NASA Education Express — Oct. 30, 2014

Check out the latest NASA Education opportunity announcements.

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

Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other Education Organizations
Available While Supplies Last

Free Educational Materials — Space Racers′ Space/STEM Educator Toolkit
Audience: Educators Pre-K through Grade 5

Free Education Webinars From NASA Educator Professional Development
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-9
Next Webinar Date: Oct. 30, 2014, at 6 p.m. EDT

Send Your Name on the First Orion Flight and Beyond!
Audience: Educators and Students Worldwide
Deadline: Oct. 31, 2014

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Next Application Deadline: Nov. 1, 2014

Free STEM Educator Workshop in New York — Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology
Audience: K-8 and Informal Educators
Workshop Begins: Nov. 1, 2014

NASA Virtual University Offers New Course
Audience: All Educators
Next Course Begins: Nov. 3, 2014

2015 RASC-AL Aerospace Concepts Design Competition
Audience: Higher Education Students
Notice of Intent Requested by Nov. 3, 2014
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 11, 2015

Sally Ride EarthKAM Announces 2014 Fall Mission
Audience: Middle School Educators and Students, and the Informal Education Community
Mission Dates: Nov. 4-7, 2014

Free “What’s New in Aerospace?” Lecture Series at Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Nov. 5, 2014, at 1 p.m. EST

Free Education Webinar Series From NASA Educator Professional Development — Know Your Earth
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-9
First Webinar Date: Nov. 5, 2014, at 4 p.m. EST

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

DEADLINE EXTENDED: OSSI NIFS — Spring 2015 Opportunities
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 9, 2014

2014 NASA EONS Solicitation New Appendix
Audience: Minority Universities
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 12, 2014

National Institutes of Health Seeking Applications for Serious STEM Games for Pre-College and Informal Science Education Audiences
Audience: Small Business Concerns in the U.S.
Application Deadline: Nov. 12, 2014

MAVEN Workshop — Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!
Audience: Elementary Educators
Application Deadline: Nov. 12, 2014
Workshop Date: Nov. 15, 2014

2015 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships
Audience: U.S. Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 13, 2014

National Science Foundation’s East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes Fellowship Program
Audience: U.S. Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 13, 2014

DEADLINE EXTENDED: 2014 Humans in Space Art Video Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students and Early Career Professionals
Deadline: Nov. 30, 2014

Louisiana Tech University Online Course — Steps to STEM: NASA Education Resources for STEM Engagement
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: Nov. 30, 2014

2015 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: Jan. 16, 2015

2015-16 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 9, 2015

2015-16 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Graduate STEM Research Fellowship
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 9, 2015

2015-16 Virginia Space Grant Consortium STEM Bridge Scholarship
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: March 16, 2015

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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Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles Available for Educational Use

NASA invites eligible U.S. educational institutions and museums to request space shuttle thermal protective tiles and other special items offered on a first-come, first-served basis while quantities last. Organizations previously allocated thermal protective tiles may request an additional three tiles.

There will be a nominal shipping fee that must be paid online with a credit card. To make a request for special items online, visit http://gsaxcess.gov/htm/nasa/userguide/Special_Item_Request_Procedure.pdf.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to GSAXcessHelp@gsa.gov.

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Free Educational Materials — Space Racers′ Space/STEM Educator Toolkit

Space Racers™ is a new, original animated TV series that provides young children with exposure to key aspects of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, curricula. Produced in collaboration with NASA experts, the series follows a group of talented young spaceship cadets at the Stardust Bay Space Academy. Kids will travel with speedy Eagle, strong Hawk, smart Robyn, brave Starling and competitive Raven as they soar through the solar system learning about the power of scientific investigation and observation, the wonders of space exploration and the importance of working as a team.

A toolkit filled with lesson plans and activities related to the Space Racers episodes is now available. The toolkit includes a CD-ROM and DVD with lesson plans and activities related to various Space Racers episodes. These resources are ideal for classroom and educator use with students in grades Pre-K through 2.

To request a free copy of the toolkit please send an email to press@spaceracers.org with the following information:

Name
Address
Phone
School Name
Grade Level

Lesson plans can be previewed and downloaded from the “Parents & Educators” section of the Space Racers website at http://spaceracers.org/en/parents-educators.

For more information on Space Racers, go to www.SpaceRacers.org.

Questions about these materials and the Space Racers series should be submitted via http://spaceracers.org/en/parents-educators/contact-us.

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Free Education Webinars 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.

LRO: Measuring the Temperature of the Moon
Audience:
Pre-service and In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 6-9
Event Date: Oct. 30, 2014, at 6 p.m. EDT
Participants will learn about the Diviner Lunar Radiometer, an instrument onboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter that measures surface temperatures on the moon. NASA research scientist Dr. Paul O. Hayne will share the latest lunar mission findings and discuss lunar eclipse observations.

Mass vs. Weight: What’s the Big Difference Anyway?
Audience:
Pre-service and In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Oct. 30, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Participants will explore the concepts of mass and weight, along with forces and motion, using NASA educational resources including a video filmed aboard the International Space Station.

K-5 NASA Education Series: Art and the Cosmic Connection
Audience:
Pre-service and In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-5
Event Date: Nov. 3, 2014, at 7 p.m. EDT
During this 60-minute webinar, participants will learn about NASA lesson plans, educator guides and interactive websites that bring art and science together.

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 Clarence Jones at Clarence.F.Jones@NASA.gov.

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Send Your Name on the First Orion Flight and Beyond!

NASA is inviting the public to send their names on a microchip to destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including Mars.

Your name will begin its journey on a dime-sized microchip when the agency′s Orion spacecraft launches Dec. 4, 2014, on its first flight, designated Exploration Flight Test-1. After a 4½-hour, two-orbit mission around Earth to test Orion′s systems, the spacecraft will travel back through the atmosphere at speeds approaching 20,000 mph and temperatures near 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit, before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean.

But the journey for your name doesn′t end there. After returning to Earth, the names will fly on future NASA exploration flights and missions to Mars.

The deadline for receiving a personal “boarding pass″ on Orion′s test flight closes Oct. 31, 2014. The public will have an opportunity to keep submitting names beyond Oct. 31 to be included on future test flights and future NASA missions to Mars.

To submit your name to fly on Orion′s flight test, visit http://mars.nasa.gov/participate/send-your-name/orion-first-flight/.

Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #JourneyToMars.

For information about Orion and its first flight, visit https://www.nasa.gov/orion.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Brandi Dean at brandi.k.dean@nasa.gov.

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NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships

The NASA Postdoctoral Program, or NPP, supports NASA’s goal to expand scientific understanding of the Earth and the universe in which we live.

Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NPP fellows complete one- to three-year fellowships that offer scientists and engineers unique opportunities to conduct research in fields of science relevant to NASA.

These opportunities advance NASA’s missions in earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics and engineering, human exploration and space operations, and astrobiology. Opportunities are available at NASA centers and other NASA-approved sites.

As a result, NPP fellows contribute to national priorities for scientific exploration, confirm NASA’s leadership in fundamental research and complement the efforts of NASA’s partners in the national science community.

U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents and foreign nationals eligible for J-1 status as a research scholar may apply. Applicants must have completed a doctorate or equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but may apply while completing degree requirements. Applicants who earned the Ph.D. more than five years before the deadline date are categorized as senior fellows; all applicants, no matter their category, must apply and become eligible for an NPP award via the same process.

Interested applicants may apply by one of three annual application deadlines: March 1, July 1 and November 1.

For more information and application procedures, go to http://nasa.orau.org/postdoc/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to nasapostdoc@orau.org.

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Free STEM Educator Workshop in New York — Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology

NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum have partnered to provide educators a Free STEM workshop that will train educators to implement the Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology, or BEST, curriculum into their K-8 classrooms and educational programs. Informal and afterschool educators are also encouraged to attend.

Participants will receive a Free BEST lab materials kit and training from Intrepid’s STEM education programs. BEST meets many of the standards associated with the Common Core Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, State Science Content Standards and the IB International Baccalaureate program. Participants will have the opportunity to work with NASA scientists and engineers, create a network with STEM educators and receive NASA/BEST certification.

Workshops will take place Nov. 1, Nov. 8 and Nov. 22 at the Intrepid Museum of Sea, Air and Space in New York City. An additional workshop will take place on Nov. 7 at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City. All workshops will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time.

Registration is limited and is open to all U.S. citizens. For more information and to register for this workshop, please send an email to Sara Meziani at sara.meziani@nasa.gov.

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NASA Virtual University Offers New Course

NASA Education is presenting a free online course for educators who wish to integrate NASA educational lessons and activities into their learning environments. Offered through the NASA Virtual University, the course consists of a series of webinars led by NASA education specialists. Each webinar will be offered twice. The course is free, but you must register to attend.

Mathematics: Algebraic Equations
This course consists of three weeks of weekly webinars, and is designed to introduce educators to tools for teaching algebraic equations. The first webinar in the series takes place on Nov. 3, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. EST.

For more information about the course and to register online, visit http://helixtraining.gtpe.gatech.edu/.

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2015 RASC-AL Aerospace Concepts Design Competition

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace announce the 2015 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage, or RASC-AL, Aerospace Concepts competition. RASC-AL is a design project competition for university-level engineering students and faculty.

The 2015 RASC-AL contest challenges participants to design projects based on real NASA problems, responding to one of four themes:
— Earth-Independent Mars Pioneering Architecture
— Earth-Independent Lunar Pioneering Architecture
— Mars’ Moons Prospector Mission
— Large-Scale Mars Entry, Decent and Landing Pathfinder Mission

Concepts derived from the design projects could potentially be implemented by NASA.

Interested teams are encouraged to submit a notice of intent by Nov. 3, 2014, and teams must submit an abstract for their proposed project by Jan. 11, 2015. The RASC-AL Steering Committee of NASA and industry experts will evaluate the proposals and select as many as 11 undergraduate and five graduate teams to compete against each other at a forum in June 2015 in Florida.

The RASC-AL competition is open to full-time undergraduate or graduate students majoring in engineering or science at an accredited university. University design teams must include one faculty or industry advisor with a university affiliation and two or more undergraduate or graduate students. A group of universities may also collaborate on a design project entry. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

For more information about this competition, visit http://nianet.org/RASCAL.

If you have questions about this competition, please contact Stacy Dees at stacy.dees@nianet.org or Shelley Spears at Shelley.Spears@nianet.org.

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Sally Ride EarthKAM Announces 2014 Fall Mission

Students and educators are invited to participate in Sally Ride EarthKAM this fall. The 2014 fall mission is scheduled to take place Nov. 4-7, 2014. Guide your students in hands-on research as they program a camera aboard the International Space Station to take pictures of specific locations on Earth. The optional online curricula at the Sally Ride EarthKAM website are targeted at middle school students but are adaptable for other grade levels. All students and educators are welcome, including participants in afterschool programs.

For more information and to register for an upcoming mission, visit the Sally Ride EarthKAM home page at https://earthkam.ucsd.edu/.

If you have questions about the EarthKAM project, please email ek-help@earthkam.ucsd.edu.

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Free “What’s New in Aerospace?” Lecture Series at Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Curious about recent research, developments and discoveries related to space? Come to the Smithsonian’s “What’s New in Aerospace?” lecture series presented in collaboration with NASA. The lectures will be held at the Moving Beyond Earth exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Each hourlong lecture begins at 1 p.m. EST and will be streamed live online.

Nov. 5, 2014 — NASA’s Flying Saucer: Learning to Land on Mars
The heavy planetary landers of tomorrow will require much larger drag devices than any now in use to slow them down from supersonic speeds during entry and landing on other planets. NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator project is creating and testing the technologies needed to make landing these larger rovers possible. Principal investigator Ian Clark from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory will discuss the project.

Nov. 13, 2014 — Countdown to Launch
How does NASA pick the right rocket for the right job? Sending anything into space, from NASA’s exciting small research satellites to their spacecraft missions, takes a lot of careful planning and execution. Representatives from NASA’s Launch Services will discuss the mission flow up to launch.

For more information about the “What’s New in Aerospace?” lecture series and to watch the live webcast events, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/explore-and-learn/whats-new-aerospace/.

Questions about this lecture series should be directed to the visitor service line at 202-633-2214.

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Free Education Webinar Series From NASA Educator Professional Development — Know Your Earth

NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free two-part webinar series designed to help educators understand NASA’s newest Earth science missions and how to use mission-related educational resources. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your 5-9 classroom.

Know Your Earth Series: Part 1 — Studying Earth’s Changes
Audience:
Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-9
Event Date: Nov. 5, 2014, at 4 p.m. EST
During this 60-minute webinar, participants will get an overview of Earth science at NASA and the educational opportunities offered by NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.

Know Your Earth Series: Part 2 — From Satellites to Students
Audience:
Pre-service and In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-9
Event Date: Nov. 6, 2014, at 4 p.m. EST
During this 60-minute webinar, participants will receive information from NASA experts on satellite missions studying Earth and will learn about related resources and hands-on activities.

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 Clarence Jones at Clarence.F.Jones@NASA.gov.

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Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

Curious about icy bodies in the outer reaches of our solar system, the effects of space junk on deep-space observation, the latest discoveries about the origins of the universe and new ways galaxy formation is mapped? Come to the Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series presented by Smithsonian researchers who are exploring the sun, the moon, planets, stars, galaxies and the universe. These speakers will share behind-the-scenes details about how their research is done and about technologies that advance new discoveries. The lectures will be held at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

Each lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. EST and is followed by a Q&A session. Stay after the lecture to visit the museum’s observatory, weather permitting.

Nov. 8, 2014 — Far Out! A Tour of the Icy Bodies of the Outer Solar System
Discover the diverse and curious population of icy bodies that inhabit the outer solar system. Postdoctoral fellow Emily Martin will lead participants on a journey starting at the moons of Jupiter and cruising through the moons of Saturn, Neptune and Uranus, and then stopping at Pluto.

Dec. 6, 2014 — Rubble Trouble: How Space Junk Impacts Astronomy
The incredible information and images gathered using space telescopes have revolutionized what we know about the cosmos. Could space junk hinder future findings? Research associate Lisa Rand will discuss this question and the impact space junk has on astronomy.

Jan. 24, 2015 — Observing the Origin of the Universe From the South Pole
After three years of observing from the South Pole, scientists may have found confirmation that the universe underwent a burst of inflationary growth at the time of the Big Bang. Cosmologist Colin Bischoff will discuss these findings as well as the excitement of astronomy from Antarctica.

Feb. 21, 2015 — Tracing the Structure of the Universe With Galaxy Surveys
Studies of galaxy formation and cosmology have exploded in recent years due to the immense data obtained from large galaxy surveys. Postdoctoral fellow Cameron McBride will discuss how observational data and theory are combined to better understand fundamental questions in our universe, and will highlight some exciting results from ongoing research.

For more information about the Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/lectures/smithsonian-stars/.

Questions about this lecture series should be directed to the visitor service line at 202-633-2214.

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: OSSI NIFS — Spring 2015 Opportunities

NASA’s One Stop Shopping Initiative for Internships, Fellowships and Scholarships, or OSSI NIFS, strives to provide high school students and undergraduate and graduate students at all institutions of higher education access to a portfolio of internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities offered by NASA mission directorates and centers.

Visit the Office of Education Infrastructure Division LaunchPad to find information on internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities. The site features the OSSI NIFS online application for recruiting NASA interns, fellows and scholars. This innovative system allows students to search and apply for all types of higher education NASA internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities in one location. A single application places the student in the applicant pool for consideration by all NASA mentors.

The deadline for spring 2015 opportunity applications has been extended to Nov. 9, 2014.

To find available opportunities and to fill out an online application, visit https://intern.nasa.gov/index.html.

Inquiries about OSSI NIFS should be submitted via https://intern.nasa.gov/oic/.

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2014 NASA EONS Solicitation New Appendix

NASA’s Office of Education is accepting new proposals under the Education Opportunities in NASA STEM, or EONS, 2014 NASA Research Announcement for the Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP, Institutional Research Opportunity, or MIRO appendix. This effort was previously titled as the NASA University Research Centers Project, and has now been consolidated into the MUREP Program within the NASA Office of Education.

