NASA Education Express — May 1, 2014

Check out the latest NASA Education opportunity announcements.

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

NES Web Seminar — Engineering Design: Forces and Motion — The Great Boomerang Challenge
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: May 1, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Music in Space Downlink With the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: May 2, 2014, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. EDT

Live Video Chat for Students — Astronaut Stephanie Wilson: Living and Working in Space
Audience: Grades 4-12 Students and Educators
Event Date: May 2, 2014, at 3 p.m. EDT

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

NES Web Seminar — Center of Mass and Center of Pressure: Engineering a Stable Rocket
Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: May 5, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

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

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

NES Web Seminar — Algebraic Equations: Calculator Controlled Robots Web Seminar
Audience: Algebra Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: May 7, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. EDT

2014 NASA Unmanned Aerial Systems Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students and Faculty
Entry Deadline: May 9, 2014

2015 NASA Scholars
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: May 16, 2014

2015 NASA MUREP Scholarship
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: May 16, 2014

Lunar and Planetary Institute Workshop: Mars Through Time
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Pre-service Teachers
Application Deadline: May 16, 2014
Workshop Dates: July 8-11, 2014

Exploration of the Moon and Asteroids by Secondary Students High School Research Program
Audience: 9-12 Educators
Application Deadline: May 23, 2014
Program Dates: September 2014 – April 2015

Proposal Solicitation for Game Changing Development Program: Advanced Energy Storage Systems
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: May 27, 2014

DLN Rockets to Racecars Educator Professional Development Opportunity at Kentucky Speedway
Audience: All Educators
Event Dates: Virtual Workshops available May 27 and June 4, 2014

Space Grant Community Colleges and Technical Schools Solicitation
Audience: Space Grant Consortia Members
Proposal Deadline: May 28, 2014

Graduate Research Awards for Applied Research in Public Sector Airport-Related Aviation Issues
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: May 29, 2014

2014-15 Virginia Space Grant Consortium STEM Bridge Scholarship
Audience: Higher Education Students
Extended Application Deadline: May 30, 2014

Solar System Exploration Pre-Service Teacher Institute
Audience: Future Middle School Science Teachers and Mentoring Educators
Application Deadline: June 2, 2014
Workshop Dates: June 23-27, 2014

NASA Mars Educator Symposium — The Search for Habitable Environments: Finding Curiosity in Your Classroom
Audience: All Educators
Symposium Dates: June 16-20, 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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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 May 1, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. 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.

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/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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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Music in Space Downlink With the International Space Station

Join the Digital Learning Network at NASA’s Johnson Space Center for a live International Space Station downlink with Commander Koichi Wakata on May 2, 2014, from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. EDT*. Students from the Pearl Hall Elementary in Pasadena, Texas, will perform songs with astronaut Catherine Coleman, Houston Symphony violinist Sergei Galperin and Bella Gaia director and violinist Kenji Williams. From the space station, Commander Koichi Wakata will perform a piece of the ancient Gagaku music with a Japanese wind instrument called a Sho.

Tenri Institute Executive Director Yoichi Fukui trained Wakata on the Sho, and this 2000-year old-instrument was transported to the International Space Station by the SpaceX Dragon. In the Japanese Shinto tradition, the Sho is an instrument performed for the purpose of tuning the cosmos.

Students from Pearl Hall Elementary and Japan’s Tenri University will speak to Wakata and explore the connection between the Arts and science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM.

The live program will be broadcast on NASA TV and webcasted on the DLiNfo Channel. To watch the webcast online, visit https://dln.nasa.gov.

Questions about the event should be directed to Patricia Moore at patricia.l.moore@nasa.gov.

*The event time is subject change due to communication with the space station. Please go to http://dln.nasa.gov for current information.

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Live Video Chat for Students — Astronaut Stephanie Wilson: Living and Working in Space

NASA Explorer Schools is hosting a 45-minute live video chat for students in grades 4-12 on May 2, 2014, at 3 p.m. EDT. During the video chat, astronaut Stephanie Wilson will answer students’ questions about living and working in space. She was selected to become an astronaut in April 1996 and flew as a mission specialist astronaut on three shuttle missions. She has logged 42 days in space.

For more information and to participate in the video chat, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/steph-wilson-chat.html.

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@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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NES Web Seminar — Center of Mass and Center of Pressure: Engineering a Stable Rocket

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 May 5, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn how to incorporate rocketry into your teaching repertoire. During this seminar, participants will get an overview of an activity from NASA’s “Rockets Educator Guide” that addresses forces and motion, center of mass and center of pressure. This seminar provides an overview of the activity, explores the NASA connections, shares tips and tricks for implementing this lesson in the classroom, showcases videos of students engaged in the lesson and discusses possible modifications or extensions. 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 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/webseminar4.aspx.

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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2014 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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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.

