NASA Education Express — March 20, 2014

Check out the latest NASA Education opportunity announcements.

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:
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For Students: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html
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