NASA Education Express — Dec. 19, 2013

Check out the latest NASA Education opportunity announcements.

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

NES Web Seminar — Newton’s Laws of Motion: Lunar Nautics
Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Dec. 19, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST

2014 NASA High-Altitude Student Platform Opportunity
Audience: Higher Education Faculty and Students
Application Deadline: Dec. 20, 2013

Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other Education Organizations
Request Deadline: Dec. 23, 2013

NASA’s Center for Astronomy Education Workshop for Astronomy and Space Science Instructors
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Event Dates: Jan. 4-5, 2014

Free Education Webinar Series from NASA Educator Professional Development
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Event Dates: Jan. 6-7, 2014

National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Preparation Webinars and Workshop
Audience: Higher Education Faculty
Informational Webinar Dates: Jan. 7 and 14, 2014
Informational Workshop Date: Jan. 9, 2014
Proposal Deadline: March 5, 2014

2014 NASA and Worcester Polytechnic Institute Sample Return Robot Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: Jan. 7, 2014

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 Jan. 8, 2014

NES Web Seminar — Engineering Design: Forces and Motion — Balloon Aerodynamics Challenge
Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 8, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST

NES Web Seminar — Heat Transfer: MESSENGER — My Angle on Cooling
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 9, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST

2014 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge
Audience: 9-12 & Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline for International Teams: Jan. 10, 2014
Registration Deadline for U.S. Teams: Feb. 7, 2014

NASA Science Mission Directorate — Summer 2014 Space Grant Internships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2014

MAVEN Workshop — Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!
Audience: Elementary Educators
Application Deadline: Jan. 17, 2014
Workshop Date: Jan. 25, 2014

2014 RASC-AL Competition
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: Jan. 19, 2014

NASA Announcement for High-Impact, National, Strategic STEM Education Partnerships — Amended
Audience: Potential STEM Education Partners
Response Date: Jan. 23, 2014

NASA History Program Office Summer and Fall 2014 Internships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Summer 2014 Application Deadline: Feb. 4, 2014
Fall 2014 Application Deadline: June 1, 2014

2014 NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars Program
Audience: Community College Students Who Are Texas Residents
Application Deadline: Feb. 4, 2014

2014 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2014

NASA Exploration Design Challenge
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Virtual Crew Registration Deadline: June 30, 2014

Initial Selections Announced — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) 2013 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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NES Web Seminar — Newton’s Laws of Motion: Lunar Nautics

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Dec. 19, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST. This seminar features three lessons for grades 6-8 that focus on a real-world understanding of Newton’s Laws of Motion and common misconceptions associated with the laws. The featured lessons are Rocket Staging: Balloon Staging and Lunar Landing: Swinging Tray and Lunar Base Supply Egg Drop.

The featured activities provide opportunities for incorporating national science, technology and mathematics learning standards into curricula as well as address middle school Next Generation Science Standards.

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

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar24.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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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.

The deadline for applications is Dec. 20, 2013.

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

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Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use

NASA invites eligible U.S. educational institutions, museums and other organizations to screen and request historical artifacts of significance to spaceflight. This is the 20th screening of artifacts since 2009.

Eligible schools, universities, museums, libraries and planetariums may view the artifacts and request specific items through Dec. 23, 2013. Online registrations should include an assigned Department of Education number. Registration also can be made through the State Agency for Surplus Property (SASP) office in their state. For instructions, registration, and to view and make requests for artifacts online, visit http://gsaxcess.gov/NASAWel.htm.

The artifacts are free of charge and are offered “as-is.” Organizations must cover shipping costs and any handling fees. Shipping fees on smaller items will be relatively inexpensive, while larger items may involve extensive disassembly, preparation, shipping and reassembly costs. NASA will work closely with eligible organizations to address any unique handling costs.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to GSAXcessHelp@gsa.gov.

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NASA’s Center for Astronomy Education Workshop for Astronomy and Space Science Instructors

NASA’s Center for Astronomy Education, or CAE, announces a workshop for astronomy and space science educators. Hosted in conjunction with the 223rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, the workshop will take place Jan. 4-5, 2014, at National Harbor, Md.

The workshop will teach participants how to create effective and productive active-learning classroom environments. Workshop leaders model best practices in implementing many different classroom-tested instructional strategies. During microteaching events, participants will have the opportunity to role-play the parts of student and instructor, and will assess and critique each other’s implementation. Participants try unfamiliar teaching techniques with mentors and peers before using them with students.

For more information and to register for the workshop online, visit http://astronomy101.jpl.nasa.gov/workshopdetails/index.cfm?workshopID=117.

