NASA Education Express — June 27, 2013

Guidance for Education and Public Outreach Activities Under Sequestration
NASA has taken the first steps in addressing the mandatory spending cuts called for in the Budget Control Act of 2011. The law mandates a series of indiscriminate and significant across-the-board spending reductions totaling $1.2 trillion over 10 years.As a result, NASA has been forced to implement a number of new cost-saving measures, policies, and reviews in order to minimize impacts to the mission-critical activities of the Agency. Guidance regarding conferences, travel, and training that reflect the new fiscal reality in which the agency must operate has been provided.For specific guidance as it relates to public outreach and engagement activities 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.

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Space Shuttle Atlantis Celebration
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: June 28, 2013, Noon – 1 p.m. EDT

Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: June 28, 2013, at 3 p.m. EDT

MAVEN New Media Professional Development Workshop
Audience: Bloggers, Podcasters, Social Media Users and Other Science Communicators
Application Deadline: June 28, 2013
Workshop Dates: Aug. 23-25, 2013

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

Center for Gulf Studies Summer Speaker Series
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: Each Monday at 11 a.m. CDT through August 2013

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Next Application Deadline: July 1, 2013

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

Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other Education Organizations
Deadline: July 1, 2013

NASA GIRLS and NASA BOYS Mentoring Project

Audience: 5-8 Educators and Students
Application Deadline: July 2, 2013

Professional Development Opportunity for Science on a Sphere Installations
Audience: Science Museums and Other Informal Education Venues
Application Deadline: July 8, 2013
Training Dates: Nov. 15-16, 2013

Sally Ride EarthKAM Summer 2013 Mission
Audience: Middle School Educators and Students, and the Informal Education Community
Mission Dates: July 10-12, 2013

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

Free Virtual Professional Development Workshop 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

NASA Partners With the LEGO Group for Design and Build Contest
Audience: Anyone Age 13 or Older
Entry Deadline: July 31, 2013

Don’t miss out on upcoming NASA education opportunities.
For a full list of events, opportunities and more, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA’s website:
— 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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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Space Shuttle Atlantis Celebration

NASA invites students and educators to tune in for a special Digital Learning Network webcast event celebrating space shuttle Atlantis. NASA will be celebrating the unveiling of Atlantis’ new home at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. This celebration will include special guests who have worked on Atlantis.

The event will be webcast on the NASA DLiNfo Channel on June 28, 2013, at Noon EDT.

For more information and to view the webcast, visit http://dln.nasa.gov.

Questions about this event should be directed to Rachel Power at rachel.b.power@nasa.gov.

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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of free webinars throughout 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.

My NASA Data: Using Live-Access Weather and Climate Data (Grades K-12)
June 28, 2013, at 3 – 4 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Marilé Colón Robles will lead participants through a series of lessons using the live access server of the My NASA Data website. Participants will learn how to search and download lesson plans from the My NASA Data website. These lessons allow students to analyze real NASA climate data.

Exploring Solar Energy: Electricity for Space Exploration (Grades 6-9)
July 1, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist John Weis as he discusses ways to use the online resource “Electricity and Power in Space” to provide an exciting context for teaching concepts related to energy, electricity and circuits. Participants will be guided through a series of activities relating to circuits, voltage, amperes, ohms and much more.

Classroom Lunacy: Studying the Moon (Grades 3-8)
July 2, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Rick Varner will share teaching strategies that guide students to understand the Earth-moon system in concrete ways. This webinar highlights NASA resources about the phenomena of moon phases and eclipses. Recent discoveries from the latest NASA missions also will be shared.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through July 2013, visit http://aesp.psu.edu/programs/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to Chris Gamrat at gamrat@psu.edu.

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MAVEN New Media Professional Development Workshop

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, or MAVEN, mission will explore the planet’s upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the solar wind. Set to launch in November 2013, the mission will provide invaluable insights into the history of Mars’ atmosphere and climate, liquid water and planetary habitability.

The MAVEN New Media Professional Development workshop will bring together bloggers, podcasters, social media users and other science communicators for a two-day intensive workshop with space scientists. The workshop will take place Aug. 23-25, 2013, at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado Boulder. The workshop will be a collaborative professional development opportunity for attendees to learn about current issues surrounding the evolution of the Martian climate, with an emphasis on MAVEN.

Most expenses to attend the workshop will be defrayed; individual amounts will be determined following selection.

Applications are due June 28, 2013.

For more information about the workshop and to apply online, visit http://lasp.colorado.edu/home/maven/education-outreach/public-outreach/new-media-professional-development/2013-workshop/.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to epomail@lasp.colorado.edu.

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Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 5 to the International Space Station

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

Each participating community will receive a real microgravity research mini-laboratory capable of supporting a single microgravity experiment, and all launch services to fly the mini-lab to the space station in spring 2014 and return it to Earth. An experiment design competition in each community — engaging typically 300+ students — allows student teams to design and propose real experiments vying for their community’s reserved mini-lab. Content resources for teachers and students support foundational instruction on science in microgravity and experimental design. Additional SSEP programming leverages the experiment design competition to 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. Informal education 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 Space Science 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 International Space 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 with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a national laboratory. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (http://www.iss-casis.org/) is a national partner on SSEP. To view a list of all SSEP national partners, visit http://ssep.ncesse.org/national-partners/.

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

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Center for Gulf Studies Summer Speaker Series

The INFINITY Science Center in Mississippi invites the public, both young and old, to meet some of the leading researchers in the world studying the Gulf of Mexico. INFINITY is hosting the First Annual Center for Gulf Studies Summer Speaker Series. These lectures will take place each Monday at 11 a.m. CDT through August. The lectures are free with paid admission to the INFINITY Science Center.

Researchers associated with the Center for Gulf Studies will discuss what they are learning and discovering about the Gulf and its importance to our living, playing and working in and around its waters. Next week’s lecture on July 1, 2013, include a discussion titled “Earth Versus Mars: Can Life From Earth Conquer the Red Planet?” led by Dr. Scott Milroy.

For more information, including a full list of upcoming lectures, visit http://www.visitinfinity.com/news-events/1958/.

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NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships

The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) supports NASA’s goal to expand scientific understanding of the Earth and the universe in which we live.

Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NPP Fellows complete one- to three-year Fellowship appointments that offer scientists and engineers unique opportunities to conduct research in fields of science relevant to NASA.

These opportunities advance NASA’s missions in Earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics and engineering, human exploration and space operations, and astrobiology. Opportunities are available at NASA Centers and other NASA-approved sites.

As a result, NPP Fellows contribute to national priorities for scientific exploration, confirm NASA’s leadership in fundamental research, and complement the efforts of NASA’s partners in the national science community.

U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and foreign nationals eligible for J-1 status as a Research Scholar may apply. Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. or equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but may apply while completing the degree requirements. Applicants who earned the Ph.D. more than five years before the deadline date are categorized as Senior Fellows; all applicants, no matter their category, must apply and become eligible for an NPP award via the same process.

