Monthly Archives: April 2013

NASA Education Express — April 25, 2013

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

Guidance for Education and Public Outreach Activities UnderSequestration

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 regarding conferences,travel, and training that reflect the new fiscal reality in which the agencymust 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.

NASA Seeks Universitiesfor Early Stage Innovation Tech Proposals

Audience: Accredited U.S. Universities
Notice of Intent Deadline: April 29, 2013
Proposal Deadline: May 21, 2013

2013 Astrobiology SummerScience Experience for Teachers
Audience: Grade 9-12 Educators
Registration Deadline: April 30, 2013
Event Date: July 29 – Aug. 2, 2013

Global PrecipitationMeasurement Mission Anime Challenge
Audience: Artists ages 13 and older
Entry Deadline: April 30, 2013

Free Education Webinar Series from the AerospaceEducation Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: April 30, 2013

It Rocks! LearnAbout the Moon With Award-Winning Selene Video Game
Audience: All Educators and Grade 5-HigherEducation Students
Suggested Registration Deadline: April 30, 2013

Chemical Elements: Genesis — What AreWe Made Of? Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: May 1, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

2014 eXploration Habitat(X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Due Date: May 1, 2013

RockOn 2013 UniversityRocket Science Workshop
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: May 1, 2013
Workshop Dates: June 15-20, 2013

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

Temperature and Earth Climate:Modeling Hot and Cold Planets Web Seminar
Audience: 7-9 and Informal Educators
Event Date: May 2, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

SOFIA Airborne AstronomyAmbassador Program
Audience: All Educators
Application Deadline: May 3, 2013

EducatorWorkshop: How to Think Like a NASA Scientist
Audience: Grade 5-12 Educators
Registration Deadline: May 3, 2013
Event Date: May 11, 2013

Center for Astronomy EducationTeaching Excellence Workshops
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Next Event Date: May 4, 2013

Historical NASASpace Artifacts Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other EducationOrganizations
Deadline: May 6, 2013

Pre-Service TeacherInstitutes at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: May 10, 2013
Institute Dates: July 12-24, 2013

GetCooking With the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge
Audience: Students Ages 8-12
Entry Deadline: May 12, 2013

NASA ISS FIT iPad AppChallenge
Audience: Application Designers, Developers and Producers
Challenge Runs through May 23, 2013

2013NASA EONS Solicitation Now Open
Audience: Minority Universities
Proposal Deadline: July 24, 2013

Frequently AskedQuestions — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for ScienceMuseums, Planetariums, and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities(CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH13ZHA001N, Catalog of Federal DomesticAssistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008)
Audience: Informal Education Institutions

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 SeeksUniversities for Early Stage Innovation Tech Proposals

NASA is seeking innovative, early-stage space technology proposals fromaccredited U.S. universities that will enable NASA’s future missions andAmerica’s leadership in space.

Proposals are sought for science instruments,cryogenic propellant storage for long-duration space exploration, opticalcoatings for astrophysical pursuits, oxygen recovery for life support systems,and to improve our understanding of and protection from near-Earth asteroids.

Each of these space technology areas requiresdramatic improvements over existing capabilities. New early stage, or lowtechnology readiness-level, technologies could mature into tools that solve thehard challenges facing NASA’s future scientific and human spaceflight missions.Researchers should propose unique, transformational space technologies thataddress specific topics found in this solicitation.

This solicitation requests proposals on fivetopic areas. The first topic area seeks new instrument technologies for theexploration of planetary bodies within our solar system. Innovative technologyadvances are needed to support the instruments that scientists will need tobetter understand the history, climates, evidence of past life and futurepotential habitability of planets and moons within the solar system.

Spaceflight architectures for future human spaceexploration beyond low-Earth orbit will require technologies and capabilitiesnot available today, such as long duration storage of cryogenic propellants ina zero gravity environment. Under a second topic area for this solicitation,NASA is particularly interested in proposals regarding how to maturefundamental experimental and computational solutions to address the challengesof cryogenic storage of liquid hydrogen.

Through a third topic area for thissolicitation, NASA is seeking advances in optics technologies to enable thechallenging science measurements that may contribute to the understanding ofthe first moments of the universe, the characterization of galaxy evolutionover time and the characterization of newly found exoplanets.

As future exploration missions extend beyondlow-Earth orbit, vehicles and extraterrestrial surface habitats housingastronauts will need to be highly reliable and self-sufficient; the opportunityfor resupply of consumables diminishes the farther from home you go. The fourthtopic area of this solicitation seeks novel technologies that will help closethe atmosphere revitalization loop aboard spaceships and surface habitatsduring long duration space missions. New technologies must have the potentialto significantly increase the oxygen recovery rate beyond the current state ofthe art.

Under a final topic area, NASA is seekingproposals for new technologies to better understand and protect our planet fromnear-Earth asteroids. Early stage technologies that will help with characterizing,understanding, and planning how to mitigate the threat of near-Earth asteroidsare of great interest. These efforts are important for the sustainability andfuture of our home planet.

NASA expects to make approximately 10 awardsthis fall, based on the merit of proposals received. Each award will be madefor one year with an additional year of research possible. The typical annualaward value is expected to be approximately $250,000. Second-year funding willbe contingent on the availability of appropriated funds and technical progress.Only accredited U.S. universities may submit proposals to this solicitation. Notices of intent are due by April 29,2013, with proposals due May 21, 2013.

To view the Early Stage Innovation NASA ResearchAnnouncement and information for submitting proposals, visit http://go.usa.gov/25De.

The solicitation is a part of NASA’s SpaceTechnology Mission Directorate, which is innovating, developing, testing andflying hardware for use in NASA’s future missions. For more information aboutNASA’s investment in space technology, visit https://www.nasa.gov/spacetech.

Questions about this opportunity should beemailed to Claudia Meyer at claudia.m.meyer@nasa.gov.

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2013 AstrobiologySummer Science Experience for Teachers

The 2013 Astrobiology Summer Science Experiencefor Teachers, or ASSET, is being held July 29 – Aug. 2, 2013, at San FranciscoState University. ASSET will feature presentations by leading astrobiologyresearchers from the SETI Institute, NASA and the California Academy ofSciences. Scientists will share the latest in astrobiology research on theorigin of life on Earth, the extreme conditions in which life exists, Marsexploration, the formation of planetary systems around sun-like stars and thesearch for life in the universe.

The six-day workshop features a combination ofcutting-edge science, inquiry-based teaching and learning and leadership skillsdevelopment to support teachers and teacher trainers.

Participants receive the entire Voyages Through Time curriculumand complementary astrobiology materials, developed by NASA’s AstrobiologyInstitute, for use in their classrooms.

Applications are due April 30, 2013.

For more information and to apply online, visit http://www.seti.org/seti-educators/asset.

If you have any questions about thisopportunity, please contact Pamela Harman at pharman@seti.org.

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GlobalPrecipitation Measurement Mission Anime Challenge

NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement, or GPM, mission has teamed up withthe Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency to hold a design challenge for peoplearound the world to develop an anime character to represent the GPM mission.GPM is an international satellite mission that will use multiple satellitesorbiting Earth to collect rain and snow data worldwide every three hours.

Participants should learn about the GPM missionand design their characters to represent 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 April30, 2013.

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

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

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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 and May 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.

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 May 2013, visit http://aesp.psu.edu/programs/webinars/.

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

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It Rocks! LearnAbout the Moon With Award-Winning Selene Video Game

Use your computer to journey back 4.5 billionyears — you’re going to make a moon just like Earth’s. All you need to do isto register to play the award-winning “Selene” online video game fromthe Center for Educational Technologies.

To allow time for students to finish”Selene” before the end of the school year or to prepare students toplay “Selene” over the summer, teachers are encouraged to register byApril 30, 2013.

Designed for players ages nine and older,”Selene: A Lunar Construction Game,” teaches users about basicgeological processes on Earth and in the solar system. Players learn the solarsystem’s basic geological processes by firing away at what will quickly becomea full-fledged, pockmarked moon like our own.

“Science” magazine and the NationalScience Foundation honored “Selene” in 2013 as one of the topeducational games or apps in the world.

Educators and youth leaders can incorporate”Selene” into classroom curriculum and other activities.Follow game play with “MoonGazers,” hands-on activities that takeplayers outside to explore the moon and its phases from their own backyards.With funding from NASA Education and the National Science Foundation, CyGaMEshas conducted empirical research that shows “Selene” causesand measures learning. Discover and apply concepts that are standards based,then investigate the moon.

To learn more about “Selene,” readtestimonials about it or see how it aligns with national and state sciencestandards, visit http://selene.cet.edu.

“Selene” is now available in Spanish.For more info, visit http://selene.cet.edu/?page=espanol.

Questions about the “Selene” gameshould be directed to selene@cet.edu.

