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NASA Education Express — March 27, 2014

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

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

NES Web Seminar — Geometry: Space Math Problems — Solar Storms
Audience: Grades 7 – 12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 27, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

American Meteorological Society’s Project Atmosphere Workshop
Audience: K-12 Science Educators Who Teach Atmospheric Content
Application Deadline: March 28, 2014
Workshop Dates: July 13-25, 2014

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

2014-15 History of Science Society Fellowship in the History of Space Science
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: March 31, 2014

Engineering for You Video Contest
Audience: All Educators and Students in Grades 6-College
Entry Deadline: March 31, 2014

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airspace Operations Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students and Faculty
Registration Deadline: March 31, 2014

NES Web Seminar — Percentage and Volume: Space Food and Nutrition — How Much is Waste?
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: April 1, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

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

Fellowship in Aerospace History
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: April 1, 2014

NASA Fellowship in the History of Space Technology
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: April 1, 2014

2014 Jet Propulsion Laboratory Summer Faculty Research Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Application Deadline: April 1, 2014

2014 NASA EONS Educator Professional Development Solicitation
Audience: Higher Education Institutions
Pre-Proposal Workshop: April 2, 2014, at 3 p.m. EDT
Proposal Deadline: July 24, 2013

Earth Observatory’s Tournament Earth 2014
Audience: All Educators and Students
Competition Dates: Through April 4, 2014

The Scale of Discovery Educator Workshops
Audience: All Educators
Registration Deadline: April 15, 2014
Workshop Date: April 26, 2014

NASA Mars Educator Symposium — The Search for Habitable Environments: Finding Curiosity in Your Classroom
Audience: All Educators
Application Deadline: April 15, 2014
Symposium Dates: June 16-20, 2014

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Audience: All Educators and Students
Nomination Deadline: April 15, 2014

Spring 2014 Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest
Audience: 5-12 Students
Entry Deadline: April 17, 2014

2014-15 NASA LEARN Opportunity
Audience: 6-12 Educators
Application Deadline: April 21, 2014

2015 eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Due Date: April 30, 2014

Space Grant Community Colleges and Technical Schools Solicitation
Audience: Space Grant Consortia Members
Proposal Deadline: May 28, 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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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.

The Human Body: Challenges of Living in Space
Audience:
Pre-service and in-service educators of grades 5-8
Event Date: March 27, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
During this 60-minute webinar, participants will explore the effects of microgravity on the human body and engage in a fun inquiry-based classroom activity for students.

Kepler: The Search for Habitable Planets
Audience:
Pre-service and in-service educators of grades 4-8
Event Date:
April 2, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Attend this 60-minute webinar to learn about an engaging student activity that applies algebraic equations to analyze NASA data in order to discover planets in the habitable zone of a star.

The Engineering Evolution: Data Analysis
Audience:
Pre-service and in-service educators of grades K-12
Event Date: April 3, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Discover how your students can use the engineering design process to build a balloon-powered rocket car during this 60-minute webinar.

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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NES Web Seminar — Geometry: Space Math Problems — Solar Storms

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar on March 27, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Solar Storms provides teachers with a unique opportunity to have students use their knowledge of geometry and trigonometry to analyze NASA images of a solar tsunami. During this seminar, you will get an overview of the problem sets, preview a video about solar storms, suggestions for implementing best practices and learn about some extension activities.

Participants will receive an overview of the problem set and learn how the problems align to the Common Core State Standards.

This is the final 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/webseminar18.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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American Meteorological Society’s Project Atmosphere Workshop

Project Atmosphere is a two-week workshop offered by the American Meteorological Society. Designed for K-12 educators who teach science courses with atmospheric content, this workshop will introduce participants to the latest technologies and techniques for sensing, analyzing and forecasting weather. Each participant will be supplied with a variety of instructional resource materials, including those to be used in peer-led teacher training sessions.

The workshop will take place July 13-25, 2014, at the National Weather Service Training Center in Kansas City, Mo. Applications are due March 28, 2014.

For more information, visit http://www.ametsoc.org/amsedu/Proj_ATM/projatm.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to amsedu@ametsoc.org.

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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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2014-15 History of Science Society Fellowship in the History of Space Science

The Fellowship in the History of Space Science, offered by the History of Science Society and supported by the NASA History Program Office, seeks applications for a nine-month predoctoral or postdoctoral fellowship related to the history of science. The fellowship may support advanced research related to all aspects of the history of space science, from the earliest human interest in space to the present.

The fellowship carries a stipend of $21,250. Funds may not be used to support tuition or fees.

Applicants must possess a doctorate in history of science or in a closely related field, or be enrolled as a student in a doctoral degree program and have completed all requirements for the degree, except the dissertation, in history of science or a related field. Eligibility is not limited to U.S. citizens or residents.

Applications are due March 31, 2014.

For detailed information on the fellowship and the application process, visit http://www.hssonline.org/about/society_NASAFellowship.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to info@hssonline.org.

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Engineering for You Video Contest

In celebration of its upcoming 50th anniversary, the National Academy of Engineering, or NAE, is launching the Engineering for You, or E4U, video contest to highlight the impact that engineering has or will have on society.

In the last 50 years, engineering achievements include helping to land astronauts on the moon, creating the Internet and decoding the human genome. What will engineering create in the next 50 years? Rev up your creativity, pull out your camera or phone and produce a one- to two-minute video showing the world how you see engineering enhancing quality of life and serving the needs of society.

The video must highlight a period during the years 1964-2064. The main prize is $25,000, and videos will be accepted through March 31, 2014.

For more information, visit www.e4uvideocontest.org.

Questions about the E4U Video Contest should be directed to E4Uvideocontest@nae.edu.

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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.

The 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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NES Web Seminar — Percentage and Volume: Space Food and Nutrition — How Much is Waste?

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 April 1, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn how to guide your students through three mathematical problems to determine the mass and volume of a food package before and after repackaging for spaceflight, and determine the usable and waste portions of food selected for spaceflight. The problems provide opportunities for incorporating national mathematics learning standards into the curriculum and address grades 5-8 Common Core State Standards, Mathematics.

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/webseminar25.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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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. The deadline for submissions is 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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Fellowship in Aerospace History

The Fellowship in Aerospace History, offered by the American Historical Association and supported by NASA, seeks applications for a predoctoral or postdoctoral fellowship related to the history of aerospace. The selected fellow will have the opportunity to engage in significant and sustained advanced research in all aspects of the history of aerospace from the earliest human interest in flight to the present, including cultural and intellectual history, economic history, history of law and public policy, and the history of science, engineering and management.

The fellowship carries a stipend of $20,000 for a six- to nine-month fellowship. Funds may not be used to support tuition or fees.

The fellowship is open to applicants who hold a doctoral degree in history or in a closely related field, or who are enrolled in and have completed all coursework for a doctoral degree-granting program.

Applications are due April 1, 2014.

For detailed information on the fellowship and the application process, visit http://www.historians.org/prizes/NASA.htm.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to awards@historians.org.

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NASA Fellowship in the History of Space Technology

The NASA Fellowship in the History of Space Technology, offered by the Society for the History of Technology and supported by the NASA History Program Office, seeks applications for a yearlong predoctoral or postdoctoral fellowship related to the history of space technology. The fellowship may support advanced research related to all aspects of space history, leading to publications on the history of space technology broadly considered, including cultural and intellectual history, institutional history, economic history, history of law and public policy, and history of engineering and management.

The fellowship carries a stipend of $17,000, paid quarterly. Funds may not be used to support tuition or fees. The NASA fellow will also receive complimentary membership in the Society for the History of Technology for the year of fellowship.

Applicants must possess a doctorate in history of technology or in a closely related field, or be enrolled as a student in a doctoral degree program and have completed all requirements for the degree, except the dissertation, in history of technology or a related field. Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens.

Applications are due April 1, 2014.

For detailed information on the fellowship and the application process, visit http://www.historyoftechnology.org/awards/nasa.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to shotsec@auburn.edu.

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2014 Jet Propulsion Laboratory Summer Faculty Research Program

Applications are currently accepted for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory 2014 Summer Faculty Research Program. This program provides opportunities for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, faculty to engage in research of mutual interest to the faculty member and a JPL researcher. Non-STEM faculty will be considered based on available opportunities.

To be eligible to participate in the program, a potential fellow must hold a full-time appointment at an accredited university or college in the U.S. Special requirements for foreign national faculty members may apply. Fellows are required to submit a research report and present their work at the end of the session.

The program awards $13,500 fellowships for the 10-week session Please note that stipend payments or salaries from other federal funding sources, including research grants and contracts, may not be accepted during the 10-week tenure of a JPL faculty research appointment.