Interested applicants may apply by one of three annual application deadlines: March 1July 1, and November 1.

For more information and application procedures, go to http://nasa.orau.org/postdoc/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to nasapostdoc@orau.org.

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Going to Mars With MAVEN Campaign

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

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

The MAVEN spacecraft will also carry personal messages from three contest winners. The Message to Mars contest is looking for personal messages in the form of haiku poems to send to the Red Planet. The public will vote to select the top three entries. Entries must be written in English. Winning haikus will be carried aboard the MAVEN spacecraft and will 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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Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use

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

The artifacts represent significant human spaceflight technologies and processes and the accomplishments of NASA’s many programs. NASA and the General Services Administration worked together to ensure broad access to space artifacts and to provide a Web-based electronic artifacts viewing capability. The Web-based artifacts module is located at http://gsaxcess.gov/NASAWel.htm.

Eligible participants may view the artifacts now and request specific items at the website throughJuly 1, 2013. Only schools and museums are eligible to receive artifacts. They must register online using an assigned Department of Education number, or through the state agency for surplus property in their state.

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

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

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to GSAXcessHelp@gsa.gov.

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NASA GIRLS and NASA BOYS Mentoring Project

NASA is looking for the next generation of scientists, engineers and innovators. To jump-start the future of potential explorers, Women@NASA has created a mentoring project that offers a one-of-a-kind experience for middle school students. Participants will get to explore the possibilities of a career in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The project will feature one-on-one mentoring from NASA employees. Participants will complete online lessons with their mentors while virtually connected through Skype or Google Chat.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens in grades 5-8 or home-school equivalent. The mentoring project will take place over a five-week period during the summer.

Applications are due July 2, 2013.

For more information and to register online, visit http://women.nasa.gov/nasagirls/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to hq-women@nasa.gov.

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Professional Development Opportunity for Science on a Sphere Installations

NASA’s next mission to Mars — the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, mission — is set to launch in November 2013. MAVEN will explore the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the sun and solar wind. By examining the loss of volatile compounds, such as water and carbon dioxide, MAVEN will provide insight into the history of Mars’ atmosphere and climate, liquid water and habitability.

Invisible Mars, a new show for Science On a Sphere, explains what we know about Mars’ climate and how the MAVEN mission will help us understand how and why it’s changed over time. Join MAVEN scientists, engineers and educators at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Nov. 15-16, 2013, for a professional development training on how you can use Invisible Mars at your venue.

Participants may be given a stipend to help pay for their travel. Participants and their families will be invited to attend the MAVEN launch, currently scheduled for Nov. 18, 2013.

The application deadline for this training event has been extended to July 8, 2013. Space is limited. To apply, visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MAVENSOS.

To learn more about MAVEN, visit http://lasp.colorado.edu/home/maven/ and https://www.nasa.gov/maven.

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Sally Ride EarthKAM Summer 2013 Mission

Students and educators are invited to join NASA for the Sally Ride EarthKAM Summer 2013 Mission from July 10-12, 2013. Guide your students in hands-on research as they program a camera aboard the International Space Station to take pictures of specific locations on Earth. The optional online curriculum at the Sally Ride EarthKAM website is targeted at middle school students, but could easily be adapted for other grade levels. All students and educators are welcome — including participants in summer and after-school programs.

For more information and to register for the upcoming mission, visit the Sally Ride EarthKAM home page at https://earthkam.ucsd.edu/.

If you have questions about the EarthKAM project, please email ek-help@earthkam.ucsd.edu.

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LAUNCH Systems Challenge 2013

NASA, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of State and Nike recently announced a challenge to identify 10 game-changing innovations that could transform the system of fabrics to one that advances equitable global economic growth, drives human prosperity and replenishes the planet’s resources.

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

The LAUNCH Systems Challenge 2013 is open through July 15, 2013.

Forum partners will select 10 innovators to present their technology solutions at 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 and collaborative body of entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers, government, media and business — will participate in the forum and help guide these innovations forward. The selected LAUNCH innovators will receive networking and mentoring opportunities from influential business and government leaders, as well as portfolio presentations.

LAUNCH was created to identify, showcase and support innovative approaches to global sustainability challenges. LAUNCH searches for visionaries whose ideas, technologies or programs show great promise for making tangible impacts on society 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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Free Virtual Professional Development Workshop Series: Rockets to Racecars

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

Learn about tires and air pressure as you calculate the effects of temperature on regular tires as well as Space Shuttle and racecar tires in the session “Measure Up and Calculate.” Use mathematics to interpret air pressure and air flow data on airplane wings and racecar spoilers in “May the Force Uplift You…or Not!”. Test the variables that affect cars’ stability to travel by constructing a balloon-powered race car and maneuver through different angles to see force in action in “Newton’s Angle on Force and Motion.” Design a capsule to land on Mars and see its effectiveness by calculating speed or rate of descent in “Drag Race to Mars 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 are eligible to receive five continuing education credit hours

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

To register for the Rockets 2 Racecars workshop series, 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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NASA Partners With the LEGO Group for Design and Build Contest

NASA and the LEGO Group are partnering to inspire the next generation of aerospace engineers by offering a new design competition. The competition will spur students of all ages to use the toy bricks in building models of future airplanes and spacecraft.

The “NASA’s Missions: Imagine and Build” competition is now open with an entry deadline of July 31, 2013. Winners in each category will be selected by a panel of NASA and LEGO officials and announced Sept. 1, 2013.

The first category in the contest is “Inventing Our Future of Flight.” In this challenge, participants will design and build their idea for an aircraft of the future based on real concepts and new technology NASA’s aeronautics innovators are working on to increase fuel efficiency and reduce harmful emissions and noise.

In addition to building a model from LEGO bricks or using the LEGO Digital Designer computer program, participants in this category also must prepare and write a technical paper. The paper will explain how the contest design takes advantage of NASA’s ideas and potentially improves on them.

This category divides entrants into two groups: young student builders ages 13 to 18 and an open group for anyone age 13 and older. The two winners will receive a custom-made LEGO trophy and a collection of NASA memorabilia.

The second contest category is “Imagine Our Future Beyond Earth.” In this challenge, participants will use their imaginations to design and build a futuristic vehicle from LEGO bricks that might travel through the air or in space. It could be an airplane, rotorcraft, rocket, spacecraft, satellite, rover or something else. The design can be based in reality or purely a flight of fancy. This competition is open to entrants 16 or older. The grand prize is a LEGO set signed by the set’s designer and a collection of NASA memorabilia. There also is a runner up prize.

To read the complete rules and guidelines for submitting the LEGO model and technical paper, visit http://rebrick.lego.com/.

LEGO Systems, Inc. is the North American division of The LEGO Group, a privately-held, family-owned company based in Billund, Denmark. The company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of creatively educational play materials for children. For more information and to visit the virtual LEGO world, go to http://www.LEGO.com.

