NASA Education Express — Feb. 4, 2016

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Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listed below.
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New This Week!
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Family Day Events at Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event Date: Feb. 6, 2016

Free NASA Educator Professional Development Webinars
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators
Next Event Date: Feb. 8, 2016, at 4 p.m. EST

2016 NASA MUREP Educator Institutes
Audience: Pre-service and Alternate-Route STEM Teacher Candidates From Minority Serving Institutions
Application Deadline: Feb. 10, 2016

‘Mosaics in Science’ Program
Audience: Undergraduate Students Ages 18-35 Years Old
Application Deadline: Feb. 19, 2016

Call for Abstracts: 67th International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time U.S. Graduate Students Attending U.S. Universities
Submission Deadline: Feb. 26, 2016

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Summer 2016 Policy Internship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 26, 2016

2016 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Audience: All Educators and Students
Nomination Deadline: April 1, 2016

‘RockOn! 2016’ University Rocket Science Workshop
Audience: Higher Education Faculty and Students
Registration Deadline: May 2, 2016
Workshop Dates: June 18-23, 2016

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PREVIOUSLY PROMOTED OPPORTUNITIES…
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NASA Science Mission Directorate — Summer 2016 Space Grant Internships
Audience: Higher Education Students Who Are U.S. Citizens
Application Deadline: Feb. 8, 2016

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships Program Accepting Proposals for 2016-2017 Academic Year
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 8, 2016

2016-17 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship
Audience: Undergraduate Sophomores and Juniors at Virginia Space Grant Consortium Member Institutions
Application Deadline: Feb. 8, 2016

2016-2017 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Graduate STEM Research Fellowship
Audience: Graduate Students at Virginia Space Grant Consortium Member Institutions
Application Deadline: Feb. 8, 2016

NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants
Audience: Informal Education Institutions; K-12 School Systems; Higher Education Institutions; State, Local and Tribal Governments
Application Deadline: Feb. 8, 2016

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

#WhySpaceMatters Photography Competition
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Deadline: Feb. 10, 2016

2016 von Kármán Lecture Series — Attend in Person or View Online
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Feb. 11, 2016, at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)

2016 Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program
Audience: Undergraduate Students Majoring in Geology or a Related Science
Application Deadline: Feb. 12, 2016

Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy
Audience: Designed for Families With Children Ages 10 to 14, but Open to All
Next Event Date: Feb. 12, 2016, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST

Be an Astronaut! Apply Now for New Astronaut Candidate Class
Audience: All Educators and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Mid-February 2016

2016 NASA Marshall Faculty Fellowship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Application Deadline: Feb. 15, 2016

2016 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Application Deadline: Feb. 15, 2016

National Space Biomedical Research Institute’s Mentored Research Program in Space Life Science
Audience: Students Pursuing Doctorate Degrees at Texas A&M University
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 15, 2016

2016 NASA Academy
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students Who Are U.S. Citizens
Application Deadline: Feb. 16, 2016

2016 NASA Multidisciplinary Aeronautics Research Team Initiative
Audience: College Students Who Will Be Juniors, Seniors or Graduate Students in Fall 2016
Application Deadline: Feb. 16, 2016

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

2016 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships
Audience: Undergraduate Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2016

Google Plus Hangout Series: How to Survive in Space
Audience: All Educators and Students
First Event Date: Feb. 23, 2016, 9 – 10 a.m. EST

Call for Papers: 2016 International Space Station Research and Development Conference
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Abstract Submission Deadline: Feb. 25, 2016

Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest
Audience: 5-12 Students
Entry Deadline: Feb. 26, 2016

‘Sky for All: Air Mobility for 2035 and Beyond’ Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students and Faculty
Submission Deadline: Feb. 26, 2016

Early Career Fellowships for Planetary Science Researchers
Audience: Higher Education Students
Proposal Deadline: Various Dates Depending on Specific Program

Call for Submissions — NASA Announcement for High Impact / Broad Implementation STEM Education Partnerships (EDUCATION01SP16)
Audience: Education Institutions and Organizations
Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis Through Dec. 31, 2017

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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 http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students http://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 http://www.nasa.gov/education/resources/.

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NEW THIS WEEK!
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Family Day Events at Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum

The Smithsonian’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.

African-American Pioneers in Aviation and Space
Feb. 6, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST
National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia

Celebrate the significant contributions African-Americans have made to flight and space exploration despite the overwhelming obstacles they had to overcome. Visitors will enjoy presentations, hands-on activities and stories. They may have the opportunity to meet astronauts, fighter pilots, and others who will share stories of their challenges and accomplishments.
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/heritage-days/african-american/

African-American Pioneers in Aviation and Space
Feb. 20, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST
National Air and Space Museum in Washington, District of Columbia

Celebrate the significant contributions African-Americans have made to flight and space exploration despite the overwhelming obstacles they had to overcome. Visitors will enjoy presentations, hands-on activities and stories. They may have the opportunity to meet astronauts, fighter pilots, and others who will share stories of their challenges and accomplishments.
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/heritage-days/african-american/

Women in Aviation and Space
March 12, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST
National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia
Throughout the history of aviation and space exploration, women have fought to be on equal terms with their male counterparts. Celebrate the incredible contributions of women in aviation and space exploration at this event featuring presentations by women in the field, hands-on activities and stories.
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/heritage-days/womens-history/

Explore the Universe
April 9, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST
National Air and Space Museum in Washington, District of Columbia
People around the world have always looked to the sky, but they don’t always see the same things. Bring your family to experience how different people study the sky and to hear their stories. Learn about telescopes and, if weather permits, do some daytime observations.
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/heritage-days/explore-universe/

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

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Free Education Webinars From NASA Educator Professional Development

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. To register, simply click on the link provided beneath the webinar description.

NASA Rockets 2 Racecars: May the Force Uplift You, or Not!
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 3-9
Event Date: Feb. 8, 2016, at 4 p.m. EST
Get your students revved up about science, technology, engineering and mathematics with NASA’s Rockets 2 Racecars! Participants will learn more about the science behind racing and the forces of flight and motion. Educators will discuss air pressure and airflow on airplane wings in relation to racecars to help students understand Bernoulli’s principle. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/150707

Solar System and Beyond: The Kepler Mission Exploring Strange New Worlds
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: Feb. 10, 2016, at 6 p.m. EST
Explore how the Kepler Space Telescope searches for planets orbiting stars beyond our sun. Participants will investigate how to use real Kepler telescope data and Kepler’s Third Law to construct graphs and interpret data that determines if a planet orbiting a star in another solar system is Earth-like and a candidate to support “life.” Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/159277

Solar System and Beyond: Exploring Black Holes in Space
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 6-8
Event Date: Feb. 11, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Explore black holes through NASA’s Space Math website for educators of grades 6-8. This STEM-based webinar uses NASA press releases, eClips videos, and math problems involving mathematical expressions. The content of this webinar is aligned with the NGSS: PS1, PS3, ESS1, and ESS2 and Common Core Math Standards. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/158868

For a full schedule of upcoming 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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2016 NASA MUREP Educator Institutes

Pre-service and alternate-route STEM teacher candidates from Minority Serving Institutions are invited to participate in a five-day MUREP Educator Institute taking place this summer at each of the 10 NASA centers. Funded by NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project, the institutes present student-centered classroom activities that feature NASA assets and resources. These activities will help educators develop instructional practices to enhance STEM instruction for all students.

Minority Serving Institutions are encouraged to send a team of up to five STEM teacher candidates and a faculty sponsor. Participants are provided with lodging, breakfasts and lunches, and a $500 stipend.

Applications are due Feb. 10, 2016.

For more information, including a list of upcoming institute locations and dates, visit https://www.txstate-epdc.net/epdc-post/calling-all-msis/.

Please direct questions about this opportunity to Michelle Berry at NASAMEI@txstate.edu.

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‘Mosaics in Science’ Program

The National Park Service’s ‘Mosaics in Science’ Diversity Internship Program provides college students and recent graduates who are underrepresented in STEM career fields with on-the-ground, science-based work experience related to natural resources in the National Park System.

Participants spend 11 weeks working on a STEM project in a national park. After completing their projects, participants travel to the District of Columbia for a career workshop that provides opportunities to present their work, learn about how to apply for a federal job, and meet National Park Service staff and management. Participants receive a stipend of $4,800, plus housing and travel allowances.

To be eligible, applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States between 18 and 35 years old. The applicants must attend or recently have graduated from an undergraduate institution, or they must be in the early stages of their career. Eligible students and young adults from groups historically underrepresented in STEM fields are strongly encouraged to seek nomination. These groups include but are not limited to African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Hispanic, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander.

Applications are due Feb. 19, 2016.

For more information, visit http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/mosaics/.

Please direct questions about this opportunity to Lisa Norby at lisa_norby@nps.gov.

This program is run in partnership with Environment for the Americas and Greening Youth Foundation.

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Call for Abstracts: 67th International Astronautical Congress

NASA announces its intent to participate in the 67th International Astronautical Congress, or IAC, and requests that full-time U.S. graduate students attending U.S. universities respond to this “Call for Abstracts.”

The IAC — which is organized by the International Astronautical Federation, or IAF; the International Academy of Astronautics, or IAA; and the International Institute of Space Law, or IISL — is the largest space-related conference worldwide and selects an average of 1,000 scientific papers every year. The upcoming IAC will be held Sept. 26-30, 2016, in Guadalajara, Mexico. NASA’s participation in this event is part of an ongoing effort to connect NASA with the astronautical and space international community.

This “Call for Abstracts” is a precursor to a subsequent submission of a final paper, which may be presented at the 67th IAC. Student authors are invited to submit an abstract regarding an original, unpublished paper that has not been submitted in any other forum. A NASA technical review panel will select abstracts from those that have been accepted by the International Astronautical Federation. This opportunity is for graduate students majoring in fields related to the IAF research topics. Students may submit technical (oral) presentations and/or posters. Students may submit abstracts that are co-authored with their Principal Investigators. However, the student must be the “lead author,” and only the student will present at the IAC. Students must be available to travel to the conference to represent NASA and their universities. Students must be U.S. citizens, attending a U.S. university, who plan to enter a career in space science or aeronautics. Pending the availability of funding, graduate students selected by NASA to participate in the IAC will be considered for subsidy funding from NASA.

Many students and professors currently are involved in NASA-related research that could be considered for this submission. Students submitting abstracts are strongly encouraged to seek advice from professors who are conducting NASA research and/or from NASA scientists and engineers. Abstracts must be related to NASA’s ongoing vision for space exploration and fit into one of the following IAC categories:

– Science and Exploration — Systems sustaining missions, including life, microgravity, space exploration, space debris and Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, or SETI
– Applications and Operations — Ongoing and future operational applications, including earth observation, communication, navigation, human space endeavors and small satellites
– Technology — Common technologies to space systems including astrodynamics, structures, power and propulsion
– Infrastructure — Systems sustaining space missions including space system transportation, future systems and safety
– Space and Society — Interaction of space with society including education, policy and economics, history, and law

The criteria for the selection will be defined according to the following specifications:
– Abstracts should specify purpose, methodology, results, conclusions and areas for discussion.
— Abstracts should indicate that substantive technical and/or programmatic content is included.
— Abstracts should clearly indicate that the material is new and original; they should explain why and how.
— Prospective author(s) should certify that the paper was not presented at a previous meeting.

Abstracts must be written in English, and the length should not exceed 400 words. Tables or drawings are not allowed in the abstract.

NOTE: If you plan to seek assistance from NASA, you must submit to the International Astronautical Federation and to NASA.
— Submit your abstract to the IAF at their website
www.iafastro.org by Feb. 29, 2016 (14:00 CET).
— Submit your abstract to NASA at
https://iac.nasaprs.com no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016.

IAC Paper Selection
Submitted abstracts will be evaluated by the Session Chairs on the basis of technical quality and relevance to the session topics. Selected abstracts may be chosen for eventual oral or poster presentation. Any such choice is not an indication of quality of the submitted abstract. Their evaluation will be submitted to the Symposium Coordinators. They will make acceptance recommendations to the International Programme Committee, which will make the final decision. Please note that any relevance to the Congress main theme will be considered as an advantage.

The following information must be included in the submission: paper title, name of contact author, name of co-author(s), organization(s), full postal address, phone, email of the author and co-author(s). The abstract should specify purpose, methodology, results and conclusions. The abstract should indicate that substantive technical and/or programmatic content is included, as well as clearly indicate that the material is new and original and explain why and how.

Please check the IAF website (www.iafastro.org) regularly to get the latest updates on the Technical Programme.

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

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, or OSTP, is seeking students for summer 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 summer 2016 internships are due Feb. 26, 2016.

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

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

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2016 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

The National Science Foundation currently is accepting nominations and applications for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching program. PAEMST is the highest recognition that a teacher of K-12 mathematics or science (including computer science) may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Since 1983, more than 4,400 teachers have been recognized for their contributions to mathematics and science education. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. Up to 108 awardees may be recognized each year.

Presidential awardees receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States; a trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities; and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on the behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

The PAEMST program is open to outstanding mathematics and science teachers in the 50 states and the four U.S. jurisdictions (Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico; Department of Defense education activity schools; and the U.S. territories as a group). Anyone — principals, teachers, parents, students or members of the public — may nominate a teacher by completing the nomination form available on the PAEMST website. Teachers also may apply directly. Teachers from groups underrepresented in STEM teaching and learning are encouraged to apply.

Nominations for elementary school teachers (grades K-6) are due April 1, 2016. Secondary school teachers (grades 7-12) are eligible to apply in 2017.

For more information, visit http://www.paemst.org/.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to info@paemst.org.

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‘RockOn! 2016’ University Rocket Science Workshop

University and community college faculty and students are invited to a weeklong workshop to learn how to build and launch a scientific experiment into space. NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia is hosting the “RockOn! 2016” workshop June 18-23, 2016, in partnership with the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortia. Workshop participants must be U.S. citizens. The registration deadline for the workshop is May 2, 2016.

The hands-on workshop teaches participants to build experiments that fly on sounding rockets. During the week, participants will work in teams of three to construct and integrate a sounding rocket payload from a kit. On the fifth day of the workshop, the experiments will fly on a sounding rocket expected to reach an altitude of more than 70 miles.

Each experiment will provide valuable scientific data, analyzed as part of the student-led science and engineering research. The program engages faculty and students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills critical to NASA’s future engineering, scientific and technical missions.

Register before March 23, 2016, and save $100 on workshop registration.

For more information about “RockOn!” and to register online, visit http://spacegrant.colorado.edu/national-programs/rockon-2016-home/.

Since 2008, more than 376 people have participated in the “RockOn!” workshops and successfully built and launched 119 payloads to space. Images and information from past years’ workshops can be found at the “RockOn!” website.

Questions about the workshop or the registration process should be directed to Chris Koehler by email at koehler@colorado.edu or by telephone at 303-492-4750.

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NASA Science Mission Directorate — Summer 2016 Space Grant Internships

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate is looking to fill Space Grant-sponsored internships for summer 2016 sessions. Internship opportunities are available with three NASA missions.

Chandra X-Ray Observatory
Launched in 1999, Chandra is one of NASA’s Great Observatories and continues to be a major research tool for X-ray astronomy. Chandra has internship opportunities available assisting two different teams. Applicants may choose to assist the Flight Operations team or the Integration team. Both opportunities involve working to enhance ground system software to support flight operations of NASA’s Chandra spacecraft. Interns will work side-by-side with engineers at the Chandra Operations Control Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Space Telescope Science Institute
The Space Telescope Science Institute, located in Baltimore, Maryland, is one of the world’s premiere astronomical research institutions. It is the science operations center for NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and its future successor, the James Webb Space Telescope. The institute is seeking a summer intern to work on developing education products in the Office of Public Outreach.

OSIRIS-REx
NASA has awarded a contract to the University of Arizona in Tucson to lead OSIRIS-REx, the first U.S. asteroid sample-return mission. OSIRIS-REx is part of the NASA New Frontiers Program of solar system exploration. This summer, the mission will be ramping up to its September launch, and its Communications and Public Engagement office is seeking an intern to support the mission’s pre-launch communications activities. The team will be producing a communications campaign involving video and graphics products. Applicants should have writing, art and videography skills to create products for this campaign.

Applicants for these internships must be U.S. citizens. Individual Space Grants will submit names and application materials for students interested in applying for these internships. Applications should be submitted via the home Space Grant organization of the applicant (either the applicant’s home state or where the applicant attends school). Note that, because of funding constraints, not all Space Grants are participating.

Application materials are due Feb. 8, 2016.

For a list of Space Grant contacts and websites, visit http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/spacegrant/home/Space_Grant_Consortium_Websites.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Dr. Terry Teays at tteays1@jhu.edu.

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NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships Program Accepting Proposals for 2016-2017 Academic Year

The NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship program is soliciting applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees in earth and space sciences, or related disciplines, for the 2016-2017 academic year. The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals. Awards resulting from the competitive selection will be training grants to the respective universities, with the advisor serving as the principal investigator. The financial support for the NESSF program comes from the Science Mission Directorate’s four science divisions: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science and Astrophysics.

Initially, NESSF awards are made for one year. They may be renewed for up to two additional years, contingent upon satisfactory progress (as reflected in academic performance, research progress and recommendation by the faculty advisor) and the availability of funds.

The maximum amount of a NESSF award is $30,000 per year.

Proposals for this opportunity are due Feb. 8, 2016.

For more information about this solicitation, visit http://go.nasa.gov/1H34oH3.

Questions about Earth Science Research NESSF opportunities should be directed to Claire Macaulay at Claire.I.Macaulay@nasa.gov.

Questions about Heliophysics Research, Planetary Science Research and Astrophysics Research opportunities should be directed to Dolores Holland at hq-nessf-Space@nasa.gov.