The deadline for applications is April 1, 2014. For more information about this opportunity, visit http://jsfrp.jpl.nasa.gov/.

Inquiries about NASA’s JPL Summer Faculty Research Program should be directed to the Petra Kneissl-Milanian at Petra.A.Kneissl-Milanian@jpl.nasa.gov.

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2014 NASA EONS Educator Professional Development Solicitation

NASA’s Office of Education is accepting new proposals under the Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) 2014 NASA Research Announcement for Educator Professional Development (EPD) appendix.

EPD is designed to provide high quality STEM professional development opportunities for formal and informal educators capitalizing on NASA’s unique assets and capabilities. Pre-service, in-service, and informal educators working with grades K-20 and higher education faculty are considered customers and clients who derive benefits from EPD opportunities. EPD was established to consolidate historically diverse components into a focused effort to ensure operational efficiency while optimizing strategies, methods, and technologies that promote and foster educators’ use of NASA-related content in their instructional activities. Proposals are due June 18, 2014.

A pre-proposal workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at 3 p.m. EDT. To receive the conference call number and WebEx information, please email EducProfDevFAQ@nasaprs.com.

For more information regarding this solicitation, please visit the NASA EONS page on the NSPIRES website at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7bF257E429-24AC-EE13-09E6-45812E0D1314%7d&path=open.

Questions about this solicitation should be directed to the NSPIRES Help Desk at NSPIRES-Help@nasaprs.com.

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Earth Observatory’s Tournament Earth 2014

Thirty-two Earth images will vie for the title, but only one will be the winner! From March 3 through April 4, 2014, visitors to NASA’s Earth Observatory website can vote for their favorite images from 2013, whittling them down each week in a tournament of remote-sensing science. The competition is divided into four categories: data, art, event and photograph.

Voting takes place online. A printable bracket is also available to let you pick your favorites and track your selections as the competition progresses.

To get started, visit http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/TournamentEarth/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Kevin Ward at kevin.a.ward@nasa.gov.

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The Scale of Discovery Educator Workshops

You want to go where? What does to take to make a NASA mission happen, and who are the people that drive these tremendous projects?

In Discovery and New Frontiers Program’s fourth annual multisite professional development workshop, we delve into issues of scale — distance, time, size, models, comparative planetology and more. We learn the stories behind amazing NASA missions, from conception to science results, and how talented team members collaborate to meet the challenges of complex missions successfully.

The Scale of Discovery workshop will take place on April 26, 2014, in four locations.
— NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
— NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas
— Montana State University, Bozeman, Mont.
— Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md.

Two interactive panels of scientists and engineers will represent all of the current Discovery and New Frontiers missions. All sites offer hands-on activities and resources for K-12 and out-of-school-time educators.

The cost of the workshop is $25. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Registration closes on April 15, 2014.

For more information, visit http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/discovery/scale_of_discovery.asp.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Mary Cullen at mcullen@mcrel.org.

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NASA Mars Educator Symposium — The Search for Habitable Environments: Finding Curiosity in Your Classroom

How do scientists search for habitable environments beyond Earth? What makes an environment habitable? Are the criteria for life the same or different beyond Earth? The science of astrobiology is at the forefront addressing these types of challenging questions, including where can life exist?

Currently, NASA’s Curiosity Rover is exploring Gale Crater on Mars to investigate a site that has a very interesting history that could include habitability! Join the Mars Rover scientists as they lead a five-day interdisciplinary, immersive educator field experience to explore areas on Earth similar to environments on Mars. Help expand your students’ understanding of how biology, geology and chemistry are essential to this fascinating search for life elsewhere.

The symposium will take place June 16-20, 2014, at the Arizona State University campus in Tempe, Ariz. Participants will be responsible for transportation to and from Arizona State University, lodging and meals. Transportation between campus and the field trip sites will be provided. Some hiking will be required to participate in this field experience.

Participants will receive a certificate with a minimum of 45 professional development hours.

Space is limited to 30 participants. Applications are due April 15, 2014.

For more information, visit http://marsed.asu.edu/curiositysymposium-ft2014.

Questions about the symposium should be directed to Sheri Klug Boonstra at sklug@asu.edu.

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Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

The National Science Foundation is currently accepting nominations and applications for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, or PAEMST, program. PAEMST is the highest recognition that a K-12 mathematics or science (including computer science) teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Since 1983, more than 4,200 teachers have been recognized for their contributions to mathematics and science education. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. Up to 108 awardees may be recognized each year.

Presidential awardees receive a certificate signed by the president of the United States, a trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on the behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

The PAEMST program is open to outstanding mathematics and science teachers in the 50 states and the four U.S. jurisdictions (Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Department of Defense education activity schools and the U.S. territories as a group). Anyone — principals, teachers, parents, students or members of the public — may nominate a teacher by completing the nomination form available on the PAEMST website. Teachers may also apply directly.

Nominations for elementary school teachers (grades K-6) are due April 15, 2014. Secondary school teachers (grades 7-12) are eligible to apply in 2015.

For more information, visit http://www.paemst.org/.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to info@paemst.org.

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Spring 2014 Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest

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

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

The deadline for entries is April 17, 2014.

For more information, visit http://go.nasa.gov/1k1sDGj.

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

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2014-15 NASA LEARN Opportunity

The Long-term Engagement in Authentic Research at NASA, or LEARN, Project is seeking educators for an innovative program that provides onsite research and training opportunities with NASA scientists in the summer and guided research projects that continue throughout the school year. Participants conduct their own research with help of a team of NASA scientists and share and integrate these projects into the classroom.

This summer, participants will complete two weeks of onsite work at NASA’s Langley Research Center during the weeks of July 7-11 and July 14-18, 2014. Teachers will receive approximately 70 hours of professional development. Onsite work will be followed by continued research through 2015 via virtual research team meetings and data presentations. A stipend is offered for participants, and educators may present proposals for travel funding to present their research at regional conferences.

This opportunity is open to science, technology, engineering and mathematics educators of grades 6-12. Earth science, physics, chemistry and mathematics teachers are strongly encouraged to apply. Application is open to U.S. citizens only.

Applications are due April 21, 2014.

For more information and to register for the workshops, visit http://science-edu.larc.nasa.gov/LEARN/.

Questions about these workshops should be directed to Margaret Pippin at m.pippin@nasa.gov.

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2015 eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge

In a continuing effort to engage and retain students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields and provide a real-world challenge, exposing students to the engineering and design processes, the Advanced Exploration Systems Habitation Systems Deep Space Habitat Project team has begun accepting applications for the 2015 eXploration Habitat, or X-Hab Challenge.

Post-secondary students engaged in a variety of curricula will work together to create a solution to a need for living and working in space or on another celestial body. The winners of the challenge will receive between $10,000 and $20,000 to design and produce functional products of interest to the Deep Space Habitat project.

Proposals are due April 30, 2014, and awardees should expect to deliver their product to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, in May or June of 2015.

Proposals will be accepted from university faculty who are U.S. citizens and currently teach an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology accredited engineering senior or graduate design, industrial design or architecture curriculum at an accredited university in the U.S.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and other minority serving educational institutions are particularly encouraged to apply. Proposals from women, members of underrepresented minorities groups and persons with disabilities also are highly encouraged.

For more information about the challenge, visit http://spacegrant.org/xhab/.

If you have any questions about the X-Hab Challenge, please email xhab@spacegrant.org.

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Space Grant Community Colleges and Technical Schools Solicitation

NASA’s Office of Education is accepting proposals from Designated, Program Grant and Capability Enhancement consortia for a 2014 Space Grant opportunity for community college and technical school students and faculty. Each funded proposal is expected to engage community college and technical school faculty and undergraduate students enrolled in STEM degree programs, or the equivalent of the available general/liberal arts degree program with a STEM focus.

This opportunity is open to Space Grant consortia in each state plus the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Proposals must be submitted to NASA from the lead Space Grant institution in each consortium, with the consortium director serving as the lead principal investigator for any proposed effort. Only one proposal per consortium is permitted for submission.

Interested parties are requested to submit a notice of intent by April 14, 2014. Proposals are due May 28, 2014.

For more information, visit http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7bA3C96F5E-3DDF-CAEF-40BF-8C3110D3C90F%7d&path=init.

Questions about this solicitation should be directed to Lenell Allen at hq-space-grant@mail.nasa.gov.

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Don’t miss out on education-related opportunities available from NASA. For a full list of Current Opportunities, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html.

