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.


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
— Students


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

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to ChrisGamrat at


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


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

Inquiries about this challenge should bedirected to


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

Questions about the workshop should be directed to Georgia Bracey at


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


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

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

Email any questions about this opportunity to


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

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to


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

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NES Help Desk at


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

Questions about this symposium should be directed to


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

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Shannon Verstynen at


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

Questions about this workshop should be directed to Carolyn Harris at


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

Questions about these workshops should bedirected to Katie Hessen at


Langley AerospaceResearch Student Scholars — Fall 2013 Session

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

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

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

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

For more information and to apply online, visit

Please email any questions about thisopportunity to Debbie Murray at


Student 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 the needed funding.

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

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

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


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

If you have questions about the EarthKAMproject, please email


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

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

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


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

If you have any questions about the conference, please call 281-244-2129 oremail


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

If you have any questions about the conference, please call 281-244-2129 oremail


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