NASA Education Express — May 16, 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 spending reductionstotaling $1.2 trillion over 10 years.

As a result, NASA has been forced to implement anumber of new cost-saving measures, policies, and reviews in order to minimizeimpacts to the mission-critical activities of the Agency. Guidance regarding conferences,travel, and training that reflect the new fiscal reality in which the agencymust operate has been provided.

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


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

2013 GLOBE Virtual Student Conference
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: Ongoing Through May 31, 2013

Engineering Design Challenge: Thermal ProtectionSystem 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

Free Education Webinar Series from the AerospaceEducation Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: May 17, 2013

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

The Curiosity Rover: Robotic Geologistand Explorer Web Seminar
Audience: Grades 4-9 Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: May 21, 2013

Engineering Design Challenge: SpacecraftStructures Web Seminar
Audience: 5-9 and Informal Educators
Event Date: May 22, 2013

NASA ISS FIT iPad AppChallenge
Audience: Application Designers, Developers and Producers
Challenge Runs through July 1, 2013

MAVEN Workshop — Red Planet: Read,Write, Explore!
Audience: Teachers of Grades 3-5
Application Deadline: July 24, 2013
Workshop Date: Aug. 24, 2013

Airborne Research Experience forEducators Academy
Audience: 4-12 Educators
Applications Open Until Spots Filled

DIYPodcast — Tutorial Videos
Audience: K-12 Educators

Teacher Learning Journeys Project
Audience: All Educators

What’s New at NASA’s Space Place Website
Audience: K-6 Educators

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


2013 GLOBE Virtual Student Conference

The Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment, or GLOBE,Virtual Student Conference is a place for GLOBE students to showcase theirresearch projects for peer and scientific review. These projects will beavailable online for the public to view and to post comments and questions. Projectswill be available for viewing through May31, 2013.

To learn more about the GLOBE Virtual Student Conference, visit

Questions about this event should be directed to


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

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

Email any questions about this opportunity to


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

Formore information about the ISS EarthKAM Event and to view the webcast, visitthe DLiNfo Channel page at


Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

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

Climate Versus Weather: It’s a Matter of Time (Grades 3-8)
May 17, 2013,
at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and6 – 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will explore how weather andclimate are related and how they differ. Participants will be introduced to NASAwebsites that will engage and educate students about these important topics.

Understanding the Red Planet: Mars Image Analysis (Grades 5-12)
May 20, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and 6 -7 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt as he shares ways to use imagestaken by Arizona State University’s Thermal Emission Imaging System, or THEMIS,visible camera aboard NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft. The Odyssey spacecraftarrived at Mars on October 24, 2001, and its images show the shape of the Martiansurface (geologic features).

Modeling the Solar System: What Is a Planet? (Grades 3-8)
May 21, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and 6 -7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Angelo Casaburri will discuss the challenges ofteaching students about the scale of our solar system. Using a simple cashregister tape activity, participants will learn how to model the vast distancesbetween the sun and planets. Mathematical scale, astronomical units anddifferences between planets and a dwarf planets will also be discussed.

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


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;


The Curiosity Rover: Robotic Geologist and Explorer WebSeminar

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 on May21, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. JordanEvans from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory will provide an overview of theCuriosity mission and talk about some stunning geologic discoveries. Curiosityis packing 10 science instruments, including four spectrometers, a rock-zappinglaser and the first drill used on Mars.

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


Engineering Design Challenge: Spacecraft Structures 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 22, 2013 at 6:30p.m. EDT. Learn how to incorporate the excitement of rocketry into yourclassroom during this Web seminar and receive an overview of the studentengineering design challenge, Spacecraft Structures, where students design andconstruct a strong, but lightweight, structure that can withstand the launch ofa water bottle “rocket.”

Due to popular demand, this Web seminar is being offered this one final timeduring 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


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 July1, 2013. For full challenge details and a list of what stepsare currently in progress, visit

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to

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MAVEN Workshop — Red Planet:Read, Write, Explore!

