NASA Education Express — May 8, 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: May 8, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

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

Live Video Chat for Students — Dawn Stanley: The Space Launch System — NASA’s Heavy Lifter
Audience: Grades 6-12 Students and Educators
Event Date: May 13, 2014, at 12:30 p.m. EDT

NES Web Seminar — Chemistry of Water: Mars Exploration — Is There Water on Mars?
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: May 13, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. EDT

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

Virginia Space Grant Consortium’s 2014-2016 Integrative STEM for Preservice Teachers Program
Audience: Preservice Educators in Virginia
Application Deadline Extended: May 19, 2014

Pre-Service Teacher Institute at NASA’s Langley Research Center
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: May 23, 2014
Institute Dates: July 21 – Aug. 1, 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

Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other Education Organizations
Request Deadline: May 26, 2014

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

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 7 to the International Space Station
Audience: School Districts Serving Grades 5-12, Informal Education Institutions, Colleges and Universities
Inquiry Deadline: May 30, 2014

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

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

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

2015 ICESat-2 Mission Hexacopter Engineering Challenge
Audience: Undergraduate College Students from Accredited U.S. Colleges and Universities
Application Deadline: Sept. 12, 2014

Bring X-ray Astronomy Into Your Classroom With Chandra Education Resources
Audience: All Educators

New SpaceMath@NASA Resources Available
Audience: Educators of Grades 3-12

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 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 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.

Robotics on a Budget: Engineering Design With Moving Parts
Audience:
Pre-service and In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: May 12, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. EDT
Learn how to use inexpensive robotics in the classroom to enhance students’ understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Things That Go Boom in the Air
Audience:
Pre-service and In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 3-8
Event Date: May 13, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Learn how to “see” sound by building a simple waveform monitor, construct very easy “Bernoulli tents” and learn a Bernoulli activity that will puzzle students and allow them to understand how wings lift aircraft.

Amusement Park Physics With a NASA Twist
Audience:
Pre-service and In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-12
Event Date: May 14, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. EDT
Learn how to implement hands-on classroom activities found in NASA’s Amusement Park Physics Educator Guide. Connections to the Next Generation Science Standards will be included.

Seeing the World Without a Passport: Mission Geography
Audience:
Pre-service and In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: May 15, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. EDT
Learn how to use NASA’s photographs and images of Earth to teach key grade-level-appropriate earth science, mathematics, science, language arts and geography skills.

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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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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Live Video Chat for Students — Dawn Stanley: The Space Launch System — NASA’s Heavy Lifter

NASA Explorer Schools is hosting a 45-minute live video chat for students in grades 6-12 on May 13, 2014, at 12:30 p.m. EDT. During the video chat, systems engineer Dawn Stanley, member of the Space Launch Systems team, will answer students’ questions about NASA’s next heavy-lift vehicle. Stanley provides day-to-day support and mission assurance giving her a unique insight into the development of the new vehicle. Stanley will also discuss her journey to becoming a systems engineer with NASA.

For more information and to participate in the video chat, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/chat-index.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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NES Web Seminar — Chemistry of Water: Mars Exploration — Is There Water on Mars?

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 Web seminar on May 13, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. EDT.

Participants will receive an overview of a NASA inquiry-based lesson, “Is There Water on Mars?”. Participating educators will have the opportunity to refresh their knowledge of concepts such as how atmospheric pressure and vapor pressure affect the boiling point of water, and how scientists use that information to deduce if there could be, or ever has been, liquid water on Mars. The featured activity provides many opportunities for incorporating national science, technology, and mathematics learning standards into curricula as well as addressing high 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/webseminar6.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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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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Virginia Space Grant Consortium’s 2014-2016 Integrative STEM for Preservice Teachers Program

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium is seeking applications for the 2014-2016 Integrative STEM for Preservice Teachers program, or InSTEP. This two-year program serves to increase future educators’ understanding of STEM and how to teach integrative STEM in the classroom.

Applicants must have demonstrated interest in teaching in grades 4-8, as well as science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics. The program includes $2,500 scholarship each year, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, or FIRST, Lego robotics training, conference travel and registration, travel support to two NASA centers for innovative STEM training and more.

To be eligible, applicants must be rising juniors (third year of a preservice teacher program) in Summer 2014 at a partnering Virginia college/university. Preference will be given to students currently enrolled in programs at College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, Virginia Tech, The University of Virginia, Norfolk State University and Virginia State University.

The deadline for submitting applications has been extended to May 19, 2014.

For more information, visit http://vsgc.odu.edu/inSTEP/index.html. Please email any questions about this opportunity to Elizabeth Joyner at ejoyner@odu.edu or to Chris Carter at cxcarter@odu.edu.

