NASA Education Express — Nov. 7, 2013

Check out the latest NASA Education opportunity announcements.

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

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

NES Web Seminar — Chemical Elements: GENESIS — What Are We Made Of?
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 12, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST

Sally Ride EarthKAM Announces a Second Fall Mission
Audience: Middle School Educators and Students, and the Informal Education Community
Mission Dates: November 12-15, 2013

Green Strides Webinar Series
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: Nov. 13, 2013, at 3 p.m. EST

2013-2014 NASA STEM Spanish Immersion Educator Professional Development Workshop Series: Head in the Clouds Edition
Audience: K-8 Educators
Event Dates: First workshop takes place on Nov. 13, 2013, at 3:45 p.m. EST

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

Discover Mapping with NASA
Audience: All Grade Levels
Event Dates: Nov. 13 & 22, 2013

NES Web Seminar — Algebraic Equations: Calculator-Controlled Robots
Audience: Algebra Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 14, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. EST

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

2014 NASA High-Altitude Student Platform Opportunity
Audience: Higher Education Faculty and Students
Informational Q&A Teleconference: Nov. 15, 2013
Application Deadline: Dec. 20, 2013

Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Nov. 16, 2013, at 5:15 p.m. EST

“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

2013 National Community College Aerospace Scholars Program
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 26, 2013

2013-2014 National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Deadline to Register and Apply for Build Awards: Nov. 30, 2013

NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement Mission — “Unique Perspectives” Photo and Video Contest
Audience: All Educators and Students Age 13 and Older
Deadline: Dec. 1, 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

OSSI — Summer 2014 Opportunities
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: March 1, 2014

Don’t miss out on upcoming NASA education opportunities.
For a full list of events, opportunities and more, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA’s website:
— Educators https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/current-opps-index.html

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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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NES Web Seminar — Chemical Elements: GENESIS — What Are We Made Of?

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Nov 12, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn how to use the “What Are We Made Of?” hands-on activity to integrate mathematics and physical science in your classroom. Discover how students can use statistical sampling to estimate the chemical composition of the sun by analyzing data in a way similar to the one used by scientists who analyzed solar particles collected by the GENESIS spacecraft.

The featured activity provides many opportunities for incorporating national science, technology and mathematics learning standards into the curriculum as well as addressing the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar5.aspx.

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

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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Sally Ride EarthKAM Announces a Second Fall Mission

Students and educators have another chance to participate in Sally Ride EarthKAM this fall. A second fall mission is scheduled from Nov. 12-15, 2013. Guide your students in hands-on research as they program a camera aboard the International Space Station to take pictures of specific locations on Earth. The optional online curricula at the Sally Ride EarthKAM website is targeted at middle school students, but could easily be adapted for other grade levels. All students and educators are welcome, including participants in afterschool programs.

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

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

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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. 13, 2013, at 3 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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2013-2014 NASA STEM Spanish Immersion Educator Professional Development Workshop Series: Head in the Clouds Edition

Engage students with hands-on NASA inspired activities in Spanish and discover how to use clouds, climate and weather through NASA’s Students’ Cloud Observations Online, or S’COOL, project to engage students in physical and earth sciences. Learn techniques to help students identify clouds. Investigate the difference between weather and climate and the effects on Earth’s sources of water. Use patterns to predict the future climatological events and understand the known unknowns. Discover creative ways to get students to collect data and write their observations using science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, notebooks.

The four-day online workshop series is designed for educators of grades K-3 and 4-8. Sessions start Nov. 13, 2013, for K-3 educators and on Nov. 25, 2013, for 4-8 educators. All videoconference sessions take place from 3:45-5 p.m. EST.

All sessions will be presented in Spanish.

Sessions for educators of grades K-3 will take place on Nov. 13, Nov. 14, Dec. 4 and Dec. 5, 2013.

Sessions for educators of grades 4-8 will take place on Nov. 25, Nov. 26, Dec. 16 and Dec. 17, 2013.

Participants who register and complete all four workshops in their series are eligible to receive five continuing education credit hours.

For more information and to register for a series of workshops, visit http://tinyurl.com/p4qye6o.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Marilé Colon Robles at marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov.