For more information about NASA aeronautics research and space exploration, visit https://www.nasa.gov.

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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

NASA Education Express — June 20, 2013

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

Guidance for Education and Public Outreach Activities Under Sequestration

NASA has taken the first steps in addressing the mandatory spending cuts called for in the Budget Control Act of 2011. The law mandates a series of indiscriminate and significant across-the-board spending reductions totaling $1.2 trillion over 10 years.

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

For specific guidance as it relates to public outreach and engagement activities 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: June 20, 2013, at 4 p.m. EDT

Engineering Design: Forces and Motion — The Great Boomerang Challenge Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: June 20, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

Von Kármán Symposium at California Institute of Technology
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Event Date: June 21, 2013

Climate Change in the Classroom Summer 2013 Teacher Workshop
Audience: Educators of Grades 8-12
Registration Deadline: June 21, 2013
Online Workshop Dates: July 31 – Aug. 1, 2013
In-Person Workshop Dates: Aug. 5-6, 2013

Pre-Service Teacher Institute at NASA’s Langley Research Center
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: June 21, 2013
Institute Dates: July 22 – Aug. 2, 2013

Center for Gulf Studies Summer Speaker Series
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: Each Monday at 11 a.m. CDT through August 2013

NASA Educator Workshop — Soil Moisture and Precipitation
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-8
Workshop Date: June 26, 2013

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

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Space Shuttle Atlantis Celebration
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: June 28, 2013, 1-2 p.m. EDT

Lunar and Planetary Institute Workshop: Mars Revealed
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Pre-service Teachers
Application Period Closes: June 28, 2013
Workshop Dates: July 22-26, 2013

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

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Next Application Deadline: July 1, 2013

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

Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other Education Organizations
Deadline: July 1, 2013

NASA GIRLS and NASA BOYS Mentoring Project

Audience: 5-8 Educators and Students
Application Deadline: July 2, 2013

Sally Ride EarthKAM Summer 2013 Mission
Audience: Middle School Educators and Students, and the Informal Education Community
Mission Dates: July 9-12, 2013

NASA Partners With the LEGO Group for Design and Build Contest
Audience: Anyone Age 13 or Older
Entry Deadline: July 31, 2013

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

Don’t miss out on upcoming NASA education opportunities.
For a full list of events, opportunities and more, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA’s website:
— 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 Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of free webinars throughout 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.

Satellite Meteorology: Demonstrations and Activities for Science (Grades 6-12)
June 20, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Marilé Colón Robles will discuss the various resources NASA has to offer relating to satellite meteorology, weather and climate. Learn about NASA resources that allow students to use NASA data and imagery to monitor cloud covers, to observe global weather patterns and to examine information related to climate change.

Exploring the Surface of Mars: Searching for Clues of Life — Past and Present (Grades 5-12)
June 21, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will discuss NASA’s exploration of Mars and how the “Follow the Water” strategy has lead to evidence of water both in ancient oceans and rivers on the Red Planet. Participants will learn ways to engage students with this quest for life on another planet. Inquiry activities that involve exploring and evaluating land forms on Mars will be shared.

Our Solar System: A Model Overview (Grades 4-8)
June 25, 2013, at 1 – 2 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will present NASA inquiry activities that demonstrate remote sensing and scale models to better visualize our sun, planets, asteroids and other objects as a whole system.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through June 2013, visit http://aesp.psu.edu/programs/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to Chris Gamrat at gamrat@psu.edu.

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Engineering Design: Forces and Motion — The Great Boomerang Challenge Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a free 90-minute professional development Web seminar for educators on June 20, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn how to incorporate the Next Generation Science Standards, High School Engineering Design Performance Expectations, into your curriculum. During the session, participants will be introduced to the Boomerang Design Challenge and learn how to incorporate this activity into science classes. The seminar also includes information about two unique extensions. In the first, students access a free computer simulation illustrating the airflow around an airfoil to determine the correct flow equation, and a second extension uses an interactive simulation to determine the airflow around various shapes of airfoils.

Due to popular demand, this Web seminar is being offered this one final time during the current school year.

For more information and to register online, visithttp://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar6.aspx.

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NES Help Desk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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Von Kármán Symposium at California Institute of Technology

A one-day symposium will be held at the California Institute of Technology on June 21, 2013, to commemorate the life and accomplishments of Dr. Theodore von Kármán. Dr. von Kármán was a key figure in aerodynamics, and his work on supersonic and hypersonic airflow characterization was groundbreaking. Being a true visionary with many international contacts, he founded or helped to found many institutions, notably the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the International Academy of Astronautics and the California Institute of Technology, where he served as the first director of Graduate Aerospace Laboratories.

Registration is $75 and includes a luncheon and a closing reception.

For more information, including the symposium agenda and instructions for registering, visithttp://www.lcpm10.caltech.edu/symp.html.

Questions about this symposium should be directed to vks@caltech.edu.

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Climate Change in the Classroom Summer 2013 Teacher Workshop

The Climate Change in the Classroom — Summer 2013 Teacher Workshop is an opportunity for teachers of grades 8-12 to learn about climate change in today’s headlines and to enhance their understanding about this complex global issue for use across curricula.

Participants will explore climate science with researchers at NASA and Columbia University’s Center for Climate Research on the frontlines of advancing scientific understanding. Online workshop sessions will take place July 31 – Aug. 1, 2013. In-person workshop sessions will take place Aug. 5-6, 2013, at Columbia University in New York City.

Participants will receive a stipend and will have the opportunity to receive graduate credits. Applications are due June 21, 2013.

For more information and to download an application, visit http://ccsr.columbia.edu/education/hot-one-world-one-climate/.

Questions about this workshop should be directed to Carolyn Harris at Cah40@columbia.edu.

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Pre-Service Teacher Institute at NASA’s Langley Research Center

NASA Langley Research Center’s Office of Education and the National Institute of Aerospace are sponsoring a two-week Pre-Service Teacher Institute taking place July 22 – Aug. 2, 2013, in Hampton, Va. This session is for education majors preparing to teach grades K-8.

Participants will engage in hands-on learning experiences designed to develop their skills for teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics using NASA-developed resources.Participants will have opportunities to interact with NASA scientists and engineers, making real-world connections to standards-based classroom content. Full-time rising junior or senior undergraduate and graduate students, including career switchers, are invited to apply. Students who participate will receive a stipend for attending.

Applications are due June 21, 2013.

For more information and to apply online, visit http://www.nianet.org/resources/Outreach/K-12-Education-Outreach/PSTI.aspx.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Shannon Verstynen atshannon.verstynen@nianet.org.

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Center for Gulf Studies Summer Speaker Series

The INFINITY Science Center in Mississippi invites the public, both young and old, to meet some of the leading researchers in the world studying the Gulf of Mexico. INFINITY is hosting the First Annual Center for Gulf Studies Summer Speaker Series. These lectures will take place each Monday at 11 a.m. CDT through August. The lectures are free with paid admission to the INFINITY Science Center.