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Pre-Service Teacher Institute at NASA’s Langley Research Center

NASA’s Langley Research Center’s Office of Education and the National Institute of Aerospace’s Center for Integrative STEM Education are sponsoring a two-week Pre-Service Teacher Institute taking place July 21 – Aug. 1, 2014, in Hampton, Virginia.

Participants will engage in hands-on learning experiences designed to develop their skills for teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, using NASA-developed curricular resources. Participants will have opportunities to interact with NASA scientists and engineers, making real-world connections to standards-based classroom content.

Undergraduate and graduate students in an education track preparing to teach in  K-8 classrooms are invited to apply. Students who participate will receive a stipend for attending.

Applications are due May 23, 2014.

For more information and to apply online, visit http://www.nianet.org/pstsp.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Shannon Verstynen at shannon.verstynen@nianet.org.

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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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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 22nd screening of artifacts since 2009.

Eligible schools, universities, museums, libraries and planetariums may view the artifacts and request specific items through May 26, 2014. Online registrations should include an assigned Department of Education number. Registration also can be made through the requester’s State Agency for Surplus Property office. 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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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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Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 7 to the International Space Station

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education, in partnership with NanoRacks LLC, announce an authentic science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, opportunity for school districts across the U.S. and space station partner nations. The newest flight opportunity, Mission 7 to the International Space Station, or ISS, gives students across a community the ability to design and propose real experiments to fly in low Earth orbit on the International Space Station. This opportunity is part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, or SSEP.

Each participating community will receive a real microgravity research mini-laboratory capable of supporting a single microgravity experiment, and all launch services to fly the mini-lab to the space station in spring 2015 and return it to Earth. An experiment design competition in each community — engaging typically 300+ students — allows student teams to design and propose real experiments vying for their community’s reserved mini-lab. Content resources for teachers and students support foundational instruction on science in microgravity and experimental design. Additional SSEP programming leverages the experiment design competition to engage the community, embracing a learning community model for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education.

This competition is open to students in grades 5-12 and college. Informal education groups and organizations are also encouraged to participate. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than May 30, 2014. The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education is available to help interested communities in the U.S. secure the needed funding.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit the SSEP Mission 7 to International Space Station National Announcement of Opportunity at http://ssep.ncesse.org/2014/04/new-flight-opportunity-for-school-districts-announcing-student-spaceflight-experiments-program-ssep-mission-7-to-the-international-space-station-for-2014-15-academic-year/.

SSEP is enabled through a strategic partnership with NanoRacks LLC working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a national laboratory. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (http://www.iss-casis.org/) is a national partner on SSEP. To view a list of all SSEP national partners, visit http://ssep.ncesse.org/national-partners/.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please email SSEP National Program Director Jeff Goldstein at jeffgoldstein@ncesse.org.

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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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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 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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NASA History Program Office Fall 2014 Internships

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

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

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

Fall 2014 internship applications are due June 1, 2014.

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

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

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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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2015 ICESat-2 Mission Hexacopter Engineering Challenge

The Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite-2, or ICESat-2, mission will host the 2015 ICESat-2 Mission Hexacopter Engineering Challenge at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland., on April 17, 2015. This challenge will task teams of students with measuring the height of Earth around us, from tree canopies to bodies of water. This challenge will be the first of its kind in a yearly series of ICESat-2 engineering challenge events.

Student teams will be selected to participate in this challenge through a proposal and selection process. Participating teams will design and build hexacopter multirotors that can create a digital elevation model of a specific area within a predetermined amount of time. Students will also submit technical and educational reports describing in detail their efforts throughout the competition process.

This challenge is open to undergraduate college students from accredited U.S. colleges and universities. Teams may consist of one to five students and a university mentor/instructor. Due to the nature of the challenge, multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

Applications are due Sept. 12, 2014.

For more information about the 2015 ICESat-2 Mission Hexacopter Engineering Challenge, visit http://icesat.gsfc.nasa.gov/icesat2/epo_hex.php.

Questions about this challenge should be directed to hexacopter challenge coordinator Brian Campbell at Brian.A.Campbell@nasa.gov.

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Bring X-ray Astronomy Into Your Classroom With Chandra Education Resources

The Chandra X-ray Observatory is NASA’s flagship mission for X-ray astronomy. Launched in 1999, the Chandra telescope is specially designed to detect X-ray emissions from very hot regions of the universe, such as exploded stars, clusters of galaxies and matter around black holes.