Visit NASA Education on the Web:
For Educators: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html
For Students: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html
NASA Kids’ Club: https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub

NASA Education Express — March 20, 2014

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

Free Education Webinar Series from NASA Educator Professional Development
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Next Webinar Date: March 20, 2014, at 4 p.m. EDT

“Ask NICE” Online Professional Development Series
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: March 20, 2014, at 4 p.m. EDT

NES Web Seminar — Electromagnetic Spectrum: Remote Sensing Ices on Mars
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 20, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Women’s History Month
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: March 27, 2014, 1 – 2 p.m. EDT

NES Web Seminar — Geometry: Space Math Problems — Solar Storms
Audience: Grades 7 – 12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 27, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

American Meteorological Society’s Project Atmosphere Workshop
Audience: K-12 Science Educators Who Teach Atmospheric Content
Application Deadline: March 28, 2014
Workshop Dates: July 13-25, 2014

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

2014-15 History of Science Society Fellowship in the History of Space Science
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: March 31, 2014

Engineering for You Video Contest
Audience: All Educators and Students in Grades 6-College
Entry Deadline: March 31, 2014

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airspace Operations Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students and Faculty
Registration Deadline: March 31, 2014

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

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Audience: All Educators and Students
Nomination Deadline: April 1, 2014

Fellowship in Aerospace History
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: April 1, 2014

NASA Fellowship in the History of Space Technology
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: April 1, 2014

2014 Jet Propulsion Laboratory Summer Faculty Research Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Application Deadline: April 1, 2014

Arizona State University Mars Education Symposium — The Search for Habitable Environments: Finding Curiosity in Your Classroom
Audience: All Educators
Application Deadline: April 1, 2014
Symposium Dates: June 16-20, 2014

Earth Observatory’s Tournament Earth 2014
Audience: All Educators and Students
Competition Dates: Through April 4, 2014

The Scale of Discovery Educator Workshops
Audience: All Educators
Registration Deadline: April 15, 2014
Workshop Date: April 26, 2014

Spring 2014 Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest
Audience: 5-12 Students
Entry Deadline: April 17, 2014

Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Event Dates: Multiple Dates May – September 2014

2014 Thacher Environmental Research Contest
Audience: 9-12 Students
Entry Deadline: May 5, 2014

Kepler Art of Discovery Art Contest
Audience: Artists ages 13 and older
Entry Deadline: May 5, 2014

2014 NSBRI First Award Fellowship Program
Audience: All Educators and Students
Application Deadline: June 6, 2014

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

NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge Contest Series
Audience: All Educators and Students (at least 13 years old) Interested in Improving Asteroid-detecting Algorithms
Contest Deadline: Multiple Deadline Through August 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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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.

The Engineering Evolution: Question, Mathematics and Model
Audience:
Pre-service and in-service educators of grades 6-8
Event Date: March 20, 2014, at 4 p.m. EDT
During this 60-minute webinar, participants will learn an engaging hands-on activity that uses everyday materials to create a satellite model to demonstrate how NASA uses the engineering design process.

Exploring the Engineering Design Process: An Introduction
Audience:
Pre-service and in-service educators of grades 4-8
Event Date:
March 24, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Attend this 60-minute webinar to learn about the engineering design process and its application to classrooms and real-world problem solving.

Earth/Moon Scale: Size, Distance, Ratios and Decimals
Audience:
Pre-service and in-service educators of grades 6-8
Event Date: March 25, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
During this 60-minute webinar, participants explore misconceptions about the scale of the solar system. Predicting, estimating, measuring, debate and research are components of this lesson.

The Human Body: Challenges of Living in Space
Audience:
Pre-service and in-service educators of grades 5-8
Event Date: March 27, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
During this 60-minute webinar, participants will explore the effects of microgravity on the human body and engage in a fun inquiry-based classroom activity for students.

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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“Ask NICE” Online Professional Development Series

Join the NASA Innovations in Climate Education, or NICE, team for a series of Google Plus Hangout professional development sessions. Planned for the third Thursdays of upcoming months, the sessions will cover a variety of climate topics. This month’s webinar topic is:

Earth’s Energy Budget: Part II — March 20, 2014, at 4 p.m. EDT
This month’s webinar will build on the theme of Earth’s Energy Budget with an investigation into clouds and their role in Earth’s climate system. Participants will learn about resources from the Students’ Cloud Observations On-Line, or S’COOL, program that allows students to practice cloud identification and submit observations to NASA as citizen scientists. Participants will also take a closer look at posters and interactive features created using data from the CERES instrument that is aboard a variety of NASA satellites.

Certificates of professional development hours are available upon request. Additional session dates will be announced soon.

For more information, visit https://nice.larc.nasa.gov/asknice/. Questions about this series should be sent to Bonnie Murray at bonnie.murray@nasa.gov.

This series is sponsored by Minority University Research and Education Program and NICE, and is part of the Digital Learning Network program to expand the reach of NICE projects.

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NES Web Seminar — Electromagnetic Spectrum: Remote Sensing Ices on Mars

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on March 20, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn how to use authentic NASA mission data to investigate the composition and distribution of ice in the high-latitude regions of Mars through analysis of visible light, infrared light and gamma rays. The seminar includes information about a unique student extension activity, where students access a free computer simulation illustrating how gamma rays are used to determine the chemical composition of Mars.

The featured activity provides many 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/webseminar9.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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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Women’s History Month

Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network for a live webcast event celebrating Women’s History Month. Hear from female scientists and engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as they discuss what they do, how they got there and what advice they have for students. This event is most appropriate for students in grades 3-12.

The live webcast event takes place on March 27, 2014, from 1-2 p.m. EDT. Viewers will be invited to submit questions via email and Twitter.

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

Questions about this event should be sent to Lyle Tavernier at lyle.tavernier@jpl.nasa.gov.

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NES Web Seminar — Geometry: Space Math Problems — Solar Storms

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar on March 27, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Solar Storms provides teachers with a unique opportunity to have students use their knowledge of geometry and trigonometry to analyze NASA images of a solar tsunami. During this seminar, you will get an overview of the problem sets, preview a video about solar storms, suggestions for implementing best practices and learn about some extension activities.

Participants will receive an overview of the problem set and learn how the problems align to the Common Core State Standards.

This is the final 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/webseminar18.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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American Meteorological Society’s Project Atmosphere Workshop

Project Atmosphere is a two-week workshop offered by the American Meteorological Society. Designed for K-12 educators who teach science courses with atmospheric content, this workshop will introduce participants to the latest technologies and techniques for sensing, analyzing and forecasting weather. Each participant will be supplied with a variety of instructional resource materials, including those to be used in peer-led teacher training sessions.

The workshop will take place July 13-25, 2014, at the National Weather Service Training Center in Kansas City, Mo. Applications are due March 28, 2014.

For more information, visit http://www.ametsoc.org/amsedu/Proj_ATM/projatm.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to amsedu@ametsoc.org.

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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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2014-15 History of Science Society Fellowship in the History of Space Science

The Fellowship in the History of Space Science, offered by the History of Science Society and supported by the NASA History Program Office, seeks applications for a nine-month predoctoral or postdoctoral fellowship related to the history of science. The fellowship may support advanced research related to all aspects of the history of space science, from the earliest human interest in space to the present.

The fellowship carries a stipend of $21,250. Funds may not be used to support tuition or fees.

Applicants must possess a doctorate in history of science or in a closely related field, or be enrolled as a student in a doctoral degree program and have completed all requirements for the degree, except the dissertation, in history of science or a related field. Eligibility is not limited to U.S. citizens or residents.

Applications are due March 31, 2014.

For detailed information on the fellowship and the application process, visit http://www.hssonline.org/about/society_NASAFellowship.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to info@hssonline.org.

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Engineering for You Video Contest

In celebration of its upcoming 50th anniversary, the National Academy of Engineering, or NAE, is launching the Engineering for You, or E4U, video contest to highlight the impact that engineering has or will have on society.

In the last 50 years, engineering achievements include helping to land astronauts on the moon, creating the Internet and decoding the human genome. What will engineering create in the next 50 years? Rev up your creativity, pull out your camera or phone and produce a one- to two-minute video showing the world how you see engineering enhancing quality of life and serving the needs of society.

The video must highlight a period during the years 1964-2064. The main prize is $25,000, and videos will be accepted through March 31, 2014.

For more information, visit www.e4uvideocontest.org.

Questions about the E4U Video Contest should be directed to E4Uvideocontest@nae.edu.

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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.

The 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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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. The deadline for submissions is 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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Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

The National Science Foundation is currently accepting nominations and applications for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, or PAEMST, program. PAEMST is the highest recognition that a K-12 mathematics or science (including computer science) teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Since 1983, more than 4,200 teachers have been recognized for their contributions to mathematics and science education. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. Up to 108 awardees may be recognized each year.

