NASA Education Express — April 18, 2013

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.


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
— Students


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

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NASA Explorer Schools helpdesk at


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

If you have questions about the challenge, please visit


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

Inquiries about this series of workshops should be directed to Gina Brissenden at


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 Duringthe event, an email address will be provided for participants to sendquestions.

For more information about the Beautiful Earth program, visit

Inquiries about this event should be directed to Erin McKinley at

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


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, visit

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

The U.S. Department of Education has Green Strides webinarsscheduled throughout 2013. To see a full list of Green Strides webinars, visit


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

Questions about these workshops should bedirected to Margaret Pippin at


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

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Marilé Colon Robles at


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

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

Email any questions about this opportunity to


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

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


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

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NASA Explorer Schools helpdesk at


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

Questions about this opportunity should beemailed to Suzanne Foxworth at


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

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

Questions about this opportunity should beemailed to Claudia Meyer at


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

If you have any questions about thisopportunity, please contact Pamela Harman at


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

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to


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

“Selene” is now available in Spanish. For more info, visit

Questions about the “Selene” game should be directed to


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

If you have any questions about the X-HabChallenge, please email


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

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


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

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to David Brooks via email at


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

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

Please email any questions about thisopportunity to


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

Questions about these workshops should bedirected to Katie Hessen at


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

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

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


Don’t miss out on education-related opportunities available from NASA.For a full list of Current Opportunities, visit

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