Through the EONS omnibus solicitation, the opportunity MIRO has been released. Through MIRO awards, NASA aims to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM literacy and to enhance and sustain the capability of minority serving institutions to perform NASA-related research and education, which directly support NASA’s four mission directorates — Aeronautics Research, Human Exploration and Space Operations, Science, and Space Technology.

Proposals are due Nov. 12, 2014.

For more information regarding the MIRO solicitation, please visit the NASA EONS page on the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Proposal System, or NSPIRES, website at: http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7bB6C61D04-5793-EF52-3497-1AA57FA424A5%7d&path=open .

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National Institutes of Health Seeking Applications for Serious STEM Games for Pre-College and Informal Science Education Audiences

The National Institutes of Health, or NIH, is seeking applications for funding awards to develop serious science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, games with a focus on biology that address health and medicine questions for pre-kindergarten to 12th grade students, pre- and in-service educators or informal education audiences.

Serious games are defined as the use of gaming technology to train, educate and encourage behavioral changes in a virtual world format where progressive learning, feedback on success and user control are combined into an interactive and engaging experience.

Two types of grants are available. Awards will be made via Small Business Innovation Research grants and Small Business Technology Transfer grants. Only United States small business concerns, or SBCs, are eligible to submit applications for this opportunity. An SBC is one that, at the time of award of Phase I and Phase II, meets specific requirements. For full details, visit the opportunity website.

The first deadline for applications is Nov. 12, 2014.

For more information regarding these grant opportunities, please visit http://grants.nih.gov/searchguide/related_results.cfm?DocNum=PAR-14-326. Questions should be directed to grantsinfo@nih.gov.

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MAVEN Workshop — Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, mission began orbiting Mars on Sept. 21, 2014. MAVEN will explore the planet′s upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the solar wind. The mission will provide invaluable insights into the history of Mars′ atmosphere and climate, liquid water and planetary habitability.

Join the MAVEN education team for a one-day workshop on the MAVEN mission, and the accompanying elementary program, Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore! This program features six standards-based lessons that combine science, literacy and art to help students understand planetary habitability and the MAVEN mission. The workshop will introduce participants to these lessons and concepts. The workshop will also have a session devoted to Spanish speaking English Language Learner and English as a Second Language students. Attendees will receive free classroom materials.

The workshop will take place on Nov. 15, 2014, in Queens, New York. Registration is $15 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Applications are due Nov. 12, 2014, but space is limited so interested educators are encouraged to apply early.

For more information about the workshop and to apply online, visit http://lasp.colorado.edu/maven/red-planet/queens/.

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

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2015 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships

NASA is seeking applications from U.S. graduate students for the agency’s Space Technology Research Fellowships. The research grants, worth as much as $74,000 per year, will coincide with the start of the 2015 fall academic term.

Applications will be accepted from students pursuing or planning to pursue master’s or doctorate degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at accredited U.S. universities. The grants will sponsor U.S. graduate student researchers who show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s strategic space technology objectives through their studies. To date, NASA has awarded grants to 247 student researchers from 79 universities located in 35 states and one U.S. territory.

Sponsored by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, the fellowships are improving America’s technological competitiveness by providing the nation with a pipeline of innovative space technologies.

The deadline for submitting applications is Nov. 13, 2014.

For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/oemporz.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to hq-nstrf-call@mail.nasa.gov.

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National Science Foundation’s East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes Fellowship Program

The National Science Foundation, or NSF, is accepting applications for its East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes, or EAPSI, Fellowship Program. This program provides U.S. graduate students in science and engineering with an opportunity to spend eight weeks (10 weeks for Japan) during the summer conducting research at one of seven host locations in East Asia and the Pacific. Host locations are Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan. The program is a collaboration between NSF and counterpart agencies in each host location.

EAPSI is open to graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and are enrolled in a research-oriented master’s or doctoral program in science or engineering. Applicants must propose a research project in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics field supported by NSF. Applicants identify and contact host researchers on their own prior to submitting their EAPSI proposals. Lists of prospective host institutions are available at the opportunity website.

NSF provides EAPSI Fellows with a $5,000 stipend and roundtrip airplane ticket to the host location. The program’s foreign counterparts provide in-country living expenses and accommodations (arrangements vary by host location).

The application submission deadline for summer 2015 is Nov. 13, 2014.

For additional information about the program, including location-specific handbooks, a How to Apply guide and helpful tips for applicants, visit www.nsf.gov/eapsi.

Questions about this fellowship opportunity should be directed to oiia-ise-eapsi@nsf.gov.

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: 2014 Humans in Space Art Video Challenge

The Humans in Space Art Program and NASA’s International Space Station Program have teamed up to launch the international Humans in Space Art Challenge. How will humans use space science and technology to benefit humanity? College students and early career professionals are invited to ponder this question and to express an answer creatively in a video less than three minutes long. Video artwork can be of any style, featuring original animation, sketches, music, live action drama, poetry, dance, Rube Goldberg machines, apps, etc. Younger students may also participate, but all artwork will be judged in one age category.

Individuals or teams of participants should include one clear reference to the International Space Station in their videos and may use space station footage if desired.

An interdisciplinary team of space representatives and art experts will evaluate the videos. NASA and the Humans in Space Art program will make the highest scoring artwork visible worldwide through online and local touring events. NASA will also take the winning video on a trip into orbit on the International Space Station and provide montages with flown patches for winners.

The deadline for submissions has been extended. All submissions must be received by Nov. 30, 2014.

For additional information and a complete list of guidelines, visit http://www.lpi.usra.edu/humansinspaceart/challenge/.

Inquiries about this opportunity should be directed to humansinspaceart@lpi.usra.edu.

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Louisiana Tech University Online Course — Steps to STEM: NASA Education Resources for STEM Engagement

Louisiana Tech University is teaming up with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center to offer a 10-week course for educators interested in putting a space-themed twist on learning. The course is designed to be a self-paced, online professional development experience focusing on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, education resources available from NASA. These resources have application methods for use in grades 4-9 classrooms with the goal of advancing high quality STEM education utilizing NASA’s unique capabilities.

Applications are due Nov. 30, 2014.

For more information and to enroll in the course, visit http://education.latech.edu/departments/science_technology_education_center/opeo.php.

Questions about this course should be directed to Amy McDowell at amy.mcdowell@nasa.gov.

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2015 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award

Do you know K-12 teachers or district-level administrators who are making a difference in education through the use of technology? Recognize their achievements by nominating them for the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award. The Astronauts Memorial Foundation, in partnership with NASA and the Space Foundation, will recognize the accomplishments of one outstanding individual and his or her contributions to lifelong learning through the application of technology in the classroom or in the professional development of teachers.

Technology personnel and K-12 classroom teachers who have demonstrated exemplary use of technology to enhance learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, are eligible for this award. School principals, superintendents or associate superintendents may nominate eligible candidates. The award will be presented in April 2015 at the Space Foundation’s 31st Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The deadline for applications is Jan. 16, 2015.

Applications and more information are available online at http://www.astronautsmemorial.org/alan-shepard-award.html .

Questions about this award should be directed to amfreg@amfcse.org.

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2015-16 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium is offering undergraduate research scholarships of up to $8,500 to encourage talented individuals to conduct research in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, or STEM, fields.

Applicants must participate in an active faculty-mentored research experience that aligns with the aerospace sector and meets NASA’s mission. Student stipends and research support totaling $4,000 during the academic year and $4,500 during a summer semester are available.

These one-year awards are nonrenewable and based on student academic merit, quality of the research proposal and alignment of research with the goals of NASA and the aerospace sector. Underrepresented minority students, female students and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and enrolled at one of the five Virginia Space Grant member universities: The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia and Virginia Tech.

The deadline for submitting applications is Feb. 9, 2015.

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

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2015-16 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Graduate STEM Research Fellowship

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium’s Graduate STEM Research Fellowship Program provides fellowships of $6,000 in add-on support to graduate students to supplement and enhance basic research support. The objective of this science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, research fellowship opportunity is to encouragetalented individuals to pursue careers in STEM industries that support NASA’s mission.

Participants in the Graduate STEM Research Fellowship Program must take part in an active faculty‐mentored research experience that aligns with the aerospace sector and meets NASA’s mission. Awards are made annually and are renewable for one year for students making satisfactory academic and research progress.

This is a competitive fellowship program, and awards are based on merit recognizing high academic achievement and promise. Underrepresented minority students, female students and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and enrolled at one of the five Virginia Space Grant member universities: The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia and Virginia Tech.

The deadline for submitting applications is Feb. 9, 2015.

For more information about this opportunity and to apply online, visit http://vsgc.odu.edu/sf/gradfellow/. Please email any questions about this opportunity to kmanning@odu.edu.

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2015-16 Virginia Space Grant Consortium STEM Bridge Scholarship

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

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

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

The deadline for submitting applications is March 16, 2015.

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

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

NASA Education Express — Oct. 23, 2014

Check out the latest NASA Education opportunity announcements.






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

Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other Education Organizations
Available While Supplies Last

Free Educational Materials — Space Racers′ Space/STEM Educator Toolkit
Audience: Educators Pre-K through Grade 5

Notice of Intent to Release a Draft Cooperative Agreement Notice for NASA Science Mission Directorate Science Education
Audience: All Educators

Free Education Webinar Series From NASA Educator Professional Development — K-5 NASA Education Series
Audience: K-5 In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators
Next Webinar Date: Oct. 23, 2014, at 7 p.m. EDT

NOAA Education and Science Forum 2014
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Dates: Oct. 26-29, 2014

Celebrate Solar Week — Fall 2014
Audience: Educators of Students in Grades 5-9
Event Dates: Oct. 27-31, 2014

Free Education Webinars From NASA Educator Professional Development
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators
Next Webinar Date: Oct. 28, 2014, at 6 p.m. EDT

Send Your Name on the First Orion Flight and Beyond!
Audience: Educators and Students Worldwide
Deadline: Oct. 31, 2014

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Next Application Deadline: Nov. 1, 2014

Free STEM Educator Workshop in New York — Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology
Audience: K-8 and Informal Educators
Workshop Begins: Nov. 1, 2014

NASA Virtual University Offers New Course
Audience: All Educators
Next Course Begins: Nov. 3, 2014

2015 RASC-AL Aerospace Concepts Design Competition
Audience: Higher Education Students
Notice of Intent Requested by Nov. 3, 2014
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 11, 2015

Sally Ride EarthKAM Announces 2014 Fall Mission
Audience: Middle School Educators and Students, and the Informal Education Community
Mission Dates: Nov. 4-7, 2014

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

DEADLINE EXTENDED: OSSI NIFS — Spring 2015 Opportunities
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 9, 2014

2014 NASA EONS Solicitation New Appendix
Audience: Minority Universities
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 12, 2014

National Institutes of Health Seeking Applications for Serious STEM Games for Pre-College and Informal Science Education Audiences
Audience: Small Business Concerns in the U.S.
Application Deadline: Nov. 12, 2014

MAVEN Workshop — Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!
Audience: Elementary Educators
Application Deadline: Nov. 12, 2014
Workshop Date: Nov. 15, 2014

2015 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships
Audience: U.S. Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 13, 2014

National Science Foundation’s East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes Fellowship Program
Audience: U.S. Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 13, 2014

2014 Humans in Space Art Video Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students and Early Career Professionals
Deadline: Nov. 15, 2014

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 8 to the International Space Station
Audience: School Districts Serving Grades 5-12, Informal Education Institutions, Colleges and Universities
Inquiry Deadline: Nov. 15, 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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Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles Available for Educational Use

NASA invites eligible U.S. educational institutions and museums to request space shuttle thermal protective tiles and other special items offered on a first-come, first-served basis while quantities last. Organizations previously allocated thermal protective tiles may request an additional three tiles.

There will be a nominal shipping fee that must be paid online with a credit card. To make a request for special items online, visit http://gsaxcess.gov/htm/nasa/userguide/Special_Item_Request_Procedure.pdf.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to GSAXcessHelp@gsa.gov.

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Free Educational Materials — Space Racers′ Space/STEM Educator Toolkit

Space Racers™ is a new, original animated TV series that provides young children with exposure to key aspects of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, curricula. Produced in collaboration with NASA experts, the series follows a group of talented young spaceship cadets at the Stardust Bay Space Academy. Kids will travel with speedy Eagle, strong Hawk, smart Robyn, brave Starling and competitive Raven as they soar through the solar system learning about the power of scientific investigation and observation, the wonders of space exploration and the importance of working as a team.

A toolkit filled with lesson plans and activities related to the Space Racers episodes is now available. The toolkit includes a CD-ROM and DVD with lesson plans and activities related to various Space Racers episodes. These resources are ideal for classroom and educator use with students in grades Pre-K through 2.

To request a free copy of the toolkit please send an email to press@spaceracers.org with the following information:

Name
Address
Phone
School Name
Grade Level

Lesson plans can be previewed and downloaded from the “Parents & Educators” section of the Space Racers website at http://spaceracers.org/en/parents-educators.

For more information on Space Racers, go to www.SpaceRacers.org.

Questions about these materials and the Space Racers series should be submitted via http://spaceracers.org/en/parents-educators/contact-us.

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Notice of Intent to Release a Draft Cooperative Agreement Notice for NASA Science Mission Directorate Science Education

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate intends to release a draft Cooperative Agreement Notice soliciting team-based proposals for science education. It is anticipated that the draft will be downloadable by the end of October 2014 from the NSPIRES Web page at http://tinyurl.com/npm4tzy. Comments on this draft text are due to the point of contact no later than 30 days after release of the draft text. It is anticipated that the final CAN will be issued early in calendar year 2015. See the anticipated schedule at the bottom of this announcement.

The goal of the NASA SMD Science Education CAN is to meet the following NASA SMD Science Education Objectives: enabling STEM education, improving U.S. science literacy; advancing national education goals; and leveraging science education through partnerships. NASA intends to select one or more focused, science discipline-based team(s). While it is envisioned that multiple agreements may be awarded, selection of a single award to support all of SMD science education requirements is not precluded. Awards are anticipated by Sept. 30, 2015.

All comments and questions should be directed to Kristen Erickson at CANsci-ed@hq.nasa.gov using “Science Education CAN” (without quotes) in the subject line of all transmissions. The identity of those submitting comments will be held in confidence. Answers to questions about this Announcement and draft CAN will be posted on the NSPIRES website for this CAN under other documents.

The anticipated NASA SMD Science Education CAN schedule follows:

Draft CAN Release Date (target) — October 2014
Final CAN Release Date (target) — No earlier than December 2014
Preproposal Conference — ~2 weeks after final CAN release
Notice of Intent to Propose Deadline — 30 days after final CAN release
Electronic Proposal Submittal Deadline — at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time 90 days after final CAN release
Selections Announced (target) — Summer 2015
Projects Begin (target) — Oct. 1, 2015

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Free Education Webinar Series From NASA Educator Professional Development — K-5 NASA Education Series

NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to specifically for elementary educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your K-5 classroom.

K-5 NASA Education Series: Part 2 — Art and the Cosmic Connection
Audience:
Pre-service and In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-5
Event Date: Oct. 23, 2014, at 7 p.m. EDT
During this 60-minute webinar, participants will learn about NASA lesson plans, educator guides and interactive websites that bring art and science together.

K-5 NASA Education Series: Part 3 — Science Component
Audience:
Pre-service and In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-5
Event Date: Oct. 27, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
During this 60-minute webinar, participants will learn about NASA’s resource for elementary classrooms with a focus on life science, earth science and physical science.

For more information about these webinars and to register online, visit https://paragon-tec.adobeconnect.com/admin/show-event-catalog.

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NOAA Education and Science Forum 2014

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s, or NOAA, Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center located on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore will co-host the Educational Partnership Program seventh biennial Education and Science Forum Oct. 26-29, 2014. This year’s theme is “Developing a Premier Future STEM Workforce to Support Environmental Sustainability.”

This year’s event kicks off with a series of student development workshops and an evening networking event on Sunday, Oct. 26.

The following day, the forum opens with plenary sessions featuring invited members of Congress and senior NOAA officials including Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, the agency administrator. Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, a distinguished scientist who holds the distinction of being the first American woman to walk in space.

