NASA Education Express — May 9, 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 regardingconferences, travel, and training that reflect the new fiscal reality in whichthe agency must operate has been provided.

For specific guidance as it relates to public outreach and engagementactivities please reference the following webpage.

https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/about/sequestration-NASA-education-guidance.html

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

Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: May 9, 2013, at 4 p.m. and 6 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

EngineeringDesign Challenge: Water Filtration Web Seminar
Audience: Grades 9-10 and Informal Educators
Event Date: May 15, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EDT

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

Engineering Design Challenge:Thermal Protection System Web Seminar
Audience: 8-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: May 16, 2013, at 6:30 p.m.

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event– International Space Station EarthKAM Celebration
Audience: Middle School Educators and Students
Event Date: May 17, 2013, 11 a.m. – Noon CDT

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

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

Center for AstronomyEducation Teaching Excellence Workshops
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Next Event Date: June 1-2, 2013

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

NASA Seeks AcademicPartners for SmallSat Technology Collaboration
Audience: U.S. Colleges and Universities
Proposal Deadline: June 5, 2013

Going to MarsWith MAVEN Campaign
Audience: Educators and Students Worldwide
Deadline: July 1, 2013

Don’t miss out onupcoming NASA education opportunities.
For a full list of events, opportunities andmore, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA’swebsite:
— Educators https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/current-opps-index.html

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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.

Exploring Our Earth From Above (Grades 4-9)
May 9, 2013, at
4 – 5 p.m. EDT and 6- 7 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan as he shares ways to integratescience, technology, engineering, mathematics and geography, or STEM-G, withEarth observations, remote sensing and maps to explore planet Earth from above.NASA curriculum products, missions and other resources will be integrated todemonstrate an inquiry-based teaching strategy.

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.

Our Solar System: A Model Overview (Grades 4-8)
May 14, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and6 – 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will present NASAinquiry activities that demonstrate remote sensing and scale models to bettervisualize our sun, planets, asteroids and other objects as a whole system.

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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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 http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar25.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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Pre-Service 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 https://www.nasa.gov/education/msfc/psti.

Please email any questions about thisopportunity to Amy Holmes McDowell at amy.mcdowell@nasa.gov.

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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 http://airandspace.si.edu/events/superscience/.

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

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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 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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Engineering Design Challenge: WaterFiltration 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 seminaron May 15, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EDT.Get background information about water recycling on the International SpaceStation, and then see how to incorporate the information into an excitinghands-on, inquiry-based challenge requiring students to solve a problem. Participantswill watch a video showing students engaged in the challenge and discusspossible modifications to the challenge to adapt it for different students andclassroom situations.

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

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar3.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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Free Lecture — “Star Trek’s”Continuing Relevance

“Star Trek” is not only popular, it’s important for currentscholarship and industry. On May16, 2013, an educational panel of fourpresenters will offer brief compelling insights into how relevant “Star Trek” is today. Panelists willinclude Mike Gold, chief counsel at Bigelow Aerospace, who will discuss theparallels between the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM, beingdeveloped for the International 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 http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=6384.

Questions about this lecture should be directed to nasmpubliclectures@si.edu.

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Engineering Design Challenge: Thermal Protection System Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminarfor educators on May 16, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn about the scienceof heat transfer and heat dissipation related to NASA vehicles, and receive anintroduction to the associated engineering design challenge, Thermal ProtectionSystem. In this activity, students are challenged to design a thermalprotection system and test it using a propane torch.

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

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar16.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — International Space Station EarthKAMCelebration

NASA invites students and educators to tune in for a special Digital LearningNetwork webcast event celebrating International Space Station, or ISS,EarthKAM. Students around the world recently used a camera aboard the spacestation to take pictures of erosion on Earth during the ISS EarthKAM missionthat took place April 23-26, 2013. These same students will video conferencewith NASA astronaut Michael Fincke at NASA’s Johnson Space Center to share whatthey learned about erosion, to exchange images and to chat about the researchbeing conducted from the space station.

The event will be webcast on the NASA DLiNfo Channel on May 17, 2013, at 11 a.m. CDT.

All students are invited to join in the fun by submitting questions to dlinfochannel@gmail.com.

Formore information about the ISS EarthKAM Event and to view the webcast, visitthe DLiNfo Channel page at https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/webcast/webcast.html.

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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 http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ and appears on the RSS feed at http://nasascience.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/grant-solicitations/roses-2013.

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; Email:mwei@nasa.gov.

