NASA Education Express — Feb. 27, 2014

Check out the latest NASA Education opportunity announcements.

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

Global Precipitation Measurement Mission Launch — Educational Resources
Audience: All Educators
Launch Date: Feb. 27, 2014. Coverage begins at Noon EST

Student Presentations to Stream Live From National Space Grant Directors’ Meeting
Audience: Higher Education Faculty and Students
Event Date: Feb. 27-28, 2014

Free Webinar Series — NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Webinar Date: Feb. 27, 2014, at 4 p.m. EST

Free Education Webinar Series from NASA Educator Professional Development
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Next Webinar Date: Feb. 27, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST

Free Lecture — Probing the Edge of Reality
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Date: Feb. 28, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. EST

2014 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: Feb. 28, 2014

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

Deadline Extended — Call for Abstracts: 65th International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time Graduate Students
Submission Deadline: March 1, 2014

NASA’s Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments
Audience: 5-12 and Informal Educators and Students
Deadline: March 1 and April 1, 2014

Call for Papers: The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Audience: Principal investigators and Co-Principal Investigators of Federally Funded Project Awarded to HBCUs
Abstract Submission Deadline: March 1, 2014

2014 NASA Unmanned Aerial Systems Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students and Faculty
Notice of Intent Requested by March 1, 2014
Entry Deadline: May 2, 2014

Workshop: International Space Station Research Results and Post-Graduate Research Opportunities
Audience: Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows and Advisors
Workshop Date: March 2, 2014

Free Online Course — Space Systems Engineering 101
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Course Start Date: March 3, 2014

Call for Papers: 3rd Annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference
Audience: Full-time Graduate Students
Submission Deadline: March 3, 2013

NES Web Seminar — Algebraic Skeletal System: Human Physiology in Space
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 4, 2014, 6:30 p.m. EST

MAVEN Workshop — Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!
Audience: Elementary Educators
Application Deadline: March 4, 2014
Workshop Date: March 8, 2014

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Would Your Cell Phone Work In Space?
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: March 5, 2014, 2-3 p.m. EST

NES Web Seminar — Engineering Design: Forces and Motion — The Great Boomerang Challenge
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 6, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST

MAVEN Educator Ambassador Workshop
Audience: Middle School and High School Teachers
Application Deadline: March 7, 2014
Workshop Dates: July 14-18, 2014

National Air and Space Museum Super Science Saturday Events
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event Date: March 8, 2014

Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: March 8, 2014, at 5:15 p.m. EST

Pennsylvania Space Grant Workshops
Audience: 6-12 Educators
Workshop Dates: Multiple dates July – August 2014
Application Deadline: March 16, 2014

Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other Education Organizations
Request Deadline: March 17, 2014

Celebrate Solar Week — Spring 2014
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: March 17-21, 2014

Free NASA Online Course — Teaching Tomorrow’s Engineers
Audience: Grades 6-8 In-service, Pre-service, Informal and Home School Educators
Course Start Date: March 24, 2014

DEADLINE EXTENDED: NASA’s REEL Science Communication Contest
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Deadline: March 31, 2014

Beautiful Earth Program at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
Audience: Grades 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: June 5, 2014, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. EDT

MissionSTEM Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Video Series Topic 3 Plus a New Featured Promising Practice
Audience: Higher Education Faculty and Informal 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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Global Precipitation Measurement Mission Launch — Educational Resources

Join NASA in a countdown to the launch of the Global Precipitation Measurement, or GPM, mission at noon EST on Feb. 27, 2014.

GPM is a joint mission between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, and will set a new standard in measuring rain and snow around the world. GPM is scheduled to launch from Tanegashima Space Center in Japan at 1:37 p.m. EST on Feb. 27, 2014. For more information about the mission, visit www.nasa.gov/GPM.

Prior to the launch, NASA scientists will discuss the satellite’s major innovations and the big questions GPM will seek to answer. Follow along on NASA Television (www.nasa.gov/ntv) and ask your questions to the experts using the Twitter hashtag #gpm.

Check out the new #NASATeachableMoments. These quick attention-grabbing snippets allow students to engage with the launch of GPM as well as follow the mission. These snippets include references for each grade level to Next Generation Science Standards, or NGSS. (Common Core Standards are linked at the bottom of the NGSS.)

Find the snippets at http://go.nasa.gov/1mrMUpE.