In addition to nationally recognized researchers, the forum typically attracts several hundred participants, including college students, postdoctoral fellows, academic and community leaders, government officials and private-sector representatives interested in promoting future workforce diversity in STEM disciplines.

Seventy-two oral and 150 poster presentations are expected and will span sciences and social sciences that encompass the environment — atmosphere, marine and fisheries as well as remote sensing science and technologies.

For more information about how to participate and to register to attend, visit www.eppforum2014.com.

Questions about the forum should be submitted via https://eppforum.meetingservicesinc.com/contact/.

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Celebrate Solar Week — Fall 2014

Interact live with solar scientists during Solar Week, Oct. 27-31, 2014. Solar Week provides a weeklong series of Web-based educational classroom activities and games with a focus on the Sun-Earth connection. Students in grades 5-9 can learn about solar careers, sunspots, solar energy and solar storms through a series of activities, games and lessons.

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

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

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

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Free Education Webinars 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.

High School Space Math
Audience:
Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 9-12
Event Date: Oct. 28, 2014, at 6 p.m. EDT
Participants will be introduced to NASA resources designed to make the critical linkage between mathematics and science in the high school classroom. Hands-on activities that reinforce mathematics skills will be explored.

The Human Body: Challenges of Living in Space
Audience:
Pre-service and In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Oct. 29, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Participants will explore the effects of microgravity on the human body and learn how research on the International Space Station relates to people on Earth. An informative and fun inquiry activity for students will also be shared.

LRO: Measuring the Temperature of the Moon
Audience:
Pre-service and In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-9
Event Date: Oct. 30, 2014, at 6 p.m. EDT
Participants will learn about the Diviner Lunar Radiometer, an instrument aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter that measures surface temperatures on the moon. NASA research scientist Dr. Paul O. Hayne will share the latest lunar mission findings and discuss lunar eclipse observations.

Mass vs. Weight: What’s the Big Difference Anyway?
Audience:
Pre-service and In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Oct. 30, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Participants will explore the concepts of mass and weight, along with forces and motion, using NASA educational resources including a video filmed aboard the International Space Station.

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 Clarence Jones at Clarence.F.Jones@NASA.gov.

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Send Your Name on the First Orion Flight and Beyond!

NASA is inviting the public to send their names on a microchip to destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including Mars.

Your name will begin its journey on a dime-sized microchip when the agency′s Orion spacecraft launches Dec. 4, 2014, on its first flight, designated Exploration Flight Test-1. After a 4½-hour, two-orbit mission around Earth to test Orion′s systems, the spacecraft will travel back through the atmosphere at speeds approaching 20,000 mph and temperatures near 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit, before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean.

But the journey for your name doesn′t end there. After returning to Earth, the names will fly on future NASA exploration flights and missions to Mars.

The deadline for receiving a personal “boarding pass″ on Orion′s test flight closes Oct. 31, 2014. The public will have an opportunity to keep submitting names beyond Oct. 31 to be included on future test flights and future NASA missions to Mars.

To submit your name to fly on Orion′s flight test, visit http://mars.nasa.gov/participate/send-your-name/orion-first-flight/.

Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #JourneyToMars.

For information about Orion and its first flight, visit https://www.nasa.gov/orion.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Brandi Dean at brandi.k.dean@nasa.gov.

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NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships

The NASA Postdoctoral Program, or NPP, supports NASA’s goal to expand scientific understanding of the Earth and the universe in which we live.

Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NPP fellows complete one- to three-year fellowships that offer scientists and engineers unique opportunities to conduct research in fields of science relevant to NASA.

These opportunities advance NASA’s missions in earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics and engineering, human exploration and space operations, and astrobiology. Opportunities are available at NASA centers and other NASA-approved sites.

As a result, NPP fellows contribute to national priorities for scientific exploration, confirm NASA’s leadership in fundamental research and complement the efforts of NASA’s partners in the national science community.

U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents and foreign nationals eligible for J-1 status as a research scholar may apply. Applicants must have completed a doctorate or equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but may apply while completing degree requirements. Applicants who earned the Ph.D. more than five years before the deadline date are categorized as senior fellows; all applicants, no matter their category, must apply and become eligible for an NPP award via the same process.

Interested applicants may apply by one of three annual application deadlines: March 1, July 1 and November 1.

For more information and application procedures, go to http://nasa.orau.org/postdoc/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to nasapostdoc@orau.org.

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Free STEM Educator Workshop in New York — Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology

NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum have partnered to provide educators a Free STEM workshop that will train educators to implement the Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology, or BEST, curriculum into their K-8 classrooms and educational programs. Informal and afterschool educators are also encouraged to attend.

Participants will receive a Free BEST lab materials kit and training from Intrepid’s STEM education programs. BEST meets many of the standards associated with the Common Core Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, State Science Content Standards and the IB International Baccalaureate program. Participants will have the opportunity to work with NASA scientists and engineers, create a network with STEM educators and receive NASA/BEST certification.

Workshops will take place Nov. 1, Nov. 8 and Nov. 22 at the Intrepid Museum of Sea, Air and Space in New York City. An additional workshop will take place on Nov. 7 at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City. All workshops will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time.

Registration is limited and is open to all US citizens. For more information and to register for this workshop, please send an email to Sara Meziani at sara.meziani@nasa.gov.

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NASA Virtual University Offers New Course

NASA Education is presenting a free online course for educators who wish to integrate NASA educational lessons and activities into their learning environments. Offered through the NASA Virtual University, the course consists of a series of webinars led by NASA education specialists. Each webinar will be offered twice. The course is free, but you must register to attend.

Mathematics: Algebraic Equations
This course consists of three weeks of weekly webinars, and is designed to introduce educators to tools for teaching algebraic equations. The first webinar in the series takes place on Nov. 3, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. EST.

For more information about the course and to register online, visit http://helixtraining.gtpe.gatech.edu/.

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2015 RASC-AL Aerospace Concepts Design Competition

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace announce the 2015 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage, or RASC-AL, Aerospace Concepts competition. RASC-AL is a design project competition for university-level engineering students and faculty.

The 2015 RASC-AL contest challenges participants to design projects based on real NASA problems, responding to one of four themes:
— Earth-Independent Mars Pioneering Architecture
— Earth-Independent Lunar Pioneering Architecture
— Mars’ Moons Prospector Mission
— Large-Scale Mars Entry, Decent and Landing Pathfinder Mission

Concepts derived from the design projects could potentially be implemented by NASA.

Interested teams are encouraged to submit a notice of intent by Nov. 3, 2014, and teams must submit an abstract for their proposed project by Jan. 11, 2015. The RASC-AL Steering Committee of NASA and industry experts will evaluate the proposals and select as many as 11 undergraduate and five graduate teams to compete against each other at a forum in June 2015 in Florida.

The RASC-AL competition is open to full-time undergraduate or graduate students majoring in engineering or science at an accredited university. University design teams must include one faculty or industry advisor with a university affiliation and two or more undergraduate or graduate students. A group of universities may also collaborate on a design project entry. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

For more information about this competition, visit http://nianet.org/RASCAL.

If you have questions about this competition, please contact Stacy Dees at stacy.dees@nianet.org or Shelley Spears at Shelley.Spears@nianet.org.

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Sally Ride EarthKAM Announces 2014 Fall Mission

Students and educators are invited to participate in Sally Ride EarthKAM this fall. The 2014 fall mission is scheduled to take place Nov. 4-7, 2014. Guide your students in hands-on research as they program a camera aboard the International Space Station to take pictures of specific locations on Earth. The optional online curricula at the Sally Ride EarthKAM website are targeted at middle school students but are adaptable for other grade levels. All students and educators are welcome, including participants in afterschool programs.

For more information and to register for an upcoming mission, visit the Sally Ride EarthKAM home page at https://earthkam.ucsd.edu/.

If you have questions about the EarthKAM project, please email ek-help@earthkam.ucsd.edu.

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Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

Curious about icy bodies in the outer reaches of our solar system, the effects of space junk on deep-space observation, the latest discoveries about the origins of the universe and new ways galaxy formation is mapped? Come to the Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series presented by Smithsonian researchers who are exploring the sun, the moon, planets, stars, galaxies and the universe. These speakers will share behind-the-scenes details about how their research is done and about technologies that advance new discoveries. The lectures will be held at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

Each lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. EST and is followed by a Q&A session. Stay after the lecture to visit the museum’s observatory, weather permitting.

Nov. 8, 2014 — Far Out! A Tour of the Icy Bodies of the Outer Solar System
Discover the diverse and curious population of icy bodies that inhabit the outer solar system. Postdoctoral fellow Emily Martin will lead participants on a journey starting at the moons of Jupiter and cruising through the moons of Saturn, Neptune and Uranus, and then stopping at Pluto.

Dec. 6, 2014 — Rubble Trouble: How Space Junk Impacts Astronomy
The incredible information and images gathered using space telescopes have revolutionized what we know about the cosmos. Could space junk hinder future findings? Research associate Lisa Rand will discuss this question and the impact space junk has on astronomy.

Jan. 24, 2015 — Observing the Origin of the Universe From the South Pole
After three years of observing from the South Pole, scientists may have found confirmation that the universe underwent a burst of inflationary growth at the time of the Big Bang. Cosmologist Colin Bischoff will discuss these findings as well as the excitement of astronomy from Antarctica.

Feb. 21, 2015 — Tracing the Structure of the Universe With Galaxy Surveys
Studies of galaxy formation and cosmology have exploded in recent years due to the immense data obtained from large galaxy surveys. Postdoctoral fellow Cameron McBride will discuss how observational data and theory are combined to better understand fundamental questions in our universe, and will highlight some exciting results from ongoing research.

For more information about the Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/lectures/smithsonian-stars/.

Questions about this lecture series should be directed to the visitor service line at 202-633-1000.

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: OSSI NIFS — Spring 2015 Opportunities

NASA’s One Stop Shopping Initiative for Internships, Fellowships and Scholarships, or OSSI NIFS, strives to provide high school students and undergraduate and graduate students at all institutions of higher education access to a portfolio of internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities offered by NASA mission directorates and centers.

Visit the Office of Education Infrastructure Division LaunchPad to find information on internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities. The site features the OSSI NIFS online application for recruiting NASA interns, fellows and scholars. This innovative system allows students to search and apply for all types of higher education NASA internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities in one location. A single application places the student in the applicant pool for consideration by all NASA mentors.

The deadline for spring 2015 opportunity applications has been extended to Nov. 9, 2014.

To find available opportunities and to fill out an online application, visit https://intern.nasa.gov/index.html.

Inquiries about OSSI NIFS should be submitted via https://intern.nasa.gov/oic/.

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2014 NASA EONS Solicitation New Appendix

NASA’s Office of Education is accepting new proposals under the Education Opportunities in NASA STEM, or EONS, 2014 NASA Research Announcement for the Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP, Institutional Research Opportunity, or MIRO appendix. This effort was previously titled as the NASA University Research Centers Project, and has now been consolidated into the MUREP Program within the NASA Office of Education.

Through the EONS omnibus solicitation, the opportunity MIRO has been released. Through MIRO awards, NASA aims to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM literacy and to enhance and sustain the capability of minority serving institutions to perform NASA-related research and education, which directly support NASA’s four mission directorates — Aeronautics Research, Human Exploration and Space Operations, Science, and Space Technology.

Proposals are due Nov. 12, 2014.

For more information regarding the MIRO solicitation, please visit the NASA EONS page on the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Proposal System, or NSPIRES, website at: http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7bB6C61D04-5793-EF52-3497-1AA57FA424A5%7d&path=open .

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National Institutes of Health Seeking Applications for Serious STEM Games for Pre-College and Informal Science Education Audiences

The National Institutes of Health, or NIH, is seeking applications for funding awards to develop serious science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, games with a focus on biology that address health and medicine questions for pre-kindergarten to 12th grade students, pre- and in-service educators or informal education audiences.

Serious games are defined as the use of gaming technology to train, educate and encourage behavioral changes in a virtual world format where progressive learning, feedback on success and user control are combined into an interactive and engaging experience.

Two types of grants are available. Awards will be made via Small Business Innovation Research grants and Small Business Technology Transfer grants. Only United States small business concerns, or SBCs, are eligible to submit applications for this opportunity. An SBC is one that, at the time of award of Phase I and Phase II, meets specific requirements. For full details, visit the opportunity website.

The first deadline for applications is Nov. 12, 2014.

For more information regarding these grant opportunities, please visit http://grants.nih.gov/searchguide/related_results.cfm?DocNum=PAR-14-326. Questions should be directed to grantsinfo@nih.gov.

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MAVEN Workshop — Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, mission began orbiting Mars on Sept. 21, 2014. MAVEN will explore the planet′s upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the solar wind. The mission will provide invaluable insights into the history of Mars′ atmosphere and climate, liquid water and planetary habitability.

Join the MAVEN education team for a one-day workshop on the MAVEN mission, and the accompanying elementary program, Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore! This program features six standards-based lessons that combine science, literacy and art to help students understand planetary habitability and the MAVEN mission. The workshop will introduce participants to these lessons and concepts. The workshop will also have a session devoted to Spanish speaking English Language Learner and English as a Second Language students. Attendees will receive free classroom materials.

The workshop will take place on Nov. 15, 2014, in Queens, New York. Registration is $15 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Applications are due Nov. 12, 2014, but space is limited so interested educators are encouraged to apply early.

For more information about the workshop and to apply online, visit http://lasp.colorado.edu/maven/red-planet/queens/.

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

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2015 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships

NASA is seeking applications from U.S. graduate students for the agency’s Space Technology Research Fellowships. The research grants, worth as much as $74,000 per year, will coincide with the start of the 2015 fall academic term.

Applications will be accepted from students pursuing or planning to pursue master’s or doctorate degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at accredited U.S. universities. The grants will sponsor U.S. graduate student researchers who show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s strategic space technology objectives through their studies. To date, NASA has awarded grants to 247 student researchers from 79 universities located in 35 states and one U.S. territory.

Sponsored by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, the fellowships are improving America’s technological competitiveness by providing the nation with a pipeline of innovative space technologies.

The deadline for submitting applications is Nov. 13, 2013.

For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/oemporz.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to hq-nstrf-call@mail.nasa.gov.

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National Science Foundation’s East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes Fellowship Program

The National Science Foundation, or NSF, is accepting applications for its East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes, or EAPSI, Fellowship Program. This program provides U.S. graduate students in science and engineering with an opportunity to spend eight weeks (10 weeks for Japan) during the summer conducting research at one of seven host locations in East Asia and the Pacific. Host locations are Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan. The program is a collaboration between NSF and counterpart agencies in each host location.

EAPSI is open to graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and are enrolled in a research-oriented master’s or doctoral program in science or engineering. Applicants must propose a research project in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics field supported by NSF. Applicants identify and contact host researchers on their own prior to submitting their EAPSI proposals. Lists of prospective host institutions are available at the opportunity website.

NSF provides EAPSI Fellows with a $5,000 stipend and roundtrip airplane ticket to the host location. The program’s foreign counterparts provide in-country living expenses and accommodations (arrangements vary by host location).

The application submission deadline for summer 2015 is Nov. 13, 2014.

For additional information about the program, including location-specific handbooks, a How to Apply guide and helpful tips for applicants, visit www.nsf.gov/eapsi.

Questions about this fellowship opportunity should be directed to oiia-ise-eapsi@nsf.gov.

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2014 Humans in Space Art Video Challenge

The Humans in Space Art Program and NASA’s International Space Station Program have teamed up to launch the international Humans in Space Art Challenge. How will humans use space science and technology to benefit humanity? College students and early career professionals are invited to ponder this question and to express an answer creatively in a video less than three minutes long. Video artwork can be of any style, featuring original animation, sketches, music, live action drama, poetry, dance, Rube Goldberg machines, apps, etc. Younger students may also participate, but all artwork will be judged in one age category.

Individuals or teams of participants should include one clear reference to the International Space Station in their videos and may use space station footage if desired.

An interdisciplinary team of space representatives and art experts will evaluate the videos. NASA and the Humans in Space Art program will make the highest scoring artwork visible worldwide through online and local touring events. NASA will also take the winning video on a trip into orbit on the International Space Station and provide montages with flown patches for winners.

Submissions must be received by Nov. 15, 2014.