Researchers associated with the Center for Gulf Studies will discuss what they are learning and discovering about the Gulf and its importance to our living, playing and working in and around its waters. Next week’s lecture on June 24, 2013, will include a discussion titled “Forget Predicting the Weather; Try Predicting the Oceans!” led by Dr. Bob Arnone.

For more information, including a full list of upcoming lectures, visit http://www.visitinfinity.com/news-events/1958/.

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NASA Educator Workshop — Soil Moisture and Precipitation

NASA invites middle school educators to attend a workshop sponsored by the Solar Moisture Active Passive, or SMAP, and the Global Precipitation Measurement, or GPM, missions. The workshop will take place on June 26, 2013, at the Goddard Visitor Center at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

Learn about soil moisture and precipitation through hands-on activities and lectures, and see how NASA gathers data on these variables from space. This premier joint mission workshop is targeted for middle school science educators, and is designed to showcase how NASA gathers data about Earth from space. Discussion will connect how soil moisture and precipitation directly relate to the global water cycle, and will introduce engaging activities and information that participants can use in the classroom.

Registration for the workshop is required, and attendance will be at the teacher’s expense. Space is limited to 30 participants.

For more information, visit http://pmm.nasa.gov/education/current-activities/2013-SMAP-GPM-Middle-School-Teachers-Workshop.

Questions about this workshop should be directed to Brian Campbell atBrian.A.Campbell@nasa.gov.

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Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars — Fall 2013 Session

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

The internship includes doing a research project under the supervision of a researcher, attending technical lectures by prominent engineers and scientists and presenting project results at a poster session. Additional elements include tours of Langley wind tunnels, computational facilities and laboratories, as well as several networking activities.

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

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

For more information and to apply online, visit http://www.nianet.org/LARSS-2012/index.aspx.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Debbie Murray atDeborah.B.Murray@nasa.gov.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Space Shuttle Atlantis Celebration

NASA invites students and educators to tune in for a special Digital Learning Network webcast event celebrating space shuttle Atlantis. NASA will be celebrating the unveiling of Atlantis’ new home at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. This celebration will include special guests who have worked on Atlantis.

The event will be webcast on the NASA DLiNfo Channel on June 28, 2013, at 1 p.m. EDT.

For more information and to view the webcast, visit http://dln.nasa.gov.

Questions about this event should be directed to Rachel Power at rachel.b.power@nasa.gov.

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Lunar and Planetary Institute Workshop: Mars Revealed

The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) and the ChemCam instrument team invite high school teachers, both in-service and pre-service, to attend the “Mars Revealed: Evolving Technology, Advancing Science” workshop. This five-day workshop will take place at LPI in Houston, Texas, on July 22-26, 2013.

Attendees will discover the relationship between evolving technology and our scientific understanding of Mars. Attendees will also discuss the nature and process of science with invited Mars scientists. Classroom resources will be provided.

Workshop registration is free. This workshop is limited to 20 participants. Interested educators are encouraged to apply early to secure a spot. Qualified applicants will be accepted in the order they apply. The application period closes June 28, 2013.

For more information and to apply for the workshop, visithttp://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/workshops/mars/.

Questions about the workshop should be directed to Andy Shaner at shaner@lpi.usra.edu.

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Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 5 to the International Space Station

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

Each participating community will receive a real microgravity research mini-laboratory capable of supporting a single microgravity experiment, and all launch services to fly the mini-lab to the space station in spring 2014 and return it to Earth. An experiment design competition in each community — engaging typically 300+ students — allows student teams to design and propose real experiments vying for their community’s reserved mini-lab. Content resources for teachers and students support foundational instruction on science in microgravity and experimental design. Additional SSEP programming leverages the experiment design competition to 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. Informal education 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 Space Science 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 International Space 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 with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a national laboratory. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (http://www.iss-casis.org/) is a national partner on SSEP. To view a list of all SSEP national partners, visithttp://ssep.ncesse.org/national-partners/.

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

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NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships

The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) supports NASA’s goal to expand scientific understanding of the Earth and the universe in which we live.

Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NPP Fellows complete one- to three-year Fellowship appointments that offer scientists and engineers unique opportunities to conduct research in fields of science relevant to NASA.

These opportunities advance NASA’s missions in Earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics and engineering, human exploration and space operations, and astrobiology. Opportunities are available at NASA Centers and other NASA-approved sites.

As a result, NPP Fellows contribute to national priorities for scientific exploration, confirm NASA’s leadership in fundamental research, and complement the efforts of NASA’s partners in the national science community.

U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and foreign nationals eligible for J-1 status as a Research Scholar may apply. Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. or equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but may apply while completing the degree requirements. Applicants who earned the Ph.D. more than five years before the deadline date are categorized as Senior Fellows; all applicants, no matter their category, must apply and become eligible for an NPP award via the same process.

Interested applicants may apply by one of three annual application deadlines: March 1July 1, and November 1.

For more information and application procedures, go to http://nasa.orau.org/postdoc/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to nasapostdoc@orau.org.

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Going to Mars With MAVEN Campaign

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

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

The MAVEN spacecraft will also carry personal messages from three contest winners. The Message to Mars contest is looking for personal messages in the form of haiku poems to send to the Red Planet. The public will vote to select the top three entries. Entries must be written in English. Winning haikus will be carried aboard the MAVEN spacecraft and will 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, visithttp://lasp.colorado.edu/maven/goingtomars/send-your-name/.

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

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Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use

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

The artifacts represent significant human spaceflight technologies and processes and the accomplishments of NASA’s many programs. NASA and the General Services Administration worked together to ensure broad access to space artifacts and to provide a Web-based electronic artifacts viewing capability. The Web-based artifacts module is located athttp://gsaxcess.gov/NASAWel.htm.

Eligible participants may view the artifacts now and request specific items at the website throughJuly 1, 2013. Only schools and museums are eligible to receive artifacts. They must register online using an assigned Department of Education number, or through the state agency for surplus property in their state.

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

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

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to GSAXcessHelp@gsa.gov.

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NASA GIRLS and NASA BOYS Mentoring Project

NASA is looking for the next generation of scientists, engineers and innovators. To jump-start the future of potential explorers, Women@NASA has created a mentoring project that offers a one-of-a-kind experience for middle school students. Participants will get to explore the possibilities of a career in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The project will feature one-on-one mentoring from NASA employees. Participants will complete online lessons with their mentors while virtually connected through Skype or Google Chat.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens in grades 5-8 or home-school equivalent. The mentoring project will take place over a five-week period during the summer.

Applications are due July 2, 2013.

For more information and to register online, visit http://women.nasa.gov/nasagirls/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to hq-women@nasa.gov.

