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NASA Education Express — Sept. 24, 2015

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Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listed below.
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NEW THIS WEEK!
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Free NASA Educator Professional Development Webinars
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators
Next Event Date: Sept. 24, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Live Video Chat With Story Time From Space Author Dr. Jeffrey Bennett
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Sept. 25, 2015, 11:15-Noon EDT

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: Oct. 6, 2015, at 1 p.m. EDT

MissionSTEM Video — NASA and Higher Education: Meeting Our STEM Education Challenge Together
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students

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PREVIOUSLY PROMOTED OPPORTUNITIES…
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Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy
Audience: Designed for Families With Children Ages 10 to 14, but Open to All
Next Event Date: Sept. 26, 2015, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EDT

Explore@NASAGoddard Open House
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Sept. 26, 2015, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. EDT

Educator Workshop: Primarily Physics
Audience: Educators of Grades K-2
Event Date: Sept. 26, 2015, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PDT

Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops — Fall/Winter 2015-16
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Next Event Date: September 26-27, 2015

Free Lecture — Looking at Earth: An Astronaut’s Journey
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Date: Sept. 29, 2015, at 8 p.m. EDT

“Where Over the World Is Astronaut Scott Kelly?” Geography From Space Trivia Contest
Audience: All Educators and Students
Deadline: Ongoing Through March 2016

Host a Real-Time Conversation With Crew Members Aboard the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators
Next Optional Informational Session: Sept. 30, 2015, at 7 p.m. EDT
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 1, 2015

Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications
Audience: All Educators
Application Deadline: Sept. 30, 2015

REGISTRATION OPEN: Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2015
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: Sept. 30, 2015

Call for Proposals — NASA Research Announcement for Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System: Appendix A
Audience: Graduate Students and Established Researchers
Proposal Deadline: Sept. 30, 2015

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Live Video Chat: So You Want To Be A Martian
Audience: Grades 8-12, Higher Education and Informal Education
Event Date: Oct. 1, 2015, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. EDT

NASA Swarmathon: Seeking College Students for Swarming Robotics Competition!
Audience: Higher Education Students
Notice of Intent Deadline: Oct. 1, 2015

Call for Proposals — NASA Research Announcement for Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMPVC+)
Audience: Formal and Informal Education Institutions
Optional Informational Teleconference: Oct. 1, 2015
Optional Notice of Intent Due: Oct. 8, 2015
Proposal Deadline: Dec. 7, 2015

National Climate Game Jam
Audience: All Educators and Students
Date: Oct. 2-4, 2015

2016 RASC-AL Robo-Ops Competition
Audience: Higher Education Students
Entry Deadline: Oct. 3, 2015

Free Tours of Facilities at NASA’s Glenn Research Center
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event Date: Oct. 3, 2015

Family Day Events at Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event Date: Oct. 3, 2015, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. EDT

Celebrate World Space Week 2015
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: Oct. 4-10, 2015

Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other Education Organizations
Request Deadline: Oct. 5, 2015

NASA Kentucky Space Grant Consortium 2015-2016 Request for Proposals
Audience: NASA Kentucky Space Grant Consortium Affiliate Institutions
Application Deadline: Oct. 8, 2015

Get Ready for Earth Science Week: Visualizing Earth Systems
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: Oct. 11-17, 2015

Undergraduate Student Instrument Project — 2015 Flight Research Opportunity
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Required Notice of Intent Deadline: Oct. 15, 2015

NASA Kentucky EPSCoR 2015-2016 Request for Proposals
Audience: Higher Education Institutions in Kentucky
Application Deadline: Oct. 15, 2015

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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

Are you looking for NASA educational materials to support your STEM curriculum? Search hundreds of resources by subject, grade level, type and keyword at https://www.nasa.gov/education/resources/.

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NEW THIS WEEK!
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Free NASA Educator Professional Development Webinars

The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University 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 that bring NASA into your classroom. Registration is required to participate. Simply click on the link provided beneath the webinar description to register.

Mission to Mars Series: Parachuting Onto Mars
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 6-8
Event Date: Sept. 24, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Participants in this webinar will calculate surface area and measure the mass of a spacecraft. Participants will learn the design process behind the parachute system used on the Orion spacecraft. Math concepts that will be covered during the session are expression and equations, geometry, quantitative relationships, and problem solving. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/140725

Mission to Mars Series: Mars Bound — Journey to the Red Planet
Audience:
Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: Sept. 28, 2015, at 6 p.m. EDT
Learn about ways to use NASA remote-sensing data to develop or refine theories about how air, water and impact events can test theories and provide evidence for exploration on Mars. Multiple inquiry-based activities will deepen participants’ understanding of the behavior of the Earth’s geologic features and how they compare to Mars’. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/140362

Primarily Physics
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-2
Event Date: Sept. 29, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Explore activities that use art, reading and play to bring NASA physics to students in kindergarten through second grade! Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/137337

Mission to Mars Series: Modeling Mars
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Sept. 30, 2015, at 6 p.m. EDT
Students you teach today may be the first explorers to Mars? How far will they have to travel to explore Mars? Is Mars big or small? This webinar will investigate those questions and explore our Earth, moon and Mars with NASA STEM activities that model the sizes of and distances between those bodies in our neighborhood while also integrating the Next Generation Science Standards. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/140428

Journey to M*A*R*S (Martian Advanced Resources for Survival): NASA InSight – Next Mars Mission
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Oct. 1, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
NASA’s next mission to Mars is InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport). As the InSight spacecraft probes deep within the surface of the Red Planet, the story of Mars’ origins will unfold. InSight will send real-time data back to Earth to reveal Mars’ long historical record, hidden for eons under its rocky surface. This session will focus on some of the tools Insight will provide for the classroom so that students can perform data analysis, just as scientists do, engaging in comparative planetology across multiple themes. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/140758

Journey to M*A*R*S (Martian Advanced Resources for Survival): Making Water on a Desert Planet
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 7-9
Event Date: Oct. 5, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Participants will learn what it takes to stay hydrated on Mars by creating a water filtration system using the Engineering Design Process. This webinar is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/141385

Journey to M*A*R*S (Martian Advanced Resources for Survival): Exploration Then and Now
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 3-8
Event Date: October 6, 2015, at 6 p.m. EDT
Imagine being a settler of Jamestown in 1607 and trying to survive the harsh conditions of a new and unfamiliar world. Now, imagine being one of the first astronauts to visit Mars and building a settlement in the extreme Martian environment. How would these two experiences compare? If resources are limited, how would you make decisions about items you need and those you don’t? Come explore as we travel through time and space to inhabit new worlds! Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/142306

Journey to M*A*R*S (Martian Advanced Resources for Survival): Mars Needs Food
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 4-8
Event Date: October 7, 2015, at 6 p.m. EDT
Explore future human exploration of Mars with a focus on the food and nutritional needs of those future explorers. Participants will explore NASA STEM resources to investigate the caloric content and nutritional value of space foods. Resources relating to the nutritional needs of astronauts will be used to construct a sample space food menu and develop a better understanding of space food and nutrition for future human explorers to Mars. The investigations will align with Next Generation Science Standards. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/141587

Journey to M*A*R*S (Martian Advanced Resources for Survival): Getting Dirty on Mars
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Oct. 8, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. EDT
Get the scoop on soil. This webinar will use comparison to teach the similarities and differences between soil properties on Earth and Mars. The focus will be on working in cooperative groups to collect and study soil samples, similar to investigations done by NASA’s robotic Phoenix Mars Mission. Key concepts will include understanding the properties of soils and examining soils for their ability to sustain organisms. This webinar will include a discussion of NASA resources on soil and Mars. The activities promote problem solving, communication skills and teamwork while engaging the students in learning that is both fun and relevant to their everyday lives. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/139283

For a full schedule of upcoming NASA Educator Professional Development webinars, visit http://www.txstate-epdc.net/events/.

Please direct questions about this series of webinars to Steve Culivan at stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Live Video Chat With Story Time From Space Author Dr. Jeffrey Bennett

Do you wonder if we are alone in the universe? NASA’s Digital Learning Network is hosting a live video chat with Dr. Jeffrey Bennett, an accomplished author, educator and astronomer, who will discuss the possibility of life beyond Earth and the remarkable scale of the universe.

Bennett authored five children’s books selected for Story Time From Space, an education payload sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space.

Submit questions via Twitter using #askDLN or via email to DLiNfochannel@gmail.com.

The 45-minute event will be webcast on the NASA DLiNfo Channel on Sept. 25, 2015, at 11:15 a.m. EDT.

For more information, visit http://dln.nasa.gov.

Please direct questions about this event to DLiNfochannel@gmail.com.

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

Are you 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 in the Moving Beyond Earth gallery at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Each hourlong lecture begins at 1 p.m. ET and will be streamed live online.

Upcoming lectures include:

Oct. 6, 2015 — Sally Ride: Curating Her Life
Join Tam O’Shaughnessy, Sally Ride’s partner in life and author of a new Ride biography; historians Valerie Neal and Margaret Weitekamp; and archivist Patti Williams for a discussion of the personal possessions and papers that are part of the museum’s new Sally K. Ride Collection. Learn how the selected objects and papers signify Sally Ride the public figure and private person, and how Sally Ride’s story intersects with social and cultural themes of her era.

Dec. 15, 2015 — Sewing Machines, Balloons and Rocket Fuel
Join in a discussion about the process and technologies used to land the Mars Science Laboratory, or Curiosity, on Mars. Ian Clark from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory will provide historical context for the development of those technologies and talk about the need for improvements as Mars missions move to larger and larger payloads.

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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MissionSTEM Video — NASA and Higher Education: Meeting Our STEM Education Challenge Together

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 “NASA and Higher Education: Meeting Our STEM Education Challenge Together” series is available at http://missionstem.nasa.gov/diversity-inclusion-leadrshp-topic06.html.

The videos feature prominent university leaders describing how they have partnered and continue to partner with NASA to address the national imperative of increasing diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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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PREVIOUSLY PROMOTED OPPORTUNITIES…
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Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy

Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy, at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, is a free alternate-reality game that will challenge you to become an astronaut-in-training for a future trip to Mars. Choose what role you will play on the mission; engage in fun interactive activities; and explore the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skills you will need as a next-generation space traveler. Along the way, you’ll learn about some of the museum’s fascinating artifacts.

Instructions and guidance are given via a special webpage accessed on your mobile device. Players should bring their own phones or devices equipped with an internet browser and a camera. Having a digital picture-taking device (smartphone, tablet, camera) is highly recommended but not required.

The game is aimed at upper elementary and middle school visitors and their families. Do you want to bring a group? Reservations are required for groups larger than 15.

The next offering of the Astronaut Academy is on Sept. 26, 2015. Begin your training with Astronaut Orientation in the Claude Moore Education Center Classroom 1 located on the first level across from the restrooms. Astronaut Orientation is offered at regular intervals between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The last opportunity to start the game is at 2:30 p.m. A self-guided activity, the game should take between 60 and 90 minutes, and staff will help you along the way.

For more information, including a full list of upcoming Astronaut Academy dates, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/techquest/.

Please direct questions about the Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy to the visitor service line at 202-633-2214.

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Explore@NASAGoddard Open House

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, will open its gates to the public for an open house on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope, this year’s Explore@NASAGoddard will feature the theme “Celebrating Hubble and the Spirit of Exploration.” During its time in orbit, Hubble has helped to answer some of the most compelling astronomical questions of our time and uncovered mysteries we never knew existed. In addition to highlighting Hubble, all areas of Goddard’s research — Earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, and engineering and technology — will be presented. Each discipline plays a critical part in NASA’s ongoing journey to reach new heights, reveal the unknown and advance scientific understanding for the benefit of humankind.

The last Explore@NASAGoddard open house took place in 2011 with more than 12,000 attendees! Similar to that event, this year’s open house will feature more than 100 activities, including the opportunity to meet astronauts, watch demonstrations, listen to great music and learn about the extraordinary work happening at Goddard.

As it becomes available, more information on this year’s open house will be posted online. For the latest updates, visit https://www.nasa.gov/explorenasagoddard.

Please direct questions about this event to Trusilla Steele at Trusilla.Y.Steele@nasa.gov.

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Educator Workshop: Primarily Physics

NASA has a variety of fun and stimulating science, technology, engineering and math activities for primary grades. Enrich your STEM curriculum using art and music, tangram rocket math, engineering design challenges and online books. Enhance your STEM curriculum with ideas from NASA!

The target audience for the workshop is grade K-2 educators, but the workshop is open to all educators.

The free workshop will take place Sept. 26, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the von Kármán Auditorium at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

For more information, directions to the workshop location and instructions for reserving a spot, visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/events/2015/9/26/primarily-physics/.

Please direct questions about this workshop to Paula Partida at Paula.Partida@jpl.nasa.gov.

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Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops — Fall/Winter 2015-16

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

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

Sept. 26-27, 2015 — University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
CAE Tier I Teaching Excellence Workshop for Current and Future Astronomy and Space Science Instructors

Oct. 3, 2015 — Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, North Carolina
CAE Southeast Regional Teaching Exchange

Oct. 17, 2015– Everett Community College in Everett, Washington
CAE Northwest Regional Teaching Exchange

November 2015 — American Center for Physics in College Park, Maryland
New Faculty Workshop for Physics and Astronomy

Jan. 3-4, 2016– Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida
CAE Tier I Teaching Excellence Workshop for Current and Future Astronomy and Space Science Instructors

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

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

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Free Lecture — Looking at Earth: An Astronaut’s Journey

Distinguished scientist and trailblazing astronaut Dr. Kathryn Sullivan has made her career in looking at Earth from land, sea and space. Fascinated with maps as a young child, Sullivan grew up to view Earth from the unique perspective of the space shuttle. She was one of the first six women selected to join the NASA astronaut corps in 1978. Over the course of her NASA career, she flew on three shuttle missions and worked on many others. She became the first American woman to walk in space and helped to deploy the Hubble Space Telescope.

Currently, she heads the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where today’s means of looking at Earth with satellites and ocean sensors provide practical predictions about our environment.

On Sept. 29, 2015, Sullivan will discuss her life of exploration and discovery, what it’s like to fulfill her childhood dreams, and how NOAA’s study of our planet helps us understand today’s environmental challenges.

The lecture is free, but tickets are required. The lecture begins at 8 p.m. at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. and will be webcast live.

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/detail.cfm?id=17802.

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

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“Where Over the World Is Astronaut Scott Kelly?” Geography From Space Trivia Contest

During his year-long stay on the International Space Station, astronaut Scott Kelly wants to test your knowledge of the world through a geography trivia game on Twitter. Traveling more than 220 miles above Earth, and at 17,500 miles per hour, he circumnavigates the globe more than a dozen times a day. This gives Kelly the opportunity to see and photograph various geographical locations on Earth. In fact, part of his job while in space is to capture images of Earth for scientific observations.

Follow @StationCDRKelly on Twitter. Each Wednesday, Kelly will tweet a picture and ask the public to identify the place depicted in the photo. The first person to identify the place correctly will win an autographed copy of the picture. Kelly plans to continue posting weekly contest photos until he returns from the space station in March 2016.

For more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/feature/where-over-the-world-is-astronaut-scott-kelly.

To learn more about the One-Year Mission, visit https://www.nasa.gov/content/one-year-crew.

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Host a Real-Time Conversation With Crew Members Aboard the International Space Station

ARISS-US is now accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums, science centers and community youth organizations to host an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, or ARISS, contact between July 1 – Dec. 31, 2016. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS-US is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. Proposals are due Nov. 1, 2015.

Using amateur radio, students can ask astronauts questions about life in space and other space-related topics. Students fully engage in the ARISS contact by helping set up an amateur radio ground station at the school and then using that station to talk directly with a crew member on the International Space Station for approximately 10 minutes. ARISS provides experienced mentors and relies on local amateur radio volunteers to help organizations obtain the technology required to host this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students.

Informational Sessions
To help organizations in preparing their proposals, the ARISS program coordinator will offer hourlong online information sessions. These are designed to provide more information regarding U.S. ARISS contacts and the proposal process, and offer an opportunity to ask questions. While attending an online information session is not required, it is strongly encouraged.

An informational session will be offered Sept. 30, 2015, at 7 p.m. EDT.

Advance registration is necessary. Email ARISS (ariss@arrl.org) to sign up for an information session.

For proposal information and more details such as expectations, proposal guidelines and proposal form, visit http://www.arrl.org/hosting-an-ariss-contact.

ARISS-US is offered through a partnership between NASA; the American Radio Relay League, or ARRL; and the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation, or AMSAT. ARISS was created and is managed by an international working group, including several countries in Europe as well as Japan, Russia, Canada, and the USA.

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to ariss@arrl.org.

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Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications

The NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassadors Program, a nationwide network of space enthusiast volunteers, is accepting applications through Sept. 30, 2015.

Highly motivated individuals will be given the opportunity to represent NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as volunteer SSAs to the public for a one-year, renewable term beginning Jan. 1, 2016.

While applications are being sought nationwide, interested parties from the following areas are especially encouraged to apply: Alaska, Delaware, Iowa, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. SSA hopes to add 100 new volunteers to the program in 2016.

To learn more about the SSA Program and to apply online, visit https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/ssa/home.cfm. 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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REGISTRATION OPEN: Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2015

The Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2015 will take place this fall. The tournament will offer U.S. high school students the opportunity to design experiments that will be tested in space.

Zero Robotics challenges high school student teams to write their own algorithms to fly the Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES. The competition starts online where teams compete to solve an annual challenge guided by mentors. Students can create, edit, share, save, simulate and submit code from a Web browser. After several phases of virtual competition, finalists will be selected to compete in a live championship aboard the International Space Station.

