NASA Education Express — Oct. 29, 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: Oct. 29, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

Free Interactive Education Webinar: Uncovering Greenland
Audience: K-12 Educators
Inquiry Deadline: Nov. 4, 2015
Event Date: Nov. 18, 2015, at 1 p.m. EST

2016 GLOBE Distinguished Educator Fellowship
Audience: Active GLOBE Educators
Informational Webinar: Nov. 12, 2015, at 3 p.m. EST
Application Deadline: Dec. 15, 2015

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Live Video Chat: NASA STARS en Español
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Nov. 19, 2015, 1-2 p.m. EST

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Video conferencia en vivo: NASA STARS en Español
Audiencia: Todos Los Educadores y Estudiantes
Fecha del Evento: Nov. 19, 2015, 1-2 p.m. EST

2016 NOAA Undergraduate Scholarships
Audience: Undergraduate Students
Application Deadline: Jan. 29, 2016

New Educational Materials: Engineering in the Classroom
Audience: K-12 Educators

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

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PREVIOUSLY PROMOTED OPPORTUNITIES…
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Mars Survival Kit: Lessons and Activities to Guide Your Exploration of Mars!
Audience: K-12 Educators

New Interactive Education Event from NASA’s Digital Learning Network: Surviving and Thriving on Mars
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Dates: Available Through Dec. 31, 2015

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Spring 2016 Policy Internship Program
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Oct. 30, 2015

Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy
Audience: Designed for Families With Children Ages 10 to 14, but Open to All
Next Event Date: Oct. 31, 2015, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EDT

Host a Real-Time Conversation With Crew Members Aboard the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 1, 2015

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Next Application Deadline: November 1, 2015

DEADLINE EXTENDED: NASA Swarmathon: Seeking College Students for Swarming Robotics Competition!
Audience: Higher Education Students
New Application Deadline: Nov. 2, 2015

Texas High School Aerospace Scholars
Audience: High School Juniors in Texas
Registration Deadline: Nov. 3, 2015

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

Audience: All Educators and Students
Deadline: Ongoing Through March 2016

2015 von Kármán Lecture Series — Attend in Person or View Online
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Nov. 5, 2015, at 7 pm. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)

NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships — Fall 2016
Audience: U.S. Graduate Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 5, 2015

2016 RASC-AL Aerospace Concepts Design Competition
Audience: Higher Education Students
Notice of Intent Requested by Nov. 9, 2015
Abstract Submission Deadline: Jan. 17, 2016

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

National Science Foundation’s East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes Fellowship Program
Audience: U.S. Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 12, 2015

2016 High-Altitude Student Platform Opportunity
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Informational Webinar: Nov. 13, 2015 at 9 a.m. EDT
Application Deadline: Dec. 18, 2015

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 10 to the International Space Station
Audience: School Districts Serving Grades 5-12, Informal Education Institutions, Colleges and Universities
Inquiry Deadline: Nov. 13, 2015

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

Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops — Fall/Winter 2015-16
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Next Event Date: Nov. 19-22, 2015

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

NASA In Situ Resource Utilization Challenge
Audience: Educators and Students Ages 18 and Older
Entry Deadline: Dec. 3, 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
Proposal Deadline: Dec. 7, 2015

NASA Education Call for Reviewers for Informal STEM Education Proposals
Audience: Informal Education Leadership, Managers, Educators and Evaluators (e.g., K-12; Informal; Youth Groups; Public Outreach)
Sign-up Deadline: Dec. 31, 2015

Free “NASA’s Journey to Mars” Planetarium/Dome Show
Audience: All Formal and Informal Educators

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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.

Earth Right Now: NASA’ Water Filtration Engineering Design Challenge — What’s This Drought Stuff Anyway?
Audience:
Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 4-9
Event Date: Oct. 29, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Let’s explore current and future water resources on our planet. How does NASA filter water on the International Space Station? How does Earth filter water? Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/141981

Forces and Motion of Flight: Fly by Math — Smart Skies
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-9
Event Date: Nov. 9, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EST
This webinar focuses on mathematics activities that allow students to explore and apply decision-making and proportional reasoning skills to resolve distance-rate-time problems in realistic air traffic control situations. A Web-based interactive Air Traffic Control Simulator that represents an air traffic controller’s screen will be used for solving problems. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/144035