For additional information and a complete list of guidelines, visit http://www.lpi.usra.edu/humansinspaceart/challenge/.

Inquiries about this opportunity should be directed to humansinspaceart@lpi.usra.edu.

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Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 8 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 8 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 ISS. This opportunity is part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, or SSEP.

Each participating community will receive a real microgravity research minilaboratory capable of supporting a single microgravity experiment and all launch services to fly the minilab to the space station in fall 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 minilab. 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 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 Nov. 15, 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 8 to International Space Station National Announcement of Opportunity at http://ssep.ncesse.org/2014/10/new-flight-opportunity-for-school-districts-announcing-student-spaceflight-experiments-program-ssep-mission-8-to-the-international-space-station-starting-february-2015/.

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

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

NASA Education Express — Oct. 16, 2014

Check out the latest NASA Education opportunity announcements.






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

Help NASA Find New Planetary Systems — Become a Disk Detective!
Audience: All Educators and Students
Project Timeframe: Now Through 2018

“Offset”: A New Educational iPhone/iPad Game Now Available
Audience: Learners Ages 8-80

MissionSTEM Video: Addressing the STEM Education Challenges Ahead
Audience: All Educators and Students

Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other Education Organizations
Available While Supplies Last

Earth Science Week 2014 Contests
Audience: All Educators and Students
Entry Deadline: Oct. 17, 2014

2015 GLOBE Calendar Art Competition
Audience: Students in Grades K-12
Entry Deadline: Oct. 17, 2014

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Spring 2015 Policy Internship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: Oct. 17, 2014

NASA IV&V Team America Rocketry Challenge Webinars
Audience: Educators and Students in Grades 7-12
Next Webinar Date: Oct. 18, 2014, at 12:00 p.m. EDT

Open House 2014: NASA’s Ames Research Center
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Oct. 18, 2014

Witness History at NASA Social Event During Orion’s First Flight Test Launch in Florida
Audience: All Educators and Students 18+ Years Old
Registration Deadline: 5 p.m. EDT on Oct. 19, 2014

Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other Education Organizations
Request Deadline: Oct. 20, 2014

NASA’s ESTEEM “Ask US” Online Professional Development Series
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: Oct. 21, 2014, at 4:15 p.m. EDT

Free Education Webinar Series From NASA Educator Professional Development — K-5 NASA Education Series
Audience: K-5 In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators
Next Event Date: Oct. 21, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

NASA Challenge: Build an App That Uses OpenNEX Climate and Earth Science Data
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Deadline: Oct. 21, 2014

Museum Alliance Webcast: Planning Your Orion First Flight Event
Audience: Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 22, 2014, at 4 p.m. EDT

Free Education Webinar From NASA Educator Professional Development — Space Mathematics: Active Math
Audience: 5-8 In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 22, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

NOAA Education and Science Forum 2014
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Dates: Oct. 26-29, 2014

Celebrate Solar Week — Fall 2014
Audience: Educators of Students in Grades 5-9
Event Dates: Oct. 27-31, 2014

Sally Ride EarthKAM Announces 2014 Fall Mission
Audience: Middle School Educators and Students, and the Informal Education Community
Mission Dates: Oct. 28-31, 2014

Free Educational Materials — Space Racers′ Space/STEM Educator Toolkit
Audience: Educators Pre-K through Grade 5
Tool Kit Request Deadline: Oct. 30, 2014

Send Your Name on the First Orion Flight and Beyond!
Audience: Educators and Students Worldwide
Deadline: Oct. 31, 2014

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Next Application Deadline: Nov. 1, 2014

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 8 to the International Space Station
Audience: School Districts Serving Grades 5-12, Informal Education Institutions, Colleges and Universities
Inquiry Deadline: Nov. 15, 2014

Virginia Space Grant Consortium’s STEM Takes Flight Program
Audience: Community College Educators and Students in Virginia
Application Deadlines as Early as Nov. 17, 2014

2014-2015 NASA Goddard OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Challenge
Audience: Grade 3-12 Students
Registration Deadline: Jan. 12, 2015

NASA Robotic Mining Competition 2015
Audience: Higher Education Educators & Students
Event Date: May 18-22, 2015

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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Help NASA Find New Planetary Systems — Become a Disk Detective!

Help NASA find new disks, homes of extrasolar planets, by classifying images from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer telescope and other observatories. In this citizen science project, you’ll view animated images of disk candidates and classify them, distinguishing good candidates from galaxies, asteroids and image artifacts. This project, suitable for elementary students through expert adults, will yield targets for the James Webb Space Telescope and publications in professional scientific literature.

This project is ongoing and expected to run through 2018. For more information and to start hunting for planets, visit http://www.diskdetective.org/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Marc Kuchner at marc.j.kuchner@nasa.gov.

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“Offset”: A New Educational iPhone/iPad Game Now Available

Check out the latest educational game from NASA′s Space Place — ″Offset.″ Take matters into your own hands and help reduce carbon emissions to slow the pace of global warming. Part “Pong,” part resource management and 100 percent retro, this game is challenging, exciting and educational. Players learn how the global carbon cycle works, about different sources of carbon and about the ways alternative energy and reforestation can help offset those sources. If players want to succeed, they will need quick fingers and strong multitasking skills. Download it today at http://tinyurl.com/p8rcrwn.

For more science and technology resources geared toward elementary students, visit the Space Place website at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/.

Questions about the game should be directed to info@spaceplace.nasa.gov.

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MissionSTEM Video: Addressing the STEM Education Challenges Ahead

NASA’s Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity invites you to view a new set of videos in its Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Series. The “Addressing the STEM Education Challenges Ahead” series is available at http://missionstem.nasa.gov/diversityInclusionLeadrshp.html.

The videos feature top university leaders addressing the current challenges that universities face in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, fields. The leaders also discuss their recommendations on how to address those challenges that lie ahead based on their experiences and innovations.

NASA’s Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity hopes you will find the program insightful and thought provoking. Questions or commentary may be directed to http://missionstem.nasa.gov/ask.html.

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Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles Available for Educational Use

NASA invites eligible U.S. educational institutions and museums to request space shuttle thermal protective tiles and other special items offered on a first-come, first-served basis while quantities last. Organizations previously allocated thermal protective tiles may request an additional three tiles.

There will be a nominal shipping fee that must be paid online with a credit card. To make a request for special items online, visit http://gsaxcess.gov/htm/nasa/userguide/Special_Item_Request_Procedure.pdf.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to GSAXcessHelp@gsa.gov.

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Earth Science Week 2014 Contests

The American Geosciences Institute is sponsoring a series of contests to celebrate Earth Science Week 2014. This year’s celebration takes place Oct. 12-18, 2014.

Earth Science Week 2014 Photography Contest — Open to All Ages
http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests/photography/index.html
Earth science is the study of the geosphere (land), hydrosphere (water), atmosphere (air) and biosphere (living things). These spheres — or earth systems — are continually affecting and influencing one another. In our homes, in our neighborhoods, in our workplaces and in our public gathering places, we can observe the dynamic interactions of “earth system science.” In a photograph, capture evidence of the connections of earth systems in your community.

Earth Science Week 2014 Visual Arts Contest — Open to Students in Grades K-5
http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests/visualarts/index.html
Earth scientists — or geoscientists — study land, water, air and living things. In particular, these scientists pay attention to the ways these “connected systems” affect each other. For example, scientists study how water shapes the land, how living things use air and how air and water act on each other. How do these connected systems affect you? Use artwork to show how land, water, air and living things are connected in the world around you.

Earth Science Week 2014 Essay Contest — Open to Students in Grades 6-9
http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests/essay/index.html
Our planet’s land, water, air, and living things each affect and are affected by one another. Earth scientists observe these interactions among earth systems — the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere. Scientists study these interactions to seize opportunities and address challenges in areas such as harnessing energy, farming land, ensuring safe water, preparing for natural disasters, protecting the environment and building communities. Explain one way that geoscientists’ study of Earth’s connected systems is helping to improve the world today.

The entry deadline for all three contests is Oct. 17, 2014. Visit the contest websites for full details.

If you have any questions about these contests, please email the Earth Science Week staff at info@earthsciweek.org.

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2015 GLOBE Calendar Art Competition

The Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment, or GLOBE, Program is sponsoring an international art competition to encourage students to highlight and document GLOBE communities around the world. GLOBE is asking students to draw, paint or show via some other artistic medium the relationship between Earth-observing satellites and GLOBE communities around the world.

Winning entries will be featured in the 2015 GLOBE calendar, which is viewed by students, teachers, scientists and community members from around the world. All participants will receive a calendar.

Entries are due Oct. 17, 2014. For full contest details and rules, visit http://www.globe.gov/events/competitions/calendar-art-competitions/art-for-2015-calendar.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to science@globe.gov.

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White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Spring 2015 Policy Internship Program

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, or OSTP, is seeking students for spring 2015 internships. The OSTP advises the President on the effects of science and technology on domestic and international affairs. The office serves as a source of scientific and technological analyses and judgment for the president with respect to major policies, plans and programs of the federal government

Policy internships are open to interested students from all majors and programs, including law school programs. Law students (and any other students) who are interested in policy may apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are enrolled, at least half-time, in an accredited college or university during the period of volunteer service. Students in undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in all fields are encouraged to apply.

While these positions are without compensation, the assignments provide educational enrichment, practical work experience and networking opportunities with other individuals in the science and technology policy arena.

Applications for spring 2015 internships are due Oct. 17, 2014.

For more information, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ostp/about/student.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact Rebecca Grimm at rgrimm@ostp.eop.gov.

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NASA IV&V Team America Rocketry Challenge Webinars

The Team America Rocketry Challenge, or TARC, is the world’s largest rocket contest. The event is sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association and the National Association of Rocketry. Created in the fall of 2002 as a one-time celebration of the Centennial of Flight, enthusiasm about the event was so great that the contest is now held annually.

As the registration deadline for next year’s competition approaches, a series of webinars is being held for interested teams. These online webinars will be delivered by NASA education specialists and engineers along with experts from the National Association of Rocketry and other partners.

This IS Rocket Science: Oct. 18, 2014, Noon to 1:30 p.m. EDT
This session will focus on the physics behind model rocketry along with ways to improve your team′s performance using science. NASA Engineer Tom Benson, author of NASA′s Beginner′s Guide to Rockets, will be your guide to the many forces acting upon your rocket along with scientific explanations, mathematical calculations and practical applications. We will cover Newton′s three laws of motion, how to determine a rocket’s center of pressure and center of gravity, and the conditions that guarantee a successful and stable flight. Your participation in this webinar will earn you the envious title of rocket scientist for your TARC team. New and veteran teams are encouraged to participate in this session.

Rocket Design and Simulation: Nov. 1, 2014, Noon to 1:30 p.m. EDT
The most successful TARC teams aren′t lucky… they engineer success through the use of design and simulation software for model rocketry. Most TARC teams use software to capture their design ideas, evaluate potential motors, determine how many and what size fins to add, and ensure a safe and stable flight. This webinar will demonstrate how these tools work, explain how to access freely available online training materials, and describe how to design, test and modify a rocket based on this year′s rules. New teams and veterans who are not comfortable using the simulation software are encouraged to attend this session.

Participating in TARC: Dec. 6, 2014, Noon to 1:30 p.m. EST
Join Team America Rocketry Challenge Manager Miles Lifson and NASA Education Specialist Fred Kepner for an overview of the TARC competition, an introduction to model rocketry and a live demonstration of how to design and build a TARC rocket. Potential and new teams are encouraged to participate in this session to jump start your season.

For more information about these webinars and to register online, visit http://www.rocketcontest.org/webinars.cfm.

For more information about the Team America Rocketry Challenge, visit http://www.rocketcontest.org/index.cfm.

Questions about Team America Rocketry Challenge and the free webinar series should be directed to rocketcontest@aia-aerospace.org.

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Open House 2014: NASA’s Ames Research Center

To celebrate its 75th anniversary, NASA’s Ames Research Center in California is hosting an open house.

On Oct. 18, 2014, the public is invited to visit NASA’s center in Silicon Valley. Take a 2-mile walking tour through the center, and visit with Ames engineers and scientists in booths set up in front of their facilities. After the walking tour, visit the plaza to learn about Ames’ missions. Food, drinks and mementos will be available for purchase.

General visitor parking will be offsite, and tickets with reserved entry times will be required to attend the event.

For more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/ames/openhouse2014/.

Questions about the Ames Open House event should be directed to Sharon Lozano at sharon.k.lozano@nasa.gov.

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Witness History at NASA Social Event During Orion’s First Flight Test Launch in Florida

NASA invites social media followers to a unique two-day NASA Social event on Dec. 3-4, 2014, in Florida. The event will bring 150 social media users together to witness the first launch of the Orion spacecraft on Exploration Flight Test-1, or EFT-1.

NASA Socials are in-person meetings with people who engage with the agency through Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social networks. This historic event is open to 150 individuals to come to the Kennedy Space Center, participate in two days of fun-filled activities that, weather and launch constraints cooperating, culminate in the launch of EFT-1 on Dec. 4. Please note that registration for the event is only for a single person and is nontransferable. Because of space limitations, the registration does not allow for guests; if you know of others who would like to participate, they will have to complete their own registration.

NASA Social participants will have the opportunity to:
— View the launch of the Delta IV heavy rocket carrying the Orion spacecraft.
— Hear first-hand accounts of the mission and research goals from NASA engineering teams from around the agency and other organizations.
— Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (Note: All sites on KSC / CCAFS are subject to closure due to mission or operation requirements.), including potential opportunities to get an inside look of the Vehicle Assembly Building, tour Orion′s production facility and go inside the Launch Control Center.
— Meet and interact with astronaut(s) and representatives from NASA and other organizations.
— Meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media.
— Meet members of NASA’s social media team.

Event organizers are also planning an extra event for educators participating in the NASA Social. More details about this additional activity will be available closer to the date of the Social.

Registration is open until 5 p.m. EDT on Oct. 19, 2014. NASA will select 150 participants at random from Web registrants. Additional applicants will be placed on a waiting list. Each participant must be age 18 or older.

For more NASA Social and sign up information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/social-orionflighttest-kennedy/.

To join and track the conversation online during the NASA Socials, follow the hashtags #NASASocial and #Orion.

To learn more about the Orion spacecraft, visit https://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/orion/index.html.

Questions about this NASA Social event should be directed to HQ-Social@mail.nasa.gov.

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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 23rd screening of artifacts since 2009.

Eligible schools, universities, museums, libraries and planetariums may view the artifacts and request specific items through Oct. 20, 2014. Online registrations should include an assigned Department of Education number. Registration also may be made through the requester’s State Agency for Surplus Property office. For instructions, to register and to view and request 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; however, 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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NASA’s ESTEEM “Ask US” Online Professional Development Series

NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP, is sponsoring a series of GooglePlus Hangout professional development events for K-12 educators. The Earth Systems, Technology and Energy Education for MUREP, or ESTEEM, team will lead the once-per-month sessions that will cover a variety of climate topics. This month’s webinar topic is:

Cycles: Teachers Exploring Climate Change from a Native American PerspectiveOct. 21, 2014, at 4:15 p.m. EDT
Clarify misconceptions about climate change and discover effective, culturally congruent resources focused on the impact of changing climate on our ecosystems. Cycles is a three-year professional development program focused on place-based climate change education merging Native American philosophy with scientific explanations of the natural world. A powerful learning experience for native and non-native student populations is achieved by incorporating NASA data, models and simulations with hands-on activities.

Certificates of professional development hours are available upon request.

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

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Free Education Webinar Series From NASA Educator Professional Development — K-5 NASA Education Series

NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to specifically for elementary educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your K-5 classroom.

K-5 NASA Education Series: Part 1 — Literacy Component
Audience:
Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-5
Event Date: Oct. 21, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
During this 60-minute webinar, participants will learn about NASA’s K-5 literature publications that may be used to teach science vocabulary, scientific thinking and the scientific process.

K-5 NASA Education Series: Part 2 — Art and the Cosmic Connection
Audience:
Pre-service and In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-5
Event Date: Oct. 23, 2014, at 7 p.m. EDT
During this 60-minute webinar, participants will learn about NASA lesson plans, educator guides and interactive websites that bring art and science together.