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Sally Ride EarthKAM Summer 2013 Mission

Students and educators are invited to join NASA for the Sally Ride EarthKAM Summer 2013 Mission from July 9-12, 2013. Guide your students in hands-on research as they program a camera aboard the International Space Station to take pictures of specific locations on Earth. The optional online curriculum at the Sally Ride EarthKAM website is targeted at middle school students, but could easily be adapted for other grade levels. All students and educators are welcome — including participants in summer and after-school programs.

For more information and to register for the upcoming mission, visit the Sally Ride EarthKAM home page at https://earthkam.ucsd.edu/.

If you have questions about the EarthKAM project, please email ek-help@earthkam.ucsd.edu.

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NASA Partners With the LEGO Group for Design and Build Contest

NASA and the LEGO Group are partnering to inspire the next generation of aerospace engineers by offering a new design competition. The competition will spur students of all ages to use the toy bricks in building models of future airplanes and spacecraft.

The “NASA’s Missions: Imagine and Build” competition is now open with an entry deadline of July 31, 2013. Winners in each category will be selected by a panel of NASA and LEGO officials and announced Sept. 1, 2013.

The first category in the contest is “Inventing Our Future of Flight.” In this challenge, participants will design and build their idea for an aircraft of the future based on real concepts and new technology NASA’s aeronautics innovators are working on to increase fuel efficiency and reduce harmful emissions and noise.

In addition to building a model from LEGO bricks or using the LEGO Digital Designer computer program, participants in this category also must prepare and write a technical paper. The paper will explain how the contest design takes advantage of NASA’s ideas and potentially improves on them.

This category divides entrants into two groups: young student builders ages 13 to 18 and an open group for anyone age 13 and older. The two winners will receive a custom-made LEGO trophy and a collection of NASA memorabilia.

The second contest category is “Imagine Our Future Beyond Earth.” In this challenge, participants will use their imaginations to design and build a futuristic vehicle from LEGO bricks that might travel through the air or in space. It could be an airplane, rotorcraft, rocket, spacecraft, satellite, rover or something else. The design can be based in reality or purely a flight of fancy. This competition is open to entrants 16 or older. The grand prize is a LEGO set signed by the set’s designer and a collection of NASA memorabilia. There also is a runner up prize.

To read the complete rules and guidelines for submitting the LEGO model and technical paper, visithttp://rebrick.lego.com/.

LEGO Systems, Inc. is the North American division of The LEGO Group, a privately-held, family-owned company based in Billund, Denmark. The company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of creatively educational play materials for children. For more information and to visit the virtual LEGO world, go to http://www.LEGO.com.

For more information about NASA aeronautics research and space exploration, visithttps://www.nasa.gov.

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NASA Exploration Design Challenge

Students from Kindergarten through 12th grade will have the opportunity to play a unique role in the future of human spaceflight through participation in NASA’s Exploration Design Challenge, or EDC. NASA EDC invites students around the world to think and act like scientists in order to overcome one of the major hurdles of deep space long-duration exploration — the dangers associated with space radiation. Students taking part in the challenge will discover how to plan and design improved radiation shielding aboard the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, currently being developed by NASA, Lockheed Martin and other partners to carry astronauts 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 grades K-8 will analyze different materials that simulate space radiation shielding and recommend materials that best block radiation and protect astronauts. Students in grades 9-12 will think and act like engineers as they apply what they learn to design shielding to protect a sensor on the Orion crew module from space radiation. After a review of the design solutions submitted by teams in the grades 9-12 challenge, five finalist teams will be selected and matched with a mentor from NASA to test their designs in a virtual simulator. The winning team will build a prototype radiation shield that will be analyzed and submitted to Lockheed Martin for flight certification on the inaugural flight of the Orion Exploration Flight Test, or EFT-1.

The five U.S. finalist teams from the grades 9-12 challenge will be invited to attend the EFT-1 launch, currently scheduled for November 2014. The names of all students, grades K-12, participating in the NASA EDC will fly aboard the spacecraft as honorary virtual crewmembers for Orion’s first flight. The deadline to register students for the virtual crew is March 14, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit https://www.nasa.gov/education/edc.

For more information about Orion, visit https://www.nasa.gov/orion.

Email any questions about this opportunity to nasaedc@nianet.org.

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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 

NASA Education Express — June 13, 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: June 13, 2013, at 4 p.m. EDT

Free Exploring SpaceLecture — Attend in Person or View Online
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: June 13, 2013, at 8 p.m. EDT

LAUNCH Systems Challenge2013
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

Center for Gulf Studies Summer SpeakerSeries
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: Each Monday at 11 a.m. CDT through August 2013

Newton’s Laws of Motion: Lunar Nautics Web Seminar
Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: June 19, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

NASA GIRLS andNASA BOYS Mentoring Project
Audience: 5-8 Educators and Students
Application Deadline: June 20, 2013

Engineering Design: Forces and Motion –The Great Boomerang Challenge Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: June 20, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

VonKármán Symposium at California Institute of Technology
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Event Date: June 21, 2013

Pre-Service Teacher Institute at NASA’s Langley Research Center
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: June 21, 2013
Institute Dates: July 22 – Aug. 2, 2013

ClimateChange in the Classroom Summer 2013 Teacher Workshop
Audience: Educators of Grades 8-12
Registration Deadline: June 21, 2013
Online Workshop Dates: July31 – Aug. 1, 2013
In-Person Workshop Dates: Aug. 5-6, 2013

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

Sally Ride EarthKAM Summer 2013 Mission
Audience: Middle School Educators and Students,and the Informal Education Community
Mission Dates: July 9-12, 2013

NASA Night Rover EnergyChallenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Early Registration Deadline: July 26, 2013
Regular Registration Deadline: Oct. 25, 2013

Presenters Needed for 2014 Space Exploration Educators Conference
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Aug. 2, 2013

2014 Space Exploration Educators Conference
Audience: K-12 Educators
Early Bird Registration Deadline: Nov. 10, 2013
Event Date: Feb. 6-8, 2014

Don’t miss out onupcoming NASA education opportunities.
For a full list of events, opportunities and more,visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA’s website:
— 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 June 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.

Classroom Lunacy: Studying the Moon (Grades 3-8)
June 13, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Sandy Kaszynski will share teaching strategiesthat guide students to understand the Earth-moon system in concrete ways. Thiswebinar highlights NASA resources about the phenomena of moon phases andeclipses. Recent discoveries from the latest NASA missions also will be shared.

Engineering Design Process: Part 2 — Create, Experiment and Improve (Grades3-12)
June 14, 2013, at Noon – 1 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist John Weis as he provides teachers with additionaldetails outlining the final steps of the engineering design process: build, test,evaluate, redesign and share solution. Participants will also modelexperimental facilitation and the questioning process.

Exploring NASA Climate Change Resources (Grades 3-12)
June 17, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist Lester Morales as he discusses ways NASA isstudying climate change. Participants will received a list of website tools andinteractive remote sensing technologies to help bring an understanding ofclimate change into the classroom.