Registration for the competition closes on Sept. 30, 2015.

For more information about the tournament and to register your team to participate, visit http://zerorobotics.mit.edu/tournaments/20/.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to zerorobotics@mit.edu.

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Call for Proposals — NASA Research Announcement for Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System: Appendix A

NASA is seeking ground-based research proposals from graduate students to use NASA’s Physical Sciences Informatics system to develop new analyses and scientific insights. The PSI system is designed to be a resource for researchers to data mine information generated from completed physical sciences experiments performed on the International Space Station or from related ground-based studies.

This solicitation appendix focuses on the following five research areas: combustion science, complex fluids, fluid physics, fundamental physics and materials science.

For graduate students (students working towards an advanced degree), this NASA Research Announcement is soliciting proposals that advance fundamental research in one of the physical sciences disciplines identified above and also assist in the awarding of an advanced degree to the graduate student. This call is open to students who meet the following eligibility requirements:
— The student is pursuing an advanced degree directly related to a physical sciences discipline — only technical degrees are permitted (not degrees in policy or management).
— The student is a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident alien of the U.S., or on a student visa at an accredited U.S. university at the time of application submission.
— The student is enrolled in a master’s or doctoral degree program at an accredited U.S. university at the time of application submission, or, if the student is an undergraduate starting their graduate studies, he or she has been accepted to a master’s or doctoral degree program at an accredited U.S. university at the time of application submission and will start during the next academic year.
— The student has an academic graduate advisor who will submit the application for the graduate student. The student must perform the proposed research under the guidance of the assigned graduate advisor.

The agency expects to make approximately 10-15 awards in early 2016, The award for each proposal selected from this Appendix will be $50,000 – $75,000 per year, for a total maximum award amount up to $150,000 for a two-year period. Research and development efforts will take place over two years.

The deadline for submitting proposals is Sept. 30, 2015.

For information concerning this NASA Research Announcement solicitation, visit http://go.nasa.gov/1EiCJkv.

For more information about the Physical Science Informatics System, visit http://psi.nasa.gov/home.aspx.

Please direct questions about this NASA Research Announcement to Dr. Francis Chiaramonte at francis.p.chiaramonte@nasa.gov.

Additional technical information about the Physical Science Informatics System for this NASA Research Announcement is available from:

Name: Teresa Miller
Title: Physical Sciences Informatics System – Technical POC
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Email: teresa.y.miller@nasa.gov
Phone: 256-544-7815

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Live Video Chat: So You Want To Be A Martian

As NASA prepares for humans’ first steps on Mars in the 2030s, it is important to understand what is fact versus fiction about living on Mars. On Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center will conduct a Journey to Mars Education Event called So You Want to Be a Martian. There will be a curated panel discussion with NASA experts, including a scientist and an astronaut.

Join the discussion by asking questions of NASA experts and The Martian stars through NASA Education’s Digital Learning Network. A representative from NASA will moderate questions during the program.

Submit questions via Twitter using #AskNASA or via email starting Sept. 24, 2015, to DLiNfochannel@gmail.com.

The 90-minute event will be webcast on the NASA DLiNfo Channel on Oct. 1, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. EDT.

For more information, visit http://dln.nasa.gov.

Please direct questions about this event to DLiNfochannel@gmail.com.

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NASA Swarmathon: Seeking College Students for Swarming Robotics Competition!

The Swarmathon is a NASA challenge to develop cooperative robotics to revolutionize space exploration. Selected teams will receive three Swarmie robots (valued at $6,000), training and instruction, a $1,000 stipend for their faculty member who is serving as their mentor, and a chance to compete against other teams from across the United States for a $5,000 cash prize.

The First Annual Swarmathon, will occur April 18-22, 2016, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Participants will be challenged to develop search algorithms for robotic swarms. Swarmathon participation will improve students’ skills in robotics and computer science, and further advance technology for future NASA space exploration missions.

NASA seeks students from Minority Serving Universities and Community Colleges to apply and compete. All teams are encouraged to submit a Notice of Intent to apply by Oct. 1, 2015.

For more information, visit http://nasaswarmathon.com/.

Please direct questions about the NASA Swarmathon to Info@NASASwarmathon.com.

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Call for Proposals — NASA Research Announcement for Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMPVC+)

The NASA Office of Education invites proposals from museums, science centers, planetariums, NASA Visitor Centers, youth-serving organizations, and other eligible nonprofit institutions via this 2015 NASA Research Announcement: Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMPVC+), Announcement Number NNH15ZHA001N. Proposals must be submitted electronically via the NASA proposal data system NSPIRES or Grants.gov.

Proposers may request a grant or cooperative agreement to support NASA-themed science, technology, engineering or mathematics education, including exhibits, within these congressionally directed topics: space exploration, aeronautics, space science, Earth science or microgravity. CP4SMPVC+ is a competitive, high-quality, national program. The basic goal of the CP4SMPVC+ solicitation is to further NASA Strategic Objective 2.4: “Advance the Nation’s STEM education and workforce pipeline by working collaboratively with other agencies to engage students, teachers, and faculty in NASA’s missions and unique assets.”

Eligible institutions do not need to have the words “museum,” “visitor center,” “science,” “planetarium,” or “youth” in their official name, but they must be located in the United States or its Territories. See the NRA for full eligibility requirements and other limitations. Check the NSPIRES website once a week to learn if amendments or frequently asked questions have been added. Amendments and FAQs also will be announced via the NASA Education EXPRESS listserv.

Pre-proposal telecon (optional): Oct. 1, 2015
Notices of Intent Due (optional but strongly encouraged): Oct. 8, 2015
Full proposals are due Dec. 7, 2015.

For more information about this opportunity, visit NSPIRES at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={6105DEEC-925A-A216-322B-8E3B34FA2B07}&path=open.

Amendments Posted — Two new amendments to 2015 NASA Research Announcement: Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMPVC+), Announcement Number NNH15ZHA001N, have been posted on NSPIRES at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={6105DEEC-925A-A216-322B-8E3B34FA2B07}&path=open. One amendment concerns information requested for Notices of Intent.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please direct your questions to the Points of Contact listed within the NRA.

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National Climate Game Jam

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is announcing a national climate game jam that will be held in multiple sites around the U.S. on Oct. 2-4, 2015. This event offers a unique opportunity for educators, students, scientists, game designers and interested members of the public to work together on the development of climate game jam prototypes that span a range of platforms, topics and audiences.

In December 2014, the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy launched a Climate Education and Literacy Initiative to help connect U.S students and citizens with the best available science-based information about climate change. Federal and nongovernmental experts are collaborating to harness the promise of educational games and interactive media to enhance understanding and awareness of climate change impacts and solutions.

The Climate Game Jam will encourage the creation of new game prototypes that allow players to learn about climate change and resilience through science-based interactive experience. Promising prototypes will be made available for teachers and students to use in the classroom and for lifelong learners to use in science centers or at home. Selected prototypes may be highlighted at a climate game showcase in December 2015.

At the present time, NOAA is recruiting host sites for the game jam around the country. Each site can establish limits to hours and audience. More information about the responsibilities of a site can be found at http://climategamejam.org. A kick-off event featuring Ken Eklund, a well-known game designer, will take place via webcast on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015.

For more information, visit http://climategamejam.org.

Please direct questions about this event to Peg Steffen at Peg.Steffen@noaa.gov.

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2016 RASC-AL Robo-Ops Competition

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace announce the 2016 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage Exploration Robo-Ops, also known as the RASC-AL Robo-Ops, competition. This design competition is aimed at university-level engineering students.

The 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 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), microphone(s), or other onboard sensors.

Interested teams must submit a project plan for their proposed project by Oct. 3, 2015.

The 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 late May 2016. Each of the selected teams will be provided with a $10,000 stipend to develop their rover.

The Robo-Ops competition is open to full-time undergraduate or graduate students majoring in engineering, science or related disciplines 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://robo-ops.nianet.org.

If you have questions about this competition, please contact the RASC-AL team at rascal@nianet.org.

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Free Tours of Facilities at NASA’s Glenn Research Center

NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, is offering tours that take visitors behind the scenes and inside certain research facilities. Glenn scientists and engineers serve as guides. Tours will be offered each month through October 2015. Tours are free of charge for groups and individuals on an advance reservation basis. Visitor parking is also available free of charge.

A tour bus departs from Glenn’s main gate every hour beginning at 10 a.m. The last tour departs at 1 p.m. Each tour lasts about 45 minutes and is followed by a stop at Glenn’s Gift Shop.

Glenn’s 2015 Tour Schedule

Oct. 3, 2015 — Explore Locomotion on Planets: Come explore the Simulated Lunar Operations facility, which is home to a 60-foot-long, 20-foot-wide sandpit filled with simulated lunar soil and a lunar rover test bed. Other areas simulate Martian soil conditions. Research in this facility will help NASA develop the components of rovers capable of traveling long distances and investigating planetary surfaces during future human and robotic missions to keep NASA’s journey to Mars moving forward.

Tours are open to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. To guarantee admission, reservations are required. For more information on tours and how to make reservations, visit https://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/events/tours.html.

Questions about the tours should be directed to Sheila Reese at sheila.d.reese@nasa.gov.

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Family Day Events at Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum

The National Air and Space Museum’s Family Day event series celebrates the diverse ethnic and cultural communities that have contributed to aviation and space exploration. Events will commemorate historic and current contributions through presentations and activities for the entire family. The events are free and open to the public.

Hispanic Heritage Month: Innovators in Aviation and Space
Oct. 3, 2015, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. EDT
National Air and Space Museum in Washington, District of Columbia

Celebrate the contributions of Latinos to aviation and space exploration during this Hispanic Heritage Month Family Day event. Meet Hispanic scientists and engineers — including a NASA astronaut — and participate in bilingual activities.
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/detail.cfm?id=17546

Please direct questions about this series of events to the Visitor Service line at 202-633-2214.

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Celebrate World Space Week 2015

Join educators and space enthusiasts around the world to celebrate World Space Week, Oct. 4-10, 2015. This international event commemorates the beginning of the Space Age with the launch of Sputnik 1 on Oct. 4, 1957.

World Space Week is the largest public space event in the world, with celebrations in more than 60 nations. During World Space Week, teachers are encouraged to use space-themed activities.

To learn more about World Space Week, search for events in your area, and find educational materials, visit http://www.worldspaceweek.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 28th screening of artifacts since 2009.

Eligible schools, universities, museums, libraries and planetariums may view the artifacts and request specific items through Oct. 5, 2015. Online registration 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 on how 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.

Please direct questions about this opportunity to GSAXcessHelp@gsa.gov.

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NASA Kentucky Space Grant Consortium 2015-2016 Request for Proposals

The NASA Kentucky Space Grant Consortium is seeking proposals for programs supporting STEM areas that are of interest to NASA and Kentucky. Space Grant promotes networking and cooperation among education, industry, and local, state and federal government. Space Grant also focuses on the recruitment and training of U.S. citizens, especially women, underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities, for careers in aerospace science and technology.

Space Grant Consortium programs support faculty, students and outreach through graduate fellowships, undergraduate fellowships, team fellowships, research initiation and mini-grant awards.

Proposals will be accepted from NASA Kentucky Space Grant Consortium Affiliate Institutions. A list of these affiliate institutions may be found at http://nasa.engr.uky.edu/space-grant.

Applications are due Oct. 8, 2015.

For more information and instructions for submitting a proposal, visit http://nasa.engr.uky.edu/files/2015/08/RFP-16-001.pdf.

Please direct questions about this request to Jacob Owen at Jacob.Owen@uky.edu.

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Get Ready for Earth Science Week: Visualizing Earth Systems

NASA frequently produces stunning visualizations, whether of distant worlds or of our own home planet. These remarkable images come out so frequently that it’s easy to forget the science and engineering that goes on behind the scenes to bring these visualizations to life.

This year, Oct. 11-17, 2015, Earth Science Week will focus on the theme “Visualizing Earth Systems.” Learn how visualizations are created and used by real scientists. This year, a series of blog posts will take readers through some tough science questions being asked and explain how visualizations are helping answer these questions.

This year’s lineup of blog writers includes experienced NASA visualizers, scientists and educators. All will discuss their relationship with “Visualizing Earth Systems” as part of their work. The blog posts will roll out in the weeks leading up to and will continue to be released throughout Earth Science Week.

For more information, and to read the latest blog entries, visit https://esw.climate.nasa.gov/.

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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Undergraduate Student Instrument Project — 2015 Flight Research Opportunity

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, in collaboration with the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, is seeking proposals from U.S. institutions of higher education for the Undergraduate Student Instrument Project’s Student Flight Research Opportunity. Proposals should outline plans to develop an undergraduate-led project team that will fly a science and/or technology payload relevant to NASA’s strategic goals and objectives on a sounding rocket, balloon, aircraft, suborbital reusable launch vehicle or CubeSat launched on an orbital launch vehicle.

Funding is available to all U.S. institutions of higher education (e.g., universities, four-year colleges, community colleges, or two-year institutions) and to institutions involved in the Space Grant program. Prospective project teams can be composed only of undergraduate students from U.S. institutions of higher education. Graduate students are not eligible to be project team members; however, they are encouraged to serve as mentors to the undergraduate student team and are permitted to request a mentoring stipend.

Interested institutions must submit a Notice of Intent by email by 11:59 p.m. EDT, Oct. 15, 2015. Proposals are due on Nov. 20, 2015.

For more information and instructions for submitting a proposal, visit http://go.nasa.gov/1WR586S .

Please direct questions about this request to David Pierce at david.l.pierce@nasa.gov.

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NASA Kentucky EPSCoR 2015-2016 Request for Proposals

The NASA Kentucky EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) programs strengthen research capability in the state in areas of importance to NASA and Kentucky by promoting development of research infrastructure, improving capabilities to gain support outside EPSCoR, and developing partnerships with NASA.

Proposals will be accepted from institutions of higher education in Kentucky for Research Infrastructure Development Grants, or RIDG, with a funding level of $50,000 and for Workshop/Conference/Seminar, or WCS, Awards with funding levels of up to $3,000.

Applications are due Oct. 15, 2015.

For more information and instructions for submitting a proposal, visit http://nasa.engr.uky.edu/files/2015/08/RFP-16-002.pdf or the NASA Kentucky website at http://nasa.engr.uky.edu.

Please direct questions about this request to Jacob Owen at Jacob.Owen@uky.edu.

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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

Are you looking for NASA educational materials to support your STEM curriculum?
Search hundreds of resources by subject, grade level, type and keyword at https://www.nasa.gov/education/resources/.

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 — Sept. 17, 2015

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Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listed below.
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NEW THIS WEEK!
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Free NASA Educator Professional Development Webinars
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators
Next Event Date: Sept. 17, 2015, at 4 p.m. EDT

Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy
Audience: Designed for Families With Children Ages 10 to 14, but Open to All
Next Event Date: Sept. 19, 2015, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EDT

NASA Kennedy Space Center Community Day
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Sept. 19, 2015, 2-6 p.m. EDT

Celebrate International Observe the Moon Night at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Sept. 19, 2015, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. CDT

NASA Swarmathon: Seeking College Students for Swarming Robotics Competition!
Audience: Higher Education Students
Informational Webinar: Sept. 22, 2015
Notice of Intent Deadline: Oct. 1, 2015

Free Lecture — Looking at Earth: An Astronaut’s Journey
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Date: Sept. 29, 2015, at 8 p.m. EDT

Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications
Audience: All Educators
Application Deadline: Sept. 30, 2015

REGISTRATION OPEN: Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2015
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: Sept. 30, 2015

Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other Education Organizations
Request Deadline: Oct. 5, 2015

Get Ready for Earth Science Week: Visualizing Earth Systems
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: Oct. 11-17, 2015

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

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PREVIOUSLY PROMOTED OPPORTUNITIES…
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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Live Video Chat With The Martian Author Andy Weir and NASA Experts
Audience: Grades 8-12, Higher Education and Informal Education
Event Date: Sept. 17, 2015, 1-2 p.m. EDT

Host a Real-Time Conversation With Crew Members Aboard the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators
Next Optional Informational Session: Sept. 17, 2015, at 4 p.m. EDT
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 1, 2015

NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies Seek Educators for Climate Research Initiative
Audience: K-12 STEM Educators
Application Deadline: Sept. 18, 2015

International Observe the Moon Night
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Sept. 19, 2015

Help NASA Study Mars — Planet Four: Terrains
Audience: All Educators and Students
Project Timeframe: Ongoing Through Mid-2016

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: Sept. 22, 2015, at 1 p.m. EDT

“Where Over the World Is Astronaut Scott Kelly?” Geography From Space Trivia Contest
Audience: All Educators and Students
Deadline: Ongoing Through March 2016

Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Presents “STEM in 30” Webcast Series
Audience: Grades 6-8 Educators and Students
Next Webcast Date: Sept. 23, 2015, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. EDT

Free ‘Ask an Expert’ Series Presented by Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event Date: Sept. 23, 2015, at Noon EDT

2016 RASC-AL Robo-Ops Competition
Audience: Higher Education Students
Notice of Intent Deadline: Sept. 23, 2015
Entry Deadline: Oct. 3, 2015

Explore@NASAGoddard Open House
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Sept. 26, 2015, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. EDT

Educator Workshop: Primarily Physics
Audience: Educators of Grades K-2
Event Date: Sept. 26, 2015, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PDT

Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops — Fall/Winter 2015-16
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Next Event Date: September 26-27, 2015

Call for Proposals — NASA Research Announcement for Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System: Appendix A
Audience: Graduate Students and Established Researchers
Proposal Deadline: Sept. 30, 2015

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Live Video Chat: So You Want To Be A Martian
Audience: Grades 8-12, Higher Education and Informal Education
Event Date: Oct. 1, 2015, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. EDT

Undergraduate Student Instrument Project — 2015 Flight Research Opportunity
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Required Notice of Intent Deadline: Oct. 1, 2015

Call for Proposals — NASA Research Announcement for Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMPVC+)
Audience: Formal and Informal Education Institutions
Optional Informational Teleconference: Oct. 1, 2015
Optional Notice of Intent Due: Oct. 8, 2015
Proposal Deadline: Dec. 7, 2015

National Climate Game Jam
Audience: All Educators and Students
Date: Aug. Oct. 2-4, 2015

Celebrate World Space Week 2015
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: Oct. 4-10, 2015

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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

Are you looking for NASA educational materials to support your STEM curriculum? Search hundreds of resources by subject, grade level, type and keyword at https://www.nasa.gov/education/resources/.

