to aerospace, mathematics and science enrichment activities.Pre-service teachers are able to interface with NASA personnel and tour JohnsonSpace Center facilities while learning to incorporate NASA’s cutting-edgeresearch into lesson plans for their students.

Full-time undergraduate students in their junioror senior year are invited to apply.

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

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

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Presidential Awards for Excellence inMathematics and Science Teaching

The National Science Foundation is currentlyaccepting nominations and applications for the Presidential Awards forExcellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, or PAEMST, program. PAEMST isthe highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th-grade mathematics orscience (including computer science) teacher may receive for outstandingteaching in the United States. Since 1983, more than 4,100 teachers have beenrecognized for their contributions to mathematics and science education.Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communitiesand leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. Up to 108awardees may be recognized each year.

Presidential awardees receive a certificatesigned by the president of the United States, a trip for two to Washington,D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional developmentopportunities, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. The NationalScience Foundation administers PAEMST on the behalf of The White House Officeof Science and Technology Policy.

The PAEMST program is open to outstandingmathematics and science teachers in the 50 states and the four U.S.jurisdictions (Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Department of Defense educationactivity schools and the U.S. territories as a group). Anyone — principals,teachers, parents, students or members of the general public — may nominate ateacher by completing the nomination form available on the PAEMST website.Teachers may also apply directly.

Nominations for secondary school teachers(grades 7-12) are due April1, 2013. Elementary school teachers (Grades K-6) are eligibleto apply in 2014.

For more information, visit http://www.paemst.org/.

Please email any questions about thisopportunity to info@paemst.org.

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DigitalLearning Network Webcast Event: Climate Change

Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network for a pair of live webcasts discussing theeffects of climate change with the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA. Theevents will take place on April 3 andApril 17 from Noon – 1 EDT.

Students across the nation will join a group of students assembled at thePerrot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, Texas, for a conversation with aclimate change scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. Thewebcast will also feature live data from satellites on a high-definition climatesimulation hyperwall. Students will also connect live to an EPA scientist, whowill share the effect of climate change on our planet and how each of us canmake a difference.

Watch the webcast live by clicking on the linkbelow.
https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/webcast/webcast.html


Questions about the program may be directed to Patricia Moore at
patricia.l.moore@nasa.gov.

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Distance/Rate/TimeProblems: Smart Skies 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 professional development Web seminar for educators on April 3, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learnhow to use an innovative air traffic control simulator to engage your studentsas they explore the mathematics involved in the role of an air trafficcontroller. In the three-plane problem featured in this lesson, the challengeis to change routes and speeds to line up the planes safely, with properspacing, at a given route intersection.

This is the final 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/webseminar15.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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Weather and Climate: Satellite Meteorology 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 professional development Web seminar for educators on April 4, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EDT.

Participants will learn to use the data from NASA’s research satellite programin their meteorology lessons. This Web seminar features “Monitoring theGlobal Environment,” one of eight modules within the satellite meteorologycourse. The activities within this module incorporate the use of authentic dataacquired by NASA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites and PolarOperational Environmental Satellites. Attendees will learn how to locate and downloadsatellite data then use the data to create graphs.

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

For more informationand to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar17.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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Pre-Service Teacher Institutes atNASA’s Ames Research Center

NASA’s Ames Research Center has partneredwith California State University, Fresno to offer a two-week Pre-ServiceTeacher Institute taking place June 19 – July 2, 2013, in California. The Pre-ServiceTeacher Institute is for college students who are preparing to teach elementaryor middle school.

The program isdesigned to increase pre-service teachers’ skills in teaching mathematics andscience, while integrating technology into the curriculum. This is achievedthrough the development of a problem-based learning space exploration theme.Using the skills they have learned, participants will develop a lesson to teachto a 4th grade class from a local school.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years old. Lodging and mealallowances will be provided. Applications are due April 5, 2013.

For more information and todownload an application, visit https://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/education/psti/.

Please email any questions about thisopportunity to Kasey Vang at kavang@csufresno.edu.

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Pre-ServiceTeacher Institute at NASA’s Stennis Space Center

NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center has partnered with Jackson StateUniversity to offer a two-week Pre-Service Teacher Institute taking place July14-26, 2013, in Jackson, Miss. The Pre-Service Teacher Institute is for collegestudents who are preparing to teach middle school grades.

The program is designed to increase students’skills in teaching mathematics and science, while incorporating technology inthe curriculum. This is achieved through the development of a problem-based learningaerospace theme. Each student is assigned to an Institute Flight Team. Studentsdevelop a lesson plan that they will teach to children from a local school.

Applications are due April 5, 2013.

Applicants must attend a designated memberinstitution. For more information and a list of eligible institutions, visit http://education.ssc.nasa.gov/psti/psti.asp.

Please email any questions about thisopportunity to Pamala Heard at pamala.heard@jsums.edu.

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UndergraduateStudent Instrument Project Educational Flight Opportunity

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, or SMD, hasreleased a solicitation for proposals for the Undergraduate Student InstrumentProject Educational Flight Opportunity. This opportunity is open to U.S.university undergraduate students and is seeking proposals from student teamsto design, build, test and fly a science payload on a NASA suborbital vehicle,such as a sounding rocket, balloon, aircraft or commercial suborbital reusablelaunch vehicle.

This Educational Flight Opportunity is intendedto provide multidiscipline undergraduate student teams an exciting hands-onproject, while at the same time promoting the technical and project managementskills necessary to train the country’s future science and technology leaders.

The maximum funding available from SMD for aproposed project, including the design, development and testing of the sciencepayload, is $50,000. The science payload funding may be supplemented withcontributions by the implementing university; however, there are noexpectations as to the amount of the university contributions. The universitycontribution is determined strictly by the university based on the university’scapabilities and the project’s needs. The cost of payload integration with thesuborbital vehicle and the launch/flight is provided by NASA at no cost to theuniversity team. The selected projects must be launched or flight-ready within13-16 months from the project initiation date. SMD expects to selectapproximately 15-20 projects, subject to available funding.

Proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. EDT on April 5, 2013.

For more information, visit http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={0C22969D-FD8F-1AEB-CBFB-5DAACA749452}&path=open.

Questions about this solicitation should bedirected to David Pierce at David.L.Pierce@nasa.gov.

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Going to MarsWith MAVEN Student Art Contest

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission, also known as MAVEN, isset to launch to the Red Planet in November 2013. And your artwork could hitcha ride to Mars!

To enter the contest, participants must be ages5-17. All artwork must be original. The contest is open to students worldwide.Entries are due April 8,2013. The public will vote to select the winner. Winningartwork will be used on a DVD label that will fly to Mars on the MAVENspacecraft.

For more information and to submit your artwork,visit http://lasp.colorado.edu/maven/goingtomars/art-contest/.

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to http://lasp.colorado.edu/maven/goingtomars/contact/.

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Summer Counselors Needed: 2013 Women in STEM High School AerospaceScholars

The Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars, or WISH, projectoffers a one-of-a-kind experience for female high school juniors to jump-starttheir futures by engaging in opportunities relating to science, technology,engineering and mathematics, or STEM. Participation starts in an onlinecommunity and culminates with a summer experience at NASA’s Johnson SpaceCenter in Houston, Texas, during the summer of 2013.

WISH is looking for counselors for its summersessions. Applicants should be educators who have experience and are interestedin the STEM fields. Counselors will work either the week of June 23-28 or July7-12, 2013. This is the perfect opportunity for educators looking to inspireyoung minds and spend a week at NASA’s Johnson SpaceCenter.

Applications are due April 15, 2013.

For more information please contact: Maria Chambers at: maria.a.chambers@nasa.gov.

To complete an application please visit the website at: https://spacegrant.net/apps/?pk=wish3.

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Centerfor Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops

NASA’s Center for Astronomy Education, or CAE,announces a series of educator workshops for astronomy and space scienceeducators.

These workshops provide participants with experiences needed to createeffective and productive active-learning classroom environments. Workshopleaders model best practices in implementing many different classroom-testedinstructional strategies. But most importantly, you and your workshopcolleagues will gain first-hand experience implementing these proven strategiesyourselves. During many microteaching events, you will have the opportunity torole-play the parts of student and instructor. You will assess and critiqueeach other’s implementation in real time, as part of a supportive learningcommunity. You will have the opportunity to use unfamiliar teaching techniquesin collaboration with mentors before using them with your students. CAE isfunded through NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Exoplanet ExplorationProgram.

April 20, 2013 — Dearborn, Mich.
CAE Great Lakes Regional Teaching Exchange

May 4, 2013 — Oceanside, Calif.
CAE Southern California Regional Teaching Exchange

June 1-2, 2013 — Indianapolis, Ind.
CAE Tier I Teaching Excellence Workshop for Current and FutureAstronomy and Space Science Instructors

June 17-20, 2013 — College Park, Md.
New Faculty Workshop for Physics and Astronomy

For more information and to register for workshops online, visit http://astronomy101.jpl.nasa.gov/workshops/index.cfm.

