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NASA Education Express — Oct. 31, 2013

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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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Centaur Design Challenge
Audience: Educators of Grades 7-9 in the Cleveland, Ohio Area
Registration Deadline: Nov. 1, 2013

Green Strides Webinar Series
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: Nov. 6, 2013, at 2 p.m. EST

NES Web Seminar — Properties of Living Things: Searching for Life on Mars
Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 6, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST

2014 NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators & Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 6, 2013

Reduced Gravity Education Flight Opportunity for Students at Minority Serving Institutions
Audience: Higher Education Educators & Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 6, 2013

MAVEN Workshop — Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!
Audience: Elementary Educators
Application Deadline: Nov. 6, 2013
Workshop Date: Nov. 16, 2013

National Air and Space Museum Super Science Saturday Events
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event Date: Nov. 9, 2013

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

2014 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 13, 2013

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Next Application Deadline: Nov. 15, 2013

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airspace Operations Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students and Faculty
Early Bird Registration Deadline: Nov. 15, 2013

“Animal Collections” IGES Art Contest
Audience: Students in Grades 2-4
Entry Deadline: Postmarked by Nov. 18, 2013

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 6 to the International Space Station
Audience: School Districts Serving Grades 5-12, Informal Education Institutions, Colleges and Universities
Inquiry Deadline: Nov. 20, 2013

2013-14 Texas High School Aerospace Scholars
Audience: 11th-grade Students in Texas
Application Deadline: Nov. 21, 2013

National Science Foundation — East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes
Audience: Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 25, 2013

NASA CubeSat Space Missions
Audience: Higher Education Educators & Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 26, 2013

2014-15 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship
Audience: K-12 STEM Educators
Application Deadline: Dec. 4, 2013

2014 RASC-AL Robo-Ops Competition
Audience: Higher Education Students
Proposal Deadline: Dec. 8, 2013

NASA Exploration Design Challenge
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Virtual Crew Registration Deadline: July 31, 2014

Frequently Asked Questions — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums, and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH13ZHA001N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008)
Audience: Informal Education Institutions

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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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 uncrewed 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.

Registration for the design challenge closes on 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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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 Nov. 6, 2013, at 2 p.m. EST.

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 — Properties of Living Things: Searching for Life on Mars

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar for educators on Nov. 6, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST. This web seminar features two lessons: one on extremophiles and the other on searching for life. Review criteria for determining if something is alive and learn how students apply the criteria in a hands-on activity. A video will be shown that connects the activity to a NASA mission. Collaborate with other participants about ways of using and adapting the activity. Extension activities for students interested in the topic will be provided.

These lessons provide many opportunities for addressing national science, technology, and mathematics learning standards as well as Next Generation Science Standards.

This Web seminar will be repeated on Feb. 24, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar26.aspx.

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

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

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2014 NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program

NASA is offering undergraduate students an opportunity to test experiments in microgravity aboard NASA’s reduced gravity aircraft.

The opportunity is part of NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program, which gives aspiring explorers a chance to propose, design, fabricate and fly a reduced-gravity experiment. Selected teams will test and evaluate their experiments aboard NASA’s reduced-gravity airplane. The aircraft flies about 30 roller-coaster-like climbs and dips during experiment flights to produce periods of weightlessness and hypergravity ranging from 0 g to 2 g.

Proposals are due Nov. 6, 2013.

NASA will announce selected teams on Dec. 18, 2013. The teams will fly in the spring/summer of 2014. Once selected, teams may also invite a full-time, accredited journalist to document the team’s experiment and experiences. Journalists working with a team may request to be evaluated for a potential flight spot with the team. All applicants must be full-time undergraduate students, U.S. citizens and at least 18 years old.

For more information about the opportunity and instructions for submitting a proposal, visit http://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to jsc-reducedgravity@nasa.gov.

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Reduced Gravity Education Flight Opportunity for Students at Minority Serving Institutions

NASA is offering undergraduate students from minority serving institutions an opportunity to test experiments in microgravity aboard NASA’s reduced gravity aircraft.