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NEW THIS WEEK!
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Free NASA Educator Professional Development Webinars

The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University 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 that bring NASA into your classroom. Registration is required to participate. Simply click on the link provided beneath the webinar description to register.

Rockets 2 Racecars: Session 1 — Train Like an Astronaut
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 3-9
Event Date: Sept. 17, 2015, at 4 p.m. EDT
Get your students revved up with NASA’s Rockets 2 Racecars STEM education webinar series! Educators will discover correlations between stock car drivers and astronauts that include muscle strength and endurance, reaction time, and effects to your brain when exposed to high levels of carbon dioxide. There is a special opportunity for 12 educators to work alongside NASA specialists during an event at the Dover Speedway on the weekend of Oct. 2, 2015.
Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/138932

The Spectrum of Astronomy
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Sept. 21, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Learn about resources for teaching the full range of astronomical observation from infrared to gamma ray. This webinar also will include discussion of the missions making observations and information learned in each subset of the electromagnetic spectrum. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/138493

Rockets 2 Racecars: Session 2 – Race Suit Spacesuit
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 3-9
Event Date: Sept. 22, 2015, at 4 p.m. EDT
Get your students revved up with NASA’s Rockets 2 Racecars STEM Education webinar series! Discover similarities in NASA spacesuits and race suits used by racecar drivers. Learn the technologies developed by NASA that are used by the racing industry and investigate how technology development is linked to processes of the human body. There is a special opportunity for 12 educators to work alongside NASA specialists during an event at the Dover Speedway on the weekend of Oct. 2, 2015.
Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/138945

Robotics on a Budget
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Sept. 23, 2015, at 6 p.m. EDT
Robots are a part of our everyday lives. We use them in ways we don’t always recognize. What are robots, how are they used in our lives and how are they used at NASA? These are some of the questions explored in this webinar. Using NASA STEM robotics missions, curriculum, online resources and the Next Generation Science Standards, we’ll also show how to use robotics, inexpensively, in your classroom to enhance your students’ STEM understanding. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/140417

Mission to Mars Series: Parachuting Onto Mars
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 6-8
Event Date: Sept. 24, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Participants in this webinar will calculate surface area and measure the mass of a spacecraft. Participants will learn the design process behind the parachute system used on the Orion spacecraft. Math concepts that will be covered during the session are expression and equations, geometry, quantitative relationships, and problem solving. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/140725

Mission to Mars Series: Mars Bound — Journey to the Red Planet
Audience:
Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: Sept. 28, 2015, at 6 p.m. EDT
Learn about ways to use NASA remote-sensing data to develop or refine theories about how air, water and impact events can test theories and provide evidence for exploration on Mars. Multiple inquiry-based activities will deepen participants’ understanding of the behavior of the Earth’s geologic features and how they compare to Mars’. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/140362

Primarily Physics
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-2
Event Date: Sept. 29, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Explore activities that use art, reading and play to bring NASA physics to students in kindergarten through second grade! Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/137337

Mission to Mars Series: Modeling Mars
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Sept. 30, 2015, at 6 p.m. EDT
Students you teach today may be the first explorers to Mars? How far will they have to travel to explore Mars? Is Mars big or small? This webinar will investigate those questions and explore our Earth, moon and Mars with NASA STEM activities that model the sizes of and distances between those bodies in our neighborhood while also integrating the Next Generation Science Standards. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/140428

Journey to M*A*R*S (Martian Advanced Resources for Survival): NASA InSight – Next Mars Mission
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Oct. 1, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
NASA’s next mission to Mars is InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport). As the InSight spacecraft probes deep within the surface of the Red Planet, the story of Mars’ origins will unfold. InSight will send real-time data back to Earth to reveal Mars’ long historical record, hidden for eons under its rocky surface. This session will focus on some of the tools Insight will provide for the classroom so that students can perform data analysis, just as scientists do, engaging in comparative planetology across multiple themes. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/140758

For a full schedule of upcoming NASA Educator Professional Development webinars, visit http://www.txstate-epdc.net/events/.

Please direct questions about this series of webinars to Steve Culivan at stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov.

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Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy

Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy, at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, is a free alternate-reality game that will challenge you to become an astronaut-in-training for a future trip to Mars. Choose what role you will play on the mission; engage in fun interactive activities; and explore the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skills you will need as a next-generation space traveler. Along the way, you’ll learn about some of the museum’s fascinating artifacts.

Instructions and guidance are given via a special webpage accessed on your mobile device. Players should bring their own phones or devices equipped with an internet browser and a camera. Having a digital picture-taking device (smartphone, tablet, camera) is highly recommended but not required.

The game is aimed at upper elementary and middle school visitors and their families. Do you want to bring a group? Reservations are required for groups larger than 15.

The next offering of the Astronaut Academy is on Sept. 19, 2015. Begin your training with Astronaut Orientation in the Claude Moore Education Center Classroom 1 located on the first level across from the restrooms. Astronaut Orientation is offered at regular intervals between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The last opportunity to start the game is at 2:30 p.m. A self-guided activity, the game should take between 60 and 90 minutes, and staff will help you along the way.

For more information, including a full list of upcoming Astronaut Academy dates, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/techquest/.

Please direct questions about the Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy to the visitor service line at 202-633-2214.

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NASA Kennedy Space Center Community Day

NASA is hosting the sixth annual NASA Kennedy Space Center Community Day (formerly known as NASA Family Education Night) at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Sept. 19, 2014, with free admission from 2-6 p.m. EDT.

The event, targeted for K-12 students and their families, will focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, with the theme “Port to the Future.” Educational activities and demonstrations will highlight the future of America’s space program and allow children to engage in awesome experiments and cool demonstrations, make and launch rockets, and talk with a former astronaut.

For more information, visit https://twitter.com/NASA_KETI and https://www.facebook.com/nasaketi.

Please direct questions about the event to Liz Wise at liz.wise-1@nasa.gov.

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Celebrate International Observe the Moon Night at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center

Join in the celebration of International Observe the Moon Night with an evening of fun-filled events at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

On Sept. 19, 2015, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. CDT, representatives from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center will be on hand for the celebration taking place inside the Davidson Center for Space Exploration. Enjoy hands-on interactive activities, including a live magic show, solar system presentations, an out-of-this-world photo booth, live planetarium shows and a chance to see the moon up close with the help of telescopes and astronomers from the Von Braun Astronomical Society.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information about the event, visit http://rocketcenter.com/calendar/09.19.15/international-observe-moon-night.

To learn more about International Observe the Moon Night, visit http://observethemoonnight.org/.

Questions about the event at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center should be directed to Miranda.Martin@nasa.gov.

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NASA Swarmathon: Seeking College Students for Swarming Robotics Competition!

The Swarmathon is a NASA challenge to develop cooperative robotics to revolutionize space exploration. Selected teams will receive three Swarmie robots (valued at $6,000), training and instruction, a $1,000 stipend for their faculty member who is serving as their mentor, and a chance to compete against other teams from across the United States for a $5,000 cash prize.

On Sept. 22, 2015, the NASA Minority Innovation Challenges Institute, or MICI, will host a webinar explaining how students from Minority Serving Universities and Colleges can enter the NASA Swarmathon. The live webinar will provide an overview of the competition, a demonstration of the Swarmie Robot, and instructions on how teams can apply to compete. To register for the live webinar visit http://NASASwarmathon.com/webinar.

The First Annual Swarmathon, will occur April 18-22, 2016, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Participants will be challenged to develop search algorithms for robotic swarms. Swarmathon participation will improve students’ skills in robotics and computer science, and further advance technology for future NASA space exploration missions.

NASA seeks students from Minority Serving Universities and Community Colleges to apply and compete. All teams are encouraged to submit a Notice of Intent to apply by Oct. 1, 2015.

For more information, visit http://nasaswarmathon.com/.

Please direct questions about the NASA Swarmathon to Info@NASASwarmathon.com.

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Free Lecture — Looking at Earth: An Astronaut’s Journey

Distinguished scientist and trailblazing astronaut Dr. Kathryn Sullivan has made her career in looking at Earth from land, sea and space. Fascinated with maps as a young child, Sullivan grew up to view Earth from the unique perspective of the space shuttle. She was one of the first six women selected to join the NASA astronaut corps in 1978. Over the course of her NASA career, she flew on three shuttle missions and worked on many others. She became the first American woman to walk in space and helped to deploy the Hubble Space Telescope.

Currently, she heads the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where today’s means of looking at Earth with satellites and ocean sensors provide practical predictions about our environment.

On Sept. 29, 2015, Sullivan will discuss her life of exploration and discovery, what it’s like to fulfill her childhood dreams, and how NOAA’s study of our planet helps us understand today’s environmental challenges.

The lecture is free, but tickets are required. The lecture begins at 8 p.m. at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. and will be webcast live.

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/detail.cfm?id=17802.

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

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Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications

The NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassadors Program, a nationwide network of space enthusiast volunteers, is accepting applications through Sept. 30, 2015.

Highly motivated individuals will be given the opportunity to represent NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as volunteer SSAs to the public for a one-year, renewable term beginning Jan. 1, 2016.

While applications are being sought nationwide, interested parties from the following areas are especially encouraged to apply: Alaska, Delaware, Iowa, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. SSA hopes to add 100 new volunteers to the program in 2016.

To learn more about the SSA Program and to apply online, visit https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/ssa/home.cfm. 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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REGISTRATION OPEN: Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2015

The Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2015 will take place this fall. The tournament will offer U.S. high school students the opportunity to design experiments that will be tested in space.

Zero Robotics challenges high school student teams to write their own algorithms to fly the Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES. The competition starts online where teams compete to solve an annual challenge guided by mentors. Students can create, edit, share, save, simulate and submit code from a Web browser. After several phases of virtual competition, finalists will be selected to compete in a live championship aboard the International Space Station.

Registration for the competition closes on Sept. 30, 2015.

For more information about the tournament and to register your team to participate, visit http://zerorobotics.mit.edu/tournaments/20/.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to zerorobotics@mit.edu.

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Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use

NASA invites eligible U.S. educational institutions, museums and other organizations to screen and request historical artifacts of significance to spaceflight. This is the 28th screening of artifacts since 2009.

Eligible schools, universities, museums, libraries and planetariums may view the artifacts and request specific items through Oct. 5, 2015. Online registration 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 on how 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.

Please direct questions about this opportunity to GSAXcessHelp@gsa.gov.

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Get Ready for Earth Science Week: Visualizing Earth Systems

NASA frequently produces stunning visualizations, whether of distant worlds or of our own home planet. These remarkable images come out so frequently that it’s easy to forget the science and engineering that goes on behind the scenes to bring these visualizations to life.

This year, Oct. 11-17, 2015, Earth Science Week will focus on the theme “Visualizing Earth Systems.” Learn how visualizations are created and used by real scientists. This year, a series of blog posts will take readers through some tough science questions being asked and explain how visualizations are helping answer these questions.

This year’s lineup of blog writers includes experienced NASA visualizers, scientists and educators. All will discuss their relationship with “Visualizing Earth Systems” as part of their work. The blog posts will roll out in the weeks leading up to and will continue to be released throughout Earth Science Week.

For more information, and to read the latest blog entries, visit https://esw.climate.nasa.gov/.

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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What’s New at NASA’s Space Place Website

It’s back-to-school time, and NASA Space Place has lots of new articles and activities to share with your students.

What’s New? Planet Profiles
Find out more about our solar system’s eight amazing planets with the new planet profiles. Find out how long a year lasts on Uranus and why the sun doesn’t rise every “day” on Mercury.

Every profile features planet merit badges that showcase each planet’s unique characteristics, as well as beautiful photos.
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/planets

What’s New? What Is the Big Bang?
This article discusses one of the biggest questions in science: How did our universe begin?
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/big-bang

What’s New? The Space Place Glossary
You will encounter a lot of new vocabulary words as you read about space and Earth science. Our new glossary has over 65 terms with easy-to-understand definitions.
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/glossary

For the Classroom
You can decorate your classroom with the official Space Place calendar for the 2015-2016 school year. It has beautiful images, NASA facts and trivia, and links to relevant content. Download individual months or the entire set today.
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/calendar

Crafts, Crafts, Crafts!
Learn more about space, the sun, Earth and comets with these fun activities.

Pinwheel Galaxy Pinwheel
Hold a galaxy in the palm of your hand!
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/pinwheel-galaxy

Sun Paper
Find out how to make marbled paper that looks just like our sun.
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/sun-paper

Earth Fan
Make a fan showing all of Earth’s interesting layers.
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/earth-fan

Comet on a Stick
Make your very own comet to fly around the room!
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/comet-stick

Special Days to Celebrate
Find out about noteworthy days in NASA and space history that you can observe in your classroom.

Sept. 1: For the first time, a solar flare was observed and recorded in 1859.

What is a solar flare, anyway?
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/solar-cycles

Sept. 18: Voyager I took the first photo of Earth and the moon together in 1977.
Do you know how far apart the moon and Earth are? It’s farther than you might think!
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/moon-distance

Sept. 23: Johann Galle discovered Neptune in 1846.
Find out more about our solar system’s coldest planet, where one year takes 164 Earth years.
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/all-about-neptune

Oct. 3: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was founded in 1970.
Go on a wild weather adventure to celebrate!
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/wild-weather-adventure

Oct. 16: The first geostationary operational environmental satellite, or GOES, was launched in 1975.
How do you build a weather satellite?
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/story-weather-satellite

Oct. 26: People see their first glimpse of the far side of the moon in 1959.
Why does the moon have so many craters?
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/craters

Share
Do you want some help spreading the word about NASA’s Space Place? We have a page with ready-to-use website descriptions, logos and links to all our social media. Check out http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/share.

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

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PREVIOUSLY PROMOTED OPPORTUNITIES…
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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Live Video Chat With The Martian Author Andy Weir and NASA Experts

As NASA prepares for humans’ first steps on Mars in the 2030s, it becomes critical to understand what is needed for people to survive and thrive on Mars. On Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, NASA’s Johnson Space Center will connect with NASA’s Ames Research Center to discuss Surviving and Thriving on Mars.

Join the discussion by asking questions through NASA’s Digital Learning Network of The Martian author Andy Weir, planetary scientist Chris McKay and astronaut Ricky Arnold. A representative from NASA will moderate questions during the program.

Submit questions via Twitter using #AskNASA or via email starting Sept. 10, 2015, to DLiNfochannel@gmail.com.

The hourlong event will be webcast on the NASA DLiNfo Channel on Sept. 17, 2015, at 1 p.m. EDT.

For more information, visit http://dln.nasa.gov.

Please direct questions about this event to DLiNfochannel@gmail.com.

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Host a Real-Time Conversation With Crew Members Aboard the International Space Station

ARISS-US is now accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums, science centers and community youth organizations to host an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, or ARISS, contact between July 1 – Dec. 31, 2016. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS-US is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. Proposals are due Nov. 1, 2015.

Using amateur radio, students can ask astronauts questions about life in space and other space-related topics. Students fully engage in the ARISS contact by helping set up an amateur radio ground station at the school and then using that station to talk directly with a crew member on the International Space Station for approximately 10 minutes. ARISS provides experienced mentors and relies on local amateur radio volunteers to help organizations obtain the technology required to host this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students.

Informational Sessions
To help organizations in preparing their proposals, the ARISS program coordinator will offer hourlong online information sessions. These are designed to provide more information regarding U.S. ARISS contacts and the proposal process, and offer an opportunity to ask questions. While attending an online information session is not required, it is strongly encouraged.

Informational sessions will be offered Sept. 17, 2015, at 4 p.m. EDT; Sept. 22, 2015, at 4 p.m. EDT, and Sept. 30, 2015, at 7 p.m. EDT.

Advance registration is necessary. Email ARISS (ariss@arrl.org) to sign up for an information session.

For proposal information and more details such as expectations, proposal guidelines and proposal form, visit http://www.arrl.org/hosting-an-ariss-contact.

ARISS-US is offered through a partnership between NASA; the American Radio Relay League, or ARRL; and the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation, or AMSAT. ARISS was created and is managed by an international working group, including several countries in Europe as well as Japan, Russia, Canada, and the USA.

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to ariss@arrl.org.

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NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies Seek Educators for Climate Research Initiative

The NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative is a yearlong STEM engagement opportunity for STEM educators to lead research teams, work directly with NASA scientists, and develop STEM curriculum. Educators participating in this opportunity will become associate researchers at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies while remaining in their current teaching positions. Selected educators will become STEM education experts integrating NASA education resources and content into their classroom while improving STEM education within their community.