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Chemical Elements: Genesis –What Are We Made Of? 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 May 1, 2013, at 6:30p.m. EDT. Learn how to use the “What Are We Made Of?” hands-on activity tointegrate mathematics and physical science in your classroom. Discover howstudents can use statistical sampling to estimate the chemical composition ofthe sun by analyzing data in a way similar to the one used by scientists whoanalyzed solar particles collected by the Genesis spacecraft.

For more information and to registeronline, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar23.aspx.

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

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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2014 eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) AcademicInnovation Challenge

In a continuing effort to engage and retainstudents in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields and providea real-world challenge, exposing students to the engineering and designprocesses, the Advanced Exploration Systems Habitation Systems Deep SpaceHabitat Project team has begun accepting applications for the 2014 eXplorationHabitat, or X-Hab Challenge.

Post-secondary students, engaged in a variety ofcurricula, will work together to create a solution to a need for living andworking in space or on another celestial body. The winners of the challengewill receive between $10,000 and $20,000 to design and produce functionalproducts of interest to the Deep Space Habitat project.

Proposals are due May 1, 2013, andawardees should expect to deliver their product to NASA’s Johnson Space Centerin Houston, Texas, in May of 2014.

Proposals will be accepted from universityfaculty who are U.S. citizens and currently teach an ABET-accreditedengineering senior or graduate design, industrial design, or architecturecurriculum at an accredited university in the U.S.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities,Tribal Colleges and other minority serving educational institutions areparticularly encouraged to apply. Proposals from women, members ofunderrepresented minorities groups, and persons with disabilities also arehighly encouraged.

For more information about the challenge, visit http://spacegrant.org/xhab/.

If you have any questions about the X-HabChallenge, please email xhab@spacegrant.org.

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RockOn 2013University Rocket Science Workshop

U.S. university and community college facultyand students are invited to a weeklong workshop to learn how to build andlaunch a scientific experiment into space. NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility inVirginia is hosting the RockOn 2013 workshop June 15-20, 2013, in partnershipwith the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortia. Workshop participantsmust be U.S. citizens. The registration deadline for the workshop is May 1, 2013.

The hands-on workshop teaches participants tobuild experiments that fly on sounding rockets. During the week, participantswill work together in teams of three to construct and integrate a soundingrocket payload from a kit. On the fifth day of the workshop, the experimentswill fly on a sounding rocket expected to reach an altitude of more than 70miles.

Each experiment will provide valuable scientificdata, analyzed as part of the student-led science and engineering research. Theprogram engages faculty and students in science, technology, engineering andmathematics skills critical to NASA’s future engineering, scientific andtechnical missions.

For more information about RockOn and toregister online, visit http://spacegrant.colorado.edu/national-programs/rockon-2013-home.

Questions about the workshop or the registrationprocess should be directed to Chris Koehler by email at koehler@colorado.edu or by telephone at303-492-3141

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2013 SummerWorkshops — Climate Science Research for Educators and Students

The Institute for Earth Science Research and Education, in collaborationwith Queens College/City University of New York, is seeking participants forsummer professional development workshops in the third year of its ClimateScience Research for Educators and Students project. Funded by the NASAInnovations in Climate Education program, this project seeks to improve studentengagement in climate science by helping teachers and students developauthentic climate-related science research projects.

During summer 2013, two climate scienceworkshops will take place in New York City. The first workshop will be held inlate June. The workshop will focus on understanding sun/Earth/atmosphereinteractions and Earth’s radiative balance, a fundamental concept for climatescience. All participants will build instruments called pyranometers, whichmonitor solar radiation. A follow-up workshop will take place later in thesummer. During the summer, participants are expected to conduct their ownresearch.

Applications are due May 1, 2013.

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

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

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Temperature and Earth Climate:Modeling Hot and Cold Planets Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on May 2, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Use NASAmission data collected from NASA satellites to see how a planet’s climate isdetermined. Attend this session and discover how you can incorporate authenticNASA data into your classroom to provide a real-world connection for your students.

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

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar24.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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SOFIA Airborne Astronomy Ambassador Program

NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory For InfraredAstronomy, or SOFIA, is a 747SP aircraft carrying a 2.5 meter-diametertelescope. The SOFIA Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors Program is seeking educatorteams of two to participate in an upcoming SOFIA flight. One of the teammembers must be a middle- or high-school educator. Applicants must be U.S.citizens or legal residents teaching in a U.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 bedirected to Pamela Harman at pharman@seti.org.

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EducatorWorkshop: How to Think Like a NASA Scientist

Learn to think like a NASA scientist, and get your students thinking like one,too!

On May 11, 2013, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL, in Pasadena, Calif.,will host an educator workshop that will share techniques to teach students toread scientific graphs and draw conclusions based on real NASA data. Expertswill discuss current Earth science missions and show how scientists drawconclusions from these data. Participants will also receive science and mathematicsapplication problems to take back and use in the classroom.

The target audience for the workshop is middle- and high-school science andmathematics educators, but the workshop is open to all educators.

Registration for this workshop closes on May3, 2013. A $25 registration fee includes continental breakfast,lunch and snacks.

For more information, directions to the workshop location and to registeronline, visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/index.cfm?page=373.

Please direct questions about this workshop to Patty Tovar at Patricia.G.Tovar@jpl.nasa.gov.

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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 Exploration Program.

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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Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available forEducational Use

NASA is inviting eligible educationalinstitutions, museums and other organizations to screen and request historicalspace artifacts.

The artifacts represent significant humanspaceflight technologies, processes and the accomplishments of NASA’s manyprograms. NASA and the General Services Administration worked together toensure broad access to space artifacts and to provide a web-based electronicartifacts viewing capability. This is the 17th time since 2009 NASA has made thisopportunity available.

The web-based artifacts module is located at http://gsaxcess.gov/NASAWel.htm.

Eligible participants may view the artifacts andrequest specific items at the website through May 6, 2013. Only schools and museums areeligible to receive artifacts. They must register online using an assignedDepartment of Education number or through the state agency responsible forsurplus property.

The artifacts are free of charge. Eligibleorganizations must cover shipping costs and any special handling fees. Shippingfees on smaller items will be relatively inexpensive, while larger items mayinvolve extensive disassembly, preparation, shipping and reassembly costs. NASAwill work closely with eligible organizations, on a case-by-case basis, toaddress any unique special handling costs.

Special items, such as space shuttle thermalprotective tiles and packages of three packets of astronaut food, also areoffered on a first-come, first-served basis. Instructions for requestingartifacts and special items are linked on the website home page.

To date, more than 7,700 artifacts fromprograms, including the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, space shuttle and the HubbleSpace Telescope, have been given to eligible museums, schools, universities,libraries and planetariums in all 50 U.S. states. Artifacts are on display for42 days. NASA organizations must register their requests within the first 21days. All other eligible organizations may register their requests after thefirst 21 days. After the viewing period ends, organizations will be notifiedabout the status of their requests.

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to GSAXcessHelp@gsa.gov.

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Pre-ServiceTeacher Institutes at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center has partnered with Oakwood Universityto offer a two-week Pre-Service Teacher Institute taking place July 12-24,2013, in Huntsville, Ala. This residential session is for education majorspreparing to teach grades K-8.

Participants will engage in hands-on learningexperiences designed to develop their skills for teaching science, technology,engineering and mathematics using NASA-developed curriculum resources.Full-time rising junior or senior undergraduate and graduate students atminority institutions are invited to apply. Housing, meals, travel assistanceand a stipend will be provided.

Applications must be postmarked by May 10, 2013.

For more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/education/msfc/psti.

Please email any questions about thisopportunity to Marilyn Lewis at marilyn.h.lewis@nasa.gov.

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Get Cooking With the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge

First Lady Michele Obama is challenging America’smost creative junior chefs to put their talents to good use and whip updelicious lunchtime recipes. The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge invites studentsages 8-12 and their parents or guardians to create and submit an original lunchrecipe that is healthy, affordable and tasty.

Recipes must adhere to the guidance that supports the Department of Agriculture’sMyPlate (http://www.choosemyplate.gov/)initiative. Recipes must also represent each of the food groups, includingfruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy foods, withfruits and vegetables making up roughly half of the plate or recipe.

Fifty-six students and their parents/guardians — one pair from each of the 50states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and U.S. territories — will beflown to Washington, D.C., to attend a Kids’ State Dinner at the White House,where a selection of the winning recipes will be served.

Recipes may be submitted online through May12, 2013.

For more information about the challenge, visit http://www.recipechallenge.epicurious.com/.

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NASA ISS FIT iPadApp 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 what foodsthey eat.

The application should seamlessly identify theuser, track all dietary intake (food and beverages) and provide a timestamp ofwhen the intake was consumed. And the app must be compatible with the iPadoperating system.

This challenge is divided into multiple stages,and each stage has its own start and end date. The challenge is currentlyscheduled to run through May23, 2013. For full challenge details and a list of what stepsare currently in progress, visit http://www.topcoder.com/iss/fit/.

