NASA Education Express — March 28, 2013


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