Presidential awardees receive a certificate signed by the president of the United States, a trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on the behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

The PAEMST program is open to outstanding mathematics and science teachers in the 50 states and the four U.S. jurisdictions (Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Department of Defense education activity schools and the U.S. territories as a group). Anyone — principals, teachers, parents, students or members of the public — may nominate a teacher by completing the nomination form available on the PAEMST website. Teachers may also apply directly.

Nominations for elementary school teachers (grades K-6) are due April 1, 2014. Secondary school teachers (grades 7-12) are eligible to apply in 2015.

For more information, visit http://www.paemst.org/.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to info@paemst.org.

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Fellowship in Aerospace History

The Fellowship in Aerospace History, offered by the American Historical Association and supported by NASA, seeks applications for a predoctoral or postdoctoral fellowship related to the history of aerospace. The selected fellow will have the opportunity to engage in significant and sustained advanced research in all aspects of the history of aerospace from the earliest human interest in flight to the present, including cultural and intellectual history, economic history, history of law and public policy, and the history of science, engineering and management.

The fellowship carries a stipend of $20,000 for a six- to nine-month fellowship. Funds may not be used to support tuition or fees.

The fellowship is open to applicants who hold a doctoral degree in history or in a closely related field, or who are enrolled in and have completed all coursework for a doctoral degree-granting program.

Applications are due April 1, 2014.

For detailed information on the fellowship and the application process, visit http://www.historians.org/prizes/NASA.htm.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to awards@historians.org.

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NASA Fellowship in the History of Space Technology

The NASA Fellowship in the History of Space Technology, offered by the Society for the History of Technology and supported by the NASA History Program Office, seeks applications for a yearlong predoctoral or postdoctoral fellowship related to the history of space technology. The fellowship may support advanced research related to all aspects of space history, leading to publications on the history of space technology broadly considered, including cultural and intellectual history, institutional history, economic history, history of law and public policy, and history of engineering and management.

The fellowship carries a stipend of $17,000, paid quarterly. Funds may not be used to support tuition or fees. The NASA fellow will also receive complimentary membership in the Society for the History of Technology for the year of fellowship.

Applicants must possess a doctorate in history of technology or in a closely related field, or be enrolled as a student in a doctoral degree program and have completed all requirements for the degree, except the dissertation, in history of technology or a related field. Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens.

Applications are due April 1, 2014.

For detailed information on the fellowship and the application process, visit http://www.historyoftechnology.org/awards/nasa.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to shotsec@auburn.edu.

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2014 Jet Propulsion Laboratory Summer Faculty Research Program

Applications are currently accepted for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory 2014 Summer Faculty Research Program. This program provides opportunities for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, faculty to engage in research of mutual interest to the faculty member and a JPL researcher. Non-STEM faculty will be considered based on available opportunities.

To be eligible to participate in the program, a potential fellow must hold a full-time appointment at an accredited university or college in the U.S. Special requirements for foreign national faculty members may apply. Fellows are required to submit a research report and present their work at the end of the session.

The program awards $13,500 fellowships for the 10-week session Please note that stipend payments or salaries from other federal funding sources, including research grants and contracts, may not be accepted during the 10-week tenure of a JPL faculty research appointment.

The deadline for applications is April 1, 2014. For more information about this opportunity, visit http://jsfrp.jpl.nasa.gov/.

Inquiries about NASA’s JPL Summer Faculty Research Program should be directed to the Petra Kneissl-Milanian at Petra.A.Kneissl-Milanian@jpl.nasa.gov.

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Arizona State University Mars Education Symposium — The Search for Habitable Environments: Finding Curiosity in Your Classroom

How do scientists search for habitable environments beyond Earth? What makes an environment habitable? Are the criteria for life the same or different beyond Earth? The science of astrobiology is at the forefront addressing these types of challenging questions, including where can life exist?

Currently, NASA’s Curiosity Rover is exploring Gale Crater on Mars to investigate a site that has a very interesting history that could include habitability! Join the Mars Rover scientists as they lead a five-day interdisciplinary, immersive educator field experience to explore areas on Earth similar to environments on Mars. Help expand your students’ understanding of how biology, geology and chemistry are essential to this fascinating search for life elsewhere.

The symposium will take place June 16-20, 2014, at the Arizona State University campus in Tempe, Ariz. Participants will be responsible for transportation to and from Arizona State University, lodging and meals. Transportation between campus and the field trip sites will be provided. Some hiking will be required to participate in this field experience.

Participants will receive a certificate with a minimum of 45 professional development hours.

Space is limited to 30 participants. Applications are due April 1, 2014.

For more information, visit http://marsed.asu.edu/curiositysymposium-ft2014.

Questions about the symposium should be directed to Sheri Klug Boonstra at sklug@asu.edu.

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Earth Observatory’s Tournament Earth 2014

Thirty-two Earth images will vie for the title, but only one will be the winner! From March 3 through April 4, 2014, visitors to NASA’s Earth Observatory website can vote for their favorite images from 2013, whittling them down each week in a tournament of remote-sensing science. The competition is divided into four categories: data, art, event and photograph.

Voting takes place online. A printable bracket is also available to let you pick your favorites and track your selections as the competition progresses.

To get started, visit http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/TournamentEarth/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Kevin Ward at kevin.a.ward@nasa.gov.

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The Scale of Discovery Educator Workshops

You want to go where? What does to take to make a NASA mission happen, and who are the people that drive these tremendous projects?

In Discovery and New Frontiers Program’s fourth annual multisite professional development workshop, we delve into issues of scale — distance, time, size, models, comparative planetology and more. We learn the stories behind amazing NASA missions, from conception to science results, and how talented team members collaborate to meet the challenges of complex missions successfully.

The Scale of Discovery workshop will take place on April 26, 2014, in four locations.
— NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
— NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas
— Montana State University, Bozeman, Mont.
— Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md.

Two interactive panels of scientists and engineers will represent all of the current Discovery and New Frontiers missions. All sites offer hands-on activities and resources for K-12 and out-of-school-time educators.

The cost of the workshop is $25. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Registration closes on April 15, 2014.

For more information, visit http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/discovery/scale_of_discovery.asp.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Mary Cullen at mcullen@mcrel.org.

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Spring 2014 Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest

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

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

The deadline for entries is April 17, 2014.

For more information, visit http://go.nasa.gov/1k1sDGj.

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

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Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops

NASA’s Center for Astronomy Education, or CAE, announces a series of educator workshops for astronomy and space science educators.

These workshops provide participants with experiences needed to create effective and productive active-learning classroom environments. Workshop leaders model best practices in implementing many different classroom-tested instructional strategies. But more importantly, workshop participants will gain first-hand experience implementing these proven strategies. During many microteaching events, you will have the opportunity to role-play the parts of student and instructor. You will assess and critique each other’s implementation in real time as part of a supportive learning community. You will have the opportunity to use unfamiliar teaching techniques in collaboration with mentors before using them with your students. CAE is funded through NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Exoplanet Exploration Program.

May 3, 2014 — Oceanside, Calif.
CAE Southwest Regional Teaching Exchange

May 31-June 1, 2014 — Boston, Mass.
CAE Tier I Teaching Excellence Workshop for Current and Future Astronomy and Space Science Instructors

June 23-27, 2014 — College Park, Md.
New Faculty Workshop for Physics and Astronomy

August or September, 2014 — South Carolina
CAE Tier I Teaching Excellence Workshop for Current and Future Astronomy and Space Science Instructors

For more information and to register for workshops online, visit http://astronomy101.jpl.nasa.gov/workshops/index.cfm.

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

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2014 Thacher Environmental Research Contest

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies is pleased to invite U.S. high school students to participate in the 2014 Thacher Environmental Research Contest. This annual contest gives students the opportunity to show off their science and technology skills by submitting research projects focused on the use of remote sensing and analysis tools. Students are asked to identify a U.S. protected area of interest, and design a research project that identifies why the area is unique, why it significantly contributes to our society, how this area has changed over time, and ways remote sensing and geospatial tools can be used to monitor these environmental treasures.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens in grades 9-12. Students in public, private, parochial, Native American reservation and home schools are eligible. Entries may be submitted by individuals or teams. The grand prize winner will have their work featured in a geospatial publication. Cash awards will be given to students in the top three places. Awards will also be given to the winning students’ teachers.

Entries must be postmarked by May 5, 2014. Entries may also be submitted electronically.

For full contest rules and to enter, visit http://strategies.org/education/student-contests/thacher-contest/.

Questions about this contest should be emailed to ThacherContest@strategies.org.

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Kepler Art of Discovery Art Contest

Commemorate the fifth anniversary of NASA’s Kepler mission to search for habitable planets with the Kepler Art of Discovery art contest. The contest is open to artists ages 13 and older who reside in the continental U.S. The contest invites artists to submit creative artwork that depicts, or relates to, the exciting discoveries made possible by the Kepler spacecraft and its team of scientists and engineers.

