NASA Education Express — May 23, 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.

Build NASA’s Future With LEGO Bricks: Inventing Our Future of Flight
Audience: Students Ages 13 and Older
Contest Deadline: Coming Soon

Sign Up for The Space Flyer Newsletter
Audience: All Educators and Students

Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Multiple Upcoming Dates

NASA History Program Office Fall 2013Internships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Fall 2013 Application Deadline: June 1, 2013

Heritage Family DayEvents at Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event Date: June 1, 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

2013 Lunar Workshops forEducators
Audience: 6-9 Educators
Workshop Dates: June 24-28, and July 8-12, 2013

The Unknown Moon — AWeeklong Institute for High School Educators
Audience: 9-12 Educators
Institute Dates: June 24-28, 2013

Langley AerospaceResearch Student Scholars — Fall 2013 Session
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: June 26, 2013

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program –Mission 5 to the International Space Station
Audience: School Districts Serving Grades 5-12, Informal EducationInstitutions, Colleges and Universities
Inquiry Deadline: June 30, 2013

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

HistoricalNASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other EducationOrganizations
Deadline: July 1, 2013

NASA Exploration DesignChallenge
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Virtual Crew Registration Deadline: March 14,2014

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


Build NASA’s Future With LEGO Bricks: Inventing Our Future of Flight

Teachers, can your team of young, aspiring inventors out-design theprofessionals?

Develop creative designs for real-world needs. Combine authentic research and aprototype built out of LEGO bricks.

Coming in summer 2013, student teams will have their chance to compete againstthe most imaginative minds in the world. Your students can tackle the sameaeronautics challenges that NASA and industry teams have been working on. Wewant to see if your team can do better.

LEGO Group and NASA have teamed up for the “Inventing Our Future of Flight”design contest, and now it’s your turn.

— Entrants will be asked to develop a research paper and a LEGO built prototype(using LEGO bricks or LEGO Digital Designer).
— Individuals or teams of up to five may enter.
— Minimum age for entry is 13 years of age. While all researchers and builderswill be entered in the overall category, builders ages 13 to 18 will also beentered in the young builders category.

We can’t release the full contest details yet, but we wanted you to be thefirst to know. Details will be released at the end of May, so make plans andwatch for your chance to design the future!


Sign Up for The Space Flyer Newsletter

Are you looking forways to transform your summer vacation into an out-of-this-worldlearning experience? From sea to shining sea, NASA Visitor Centers arebustling with exciting new missions and programs that inspire the imagination. Sign up to receive The Space Flyer newsletterand stay up-to-date on all of the fun activities taking place at all 11 NASAVisitor Centers.

The Space Flyer newsletter highlights incredible new experiences that offer aunique blend of history, entertainment and education that only the NASA VisitorCenters can offer. This year, escape the ordinary and drop by to experience thewonder of space!

To learn more aboutthe NASA Visitor Centers and to signup to have The Space Flyer delivered straight to your inbox, visit


Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education ServicesProject

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.

Looking at the Sun (Grades 3-8)
May 28, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and 6 -7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Rick Varner will give participants a glimpse ofNASA’s solar missions, share sun-Earth classroom activities and introduce a Solarand Heliospheric Observatory, or SOHO, activity using current sun data to tracksun spots.

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


NASA History Program Office Fall 2013 Internships

The NASA History Program Office is seeking undergraduate and graduate studentsfor fall 2013 internships. The History Program Office maintains archivalmaterials to answer research questions from NASA personnel, journalists,scholars, students at all levels and others from around the world. The divisionalso edits and publishes several books and monographs each year. It maintains alarge number of websites on NASA history.

Students of all majors are welcome to apply. While detailed prior knowledge ofthe aeronautics and space fields is not necessary, a keen interest and somebasic familiarity with these topics are needed. Strong research, writing andediting skills are essential. Experience with computers, especially hypertextmarkup language, or HTML, formatting and social media (Twitter and Facebook) isa plus.

Intern projects are flexible. Typical projects include handling a variety ofinformation requests, editing historical manuscripts, doing research andwriting biographical sketches, updating and creating websites, creating Twitterand Facebook entries, and identifying and captioning photos.

Applications for fall 2013 internships are due June 1, 2013.