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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Free ExploringSpace Lecture — Attend in Person or View Online

The 2013 Exploring Space Lectures will feature world-class scholarsdiscussing the incredibly diverse worlds that make up our solar system. Thelectures will be held at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.,and are free to attend. Tickets are required. The lectures will be webcast livefor free viewing. Lecture videos will be archived.

50 Years of Solar System Exploration: NewWorlds, New Discoveries

Through the decades of planetary explorations, awide variety of spacecraft (orbiters, landers, rovers and more) have revealedan amazing diversity of worlds, each with its own story to tell. Join James L. Green, director of planetary science at NASAHeadquarters, as he guides attendees through the 50-year voyage of discovery.

The lecture will take place on June 13,2013, at 8 p.m. Come early to see a free film and to meet the lecturer.

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=4980.

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LAUNCH SystemsChallenge 2013

NASA, the U.S. Agency for InternationalDevelopment, the U.S. Department of State and Nike recently announced achallenge to identify 10 game-changing innovations that could transform thesystem of fabrics to one that advances equitable global economic growth, driveshuman prosperity and replenishes the planet’s resources.

Challenge organizers are interested ininnovations with potential to scale in two years, as well as game-changingearly stage technologies and prototypes. Innovations can be business models,financial instruments, technologies and programs that accelerate research,education and capacity building.

The LAUNCH Systems Challenge 2013 is openthrough July 15, 2013.Early bird submissions are due June 15, 2013. Ten innovators that apply by the June 15 early submission deadlinewill be selected to qualify for professional advice on submissions. The first10 innovators will receive a special message from an astronaut or eliteathlete.

Forum partners will select 10 innovators to presenttheir technology solutions at the LAUNCH Systems Challenge 2013 forum, whichwill be held Sept. 26-29, 2013, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory inPasadena, Calif.

NASA and the LAUNCH Council — thought leadersrepresenting a diverse and collaborative body of entrepreneurs, scientists,engineers, government, media and business — will participate in the forum andhelp guide these innovations forward. The selected LAUNCH innovators willreceive networking and mentoring opportunities from influential business andgovernment leaders, as well as portfolio presentations.

LAUNCH was created to identify, showcase andsupport innovative approaches to global sustainability challenges. LAUNCHsearches for visionaries whose ideas, technologies or programs show greatpromise for making tangible impacts on society in the developed and developingworlds.

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

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

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CosmoQuest Lunar Surface Geology 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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Center for Gulf StudiesSummer Speaker Series

The INFINITY Science Center in Mississippiinvites the public, both young and old, to meet some of the leading researchersin the world studying the Gulf of Mexico. INFINITY is hosting the First AnnualCenter for Gulf Studies Summer Speaker Series. These lectures will take placeeach Monday at 11 a.m. CDT throughAugust. The lectures are free with paid admission to the INFINITY ScienceCenter.

Researchers associated with the Center for Gulf Studies will discuss what theyare learning and discovering about the Gulf and its importance to our living,playing and working in and around its waters. Next week’s lecture on June 17,2013, will include a discussion titled “What’s in the Water?” led byDr. Alan Schiller, and retired Rear Admiral Ken Barbor will discuss”Charting the Waters in the 21st Century.”

For more information, including a full list of upcoming lectures, visit http://www.visitinfinity.com/news-events/1958/.

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Newton’sLaws of Motion: Lunar Nautics Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminarfor educators on June 19, 2012 at 6:30EDT. This Web seminar features three lessons for grades 6 – 8 that address the middle school Engineering Designperformance expectations in the Next Generation Science Standards. The lessons focus on a real-world understandingof Newton’s Laws of Motion and common misconceptions associated with the laws.The featured lessons are Rocket Staging: Balloon Staging, Lunar Landing:Swinging Tray and Lunar Base Supply Egg Drop.

This is the only time during this school year that this seminar will beoffered.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar1.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 GIRLS and NASA BOYS Mentoring Project

NASA is looking for the next generation of scientists, engineers andinnovators. To jump-start the future of potential explorers, Women@NASA hascreated a mentoring project that offers a one-of-a-kind experience for middleschool students. Participants will get to explore the possibilities of a careerin the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The project will feature one-on-one mentoring from NASA employees. Participantswill complete online lessons with their mentors while virtually connectedthrough Skype or Google Chat.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens in grades 5-8 or home-school equivalent. Thementoring project will take place over a five-week period during the summer.

Applications are due June 20, 2013.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://women.nasa.gov/nasagirls/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to hq-women@nasa.gov.

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Engineering Design: Forcesand Motion — The Great Boomerang Challenge WebSeminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, theNASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a free 90-minute professional development Web seminar for educators on June 20, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learnhow to incorporate the Next Generation Science Standards, High SchoolEngineering Design Performance Expectations, into your curriculum. During thesession, participants will be introduced to the Boomerang Design Challenge andlearn how to incorporate this activity into science classes. The seminar alsoincludes information about two unique extensions. In the first, students accessa free computer simulation illustrating the airflow around an airfoil todetermine the correct flow equation, and a second extension uses an interactivesimulation to determine the airflow around various shapes of airfoils.

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 http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar6.aspx.

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NES Help Desk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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Von Kármán Symposium at California Institute of Technology

A one-day symposium will be held at the California Institute of Technologyon June 21, 2013, to commemorate thelife and accomplishments of Dr. Theodore von Kármán. Dr. von Kármán was a keyfigure in aerodynamics, and his work on supersonic and hypersonic airflowcharacterization was groundbreaking. Being a true visionary with manyinternational contacts, he founded or helped to found many institutions,notably the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the International Academy ofAstronautics and the California Institute of Technology, where he served as thefirst director of Graduate Aerospace Laboratories.

Registration is $75 and includes a luncheon and a closing reception.

For more information, including the symposium agenda and instructions forregistering, visit http://www.lcpm10.caltech.edu/symp.html.

Questions about this symposium should be directed to vks@caltech.edu.

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Pre-Service Teacher Institute at NASA’s LangleyResearch Center

NASA Langley ResearchCenter’s Office of Education and the National Institute of Aerospace are sponsoring a two-weekPre-Service Teacher Institute taking place July 22 – Aug. 2, 2013, in Hampton,Va. This session is for education majors 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 resources. Participants willhave opportunities to interact with NASA scientists and engineers, makingreal-world connections to standards-based classroom content. Full-time risingjunior or senior undergraduate and graduate students, including careerswitchers, are invited to apply. Students who participate will receive astipend for attending.

Applications are due June 21, 2013.

For more information and to apply online, visit http://www.nianet.org/resources/Outreach/K-12-Education-Outreach/PSTI.aspx.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Shannon Verstynen at shannon.verstynen@nianet.org.