This opportunity is a partnership between the Minority University Research and Education Program and NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program, which gives aspiring explorers a chance to propose, design and fabricate a reduced-gravity experiment. Selected teams will test and evaluate their experiments aboard NASA’s reduced-gravity airplane. The aircraft flies about 30 roller-coaster-like climbs and dips during experiment flights to produce periods of weightlessness and hypergravity ranging from 0 gravity, or g, to 2 g.

Proposals are due Nov. 6, 2013.

All applicants must be full-time undergraduate students, U.S. citizens and at least 18 years old.

For more information, visit https://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov/murep/.

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to jsc-reducedgravity@nasa.gov.

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MAVEN Workshop — Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!

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.

Join the MAVEN education team for a one-day workshop on the MAVEN mission, and the accompanying elementary program, Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore! This program features six standards-based lessons that combine science, literacy and art to help students understand planetary habitability and the MAVEN mission. The workshop will introduce participants to these lessons and concepts. The workshop will also have a session devoted to Spanish speaking English Lanaguage Learner and English as a Second Language students. Attendees will receive free classroom materials.

The workshop will take place on Nov. 16, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. Registration is $15 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Applications are due Nov. 6, 2013, but space is limited so interested educators are encouraged to apply early.

For more information about the workshop and to apply online, visit http://lasp.colorado.edu/home/maven/education-outreach/for-educators/red-planet/orlando-workshop/.

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

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National Air and Space Museum Super Science Saturday Events

Join the National Air and Space Museum on the second Saturday of each month during 2013 for Super Science Saturday at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. Through demonstrations and hands-on activities, visitors of all ages will become immersed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics topics related to aviation and space exploration. Each event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Admission is free, and parking is $15.

Upcoming topics include:

Nov. 9, 2013 — The Moon and Beyond
Dec. 14, 2013 — The Wright Brothers
Jan. 11, 2014 — From the Wright Brothers to the Right Stuff
Feb. 8, 2014 — Scientists & Inventors
March 8, 2014 — Space Shuttle

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/superscience/.

Questions about this series of lectures should be directed to nasmpubliclectures@si.edu.

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2014 Space Exploration Educators Conference

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

Attend sessions hosted by scientists and engineers working on the International Space Station, Mars exploration and the planets beyond. Hear from astronauts who will be leading the charge in exploration. Attend sessions presented by educators and receive ready-to-implement classroom ideas. Attendees can earn up to 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 or email seec@spacecenter.org.

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2014 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships

NASA is seeking applications from U.S. graduate students for the agency’s Space Technology Research Fellowships. The research grants, worth as much as $68,000 per year, will coincide with the start of the 2014 fall term.

Applications will be accepted from students pursuing or planning to pursue master’s or doctorate degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at accredited U.S. universities. The grants will sponsor U.S. graduate student researchers who show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s strategic space technology objectives through their studies. To date, NASA has awarded grants to 193 student researchers from 68 universities located in 33 states and one U.S. territory.

Sponsored by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, the fellowships are improving America’s technological competitiveness by providing the nation with a pipeline of innovative space technologies.

The deadline for submitting applications is Nov. 13, 2013.

For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/NSTRF14.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to hq-nstrf-call@mail.nasa.gov.

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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.

The next deadline for applications has been extended to Nov. 15, 2013.

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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Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airspace Operations Challenge

NASA and Development Projects Inc., or DPI, of Dayton, Ohio, have opened registration for the 2014 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airspace Operations Challenge. The $500,000 prize competition is scheduled for April 2014 in Indiana.

Teams from across the nation will travel to Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center and compete to meet technology milestones, fostering development of technologies that may reduce the technical challenges of safely operating autonomous unmanned aircraft systems in commercial airspace.

Early bird registration closes on Nov. 15, 2013. Registration fees increase after this date. The final registration deadline is March 31, 2014.

For more information, including how to register a team for the 2014 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airspace Operations Challenge, visit http://uasaoc.org.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Garry Qualls at garry.d.qualls@nasa.gov.

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“Animal Collections” IGES Art Contest

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, or IGES, invites young scientists and artists to explore groups of animals. Students in grades 2-4 are encouraged to think about their favorite animal group and find the collective noun that describes it. Examples include an army of ants, a lounge of lizards, a parliament of owls and a school of sharks.