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2016-17 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship

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

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

These one-year awards are nonrenewable and based on student academic merit, quality of the research proposal, and alignment of research with the goals of NASA and the aerospace sector. Underrepresented minority students, female students and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and enrolled at one of the five Virginia Space Grant member universities: The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech. Applicants must have completed at least two years of a STEM undergraduate program and be classified as a junior or senior during the 2016-2017 academic year.

The deadline for submitting applications is Feb.8, 2016.

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

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2016-2017 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Graduate STEM Research Fellowship

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

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

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

The deadline for submitting applications is Feb. 8, 2016.

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

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NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued a competitive funding opportunity for education projects that will strengthen the public’s and/or K-12 students’ environmental literacy to enable informed decision-making necessary for community resilience to extreme weather events and other environmental hazards. Successful projects will advance NOAA’s mission and build the environmental literacy necessary for community resilience by focusing on geographic awareness and an understanding of Earth systems and the threats and vulnerabilities that are associated with a community’s location.

Eligible applicants are limited to institutions of higher education; other nonprofits, including informal education institutions such as museums, zoos and aquariums; K-12 public and independent schools and school systems; and state, local and Indian tribal governments in the United States. Proposed projects should be between two and five years in duration and have total budget requests of $250,000 to $500,000 for all years of the project.

Applications are due Feb. 8, 2016.

For more information and to submit an online application, visit http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/grants/elg.html#page=funding.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to oed.grants@noaa.gov.

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

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

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

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

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

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#WhySpaceMatters Photography Competition

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

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

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who is 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 http://www.nasa.gov/content/one-year-crew.

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2016 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, shares 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 p.m. 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 also are streamed live for viewing online. Archives of past lectures are also available online.

The next lecture in the series is “The Europa Mission.”

The Europa Mission
Event Date:
Feb. 11 and Feb. 12, 2016, at 7 pm. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/lectures_archive.php?year=2016&month=2
After many years of study, NASA has approved a new start for a spaceflight mission to investigate the mysteries of Jupiter’s moon Europa. Multiple flybys of the Jovian moon will allow scientists to explore its ice shell, ocean and geology. Join Europa Mission project manager Barry Goldstein and project scientist Bob Pappalardo, Ph.D., for a discussion about the new 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 http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php.

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2016 Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program

The Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program, or PGGURP, pairs qualified undergraduate students with NASA-funded investigators at research locations across the U.S. for eight weeks during the summer. Students spend the summer at the NASA scientists’ home institutions. Selected students receive a cost-of-living stipend and compensation for housing and travel.

Undergraduate students majoring in geology or related sciences are eligible to apply. Students graduating in 2016 who have not started graduate school yet are also eligible. Preference is given to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Applications are due Feb. 12, 2016.

For more information, visit http://www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~tgregg/pggurp_homepage.html.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please email Robyn Wagner, PGGURP administrator, at pggurp@buffalo.edu.

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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 Feb. 12, 2016. 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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Be an Astronaut! Apply Now for New Astronaut Candidate Class

NASA soon will be selecting astronauts for the next class of space explorers! Between Dec. 14, 2015, and mid-February 2016, NASA will be accepting astronaut candidate applications. Selection announcements are targeted for mid-2017.

Teaching, including experience at the K-12 level, is considered to be qualifying experience to be an astronaut. Educators with the appropriate educational background are eligible to apply.

For additional details on this opportunity and how to submit an application, visit http://www.nasa.gov/astronauts.

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2016 NASA Marshall Faculty Fellowship Program

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, is offering fellowships for qualified science, technology, mathematics and engineering faculty at U.S. colleges and universities. This program provides a 10-week summer residency at Marshall.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens who hold full-time teaching or research appointments at accredited universities or colleges in the United States. Women, underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Faculty fellows receive stipends based on academic level. And fellows living more than 50 miles from Marshall will receive a relocation allowance of $1,500 and a $500 travel supplement for one round-trip.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 15, 2016. For more information about this opportunity, visit http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/descriptions/MSFC-Faculty-Fellowship.html.

Inquiries about NASA’s Marshall Faculty Fellowship Program should be directed to Dr. Frank Six at frank.six@nasa.gov or to Mona Miller at Mona.Miller@nasa.gov.

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2016 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program

Applications are being accepted for the 2016 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program. This program provides a 10-week summer residency at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

To be eligible for the program, applicants must be full-time science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, faculty members who are U.S. citizens. Applicants must be tenured faculty or in tenure-track positions at four-year accredited U.S. colleges and universities, or full-time faculty at two-year U.S. academic institutions. Faculty members from underrepresented groups and at U.S. Department of Education-designated Minority Serving Institutions are particularly encouraged to apply.

The program covers limited travel expenses for qualified and accepted faculty, as well as stipends for all accepted faculty. Please note that stipend payments or salaries from other federal funding sources, including research grants and contracts, may not be accepted during the 10-week tenure of a Glenn faculty fellowship appointment.

The deadline for applications has been extended to Feb. 15, 2016. For more information about this opportunity, visit http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/faculty_fellowship_final.pdf.

Inquiries about NASA’s Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program should be directed to Dr. M. David Kankam at Mark.D.Kankam@nasa.gov.

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National Space Biomedical Research Institute’s Mentored Research Program in Space Life Science

The National Space Biomedical Research Institute seeks solutions to health concerns facing astronauts on long missions. The institute′s research also benefits patients on Earth. This training program in space life sciences enables students to pursue doctoral degrees at Texas A&M University and to focus their research on space life sciences and fields related to the space initiative. Texas A&M currently is recruiting participants for fall 2016. Students will pursue degrees in biomedical engineering, genetics, kinesiology, health physics or nutrition, or an M.D./Ph.D. or a Ph.D. in medical sciences.

Application packages are due Feb. 15, 2016.

The graduate training program in Space Life Sciences at Texas A&M University is sponsored by NASA and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute.

For more information, visit http://SLSGraduateProgram.tamu.edu.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Dr. Nancy Turner at n-turner@tamu.edu.

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2016 NASA Academy

The 2016 NASA Academy is being offered at three locations: NASA’s Ames Research Center in California, NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Ohio, and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama. Applications are being solicited for this 10-week summer experience for college students with emphasis on immersive and integrated multidisciplinary exposure and training. Activities include laboratory research, a group project, lectures, meetings with experts and administrators, visits to NASA centers and space-related industries, and technical presentations. Students learn how NASA and its centers operate, gain experience in world-class laboratories, and participate in leadership development and team-building activities.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens (including citizens of the U.S. territories Puerto Rico, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands and Northern Marianas) majoring in a STEM discipline. The applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students enrolled full-time in accredited universities and colleges in the U.S. and its territories. Students may apply to any of the NASA Academy opportunities by following these steps:

1. Log into the NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative, or OSSI, site at https://intern.nasa.gov.
2. Register and set up an account.
3. Select the “Search Opportunities” tab at the top bar.
4. Select “NASA Center(s) of Interest” under “NASA Center/Facility.”
5. Enter “Academy” in the “Keywords” block at the bottom of the screen.
6. Click the “Search” button at the very bottom of screen; a list of Academy Opportunities will then be displayed.
7. Click on the “View” icon in the first column under “Action” to read about the Opportunity of interest, followed by comments on additional instructions for completing the application, including two requested essays.

The deadline for receipt of NASA Academy application(s) and associated documents is Feb. 16, 2016.

Please direct questions about NASA Academy to NASA-Academy-Application@mail.nasa.gov.

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2016 NASA Multidisciplinary Aeronautics Research Team Initiative

This summer, NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate is offering an integrated systems, multidisciplinary research opportunity for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students majoring in engineering, computer science or related disciplines. Student researchers will work as a team to propose innovative solutions for real-world aeronautics problems.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens who will be undergraduate juniors, undergraduate seniors or graduate students by the fall semester of 2016. Majors sought include aeronautical, aerospace, electrical, mechanical, software or systems engineering; mechatronics; and computer programming disciplines. A GPA of 3.2 or above is required. Veterans, women and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Applications are due Feb. 16, 2016.

For more information, visit https://www.martiapp.com/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to info@MARTIapp.com.

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Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles and Blankets Available for Educational Use

NASA invites eligible U.S. educational institutions and museums to request space shuttle thermal protective tiles, space shuttle thermal protective blankets and other special items offered on a first-come, first-serve 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.

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

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2016 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Caltech’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships, or SURF, program introduces undergraduate students to research under the guidance of seasoned mentors at Caltech or NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL. Students experience the process of research as a creative intellectual activity and gain a more realistic view of the opportunities and demands of a professional research career.

SURF is modeled on the grant-seeking process. Students collaborate with potential mentors to define and develop a project and to write research proposals. Caltech faculty or JPL staff review the proposals and recommend awards. Students work over a 10-week period in the summer, mid-June to late August. At the conclusion of the project, each student submits a technical paper and gives an oral presentation at SURF Seminar Day.

All application materials must be received no later than Feb. 22, 2016. For more information, visit http://www.sfp.caltech.edu/programs/surf.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to the Caltech Student-Faculty Programs office at sfp@caltech.edu.

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Google Plus Hangout Series: How to Survive in Space

NASA’s Digital Learning Network is teaming up with The Royal Institution and Faraday Studios for a series of Google Hangout events in connection with British astronaut Tim Peake’s mission to the International Space Station. The live hourlong events will include selected classrooms from the United Kingdom and the U.S. These classes will pose questions to Dr. Kevin Fong (author of “Extreme Medicine”), Dr. Steven Jacobs (Mr. Wizard) and NASA experts. The events will be broadcast live on YouTube.

How to Survive in Space: Hangout #1
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 — 9-10 a.m. EST; 2-3 p.m. UK
The most difficult part of any space journey is the first 400 kilometers, overcoming Earth’s gravity to reach low Earth orbit. Though Tim Peake’s journey to the space station took over six hours, reaching low Earth orbit lasted just eight and a half minutes. In this Hangout, experts will answer students’ questions about Peake’s journey from the launch pad to the space station. Host Dr. Steve Jacobs and Dr. Kevin Fong will be joined by NASA power and propulsion engineer Stephen J. Damico.

How to Survive in Space: Hangout #2
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016 — 10-11 a.m. EST; 3-4 p.m. UK
Tim Peake made it safely to the space station, and now he faces the next challenge — living in space. The International Space Station protects astronauts against space radiation, the vacuum of space and the extremes of temperature. In this Hangout, experts will answer students’ questions about the life of an astronaut aboard the International Space Station. Host Dr. Steve Jacobs and Dr. Kevin Fong will be joined by Lara (Liz) Warren, a member of the International Space Station NASA Communications Team.

How to Survive in Space: Hangout #3
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 — 9-10 a.m. EST; 2-3 p.m. UK
The space station orbits just 400 kilometers away. But the ultimate purpose of the International Space Station is to act as a training and learning platform for human missions much farther afield. Space agencies are designing missions that will take astronauts far beyond the moon, on to Mars and perhaps even to near-Earth asteroids. In this Hangout, students’ questions will focus on how science can help us propel crews across the vast chasms of space that separate the planets as we will look at the challenges of designing artificial life support systems for these marathon voyages. Host Dr. Steve Jacobs and Dr. Kevin Fong will be joined by NASA Kennedy Space Center researchers Trent Smith from aerospace flight systems and Massa Gioia (Joy-ya) from life sciences research.

For more information about these events, visit http://www.nasa.gov/feature/how-to-survive-in-space-hangout-1-tuesday-feb-23-9-10-am-est-2-3-pm-uk.

Please direct questions about these events to DLiNfochannel@gmail.com.

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Call for Papers: 2016 International Space Station Research and Development Conference

The fifth annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference will be held July 12-14, 2016, at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center in San Diego, California.

NASA, the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, and the American Astronautical Society are seeking abstracts under the categories of biology and medicine; human health in space; commercialization and nongovernment utilization; physical sciences and materials development; plant science; Earth science and remote sensing; technology development and demonstration; and science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education. Topics should relate to science, exploration and technology activities (past, present, planned or under development) on the International Space Station.

Both the conference and abstract submittal are open to entrepreneurial, commercial, academic and government agency attendees, both from and outside the United States. Eligible attendees include professionals, young professionals, students and interested parties. The working language for the conference is English. The conference will include plenaries for topics of general interests and technical sessions for focused discussions.

Because of the large number of expected submissions, presenters are encouraged to submit abstracts early; the deadline is Feb. 25, 2016.

For more information about the conference and how to submit an abstract for consideration, visit http://www.issconference.org/.

Please direct questions about this opportunity to ISSTechChair@atdl-inc.com.

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Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest

The Cassini Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying Saturn. Participants examine three possible targets for the Cassini spacecraft to observe and choose the one they think will yield the best scientific results. This year’s targets are Saturn’s rings and three of its moons; Jupiter as seen from approximately one billion miles away; and Saturn’s moon Tethys passing behind Rhea, another of Saturn’s moons. After researching the three options, students write an essay under 500 words explaining their choice.

The contest is open to all students in the United States in grades 5-12. The essays will be divided into three groups for scoring: grades 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12. All submissions must be students’ original work. Participants may enter as individuals or as part of a team of up to four students.

The deadline for entries is Feb. 26, 2016.

For more information, visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/education/scientistforaday2015/.

If you have questions about this contest, please email scientistforaday@jpl.nasa.gov.

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‘Sky for All: Air Mobility for 2035 and Beyond’ Challenge

NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate is sponsoring the “Sky for All: Air Mobility for 2035 and Beyond” challenge. With a prize purse of $15,000, the challenge seeks innovative ideas for technologies that could be part of a clean-slate, revolutionary design and concept of operations for the airspace of the future.

Potential solvers are tasked with thinking outside the current air traffic management system box and with considering how to manage crowded skies, autonomous operations and cyber security of the system. The challenge is open to all individuals, age 18 or older, private teams, public teams and collegiate teams. Individual competitors and teams may originate from any country, as long as United States federal sanctions do not prohibit participation.

Registration is required and submissions are due Feb. 26, 2016.

For more information about this challenge, please visit http://www.nasa.gov/feature/challenge-is-on-to-design-sky-for-all.

Questions about this challenge can be submitted via the HeroX website at https://herox.com/SkyForAll/comments.

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Early Career Fellowships for Planetary Science Researchers

The Early Career Fellowship program supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists in the early stages of their careers and stimulates research careers in the areas supported by the Planetary Sciences Division. This program is based on the idea that supporting key individuals is a critical mechanism for impacting science with new concepts, technologies and methods.

This program consists of two components with two different submission procedures: The first is the one-page application to be an “Early Career Fellow,” and the second is the subsequent submission of a seven-page proposal for startup funds once selected as an ECF. To be eligible to apply, applicants must have received their Ph.D. (or equivalent degree such as a DPhil) within seven calendar years of the year of the submission of the research proposal.

For consideration as a Fellow (new applicants), submit a proposal to the participating program element by the deadline specified in Tables 2 and 3 in the ROSES Summary of Solicitation. Proposals from Fellows selected in prior years for start-up funds may be submitted at any time in response to this program element.

For complete fellowship details and application procedures, visit http://go.nasa.gov/1MkySUk.

Questions concerning this opportunity may be directed to Doris Daou at Doris.Daou@nasa.gov.

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Call for Submissions — NASA Announcement for High Impact / Broad Implementation STEM Education Partnerships (EDUCATION01SP16)

The NASA Headquarters Office of Education, in cooperation with the agency’s four mission directorates, nine center education offices, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) education office, announces this competition to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Responses must be submitted electronically via the NASA data system NSPIRES (http://nspires.nasaprs.com).

NASA Education seeks to partner with eligible domestic or international organizations on a no-exchange-of-funds basis to reach wider and more diverse audiences and to achieve mutually beneficial objectives. The Announcement places a priority on collaboration involving the following: digital learning; engaging underrepresented groups in STEM; NASA-themed STEM challenges; and youth-serving organizations. NASA also is receptive to other creative ideas including, for example, investigations or application of science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and design (STEAMD); or activities culturally relevant to or focused on unrepresented in STEM careers populations, such as women, ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities. The announcement explains the criteria used to review responses and NASA’s partnership mechanism known as a no-exchange-of-funds or non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement.

NASA will accept responses on a rolling basis through Dec. 31. 2017.

For more information about this opportunity, visit NSPIRES at http://go.nasa.gov/1RZwWCi.

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

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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 http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students http://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 http://www.nasa.gov/education/resources/.