2013-2014 NASA STEM inmersa en español serie de talleres para el desarrollo profesional de educadores: Edición la cabeza en las nubes

Aprende sobre actividades interactivas de la NASA en español y descubra cómo usar nubes, el clima y el tiempo a través del proyecto de observaciones de nubes estudiantiles de la NASA en línea, o S’COOL, para involucrar los estudiantes en las ciencias física y terrestres. Aprenda técnicas para identificar nubes. Investigue la diferencia entre el tiempo y el clima y los efectos en la distribución del agua en la Tierra. Use patrones para predecir futuros eventos climatológicos y comprender las incógnitas desconocidas. Descubra maneras creativas para colectar datos y observaciones con las libretas STEM.

Los cuatro días de talleres por videoconferencia están diseñadas para educadores de grados K-3 y 4-8. Las sesiones de videoconferencia comienzan el 13 de noviembre del 2013 para educadores de K-3 y el 25 de noviembre del 2013 para educadores de 4-8 grado. Todas las sesiones de videoconferencia serán de 3:45-5pm EST.

Todas las sesiones serán presentadas en español.

Las sesiones para educadores de grados K-3 serán el 13 de noviembre, 14 de noviembre, 4 de diciembre y el 5 de diciembre del 2013.

Las sesiones para educadores de grados 4-8 serán el 25 de noviembre, 26 de noviembre, 16 de diciembre y el 17 de diciembre del 2013.

Los participantes que se inscriban y participen de las cuatro sesiones son elegibles para recibir cinco horas de créditos de educación continua.

Para más información y para inscribirse en los talleres, visite http://tinyurl.com/p4qye6o.

Preguntas sobre esta oportunidad deben ser dirigidas a Marilé Colón Robes a marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov.

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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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Discover Mapping with NASA

For over 50 years, NASA earth science has transformed the way we look at our planet. Celebrate Geography Awareness Week (Nov. 17-23) and discover a world of resources for real NASA images and data so you and your students can explore the most pressing Earth mysteries.

GeoWeek is an annual public awareness program established in 1987 to highlight geography as a discipline and as a part of everyday life. Plan ahead with an online teacher workshop featuring real microsets of data available through MY NASA DATA and the Mapping Our World Interactive on Nov. 13, 2013. On Nov. 22, 2013, participate in a Spanish-language webinar and find out how ocean data collected from space can answer questions about processes on Earth.

Find details about these events, NASA educational resources, articles, blog posts and more related to how NASA contributes to the world of mapping on http://climate.nasa.gov/esw2013.

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NES Web Seminar — Algebraic Equations: Calculator Controlled Robots

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 on Nov. 14, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. EST. Discover a unique way of integrating robotic technology into your algebra classes. Robotic missions engage students and provide a unique way of bringing to life the concepts you are teaching. Learn to use programmable Texas Instruments, or TI, calculators and Norland Research Robots to solve problems requiring substituting values for variables in formulas.

This seminar provides an overview of using robotics in algebra so you can make an informed decision about purchasing the robots and other equipment. You do not need to have a Norland Research Robot or programmable TI calculator to participate in this seminar, or know how to program the calculator.

The featured activity provides many opportunities for addressing grades 6-8 Common Core State Mathematics Standards.

This Web seminar will be offered again on May 7, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar1.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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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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2014 NASA High-Altitude Student Platform Opportunity

NASA is accepting applications from students at U.S. colleges and universities who want to send experiments to the edge of space on a high-flying scientific balloon.

The annual NASA project provides near-space access for 12 undergraduate and graduate student experiments to be carried by a NASA high-altitude research balloon. The flights typically last 15 to 20 hours and reach an altitude of 23 miles. Experiments may include compact satellites or prototypes.

The experiments are flown aboard the High-Altitude Student Platform, or HASP, a balloon-born instrument stack launched from the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility’s remote site in Fort Sumner, N.M. The goals of the project are to provide a space test platform to encourage student research and stimulate the development of student satellite payloads and other space-engineering products.

HASP seeks to enhance the technical skills and research abilities of students in critical science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. The project is a joint effort between NASA and the Louisiana Space Consortium.

A question-and-answer teleconference for interested parties will be held on Nov. 15, 2013, at 11 a.m. EST.

The deadline for applications is Dec. 20, 2013.

For application information and technical details about the program, visit http://laspace.lsu.edu/hasp.

Questions about the High-Altitude Student Platform opportunity should be directed to T. Gregory Guzik at guzik@phunds.phys.lsu.edu.

