NASA Education Express — May 2, 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.

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

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

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

Free Education Webinar Series from the AerospaceEducation Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: May 6, 2013

Free Exploring SpaceLecture — Attend in Person or View Online
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: May 7, 2013, at 8 p.m. EDT

Pythagorean Theorem: Exploring SpaceThrough Math — Lunar Rover Web Seminar
Audience: 8-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: May 8, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

Engineering Design Challenge: LunarPlant Growth Chamber Web Seminar
Audience: 4-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: May 9, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

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

National Air and SpaceMuseum Super Science Saturday Events
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event: May 11, 2013

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

Free Lecture — “Star Trek’s” Continuing Relevance
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Date: May 16, 2013, at 1 p.m. EDT

ROSES-13 Amendment 9: Final Text forROSES-13 Appendix A.35, The GLOBE Implementation Office
Audience: Education Organizations and Consortiums
Notice of Intent Requested by: May 20, 2013
Proposal Deadline: July 19, 2013

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

Youth For Understanding USA
Audience: 9-12 Students and Educators
Application Deadline for Winter Departures: Oct. 1, 2013

Don’t miss out onupcoming NASA education opportunities.
For a full list of events, opportunities andmore, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA’swebsite:
— Educators
— Students


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


Educator Workshop: How toThink 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 andmathematics application 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


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 madethis opportunity 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


Free Education Webinar Series fromthe Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of freewebinars throughout May 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.

Engineering Design Process, Part 1 (Grades 6-12)
May 6, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and 6- 7 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist John Weis for this first part ina hands-on webinar series to provide details on the first three steps of the engineeringdesign process. Participants learn about problem identification, brainstormingand design challenges using the “Spaghetti Anyone?” tower buildingactivity.

Rockets: Experimenting With Projectile Flight (Grades 4-12)
May 7, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and 6- 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Angelo Casaburri will discuss thehistory, scientific principles, technology and mathematics of rockets. Participantswill construct a rocket made from polyethylene insulating foam pipe and a heavyduty rubber band and use it to investigate the trajectory relationship betweenlaunch angle and range in a controlled investigation.

Engineering Design Process, Part 2 (Grades 6-12)
May 13, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and6 – 7 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist John Weis as he providesteachers with additional details outlining the final steps of the engineering designprocess: build, test and evaluate, redesign and share solution. Participantswill also model experimental facilitation and the questioning process.

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


Free Exploring Space Lecture –Attend in Person or View Online

The 2013 Exploring Space Lectures will feature world-class scholarsdiscussing the incredibly diverse worlds that make up our solar system. Thelectures 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 livefor free viewing. Lecture videos will be archived.

Vesta in the Light of Dawn

Before starting its journey to the dwarf planet Ceres, the Dawn spacecraftspent a year exploring the asteroid Vesta. Principal Scientist Carol Raymondwill lead attendees on a tour of the ancient world of Vesta and what it canteach us about the early days of the solar system.

The lecture will take place on May 7, 2013,at 8 p.m. Come early to see a free film and to meet the lecturer session.

For more information, visit


PythagoreanTheorem: Exploring Space Through Math — Lunar Rover WebSeminar

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hostinga 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on May 8, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn touse the distance formula and the Pythagorean theorem to determine the minimalpath and minimal time for a lunar rover to perform tasks on the surface of themoon. Participants should have a basic knowledge of scale factor andapplication of the Pythagorean theorem. Having access to a calculator ishelpful but not necessary for session.

Seminar participants will be given an overview of the lesson and a look atwhere it fits in the mathematics curriculum, including an alignment to theCommon Core Standards for mathematics.

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


Engineering Design Challenge:Lunar Plant Growth Chamber 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 9, 2013, at 6:30p.m. EDT. Learn how to incorporate exciting space exploration problems intoyour technology or life science classes. See how you can use the engineeringdesign process to have students design, build and evaluate the effectiveness ofa lunar plant growth chambers while engaging them in research andstandards-based learning experiences.