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ClimateChange in the Classroom Summer 2013 Teacher Workshop

The Climate Change in the Classroom — Summer2013 Teacher Workshop is an opportunity for teachers of grades 8-12 to learnabout climate change in today’s headlines and to enhance their understandingabout this complex global issue for use across curricula.

Participants will explore climate science with researchers at NASA and ColumbiaUniversity’s Center for Climate Research on the frontlines of advancingscientific understanding. Online workshop sessions will take place July 31 -Aug. 1, 2013. In-person workshop sessions will take place Aug. 5-6, 2013, atColumbia University in New York City.

Participants will receive a stipend and will have the opportunity to receivegraduate credits. Applications are due June21, 2013.

For more information and to download an application, visit http://ccsr.columbia.edu/education/hot-one-world-one-climate/.

Questions about this workshop should be directed to Carolyn Harris at Cah40@columbia.edu.

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2013 LunarWorkshops for Educators

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, much more!

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 aspot. Qualified applicants will be accepted in the order they apply.

For more information and to register for theworkshops, visit http://lunar.gsfc.nasa.gov/lwe/index.html.

Questions about these workshops should bedirected to Katie Hessen at Katie.K.Hessen@nasa.gov.

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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 http://www.nianet.org/LARSS-2012/index.aspx.

Please email any questions about thisopportunity to Debbie Murray at Deborah.B.Murray@nasa.gov.

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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 theInternational Space Station as a national laboratory. The Center for theAdvancement of Science 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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Sally Ride EarthKAM Summer 2013 Mission

Students andeducators are invited to join NASA for the Sally Ride EarthKAM Summer 2013Mission from July 9-12, 2013. Guideyour students in hands-on research as they program a camera aboard theInternational Space Station to take pictures of specific locations on Earth.The optional online curriculum at the Sally Ride EarthKAM website is targetedat middle school students, but could easily be adapted for other grade levels.All students and educators are welcome — including participants in summer andafter-school programs.

For more information and to register for the upcoming mission, visit the SallyRide EarthKAM home page at https://earthkam.ucsd.edu/.

If you have questions about the EarthKAMproject, please email ek-help@earthkam.ucsd.edu.

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NASA Night RoverEnergy Challenge

Registration is open for teams seeking tocompete in the $1.5 million energy storage competition known as the Night RoverChallenge, sponsored by NASA and the Cleantech Open of Palo Alto, Calif.

To win, a team must demonstrate a stored-energysystem that can power a simulated solar-powered exploration vehicle that canoperate through multiple cycles of daylight and extended periods of darkness.

During the Night Rover Challenge, energy storagesystems will receive electrical energy from a simulated solar collector duringdaylight hours. During darkness, the stored energy will be used for simulatedthermal management, scientific experimentation, communications and rovermovement. A winning system must exceed the performance of an existingstate-of-the-art system by a predetermined margin. The winning system will bethe one that has the highest energy-storage density.

The challenge is extended to individuals, groupsand companies working outside the traditional aerospace industry. Unlike mostcontracts or grants, awards will be made only after solutions are demonstratedsuccessfully.

Early registration closes on July 26, 2013. Regularregistration closes on Oct.25, 2013.

For information about the Night Rover Challengeand how to register a team, visit http://www.nightrover.org.

This is a Centennial Challenge in which NASAprovides the prize purse for technological achievements by independent teamswhile the Cleantech Open manages the competition as NASA’s allied organization.For more information about the Cleantech Open, visit http://www.cleantechopen.org.

NASA’s Centennial Challenges program is part ofthe agency’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 Space Technology Mission Directorate and itsCentennial Challenges program, visit https://www.nasa.gov/spacetech.

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Presenters Needed for 2014 Space Exploration Educators Conference

The 20th Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference, or SEEC, is takingplace Feb. 6-8, 2014, at Space Center Houston. The goal of SEEC is to encourageK-12 educators to use space to teach all subjects in their classrooms. Over 700educators gather for this event each year.

Conference organizers are looking for 170 interactive sessions that presentexciting classroom activities. All sessions must have a hands-on component;lecture sessions will not be accepted. Proposals are due Aug. 2, 2013.

For more information, visit http://spacecenter.org/education-programs/teacher-programs/teachers-seec/.

If you have any questions about the conference, please call 281-244-2129 oremail seec@spacecenter.org.

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2014 Space Exploration Educators Conference

Make plans to attend the 20th Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference, tobe held Feb. 6-8, 2014, at Space Center Houston. This conference is forall K-12 educators. Activities presented use space-related themes to teachacross the curricula and can be used for science, language arts, mathematics, historyand more.

Attend sessions hosted by scientists and engineers working on the InternationalSpace Station, Mars exploration and the planets beyond. Hear from astronautswho will be leading the charge in exploration. Attend sessions presented byeducators and receive ready-to-implement classroom ideas. Attendees can earn upto 24 hours of continuing professional education credit.

Early bird registration closes on Nov. 10, 2013.

For more information, visit http://spacecenter.org/education-programs/teacher-programs/teachers-seec/.

If you have any questions about the conference, please call 281-244-2129 oremail seec@spacecenter.org.

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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

NASA Education Express — June 6, 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.

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

International Space StationScience: Get up to Speed and in the Know!
Audience: All Educators

Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: June 7, 2013, at Noon EDT

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

Engineering Design Process: On the Moon Educator Guide Web Seminar
Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: June 12, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

Free Exploring Space Lecture — Attend in Personor View Online
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher EducationStudents
Next Lecture Date: June 13, 2013, at 8 p.m. EDT

LAUNCH Systems Challenge2013
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

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

NASA Partners With the LEGO Group forDesign and Build Contest
Audience: Anyone Age 13 or Older
Entry Deadline: July 31, 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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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 https://www.nasa.gov/education/edc.

For more information about Orion, visit https://www.nasa.gov/orion.

Email any questions about this opportunity to nasaedc@nianet.org.

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International Space Station Science: Get up to Speed and in the Know!

As educators you bring the excitement of science andexploration to your students each day in the classroom. But how can you findthe latest information about what is taking place aboard the InternationalSpace Station, or ISS, especially with all of the science and research takingplace every day? Here are five effective ways you can keep current and feelmore confident in talking to students about the space station and what ishappening in the orbiting laboratory.

1.) Subscribe to the ISS Program Science Listserv. Subscribers receivetwice-weekly emails with compelling stories about important space stationresearch conducted each day.
https://lists.nasa.gov/mailman/listinfo/iss-program-science-group

2.) Read the information-rich ISS Research and Technology Web page (https://www.nasa.gov/iss-science/) and the engaging ISS research blog, A LabAloft (http://go.usa.gov/atI).

3.) Know the ISS research benefits for humanity. Find them at https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/benefits/.

4.) Follow timely ISS research updates on Twitter (https://twitter.com/ISS_Research) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ISS).

5.) Learn how to get research aboard the ISS (or refer those interested)https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/ops/research_information.html.