Inquiries about this workshop should be directed to Gina Brissenden at gbrissenden@as.arizona.edu.

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Free Education Webinar Series from NASA Educator Professional Development

NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

BEST: Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology
Audience:
Education Administrators, In-service, Pre-service, Informal and Home School Educators
Event Date:
Jan. 6, 2014, at 4 p.m. EST
Attend this 60-minute Web seminar to learn how to use NASA’s Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology, or BEST, guide with students.

Journeying Through the Solar System
Audience:
Education Administrators, In-service, Pre-service, Informal and Home School Educators
Event Date: Jan. 7, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. EST
Find out how to construct a scale model of the solar system and learn new definitions for planet and dwarf planet during this 60-minute Web seminar.

For more information about these webinars and to register online, visit https://paragon-tec.adobeconnect.com/admin/show-event-catalog.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to John Entwistle at john.d.entwistle@nasa.gov.

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National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Preparation Webinars and Workshop

The National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors and professionals to become K-12 mathematics and science teachers.

Two Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Proposal Preparation Webinars are scheduled to take place Jan. 7 and Jan. 14, 2014. Both 90-minute webinars will begin at 3 p.m. EST. The webinars are recommended for those considering submitting proposals.

A Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Proposal Preparation Workshop will take place on Jan. 9, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

A notice of intent from applicants is requested by Feb. 5, 2014. Full proposals for the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program are due March 5, 2014.

For more information about the scholarship program and the informational webinars and workshop, visit http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5733.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Betty Calinger at bcalinge@aaas.org.

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2014 NASA and Worcester Polytechnic Institute Sample Return Robot Challenge

NASA and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass., are seeking teams to compete in a robot technology demonstration competition with a potential $1.495 million prize purse.

During the Sample Return Robot Challenge, teams will compete to demonstrate a robot that can locate and retrieve geologic samples from a wide and varied terrain without human control. The objective of the competition is to encourage innovations in automatic navigation and robotic manipulator technologies. Innovations stemming from this challenge may improve NASA’s capability to explore a variety of destinations in space, as well as enhance the nation’s robotic technology for use in industries and applications on Earth.

NASA provides the prize money to the winning team as part of the agency’s Centennial Challenges competitions, which seek unconventional solutions to problems of interest to the agency and the nation. While NASA provides the prize purse, the competitions are managed by nonprofit organizations that cover the cost of operations through commercial or private sponsorships. The competition is planned for June 11-13, 2014 in Worcester and is anticipated to attract hundreds of competitors from industry and academia nationwide.

The registration deadline for this competition is Jan. 7, 2014.

For more information about the Sample Return Robot Challenge and to register online for the competition, visit http://challenge.wpi.edu.

To learn about other competitions offered by the Centennial Challenges Program, visit https://www.nasa.gov/challenges.

The Centennial Challenges program is part of NASA’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, visit https://www.nasa.gov/spacetech.

Questions about the Sample Return Robot Challenge should be sent to challenge@wpi.edu.

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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 Jan. 8, 2014, for K-3 educators and on Jan. 22, 2014, 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 Jan. 8, Jan. 9, Feb. 12 and Feb. 13, 2014.

Sessions for educators of grades 4-8 will take place on Jan. 22, Jan. 23, Feb. 19 and Feb. 20, 2014.

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.

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 8 de enero del 2014 para educadores de K-3 y el 22 de enero del 2014 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 8 de enero, 9 de enero, 12 de febrero y el 13 de febrero del 2014.

Las sesiones para educadores de grados 4-8 serán el 22 de enero, 23 de enero, 19 de febrero y el 20 de febrero del 2014.

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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NES Web Seminar — Engineering Design: Forces and Motion — Balloon Aerodynamics Challenge
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 Jan. 8, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST. This Web seminar will introduce the Forces and Motion: Balloon Aerodynamics Challenge for students. This activity provides first-hand information about density, neutral buoyancy and drag, which is then used to solve a problem. The activity provides opportunities for incorporating national science, technology and mathematics learning standards into the curriculum and addresses middle school Next Generation Science Standards.

This seminar will be repeated on Feb. 12, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar16.aspx.

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NES Help Desk at NASA.Explorer.Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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NES Web Seminar — Heat Transfer: MESSENGER — My Angle on Cooling

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on Jan. 9, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn how the MESSENGER mission to Mercury takes advantage of passive cooling methods to keep the spacecraft functioning in a high-temperature environment.