Inquiries about this series of workshops should be directed to Gina Brissenden at gbrissenden@as.arizona.edu.

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2013Summer Workshops — Climate Science Research for Educators and Students

The Institute for Earth Science Research andEducation, in collaboration with Queens College/City University of New York, isseeking participants for summer professional development workshops in the thirdyear of its Climate Science Research for Educators and Students project. Fundedby the NASA Innovations in Climate Education program, this project seeks toimprove student engagement in climate science by helping teachers and studentsdevelop authentic climate-related science research projects.

During summer 2013, two climate science workshops will take place in New YorkCity. The first workshop will be held in late June. The workshop will focus onunderstanding sun/Earth/atmosphere interactions and Earth’s radiative balance,a fundamental concept for climate science. All participants will buildinstruments called pyranometers, which monitor solar radiation. A follow-upworkshop will take place later in the summer. During the summer, participantsare expected to conduct their own research.

Applications are due May 1, 2013.

For more information, visit http://www.instesre.org/GCCE/GCCEHome.htm.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to David Brooks viaemail at brooksdr@drexel.edu.

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Don’t miss out on education-related opportunities available from NASA.For a full list of Current Opportunities, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html.

Visit NASA Education on the Web:
For Educators: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html
For Students: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html
NASA Kids’ Club: https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub

NASA Education Express — March 21, 2013

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Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listed below.

Heat Transfer: MESSENGER — My Angle on Cooling Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 21, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

Free Lecture — GPS for Humanity — The Stealth Utility
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students

Event Date: March 21, 2013, at 8 p.m. EST

Sun-Earth Days 2013: Solar Max — Storm Warning: Effects on the Solar System
Audience: All Educators and Students

Event Date: March 22, 2013

Sun-Earth Days Observing Certificate Challenge
Audience: Students ages 13 and older
Entry Deadline: March 22, 2013

Heritage Family Day Events at Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and Students

Next Event Date: March 23, 2013

Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators

Next Event Date: March 25, 2013

Analyzing Solar Energy Graphs: MY NASA DATA Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 26, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

Music in Space Downlink With the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: March 27, 2013, 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. CDT

Engineering Design Challenge: Thermal Protection System Web Seminar
Audience: 8-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 28, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

MAVEN Educator Ambassador Workshop
Audience: Middle School and High School Teachers
Application Deadline: March 31, 2013
Workshop Dates: July 8-12, 2013

The Challenge of Discovery! Educator Workshops
Audience: All Educators
Registration Deadline: April 1, 2013
Workshop Date: April 6, 2013

2013 Jet Propulsion Laboratory Summer Faculty Research Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators

Deadline: April 1, 2013

NASA Fellowship in the History of Space Technology
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students

Application Deadline: April 1, 2013

2013-14 History of Science Society 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

Pre-Service Teacher Institutes at NASA’s Johnson Space Center
Audience: Higher Education Students

Application Deadline: April 1, 2013
Institute Dates: June 10-14 and 24-28, 2013

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

Going to Mars With MAVEN Student Art Contest\
Audience: Students Ages 5 to 17
Entry Deadline: April 8, 2013

NASA Research Announcement (NRA) 2013 Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMP+)
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Proposal Due Date: April 9, 2013

Frequently Asked Questions — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums, and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH13ZHA001N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008)
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Proposal Due Date: April 9, 2013

Reduced Gravity Education Flight Opportunity for Students at Minority Serving Institutions
Audience: Higher Education Educators & Students
Proposal Deadline: April 17, 2013

2013-14 NASA LEARN Opportunity
Audience: 6-12 Educators
Application Deadline: April 22, 2013

2013 Summer Workshops — Climate Science Research for Educators and Students
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Application Deadline: May 1, 2013

The Unknown Moon — A Weeklong Institute for High School Educators
Audience: 9-12 Educators
Institute Dates: June 24-28, 2013

2014 NASA Space Settlement Design Contest
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Entry Deadline: March 15, 2014

Don’t miss out on upcoming NASA education opportunities.

For a full list of events, opportunities and more, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA’s website:
— Educators https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/current-opps-index.html

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Heat Transfer: MESSENGER — My Angle on Cooling Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on March 21, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT.
Learn how the MESSENGER mission to Mercury takes advantage of passive cooling methods to keep the spacecraft functioning in a high-temperature environment. You will also see how to use the mission’s Staying Cool activities to lead students through an examination of different solutions to the problem of how to deal with too much sunlight and energy.

This is the final time this seminar will be repeated during the current school year.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar11.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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Free Lecture — GPS for Humanity — The Stealth Utility

The Global Positioning System, or GPS, has become a ubiquitous, but often invisible, part of modern life. On March 21, 2013, Dr. Bradford Parkinson, chief architect and original program director for GPS in the 1970s, will present the history, applications and future of GPS and the Global Navigation Satellite System.

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

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=5245.

Questions about this lecture should be directed to nasmpubliclectures@si.edu.

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Sun-Earth Days 2013: Solar Max — Storm Warning: Effects on the Solar System

Join NASA in celebrating Sun-Earth Days with a series of programs and events that occur throughout the year, culminating with a celebration on March 22, 2013. This year’s theme, “Solar Max — Storm Warning: Effects on the Solar System,” invites participants to explore the violent nature of our sun at the peak of solar activity and the discoveries coming from the heliophysics and planetary missions during this exciting period. During solar maximum, there are many sunspots, solar flares and coronal mass ejections, all of which can affect communications and technology on Earth.


Learn about solar maximum and how it, along with space weather in general, affects our daily lives. Find out why scientists and engineers find it important to track space weather, much like meteorologists track storms on Earth. And learn about NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore and its role in launching rockets to explore weather on Earth and in space.

On March 22, 2013, join the Sun-Earth Days team for a live Sun-Earth Days webcast. For this webcast, the team will combine forces with the award-winning NASA EDGE team known for their offbeat, funny and informative look behind the NASA curtain.

For more information, educational resources and social media connections, visit the Sun-Earth Days website at http://sunearthday.nasa.gov.

Questions about Sun-Earth Days events should be emailed to sunearthday@gmail.com.

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Sun-Earth Days Observing Certificate Challenge

Attention amateur astronomers! NASA’s Sun-Earth Days program wants to feature your astronomy photographs and videos (up to 90 seconds each) of our active sun. Images will be featured on the Sun-Earth Days Solar Maximum Flickr page. And each week, a different image will be selected to highlight on the NASA Sun-Earth Days home page.

Once your image or video is uploaded with the proper supporting information, you will be able to download a certificate of appreciation from the NASA Sun-Earth Days team.

Participants are also invited to upload images of Sun-Earth Days Solar MAX events, celebrations, activities and star parties. These images often provide others with inspiration and new ideas! Make sure to include your name, club or organization’s name and a description of the event.

Images and videos must be submitted online by March 22, 2013.

For more information, including instructions for submitting images and videos, visit
http://sunearthday.nasa.gov/2013/getinvolved/aa.php.

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

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Heritage Family Day Events at Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum

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

Women in Aviation and Space
March 23, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
Celebrate the incredible contributions of women in aviation, science and aerospace. Enjoy hands-on activities, guest speakers, a theatrical presentation, book signings and Flights of Fancy story time for our youngest visitors.
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 have always looked to the sky, but they don’t always see the same things. Experience how different people study the sky and hear their stories.
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 advances in aviation and space. Hear about the historic women who have inspired today’s role models.
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=4836

Hispanic Heritage 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 and space exploration. Meet current Hispanic scientists and engineers through the Smithsonian Latinos in STEM initiative. Listen to bilingual stories and participate 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 be directed to the Visitor Service line at 202-633-1000.

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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of free webinars throughout March 2013. All webinars can be accessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.


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 Earth using NASA satellites, maps and astronaut observations. Participants will explore how to integrate NASA resources into their existing science, technology, engineering, mathematics and geography curriculum to better understand 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 unique resources. This session will empower participants to design and implement engaging meaningful lessons based on 21st century needs.

I’m Signed up for NEON — Now What? (Grades K-12)
March 27, 2013, at 11 a.m. -Noon EDT and 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Anne Weiss will introduce participants to basic features of the NASA Educators Online Network, or NEON, professional/collaborative learning community. Participants will also learn how to use NEON to find appropriate NASA standards-aligned activities that satisfy state-specific teaching standards.


For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through April 2013, visit http://aesp.pspm.outreach.psu.edu/programs/webinars/.

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

The U.S. Department of Education has Green Strides webinars scheduled throughout 2013. To see a full list of Green Strides webinars, visit http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/green-strides/webinar.html.