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

iPad is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.

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2013NASA EONS Solicitation Now Open

NASA’s Office of Education is accepting newproposals under the Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) 2013 NASAResearch Announcement. This is an umbrella announcement for opportunities underthe Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP, and includescalls for proposals in the following program elements for FY 2013-2014: TribalColleges and Universities Experiential Learning Opportunities (TCU ELO) andNASA Innovations in Climate Education — Tribal (NICE-T). Proposals for bothopportunities are due July 24, 2013.

For more information regarding these opportunities, please visit the NASA EONSpage on the NSPIRES website at http://go.nasa.gov/14So8d6.

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Frequently AskedQuestions — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for ScienceMuseums, Planetariums, and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities(CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH13ZHA001N, Catalog of Federal DomesticAssistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008)

One amendment was posted on the CP4SMP+ portalpage on NSPIRES on April 8, 2013. Fourteen new Frequently Asked Questions wereposted on April 24, 2013.

Visit: https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7b37764C2A-F415-01DF-1B30-F1971BE7F8BE%7d&path=closedPast

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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 — April 18, 2013

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

Guidance for Education and Public Outreach Activities UnderSequestration

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 regarding conferences,travel, and training that reflect the new fiscal reality in which the agencymust 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.

Properties of Living Things: Searching for Life onMars Web Seminar

Audience: 4-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: April 18, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

International Space Apps Challenge
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Dates: April 20-21, 2013

Center for Astronomy Education TeachingExcellence Workshops
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Next Event Date: April 20, 2013

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event– Celebrate Our Beautiful Earth
Audience: Grades 5-12
Event Date: April 22, 2013, Noon EDT

Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: April 22, 2013

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

Free Virtual Professional DevelopmentWorkshop Series: Rockets to Racecars
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: First workshop takes place on April 23, 2013, at 3:15 p.m. EDT

Centerof Mass and Center of Pressure: Engineering a Stable Rocket Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: April 23, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. EDT

ISS EarthKAM Spring 2013 Mission – EarthKAM ErosionChallenge
Audience: Middle School Educators and Students
Mission Dates: April 23-26, 2013

Human Body: Space Adaptations WebSeminar
Audience: 4-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: April 24, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

Reduced GravityEducation Flight Opportunity for Students at Minority Serving Institutions
Audience: Higher Education Educators & Students
Proposal Deadline: April 24, 2013

NASA SeeksUniversities for Early Stage Innovation Tech Proposals
Audience: Accredited U.S. Universities
Notice of Intent Deadline: April 29, 2013
Proposal Deadline: May 21, 2013

2013 Astrobiology SummerScience Experience for Teachers
Audience: Grade 9-12 Educators
Registration Deadline: April 30, 2013
Event Date: July 29 – Aug. 2, 2013

Global PrecipitationMeasurement Mission Anime Challenge
Audience: Artists ages 13 and older
Entry Deadline: April 30, 2013

It Rocks! Learn About the MoonWith Award-Winning Selene Video Game
Audience: All Educators and Grade 5-Higher Education Students
Suggested Registration Deadline: April 30, 2013

2014 eXploration Habitat(X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Due Date: May 1, 2013

RockOn 2013 UniversityRocket Science Workshop
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: May 1, 2013
Workshop Dates: June 15-20, 2013

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

Presidential Awards forExcellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring
Audience: All Educators and Students
Nomination Deadline: June 5, 2013

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

NASA Night Rover Energy Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Early Registration Deadline: July 26, 2013
Regular Registration Deadline: Oct. 25, 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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Propertiesof Living Things: Searching for Life on Mars Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, theNASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a 90-minute Web seminar for educators on April 18, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. This web seminar featurestwo lessons: one on extremophiles and the other on searching for life. Review criteria for determining if something is alive andlearn how students apply the criteria in a hands-on activity. A video will beshown that connects the activity to a NASA mission. Collaborate with otherparticipants about ways of using and adapting the activity. Extensionactivities for students interested in the topic will be provided.

This is the final 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/webseminar21.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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International Space Apps Challenge

NASA and government agencies worldwide will host thesecond International Space Apps Challenge April20-21, 2013, with events across all seven continents and in space.

Participants are encouraged to develop mobile applications, software, hardware,data visualization and platform solutions that could contribute to spaceexploration missions and help improve life on Earth.

The two-day event will provide an opportunity for government to harness theexpertise and entrepreneurial spirit of citizen explorers to help addressglobal challenges. During the event, representatives of NASA and otherinternational space agencies will gather with scientists and participants touse publicly released open data to create solutions for 50 software, hardwareand visualization challenges, including robotics, citizen science platforms andapplications of remote sensing data.

Twelve locations in the United States will host an International Space AppsChallenge event: Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Cape Canaveral, Fla.; Cleveland; Detroit;Easton, Md.; New York; Philadelphia; Reno, Nev.; Rochester, N.Y.; SanFrancisco; and Syracuse, N.Y. Thirty-eight other events will be held in 30other countries: Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia,Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Guatemala,India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Poland, Macedonia, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand,South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Uganda and United Kingdom.Also participating will be McMurdo Station in Antarctica and astronauts aboardthe International Space Station

Registration for citizen participation is now open.

To learn more about the International Space Apps Challenge, get thelatest updates and register to attend an event, visit http://spaceappschallenge.org/.

If you have questions about the challenge, please visit http://spaceappschallenge.org/about/contact/.

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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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NASA’sDigital Learning Network Event — Celebrate Our Beautiful Earth

Join NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center on Earth Day,April 22, 2013, at Noon EDT, for amusical and visual tour of Earth from space with interactive discussionsthrough the Beautiful Earth program!

Director and musician Kenji Williams will narrate the BELLA GAIA®,or beautiful Earth, multimedia show, and discuss his inspiration and why artand music are important in science. He will be joined by NASA’s Dr. ClaireParkinson, project scientist of the Aqua satellite mission, which measuresEarth’s processes including temperatures, clouds, vegetation cover and watervapor. Dr. Parkinson will discuss climate change and how NASA is studying ourhome planet.

Students and teachers are invited to participate by viewing the webcast on theDLiNfo Channel at http://dln.nasa.gov. Duringthe event, an email address will be provided for participants to sendquestions.

For more information about the Beautiful Earth program, visit http://beautifulearth.gsfc.nasa.gov.

Inquiries about this event should be directed to Erin McKinley at erin.e.mckinley@nasa.gov.

BELLA GAIA is a registered trademark of Remedy Arts,LLC.

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FreeEducation Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project ispresenting a series of free webinars throughout April 2013. All webinars can beaccessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn aboutactivities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into yourclassroom.

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 Strides webinarsscheduled 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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2013-14 NASALEARN Opportunity

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

This summer, participants will complete twoweeks of onsite work at NASA’s Langley Research Center during the weeks of July8-12 and July 15-19, 2013. Teachers will receive approximately 70 hours ofprofessional development. Onsite work will be followed by continued researchthrough 2014 via virtual research team meetings and data presentations. Astipend is offered for participants, and educators may present proposals fortravel 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 theworkshops, visit http://science-edu.larc.nasa.gov/LEARN/.

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

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Free Virtual ProfessionalDevelopment Workshop Series: Rockets to Racecars

Start your engines! Engage students inreal-world mathematics and incorporate standards-based hands-on activities tomake mathematics challenging and fun. Bring the excitement of racing andthe thrill of launching into your classroom with the “Rockets 2 Racecars”educational materials.

Learn about tires and air pressure as you calculatethe effects of temperature on regular tires as well as Space Shuttle andracecar tires in the session “Measure Up and Calculate.” Use mathematicsto interpret air pressure and air flow data on airplane wings and racecarspoilers in “May the Force Uplift You…or Not!”. Test the variablesthat affect cars’ stability to travel by constructing a balloon-powered racecar and maneuver through different angles to see force in action in “Newton’sAngle on Force and Motion.” Design a capsule to land on Mars and see itseffectiveness by calculating speed or rate of descent in “Drag Race toMars Engineering Design Challenge.”

Sign up today to join the free four-day workshop series on April 23, April25, April 29 and May 1, 2013, from 3:15pm to 4:30pm EDT.

Participants who register and complete all four workshops are eligible toreceive five workshop hours towards continuing education units.

For more information, visit http://dln.nasa.gov.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Marilé Colon Robles at marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov.

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Centerof Mass and Center of Pressure: Engineering a Stable Rocket 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 April 23, 2013 at 7:30p.m. EDT. Learn how to incorporate rocketry into your teaching repertoire.During this seminar, participants will get an overview of an activity fromNASA’s “Rockets Educator Guide” that addresses forces and motion,center of mass and center of pressure. This seminar provides an overview of theactivity, explores the NASA connections, shares tips and tricks forimplementing this lesson in the classroom, showcases videos of students engagedin the lesson and discusses possible modifications or extensions.

