NASA Education Express — Sept. 19, 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.

https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/about/sequestration-NASA-education-guidance.html

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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: Sept. 19, 2013, at 7 p.m. EDT

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Teach for America Event With STEM BrainTrust
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Sept. 20, 2013, 9 a.m. – Noon EDT

Centaur Design Challenge
Audience: Educators of Grades 7-9 in the Cleveland, Ohio Area
Registration Deadline for Educator Professional Development: Sept. 20, 2013
Registration for the Challenge Opens on Oct. 1, 2013

Heritage Family Day Events at Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event Date: Sept. 21, 2013

Green Strides Webinar Series
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: Sept. 25, 2013, at 3 p.m. EDT

NES Web Seminar — Algebraic Equations: Transit Tracks — Finding Habitable Planets
Audience: Algebra Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: Sept. 25, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

Earthzine Essay Contest: Science Technology for Observing Earth’s Climate
Audience: Higher Education Students
Entry Deadline: Sept. 26, 2013

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Radio Astronomy in the Classroom
Audience: Grades K-12
Event Date: Sept. 27, 2013, 1 – 2 p.m. EDT

REGISTRATION EXTENDED: Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2013
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Practice Competition: In progress
Registration deadline: Sept. 27, 2013

Mars Educator Conference at Arizona State University
Audience: All Educators
Conference Date: Sept. 28, 2013

Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications
Audience: All Educators
Application Deadline: Sept. 30, 2013

Robert Noyce Fellowship in Informal STEM Learning
Audience: All Educators
Application Deadline: Oct. 1, 2013

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

2014 GLOBE Calendar Art Competition
Audience: Students in Grades K-12
Entry Deadline: Oct. 15, 2013

Celebrate Solar Week — Fall 2013
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Oct. 21-25, 2013

National Science Foundation — East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes
Audience: Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 25, 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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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

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

Here an Earth, There an Earth, Everywhere an Earth: The Kepler Telescope’s Search for Habitable Planets Beyond Our Solar System (Grades 6-12)
Sept. 19, 2013,
at 7 – 8 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will discuss NASA’s Kepler telescope and its search for Earth-like planets orbiting other stars. Participants will learn how to use Johannes Kepler’s Third Law and actual Kepler telescope data to construct graphs to record and interpret data that determine if a planet orbiting a star in another solar system is a possible candidate to support life.

Applying the Engineering Design Process to STEM Content (Grades 3-8)
Sept. 23, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist John Weis as he 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.

Weather and Climate Introduction (Grades 3-8)
Sept. 24, 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.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through September 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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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Teach for America Event With STEM BrainTrust

Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, for a live education webcast event on Sept. 20, 2013, from 9 a.m. – Noon EDT. Learn more about how to close the achievement gap and strengthen the workforce through Teach for America’s partnership with STEM BrainTrust, which encourages students of color to strive for STEM jobs.

This event is in support of Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, both advocates for Teach for America. As a national nonprofit dedicated to confronting the educational inequity in this country, Teach For America sees the value of embedding itself in communities of color, where the disparities disproportionately have had the greatest negative impact, to let those communities know that we want to work with them in a holistic way to address needs to employ people of color in STEM fields.

NASA’s DLN will webcast this event on location, enabling viewers to watch as students make presentations about their experiences and to hear various speakers address the issues of opportunities of employment in STEM fields.

To view a live webcast of the event, visit http://dln.nasa.gov.

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Centaur Design Challenge

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Centaur rocket with an educational engineering design challenge featuring key elements of the rocket’s capabilities. Dubbed “America’s Workhorse in Space,” the Centaur rocket has been used for more than 200 unmanned missions.

NASA’s Glenn Research Center’s Educational Programs Office is challenging teams of 7th- through 9th-grade students in the Cleveland, Ohio, area to design an air-propelled vehicle with a 25-gram payload that will travel along the ground from a launch site to a rendezvous point with a required mid-course correction.

An educator professional development session will be held on Sept. 24, 2013, to discuss the challenge and for participants to discover how to implement the challenge in their classrooms. Registration for the session closes on Sept. 20, 2013.

Registration for the design challenge opens on Oct. 1, 2013, and runs through Nov. 1, 2013.