The featured activities provide opportunities for incorporating national science, technology and mathematics learning standards into the curriculum and address the Next Generation Science Standards

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

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar19.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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2014 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge

NASA is seeking high school and college/university student teams to compete in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge (formerly NASA’s Great Moonbuggy Race). In this engineering design challenge that begins in the classroom, students work with teacher advisors to create a human-powered vehicle designed to traverse the simulated surface of another world while meeting certain NASA specifications. Student teams of up to six members are challenged to design, build and test technologies that enable vehicles to perform in a wide variety of environments.

The culminating event of the rover competition is scheduled for April 10-12, 2014, at the U. S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., home of U.S. Space Camp and the official visitor center for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. The student teams will be timed, ranked and scored based on design, safety and how well they traverse the set course, which is a rugged half mile track of 15 obstacles meant to mimic some of the real terrain challenges of solar system exploration.

Corporate sponsors will award prizes for first, second and third place winners in both high school and college/university categories. Other prizes include a Featherweight Award, System Safety Design Award and a Telemetry/Electronics Award.

International teams must register by Jan. 10, 2014. U.S. teams must register by Feb. 7, 2014.

For more information about the competition and to register online, visit https://www.nasa.gov/roverchallenge/home/index.html.

International teams with questions about this event or registration may email Amy McDowell at Amy.McDowell@nasa.gov. U.S. teams with questions may contact Diedra Williams at MSFC-RoverChallenge2014@mail.nasa.gov.

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NASA Science Mission Directorate — Summer 2014 Space Grant Internships

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate is looking to fill Space Grant-sponsored internships for Summer 2014 sessions. Internship opportunities are available with two NASA missions.

Chandra X-Ray Observatory
Chandra interns will assist the Northrop Grumman Flight Operations Team in analysis and software development in support of the Chandra X-ray Observatory mission. Interns will work side by side with Northrop engineers at the Chandra Operations Control Center in Cambridge, Mass. Work will include analysis of spacecraft data and/or development of software tools and Web utilities to be used in operations of the vehicle. Required skills vary by project, however, all candidates must have a basic education in physics, mathematics, computer science or engineering.

Hubble Space Telescope
The Hubble Space Telescope program is seeking an intern to assist in creating scientific visualizations of Hubble images and other astronomical data sets. Tasks may include image processing, video production, 3-D modeling and rendering, and visualization, scientific and/or astronomical programming. This internship provides a special opportunity to combine scientific, computational and artistic skills into a project with tangible, high-impact results.

Applicants for these internships must be U.S. citizens. Individual Space Grants will submit names and application materials for students interested in applying for these internships. Note that not all Space Grants are participating, due to funding constraints.

Application materials are due Jan. 15, 2014.

For more information, visit http://md.spacegrant.org/index.php?page=smd-sg-intern-program-description. Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Dr. Terry Teays at tteays1@jhu.edu.

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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 arrive at Mars in 2014, 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 Language Learner and English as a Second Language students. Attendees will receive free classroom materials.

The workshop will take place on Jan. 25, 2014, in Houston, Texas. Registration is $15 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Applications are due Jan. 17, 2014, 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/houston-workshop/.

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

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2014 RASC-AL Competition

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace announce the 2014 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage, or RASC-AL, Competition. RASC-AL is a design project competition aimed at university-level engineering students.

The RASC-AL contest challenges participants to design projects based on real NASA projects. Concepts derived from the design projects could potentially be implemented by NASA. Participants can choose from three different themes:

— Enabling Long-Duration Missions through Holistic Habitat Design
— Human-Assisted Sample Return
— Tele-Operated Robot

Teams must submit an abstract for their proposed project by Jan. 19, 2014. The RASC-AL Steering Committee of NASA and industry experts will evaluate the proposals and select as many as 13 undergraduate and five graduate teams to compete against each other at a forum in June 2014 in Florida.

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. A group of universities may also work in collaboration on a design project entry. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

For more information about this competition, visit http://nia-cms.nianet.org/RASCAL/index.aspx.

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

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NASA Announcement for High-Impact, National, Strategic STEM Education Partnerships — Amended

NASA’s Office of Education has amended the NASA Announcement for High-Impact, National, Strategic STEM Education Partnerships [EDUCATION01SP13] to reflect a new response date. The new response date is Jan. 23, 2014. NASA’s Education portfolio is being strategically rescoped. NASA anticipates reissuing the announcement. NASA will not accept responses to this announcement after Jan. 23, 2014.

To access the Announcement home page, please visit http://go.nasa.gov/VgRZYt.