Recursos de NASA en Español! for Grades K-12
Audiencia:
Maestros de Educación K-12, Maestros de Educación informal, maestros pre-graduados, educación en el hogar
Fecha del evento: 06 de mayo 2014, a las 4 p.m. EDT
Maestros en esta sección estaremos aprendiendo que recursos educativos ofrece la agencia federal NASA para la población hispana. Este seminario será presentado en español. (This webinar will be presented entirely in Spanish.)

NASA Resources in Spanish!
Audience:
Pre-service and In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: May 6, 2014, at 4 p.m. EDT
Participants will be introduced to Spanish curricula for teachers to use in the classroom. The session will ONLY cover Spanish content for classroom use. (This webinar will be presented entirely in Spanish.)

The Adventures of ECHO the Bat: A Project-based Lesson
Audience:
Pre-service and In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: May 8, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
During this 60-minute webinar, participants will learn how remote sensing and false-color satellite images are used to allow their students to follow Echo, a bat, on his adventure to his winter hibernation location.

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 — Algebraic Equations: Calculator Controlled Robots Web Seminar

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 May 7, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Discover a unique way of integrating robotic technology into your algebra classes. Robotic missions engage students and provide a unique way of bringing to life the concepts you are teaching. Learn to use programmable Texas Instruments, or TI, calculators and Norland Research Robots to solve problems requiring substituting values for variables in formulas.

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

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

This 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/webseminar1.aspx.

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NASA Explorer Schools help desk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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2014 NASA Unmanned Aerial Systems Challenge

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

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

Final entries are due May 9, 2014.

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

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

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2015 NASA Scholars

The NASA Office of Education is accepting applications for NASA Scholars. The NASA Scholarship is a competitive opportunity that focuses on students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines, to address the critical shortage of qualified STEM professionals that the nation is facing.

Eligible students include rising freshman (high school graduating seniors or GED recipients not yet enrolled in college), sophomores and juniors, at the undergraduate level, who will complete their undergraduate degree in spring 2016 or later and community college students with at least two years remaining at the community college.

The scholarship includes up to a $9,000 academic scholarship, not to exceed 75 percent of verified tuition, and a $6,000 stipend for a 10-week internship at a NASA center during summer 2015. The internship provides scholars with a unique NASA research experience and preparation for global competitiveness.

Applications are due May 16, 2014.

Applications should be submitted through the NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative at https://intern.nasa.gov. Applicants should be sure to select “scholarships” for the type of application.

NASA Office of Education scholarships cannot be concurrently accepted or combined with another U.S. government scholarship or funding, irrespective of the scholar’s status.

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2015 NASA MUREP Scholarship

NASA’s Office of Education is accepting applications for Minority University Research and Education Program Scholars. The MUREP Scholarship is a competitive opportunity that focuses on underserved and underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines, to address the critical shortage of qualified STEM professionals that the nation is facing.

Eligible students include rising freshman (high school graduating seniors or GED recipients not yet enrolled in college), sophomores and juniors, at the undergraduate level, who will complete their undergraduate degree in spring 2016 or later and Minority Serving Institution community college students with at least two years remaining at the community college.

The goal is to address the agency’s mission-specific workforce needs and target areas of national need in minority STEM representation. The scholarship includes up to a $9,000 academic scholarship, not to exceed 75 percent of verified tuition, and a $6,000 stipend for a required 10-week internship at a NASA center during summer 2015. The internship provides scholars with a unique NASA research experience and preparation for global competitiveness.

Applications are due May 16, 2014.

Applications should be submitted through the NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative at https://intern.nasa.gov/. Applicants should be sure to select “scholarships” for the type of application.

MUREP scholarships cannot be concurrently accepted or combined with another U.S. government scholarship or funding, irrespective of the scholar’s status.

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Lunar and Planetary Institute Workshop: Mars Through Time

The Lunar and Planetary Institute and the ChemCam instrument team invite high school teachers, both in-service and pre-service, to attend the Mars Through Time workshop. This four-day workshop will take place July 8-11, 2014, at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM.

Attendees will discover the relationship between technology and science as it relates to our understanding of Mars. Attendees will also discuss the nature and process of science with invited speakers. Classroom resources will be provided.

Workshop registration is free. This workshop is limited to 20 participants. Interested educators are encouraged to apply early to secure a spot. Qualified applicants will be accepted in the order they apply. The application closes May 16, 2014.

For more information and to apply for the workshop, visit http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/workshops/mars/.

Questions about the workshop should be directed to Andy Shaner at shaner@lpi.usra.edu.

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Exploration of the Moon and Asteroids by Secondary Students High School Research Program

The Center for Lunar Science and Exploration at the Lunar and Planetary Institute and NASA’s Johnson Space Center are looking for 10 teams of motivated high school students to participate in a national standards-based lunar/asteroid research program for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Supported by their teacher and a scientist mentor, students undertake open-inquiry research projects that engage them in the process of science and support the science goals of the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute. At the end of the year, four teams compete for a chance to present their research at the Exploration Science Forum held at NASA’s Ames Research Center in July 2015.