All applicants must be currently employed as full-time STEM educators and also be U.S. citizens. Applicants should reside within a 50-mile radius of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies located in New York City. Participants will receive an annual stipend of $9,000.

Applications are due Sept. 18, 2015.

For more information, visit http://smdepo.org/post/8286.

Please direct inquiries about the NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative to Matthew Pearce at matthew.d.pearce@nasa.gov.

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International Observe the Moon Night

On Sept. 19, 2015, the whole world has the chance to admire and celebrate our moon on International Observe the Moon Night. And you can join in the fun!

Check the map of registered observation events at http://observethemoonnight.org to see if an event is being held near you. If not, please consider registering and hosting one and inviting your community.

You don’t know where to start?
This link walks you through the process of planning an event of any size. See how to host an event in six easy steps: http://observethemoonnight.org/getInvolved.

Do you need suggestions for hands-on activities?
Visit http://observethemoonnight.org/activities/ for ideas.

Are you worried about cloudy weather obscuring your view of the moon?
The “Moon as Art” collection, chosen by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, team, gives the public the opportunity to see the moon as others have seen it for centuries — as an inspirational muse. But this time, also see the moon from the perspective of being in orbit with a series of eyes that see different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. Learn more at http://lunar.gsfc.nasa.gov/moonartgallery.html.

Additional beautiful, high-resolution images of the moon’s surface taken by LRO’s cameras are available at http://lroc.sese.asu.edu.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Lora.V.Bleacher@nasa.gov.

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Help NASA Study Mars — Planet Four: Terrains

Help NASA study exotic landscape features near the south pole of Mars! In this citizen science project, you’ll view images from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s Context Camera. Your input will help scientists identify possible areas for even more detailed examination with the orbiter’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera. HiRISE can reveal more detail than any other camera ever put into orbit around Mars.

Some of Mars resembles deserts on Earth, but seasonal freezing and thawing of carbon-dioxide ice (known on Earth as “dry ice”) at the Martian poles creates some unusual landscape features. There’s a lot of territory to cover, so scientists need your help identifying what and where these features are.

For more information and to learn how to participate, visit the “Planet Four: Terrains” website at https://www.zooniverse.org/#/projects/mschwamb/planet-four-terrains.

To learn more about NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and its mission at the Red Planet, visit http://mars.nasa.gov/mro/.

Please direct questions about this opportunity to Whitney Clavin at whitney.clavin@jpl.nasa.gov.

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

Are you 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 in the Moving Beyond Earth gallery at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Each hourlong lecture begins at 1 p.m. ET and will be streamed live online.

Upcoming lectures include:

Sept. 22, 2015 — New Horizons at Pluto
Join Alan Stern, principal investigator of NASA’s New Horizons mission, as he discusses the historic mission that revealed hidden wonders on Pluto. Stern will share exciting images and science results yielded from the mission as the spacecraft flew though the Pluto system.

Dec. 15, 2015 — Sewing Machines, Balloons and Rocket Fuel
Join in a discussion about the process and technologies used to land the Mars Science Laboratory, or Curiosity, on Mars. Ian Clark from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory will provide historical context for the development of those technologies and talk about the need for improvements as Mars missions move to larger and larger payloads.

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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“Where Over the World Is Astronaut Scott Kelly?” Geography From Space Trivia Contest

During his year-long stay on the International Space Station, astronaut Scott Kelly wants to test your knowledge of the world through a geography trivia game on Twitter. Traveling more than 220 miles above Earth, and at 17,500 miles per hour, he circumnavigates the globe more than a dozen times a day. This gives Kelly the opportunity to see and photograph various geographical locations on Earth. In fact, part of his job while in space is to capture images of Earth for scientific observations.

Follow @StationCDRKelly on Twitter. Each Wednesday, Kelly will tweet a picture and ask the public to identify the place depicted in the photo. The first person to identify the place correctly will win an autographed copy of the picture. Kelly plans to continue posting weekly contest photos until he returns from the space station in March 2016.

For more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/feature/where-over-the-world-is-astronaut-scott-kelly.

To learn more about the One-Year Mission, visit https://www.nasa.gov/content/one-year-crew.

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Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Presents “STEM in 30” Webcast Series

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum is presenting a series of free education webcast events called “STEM in 30.” This new program consists of live, fast-paced 30-minute webcasts designed to increase interest and engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics for students. To enhance the learning experience, students can get involved with the content through the interactive “Cover It Live” feature, which includes poll questions and classroom activities. The webcasts will be available live on the National Air and Space Museum website and will be archived for on-demand viewing.

Asteroid Redirect Mission
Sept. 23, 2015, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. EDT
In orbit around the sun are thousands of asteroids ranging in size from grains of sand to miles across. NASA is planning a mission to capture a piece of an asteroid to be studied by NASA scientists and astronauts. Learn about asteroids, what we can learn from capturing one, and the technology needed to accomplish such a mission.

Mars
Oct. 21, 2015, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. EDT
A current elementary or middle school student will most likely be the first human to step foot on Mars. Investigate the plans to send humans to Mars and the ongoing research into water and the possibility of life on the Red Planet.

Wilbur and Orville Wright: The Bicycle Guys
Dec. 17, 2015, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. EST
Before they built airplanes, the Wright brothers built bicycles. Take a look at how bicycle parts ended up on the first airplane and how engineers throughout history and today have transferred technology from one field to another just like the Wright brothers.

“STEM in 30” webcasts are online learning experiences but are filmed in front of a live audience. If you are interested in bringing your school group to a live filming of “STEM in 30,” please email STEMin30@si.edu for details.

For more information about the Smithsonian’s “STEM in 30” Webcast Series, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/explore-and-learn/stem-in-30/.

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

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Free ‘Ask an Expert’ Series Presented by Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum

Join the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., for a series of “Ask an Expert” events. Each 15-minute discussion is presented by a member of the museum staff at Noon EDT at the museum’s “Great Seal” in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall on the first floor.

Upcoming space-related discussions include:

Sept. 23, 2015 — Earth and Planetary Imagery
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/detail.cfm?id=18045
Join Jennifer O’Brien for a discussion about how the Internet and digitization movement have led to easy access to the world of Earth and planetary imagery. Learn about the best online sites for finding stunning images of the planets in our solar system.

Oct. 7, 2015 — Sputnik
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/detail.cfm?id=18048
Join Cathleen Lewis for a discussion about Sputnik. Launched by the Soviet Union on Oct. 4, 1957, this beach ball-sized artificial satellite marked the start of the space age and the U.S.-U.S.S.R. space race.

Oct. 14, 2015 — Instrumentation as Eyes: How We See Earth From Space
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/detail.cfm?id=18070
Join Brian Jirout for a discussion about satellite imagery and its various uses, including weather forecasting. Find out what you’re looking at when you watch a weather forecast and where that information comes from.

For more information about the “Ask an Expert” series, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/ask-an-expert/.

Please direct questions about this series to the Visitor Service line at 202-633-2214.

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2016 RASC-AL Robo-Ops Competition

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace announce the 2016 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage Exploration Robo-Ops, also known as the RASC-AL Robo-Ops, competition. This design competition is aimed at university-level engineering students.

The 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 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), microphone(s), or other onboard sensors.

Interested teams are encouraged to submit a notice of intent by Sept. 23, 2015, and teams must submit a project plan for their proposed project by Oct. 3, 2015.

The 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 late May 2016. Each of the selected teams will be provided with a $10,000 stipend to develop their rover.

The Robo-Ops competition is open to full-time undergraduate or graduate students majoring in engineering, science or related disciplines 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://robo-ops.nianet.org.

If you have questions about this competition, please contact the RASC-AL team at rascal@nianet.org.

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Explore@NASAGoddard Open House

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, will open its gates to the public for an open house on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope, this year’s Explore@NASAGoddard will feature the theme “Celebrating Hubble and the Spirit of Exploration.” During its time in orbit, Hubble has helped to answer some of the most compelling astronomical questions of our time and uncovered mysteries we never knew existed. In addition to highlighting Hubble, all areas of Goddard’s research — Earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, and engineering and technology — will be presented. Each discipline plays a critical part in NASA’s ongoing journey to reach new heights, reveal the unknown and advance scientific understanding for the benefit of humankind.

The last Explore@NASAGoddard open house took place in 2011 with more than 12,000 attendees! Similar to that event, this year’s open house will feature more than 100 activities, including the opportunity to meet astronauts, watch demonstrations, listen to great music and learn about the extraordinary work happening at Goddard.

As it becomes available, more information on this year’s open house will be posted online. For the latest updates, visit https://www.nasa.gov/explorenasagoddard.

Please direct questions about this event to Trusilla Steele at Trusilla.Y.Steele@nasa.gov.

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Educator Workshop: Primarily Physics

NASA has a variety of fun and stimulating science, technology, engineering and math activities for primary grades. Enrich your STEM curriculum using art and music, tangram rocket math, engineering design challenges and online books. Enhance your STEM curriculum with ideas from NASA!

The target audience for the workshop is grade K-2 educators, but the workshop is open to all educators.

The free workshop will take place Sept. 26, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the von Kármán Auditorium at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

For more information, directions to the workshop location and instructions for reserving a spot, visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/events/2015/9/26/primarily-physics/.

Please direct questions about this workshop to Paula Partida at Paula.Partida@jpl.nasa.gov.

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Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops — Fall/Winter 2015-16

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

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

Sept. 26-27, 2015 — University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
CAE Tier I Teaching Excellence Workshop for Current and Future Astronomy and Space Science Instructors

Oct. 3, 2015 — Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, North Carolina
CAE Southeast Regional Teaching Exchange

Oct. 17, 2015– Everett Community College in Everett, Washington
CAE Northwest Regional Teaching Exchange

November 2015 — American Center for Physics in College Park, Maryland
New Faculty Workshop for Physics and Astronomy

Jan. 3-4, 2016– Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida
CAE Tier I Teaching Excellence Workshop for Current and Future Astronomy and Space Science Instructors

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

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

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Call for Proposals — NASA Research Announcement for Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System: Appendix A

NASA is seeking ground-based research proposals from graduate students to use NASA’s Physical Sciences Informatics system to develop new analyses and scientific insights. The PSI system is designed to be a resource for researchers to data mine information generated from completed physical sciences experiments performed on the International Space Station or from related ground-based studies.

This solicitation appendix focuses on the following five research areas: combustion science, complex fluids, fluid physics, fundamental physics and materials science.

For graduate students (students working towards an advanced degree), this NASA Research Announcement is soliciting proposals that advance fundamental research in one of the physical sciences disciplines identified above and also assist in the awarding of an advanced degree to the graduate student. This call is open to students who meet the following eligibility requirements:
— The student is pursuing an advanced degree directly related to a physical sciences discipline — only technical degrees are permitted (not degrees in policy or management).
— The student is a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident alien of the U.S., or on a student visa at an accredited U.S. university at the time of application submission.
— The student is enrolled in a master’s or doctoral degree program at an accredited U.S. university at the time of application submission, or, if the student is an undergraduate starting their graduate studies, he or she has been accepted to a master’s or doctoral degree program at an accredited U.S. university at the time of application submission and will start during the next academic year.
— The student has an academic graduate advisor who will submit the application for the graduate student. The student must perform the proposed research under the guidance of the assigned graduate advisor.

The agency expects to make approximately 10-15 awards in early 2016, The award for each proposal selected from this Appendix will be $50,000 – $75,000 per year, for a total maximum award amount up to $150,000 for a two-year period. Research and development efforts will take place over two years.

The deadline for submitting proposals is Sept. 30, 2015.

For information concerning this NASA Research Announcement solicitation, visit http://go.nasa.gov/1EiCJkv.

For more information about the Physical Science Informatics System, visit http://psi.nasa.gov/home.aspx.

Please direct questions about this NASA Research Announcement to Dr. Francis Chiaramonte at francis.p.chiaramonte@nasa.gov.

Additional technical information about the Physical Science Informatics System for this NASA Research Announcement is available from:

Name: Teresa Miller
Title: Physical Sciences Informatics System – Technical POC
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Email: teresa.y.miller@nasa.gov
Phone: 256-544-7815

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Live Video Chat: So You Want To Be A Martian

As NASA prepares for humans’ first steps on Mars in the 2030s, it is important to understand what is fact versus fiction about living on Mars. On Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center will conduct a Journey to Mars Education Event called So You Want to Be a Martian. There will be a curated panel discussion with NASA experts, including a scientist and an astronaut.

Join the discussion by asking questions of NASA experts and The Martian stars through NASA Education’s Digital Learning Network. A representative from NASA will moderate questions during the program.

Submit questions via Twitter using #AskNASA or via email starting Sept. 24, 2015, to DLiNfochannel@gmail.com.

The 90-minute event will be webcast on the NASA DLiNfo Channel on Oct. 1, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. EDT.

For more information, visit http://dln.nasa.gov.

Please direct questions about this event to DLiNfochannel@gmail.com.

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Undergraduate Student Instrument Project — 2015 Flight Research Opportunity

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, in collaboration with the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, is seeking proposals from U.S. institutions of higher education for the Undergraduate Student Instrument Project’s Student Flight Research Opportunity. Proposals should outline plans to develop an undergraduate-led project team that will fly a science and/or technology payload relevant to NASA’s strategic goals and objectives on a sounding rocket, balloon, aircraft, suborbital reusable launch vehicle or CubeSat launched on an orbital launch vehicle.

Funding is available to all U.S. institutions of higher education (e.g., universities, four-year colleges, community colleges, or two-year institutions) and to institutions involved in the Space Grant program. Prospective project teams can be composed only of undergraduate students from U.S. institutions of higher education. Graduate students are not eligible to be project team members; however, they are encouraged to serve as mentors to the undergraduate student team and are permitted to request a mentoring stipend.

Interested institutions must submit a Notice of Intent by email by 11:59 p.m. EDT, Oct. 1, 2015. Proposals are due on Nov. 20, 2015.

For more information and instructions for submitting a proposal, visit http://go.nasa.gov/1WR586S .

Please direct questions about this request to David Pierce at david.l.pierce@nasa.gov.

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Call for Proposals — NASA Research Announcement for Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMPVC+)

The NASA Office of Education invites proposals from museums, science centers, planetariums, NASA Visitor Centers, youth-serving organizations, and other eligible nonprofit institutions via this 2015 NASA Research Announcement: Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMPVC+), Announcement Number NNH15ZHA001N. Proposals must be submitted electronically via the NASA proposal data system NSPIRES or Grants.gov.

Proposers may request a grant or cooperative agreement to support NASA-themed science, technology, engineering or mathematics education, including exhibits, within these congressionally directed topics: space exploration, aeronautics, space science, Earth science or microgravity. CP4SMPVC+ is a competitive, high-quality, national program. The basic goal of the CP4SMPVC+ solicitation is to further NASA Strategic Objective 2.4: “Advance the Nation’s STEM education and workforce pipeline by working collaboratively with other agencies to engage students, teachers, and faculty in NASA’s missions and unique assets.”

Eligible institutions do not need to have the words “museum,” “visitor center,” “science,” “planetarium,” or “youth” in their official name, but they must be located in the United States or its Territories. See the NRA for full eligibility requirements and other limitations. Check the NSPIRES website once a week to learn if amendments or frequently asked questions have been added. Amendments and FAQs also will be announced via the NASA Education EXPRESS listserv.

Pre-proposal telecon (optional): Oct. 1, 2015
Notices of Intent Due (optional but strongly encouraged): Oct. 8, 2015
Full proposals are due Dec. 7, 2015.

For more information about this opportunity, visit NSPIRES at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={6105DEEC-925A-A216-322B-8E3B34FA2B07}&path=open.

Amendments Posted — Two administrative amendments to 2015 NASA Research Announcement: Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMPVC+), Announcement Number NNH15ZHA001N, have been posted on NSPIRES at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={6105DEEC-925A-A216-322B-8E3B34FA2B07}&path=open.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please direct your questions to the Points of Contact listed within the NRA.

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National Climate Game Jam

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is announcing a national climate game jam that will be held in multiple sites around the U.S. on Oct. 2-4, 2015. This event offers a unique opportunity for educators, students, scientists, game designers and interested members of the public to work together on the development of climate game jam prototypes that span a range of platforms, topics and audiences.

In December 2014, the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy launched a Climate Education and Literacy Initiative to help connect U.S students and citizens with the best available science-based information about climate change. Federal and nongovernmental experts are collaborating to harness the promise of educational games and interactive media to enhance understanding and awareness of climate change impacts and solutions.

The Climate Game Jam will encourage the creation of new game prototypes that allow players to learn about climate change and resilience through science-based interactive experience. Promising prototypes will be made available for teachers and students to use in the classroom and for lifelong learners to use in science centers or at home. Selected prototypes may be highlighted at a climate game showcase in December 2015.

At the present time, NOAA is recruiting host sites for the game jam around the country. Each site can establish limits to hours and audience. More information about the responsibilities of a site can be found at http://climategamejam.org. A kick-off event featuring Ken Eklund, a well-known game designer, will take place via webcast on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015.

For more information, visit http://climategamejam.org.

Please direct questions about this event to Peg Steffen at Peg.Steffen@noaa.gov.

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Celebrate World Space Week 2015

Join educators and space enthusiasts around the world to celebrate World Space Week, Oct. 4-10, 2015. This international event commemorates the beginning of the Space Age with the launch of Sputnik 1 on Oct. 4, 1957.