This is the final 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/webseminar7.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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ISS EarthKAM Spring 2013 Mission – EarthKAM ErosionChallenge

Middle school educatorsare invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAM Spring2013 Mission from April 23-26, 2013.This mission will feature the EarthKAM Erosion Challenge. Guide your studentsin hands-on research as they program cameras aboard the space station to takepictures of erosion on Earth, and then video conference with an astronaut todiscuss what they learned. During theinteractive video conference, students will share what they learned abouterosion, exchange images and chat with the astronaut about the research beingconducted from the International Space Station.

For more information about EarthKAM and to register for the upcoming mission,visit the EarthKAM home page https://earthkam.ucsd.edu/ek-images/erosion_challenge.

Please note that you can participate in the ISS EarthKAM Spring 2013 missionwithout participating in the EarthKAM Erosion Challenge.

If you have questions about the EarthKAMproject, please email ek-help@earthkam.ucsd.edu.

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Human Body: Space Adaptations WebSeminar

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hostinga 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on April 24, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Spaceis a harsh environment. When an astronaut goes into space, his or her bodyimmediately begins to change, causing the astronaut to feel and even lookslightly different. During this seminar, you will get information about theeffects of microgravity on astronauts. You also will be guided through threestudent activities, which provide a first-hand look at the effects of reducedgravity on bones, the fluid shifts in the body and the amount of oxygen neededto survive.

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

For more information and to registeronline, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar22.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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Reduced Gravity Education Flight Opportunity forStudents at Minority Serving Institutions

NASA is offering undergraduate students fromminority serving institutions an opportunity to test experiments inmicrogravity aboard NASA’s reduced gravity aircraft.

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

Proposals are due April 24, 2013.

All applicants must be full-time undergraduatestudents, 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 beemailed to Suzanne Foxworth at jsc-reducedgravity@nasa.gov.

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NASA SeeksUniversities for Early Stage Innovation Tech Proposals

NASA is seeking innovative, early-stage space technology proposals fromaccredited U.S. universities that will enable NASA’s future missions andAmerica’s leadership in space.

Proposals are sought for science instruments,cryogenic propellant storage for long-duration space exploration, opticalcoatings for astrophysical pursuits, oxygen recovery for life support systems,and to improve our understanding of and protection from near-Earth asteroids.

Each of these space technology areas requiresdramatic improvements over existing capabilities. New early stage, or lowtechnology readiness-level, technologies could mature into tools that solve thehard challenges facing NASA’s future scientific and human spaceflight missions.Researchers should propose unique, transformational space technologies thataddress specific topics found in this solicitation.

This solicitation requests proposals on fivetopic areas. The first topic area seeks new instrument technologies for theexploration of planetary bodies within our solar system. Innovative technologyadvances are needed to support the instruments that scientists will need tobetter understand the history, climates, evidence of past life and futurepotential habitability of planets and moons within the solar system.

Spaceflight architectures for future human spaceexploration beyond low-Earth orbit will require technologies and capabilitiesnot available today, such as long duration storage of cryogenic propellants ina zero gravity environment. Under a second topic area for this solicitation,NASA is particularly interested in proposals regarding how to maturefundamental experimental and computational solutions to address the challengesof cryogenic storage of liquid hydrogen.

Through a third topic area for thissolicitation, NASA is seeking advances in optics technologies to enable thechallenging science measurements that may contribute to the understanding ofthe first moments of the universe, the characterization of galaxy evolutionover time and the characterization of newly found exoplanets.

As future exploration missions extend beyondlow-Earth orbit, vehicles and extraterrestrial surface habitats housingastronauts will need to be highly reliable and self-sufficient; the opportunityfor resupply of consumables diminishes the farther from home you go. The fourthtopic area of this solicitation seeks novel technologies that will help close theatmosphere revitalization loop aboard spaceships and surface habitats duringlong duration space missions. New technologies must have the potential tosignificantly increase the oxygen recovery rate beyond the current state of theart.

Under a final topic area, NASA is seekingproposals for new technologies to better understand and protect our planet fromnear-Earth asteroids. Early stage technologies that will help withcharacterizing, understanding, and planning how to mitigate the threat ofnear-Earth asteroids are of great interest. These efforts are important for thesustainability and future of our home planet.

NASA expects to make approximately 10 awardsthis fall, based on the merit of proposals received. Each award will be madefor one year with an additional year of research possible. The typical annualaward value is expected to be approximately $250,000. Second-year funding willbe contingent on the availability of appropriated funds and technical progress.Only accredited U.S. universities may submit proposals to this solicitation. Notices of intent are due by April 29,2013, with proposals due May 21, 2013.

To view the Early Stage Innovation NASA ResearchAnnouncement and information for submitting proposals, visit http://go.usa.gov/25De.

The solicitation is a part of NASA’s SpaceTechnology Mission Directorate, which is innovating, developing, testing andflying hardware for use in NASA’s future missions. For more information aboutNASA’s investment in space technology, visit https://www.nasa.gov/spacetech.

Questions about this opportunity should beemailed to Claudia Meyer at claudia.m.meyer@nasa.gov.

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2013 AstrobiologySummer Science Experience for Teachers

The 2013 Astrobiology Summer Science Experiencefor Teachers, or ASSET, is being held July 29 – Aug. 2, 2013, at San FranciscoState University. ASSET will feature presentations by leading astrobiologyresearchers from the SETI Institute, NASA and the California Academy ofSciences. Scientists will share the latest in astrobiology research on theorigin of life on Earth, the extreme conditions in which life exists, Marsexploration, the formation of planetary systems around sun-like stars and thesearch for life in the universe.

The six-day workshop features a combination ofcutting-edge science, inquiry-based teaching and learning and leadership skillsdevelopment to support teachers and teacher trainers.

Participants receive the entire Voyages Through Time curriculumand complementary astrobiology materials, developed by NASA’s AstrobiologyInstitute, for use in their classrooms.

Applications are due April 30, 2013.

For more information and to apply online, visit http://www.seti.org/seti-educators/asset.

If you have any questions about thisopportunity, please contact Pamela Harman at pharman@seti.org.

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GlobalPrecipitation Measurement Mission Anime Challenge

NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement, or GPM, mission has teamed up withthe Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency to hold a design challenge for peoplearound the world to develop an anime character to represent the GPM mission.GPM is an international satellite mission that will use multiple satellitesorbiting Earth to collect rain and snow data worldwide every three hours.

Participants should learn about the GPM missionand design their characters to represent 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 April30, 2013.

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

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

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It Rocks! Learn About the MoonWith Award-Winning Selene Video Game

Use your computer to journey back 4.5 billion years — you’re going to make amoon just like Earth’s. All you need to do is to register to play the award-winning”Selene” online video game from the Center for EducationalTechnologies.

To allow time for students to finish “Selene” before the end of theschool year or to prepare students to play “Selene” over the summer,teachers are encouraged to register by April30, 2013.

Designed for players ages nine and older, “Selene: A Lunar ConstructionGame,” teaches users about basic geological processes on Earth and in thesolar system. Players learn the solar system’s basicgeological processes by firing away at what will quickly become a full-fledged,pockmarked moon like our own.

“Science” magazine and the National Science Foundation honored “Selene”in 2013 as one of the top educational games or apps in the world.

Educators and youth leaders can incorporate “Selene” into classroom curriculum and otheractivities. Follow game play with “MoonGazers,” hands-on activitiesthat take players outside to explore the moon and its phases from their ownbackyards. With funding from NASA Education and the National ScienceFoundation, CyGaMEs has conducted empirical research that shows “Selene” causes andmeasures learning. Discover and apply concepts that are standards based, theninvestigate the moon.

To learn more about “Selene,” read testimonials about it or see how italigns with national and state science standards, visit http://selene.cet.edu.

“Selene” is now available in Spanish. For more info, visit http://selene.cet.edu/?page=espanol.

Questions about the “Selene” game should be directed to selene@cet.edu.

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2014 eXplorationHabitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge

In a continuing effort to engage and retainstudents in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields and providea real-world challenge, exposing students to the engineering and designprocesses, the Advanced Exploration Systems Habitation Systems Deep SpaceHabitat Project team has begun accepting applications for the 2014 eXplorationHabitat, or X-Hab Challenge.

Post-secondary students, engaged in a variety ofcurricula, will work together to create a solution to a need for living andworking in space or on another celestial body. The winners of the challengewill receive between $10,000 and $20,000 to design and produce functionalproducts of interest to the Deep Space Habitat project.

Proposals are due May 1, 2013, andawardees should expect to deliver their product to NASA’s Johnson Space Centerin Houston, Texas, in May of 2014.