Forces and Motion of Flight: Robotics in the Classroom, in the Air and in Space!
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Nov. 10, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Discover the many ways in which you can bring the excitement of robotics to your students, using everyday, inexpensive materials. Engineering Design Challenges help develop robust thinking skills in your students. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/137335

Forces and Motion of Flight: Rocketry 101
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 4-8
Event Date: Nov. 11, 2015, at 6 p.m. EST
Launch your students’ interest and excitement in forces and motion. Explore forces, motion and flight with fun, exciting rocket activities that include designing, building and launching simple rockets while students record, analyze and graph data. This webinar also will investigate rockets by integrating NASA missions, STEM curriculum, online education resources and the Next Generation Science Standards into teaching strategies that will help guide educators into a learning journey “blast-off.” Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/146813

Forces and Motion of Flight: Breaking Barriers
Audience:
Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Nov. 12, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EST
This webinar will give participants an overview of the NASA CONNECT episode Breaking Barriers — Linear Equations. The accompanying education resource uses balloon-powered aircraft to generate data for analysis of linear equations in the context of breaking the sound barrier. This webinar addresses the Common Core State Standards for Math — Expressions and Equations. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/146817

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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Free Interactive Education Webinar: Uncovering Greenland

Your planet is changing, and NASA is on it! During the summer of 2015, scientists embarked upon Greenland to research the hydrology of the ice sheet — studying the shifting network of streams and rivers that form during the melt season and transport water from the surface of the ice to the ocean, contributing to sea-level rise. Join NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center for “Uncovering Greenland,” an hourlong webinar on Nov. 18, 2015, at 1 p.m. EST. During the live event, scientists and other experts will interact with students and teachers and dive into the discoveries made on this expedition.

If you would like to be placed on the “we’re interested” list, please email Erin McKinley at erin.e.mckinley@nasa.gov with the subject line “GREENLAND” no later than close of business on Nov. 4, 2015. In the email, please include the following information:

1. Your name
2. Your email address
3. Your telephone number
4. Your school’s name
5. Your school’s city
6. Your school’s state
7. Student grade levels
8. Anticipated number of students participating

There are a limited number of available slots for this live event, so participants will be selected through a random drawing. Schools not selected as an active participant will be sent information on the webcast. NOTE: Webcast participants will be able to interact live with the on-air guests by submitting questions via email.

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2016 GLOBE Distinguished Educator Fellowship

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment, or GLOBE, Program is accepting applications for the GLOBE Distinguished Educator Fellowship. This fellowship harnesses the GLOBE community expertise in the development of new educational resources that can benefit the whole community.

Selected educators, either formal or informal, will work with scientists in the development of GLOBE educational materials. The scientist will support the educator in ensuring scientific accuracy. As part of the application process, we invite teachers to team with scientists on a particular project.

There will be three fellowships awarded this year: one for the United States and two for GLOBE countries outside the U.S. Applicants must be active GLOBE teachers who have entered data into the GLOBE database in the past year.

All interested educators are invited to attend a webinar about the 2016 Distinguished Educator Fellowship on Nov. 12, 2015, at 3 p.m. EST. 2015 Distinguished Educator Fellow John Moore and Dr. Julie Malmberg from the GLOBE Implementation Office Education and Outreach will lead the discussion. If you are unable to attend, the webinar will be recorded and made available for viewing after the webinar date. To register for the webinar, visit https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/invite?id=2uur0y5aatyw.

Applications are due Dec. 15, 2015. Fellowships will begin no later than July 1, 2016.

Additional information including application requirements can be found at http://www.globe.gov/news-events/globe-events/competitions/fellowships.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to help@globe.gov.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Live Video Chat: NASA STARS en Español

Do you want to be one of NASA’s STARS? In this series of live, Spanish video chats, “Students Talk About Real STEM” (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) with NASA professionals who work in these areas. Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network and Educator Professional Development Collaborative for an inside look at NASA missions, research and careers. Submit questions via Twitter using #NASASTARS or via email to astrosdeNASA@gmail.com.

Sign up to connect your class directly and participate in a live event. Please direct questions about this event to astrosdeNASA@gmail.com.

The next hourlong event will be webcast on the NASA DLiNfo Channel on Nov. 19, 2015, at 1 p.m. EST.