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Student Presentations to Stream Live From National Space Grant Directors’ Meeting

The National Space Grant Directors’ Meeting will be streaming students’ presentations live through the NASA Digital Learning Network, or DLN. Anticipated topics include ballooning and beginning a career in aviation, rocketry and robotics.

Live streaming of the presentations will take place Feb. 27, 2014, at 3:03-3:50 p.m. EST and Feb. 28, 2014, at 1:10-1:55 p.m. EST.

These meetings are held to highlight the accomplishments of the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program and its 52 consortia, and will represent institutions of higher learning from all across the country. NASA Space Grant’s goal is to provide opportunities in aerospace education and awareness.

To view these presentations live, please access NASA DLN at http://dln.nasa.gov.

Questions about this event should be directed to Aleksandra Korobov at aleksandra.korobov@nasa.gov.

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Free Webinar Series — NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports

Kickoff your classroom activities with NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports! This series of free virtual educator professional development webinars will help you hit an education homerun. Discover ways that sports and NASA connect and energize your classroom with free student engagement opportunities.

Upcoming webinar events include:

Drag Race to Mars
Feb. 27, 2014, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST
Understand the science of racing and forces of flight and motion by designing a capsule to land on Mars, just as NASA engineers have.

Mysterious Pluto
March 3, 2014, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST
Learn what we know and don’t know about Pluto and its ever-increasing number of moons. Discover classroom activities that will help your students understand mysterious Pluto.

Robotics on a Budget
March 4, 2014, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST
Discover ways to use NASA STEM robotics missions, curriculum, online resources and local/national competitions to bring the excitement of robotics to your classroom.

The Superbowl of STEM: Getting Started With Robotics Competitions
March 5, 2014, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST
Formal and informal educators are invited to learn how to get involved in robotics competitions for students in grades K-12.

Rockets to Racecars: NICE Go Green Edition
March 6, 2014, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST
Explore how solar energy is currently being used to power a NASCAR track. Learn more about Earth’s energy budget and investigate how changes in the atmosphere affect that balance.

To register for these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through March 20, 2014, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/webcast/webcast.html.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to Marilé Colón Robles at marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov.

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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.

How High Are Vertical Distances?
Audience:
Grades 4-8 Pre-service and In-service Educators
Event Date:
Feb. 27, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST
During this 60-minute webinar, participants will create a vertical model of the Earth’s atmospheric layers. Applicable national science standards and Next Generation Science Standards will be explored and aligned to this lesson.

Water, Water, Almost Everywhere
Audience:
Pre-service and in-service educators of grades 3-12
Event Date:
March 4, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Attend this 60-minute webinar and learn about a student activity that promotes student problem solving and communication skills as well as teamwork.

NASA: Chemical Equations and Propulsion
Audience:
Pre-service and in-service educators of grades K-12
Event Date: March 5, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST
During this 60-minute webinar, particpants will examine some of the major chemical equations NASA uses, along with Newton’s third law of motion, to reach orbit and maintain stability once there.

The Engineering Evolution: Modeling and Explanations
Audience:
Pre-service and in-service educators of grades K-12
Event Date: March 6, 2014, at 4 p.m. EST
Attend this 60-minute webinar and learn how to use everyday materials to make science and engineering come alive. The featured activity builds students’ understanding about how NASA spacecraft collect rock and soil samples to learn about celestial objects.

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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Free Lecture — Probing the Edge of Reality

The search for a deeper understanding of the universe has revealed a wealth of highly speculative but startling concepts, such as the possibilities that there are extra dimensions of space, that reality is closely akin to a hologram and that there may be more than one universe. On Feb. 28, 2014, Brian Greene will share his insights into these ideas and offer a critical assessment of their scientific merits.

The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. EST at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. For those unable to attend in person, the lecture will be webcast live.

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/detail.cfm?id=9119.

Questions about this lecture should be directed to nasmpubliclectures@si.edu.

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2014 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators

The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students.

Applicants must teach full time in a K-12 public school, hold a current teaching license and have a minimum of five years of K-12 teaching experience, including at least three years of teaching environmental education and/or an environment-based curriculum.

Teacher awardees receive a commemorative plaque and an award of $2,000 to be used to further the recipient’s professional development in environmental education. The awardee’s local education agency also receives an award of $2,000 to fund environmental educational activities and programs.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 28, 2014.

For more information, visit http://www2.epa.gov/education/presidential-innovation-award-environmental-educators.

