NASA Education Express — May 30, 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.

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 30, 2013, at 4 p.m. EDT

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

Center of Massand Center of Pressure: Engineering a Stable Rocket Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: June 4, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

Presidential Awards for Excellence 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

National Air and SpaceMuseum Super Science Saturday Events
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event: June 8, 2013

LAUNCH Systems Challenge 2013
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Early Bird Entry Deadline: June 15, 2013
Final Entry Deadline: July 15, 2013

CosmoQuest Lunar Surface GeologyWorkshop
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Workshop Dates: June 17-21, 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

Free Virtual Professional DevelopmentWorkshop Series: Rockets to Racecars
Audience: K-12 Educators and Home Educators
Event Dates: First workshop takes place on July 16, 2013, at 2:15 p.m. EDT

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 from the Aerospace Education ServicesProject

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

Missions to Planet Earth: Remote Sensing (Grades 4-8)
May 30, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and 6 -7 p.m. EDT
The world around us is constantly changing. Sometimes these changes happensuddenly and are easily observed. In many cases, changes in the Earth are noteasily seen, yet are readily apparent in comparisons made over time. Join aerospaceeducation specialist Steve Culivan for this session designed to help teachersand students appreciate these changes and study the impacts of Earth’s naturalsystems and how humans affect their environment.

Messenger Mission to Mercury: Introduction and Hands-On Activities (GradesK-8)
May 31, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will provide an overview of theMessenger mission along with lessons and activities connected to the mission. Participantswill explore images of the surface of Mercury and discuss the latestdiscoveries. A hands-on/minds-on activity will be shared, and participants willvisit the Messenger mission website to get a glimpse of available resources.

Physics Resources for Secondary School (Grades 6-12)
June 3, 2013, at 5 – 6 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist John Weis as he demonstrates simpleactivities and resources for teaching physics at middle and high school levels.Topics and resources covered will include Newton’s Laws of Motion, energy, lightand gravity. Lesson plans and modification strategies will be discussed.

Messenger Mission to Mercury: Introduction and Hands-On Activities (GradesK-8)
June 4, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and 6 -7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will provide an overview of theMessenger mission along with lessons and activities connected to the mission. Participantswill explore images of the surface of Mercury and discuss the latestdiscoveries. A hands-on/minds-on activity will be shared, and participants willvisit the Messenger mission website to get a glimpse of available resources.

Applying the Engineering Design Process to STEM Content (Grades 3-12)
June 5, 2013, at 5 – 6 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist John Weis as he discusses ways to modifylessons to teach the engineering process while still covering required content.Upon completion, participants will be able to modify lessons and units toincorporate engineering design into any science, technology, engineering and mathematicssubject as recommended in the Common Core standards.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinarstaking place through June 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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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 http://history.nasa.gov/interncall.htm.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact Bill Barry at bill.barry@nasa.gov.

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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 current contributionsthrough presentations and activities for the entire family. The events willtake place at the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-HazyCenter in Chantilly, Va., and at the Smithsonian’s National Air and SpaceMuseum 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.
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=4835

To see a list of all upcoming Heritage Family Days events, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/heritage-days/.

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

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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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Center of Mass and Center of Pressure: Engineering aStable Rocket Web Seminar

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hostinga 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on June 4, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT thatwill address the Next Generation Science Standards. As a result of thisseminar, you will be able to use the lesson “Engineering a Stable Rocket” fromNASA’s Rockets Educator Guide to address the middle school dimensionsassociated with forces and interaction performance expectations. This seminarprovides an overview of the activity, explores the NASA connections, sharestips and tricks for implementing this lesson in the classroom, showcases videosof students engaged in the lesson and discusses possible modifications orextensions.

This is the only time this seminar will be offered during the current schoolyear.

NOTE: The NSTA website will be out of service untilMonday, June 3, at 9 a.m. EDT. We apologize for the inconvenience.

For more information and to registeronline, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar7.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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Presidential Awards forExcellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring

The White House Office of Science and TechnologyPolicy and the National Science Foundation are currently accepting nominationsfor the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics andEngineering Mentoring, or PAESMEM. This award program recognizes U.S. citizensor permanent residents and U.S. organizations that have demonstrated excellencein mentoring individuals 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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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:

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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LAUNCH Systems Challenge 2013

NASA, the U.S. Agency forInternational Development, the U.S. Department of State and Nike recentlyannounced a challenge to identify 10 game-changing innovations that couldtransform the system of fabrics to one that advances equitable global economicgrowth, drives human prosperity and replenishes the planet’s resources.