After completing their research, students should create a piece of artwork (no larger than 16″x20″) to show what they have learned. Winning artists will receive gift cards, framed color certificates and have their artwork showcased on the IGES website.

Entries must be postmarked by Nov. 18, 2013.

For full details on the contest, resources on animal groups and to download an entry form, visit http://strategies.org/education/student-contests/art-contest/2013-animal-collections/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Emily McLaughlin at emily_mclaughlin@strategies.org.

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Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 6 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 6 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 fall 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 Nov. 20, 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 6 to International Space Station National Announcement of Opportunity at http://ssep.ncesse.org/2013/10/new-flight-opportunity-for-school-districts-announcing-student-spaceflight-experiments-program-ssep-mission-6-to-the-international-space-station-for-2014/.

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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2013-14 Texas High School Aerospace Scholars

The Texas High School Aerospace Scholars project is accepting applications for the 2013-14 school year. This unique NASA opportunity is for Texas high school juniors who are interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Selected students begin their journey with an interactive online learning experience that starts in late November and continues through April. During this time, students will create technical writings and drawings, solve math problems, participate in discussion forums and take part in chat sessions with NASA engineers and scientists.

In April, students who successfully complete the online portion of the project will be qualified to be selected to attend a six-day internship at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Selected students will learn firsthand from NASA engineers and scientists who not only speak to the group, but also serve as mentors for the teams.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, Texas residents, and have access to the Internet. Applications are due Nov. 21, 2013.

For additional information on the project and to apply online, visit http://has.aerospacescholars.org/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to jsc-aeroscho@mail.nasa.gov.

This program is sponsored by NASA and funded by the State of Texas, Rotary NASA, and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, at no cost to participants.

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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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NASA CubeSat Space Missions

NASA is now accepting proposals for the CubeSat Launch Initiative. Proposals must be submitted electronically by 4:30 p.m. EST Nov. 26, 2013.

From the submissions, NASA will select the best proposals by Feb. 7, 2014. Developers whose proposals are selected may have the opportunity to see their creations launched as an auxiliary payload on a mission between 2014 and 2017. NASA will not provide funding for the development of the small satellites and selection does not guarantee a launch opportunity.

CubeSats are a class of cube-shaped research spacecraft called nanosatellites. They are approximately 4 inches long, have a volume of about 1 quart and weigh less than 3 pounds.

CubeSat investigations should be consistent with NASA’s strategic plan and educational vision and goals. The research should address specific aspects of science, exploration, technology development, education or operations.

From the first four rounds of the NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative, 89 payloads from 25 U.S. states made the short list for launch opportunities in 2011 through 2016. Of the selected CubeSats, 12 satellites have already launched. Twenty-one Cubesats are scheduled for launch later this year.

For additional information on NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative program, visit https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/heo/home/CubeSats_initiative.html.

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2014-15 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship

Applications are currently available for the 2014-15 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program. This program is open to current public or private elementary and secondary mathematics, technology, engineering and science classroom teachers with demonstrated excellence in teaching. Applications are due 5 p.m. EST Dec. 4, 2013.

Selected teachers spend a school year in Washington, D.C., sharing their expertise with policy makers and program managers. Einstein Fellows may serve with one of several government agency sponsors, such as the Department of Energy, NASA or the National Science Foundation.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and be currently employed full time in a public or private elementary or secondary school or school district. Applicants must have been teaching in a STEM field full time for at least five of the last seven years.

For more information about this opportunity and to apply online, visit http://science.energy.gov/wdts/einstein/.

Inquiries about the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program should be directed to Brian O’Donnell at sc.einstein@science.doe.gov.

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2014 RASC-AL Robo-Ops Competition

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace announce the 2014 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage Exploration Robo-Ops, also known as RASC-AL Robo-Ops, competition. This design competition is aimed at university-level engineering students.

The RASC-AL Robo-Ops contest challenges participants to build a planetary rover prototype and demonstrate its capabilities in field tests at NASA’s Johnson Space Center’s Rock Yard. Up to three members of the team (plus the faculty advisor) may travel to Johnson Space Center for the onsite testing. The remaining team members will stay behind at the local university to conduct mission control tasks. The prototype rovers will be tele-operated by the mission control team members and must negotiate a series of obstacles while accomplishing a variety of tasks that include sample collection and acquisition. The only information available to the rover controller to perform the required tasks will be information transmitted through onboard rover video camera(s) or other onboard sensors.