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

NASA Education Express — Jan. 28, 2016

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Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listed below.
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New This Week!
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NASA’s ESTEEM ‘Ask US’ Online Professional Development Series
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: Jan. 28, 2016, 4 – 5:15 p.m. EST

Free NASA Educator Professional Development Webinars
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators
Next Event Date: Jan. 28, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. EST

NASA Science Mission Directorate — Summer 2016 Space Grant Internships
Audience: Higher Education Students Who Are U.S. Citizens
Application Deadline: Feb. 8, 2016

2016 NASA Multidisciplinary Aeronautics Research Team Initiative
Audience: College Students Who Will Be Juniors, Seniors or Graduate Students in Fall 2016
Application Deadline: Feb. 16, 2016

Google Plus Hangout Series: How to Survive in Space
Audience: All Educators and Students
First Event Date: Feb. 23, 2016, 9 – 10 a.m. EST

2016 Texas Space Grant Consortium STEM Educator Scholarships
Audience: Educators Enrolled in STEM-field Programs for a Master’s Degree at Texas Space Grant Consortium Member Institutions
Application Deadline: April 29, 2016

2016-2017 Texas Space Grant Consortium Graduate Fellowships
Audience: Graduate Students at Texas Space Grant Consortium Member Institutions
Application Deadline: April 29, 2016

2016 NASA Aeronautics Design Challenge: Distributed Electric Propulsion
Audience: Students at U.S. Colleges and Universities
Entry Deadline: May 16, 2016

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PREVIOUSLY PROMOTED OPPORTUNITIES…
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Live Video Chat With Polymer Scientist About Synthetic Muscle™
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Jan. 29, 2016, 11-11:45 a.m. EST

2016 Texas Space Grant Consortium Design Challenge
Audience: Undergraduate Students at Texas Space Grant Consortium Member Institutions
Application Deadline: Jan. 29, 2016

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

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

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

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships Program Accepting Proposals for 2016-2017 Academic Year
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 1, 2016

International Space Station Research Design Challenge: Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments
Audience: Grade 8-12 Educators and Students
Entry Deadlines: Feb. 1, March 1 and April 1, 2016

NASA History Program Office Summer and Fall 2016 Internships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Summer 2016 Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2016
Fall 2016 Application Deadline: June 1, 2016

2016 NASA Student Airborne Research Program
Audience: Undergraduate Students Currently in Their Junior Year
Application Deadline: Feb. 2, 2016

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

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

2016 Space Exploration Educators Conference
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Feb. 4-6, 2016

2016-17 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship
Audience: Undergraduate Sophomores and Juniors at Virginia Space Grant Consortium Member Institutions
Application Deadline: Feb. 8, 2016

2016-2017 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Graduate STEM Research Fellowship
Audience: Graduate Students at Virginia Space Grant Consortium Member Institutions
Application Deadline: Feb. 8, 2016

NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants
Audience: Informal Education Institutions; K-12 School Systems; Higher Education Institutions; State, Local and Tribal Governments
Application Deadline: Feb. 8, 2016

2016 Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program
Audience: Undergraduate Students Majoring in Geology or a Related Science
Application Deadline: Feb. 12, 2016

Be an Astronaut! Apply Now for New Astronaut Candidate Class
Audience: All Educators and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Mid-February 2016

2016 NASA Marshall Faculty Fellowship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Application Deadline: Feb. 15, 2016

2016 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Application Deadline: Feb. 15, 2016

Coming Soon! Call for Abstracts: 67th International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time Graduate Students
Submission Deadline: Feb. 29, 2016

Now Accepting Applications for NASA Summer Internships
Audience: High School, Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: March 1, 2016

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

Call for Submissions — NASA Announcement for High Impact / Broad Implementation STEM Education Partnerships (EDUCATION01SP16)
Audience: Education Institutions and Organizations
Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis Through Dec. 31, 2017

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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 http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students http://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 http://www.nasa.gov/education/resources/.

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NEW THIS WEEK!
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NASA’s ESTEEM ‘Ask US’ Online Professional Development Series

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

Change Over Time: Health Impacts of Climate Change — Jan. 28, 2016, at 4 p.m. EST
The National Climate Assessment, released in May 2014, summarizes the impact of climate change on the United States. The assessment touches on many disciplines: earth science, biology, human health, engineering, technology, economics and policy. This month’s discussion will focus on a special report focused on climate change and health. Explore this report with author Dr. Erin Lipp from the University of Georgia and investigate related educational resources with experts from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Take advantage of this opportunity to ask questions about the science behind the report and related learning resources, and discover how to bring the National Climate Assessment to life for learners of all ages.

Certificates of professional development hours are available upon request.

For more information on this event and upcoming web conference sessions, visit http://esteem.larc.nasa.gov/ask-us/. Questions about this series should be sent to Bonnie Murray at bonnie.murray@nasa.gov.

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Free Education Webinars From NASA Educator Professional Development

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. To register, simply click on the link provided beneath the webinar description.

Earth Right Now: Exploring UV Light
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-6
Event Date: Jan. 28, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Explore ultraviolet light through an experiment using UV-sensitive beads. This inquiry-based lesson will help your students discover the dangers of UV light. This session will focus on the engineering design process. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/157623

Solar System and Beyond: Dwarf Planets
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-9
Event Date: Feb. 1, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Explore an overview of the story behind the creation of the dwarf planet classification and learn about currently identified dwarf planets in our solar system. Participants also will learn about NASA resources available for teaching about dwarf planets. Topics covered in this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standards PS2 and ESS1. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/155796

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

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

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NASA Science Mission Directorate — Summer 2016 Space Grant Internships

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate is looking to fill Space Grant-sponsored internships for summer 2016 sessions. Internship opportunities are available with three NASA missions.

Chandra X-Ray Observatory
Launched in 1999, Chandra is one of NASA’s Great Observatories and continues to be a major research tool for X-ray astronomy. Chandra has internship opportunities available assisting two different teams. Applicants may choose to assist the Flight Operations team or the Integration team. Both opportunities involve working to enhance ground system software to support flight operations of NASA’s Chandra spacecraft. Interns will work side-by-side with engineers at the Chandra Operations Control Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Space Telescope Science Institute
The Space Telescope Science Institute, located in Baltimore, Maryland, is one of the world’s premiere astronomical research institutions. It is the science operations center for NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and its future successor, the James Webb Space Telescope. The institute is seeking a summer intern to work on developing education products in the Office of Public Outreach.

OSIRIS-REx
NASA has awarded a contract to the University of Arizona in Tucson to lead OSIRIS-REx, the first U.S. asteroid sample-return mission. OSIRIS-REx is part of the NASA New Frontiers Program of solar system exploration. This summer, the mission will be ramping up to its September launch, and its Communications and Public Engagement office is seeking an intern to support the mission’s pre-launch communications activities. The team will be producing a communications campaign involving video and graphics products. Applicants should have writing, art and videography skills to create products for this campaign.

Applicants for these internships must be U.S. citizens. Individual Space Grants will submit names and application materials for students interested in applying for these internships. Applications should be submitted via the home Space Grant organization of the applicant (either the applicant’s home state or where the applicant attends school). Note that, because of funding constraints, not all Space Grants are participating.

Application materials are due Feb. 8, 2016.

For a list of Space Grant contacts and websites, visit http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/spacegrant/home/Space_Grant_Consortium_Websites.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Dr. Terry Teays at tteays1@jhu.edu.

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2016 NASA Multidisciplinary Aeronautics Research Team Initiative

This summer, NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate is offering an integrated systems, multidisciplinary research opportunity for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students majoring in engineering, computer science or related disciplines. Student researchers will work as a team to propose innovative solutions for real-world aeronautics problems.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens who will be undergraduate juniors, undergraduate seniors or graduate students by the fall semester of 2016. Majors sought include aeronautical, aerospace, electrical, mechanical, software or systems engineering; mechatronics; and computer programming disciplines. A GPA of 3.2 or above is required. Veterans, women and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Applications are due Feb. 16, 2016.

For more information, visit https://www.martiapp.com/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to info@MARTIapp.com.

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Google Plus Hangout Series: How to Survive in Space

NASA’s Digital Learning Network is teaming up with The Royal Institution and Faraday Studios for a series of Google Hangout events in connection with British astronaut Tim Peake’s mission to the International Space Station. The live hourlong events will include selected classrooms from the United Kingdom and the U.S. These classes will pose questions to Dr. Kevin Fong (author of “Extreme Medicine”), Dr. Steven Jacobs (Mr. Wizard) and NASA experts. The events will be broadcast live on YouTube.

How to Survive in Space: Hangout #1
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 — 9-10 a.m. EST; 2-3 p.m. UK
The most difficult part of any space journey is the first 400 kilometers, overcoming Earth’s gravity to reach low Earth orbit. Though Tim Peake’s journey to the space station took over six hours, reaching low Earth orbit lasted just eight and a half minutes. In this Hangout, experts will answer students’ questions about Peake’s journey from the launch pad to the space station. Host Dr. Steve Jacobs and Dr. Kevin Fong will be joined by NASA power and propulsion engineer Stephen J. Damico.

How to Survive in Space: Hangout #2
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016 — 10-11 a.m. EST; 3-4 p.m. UK
Tim Peake made it safely to the space station, and now he faces the next challenge — living in space. The International Space Station protects astronauts against space radiation, the vacuum of space and the extremes of temperature. In this Hangout, experts will answer students’ questions about the life of an astronaut aboard the International Space Station. Host Dr. Steve Jacobs and Dr. Kevin Fong will be joined by Lara (Liz) Warren, a member of the International Space Station NASA Communications Team.

How to Survive in Space: Hangout #3
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 — 9-10 a.m. EST; 2-3 p.m. UK

The space station orbits just 400 kilometers away. But the ultimate purpose of the International Space Station is to act as a training and learning platform for human missions much farther afield. Space agencies are designing missions that will take astronauts far beyond the moon, on to Mars and perhaps even to near-Earth asteroids. In this Hangout, students’ questions will focus on how science can help us propel crews across the vast chasms of space that separate the planets as we will look at the challenges of designing artificial life support systems for these marathon voyages. Host Dr. Steve Jacobs and Dr. Kevin Fong will be joined by NASA Kennedy Space Center researchers Trent Smith from aerospace flight systems and Massa Gioia (Joy-ya) from life sciences research.

For more information about these events, visit http://www.nasa.gov/feature/how-to-survive-in-space-hangout-1-tuesday-feb-23-9-10-am-est-2-3-pm-uk.

Please direct questions about these events to DLiNfochannel@gmail.com.

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2016 Texas Space Grant Consortium STEM Educator Scholarships

The Texas Space Grant Consortium has established a new Educator STEM Scholarship Program. These $1,500 scholarships are intended to recognize teachers enrolled in master’s programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields at a TSGC member institution.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens who hold a bachelor’s degree and are enrolled in a master’s program at a Texas Space Grant Consortium institution. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

The deadline for submitting applications is April 29, 2016.

For more information, visit http://www.tsgc.utexas.edu/edu_stem/. Please email any questions about this opportunity to scholarships@tsgc.utexas.edu.

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2016-2017 Texas Space Grant Consortium Graduate Fellowships

Texas Space Grant Consortium Fellowships encourage graduate study in the fields of space science and engineering. Interdisciplinary and integrated work experience are emphasized.

Each $5,000 award supplements half-time graduate support (or fellowship) provided by a Consortium institution. The fellowship award is good for one year. Each fellowship may be renewed for a maximum of three years, providing the recipient has spent no more than two of those years as a master’s candidate.

Applicants must be registered for full-time study in a graduate program at one or more of the Texas Space Grant Consortium institutions and must be promised financial support at that institution. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

The deadline for submitting applications is April 29, 2016.

For more information, visit http://www.tsgc.utexas.edu/grants/2016/fellows_announcement.html. Please email any questions about this opportunity to fellowships@tsgc.utexas.edu.

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2016 NASA Aeronautics Design Challenge: Distributed Electric Propulsion

Distributed Electric Propulsion, or DEP, is an emerging aircraft design concept that has the potential to improve aircraft performance in a number of areas, including efficiency, takeoff and landing performance, emissions, noise abatement, safety, and ride quality. DEP also has the potential to enable new novel control systems. In this year’s NASA Aeronautics Design Challenge, student teams are challenged to design a commuter aircraft that applies DEP technology. The main source of thrust for the students’ concept may come from DEP or a combination of DEP and conventional propulsion devices (turboprops, turbofans, etc.). The challenge for the design team is to determine the most advantageous application of DEP for their aircraft and to justify their selection.

The contest is open to teams of full-time students enrolled in higher education institutions of the United States or its territories. This category includes universities, colleges, trade schools, community colleges, professional schools, etc. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

Final entries are due May 16, 2016.

For more information and a complete list of rules, visit http://aero.larc.nasa.gov/university-contest/.

Questions about the challenge should be directed to Elizabeth Ward at Elizabeth.B.Ward@nasa.gov.

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PREVIOUSLY PROMOTED OPPORTUNITIES…
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Live Video Chat With Polymer Scientist About Synthetic Muscle™

Connect your class with NASA’s Digital Learning Network to talk with a polymer chemist from Ras Labs about the Synthetic Muscle™ experiment on the International Space Station. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, or CASIS, manages the U.S. National Laboratory and sponsors this experiment. This investigation will test radiation resistance of an electroactive polymer.

The 45-minute event will be webcast on the NASA DLiNfo Channel on Jan. 29, 2016, at 11 a.m. EST.

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

Sign up to connect your class directly and participate in a CASIS Academy Live event. Please direct questions about this event to DLiNfochannel@gmail.com.

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

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2016 Texas Space Grant Consortium Design Challenge

The Texas Space Grant Consortium Design Challenge offers undergraduate students the opportunity to propose, design and fabricate a solution to a topic of importance to NASA and its mission.

Student teams work on the topic of their choice over the course of one or two semesters. During this time period, teams work with a NASA mentor, engage in scientific research and hands-on engineering design, explore NASA-affiliated career opportunities, gain experience in meeting project goals, hone presentation skills, and engage in outreach activities. Team funding is provided to offset the cost of design project expenses and project-related travel, and opportunities exist for students to compete for scholarships.

A limited number of spots are available for spring 2016. The deadline for submitting applications is Jan. 29, 2016.

For more information, visit http://www.tsgc.utexas.edu/challenge/program.html. Please email any questions about this competition to designchallenge@tsgc.utexas.edu.

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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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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 http://www.nasa.gov/topics/journeytomars/index.html.

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Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles and Blankets Available for Educational Use

NASA invites eligible U.S. educational institutions and museums to request space shuttle thermal protective tiles, space shuttle thermal protective blankets and other special items offered on a first-come, first-serve 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.

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

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NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships Program Accepting Proposals for 2016-2017 Academic Year

The NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship program is soliciting applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees in earth and space sciences, or related disciplines, for the 2016-2017 academic year. The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals. Awards resulting from the competitive selection will be training grants to the respective universities, with the advisor serving as the principal investigator. The financial support for the NESSF program comes from the Science Mission Directorate’s four science divisions: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science and Astrophysics.

Initially, NESSF awards are made for one year. They may be renewed for up to two additional years, contingent upon satisfactory progress (as reflected in academic performance, research progress and recommendation by the faculty advisor) and the availability of funds.

The maximum amount of a NESSF award is $30,000 per year.

Proposals for this opportunity are due Feb. 1, 2016.

For more information about this solicitation, visit http://go.nasa.gov/1H34oH3.

Questions about Earth Science Research NESSF opportunities should be directed to Claire Macaulay at Claire.I.Macaulay@nasa.gov.

Questions about Heliophysics Research, Planetary Science Research and Astrophysics Research opportunities should be directed to Dolores Holland at hq-nessf-Space@nasa.gov.

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International Space Station Research Design Challenge: Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments

NASA and Portland State University are seeking participants for the International Space Station Research Design Challenge: Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments, or CELERE. This design challenge enables students to participate in microgravity research on capillary action, similar to that conducted on the space station.

Teams or individuals create their own experiment using computer-aided design with a provided template and submit short proposals presenting the experiments. Portland State University then manufactures test cells using the CAD drawings and a computer-controlled laser cutter. Each experiment is conducted in a drop tower. Video of the drop is provided for student analysis and reporting of results.

CELERE is open to individuals and teams in grades 8-12. To facilitate the participation of informal science clubs, Scouts, etc., teams may include younger students as long as at least one team member is in grades 8-12. Teams may be of any size and may include an entire class or science club. The program is limited to students from the U.S., including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Students at Department of Defense Education Activity schools (www.dodea.edu), including those outside the U.S., are also eligible to participate.

The CELERE design challenge is a relatively new program and, as a result, the odds of selection are quite high. In 2014 and 2015, 100 percent of the entries were selected for full participation, where the student experiments were built and tested in microgravity. In 2016, selection of at least one qualifying entry is guaranteed from each state and listed territory, at least one DODEA school, and at least one Bureau of Indian Education school (http://bie.edu/). Students are strongly encouraged to apply!

Design proposals are now being accepted. Deadlines for submissions are Feb. 1, March 1 and April 1, 2016.

For more information about this opportunity, visit http://spaceflightsystems.grc.nasa.gov/CELERE/.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please email your inquiries to the CELERE team at celere@lists.nasa.gov.

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NASA History Program Office Summer and Fall 2016 Internships

The NASA History Program Office is seeking undergraduate and graduate students for summer and fall 2016 internships. The History Program Office maintains archival materials to answer research questions from NASA personnel, journalists, scholars, students at all levels and others from around the world. The division also edits and publishes several books and monographs each year. It maintains a large number of websites on NASA history.

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

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

Applications for summer 2016 internships are due Feb. 1, 2016. Fall 2016 internship applications are due June 1, 2016.

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

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

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2016 NASA Student Airborne Research Program

The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highly motivated undergraduate students currently in their junior year to apply for the NASA Student Airborne Research Program, also known as SARP 2016. The program provides students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a major scientific campaign, from detailed planning on how to achieve mission objectives to formal presentation of results and conclusions to peers and others. Students will assist in the operation of airborne instruments aboard the NASA DC-8 aircraft. They also will analyze remote-sensing data collected during the program from the NASA ER-2.

The program takes place in summer 2016. Instrument and flight preparations, and the research flights themselves, will occur at NASA′s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Palmdale, California. Postflight data analysis and interpretation will take place at the University of California, Irvine.

Successful applicants will be awarded a stipend plus a travel allowance for eight weeks of participation in the program. Housing and local transportation also will be provided.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 2, 2016.

For more information and to download the program application, visit http://www.nserc.und.edu/sarp/sarp-2016.

Specific questions about the program should be directed to SARP2016@nserc.und.edu.

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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 http://www.nasa.gov/feature/where-over-the-world-is-astronaut-scott-kelly.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2016 Space Exploration Educators Conference

Make plans to attend the 22nd Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference, to be held Feb. 4-6, 2016, at Space Center Houston. This conference is for all K-12 educators. Activities presented use space-related themes to teach across the curricula. The activities can be used for science, language arts, mathematics, history and more.

Attend sessions hosted by scientists and engineers working on exciting projects like the International Space Station and the exploration of Mars and other parts of our solar system. Hear from astronauts who will be “leading the charge” in exploration. Attend sessions presented by educators and receive ready-to-implement classroom ideas. Attendees can earn up to 24 hours of continuing professional education credit.

For more information, visit http://spacecenter.org/teacher-programs/teachers-seec/.