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NASA ISS FIT iPad AppChallenge

The NASA Tournament Lab has launched a newchallenge in support of International Space Station operations. The ISS FoodIntake Tracker, or FIT, iPad App Challenge asks participants to design, developand produce an iPad application that will allow space station crewmembers toeasily track what foods they 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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Center for AstronomyEducation Teaching Excellence Workshops

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

These workshops provide participants withexperiences needed to create effective and productive active-learning classroomenvironments. Workshop leaders model best practices in implementing manydifferent classroom-tested instructional strategies. But most importantly, youand your workshop colleagues will gain first-hand experience implementing theseproven strategies yourselves. During many microteaching events, you will havethe opportunity to role-play the parts of student and instructor. You willassess and critique each other’s implementation in real time, as part of asupportive learning community. You will have the opportunity to use unfamiliarteaching techniques in collaboration with mentors before using them with yourstudents. CAE is funded through NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s ExoplanetExploration Program.

June 1-2, 2013 — Indianapolis, Ind.
CAE Tier I Teaching Excellence Workshop forCurrent and Future Astronomy and Space Science Instructors

June 17-20, 2013 — College Park, Md.
New Faculty Workshop for Physics and Astronomy

Aug. 24-25, 2013 –Albuquerque, N.M.
CAE Tier I Teaching Excellence Workshop for Current and Future Astronomyand Space Science Instructors

For more information and to register forworkshops online, visit http://astronomy101.jpl.nasa.gov/workshops/index.cfm.

Inquiries about this series of workshops shouldbe directed to Gina Brissenden at gbrissenden@as.arizona.edu.

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Presidential Awards forExcellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and theNational Science Foundation are currently accepting nominations for thePresidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and EngineeringMentoring, or PAESMEM. This award program recognizes U.S. citizens or permanentresidents and U.S. organizations that have demonstrated excellence in mentoringindividuals from groups that are underrepresented in science, technology,engineering and mathematics education and the workforce.

Presidential awardees receive a $10,000 awardand a commemorative presidential certificate. Awardees are invited toparticipate in an awards ceremony in Washington D.C., which includes meetingswith education policy leaders.

Individuals and organizations in all public andprivate sectors are eligible, including industry, academia, primary andsecondary education, military and government, nonprofit organizations andfoundations. Nominations, including self-nominations, are due June 5, 2013.

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

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

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NASA Seeks AcademicPartners for SmallSat Technology Collaboration

NASA is seeking small spacecraft technology project proposals fromU.S. colleges and universities that would like to collaborate with agencyresearchers.

Small spacecraft, or smallsats, represent agrowing field of space research and operations in which universities often haveled the way in technology development. Smallsats, some of which are as small asa four-inch cube, are not expected to replace conventional spacecraft, butsometimes can provide an alternative to larger, more costly spacecraft.Smallsats can serve as platforms for rapid technology testing or specializedscientific research and exploration not otherwise possible. Smallsats also canbe developed relatively quickly and inexpensively, and can share a ride toorbit with larger spacecraft.

NASA expects to competitively selectapproximately 10 proposals. Each team will form proposal partnerships withresearchers from any of NASA’s field centers. Awards for each project willinclude as much as $100,000 ($150,000 for teams of more than one school).Proposals submitted in response to this NASA cooperative agreement notice aredue June 5, 2013.

In addition, NASA will fund the time for NASAemployees to work with each selected team. Project funding is for one year withthe potential to continue for a second year. Proposed projects could includeanything from laboratory work to advance a particular spacecraft technology toflight testing of a new smallsat. For example, projects might focus on atechnology area such as propulsion, power or communications, or on a smallsatcapability, such as formation flight or satellite rendezvous.

Details of the opportunity and instructions forsubmitting proposals are provided in a Cooperative Agreement Notice that isavailable online at http://tinyurl.com/cb3mqdw.

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

The Small Spacecraft Technology Program is partof NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, which is innovating,developing, testing and flying hardware for use in NASA’s future missions. Formore information about NASA’s investment in space technology, visit https://www.nasa.gov/spacetech.

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to Rachel Khattab at rachel.khattab@nasa.gov.

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Going to Mars With MAVEN Campaign

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission, also known asMAVEN, is set to launch to the Red Planet in November 2013. And your name andpersonal message could hitch a ride to Mars!

Names that are submitted to the Going to MarsWith MAVEN website will be placed on a DVD that will be carried aboard theMAVEN spacecraft. Participants who submit their names to the Going to Marscampaign will be able to print a certificate of appreciation to document theirinvolvement with the MAVEN mission.

The MAVEN spacecraft will also carry personal messages from three contestwinners. The Message to Mars contest is looking for personal messages in theform of haiku poems to send to the Red Planet. Thepublic will vote to select the top three entries. Entries must be written inEnglish. Winning haikus will be carried aboard the MAVEN spacecraft andwill be prominently displayed on the MAVEN website.

Names and entries for the Message to Mars contest are due July 1, 2013.

For more information and to submit your name and message, visit http://lasp.colorado.edu/maven/goingtomars/send-your-name/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to http://lasp.colorado.edu/maven/goingtomars/contact/.

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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