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Analyzing Solar Energy Graphs: MY NASA DATA Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar for educators on March 26, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EDT.

Become familiar with the MY NASA DATA activity, “Solar Cell Energy Availability From Around the Country.” Compare monthly averages of downward radiation in locations around the U.S. and analyze areas where conditions would be conducive to having solar panels. Access data on the NASA Live Access Server as you “journey” around the U.S. to determine the amount of solar radiation and analyze overlay plots to compare data from NASA satellites.

This is the final time during the current school year this seminar will be offered.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar20.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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Music in Space Downlink With the International Space Station

Join NASA’s Johnson Space Center, or JSC, Digital Learning Network for a live International Space Station downlink with astronaut Chris Hadfield, space station commander. Commander Hadfield and students from the Pasadena Independent School District’s Pearl Hall Elementary will explore the many cultures and music surrounding the International Space Station partners. Students will perform songs at JSC with astronaut Dan Burbank and with space station astronaut Chris Hadfield. Students from Pearl Hall Elementary in Pasadena, Texas, and the Chris Hadfield Public School in Ontario, Canada, will speak to Chris while exploring about the connection between the arts and science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Watch the webcast live on March 27, 2013, from 2:30-3:45 p.m. CDT* by clicking on the link below.
https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/webcast/webcast.html


Questions about the program may be directed to Patricia Moore at
patricia.l.moore@nasa.gov.

*The webcast time is subject change due to communication with the space station. Please visit http://dln.nasa.gov for the most recent information.

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Engineering Design Challenge: Thermal Protection System Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on March 28, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn about the science of heat transfer and heat dissipation related to NASA vehicles, and receive an introduction to the associated engineering design challenge, Thermal Protection System. In this activity, students are challenged to design a thermal protection system and test it using a propane torch.

This is the last time, during the current school year, this seminar will be offered.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar16.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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MAVEN Educator Ambassador Workshop

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, or MAVEN, mission will explore the planet’s upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the solar wind. Set to launch in November 2013, the mission will provide invaluable insights into the history of Mars’ atmosphere and climate, liquid water and planetary habitability.

The MAVEN Educator Ambassador, or MEA, workshop will bring together educators from around the country for in-depth learning experiences around MAVEN science. The goal of the MEA program is for participants to develop the knowledge and skills needed to train other teachers on NASA’s educational resources. Participants will attend a weeklong professional development workshop and receive training on a variety of standards-based classroom activities, as well as receive follow-up support for several years. The expectation is that participants will implement some of the lesson plans and resources in their classrooms, as well as conduct teacher trainings in their local areas on the MAVEN mission and related educational activities.

A $700 travel stipend is offered, along with a $700 honorarium after a local workshop is conducted. Housing and meals are provided.

Applications are due March 31, 2013.

For more information about the workshop and to apply online, visit http://lasp.colorado.edu/home/maven/education-outreach/for-educators/mea/.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Stephanie Renfrow at
stephanie.renfrow@lasp.colorado.edu.

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The Challenge of Discovery! Educator Workshops

You want to go where? What does it take to make a NASA mission happen, and who are the people that drive these tremendous projects?

In Discovery Program’s third annual multisite professional development workshop, we delve into the stories behind some amazing NASA missions, from conception to science results. Learn how scientists, engineers and mission operators collaborate to meet the challenges of complex missions to assure the science goals are met. Investigate what it takes to move a fantastic idea from dream to reality.

The Challenge of Discovery workshop will take place on April 6, 2013, in four locations.
            — NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
            — NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas
            — University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.
            — Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md.

All sites will offer special speakers, hands-on activities for K-12 and out-of-school-time educators and resource packets.

The cost of the workshop is $25. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Registration closes on April 1, 2013.

For more information, visit
http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/discovery/challenge_of_discovery.asp.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Mary Cullen at
mcullen@mcrel.org.

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2013 Jet Propulsion Laboratory Summer Faculty Research Program

Applications are currently accepted for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory 2013 Summer Faculty Research Program. This program provides opportunities for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, faculty to engage in research of mutual interest to the faculty member and a JPL researcher. Non-STEM faculty will be considered based on available opportunities.


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

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

The deadline for applications is April 1, 2013. For more information about this opportunity, visit http://jsfrp.jpl.nasa.gov/.

Inquiries about NASA’s JPL Summer Faculty Research Program should be directed to the Petra Kneissl-Milanian at Petra.A.Kneissl-Milanian@jpl.nasa.gov.

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NASA Fellowship in the History of Space Technology

The NASA Fellowship in the History of Space Technology, offered by the Society for the History of Technology and supported by the NASA History Division, seeks applications for a yearlong predoctoral or postdoctoral fellowship related to the history of space technology. The fellowship may support advanced research related to all aspects of space history, leading to publications on the history of space technology broadly considered, including cultural and intellectual history, institutional history, economic history, history of law and public policy, and history of engineering and management.

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

Applicants must possess a doctorate in history of technology or in a closely related field, or be enrolled as a student in a doctoral degree program and have completed all requirements for the Ph.D., except the dissertation, in history 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 Science Society 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 History Division, seeks applications for a nine-month predoctoral or postdoctoral fellowship related to the history of science. The fellowship may support advanced research related to all aspects of the history of space science, from the earliest human interest in space to the present.

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

Applicants must possess a doctorate in history of science or in a closely related field, or be enrolled as a student in a doctoral degree program and have completed all requirements for the degree, except the dissertation, in history of science 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.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, offered by the American Historical Association and supported by NASA, seeks applications for a predoctoral or postdoctoral fellowship related to the history of aerospace. The selected Fellow will have the opportunity to engage in significant and sustained advanced research in all aspects of the history of aerospace from the earliest human interest in flight to the present, including cultural and intellectual history, economic history, history of law and public policy, and the history of science, engineering and management.

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

The fellowship is open to applicants who hold a doctoral degree in history or in a closely related field, or who are enrolled in and have completed all coursework 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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Pre-Service Teacher Institutes at NASA’s Johnson Space Center

The Pre-Service Teacher Institute is a one-week summer residential session for education majors preparing to teach in an elementary or middle school classroom. Two institutes will take place this year: June 10-14 and June 24-28, 2013. Both events 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 to interface with NASA personnel and tour Johnson Space Center facilities while learning to incorporate NASA’s cutting-edge research into lesson plans for their students.

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

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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Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit http://www.paemst.org/.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to info@paemst.org.

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Going to Mars With MAVEN Student Art Contest

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission, also known as MAVEN, is set to launch to the Red Planet in November 2013. And your artwork could hitch a ride to Mars!

To enter the contest, participants must be ages 5-17. All artwork must be original. The contest is open to students worldwide. Entries are due April 8, 2013. The public will vote to select the winner. Winning artwork will be used on a DVD label that will fly to Mars on the MAVEN spacecraft.

For more information and to submit your artwork, visit
http://lasp.colorado.edu/maven/goingtomars/art-contest/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to
http://lasp.colorado.edu/maven/goingtomars/contact/.

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NASA Research Announcement (NRA) 2013 Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMP+)

The NRA management team, in collaboration with the NASA Mission Directorates, is recruiting qualified peer reviewers who volunteer to externally review CP4SMP+ proposals. A diverse reviewer pool, including but not limited to practicing or retired scientists, engineers, technologists, higher education faculty, educators (e.g., K-12; informal; public outreach) and other experts (including individuals without a current institutional affiliation) with experience or knowledge of activities described in the Announcement NNH13ZHA001N is sought. The review will include proposals from eligible non-profit entities, including NASA Visitor Centers, as authorized under Public Law 109-155 SEC. 616. MUSEUMS: The Administrator may provide grants to, and enter into cooperative agreements with, museums and planetariums to enable them to enhance programs related to space exploration, aeronautics, space science, earth science, or microgravity. For the full funding opportunity visit the very long URL ending in =open/ at: https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7B37764C2A-F415-01DF-1B30-F1971BE7F8BE%7D&path=open/

Please submit your qualifications, interest, and availability — or nominate qualified colleagues at this short URL: https://informal.jpl.nasa.gov/reviewer. If you click the “Register to Be Considered as a Reviewer” link, please have your 2-3 page resume ready to upload.  No resume is necessary to nominate a colleague from your organization (or elsewhere) using the “Suggest Qualified Reviewers” link.

Although NASA cannot guarantee an invitation to review will result, we thank you for your consideration and/or referrals,

The 2013 CP4SMP+ Management Team

*P.S. CP4SMP+ reviewers sign a nondisclosure/conflict of interest statement prior to being granted access to any proposal. NASA will ask each selected peer reviewer to disclose all conflicts of interest, as well as situations which may give the appearance of a conflict of interest or COI. To read more about NASA COI policies see Appendix C and Appendix E.3 in the 2013 NASA Guidebook for Proposers at
http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/procurement/nraguidebook/.