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

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Video conferencia en vivo: NASA STARS en Español

¿Quieres ser uno de los Astros de NASA? En esta serie de video conferencia en Español y en vivo, los estudiantes hablarán de lo que es en realidad STEM (ciencias, tecnología, ingeniería y matemáticas) con profesionales de NASA que están trabajando en estas ramas. Acompaña a los programas  de conexión digital de NASA (DLN for sus siglas en Ingles) y el programa de colaboraciones de desarrolló profesional educativo (EPDC por sus siglas en Ingles) hablando de diferentes misiones, investigaciones, y carreras en NASA. Inscribe tu escuela y conectate ó envia tus preguntas por medio de Twitter usando #NASASTARS ó correo electrónico astrosdeNASA@gmail.com.

Escribanos si usted esta interesado en conectarse directo para participar y cualquier pregunta sobre el programa astrosdeNASA@gmail.com.

El siguiente programa de una hora será transmitido por NASA DLiNfo Channel el 19 de Noviembre de 2015 a la 1 p.m. EST.

Para más información visite la página https://www.nasa.gov/dln.

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2016 NOAA Undergraduate Scholarships

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is accepting applications for its 2016 Educational Partnership Program Undergraduate Scholarship and 2016 Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Programs.

The Educational Partnership Program Undergraduate Scholarship Program provides scholarships for two years of undergraduate study to students majoring in STEM fields that directly support NOAA’s mission. Participants conduct research at a NOAA facility during two paid summer internships. A stipend and housing allowance is provided. Students attending an accredited Minority Serving Institution as defined by the U.S. Department of Education (Hispanic Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Alaskan-Native Serving Institutions, and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions) are eligible to apply for the program. The institutions must be within the United States or U.S. Territories. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must earn and maintain a minimum 3.2 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

The Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program provides scholarships for two years of undergraduate study with a paid internship at a NOAA facility during the interim summer session. A stipend and housing allowance is provided. Applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university. Applicants also must have and maintain a declared major in a discipline including, but not limited to, oceanic, environmental, biological, and atmospheric sciences; mathematics; engineering; remote-sensing technology; physical and social sciences including geography, physics, hydrology, geomatics; or teacher education that supports NOAA’s programs and mission. Participants must earn and maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Applications for both scholarship programs are due Jan. 29, 2016.

For more information, visit http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/scholarships/.

Please direct questions about these scholarship opportunities to StudentScholarshipPrograms@noaa.gov.

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New Educational Materials: Engineering in the Classroom
Are you concerned about how engineering fits into your K-12 science curriculum? The education team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has created a set of videos and supporting text for educators to illustrate how real-world engineering at NASA can be applied to the Next Generation Science Standards.

The new instructor guide has a video for each grade span and NGSS “Engineering, Technology, and the Application of Science” performance expectation. Each video shows how JPL applies the standard, offers a lesson plan or activity, and makes suggestions for making the standard relevant.

Check out the guide at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/teach/resources/engineering-in-the-classroom.php.

Looking for more? NASA’s Educational Resource Search Tool can help you find lesson plans, posters, educator guides and other materials to boost your science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum. Search hundreds of resources by subject, grade level, type and keywords.

To check out the search tool and begin your hunt for educational resources, visit https://www.nasa.gov/education/materials/.

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What’s New at NASA’s Space Place Website

New and exciting things are always happening at NASA Space Place. To keep up with all the latest, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @nasaspaceplace. If you’d like to be added to our e-newsletter, email us at info@spaceplace.nasa.gov.

What’s New? Dark Matter… and Dark Energy, Too!
This might be a surprise, but we don’t know what most of the universe is made of. Seriously, we don’t!
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/dark-matter

What’s New? Why Does the Sun Burn Us?
The sun keeps our planet warm enough for living things to thrive. It gives us light so we can see. But it can also burn us. What causes these burns?
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/sunburn

What’s New? What Is a Lunar Eclipse?
And how is it different from a solar eclipse? And why are these so rare? There are so many questions!
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/eclipses

Printable Content
Did you know we have six galleries with images of space, the sun, Earth, our solar system, and NASA people and technology? These high-resolution images have large captions and are perfect for printing and putting on bulletin boards and other classroom displays.
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/search/galleries

Games for Mobile Devices
Take some NASA Space Place games with you on your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, or Android device!
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/ios

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

Nov. 8: X-rays discovered in 1895

Find out how telescopes see the universe with X-rays and other energy waves.
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/cosmic-colors

Nov. 15: First computer microprocessor invented in 1971
How do we humans talk to machines?
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/binary-code3

Nov. 20: Edwin Hubble’s Birthday
Find out how Hubble noticed that the universe is expanding.
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/big-bang

Dec. 4: Pioneer 10 flew past Jupiter in 1973.
Learn all about our solar system’s largest planet.
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/all-about-jupiter

Dec. 6: The microwave oven invented on this day in 1945
But what are microwaves?
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/magic-windows

Dec. 13: The peak of the Geminid meteor shower
Why are meteor showers predictable?
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/meteor-shower

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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Mars Survival Kit: Lessons and Activities to Guide Your Exploration of Mars!