Proposals will be accepted from universityfaculty who are U.S. citizens and currently teach an ABET-accreditedengineering senior or graduate design, industrial design, or architecturecurriculum at an accredited university in the U.S.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities,Tribal Colleges and other minority serving educational institutions areparticularly encouraged to apply. Proposals from women, members ofunderrepresented minorities groups, and persons with disabilities also arehighly encouraged.

For more information about the challenge, visit http://spacegrant.org/xhab/.

If you have any questions about the X-HabChallenge, please email xhab@spacegrant.org.

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RockOn 2013University Rocket Science Workshop

U.S. university and community college facultyand students are invited to a weeklong workshop to learn how to build andlaunch a scientific experiment into space. NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility inVirginia is hosting the RockOn 2013 workshop June 15-20, 2013, in partnershipwith the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortia. Workshop participantsmust be U.S. citizens. The registration deadline for the workshop is May 1, 2013.

The hands-on workshop teaches participants tobuild experiments that fly on sounding rockets. During the week, participantswill work together in teams of three to construct and integrate a soundingrocket payload from a kit. On the fifth day of the workshop, the experimentswill fly on a sounding rocket expected to reach an altitude of more than 70miles.

Each experiment will provide valuable scientificdata, analyzed as part of the student-led science and engineering research. Theprogram engages faculty and students in science, technology, engineering andmathematics skills critical to NASA’s future engineering, scientific andtechnical missions.

For more information about RockOn and toregister online, visit http://spacegrant.colorado.edu/national-programs/rockon-2013-home.

Questions about the workshop or the registrationprocess should be directed to Chris Koehler by email at koehler@colorado.edu or by telephone at303-492-3141

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2013 SummerWorkshops — Climate Science Research for Educators and Students

The Institute for Earth Science Research and Education, in collaborationwith Queens College/City University of New York, is seeking participants forsummer professional development workshops in the third year of its ClimateScience Research for Educators and Students project. Funded by the NASAInnovations in Climate Education program, this project seeks to improve studentengagement in climate science by helping teachers and students developauthentic climate-related science research projects.

During summer 2013, two climate scienceworkshops will take place in New York City. The first workshop will be held inlate June. The workshop will focus on understanding sun/Earth/atmosphereinteractions and Earth’s radiative balance, a fundamental concept for climatescience. All participants will build instruments called pyranometers, whichmonitor solar radiation. A follow-up workshop will take place later in thesummer. During the summer, participants are expected to conduct their ownresearch.

Applications are due May 1, 2013.

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

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

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Presidential Awards forExcellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the NationalScience Foundation are currently accepting nominations for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science,Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, or PAESMEM. This award program recognizesU.S. citizens or permanent residents and U.S. organizations that havedemonstrated excellence in mentoring individuals from groups that areunderrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics educationand the workforce.

Presidential awardees receive a $10,000 award and a commemorative presidentialcertificate. Awardees are invited to participate in an awards ceremony inWashington D.C., which includes meetings with education policy leaders.

Individuals and organizations in all public and private sectors are eligible,including industry, academia, primary and secondary education, military andgovernment, nonprofit organizations and foundations. Nominations, includingself-nominations, are due June 5, 2013.

For more information, visit www.nsf.gov/PAESMEM.

An informational webinar about preparing and submitting PAESMEM nominationmaterials will take place on April 24,2013, at 3 p.m. EDT. To register for the webinar, visit https://mmancusa.webex.com/mmancusa/j.php?ED=203853802&RG=1&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D.

Please email any questions about thisopportunity to PAESMEM@nsf.gov.

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2013 Lunar Workshops for Educators

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO,mission is sponsoring a pair of workshops for educators of students in grades6-9. These workshops will focus on lunar science, exploration and how ourunderstanding of the moon is evolving with the new data from current and recentlunar missions.

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has allowedscientists to measure the coldest known place in the solar system, map thesurface of the moon in unprecedented detail and accuracy, find evidence ofrecent lunar geologic activity, characterize the radiation environment aroundthe moon and its potential effects on future lunar explorers and much, muchmore!

Workshop participants will learn about these andother recent discoveries, reinforce their understanding of lunar scienceconcepts, gain tools to help address common student misconceptions about themoon, interact with lunar scientists and engineers, work with LRO data andlearn how to bring these data and information to their students using hands-onactivities aligned with grades 6-9 National Science Education Standards andBenchmarks.

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

Each workshop will be limited to 25participants. Interested educators are encouraged to apply early to secure aspot. Qualified applicants will be accepted in the order they apply.

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

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

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NASA Night Rover Energy Challenge

Registration is open for teams seeking to compete inthe $1.5 million energy storage competition known as the Night Rover Challenge,sponsored by NASA and the Cleantech Open of Palo Alto, Calif.

To win, a team must demonstrate a stored-energy system that can power asimulated solar-powered exploration vehicle that can operate through multiplecycles of daylight and extended periods of darkness.

During the Night Rover Challenge, energy storage systems will receiveelectrical energy from a simulated solar collector during daylight hours.During darkness, the stored energy will be used for simulated thermalmanagement, scientific experimentation, communications and rover movement. Awinning system must exceed the performance of an existing state-of-the-artsystem by a predetermined margin. The winning system will be the one that hasthe highest energy-storage density.

The challenge is extended to individuals, groups and companies working outsidethe traditional aerospace industry. Unlike most contracts or grants, awardswill be made only after solutions are demonstrated successfully.

Early registration closes on July 26,2013. Regular registration closes on Oct.25, 2013.

For information about the Night Rover Challenge and how to register a team,visit http://www.nightrover.org.

This is a Centennial Challenge in which NASA provides the prize purse fortechnological achievements by independent teams while the Cleantech Openmanages the competition as NASA’s allied organization. For more informationabout the Cleantech Open, visit http://www.cleantechopen.org.

NASA’s Centennial Challenges program is part of the agency’s Space TechnologyMission Directorate, which is innovating, developing, testing and flyinghardware for use in NASA’s future missions. For more information about NASA’sSpace Technology Mission Directorate and its Centennial Challenges program,visit https://www.nasa.gov/spacetech.

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

Guidance for Education and Public Outreach Activities Under Sequestration

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

As a result, NASA has been forced to implement a number of new cost-saving measures, policies and reviews to minimize impacts to the mission-critical activities of the agency. Guidance regarding conferences, travel and training that reflect the new fiscal reality in which the agency must operate has been provided.

For specific guidance as it relates to public outreach and engagement activities, 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.

National Air and Space Museum Super Science Saturday Events
Audience: All Educators and Students

Next Event: April 13, 2013

Summer Counselors Needed: 2013 Women in STEM 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

2013 Thacher Environmental Research Contest
Audience: 9-12 Students
Entry Deadline: April 15, 2013

Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: April 15, 2013, at 4 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: April 16, 2013, at 8 p.m. EDT

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

Engineering Design: Forces and Motion — Balloon Aerodynamics Challenge Web Seminar
Audience: 6-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: April 17, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

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

Properties of Living Things: Searching for Life on Mars Web Seminar
Audience: 4-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: April 18, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

International Space Apps Challenge
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Dates: April 20-21, 2013

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

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Celebrate Our Beautiful Earth
Audience: Grades 5-12
Event Date: April 22, 2013, Noon EDT

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

ISS EarthKAM Spring 2013 Mission – EarthKAM Erosion Challenge

Audience: Middle School Educators and Students
Mission Dates: April 23-26, 2013

Free Virtual Professional Development Workshop Series: Rockets to Racecars
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: April 23, 2013, at 3:15 p.m. EDT

Educator Workshop: How to Think Like a NASA Scientist
Audience: Grade 5-12 Educators
Registration Deadline: May 3, 2013
Event Date: May 11, 2013

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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National Air and Space Museum Super Science Saturday Events

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

Upcoming topics include:

April 13, 2013 — How Things Fly
May 11, 2013 — Astronomy

For more information and a full list of upcoming Super Science Saturday events, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/superscience/.

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

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Summer Counselors Needed: 2013 Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars

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

WISH is looking for counselors for its summer sessions. Applicants should be educators who have experience and are interested in the STEM fields. Counselors will work either the week of June 23-28 or July 7-12, 2013. This is the perfect opportunity for educators looking to inspire young minds and spend a week at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

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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2013 Thacher Environmental Research Contest

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies is currently accepting entries for the 2013 Thacher Environmental Research Contest. The contest is open to U.S. students in grades 9-12. Entries should demonstrate the best use of geospatial tools or data to study our home planet. Eligible geospatial tools and data include satellite remote sensing, aerial photography, geographic information systems and the Global Positioning System. The main focus of the project must be on the application of the geospatial tool(s) or data to study a problem related to Earth’s environment.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Students in public, private, parochial, Native American reservation and home schools are eligible. Entries may be submitted by individuals or teams. Cash awards will be given to students in the top three places. Awards will also be given to the winning students’ teachers.

Entries must be postmarked by April 15, 2013. Entries may also be submitted electronically.