Challenge organizers are interested in innovations with potential to scale intwo years, as well as game-changing early stage technologies and prototypes.Innovations can be business models, financial instruments, technologies andprograms that accelerate research, education and capacity building.

The LAUNCH Systems Challenge 2013 is open through July 15, 2013. Early bird submissions are due June 15, 2013. Teninnovators that apply by the June 15early submission deadline will be selected to qualify for professionaladvice on submissions. The first 10 innovators will receive a special messagefrom an astronaut or elite athlete.

Forum partners will select 10 innovators to present their technology solutionsat the LAUNCH Systems Challenge 2013 forum, which will be held Sept. 26-29, 2013,at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

NASA and the LAUNCH Council — thought leaders representing a diverse andcollaborative body of entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers, government, mediaand business — will participate in the forum and help guide these innovationsforward. The selected LAUNCH innovators will receive networking and mentoringopportunities from influential business and government leaders, as well asportfolio presentations.

LAUNCH was created to identify, showcase and support innovative approaches toglobal sustainability challenges. LAUNCH searches for visionaries whose ideas,technologies or programs show great promise for making tangible impacts onsociety in the developed and developing worlds.

For more information about the LAUNCH Systems Challenge 2013 and how to enter,visit http://www.launch.org/challenges/systems-2013.

Inquiries about this challenge should be directed to http://www.launch.org/contact.

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CosmoQuest Lunar SurfaceGeology Workshop

Join astronomers and educators from Southern Illinois University Edwardsvilleand CosmoQuest to learn how your students can conduct authentic astronomyresearch in the classroom. The workshop is open to middle school educators andwill take place June 17-21, 2013, inEdwardsville, Ill.

Participants will receive practical ideas for bringing citizen science into theclassroom. Free materials and a stipend will be provided. Optional continuingprofessional development units and graduate course credit are available.

For more information, visit http://www.smdeponews.org/programs-events/cosmoquest-lunar-surface-geology-workshop-for-middle-school-educators-june-17-21/.

Questions about the workshop should be directed to Georgia Bracey at gbracey@siue.edu.

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Student SpaceflightExperiments Program — Mission 5 to the International Space Station

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 andstudents support foundational instruction on science in microgravity andexperimental design. Additional SSEP programming leverages the experimentdesign competition to engage the community, embracing a learning communitymodel 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 U.S.secure the needed funding.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit the SSEP Mission 5 to InternationalSpace Station National Announcement of Opportunity at
http://ssep.ncesse.org/2013/05/to-school-districts-announcing-student-spaceflight-experiment-program-ssep-mission-5-to-the-international-space-station-for-2013-14/.

SSEP is enabled through a strategic partnership with NanoRacks LLC working withNASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the InternationalSpace Station as a national laboratory. The Center for the Advancement ofScience in Space (
http://www.iss-casis.org/) is a national partner on SSEP. To view a list of allSSEP national partners, visit http://ssep.ncesse.org/national-partners/.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please email SSEP NationalProgram Director Jeff Goldstein at jeffgoldstein@ncesse.org.

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Free Virtual ProfessionalDevelopment Workshop Series: Rockets to Racecars

Start your engines! Engage students inreal-world mathematics and incorporate standards-based hands-on activities tomake mathematics challenging and fun. Bring the thrill of racing and itsconnections to flight into your classroom with the “Rockets 2 Racecars”educational materials.

Learn about tires and air pressure as you calculatethe effects of temperature on regular tires as well as Space Shuttle andracecar tires in the session “Measure Up and Calculate.” Use mathematicsto interpret air pressure and air flow data on airplane wings and racecarspoilers in “May the Force Uplift You…or Not!”. Test the variablesthat affect cars’ stability to travel by constructing a balloon-powered racecar and maneuver through different angles to see force in action in “Newton’sAngle on Force and Motion.” Design a capsule to land on Mars and see itseffectiveness by calculating speed or rate of descent in “Drag Race toMars Engineering Design Challenge.”

Sign up today to join the free four-day workshop series on July 16, July 18,July 22 and July 24, 2013, from 2:15pm to 3:30pm EDT.

Participants who register and complete all four workshops areeligible to receive five continuing education credit hours

For more information, visit http://dln.nasa.gov.

To register for the Rockets 2 Racecars workshopseries, visit https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/dln-virtual-professional-development-form/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Marilé Colon Robles at marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov.

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Don’t miss out on education-relatedopportunities 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