K-5 NASA Education Series: Part 3 — Science Component
Audience:
Pre-service and In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-5
Event Date: Oct. 27, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
During this 60-minute webinar, participants will learn about NASA’s resource for elementary classrooms with a focus on life science, earth science and physical science.

For more information about these webinars and to register online, visit https://paragon-tec.adobeconnect.com/admin/show-event-catalog.

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NASA Challenge: Build an App That Uses OpenNEX Climate and Earth Science Data

NASA recently made available, through Amazon Web Services, a large collection of climate and earth sciences satellite data. In coordination with this data release, NASA is challenging application developers to create new and exciting ways to use the data.

The challenge uses the Open NASA Earth Exchange, or OpenNEX. NEX is a data, computing and knowledge platform where users can share modeling and analyses codes, scientific results, knowledge and expertise to solve big data challenges in the earth sciences. A component of the NASA Earth Exchange, OpenNEX provides users through the Amazon Web Services a large collection of climate and earth science satellite data sets, including global land surface images, vegetation conditions, climate observations and climate projections.

The latest challenge tasks participants to create an app that uses the climate and earth science data in new and exciting ways. NASA is offering between $10,000 and $25,000 in awards for the development of an application or algorithm that promotes climate resilience using the OpenNEX data based on ideas from the first stage of the challenge. NASA will announce the overall challenge winners in December.

To educate citizen scientists on how the data on OpenNEX can be used, NASA is releasing a series of online video lectures and hands-on lab modules. To view this material, and for information on registering for the challenges, visit https://nex.nasa.gov/OpenNEX.

The deadline for the challenge is Oct. 21, 2014.

Complete details of the challenge are available at https://www.innocentive.com/ar/challenge/9933585?cc=NASA3585&utm_source=NASA&utm_campaign=9933585&utm_medium=landing+page. Specific questions about this challenge should be directed through the challenge website after registration.

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Museum Alliance Webcast: Planning Your Orion First Flight Event

Join the excitement of the next step in human space exploration as NASA′s new Orion spacecraft launches on its inaugural flight, Dec. 4, 2014! The Orion team invites your institution to host an Orion First Flight Viewing Event and share the excitement with your community. The Museum Alliance is hosting a webcast on Oct. 22, 2014, at 4 p.m. EDT to illustrate how you can enhance the entire mission experience from launch through splashdown in your museum, science center or planetarium.

In this presentation, NASA′s Robin Hart-Prouse and Patricia Moore will share and demonstrate event resources such as hands-on activities, videos, imagery, graphic files and an event planner′s guide. They will also share event planning tips for a launch-viewing breakfast, splashdown bash or weekend celebration.

Questions for Hart-Prouse and Moore may be submitted before and during the event at the following email address: jsc-orion-outreach@mail.nasa.gov.

To view the webcast, visit http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-jsc.

To learn more about planning an Orion Launch Celebration event, visit www.ExploreDeepSpace.com.

Additional Orion resources may be found at https://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/mpcv/ and https://www.flickr.com/photos/nasaorion.

After the webcast event, presentation materials will be posted on the Museum Alliance member site at https://informal.jpl.nasa.gov/museum/Conversations. A downloadable copy of the webcast and transcript will be posted a week or so later at the same location. Username and password are required to access the member site.

To learn how to become a Museum Alliance member, visit https://informal.jpl.nasa.gov/museum/About.

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Free Education Webinar From NASA Educator Professional Development — Space Mathematics: Active Math

Join NASA Educator Professional Development on Oct. 22, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT for an hourlong webinar for educators of grades 5-8. Participants will explore the use of inquiry to reinforce mathematics skills while engaging students with hands-on activities. NASA resources that can be used in the classroom to make the critical link between math and science will be shared.

For more information and to register online, visit https://events-na11.adobeconnect.com/content/connect/c1/1088539485/en/events/event/shared/1097653603/event_landing.html?sco-id=1233475920.

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NOAA Education and Science Forum 2014

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s, or NOAA, Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center located on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore will co-host the Educational Partnership Program seventh biennial Education and Science Forum Oct. 26-29, 2014. This year’s theme is “Developing a Premier Future STEM Workforce to Support Environmental Sustainability.”

This year’s event kicks off with a series of student development workshops and an evening networking event on Sunday, Oct. 26.

The following day, the forum opens with plenary sessions featuring invited members of Congress and senior NOAA officials including Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, the agency administrator. Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, a distinguished scientist who holds the distinction of being the first American woman to walk in space.

In addition to nationally recognized researchers, the forum typically attracts several hundred participants, including college students, postdoctoral fellows, academic and community leaders, government officials and private-sector representatives interested in promoting future workforce diversity in STEM disciplines.

Seventy-two oral and 150 poster presentations are expected and will span sciences and social sciences that encompass the environment — atmosphere, marine and fisheries as well as remote sensing science and technologies.

For more information about how to participate and to register to attend, visit www.eppforum2014.com.

Questions about the forum should be submitted via https://eppforum.meetingservicesinc.com/contact/.

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Celebrate Solar Week — Fall 2014

Interact live with solar scientists during Solar Week, Oct. 27-31, 2014. Solar Week provides a weeklong series of Web-based educational classroom activities and games with a focus on the Sun-Earth connection. Students in grades 5-9 can learn about solar careers, sunspots, solar energy and solar storms through a series of activities, games and lessons.

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

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

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

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Sally Ride EarthKAM Announces 2014 Fall Mission

Students and educators are invited to participate in Sally Ride EarthKAM this fall. The 2014 fall mission is scheduled to take place Oct. 28-31, 2014. Guide your students in hands-on research as they program a camera aboard the International Space Station to take pictures of specific locations on Earth. The optional online curricula at the Sally Ride EarthKAM website are targeted at middle school students but are adaptable for other grade levels. All students and educators are welcome, including participants in afterschool programs.

For more information and to register for an upcoming mission, visit the Sally Ride EarthKAM home page at https://earthkam.ucsd.edu/.

If you have questions about the EarthKAM project, please email ek-help@earthkam.ucsd.edu.

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Free Educational Materials — Space Racers′ Space/STEM Educator Toolkit

Space Racers™ is a new, original animated TV series that provides young children with exposure to key aspects of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, curricula. Produced in collaboration with NASA experts, the series follows a group of talented young spaceship cadets at the Stardust Bay Space Academy. Kids will travel with speedy Eagle, strong Hawk, smart Robyn, brave Starling and competitive Raven as they soar through the solar system learning about the power of scientific investigation and observation, the wonders of space exploration and the importance of working as a team.

A toolkit filled with lesson plans and activities related to the Space Racers episodes is now available. The toolkit includes a CD-ROM and DVD with lesson plans and activities related to various Space Racers episodes. These resources are ideal for classroom and educator use with students in grades Pre-K through 2.

To request a free copy of the toolkit please send an email to press@spaceracers.org with the following information by Oct. 30, 2014:

Name
Address
Phone
School Name
Grade Level

Lesson plans can be previewed and downloaded from the “Parents & Educators” section of the Space Racers website at http://spaceracers.org/en/parents-educators.

For more information on Space Racers, go to www.SpaceRacers.org.

Questions about these materials and the Space Racers series should be submitted via http://spaceracers.org/en/parents-educators/contact-us.

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Send Your Name on the First Orion Flight and Beyond!

NASA is inviting the public to send their names on a microchip to destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including Mars.

Your name will begin its journey on a dime-sized microchip when the agency′s Orion spacecraft launches Dec. 4, 2014, on its first flight, designated Exploration Flight Test-1. After a 4½-hour, two-orbit mission around Earth to test Orion′s systems, the spacecraft will travel back through the atmosphere at speeds approaching 20,000 mph and temperatures near 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit, before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean.

But the journey for your name doesn′t end there. After returning to Earth, the names will fly on future NASA exploration flights and missions to Mars.

The deadline for receiving a personal “boarding pass″ on Orion′s test flight closes Oct. 31, 2014. The public will have an opportunity to keep submitting names beyond Oct. 31 to be included on future test flights and future NASA missions to Mars.

To submit your name to fly on Orion′s flight test, visit http://mars.nasa.gov/participate/send-your-name/orion-first-flight/.

Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #JourneyToMars.

For information about Orion and its first flight, visit https://www.nasa.gov/orion.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Brandi Dean at brandi.k.dean@nasa.gov.

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NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships

The NASA Postdoctoral Program, or NPP, supports NASA’s goal to expand scientific understanding of the Earth and the universe in which we live.

Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NPP fellows complete one- to three-year fellowships that offer scientists and engineers unique opportunities to conduct research in fields of science relevant to NASA.

These opportunities advance NASA’s missions in earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics and engineering, human exploration and space operations, and astrobiology. Opportunities are available at NASA centers and other NASA-approved sites.

As a result, NPP fellows contribute to national priorities for scientific exploration, confirm NASA’s leadership in fundamental research and complement the efforts of NASA’s partners in the national science community.

U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents and foreign nationals eligible for J-1 status as a research scholar may apply. Applicants must have completed a doctorate or equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but may apply while completing degree requirements. Applicants who earned the Ph.D. more than five years before the deadline date are categorized as senior fellows; all applicants, no matter their category, must apply and become eligible for an NPP award via the same process.

Interested applicants may apply by one of three annual application deadlines: March 1, July 1 and November 1.

For more information and application procedures, go to http://nasa.orau.org/postdoc/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to nasapostdoc@orau.org.

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Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 8 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 8 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 ISS. This opportunity is part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, or SSEP.

Each participating community will receive a real microgravity research minilaboratory capable of supporting a single microgravity experiment and all launch services to fly the minilab to the space station in fall 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 minilab. 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 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 Nov. 15, 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 8 to International Space Station National Announcement of Opportunity at http://ssep.ncesse.org/2014/10/new-flight-opportunity-for-school-districts-announcing-student-spaceflight-experiments-program-ssep-mission-8-to-the-international-space-station-starting-february-2015/.

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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Virginia Space Grant Consortium’s STEM Takes Flight Program

Virginia’s community college students pursuing studies in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, also known as STEM, fields have access to new scholarships, research experiences, internships and courses thanks to a two-year NASA grant to the Virginia Space Grant Consortium. Community College faculty in STEM fields will have access to professional development at NASA.

The Consortium′s new program, STEM Takes Flight at Virginia′s Community Colleges, provides $5,000 mentored scholarships, paid industry internships, NASA research experiences and new courses to foster STEM career awareness and workplace skills. The goal is community college retention in STEM academic tracks through graduation with an associate′s degree or transfer to a four-year institution.

Application deadlines are as early as Nov. 17, 2014.

For more information, visit www.vsgc.odu.edu/stemtakesflight.

Please email any questions about this program to vsgc@odu.edu.

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2014-2015 NASA Goddard OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Challenge

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center is launching the 2014-2015 TRANSFORMERS OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Challenge, hosted by the Innovative Technology Partnerships Office. The purpose of the challenge is to raise awareness of NASA’s Technology Transfer Program and to inspire interest in all NASA missions, programs and projects.

This year the scope of the contest is being expanded to include two challenges. In the first challenge, students in grades 3-12 are asked to submit a video describing their favorite NASA Goddard spinoff. In a new twist, participants in this year′s contest must also use the engineering design process to develop and propose a new spinoff application of their own for the technology. Spinoffs are technologies originally created for space and modified into everyday products used on Earth. Examples include memory foam, invisible braces and scratch-resistant lenses for eyeglasses.

The second challenge, the TRANSFORMERS OPTIMUS PRIME InWorld Challenge, offers students in grades 6-12 an opportunity to take their video spinoff ideas to another level. Interested teams must study James Webb Space Telescope spinoff technology and post their completed spinoff videos for review by college engineering students. Engineering college mentors will select 20 teams to continue the collaborative design process within a multiuser virtual world to build a 3-D model of the team′s design solutions.

Winning students from each grade category will be invited to Goddard to participate in a behind-the-scenes workshop, attend a VIP awards ceremony and meet actor Peter Cullen, the voice of OPTIMUS PRIME.

The deadline to register and upload videos is Jan. 12, 2015.

For more information, visit http://itpo.gsfc.nasa.gov/optimus/.

Questions about this contest should be directed to Darryl Mitchell at Darryl.R.Mitchell@nasa.gov.

TRANSFORMERS and OPTIMUS PRIME are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. © 2014 Hasbro. All rights reserved.

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NASA Robotic Mining Competition 2015

The Sixth Annual NASA Robotic Mining Competition will be held at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center May 18-22, 2015. NASA’s Robotic Mining Competition is for university-level students, enrolled in a U.S. college or university. Teams are challenged to design and build a mining robot that can traverse the simulated Martian chaotic terrain, excavate Martian regolith and deposit the regolith into a collector bin within 10 minutes. There is particular relevance to NASA’s recently announced mission to find an asteroid by 2016 and then bring it to cislunar space. NASA will directly benefit from the competition by encouraging the development of innovative excavation concepts from universities, which may result in ideas and solutions that could be applied to an actual excavation device or payload.

The winning team will receive the Joe Kosmo Award for Excellence trophy, KSC launch invitations, team certificates for each member and a monetary team scholarship. Awards for other categories include monetary team scholarships, a school trophy or plaque, team and individual certificates, and KSC launch invitations.

Design teams must include at least one college or university faculty member and at least two undergraduate or graduate students. NASA has not set an upper limit on team members. A team should have a sufficient number of members to successfully operate their mining robot. Teams will compete in up to five major competition categories, including onsite mining, systems engineering paper, outreach project, slide presentation and demonstration (optional) and team spirit (optional).

Registration opened on Sept. 3, 2014, and is limited to 50 teams.

For more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/centers/kennedy/technology/nasarmc.html.

Follow the NASA Robotic Mining Competition on Twitter at https://twitter.com/NASARMC.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Bethanné Hull at Bethanne.Hull@nasa.gov.

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

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

NASA Education Express — Oct. 9, 2014

Check out the latest NASA Education opportunity announcements.






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

Do-It-Yourself Podcast — Redesigned Website
Audience: Educators 3-9, Informal

Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other Education Organizations
Available While Supplies Last

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

2015 RASC-AL Robo-Ops Competition
Audience: Higher Education Students
Proposal Deadline: Oct. 10, 2014

Open House 2014: NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Oct. 11-12, 2014

OSSI NIFS — Spring 2015 Opportunities
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Oct. 12, 2014

Participate in #SkyScience for Earth Science Week
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: Oct. 12-18, 2014

Celebrate Earth Science Week: Earth’s Connected Systems
Audience: All Grade Levels
Event Date: Oct. 12-18, 2014

Free Education Webinar Series From NASA Educator Professional Development — Earth System Science
Audience: Grade 6-12 In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators
Event Dates: Oct. 14-22, 2014

Free Education Webinar From NASA Educator Professional Development — Space Mathematics: Linking Math and Science
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-8 In-service, Pre-service, and Home School Educators
Event Date: Oct. 15, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications
Audience: All Educators
Application Deadline: Oct. 15, 2014

Presidential Management Fellows Program: STEM Opportunity
Audience: Graduate Students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Disciplines
Application Period Closes on Oct. 15, 2014

Earth Science Week 2014 Contests
Audience: All Educators and Students
Entry Deadline: Oct. 17, 2014

2015 GLOBE Calendar Art Competition
Audience: Students in Grades K-12
Entry Deadline: Oct. 17, 2014

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Spring 2015 Policy Internship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: Oct. 17, 2014

NASA IV&V Team America Rocketry Challenge Webinars
Audience: Educators and Students in Grades 7-12
Next Webinar Date: Oct. 18, 2014, at 12:00 p.m. EDT

Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other Education Organizations
Request Deadline: Oct. 20, 2014

NASA’s ESTEEM “Ask US” Online Professional Development Series
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: Oct. 21, 2014, at 4:15 p.m. EDT

Free Educational Materials — Space Racers′ Space/STEM Educator Toolkit
Audience: Educators Pre-K through Second Grade
Tool Kit Request Deadline: Oct. 30, 2014

MAVEN Workshop — Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!
Audience: Elementary Educators
Application Deadline: Nov. 12, 2014
Workshop Date: Nov. 15, 2014

2015 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships
Audience: U.S. Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 13, 2014

NASA’s Balance Mass Challenge: Using “Dead Weight” on Mars Spacecraft to Advance Science and Technology
Audience: Educators and Students 18 Years of Age and Older
Entry Deadline: Nov. 21, 2014

Beautiful Earth Program Presents: Bella Gaia, a Multimedia Performance
Audience: Grades 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: Dec. 1, 2014, at 1 p.m. EST

Future Engineers 3-D Printing in Space: Design a Space Tool Challenge
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Entry Deadline: Dec. 15, 2014

National Science Foundation’s Community College Innovation Challenge
Audience: Teams of Community College Students and Faculty Mentors
Entry Deadline: Jan. 15, 2015

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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Do-It-Yourself Podcast — Redesigned Website

Create multimedia projects with students using the redesigned Do-It-Yourself, or DIY, Podcast site. DIY Podcast allows you to download free videos, audio clips and images to create products such as slideshows, multitouch books/ebooks, podcasts, videos and audio recordings. The videos and audio clips feature NASA experts such as scientists, engineers and even astronauts on the International Space Station. The audio and visual resources are divided into topical modules such as Robots, Exploration Careers and Newton’s Laws. Students can create the projects as assignments or educators can create products as teaching tools.