NASA is embarking on a journey to Mars! Are your students ready to join in the adventure? Spark excitement in your classroom with the Mars Survival Kit.

The Mars Survival Kit is a collection of educational activities for students in grades K-12. Each educational activity includes a brief description, as well as information about how the activities and lessons align to the Next Generation Science Standards.

Start your classroom’s journey to Mars at http://go.nasa.gov/1NnZ0Rg.

To learn more about NASA’s Journey to Mars, visit https://www.nasa.gov/topics/journeytomars/index.html.

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New Interactive Education Event from NASA’s Digital Learning Network: Surviving and Thriving on Mars

NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, is presenting a new videoconferencing event focusing on the challenges that must be met in order to survive a long-duration stay on the planet Mars.

Join the DLN via a virtual classroom to explore the movie “The Martian,” and discuss some of the challenges NASA astronauts must overcome to survive on the Red Planet. Throughout the program, we will reference scenes from the movie to determine if the events presented are science fiction or science fact. The lesson focuses on why we want to travel to Mars, the shelter that is needed to survive there, the protocols needed to maintain health during long-duration space travel and the communication technologies necessary in order to survive and thrive on the fourth planet from the sun.

As schedules allow, subject matter experts from NASA’s Mars investigations will join interactively with those classrooms participating in these modules.

Prepare your students for this event by accessing lessons and activities in NASA’s Mars Survival Kit at http://go.nasa.gov/1NnZ0Rg.

To learn more about this module and other offerings from NASA’s Digital Learning Network, visit https://www.nasa.gov/dln.

Please direct questions about this opportunity to dlinfochannel@gmail.com.

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White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Spring 2016 Policy Internship Program

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is seeking students for spring 2016 internships. The OSTP advises the President on the effects of science and technology on domestic and international affairs. The office serves as a source of scientific and technological analyses and judgment for the president with respect to major policies, plans and programs of the federal government.

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

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

Applications for spring 2016 internships are due Oct. 30, 2015.

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

If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact Rebecca Grimm at Rebecca_L_Grimm@ostp.eop.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 Oct. 31, 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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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.

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 Postdoctoral Program Fellowships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: 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 must submit an online application. The application deadline has been extended to Nov. 2, 2015.

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

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

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Texas High School Aerospace Scholars

The Texas High School Aerospace Scholars project is a NASA-unique opportunity for Texas juniors who are interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. Selected students will participate in an interactive, online course during the school year that culminates in a free trip to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in the summer.

During the online course, students will investigate space exploration challenges by creating technical drawings, solving math problems and participating in discussion forums with NASA engineers and scientists. Texas teachers guide students through the online curriculum and grade their work. Students with the highest scores are invited to to spend six days at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, where they will work with NASA mentors to complete engineering design challenges and plan a mission to Mars. Students will be briefed on the past, present and future of space exploration by NASA engineers, scientists and special guests while touring NASA’s facilities.

Applications are due Nov. 3, 2015.

For more information, visit http://has.aerospacescholars.org.

You can also learn more about the project by viewing the “High School Aerospace Scholars: A Journey of Discovery” video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3HeXYi9Z5Q.

Please direct questions about this opportunity to jsc-aeroscho@mail.nasa.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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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 Juno Mission to Jupiter
Event Date:
Nov. 5 and Nov. 6, 2015, at 7 pm. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/lectures_archive.php?year=2015&month=11
Launched in August of 2011, the Juno spacecraft will reach Jupiter in July of 2016. Skimming a few thousand kilometers above the cloud tops of Jupiter, Juno will measure magnetic and gravitational fields; use microwave radiometry to determine global water abundance; image the planet at visible, infrared and ultraviolet wavelengths; and measure the fields and particles in the Jovian magnetosphere. Join Juno project scientist Dr. Steven Levin for a discussion of what we hope to learn from this unprecedented mission.

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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NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships — Fall 2016

NASA is seeking applications from U.S. graduate students for the agency’s Space Technology Research Fellowships. The research grants, worth as much as $74,000 per year, will coincide with the start of the 2016 fall academic term. Grant awards resulting from this competitive selection will be made to accredited U.S. universities.