World Space Week is the largest public space event in the world, with celebrations in more than 60 nations. During World Space Week, teachers are encouraged to use space-themed activities.

To learn more about World Space Week, search for events in your area, and find educational materials, visit http://www.worldspaceweek.org.

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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

Are you looking for NASA educational materials to support your STEM curriculum?
Search hundreds of resources by subject, grade level, type and keyword at https://www.nasa.gov/education/resources/.

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 — Sept. 10, 2015

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Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listed below.
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NEW THIS WEEK!
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Free NASA Educator Professional Development Webinars
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators
Next Event Date: Sept. 10, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Twitter Chat
Audience: Students in Grades 9-12
Event Date: Sept. 10, 2015, 9-10 p.m. EDT

Heliophysics Community of Practice — September Meeting
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Event Date: Sept. 15, 2015

Free ‘Ask an Expert’ Series Presented by Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event Date: Sept. 16, 2015, at Noon EDT

Host a Real-Time Conversation With Crew Members Aboard the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators
Next Optional Informational Session: Sept. 17, 2015, at 4 p.m. EDT
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 1, 2015

NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies Seek Educators for Climate Research Initiative
Audience: K-12 STEM Educators
Application Deadline: Sept. 18, 2015

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: Sept. 22, 2015, at 1 p.m. EDT

Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Presents “STEM in 30” Webcast Series
Audience: Grades 6-8 Educators and Students
Next Webcast Date: Sept. 23, 2015, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. EDT

Explore@NASAGoddard Open House
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Sept. 26, 2015, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. EDT

Educator Workshop: Primarily Physics
Audience: Educators of Grades K-2
Event Date: Sept. 26, 2015, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PDT

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Live Video Chat: So You Want To Be A Martian
Audience: Grades 8-12, Higher Education and Informal Education
Event Date: Oct. 1, 2015, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. EDT

Call for Proposals — NASA Research Announcement for Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMPVC+)
Audience: Formal and Informal Education Institutions
Optional Informational Teleconference: Oct. 1, 2015
Optional Notice of Intent Due: Oct. 8, 2015
Proposal Deadline: Dec. 7, 2015

2016 BIG Idea Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students and Faculty
Entry Deadline: Nov. 15, 2015

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PREVIOUSLY PROMOTED OPPORTUNITIES…
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2015 von Kármán Lecture Series — Attend in Person or View Online
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Sept. 10, 2015, at 7 pm. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)

Free Tours of Facilities at NASA’s Glenn Research Center
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event Date: Sept. 12, 2015

Family Day Events at Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event Date: Sept. 12, 2015, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. EDT

MAVEN Workshops — ‘Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!’
Audience: Elementary Educators
Colorado Springs Workshop Date: Sept. 12, 2015
Portland Workshop Date: Sept. 19, 2015

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Series — International Observe the Moon Night
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: Sept. 14-18, 2015

Minorities Striving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success in Geosciences Research Experiences for Undergraduates Professional Development Program
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Sept. 14, 2015

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Live Video Chat With The Martian Author Andy Weir and NASA Experts
Audience: Grades 8-12, Higher Education and Informal Education
Event Date: Sept. 17, 2015, 1-2 p.m. EDT

International Observe the Moon Night
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Sept. 19, 2015

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

2016 RASC-AL Robo-Ops Competition
Audience: Higher Education Students
Notice of Intent Deadline: Sept. 23, 2015
Entry Deadline: Oct. 3, 2015

Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops — Fall/Winter 2015-16
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Next Event Date: September 26-27, 2015

Call for Proposals — NASA Research Announcement for Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System: Appendix A
Audience: Graduate Students and Established Researchers
Proposal Deadline: Sept. 30, 2015

Undergraduate Student Instrument Project — 2015 Flight Research Opportunity
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Required Notice of Intent Deadline: Oct. 1, 2015

National Climate Game Jam
Audience: All Educators and Students
Date: Aug. Oct. 2-4, 2015

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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

Are you looking for NASA educational materials to support your STEM curriculum?
Search hundreds of resources by subject, grade level, type and keyword at https://www.nasa.gov/education/resources/.

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Free NASA Educator Professional Development Webinars

The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University 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 that bring NASA into your classroom. Registration is required to participate. Simply click on the link provided beneath the webinar description to register.

Mission to Mars Series: Engineering Our Way to Mars
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 6-8
Event Date: Sept. 10, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a NASA engineer? In this online presentation, learn how to design and build an airbag system that will safely land a payload on Mars. Science concepts covered will be force, potential, and kinetic and mechanical energy. The activity also meets Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core Math Standards. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/138909

Mission to Mars Series: Comparing Earth and Mars
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: Sept 14, 2015, at 6 p.m. EDT
NASA’s Mars and Earth educator guide offers educators nine activities focusing on the geologic features and models of the two planets. The lessons are perfect for educators looking for short, focused activities using engineering design and science. Important Problem Based Learning strategies will be implemented. The webinar will focus on three important questions: How do we make a model? Why do NASA engineers and scientists use models? What are the important characteristics of a model?
Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/133768

Art and the Cosmic Connection
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-16
Event Date: Sept. 15, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Geology meets art! Let your inner geologist use art to recreate craters, mountains, rivers, windswept landscapes and more. Learn to read planetary images as well as Earth images. Activities meet Next Generation Science Standards for Earth’s Place in the Universe, Earth Systems and Social Studies integrations.
Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/137336

Using NASA to Teach About Gravity

Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Sept. 16, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Participants will get an overview of resources for teaching concepts of gravity and microgravity to students in grades 5-8. Discussion will include modifications of activities and accommodations. This webinar addresses the Next Generation Science Standards PS2 and PS3.
Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/138134

Rockets 2 Racecars: Session 1 — Train Like an Astronaut
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 3-9
Event Date: Sept. 17, 2015, at 4 p.m. EDT
Get your students revved up with NASA’s Rockets 2 Racecars STEM education webinar series! Educators will discover correlations between stock car drivers and astronauts that include muscle strength and endurance, reaction time, and effects to your brain when exposed to high levels of carbon dioxide. There is a special opportunity for 12 educators to work alongside NASA specialists during an event at the Dover Speedway on the weekend of Oct. 2, 2015.
Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/138932

The Spectrum of Astronomy
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Sept. 21, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Learn about resources for teaching the full range of astronomical observation from infrared to gamma ray. This webinar also will include discussion of the missions making observations and information learned in each subset of the electromagnetic spectrum. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/138493

Rockets 2 Racecars: Session 2 – Race Suit Spacesuit
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 3-9
Event Date: Sept. 22, 2015, at 4 p.m. EDT
Get your students revved up with NASA’s Rockets 2 Racecars STEM Education webinar series! Discover similarities in NASA spacesuits and race suits used by racecar drivers. Learn the technologies developed by NASA that are used by the racing industry and investigate how technology development is linked to processes of the human body. There is a special opportunity for 12 educators to work alongside NASA specialists during an event at the Dover Speedway on the weekend of Oct. 2, 2015.
Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/138945

Robotics on a Budget
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Sept. 23, 2015, at 6 p.m. EDT
Robots are a part of our everyday lives. We use them in ways we don’t always recognize. What are robots, how are they used in our lives and how are they used at NASA? These are some of the questions explored in this webinar. Using NASA STEM robotics missions, curriculum, online resources and the Next Generation Science Standards, we’ll also show how to use robotics, inexpensively, in your classroom to enhance your students’ STEM understanding. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/140417

Mission to Mars Series: Parachuting Onto Mars
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 6-8
Event Date: Sept. 24, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Participants in this webinar will calculate surface area and measure the mass of a spacecraft. Participants will learn the design process behind the parachute system used on the Orion spacecraft. Math concepts that will be covered during the session are expression and equations, geometry, quantitative relationships, and problem solving. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/140725

For a full schedule of upcoming NASA Educator Professional Development webinars, visit http://www.txstate-epdc.net/events/.

Please direct questions about this series of webinars to Steve Culivan at stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov.

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U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Twitter Chat

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office is collaborating with #SciStuChat to host a bioenergy-focused Twitter chat on Sept. 10, 2015, from 9-10 p.m. EDT. Join the chat and share your knowledge of bioenergy!

The goal of #SciStuChat is to connect high school students with scientists, science educators and other experts via Twitter to discuss various science topics. On Sept. 10, the chat will focus on basic biomass and bioenergy topics, the Bioenergy Technologies Office’s collaboration with the U.S. Department of Defense, and ways to learn more about bioenergy.

You can participate from anywhere! Log in to Twitter at 9 p.m. EDT on Sept. 10, follow #SciStuChat, and respond to the questions posted by the moderators. Discussion is encouraged, so feel free to reply directly to other participants’ comments and engage in conversations about this exciting topic.

Please join us to share your knowledge of bioenergy, and educate the future workforce of scientists, engineers and leaders about their energy choices. Don’t forget to share this opportunity with others!

Please direct questions about this opportunity to BioenergizeME@EE.Doe.Gov.

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Heliophysics Community of Practice — September Meeting

Each month, NASA science and education experts join with educators of middle and high school audiences to discuss topics about the sun and sun-Earth connections, share educational resources and experiences using them with students, and experiences using them as educators. Members of the community build strong relationships with other educators and NASA solar scientists across the country. Participants connect more deeply with solar science concepts, acquire a collection of resources and materials to use in their field, and discover more opportunities to develop professionally.

If you are interested in becoming a member of our community, all that is required is a desire to learn about sun science (heliophysics) and how to bring it to student audiences.

This month’s meeting will take place on Sept. 15, 2015.

The Heliophysics Community of Practice for Formal Educators is a multimission effort led by the Education/Public Outreach team from THEMIS-ARTEMIS (Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions During Substorms – Acceleration, Reconnection, Turbulence and Electrodynamics of Moon’s Interaction with the Sun) and supported by the Van Allen Probes E/PO, IBEX (Interstellar Boundary Explorer) E/PO and the Heliophysics Forum. To hear more from the members themselves about this exciting, engaging and free community of practice, watch a short informative video at http://bit.ly/1KX35Fo.

For more information about the Heliophysics Community of Practice, visit http://cse.ssl.berkeley.edu/artemis/community.html.

Please feel free to contact Andi Nelson at anelsonsmd@gmail.com with any questions or comments and for information on how to join the meeting.

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Free ‘Ask an Expert’ Series Presented by Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum

Join the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., for a series of “Ask an Expert” events. Each 15-minute discussion is presented by a member of the museum staff at Noon EDT at the museum’s “Great Seal” in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall on the first floor.

Upcoming space-related discussions include:

Sept. 16, 2015 — Where Did Commander Scott’s Spacesuit Get Its Dust?
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/detail.cfm?id=18207
Join planetary scientist Gareth Morgan for a discussion about Commander David Scott’s Apollo 15 spacesuit and the moon dust that covers it. Learn about the origin of the dust, the geological setting where it was picked up and the problems it poses to human missions.

Sept. 23, 2015 — Earth and Planetary Imagery
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/detail.cfm?id=18045
Join Jennifer O’Brien for a discussion about how the Internet and digitization movement have led to easy access to the world of Earth and planetary imagery. Learn about the best online sites for finding stunning images of the planets in our solar system.

Oct. 7, 2015 — Sputnik
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/detail.cfm?id=18048
Join Cathleen Lewis for a discussion about Sputnik. Launched by the Soviet Union on Oct. 4, 1957, this beach ball-sized artificial satellite marked the start of the space age and the U.S.-U.S.S.R. space race.

For more information and a full list of upcoming discussions in the “Ask an Expert” series, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/ask-an-expert/.

Please direct questions about this series to the Visitor Service line at 202-633-2214.

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Host a Real-Time Conversation With Crew Members Aboard the International Space Station

ARISS-US is now accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums, science centers and community youth organizations to host an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, or ARISS, contact between July 1 – Dec. 31, 2016. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS-US is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. Proposals are due Nov. 1, 2015.

Using amateur radio, students can ask astronauts questions about life in space and other space-related topics. Students fully engage in the ARISS contact by helping set up an amateur radio ground station at the school and then using that station to talk directly with a crew member on the International Space Station for approximately 10 minutes. ARISS provides experienced mentors and relies on local amateur radio volunteers to help organizations obtain the technology required to host this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students.

Informational Sessions
To help organizations in preparing their proposals, the ARISS program coordinator will offer hourlong online information sessions. These are designed to provide more information regarding U.S. ARISS contacts and the proposal process, and offer an opportunity to ask questions. While attending an online information session is not required, it is strongly encouraged.

Informational sessions will be offered Sept. 17, 2015, at 4 p.m. EDT; Sept. 22, 2015, at 4 p.m. EDT, and Sept. 30, 2015, at 7 p.m. EDT.

Advance registration is necessary. Email ARISS (ariss@arrl.org) to sign up for an information session.

For proposal information and more details such as expectations, proposal guidelines and proposal form, visit http://www.arrl.org/hosting-an-ariss-contact.

ARISS-US is offered through a partnership between NASA; the American Radio Relay League, or ARRL; and the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation, or AMSAT. ARISS was created and is managed by an international working group, including several countries in Europe as well as Japan, Russia, Canada, and the USA.

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to ariss@arrl.org.

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NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies Seek Educators for Climate Research Initiative

The NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative is a yearlong STEM engagement opportunity for STEM educators to lead research teams, work directly with NASA scientists, and develop STEM curriculum. Educators participating in this opportunity will become associate researchers at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies while remaining in their current teaching positions. Selected educators will become STEM education experts integrating NASA education resources and content into their classroom while improving STEM education within their community.

All applicants must be currently employed as full-time STEM educators and also be U.S. citizens. Applicants should reside within a 50-mile radius of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies located in New York City. Participants will receive an annual stipend of $9,000.

Applications are due Sept. 18, 2015.

For more information, visit http://smdepo.org/post/8286.

Please direct inquiries about the NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative to Matthew Pearce at matthew.d.pearce@nasa.gov.

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

Are you 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 in the Moving Beyond Earth gallery at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Each hourlong lecture begins at 1 p.m. ET and will be streamed live online.

Upcoming lectures include:

Sept. 22, 2015 — New Horizons at Pluto
Join Alan Stern, principal investigator of NASA’s New Horizons mission, as he discusses the historic mission that revealed hidden wonders on Pluto. Stern will share exciting images and science results yielded from the mission as the spacecraft flew though the Pluto system.

Dec. 15, 2015 — Sewing Machines, Balloons and Rocket Fuel
Join in a discussion about the process and technologies used to land the Mars Science Laboratory, or Curiosity, on Mars. Ian Clark from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory will provide historical context for the development of those technologies and talk about the need for improvements as Mars missions move to larger and larger payloads.

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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Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Presents “STEM in 30” Webcast Series

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum is presenting a series of free education webcast events called “STEM in 30.” This new program consists of live, fast-paced 30-minute webcasts designed to increase interest and engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics for students. To enhance the learning experience, students can get involved with the content through the interactive “Cover It Live” feature, which includes poll questions and classroom activities. The webcasts will be available live on the National Air and Space Museum website and will be archived for on-demand viewing.

Asteroid Redirect Mission
Sept. 23, 2015, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. EDT
In orbit around the sun are thousands of asteroids ranging in size from grains of sand to miles across. NASA is planning a mission to capture a piece of an asteroid to be studied by NASA scientists and astronauts. Learn about asteroids, what we can learn from capturing one, and the technology needed to accomplish such a mission.

Mars
Oct. 21, 2015, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. EDT
A current elementary or middle school student will most likely be the first human to step foot on Mars. Investigate the plans to send humans to Mars and the ongoing research into water and the possibility of life on the Red Planet.

Wilbur and Orville Wright: The Bicycle Guys
Dec. 17, 2015, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. EST
Before they built airplanes, the Wright brothers built bicycles. Take a look at how bicycle parts ended up on the first airplane and how engineers throughout history and today have transferred technology from one field to another just like the Wright brothers.

“STEM in 30” webcasts are online learning experiences but are filmed in front of a live audience. If you are interested in bringing your school group to a live filming of “STEM in 30,” please email STEMin30@si.edu for details.

For more information about the Smithsonian’s “STEM in 30” Webcast Series and a full list of upcoming webcasts, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/explore-and-learn/stem-in-30/.

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

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Explore@NASAGoddard Open House

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, will open its gates to the public for an open house on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope, this year’s Explore@NASAGoddard will feature the theme “Celebrating Hubble and the Spirit of Exploration.” During its time in orbit, Hubble has helped to answer some of the most compelling astronomical questions of our time and uncovered mysteries we never knew existed. In addition to highlighting Hubble, all areas of Goddard’s research — Earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, and engineering and technology — will be presented. Each discipline plays a critical part in NASA’s ongoing journey to reach new heights, reveal the unknown and advance scientific understanding for the benefit of humankind.

The last Explore@NASAGoddard open house took place in 2011 with more than 12,000 attendees! Similar to that event, this year’s open house will feature more than 100 activities, including the opportunity to meet astronauts, watch demonstrations, listen to great music and learn about the extraordinary work happening at Goddard.

As it becomes available, more information on this year’s open house will be posted online. For the latest updates, visit https://www.nasa.gov/explorenasagoddard.

Please direct questions about this event to Trusilla Steele at Trusilla.Y.Steele@nasa.gov.

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Educator Workshop: Primarily Physics

NASA has a variety of fun and stimulating science, technology, engineering and math activities for primary grades. Enrich your STEM curriculum using art and music, tangram rocket math, engineering design challenges and online books. Enhance your STEM curriculum with ideas from NASA!