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Frequently Asked Questions — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums, and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH13ZHA001N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008)

Fifteen new Frequently Asked Questions were posted on the CP4SMP+ portal page on NSPIRES on March 18, 2013.

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

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Reduced Gravity Education Flight Opportunity for Students at Minority Serving Institutions

NASA is offering undergraduate students from minority serving institutions an opportunity to test experiments in microgravity aboard NASA’s reduced gravity aircraft.

This opportunity is a partnership between the Minority University Research and Education Program and NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program, which gives aspiring explorers a chance to propose, design and fabricate a reduced-gravity experiment. Selected teams will test and evaluate their experiments aboard NASA’s reduced-gravity airplane. The aircraft flies about 30 roller-coaster-like climbs and dips during experiment flights to produce periods of weightlessness and hypergravity ranging from 0 gravity, or g, to 2 g.

Proposals are due April 17, 2013.

All applicants must be full-time undergraduate students, U.S. citizens and at least 18 years old.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit
https://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov/murep/.

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to Suzanne Foxworth at
jsc-reducedgravity@nasa.gov.

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2013-14 NASA LEARN Opportunity

The Long-term Engagement in Authentic Research at NASA, or LEARN, Project is seeking educators for an innovative program that provides onsite research and training opportunities with NASA scientists in the summer and guided research projects that continue on throughout the school year. Participants conduct their own research with help of a team of NASA scientists and share and integrate these projects into the classroom.

This summer, participants will complete two weeks of onsite work at NASA’s Langley Research Center during the weeks of July 8-12 and July 15-19, 2013. Teachers will receive approximately 70 hours of professional development. Onsite work will be followed by continued research through 2014 via virtual research team meetings and data presentations. A stipend is offered for participants, and educators may present proposals for travel funding to present their research at regional conferences.

This opportunity is open to science, technology, engineering and mathematics educators of grades 6-12. Earth science, physics, chemistry and mathematics teachers are strongly encouraged to apply. Application is open to U.S. citizens only.

Applications are due April 22, 2013.

For more information and to register for the workshops, visit
http://science-edu.larc.nasa.gov/LEARN/.

Questions about these workshops should be directed to Margaret Pippin at
m.pippin@nasa.gov.

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2013 Summer Workshops — Climate Science Research for Educators and Students

The Institute for Earth Science Research and Education, in collaboration with Queens College/City University of New York, is seeking participants for summer professional development workshops in the third year of its Climate Science Research for Educators and Students project. Funded by the NASA Innovations in Climate Education program, this project seeks to improve student engagement in climate science by helping teachers and students develop authentic climate-related science research projects.

During summer 2013, two climate science workshops will take place in New York City. The first workshop will be held in late June. The workshop will focus on understanding sun/Earth/atmosphere interactions and Earth’s radiative balance, a fundamental concept for climate science. All participants will build instruments called pyranometers, which monitor solar radiation. A follow-up workshop will take place later in the summer. During the summer, participants are expected to conduct their own research.

Applications are due May 1, 2013.

For more information, visit http://www.instesre.org/GCCE/GCCEHome.htm.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to David Brooks via email at brooksdr@drexel.edu.

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The Unknown Moon — A Weeklong Institute for High School Educators

NASA’s Lunar Science Institute is hosting a weeklong institute for high school science educators. Participants will receive hands-on standards-aligned classroom resources that bridge the topics of Earth and the moon, as well as a variety of science and engineering topics. Tours of scientific research facilities and interaction with lunar scientists will also take place during the institute.

The Unknown Moon Institute will take place June 24-28, 2013, in Laurel, Md. Registration is free, and applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants will receive a certificate for professional development hours.

For more information and to apply for the institute, visit
http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/workshops/unknownMoon/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Christine Shupla at
shupla@lpi.usra.edu.

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2014 NASA Space Settlement Design Contest

Design a space settlement! Space settlements are permanent communities in orbit, as opposed to a place to work for a few months and go home. Designing a space settlement involves physics, mathematics, space science, environmental science and many other disciplines.


The NASA Space Settlement Design Contest is for K-12 students throughout in the world. Individuals or teams may enter. Grade levels are judged separately, except for the grand prize. All participants will receive a certificate.

Submissions must be received by March 15, 2014.

For more information about the NASA Space Settlement Design Contest, visit http://settlement.arc.nasa.gov/Contest/.

If you have any questions about the contest, please email Al Globus at aglobus@mail.arc.nasa.gov
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Don’t miss out on education-related opportunities available from NASA. For a full list of Current Opportunities, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html.

Visit NASA Education on the Web:
For Educators: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html
For Students: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html
NASA Kids’ Club: https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub
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NASA Education Express — March 14, 2013

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

NASA Exploration Design Challenge
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Virtual Crew Registration Deadline: March 14, 2014

Meteorology:How Clouds Form Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 14, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. EDT

OSSI — Summer2013 Opportunities
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: March 15, 2013

Pre-Service Teacher Institute at NASA’s KennedySpace Center
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: March 15, 2013
Institute Dates: May 28-June 7, 2013

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

Pennsylvania Space GrantWorkshops
Audience: 4-12 Educators
Workshop Dates: Multiple dates July – August2013
Application Deadline: March 17, 2013

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

Engineering Design Challenge:Spacecraft Structures Web Seminar
Audience: 5-9 and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 20, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. EDT

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

Heat Transfer: MESSENGER — MyAngle on Cooling Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 21, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

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

Sun-Earth Days2013: Solar Max — Storm Warning: Effects on the Solar System
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: March 22, 2013

Sun-Earth DaysObserving Certificate Challenge
Audience: Students ages 13 and older
Entry Deadline: March 22, 2013

Heritage Family DayEvents at Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event Date: March 23, 2013

MAVEN Educator AmbassadorWorkshop
Audience: Middle School and High School Teachers
Application Deadline: March 31, 2013
Workshop Dates: July 8-12, 2013

The Challenge of Discovery! Educator Workshops
Audience: All Educators
Registration Deadline: April 1, 2013
Workshop Date: April 6, 2013

CallerQuestions With Answers from the Feb. 20, 2013 Pre-Proposal Teleconference — 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

Reduced Gravity Education Flight Opportunityfor Students at Minority Serving Institutions
Audience: Higher Education Educators & Students
Proposal Deadline: April 17, 2013

Global Precipitation Measurement MissionAnime Challenge
Audience: Artists ages 13 and older
Entry Deadline: April 30, 2013

SOFIA Airborne Astronomy AmbassadorProgram
Audience: All Educators
Application Deadline: May 3, 2013

National Space Biomedical ResearchInstitute Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: June 7, 2013

2013 Lunar Workshops for Educators
Audience: 6-9 Educators
Workshop Dates: June 24-28, and July 8-12, 2013

What’s New at NASA’s Space Place Website
Audience: K-6 Educators

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

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NASA Exploration Design Challenge

Students from Kindergarten through 12th grade will have the opportunity to playa unique role in the future of human spaceflight through participation in NASA’sExploration Design Challenge, or EDC. NASA EDC invites students around the worldto think and act like scientists in order to overcome one of the major hurdles ofdeep space long-duration exploration — the dangers associated with spaceradiation. Students taking part in the challenge will discover how to plan anddesign improved radiation shielding aboard the Orion Multi-Purpose CrewVehicle, currently being developed by NASA, Lockheed Martin and other partnersto carry astronauts to space, venturing farther than humans have ever gonebefore.

Through a series of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM,engagement activities, students in grades K-8 will analyze different materialsthat simulate space radiation shielding and recommend materials that best blockradiation and protect astronauts. Students in grades 9-12 will think and actlike engineers as they apply what they learn to design shielding to protect asensor on the Orion crew module from space radiation. After a review of thedesign solutions submitted by teams in the grades 9-12 challenge, five finalistteams will be selected and matched with a mentor from NASA to test their designsin a virtual simulator. The winning team will build a prototype radiationshield that will be analyzed and submitted to Lockheed Martin for flightcertification on the inaugural flight of the Orion Exploration Flight Test, orEFT-1.

The five U.S. finalist teams from the grades 9-12 challenge will be invited toattend the EFT-1 launch, currently scheduled for November 2014. The names ofall students, grades K-12, participating in the NASA EDC will fly aboard thespacecraft as honorary virtual crewmembers for Orion’s first flight. Thedeadline to register students for the virtual crew is March 14, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit https://www.nasa.gov/education/edc.

For more information about Orion, visit https://www.nasa.gov/orion.

Email any questions about this opportunity to nasaedc@nianet.org.

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Meteorology: How Clouds Form Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, theNASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a free 90-minute Web seminar on March14, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. EDT. Learn about the relationships between airpressure, temperature, volume and cloud formation. Get an overview of thenecessary conditions for cloud formation and then see how to make a cloud in abottle. Information will be provided about an extension activity, the S’COOLProject, which involves student participation in authentic science.