Interested teams are encouraged to submit a notice of intent by Nov. 15, 2013, and teams must submit a project plan for their proposed project by Dec. 8, 2013. The RASC-AL Robo-Ops Steering Committee of NASA experts will evaluate the project plans and select as many as eight teams to compete against each other at the Rock Yard in June 2014.

The RASC-AL competition is open to full-time undergraduate or graduate students majoring in engineering or science at an accredited university. University design teams must include one faculty or industry advisor with a university affiliation and two or more undergraduate or graduate students. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

For more information about this competition, visit http://www.nianet.org/RoboOps.

If you have questions about this competition, please contact Stacy Dees at stacy.dees@nianet.org or Shelley Spears at shelley.spears@nianet.org.

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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 July 31, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/spacelife/explorationdesign/overview/index.html.

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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Frequently Asked Questions — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums, and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH13ZHA001N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008)

Two frequently asked questions in the category of NRA Operations Under a Lapse in Appropriations were posted on the CP4SMP+ portal page on NSPIRES on Oct. 28, 2013.

Visit: https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7b37764C2A-F415-01DF-1B30-F1971BE7F8BE%7d&path=closedPast

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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 — Oct. 24, 2013

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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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IRIS Challenge: Tracking a Solar Storm
Audience: 6-12 Educators
Registration Open Now, Challenge Begins October 2013

2013 Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest
Audience: 5-12 Students
Entry Deadline: Oct. 25, 2013

NASA Night Rover Energy Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: Oct. 25, 2013

NES Web Seminar — Pythagorean Theorem: Exploring Space Through Math — Lunar Rover
Audience: 8-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 30, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

Centaur Design Challenge
Audience: Educators of Grades 7-9 in the Cleveland, Ohio Area
Registration Deadline: Nov. 1, 2013

Green Strides Webinar Series
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: Nov. 6, 2013, at 2 p.m. EST

2014 NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators & Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 6, 2013

Reduced Gravity Education Flight Opportunity for Students at Minority Serving Institutions
Audience: Higher Education Educators & Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 6, 2013

MAVEN Workshop — Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!
Audience: Elementary Educators
Application Deadline: Nov. 6, 2013
Workshop Date: Nov. 16, 2013

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

2014 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 13, 2013

2013-14 Texas High School Aerospace Scholars
Audience: 11th-grade Students in Texas
Application Deadline: Nov. 15, 2013

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Next Application Deadline: Nov. 15, 2013

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airspace Operations Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students and Faculty
Early Bird Registration Deadline: Nov. 15, 2013

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 6 to the International Space Station
Audience: School Districts Serving Grades 5-12, Informal Education Institutions, Colleges and Universities
Inquiry Deadline: Nov. 20, 2013

NASA CubeSat Space Missions
Audience: Higher Education Educators & Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 26, 2013

2014-15 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship
Audience: K-12 STEM Educators
Application Deadline: Dec. 4, 2013

New Curriculum Guide: Pioneering Mars – Turning the Red Planet Green With Earth’s Smallest Settlers
Audience: 5-12 Educators

New NASA eClips Videos Segments on ICESat-2 Available
Audience: K-12 Educators

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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IRIS Challenge: Tracking a Solar Storm

Join the Tracking a Solar Storm Challenge and guide students as they learn about the sun’s anatomy, the space weather it generates, and why studying the sun is important.

Launched on June 27, 2013, the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, spacecraft is actively studying the dynamics of our sun’s atmosphere using an ultraviolet telescope and imaging spectrograph. Designed around the IRIS mission, this challenge is an opportunity for students to learn about the IRIS mission and the instruments scientists use to gather solar data as well as to study the sun’s weather, track a solar storm and predict its effect on Earth. Students will demonstrate what they have learned by collecting data and producing a video or slide show space weather report.

The challenge is currently open and will run through January 2014.

To learn more about the challenge, visit http://irischallenge.arc.nasa.gov/.

Please email any questions about this challenge to arc-quest-challenge@mail.nasa.gov.