The best artwork, selected by a combination of participants’ votes and expert judges’ scores, will be displayed as the Top 100 in the Gallery of the Art of Discovery website.

The contest registration deadline is May 5, 2014. Entries are due May 12, 2014.

For full details on the contest and to submit artwork, visit http://keplerart.seti.org.

Questions about the contest should be directed to kepler-planets@seti.org.

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2014 NSBRI First Award Fellowship Program

The National Space Biomedical Research Institute, or NSBRI, is accepting fellowship applications for the First Award Program. The two-year fellowships are available in any U.S. laboratory carrying out space-related biomedical or biotechnological research.

Applicants are required to submit proposals with the support of a mentor and an institution, and all proposals will be evaluated by a peer-review panel. Selected applicants receive a stipend, allowance for health insurance and travel funds for related scientific meetings. Also, an optional, competitive third year of fellowship support is available.

This year’s applicants can also request to be considered to spend part of the fellowship in Russia, via a program involving NSBRI and the Institute of Biomedical Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow.

Detailed program and application submission information is available at http://www.nsbri.org/FUNDING-OPPORTUNITIES/Current-Announcements/.

The application deadline is June 6, 2014.

Questions may be directed to Dr. Amanda Smith Hackler at hackler@bcm.edu.

NSBRI, funded by NASA, is a consortia of institutions studying the health risks related to long-duration spaceflight and developing the medical technologies needed for long missions. The Institute’s science, technology and education projects take place at more than 60 institutions across the United States.

For more information about NSBRI’s First Award Program please visit http://www.nsbri.org/firstaward/.

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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.

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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NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge Contest Series

NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge contest series will offer $35,000 in awards over the next six months to citizen scientists (must be 18 to win) who develop improved algorithms that can be used to identify asteroids.

The Asteroid Grand Challenge contest series calls for participants to develop significantly improved algorithms to identify asteroids in images captured by ground-based telescopes. The winning solution must increase the detection sensitivity, minimize the number of false positives, ignore imperfections in the data and run effectively on all computer systems.

The first contest in the series kicked off on March 17, 2014. The challenges are ongoing and have multiple deadlines through August 2014. For more information and to register to participate, visit http://www.topcoder.com/asteroids/.

This contest series is being conducted in partnership with Planetary Resources Inc. of Bellevue, Wash. Managed by the NASA Tournament Lab, the Asteroid Grand Challenge is one part of the asteroid initiative, expanding NASA’s efforts in the identification and characterization of near-Earth objects for further scientific investigation.

Questions about the contest series should be directed to NASA’s Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation at nasa-coeci@mail.nasa.gov.

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Don’t miss out on education-related opportunities available from NASA. For a full list of Current Opportunities, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html.

Visit NASA Education on the Web:
For Educators: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html
For Students: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html
NASA Kids’ Club: https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub

NASA Education Express — March 13, 2014

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

Free Webinar Series — NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Webinar Date: March 13, 2014, at 4 p.m. EDT

Free Education Webinar Series from NASA Educator Professional Development
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Next Webinar Date: March 13, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

American Meteorological Society’s Climate Studies Diversity Project
Audience: Faculty at Minority-Serving Institutions
Application Deadline: March 14, 2014

NASA Space Technology Grants for Early Career University Faculty
Audience: Higher Education Students
Proposal Deadline: March 14, 2014

2014 Space Life Sciences Training Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Application Deadline: March 15, 2014

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

2014-15 Virginia Space Grant Consortium STEM Bridge Scholarship
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: March 17, 2014

2014-15 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Community College STEM Scholarship
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: March 17, 2014

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

NES Web Seminar — Engineering Design Challenge: Water Filtration
Audience: Grades 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 18, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. EDT

“Ask NICE” Online Professional Development Series
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: March 20, 2014, at 4 p.m. EDT

NES Web Seminar — Electromagnetic Spectrum: Remote Sensing Ices on Mars
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 20, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.

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

American Meteorological Society’s Project Atmosphere Workshop
Audience: K-12 Science Educators Who Teach Atmospheric Content
Application Deadline: March 28, 2014
Workshop Dates: July 13-25, 2014

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

Engineering for You Video Contest
Audience: All Educators and Students in Grades 6-College
Entry Deadline: March 31, 2014

Earth Observatory’s Tournament Earth 2014
Audience: All Educators and Students
Competition Dates: Through April 4, 2014

Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Event Dates: Multiple Dates May – September 2014

2014 Thacher Environmental Research Contest
Audience: 9-12 Students
Entry Deadline: May 5, 2014

What’s New at NASA’s Space Place Website
Audience: K-6 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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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:

How Is Bowling Connected to Mars?
March 13, 2014, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Participants will learn about the links between the principles of an everyday sport — bowling — to the scientific principles used in the development of Mars rovers and landers.

Wash Out or Game On: Predicting Weather With Clouds
March 17, 2014, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Discover how to use cloud types to predict weather through NASA’s Students’ Cloud Observations On-line program. Use NASA satellite data to plan sporting events in outdoor or indoor arenas depending on weather, climate and air quality.

Jump on Math: Stay Balanced
March 18, 2014, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
How does the mass of each planet in our solar system relate to gravitational force? Is there a difference between mass and weight? Jump on Earth and use math to calculate simulated jumps on each planet.

Mass vs. Weight: What’s the Big Difference Anyway?
March 19, 2014, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Learn to use Newton’s Laws of Motion to investigate how objects with different masses behave and explore the difference between mass and weight on Earth and in space.

Engineering in Your Classroom
March 20, 2014, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Participants will learn about engineering design and ways to integrate it into classes as both stand-alone and integrated lessons. We will discuss adaptations and a challenge to engineer basketball as a classroom example.

To register for these webinars, 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.

Understanding Our Sun Inside and Out
Audience:
Pre-service and in-service educators of grades 6-8
Event Date: March 13, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
During this 60-minute webinar, participants will learn about the structure of the sun and how to use NASA data to chart sunspot activity.

NASA Online Remote Sensing Resources for Use in the Classroom
Audience:
Pre-service and in-service educators of grades 5-8
Event Date:
March 18, 2014, at 6 p.m. EDT
Attend this 60-minute webinar to learn how to join the hundreds of teachers currently using NASA remote sensing technology in the classroom.

Webshop Facilitator Training
Audience:
Pre-service and in-service educators of grades 6-12
Event Date: March 19, 2014, at 2 p.m. EDT
During this 90-minute session, participants will learn how to be a facilitator for educator professional development webshops. Participants will be trained in preparation and roles of the facilitator during an event as well as possible pitfalls.

The Engineering Evolution: Question, Mathematics and Model
Audience:
Pre-service and in-service educators of grades 6-8
Event Date: March 20, 2014, at 4 p.m. EDT
During this 60-minute webinar, participants will learn an engaging hands-on activity that uses everyday materials to create a satellite model to demonstrate how NASA uses the engineering design process.

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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American Meteorological Society’s Climate Studies Diversity Project

The American Meteorological Society, or AMS, in cooperation with NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, invites faculty members at minority-serving institutions to apply for the AMS Climate Studies Diversity Project. Applicants must be from eligible institutions that plan to offer the full AMS climate studies course.

Project participants will have the opportunity to attend two expenses-paid workshops and will learn the latest in climate science and education from NASA, NOAA and university scientists.

The deadline for applications is March 14, 2014.

For more information, visit http://www.ametsoc.org/amsedu/online/climateinfo/diversity.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to onlineclimate@ametsoc.org.

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NASA Space Technology Grants for Early Career University Faculty

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking proposals from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of outstanding early career faculty members who are beginning their independent careers. The grants will sponsor research in specific, high-priority areas of interest to America’s space program.

NASA expects to award about five grants this fall, funded up to $200,000 each per year for as many as three years, based on the merit of proposals and availability of funds. Funded research will investigate unique, disruptive or transformational space technologies in areas such as soft machines for robotic mobility and manipulation, science-based digital materials and manufacturing, and low -size, -weight and -power lasers.

The deadline to submit final proposals to the Early Career Faculty Appendix of NASA’s Research Announcement “Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration and Infusion 2014 (SpaceTech-REDDI-2014)” is March 14, 2014.

For information on the solicitation, including specific technology areas of interest and how to submit notices of intent and proposals, visit http://tinyurl.com/kcglhca.

This solicitation is part of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, which is responsible for innovating, developing, testing and flying hardware for use in future missions. For more information about the directorate and Space Technology Research Grants Program, visit https://www.nasa.gov/spacetech.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Bonnie F. James at HQ-STMD-SpaceTech-REDDI-2013@nasa.gov.