For more information, visit

If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact Bill Barry at


Heritage Family DayEvents at Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum

The 2013 Heritage Family Day event seriescelebrates the diverse ethnic and cultural communities that have contributed toaviation and space exploration. Events will commemorate historic and currentcontributions through presentations and activities for the entire family. Theevents will take place at the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum Steven F.Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., and at the Smithsonian’s National Air andSpace Museum in Washington, DC. The events are free and open to the public.

Explore the Universe Day: Everyone Looks Up!
June 1, 2013, from 10a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
Everyone looks up! People around the world havealways looked to the sky, but they don’t always see the same things. Experiencehow different people study the sky and hear their stories.

To see a list of all upcoming Heritage Family Days events, visit

Questions about this series of events should be directed to the Visitor Serviceline at 202-633-1000.


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

Inquiries about this series of workshops shouldbe directed to Gina Brissenden at


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

Please email any questions about thisopportunity to


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 a growingfield of space research and operations in which universities often have led theway in technology development. Smallsats, some of which are as small as afour-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 a technologyarea such as propulsion, power or communications, or on a smallsat capability,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

For additional information on the SmallSpacecraft Technology Program, visit

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

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to Rachel Khattab at


2013 Lunar Workshops forEducators

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO,mission is sponsoring a pair of workshops for educators of students in grades6-9. These workshops will focus on lunar science, exploration and how ourunderstanding of the moon is evolving with the new data from current and recentlunar missions.

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has allowedscientists to measure the coldest known place in the solar system, map thesurface of the moon in unprecedented detail and accuracy, find evidence ofrecent lunar geologic activity, characterize the radiation environment aroundthe moon and its potential effects on future lunar explorers and much, muchmore!

Workshop participants will learn about these andother recent discoveries, reinforce their understanding of lunar scienceconcepts, gain tools to help address common student misconceptions about themoon, interact with lunar scientists and engineers, work with LRO data andlearn how to bring these data and information to their students using hands-onactivities aligned with grades 6-9 National Science Education Standards andBenchmarks.

Workshops will take place: June 24-28 and July 8-12, 2013,at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Workshop participantswill have the opportunity to tour the LRO Mission Operation Center and theGoddard spacecraft testing facilities.

Each workshop will be limited to 25participants. Interested educators are encouraged to apply early to secure a spot.Qualified applicants will be accepted in the order they apply.

For more information and to register for theworkshops, visit

Questions about these workshops should bedirected to Katie Hessen at


The Unknown Moon — AWeeklong Institute for High School Educators

NASA’s Lunar Science Institute is hosting a weeklong institute forhigh school science educators. Participants will receive hands-onstandards-aligned classroom resources that bridge the topics of Earth and themoon, as well as a variety of science and engineering topics. Tours ofscientific research facilities and interaction with lunar scientists will alsotake place during the institute.

The Unknown Moon Institute will take place June 24-28, 2013, inLaurel, Md. Registration is free, and applications are considered on afirst-come, first-served basis. Participants will receive a certificate forprofessional development hours.

For more information and to apply for theinstitute, visit

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to Christine Shupla at


Langley AerospaceResearch Student Scholars — Fall 2013 Session

Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars, orLARSS, is offering a 15-week fall internship at NASA’s Langley Research Centerin Hampton, Va. Internships are available for rising undergraduate juniors,seniors and graduate students at accredited U.S. colleges, universities andcommunity colleges. Students of all majors are encouraged to apply. The gradepoint average requirement is a 3.0 out of a 4.0.

The internship includes doing a research projectunder the supervision of a researcher, attending technical lectures byprominent engineers and scientists and presenting project results at a postersession. Additional elements include tours of Langley wind tunnels,computational facilities and laboratories, as well as several networkingactivities.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applicationsare due June 26, 2013.

Note: Spring and summer sessions are alsooffered. Please see the website for details.

For more information and to apply online, visit

Please email any questions about thisopportunity to Debbie Murray at


Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 5 to the International SpaceStation

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the ArthurC. Clarke Institute for Space Education, in partnership with NanoRacks LLC,announce an authentic science, technology, engineering and mathematics, orSTEM, opportunity for school districts across the U.S. and space stationpartner nations. The newest flight opportunity, Mission 5 to the InternationalSpace Station, or ISS, gives students across a community the ability to designand propose real experiments to fly in low Earth orbit on the InternationalSpace Station. This opportunity is part of the Student Spaceflight ExperimentsProgram, or SSEP.