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate seeks to sponsor graduate student researchers who show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s goal of creating new and innovative space technologies for the nation’s science, exploration and economic future. Selected candidates will perform research at their respective colleges or universities and at selected NASA centers. In addition to a faculty advisor, each student will be matched with a technically relevant and community-engaged NASA researcher who will serve as the student’s research collaborator.

The deadline for submitting proposals is Nov. 5, 2015.

For more information, visit http://go.nasa.gov/1K2gK0n.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to hq-nstrf-call@mail.nasa.gov.

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2016 RASC-AL Aerospace Concepts Design Competition

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace announce the 2016 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage Aerospace Concepts competition. RASC-AL is a design project competition for university-level engineering students and faculty.

The 2016 RASC-AL competition challenges participants to design projects based on real NASA problems by responding to one of four themes:
— Crew-Tended Co-Orbiting ISS (International Space Station) Facility
— Lunar Ice-Trap ISRU (In-Situ Resource Utilization) Mining, Processing and Storage Facility
— Crewed Mars Moons Mission
— Earth-Independent 1G Space Station

NASA could potentially implement concepts derived from the design projects.

Interested teams are encouraged to submit a notice of intent by Nov. 9, 2015, and teams must submit an abstract for their proposed project by Jan. 17, 2016.

For the first time, the 2016 RASC-AL Competition will include a two-tiered down-select process. The RASC-AL Steering Committee of NASA and industry experts will evaluate the abstract proposals and select as many as 20 undergraduate or graduate teams to move to the next phase of the competition. Based on evaluation of three-page midproject papers submitted by these teams in mid-March, the field will be narrowed once again to 14-16 teams who will be selected for the final round of the competition. These teams will present their concepts to the panel of judges (the RASC-AL Steering Committee) at the RASC-AL Forum in June 2016 in Florida.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The application submission deadline for summer 2016 is Nov. 12, 2015.

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

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

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2016 High-Altitude Student Platform Opportunity

The Louisiana Space Grant Consortium, or LaSPACE, is accepting applications from students at U.S. colleges and universities who want to send experiments to the edge of space on a high-flying scientific balloon.

The annual project, supported by the NASA Balloon Program Office and LaSPACE, provides near-space access for 12 undergraduate and graduate student experiments to be carried by a NASA high-altitude research balloon. The flights typically last 15 to 20 hours and reach an altitude of 23 miles. Experiments may include compact satellites or prototypes.

The experiments are flown aboard the High-Altitude Student Platform, or HASP, a balloon-born instrument stack launched from the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility’s remote site in Fort Sumner, New Mexico. The goals of the project are to provide a space test platform to encourage student research and stimulate the development of student satellite payloads and other space-engineering products.

HASP seeks to enhance the technical skills and research abilities of students in critical science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.

A question-and-answer teleconference will take place on Nov. 13, 2015, at 9 a.m. EST. Groups who have previously flown experiments on HASP, as well as new organizations, are encouraged to attend. To participate, dial in to 1-844-467-4685 a few minutes prior to conference time. When requested, enter the conference ID number 780290 followed by the # key.

The deadline for applications is Dec. 18, 2015.

For application information and technical details about the program, visit http://laspace.lsu.edu/hasp.

Questions about the High-Altitude Student Platform opportunity should be directed to T. Gregory Guzik at guzik@phunds.phys.lsu.edu.

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Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 10 to the International Space Station

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education, in partnership with NanoRacks LLC, announce an authentic science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, opportunity for school districts across the U.S. and space station partner nations. The newest flight opportunity, Mission 10 to the International Space Station, or ISS, gives students across a community the ability to design and propose real experiments to fly in low-Earth orbit on the ISS. This opportunity is part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, or SSEP.

Each participating community will receive a real microgravity research minilaboratory capable of supporting a single microgravity experiment and all launch services to fly the minilab to the space station in fall 2016 and return it to Earth. An experiment design competition in each community — engaging typically 300+ students — allows student teams to design and propose real experiments vying for their community′s reserved minilab. Content resources for teachers and students support foundational instruction on science in microgravity and experimental design. Additional SSEP programming leverages the experiment design competition to engage the community, embracing a learning community model for STEM education.