The Mars Atmosphere and VolatileEvolutioN, or MAVEN, mission will explore the planet’s upper atmosphere,ionosphere and interactions with the solar wind. Set to launch in November2013, the mission will provide invaluable insights into the history of Mars’atmosphere and climate, liquid water and planetary habitability.

Join the MAVEN education team for aone-day workshop on the MAVEN mission and the accompanying program for grades3-5, Red Planet: Read, Write Explore! This program features six standards-basedlessons that combine science, literacy and art to help students understandplanetary habitability and the MAVEN mission. The workshop will introduce participantsto these lessons and concepts. The workshop also will have a session devoted toSpanish speaking English Language Learner and English as a Second Languagestudents. Attendees will receive free classroom materials.

The workshop will take place Aug. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles, Calif. Applicationsare due July 24, 2013, but space islimited so interested educators are encouraged to apply early.

For more information aboutthe workshop and to apply online, visit

Please email any questions about this opportunity to


Airborne Research Experience forEducators Academy

In support of our nation’s commitment to training and retaining100,000 science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, teachersover the next decade through the 100Kin10 initiative, NASA’s Earth ScienceProject Office and NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center Office of Education arerecruiting 12 STEM teachers to participate in the Airborne Research Experiencefor Educators Academy, a 10-day research experience July 15-25, 2013, at the AerospaceEducation Research Operations, or AERO, Institute in Palmdale, Calif. Applicantscan be formal (traditional classrooms, public or private) or informal (museum,science center, etc.) educators of grades 4-12.

Through interactions with NASA’s unique content, facilities and personnel, the academywill focus on three education goals through a variety of interfaces (virtual,in-person, self-directed learning):
1. Engage in NASA’s unique, airborne research-based missions.
2. Increase core scientific and research knowledge base.
3. Generate NASA mission-based STEM resources and teaching materials.

Participants will be anchored in a community of scientific practice through anend-to-end airborne experience that will focus on two NASA Earth sciencemissions: (1) Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel, or HS3, an investigation ofhow tropical storms form and develop into hurricanes, and (2) Airborne TropicalTRopopause Experiment, or ATTREX, a study of atmospheric compoundconcentrations and their impact on the Earth’s climate and energy budget.

Experiences will include technical content instruction from mission scientistsand engineers, utilization of technology via an online tool to monitor missionsin real-time, pedagogical content instruction in 21st century skills,inquiry-based teaching and learning, engineering design and project-basedlearning. Experiences will be translated into teaching practice through thedevelopment of a thematic STEM module and action plan.

This opportunity will remain open untilall seats are filled. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and may apply asindividuals or as an interdisciplinary team of two – three persons.

For more information, visit or

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Shaun Smith at


DIY Podcast — Tutorial Videos

Are you tired of struggling to find new ways to integrate technology into yourcurriculum? NASA’s Do-It-Yourself Podcast website is the place to begin: Itoffers free public-domain resources to help you and your students build yourown podcasts. With DIY Podcast, you and your students can start creatingpodcast files immediately.

Building podcasts supports national education standards in the science,technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines. The process alsosupports different learning styles. The auditory and visual learners can listento and watch their podcasts to review the content and learn even more. Thekinesthetic learner can perform demonstrations to add to the video. And becausethey are in the starring roles, students will watch/listen to the podcastrepeatedly. The repetition reinforces the content.

NASA offers six video tutorials to show educators and students how easy it isto make podcasts and vodcasts. In just minutes, we show you how to create audioand video podcast files with the free video clips, audio tracks and images onthe DIY Podcast site. The six-video series comprises:

— What Is a Podcast?
— DIY Podcast Tour
— Viewing and Downloading Video Clips
— Listening to and Downloading Audio Clips
— Building an Audio Podcast
— Building a Video Podcast

The series provides time-saving tips for helping students create podcasts andexplains the benefits of using podcasts as an educational tool. You can findadditional techniques and tips on the DIY Podcast Blog. Visit today to learnhow you and your students can make podcasts — all it takes is a few minutes!