Please email any questions about the conference to seec@spacecenter.org.

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2016-17 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship

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

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

These one-year awards are nonrenewable and based on student academic merit, quality of the research proposal, and alignment of research with the goals of NASA and the aerospace sector. Underrepresented minority students, female students and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and enrolled at one of the five Virginia Space Grant member universities: The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech. Applicants must have completed at least two years of a STEM undergraduate program and be classified as a junior or senior during the 2016-2017 academic year.

The deadline for submitting applications is Feb.8, 2016.

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

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2016-2017 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Graduate STEM Research Fellowship

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

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

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

The deadline for submitting applications is Feb. 8, 2016.

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

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NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued a competitive funding opportunity for education projects that will strengthen the public’s and/or K-12 students’ environmental literacy to enable informed decision-making necessary for community resilience to extreme weather events and other environmental hazards. Successful projects will advance NOAA’s mission and build the environmental literacy necessary for community resilience by focusing on geographic awareness and an understanding of Earth systems and the threats and vulnerabilities that are associated with a community’s location.

Eligible applicants are limited to institutions of higher education; other nonprofits, including informal education institutions such as museums, zoos and aquariums; K-12 public and independent schools and school systems; and state, local and Indian tribal governments in the United States. Proposed projects should be between two and five years in duration and have total budget requests of $250,000 to $500,000 for all years of the project.

Applications are due Feb. 8, 2016.

For more information and to submit an online application, visit http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/grants/elg.html#page=funding.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to oed.grants@noaa.gov.

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2016 Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program

The Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program, or PGGURP, pairs qualified undergraduate students with NASA-funded investigators at research locations across the U.S. for eight weeks during the summer. Students spend the summer at the NASA scientists’ home institutions. Selected students receive a cost-of-living stipend and compensation for housing and travel.

Undergraduate students majoring in geology or related sciences are eligible to apply. Students graduating in 2016 who have not started graduate school yet are also eligible. Preference is given to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Applications are due Feb. 12, 2016.

For more information, visit http://www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~tgregg/pggurp_homepage.html.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please email Robyn Wagner, PGGURP administrator, at pggurp@buffalo.edu.

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Be an Astronaut! Apply Now for New Astronaut Candidate Class

NASA soon will be selecting astronauts for the next class of space explorers! Between Dec. 14, 2015, and mid-February 2016, NASA will be accepting astronaut candidate applications. Selection announcements are targeted for mid-2017.

Teaching, including experience at the K-12 level, is considered to be qualifying experience to be an astronaut. Educators with the appropriate educational background are eligible to apply.

For additional details on this opportunity and how to submit an application, visit http://www.nasa.gov/astronauts.

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2016 NASA Marshall Faculty Fellowship Program

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, is offering fellowships for qualified science, technology, mathematics and engineering faculty at U.S. colleges and universities. This program provides a 10-week summer residency at Marshall.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens who hold full-time teaching or research appointments at accredited universities or colleges in the United States. Women, underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Faculty fellows receive stipends based on academic level. And fellows living more than 50 miles from Marshall will receive a relocation allowance of $1,500 and a $500 travel supplement for one round-trip.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 15, 2016. For more information about this opportunity, visit http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/descriptions/MSFC-Faculty-Fellowship.html.

Inquiries about NASA’s Marshall Faculty Fellowship Program should be directed to Dr. Frank Six at frank.six@nasa.gov or to Mona Miller at Mona.Miller@nasa.gov.

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2016 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program

Applications are being accepted for the 2016 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program. This program provides a 10-week summer residency at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

To be eligible for the program, applicants must be full-time science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, faculty members who are U.S. citizens. Applicants must be tenured faculty or in tenure-track positions at four-year accredited U.S. colleges and universities, or full-time faculty at two-year U.S. academic institutions. Faculty members from underrepresented groups and at U.S. Department of Education-designated Minority Serving Institutions are particularly encouraged to apply.

The program covers limited travel expenses for qualified and accepted faculty, as well as stipends for all accepted faculty. Please note that stipend payments or salaries from other federal funding sources, including research grants and contracts, may not be accepted during the 10-week tenure of a Glenn faculty fellowship appointment.

The deadline for applications has been extended to Feb. 15, 2016. For more information about this opportunity, visit http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/faculty_fellowship_final.pdf.

Inquiries about NASA’s Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program should be directed to Dr. M. David Kankam at Mark.D.Kankam@nasa.gov.

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Coming Soon! Call for Abstracts: 67th International Astronautical Congress

NASA will soon announce its “Call for Abstracts” for the 2016 International Astronautical Congress, which will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico, from Sept. 26-30. The IAC is the largest space-related conference worldwide and selects an average of 1,000 scientific papers every year. NASA’s participation in this event is an on-going effort to connect NASA with the international space and astronautical community.

Please visit the IAC website at http://www.iac2016.org for full details. The submission deadline to the IAC is Feb. 29, 2016. Details on NASA’s “Call for Abstracts” will be released soon. For more information, contact Carolyn Knowles at carolyn.knowles-1@nasa.gov.

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Now Accepting Applications for NASA Summer Internships

Now is your chance to apply for exciting hands-on summer internship opportunities available at all NASA centers. High school, undergraduate and graduate students are needed to help NASA scientists and engineers with ongoing scientific and engineering research, technology development and spaceflight operations activities. Internship opportunities also exist in nontechnical areas such as communications, budget, procurement, education and human resources. NASA internships are stipend-paid and offer students mentor-directed, degree-related, real-time tasks. If you think you have what it takes to be part of NASA’s Journey to Mars, please visit https://intern.nasa.gov today to apply or to learn more about the numerous opportunities available to you.

The deadline for summer applications is March 1, 2016!

Please submit inquiries about the NASA Internships, Fellowships, and Scholarships One Stop Shopping Initiative, or NIFS OSSI, via https://intern.nasa.gov/oic/.

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Help NASA Study Mars — Planet Four: Terrains

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

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

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

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

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

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Call for Submissions — NASA Announcement for High Impact / Broad Implementation STEM Education Partnerships (EDUCATION01SP16)

The NASA Headquarters Office of Education, in cooperation with the agency’s four mission directorates, nine center education offices, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) education office, announces this competition to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Responses must be submitted electronically via the NASA data system NSPIRES (http://nspires.nasaprs.com).

NASA Education seeks to partner with eligible domestic or international organizations on a no-exchange-of-funds basis to reach wider and more diverse audiences and to achieve mutually beneficial objectives. The Announcement places a priority on collaboration involving the following: digital learning; engaging underrepresented groups in STEM; NASA-themed STEM challenges; and youth-serving organizations. NASA also is receptive to other creative ideas including, for example, investigations or application of science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and design (STEAMD); or activities culturally relevant to or focused on unrepresented in STEM careers populations, such as women, ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities. The announcement explains the criteria used to review responses and NASA’s partnership mechanism known as a no-exchange-of-funds or non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement.

NASA will accept responses on a rolling basis through Dec. 31. 2017.

For more information about this opportunity, visit NSPIRES at http://go.nasa.gov/1RZwWCi.

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

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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 http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students http://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 http://www.nasa.gov/education/resources/.

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

NASA Education Express — Jan. 21, 2016

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Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listed below.
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New This Week!
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Join STEM on Station for #mISSionimaginaTIon — Design Challenge #1
Audience: Grades 6-12 Educators and Students

2016 Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program
Audience: Undergraduate Students Majoring in Geology or a Related Science
Application Deadline: Jan. 29, 2016

2016 Texas Space Grant Consortium Design Challenge
Audience: Undergraduate Students at Texas Space Grant Consortium Member Institutions
Application Deadline: Jan. 29, 2016

Educator Workshop: Space School Musical
Audience: Educators of Grades 3-12
Event Date: Jan. 30, 2016, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PST

NASA History Program Office Summer and Fall 2016 Internships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Summer 2016 Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2016
Fall 2016 Application Deadline: June 1, 2016

2016 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships
Audience: Undergraduate Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2016

Library of Congress 2016 Summer Institutes — Teaching With Primary Sources
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: Feb. 29, 2016
Institute Dates: Multiple Dates in June and July 2016

2016 MAVEN Elementary Teachers’ Summit
Audience: Elementary Educators
Application Deadline: March 18, 2016
Workshop Dates: June 14-17, 2016

NASA/Applied Physics Laboratory Summer Internship 2016
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: March 25, 2016

2016 Texas Space Grant Consortium Columbia Crew Memorial Undergraduate Scholarships
Audience: Undergraduate Students at Texas Space Grant Consortium Member Institutions
Application Deadline: April 29, 2016

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Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy
Audience: Designed for Families With Children Ages 10 to 14, but Open to All
Next Event Date: Jan. 23, 2016, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST

Free NASA Educator Professional Development Webinars
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators
Next Event Date: Jan. 25, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. EST

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

Live Video Chat With Polymer Scientist About Synthetic Muscle™
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Jan. 29, 2016, 11-11:45 a.m. EST

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

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

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships Program Accepting Proposals for 2016-2017 Academic Year
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 1, 2016

2016 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2016

International Space Station Research Design Challenge: Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments
Audience: Grade 8-12 Educators and Students
Entry Deadlines: Feb. 1, March 1 and April 1, 2016

2016 NASA Student Airborne Research Program
Audience: Undergraduate Students Currently in Their Junior Year
Application Deadline: Feb. 2, 2016

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

2016 Space Exploration Educators Conference
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Feb. 4-6, 2016

2016-17 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship
Audience: Undergraduate Sophomores and Juniors at Virginia Space Grant Consortium Member Institutions
Application Deadline: Feb. 8, 2016

2016-2017 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Graduate STEM Research Fellowship
Audience: Graduate Students at Virginia Space Grant Consortium Member Institutions
Application Deadline: Feb. 8, 2016

Be an Astronaut! Apply Now for New Astronaut Candidate Class
Audience: All Educators and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Mid-February 2016

2016 NASA Marshall Faculty Fellowship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Application Deadline: Feb. 15, 2016

Coming Soon! Call for Abstracts: 67th International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time Graduate Students
Submission Deadline: Feb. 29, 2016

2016 LiftOff Summer Institute
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: April 15, 2016
Institute Dates: June 26-July 1, 2016

Call for Papers: NASA in the ‘Long’ Civil Rights Movement Symposium
Audience: Academics, Graduate Students and Independent Scholars
Abstract Submission Deadline: July 31, 2016
Symposium Dates: March 16-17, 2017

Call for Submissions — NASA Announcement for High Impact / Broad Implementation STEM Education Partnerships (EDUCATION01SP16)
Audience: Education Institutions and Organizations
Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis Through Dec. 31, 2017

Mars Survival Kit: Lessons and Activities to Guide Your Exploration of Mars!
Audience: K-12 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 http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students http://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 http://www.nasa.gov/education/resources/.

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NEW THIS WEEK!
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Join STEM on Station for #mISSionimaginaTIon — Design Challenge #1

The #JourneytoMars poses several challenges, one being how to feed the crew during a mission that could be years long. NASA and Texas Instruments are partnering to bring you a design challenge, #mISSionImaginaTIon. We need your help to design a plan to feed astronauts on a deep space mission.

To find out more about #mISSionimaginaTIon, visit www.missionimagination.com.

Learn more about this exciting opportunity and other ways you can bring the space station into your classroom by visiting NASA’s STEM on Station website. While you are there, stop by and learn more about the yearlong mission and how it is helping us on our #JourneytoMars. Opportunities, resources and more await at this site focused on the International Space Station!

To check out the website, visit http://www.nasa.gov/education/STEMstation.

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2016 Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program

The Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program, or PGGURP, pairs qualified undergraduate students with NASA-funded investigators at research locations across the U.S. for eight weeks during the summer. Students spend the summer at the NASA scientists’ home institutions. Selected students receive a cost-of-living stipend and compensation for housing and travel.

Undergraduate students majoring in geology or related sciences are eligible to apply. Students graduating in 2016 who have not started graduate school yet are also eligible. Preference is given to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Applications are due Jan. 29, 2016.

For more information, visit http://www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~tgregg/pggurp_homepage.html.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please email Robyn Wagner, PGGURP administrator, at pggurp@buffalo.edu.

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2016 Texas Space Grant Consortium Design Challenge

The Texas Space Grant Consortium Design Challenge offers undergraduate students the opportunity to propose, design and fabricate a solution to a topic of importance to NASA and its mission.

Student teams work on the topic of their choice over the course of one or two semesters. During this time period, teams work with a NASA mentor, engage in scientific research and hands-on engineering design, explore NASA-affiliated career opportunities, gain experience in meeting project goals, hone presentation skills, and engage in outreach activities. Team funding is provided to offset the cost of design project expenses and project-related travel, and opportunities exist for students to compete for scholarships.

A limited number of spots are available for spring 2016. The deadline for submitting applications is Jan. 29, 2016.

For more information, visit http://www.tsgc.utexas.edu/challenge/program.html. Please email any questions about this competition to designchallenge@tsgc.utexas.edu.

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Educator Workshop: Space School Musical

The solar system comes alive in “Space School Musical,” a video series that introduces the planets, moons, asteroids, meteors and more through songs and dance routines. Students watch the videos, learn the songs, do the activities and perform the show themselves.

Workshop attendees will learn how to incorporate the video series into the classroom. Related activities use arts-based learning to engage students in planetary science through music, art and physical activity. Students’ understanding of the content is deepened through activities that encourage creativity, critical thinking, decision-making skills, collaboration and communication.

The target audience for the workshop is grade 3-12 educators, but it is open to all educators.

The event will take place Jan. 30, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST 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/2015/12/30/space-school-musical/.

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

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NASA History Program Office Summer and Fall 2016 Internships

The NASA History Program Office is seeking undergraduate and graduate students for summer and fall 2016 internships. The History Program Office maintains archival materials to answer research questions from NASA personnel, journalists, scholars, students at all levels and others from around the world. The division also edits and publishes several books and monographs each year. It maintains a large number of websites on NASA history.

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

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

Applications for summer 2016 internships are due Feb. 1, 2016. Fall 2016 internship applications are due June 1, 2016.

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

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

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2016 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Caltech’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships, or SURF, program introduces undergraduate students to research under the guidance of seasoned mentors at Caltech or NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL. Students experience the process of research as a creative intellectual activity and gain a more realistic view of the opportunities and demands of a professional research career.

SURF is modeled on the grant-seeking process. Students collaborate with potential mentors to define and develop a project and to write research proposals. Caltech faculty or JPL staff review the proposals and recommend awards. Students work over a 10-week period in the summer, mid-June to late August. At the conclusion of the project, each student submits a technical paper and gives an oral presentation at SURF Seminar Day.

All application materials must be received no later than Feb. 22, 2016. For more information, visit http://www.sfp.caltech.edu/programs/surf.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to the Caltech Student-Faculty Programs office at sfp@caltech.edu.

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Library of Congress 2016 Summer Institutes — Teaching With Primary Sources

The Library of Congress is now accepting applications for its weeklong summer programs for K-12 educators. Held at the Library of Congress in the District of Columbia, this professional development opportunity provides educators with tools and resources to effectively integrate primary sources into K-12 classroom teaching, with an emphasis on student engagement, critical thinking and construction of knowledge.

The Library of Congress is offering five programs this summer: Four of the programs are open to teachers and librarians across all content areas and one focuses on primary sources in science, technology and engineering. During each five-day institute, participants work with Library of Congress education specialists and subject-matter experts to learn effective practices for using primary sources in the classroom, while exploring some of the millions of digitized historical artifacts and documents available on the library’s website.

General Institutes: Open to K-12 teachers and school librarians across the content areas.
— June 27-July 1, 2016
— July 11-15, 2016
— July 18-22, 2016
— July 25-29, 2016

Science, Technology and Engineering Institute: Recommended for K-12 educators who teach science, technology or engineering, or collaborate with those who do.
— June 20-24, 2016

Tuition and materials are free. Participants will be responsible for transportation to and from Washington, D.C., and any required overnight accommodations.

Applications are due Feb. 29, 2016, and require a letter of recommendation.

For more information and to submit an application, visit http://www.loc.gov/teachers/professionaldevelopment/teacherinstitute/.

Please direct questions about this opportunity to teachinglcsummer@loc.gov.

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2016 MAVEN Elementary Teachers’ Summit

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

Join the MAVEN education team for a four-day workshop in Boulder, Colorado. This professional development for elementary educators is a great opportunity to explore hands-on activities and blended science/literacy lessons.

The workshop will take place June 14-17, 2016. Participants will receive free dorm housing, a $150 stipend, continental breakfast and lunch, and a certificate of completion. Travel expenses are not covered.

Applications are due March 18, 2016. Space is limited, so interested educators are encouraged to apply early.

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

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

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NASA/Applied Physics Laboratory Summer Internship 2016

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, or APL, is offering summer projects for students interested in working on NASA missions or space-related research opportunities.

Students participating in the 2016 NASA/APL Internship Program will work at the APL facility in Laurel, Maryland. Students will receive a stipend for the 10-week program, and housing will be provided.

Eligible students include undergraduate rising sophomores through Ph.D. students as of fall 2016. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Applications are due March 25, 2016.

For more information about the internship and to apply online, visit https://portals.jhuapl.edu/aplnasaintern/Home.aspx.

Questions about the NASA/APL Internships Program should be emailed to aplnasaintern-web@jhuapl.edu.

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2016 Texas Space Grant Consortium Columbia Crew Memorial Undergraduate Scholarships

The Texas Space Grant Consortium and the Aviation and Space Foundation of Texas, in partnership with NASA, are offering undergraduate scholarships of $1,500 in memory of the Space Shuttle Columbia astronauts. These seven men and women paid the ultimate sacrifice to expand the exploration of space and our knowledge of the world that we live in.

These scholarships are intended to recognize high-quality students and encourage their consideration of graduate studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, ultimately leading to careers in STEM-related fields. The scholarships stress excellence in academics, participation in STEM education and research projects, and the exhibition of leadership qualities.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and registered for at least a half-time course load at a Texas Space Grant Consortium institution. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

The deadline for submitting applications is April 29, 2016.