This competition is open to students in grades 5-12 and college. Informal education groups and organizations are also encouraged to participate. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than Nov. 13, 2015. The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education is available to help interested communities in the U.S. secure the needed funding.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit the SSEP Mission 10 to International Space Station National Announcement of Opportunity at http://ssep.ncesse.org/2015/10/new-flight-opportunity-for-school-districts-announcing-student-spaceflight-experiments-program-ssep-mission-10-to-the-international-space-station-starting-february-2016/.

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

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

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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.

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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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.

Nov. 19-22, 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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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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NASA In Situ Resource Utilization Challenge

Living off the land is different when the land is 140 million miles away, so NASA is looking for innovative ideas to use in situ (in place) Martian resources to help establish a human presence on Mars.

The In Situ Resource Utilization Challenge offers the public an opportunity to submit designs for structures on the Red Planet that would use existing material. The agency plans to award $10,000 to the first-place winner, with $2,500 each for two second-place submissions.

One advantage of using Martian resources instead of bringing everything from Earth is the potential to save more than $100,000 per 2.2 pounds (1 kilogram) of cargo each launch.

The challenge is run by NineSigma Inc. as part of the NASA Tournament Lab. The NTL works across NASA and the federal government to provide crowd-based challenges as a way to solve difficult problems and get work done. The In Situ Resource Utilization Challenge is being conducted in collaboration with Swamp Works, a lab at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida dedicated to finding creative solutions for the problems that come with deep space exploration, including the journey to Mars.

Entries are due Dec. 3, 2015. For more information about the challenge and how to enter, visit http://go.nasa.gov/1L4MSP6.

For more information about NASA’s journey to Mars, visit https://www.nasa.gov/topics/journeytomars.

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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.

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.

Answers to 39 Frequently Asked Questions received between Sept. 8 and Oct. 1, 2015, and the transcript of the Pre-proposal Teleconference held on Oct. 1, 2015, 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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NASA Education Call for Reviewers for Informal STEM Education Proposals

The management team for the 2015 NASA Research Announcement: Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMPVC+) is actively recruiting qualified peer reviewers who volunteer to externally review CP4SMPVC+ proposals during winter 2016. A diverse reviewer pool is sought, including but not limited to practicing or retired informal education leadership; managers; educators and evaluators (e.g., K-12, informal, youth groups, public outreach); scientists; engineers; higher education faculty; and other experts (including individuals without a current institutional affiliation) with experience or knowledge of activities described in the Announcement NNH15ZHA001N.

The review will include proposals from eligible nonprofit entities, including NASA Visitor Centers, as authorized under Public Law 109-155 SEC. 616. MUSEUMS: “The Administrator may provide grants to, and enter into cooperative agreements with, museums and planetariums to enable them to enhance programs related to space exploration, aeronautics, space science, earth science, or microgravity,” as well as youth-serving organizations.”

Please submit your qualifications, interest and availability — or nominate qualified colleagues — at https://informal.jpl.nasa.gov/reviewer/. To volunteer yourself, click the “Register to Be Considered as a Reviewer” link and be prepared to upload your two-to-three-page resume. (No resume is necessary to nominate a colleague using the “Suggest Qualified Reviewers” link.) The deadline to register and nominate is Dec. 31, 2015.

For additional information, a potential reviewer can send questions/inquires via email to CP4SMP@jpl.nasa.gov — please no phone calls.

Although NASA cannot guarantee an invitation to review will result, we thank you for your consideration and/or referrals. Selected reviewers will be expected to disclose all conflicts of interest, including situations that may give the appearance of bias.

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

For information about funded projects from previous CP4SMP solicitations, visit https://informal.jpl.nasa.gov/museum/CP4SMP/Map.

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Free “NASA’s Journey to Mars” Planetarium/Dome Show

Are you looking for ways to prepare your students for STEM-related career opportunities in the future? Do you want to spark their interest in pushing the boundaries of technology and innovation? Right now, NASA’s fleet of Mars robotic explorers is paving the way for human exploration of the solar system in the coming decades. Have your students join NASA in preparing for a monumental journey of a lifetime — to Mars!

“NASA’s Journey to Mars” is a short planetarium presentation that can be used in the educational domes of your school district, as well as local planetariums, to inspire interest in STEM. To learn more, including how you can acquire the show for use in your area, visit https://www.nasa.gov/feature/journey-of-a-lifetime-mars-education-resources/.

Please direct questions about the “NASA’s Journey to Mars” planetarium/dome show to Elsie Weigel at elsie.weigel@nasa.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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