Participation in the Exploration of the Moon and Asteroids by Secondary Students, or ExMASS, program is free. Interested teachers must submit an application. Applications must be completed by a teacher and are due May 23, 2014.

For more information and to apply for the ExMASS program, visit http://www.lpi.usra.edu/exploration/education/hsResearch/.

Questions about the ExMASS program should be directed to Andy Shaner at shaner@lpi.usra.edu.

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Proposal Solicitation for Game Changing Development Program: Advanced Energy Storage Systems

NASA is seeking proposals for the development of new, more capable energy storage technologies to replace the battery technology that has long powered America’s space program.

The core technologies solicited in the call for proposals will advance energy storage solutions for the space program and other government agencies. NASA’s solicitation has two category areas: “High Specific Energy System Level Concepts,” which will focus on cell chemistry and system-level battery technologies, such as packaging and cell integration; and “Very High Specific Energy Devices,” which will focus on energy storage technologies that can go beyond the current theoretical limits of Lithium batteries while maintaining the cycle life and safety characteristics demanded of energy storage systems used in space applications.

Proposals will be accepted from NASA centers and other government agencies, federally funded research and development centers, educational institutions, industry and nonprofit organizations. NASA expects to make approximately four awards for Phase I of the solicitation, ranging in value up to $250,000 each.

Through solicitations and grants, NASA’s investments in space technology provide the transformative capabilities to enable new missions, stimulate the economy, contribute to the nation’s global competitiveness and inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and explorers.

The deadline for submitting proposals is May 27, 2014.

For more information, visit http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={95A5FFC3-E045-ED8E-3636-C8E3CAACF400}&path=open.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Ryan Stephan at HQ-STMD-GCDC1@mail.nasa.gov.

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DLN Rockets to Racecars Educator Professional Development Opportunity at Kentucky Speedway

Get your students revved up about science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, with the NASA Rockets to Racecars STEM Education program’s special NICE Go Green Edition/The Heat is ON! Sign up today to attend a 75-minute virtual session on solar energy and Earth’s energy budget being offered May 27 or June 4, 2014. Attendees will be invited to show off their newly acquired skills alongside NASA educators during race days at Kentucky Speedway June 26-28, 2014.

Additional hours of professional development may be earned through a variety of activities, including extra virtual sessions on related Rockets to Racecars STEM Educator Professional Development lessons that you can showcase at the track. Bridge science and math by designing a capsule to land on Mars, just as NASA engineers have with the “Drag Race to Mars” webinar on June 3, 2014. Investigate creative ways of using tires and air pressure to add math into the classroom and investigate center of gravity with the “Measure Up and Calculate” webinar on June 9, 2014. Explore the physical science of Bernoulli’s Principle on objects such as an airplane wing or a racecar spoiler with the “May the Force Uplift You…or Not!” webinar on June 11, 2014.

For more information and to register to attend, visit https://dln.nasa.gov.

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

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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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Graduate Research Awards for Applied Research in Public Sector Airport-Related Aviation Issues

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium is managing the Graduate Research Award program for the Airport Cooperative Research Program of the National Academies Transportation Research Board. The program supports applied research in public sector airport-related issues.

Under the program, up to 10 awards of $10,000 each will be made to full-time graduate students for successful completion of a research paper on public sector airport-related aviation issues during the upcoming academic year. The research must be overseen by a faculty advisor.

The program provides funding, subject matter expert support, national recognition and publication potential through the Transportation Research Record of the Transportation Research Board. Students also have an expense-paid opportunity to present on their work at the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting in January 2016 in Washington, D.C.

The deadline for submitting applications is May 29, 2014.

For more information, including eligibility requirements and application materials, visit http://www.trb.org/ACRP/ACRPGraduateAwardProgram.aspx. Please email any questions about this opportunity to ACRP@odu.edu.

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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 has been extended to May 30, 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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Solar System Exploration Pre-Service Teacher Institute

The Solar System Exploration Pre-Service Teacher Institute is a free workshop for future middle school science teachers and the educators who mentor them. Presented by the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute, the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and the Lunar Planetary Institute, the workshop will take place in Houston, Texas.

Workshop participants will explore questions relating to the nature of science and how scientists conduct their work. Planetary scientists will be available to discuss their research and recent discoveries. Hands-on activities will be demonstrated, and participants will discover ways to connect solar system topics to Earth science, life science and physical science. A tour of the lunar rock laboratory at NASA’s Johnson Space Center is also planned.

The workshop will take place June 23-27, 2014. Registration is free, and lunches are included. Participants will receive a certificate for professional development hours.

Applications are due June 2, 2014.

For more information and to apply for the workshop, visit http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/workshops/SSE/.

Questions about the workshop should be directed to Christine Shupla at shupla@lpi.usra.edu.

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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. Registration will remain open until all positions are filled.

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

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

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