For more information, visit http://www.tsgc.utexas.edu/grants/2016/scholars_announcement.html. Please email any questions about this opportunity to scholarships@tsgc.utexas.edu.

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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 Jan. 23, 2016. 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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Free Education Webinars From NASA Educator Professional Development

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. To register, simply click on the link provided beneath the webinar description.

NASA Rockets 2 Racecars: May the Force Uplift You, or Not!
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 3-9
Event Date: Jan. 25, 2016, at 4 p.m. EST
Get your students revved up about science, technology, engineering and mathematics with NASA’s Rockets 2 Racecars! Participants will learn more about the science behind racing and the forces of flight and motion. Educators will discuss air pressure and airflow on airplane wings in relation to racecars in order to help students understand Bernoulli’s principles. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/150707

Earth Right Now: Atmosphere
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Jan. 26, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. EST
NASA’s fleet of satellites and airborne missions are helping researchers address some of the critical challenges facing our planet today. Learn about clouds and contrails with the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment, or GLOBE, program. This international science and education program provides students the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process while contributing meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/151057

Earth Right Now: How High Is It?
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Jan. 27, 2016, at 6 p.m. EST
Explore the NASA “How High Is It?” curriculum and learn to create a variety of scaled models of the altitudes of NASA aircraft and spacecraft, natural and artificial satellites, and the layers of Earth’s atmosphere. These activities also help students develop number sense by representing scale factors in terms of ratios, decimals, and percentages. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/153601

Earth Right Now: Exploring UV Light
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-6
Event Date: Jan. 28, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Explore ultraviolet light through an experiment using UV-sensitive beads. This inquiry-based lesson will help your students discover the dangers of UV light. This session will focus on the engineering design process. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/157623

For a full schedule of upcoming 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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“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 http://www.nasa.gov/feature/where-over-the-world-is-astronaut-scott-kelly.

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

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Live Video Chat With Polymer Scientist About Synthetic Muscle™

Connect your class with NASA’s Digital Learning Network to talk with a polymer chemist from Ras Labs about the Synthetic Muscle™ experiment on the International Space Station. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, or CASIS, manages the U.S. National Laboratory and sponsors this experiment. This investigation will test radiation resistance of an electroactive polymer.

The 45-minute event will be webcast on the NASA DLiNfo Channel on Jan. 29, 2016, at 11 a.m. EST.

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

Sign up to connect your class directly and participate in a CASIS Academy Live event. Please direct questions about this event to DLiNfochannel@gmail.com.

For more information, visit http://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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Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles and Blankets Available for Educational Use

NASA invites eligible U.S. educational institutions and museums to request space shuttle thermal protective tiles, space shuttle thermal protective blankets and other special items offered on a first-come, first-serve 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.

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

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NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships Program Accepting Proposals for 2016-2017 Academic Year

The NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship program is soliciting applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees in earth and space sciences, or related disciplines, for the 2016-2017 academic year. The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals. Awards resulting from the competitive selection will be training grants to the respective universities, with the advisor serving as the principal investigator. The financial support for the NESSF program comes from the Science Mission Directorate’s four science divisions: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science and Astrophysics.

Initially, NESSF awards are made for one year. They may be renewed for up to two additional years, contingent upon satisfactory progress (as reflected in academic performance, research progress and recommendation by the faculty advisor) and the availability of funds.

The maximum amount of a NESSF award is $30,000 per year.

Proposals for this opportunity are due Feb. 1, 2016.

For more information about this solicitation, visit http://go.nasa.gov/1H34oH3.

Questions about Earth Science Research NESSF opportunities should be directed to Claire Macaulay at Claire.I.Macaulay@nasa.gov.

Questions about Heliophysics Research, Planetary Science Research and Astrophysics Research opportunities should be directed to Dolores Holland at hq-nessf-Space@nasa.gov.

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2016 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program

Applications are being accepted for the 2016 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program. This program provides a 10-week summer residency at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

To be eligible for the program, applicants must be full-time science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, faculty members who are U.S. citizens. Applicants must be tenured faculty or in tenure-track positions at four-year accredited U.S. colleges and universities, or full-time faculty at two-year U.S. academic institutions. Faculty members from underrepresented groups and at U.S. Department of Education-designated Minority Serving Institutions are particularly encouraged to apply.

The program covers limited travel expenses for qualified and accepted faculty, as well as stipends for all accepted faculty. Please note that stipend payments or salaries from other federal funding sources, including research grants and contracts, may not be accepted during the 10-week tenure of a Glenn faculty fellowship appointment.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 1, 2016. For more information about this opportunity, visit http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/faculty_fellowship_final.pdf.

Inquiries about NASA’s Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program should be directed to Dr. M. David Kankam at Mark.D.Kankam@nasa.gov.

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International Space Station Research Design Challenge: Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments

NASA and Portland State University are seeking participants for the International Space Station Research Design Challenge: Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments, or CELERE. This design challenge enables students to participate in microgravity research on capillary action, similar to that conducted on the space station.

Teams or individuals create their own experiment using computer-aided design with a provided template and submit short proposals presenting the experiments. Portland State University then manufactures test cells using the CAD drawings and a computer-controlled laser cutter. Each experiment is conducted in a drop tower. Video of the drop is provided for student analysis and reporting of results.

CELERE is open to individuals and teams in grades 8-12. To facilitate the participation of informal science clubs, Scouts, etc., teams may include younger students as long as at least one team member is in grades 8-12. Teams may be of any size and may include an entire class or science club. The program is limited to students from the U.S., including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Students at Department of Defense Education Activity schools (www.dodea.edu), including those outside the U.S., are also eligible to participate.

The CELERE design challenge is a relatively new program and, as a result, the odds of selection are quite high. In 2014 and 2015, 100 percent of the entries were selected for full participation, where the student experiments were built and tested in microgravity. In 2016, selection of at least one qualifying entry is guaranteed from each state and listed territory, at least one DODEA school, and at least one Bureau of Indian Education school (http://bie.edu/). Students are strongly encouraged to apply!

Design proposals are now being accepted. Deadlines for submissions are Feb. 1, March 1 and April 1, 2016.

For more information about this opportunity, visit http://spaceflightsystems.grc.nasa.gov/CELERE/.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please email your inquiries to the CELERE team at celere@lists.nasa.gov.

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2016 NASA Student Airborne Research Program

The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highly motivated undergraduate students currently in their junior year to apply for the NASA Student Airborne Research Program, also known as SARP 2016. The program provides students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a major scientific campaign, from detailed planning on how to achieve mission objectives to formal presentation of results and conclusions to peers and others. Students will assist in the operation of airborne instruments aboard the NASA DC-8 aircraft. They also will analyze remote-sensing data collected during the program from the NASA ER-2.

The program takes place in summer 2016. Instrument and flight preparations, and the research flights themselves, will occur at NASA′s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Palmdale, California. Postflight data analysis and interpretation will take place at the University of California, Irvine.

Successful applicants will be awarded a stipend plus a travel allowance for eight weeks of participation in the program. Housing and local transportation also will be provided.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 2, 2016.

For more information and to download the program application, visit http://www.nserc.und.edu/sarp/sarp-2016.

Specific questions about the program should be directed to SARP2016@nserc.und.edu.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2016 Space Exploration Educators Conference

Make plans to attend the 22nd Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference, to be held Feb. 4-6, 2016, at Space Center Houston. This conference is for all K-12 educators. Activities presented use space-related themes to teach across the curricula. The activities can be used for science, language arts, mathematics, history and more.

Attend sessions hosted by scientists and engineers working on exciting projects like the International Space Station and the exploration of Mars and other parts of our solar system. Hear from astronauts who will be “leading the charge” in exploration. Attend sessions presented by educators and receive ready-to-implement classroom ideas. Attendees can earn up to 24 hours of continuing professional education credit.

For more information, visit http://spacecenter.org/teacher-programs/teachers-seec/.

Please email any questions about the conference to seec@spacecenter.org.

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2016-17 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship

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

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

These one-year awards are nonrenewable and based on student academic merit, quality of the research proposal, and alignment of research with the goals of NASA and the aerospace sector. Underrepresented minority students, female students and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and enrolled at one of the five Virginia Space Grant member universities: The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech. Applicants must have completed at least two years of a STEM undergraduate program and be classified as a junior or senior during the 2016-2017 academic year.

The deadline for submitting applications is Feb.8, 2016.

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

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2016-2017 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Graduate STEM Research Fellowship

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

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

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

The deadline for submitting applications is Feb. 8, 2016.

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

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Be an Astronaut! Apply Now for New Astronaut Candidate Class

NASA soon will be selecting astronauts for the next class of space explorers! Between Dec. 14, 2015, and mid-February 2016, NASA will be accepting astronaut candidate applications. Selection announcements are targeted for mid-2017.

Teaching, including experience at the K-12 level, is considered to be qualifying experience to be an astronaut. Educators with the appropriate educational background are eligible to apply.

For additional details on this opportunity and how to submit an application, visit http://www.nasa.gov/astronauts.

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2016 NASA Marshall Faculty Fellowship Program

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, is offering fellowships for qualified science, technology, mathematics and engineering faculty at U.S. colleges and universities. This program provides a 10-week summer residency at Marshall.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens who hold full-time teaching or research appointments at accredited universities or colleges in the United States. Women, underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Faculty fellows receive stipends based on academic level. And fellows living more than 50 miles from Marshall will receive a relocation allowance of $1,500 and a $500 travel supplement for one round-trip.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 15, 2016. For more information about this opportunity, visit http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/descriptions/MSFC-Faculty-Fellowship.html.

Inquiries about NASA’s Marshall Faculty Fellowship Program should be directed to Dr. Frank Six at frank.six@nasa.gov or to Mona Miller at Mona.Miller@nasa.gov.

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Coming Soon! Call for Abstracts: 67th International Astronautical Congress

NASA will soon announce its “Call for Abstracts” for the 2016 International Astronautical Congress, which will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico, from Sept. 26-30. The IAC is the largest space-related conference worldwide and selects an average of 1,000 scientific papers every year. NASA’s participation in this event is an on-going effort to connect NASA with the international space and astronautical community.

Please visit the IAC website at http://www.iac2016.org for full details. The submission deadline to the IAC is Feb. 29, 2016. Details on NASA’s “Call for Abstracts” will be released soon. For more information, contact Carolyn Knowles at carolyn.knowles-1@nasa.gov.

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2016 LiftOff Summer Institute

Registration is now open for the 2016 LiftOff Summer Institute, sponsored by NASA’s Texas Space Grant Consortium. This weeklong professional development training for teachers will be held June 26-July 1, 2016, at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. This competitive aerospace workshop emphasizes science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, learning experiences through speakers, hands-on activities and field investigations.

The theme for this year’s institute is “Exploration: Past, Present and Future.” The event will focus on how NASA is learning from past exploration and current space station research and how it will apply its discoveries to future missions to deep space.

Attendees must be U.S. citizens currently employed as classroom teachers of grades 4-12 with at least one year teaching experience prior to the institute. Texas Space Grant pays all expenses for any Texas teacher selected. Other Space Grant Consortia fund teachers from their states.

Applications are due April 15, 2016.

For more information and to access the online application, visit http://www.tsgc.utexas.edu/liftoff/.

If you have questions about the 2016 LiftOff Summer Institute, please email your inquiries to Margaret Baguio at baguio@tsgc.utexas.edu.

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Call for Papers: NASA in the ‘Long’ Civil Rights Movement Symposium

The History Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and the Department of History at the University of Alabama Huntsville invite academics, graduate students and independent scholars to submit proposals for papers to be presented at a two-day symposium, March 16-17, 2017. The symposium will take place at the University of Alabama Huntsville and will address the role/relationship of NASA to the “Long” Civil Rights Movement, particularly in, but not limited to, the Deep South (Huntsville, Florida, Houston, Mississippi and New Orleans).

The conceptual framework for the symposium is provided by Jacquelyn Dowd Hall’s 2005 essay in the Journal of American History, “The Long Civil Rights Movement and the Political Uses of the Past,” which called upon historians to produce new “modes of writing and speaking that emphasize individual agency … while also dramatizing the hidden history of politics and institutions.” Along these lines, the conference welcomes papers addressing the Civil Rights experience across NASA that not only explore the experience of African Americans, but also of women, immigrants and other politically/legally marginalized groups. The intention is to publish a subset of the papers as an anthology.

Those interested in presenting a paper at the symposium should send an abstract of no more than 400 words and a short biography or curriculum vita, including affiliation, to Brian Odom at brian.c.odom@nasa.gov or Dr. Stephen Waring at warings@uah.edu by July 31, 2016.

For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/history/call-for-papers-nasa-in-the-long-civil-rights-movement-symposium-university-of-alabama.html.

Please direct questions about this opportunity to Brian Odom at brian.c.odom@nasa.gov.

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Call for Submissions — NASA Announcement for High Impact / Broad Implementation STEM Education Partnerships (EDUCATION01SP16)

The NASA Headquarters Office of Education, in cooperation with the agency’s four mission directorates, nine center education offices, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) education office, announces this competition to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Responses must be submitted electronically via the NASA data system NSPIRES (http://nspires.nasaprs.com).

NASA Education seeks to partner with eligible domestic or international organizations on a no-exchange-of-funds basis to reach wider and more diverse audiences and to achieve mutually beneficial objectives. The Announcement places a priority on collaboration involving the following: digital learning; engaging underrepresented groups in STEM; NASA-themed STEM challenges; and youth-serving organizations. NASA also is receptive to other creative ideas including, for example, investigations or application of science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and design (STEAMD); or activities culturally relevant to or focused on unrepresented in STEM careers populations, such as women, ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities. The announcement explains the criteria used to review responses and NASA’s partnership mechanism known as a no-exchange-of-funds or non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement.

NASA will accept responses on a rolling basis through Dec. 31. 2017.

For more information about this opportunity, visit NSPIRES at http://go.nasa.gov/1RZwWCi.

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

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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 http://www.nasa.gov/topics/journeytomars/index.html.

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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 http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students http://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 http://www.nasa.gov/education/resources/.

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

NASA Education Express — Jan. 14, 2016

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Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listed below.
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New This Week!
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Join STEM on Station for #mISSionimaginaTIon
Audience: Grades 6-12 Educators and Students

Free NASA Educator Professional Development Webinars
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators
Next Event Date: Jan. 14, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. EST

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Live Video Chat: NASA STARS en Español
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Jan. 20, 2016, 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: 20 de enero de 2016, 1-2 p.m. EST

Live Video Chat With Polymer Scientist About Synthetic Muscle™
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Jan. 29, 2016, 11-11:45 a.m. EST

2016 NASA Marshall Faculty Fellowship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Application Deadline: Feb. 15, 2016

Call for Papers: 2016 International Space Station Research and Development Conference
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Abstract Submission Deadline: Feb. 25, 2016

‘Sky for All: Air Mobility for 2035 and Beyond’ Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students and Faculty
Submission Deadline: Feb. 26, 2016

‘CineSpace’ Short Film Competition
Audience: All Educators and Students
Entry Deadline: July 31, 2016

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PREVIOUSLY PROMOTED OPPORTUNITIES…
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2016 von Kármán Lecture Series — Attend in Person or View Online
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Jan. 14, 2016, at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)

2016 Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Exploration Science Summer Intern Program
Audience: Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2016

Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy
Audience: Designed for Families With Children Ages 10 to 14, but Open to All
Next Event Date: Jan. 16, 2016, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST

2016 RASC-AL Aerospace Concepts Design Competition
Audience: Higher Education Students
Abstract Submission Deadline: Jan. 17, 2016

First Nations Launch National Rocket Competition
Audience: Undergraduate Student Teams at Tribal Colleges or From AISES Chapters
Notice of Intent Deadline: Jan. 18, 2016

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

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

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

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

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships Program Accepting Proposals for 2016-2017 Academic Year
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 1, 2016

2016 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2016

International Space Station Research Design Challenge: Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments
Audience: Grade 8-12 Educators and Students
Entry Deadlines: Feb. 1, March 1 and April 1, 2016

2016 NASA Student Airborne Research Program
Audience: Undergraduate Students Currently in Their Junior Year
Application Deadline: Feb. 2, 2016

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

2016 Space Exploration Educators Conference
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Feb. 4-6, 2016

2016-17 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship
Audience: Undergraduate Sophomores and Juniors at Virginia Space Grant Consortium Member Institutions
Application Deadline: Feb. 8, 2016

2016-2017 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Graduate STEM Research Fellowship
Audience: Graduate Students at Virginia Space Grant Consortium Member Institutions
Application Deadline: Feb. 8, 2016

NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants
Audience: Informal Education Institutions; K-12 School Systems; Higher Education Institutions; State, Local and Tribal Governments
Application Deadline: Feb. 8, 2016

Be an Astronaut! Apply Now for New Astronaut Candidate Class
Audience: All Educators and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Mid-February 2016

2016-2017 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Community College STEM Scholarship
Audience: Freshman Students at Community Colleges in Virginia
Application Deadline: March 14, 2016

2016-2017 Virginia Space Grant Consortium STEM Bridge Scholarships
Audience: Minority Undergraduate Students (Underclassmen) at Virginia Space Grant Consortium Member Institutions
Application Deadline: March 14, 2016

Call for Submissions — NASA Announcement for High Impact / Broad Implementation STEM Education Partnerships (EDUCATION01SP16)
Audience: Education Institutions and Organizations
Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis Through Dec. 31, 2017

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 http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students http://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 http://www.nasa.gov/education/resources/.

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NEW THIS WEEK!
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Join STEM on Station for #mISSionimaginaTIon

NASA and Texas Instruments have partnered to bring a series of STEM-focused design challenges, based upon the One-Year Crew mission, to students in middle and high school grades and their teachers. These challenges give students the opportunity to use their imagination to design aspects of a long-duration mission in space.