The White House Council on Environmental Quality, in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency, administers this award to nationally honor, support and encourage educators who incorporate environmental education in their classrooms and teaching methods. Questions about this award should be directed to education@epa.gov.

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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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Deadline Extended — Call for Abstracts: 65th International Astronautical Congress

NASA announces its intent to participate in the 65th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) and requests that full-time graduate students attending U.S. universities or colleges respond to this “Call for Abstracts.” The IAC — which is organized by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) — is the largest space-related conference worldwide and selects an average of 1,000 scientific papers every year. The upcoming IAC will be held Sept. 29 – Oct. 3, 2014, in Toronto, Canada. NASA’s participation in this event is an on-going effort to continue to bridge NASA with the astronautical and space international community.

This “Call for Abstracts” is a precursor to a subsequent submission of a final paper, which may be presented at the 65th IAC. Student authors are invited to submit an abstract regarding an original, unpublished paper that has not been submitted in any other forum. A NASA technical review panel of scientists and/or officials will select abstracts. Many students and professors are involved in NASA-related research. Persons submitting abstracts are strongly encouraged to seek advice from their research advisors, professors who are conducting NASA research, and/or from NASA scientists and engineers.

Abstract Preparation:
— Abstracts must be 400 words or less.
— Abstracts must be written in English.
— Abstracts cannot include formulas, tables or drawings.
— Select the Symposium and Session in which you wish to post the abstract. Please view the IAC brochure at http://www.iafastro.com/index.php/events/iac/iac-2014 and select “IAC 2014 call for papers” for list of sessions and more details.

Abstracts must be related to NASA’s ongoing vision for space exploration and fit into one of the following categories:
— Science and Exploration — Systems sustaining missions including life, microgravity, space exploration, space debris and Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI)
Applications and Operations — On-going and future operational applications, including Earth observation, communication, navigation, human space endeavors and small satellites
Technology — Common technologies to space systems including astrodynamics, structures, power and propulsion
Infrastructures — Systems sustaining space missions including space system transportation, future systems and safety
Space and Society — Interaction of space with society including education, policy and economics, history and law

The full text of the abstract must be submitted electronically in the prescribed format to the IAC website (www.iafastro.org) no later than March 2, 2014, and to NASA by March 1, 2014.

If you have a question or concern about how to submit your abstract to NASA, please email abstract@nasaprs.com and you will receive a response within two (2) business days.

NOTE: Abstracts are due to the IAF by March 2, 2014. Applicants must be selected by the IAF to be eligible for sponsorship by NASA. However, all IAF accepted applicants may not be sponsored by NASA.

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NASA’s Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments

NASA and Portland State University are seeking participants for a new educational program called Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments, or CELERE. This program enables students to participate in microgravity research on capillary action, similar to that conducted on the International Space Station.

Teams or individuals create their own experiment using computer-aided design, or CAD, with a provided template. Short experiment proposals are submitted, and test cells are manufactured by Portland State University using the CAD drawings and a computer-controlled laser cutter. Each experiment is conducted in a drop tower. Video of the drop is provided for student analysis and reporting of results.

CELERE is open to individuals and teams in grades 9-12 as well as mixed-grade teams, of grades 5-12, which include at least one student in grades 9-12. Teams may be of any size and can include, for example, an entire class or science club. The program is limited to students from the United States, but is open to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Design proposals are now being accepted. Deadlines for submissions are March 1 and April 1, 2014.

For more information about this opportunity, visit http://spaceflightsystems.grc.nasa.gov/CELERE/.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please email your inquiries to the CELERE team at celere@lists.nasa.gov.

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Call for Papers: The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Strategic partnerships between Historically Black Colleges and Universities, or HBCUs, and the federal government have led to bold and innovative scientific discoveries and mechanism for student development that have far-reaching implications for the future. Recently, the White House Initiative on HBCUs released reports that provide details on the billions of dollars that 31 federal agencies have provided to HBCUs over the last five years to support federal agency program priorities. Although the revenue to HBCUs from Federal agencies is only a fraction of total revenue provided to all institutions of higher education, HBCUs individually and collectively have developed many cutting-edge initiatives and student-centered programs though federal partnerships. The editors of this compendium seek to publish high-quality empirical studies from principal investigators and co-principal investigators of federally funded projects at HBCUs.