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NASA History Program Office Summer and Fall 2014 Internships

The NASA History Program Office is seeking undergraduate and graduate students for summer and fall 2014 internships. The History Program Office maintains archival materials to answer research questions from NASA personnel, journalists, scholars, students at all levels and others from around the world. The division also edits and publishes several books and monographs each year. It maintains a large number of websites on NASA history.

Students of all majors are welcome to apply. While detailed prior knowledge of the aeronautics and space fields is not necessary, a keen interest and some basic familiarity with these topics are needed. Strong research, writing and editing skills are essential. Experience with social media is a plus.

Intern projects are flexible. Typical projects include handling a variety of information requests, writing posts for the NASA history twitter and Facebook pages, editing historical manuscripts, doing research and writing biographical sketches, and identifying and captioning photos.

Applications for summer 2014 internships are due Feb. 4, 2013. Fall 2014 internship applications are due June 1, 2014.

For more information, visit http://history.nasa.gov/interncall.htm.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact Bill Barry at bill.barry@nasa.gov.

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2014 NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars Program

The NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars, or CAS, is accepting applications for its spring 2014 workshop. CAS is an interactive online learning experience for community college students in Texas.

CAS students participate in graded Web-based modules. Based on grades and completed applications, qualified students are chosen to attend a three-day experience at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston in spring 2014.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, residents of Texas and have access to the Internet.

Applications are due Feb. 4, 2014.

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

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

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2014 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Caltech’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships, or SURF, project introduces undergraduate students to research under the guidance of seasoned mentors at Caltech or NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL. Students experience the process of research as a creative intellectual activity and gain a more realistic view of the opportunities and demands of a professional research career.

SURF is modeled on the grant-seeking process. Students collaborate with potential mentors to define and develop a project and to write research proposals. Caltech faculty or JPL staff review the proposals and recommend awards. Students work over a 10-week period in the summer, mid-June to late August. At the conclusion of the project, each student will submit a technical paper and give a SURF Seminar Day oral presentation.

All application materials must be received no later than Feb. 22, 2014. For more information, visit http://www.sfp.caltech.edu/programs/surf.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to the Caltech Student-Faculty Programs office at sfp@caltech.edu.

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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 June 30, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/spacelife/explorationdesign/overview/index.html#.UdLvoBZU3dI.

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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Initial Selections Announced — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) 2013 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)

Ten organizations, including six museums and four NASA Visitor Centers, have been selected to share nearly $7.7 million in Fiscal Year 2013 funds in grants or cooperative agreements through NASA’s Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMPVC). The selected organizations are: U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, Ala.; AERO Institute, Palmdale, Calif.; Miami Science Museum, Fla.; Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Ind.; Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minn.; St. Louis Science Center, Mo,; Science South Inc., Florence, S.C.; Space Center Houston, Texas; Virginia Air and Space Center, Hampton, Va.; and Pacific Science Center, Seattle, Wash.

Awards will range from approximately $500,000 to $1,000,000 with periods of performance from 1 to 5 years. Sixty-seven proposals from institutions in 31 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico underwent a merit-based peer review process. NASA’s Office of Education, agency mission directorates and support offices, and JPL solicited and reviewed the grant applications.

The selected organizations will collaborate with NASA’s Museum Alliance, a nationwide network of informal education professionals at 575 science museums, planetariums, NASA visitor centers, Challenger Centers, visitor centers at observatories and parks, nature centers, aquariums and zoos. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., manages the Museum Alliance for the agency.

NASA’s initial investment authority in informal education institutions dates to the NASA Authorization Act of 2005, specifically, PL (Public Law) 109-155 SEC. 616. MUSEUMS: “The Administrator may provide grants to, and enter into cooperative agreements with, museums and planetariums to enable them to enhance programs related to space exploration, aeronautics, space science, earth science, or microgravity.” NASA expects to issue a solicitation for new proposals every other year.

For a list of selected organizations and project descriptions, visit https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={37764C2A-F415-01DF-1B30-F1971BE7F8BE}&path=closedPast.

Proposals from entities that are not also NASA Visitor Centers, Museums and Planetariums submitted to Appendix O: Other Opportunities are still under review.

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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

1 thought on “NASA Education Express — Dec. 19, 2013”

  1. Hola, que bien poder tener la opción de estudiar con la NASA en español, no sabía que la amplitud llegaba a otros idiomas.
    Tendré en cuenta a partir de ahora estas oportunidades y además se lo diré a mis amigos por si les interesa todo esto, algo que les puede beneficiar mucho.
    Gracias.
    Un saludo

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