NASA’s DIY Podcast Tutorial Videos

NASA’s DIY Podcast Blog


Teacher Learning Journeys Project

NASA’s Aerospace Education Services Project has teamed up with the NationalScience Teachers Association to launch the new Teacher Learning Journeysproject. This new approach to individualized professional development isdesigned to help teachers meet personal learning goals and increase studentlearning and motivation.

Educators can select, prioritize and complete professional development paths thatallow them to find and make use of specific resources, teaching strategies andcontent they need for their students. Participants may apply for digitalbadges, a form of recognition that explains the activity, required effort andskills acquired.

For more information and to register for the free project, visit

Questions about the Teacher Learning Journeys project should be directed toChris Gamrat at


What’s New at NASA’s Space Place Website

More and more of our readers are using mobile devices. For that reason, we haverecently optimized the design of The Space Place to work well on mobile phonescreens. You will see only what fits comfortably (at a readable size) on eventhe smallest screen, with the rest of the page accessible at your touch. Here’swhat else we’ve been doing . . .

What’s New?
Why would a pigeon racer phone the Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder,Colo., for a report before entering a prized pigeon into a big race?

It’s surprising how many ways the sun affects Earth and its living things.Solar storms can cause “bad space weather” on Earth. Bad spaceweather can damage communication and navigation satellites, power grids andhurt astronauts on the space station. But that’s not all. Read this new articleon The Space Place to find out why homing pigeons and their human handlersmight care about space weather. Go to

Un Rescate en Español
We have all heard stories in which it took many days and a lot of trouble andexpense to rescue or find people who were lost in the wilderness or at sea.Sometimes, the rescue comes too late. Here’s a story with a much happierending, thanks to advance planning and the help of a well-designed and -managedsystem involving weather satellites and a ground-support system. This newfeature on Space Place is in both English and Spanish, with Spanish being thestory’s original form. Go to

Spotlight on a Dream Career
A Mars mission is good example to show how different scientists and engineerscan be. The engineers build and operate the spacecraft, and the scientistsdetermine what information it will gather once it is on the ground or in orbit.Engineers and scientists have different priorities. So there is a special kindof engineer who designs and sets up tools that allow these two types of peopleto work smoothly together. That’s the job of our latest Mission Chroniclesblogger. Sarah Milkovich gives a unique view of how a diverse missionoperations and science team can work together even though they are locatedaround the country. Check it out at

For the Classroom
No matter what kind of science lesson or activity you are doing with yourclass, the most important lesson is how to think like a scientist. Scienceisn’t just a bunch of facts. And although there is a formal process known asthe scientific method, it is not always necessary to follow it in order to “doscience.” So what is science? That is the weighty topic dealt with lightly at with this discussion is an introduction to doing a science fair project,which can be found at Although it may be abit late in the year to think about science fairs, such projects can also beencouraged just to satisfy students’ curiosity — or, if that isn’t enough –for extra credit!

For Out of School Time
A menu full of games will entertain kids all summer, while sneaking in a fewinformal science and technology lessons — but don’t let them know about thislatter advantage! See them all in one place at

Also, don’t forget about our iPhone and iPad mobile apps over the summer. SpacePlace Prime updates daily with new images, videos and articles from The SpacePlace. Games “Satellite Insight” and “Comet Quest” are alsofun challenges. Find out more at

Special Days

June 8: World Oceans Day
Pick from a diverse set of ocean-related pages and activities at

June 16:Father’s Day
Any dad would love a cloud mobile or a galactic mobile. Check out the mobilesat

June 21: Summer Solstice, First Day ofSummer
There’s a simple explanation of why we have seasons at

We Love Feedback
Thanks to the many of you who have written to to tell ushow you use our website in your teaching and informal work with kids. We arehappy to be able to bring you this valuable resource to enhance and supplementyour curriculum.

Have a restorative, relaxing summer. Meanwhile, we will continue working tobring you more new materials for next school year.

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