This is the last 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


Pre-Service TeacherInstitutes at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center has partnered with OakwoodUniversity to offer a two-week Pre-Service Teacher Institute taking place July12-24, 2013, in Huntsville, Ala. This residential session is for educationmajors preparing 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


National Air and SpaceMuseum Super Science Saturday Events

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

Upcoming topics include:

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

For more information, visit

Questions about this series of lectures shouldbe directed to


Get Cooking With the Healthy LunchtimeChallenge

First Lady Michele Obama is challenging America’smost creative junior chefs to put their talents to good use and whip up deliciouslunchtime recipes. The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge invites students ages 8-12and their parents or guardians to create and submit an original lunch recipethat 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


Free Lecture — “Star Trek’s”Continuing Relevance

“Star Trek” is not only popular, it’s important for current scholarshipand industry. On May 16, 2013,an educational panel of four presenters will offerbrief compelling insights into how relevant “Star Trek” is today. Panelists will include Mike Gold,chief counsel at Bigelow Aerospace, who will discuss the parallels between theBigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM, being developed for theInternational Space Station and Star Trek events.

The lecture begins at 1 p.m. at the National Air and Space Museum inWashington, D.C.

For more information, visit

Questions about this lecture should be directed to


ROSES-13 Amendment 9: Final Text for ROSES-13 Appendix A.35, The GLOBEImplementation Office

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit theEnvironment, or GLOBE, Program is an important element of NASA’s commitment topromoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM educationamong youth worldwide and to enhancing its international collaboration throughthe peaceful use of space. The Earth Science Division of NASA’s Science MissionDirectorate solicits proposals for an organization or a consortium oforganizations to host the GLOBE Implementation Office and collaborate with NASAin the implementation of GLOBE, with the objective of strengthening theprogrammatic support for GLOBE and enhancing the value of GLOBE to itsworldwide community of partners, students, teachers and scientists.

NASA anticipates making one award through this competitive solicitation atapproximately $0.5-0.8M for the first four months of transition from thecurrent operations and $2.0-2.5M per year for the subsequent three years, for atotal of three years and four months.

This Amendment creates Appendix A.35. Notices of Intent are requested by May 20, 2013, and proposals are due July 19, 2013.

This amendment to the NASA Research Announcement “Research Opportunitiesin Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2013” (NNH13ZDA001N) has been postedon the NASA research opportunity homepage at and appears on the RSS feed at

Questions concerning Appendix A.35, The GLOBE Implementation Office, may bedirected to Ming-Ying Wei, Earth Science Division, Science Mission Directorate,NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546-0001. Telephone: (202) 358-0771;


2013NASA EONS Solicitation

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


YouthFor Understanding USA

Youth For Understanding USA, a nonprofit leader in youth exchange programs,is reaching out to educators, parents and students who are excited aboutlearning and intercultural exchange. YFU awards $1.6 million in annualscholarships to U.S. high school students tostudy abroad. Scholarships include the prestigious U.S. State Department-fundedCongress-Bundestag Youth ExchangeScholarship Programfor an academic study year in Germany.

Since 1951, YFU has built international goodwill and understanding in 64countries and has exchanged more than 250,000 students. YFU is known for thequality of its programs.

Youth For Understanding also seeks host families and mentors nationwide forinternational exchange students arriving in August to attend high schools nationwide.Many of the students have diverse academic interests including science,technology, mathematics, English and the arts. Families of all kinds arewelcome to host and receive local YFU support. Hosting is a fun, cross-culturalexperience that is often the start of lifelong friendships.

Please watch the video “We Are YFU” for an overview of Youth For Understandingat

Join in the fun and make a difference! To find outmore about hosting and to meet YFU students, visit or call toll free 1-800-TEENAGE.

Questions about Youth For Understanding shouldbe directed to

TheU.S. Department of State sponsors multiple programs for cultural, educationaland professional exchanges across the world and also for Americancitizens to go abroad. To learn more, visit


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