To find out more about #mISSionimaginaTIon, visit www.missionimagination.com.

Learn more about these exciting opportunities and other ways you can bring the space station into your classroom by visiting NASA’s STEM on Station website. While you are there, stop by and learn more about the yearlong mission and how it is helping NASA on the #JourneytoMars. Opportunities, resources and more await at this space station-focused site!

To check out the website, visit http://www.nasa.gov/education/STEMstation.

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Free Education Webinars From NASA Educator Professional Development

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. To register, simply click on the link provided beneath the webinar description.

Earth Right Now: Changing Weather in Our Climate — Using Earth Observations to Talk About Snow and Ice
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Jan. 14, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Participants will explore resources from the Earth Observatory and NASA Earth Observations websites. Learn how to use these resources to discuss the effects of changing snow and ice coverage on Earth. The resources covered in this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standards ESS2 and ESS3. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/155793

Earth Right Now: Precipitation Education – Flooding and Drought
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 3-8
Event Date: Jan. 20, 2016, at 6 p.m. EST
With the use of NASA satellite technology, scientists see some alarming changes in water resources. Explore how water bodies change in response to changes in weather, climate and human interactions. Plan inquiry-based experiments to explain sustainability and water quality. Use NASA images to examine dramatic changes in water resources. Participants will practice collaborating on problem-based learning with free NASA resources. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/153870

NASA Rockets 2 Racecars: May the Force Uplift You, or Not!
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 3-9
Event Date: Jan. 25, 2016, at 4 p.m. EST
Get your students revved up about science, technology, engineering and mathematics with NASA’s Rockets 2 Racecars! Participants will learn more about the science behind racing and the forces of flight and motion. Educators will discuss air pressure and airflow on airplane wings in relation to racecars in order to help students understand Bernoulli’s principles. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/150707

Earth Right Now: Atmosphere
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Jan. 26, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. EST
NASA’s fleet of satellites and airborne missions are helping researchers address some of the critical challenges facing our planet today. Learn about clouds and contrails with the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment, or GLOBE, program. This international science and education program provides students the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process while contributing meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/151057

Earth Right Now: How High Is It?
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Jan. 27, 2016, at 6 p.m. EST
Explore the NASA “How High Is It?” curriculum and learn to create a variety of scaled models of the altitudes of NASA aircraft and spacecraft, natural and artificial satellites, and the layers of Earth’s atmosphere. These activities also help students develop number sense by representing scale factors in terms of ratios, decimals, and percentages. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/153601

Earth Right Now: Exploring UV Light
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-6
Event Date: Jan. 28, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Explore ultraviolet light through an experiment using UV-sensitive beads. This inquiry-based lesson will help your students discover the dangers of UV light. This session will focus on the engineering design process. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/157623

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

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

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Live Video Chat: 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 Jan. 20, 2016, at 1 p.m. EST.

For more information, visit http://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 20 de enero de 2016 a la 1 p.m. EST.

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

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Live Video Chat With Polymer Scientist About Synthetic Muscle™

Connect your class with NASA’s Digital Learning Network to talk with a polymer chemist from Ras Labs about the Synthetic Muscle™ experiment on the International Space Station. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, or CASIS, manages the U.S. National Laboratory and sponsors this experiment. This investigation will test radiation resistance of an electroactive polymer.

The 45-minute event will be webcast on the NASA DLiNfo Channel on Jan. 29, 2016, at 11 a.m. EST.

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

Sign up to connect your class directly and participate in a CASIS Academy Live event. Please direct questions about this event to DLiNfochannel@gmail.com.

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

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2016 NASA Marshall Faculty Fellowship Program

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, is offering fellowships for qualified science, technology, mathematics and engineering faculty at U.S. colleges and universities. This program provides a 10-week summer residency at Marshall.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens who hold full-time teaching or research appointments at accredited universities or colleges in the United States. Women, underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Faculty fellows receive stipends based on academic level. And fellows living more than 50 miles from Marshall will receive a relocation allowance of $1,500 and a $500 travel supplement for one round-trip.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 15, 2016. For more information about this opportunity, visit http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/descriptions/MSFC-Faculty-Fellowship.html.

Inquiries about NASA’s Marshall Faculty Fellowship Program should be directed to Dr. Frank Six at frank.six@nasa.gov or to Mona Miller at Mona.Miller@nasa.gov.

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Call for Papers: 2016 International Space Station Research and Development Conference

The fifth annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference will be held July 12-14, 2016, at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center in San Diego, California.

NASA, the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, and the American Astronautical Society are seeking abstracts under the categories of biology and medicine; human health in space; commercialization and nongovernment utilization; physical sciences and materials development; plant science; Earth science and remote sensing; technology development and demonstration; and science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education. Topics should relate to science, exploration and technology activities (past, present, planned or under development) on the International Space Station.

Both the conference and abstract submittal are open to entrepreneurial, commercial, academic and government agency attendees, both from and outside the United States. Eligible attendees include professionals, young professionals, students and interested parties. The working language for the conference is English. The conference will include plenaries for topics of general interests and technical sessions for focused discussions.

Because of the large number of expected submissions, presenters are encouraged to submit abstracts early; the deadline is Feb. 25, 2016.

For more information about the conference and how to submit an abstract for consideration, visit http://www.issconference.org/.

Please direct questions about this opportunity to ISSTechChair@atdl-inc.com.

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‘Sky for All: Air Mobility for 2035 and Beyond’ Challenge

NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate is sponsoring the “Sky for All: Air Mobility for 2035 and Beyond” challenge. With a prize purse of $15,000, the challenge seeks innovative ideas for technologies that could be part of a clean-slate, revolutionary design and concept of operations for the airspace of the future.

Potential solvers are tasked with thinking outside the current air traffic management system box and with considering how to manage crowded skies, autonomous operations and cyber security of the system. The challenge is open to all individuals, age 18 or older, private teams, public teams and collegiate teams. Individual competitors and teams may originate from any country, as long as United States federal sanctions do not prohibit participation.

Registration is required and submissions are due Feb. 26, 2016.

For more information about this challenge, please visit http://www.nasa.gov/feature/challenge-is-on-to-design-sky-for-all.

Questions about this challenge can be submitted via the HeroX website at https://herox.com/SkyForAll/comments.

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‘CineSpace’ Short Film Competition

NASA and the Houston Cinema Arts Society once again will offer filmmakers around the world a chance to share their works inspired by — and using — actual NASA imagery through “CineSpace,” a short-film competition.

Films featuring NASA-captured imagery and video collected throughout the agency’s 50-year history will be judged on creativity, innovation and attention to detail. Works submitted to “CineSpace” will compete for cash prizes and the opportunity to be shown to audiences both on and off Earth. In addition to being screened at the “CineSpace” awards ceremony during the Houston Cinema Arts Festival, winners and finalists may be screened at other film festivals across the country, as well as on NASA TV and even on the International Space Station.

“CineSpace” is open to all filmmakers, both professional and aspiring. The competition will accept submissions of all genres, including narrative, documentary, comedy, drama, animation, experimental and others, of up to 10 minutes running time. Entries must use at least 10 percent publically available NASA imagery.

The submission period opens June 1, 2016, and closes July 31, 2016. Finalists and winners will be announced at a “CineSpace” event during the Houston Cinema Arts Festival in November. Entries will be competing for $26,000 in prizes with cash awards going to the top three submissions as well as the two films that best demonstrate the themes “Benefits of Space to Humanity” and “Future Space Exploration.”

For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/cinespace-short-film-competition-returns-for-2016.

Please direct questions about this competition to cinespace@cinemartsociety.org.

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PREVIOUSLY PROMOTED OPPORTUNITIES…
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2016 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, shares 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 p.m. 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 also are streamed live for viewing online. Archives of past lectures are also available online.

The next lecture in the series is “Deep Space Atomic Clock.”

Deep Space Atomic Clock
Event Date:
Jan. 14 and Jan. 15, 2015, at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/lectures_archive.php?year=2016&month=1
Atomic clocks are an integral, yet almost invisible component of modern life. They are used in everything from the now-ubiquitous Global Positioning System to global financial and trading systems. Join Todd Ely, Ph.D., and Allen H. Farrington from the NASA’s Deep Space Atomic Clock group for a discussion about the latest atomic clock technologies and how they are used in space exploration.

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 http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php.

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2016 Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Exploration Science Summer Intern Program

The Lunar and Planetary Institute is hosting a special Exploration Science Summer Intern Program in 2016. The program is a unique opportunity to integrate scientific input with exploration activities in a way that mission architects and spacecraft engineers can use. Activities may involve assessments and traverse plans for a particular destination (e.g., on the far side of the moon) or a more general assessment of a class of possible exploration targets (e.g., small near-Earth asteroids).

The program is open to graduate students in geology, planetary science, planetary astronomy and related programs. The 10-week program runs from May 23, 2016, through July 29, 2016. Selected interns will receive stipends and travel expense reimbursement.

The deadline to submit an application is Jan. 15, 2016.

For more information, visit http://www.lpi.usra.edu/features/102115/exploration_interns/. Please email any questions about this opportunity to Jennifer Steil at explorationintern@lpi.usra.edu.

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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 Jan. 16, 2016. 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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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 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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First Nations Launch National Rocket Competition

NASA and the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium are pleased to announce the 7th Annual First Nations Launch National Rocket Competition. The spring 2016 competition, tentatively scheduled for April 23, hosts two challenges: Tribal and American Indian Science and Engineering Society, or AISES, high-powered rocket launches. The best performing team* in each category will receive an invitation for a specially arranged tour of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Eighteen teams can participate in the First Nations Launch competition.

For a team to apply to the First Nations Launch program, a faculty advisor must complete the following steps:

— Register as faculty on the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium website (https://spacegrant.carthage.edu/about/login/).
— Submit the “Create Rocket Launch Team (NOI)” Grant Application Form (https://spacegrant.carthage.edu/forms/account/login/?next=/forms/application/first-nations-rocket-competition/).

Once the faculty advisor completes the Notice of Intent, identifies the team name, lists the student participants, and chooses which competition the team will compete in, each student must do the following:

— Register as an undergraduate student on the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium website (https://spacegrant.carthage.edu/about/login/).
— Complete the First Nations Launch National Rocket Competition application (https://spacegrant.carthage.edu/forms/account/login/?next=/forms/application/first-nations-rocket-competition/).

The Notice of Intent and student applications must be submitted by Jan. 18, 2016, to compete in the competition. Teams that need assistance securing a faculty advisor should contact the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium. Teams are encouraged to seek advice from industry, Tripoli**, the National Association of Rocketry, and their state’s local Space Grant Consortium.

Each team will be provided a low-powered model rocket for flight demonstration, two reloadable rocket motors, and the motor casing per competition flight parameters. In addition, teams will be awarded up to $5,000 for travel and project expenses. The team advisor/mentor will receive a $1,000 stipend. First Nations Launch is a program funded by NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. NASA is committed to promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics opportunities. Interested teams do not need prior experience to participate in this program.

Those seeking help in getting started are highly encouraged to contact First Nations Launch technical advisor Frank Nobile (Maxq3@aol.com), Tripoli Rocket Association member Bob Justus (bob@mhbofni.com), or First Nations Launch liaison Dan Hawk (naas.wsgc@gmail.com). Teams will be selected Jan. 22, 2016.

*All deadlines must be met to be eligible. See Calendar at spacegrant.carthage.edu/first-nations-launch/calendar.

** U.S.A. Tripoli Prefecture — http://www.tripoli.org/Prefectures/mapID/5

To learn more about this exciting NASA opportunity, please visit spacegrant.carthage.edu/first-nations-launch.

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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 http://www.nasa.gov/feature/where-over-the-world-is-astronaut-scott-kelly.

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

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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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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 http://www.nasa.gov/topics/journeytomars/index.html.

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Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles and Blankets Available for Educational Use

NASA invites eligible U.S. educational institutions and museums to request space shuttle thermal protective tiles, space shuttle thermal protective blankets and other special items offered on a first-come, first-serve 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.

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

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NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships Program Accepting Proposals for 2016-2017 Academic Year

The NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship program is soliciting applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees in earth and space sciences, or related disciplines, for the 2016-2017 academic year. The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals. Awards resulting from the competitive selection will be training grants to the respective universities, with the advisor serving as the principal investigator. The financial support for the NESSF program comes from the Science Mission Directorate’s four science divisions: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science and Astrophysics.

Initially, NESSF awards are made for one year. They may be renewed for up to two additional years, contingent upon satisfactory progress (as reflected in academic performance, research progress and recommendation by the faculty advisor) and the availability of funds.

The maximum amount of a NESSF award is $30,000 per year.

Proposals for this opportunity are due Feb. 1, 2016.

For more information about this solicitation, visit http://go.nasa.gov/1H34oH3.

Questions about Earth Science Research NESSF opportunities should be directed to Claire Macaulay at Claire.I.Macaulay@nasa.gov.

Questions about Heliophysics Research, Planetary Science Research and Astrophysics Research opportunities should be directed to Dolores Holland at hq-nessf-Space@nasa.gov.

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2016 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program

Applications are being accepted for the 2016 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program. This program provides a 10-week summer residency at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

To be eligible for the program, applicants must be full-time science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, faculty members who are U.S. citizens. Applicants must be tenured faculty or in tenure-track positions at four-year accredited U.S. colleges and universities, or full-time faculty at two-year U.S. academic institutions. Faculty members from underrepresented groups and at U.S. Department of Education-designated Minority Serving Institutions are particularly encouraged to apply.

The program covers limited travel expenses for qualified and accepted faculty, as well as stipends for all accepted faculty. Please note that stipend payments or salaries from other federal funding sources, including research grants and contracts, may not be accepted during the 10-week tenure of a Glenn faculty fellowship appointment.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 1, 2016. For more information about this opportunity, visit http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/faculty_fellowship_final.pdf.

Inquiries about NASA’s Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program should be directed to Dr. M. David Kankam at Mark.D.Kankam@nasa.gov.

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International Space Station Research Design Challenge: Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments

NASA and Portland State University are seeking participants for the International Space Station Research Design Challenge: Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments, or CELERE. This design challenge enables students to participate in microgravity research on capillary action, similar to that conducted on the space station.

Teams or individuals create their own experiment using computer-aided design with a provided template and submit short proposals presenting the experiments. Portland State University then manufactures test cells using the CAD drawings and a computer-controlled laser cutter. Each experiment is conducted in a drop tower. Video of the drop is provided for student analysis and reporting of results.

CELERE is open to individuals and teams in grades 8-12. To facilitate the participation of informal science clubs, Scouts, etc., teams may include younger students as long as at least one team member is in grades 8-12. Teams may be of any size and may include an entire class or science club. The program is limited to students from the U.S., including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Students at Department of Defense Education Activity schools (www.dodea.edu), including those outside the U.S., are also eligible to participate.

The CELERE design challenge is a relatively new program and, as a result, the odds of selection are quite high. In 2014 and 2015, 100 percent of the entries were selected for full participation, where the student experiments were built and tested in microgravity. In 2016, selection of at least one qualifying entry is guaranteed from each state and listed territory, at least one DODEA school, and at least one Bureau of Indian Education school (http://bie.edu/). Students are strongly encouraged to apply!

Design proposals are now being accepted. Deadlines for submissions are Feb. 1, March 1 and April 1, 2016.

For more information about this opportunity, visit http://spaceflightsystems.grc.nasa.gov/CELERE/.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please email your inquiries to the CELERE team at celere@lists.nasa.gov.

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2016 NASA Student Airborne Research Program

The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highly motivated undergraduate students currently in their junior year to apply for the NASA Student Airborne Research Program, also known as SARP 2016. The program provides students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a major scientific campaign, from detailed planning on how to achieve mission objectives to formal presentation of results and conclusions to peers and others. Students will assist in the operation of airborne instruments aboard the NASA DC-8 aircraft. They also will analyze remote-sensing data collected during the program from the NASA ER-2.

The program takes place in summer 2016. Instrument and flight preparations, and the research flights themselves, will occur at NASA′s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Palmdale, California. Postflight data analysis and interpretation will take place at the University of California, Irvine.

Successful applicants will be awarded a stipend plus a travel allowance for eight weeks of participation in the program. Housing and local transportation also will be provided.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 2, 2016.

For more information and to download the program application, visit http://www.nserc.und.edu/sarp/sarp-2016.

Specific questions about the program should be directed to SARP2016@nserc.und.edu.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2016 Space Exploration Educators Conference

Make plans to attend the 22nd Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference, to be held Feb. 4-6, 2016, at Space Center Houston. This conference is for all K-12 educators. Activities presented use space-related themes to teach across the curricula. The activities can be used for science, language arts, mathematics, history and more.

Attend sessions hosted by scientists and engineers working on exciting projects like the International Space Station and the exploration of Mars and other parts of our solar system. Hear from astronauts who will be “leading the charge” in exploration. Attend sessions presented by educators and receive ready-to-implement classroom ideas. Attendees can earn up to 24 hours of continuing professional education credit.

For more information, visit http://spacecenter.org/teacher-programs/teachers-seec/.

Please email any questions about the conference to seec@spacecenter.org.

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2016-17 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship

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

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

These one-year awards are nonrenewable and based on student academic merit, quality of the research proposal, and alignment of research with the goals of NASA and the aerospace sector. Underrepresented minority students, female students and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and enrolled at one of the five Virginia Space Grant member universities: The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech. Applicants must have completed at least two years of a STEM undergraduate program and be classified as a junior or senior during the 2016-2017 academic year.

The deadline for submitting applications is Feb.8, 2016.

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

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2016-2017 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Graduate STEM Research Fellowship

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

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

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

The deadline for submitting applications is Feb. 8, 2016.