This is the last time this seminar will be offered during the current schoolyear.

For more informationand to register online, visit URL http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar10.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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OSSI — Summer 2013 Opportunities

The NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative, or OSSI,strives to provide students at all institutions of higher education access to aportfolio of internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities offered byNASA mission directorates and centers.

Visit the Office of Education InfrastructureDivision LaunchPad to find information on internship, fellowship andscholarship opportunities. The site features the OSSI online application forrecruiting NASA Interns, Fellows and Scholars, or NIFS. This innovative systemallows students to search and apply for all types of higher-education NASAinternship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities in one location. A singleapplication places the student in the applicant pool for consideration by allNASA mentors.

Applications for summer 2013 opportunities aredue March 15, 2013.

To find available opportunities and to fill outan OSSI online application for recruiting NIFS, visit https://intern.nasa.gov/index.html.

Inquiries about the OSSI should be submitted viahttps://intern.nasa.gov/oic/.

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Pre-Service Teacher Institute atNASA’s Kennedy Space Center

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center has partneredwith Oklahoma State University to offer a 10-day Pre-Service Teacher Institute takingplace May 28-June 7, 2013, in Florida. The Pre-Service Teacher Institute is forcollege students who are preparing to teach elementary or secondary science.

The institute will focus oninquiry-based learning and the incorporation of technology into curriculum.Education specialists from the Kennedy Space Center Educator Resource Centerwill provide participants with training to inspire student learning of sciencecontent through the use of education resources based on NASA missions ofresearch and discovery. Participants will work in small groups to developlesson plans using NASA educational resources and present these activities to localelementary level students.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years old. Lodging and astipend, as well as transportation for participants who live outside ofFlorida, will be provided.

Applications are due March 15, 2013.

For more information and toapply online, visit https://opportunities.nasa.okstate.edu/index.cfm?liftoff=PSTI.Home.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to
ksc-erc-educator-resource-center@mail.nasa.gov.

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2013 NASA GlennResearch Center High School Internship Project

The NASA Glenn Research Center High School Internship Project provides paidsummer internship opportunities, eight weeks in duration, to studentsinterested in careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics andprofessional administration at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland,Ohio. This project offers opportunities for students in grades 10 and 11 who willbe juniors and seniors in the upcoming school year, and is sponsored by theEducational Programs Office.

To be eligible for this project:

— The applicant must be a U.S. citizen and 16years old on or before the project start date (June 17, 2013).
— The applicant must be a permanent resident ofOhio and currently enrolled in a high school located within a 50-mile radius ofGlenn Research Center.
— The applicant must be a current sophomore orjunior at the time of application.
— The applicant must have a minimum cumulativegrade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
— The applicant must be available on afull-time basis (Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week) from June 17, 2013,through Aug. 9, 2013.

Applications are due March 15, 2013. Formore information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/education/GlennHighSchoolIntership.html.

Please email any questions about thisopportunity to GRC-intern@mail.nasa.gov.

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PennsylvaniaSpace Grant Workshops

Keep pace with the latest science research,engage in standards-based classroom activities and explore ways to make sciencefun while working with Penn State faculty during these summer workshops forinservice science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, educators.Network with peers and earn graduate credits. Workshops are aligned with thenational science education standards and Pennsylvania standards for science andtechnology.

All workshops take place on Penn State campusfacilities in Pennsylvania. Grants are awarded to all participants to coverlodging, parking, some meals and partial tuition.

Applications for all workshops are due March 17, 2013.

Black Holes: Gravity’s Fatal Attraction (Grades6-12) — July 15-19, 2013
Delve into the predicted properties of black holes, the astronomicalevidence for their existence and their importance in the cosmos. Modern ideasabout gravity, space and time will also be explored.

http://teachscience.psu.edu/workshops/black_holes.html

Astrobiology for Educators: Is There Life BeyondOur Planet? And How Would We Know? (Grades 4-12) — 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 (Grades 9-12) –July 22-26, 2013
Participants will get a brief overview of modernparticle physics and explore various astrophysics topics. Instructors will helpparticipants build and use devices made from household materials to detect airshowers generated by cosmic-ray protons.
http://teachscience.psu.edu/workshops/particle_astrophysics.html

Telescopes: Tools for Astronomical Discovery andthe 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 Grantworkshops should be directed to Heather Nelson at teachscience@psu.edu.

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Celebrate SolarWeek — Spring 2013

Solar Week provides a weeklong series ofWeb-based educational classroom activities and games with a focus on thesun-Earth connection geared for grades 5-8. Students learn about solareclipses, sunspots, solar flares and solar storms through a series ofactivities, games and lessons. In addition, there’s a message board whereclassrooms can submit a question 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. Participation makesfor 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 studentinterested in 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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Engineering Design Challenge:Spacecraft Structures Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminarfor educators on March 20, 2013, at 7:30p.m. EDT. Learn how to incorporate the excitement of rocketry into yourclassroom during this Web seminar and receive an overview of the studentengineering design challenge, Spacecraft Structures, where students design andconstruct a strong, but lightweight, structure that can withstand the launch ofa water bottle “rocket.”

This is the final offering of this Web seminar during the current school year.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar14.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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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.The Sun-Earth Days team is looking for students ages 13 and older to create andsubmit a new and original anime-style character to help SolarMAX. The charactermust have a visible space weather related super power.

The Sun-Earth Days team will select fivecharacters to be added to the Sun-Earth Days superhero team! The first twowinning characters will be selected and announced on the live Sun-Earth Dayswebcast on March 22, 2013. Winner characters also will appear as part of a newSun-Earth Days desktop wallpaper!

Entries must be submitted online by March 20, 2013.

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

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to sunearthday@gmail.com.

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Heat Transfer: MESSENGER — MyAngle on Cooling Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, theNASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hostinga 90-minute Web seminar on March 21,2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn how the MESSENGER mission to Mercury takesadvantage of passive cooling methods to keep the spacecraft functioning in ahigh-temperature environment. You will also see how to use the mission’s StayingCool activities to lead students through an examination of different solutionsto the problem of how to deal with too much sunlight and energy.

This is the final time this seminar will be repeated during the current schoolyear.

For more informationand to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar11.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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Free Lecture –GPS for Humanity — The Stealth Utility

The Global Positioning System, or GPS, hasbecome a ubiquitous, but often invisible, part of modern life. On March 21, 2013, Dr.Bradford Parkinson, chief architect and original program director for GPS inthe 1970s, will present the history, applications and future of GPS and theGlobal Navigation Satellite System.

The lecture begins at 8 p.m. at the National Airand Space Museum in Washington, D.C. For those unable to attend in person, thelecture will be webcast live.

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=5245.

Questions about this lecture should be directedto nasmpubliclectures@si.edu.

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Sun-Earth Days2013: Solar Max — Storm Warning: Effects on the Solar System

Join NASA in celebrating Sun-Earth Days with a series of programs andevents that occur throughout the year, culminating with a celebration on March 22, 2013. Thisyear’s theme, “Solar Max — Storm Warning: Effects on the Solar System,”invites participants to explore the violent nature of our sun at the peak ofsolar activity and the discoveries coming from the heliophysics and planetarymissions during this exciting period. During solar maximum, there are manysunspots, solar flares and coronal mass ejections, all of which can affectcommunications and technology on Earth.

Learn about solar maximum and how it, along withspace weather in general, affects our daily lives. Find out why scientists andengineers find it important to track space weather, much like meteorologiststrack storms on Earth. And learn about NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility onVirginia’s Eastern Shore and its role in launching rockets to explore weatheron Earth and in space.

On March22, 2013, join the Sun-Earth Days team for a live Sun-EarthDays webcast. For this webcast, the team will combine forces with theaward-winning NASA EDGE team known for their offbeat, funny and informativelook behind the NASA curtain.

For more information, educational resources andsocial media connections, visit the Sun-Earth Days website at http://sunearthday.nasa.gov.

Questions about Sun-Earth Days events should beemailed to sunearthday@gmail.com.

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Sun-EarthDays Observing Certificate Challenge

Attention amateur astronomers! NASA’s Sun-Earth Days program wantsto feature your astronomy photographs and videos (up to 90 seconds each) of ouractive sun. Images will be featured on the Sun-Earth Days Solar Maximum Flickrpage. And each week, a different image will be selected to highlight on theNASA Sun-Earth Days home page.

Once your image or video is uploaded with the proper supporting information,you will be able to download a certificate of appreciation from the NASASun-Earth Days team.

Participants are also invited to upload images of Sun-Earth Days Solar MAXevents, celebrations, activities and star parties. These images often provideothers with inspiration and new ideas! Make sure to include your name, club ororganization’s name and a description of the event.

