NASA Education Express — Aug. 15, 2013

Check out the latest NASA Education opportunity announcements.

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.


Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: Aug. 19, 2013, at 4 p.m. EDT

Green Strides Webinar Series
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: Aug. 20, 2013, at 2 p.m. EDT

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Small Bodies: Vesta and Ceres
Audience: Grades 5-12
Event Date: Aug. 22, 2013, Noon – 1 p.m. EDT

2014 MUREP Scholarship
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Aug. 23, 2013

REGISTRATION OPEN: Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2013
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Competition Begins: Sept. 7, 2013

2014 GLOBE Calendar Art Competition
Audience: Students in Grades K-12
Entry Deadline: Sept. 30, 2013

OSSI — Spring 2014 Opportunities
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Oct. 11, 2013

NASA Visitor Centers: Passport to Explore Space
Audience: All Educators and Students

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
— Students


Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

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

Weather and Climate Introduction (Grades 3-8)
Aug. 19, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Marilé Colón Robles will discuss the differences in scope between weather and climate. Participants will gain a better understanding of the components of weather that are measured and how long-term weather measurement relates to climate change.

Earth and Mars: An Atmospheric Perspective (Grades 5-12)
Aug. 20, 2013, at 2 – 3 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Marilé Colón Robles will discuss Mars and how its atmosphere compares to Earth’s. Learn about the Curiosity rover and NASA’s future missions to the red planet. Participants will take part in a hands-on activity that demonstrates how the atmosphere can be used to slow down a lander.

Applying the Engineering Design Process to STEM Content (Grades 3-8)
Aug. 20, 2013,
at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler as she discusses ways to modify lessons to teach the engineering process while still covering required content. Upon completion, participants will be able to modify lessons and units to incorporate engineering design into any science, technology, engineering and mathematics subject as recommended in the Common Core standards.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through August 2013, visit

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to Chris Gamrat at


Green Strides Webinar Series

The U.S. Department of Education presents the Green Strides Webinar Series. These webinars feature experts from various federal programs. The webinars are free, and events are scheduled throughout the 2013-2014 school year.

The next webinar takes place on Aug. 20, 2013.

For more information and registration, visit

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to


NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Small Bodies: Vesta and Ceres

During its nearly decade-long mission, the Dawn spacecraft will study the asteroid Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres. Learn more about these small bodies during a live videoconference with planetary geologist Dr. Julie Castillo-Rogez on Aug. 22, 2013, at Noon EDT. Castillo-Rogez will discuss the classification of Vesta and Ceres and will answer students’ questions.

If your class is interested in participating in this event via live video conferencing, contact Lyle Tavernier at

To view a live webcast of the event and submit questions via email, visit


2014 MUREP Scholarship

NASA’s Office of Education is accepting applications for Minority University Research and Education Program Scholars. The MUREP Scholarship is a competitive opportunity that focuses on underserved and underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines, thereby addressing the critical shortage of qualified STEM professionals that the nation is facing.

Eligible students include rising sophomores and juniors at the undergraduate level. The goal is to address the agency’s mission-specific workforce needs and target areas of national need in minority STEM representation. The scholarship includes up to a $9,000 academic scholarship, based on tuition amount, and $6,000 for a Summer 2014 10-week internship at a NASA center.

Applications are due Aug. 23, 2013.

Applications should be submitted through the NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative at Applicants should be sure to select “scholarship” for the type of application.


REGISTRATION OPEN: Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2013

The Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2013 will take place this fall, offering high school students the opportunity to design experiments that will be tested in space.

Zero Robotics challenges high school student teams to write their own algorithms to fly the Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES. The competition starts online where teams compete to solve an annual challenge guided by mentors. Students can create, edit, share, save, simulate and submit code, all from a Web browser. After several phases of virtual competition, finalists are selected to compete in a live championship aboard the International Space Station!

Teams may register now:
1) Go to
2) Log in or create an account. (Note: You can start programming in the online integrated development environment at this point!)
3) Click Tournaments and register for the High School Tournament 2013.
4) Create a team and invite other users.
5) Visit Resources to get started (Note: new, improved tutorials will be available in late August).

The High School competition starts on Sept. 7, 2013, with a live webcast kickoff event. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 8, 2013, and you can try out the site right now by creating an account.

Zero Robotics is organized by Massachusetts Institute of Technology Space Systems Laboratory, Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation and TopCoder, and is sponsored by The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, NASA and the Center for Advancement of Science in Space.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to


2014 GLOBE Calendar Art Competition

The Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment, or GLOBE, Program is sponsoring an international art competition to encourage students to highlight and document GLOBE communities around the world. GLOBE is asking students to draw, paint or show via some other artistic medium how their local community is unique. Do not send photographs, please!

The GLOBE calendar is viewed by students, teachers, scientists and community members from around the world. This is an opportunity for students to show off their local environment!

Winning entries will be featured in the 2014 GLOBE calendar. All participants will receive a calendar.

Entries are due Sept. 30, 2013. For full contest details and rules, visit

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to


OSSI — Spring 2014 Opportunities

The NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative, or OSSI, strives to provide students at all institutions of higher education access to a portfolio of internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities offered by NASA mission directorates and centers.

Visit the Office of Education Infrastructure Division LaunchPad to find information on internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities. The site features the OSSI online application for recruiting NASA Interns, Fellows and Scholars, or NIFS. This innovative system allows students to search and apply for all types of higher-education NASA internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities in one location. A single application places the student in the applicant pool for consideration by all NASA mentors.

Applications for spring 2014 opportunities are due Oct. 11, 2013.

To find available opportunities and to fill out an OSSI online application for recruiting NIFS, visit

Inquiries about the OSSI should be submitted via


NASA Visitor Centers: Passport to Explore Space

Join the Passport to Explore Space program and get ready to explore and experience NASA’s universe of diverse Visitor Centers and the museums. Your mission is to visit all 14 visitor centers and space shuttle locations.

Each NASA Visitor Center offers a unique focus and scope of work, contributing to the overall mission of America’s space program. Learn about mission control and astronaut training at Space Center Houston. Check out the control center for the Curiosity Mars Rover at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. Visit the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., to learn about science experiments taking place on the International Space Station and to see firsthand how much power it took to get man to the moon. These adventures and more await you at the NASA Visitor Centers and space shuttle locations.

Membership in the free Passport to Explore Space program includes:

— An official 8-page Passport to Explore Space.
— A commemorative stamp on the inside of your passport at every NASA Visitor Center and space shuttle location certifying your visit.
— Savings on admission, tours, food and retail (offers vary by location, offers not available at some locations).
— The Space Flyer, a quarterly newsletter featuring the latest happenings at each NASA Visitor Center and shuttle orbiter location.

For more information, visit


Don’t miss out on education-related opportunities available from NASA. For a full list of Current Opportunities, visit

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