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

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NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued a competitive funding opportunity for education projects that will strengthen the public’s and/or K-12 students’ environmental literacy to enable informed decision-making necessary for community resilience to extreme weather events and other environmental hazards. Successful projects will advance NOAA’s mission and build the environmental literacy necessary for community resilience by focusing on geographic awareness and an understanding of Earth systems and the threats and vulnerabilities that are associated with a community’s location.

Eligible applicants are limited to institutions of higher education; other nonprofits, including informal education institutions such as museums, zoos and aquariums; K-12 public and independent schools and school systems; and state, local and Indian tribal governments in the United States. Proposed projects should be between two and five years in duration and have total budget requests of $250,000 to $500,000 for all years of the project.

Applications are due Feb. 8, 2016.

For more information and to submit an online application, visit http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/grants/elg.html#page=funding.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to oed.grants@noaa.gov.

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Be an Astronaut! Apply Now for New Astronaut Candidate Class

NASA soon will be selecting astronauts for the next class of space explorers! Between Dec. 14, 2015, and mid-February 2016, NASA will be accepting astronaut candidate applications. Selection announcements are targeted for mid-2017.

Teaching, including experience at the K-12 level, is considered to be qualifying experience to be an astronaut. Educators with the appropriate educational background are eligible to apply.

For additional details on this opportunity and how to submit an application, visit http://www.nasa.gov/astronauts.

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2016-2017 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Community College STEM Scholarship

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium encourages academically talented individuals to pursue studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. The VSGC is offering a limited number of scholarships to students majoring in STEM fields at any campus in the Virginia Community College System.

These $2,000 scholarships are competitive awards based on academic merit for students demonstrating an interest in NASA’s missions and STEM-related careers. The VSGC strongly supports students in technical career pathways who are preparing to transfer to institutions of higher learning while developing the essential skills for a competitive global workforce.

Underrepresented minority students, female students and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and enrolled in the Virginia Community College System.

The deadline for submitting applications is March 14, 2016.

For more information, visit http://vsgc.odu.edu/sf/ccstem/. Please email any questions about this opportunity to Anne Weiss at aweiss@odu.edu.

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2016-2017 Virginia Space Grant Consortium STEM Bridge Scholarships

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium is offering renewable scholarships to undergraduate students studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics. The STEM Bridge Scholarships are $1,000.

The scholarships are available to students who are U.S. citizens from any federally recognized minority group and are enrolled fulltime at one of the five VSGC member universities: The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech. Applicants must have completed at least one year of a STEM undergraduate program and be classified as a sophomore during the 2016-2017 academic year.

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

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

The deadline for submitting applications is March 14, 2016.

For more information, visit http://vsgc.odu.edu/sf/Bridge/. Please email any questions about this opportunity to Anne Weiss at aweiss@odu.edu.

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Call for Submissions — NASA Announcement for High Impact / Broad Implementation STEM Education Partnerships (EDUCATION01SP16)

The NASA Headquarters Office of Education, in cooperation with the agency’s four mission directorates, nine center education offices, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) education office, announces this competition to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Responses must be submitted electronically via the NASA data system NSPIRES (http://nspires.nasaprs.com).

NASA Education seeks to partner with eligible domestic or international organizations on a no-exchange-of-funds basis to reach wider and more diverse audiences and to achieve mutually beneficial objectives. The Announcement places a priority on collaboration involving the following: digital learning; engaging underrepresented groups in STEM; NASA-themed STEM challenges; and youth-serving organizations. NASA also is receptive to other creative ideas including, for example, investigations or application of science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and design (STEAMD); or activities culturally relevant to or focused on unrepresented in STEM careers populations, such as women, ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities. The announcement explains the criteria used to review responses and NASA’s partnership mechanism known as a no-exchange-of-funds or non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement.

NASA will accept responses on a rolling basis through Dec. 31. 2017.

For more information about this opportunity, visit NSPIRES at http://go.nasa.gov/1RZwWCi.

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

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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 http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students http://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 http://www.nasa.gov/education/resources/.

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

NASA Education Express — Jan. 7, 2016

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Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listed below.
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New This Week!
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First Nations Launch National Rocket Competition
Audience: Undergraduate Student Teams at Tribal Colleges or From AISES Chapters
Notice of Intent Deadline: Jan. 18, 2016

Coming Soon! Call for Abstracts: 67th International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time Graduate Students
Submission Deadline: Feb. 29, 2016

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PREVIOUSLY PROMOTED OPPORTUNITIES…
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Free NASA Educator Professional Development Webinars
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators
Next Event Date: Jan. 7, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. EST

Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy
Audience: Designed for Families With Children Ages 10 to 14, but Open to All
Next Event Date: Jan. 8, 2016, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST

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

Free Program — Cubes in SpaceTM
Audience: Middle and High School Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: Jan. 11, 2016

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

2016 von Kármán Lecture Series — Attend in Person or View Online
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Jan. 14, 2015, at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)

2016 Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Exploration Science Summer Intern Program
Audience: Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2016

2016 RASC-AL Aerospace Concepts Design Competition
Audience: Higher Education Students
Abstract Submission Deadline: Jan. 17, 2016

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

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

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships Program Accepting Proposals for 2016-2017 Academic Year
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 1, 2016

2016 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2016

International Space Station Research Design Challenge: Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments
Audience: Grade 8-12 Educators and Students
Entry Deadlines: Feb. 1, March 1 and April 1, 2016

2016 NASA Student Airborne Research Program
Audience: Undergraduate Students Currently in Their Junior Year
Application Deadline: Feb. 2, 2016

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

2016 Space Exploration Educators Conference
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Feb. 4-6, 2016

2016-17 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship
Audience: Undergraduate Sophomores and Juniors at Virginia Space Grant Consortium Member Institutions
Application Deadline: Feb. 8, 2016

2016-2017 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Graduate STEM Research Fellowship
Audience: Graduate Students at Virginia Space Grant Consortium Member Institutions
Application Deadline: Feb. 8, 2016

NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants
Audience: Informal Education Institutions; K-12 School Systems; Higher Education Institutions; State, Local and Tribal Governments
Application Deadline: Feb. 8, 2016

Be an Astronaut! Apply Now for New Astronaut Candidate Class
Audience: All Educators and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Mid-February 2016

National Space Biomedical Research Institute’s Mentored Research Program in Space Life Science
Audience: Students Pursuing Doctorate Degrees at Texas A&M University
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 15, 2016

2016 NASA Academy
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students Who Are U.S. Citizens
Application Deadline: Feb. 16, 2016

Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest
Audience: 5-12 Students
Entry Deadline: Feb. 26, 2016

2016 NASA Space Settlement Design Contest
Audience: K-12 Students
Entry Deadline: March 1, 2016

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

Audience: 9-12 and Undergraduate Students
Application Deadline: March 1, 2016

Now Accepting Applications for NASA Summer Internships
Audience: High School, Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: March 1, 2016

Early Career Fellowships for Planetary Science Researchers
Audience: Higher Education Students
Proposal Deadline: Various Dates Depending on Specific Program

Call for Submissions — NASA Announcement for High Impact / Broad Implementation STEM Education Partnerships (EDUCATION01SP16)
Audience: Education Institutions and Organizations
Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis Through Dec. 31, 2017

Mars Survival Kit: Lessons and Activities to Guide Your Exploration of Mars!
Audience: K-12 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 http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students http://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 http://www.nasa.gov/education/resources/.

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NEW THIS WEEK!
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First Nations Launch National Rocket Competition

NASA and the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium are pleased to announce the 7th Annual First Nations Launch National Rocket Competition. The spring 2016 competition, tentatively scheduled for April 23, hosts two challenges: Tribal and American Indian Science and Engineering Society, or AISES, high-powered rocket launches. The best performing team* in each category will receive an invitation for a specially arranged tour of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Eighteen teams can participate in the First Nations Launch competition.

For a team to apply to the First Nations Launch program, a faculty advisor must complete the following steps:

— Register as faculty on the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium website (https://spacegrant.carthage.edu/about/login/).
— Submit the “Create Rocket Launch Team (NOI)” Grant Application Form (https://spacegrant.carthage.edu/forms/account/login/?next=/forms/application/first-nations-rocket-competition/).

Once the faculty advisor completes the Notice of Intent, identifies the team name, lists the student participants, and chooses which competition the team will compete in, each student must do the following:

— Register as an undergraduate student on the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium website (https://spacegrant.carthage.edu/about/login/).
— Complete the First Nations Launch National Rocket Competition application (https://spacegrant.carthage.edu/forms/account/login/?next=/forms/application/first-nations-rocket-competition/).

The Notice of Intent and student applications must be submitted by Jan. 18, 2016, to compete in the competition. Teams that need assistance securing a faculty advisor should contact the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium. Teams are encouraged to seek advice from industry, Tripoli**, the National Association of Rocketry, and their state’s local Space Grant Consortium.

Each team will be provided a low-powered model rocket for flight demonstration, two reloadable rocket motors, and the motor casing per competition flight parameters. In addition, teams will be awarded up to $5,000 for travel and project expenses. The team advisor/mentor will receive a $1,000 stipend. First Nations Launch is a program funded by NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. NASA is committed to promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics opportunities. Interested teams do not need prior experience to participate in this program.

Those seeking help in getting started are highly encouraged to contact First Nations Launch technical advisor Frank Nobile (Maxq3@aol.com), Tripoli Rocket Association member Bob Justus (bob@mhbofni.com), or First Nations Launch liaison Dan Hawk (naas.wsgc@gmail.com). Teams will be selected Jan. 22, 2016.

*All deadlines must be met to be eligible. See Calendar at spacegrant.carthage.edu/first-nations-launch/calendar.

** U.S.A. Tripoli Prefecture — http://www.tripoli.org/Prefectures/mapID/5

To learn more about this exciting NASA opportunity, please visit spacegrant.carthage.edu/first-nations-launch.

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Coming Soon! Call for Abstracts: 67th International Astronautical Congress

NASA will soon announce its “Call for Abstracts” for the 2016 International Astronautical Congress, which will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico, from Sept. 26-30. The IAC is the largest space-related conference worldwide and selects an average of 1,000 scientific papers every year. NASA’s participation in this event is an on-going effort to connect NASA with the international space and astronautical community.

Please visit the IAC website at http://www.iac2016.org for full details. The submission deadline to the IAC is Feb. 29, 2016. Details on NASA’s “Call for Abstracts” will be released soon. For more information, contact Carolyn Knowles at carolyn.knowles-1@nasa.gov.

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PREVIOUSLY PROMOTED OPPORTUNITIES…
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Free Education Webinars From NASA Educator Professional Development

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. To register, simply click on the link provided beneath the webinar description.

Earth Right Now: Melting Ice and the Effects on the Coastlines
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-5
Event Date: Jan. 7, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. EST
“Exploring Ice in the Solar System,” a series of lesson plans for grades K-5, will be the focus of this webinar. Participate in a problem-based learning lesson, and discover how melting ice on Earth is affecting coastlines. Engage in hands-on activities that will have your students collecting data throughout the entire lesson. This webinar is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards ESS2 and ESS3. https://www.etouches.com/154344

Earth Right Now: Satellites and Sea Level Rise, Part 1
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 4-8
Event Date: Jan. 11, 2016, at 4 p.m. EST
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. This water contributes to sea-level rise. Join NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center to hear about this endeavor. Educators also will discover classroom resources about how Earth is changing and sea levels are rising. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/153842

Earth Right Now: Satellites and Sea Level Rise, Part 2
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 4-8
Event Date: Jan. 12, 2016, at 4 p.m. EST
Educators will discover information about climate change around the world through the eyes of NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite mission. Educators will have the opportunity to interact with specialists via a live chat as well as download and discuss various NASA educational resources related to the mission. Attendance in Part 1 is not a requirement. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/154538

Earth Right Now: Weather vs. Climate
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: Jan. 12, 2016, at 6 p.m. EST
Get your head in the cloud of NASA-inspired hands-on activities integrating weather and climate. Expand your resources with videos, student research opportunities and interactive opportunities on Earth systems science. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/144225

Earth Right Now: Hurricanes in Your Classroom
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Jan. 13, 2016, at 6 p.m. EST
Explore hurricanes, tropical cyclones and other severe storms while integrating NASA STEM curriculum, online resources, missions and the Next Generation Science Standards into your classroom instruction. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/153598

Earth Right Now: Changing Weather in Our Climate — Using Earth Observations to Talk About Snow and Ice
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Jan. 14, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Participants will explore resources from the Earth Observatory and NASA Earth Observations websites. Learn how to use these resources to discuss the effects of changing snow and ice coverage on Earth. The resources covered in this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standards ESS2 and ESS3. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/155793

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

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

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Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy

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

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

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

The next offering of the Astronaut Academy is on Jan. 8, 2016. 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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#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 http://www.nasa.gov/content/one-year-crew.

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Free Program — Cubes in SpaceTM

The Colorado Space Grant Consortium and idoodlelearning inc. are offering a free education program for students ages 11-18 that focuses on science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. Cubes in Space™ provides students an opportunity to design and compete to launch an experiment into space as part of the RockSat-C program.

Within formal or informal learning environments, the program will expose students and educators to engaging online content and activities in preparation for the design and development of an experimental payload to be integrated into a small cube. Selected cubes will be launched via a Terrier-Orion sounding rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Virginia, in late June 2016.

Students and educators will learn about the methodology for taking an idea from design through to the review process and then to flight and final experiment validation. Throughout the experience, students will learn about the relationships between science and engineering concepts and will acquire key 21st-century skills necessary for success in a highly connected, global society.

The deadline for program registration is Jan. 11, 2016.

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

Please direct questions about this program to info@cubesinspace.com.

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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 http://www.nasa.gov/feature/where-over-the-world-is-astronaut-scott-kelly.

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

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2016 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, shares 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 p.m. 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 also are streamed live for viewing online. Archives of past lectures are also available online.

The next lecture in the series is “Deep Space Atomic Clock.”

Deep Space Atomic Clock
Event Date:
Jan. 14 and Jan. 15, 2015, at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/lectures_archive.php?year=2016&month=1
Atomic clocks are an integral, yet almost invisible component of modern life. They are used in everything from the now-ubiquitous Global Positioning System to global financial and trading systems. Join Todd Ely, Ph.D., and Allen H. Farrington from the NASA’s Deep Space Atomic Clock group for a discussion about the latest atomic clock technologies and how they are used in space exploration.

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 http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php.

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2016 Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Exploration Science Summer Intern Program

The Lunar and Planetary Institute is hosting a special Exploration Science Summer Intern Program in 2016. The program is a unique opportunity to integrate scientific input with exploration activities in a way that mission architects and spacecraft engineers can use. Activities may involve assessments and traverse plans for a particular destination (e.g., on the far side of the moon) or a more general assessment of a class of possible exploration targets (e.g., small near-Earth asteroids).

The program is open to graduate students in geology, planetary science, planetary astronomy and related programs. The 10-week program runs from May 23, 2016, through July 29, 2016. Selected interns will receive stipends and travel expense reimbursement.

The deadline to submit an application is Jan. 15, 2016.

For more information, visit http://www.lpi.usra.edu/features/102115/exploration_interns/. Please email any questions about this opportunity to Jennifer Steil at explorationintern@lpi.usra.edu.

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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 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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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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Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles and Blankets Available for Educational Use

NASA invites eligible U.S. educational institutions and museums to request space shuttle thermal protective tiles, space shuttle thermal protective blankets and other special items offered on a first-come, first-serve 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.

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

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NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships Program Accepting Proposals for 2016-2017 Academic Year

The NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship program is soliciting applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees in earth and space sciences, or related disciplines, for the 2016-2017 academic year. The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals. Awards resulting from the competitive selection will be training grants to the respective universities, with the advisor serving as the principal investigator. The financial support for the NESSF program comes from the Science Mission Directorate’s four science divisions: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science and Astrophysics.

Initially, NESSF awards are made for one year. They may be renewed for up to two additional years, contingent upon satisfactory progress (as reflected in academic performance, research progress and recommendation by the faculty advisor) and the availability of funds.

The maximum amount of a NESSF award is $30,000 per year.

Proposals for this opportunity are due Feb. 1, 2016.

For more information about this solicitation, visit http://go.nasa.gov/1H34oH3.

Questions about Earth Science Research NESSF opportunities should be directed to Claire Macaulay at Claire.I.Macaulay@nasa.gov.

Questions about Heliophysics Research, Planetary Science Research and Astrophysics Research opportunities should be directed to Dolores Holland at hq-nessf-Space@nasa.gov.

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2016 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program

Applications are being accepted for the 2016 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program. This program provides a 10-week summer residency at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

To be eligible for the program, applicants must be full-time science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, faculty members who are U.S. citizens. Applicants must be tenured faculty or in tenure-track positions at four-year accredited U.S. colleges and universities, or full-time faculty at two-year U.S. academic institutions. Faculty members from underrepresented groups and at U.S. Department of Education-designated Minority Serving Institutions are particularly encouraged to apply.

The program covers limited travel expenses for qualified and accepted faculty, as well as stipends for all accepted faculty. Please note that stipend payments or salaries from other federal funding sources, including research grants and contracts, may not be accepted during the 10-week tenure of a Glenn faculty fellowship appointment.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 1, 2016. For more information about this opportunity, visit http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/faculty_fellowship_final.pdf.

Inquiries about NASA’s Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program should be directed to Dr. M. David Kankam at Mark.D.Kankam@nasa.gov.

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International Space Station Research Design Challenge: Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments

NASA and Portland State University are seeking participants for the International Space Station Research Design Challenge: Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments, or CELERE. This design challenge enables students to participate in microgravity research on capillary action, similar to that conducted on the space station.

Teams or individuals create their own experiment using computer-aided design with a provided template and submit short proposals presenting the experiments. Portland State University then manufactures test cells using the CAD drawings and a computer-controlled laser cutter. Each experiment is conducted in a drop tower. Video of the drop is provided for student analysis and reporting of results.