Images and videos must be submitted online by March 22, 2013.

For more information, including instructions for submitting images and videos,visit http://sunearthday.nasa.gov/2013/getinvolved/aa.php.

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

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Heritage FamilyDay Events at Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum

The 2013 Heritage Family Day event seriescelebrates the diverse ethnic and cultural communities that have contributed toaviation and space exploration. Events will commemorate historic and currentcontributions through presentations and activities for the entire family. Theevents will take place at the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum Steven F.Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., and at the Smithsonian’s National Air andSpace Museum in Washington, DC. The events are free and open to the public.

Women in Aviation and Space
March 23, 2013, from 10a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
Celebrate the incredible contributions of womenin aviation, science and aerospace. Enjoy hands-on activities, guest speakers,a theatrical presentation, book signings and Flights of Fancy story time forour youngest visitors.
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=4833

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

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

Hispanic Heritage Month:Innovators in Air and Space
Sept. 24, 2013, from 10a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
Oct. 5, 2013, from 10a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
Celebrate Latin America’s historicalcontributions to aviation and space exploration. Meet current Hispanicscientists and engineers through the Smithsonian Latinos in STEM initiative.Listen to bilingual stories and participate in hands-on activities. The eventsare 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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MAVEN Educator AmbassadorWorkshop

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, or MAVEN, mission will explore theplanet’s upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the solar wind. Setto launch in November 2013, the mission will provide invaluable insights intothe history of Mars’ atmosphere and climate, liquid water and planetaryhabitability.

The MAVEN Educator Ambassador, or MEA, workshop will bring together educatorsfrom around the country for in-depth learning experiences around MAVEN science.The goal of the MEA program is for participants to develop the knowledge andskills needed to train other teachers on NASA’s educational resources.Participants will attend a weeklong professional development workshop andreceive training on a variety of standards-based classroom activities, as wellas receive follow-up support for several years. The expectation is thatparticipants will implement some of the lesson plans and resources in theirclassrooms, as well as conduct teacher trainings in their local areas on theMAVEN mission and related educational activities.

A $700 travel stipend is offered, along with a $700 honorarium after a localworkshop is conducted. Housing and meals are provided.

Applications are due March 31, 2013.

For more information aboutthe workshop and to apply online, visit http://lasp.colorado.edu/home/maven/education-outreach/for-educators/mea/.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Stephanie Renfrow at
stephanie.renfrow@lasp.colorado.edu.

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The Challenge of Discovery! Educator Workshops

You want to go where? What does it take tomake a NASA mission happen, and who are the people that drive these tremendousprojects?

In Discovery Program’s third annual multisite professional developmentworkshop, we delve into the stories behind some amazing NASA missions, fromconception to science results. Learn how scientists, engineers and missionoperators collaborate to meet the challenges of complex missions to assure thescience goals are met. Investigate what it takes to move a fantastic idea fromdream to reality.

The Challenge of Discovery workshop will take place on April 6, 2013, infour locations.
            — NASA’s Jet PropulsionLaboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
            — NASA’s Johnson SpaceCenter, Houston, Texas
            — University of Arizona,Tucson, Ariz.
            — Johns Hopkins UniversityApplied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md.

All sites will offer special speakers,hands-on activities for K-12 and out-of-school-time educatorsand resource packets.

The cost of the workshop is $25. Lunch and snacks will be provided.Registration closes on April 1, 2013.

For more information, visit http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/discovery/challenge_of_discovery.asp.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Mary Cullen at
mcullen@mcrel.org.

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CallerQuestions With Answers from the Feb. 20, 2013 Pre-Proposal Teleconference — 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)

Twenty-six caller questions with answersfrom the Feb. 20, 2013 Pre-Proposal Teleconference were posted on the CP4SMP+portal page on NSPIRES on March 11, 2013.

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

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Reduced Gravity Education Flight Opportunityfor Students at Minority Serving Institutions

NASA is offering undergraduate students from minority serving institutions anopportunity to test experiments in microgravity aboard NASA’s reduced gravityaircraft.

This opportunity is a partnership between the Minority University Research and EducationProgram and NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program, which givesaspiring explorers a chance to propose, design and fabricate a reduced-gravityexperiment. Selected teams will test and evaluate their experiments aboardNASA’s reduced-gravity airplane. The aircraft flies about 30roller-coaster-like climbs and dips during experiment flights to produceperiods of weightlessness and hypergravity ranging from 0 gravity, or g,to 2 g.

Proposals are due April17, 2013.

All applicants must be full-time undergraduate students, U.S. citizens and atleast 18 years old.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit https://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov/murep/.

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to Suzanne Foxworth at jsc-reducedgravity@nasa.gov.

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Global Precipitation MeasurementMission Anime Challenge

NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement, or GPM, mission has teamedup with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency to hold a design challenge forpeople around the world to develop an anime character to represent the GPMmission. GPM is an international satellite mission that will use multiplesatellites orbiting Earth to collect rain and snow data worldwide every threehours.

Participants should learn about the GPM mission and design their characters torepresent the mission’s objectives. The winningcharacter will star in a comic series that will teach the public about GPM andprecipitation science.

Participants must be at least 13 years old. Entries must be submitted by April 30, 2013.

For more information, including instructions for submitting a character design,visit http://pmm.nasa.gov/education/anime.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to GSFC-GPM@mail.nasa.gov.

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SOFIA Airborne AstronomyAmbassador Program

NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, is a 747SPaircraft carrying a 2.5 meter-diameter telescope. The SOFIA Airborne AstronomyAmbassadors Program is seeking educator teams of two to participate in anupcoming SOFIA flight. One of the team members must be a middle- or high-schooleducator. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal residents teaching in aU.S. school.

Applications are due May 3, 2013.

For more information and to apply online, visit http://www.seti.org/epo/SOFIA.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Pamela Harman at pharman@seti.org.

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National Space BiomedicalResearch Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The National Space Biomedical Research Institute, or NSBRI, seekssolutions to health concerns facing astronauts on long-duration missions. Thisresearch also benefits patients on Earth. The NSBRI is currently solicitingapplications for its Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

NSBRI’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program provides support for postdoctoralfellows in any U.S. laboratory carrying out space-related biomedical orbiotechnological research. Funding is for a two-year period with an option fora third year of support. Applicants must prepareproposals with the support of a mentor, and all proposals are evaluated by apeer-review panel.

Applications are due June 7, 2013.

For detailed information on the application process, visit http://www.nsbri.org/postdocs/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to postdoc@nsbri.org.

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2013Lunar Workshops for Educators

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, mission is sponsoring a pair ofworkshops for educators of students in grades 6-9. These workshops will focuson lunar science, exploration and how our understanding of the moon is evolvingwith the new data from current and recent lunar missions.

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has allowed scientists to measure the coldestknown place in the solar system, map the surface of the moon in unprecedenteddetail and accuracy, find evidence of recent lunar geologic activity,characterize the radiation environment around the moon and its potential effectson future lunar explorers and much, much more!

Workshop participants will learn about these and other recent discoveries,reinforce their understanding of lunar science concepts, gain tools to helpaddress common student misconceptions about the moon, interact with lunarscientists and engineers, work with LRO data and learn how to bring these dataand information to their students using hands-on activities aligned with grades6-9 National Science Education Standards and Benchmarks.

Workshops will take place: June 24-28and July 8-12, 2013, at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt,Md. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to tour the LRO MissionOperation Center and the Goddard spacecraft testing facilities.

Each workshop will be limited to 25 participants. Interested educators areencouraged to apply early to secure a spot. Qualified applicants will beaccepted in the order they apply.

For more information and to register for the workshops, visit http://lunar.gsfc.nasa.gov/lwe/index.html.

Questions about these workshops should be directed to Katie Hessen at Katie.K.Hessen@nasa.gov.

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What’s New at NASA’s Space Place Website

Earth Day is coming up April 22. What is the most abundant component of Earth’ssurface? Water, of course. Water is such a big part of life on Earth that wemay take it for granted. But where did it come from? What makes it liquid,solid or gas? And why should we care? Lots of NASA’s Earth studies are aboutwater in all its forms.

What’s New?
Many students are surprised to know that during July, Earth is at its farthestpoint from the sun, and during January it is at its closest. But that fact hasnothing to do with why there are seasons. This new article explains andillustrates the reason for the seasons and why some in the U.S. are putting onswimsuits to play in a recently icy lake, just as some in southern Chile andNew Zealand are digging out their skates as their lakes freeze over. Check itout to help you enlighten your class at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/seasons.

La Tierra en Español
¿Es la Tierra en parte un cometa? Now you can read in Spanish, as wellas English, about where our oceans may have originated. With new spacetelescopes that can analyze the composition of passing comets, we can actuallybegin to tease apart these 4-billion-plus-year-old mysteries. Learn what theyare finding out at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/comet-ocean/sp.