For more information, visit http://strategies.org/education/student-contests/thacher-contest/2013-thacher-environmental-research-contest/.

Questions about this contest should be emailed to ThacherScholars@strategies.org.

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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 April 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.

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 extreme distances of the objects in our solar system. Participants will learn how to use a simple linear model of paper to look more closely at the distant dwarf planet 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 inquiry activities that demonstrate remote sensing and scale models to better visualize our sun, planets, asteroids and other objects as a whole system.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through April 2013, visit http://aesp.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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Free Exploring Space Lecture Series — Attend in Person or View Online

The 2013 Exploring Space Lectures will feature world-class scholars discussing the incredibly diverse worlds that make up our solar system. The lectures will be held at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., and are free to attend. Tickets are required. The lectures will be webcast live for free viewing. Lecture videos will be archived.

The Voyager Journey to the Edge of Interstellar Space

Launched in 1977 on a journey to explore Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, the two Voyager spacecraft are now over nine billion miles from Earth. Professor Edward Stone of the California Institute of Technology will discuss the epic journey taken by the Voyager spacecraft as they approach interstellar space.

The lecture will take place on April 16, 2013, at 8 p.m. Come early to see a free film and to meet the lecturer.

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=4978.

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Digital Learning Network Webcast Event: Climate Change

Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network for a live webcast discussing the effects of climate change with the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA. The event will take place on April 17, 2013, from Noon – 1 EDT.

Students across the nation will talk with NASA Astronaut Mario Runco and a climate expert from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. The webcast will also feature live data from satellites on a high-definition climate simulation hyperwall. Students will also connect live to an EPA scientist, who will share the effect of climate change on our planet and how each of us can make a difference.

Watch the webcast live 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.

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Engineering Design: Forces and Motion — Balloon Aerodynamics Challenge 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 April 17, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. This Web seminar will introduce the Forces and Motion: Balloon Aerodynamics Challenge for students. This activity provides firsthand information about density, neutral buoyancy and drag, which is then used to solve a problem. The activity provides many opportunities for incorporating national mathematics, science and technology learning standards into your curriculum.

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

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar19.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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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 0g, to 2g.

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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Properties of Living Things: Searching for Life on Mars 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 April 18, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. This web seminar features two lessons: one on extremophiles and the other on searching for life. Review criteria for determining if something is alive and learn how students apply the criteria in a hands-on activity. A video will be shown that connects the activity to a NASA mission. Collaborate with other participants about ways of using and adapting the activity. Extension activities for students interested in the topic will be provided.

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

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar21.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 help desk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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International Space Apps Challenge

NASA and government agencies worldwide will host the second International Space Apps Challenge April 20-21, 2013, with events across all seven continents and in space.

Participants are encouraged to develop mobile applications, software, hardware, data visualization and platform solutions that could contribute to space exploration missions and help improve life on Earth.

The two-day event will provide an opportunity for government to harness the expertise and entrepreneurial spirit of citizen explorers to help address global challenges. During the event, representatives of NASA and other international space agencies will gather with scientists and participants to use publicly released open data to create solutions for 50 software, hardware and visualization challenges, including robotics, citizen science platforms and applications of remote sensing data.

Twelve locations in the United States will host an International Space Apps Challenge event: Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Cape Canaveral, Fla.; Cleveland; Detroit; Easton, Md.; New York; Philadelphia; Reno, Nev.; Rochester, N.Y.; San Francisco; and Syracuse, N.Y. Thirty-eight other events will be held in 30 other countries: Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Poland, Macedonia, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Uganda and United Kingdom. Also participating will be McMurdo Station in Antarctica and astronauts aboard the International Space Station

Registration for citizen participation is now open.

To learn more about the International Space Apps Challenge, get the latest updates and register to attend an event, visit http://spaceappschallenge.org/.

If you have questions about the challenge, please visit http://spaceappschallenge.org/about/contact/.

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Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops

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

These workshops provide participants with experiences needed to create effective and productive active-learning classroom environments. Workshop leaders model best practices in implementing many different classroom-tested instructional strategies. But most importantly, you and your workshop colleagues will gain first-hand experience implementing these proven strategies yourselves. During many microteaching events, you will have the opportunity to role-play the parts of student and instructor. You will assess and critique each other’s implementation in real time, as part of a supportive learning community. You will have the opportunity to use unfamiliar teaching techniques in collaboration with mentors before using them with your students. CAE is funded through NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Exoplanet Exploration Program.

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 Future Astronomy 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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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Celebrate Our Beautiful Earth

Join NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center on Earth Day, April 22, 2013, at Noon EDT, for a musical and visual tour of Earth from space with interactive discussions through the Beautiful Earth program!

Director and musician Kenji Williams will narrate the BELLA GAIA®, or beautiful Earth, multimedia show, and discuss his inspiration and why art and music are important in science. He will be joined by NASA’s Dr. Claire Parkinson, project scientist of the Aqua satellite mission, which measures Earth’s processes including temperatures, clouds, vegetation cover and water vapor. Dr. Parkinson will discuss climate change and how NASA is studying our home planet.

Students and teachers are invited to participate by viewing the webcast on the DLiNfo Channel at http://dln.nasa.gov. During the event, an email address will be provided for participants to send questions.

For more information about the Beautiful Earth program, visit http://beautifulearth.gsfc.nasa.gov.

Inquiries about this event should be directed to Erin McKinley at erin.e.mckinley@nasa.gov.

BELLA GAIA is a registered trademark of Remedy Arts, LLC.

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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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ISS EarthKAM Spring 2013 Mission – EarthKAM Erosion Challenge

Middle school educators are invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAM Spring 2013 Mission from April 23-26, 2013. This mission will feature the EarthKAM Erosion Challenge. Guide your students in hands-on research as they program cameras aboard the space station to take pictures of erosion on Earth, and then video conference with an astronaut to discuss what they learned. During the interactive video conference, students will share what they learned about erosion, exchange images and chat with the astronaut about the research being conducted from the International Space Station.

For more information about EarthKAM and to register for the upcoming mission, visit the EarthKAM home page https://earthkam.ucsd.edu/ek-images/erosion_challenge .

Please note that you can participate in the ISS EarthKAM Spring 2013 mission without participating in the EarthKAM Erosion Challenge.

If you have questions about the EarthKAM project, please email ek-help@earthkam.ucsd.edu.

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Free Virtual Professional Development Workshop Series: Rockets to Racecars

Start your engines! Engage students in real-world mathematics and incorporate standards-based hands-on activities to make mathematics challenging and fun. Bring the excitement of racing and the thrill of launching into your classroom with the “Rockets 2 Racecars” educational materials.

Learn about tires and air pressure as you calculate the effects of temperature on regular tires as well as Space Shuttle and racecar tires in the session “Measure Up and Calculate.” Use mathematics to interpret air pressure and air flow data on airplane wings and racecar spoilers in “May the Force Uplift You…or Not!”. Test the variables that affect cars’ stability to travel by constructing a balloon-powered race car and maneuver through different angles to see force in action in “Newton’s Angle on Force and Motion.” Design a capsule to land on Mars and see its effectiveness by calculating speed or rate of descent in “Drag Race to Mars Engineering Design Challenge.”

Sign up today to join the free four-day workshop series on April 23, April 25, April 29 and May 1, 2013, from 3:15pm to 4:30pm EDT.

Participants who register and complete all four workshops are eligible to receive five workshop hours towards continuing education units.

For more information, visit http://dln.nasa.gov.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Marilé Colon Robles at marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov.

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Educator Workshop: How to Think Like a NASA Scientist

Learn to think like a NASA scientist, and get your students thinking like one, too!

On May 11, 2013, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL, in Pasadena, Calif., will host an educator workshop that will share techniques to teach students to read scientific graphs and draw conclusions based on real NASA data. Experts will discuss current Earth science missions and show how scientists draw conclusions from these data. Participants will also receive science and mathematics application problems to take back and use in the classroom.

The target audience for the workshop is middle- and high-school science and mathematics educators, but the workshop is open to all educators.

Registration for this workshop closes on May 3, 2013. A $25 registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and snacks.

For more information, directions to the workshop location and to register online, visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/index.cfm?page=373.

Please direct questions about this workshop to Patty Tovar at Patricia.G.Tovar@jpl.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 

NASA Education Express — April 4, 2013

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

Guidance for Education and Public Outreach Activities UnderSequestration

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 spending reductionstotaling $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 regarding conferences,travel, and training that reflect the new fiscal reality in which the agencymust 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.