The site has improved navigation and added features. The site now includes a Topics page that lists and describes the type of resources in each. The module descriptions also include a designation as to which science, technology, engineering or mathematics, or STEM, discipline is supported by the module’s content. The new Help and Support page answers common questions about using the site.

Visit NASA’s DIY Podcast site at https://www.nasa.gov/education/diypodcast to begin building multimedia projects today. Subscribe to the Do-It-Yourself Podcast Blog for tips and suggestions for creating with the DIY Podcast site. https://blogs.nasa.gov/diyPodcastBlog/

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Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles Available for Educational Use

NASA invites eligible U.S. educational institutions and museums to request space shuttle thermal protective tiles and other special items offered on a first-come, first-served basis while quantities last. Organizations previously allocated thermal protective tiles may request an additional three tiles.

There will be a nominal shipping fee that must be paid online with a credit card. To make a request for special items online, visit http://gsaxcess.gov/htm/nasa/userguide/Special_Item_Request_Procedure.pdf.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to GSAXcessHelp@gsa.gov.

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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 Solar Probe mission, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Mars InSight and Year of the Solar System, or YOSS, programs.

Solar Probe Plus: http://spacemath.gsfc.nasa.gov/mission.html#Solar

Mars InSight: http://spacemath.gsfc.nasa.gov/mission.html#Insight

YOSS: http://spacemath.gsfc.nasa.gov/YOSS/YOSS.pdf

Questions about these resources should be directed to Dr. Sten Odenwald at Sten.F.Odelwald@nasa.gov.

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2015 RASC-AL Robo-Ops Competition

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace announce the 2015 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage Exploration Robo-Ops, also known as RASC-AL Robo-Ops, competition. This design competition is aimed at university-level engineering or science students.

The RASC-AL Robo-Ops contest challenges participants to build a planetary rover prototype and demonstrate its capabilities in field tests at NASA’s Johnson Space Center’s Rock Yard. Up to three members of the team (plus the faculty advisor) may travel to Johnson Space Center for the onsite testing. The remaining team members will stay behind at the local university to conduct mission control tasks. The prototype rovers will be tele-operated by the mission control team members and must negotiate a series of obstacles while accomplishing a variety of tasks that include sample collection and acquisition. The only information available to the rover controller to perform the required tasks will be information transmitted through onboard rover video camera(s) or other onboard sensors.

Interested teams must submit a project plan for their proposed projects by Oct. 10, 2014. The RASC-AL Robo-Ops Steering Committee of NASA experts will evaluate the project plans and select up to eight teams to compete against each other at the Rock Yard in June 2015, providing each selected team with a $10,000 stipend to develop its rover. $12,000 in cash awards is available to the winning teams.

The RASC-AL competition is open to full-time undergraduate or graduate students majoring in engineering or science at an accredited university. University design teams must include one faculty or industry advisor with a university affiliation and two or more undergraduate or graduate students. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

For more information about this competition, visit http://www.nianet.org/RoboOps.

If you have questions about this competition, please contact Stacy Dees at stacy.dees@nianet.org or Shelley Spears at shelley.spears@nianet.org.

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Open House 2014: NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL, in Pasadena, California, invites the public to its annual Open House taking place Oct. 11-12, 2014. The event, themed “Welcome to Our Universe,” will let visitors experience the wonders of space. Highlights include a life-size model of Mars Science Laboratory, 3-D videos of Earth and JPL’s Earth science missions, demonstrations from numerous space missions, JPL’s machine shop, where robotic spacecraft parts are built and the Microdevices Lab, where engineers and scientists use tiny technology to revolutionize space exploration.

Admission to the event is free. Parking is also free, but is limited.

For more information, visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/open-house.php.

Questions about the JPL Open House event should be directed to Elizabeth Landau at Elizabeth.R.Landau@jpl.nasa.gov.

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OSSI NIFS — Spring 2015 Opportunities

NASA’s One Stop Shopping Initiative for Internships, Fellowships and Scholarships, or OSSI NIFS, strives to provide high school students and undergraduate and graduate students at all institutions of higher education access to a portfolio of internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities offered by NASA mission directorates and centers.

Visit the Office of Education Infrastructure Division LaunchPad to find information on internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities. The site features the OSSI NIFS online application for recruiting NASA interns, fellows and scholars. This innovative system allows students to search and apply for all types of higher education NASA internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities in one location. A single application places the student in the applicant pool for consideration by all NASA mentors.

Applications for spring 2015 opportunities are due Oct. 12, 2014.

To find available opportunities and to fill out an online application, visit https://intern.nasa.gov/index.html.

Inquiries about OSSI NIFS should be submitted via https://intern.nasa.gov/oic/.

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Participate in #SkyScience for Earth Science Week

NASA invites people around the globe to step outside during Earth Science Week, Oct. 12-18, 2014, observe the sky and share their observations as citizen scientists.

NASA′s #SkyScience activity is part of an annual educational event organized by the American Geosciences Institute to encourage the public to engage in earth sciences. Citizen scientists can participate in this global earth science data collection event by observing, photographing and reporting on clouds over their locations as a NASA satellite passes over. Reports and photos will be compared to data collected by NASA Earth-observing instruments as a way to assess the satellite measurements.

Using the hashtag #SkyScience, participants are encouraged to post their cloud and sky photos and observation experiences to Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google Plus and Flickr. Throughout the week, NASA will share some of the most interesting photos on the agency′s social media accounts.

To learn how to get involved in the #SkyScience activity, visit http://go.nasa.gov/skysci.

For information about NASA’s Earth science activities in 2014, visit https://www.nasa.gov/earthrightnow.

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Celebrate Earth Science Week: Earth’s Connected Systems

Join NASA for an exploration of our dynamic Earth! This year, Earth Science Week takes place Oct. 12-18, and celebrates Earth’s Connected Systems – from land to sea, ice to sky and everything living in between.

NASA missions study Earth’s system and help us to understand the interconnectivity among its components. NASA’s Earth Science Week 2014 website covers NASA Earth missions and how scientists study our home planet, educational resources about Earth’s system, videos, links to mission science, and more.

A series of free interactive webinars for educators is scheduled during the week.

MY NASA DATA — GLOBE Digital Earth System Poster
Oct. 14, 2014, 6-7 p.m. EDT
Tina Harte, education specialist at NASA Langley Research Center, will explore an exciting new resource for exploring real science data and making Earth system connections. The MY NASA DATA — GLOBE Digital Earth System Poster and activities will be discussed for K-12 students, with a focus on those meeting Next Generation Science Standards performance expectations, science practices and cross-cutting concepts related to K-12 Earth′s Systems.
http://nasaesw.strategies.org/events/educator-webinar-nasa-data-globe-digital-earth-system-poster/

National Climate Assessment in Spanish
Oct. 15, 2014, 4-5 p.m. EDT
Join research scientist Alison Delgado for an investigation into the National Climate Assessment, or NCA, report. Get an in-depth view on how Earth’s climate is changing and what observations are telling researchers. Discover how to integrate the NCA into your classroom using NASA hands-on activities in Spanish. Engage students with NASA’s Students’ Cloud Observations On-Line, or S′COOL, project that focuses on clouds, climate and weather. The entire session and lessons will be presented in Spanish.
http://nasaesw.strategies.org/events/educator-webinar-nasa-stem-spanish-immersion-national-climate-assessment-spanish/

Mapping Earth′s Water Cycle With NASA Scientists
Oct. 16, 2014, 7-8 p.m. EDT
Scientists from two NASA earth science missions will address how their synergistic research helps us to understand Earth′s water cycle, including extreme events such as floods. This presentation will use an online concept map tool for exploring the water cycle. The concept maps presented are loaded with free educational assets — including images, videos and news items — that webinar participants can use in their own educational practices, presentations or for their own learning. Participants will also learn how to create their own maps.
http://nasaesw.strategies.org/events/educator-webinar-mapping-earths-water-cycle-nasa-scientists-700pm-et400pm-pt/

For more information about Earth Science Week and to see a full schedule of events for educators and the public, visit http://nasaesw.strategies.org.

Do you want the latest information on NASA Earth Science Week activities? Follow NASA’s Earth Science Week team on Twitter (@NASAESW) or Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/NASAESW).

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Free Education Webinar Series From NASA Educator Professional Development — Earth System Science

NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to help teachers explain Earth’s natural processes. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

Earth System Science Series: Part 1 — Weather Versus Climate
Audience:
Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: Oct. 14, 2014, at 7 p.m. EDT
During this 60-minute webinar, participants will discover different ways of explaining the difference between weather and climate through hands-on activities. See the differences in what scientists and researchers look at and what they use to better understand weather and climate. Learn about citizen science projects, visualizations and videos perfect for the classroom.

Earth System Science Series: Part 2 — Remote Sensing
Audience:
Pre-service and In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: Oct. 22, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
During this 60-minute webinar, participants will look at different tools available to do remote sensing, on planet Earth and throughout our solar system. Learn how scientists use these satellites and missions to study the geological features, weather and climate changes on Earth and remote locations in the solar system.

For more information about these webinars and to register online, visit https://paragon-tec.adobeconnect.com/admin/show-event-catalog.

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Free Education Webinar From NASA Educator Professional Development — Space Mathematics: Linking Math and Science

Join NASA Educator Professional Development on Oct. 15, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT, for an hourlong webinar for educators. Participants will discuss the use of science as a vehicle for mathematics instruction. NASA resources that can be used in the classroom to make the critical linkage between math and science will be shared.

For more information and to register online, visit https://events-na11.adobeconnect.com/content/connect/c1/1088539485/en/events/event/shared/1097653603/event_landing.html?sco-id=1224896163.

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Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications

The NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassadors, or SSA, Program, a nationwide network of space enthusiast volunteers, is accepting applications through Oct. 15, 2014.

Highly motivated individuals will be given the opportunity to represent NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as volunteer Solar System Ambassadors to the public for a one-year, renewable term beginning Jan. 1, 2015.

While applications are being sought nationwide, interested parties from the following states are especially encouraged to apply: Alaska, Delaware, Iowa, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Wyoming and the District of Columbia. SSA hopes to add 100 new volunteers to the program in 2015.

To learn more about the Solar System Ambassador Program and to apply online, visit http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/. The Announcement of Opportunity and application form are now available.

If you have questions about this opportunity, contact Kay Ferrari, SSA Coordinator, by email at ambassad@jpl.nasa.gov.

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Presidential Management Fellows Program: STEM Opportunity

NASA and other federal agencies are always looking for the best and brightest science and engineering talent. To help agencies find those talented individuals, the Office of Personnel Management, or OPM, has developed and piloted a track of the Presidential Management Fellows program focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM.

The Presidential Management Fellows, or PMF, program is a federal-wide, flagship leadership development program for advanced degree candidates. The program attracts and selects the best candidates possible and is designed with a focus on developing a cadre of potential government leaders. The PMF-STEM track seeks to identify the best future government leaders in STEM disciplines and place them in entry-level positions in federal agencies around the country. PMF-STEM was piloted last year with a low-key rollout.

This year, OPM would like to expand the PMF-STEM track to continue to support the STEM needs of the federal government.

— The PMF-STEM program is open to graduate students in STEM fields (degree must be confirmed by Aug. 31, 2015).
— Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
— The annual call for applications closes on Oct. 15, 2014.
— Applicants must apply through www.USAJobs.gov.
— More information about the program and application process, including a detailed list of eligibility requirements, can be found at www.pmf.gov, and information on the PMF-STEM track can be found at http://www.pmf.gov/the-opportunity/pmf-stem.aspx.

Federal agencies hire PMF-STEM finalists into paid, entry-level, two-year fellowship positions. At the end of the fellowship, finalists have two years of federal work experience and may be noncompetitively converted into permanent positions within the federal government. NASA participated in the 2014 pilot and intends to actively consider PMF-STEM candidates for the 2015 program.

Questions about this opportunity may be directed to pmf@opm.gov.

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Earth Science Week 2014 Contests

The American Geosciences Institute is sponsoring a series of contests to celebrate Earth Science Week 2014. This year’s celebration takes place Oct. 12-18, 2014.

Earth Science Week 2014 Photography Contest — Open to All Ages
http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests/photography/index.html

Earth science is the study of the geosphere (land), hydrosphere (water), atmosphere (air) and biosphere (living things). These spheres — or earth systems — are continually affecting and influencing one another. In our homes, in our neighborhoods, in our workplaces and in our public gathering places, we can observe the dynamic interactions of “earth system science.” In a photograph, capture evidence of the connections of earth systems in your community.

Earth Science Week 2014 Visual Arts Contest — Open to Students in Grades K-5
http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests/visualarts/index.html

Earth scientists — or geoscientists — study land, water, air and living things. In particular, these scientists pay attention to the ways these “connected systems” affect each other. For example, scientists study how water shapes the land, how living things use air and how air and water act on each other. How do these connected systems affect you? Use artwork to show how land, water, air and living things are connected in the world around you.

Earth Science Week 2014 Essay Contest — Open to Students in Grades 6-9
http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests/essay/index.html

Our planet’s land, water, air, and living things each affect and are affected by one another. Earth scientists observe these interactions among earth systems — the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere. Scientists study these interactions to seize opportunities and address challenges in areas such as harnessing energy, farming land, ensuring safe water, preparing for natural disasters, protecting the environment and building communities. Explain one way that geoscientists’ study of Earth’s connected systems is helping to improve the world today.

The entry deadline for all three contests is Oct. 17, 2014. Visit the contest websites for full details.

If you have any questions about these contests, please email the Earth Science Week staff at info@earthsciweek.org.

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2015 GLOBE Calendar Art Competition

The Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment, or GLOBE, Program is sponsoring an international art competition to encourage students to highlight and document GLOBE communities around the world. GLOBE is asking students to draw, paint or show via some other artistic medium the relationship between Earth-observing satellites and GLOBE communities around the world.

Winning entries will be featured in the 2015 GLOBE calendar, which is viewed by students, teachers, scientists and community members from around the world. All participants will receive a calendar.

Entries are due Oct. 17, 2014. For full contest details and rules, visit http://www.globe.gov/events/competitions/calendar-art-competitions/art-for-2015-calendar.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to science@globe.gov.

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White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Spring 2015 Policy Internship Program

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, or OSTP, is seeking students for spring 2015 internships. The OSTP advises the President on the effects of science and technology on domestic and international affairs. The office serves as a source of scientific and technological analyses and judgment for the president with respect to major policies, plans and programs of the federal government

Policy internships are open to interested students from all majors and programs, including law school programs. Law students (and any other students) who are interested in policy may apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are enrolled, at least half-time, in an accredited college or university during the period of volunteer service. Students in undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in all fields are encouraged to apply.

While these positions are without compensation, the assignments provide educational enrichment, practical work experience and networking opportunities with other individuals in the science and technology policy arena.

Applications for spring 2015 internships are due Oct. 17, 2014.

For more information, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ostp/about/student.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact Rebecca Grimm at rgrimm@ostp.eop.gov.