Spotlight on Mission Chronicles
Some NASA missions don’t get nearly as far off the ground as you might think.Operation IceBridge is one that uses instruments on an airplane rather than asatellite to study the elevation and thickness of ice at the North and SouthPoles. So, although it may be a while before any NASA scientists make it to themoon, they can have a pretty alien-world experience right here on Earth.Christy Hansen, manager of the Operation IceBridge Mission, and her team took atrip to the South Pole and lived to tell the tale at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/mission-chronicles/#hansen.

For the Classroom
Clouds, of course, are another form of water. But it’s not easy to tell fromthe ground how much water is actually in the clouds above us. They may lookvery threatening but produce very little precipitation. In the classroomactivity called “Sizing Up the Clouds,” the teacher sets up three simulatedclouds representing three different cloud types. Students use different methodsto estimate precipitation contents of each cloud type. Each method is roughlyanalogous to methods actually used in weather forecasting. Finally, theprecipitation from each cloud is released, and the students will compare theirestimates to what is actually experienced on the ground. “Precipitation” inthis activity is represented by colored chocolate candies, which may help tokeep the students’ attention! Find the activity in PDF format at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/classroom-activities/#cloudcontent.

For Out of School Time
The “Go With the Flow” game presents puzzles in which the player must figureout how to place salt (which makes water denser) and heat (which makes waterless dense) in an underwater grid scenario in order to create a current thatwill move a tiny, unpowered submarine to a floating key, which will then open atreasure chest at the bottom of the sea. We have watched kids playing thisgame, with or without their parents, at our take your child to work days. Wecan hardly tear them away! Go to http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/ocean-currents.

Special Days

March 5, 1979: Voyager 1 flew pastJupiter.
Another spacecraft is on its way to Jupiter and will spend a lot more timethere. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/junoquest

March 10, 1876: First telephone call.
Alexander Graham Bell called Thomas Watson. How do spacecraft exploring thesolar system call home?
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/x-ponder

March 14: Pi Day! or p Day
All circles are 3.14… (ad infinitum, as far as we know) times as big around asacross, a value called pi. What would pi be in binary numbers? http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/binary-code2

April 10: Encourage a Young Writer Day
Invite students to write about our future in space.
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/art

April 22: Earth Day
It’s important, and fascinating, to study Earth’s history. Like where didEarth’s water come from?
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/comet-ocean

April 28: Tell a Story Day
Check out some of the stories on The Space Place. They could be called creativenonfiction, always a fun genre!
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/storybook

A Great Earth Resource
Check out other activities and articles under the Earth menu on The SpacePlace. Remember, NASA has many more missions to planet Earth than to all of theother planets in the solar system combined. Earth is a very interesting planet!

Send Feedback
Please let us know your ideas about ways to use The Space Place in yourteaching. Send to info@spaceplace.nasa.gov.

Don’t Forget…
You can find dozens of other ideas and rich resources for theclassroom and out-of-school time at our Parents & Educators page, http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/menu/parents-and-educators.

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Don’t miss out on education-related opportunities available from NASA.For a full list of Current Opportunities, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html.

Visit NASA Education on the Web:
For Educators: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html
For Students: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html
NASA Kids’ Club: https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub

NASA Education Express — March 7, 2013

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

EngineeringDesign: 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

NASARequest for 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

Chemistryof Water: Mars Exploration — Is There Water on Mars? Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 12, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. EDT

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, at 8 p.m. EDT

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event– Small Bodies: Comets and Asteroids
Audience: Grades 5-12
Event Date: March 13, 2013, 1 – 2 p.m. EDT

Algebraic Equations: CalculatorControlled Robots Web Seminar
Audience: Algebra Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 13, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. EDT

Meteorology:How Clouds Form Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 14, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. EDT

OSSI — Summer2013 Opportunities
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: March 15, 2013

Pre-Service Teacher Institute at NASA’s KennedySpace Center
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: March 15, 2013
Institute Dates: May 28-June 7, 2013

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

2013 NASA SpaceSettlement Design Contest
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Entry Deadline: March 15, 2013

Pennsylvania Space GrantWorkshops
Audience: 4-12 Educators
Workshop Dates: Multiple dates July – August2013
Application Deadline: March 17, 2013

Sun-Earth DaysObserving Certificate Challenge
Audience: Students ages 13 and older
Entry Deadline: March 22, 2013

Pre-Service Teacher Institute atNASA’s Stennis Space Center
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: April 5, 2013
Institute Dates: July 14-26, 2013

Pre-Proposal Teleconference Transcript –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

NASA ISS FIT iPad App Challenge

Audience: Application Designers, Developers and Producers
Challenge Runs through May 23, 2013

Smart Skies: Sector 33 App NowAvailable for Android
Audience: 5-8 Educators

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

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

As part of a series of electronic professionaldevelopment experiences, the NASAExplorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a free 90-minute professional development Web seminar for educators on Mar. 7, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learnhow forces and motion are used in boomerang design to increase performance.During the session, participants will be introduced to the Boomerang DesignChallenge and learn how to incorporate this activity into science classes. Theseminar also includes information about two unique extensions. In the first,students access a free computer simulation illustrating the airflow around anairfoil to determine the correct flow equation, and a second extension uses aninteractive simulation to determine the airflow around various shapes ofairfoils.

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

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar6.aspx.

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

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

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National Air and Space Museum Super ScienceSaturday Events

Join the National Air and Space Museum on thesecond Saturday of each month during 2013 for Super Science Saturday at theSteven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. Through demonstrations andhands-on activities, visitors of all ages will become immersed in science,technology, engineering and mathematics topics related to aviation and spaceexploration. Each event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time.Admission is free, and parking is $15.

Upcoming topics include:

March 9, 2013 — The Space Shuttle
April 13, 2013 — How Things Fly
May 11, 2013 — Astronomy
June 8, 2013 — Energy
July 13, 2013 — Weather
Aug. 10, 2013 — Helicopters
Sept. 14, 2013 — Living and Working in Space
Oct. 12, 2013 — Balloons and Blimps
Nov. 9, 2013 — The Moon and Beyond
Dec. 14, 2013 — The Wright Brothers

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/superscience/.

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

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NASA Request forInformation — 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 onlineenvironment, and (8) Ability and success in utilizing in distance learningtools and social networking structures to effectively enhance educatorprofessional 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 the Governmentto solicit or award a contract. All capability statements should be sent viaemail to Drena.J.McIntosh@nasa.govno later than 4:30 p.m. EDT, March 11,2013. Please reference NNL13ZB1002L in any response.

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

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

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Chemistry of Water: Mars Exploration — Is There Water on Mars? 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 Web seminar on March 12, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. EDT. “Chemistry of Water: MarsExploration — Is There Water on Mars?” is an inquiry-based lesson on howatmospheric pressure and vapor pressure affect the boiling point of water. Seewhy the boiling point of water is pressure-dependent, rather thantemperature-dependent. Then, by extension, you will deduce if there could beliquid water on Mars.

This is the last time this seminar will be offered during the current schoolyear.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar18.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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FreeExploring Space Lecture Series — Attend in Person or View Online

The 2013 Exploring Space Lectures will featureworld-class scholars discussing the incredibly diverse worlds that make up oursolar system. The lectures will be held at the National Air and Space Museum inWashington, D.C., and are free to attend. Tickets are required. The lectures willbe webcast live for 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 California Instituteof Technology will discuss the epic journey taken by the Voyager spacecraft asthey 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 planetCeres, 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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NASA’sDigital Learning Network Event — Small Bodies: Comets and Asteroids

The recent flyby ofasteroid 2012 DA14, the disintegration of the asteroid over Chelyabinsk,Russia, and the upcoming comets Pan-STARRS and ISON make 2013 an exciting yearfor small solar system bodies! Join NASA’s Dr. Amy Mainzer, deputy project scientiston the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission, for a live teleconferenceon March 13, 2013, at 1 p.m. EDT.Dr. Mainzer will discuss different types of small bodies and answers studentquestions.

If your class is interested in participating in this event via live videoconferencing, contact Lyle Tavernier at lyle.tavernier@jpl.nasa.gov.

To view a live webcast of the event and submit questions via email, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/webcast/webcast.html.

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AlgebraicEquations: Calculator Controlled Robots 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 March13, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. EDT. Discovera unique way of integrating robotic technology into your algebra classes.Robotic missions engage students and provide a unique way of bringing to lifethe concepts you are teaching. Learn to use programmable Texas Instruments, orTI, calculators and Norland Research Robots to solve problems requiringsubstituting values for variables in formulas.

This seminar provides an overview of using robotics in algebra so you can makean informed decision about purchasing the robots and other equipment. You donot need to have a Norland Research Robot or programmable TI calculator toparticipate in this seminar, or know how to program the calculator.