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2013 Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest

The Cassini Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying Saturn. Participants examine three possible observations taken by Cassini and choose the one they think will yield the best scientific results. This year’s targets are Saturn and its moons Iapetus and Dione. After researching the three options, students write an essay under 500 words explaining their choice.

The contest is open to all students in the United States in grades 5-12. The essays will be divided into three groups for scoring: grades 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12. All submissions must be students’ original work. Participants may enter as individuals or as part of a team of up to four students.

The deadline for entries is Oct. 25, 2013.

For more information, visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/scientistforaday/.

International participants also are encouraged to enter. Deadlines for individual countries vary. To see if your country is participating, visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/education/scientistforaday12thedition/international/countries/.

If you have questions about this contest, please email scientistforaday@jpl.nasa.gov.

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NASA Night Rover Energy Challenge


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

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

During the Night Rover Challenge, energy storage systems will receive electrical energy from a simulated solar collector during daylight hours. During darkness, the stored energy will be used for simulated thermal management, scientific experimentation, communications and rover movement. A winning system must exceed the performance of an existing state-of-the-art system by a predetermined margin. The winning system will be the one that has the highest energy-storage density.

The challenge is extended to individuals, groups and companies working outside the traditional aerospace industry. Unlike most contracts or grants, awards will be made only after solutions are demonstrated successfully.

Registration closes on Oct. 25, 2013.

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

This is a Centennial Challenge in which NASA provides the prize purse for technological achievements by independent teams while 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 of the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, which is innovating, developing, testing and flying hardware for use in NASA’s future missions. For more information about NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate and its Centennial Challenges program, visit https://www.nasa.gov/spacetech.

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NES Web Seminar — Pythagorean Theorem: Exploring Space Through Math — Lunar Rover

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Oct. 30, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn to use the distance formula and the Pythagorean theorem to determine the minimal path and minimal time for a lunar rover to perform tasks on the surface of the moon. Participants should have a basic knowledge of scale factor and application of the Pythagorean theorem. Having access to a calculator is helpful but not necessary for session.

The activity provides many opportunities for incorporating national mathematics learning standards into the curriculum as well as addressing Common Core State Standards, Mathematics.

This seminar will be repeated on April 23, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar27.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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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 uncrewed 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.

Registration for the design challenge closes on 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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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 Nov. 6, 2013, at 2 p.m. EST.

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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2014 NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program

NASA is offering undergraduate students an opportunity to test experiments in microgravity aboard NASA’s reduced gravity aircraft.

The opportunity is part of NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program, which gives aspiring explorers a chance to propose, design, fabricate and fly a reduced-gravity experiment. Selected teams will test and evaluate their experiments aboard NASA’s reduced-gravity airplane. The aircraft flies about 30 roller-coaster-like climbs and dips during experiment flights to produce periods of weightlessness and hypergravity ranging from 0 g to 2 g.

Proposals are due Nov. 6, 2013.

NASA will announce selected teams on Dec. 18, 2013. The teams will fly in the spring/summer of 2014. Once selected, teams may also invite a full-time, accredited journalist to document the team’s experiment and experiences. Journalists working with a team may request to be evaluated for a potential flight spot with the team. All applicants must be full-time undergraduate students, U.S. citizens and at least 18 years old.

For more information about the opportunity and instructions for submitting a proposal, visit http://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to jsc-reducedgravity@nasa.gov.

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Reduced Gravity Education Flight Opportunity for Students at Minority Serving Institutions

NASA is offering undergraduate students from minority serving institutions an opportunity to test experiments in microgravity aboard NASA’s reduced gravity aircraft.

This opportunity is a partnership between the Minority University Research and Education Program and NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program, which gives aspiring explorers a chance to propose, design and fabricate a reduced-gravity experiment. Selected teams will test and evaluate their experiments aboard NASA’s reduced-gravity airplane. The aircraft flies about 30 roller-coaster-like climbs and dips during experiment flights to produce periods of weightlessness and hypergravity ranging from 0 gravity, or g, to 2 g.

Proposals are due Nov. 6, 2013.

All applicants must be full-time undergraduate students, U.S. citizens and at least 18 years old.

For more information, visit https://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov/murep/.

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to jsc-reducedgravity@nasa.gov.

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MAVEN Workshop — Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!

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.