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NASA IV&V Team America Rocketry Challenge Webinars

The Team America Rocketry Challenge, or TARC, is the world’s largest rocket contest. The event is sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association and the National Association of Rocketry. Created in the fall of 2002 as a one-time celebration of the Centennial of Flight, enthusiasm about the event was so great that the contest is now held annually.

As the registration deadline for next year’s competition approaches, a series of webinars is being held for interested teams. These online webinars will be delivered by NASA education specialists and engineers along with experts from the National Association of Rocketry and other partners.

This IS Rocket Science: Oct. 18, 2014, Noon to 1:30 p.m. EDT
This session will focus on the physics behind model rocketry along with ways to improve your team′s performance using science. NASA Engineer Tom Benson, author of NASA′s Beginner′s Guide to Rockets, will be your guide to the many forces acting upon your rocket along with scientific explanations, mathematical calculations and practical applications. We will cover Newton′s three laws of motion, how to determine a rocket’s center of pressure and center of gravity, and the conditions that guarantee a successful and stable flight. Your participation in this webinar will earn you the envious title of rocket scientist for your TARC team. New and veteran teams are encouraged to participate in this session.

Rocket Design and Simulation: Nov. 1, 2014, Noon to 1:30 p.m. EST
The most successful TARC teams aren′t lucky… they engineer success through the use of design and simulation software for model rocketry. Most TARC teams use software to capture their design ideas, evaluate potential motors, determine how many and what size fins to add, and ensure a safe and stable flight. This webinar will demonstrate how these tools work, explain how to access freely available online training materials, and describe how to design, test and modify a rocket based on this year′s rules. New teams and veterans who are not comfortable using the simulation software are encouraged to attend this session.

Participating in TARC: Dec. 6, 2014, Noon to 1:30 p.m. EST
Join Team America Rocketry Challenge Manager Miles Lifson and NASA Education Specialist Fred Kepner for an overview of the TARC competition, an introduction to model rocketry and a live demonstration of how to design and build a TARC rocket. Potential and new teams are encouraged to participate in this session to jump start your season.

For more information about these webinars and to register online, visit http://www.rocketcontest.org/webinars.cfm.

For more information about the Team America Rocketry Challenge, visit http://www.rocketcontest.org/index.cfm.

Questions about Team America Rocketry Challenge and the free webinar series should be directed to rocketcontest@aia-aerospace.org.

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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 23rd screening of artifacts since 2009.

Eligible schools, universities, museums, libraries and planetariums may view the artifacts and request specific items through Oct. 20, 2014. Online registrations should include an assigned Department of Education number. Registration also may be made through the requester’s State Agency for Surplus Property office. For instructions, to register and to view and request 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; however, 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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NASA’s ESTEEM “Ask US” Online Professional Development Series

NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP, is sponsoring a series of GooglePlus Hangout professional development events for K-12 educators. The Earth Systems, Technology and Energy Education for MUREP, or ESTEEM, team will lead the once-per-month sessions that will cover a variety of climate topics. This month’s webinar topic is:

Cycles: Teachers Exploring Climate Change from a Native American PerspectiveOct. 21, 2014, at 4:15 p.m. EDT
Clarify misconceptions about climate change and discover effective, culturally congruent resources focused on the impact of changing climate on our ecosystems. Cycles is a three-year professional development program focused on place-based climate change education merging Native American philosophy with scientific explanations of the natural world. A powerful learning experience for native and non-native student populations is achieved by incorporating NASA data, models and simulations with hands-on activities.

Certificates of professional development hours are available upon request.

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

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Free Educational Materials — Space Racers′ Space/STEM Educator Toolkit

Space Racers™ is a new, original animated TV series that provides young children with exposure to key aspects of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, curricula. Produced in collaboration with NASA experts, the series follows a group of talented young spaceship cadets at the Stardust Bay Space Academy. Kids will travel with speedy Eagle, strong Hawk, smart Robyn, brave Starling and competitive Raven as they soar through the solar system learning about the power of scientific investigation and observation, the wonders of space exploration and the importance of working as a team.

A toolkit filled with lesson plans and activities related to the Space Racers episodes is now available. The toolkit includes a CD-ROM and DVD with lesson plans and activities related to various Space Racers episodes. These resources are ideal for classroom and educator use with students in grades Pre-K through 2.

To request a free copy of the toolkit please send an email to press@spaceracers.org with the following information by Oct. 30, 2014:

Name
Address
Phone
School Name
Grade Level

Lesson plans can be previewed and downloaded from the “Parents & Educators” section of the Space Racers website at http://spaceracers.org/en/parents-educators.

For more information on Space Racers, go to www.SpaceRacers.org.

Questions about these materials and the Space Racers series should be submitted via http://spaceracers.org/en/parents-educators/contact-us.

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MAVEN Workshop — Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, mission began orbiting Mars on Sept. 21, 2014. MAVEN will explore the planet′s upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the solar wind. The mission will provide invaluable insights into the history of Mars′ atmosphere and climate, liquid water and planetary habitability.

Join the MAVEN education team for a one-day workshop on the MAVEN mission, and the accompanying elementary program, Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore! This program features six standards-based lessons that combine science, literacy and art to help students understand planetary habitability and the MAVEN mission. The workshop will introduce participants to these lessons and concepts. The workshop will also have a session devoted to Spanish speaking English Language Learner and English as a Second Language students. Attendees will receive free classroom materials.

The workshop will take place on Nov. 15, 2014, in Queens, New York. Registration is $15 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Applications are due Nov. 12, 2014, but space is limited so interested educators are encouraged to apply early.

For more information about the workshop and to apply online, visit http://lasp.colorado.edu/maven/red-planet/queens/.

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

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2015 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships

NASA is seeking applications from U.S. graduate students for the agency’s Space Technology Research Fellowships. The research grants, worth as much as $74,000 per year, will coincide with the start of the 2015 fall academic term.

Applications will be accepted from students pursuing or planning to pursue master’s or doctorate degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at accredited U.S. universities. The grants will sponsor U.S. graduate student researchers who show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s strategic space technology objectives through their studies. To date, NASA has awarded grants to 247 student researchers from 79 universities located in 35 states and one U.S. territory.

Sponsored by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, the fellowships are improving America’s technological competitiveness by providing the nation with a pipeline of innovative space technologies.

The deadline for submitting applications is Nov. 13, 2013.

For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/oemporz.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to hq-nstrf-call@mail.nasa.gov.

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NASA’s Balance Mass Challenge: Using “Dead Weight” on Mars Spacecraft to Advance Science and Technology

The Mars Balance Mass Challenge seeks design ideas for science and technology payloads that could potentially provide dual purpose as ejectable balance masses on spacecraft entering the Martian atmosphere.

The payloads may serve two roles: perform scientific and/or technology functions that help us learn more about the Red Planet, and provide the necessary mass to balance planetary landers.

Submissions are due Nov. 21, 2014. All potential solvers submitting ideas must be 18 years of age or older. A winner will be announced in mid-January 2015 and receive an award of $20,000.

For more information about the challenge, visit https://www.innocentive.com/ar/challenge/9933607.

The Mars Balance Mass Challenge is managed by NASA’s Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation, or CoECI. CoECI was established in coordination with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to advance NASA’s open innovation efforts and extend that expertise to other federal agencies. The challenges are being released on the NASA Innovation Pavilion, one of the CoECI platforms available to NASA team members, through its contract with InnoCentive Inc. Also please visit the new NASA Solve website to watch a video on the Mars Balance Mass challenge and to learn more about all NASA challenge and prize-based activities.

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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Beautiful Earth Program Presents: Bella Gaia, a Multimedia Performance

NASA’s Beautiful Earth Program invites educators and students to take part in a musical and visual tour of Earth from space on Dec. 1, 2014, at 1 p.m. EST. During this one-hour event, composer and musician Kenji Williams will perform Bella Gaia, a multimedia experience that incorporates music and NASA imagery. Following the performance, scientist Dr. Dalia Kirschbaum from NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement mission will lead a discussion on extreme weather science. During the discussion, students and teachers from across the country are invited to ask questions on the theme of extreme weather. (There are only six slots available for schools to interact live.)

Other participants can view and interact with the program via webcast.

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

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

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Future Engineers 3-D Printing in Space: Design a Space Tool Challenge

NASA, in conjunction with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Foundation, has issued a series of Future Engineers 3-D Space Challenges for students focused on solving real-world space exploration problems. Students will become the creators and innovators of tomorrow by using 3-D modeling software to submit their designs. Multiple prizes are available, but the grand prize winner will have the opportunity for his or her design to be printed on the first 3-D printer aboard the International Space Station while watching from NASA′s Payload Operations Center with the mission control team.

The Design a Space Tool Challenge is the first in series of challenges where students in grades K-12 will create and submit a digital 3-D model of a tool that they think astronauts might need in space. Future Engineers is a multiyear education initiative that consists of 3-D space challenges and curriculum videos on the site that parents and educators can use to get kids designing today.

Entries must be submitted by Dec. 15, 2014.

For more information about the challenge and to watch an introductory video from astronaut Doug Wheelock, visithttps://www.nasa.gov/content/printing-challenges-for-the-first-3d-printer-aboard-the-international-space-station/.

If you have any questions about the Design a Space Tool Challenge, please email info@futureengineers.org.

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National Science Foundation’s Community College Innovation Challenge

The National Science Foundation’s Community College Innovation Challenge is underway and seeking teams to propose innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, -based solutions for real-world problems. Teams must comprise community college students, a faculty mentor and a community or industry partner.

Challenge entries consist of two components: a written entry and a video entry. Each team’s entry must address one of the five themes outlined by the National Science Foundation. This year’s themes are Big Data, Infrastructure Security, Sustainability, Broadening Participation in STEM and Improving STEM Education.

Finalist teams will be invited to attend an Innovation Boot Camp, a professional development workshop on innovation and entrepreneurship.

The entry submission deadline is Jan. 15, 2015.

For additional information about the challenge, visit http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/communitycollege/.

Questions about this challenge should be directed to InnovationChallenge@nsf.gov.

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

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

NASA Education Express — Oct. 2, 2014

Check out the latest NASA Education opportunity announcements.






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

Celebrate World Space Week 2014
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: Oct. 4-10, 2014

Centennial Challenges Mars Ascent Vehicle Prize
Audience: Open to Both Academic and Nonacademic Teams
Proposal Due Date: Oct. 6, 2014

Economy and Exploration Leadership Forum: Why Deep Space is Vital to Advancing U.S. Leadership
Audience: Higher Education Educators Students
Event Date: Oct. 7, 2014

Free Education Webinar From NASA Educator Professional Development — Food for Thought: Space Food and Nutrition for the Classroom
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-9
Event Date: Oct. 7, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

Free Education Webinar From NASA Educator Professional Development — Storm Warning! Understanding Our Sun
Audience: Educators of Grades 7-10
Event Date: Oct. 8, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

2015 RASC-AL Robo-Ops Competition
Audience: Higher Education Students
Proposal Deadline: Oct. 10, 2014

OSSI NIFS — Spring 2015 Opportunities
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Oct. 12, 2014

Celebrate Earth Science Week: Earth’s Connected Systems
Audience: All Grade Levels
Event Date: Oct. 12-18, 2014

Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications
Audience: All Educators
Application Deadline: Oct. 15, 2014

Presidential Management Fellows Program: STEM Opportunity
Audience: Graduate Students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Disciplines
Application Period Closes on Oct. 15, 2014

Earth Science Week 2014 Contests
Audience: All Educators and Students
Entry Deadline: Oct. 17, 2014

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Spring 2015 Policy Internship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: Oct. 17, 2014

Sally Ride EarthKAM Announces 2014 Fall Missions
Audience: Middle School Educators and Students, and the Informal Education Community
Mission Dates: Oct. 21-24, 2014, and Nov. 18-21, 2014

NOAA Education and Science Forum 2014
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Dates: Oct. 26-29, 2014

Celebrate Solar Week — Fall 2014
Audience: Educators of Students in Grades 5-9
Event Dates: Oct. 27-31, 2014

NASA Virtual University Offers New Course
Audience: All Educators
Next Course Begins: Nov. 3, 2014

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

2014 Humans in Space Art Video Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students and Early Career Professionals
Deadline: Nov. 15, 2014

2015 NASA and Worcester Polytechnic Institute Sample Return Robot Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: 11:59 pm EST Jan. 6, 2015

NASA Robotic Mining Competition 2015
Audience: Higher Education Educators & Students
Event Date: May 18-22, 2015

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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Celebrate World Space Week 2014

Imagine an entire week of space-themed activities to enhance learning. Join educators and space enthusiasts around the world to celebrate World Space Week, Oct. 4-10, 2014.

World Space Week is the largest public space event in the world, with over 1,400 events in more than 80 countries held during the week of Oct. 4-10.

In 2014, World Space Week encourages the use global navigation satellite systems space-themed activities.

To learn more about World Space Week, find educational materials, and register your event, visit http://www.worldspaceweek.org.

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Centennial Challenges Mars Ascent Vehicle Prize

The Centennial Challenges Mars Ascent Vehicle, or MAV, Prize is helping to advance the technology to return samples from Mars. The challenge focuses on getting the samples from the Martian surface to Mars orbit for collection and return to Earth.

Centennial Challenges is partnering with the NASA Student Launch to conduct this challenge in parallel with the Student Launch competition. The MAV Prize is a challenge open to both academic and nonacademic teams to demonstrate technologies that may be relevant to future NASA Mars missions.

Centennial Challenges will award prizes for successful demonstration of an end-to-end autonomous operation to sequentially accomplish the following tasks: picking up the sample, inserting the sample into a single-stage solid-propellant rocket in a horizontal position, erecting the rocket, launching the rocket to an altitude of 3,000 feet, deploying a sample container with the cache internally sealed and landing the container.

The first-place award is $25,000; second place is $15,000; and third place is $10,000. Competing teams will be eligible for prize money only after the successful completion of all the required tasks.

Interested teams may apply for the challenge by submitting a registration proposal to the Student Launch project office. Proposals are due Oct. 6, 2014.

For more information about the challenge, visit https://www.nasa.gov/mavprize/.

Please direct any questions about the MAV Challenge to Janet Anderson at janet.l.anderson@nasa.gov.

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Economy and Exploration Leadership Forum: Why Deep Space is Vital to Advancing U.S. Leadership

Join fellow economists, mathematicians, scholars, government officials and business leaders for this important policy and networking event being presented by the Deep Space Alliance on Oct. 7, 2014, at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Illinois.

What implications would a U.S. Mars landing have on our economy and our leadership position in the global market? What does the U.S. need to do to win market share in the new space economy? What should companies consider when making the investment in deep space? Exploring deep space is vital to maintaining U.S. leadership in space exploration and stimulating our economy through technological innovation and advancement. Forum panels will discuss the impact of space exploration on the U.S. economy, with a specific focus on deep space exploration beyond the moon.

Admission is free, but preregistration is required. For more information and to register to attend, visit http://exploredeepspace.com/events/united-states-leadership-space-exploration-speaker-forum/.

Questions about the forum should be directed to media@exploredeepspace.com.

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Free Education Webinar From NASA Educator Professional Development — Food for Thought: Space Food and Nutrition for the Classroom

Join NASA Educator Professional Development on Oct. 7, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT, for an hourlong webinar for educators of grades 5-9. Participants will be introduced to “Food for Thought,” a NASA educator guide that investigates space food and the nutritional needs of astronauts. Participants will use NASA resources to research the nutritional needs of astronauts and the caloric content and nutritional value of space foods, and construct sample space food menus.

For more information and to register online, visit https://events-na11.adobeconnect.com/content/connect/c1/1088539485/en/events/event/shared/1097653603/event_landing.html?sco-id=1224063660.

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Free Education Webinar From NASA Educator Professional Development — Storm Warning! Understanding Our Sun

Join NASA Educator Professional Development on Oct. 8, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT, for an hourlong webinar for educators of grades 7-10. Participants will learn about the structure of the sun and how streams of high-energy particles and radiation given off by the sun can harm life or alter its evolution. An education activity charting sunspots will be shared.

For more information and to register online, visit https://events-na11.adobeconnect.com/content/connect/c1/1088539485/en/events/event/shared/1097653603/event_landing.html?sco-id=1225698259.