This is the last time this seminar will be offered during the current schoolyear.

For more information and to registeronline, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar12.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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Meteorology: How Clouds Form Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, theNASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a free 90-minute Web seminar on March14, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. EDT. Learn about the relationships between airpressure, temperature, volume and cloud formation. Get an overview of thenecessary conditions for cloud formation and then see how to make a cloud in abottle. Information will be provided about an extension activity, the S’COOLProject, which involves student participation in authentic science.

This is the last time this seminar will be offered during the current schoolyear.

For more informationand to register online, visit URL http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar10.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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OSSI — Summer 2013 Opportunities

The NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative, or OSSI,strives to provide students at all institutions of higher education access to aportfolio of internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities offered byNASA mission directorates and centers.

Visit the Office of Education InfrastructureDivision LaunchPad to find information on internship, fellowship andscholarship opportunities. The site features the OSSI online application forrecruiting NASA Interns, Fellows and Scholars, or NIFS. This innovative systemallows students to search and apply for all types of higher-education NASAinternship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities in one location. A singleapplication places the student in the applicant pool for consideration by allNASA mentors.

Applications for summer 2013 opportunities aredue March 15, 2013.

To find available opportunities and to fill outan OSSI online application for recruiting NIFS, visit https://intern.nasa.gov/index.html.

Inquiries about the OSSI should be submitted viahttps://intern.nasa.gov/oic/.

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Pre-Service Teacher Institute atNASA’s Kennedy Space Center

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center has partneredwith Oklahoma State University to offer a 10-day Pre-Service Teacher Institute takingplace May 28-June 7, 2013, in Florida. The Pre-Service Teacher Institute is forcollege students who are preparing to teach elementary or secondary science.

The institute will focus oninquiry-based learning and the incorporation of technology into curriculum.Education specialists from the Kennedy Space Center Educator Resource Centerwill provide participants with training to inspire student learning of sciencecontent through the use of education resources based on NASA missions ofresearch and discovery. Participants will work in small groups to developlesson plans using NASA educational resources and present these activities to localelementary level students.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years old. Lodging and astipend, as well as transportation for participants who live outside ofFlorida, will be provided.

Applications are due March 15, 2013.

For more information and toapply online, visit https://opportunities.nasa.okstate.edu/index.cfm?liftoff=PSTI.Home.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to
ksc-erc-educator-resource-center@mail.nasa.gov.

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2013 NASA GlennResearch Center High School Internship Project

The NASA Glenn Research Center High School Internship Project provides paidsummer internship opportunities, eight weeks in duration, to studentsinterested in careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics andprofessional administration at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland,Ohio. This project offers opportunities for students in grades 10 and 11 whowill be juniors and seniors in the upcoming school year, and is sponsored bythe Educational Programs Office.

To be eligible for this project:

— The applicant must be a U.S. citizen and 16years old on or before the project start date (June 17, 2013).
— The applicant must be a permanent resident ofOhio and currently enrolled in a high school located within a 50-mile radius ofGlenn Research Center.
— The applicant must be a current sophomore orjunior at the time of application.
— The applicant must have a minimum cumulativegrade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
— The applicant must be available on afull-time basis (Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week) from June 17, 2013,through Aug. 9, 2013.

Applications are due March 15, 2013. Formore information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/education/GlennHighSchoolIntership.html.

Please email any questions about thisopportunity to GRC-intern@mail.nasa.gov.

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2013 NASA SpaceSettlement Design Contest

Design a space settlement! Space settlements arepermanent communities in orbit, as opposed to being on the moon or otherplanets. Designing a space settlement involves physics, mathematics, spacescience, environmental science and many other disciplines.

The NASA Space Settlement Design Contest isintended for students in grades 6-12, although younger students may enter.Individual or teams from anywhere in the world may enter. Grade levels arejudged separately, except for the grand prize. All participants will receive acertificate.

Submissions must be received by March 15, 2013.

For more information about the NASA SpaceSettlement Design Contest, visit http://settlement.arc.nasa.gov/Contest/.

If you have any questions about the contest,please email Al Globus at aglobus@mail.arc.nasa.gov.

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PennsylvaniaSpace Grant Workshops

Keep pace with the latest science research,engage in standards-based classroom activities and explore ways to make sciencefun while working with Penn State faculty during these summer workshops forinservice science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, educators.Network with peers and earn graduate credits. Workshops are aligned with thenational science education standards and Pennsylvania standards for science andtechnology.

All workshops take place on Penn State campusfacilities in Pennsylvania. Grants are awarded to all participants to coverlodging, parking, some meals and partial tuition.

Applications for all workshops are due March 17, 2013.

Black Holes: Gravity’s Fatal Attraction (Grades6-12) — July 15-19, 2013
Delve into the predicted properties of black holes, the astronomicalevidence for their existence and their importance in the cosmos. Modern ideasabout gravity, space and time will also be explored.

http://teachscience.psu.edu/workshops/black_holes.html

Astrobiology for Educators: Is There Life BeyondOur Planet? And How Would We Know? (Grades 4-12) — 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 (Grades 9-12) –July 22-26, 2013
Participants will get a brief overview of modernparticle physics and explore various astrophysics topics. Instructors will helpparticipants build and use devices made from household materials to detect airshowers generated by cosmic-ray protons.
http://teachscience.psu.edu/workshops/particle_astrophysics.html

Telescopes: Tools for Astronomical Discovery andthe 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 Grantworkshops should be directed to Heather Nelson at teachscience@psu.edu.

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Sun-EarthDays Observing Certificate Challenge

Attention amateur astronomers! NASA’s Sun-Earth Days program wantsto feature your astronomy photographs and videos (up to 90 seconds each) of ouractive sun. Images will be featured on the Sun-Earth Days Solar Maximum Flickrpage. And each week, a different image will be selected to highlight on theNASA Sun-Earth Days home page.

Once your image or video is uploaded with the proper supporting information,you will be able to download a certificate of appreciation from the NASASun-Earth Days team.

Participants are also invited to upload images of Sun-Earth Days Solar MAXevents, celebrations, activities and star parties. These images often provideothers with inspiration and new ideas! Make sure to include your name, club ororganization’s name and a description of the event.

Images and videos must be submitted online by March 22, 2013.

For more information, including instructions for submitting images and videos,visit http://sunearthday.nasa.gov/2013/getinvolved/aa.php.

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

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Pre-Service Teacher Institute atNASA’s Stennis Space Center

NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center has partneredwith Jackson State University to offer a two-week Pre-Service Teacher Institutetaking place July 14-26, 2013, in Jackson, Miss. The Pre-Service TeacherInstitute is for college students who are preparing to teach middle schoolgrades.

The program is designed toincrease students’ skills in teaching mathematics and science, whileincorporating technology in the curriculum. This is achieved through thedevelopment of a problem-based learning aerospace theme. Each student isassigned to an Institute Flight Team. Students develop a lesson plan that they willteach to children from a local school.

Applications are due April 5, 2013.

Applicants must attend adesignated member institution. For more information and a list of eligibleinstitutions, visit http://education.ssc.nasa.gov/psti/psti.asp.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Pamala Heard at
pamala.heard@jsums.edu.

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

The transcript from the Pre-ProposalTeleconference was posted on the CP4SMP+ portal page on NSPIRES on March 4,2013.

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

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NASA ISS FIT iPad App Challenge

The NASA Tournament Lab has launched a new challenge in support ofInternational Space Station operations. The ISS Food Intake Tracker, or FIT,iPad App Challenge asks participants to design, develop and produce an iPadapplication that will allow space station crewmembers to easily track whatfoods they eat.

The application should seamlessly identify the user, track all dietary intake(food and beverages) and provide a timestamp of when the intake was consumed. Andthe app must be compatible with the iPad operating system.

This challenge is divided into multiple stages, and each stage has its ownstart and end date. The challenge is currently scheduled to run through May 23, 2013. For full challengedetails and a list of what steps are currently in progress, visit http://www.topcoder.com/iss/fit/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to https://www.nasa.gov/offices/COECI/contact_us.html.

iPad is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.

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Smart Skies: Sector 33 App NowAvailable for Android

The NASA Smart Skies project recently updated the “Sector33” application, or app, to support Android smartphones and tablets.

“Sector 33” is an air traffic control game designed to intereststudents in aeronautics-related careers and to connect mathematics and problemsolving to the real world. In “Sector 33,” the player role-plays anair traffic controller with the task of guiding two to five airplanes through asector of airspace by changing the planes’ routes and speeds. The challenge isto get the planes through the sector in the fastest time possible while maintainingproper spacing.

The app serves as a companion piece to the Smart Skies “LineUp With Math”classroom mathematics activity and is available for both Apple and Androidmobile devices. To learn more about “Sector 33,” visit https://www.nasa.gov/sector33.

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