NASA Education Express — April 25, 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.

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
— Students


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

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


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

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


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

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

Questions about the “Selene” gameshould be directed to


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

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to


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

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


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

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

Email any questions about this opportunity to


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

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to Pamela Harman at


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

Please direct questions about this workshop to Patty Tovar at


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

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


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

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


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

Please email any questions about thisopportunity to Marilyn Lewis at


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 ( 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


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

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to

iPad is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.


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


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.



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  1. All that money and time and still no word from e.t.!!!! Give me 100 bucks for gas and I have him on dateline asap.

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