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2014 Space Life Sciences Training Program

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2014 Space Life Sciences Training Program at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. This program provides junior- or senior-level undergraduate students with professional experience in space life science disciplines. The primary goal of this challenging 10-week summer program is to train the next generation of scientists and engineers, enabling NASA to meet future research and development challenges in the space life sciences.

Participants receive a stipend and housing accommodations for the summer. Applicants must maintain a 3.2 or higher grade point average and must be U.S. citizens.

The deadline for applications is March 15, 2014. Positions may be offered in early February, so students are encouraged to apply early.

For more information about this opportunity, visit http://spacebiosciences.arc.nasa.gov/slstp.

Inquiries about the Space Life Sciences Training Program should be directed to the Kristina Gibbs at kristina.gibbs@nasa.gov.

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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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2014-15 Virginia Space Grant Consortium STEM Bridge Scholarship

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium, or VSGC, is offering renewable scholarships to sophomore undergraduate students studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics, or STEM. The STEM Bridge Scholarships are $1,000 and are available to students who are U.S. citizens from any federally recognized minority group enrolled fulltime at one of the five VSGC member universities: The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia and Virginia Tech.

The STEM Bridge Program bridges students to future opportunities by mentoring and guiding them to future VSGC scholarships and NASA-related paid internships. The program encourages students to explore how their majors can apply to NASA’s Mission.

This is a competitive program, and awards are based on student academic merit, quality of interest essay as well as letters of recommendation from current college faculty who can attest to students’ interest in STEM areas.

The deadline for submitting applications is March 17, 2014.

For more information, visit http://vsgc.odu.edu/sf/Bridge/. Please email any questions about this opportunity to rkashiri@odu.edu.

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2014-15 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Community College STEM Scholarship

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium, or VSGC, encourages academically talented individuals to pursue studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. The VSGC is offering a limited number of scholarship opportunities to students majoring in STEM fields at any campus in the Virginia Community College System, or VCCS.

These $2,000 scholarships are competitive awards based on academic merit for students demonstrating an interest in NASA’s missions and STEM-related careers. The VSGC strongly supports students in technical career pathways who are preparing to transfer to institutions of higher learning while developing the essential skills for a competitive global workforce.

Underrepresented minority students, female students and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and enrolled in the VCCS.

The deadline for submitting applications is March 17, 2014.

For more information, visit http://vsgc.odu.edu/sf/ccstem/. Please email any questions about this opportunity to rkashiri@odu.edu.

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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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NES Web Seminar — Engineering Design Challenge: Water Filtration

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 on March 18, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. EDT. Get background information about water recycling on the International Space Station, and then see how to incorporate the information into an exciting hands-on, inquiry-based challenge requiring students to solve a problem. The featured student activity provides many opportunities for incorporating national science, technology and mathematics learning standards into the curriculum as well as addressing middle 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/webseminar13.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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“Ask NICE” Online Professional Development Series

Join the NASA Innovations in Climate Education, or NICE, team for a series of Google Plus Hangout professional development sessions. Planned for the third Thursdays of upcoming months, the sessions will cover a variety of climate topics. This month’s webinar topic is:

Earth’s Energy Budget: Part II — March 20, 2014, at 4 p.m. EDT
This month’s webinar will build on the theme of Earth’s Energy Budget with an investigation into clouds and their role in Earth’s climate system. Participants will learn about resources from the Students’ Cloud Observations On-Line, or S’COOL, program that allows students to practice cloud identification and submit observations to NASA as citizen scientists. Participants will also take a closer look at posters and interactive features created using data from the CERES instrument that is aboard a variety of NASA satellites.

Certificates of professional development hours are available upon request. Additional session dates will be announced soon.

For more information, visit https://nice.larc.nasa.gov/asknice/. Questions about this series should be sent to Bonnie Murray at bonnie.murray@nasa.gov.

This series is sponsored by Minority University Research and Education Program and NICE, and is part of the Digital Learning Network program to expand the reach of NICE projects.

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NES Web Seminar — Electromagnetic Spectrum: Remote Sensing Ices on Mars

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on March 20, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn how to use authentic NASA mission data to investigate the composition and distribution of ice in the high-latitude regions of Mars through analysis of visible light, infrared light and gamma rays. The seminar includes information about a unique student extension activity, where students access a free computer simulation illustrating how gamma rays are used to determine the chemical composition of Mars.

The featured activity provides many 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/webseminar9.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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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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American Meteorological Society’s Project Atmosphere Workshop

Project Atmosphere is a two-week workshop offered by the American Meteorological Society. Designed for K-12 educators who teach science courses with atmospheric content, this workshop will introduce participants to the latest technologies and techniques for sensing, analyzing and forecasting weather. Each participant will be supplied with a variety of instructional resource materials, including those to be used in peer-led teacher training sessions.

The workshop will take place July 13-25, 2014, at the National Weather Service Training Center in Kansas City, Mo. Applications are due March 28, 2014.

For more information, visit http://www.ametsoc.org/amsedu/Proj_ATM/projatm.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to amsedu@ametsoc.org.

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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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Engineering for You Video Contest

In celebration of its upcoming 50th anniversary, the National Academy of Engineering, or NAE, is launching the Engineering for You, or E4U, video contest to highlight the impact that engineering has or will have on society.

In the last 50 years, engineering achievements include helping to land astronauts on the moon, creating the Internet and decoding the human genome. What will engineering create in the next 50 years? Rev up your creativity, pull out your camera or phone and produce a one- to two-minute video showing the world how you see engineering enhancing quality of life and serving the needs of society.

The video must highlight a period during the years 1964-2064. The main prize is $25,000, and videos will be accepted through March 31, 2014.

For more information, visit www.e4uvideocontest.org.

Questions about the E4U Video Contest should be directed to E4Uvideocontest@nae.edu.

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Earth Observatory’s Tournament Earth 2014

Thirty-two Earth images will vie for the title, but only one will be the winner! From March 3 through April 4, 2014, visitors to NASA’s Earth Observatory website can vote for their favorite images from 2013, whittling them down each week in a tournament of remote-sensing science. The competition is divided into four categories: data, art, event and photograph.

Voting takes place online. A printable bracket is also available to let you pick your favorites and track your selections as the competition progresses.

To get started, visit http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/TournamentEarth/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Kevin Ward at kevin.a.ward@nasa.gov.

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Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops

NASA’s Center for Astronomy Education, or CAE, announces a series of educator workshops for astronomy and space science educators.

These workshops provide participants with experiences needed to create effective and productive active-learning classroom environments. Workshop leaders model best practices in implementing many different classroom-tested instructional strategies. But more importantly, workshop participants will gain first-hand experience implementing these proven strategies. During many microteaching events, you will have the opportunity to role-play the parts of student and instructor. You will assess and critique each other’s implementation in real time as part of a supportive learning community. You will have the opportunity to use unfamiliar teaching techniques in collaboration with mentors before using them with your students. CAE is funded through NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Exoplanet Exploration Program.

May 3, 2014 — Oceanside, Calif.
CAE Southwest Regional Teaching Exchange

May 31-June 1, 2014 — Boston, Mass.
CAE Tier I Teaching Excellence Workshop for Current and Future Astronomy and Space Science Instructors

June 23-27, 2014 — College Park, Md.
New Faculty Workshop for Physics and Astronomy

August or September, 2014 — South Carolina
CAE Tier I Teaching Excellence Workshop for Current and Future Astronomy and Space Science Instructors

For more information and to register for workshops online, visit http://astronomy101.jpl.nasa.gov/workshops/index.cfm.

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

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2014 Thacher Environmental Research Contest

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies is pleased to invite U.S. high school students to participate in the 2014 Thacher Environmental Research Contest. This annual contest gives students the opportunity to show off their science and technology skills by submitting research projects focused on the use of remote sensing and analysis tools. Students are asked to identify a U.S. protected area of interest, and design a research project that identifies why the area is unique, why it significantly contributes to our society, how this area has changed over time, and ways remote sensing and geospatial tools can be used to monitor these environmental treasures.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens in grades 9-12. Students in public, private, parochial, Native American reservation and home schools are eligible. Entries may be submitted by individuals or teams. The grand prize winner will have their work featured in a geospatial publication. Cash awards will be given to students in the top three places. Awards will also be given to the winning students’ teachers.

Entries must be postmarked by May 5, 2014. Entries may also be submitted electronically.

For full contest rules and to enter, visit http://strategies.org/education/student-contests/thacher-contest/.

Questions about this contest should be emailed to ThacherContest@strategies.org.

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What’s New at NASA’s Space Place Website

The Space Place prides itself on its ability to be useful to educators — informal and formal alike. In an effort to reach as wide an audience as possible, we have made our popular make-and-do activities available in a print-ready, downloadable PDF format. This enables educators with more students than computers to run these fun, educational activities without limitation. Check it out at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/make-do-pdf.