Manuscripts acceptable for this volume will include the following:

— The author is a principal investigator or co-principal investigator of a federally funded project awarded to an HBCU;
— The manuscript focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematic; social sciences; arts and humanities; program evaluation; or needs assessment;
— The project received federal funding within the past three years or has been completed within the past two years;
— The manuscript uses an objective and widely established quantitative or qualitative research methodology.

For initial consideration, please submit an abstract no longer than 500 words and a brief biographical sketch from the primary author via email by March 1, 2014. All inquiries regarding submissions should be directed to Dr. Ivory A. Toldson at ivory.toldson@ed.gov. Invited authors will need to submit completed manuscripts by May 31, 2014.

For more information, visit http://www.ed.gov/edblogs/whhbcu/2014/02/04/call-for-papers-%E2%80%90-the-white-house-initiative-on-historically-black-colleges-and-universities/.

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2014 NASA Unmanned Aerial Systems Challenge

NASA invites college teams to take part in the 2014 NASA Aeronautics Mission Directorate’s Unmanned Aerial Systems Challenge. Students are invited to propose a high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial system to track hurricanes. Design assessment will be based on projected effectiveness, cost, innovation and ease of use and operation inside the National Air Space.

The contest is open to teams of full-time students enrolled in higher education institutions of the United States or its territories. This category includes universities, colleges, trade schools, community colleges, professional schools, etc. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

A notice of intent will be accepted through March 1, 2014. Final entries are due May 2, 2014.

For more information and a complete list of rules, visit http://aero.larc.nasa.gov/university-contest/.

Questions about the challenge should be directed to Elizabeth Ward at Elizabeth.B.Ward@nasa.gov.

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Workshop: International Space Station Research Results and Post-Graduate Research Opportunities

NASA’s Space Life and Physical Sciences Division and the International Space Station Program Office are sponsoring a workshop at the American Physical Society’s March Meeting 2014 in Denver, Colo. The workshop, titled International Space Station Research Results and Post-Graduate Opportunities in Physical Science, will take place on March 2, 2014, from 1:30 – 6 p.m. CST.

The purpose of this workshop is to allow members of the American Physical Society, and in particular, students and post-doctoral students, to gain some familiarity with the interesting gravity-dependent phenomena that have been discovered from physical sciences research carried out on the International Space Station, or ISS. Presenters will cover recent results from experiments in fluid physics, complex fluids and combustion science.

The workshop will provide a better understanding of existing and planned ISS research capabilities and current funding opportunities for graduate students. Attendees will have an opportunity to interact with NASA flight experiment principal investigators and ISS Program Office staff in a panel discussion at the conclusion of the session. A noteworthy participant will be an ISS astronaut with experience in operating physical sciences experiments on the space station.

For more information, visit http://www.aps.org/meetings/march/events/iss.cfm.

This event is free for attendees and registration is not required.

Questions about the workshop should be directed to Dr. Camille Alleyne at camille.alleyne@nasa.gov or Dr. Fred Kohl at fred.j.kohl@nasa.gov.

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Free Online Course — Space Systems Engineering 101

Space Systems Engineering 101, a new massive open online course from NASA and the Saylor Foundation, launches on March 3, 2014. The six-week general-audience course is free to the public and provides a unique opportunity to learn from and alongside NASA’s engineers. Students who participate can earn a free certificate.

The course will feature lectures from NASA scientists and engineers and Google Plus Hangouts with NASA personnel. Winners of an optional project competition will receive a chance to tour NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

For more information and to register for the course, visit http://www.saylor.org/2014/02/blog-announcement-space-systems-engineering-course-starts-march-3rd/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to http://www.saylor.org/feedback/.

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Call for Papers: 3rd Annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference

The annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference will be held June 17-19, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. NASA is seeking abstracts and poster proposals under the categories of discoveries in microgravity science; discoveries in space science, earth science, engineering and education; applications benefiting earth; applications enabling Exploration; applications in technology; commercial applications; and opportunities. Topics should relate to science, exploration and technology activities (past, present, planned or under development) on the International Space Station.

Due to the large number of expected submissions, presenters are encouraged to submit abstracts early; the deadline is March 3, 2014.

For more information about the conference and how to submit and abstract for consideration, visit http://www.astronautical.org/.

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to Dr. David Spencer at dbs9@psu.edu.

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NES Web Seminar — Algebraic Skeletal System: Human Physiology in Space

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on March 4, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST. The seminar focuses on human physiology. Obtain information about the effect microgravity has on the physiology of astronauts and learn about the countermeasures NASA uses to help overcome these effects when they return to Earth.