Questions about space station research and guidance on where to find additionalinformation should be directed to the ISS Research Helpline at jsc-iss-research-helpline@mail.nasa.gov

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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 June 2013. All webinars can be accessed online. Joinaerospace education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans,educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

Engineering Design Process: Part 1 — Ask, Imagine and Plan (Grades 6-12)
June 7, 2013, at Noon – 1 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist John Weis for this first part in a hands-onwebinar series to provide details on the first three steps of the engineering designprocess. Participants learn about problem identification, brainstorming anddesign challenges using the “Spaghetti Anyone?” tower buildingactivity.

What Is a Robot? (Grades 4-8)
June 10, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and 6 -7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Angelo Casaburri will explore the critical rolerobotics plays in NASA’s exploration of Earth, the solar system and beyond.Participants will take part in robotics classroom activities that enhancelessons relating to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Engineering Design Process: Introduction (Grades 3-9)
June 11, 2013, at 1 – 2 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan as he provides teachers with anintroduction to the engineering design process. Upon completion of the webinar,participants will be able to confidently choose activities to develop expertisein engineering as recommended by 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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National Air andSpace Museum 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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Engineering Design Process: On the Moon Educator GuideWeb Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, theNASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar on June 12, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT.

As a result of thisseminar, you will be able to use two lessons from the “On the Moon” educator guide.“On Target” and “Feel the Heat,” address the Next Generation Science Standardsdimensions associated with middle school DisciplinaryCore Ideas, science and engineering practices and middle school crosscutting concepts. Learn how to use theengineering design process to challenge students to solve problems related toexploring the moon. This session will fully prepare you to implement theseactivities in your classroom.

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

For more information and toregister online, visit URL http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar5.aspx.

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

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

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Free Exploring Space Lecture — Attend in Personor View Online

The 2013 Exploring Space Lectures will featureworld-class scholars discussing the incredibly diverse worlds that make up oursolar system. The lectures will be held at the National Air and Space Museum inWashington, D.C., and are free to attend. Tickets are required. The lectureswill be webcast live for free viewing. Lecture videos will be archived.

50 Years of Solar System Exploration: NewWorlds, New Discoveries

Through the decades of planetary explorations, awide variety of spacecraft (orbiters, landers, rovers and more) have revealedan amazing diversity of worlds, each with its own story to tell. Join James L. Green, director of planetary science at NASAHeadquarters, as he guides attendees through the 50-year voyage of discovery.

The lecture will take place on June 13,2013, at 8 p.m. Come early to see a free film and to meet the lecturer.

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=4980.

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LAUNCH Systems Challenge 2013

NASA, the U.S. Agency for InternationalDevelopment, the U.S. Department of State and Nike recently announced achallenge to identify 10 game-changing innovations that could transform thesystem of fabrics to one that advances equitable global economic growth, driveshuman prosperity and replenishes the planet’s resources.

Challenge organizers are interested ininnovations with potential to scale in two years, as well as game-changingearly stage technologies and prototypes. Innovations can be business models,financial instruments, technologies and programs that accelerate research,education and capacity building.

The LAUNCH Systems Challenge 2013 is openthrough July 15, 2013.Early bird submissions are due June 15, 2013. Ten innovators that apply by the June 15 early submission deadlinewill be selected to qualify for professional advice on submissions. The first10 innovators will receive a special message from an astronaut or eliteathlete.

Forum partners will select 10 innovators topresent their technology solutions at the LAUNCH Systems Challenge 2013 forum,which will be held Sept. 26-29, 2013, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory inPasadena, Calif.

NASA and the LAUNCH Council — thought leadersrepresenting a diverse and collaborative body of entrepreneurs, scientists,engineers, government, media and business — will participate in the forum andhelp guide these innovations forward. The selected LAUNCH innovators willreceive networking and mentoring opportunities from influential business andgovernment leaders, as well as portfolio presentations.

LAUNCH was created to identify, showcase andsupport innovative approaches to global sustainability challenges. LAUNCHsearches for visionaries whose ideas, technologies or programs show greatpromise for making tangible impacts on society in the developed and developingworlds.

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

Inquiries about this challenge should bedirected 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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2013 LunarWorkshops for Educators

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 aspot. Qualified applicants will be accepted in the order they apply.

For more information and to register for theworkshops, visit http://lunar.gsfc.nasa.gov/lwe/index.html.

Questions about these workshops should bedirected to Katie Hessen at Katie.K.Hessen@nasa.gov.

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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 http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/workshops/unknownMoon/.

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to Christine Shupla at shupla@lpi.usra.edu.

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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 http://www.nianet.org/LARSS-2012/index.aspx.

Please email any questions about thisopportunity to Debbie Murray at Deborah.B.Murray@nasa.gov.

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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 theInternational Space Station as a national laboratory. The Center for theAdvancement of Science 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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NASA Partners With the LEGO Group forDesign and Build Contest

NASA and the LEGO Group are partnering to inspire the next generation ofaerospace engineers by offering a new design competition. The competition willspur students of all ages to use the toy bricks in building models of futureairplanes and spacecraft.

The “NASA’s Missions: Imagine and Build” competition is now open withan entry deadline of July 31, 2013.Winners in each category will be selected by a panel of NASA and LEGO officialsand announced Sept. 1, 2013.

The first category in the contest is “Inventing Our Future ofFlight.” In this challenge, participants will design and build their ideafor an aircraft of the future based on real concepts and new technology NASA’saeronautics innovators are working on to increase fuel efficiency and reduceharmful emissions and noise.

In addition to building a model from LEGO bricks or using the LEGO DigitalDesigner computer program, participants in this category also must prepare andwrite a technical paper. The paper will explain how the contest design takesadvantage of NASA’s ideas and potentially improves on them.

This category divides entrants into two groups: young student builders ages 13to 18 and an open group for anyone age 13 and older. The two winners willreceive a custom-made LEGO trophy and a collection of NASA memorabilia.

The second contest category is “Imagine Our Future Beyond Earth.” Inthis challenge, participants will use their imaginations to design and build afuturistic vehicle from LEGO bricks that might travel through the air or inspace. It could be an airplane, rotorcraft, rocket, spacecraft, satellite,rover or something else. The design can be based in reality or purely a flightof fancy. This competition is open to entrants 16 or older. The grand prize isa LEGO set signed by the set’s designer and a collection of NASA memorabilia.There also is a runner up prize.

To read the complete rules and guidelines for submitting the LEGO model andtechnical paper, visit http://rebrick.lego.com/.

LEGO Systems, Inc. is the North American division of The LEGO Group, aprivately-held, family-owned company based in Billund, Denmark. The company isone of the world’s leading manufacturers of creatively educational playmaterials for children. For more information and to visit the virtual LEGOworld, go to http://www.LEGO.com.

For more information about NASA aeronautics research and space exploration,visit https://www.nasa.gov.

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