The target audience for the workshop is grade K-2 educators, but the workshop is open to all educators.

The free workshop will take place Sept. 26, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the von Kármán Auditorium at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

For more information, directions to the workshop location and instructions for reserving a spot, visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/events/2015/9/26/primarily-physics/.

Please direct questions about this workshop to Paula Partida at Paula.Partida@jpl.nasa.gov.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Live Video Chat: So You Want To Be A Martian

As NASA prepares for humans’ first steps on Mars in the 2030s, it is important to understand what is fact versus fiction about living on Mars. On Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center will conduct a Journey to Mars Education Event called So You Want to Be a Martian. There will be a curated panel discussion with NASA experts, including a scientist and an astronaut.

Join the discussion by asking questions of NASA experts and The Martian stars through NASA Education’s Digital Learning Network. A representative from NASA will moderate questions during the program.

Submit questions via Twitter using #AskNASA or via email starting Sept. 24, 2015, to DLiNfochannel@gmail.com.

The 90-minute event will be webcast on the NASA DLiNfo Channel on Oct. 1, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. EDT.

For more information, visit http://dln.nasa.gov.

Please direct questions about this event to DLiNfochannel@gmail.com.

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Call for Proposals — NASA Research Announcement for Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMPVC+)

The NASA Office of Education invites proposals from museums, science centers, planetariums, NASA Visitor Centers, youth-serving organizations, and other eligible nonprofit institutions via this 2015 NASA Research Announcement: Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMPVC+), Announcement Number NNH15ZHA001N. Proposals must be submitted electronically via the NASA proposal data system NSPIRES or Grants.gov.

Proposers may request a grant or cooperative agreement to support NASA-themed science, technology, engineering or mathematics education, including exhibits, within these congressionally directed topics: space exploration, aeronautics, space science, Earth science or microgravity. CP4SMPVC+ is a competitive, high-quality, national program. The basic goal of the CP4SMPVC+ solicitation is to further NASA Strategic Objective 2.4: “Advance the Nation’s STEM education and workforce pipeline by working collaboratively with other agencies to engage students, teachers, and faculty in NASA’s missions and unique assets.”

Eligible institutions do not need to have the words “museum,” “visitor center,” “science,” “planetarium,” or “youth” in their official name, but they must be located in the United States or its Territories. See the NRA for full eligibility requirements and other limitations. Check the NSPIRES website once a week to learn if amendments or frequently asked questions have been added. Amendments and FAQs also will be announced via the NASA Education EXPRESS listserv.

Pre-proposal telecon (optional): Oct. 1, 2015
Notices of Intent Due (optional but strongly encouraged): Oct. 8, 2015
Full proposals are due Dec. 7, 2015.

For more information about this opportunity, visit NSPIRES at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={6105DEEC-925A-A216-322B-8E3B34FA2B07}&path=open.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please direct your questions to the Points of Contact listed within the NRA.

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2016 BIG Idea Challenge

NASA’s Game Changing Development Program and the National Institute of Aerospace announce the 2016 Breakthrough, Innovative, and Game-changing Idea Challenge. The BIG Idea Challenge seeks novel and robust ideas and applications for generating lift using Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator, or HIAD, technology. Concepts can engage new approaches such as shape morphing and pneumatic actuation to dynamically alter the HIAD inflatable structure. Teams will design and analyze potential concepts and systems to provide the ability to achieve a modulated lift-to-drag ratio of 0.2 to 0.5 during hypersonic entry.

Interested teams of three to five undergraduate and/or graduate students will submit white papers describing their BIG Idea. Selected teams will continue in the competition by submitting full technical papers on the concept. These efforts will culminate in up to four teams being asked to present their concept to a panel of NASA judges at the 2016 BIG Idea Forum to be held in April 2016 at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

Each selected team will receive a $6,000 stipend to facilitate full participation in the forum. BIG Idea Challenge winners will receive offers to participate in paid internships with the Game Changing Development Program team at NASA Langley where they can potentially work towards a flight test of their concept.

Interested teams are encouraged to submit a notice of intent by Oct. 9, 2015. Teams must submit the project design white paper by Nov. 15, 2015.

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

Please direct questions about this competition to BigIdea@nianet.org.

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PREVIOUSLY PROMOTED OPPORTUNITIES…
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2015 von Kármán Lecture Series — Attend in Person or View Online

The Theodore von Kármán Lecture Series, named after the founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and presented by JPL’s Office of Communication and Education, share the excitement of the space program’s missions, instruments and other technologies.

Lectures take place twice per month, on consecutive Thursdays and Fridays. The Thursday lectures take place in JPL’s Theodore von Kármán Auditorium, and Friday lectures take place at Pasadena City College’s Vosloh Forum. Both start at 7 pm. PDT (10 p.m. EDT). Admission and parking are free for all lectures. No reservations are required, but seating is limited. The Thursday evening lectures are also streamed live for viewing online. Archives of past lectures are also available online.

The next lecture in the series is:

The Birth of Planets Around the Sun and Other Stars
Event Date:
Sept. 10 and Sept. 11, 2015, at 7 pm. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/lectures_archive.php?year=2015&month=9
With thousands of planets now known around other stars, it’s natural to wonder why so many planetary systems are quite different from our own. Join Dr. Neal Turner for a discussion about new images shedding light on the diversity of planet systems and a few of the 3-D computer models astronomers are using to try to learn how planets are born into such diversity.

For more information about the Theodore von Kármán Lecture Series, including a complete list of upcoming lectures, visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/lectures.php.

Questions about this series should be directed to the http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php.

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Free Tours of Facilities at NASA’s Glenn Research Center

NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, is offering tours that take visitors behind the scenes and inside certain research facilities. Glenn scientists and engineers serve as guides. Tours will be offered each month through October 2015. Tours are free of charge for groups and individuals on an advance reservation basis. Visitor parking is also available free of charge.

A tour bus departs from Glenn’s main gate every hour beginning at 10 a.m. The last tour departs at 1 p.m. Each tour lasts about 45 minutes and is followed by a stop at Glenn’s Gift Shop.

Glenn’s 2015 Tour Schedule

Sept. 12, 2015 — Go to the Extreme: Join us on a tour through Glenn’s Extreme Environments Rig, or GEER. As NASA ventures through the solar system and beyond, spacecraft will experience hostile environments of Venus and other planetary bodies. Temperatures can reach hundreds of degrees. Air pressure is crushing, and the toxic atmosphere is thick. GEER is designed to simulate those temperatures and pressure extremes and accurately reproduce the atmospheric compositions of bodies in the solar system. GEER is currently in its commissioning phase for operations simulating Venus’ surface temperature, pressure and chemistry.

Oct. 3, 2015 — Explore Locomotion on Planets: Come explore the Simulated Lunar Operations facility, which is home to a 60-foot-long, 20-foot-wide sandpit filled with simulated lunar soil and a lunar rover test bed. Other areas simulate Martian soil conditions. Research in this facility will help NASA develop the components of rovers capable of traveling long distances and investigating planetary surfaces during future human and robotic missions to keep NASA’s journey to Mars moving forward.

Tours are open to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. To guarantee admission, reservations are required. For more information on tours and how to make reservations, visit https://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/events/tours.html.

Questions about the tours should be directed to Sheila Reese at sheila.d.reese@nasa.gov.

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Family Day Events at Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum

The National Air and Space Museum’s Family Day event series celebrates the diverse ethnic and cultural communities that have contributed to aviation and space exploration. Events will commemorate historic and current contributions through presentations and activities for the entire family. The events are free and open to the public.

Women in Aviation and Space
Sept. 12, 2015, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. EDT
National Air and Space Museum in Washington, District of Columbia

From the days of the earliest pilots to today’s space program, women have made significant contributions in aviation and space. During this event, visitors will have the opportunity celebrate these incredible contributions by meeting female role models and learning about the women who inspired them.
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/detail.cfm?id=17545

Hispanic Heritage Month: Innovators in Aviation and Space
Oct. 3, 2015, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. EDT
National Air and Space Museum in Washington, District of Columbia
Celebrate the contributions of Latinos to aviation and space exploration during this Hispanic Heritage Month Family Day event. Meet Hispanic scientists and engineers — including a NASA astronaut — and participate in bilingual activities.
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/detail.cfm?id=17546

Please direct questions about this series of events to the Visitor Service line at 202-633-2214.

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MAVEN Workshops — ‘Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!’

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution 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, 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 have a session devoted to Spanish-speaking English Language Learner and English as a Second Language students. Attendees will receive free classroom materials.

This workshop will be offered twice this fall! The first will take place at the Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Sept. 12, 2015. The second will be held at the World Forestry Center Museum in Portland, Oregon, on Sept. 19, 2015.

Registration is $15 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Participants may bring one guest for no additional charge. Space is limited, so interested educators are encouraged to apply early.

For more information about the workshops and to apply online, visit http://lasp.colorado.edu/home/maven/education-outreach/for-educators/red-planet/.

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

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Series — International Observe the Moon Night

NASA’s Digital Learning Network at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, is presenting a series of educational videoconferences in support of International Observe the Moon Night. The six videoconferences will take place Sept. 14-18, 2015.

The videoconferences will cover topics from the DLN classroom module “The Moon,” resources found on the International Observe the Moon website, and interviews with NASA scientists working at Marshall. Schools must register to participate in the videoconferences.

In addition, a webcast will take place on Sept. 18, 2015. It will be open to all schools interested in tuning in.

For details about this series of events, please visit the DLN Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NASADLN.

Please direct questions about this series of events to Scott Anderson at scott.c.anderson@nasa.gov.

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Minorities Striving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success in Geosciences Research Experiences for Undergraduates Professional Development Program

The Institute for Broadening Participation is accepting applications for the Minorities Striving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success in Geosciences Research Experiences for Undergraduates (MS PHD’S-GEO REU) Professional Development Program.

The MS PHD’S-GEO REU program is designed specifically for underrepresented minority undergraduates who have participated in a recent National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates, or NSF REU, program in one of the following disciplines: Earth sciences, ocean sciences, polar sciences, or atmospheric and geospace sciences. Consideration also will be given to applicants who have completed REUs in other STEM fields (e.g., environmental engineering, ecology, computational mathematics, etc.) and who demonstrate strong interest in the geosciences and articulate potential benefits received as participants in this program.

For Phase I of the program, participants will attend the December 2015 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. During the AGU Fall Meeting, participants will engage in virtual and on-site professional development, and participate in networking, community building and mentoring activities. Financial support to attend the AGU Fall Meeting will be provided.

During Phase II of the program, participants engage in additional virtual and face-to-face activities designed to provide insight and information into geosciences professions and opportunities; promote ongoing engagement with geoscience professionals; and facilitate additional mentoring, professional development and networking opportunities at discipline-specific conferences and meetings.

Applications are due Sept. 14, 2015. For more information and to fill out an application, visit http://www.msphds.org/GEOREU.aspx.

Please direct questions about this opportunity to pdp@msphds.org.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Live Video Chat With The Martian Author Andy Weir and NASA Experts

As NASA prepares for humans’ first steps on Mars in the 2030s, it becomes critical to understand what is needed for people to survive and thrive on Mars. On Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, NASA’s Johnson Space Center will connect with NASA’s Ames Research Center to discuss Surviving and Thriving on Mars.

Join the discussion by asking questions through NASA’s Digital Learning Network of The Martian author Andy Weir, planetary scientist Chris McKay and astronaut Ricky Arnold. A representative from NASA will moderate questions during the program.

Submit questions via Twitter using #AskNASA or via email starting Sept. 10, 2015, to DLiNfochannel@gmail.com.

The hourlong event will be webcast on the NASA DLiNfo Channel on Sept. 17, 2015, at 1 p.m. EDT.

For more information, visit http://dln.nasa.gov.

Please direct questions about this event to DLiNfochannel@gmail.com.

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International Observe the Moon Night

On Sept. 19, 2015, the whole world has the chance to admire and celebrate our moon on International Observe the Moon Night. And you can join in the fun!

Check the map of registered observation events at http://observethemoonnight.org to see if an event is being held near you. If not, please consider registering and hosting one and inviting your community.

You don’t know where to start?
This link walks you through the process of planning an event of any size. See how to host an event in six easy steps: http://observethemoonnight.org/getInvolved.

Do you need suggestions for hands-on activities?
Visit http://observethemoonnight.org/activities/ for ideas.

Are you worried about cloudy weather obscuring your view of the moon?
The “Moon as Art” collection, chosen by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, team, gives the public the opportunity to see the moon as others have seen it for centuries — as an inspirational muse. But this time, also see the moon from the perspective of being in orbit with a series of eyes that see different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. Learn more at http://lunar.gsfc.nasa.gov/moonartgallery.html.

Additional beautiful, high-resolution images of the moon’s surface taken by LRO’s cameras are available at http://lroc.sese.asu.edu.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Lora.V.Bleacher@nasa.gov.

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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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2016 RASC-AL Robo-Ops Competition

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace announce the 2016 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage Exploration Robo-Ops, also known as the RASC-AL Robo-Ops, competition. This design competition is aimed at university-level engineering students.

The 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 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), microphone(s), or other onboard sensors.

Interested teams are encouraged to submit a notice of intent by Sept. 23, 2015, and teams must submit a project plan for their proposed project by Oct. 3, 2015.

The 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 late May 2016. Each of the selected teams will be provided with a $10,000 stipend to develop their rover.

The Robo-Ops competition is open to full-time undergraduate or graduate students majoring in engineering, science or related disciplines 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://robo-ops.nianet.org.

If you have questions about this competition, please contact the RASC-AL team at rascal@nianet.org.

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Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops — Fall/Winter 2015-16

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

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

Sept. 26-27, 2015 — University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
CAE Tier I Teaching Excellence Workshop for Current and Future Astronomy and Space Science Instructors

Oct. 3, 2015 — Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, North Carolina
CAE Southeast Regional Teaching Exchange

Oct. 17, 2015– Everett Community College in Everett, Washington
CAE Northwest Regional Teaching Exchange

November 2015 — American Center for Physics in College Park, Maryland
New Faculty Workshop for Physics and Astronomy

Jan. 3-4, 2016– Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida
CAE Tier I Teaching Excellence Workshop for Current and Future Astronomy and Space Science Instructors

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

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

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Call for Proposals — NASA Research Announcement for Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System: Appendix A

NASA is seeking ground-based research proposals from graduate students to use NASA’s Physical Sciences Informatics system to develop new analyses and scientific insights. The PSI system is designed to be a resource for researchers to data mine information generated from completed physical sciences experiments performed on the International Space Station or from related ground-based studies.

This solicitation appendix focuses on the following five research areas: combustion science, complex fluids, fluid physics, fundamental physics and materials science.

For graduate students (students working towards an advanced degree), this NASA Research Announcement is soliciting proposals that advance fundamental research in one of the physical sciences disciplines identified above and also assist in the awarding of an advanced degree to the graduate student. This call is open to students who meet the following eligibility requirements:
— The student is pursuing an advanced degree directly related to a physical sciences discipline — only technical degrees are permitted (not degrees in policy or management).
— The student is a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident alien of the U.S., or on a student visa at an accredited U.S. university at the time of application submission.
— The student is enrolled in a master’s or doctoral degree program at an accredited U.S. university at the time of application submission, or, if the student is an undergraduate starting their graduate studies, he or she has been accepted to a master’s or doctoral degree program at an accredited U.S. university at the time of application submission and will start during the next academic year.
— The student has an academic graduate advisor who will submit the application for the graduate student. The student must perform the proposed research under the guidance of the assigned graduate advisor.

The agency expects to make approximately 10-15 awards in early 2016, The award for each proposal selected from this Appendix will be $50,000 – $75,000 per year, for a total maximum award amount up to $150,000 for a two-year period. Research and development efforts will take place over two years.

The deadline for submitting proposals is Sept. 30, 2015.

For information concerning this NASA Research Announcement solicitation, visit http://go.nasa.gov/1EiCJkv.

For more information about the Physical Science Informatics System, visit http://psi.nasa.gov/home.aspx.

Please direct questions about this NASA Research Announcement to Dr. Francis Chiaramonte at francis.p.chiaramonte@nasa.gov.

Additional technical information about the Physical Science Informatics System for this NASA Research Announcement is available from:

Name: Teresa Miller
Title: Physical Sciences Informatics System – Technical POC
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Email: teresa.y.miller@nasa.gov
Phone: 256-544-7815

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Undergraduate Student Instrument Project — 2015 Flight Research Opportunity

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, in collaboration with the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, is seeking proposals from U.S. institutions of higher education for the Undergraduate Student Instrument Project’s Student Flight Research Opportunity. Proposals should outline plans to develop an undergraduate-led project team that will fly a science and/or technology payload relevant to NASA’s strategic goals and objectives on a sounding rocket, balloon, aircraft, suborbital reusable launch vehicle or CubeSat launched on an orbital launch vehicle.

Funding is available to all U.S. institutions of higher education (e.g., universities, four-year colleges, community colleges, or two-year institutions) and to institutions involved in the Space Grant program. Prospective project teams can be composed only of undergraduate students from U.S. institutions of higher education. Graduate students are not eligible to be project team members; however, they are encouraged to serve as mentors to the undergraduate student team and are permitted to request a mentoring stipend.

Interested institutions must submit a Notice of Intent by email by 11:59 p.m. EDT, Oct. 1, 2015. Proposals are due on Nov. 20, 2015.

For more information and instructions for submitting a proposal, visit http://go.nasa.gov/1WR586S .

Please direct questions about this request to David Pierce at david.l.pierce@nasa.gov.