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2015 RASC-AL Robo-Ops Competition

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace announce the 2015 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage Exploration Robo-Ops, also known as RASC-AL Robo-Ops, competition. This design competition is aimed at university-level engineering or science students.

The RASC-AL Robo-Ops contest challenges participants to build a planetary rover prototype and demonstrate its capabilities in field tests at NASA’s Johnson Space Center’s Rock Yard. Up to three members of the team (plus the faculty advisor) may travel to Johnson Space Center for the onsite testing. The remaining team members will stay behind at the local university to conduct mission control tasks. The prototype rovers will be tele-operated by the mission control team members and must negotiate a series of obstacles while accomplishing a variety of tasks that include sample collection and acquisition. The only information available to the rover controller to perform the required tasks will be information transmitted through onboard rover video camera(s) or other onboard sensors.

Interested teams must submit a project plan for their proposed projects by Oct. 10, 2014. The RASC-AL Robo-Ops Steering Committee of NASA experts will evaluate the project plans and select up to eight teams to compete against each other at the Rock Yard in June 2015, providing each selected team with a $10,000 stipend to develop its rover. $12,000 in cash awards is available to the winning teams.

The RASC-AL competition is open to full-time undergraduate or graduate students majoring in engineering or science at an accredited university. University design teams must include one faculty or industry advisor with a university affiliation and two or more undergraduate or graduate students. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

For more information about this competition, visit http://www.nianet.org/RoboOps.

If you have questions about this competition, please contact Stacy Dees at stacy.dees@nianet.org or Shelley Spears at shelley.spears@nianet.org.

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OSSI NIFS — Spring 2015 Opportunities

NASA’s One Stop Shopping Initiative for Internships, Fellowships and Scholarships, or OSSI NIFS, strives to provide high school students and undergraduate and graduate students at all institutions of higher education access to a portfolio of internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities offered by NASA mission directorates and centers.

Visit the Office of Education Infrastructure Division LaunchPad to find information on internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities. The site features the OSSI NIFS online application for recruiting NASA interns, fellows and scholars. This innovative system allows students to search and apply for all types of higher education NASA internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities in one location. A single application places the student in the applicant pool for consideration by all NASA mentors.

Applications for spring 2015 opportunities are due Oct. 12, 2014.

To find available opportunities and to fill out an online application, visit https://intern.nasa.gov/index.html.

Inquiries about OSSI NIFS should be submitted via https://intern.nasa.gov/oic/.

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Celebrate Earth Science Week: Earth’s Connected Systems

Join us for an exploration of our dynamic Earth! This year, Earth Science Week takes place Oct. 12-18, and celebrates Earth’s Connected Systems – from land to sea, ice to sky and everything living in between.

NASA missions study Earth’s system and help us to understand the interconnectivity among its components. NASA’s Earth Science Week 2014 website covers NASA Earth missions and how scientists study our home planet, educational resources about Earth’s system, videos, links to mission science, and more.

Visit the site to see a schedule of events for educators and the public: http://nasaesw.strategies.org.

Do you want the latest information on NASA Earth Science Week activities? Follow NASA’s Earth Science Week team on Twitter (@NASAESW) or Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/NASAESW).

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Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications

The NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassadors, or SSA, Program, a nationwide network of space enthusiast volunteers, is accepting applications through Oct. 15, 2014.

Highly motivated individuals will be given the opportunity to represent NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as volunteer Solar System Ambassadors to the public for a one-year, renewable term beginning Jan. 1, 2015.

While applications are being sought nationwide, interested parties from the following states are especially encouraged to apply: Alaska, Delaware, Iowa, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Wyoming and the District of Columbia. SSA hopes to add 100 new volunteers to the program in 2015.

To learn more about the Solar System Ambassador Program and to apply online, visit http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/. The Announcement of Opportunity and application form are now available.

If you have questions about this opportunity, contact Kay Ferrari, SSA Coordinator, by email at ambassad@jpl.nasa.gov.

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Presidential Management Fellows Program: STEM Opportunity

NASA and other federal agencies are always looking for the best and brightest science and engineering talent. To help agencies find those talented individuals, the Office of Personnel Management, or OPM, has developed and piloted a track of the Presidential Management Fellows program focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM.

The Presidential Management Fellows, or PMF, program is a federal-wide, flagship leadership development program for advanced degree candidates. The program attracts and selects the best candidates possible and is designed with a focus on developing a cadre of potential government leaders. The PMF-STEM track seeks to identify the best future government leaders in STEM disciplines and place them in entry-level positions in federal agencies around the country. PMF-STEM was piloted last year with a low-key rollout.

This year, OPM would like to expand the PMF-STEM track to continue to support the STEM needs of the federal government.

— The PMF-STEM program is open to graduate students in STEM fields (degree must be confirmed by Aug. 31, 2015).
— Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
— The annual call for applications closes on Oct. 15, 2014.
— Applicants must apply through www.USAJobs.gov.
— More information about the program and application process, including a detailed list of eligibility requirements, can be found at www.pmf.gov, and information on the PMF-STEM track can be found at http://www.pmf.gov/the-opportunity/pmf-stem.aspx.

Federal agencies hire PMF-STEM finalists into paid, entry-level, two-year fellowship positions. At the end of the fellowship, finalists have two years of federal work experience and may be noncompetitively converted into permanent positions within the federal government. NASA participated in the 2014 pilot and intends to actively consider PMF-STEM candidates for the 2015 program.

Questions about this opportunity may be directed to pmf@opm.gov.

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Earth Science Week 2014 Contests

The American Geosciences Institute is sponsoring a series of contests to celebrate Earth Science Week 2014. This year’s celebration takes place Oct. 12-18, 2014.

Earth Science Week 2014 Photography Contest — Open to All Ages
http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests/photography/index.html

Earth science is the study of the geosphere (land), hydrosphere (water), atmosphere (air) and biosphere (living things). These spheres — or earth systems — are continually affecting and influencing one another. In our homes, in our neighborhoods, in our workplaces and in our public gathering places, we can observe the dynamic interactions of “earth system science.” In a photograph, capture evidence of the connections of earth systems in your community.

Earth Science Week 2014 Visual Arts Contest — Open to Students in Grades K-5
http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests/visualarts/index.html

Earth scientists — or geoscientists — study land, water, air and living things. In particular, these scientists pay attention to the ways these “connected systems” affect each other. For example, scientists study how water shapes the land, how living things use air and how air and water act on each other. How do these connected systems affect you? Use artwork to show how land, water, air and living things are connected in the world around you.

Earth Science Week 2014 Essay Contest — Open to Students in Grades 6-9
http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests/essay/index.html

Our planet’s land, water, air, and living things each affect and are affected by one another. Earth scientists observe these interactions among earth systems — the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere. Scientists study these interactions to seize opportunities and address challenges in areas such as harnessing energy, farming land, ensuring safe water, preparing for natural disasters, protecting the environment and building communities. Explain one way that geoscientists’ study of Earth’s connected systems is helping to improve the world today.

The entry deadline for all three contests is Oct. 17, 2014. Visit the contest websites for full details.

If you have any questions about these contests, please email the Earth Science Week staff at info@earthsciweek.org.

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White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Spring 2015 Policy Internship Program

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, or OSTP, is seeking students for spring 2015 internships. The OSTP advises the President on the effects of science and technology on domestic and international affairs. The office serves as a source of scientific and technological analyses and judgment for the president with respect to major policies, plans and programs of the federal government

Policy internships are open to interested students from all majors and programs, including law school programs. Law students (and any other students) who are interested in policy may apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are enrolled, at least half-time, in an accredited college or university during the period of volunteer service. Students in undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in all fields are encouraged to apply.

While these positions are without compensation, the assignments provide educational enrichment, practical work experience and networking opportunities with other individuals in the science and technology policy arena.

Applications for spring 2015 internships are due Oct. 17, 2014.

For more information, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ostp/about/student.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact Rebecca Grimm at rgrimm@ostp.eop.gov.

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Sally Ride EarthKAM Announces 2014 Fall Missions

Students and educators have two chances to participate in Sally Ride EarthKAM this fall. The 2014 fall missions are scheduled to take place Oct. 21-24, 2014, and Nov. 18-21, 2014. Guide your students in hands-on research as they program a camera aboard the International Space Station to take pictures of specific locations on Earth. The optional online curricula at the Sally Ride EarthKAM website are targeted at middle school students but are adaptable for other grade levels. All students and educators are welcome, including participants in afterschool programs.

For more information and to register for an upcoming mission, visit the Sally Ride EarthKAM home page at https://earthkam.ucsd.edu/.

If you have questions about the EarthKAM project, please email ek-help@earthkam.ucsd.edu.

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NOAA Education and Science Forum 2014

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s, or NOAA, Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center located on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore will co-host the Educational Partnership Program seventh biennial Education and Science Forum Oct. 26-29, 2014. This year’s theme is “Developing a Premier Future STEM Workforce to Support Environmental Sustainability.”

This year’s event kicks off with a series of student development workshops and an evening networking event on Sunday, Oct. 26.

The following day, the forum opens with plenary sessions featuring invited members of Congress and senior NOAA officials including Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, the agency administrator. Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, a distinguished scientist who holds the distinction of being the first American woman to walk in space.

In addition to nationally recognized researchers, the forum typically attracts several hundred participants, including college students, postdoctoral fellows, academic and community leaders, government officials and private-sector representatives interested in promoting future workforce diversity in STEM disciplines.

Seventy-two oral and 150 poster presentations are expected and will span sciences and social sciences that encompass the environment — atmosphere, marine and fisheries as well as remote sensing science and technologies.

For more information about how to participate and to register to attend, visit www.eppforum2014.com.

Questions about the forum should be submitted via https://eppforum.meetingservicesinc.com/contact/.

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Celebrate Solar Week — Fall 2014

Interact live with solar scientists during Solar Week, Oct. 27-31, 2014. Solar Week provides a weeklong series of Web-based educational classroom activities and games with a focus on the Sun-Earth connection. Students in grades 5-9 can learn about solar careers, sunspots, solar energy and solar storms through a series of activities, games and lessons.

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

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

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

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NASA Virtual University Offers New Course

NASA Education is presenting a free online course for educators who wish to integrate NASA educational lessons and activities into their learning environments. Offered through the NASA Virtual University, the course consists of a series of webinars led by NASA education specialists. Each webinar will be offered twice. The course is free, but you must register to attend.

Mathematics: Algebraic Equations
This course consists of three weeks of weekly webinars, and is designed to introduce educators to tools for teaching algebraic equations. The first webinar in the series takes place on Nov. 3, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. EST.

For more information about the course and to register online, visit http://helixtraining.gtpe.gatech.edu/.

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Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

Curious about icy bodies in the outer reaches of our solar system, the effects of space junk on deep-space observation, the latest discoveries about the origins of the universe and new ways galaxy formation is mapped? Come to the Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series presented by Smithsonian researchers who are exploring the sun, the moon, planets, stars, galaxies and the universe. These speakers will share behind-the-scenes details about how their research is done and about technologies that advance new discoveries. The lectures will be held at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

Each lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. EST and is followed by a Q&A session. Stay after the lecture to visit the museum’s observatory, weather permitting.

Nov. 8, 2014 — Far Out! A Tour of the Icy Bodies of the Outer Solar System
Discover the diverse and curious population of icy bodies that inhabit the outer solar system. Postdoctoral fellow Emily Martin will lead participants on a journey starting at the moons of Jupiter and cruising through the moons of Saturn, Neptune and Uranus, and then stopping at Pluto.

Dec. 6, 2014 — Rubble Trouble: How Space Junk Impacts Astronomy
The incredible information and images gathered using space telescopes have revolutionized what we know about the cosmos. Could space junk hinder future findings? Research associate Lisa Rand will discuss this question and the impact space junk has on astronomy.

Jan. 24, 2015 — Observing the Origin of the Universe From the South Pole
After three years of observing from the South Pole, scientists may have found confirmation that the universe underwent a burst of inflationary growth at the time of the Big Bang. Cosmologist Colin Bischoff will discuss these findings as well as the excitement of astronomy from Antarctica.

Feb. 21, 2015 — Tracing the Structure of the Universe With Galaxy Surveys
Studies of galaxy formation and cosmology have exploded in recent years due to the immense data obtained from large galaxy surveys. Postdoctoral fellow Cameron McBride will discuss how observational data and theory are combined to better understand fundamental questions in our universe, and will highlight some exciting results from ongoing research.

For more information about the Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/lectures/smithsonian-stars/.

Questions about this lecture series should be directed to the visitor service line at 202-633-1000.

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2014 Humans in Space Art Video Challenge

The Humans in Space Art Program and NASA’s International Space Station Program have teamed up to launch the international Humans in Space Art Challenge. How will humans use space science and technology to benefit humanity? College students and early career professionals are invited to ponder this question and to express an answer creatively in a video less than three minutes long. Video artwork can be of any style, featuring original animation, sketches, music, live action drama, poetry, dance, Rube Goldberg machines, apps, etc. Younger students may also participate, but all artwork will be judged in one age category.

Individuals or teams of participants should include one clear reference to the International Space Station in their videos and may use space station footage if desired.

An interdisciplinary team of space representatives and art experts will evaluate the videos. NASA and the Humans in Space Art program will make the highest scoring artwork visible worldwide through online and local touring events. NASA will also take the winning video on a trip into orbit on the International Space Station and provide montages with flown patches for winners.

Submissions must be received by Nov. 15, 2014.

For additional information and a complete list of guidelines, visit http://www.lpi.usra.edu/humansinspaceart/challenge/.

Inquiries about this opportunity should be directed to humansinspaceart@lpi.usra.edu.

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2015 NASA and Worcester Polytechnic Institute Sample Return Robot Challenge

NASA and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, are seeking teams to compete in a robot technology demonstration competition with a potential $1.5 million prize purse.

During the Sample Return Robot Challenge, teams will compete to demonstrate a robot that can locate and retrieve geologic samples from a wide and varied terrain without human control. The objective of the competition is to encourage innovations in automatic navigation and robotic manipulator technologies. Innovations stemming from this challenge may improve NASA’s capability to explore a variety of destinations in space, as well as enhance the nation’s robotic technology for use in industries and applications on Earth.

The competition is planned for June 8-13, 2015, in Worcester, and is anticipated to attract hundreds of competitors from industry and academia nationwide.

Registration is open until Jan. 6, 2015.

For more information about the Sample Return Robot Challenge and to register online for the competition, visit http://challenge.wpi.edu.

The Centennial Challenges program is part of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, which is innovating, developing, testing and flying hardware for use in NASA’s future missions. For more information about NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, visit https://www.nasa.gov/spacetech.

Questions about the Sample Return Robot Challenge should be sent to challenge@wpi.edu.

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NASA Robotic Mining Competition 2015

The Sixth Annual NASA Robotic Mining Competition will be held at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center May 18-22, 2015. NASA’s Robotic Mining Competition is for university-level students, enrolled in a U.S. college or university. Teams are challenged to design and build a mining robot that can traverse the simulated Martian chaotic terrain, excavate Martian regolith and deposit the regolith into a collector bin within 10 minutes. There is particular relevance to NASA’s recently announced mission to find an asteroid by 2016 and then bring it to cislunar space. NASA will directly benefit from the competition by encouraging the development of innovative excavation concepts from universities, which may result in ideas and solutions that could be applied to an actual excavation device or payload.

The winning team will receive the Joe Kosmo Award for Excellence trophy, KSC launch invitations, team certificates for each member and a monetary team scholarship. Awards for other categories include monetary team scholarships, a school trophy or plaque, team and individual certificates, and KSC launch invitations.

Design teams must include at least one college or university faculty member and at least two undergraduate or graduate students. NASA has not set an upper limit on team members. A team should have a sufficient number of members to successfully operate their mining robot. Teams will compete in up to five major competition categories, including onsite mining, systems engineering paper, outreach project, slide presentation and demonstration (optional) and team spirit (optional).

Registration opened on Sept. 3, 2014, and is limited to 50 teams.

For more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/centers/kennedy/technology/nasarmc.html.

Follow the NASA Robotic Mining Competition on Twitter at https://twitter.com/NASARMC.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Bethanné Hull at Bethanne.Hull@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