NASA Education Express — Sept. 10, 2015

Check out the latest NASA Education opportunity announcements.

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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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

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