Join the MAVEN education team for a one-day workshop on the MAVEN mission, and the accompanying elementary program, Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore! This program features six standards-based lessons that combine science, literacy and art to help students understand planetary habitability and the MAVEN mission. The workshop will introduce participants to these lessons and concepts. The workshop will also have a session devoted to Spanish speaking English Lanaguage Learner and English as a Second Language students. Attendees will receive free classroom materials.

The workshop will take place on Nov. 16, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. Registration is $15 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Applications are due Nov. 6, 2013, but space is limited so interested educators are encouraged to apply early.

For more information about the workshop and to apply online, visit http://lasp.colorado.edu/home/maven/education-outreach/for-educators/red-planet/orlando-workshop/.

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

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2014 Space Exploration Educators Conference

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

Attend sessions hosted by scientists and engineers working on the International Space Station, Mars exploration and the planets beyond. Hear from astronauts who will be leading the charge in exploration. Attend sessions presented by educators and receive ready-to-implement classroom ideas. Attendees can earn up to 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 or email seec@spacecenter.org.

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2014 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships

NASA is seeking applications from U.S. graduate students for the agency’s Space Technology Research Fellowships. The research grants, worth as much as $68,000 per year, will coincide with the start of the 2014 fall term.

Applications will be accepted from students pursuing or planning to pursue master’s or doctorate degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at accredited U.S. universities. The grants will sponsor U.S. graduate student researchers who show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s strategic space technology objectives through their studies. To date, NASA has awarded grants to 193 student researchers from 68 universities located in 33 states and one U.S. territory.

Sponsored by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, the fellowships are improving America’s technological competitiveness by providing the nation with a pipeline of innovative space technologies.

The deadline for submitting applications is Nov. 13, 2013.

For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/NSTRF14.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to hq-nstrf-call@mail.nasa.gov.

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2013-14 Texas High School Aerospace Scholars

The Texas High School Aerospace Scholars project is accepting applications for the 2013-14 school year. This unique NASA opportunity is for Texas high school juniors who are interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Selected students begin their journey with an interactive online learning experience that starts in late November and continues through April. During this time, students will create technical writings and drawings, solve math problems, participate in discussion forums and take part in chat sessions with NASA engineers and scientists.

In April, students who successfully complete the online portion of the project will be qualified to be selected to attend a six-day internship at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Selected students will learn firsthand from NASA engineers and scientists who not only speak to the group, but also serve as mentors for the teams.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, Texas residents, and have access to the Internet. Applications are due Nov. 15, 2013.

For additional information on the project and to apply online, visit http://has.aerospacescholars.org/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to jsc-aeroscho@mail.nasa.gov.

This program is sponsored by NASA and funded by the State of Texas, Rotary NASA, and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, at no cost to participants.

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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.

The next deadline for applications has been extended to Nov. 15, 2013.

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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Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airspace Operations Challenge

NASA and Development Projects Inc., or DPI, of Dayton, Ohio, have opened registration for the 2014 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airspace Operations Challenge. The $500,000 prize competition is scheduled for April 2014 in Indiana.

Teams from across the nation will travel to Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center and compete to meet technology milestones, fostering development of technologies that may reduce the technical challenges of safely operating autonomous unmanned aircraft systems in commercial airspace.

Early bird registration closes on Nov. 15, 2013. Registration fees increase after this date. The final registration deadline is March 31, 2014.

For more information, including how to register a team for the 2014 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airspace Operations Challenge, visit http://uasaoc.org.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Garry Qualls at garry.d.qualls@nasa.gov.

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Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 6 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 6 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 fall 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 Nov. 20, 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 6 to International Space Station National Announcement of Opportunity at http://ssep.ncesse.org/2013/10/new-flight-opportunity-for-school-districts-announcing-student-spaceflight-experiments-program-ssep-mission-6-to-the-international-space-station-for-2014/.

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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NASA CubeSat Space Missions

NASA is now accepting proposals for the CubeSat Launch Initiative. Proposals must be submitted electronically by 4:30 p.m. EST Nov. 26, 2013.

From the submissions, NASA will select the best proposals by Feb. 7, 2014. Developers whose proposals are selected may have the opportunity to see their creations launched as an auxiliary payload on a mission between 2014 and 2017. NASA will not provide funding for the development of the small satellites and selection does not guarantee a launch opportunity.