What’s New? The Lone Planet
What makes a planet a planet? In our own solar system we have a pretty clear definition — something that orbits our sun, and is large enough to have its gravity mold it into a sphere and clear out any objects floating around nearby. But what about outside our solar system? A recent discovery of a lonely planet hovering around in space without a star to call its sun makes classifying planets less straightforward. The Space Place tackles this new discovery and the debate about planethood with two new articles: http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/lone-planet and http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/planet-what-is.

Space Place en Español: Comet Quest
Not only is our popular game “Comet Quest” updated and better than ever. We also have a new Spanish version of the game on Space Place en Español. You get to land a rover on a comet and collect and transmit as much data as possible as you command a comet orbiter faced with an increasing number of challenges. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/comet-quest/sp/

Spotlight on YouTube
The Space Place now has its own YouTube channel. Be sure to check for updates frequently. Not only will the channel be highlighting our popular “Space Place in a Snap” videos, but it will also feature our popular “Space Place Live” animated series re-released in honor of the series’ 10-year anniversary. https://www.youtube.com/user/nasaspaceplace

For the Classroom
We have created a new informational brochure that would be a great addition to any classroom. Interested in knowing a little bit more about the things in our solar system that are not our sun or the planets? Find out what these smaller bodies tell us about our cosmic neighborhood’s formation. Check out and download “Small Worlds, Big Discoveries” for your classroom today! http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/posters/en/#small-bodies

For Outside the Classroom
Snow day or heavy rain got you stuck inside? Why not give Space Place’s latest make-and-do activity a try. In this activity, you get to be the chief engineer for your own NASA mission. You will design a satellite, and all the choices will be yours. We provide some suggestions in terms of materials (both edible and not edible), outline some of the basic requirements of a NASA satellite and provide some examples of both real satellites and satellite models. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/build-a-spacecraft

Special Days

March 14: Albert Einstein’s Birthday and Pi Day
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Not only was Einstein born on this day in 1875, but the day coincides with another very math-related holiday — Pi Day (π = 3.14 = March 14th)! Learn more about Einstein here: http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/what-is-gravity.

April 1: April Fool’s Day.
At least teach your nose not to be fooled! http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/e-nose

April 12: First Space Shuttle Launched in 1981.
See pictures of space shuttle launches and landings. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/gallery-technology/#rockets

April 22: Earth Day.
Play “Missions to Planet Earth,” an online card game. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/earth-card-game/

April 27: Tell a Story Day.
Read a couple of the storybooks on The Space Place, and then make up your own story about space! http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/menu/storybook

Share
Want some help spreading the word about NASA’s Space Place? Check out http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/share.

Send Feedback
Please let us know your ideas about ways to use The Space Place in your teaching. Send to info@spaceplace.nasa.gov.

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Don’t miss out on education-related opportunities available from NASA. For a full list of Current Opportunities, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html.

Visit NASA Education on the Web:
For Educators: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html
For Students: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html
NASA Kids’ Club: https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub

NASA Education Express — March 6, 2014

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

Free Webinar Series — NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Webinar Date: March 6, 2014, at 4 p.m. EST

Free Education Webinar Series from NASA Educator Professional Development
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Next Webinar Date: March 6, 2014, at 4 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

NES Web Seminar — Engineering Design Challenge: Lunar Plant Growth Chamber
Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 10, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — College Students Flying an Experiment on the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: March 12, 2014, 1 – 2 p.m. EDT

NES Web Seminar — Distance/Rate/Time Problems: Smart Skies
Audience: Grades 4-6 and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 12, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

American Meteorological Society’s Climate Studies Diversity Project
Audience: Faculty at Minority-Serving Institutions
Application Deadline: March 14, 2014

NASA Space Technology Grants for Early Career University Faculty
Audience: Higher Education Students
Proposal Deadline: March 14, 2014

2014 Space Life Sciences Training Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Application Deadline: March 15, 2014

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

2014-15 Virginia Space Grant Consortium STEM Bridge Scholarship
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: March 17, 2014

2014-15 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Community College STEM Scholarship
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: March 17, 2014

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

“Ask NICE” Online Professional Development Series
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: March 20, 2014, at 4 p.m. EDT

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

2014-15 History of Science Society Fellowship in the History of Space Science
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: March 31, 2014

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

Engineering for You Video Contest
Audience: All Educators and Students in Grades 6-College
Entry Deadline: March 31, 2014

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airspace Operations Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students and Faculty
Registration Deadline: March 31, 2014

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Audience: All Educators and Students
Nomination Deadline: April 1, 2014

Fellowship in Aerospace History
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: April 1, 2014

NASA Fellowship in the History of Space Technology
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: April 1, 2014

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

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.

DIY Podcast: Sports
March 10, 2014, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Use NASA’s Do-It-Yourself Podcast activity to set the stage for students to host a show that features astronauts doing experiments on the space station and NASA experts explaining scientific concepts.

The Natural World vs. The Design World
March 11, 2014, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Explore ways to encourage students to use critical thinking skills to solve real-world problems. Participants will learn more about and gain hands-on experience with the engineering design process.

Eyes on Earth, The Solar System and Exoplanets
March 12, 2014, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Learn how to install and use NASA’s “Eyes on the Earth,” “Eyes on the Solar System” and “Eyes on Exoplanets” software.

How Is Bowling Connected to Mars?
March 13, 2014, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Participants will learn about the links between the principles of an everyday sport — bowling — to the scientific principles used in the development of Mars rovers and landers.

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.

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.

How’s the Weather?
Audience:
Pre-service and in-service educators of grades 5-8
Event Date:
March 10, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. EDT
Attend this 90-minute webinar to explore NASA’s role in understanding and forecasting weather and how weather and climate are different.

Physics Resources for Secondary Educators
Audience:
Pre-service and in-service educators of grades 6-12
Event Date: March 11, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
During this 60-minute webinar, participants will explore NASA resources designed to help teach physics concepts.

Understanding Our Sun Inside and Out
Audience:
Pre-service and in-service educators of grades 6-8
Event Date: March 13, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
During this 60-minute webinar, participants will learn about the structure of the sun and how to use NASA data to chart sunspot activity.

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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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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NES Web Seminar — Engineering Design Challenge: Lunar Plant Growth Chamber

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 March 10, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn how to incorporate exciting space exploration problems into your technology or life science classes. See how you can use the engineering design process to have students design, build and evaluate the effectiveness of a lunar plant growth chamber while engaging them in research and standards-based learning experiences.

The featured activity provides opportunities for incorporating national science, technology and mathematics learning standards into the curricula and addresses middle school Next Generation Science Standards.

This is the last 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/webseminar10.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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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — College Students Flying an Experiment on the International Space Station

Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network for a live webcast event on March 12, 2014, from 1-2 p.m. EDT to learn why college students are launching scientific experiments to the International Space Station. How will their research impact NASA, human spaceflight and potentially the world? Learn about the International Space Station University Research-1 experiment and how you can get involved with NASA education opportunities.

You and your students can have questions answered live by our special guests, which includes NASA experts, university professors and college students from Texas Southern University, Jarvis Christian College, Savannah State University, Prairie View A&M University and Tougaloo College.

For more information and to view the webcast, visit http://dln.nasa.gov. Send your students’ questions for the event to DLInfochannel@gmail.com.

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NES Web Seminar — Distance/Rate/Time Problems: Smart Skies

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute professional development Web seminar for educators on March 12, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Engage students with an innovative air traffic control simulator as they explore the mathematics involved in the career of an air traffic controller. The activity provides opportunities for incorporating national mathematics learning standards into the curricula as well as addressing grades 4-6 Common Core State Standards, Mathematics.

This is the final 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/webseminar7.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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American Meteorological Society’s Climate Studies Diversity Project

The American Meteorological Society, or AMS, in cooperation with NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, invites faculty members at minority-serving institutions to apply for the AMS Climate Studies Diversity Project. Applicants must be from eligible institutions that plan to offer the full AMS climate studies course.

Project participants will have the opportunity to attend two expenses-paid workshops and will learn the latest in climate science and education from NASA, NOAA and university scientists.

The deadline for applications is March 14, 2014.

For more information, visit http://www.ametsoc.org/amsedu/online/climateinfo/diversity.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to onlineclimate@ametsoc.org.

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NASA Space Technology Grants for Early Career University Faculty

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking proposals from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of outstanding early career faculty members who are beginning their independent careers. The grants will sponsor research in specific, high-priority areas of interest to America’s space program.