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National Climate Game Jam

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is announcing a national climate game jam that will be held in multiple sites around the U.S. on Oct. 2-4, 2015. This event offers a unique opportunity for educators, students, scientists, game designers and interested members of the public to work together on the development of climate game jam prototypes that span a range of platforms, topics and audiences.

In December 2014, the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy launched a Climate Education and Literacy Initiative to help connect U.S students and citizens with the best available science-based information about climate change. Federal and nongovernmental experts are collaborating to harness the promise of educational games and interactive media to enhance understanding and awareness of climate change impacts and solutions.

The Climate Game Jam will encourage the creation of new game prototypes that allow players to learn about climate change and resilience through science-based interactive experience. Promising prototypes will be made available for teachers and students to use in the classroom and for lifelong learners to use in science centers or at home. Selected prototypes may be highlighted at a climate game showcase in December 2015.

At the present time, NOAA is recruiting host sites for the game jam around the country. Each site can establish limits to hours and audience. More information about the responsibilities of a site can be found at http://climategamejam.org. A kick-off event featuring Ken Eklund, a well-known game designer, will take place via webcast on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015.

For more information, visit http://climategamejam.org.

Please direct questions about this event to Peg Steffen at Peg.Steffen@noaa.gov.

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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

Are you looking for NASA educational materials to support your STEM curriculum?
Search hundreds of resources by subject, grade level, type and keyword at https://www.nasa.gov/education/resources/.

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 — Sept. 3, 2015

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Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listed below.
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NASA Kentucky EPSCoR Research Area 2015-2016 Request for Proposals
Audience: Higher Education Institutions in Kentucky
Optional Pre-Proposal Teleconference: Sept. 3, 2015, at 4 p.m. EDT
Required Notice of Intent Deadline: Sept. 9, 2015

Send Your Name to Mars on NASA’s Next Red Planet Mission!
Audience: Educators and Students Worldwide
Deadline: Sept. 8, 2015

Free NASA Educator Professional Development Webinars
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators
Next Event Date: Sept. 8, 2015, at 6 p.m. EDT

Undergraduate Student Instrument Project — 2015 Flight Research Opportunity
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Optional Pre-Proposal Teleconference: Sept. 10, 2015, at 2 p.m. EDT
Required Notice of Intent Deadline: Oct. 1, 2015

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Series — International Observe the Moon Night
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: Sept. 14-18, 2015

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Live Video Chat With The Martian Author Andy Weir and NASA Experts
Audience: Grades 8-12, Higher Education and Informal Education
Event Date: Sept. 17, 2015, 1-2 p.m. EDT

NASA Kentucky Space Grant Consortium 2015-2016 Request for Proposals
Audience: NASA Kentucky Space Grant Consortium Affiliate Institutions
Application Deadline: Oct. 8, 2015

NASA Kentucky EPSCoR 2015-2016 Request for Proposals
Audience: Higher Education Institutions in Kentucky
Application Deadline: Oct. 15, 2015

Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program Accepting Applications for 2016-2017 Fellowship Year
Audience: K-12 STEM Educators
Application Deadline: Nov. 19, 2015, at 8 p.m. EST

2016 CubeSat Launch Initiative Opportunity
Audience: Informal Educators, Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 24, 2015

Army Educational Outreach Program’s eCYBERMISSION Competition
Audience: Students in Grades 6-9
Registration Deadline: Dec. 17, 2015

U.S. Department of Energy’s BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge
Audience: Students in Grades 9-12
Registration Open: Sept. 30, 2015 to Feb. 4, 2016
Infographic Submission Deadline: March 4, 2016

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Louisiana Tech University Online Course — Steps to STEM: NASA Education Resources for STEM Engagement
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-9
Application Deadline: Sept. 4, 2015

National Climate Game Jam
Audience: All Educators and Students
Local Site Sign-Up Deadline: Sept. 4, 2015
Date: Aug. Oct. 2-4, 2015

“Where Over the World Is Astronaut Scott Kelly?” Geography From Space Trivia Contest
Audience: All Educators and Students
Deadline: Ongoing Through March 2016

#WhySpaceMatters Photography Competition
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Deadline: Sept. 10, 2015

2015 von Kármán Lecture Series — Attend in Person or View Online
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Sept. 10, 2015, at 7 pm. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)

Free Tours of Facilities at NASA’s Glenn Research Center
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event Date: Sept. 12, 2015

Family Day Events at Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event Date: Sept. 12, 2015, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. EDT

MAVEN Workshops — ‘Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!’
Audience: Elementary Educators
Colorado Springs Workshop Date: Sept. 12, 2015
Portland Workshop Date: Sept. 19, 2015

Minorities Striving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success in Geosciences Research Experiences for Undergraduates Professional Development Program
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Sept. 14, 2015

Cast Your Vote in the Ceres “Bright Spot” Mystery Poll
Audience: All Educators and Students

Second Annual NASA HBCUs/MSIs Partnerships Meeting
Audience: Representatives from Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions
Event Date: Sept. 16, 2015

International Observe the Moon Night
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Sept. 19, 2015

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

2016 RASC-AL Robo-Ops Competition
Audience: Higher Education Students
Notice of Intent Deadline: Sept. 23, 2015
Entry Deadline: Oct. 3, 2015

Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops — Fall/Winter 2015-16
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Next Event Date: September 26-27, 2015

Call for Proposals — NASA Research Announcement for Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System: Appendix A
Audience: Graduate Students and Established Researchers
Proposal Deadline: Sept. 30, 2015

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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

Are you looking for NASA educational materials to support your STEM curriculum?
Search hundreds of resources by subject, grade level, type and keyword at https://www.nasa.gov/education/resources/.

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NEW THIS WEEK!
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NASA Kentucky EPSCoR Research Area 2015-2016 Request for Proposals

The NASA Kentucky EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) program is seeking proposals to establish research activities that will make significant contributions to the strategic research and technology development priorities of one or more of NASA’s mission directorates. The research activities should also contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities, higher education, and economic development of Kentucky.

The NASA Kentucky EPSCoR programs strengthen research capability in the state in areas of importance to NASA and Kentucky by promoting development of research infrastructure, improving capabilities to gain support outside of EPSCoR, and developing partnerships with NASA.

Interested institutions must submit a Notice of Intent by email by 11:59 p.m. EDT, Sept. 9, 2015. Pre-proposals are due on Oct. 22, 2015. Pre-proposals will be accepted from institutions of higher education in Kentucky.

For more information and instructions for submitting a proposal, visit http://nasa.engr.uky.edu/files/2015/08/RFP-16-003.pdf or the NASA Kentucky website at http://nasa.engr.uky.edu.

An optional teleconference for those interested in submitting proposals will take place on Sept. 3, 2015, at 4 p.m. EDT. Visit the link above for details.

Please direct questions about this request to Jacob Owen at Jacob.Owen@uky.edu.

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Send Your Name to Mars on NASA’s Next Red Planet Mission!

Mars enthusiasts around the world can participate in NASA’s journey to Mars by adding their names to a silicon microchip headed to the Red Planet aboard NASA’s InSight Mars lander! InSight will launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in March 2016 and land on Mars on Sept. 28, 2016.

The mission is the first dedicated to investigating the planet’s deep interior. InSight will place the first seismometer directly on the surface of Mars to measure Martian quakes and use seismic waves to learn about the planet’s interior. The lander also will deploy a self-hammering heat probe that will burrow deeper into the ground than any device on the Red Planet has done previously. These and other InSight investigations will improve our understanding about the formation and evolution of all rocky planets, including Earth.

Submissions will be accepted until Sept. 8, 2015. To send your name to Mars aboard InSight, go to http://go.usa.gov/3Aj3G.

To learn more about the InSight mission, visit https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/insight/main/index.html.

Direct questions about this opportunity to http://mars.nasa.gov/feedback/.

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Free NASA Educator Professional Development Webinars

The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University 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 that bring NASA into your classroom. Registration is required to participate. Simply click on the link provided beneath the webinar description to register.

NASA Elementary STEM Inquiry: Experiencing Water Exploration
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-6
Event Date: Sept. 8, 2015, at 6 p.m. EDT
NASA collaborates with GLOBE to introduce water in a hands-on STEM inquiry-based experience. Learn how NASA missions collect data about the water cycle. Explore the Elementary GLOBE resources including teacher guides, storybooks and related STEM activities designed for grades K-5. The activities promote problem solving, communication skills and teamwork while engaging the students in learning that is both fun and relevant to their everyday lives. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/139045

Mission to Mars Series: Curiosity, On Target!
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-12
Event Date: Sept. 9, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Participants will get an overview of the Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity) Mission and training in an engineering design activity from the On the Moon educator guide, which has been modified to model the Curiosity landing parameters. This webinar addresses the Next Generation Science Standard ETS1. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/137602

Mission to Mars Series: Engineering Our Way to Mars
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 6-8
Event Date: Sept. 10, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a NASA engineer? In this online presentation, learn how to design and build an airbag system that will safely land a payload on Mars. Science concepts covered will be force, potential, and kinetic and mechanical energy. The activity also meets Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core Math Standards. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/138909

Mission to Mars Series: Comparing Earth and Mars
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: Sept 14, 2015, at 6 p.m. EDT
NASA’s Mars and Earth educator guide offers educators nine activities focusing on the geologic features and models of the two planets. The lessons are perfect for educators looking for short, focused activities using engineering design and science. Important Problem Based Learning strategies will be implemented. The webinar will focus on three important questions: How do we make a model? Why do NASA engineers and scientists use models? What are the important characteristics of a model?
Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/133768

Art and the Cosmic Connection
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-16
Event Date: Sept. 15, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Geology meets art! Let your inner geologist use art to recreate craters, mountains, rivers, windswept landscapes and more. Learn to read planetary images as well as Earth images. Activities meet Next Generation Science Standards for Earth’s Place in the Universe, Earth Systems and Social Studies integrations.
Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/137336

Using NASA to Teach About Gravity

Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Sept. 16, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Participants will get an overview of resources for teaching concepts of gravity and microgravity to students in grades 5-8. Discussion will include modifications of activities and accommodations. This webinar addresses the Next Generation Science Standards PS2 and PS3.
Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/138134

Rockets 2 Racecars: Session 1 — Train Like an Astronaut
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 3-9
Event Date: Sept. 17, 2015, at 4 p.m. EDT
Get your students revved up with NASA’s Rockets 2 Racecars STEM education webinar series! Educators will discover correlations between stock car drivers and astronauts that include muscle strength and endurance, reaction time, and effects to your brain when exposed to high levels of carbon dioxide. There is a special opportunity for 12 educators to work alongside NASA specialists during an event at the Dover Speedway on the weekend of Oct. 2, 2015.
Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/138932

For a full schedule of upcoming NASA Educator Professional Development webinars, visit http://www.txstate-epdc.net/events/.

Please direct questions about this series of webinars to Steve Culivan at stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov.

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Undergraduate Student Instrument Project — 2015 Flight Research Opportunity

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, in collaboration with the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, is seeking proposals from U.S. institutions of higher education for the Undergraduate Student Instrument Project’s Student Flight Research Opportunity. Proposals should outline plans to develop an undergraduate-led project team that will fly a science and/or technology payload relevant to NASA’s strategic goals and objectives on a sounding rocket, balloon, aircraft, suborbital reusable launch vehicle or CubeSat launched on an orbital launch vehicle.

Funding is available to all U.S. institutions of higher education (e.g., universities, four-year colleges, community colleges, or two-year institutions) and to institutions involved in the Space Grant program. Prospective project teams can be composed only of undergraduate students from U.S. institutions of higher education. Graduate students are not eligible to be project team members; however, they are encouraged to serve as mentors to the undergraduate student team and are permitted to request a mentoring stipend.

Interested institutions must submit a Notice of Intent by email by 11:59 p.m. EDT, Oct. 1, 2015. Proposals are due on Nov. 20, 2015.

For more information and instructions for submitting a proposal, visit http://go.nasa.gov/1WR586S .

An optional teleconference for those interested in submitting proposals will take place on Sept. 10, 2015, at 2 p.m. EDT. Visit the link above for details.

Please direct questions about this request to David Pierce at david.l.pierce@nasa.gov.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Series — International Observe the Moon Night

NASA’s Digital Learning Network at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, is presenting a series of educational videoconferences in support of International Observe the Moon Night. The six videoconferences will take place Sept. 14-18, 2015.

The videoconferences will cover topics from the DLN classroom module “The Moon,” resources found on the International Observe the Moon website, and interviews with NASA scientists working at Marshall. Schools must register to participate in the videoconferences.

In addition, a webcast will take place on Sept. 18, 2015. It will be open to all schools interested in tuning in.

For details about this series of events, please visit the DLN Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NASADLN.

Please direct questions about this series of events to Scott Anderson at scott.c.anderson@nasa.gov.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Live Video Chat With The Martian Author Andy Weir and NASA Experts

As NASA prepares for humans’ first steps on Mars in the 2030s, it becomes critical to understand what is needed for people to survive and thrive on Mars. On Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, NASA’s Johnson Space Center will connect with NASA’s Ames Research Center to discuss Surviving and Thriving on Mars.

Join the discussion by asking questions through NASA’s Digital Learning Network of The Martian author Andy Weir, planetary scientist Chris McKay and astronaut Ricky Arnold. A representative from NASA will moderate questions during the program.

Submit questions via Twitter using #AskNASA or via email starting Sept. 10, 2015, to DLiNfochannel@gmail.com.

The hourlong event will be webcast on the NASA DLiNfo Channel on Sept. 17, 2015, at 1 p.m. EDT.

For more information, visit http://dln.nasa.gov.

Please direct questions about this event to DLiNfochannel@gmail.com.

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NASA Kentucky Space Grant Consortium 2015-2016 Request for Proposals

The NASA Kentucky Space Grant Consortium is seeking proposals for programs supporting STEM areas that are of interest to NASA and Kentucky. Space Grant promotes networking and cooperation among education, industry, and local, state and federal government. Space Grant also focuses on the recruitment and training of U.S. citizens, especially women, underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities, for careers in aerospace science and technology.

Space Grant Consortium programs support faculty, students and outreach through graduate fellowships, undergraduate fellowships, team fellowships, research initiation and mini-grant awards.

Proposals will be accepted from NASA Kentucky Space Grant Consortium Affiliate Institutions. A list of these affiliate institutions may be found at http://nasa.engr.uky.edu/space-grant.

Applications are due Oct. 8, 2015.

For more information and instructions for submitting a proposal, visit http://nasa.engr.uky.edu/files/2015/08/RFP-16-001.pdf.

Please direct questions about this request to Jacob Owen at Jacob.Owen@uky.edu.

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NASA Kentucky EPSCoR 2015-2016 Request for Proposals

The NASA Kentucky EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) programs strengthen research capability in the state in areas of importance to NASA and Kentucky by promoting development of research infrastructure, improving capabilities to gain support outside EPSCoR, and developing partnerships with NASA.

Proposals will be accepted from institutions of higher education in Kentucky for Research Infrastructure Development Grants, or RIDG, with a funding level of $50,000 and for Workshop/Conference/Seminar, or WCS, Awards with funding levels of up to $3,000.

Applications are due Oct. 15, 2015.

For more information and instructions for submitting a proposal, visit http://nasa.engr.uky.edu/files/2015/08/RFP-16-002.pdf or the NASA Kentucky website at http://nasa.engr.uky.edu.

Please direct questions about this request to Jacob Owen at Jacob.Owen@uky.edu.

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Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program Accepting Applications for 2016-2017 Fellowship Year

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics to serve in the national education arena. Fellows spend 11 months working in a federal agency or U.S. congressional office and bring their extensive classroom knowledge and experience to efforts related to STEM education programs and policy.

To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens who are currently employed full time in a U.S. public or private elementary or secondary school or school district. Applicants must have been teaching full time in a public or private elementary or secondary school for at least five of the last seven years in a STEM discipline.

Current sponsoring agencies include NASA, the Department of Energy, and the National Science Foundation. The DOE sponsors up to four placements in U.S. congressional offices.

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program is managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists, in collaboration with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education and other partners.

Program applications are due Nov. 19, 2015, at 8 p.m. EST and must be submitted through an online application system.

Additional information about the program, including eligibility requirements, program benefits, application requirements and access to the online application system may be found at http://science.energy.gov/wdts/einstein/.

Please direct inquiries about the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program to sc.einstein@science.doe.gov.

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2016 CubeSat Launch Initiative Opportunity

NASA has opened the next round of its CubeSat Launch Initiative to engage the growing community of space enthusiasts that can contribute to NASA’s space exploration goals.

The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers and faculty a chance to get hands-on flight hardware development experience in the process of designing, building and operating small research satellites. The initiative also provides a low-cost pathway to space for research in the areas of science, exploration, technology development, education or operations consistent with NASA’s Strategic Plan.

Applicants must submit their proposals electronically by 4:30 p.m. EST, Nov. 24, 2015. NASA plans to select the payloads by Feb. 19, 2016, but selection does not guarantee a launch opportunity. Selected experiments will fly as auxiliary payloads on agency rocket launches or be deployed from the International Space Station beginning in 2016 and running through 2019. NASA does not provide funding for the development of the small satellites, and this opportunity is open only to U.S. nonprofit organizations and accredited educational organizations.

For additional information about this opportunity and NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative, visit https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-opens-new-cubesat-opportunities-for-low-cost-space-exploration and https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/heo/home/CubeSats_initiative.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Jason Crusan at Jason.Crusan@nasa.gov.