On Nov. 22, 2013, NASA’s Glenn Research Center will host a Student Design Challenge Event. During this event, students will represent their schools and present their solutions to a panel of NASA judges. Prizes will be awarded to top-scoring teams.

To learn more about the challenge, visit https://www.nasa.gov/content/centaur-design-challenge.

Please email any questions about this challenge to Angela Surgenor at Angela.D.Surgenor@nasa.gov.

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Heritage Family Day Events at Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum

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

Hispanic Heritage Month: Innovators in Air and Space
Sept. 21, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
Celebrate Latin America’s historical contributions to aviation and space exploration. Meet current Hispanic scientists and engineers through the Smithsonian Latinos in STEM initiative. Listen to bilingual stories and participate in hands-on activities.
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=4837

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

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

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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 Sept. 25, 2013, at 3 p.m. EDT.

For more information and registration, visit http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/green-strides/webinar.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Green.Ribbon.Schools@ed.gov.

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NES Web Seminar — Algebraic Equations: Transit Tracks — Finding Habitable Planets

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Sept. 25, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT.

Seminar participants will receive an in-depth view of the featured student activity, “Finding Habitable Planets.” In this engaging activity, students analyze NASA’s Kepler Mission light curve data on planetary systems and determine the orbital period, orbital radius, size and habitability of a planet. The seminar includes a description of how the activity addresses Earth’s place in the universe performance expectations of the Next Generation Science Standards and the lesson’s alignment to the high school Common Core Mathematics Standards for functions and equations.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar2.aspx.

This seminar will be repeated on Dec. 18, 2013.

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@nasa.gov.

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Earthzine Essay Contest: Science Technology for Observing Earth’s Climate

Earthzine invites undergraduate and graduate students from around the world to submit an essay to its 2013 Student Essay Contest on “Science Technology for Observing Earth’s Climate.” The 2013 Student Essay Contest is a platform to share views on earth science technology, which includes hardware for data collection, computer infrastructures for data management and software and algorithms for data analysis.

Accepted essays will be published at http://www.Earthzine.org and judged by a panel of experts. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top entries.

Essays should not exceed 1000 words, and must include at least one image with caption and credit information. The author must have the rights or permission to use the image.

Submissions are due Sept. 26, 2013. Winners will be announced on Oct.18, 2013.

For more information, visit http://www.earthzine.org/2013/07/02/earthzine-seeks-student-essays-on-science-technology-for-observing-earths-climate-for-international-contest/.

Please email any questions about this contest to Barbara Hofer at bhofer@earthzine.org.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Radio Astronomy in the Classroom

Join NASA’s Dr. Steve Levin, project scientist for the Juno mission to Jupiter, for a live interactive education event on Sept. 27, 2013, at 1 p.m. EDT. Levin will share information about the Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope program and how students can participate in real research using a 34-meter radio telescope. Students and teachers who have participated in the program also will take part in the discussion.

If your class is interested in participating in this event via live video conferencing, contact Lyle Tavernier at lyle.tavernier@jpl.nasa.gov.

To view a live webcast of the event and submit questions via email, visit http://dln.nasa.gov.

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REGISTRATION EXTENDED: Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2013

The Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2013 offers 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!

A limited number of mini-grants are available to new teams that join and to existing teams that recruit new teams. Sign up for this opportunity when you register your team.

Teams may register now:
1) Go to http://www.zerorobotics.org.
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.

The practice round of the competition is underway! Registration remains open through Sept. 27, 2013.All teams must submit code to the practice competition by Sept 29, 2013,. to continue.

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 zerorobotics@mit.edu.

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Mars Educator Conference at Arizona State University

Are you looking for ideas on how to transform your classroom to align with Common Core and the Next Gen Science Standards? Are you curious about how NASA themes can fit into your curriculum and help you meet these new expectations? To find out, join the Arizona State University Mars Education Program for the “Transforming Your Classroom: Red Planet Resources and Lessons Aligned to Common Core and Next Gen Science Standards” conference.

During the conference, Mars geologist Dr. Phil Christensen will share the latest news from the current missions exploring the Red Planet. Join our education experts as they showcase NASA’s Mars lessons that are newly and fully aligned to Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards and the 21st Century Skills and find out how to teach this content thematically in your classroom.