NASA expects to award about five grants this fall, funded up to $200,000 each per year for as many as three years, based on the merit of proposals and availability of funds. Funded research will investigate unique, disruptive or transformational space technologies in areas such as soft machines for robotic mobility and manipulation, science-based digital materials and manufacturing, and low -size, -weight and -power lasers.

The deadline to submit final proposals to the Early Career Faculty Appendix of NASA’s Research Announcement “Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration and Infusion 2014 (SpaceTech-REDDI-2014)” is March 14, 2014.

For information on the solicitation, including specific technology areas of interest and how to submit notices of intent and proposals, visit http://tinyurl.com/kcglhca.

This solicitation is part of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, which is responsible for innovating, developing, testing and flying hardware for use in future missions. For more information about the directorate and Space Technology Research Grants Program, visit https://www.nasa.gov/spacetech.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Bonnie F. James at HQ-STMD-SpaceTech-REDDI-2013@nasa.gov.

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2014 Space Life Sciences Training Program

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2014 Space Life Sciences Training Program at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. This program provides junior- or senior-level undergraduate students with professional experience in space life science disciplines. The primary goal of this challenging 10-week summer program is to train the next generation of scientists and engineers, enabling NASA to meet future research and development challenges in the space life sciences.

Participants receive a stipend and housing accommodations for the summer. Applicants must maintain a 3.2 or higher grade point average and must be U.S. citizens.

The deadline for applications is March 15, 2014. Positions may be offered in early February, so students are encouraged to apply early.

For more information about this opportunity, visit http://spacebiosciences.arc.nasa.gov/slstp.

Inquiries about the Space Life Sciences Training Program should be directed to the Kristina Gibbs at kristina.gibbs@nasa.gov.

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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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2014-15 Virginia Space Grant Consortium STEM Bridge Scholarship

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium, or VSGC, is offering renewable scholarships to sophomore undergraduate students studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics, or STEM. The STEM Bridge Scholarships are $1,000 and are available to students who are U.S. citizens from any federally recognized minority group enrolled fulltime at one of the five VSGC member universities: The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia and Virginia Tech.

The STEM Bridge Program bridges students to future opportunities by mentoring and guiding them to future VSGC scholarships and NASA-related paid internships. The program encourages students to explore how their majors can apply to NASA’s Mission.

This is a competitive program, and awards are based on student academic merit, quality of interest essay as well as letters of recommendation from current college faculty who can attest to students’ interest in STEM areas.

The deadline for submitting applications is March 17, 2014.

For more information, visit http://vsgc.odu.edu/sf/Bridge/. Please email any questions about this opportunity to rkashiri@odu.edu.

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2014-15 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Community College STEM Scholarship

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium, or VSGC, encourages academically talented individuals to pursue studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. The VSGC is offering a limited number of scholarship opportunities to students majoring in STEM fields at any campus in the Virginia Community College System, or VCCS.

These $2,000 scholarships are competitive awards based on academic merit for students demonstrating an interest in NASA’s missions and STEM-related careers. The VSGC strongly supports students in technical career pathways who are preparing to transfer to institutions of higher learning while developing the essential skills for a competitive global workforce.

Underrepresented minority students, female students and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and enrolled in the VCCS.

The deadline for submitting applications is March 17, 2014.

For more information, visit http://vsgc.odu.edu/sf/ccstem/. Please email any questions about this opportunity to rkashiri@odu.edu.

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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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“Ask NICE” Online Professional Development Series

Join the NASA Innovations in Climate Education, or NICE, team for a series of Google Plus Hangout professional development sessions. Planned for the third Thursdays of upcoming months, the sessions will cover a variety of climate topics. This month’s webinar topic is:

Earth’s Energy Budget: Part II — March 20, 2014, at 4 p.m. EDT
This month’s webinar will build on the theme of Earth’s Energy Budget with an investigation into clouds and their role in Earth’s climate system. Participants will learn about resources from the Students’ Cloud Observations On-Line, or S’COOL, program that allows students to practice cloud identification and submit observations to NASA as citizen scientists. Participants will also take a closer look at posters and interactive features created using data from the CERES instrument that is aboard a variety of NASA satellites.

Certificates of professional development hours are available upon request. Additional session dates will be announced soon.

For more information, visit https://nice.larc.nasa.gov/asknice/. Questions about this series should be sent to Bonnie Murray at bonnie.murray@nasa.gov.

This series is sponsored by Minority University Research and Education Program and NICE, and is part of the Digital Learning Network program to expand the reach of NICE projects.

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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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2014-15 History of Science Society Fellowship in the History of Space Science

The Fellowship in the History of Space Science, offered by the History of Science Society and supported by the NASA History Program Office, seeks applications for a nine-month predoctoral or postdoctoral fellowship related to the history of science. The fellowship may support advanced research related to all aspects of the history of space science, from the earliest human interest in space to the present.

The fellowship carries a stipend of $21,250. Funds may not be used to support tuition or fees.

Applicants must possess a doctorate in history of science or in a closely related field, or be enrolled as a student in a doctoral degree program and have completed all requirements for the degree, except the dissertation, in history of science or a related field. Eligibility is not limited to U.S. citizens or residents.

Applications are due March 31, 2014.

For detailed information on the fellowship and the application process, visit http://www.hssonline.org/about/society_NASAFellowship.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to info@hssonline.org.

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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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Engineering for You Video Contest

In celebration of its upcoming 50th anniversary, the National Academy of Engineering, or NAE, is launching the Engineering for You, or E4U, video contest to highlight the impact that engineering has or will have on society.

In the last 50 years, engineering achievements include helping to land astronauts on the moon, creating the Internet and decoding the human genome. What will engineering create in the next 50 years? Rev up your creativity, pull out your camera or phone and produce a one- to two-minute video showing the world how you see engineering enhancing quality of life and serving the needs of society.

The video must highlight a period during the years 1964-2064. The main prize is $25,000, and videos will be accepted through March 31, 2014.

For more information, visit www.e4uvideocontest.org.

Questions about the E4U Video Contest should be directed to E4Uvideocontest@nae.edu.

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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.

The 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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Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

The National Science Foundation is currently accepting nominations and applications for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, or PAEMST, program. PAEMST is the highest recognition that a K-12 mathematics or science (including computer science) teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Since 1983, more than 4,200 teachers have been recognized for their contributions to mathematics and science education. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. Up to 108 awardees may be recognized each year.

Presidential awardees receive a certificate signed by the president of the United States, a trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on the behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

The PAEMST program is open to outstanding mathematics and science teachers in the 50 states and the four U.S. jurisdictions (Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Department of Defense education activity schools and the U.S. territories as a group). Anyone — principals, teachers, parents, students or members of the public — may nominate a teacher by completing the nomination form available on the PAEMST website. Teachers may also apply directly.

Nominations for elementary school teachers (grades K-6) are due April 1, 2014. Secondary school teachers (grades 7-12) are eligible to apply in 2015.

For more information, visit http://www.paemst.org/.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to info@paemst.org.

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Fellowship in Aerospace History

The Fellowship in Aerospace History, offered by the American Historical Association and supported by NASA, seeks applications for a predoctoral or postdoctoral fellowship related to the history of aerospace. The selected fellow will have the opportunity to engage in significant and sustained advanced research in all aspects of the history of aerospace from the earliest human interest in flight to the present, including cultural and intellectual history, economic history, history of law and public policy, and the history of science, engineering and management.

The fellowship carries a stipend of $20,000 for a six- to nine-month fellowship. Funds may not be used to support tuition or fees.

The fellowship is open to applicants who hold a doctoral degree in history or in a closely related field, or who are enrolled in and have completed all coursework for a doctoral degree-granting program.

Applications are due April 1, 2014.

For detailed information on the fellowship and the application process, visit http://www.historians.org/prizes/NASA.htm.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to awards@historians.org.

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NASA Fellowship in the History of Space Technology

The NASA Fellowship in the History of Space Technology, offered by the Society for the History of Technology and supported by the NASA History Program Office, seeks applications for a yearlong predoctoral or postdoctoral fellowship related to the history of space technology. The fellowship may support advanced research related to all aspects of space history, leading to publications on the history of space technology broadly considered, including cultural and intellectual history, institutional history, economic history, history of law and public policy, and history of engineering and management.

The fellowship carries a stipend of $17,000, paid quarterly. Funds may not be used to support tuition or fees. The NASA fellow will also receive complimentary membership in the Society for the History of Technology for the year of fellowship.

Applicants must possess a doctorate in history of technology or in a closely related field, or be enrolled as a student in a doctoral degree program and have completed all requirements for the degree, except the dissertation, in history of technology or a related field. Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens.

Applications are due April 1, 2014.

For detailed information on the fellowship and the application process, visit http://www.historyoftechnology.org/awards/nasa.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to shotsec@auburn.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.

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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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