Weather and Climate: Satellite Meteorology WebSeminar

Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: April 4, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

FreeEducation Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: April 8, 2013

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

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

U.S.Department of Energy Webinar — Energy 101: A Model Interdisciplinary Higher EducationCourse for Teaching the Fundamentals of Energy
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Event Date: April 10, 2013, 2 – 4 p.m. EDT

SummerCounselors Needed: 2013 Women in STEM 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

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

InternationalSpace Apps Challenge
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Dates: April 20-21, 2013

ISS EarthKAM Spring 2013 Mission – EarthKAM ErosionChallenge
Audience: Middle School Educators and Students
Mission Dates: April 23-26, 2013

Free Virtual Professional DevelopmentWorkshop Series: Rockets to Racecars
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: First workshop takes place on April 23, 2013, at 3:15 p.m. EDT

NASASeeks Universities for Early Stage Innovation Tech Proposals
Audience: Accredited U.S. Universities
Notice of Intent Deadline: April 29, 2013
Proposal Deadline: May 21, 2013

2013 Astrobiology Summer ScienceExperience for Teachers
Audience: Grade 9-12 Educators
Registration Deadline: April 30, 2013
Event Date: July 29 – Aug. 2, 2013

2014 eXploration Habitat (X-Hab)Academic Innovation Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Due Date: May 1, 2013

Historical NASA SpaceArtifacts Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other EducationOrganizations
Deadline: May 6, 2013

NASA Seeks Academic Partners forSmallSat Technology Collaboration
Audience: U.S. Colleges and Universities
Proposal Deadline: June 5, 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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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 anddownload satellite 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 theNASA Explorer Schools Help Desk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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Free Education Webinar Seriesfrom the 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.

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 working tokeep astronauts from exceeding acceptable levels of radiation exposure duringspaceflight.

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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NASA ResearchAnnouncement for Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums and NASAVisitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMP+)

The NASA Office of Education invites proposalsfrom museums, science centers, planetariums, NASA Visitor Centers and otherinformal education institutions via this 2013 NASA Research Announcement, orNRA,: Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums and NASA VisitorCenters Plus Other Opportunities, or CP4SMP+, Announcement Number NNH13ZHA001N.Proposals must be submitted electronically via the NASA Solicitation andProposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System, or NSPIRES, or Grants.gov.

Proposers may request a grant or cooperativeagreement to support NASA-themed science, technology, engineering ormathematics, or STEM, education, including exhibits, within thesecongressionally directed topics: space exploration, aeronautics, space science,Earth science or microgravity. CP4SMP+ is a competitive, high-quality nationalprogram. The basic goal of the CP4SMP+ solicitation is to further NASAStrategic Goal 6: Share NASA with the public, educators and students to provideopportunities to participate in our mission, foster innovation and contributeto a strong national economy. A primary, but not the only, subgoal of thissolicitation is to achieve NASA’s flagship investment in Outcome 6.2: PromoteSTEM literacy through strategic partnerships with formal and informalorganizations.

Eligible institutions do not need to have thewords “museum,” “visitor center,” “science” or”planetarium” in their official names, but must be located in theUnited States or its territories. See the NRA for full eligibility requirementsand other limitations. Check the NSPIRES website once a week to learn ifamendments or frequently asked questions, or FAQs, have been added. Amendmentsand FAQs also will be announced via the NASA Education Express Listserv.

Do not submit a Notice Of Intent.

Full proposals are due April 9, 2013.

For more information about this opportunity,visit NSPIRES at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={37764C2A-F415-01DF-1B30-F1971BE7F8BE}&path=open.

If you have any questions about thisopportunity, please direct your questions to the contacts listed within theNRA.

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Frequently AskedQuestions — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for ScienceMuseums, Planetariums, and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities(CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH13ZHA001N, Catalog of Federal DomesticAssistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008)

Twenty new Frequently Asked Questions were posted on the CP4SMP+ portalpage on NSPIRES on April 1, 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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U.S. Department of Energy Webinar — Energy 101: A ModelInterdisciplinary Higher Education Course for Teaching the Fundamentals ofEnergy

Join the U.S. Department of Energy, or DOE, and its Energy 101 projectcollaborators for a webinar detailing the newly released Energy 101 curricularframework. This webinar is for educators, administrators and other interestedparties who would like to learn about the Energy 101 course framework and howtheir institutions can get involved in this effort, as well as how theframework has been used in the development of an ongoing pilot course at theUniversity of Maryland.

The framework was designed to challenge college students at two- and four-yearschools across the country to explore systematically the science and socialscience behind sound energy decision making. It also builds on DOE’s work,through the National Training and Educational Resource and other means, to makeinterdisciplinary, immersive energy content available for all to use.

This webinar will take place on April 10,2013, at 2 p.m. EDT.

For more information and toregister online, visit https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/986285760.

Questions about this webinar should be emailed to DaNel Hogan at DaNel.Hogan@ee.doe.gov.

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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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Reduced Gravity Education Flight Opportunity forStudents at Minority Serving Institutions

NASA is offering undergraduate students fromminority serving institutions an opportunity to test experiments inmicrogravity aboard NASA’s reduced gravity aircraft.

This opportunity is a partnership between theMinority University Research and Education Program and NASA’s Reduced GravityEducation Flight Program, which gives aspiring explorers a chance to propose,design and fabricate a reduced-gravity experiment. Selected teams will test andevaluate their experiments aboard NASA’s reduced-gravity airplane. The aircraftflies about 30 roller-coaster-like climbs and dips during experiment flights toproduce 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 undergraduatestudents, 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 beemailed to Suzanne Foxworth at jsc-reducedgravity@nasa.gov.

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InternationalSpace Apps Challenge

NASA and government agencies worldwide will host thesecond International Space Apps Challenge April20-21, 2013, with events across all seven continents and in space.

Participants are encouraged to develop mobile applications, software, hardware,data visualization and platform solutions that could contribute to spaceexploration missions and help improve life on Earth.

The two-day event will provide an opportunity for government to harness theexpertise and entrepreneurial spirit of citizen explorers to help addressglobal challenges. During the event, representatives of NASA and otherinternational space agencies will gather with scientists and participants touse publicly released open data to create solutions for 50 software, hardwareand visualization challenges, including robotics, citizen science platforms andapplications of remote sensing data.

Twelve locations in the United States will host an International Space AppsChallenge event: Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Cape Canaveral, Fla.; Cleveland;Detroit; Easton, Md.; New York; Philadelphia; Reno, Nev.; Rochester, N.Y.; SanFrancisco; and Syracuse, N.Y. Thirty-eight other events will be held in 30other countries: Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia,Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Guatemala,India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Poland, Macedonia, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand,South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Uganda and United Kingdom.Also participating will be McMurdo Station in Antarctica and astronauts aboardthe International Space Station

Registration for citizen participation is now open.

To learn more about the International Space Apps Challenge, get thelatest updates and register to attend an event, visit http://spaceappschallenge.org/.

If you have questions about the challenge, please visit http://spaceappschallenge.org/about/contact/.

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ISS EarthKAM Spring 2013 Mission – EarthKAM ErosionChallenge

Middle schooleducators are invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAMSpring 2013 Mission from April 23-26,2013. This mission will feature the EarthKAM Erosion Challenge. Guide yourstudents in hands-on research as they program cameras aboard the space stationto take pictures of erosion on Earth, and then video conference with anastronaut to discuss what they learned. Duringthe interactive video conference, students will share what they learned abouterosion, exchange images and chat with the astronaut about the research beingconducted from the International Space Station.

For more information about EarthKAM and to register for the upcoming mission,visit the EarthKAM home page https://earthkam.ucsd.edu/ek-images/erosion_challenge.

Please note that you can participate in the ISS EarthKAM Spring 2013 missionwithout participating in the EarthKAM Erosion Challenge.

If you have questions about the EarthKAM project,please email ek-help@earthkam.ucsd.edu.

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Free Virtual ProfessionalDevelopment Workshop Series: Rockets to Racecars

Start your engines! Engage students inreal-world mathematics and incorporate standards-based hands-on activities tomake mathematics challenging and fun. Bring the excitement of racing andthe thrill of launching into your classroom with the “Rockets 2 Racecars”educational materials.

Learn about tires and air pressure as you calculatethe effects of temperature on regular tires as well as Space Shuttle andracecar tires in the session “Measure Up and Calculate.” Use mathematicsto interpret air pressure and air flow data on airplane wings and racecarspoilers in “May the Force Uplift You…or Not!”. Test the variablesthat affect cars’ stability to travel by constructing a balloon-powered racecar and maneuver through different angles to see force in action in “Newton’sAngle on Force and Motion.” Design a capsule to land on Mars and see itseffectiveness by calculating speed or rate of descent in “Drag Race toMars Engineering Design Challenge.”

Sign up today to join the free four-day workshop series on April 23, April25, April 29 and May 1, 2013, from 3:15pm to 4:30pm EDT.

Participants who register and complete all four workshops are eligible toreceive five workshop hours towards continuing education units.

For more information, visit http://dln.nasa.gov.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Marilé Colon Robles at marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov.