Each participating community will receive a realmicrogravity research mini-laboratory capable of supporting a singlemicrogravity experiment, and all launch services to fly the mini-lab to thespace station in spring 2014 and return it to Earth. An experiment designcompetition in each community — engaging typically 300+ students — allowsstudent teams to design and propose real experiments vying fortheir community’s reserved mini-lab. Content resources for teachers and studentssupport foundational instruction on science in microgravity and experimentaldesign. Additional SSEP programming leverages the experiment design competitionto engage the community, embracing a learning community model for science,technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education.

This competition is open to students in grades 5-12 and college. Informaleducation groups and organizations are also encouraged to participate.Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than June 30, 2013. The National Center for Earth and SpaceScience Education is available to help interested communities in the the needed funding.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit the SSEP Mission 5 to InternationalSpace Station National Announcement of Opportunity at

SSEP is enabled through a strategic partnership with NanoRacks LLC working withNASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of theInternational Space Station as a national laboratory. The Center for theAdvancement of Science in Space ( is a national partner on SSEP. To view a list of allSSEP national partners, visit

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please email SSEP NationalProgram Director Jeff Goldstein at


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

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to


HistoricalNASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use

NASA is inviting eligible educational institutions,museums and other organizations to screen and request historical spaceartifacts.

The artifacts represent significant human spaceflight technologies andprocesses and the accomplishments of NASA’s many programs. NASA and the GeneralServices Administration worked together to ensure broad access to spaceartifacts and to provide a Web-based electronic artifacts viewing capability.The Web-based artifacts module is located at

Eligible participants may view the artifacts now and request specific items atthe website June 10 through July 1, 2013. Only schools and museumsare eligible to receive artifacts. They must register online using an assignedDepartment of Education number, or through the state agency for surplusproperty in their state.

The artifacts are free of charge. Eligible organizations must cover shippingcosts and any special handling fees. Shipping fees on smaller items will berelatively inexpensive, while larger items may involve extensive disassembly,preparation, shipping and reassembly costs. NASA will work closely witheligible organizations, on a case-by-case basis, to address any unique specialhandling costs.

Special items, such as space shuttle thermal protective tiles, space shuttlemain engine turbine blades and packages of three packets of astronaut food are alsooffered on a first-come, first-served basis. Instructions for requestingartifacts and special items are linked on the website home page.

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to


NASA ExplorationDesign Challenge

Students from Kindergarten through 12th gradewill have the opportunity to play a unique role in the future of humanspaceflight through participation in NASA’s Exploration Design Challenge, orEDC. NASA EDC invites students around the world to think and act likescientists in order to overcome one of the major hurdles of deep spacelong-duration exploration — the dangers associated with space radiation.Students taking part in the challenge will discover how to plan and designimproved radiation shielding aboard the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle,currently being developed by NASA, Lockheed Martin and other partners to carryastronauts to space, venturing farther than humans have ever gone before.

Through a series of science, technology,engineering and mathematics, or STEM, engagement activities, students in gradesK-8 will analyze different materials that simulate space radiation shieldingand recommend materials that best block radiation and protect astronauts.Students in grades 9-12 will think and act like engineers as they apply whatthey learn to design shielding to protect a sensor on the Orion crew modulefrom space radiation. After a review of the design solutions submitted by teamsin the grades 9-12 challenge, five finalist teams will be selected and matchedwith a mentor from NASA to test their designs in a virtual simulator. Thewinning team will build a prototype radiation shield that will be analyzed andsubmitted to Lockheed Martin for flight certification on the inaugural flightof the Orion Exploration Flight Test, or EFT-1.

The five U.S. finalist teams from the grades9-12 challenge will be invited to attend the EFT-1 launch, currently scheduledfor November 2014. The names of all students, grades K-12, participating in theNASA EDC will fly aboard the spacecraft as honorary virtual crewmembers forOrion’s first flight. The deadline to register students for the virtual crew isMarch 14, 2014.

For more information and to register online,visit

For more information about Orion, visit

Email any questions about this opportunity to


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