Outer space is an exciting part of our lives and promises to be an even more exciting part of the future for your students. It provides scientists with a unique laboratory, allowing scientific studies never possible in the history of civilization. Future space missions will continue to involve sending humans into space. But after extended stays in microgravity, astronauts must return safely to Earth and lead normal, healthy lives.

This seminar will provide instruction on how to integrate the Skeletal System: Human Physiology in Space lesson into your curriculum. There are two classroom activities in this lesson focusing on the effects of spaceflight on human physiology.

Both activities provide opportunities for incorporating national science, technology, and mathematics learning standards into the curriculum as well as addressing high school Next Generation Science Standards.

This is the last time this Web 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/webseminar28.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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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 September 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 March 8, 2014, in Chicago, Ill. Registration is $15 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Applications are due March 4, 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/chicago-workshop/.

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

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Would Your Cell Phone Work In Space?

Do you wonder if your cell phone would work in space? In honor of Women’s History Month, NASA invites students and teachers to participate in a live video Web chat with Dr. Kathleen Morse, who will answer this question and more. Dr. Morse is the principal investigator for “The Evaluation of Gumstix COM in Low Earth Orbit” sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, or CASIS. CASIS manages the International Space Station’s U.S. National Laboratory. During the chat, ask Dr. Morse your question by sending it via email to dlinfochannel@gmail.com or tweet the question with #askDLN.

The hourlong event will be webcast on the NASA DLiNfo Channel on March 5, 2014, at 2 p.m. EST.

For more information and to view the webcast, visit http://dln.nasa.gov.

Questions about this event should be directed to Rachel Power at rachel.b.power@nasa.gov.

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NES Web Seminar — Engineering Design: Forces and Motion — The Great Boomerang Challenge

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a free 90-minute professional development Web seminar for educators on March 6, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn about the Boomerang Design Challenge and two extensions featuring free computer simulations that teach students about airflow around airfoils. The activity provides opportunities for incorporating national science, technology and mathematics standards into the curricula and addresses middle school Next Generation Science Standards.

Due to popular demand, this Web seminar will be repeated on May 1, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar17.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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MAVEN Educator Ambassador Workshop

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 the Red Planet in September 2014, the mission will provide invaluable insights into the history of Mars’ atmosphere and climate, liquid water and planetary habitability.

The MAVEN Educator Ambassador, or MEA, workshop will bring together educators from around the country for in-depth learning experiences centered around MAVEN science. The goal of the MEA workshop is for participants to develop the knowledge and skills needed to train other teachers on NASA’s educational resources. Participants will attend a weeklong professional development workshop and receive training on a variety of standards-based classroom activities. The expectation is that participants will implement some of the lesson plans and resources in their classrooms, as well as conduct teacher trainings in their local areas on the MAVEN mission and related educational activities.

The workshop will take place July 14-18, 2014, in Boulder, Colo. Participants receive a travel stipend and a second stipend after conducting a local workshop. Free housing and meals will be provided.

Applications are due March 7, 2014.

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

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to maven_epo@ssl.berkeley.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 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:

March 8, 2014 — Space Exploration
April 12, 2014 — Astronomy
May 10, 2014 — Energy

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

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

March 8, 2014 — Rediscovering the Milky Way
We know more about the structure of other galaxies than our own. Alyssa Goodman, professor of astronomy at Harvard University, will discuss how the Milky Way would look if viewed from another galaxy and why this is important.

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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Pennsylvania Space Grant Workshops

Keep pace with the latest science research, engage in standards-based classroom activities and explore ways to make science fun while working with Penn State faculty during these summer workshops for in-service science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, educators. Network with peers and earn graduate credits. Workshops are aligned with the national science education standards and Pennsylvania standards for science and technology.

All workshops take place on Penn State University Park campus facilities in Pennsylvania. Grants are awarded to all participants to cover lodging, parking and partial tuition.

Applications for all workshops are due March 16, 2014.

The Origins and Fate of Our Cosmos: Understanding Big Bang Cosmology (Grades 6-12) — July 21-25, 2014
Delve into the field of cosmology, the study of the universe as a whole. Learn what modern observational and theoretical work has shown about the origin, fate and nature of the universe. The pillars and successes of the Big Bang model will be examined in detail. Modern ideas about gravity, space and time will also be explored.
http://teachscience.psu.edu/workshops/cosmology.html

Hands-On Particle Astrophysics (Grades 9-12) — July 28 – Aug. 1, 2014
Participants will get a brief overview of modern particle physics and explore various astrophysics topics. Instructors will help participants build and use devices made from household materials to detect air showers generated by cosmic-ray protons.
http://teachscience.psu.edu/workshops/particle_astrophysics.html

Questions about the Pennsylvania Space Grant workshops should be directed to Alli Fox at spacegrant@psu.edu.