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NASA SeeksUniversities for Early Stage Innovation Tech Proposals

NASA is seeking innovative, early-stagespace technology proposals from accredited U.S. universities that will enableNASA’s future missions and America’s leadership in space.

Proposals are sought for science instruments, cryogenic propellant storage forlong-duration space exploration, optical coatings for astrophysical pursuits,oxygen recovery for life support systems, and to improve our understanding ofand protection from near-Earth asteroids.

Each of these space technology areas requires dramatic improvements overexisting capabilities. New early stage, or low technology readiness-level,technologies could mature into tools that solve the hard challenges facingNASA’s future scientific and human spaceflight missions. Researchers shouldpropose unique, transformational space technologies that address specific topicsfound in this solicitation.

This solicitation requests proposals on five topic areas. The first topic areaseeks new instrument technologies for the exploration of planetary bodieswithin our solar system. Innovative technology advances are needed to supportthe instruments that scientists will need to better understand the history,climates, evidence of past life and future potential habitability of planetsand moons within the solar system.

Spaceflight architectures for future human space exploration beyond low-Earthorbit will require technologies and capabilities not available today, such aslong duration storage of cryogenic propellants in a zero gravity environment.Under a second topic area for this solicitation, NASA is particularlyinterested in proposals regarding how to mature fundamental experimental andcomputational solutions to address the challenges of cryogenic storage ofliquid hydrogen.

Through a third topic area for this solicitation, NASA is seeking advances inoptics technologies to enable the challenging science measurements that maycontribute to the understanding of the first moments of the universe, the characterizationof galaxy evolution over time and the characterization of newly foundexoplanets.

As future exploration missions extend beyond low-Earth orbit, vehicles andextraterrestrial surface habitats housing astronauts will need to be highlyreliable and self-sufficient; the opportunity for resupply of consumablesdiminishes the farther from home you go. The fourth topic area of thissolicitation seeks novel technologies that will help close the atmosphererevitalization loop aboard spaceships and surface habitats during long durationspace missions. New technologies must have the potential to significantlyincrease the oxygen recovery rate beyond the current state of the art.

Under a final topic area, NASA is seeking proposals for new technologies tobetter understand and protect our planet from near-Earth asteroids. Early stagetechnologies that will help with characterizing, understanding, and planninghow to mitigate the threat of near-Earth asteroids are of great interest. Theseefforts are important for the sustainability and future of our home planet.

NASA expects to make approximately 10 awards this fall, based on the merit ofproposals received. Each award will be made for one year with an additionalyear of research possible. The typical annual award value is expected to beapproximately $250,000. Second-year funding will be contingent on theavailability of appropriated funds and technical progress. Only accredited U.S.universities may submit proposals to this solicitation. Notices of intent are due by April 29, 2013, with proposals due May 21,2013.

To view the Early Stage Innovation NASA Research Announcement and information forsubmitting proposals, visit http://go.usa.gov/25De.

The solicitation is a part of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate,which is innovating, developing, testing and flying hardware for use in NASA’sfuture missions. For more information about NASA’s investment in spacetechnology, visit https://www.nasa.gov/spacetech.

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to Claudia Meyer at claudia.m.meyer@nasa.gov.

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2013 Astrobiology Summer ScienceExperience for Teachers

The 2013 Astrobiology Summer ScienceExperience for Teachers, or ASSET, is being held July 29 – Aug. 2, 2013, at SanFrancisco State University. ASSET will feature presentations by leading astrobiologyresearchers from the SETI Institute, NASA and the California Academy ofSciences. Scientists will share the latest in astrobiology research on theorigin of life on Earth, the extreme conditions in which life exists, Marsexploration, the formation of planetary systems around sun-like stars and thesearch for life in the universe.

The six-day workshop features a combination of cutting-edge science,inquiry-based teaching and learning and leadership skills development tosupport teachers and teacher trainers.

Participants receive the entire VoyagesThrough Time curriculum and complementary astrobiology materials,developed by NASA’s Astrobiology Institute, for use in their classrooms.

Applications are due April 30, 2013.

For more information and to apply online, visit http://www.seti.org/seti-educators/asset.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Pamela Harmanat pharman@seti.org.

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2014 eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge

In a continuing effort to engage and retain students in science, technology,engineering and mathematics fields and provide a real-world challenge, exposingstudents to the engineering and design processes, the Advanced ExplorationSystems Habitation Systems Deep Space Habitat Project team has begun acceptingapplications for the 2014 eXploration Habitat, or X-Hab Challenge.

Post-secondary students, engaged in a variety of curricula, will work togetherto create a solution to a need for living and working in space or on anothercelestial body. The winners of the challenge will receive between $10,000 and $20,000to design and produce functional products of interest to the Deep Space Habitatproject.

Proposals are due May 1, 2013, andawardees should expect to deliver their product to NASA’s Johnson Space Centerin Houston, Texas, in May of 2014.

Proposals will be accepted from university faculty who are U.S. citizens andcurrently teach an ABET-accredited engineering senior or graduate design,industrial design, or architecture curriculum at an accredited university inthe U.S.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and otherminority serving educational institutions are particularly encouraged to apply.Proposals from women, members of underrepresented minorities groups, andpersons with disabilities also are highly encouraged.

For more information about the challenge, visit http://spacegrant.org/xhab/.

If you have any questions about the X-Hab Challenge, please email xhab@spacegrant.org.

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Historical NASASpace Artifacts Available for Educational Use

NASA is inviting eligible educationalinstitutions, museums and other organizations to screen and request historical spaceartifacts.

The artifacts represent significant human spaceflight technologies, processesand the accomplishments of NASA’s many programs. NASA and the General ServicesAdministration worked together to ensure broad access to space artifacts and toprovide a web-based electronic artifacts viewing capability. This is the 17thtime since 2009 NASA has made this opportunity available.

The web-based artifacts module is located at http://gsaxcess.gov/NASAWel.htm.

Eligible participants may view the artifacts and request specific items at thewebsite through May 6, 2013. Onlyschools and museums are eligible to receive artifacts. They must registeronline using an assigned Department of Education number or through the stateagency responsible for surplus property.

The artifacts are free of charge. Eligible organizations must cover shippingcosts and any special handling fees. Shipping fees on smaller items will berelatively inexpensive, while larger items may involve extensive disassembly,preparation, shipping and reassembly costs. NASA will work closely witheligible organizations, on a case-by-case basis, to address any unique specialhandling costs.

Special items, such as space shuttle thermal protective tiles and packages ofthree packets of astronaut food, also are offered on a first-come, first-servedbasis. Instructions for requesting artifacts and special items are linked onthe website home page.

To date, more than 7,700 artifacts from programs, including the Mercury,Gemini, Apollo, space shuttle and the Hubble Space Telescope, have been givento eligible museums, schools, universities, libraries and planetariums in all50 U.S. states. Artifacts are on display for 42 days. NASA organizations must registertheir requests within the first 21 days. All other eligible organizations mayregister their requests after the first 21 days. After the viewing period ends,organizations will be notified about the status of their requests.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to GSAXcessHelp@gsa.gov.

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NASASeeks Academic Partners for SmallSat Technology Collaboration

NASA is seeking small spacecrafttechnology project proposals from U.S. colleges and universities that wouldlike to collaborate with agency researchers.

Small spacecraft, or smallsats, represent a growing field of space research andoperations in which universities often have led the way in technologydevelopment. Smallsats, some of which are as small as a four-inch cube, are notexpected to replace conventional spacecraft, but sometimes can provide analternative to larger, more costly spacecraft. Smallsats can serve as platformsfor rapid technology testing or specialized scientific research and explorationnot otherwise possible. Smallsats also can be developed relatively quickly andinexpensively, and can share a ride to orbit with larger spacecraft.

NASA expects to competitively select approximately 10 proposals. Each team willform proposal partnerships with researchers from any of NASA’s field centers.Awards for each project will include as much as $100,000 ($150,000 for teams ofmore than one school). Proposals submitted in response to this NASA cooperativeagreement notice are due June 5, 2013.

In addition, NASA will fund the time for NASA employees to work with eachselected team. Project funding is for one year with the potential to continuefor a second year. Proposed projects could include anything from laboratorywork to advance a particular spacecraft technology to flight testing of a newsmallsat. For example, projects might focus on a technology area such aspropulsion, power or communications, or on a smallsat capability, such asformation flight or satellite rendezvous.

Details of the opportunity and instructions for submitting proposals areprovided in a Cooperative Agreement Notice that is available online at http://tinyurl.com/cb3mqdw.

For additional information on the Small Spacecraft Technology Program, visit https://www.nasa.gov/smallsats.

The Small Spacecraft Technology Program is part of NASA’s Space TechnologyMission Directorate, which is innovating, developing, testing and flyinghardware for use in NASA’s future missions. For more information about NASA’sinvestment in space technology, visit https://www.nasa.gov/spacetech.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Rachel Khattab atrachel.khattab@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.

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