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Army Educational Outreach Program’s eCYBERMISSION Competition

Registration is open for the Army Educational Outreach Program’s new eCYBERMISSION competition. This Web-based competition, free to students in grades 6–9, challenges teams to compete for state, regional and national awards while working to solve real problems in their community. Teams compete for awards up to $9,000 in U.S. savings bonds.

Registration for student teams is open until Dec. 17, 2015. Teams have until Feb. 25, 2016, to submit their science project, commonly referred to as the Mission Folder — the official write-up of their project. During this period, eCYBERMISSION provides a wealth of online resources for student teams and team advisors to assist with project completion. Included in available online resources are eCYBERMISSION CyberGuide Live Chats, which allow teams to ask questions about their projects virtually to volunteer STEM experts who answer in real-time.

Registration is also open to professionals who are interested in participating as volunteers — Virtual Judges, Ambassadors, and/or CyberGuides — to help build students’ interest in STEM.

For more information, visit http://www.ecybermission.com/.

Please direct questions about this competition to missioncontrol@eCYBERMISSION.com.

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U.S. Department of Energy’s BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge

Registration opens soon for the U.S. Department of Energy’s new BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge. This competition challenges teams of high school students to design an infographic that responds to one of four specific cross-curricular bioenergy topics.

Selected infographics will be promoted nationally on the challenge website and via social media. One team of students will be selected to present their infographic at the Bioenergy Technologies Office’s annual conference in Washington, D.C.

To make the challenge easy and effective, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Library of Congress have provided a resource guide with steps for doing research, along with valuable links and references to help students learn about bioenergy topics. Participants also have access to rubrics and guides for creating infographics and designing social media campaigns. Students can participate in this interdisciplinary STEM-focused challenge through classroom learning or informal education programs.

Registration for student teams is open from Sept. 30, 2015 to Feb. 4, 2016, and teams have until March 4, 2016, to submit their infographics.

For more information, visit http://www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/infographic-challenge.

Please direct questions about this challenge to BioenergizeME@ee.doe.gov.

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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 a self-paced, online professional development experience focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics education resources available from NASA. These resources have application methods for grades 4-9 with the goal of advancing high-quality STEM education using NASA’s unique capabilities.

Applications are due Sept. 4, 2015.

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

Please direct requests for a course syllabus and additional information to Amy McDowell at amy.mcdowell@nasa.gov.

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National Climate Game Jam

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is announcing a national climate game jam that will be held in multiple sites around the U.S. on Oct. 2-4, 2015. This event offers a unique opportunity for educators, students, scientists, game designers and interested members of the public to work together on the development of climate game jam prototypes that span a range of platforms, topics and audiences.

In December 2014, the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy launched a Climate Education and Literacy Initiative to help connect U.S students and citizens with the best available science-based information about climate change. Federal and nongovernmental experts are collaborating to harness the promise of educational games and interactive media to enhance understanding and awareness of climate change impacts and solutions.

The Climate Game Jam will encourage the creation of new game prototypes that allow players to learn about climate change and resilience through science-based interactive experience. Promising prototypes will be made available for teachers and students to use in the classroom and for lifelong learners to use in science centers or at home. Selected prototypes may be highlighted at a climate game showcase in December 2015.

At the present time, NOAA is recruiting host sites for the game jam around the country. Each site can establish limits to hours and audience. More information about the responsibilities of a site can be found at http://climategamejam.org. A kick-off event featuring Ken Eklund, a well-known game designer, will take place via webcast on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015.

For more information, visit http://climategamejam.org.

If you are interested in hosting a local site, please sign up at http://tinyurl.com/climategamejam by Sept. 4, 2015.

Please direct questions about this event to Peg Steffen at Peg.Steffen@noaa.gov.

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“Where Over the World Is Astronaut Scott Kelly?” Geography From Space Trivia Contest

During his year-long stay on the International Space Station, astronaut Scott Kelly wants to test your knowledge of the world through a geography trivia game on Twitter. Traveling more than 220 miles above Earth, and at 17,500 miles per hour, he circumnavigates the globe more than a dozen times a day. This gives Kelly the opportunity to see and photograph various geographical locations on Earth. In fact, part of his job while in space is to capture images of Earth for scientific observations.

Follow @StationCDRKelly on Twitter. Each Wednesday, Kelly will tweet a picture and ask the public to identify the place depicted in the photo. The first person to identify the place correctly will win an autographed copy of the picture. Kelly plans to continue posting weekly contest photos until he returns from the space station in March 2016.

For more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/feature/where-over-the-world-is-astronaut-scott-kelly.

To learn more about the One-Year Mission, visit https://www.nasa.gov/content/one-year-crew.

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#WhySpaceMatters Photography Competition

NASA and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, or UNOOSA, have launched a global photography competition to highlight how the vantage point of space helps us better understand our home planet, improve lives, and safeguard our future by aiding sustainable development on Earth.

To highlight the role of space-based science and technologies and their applications on Earth, NASA and UNOOSA are inviting the public to submit photos depicting why space matters to us all in our daily lives. To participate, post a picture and description on Instagram using the hashtag #whyspacematters and tagging @UNOOSA.

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who is three months into a one-year mission aboard the International Space Station, will announce the winning photo each month by posting it from his Instagram account @StationCDRKelly.

For more information about the competition, visit http://www.unoosa.org/oosa/contests/whyspacematters/index.html.

For more information about the International Space Station and the One-Year Mission, visit https://www.nasa.gov/content/one-year-crew.

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2015 von Kármán Lecture Series — Attend in Person or View Online

The Theodore von Kármán Lecture Series, named after the founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and presented by JPL’s Office of Communication and Education, share the excitement of the space program’s missions, instruments and other technologies.

Lectures take place twice per month, on consecutive Thursdays and Fridays. The Thursday lectures take place in JPL’s Theodore von Kármán Auditorium, and Friday lectures take place at Pasadena City College’s Vosloh Forum. Both start at 7 pm. PDT (10 p.m. EDT). Admission and parking are free for all lectures. No reservations are required, but seating is limited. The Thursday evening lectures are also streamed live for viewing online. Archives of past lectures are also available online.

The next lecture in the series is:

The Birth of Planets Around the Sun and Other Stars
Event Date:
Sept. 10 and Sept. 11, 2015, at 7 pm. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/lectures_archive.php?year=2015&month=9
With thousands of planets now known around other stars, it’s natural to wonder why so many planetary systems are quite different from our own. Join Dr. Neal Turner for a discussion about new images shedding light on the diversity of planet systems and a few of the 3-D computer models astronomers are using to try to learn how planets are born into such diversity.

For more information about the Theodore von Kármán Lecture Series, including a complete list of upcoming lectures, visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/lectures.php.

Questions about this series should be directed to the http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php.

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Free Tours of Facilities at NASA’s Glenn Research Center

NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, is offering tours that take visitors behind the scenes and inside certain research facilities. Glenn scientists and engineers serve as guides. Tours will be offered each month through October 2015. Tours are free of charge for groups and individuals on an advance reservation basis. Visitor parking is also available free of charge.

A tour bus departs from Glenn’s main gate every hour beginning at 10 a.m. The last tour departs at 1 p.m. Each tour lasts about 45 minutes and is followed by a stop at Glenn’s Gift Shop.

Glenn’s 2015 Tour Schedule

Sept. 12, 2015 — Go to the Extreme: Join us on a tour through Glenn’s Extreme Environments Rig, or GEER. As NASA ventures through the solar system and beyond, spacecraft will experience hostile environments of Venus and other planetary bodies. Temperatures can reach hundreds of degrees. Air pressure is crushing, and the toxic atmosphere is thick. GEER is designed to simulate those temperatures and pressure extremes and accurately reproduce the atmospheric compositions of bodies in the solar system. GEER is currently in its commissioning phase for operations simulating Venus’ surface temperature, pressure and chemistry.

Oct. 3, 2015 — Explore Locomotion on Planets: Come explore the Simulated Lunar Operations facility, which is home to a 60-foot-long, 20-foot-wide sandpit filled with simulated lunar soil and a lunar rover test bed. Other areas simulate Martian soil conditions. Research in this facility will help NASA develop the components of rovers capable of traveling long distances and investigating planetary surfaces during future human and robotic missions to keep NASA’s journey to Mars moving forward.

Tours are open to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. To guarantee admission, reservations are required. For more information on tours and how to make reservations, visit https://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/events/tours.html.

Questions about the tours should be directed to Sheila Reese at sheila.d.reese@nasa.gov.

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Family Day Events at Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum

The National Air and Space Museum’s Family Day event series celebrates the diverse ethnic and cultural communities that have contributed to aviation and space exploration. Events will commemorate historic and current contributions through presentations and activities for the entire family. The events are free and open to the public.

Women in Aviation and Space
Sept. 12, 2015, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. EDT
National Air and Space Museum in Washington, District of Columbia

From the days of the earliest pilots to today’s space program, women have made significant contributions in aviation and space. During this event, visitors will have the opportunity celebrate these incredible contributions by meeting female role models and learning about the women who inspired them.
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/detail.cfm?id=17545

Hispanic Heritage Month: Innovators in Aviation and Space
Oct. 3, 2015, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. EDT
National Air and Space Museum in Washington, District of Columbia
Celebrate the contributions of Latinos to aviation and space exploration during this Hispanic Heritage Month Family Day event. Meet Hispanic scientists and engineers — including a NASA astronaut — and participate in bilingual activities.
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/detail.cfm?id=17546

Please direct questions about this series of events to the Visitor Service line at 202-633-2214.

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MAVEN Workshops — ‘Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!’

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution 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, 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 have a session devoted to Spanish-speaking English Language Learner and English as a Second Language students. Attendees will receive free classroom materials.

This workshop will be offered twice this fall! The first will take place at the Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Sept. 12, 2015. The second will be held at the World Forestry Center Museum in Portland, Oregon, on Sept. 19, 2015.

Registration is $15 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Participants may bring one guest for no additional charge. Space is limited, so interested educators are encouraged to apply early.

For more information about the workshops and to apply online, visit http://lasp.colorado.edu/home/maven/education-outreach/for-educators/red-planet/.

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

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Minorities Striving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success in Geosciences Research Experiences for Undergraduates Professional Development Program

The Institute for Broadening Participation is accepting applications for the Minorities Striving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success in Geosciences Research Experiences for Undergraduates (MS PHD’S-GEO REU) Professional Development Program.

The MS PHD’S-GEO REU program is designed specifically for underrepresented minority undergraduates who have participated in a recent National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates, or NSF REU, program in one of the following disciplines: Earth sciences, ocean sciences, polar sciences, or atmospheric and geospace sciences. Consideration also will be given to applicants who have completed REUs in other STEM fields (e.g., environmental engineering, ecology, computational mathematics, etc.) and who demonstrate strong interest in the geosciences and articulate potential benefits received as participants in this program.

For Phase I of the program, participants will attend the December 2015 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. During the AGU Fall Meeting, participants will engage in virtual and on-site professional development, and participate in networking, community building and mentoring activities. Financial support to attend the AGU Fall Meeting will be provided.

During Phase II of the program, participants engage in additional virtual and face-to-face activities designed to provide insight and information into geosciences professions and opportunities; promote ongoing engagement with geoscience professionals; and facilitate additional mentoring, professional development and networking opportunities at discipline-specific conferences and meetings.

Applications are due Sept. 14, 2015. For more information and to fill out an application, visit http://www.msphds.org/GEOREU.aspx.

Please direct questions about this opportunity to pdp@msphds.org.

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Cast Your Vote in the Ceres “Bright Spot” Mystery Poll

On March 6, 2015, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft began orbiting Ceres, the largest body in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Even before the spacecraft arrived at the dwarf planet, images revealed mysterious bright spots that captivated scientists and observers alike.

Can you guess what’s creating those unusual bright spots on Ceres? Until Dawn gets a closer look over the next few months, it’s anyone’s guess what those spots could be.

To learn more and to cast your vote, visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/dawn/world_ceres/.

For more information about the Dawn mission, visit http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/.

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Second Annual NASA HBCUs/MSIs Partnerships Meeting

The NASA Headquarters Office of Small Business Programs is hosting the Second Annual NASA Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Serving Institutions Partnerships Meeting. The event will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CDT at the Davidson Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

This event is targeting NASA’s immediate and future subcontracting opportunities for HBCUs and MSIs. This is an opportunity to network with representatives from NASA and its prime contractors including Aerojet Rocketdyne, Ch2M Hill, Jacobs, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Orbital ATK, SAIC, Teledyne Brown Engineering, The Boeing Company, United Launch Alliance and Wyle.

Registration is free, and attendance by the entire HBCU/MSI community is encouraged. The one-day event is part of an overall NASA initiative designed to increase prime and subcontract opportunities with HBCU/MSIs.

For more information and to register to attend, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-nasa-historically-black-colleges-universities-hbcusminority-serving-institutions-msis-tickets-17209164073.

Please direct questions about this event to MSFC-SmallBusiness@mail.nasa.gov.

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International Observe the Moon Night

On Sept. 19, 2015, the whole world has the chance to admire and celebrate our moon on International Observe the Moon Night. And you can join in the fun!

Check the map of registered observation events at http://observethemoonnight.org to see if an event is being held near you. If not, please consider registering and hosting one and inviting your community.

You don’t know where to start?
This link walks you through the process of planning an event of any size. See how to host an event in six easy steps: http://observethemoonnight.org/getInvolved.

Do you need suggestions for hands-on activities?
Visit http://observethemoonnight.org/activities/ for ideas.

Are you worried about cloudy weather obscuring your view of the moon?
The “Moon as Art” collection, chosen by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, team, gives the public the opportunity to see the moon as others have seen it for centuries — as an inspirational muse. But this time, also see the moon from the perspective of being in orbit with a series of eyes that see different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. Learn more at http://lunar.gsfc.nasa.gov/moonartgallery.html.

Additional beautiful, high-resolution images of the moon’s surface taken by LRO’s cameras are available at http://lroc.sese.asu.edu.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Lora.V.Bleacher@nasa.gov.

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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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2016 RASC-AL Robo-Ops Competition

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace announce the 2016 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage Exploration Robo-Ops, also known as the RASC-AL Robo-Ops, competition. This design competition is aimed at university-level engineering students.

The 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 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), microphone(s), or other onboard sensors.

Interested teams are encouraged to submit a notice of intent by Sept. 23, 2015, and teams must submit a project plan for their proposed project by Oct. 3, 2015.

The 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 late May 2016. Each of the selected teams will be provided with a $10,000 stipend to develop their rover.

The Robo-Ops competition is open to full-time undergraduate or graduate students majoring in engineering, science or related disciplines 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://robo-ops.nianet.org.

If you have questions about this competition, please contact the RASC-AL team at rascal@nianet.org.

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Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops — Fall/Winter 2015-16

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

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

Sept. 26-27, 2015 — University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
CAE Tier I Teaching Excellence Workshop for Current and Future Astronomy and Space Science Instructors

Oct. 3, 2015 — Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, North Carolina
CAE Southeast Regional Teaching Exchange

Oct. 17, 2015– Everett Community College in Everett, Washington
CAE Northwest Regional Teaching Exchange

November 2015 — American Center for Physics in College Park, Maryland
New Faculty Workshop for Physics and Astronomy

Jan. 3-4, 2016– Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida
CAE Tier I Teaching Excellence Workshop for Current and Future Astronomy and Space Science Instructors

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

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

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Call for Proposals — NASA Research Announcement for Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System: Appendix A

NASA is seeking ground-based research proposals from graduate students to use NASA’s Physical Sciences Informatics system to develop new analyses and scientific insights. The PSI system is designed to be a resource for researchers to data mine information generated from completed physical sciences experiments performed on the International Space Station or from related ground-based studies.

This solicitation appendix focuses on the following five research areas: combustion science, complex fluids, fluid physics, fundamental physics and materials science.

For graduate students (students working towards an advanced degree), this NASA Research Announcement is soliciting proposals that advance fundamental research in one of the physical sciences disciplines identified above and also assist in the awarding of an advanced degree to the graduate student. This call is open to students who meet the following eligibility requirements:
— The student is pursuing an advanced degree directly related to a physical sciences discipline — only technical degrees are permitted (not degrees in policy or management).
— The student is a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident alien of the U.S., or on a student visa at an accredited U.S. university at the time of application submission.
— The student is enrolled in a master’s or doctoral degree program at an accredited U.S. university at the time of application submission, or, if the student is an undergraduate starting their graduate studies, he or she has been accepted to a master’s or doctoral degree program at an accredited U.S. university at the time of application submission and will start during the next academic year.
— The student has an academic graduate advisor who will submit the application for the graduate student. The student must perform the proposed research under the guidance of the assigned graduate advisor.

The agency expects to make approximately 10-15 awards in early 2016, The award for each proposal selected from this Appendix will be $50,000 – $75,000 per year, for a total maximum award amount up to $150,000 for a two-year period. Research and development efforts will take place over two years.

The deadline for submitting proposals is Sept. 30, 2015.

For information concerning this NASA Research Announcement solicitation, visit http://go.nasa.gov/1EiCJkv.

For more information about the Physical Science Informatics System, visit http://psi.nasa.gov/home.aspx.

Please direct questions about this NASA Research Announcement to Dr. Francis Chiaramonte at francis.p.chiaramonte@nasa.gov.

Additional technical information about the Physical Science Informatics System for this NASA Research Announcement is available from:

Name: Teresa Miller
Title: Physical Sciences Informatics System – Technical POC
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Email: teresa.y.miller@nasa.gov
Phone: 256-544-7815
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