CubeSats are a class of cube-shaped research spacecraft called nanosatellites. They are approximately 4 inches long, have a volume of about 1 quart and weigh less than 3 pounds.

CubeSat investigations should be consistent with NASA’s strategic plan and educational vision and goals. The research should address specific aspects of science, exploration, technology development, education or operations.

From the first four rounds of the NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative, 89 payloads from 25 U.S. states made the short list for launch opportunities in 2011 through 2016. Of the selected CubeSats, 12 satellites have already launched. Twenty-one Cubesats are scheduled for launch later this year.

For additional information on NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative program, visit https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/heo/home/CubeSats_initiative.html.

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2014-15 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship

Applications are currently available for the 2014-15 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program. This program is open to current public or private elementary and secondary mathematics, technology, engineering and science classroom teachers with demonstrated excellence in teaching. Applications are due 5 p.m. EST Dec. 4, 2013.

Selected teachers spend a school year in Washington, D.C., sharing their expertise with policy makers and program managers. Einstein Fellows may serve with one of several government agency sponsors, such as the Department of Energy, NASA or the National Science Foundation.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and be currently employed full time in a public or private elementary or secondary school or school district. Applicants must have been teaching in a STEM field full time for at least five of the last seven years.

For more information about this opportunity and to apply online, visit http://science.energy.gov/wdts/einstein/.

Inquiries about the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program should be directed to Brian O’Donnell at sc.einstein@science.doe.gov.

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New Curriculum Guide: Pioneering Mars – Turning the Red Planet Green With Earth’s Smallest Settlers

The Pioneering Mars Curriculum and Activity Guide is designed to highlight not only the Pioneering Mars project, but to use the central idea of this project to educate students on scientific problem-solving and experimental design.

The Pioneering Mars experiment seeks to understand the growth of cyanobacteria in a Mars-like environment. The cyanobacteria would effectively scrub the Martian atmosphere of carbon dioxide and alter the planetary environment to enable photosynthesis to take place.

Each unit addresses a core component of the project and will lead students through the processes of researching and synthesizing information, as well as develop critical thinking skills. Activities embedded in each lesson span academic disciplines and address reading, math and writing, as well as science content.

All activities are tied to Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core Curriculum standards for grades 5-8. While this curriculum is designed primarily for middle school use, it is easily adaptable to a high school audience.

For more information on Pioneering Mars, visit www.pioneeringmars.org.

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New NASA eClips Videos Segments on ICESat-2 Available

This month, NASA eClips™ presents:

Our World: ICESat-2 Measures Ice Sheets (Grades K-5)
Why is NASA interested in Earth’s ice? The creation of ICESat-2 is allowing NASA’s scientists to make accurate maps of polar ice sheets. These maps help them make informed predictions about weather patterns, climate change and the effects of changing ice structures. The maps are so accurate they can measure to within 3 centimeters (1.17 inches) of an ice sheet’s actual thickness from a huge distance!

Our World: What Is Ice? (Grades K-5)
Water has some very unique properties, but what are they? What do they mean for us? Water, unlike other types of matter, is less dense as a solid than as a liquid. This means more than simply floating cubes in a cold drink. The various forms of water allow life on our world to thrive!

Real World: ICESat-2 and Earth’s Cryosphere (Grades 6-8)
Earth’s cryosphere, one of Earth’s six spheres, is composed of all its frozen structures including sea ice, ice caps and permafrost. Understanding changes in the cryosphere provides scientists with valuable information about the past, present and future of the planet. Amazingly, 99 percent of Earth’s fresh water is held in two massive ice sheets. ICESat-2 is a satellite designed to help scientists learn more about Earth’s ice and the role ice plays in climate.

Launchpad: ICESat-2 – Next Generation Technology (Grades 9-12)
Learn how the second generation of the Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite, better known as ICESat-2, is being used to map the ice structures in the world’s polar regions. Manipulating the distribution of photons by lasers to create accurate images of these frozen structures allows scientists to study their changes and impact on Earth’s climate.

To learn more about NASA eClips, visit www.nasa.gov/nasaeclips.

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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