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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 21st screening of artifacts since 2009.

Eligible schools, universities, museums, libraries and planetariums may view the artifacts and request specific items through March 17, 2014. 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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Celebrate Solar Week — Spring 2014

Solar Week, March 17-21, 2014, provides a weeklong series of Web-based educational classroom activities and games with a focus on the sun-Earth connection. Students in upper elementary, middle and high school students can learn about solar careers, sunspots, solar energy and solar storms through a series of activities, games and lessons.

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

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

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

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Free NASA Online Course — Teaching Tomorrow’s Engineers

NASA Educator Professional Development and the National Science Teachers Association have joined forces to create and offer this first-of-its-kind online course for middle school educators. Participants can earn a certificate acknowledging 15 hours of effort. Graduate credit is available for a fee.

Module 1: Introduction to the Engineering Design Process
Event Dates:
March 26, March 31, April 7 and April 17, 2014

Module 2 (optional): Implementing the Engineering Design Process in Your Classroom
Event Dates:
April 21 and April 28, 2014

For more information about the course and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/online_courses/NEScourse.aspx.

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

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: NASA’s REEL Science Communication Contest

So you want to be a NASA producer? NASA is looking for talented high school students to create videos that engage younger students in earth science.

Students are consuming over 10 hours of media each day, and video is increasingly important to reach and engage this audience about science. NASA is hosting the second annual video contest, challenging high school students to produce a two-minute video for middle school students. The videos should communicate one of the following science concepts: how climate impacts ice and ice impacts climate, forest fire effects on air quality or water of the water planet.

Winning videos will be posted on NASA’s website. Winners will also get the opportunity to be a NASA producer working with NASA scientists and communication experts in July 2014 to produce an earth science feature video.

The deadline for submitting videos is March 31, 2014.

For more information and instructions for submitting a video, visit http://reelscience.gsfc.nasa.gov/.

Questions about this contest should be emailed to Tassia Owen at tassia.owen@nasa.gov.

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Beautiful Earth Program at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

Join scientists from the Aura mission at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center’s visitor center in Greenbelt, Md., for the Beautiful Earth Program. Taking place June 5, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT, this celebration of earth science for students and teachers includes the BELLA GAIA Live multimedia show, interactive sessions with NASA earth scientists and hands-on activities.

For more information and to register to attend, visit http://beautifulearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/Events/.

Questions about this event should be directed to vcasa@umbc.edu.

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MissionSTEM Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Video Series Topic 3 Plus a New Featured Promising Practice

On behalf of NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, the NASA Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity is pleased to post the third set of videos in the MissionSTEM Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Series.

This new set of videos features top university leaders describing diversity and inclusion practices for underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, fields. The video series supports the national goal of educating one million STEM graduates needed in the coming decades to bolster innovation and productivity, educate our citizens and expand our economy.

Over the coming months, the series will offer several additional diversity and inclusion perspectives and promising practices. Each new set of videos will emphasize a new topic, with previous topics archived on the website. NASA invites you to watch the videos and offer your comments and/or ideas on this critical area for national discussion. By sharing these success stories, NASA strives to help create more diverse STEM education communities and, in turn, advance our Nation’s leadership role in cutting edge technology.

For more information and to view the video series, visit http://missionstem.nasa.gov/diversityInclusionLeadrshp.html.

The NASA Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity is also pleased to announce the posting of a new featured promising practice from one of our grant recipients. The Museum of Science, or MOS, in Boston. Mass., offers useful information for other recipients on its efforts to enhance accessibility for individuals with disabilities through universal design principles. This includes MOS’s Universal Design Plan and tips booklet. These may be accessed at http://missionstem.nasa.gov/PP_featured.html.

We hope you find this new material helpful in your continuing efforts to advance equal opportunity compliance and diversity and inclusion at your respective institutions. We invite you to offer your questions or commentary on at http://missionstem.nasa.gov/ask.html, or to join the MissionSTEM mailing list (sign up at http://missionstem.nasa.gov/index.html, lower left hand corner).

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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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