The conference will take place on Sept. 28, 2013, at the Arizona State University main campus in Tempe, Ariz.

The conference is free, but registration is required. A certificate for 6.5 hours of professional development will be given for this conference. Participants will receive lesson plans, NASA materials and other resources.

For more information and to register for the conference, visit http://marsed.asu.edu/transforming_your_classroom_registration.

Questions about the conference should be directed to marsed@asu.edu.

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Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications

The NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassadors, or SSA, Program, a nationwide network of space enthusiast volunteers, will accept applications from Sept. 1 through Sept. 30, 2012.

Highly motivated individuals will be given the opportunity to represent NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as volunteer Solar System Ambassadors to the public for a one-year, renewable term beginning Jan. 1, 2014.

While applications are being sought nationwide, interested parties from the following states are especially encouraged to apply: Alaska, Delaware, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wyoming and the District of Columbia. SSA hopes to add 100 new volunteers to the program in 2014.

To learn more about the Solar System Ambassador Program and to apply online, visit http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/. The Announcement of Opportunity and application form will be available beginning Sept. 1, 2013.

If you have questions about this opportunity, contact Kay Ferrari, SSA Coordinator, by email at ambassad@jpl.nasa.gov.

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Robert Noyce Fellowship in Informal STEM Learning

Applications are being accepted for the Robert Noyce Fellowship in Informal Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM, Learning. This two-year fellowship at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement will begin in fall 2013.

Candidates for the fellowship should have substantial experience in the field of informal and out-of-school time STEM learning. This can include academic work, as well as expertise gained through direct work with afterschool programs, K-12 schools, museums, libraries, foundations, companies and others that are involved in STEM education. A strong network within informal STEM learning is essential. Familiarity with federal education policy and the ability to build strong partnerships inside and outside government are also desired.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. An undergraduate degree is required, and a graduate degree is strongly preferred.

Applications are due Oct. 1, 2013.

For more information about this fellowship opportunity or to submit a resume, please contact Sara Spiegel at sara@noycefdn.org.

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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 https://intern.nasa.gov.

Inquiries about the OSSI should be submitted via https://intern.nasa.gov/oic/.

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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 Oct. 15, 2013. For full contest details and rules, visit http://www.globe.gov/web/scrc/overview/competitions/calendar-competition-2014-calendar/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to science@globe.gov.

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Celebrate Solar Week — Fall 2013

Solar Week, Oct. 21-25, 2013, provides a weeklong series of Web-based educational classroom activities and games with a focus on the sun-Earth connection. Students in upper elementary, middle and high school students can learn about solar careers, sunspots, solar energy and solar storms through a series of activities, games and lessons.

Solar Week is ideal for students studying the solar system, the stars or astronomy in general. Many lessons are suitable for fun computer lab activities as well. After doing the activities, students can interact on the bulletin board with leading scientists at the forefront of sun-Earth research. Solar Week is great for learning about our nearest star, the sun.

To learn more and to register to participate, visit http://www.solarweek.org.

Questions about Solar Week may be emailed to solarweek@solarweek.org.

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National Science Foundation — East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes

The National Science Foundation’s East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes, or EAPSI, program provides U.S. graduate students an opportunity to spend eight weeks (10 weeks for Japan) during the summer conducting research at one of seven host locations in East Asia and the Pacific: Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan. The program is a collaboration between the National Science Foundation and counterpart agencies in each host location.

EAPSI is open to graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and are enrolled in a research-oriented master’s or doctoral program in science or engineering. Applicants must propose a research project in a field of science, engineering or STEM education supported by NSF, including Engineering; Computer and Information Science and Engineering; Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Biological Sciences; Geosciences; Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences; Education (STEM); and Multidisciplinary Research in these fields.

The National Science Foundation provides EAPSI Fellows with a $5,000 stipend and roundtrip airplane ticket to the host location. Our foreign counterparts provide in-country living expenses and accommodations (arrangements vary by host location).

The application submission deadline for summer 2014 institutes is Nov. 25, 2013.

For additional information, visit http://www.nsf.gov/eapsi.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to oiia-ise-eapsi@nsf.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

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