The Chandra mission has a wealth of education materials to help you bring the excitement of X-ray astronomy into your classroom. Classroom-ready activities, interactive games, podcasts, printable materials and more are available on the Chandra education website. Examples include:

— STOP for Science: This program for K-6 educators can be used in a classroom or as an afterschool activity. Basic science concepts such as speed, light and rotation are presented on a set of five posters along with accompanying questions designed to pique student interest.

— Decoding Starlight: Middle school and high school students perform hands-on exercises to understand how data received from the Chandra X-ray Observatory is assembled into images. Concepts taught include mathematics, terminology and the roles of computers and scientific analysis.

— Modeling the Electromagnetic Spectrum: This activity set for grades 5-12 consists of a demonstration that illustrates the power of models, a preassessment activity on student understanding of exponents, an activity for students to construct and compare a different model of the spectrum than the model commonly used in textbooks and on posters and an assessment task for students to construct their own models of the electromagnetic spectrum.

To find these materials and much more, visit http://chandra.si.edu/edu/.

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New SpaceMath@NASA Resources Available

Explore behind-the-scenes mathematics that occur when scientists make discoveries and engineers solve technical problems in spacecraft design and spaceflight. Press releases serve as the hook to engage student interest and explore standards-based math and science skills related to the Applied Physics Laboratory’s Van Allen Belts Probes and Solar Probe missions.

http://vanallenprobes.jhuapl.edu/education/teachers/mathProblems.php

Questions about these resources should be directed to Sten Odenwald at sten.f.odenwald@nasa.gov.

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What’s New at NASA’s Space Place Website

Not only is the Space Place constantly developing brand new content, the team also makes sure to keep our existing products as up-to-date and as exciting as possible. Nowhere is this clearer than in our educational mobile game development. In the past couple of months, we have updated our classic games “Satellite Insight” and “Comet Quest,” and our magazine-style app “Space Place Prime.” “Comet Quest” is now as exciting as ever with all-new game play. We have expanded our reach by releasing “Space Place Prime” for Android devices, and all of our products are now compatible with iOS7. The new updates of “Comet Quest” and “Satellite Insight” now include access to Apple’s Game Center. See how well you stack up against players from around the world!

What’s New? Craters!
Ever stop to think about how many craters are on the moon? Do you wonder why Earth hasn’t suffered a similar scarred fate? It’s a good mystery to think about, and can lead to some excellent classroom science discussions. A new page on Space Place answers this quandary with its usual dose of fun and humor. Check it out at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/craters.

Space Place en Español
We are constantly adding our newest content to Space Place en Español, but we’ve added even more to the site recently. Our popular new pages The Lone Planet, What is a Planet, A Solar Mystery and our new activity “Build a Spacecraft” are all available on the Spanish language site. Check them out at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/sp/.

Spotlight on Game Center
The Space Place team is proud to announce that we are one of the first NASA groups to release mobile games that are compatible with Apple’s Game Center app. This app, which works with both “Comet Quest” and “Satellite Insight,” allows you to compare scores with anyone else in the world. How do your scores measure against friends, strangers and high scorers? Who knows? Maybe you can set the highest score in the world. You’ll have to beat us first, though. Check out our mobile games at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/ios.

For the Classroom
It’s that time of year again — Space Place calendar time, that is! We’ve just released the most recent edition of our hit calendar. Perfect for the classroom, this June 2014-June 2015 calendar comes complete with fun science facts, historical notes and beautiful images. Can’t wait until then? Don’t worry. We still have the remaining months of last year’s calendar ready to download as well. Spice your classroom up today! Download at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/calendar.

For Outside the Classroom
With summer fast approaching, now might be a good time to get your wardrobe in order. Why not create your own fashionable summer wear this year? Space Place can help you out. We’ve got a printout t-shirt design that can be ironed on to the shirt of your choosing. What better way to tell the world that you are both stylish and science savvy than with a Space Place t-shirt? Check it out here: http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/t-shirt.

Special Days

May 18: Eruption of Mount St. Helens, 1980.

It was a pretty impressive volcanic eruption. Does anything like that happen on other planets? http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/volcanoes.

May 26: Birthday of Dr. Sally Ride, 1951.
She was the first American woman in space. Women do all kinds of important work at NASA. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/space-place-live.

June 5: World Environment Day
Take a look at Earth’s many environments. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/gallery-earth/geography.

June 13: The First Roller Coaster Opens, 1884.
How does a roller coaster work? Build a Newtonian Physics Machine and find out. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/momentum.

June 30: A Comet or Asteroid Explodes Over Siberia, 1908.
Do comets or asteroids do more than explode or kill off dinosaurs? http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/comet-ocean.

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Want some help spreading the word about NASA’s Space Place? We’ve got a page with ready-to-use website descriptions, logos and links to all our social media. 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

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