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Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

Curious about our nearest star, water on Mars, the first trip to Pluto and other wonders of the universe? Come to the Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series presented by Smithsonian researchers who are exploring the sun, the moon, planets, stars, galaxies and the universe. These speakers will share behind-the-scenes details about how their research is done and technologies that advance new discoveries. The lectures will be held at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

Each lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. ET and is followed by a question-and-answer session. A Discovery Station activity will take place at 4 p.m. prior to each lecture. Stay after the lecture to visit the museum’s observatory, weather permitting.

Nov. 16, 2013 — Rivers and Lakes on Mars
Mars was warm and wet early in its history. Impact craters that once held lakes, dried river channels and ancient deltas tell us about early Martian climate. Dr. Ross Irwin will discuss rivers and lakes on the Red Planet.

Dec. 7, 2013 — Oh, Swear Not by the Inconstant Sun
For 50 years, the Smithsonian monitored changes in the sun’s power. Secretary Charles Greeley Abbott asserted that solar variations could influence weather patterns and crop yields. What was he detecting? Dr. David DeVorkin will explore the inconstant nature of the sun.

Dec. 14, 2013 — First Mission to Pluto: The Origins and Voyage of New Horizons
In July 2015, New Horizons will become the first spacecraft to fly through the Pluto system. Dr. Michael Neufeld will discuss the goal of this mission and the promise of new science from it.

For more information about the Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/lectures/smithsonian-stars/.

Questions about this lecture series should be directed to the visitor service line at 202-633-1000.

The Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series is made possible by a grant from NASA.

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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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2013 National Community College Aerospace Scholars Program

National Community College Aerospace Scholars, or NCAS, is an interactive online learning experience featuring engineering career possibilities. It is highlighted by an onsite experience where selected students are encouraged to study mathematics, science, engineering or computer science by interacting with engineers at NASA.

The only cost to participants is a $30 registration fee. NASA covers travel, food and lodging. NCAS is open to community college students throughout the United States. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have access to the Internet.

Applications are due Nov. 26, 2013.

For more information and to apply online, visit http://ncas.aerospacescholars.org/.

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

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2013-2014 National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition

The National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition is the Montana Space Grant Consortium’s Education Program for NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, mission. IRIS will use spectrography and imaging in ultraviolet wavelengths to reveal the dynamics of the sun’s chromospheres and transition region.

This yearly competition is open to undergraduate interdisciplinary teams from colleges and universities across the U.S. Teams are challenged to design and build a working ground-based solar spectrograph and demonstrate the capabilities of the spectrograph as defined by their science goal. Typical teams have three to six students and must have a faculty advisor.

Both substantial scholarship prizes and travel prizes will be given in four categories: best design, best build, best science observations and best presentation of results. Teams may apply for funding of $2,000 per team for project materials. Priority for build funds will be given to minority-serving institutions, community colleges and institutions with less aerospace activity.

Applications for build awards and registrations are due on Nov. 30, 2013.

The competition will be held May 14-16, 2014, in Bozeman, Mont.

For more information and to register online, visit http://www.spacegrant.montana.edu/IRIS/index.html.

Please email any questions about this competition to Randy Larimer at rlarimer@ece.montana.edu.

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NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement Mission — “Unique Perspectives” Photo and Video Contest

NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement, or GPM, mission announces the “Unique Perspectives” photo and video contest.

There are many ways to view precipitation. Rain gauges collect water as it hits the ground. Weather radars detect rain and snow as it falls through the air. Research aircraft can measure moisture while flying through clouds, and satellites like the GPM Core Observatory can view precipitation from space.

The GPM team wants to see your photos and videos of precipitation from unique perspectives. Check out weather from all angles — far away, up close, above, below and inside — the more creative and unique, the better.

All entrants must be 13 years old or older. The deadline for submitting photos and videos is Dec. 1, 2013.

For more information and instructions for submitting an entry, visit https://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/gpm-unique-perspectives-photo-and-video-contest/.

Questions about this contest should be emailed to Jacob Reed at jacob.b.reed@nasa.gov.

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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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OSSI — Summer 2014 Opportunities

The NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative, or OSSI, strives to provide high school students and undergradate and graduate 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 summer 2014 opportunities are due March 1, 2014.

To find available opportunities and to fill out an OSSI online application for recruiting NIFS, visit https://intern.nasa.gov/index.html.

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

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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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