CELERE is open to individuals and teams in grades 8-12. To facilitate the participation of informal science clubs, Scouts, etc., teams may include younger students as long as at least one team member is in grades 8-12. Teams may be of any size and may include an entire class or science club. The program is limited to students from the U.S., including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Students at Department of Defense Education Activity schools (www.dodea.edu), including those outside the U.S., are also eligible to participate.

The CELERE design challenge is a relatively new program and, as a result, the odds of selection are quite high. In 2014 and 2015, 100 percent of the entries were selected for full participation, where the student experiments were built and tested in microgravity. In 2016, selection of at least one qualifying entry is guaranteed from each state and listed territory, at least one DODEA school, and at least one Bureau of Indian Education school (http://bie.edu/). Students are strongly encouraged to apply!

Design proposals are now being accepted. Deadlines for submissions are Feb. 1, March 1 and April 1, 2016.

For more information about this opportunity, visit http://spaceflightsystems.grc.nasa.gov/CELERE/.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please email your inquiries to the CELERE team at celere@lists.nasa.gov.

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2016 NASA Student Airborne Research Program

The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highly motivated undergraduate students currently in their junior year to apply for the NASA Student Airborne Research Program, also known as SARP 2016. The program provides students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a major scientific campaign, from detailed planning on how to achieve mission objectives to formal presentation of results and conclusions to peers and others. Students will assist in the operation of airborne instruments aboard the NASA DC-8 aircraft. They also will analyze remote-sensing data collected during the program from the NASA ER-2.

The program takes place in summer 2016. Instrument and flight preparations, and the research flights themselves, will occur at NASA′s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Palmdale, California. Postflight data analysis and interpretation will take place at the University of California, Irvine.

Successful applicants will be awarded a stipend plus a travel allowance for eight weeks of participation in the program. Housing and local transportation also will be provided.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 2, 2016.

For more information and to download the program application, visit http://www.nserc.und.edu/sarp/sarp-2016.

Specific questions about the program should be directed to SARP2016@nserc.und.edu.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2016 Space Exploration Educators Conference

Make plans to attend the 22nd Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference, to be held Feb. 4-6, 2016, at Space Center Houston. This conference is for all K-12 educators. Activities presented use space-related themes to teach across the curricula. The activities can be used for science, language arts, mathematics, history and more.

Attend sessions hosted by scientists and engineers working on exciting projects like the International Space Station and the exploration of Mars and other parts of our solar system. Hear from astronauts who will be “leading the charge” in exploration. Attend sessions presented by educators and receive ready-to-implement classroom ideas. Attendees can earn up to 24 hours of continuing professional education credit.

For more information, visit http://spacecenter.org/teacher-programs/teachers-seec/.

Please email any questions about the conference to seec@spacecenter.org.

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2016-17 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship

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

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

These one-year awards are nonrenewable and based on student academic merit, quality of the research proposal, and alignment of research with the goals of NASA and the aerospace sector. Underrepresented minority students, female students and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and enrolled at one of the five Virginia Space Grant member universities: The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech. Applicants must have completed at least two years of a STEM undergraduate program and be classified as a junior or senior during the 2016-2017 academic year.

The deadline for submitting applications is Feb.8, 2016.

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

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2016-2017 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Graduate STEM Research Fellowship

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

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

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

The deadline for submitting applications is Feb. 8, 2016.

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

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NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued a competitive funding opportunity for education projects that will strengthen the public’s and/or K-12 students’ environmental literacy to enable informed decision-making necessary for community resilience to extreme weather events and other environmental hazards. Successful projects will advance NOAA’s mission and build the environmental literacy necessary for community resilience by focusing on geographic awareness and an understanding of Earth systems and the threats and vulnerabilities that are associated with a community’s location.

Eligible applicants are limited to institutions of higher education; other nonprofits, including informal education institutions such as museums, zoos and aquariums; K-12 public and independent schools and school systems; and state, local and Indian tribal governments in the United States. Proposed projects should be between two and five years in duration and have total budget requests of $250,000 to $500,000 for all years of the project.

Applications are due Feb. 8, 2016.

For more information and to submit an online application, visit http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/grants/elg.html#page=funding.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to oed.grants@noaa.gov.

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Be an Astronaut! Apply Now for New Astronaut Candidate Class

NASA soon will be selecting astronauts for the next class of space explorers! Between Dec. 14, 2015, and mid-February 2016, NASA will be accepting astronaut candidate applications. Selection announcements are targeted for mid-2017.

Teaching, including experience at the K-12 level, is considered to be qualifying experience to be an astronaut. Educators with the appropriate educational background are eligible to apply.

For additional details on this opportunity and how to submit an application, visit http://www.nasa.gov/astronauts.

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National Space Biomedical Research Institute’s Mentored Research Program in Space Life Science

The National Space Biomedical Research Institute seeks solutions to health concerns facing astronauts on long missions. The institute′s research also benefits patients on Earth. This training program in space life sciences enables students to pursue doctoral degrees at Texas A&M University and to focus their research on space life sciences and fields related to the space initiative. Texas A&M currently is recruiting participants for fall 2016. Students will pursue degrees in biomedical engineering, genetics, kinesiology, health physics or nutrition, or an M.D./Ph.D. or a Ph.D. in medical sciences.

Application packages are due Feb. 15, 2016.

The graduate training program in Space Life Sciences at Texas A&M University is sponsored by NASA and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute.

For more information, visit http://SLSGraduateProgram.tamu.edu.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Dr. Nancy Turner at n-turner@tamu.edu.

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2016 NASA Academy

The 2016 NASA Academy is being offered at three locations: NASA’s Ames Research Center in California, NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Ohio, and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama. Applications are being solicited for this 10-week summer experience for college students with emphasis on immersive and integrated multidisciplinary exposure and training. Activities include laboratory research, a group project, lectures, meetings with experts and administrators, visits to NASA centers and space-related industries, and technical presentations. Students learn how NASA and its centers operate, gain experience in world-class laboratories, and participate in leadership development and team-building activities.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens (including citizens of the U.S. territories Puerto Rico, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands and Northern Marianas) majoring in a STEM discipline. The applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students enrolled full-time in accredited universities and colleges in the U.S. and its territories. Students may apply to any of the NASA Academy opportunities by following these steps:

1. Log into the NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative, or OSSI, site at https://intern.nasa.gov.
2. Register and set up an account.
3. Select the “Search Opportunities” tab at the top bar.
4. Select “NASA Center(s) of Interest” under “NASA Center/Facility.”
5. Enter “Academy” in the “Keywords” block at the bottom of the screen.
6. Click the “Search” button at the very bottom of screen; a list of Academy Opportunities will then be displayed.
7. Click on the “View” icon in the first column under “Action” to read about the Opportunity of interest, followed by comments on additional instructions for completing the application, including two requested essays.

The deadline for receipt of NASA Academy application(s) and associated documents is Feb. 16, 2016.

Please direct questions about NASA Academy to NASA-Academy-Application@mail.nasa.gov.

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Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest

The Cassini Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying Saturn. Participants examine three possible targets for the Cassini spacecraft to observe and choose the one they think will yield the best scientific results. This year’s targets are Saturn’s rings and three of its moons; Jupiter as seen from approximately one billion miles away; and Saturn’s moon Tethys passing behind Rhea, another of Saturn’s moons. After researching the three options, students write an essay under 500 words explaining their choice.

The contest is open to all students in the United States in grades 5-12. The essays will be divided into three groups for scoring: grades 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12. All submissions must be students’ original work. Participants may enter as individuals or as part of a team of up to four students.

The deadline for entries is Feb. 26, 2016.

For more information, visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/education/scientistforaday2015/.

If you have questions about this contest, please email scientistforaday@jpl.nasa.gov.

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2016 NASA Space Settlement Design Contest

Design a space settlement! Space settlements are permanent communities in orbit, as opposed to a place to work for a few months and go home. Designing a space settlement involves physics, mathematics, space science, environmental science and many other disciplines.

The NASA Space Settlement Design Contest is for K-12 students throughout in the world. Individuals or teams may enter. Grade levels are judged separately, except for the grand prize. A certificate will be sent to each participant.

Submissions must be received by March 1, 2016.

For more information about the NASA Space Settlement Design Contest, visit http://settlement.arc.nasa.gov/Contest/.

Please email questions about the contest to Al Globus at aglobus@mail.arc.nasa.gov.

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

The NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative is a summer internship opportunity for high school and undergraduate students to work directly with NASA scientists in a NASA research project associated with the science related to climate change.

During the summer session, high school interns will work for 40 hours per week for a six-week period and undergraduate students work full time for eight weeks to complete a research project. Interns will create a scientific research paper and presentation and present their scientific poster at a STEM symposium.

All applicants must be U.S. citizens who are at least 16 years old and reside within a 50-mile radius of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies located in New York City.

Applications are due March 1, 2016.

For more information, visit http://smdepo.org/post/8474.

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

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Now Accepting Applications for NASA Summer Internships

Now is your chance to apply for exciting hands-on summer internship opportunities available at all NASA centers. High school, undergraduate and graduate students are needed to help NASA scientists and engineers with ongoing scientific and engineering research, technology development and spaceflight operations activities. Internship opportunities also exist in nontechnical areas such as communications, budget, procurement, education and human resources. NASA internships are stipend-paid and offer students mentor-directed, degree-related, real-time tasks. If you think you have what it takes to be part of NASA’s Journey to Mars, please visit https://intern.nasa.gov today to apply or to learn more about the numerous opportunities available to you.

The deadline for summer applications is March 1, 2016!

Please submit inquiries about the NASA Internships, Fellowships, and Scholarships One Stop Shopping Initiative, or NIFS OSSI, via https://intern.nasa.gov/oic/.

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Early Career Fellowships for Planetary Science Researchers

The Early Career Fellowship program supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists in the early stages of their careers and stimulates research careers in the areas supported by the Planetary Sciences Division. This program is based on the idea that supporting key individuals is a critical mechanism for impacting science with new concepts, technologies and methods.

This program consists of two components with two different submission procedures: The first is the one-page application to be an “Early Career Fellow,” and the second is the subsequent submission of a seven-page proposal for startup funds once selected as an ECF. To be eligible to apply, applicants must have received their Ph.D. (or equivalent degree such as a DPhil) within seven calendar years of the year of the submission of the research proposal.

For consideration as a Fellow (new applicants), submit a proposal to the participating program element by the deadline specified in Tables 2 and 3 in the ROSES Summary of Solicitation. Proposals from Fellows selected in prior years for start-up funds may be submitted at any time in response to this program element.

For complete fellowship details and application procedures, visit http://go.nasa.gov/1MkySUk.

Questions concerning this opportunity may be directed to Doris Daou at Doris.Daou@nasa.gov.

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Call for Submissions — NASA Announcement for High Impact / Broad Implementation STEM Education Partnerships (EDUCATION01SP16)

The NASA Headquarters Office of Education, in cooperation with the agency’s four mission directorates, nine center education offices, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) education office, announces this competition to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Responses must be submitted electronically via the NASA data system NSPIRES (http://nspires.nasaprs.com).

NASA Education seeks to partner with eligible domestic or international organizations on a no-exchange-of-funds basis to reach wider and more diverse audiences and to achieve mutually beneficial objectives. The Announcement places a priority on collaboration involving the following: digital learning; engaging underrepresented groups in STEM; NASA-themed STEM challenges; and youth-serving organizations. NASA also is receptive to other creative ideas including, for example, investigations or application of science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and design (STEAMD); or activities culturally relevant to or focused on unrepresented in STEM careers populations, such as women, ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities. The announcement explains the criteria used to review responses and NASA’s partnership mechanism known as a no-exchange-of-funds or non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement.

NASA will accept responses on a rolling basis through Dec. 31. 2017.

For more information about this opportunity, visit NSPIRES at http://go.nasa.gov/1RZwWCi.

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

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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 http://www.nasa.gov/topics/journeytomars/index.html.

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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 http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students http://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 http://www.nasa.gov/education/resources/.

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

NASA Education Express — Dec. 30, 2015

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Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listed below.
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New This Week!
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Free NASA Educator Professional Development Webinars
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators
Next Event Date: Jan. 6, 2016, at 6 p.m. EST

2016 NASA Academy
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students Who Are U.S. Citizens
Application Deadline: Feb. 16, 2016

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PREVIOUSLY PROMOTED OPPORTUNITIES…
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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

Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy
Audience: Designed for Families With Children Ages 10 to 14, but Open to All
Next Event Date: Jan. 2, 2016, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EDT

Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops — Fall/Winter 2015-16
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Next Event Date: Jan. 3-4, 2016

NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants
Audience: Informal Education Institutions; K-12 School Systems; Higher Education Institutions; State, Local and Tribal Governments
Informational Teleconference: Jan. 5, 2016, 3-5 p.m. EST
Application Deadline: Feb. 8, 2016

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

Free Program — Cubes in SpaceTM
Audience: Middle and High School Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: Jan. 11, 2016

2016 Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Exploration Science Summer Intern Program
Audience: Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2016

2016 RASC-AL Aerospace Concepts Design Competition
Audience: Higher Education Students
Abstract Submission Deadline: Jan. 17, 2016

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

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships Program Accepting Proposals for 2016-2017 Academic Year
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 1, 2016

2016 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2016

International Space Station Research Design Challenge: Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments
Audience: Grade 8-12 Educators and Students
Entry Deadlines: Feb. 1, March 1 and April 1, 2016

Be an Astronaut! Apply Now for New Astronaut Candidate Class
Audience: All Educators and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Mid-February 2016

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

Call for Submissions — NASA Announcement for High Impact / Broad Implementation STEM Education Partnerships (EDUCATION01SP16)
Audience: Education Institutions and Organizations
Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis Through Dec. 31, 2017

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

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

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

‘Mission: Mars’ Exhibition at Saint Louis Science Center
Audience: All Educators and Students

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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 http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students http://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 http://www.nasa.gov/education/resources/.

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NEW THIS WEEK!
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Free Education Webinars From NASA Educator Professional Development

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. To register, simply click on the link provided beneath the webinar description.

Earth Right Now: The Wacky Water Cycle
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-8
Event Date: Jan. 6, 2016, at 6 p.m. EST
Scientists see some alarming changes in water resources with the use of NASA satellite technology. Explore how bodies of water change in response to changes in weather, climate and human interactions. Plan inquiry-based experiments to understand sustainability and water quality. Use NASA images to examine dramatic changes in water resources. Participants will practice collaboration strategies using problem-based learning that incorporates free NASA resources. https://www.etouches.com/153843

Earth Right Now: Melting Ice and the Effects on the Coastlines
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-5
Event Date: Jan. 7, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. EST
“Exploring Ice in the Solar System,” a series of lesson plans for grades K-5, will be the focus of this webinar. Participate in a problem-based learning lesson, and discover how melting ice on Earth is affecting coastlines. Engage in hands-on activities that will have your students collecting data throughout the entire lesson. This webinar is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards ESS2 and ESS3. https://www.etouches.com/154344

Earth Right Now: Satellites and Sea Level Rise, Part 1
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 4-8
Event Date: Jan. 11, 2016, at 4 p.m. EST
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. This water contributes to sea-level rise. Join NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center to hear about this endeavor. Educators also will discover classroom resources about how Earth is changing and sea levels are rising. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/153842

Earth Right Now: Satellites and Sea Level Rise, Part 2
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 4-8
Event Date: Jan. 12, 2016, at 4 p.m. EST
Educators will discover information about climate change around the world through the eyes of NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite mission. Educators will have the opportunity to interact with specialists via a live chat as well as download and discuss various NASA educational resources related to the mission. Attendance in Part 1 is not a requirement. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/154538

Earth Right Now: Weather vs. Climate
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: Jan. 12, 2016, at 6 p.m. EST
Get your head in the cloud of NASA-inspired hands-on activities integrating weather and climate. Expand your resources with videos, student research opportunities and interactive opportunities on Earth systems science. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/144225

Earth Right Now: Hurricanes in Your Classroom
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Jan. 13, 2016, at 6 p.m. EST
Explore hurricanes, tropical cyclones and other severe storms while integrating NASA STEM curriculum, online resources, missions and the Next Generation Science Standards into your classroom instruction. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/153598

Earth Right Now: Changing Weather in Our Climate — Using Earth Observations to Talk About Snow and Ice
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Jan. 14, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Participants will explore resources from the Earth Observatory and NASA Earth Observations websites. Learn how to use these resources to discuss the effects of changing snow and ice coverage on Earth. The resources covered in this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standards ESS2 and ESS3. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/155793

For a full schedule of upcoming 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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2016 NASA Academy

The 2016 NASA Academy is being offered at three locations: NASA’s Ames Research Center in California, NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Ohio, and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama. Applications are being solicited for this 10-week summer experience for college students with emphasis on immersive and integrated multidisciplinary exposure and training. Activities include laboratory research, a group project, lectures, meetings with experts and administrators, visits to NASA centers and space-related industries, and technical presentations. Students learn how NASA and its centers operate, gain experience in world-class laboratories, and participate in leadership development and team-building activities.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens (including citizens of the U.S. territories Puerto Rico, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands and Northern Marianas) majoring in a STEM discipline. The applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students enrolled full-time in accredited universities and colleges in the U.S. and its territories. Students may apply to any of the NASA Academy opportunities by following these steps:

1. Log into the NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative, or OSSI, site at https://intern.nasa.gov.
2. Register and set up an account.
3. Select the “Search Opportunities” tab at the top bar.
4. Select “NASA Center(s) of Interest” under “NASA Center/Facility.”
5. Enter “Academy” in the “Keywords” block at the bottom of the screen.
6. Click the “Search” button at the very bottom of screen; a list of Academy Opportunities will then be displayed.
7. Click on the “View” icon in the first column under “Action” to read about the Opportunity of interest, followed by comments on additional instructions for completing the application, including two requested essays.

The deadline for receipt of NASA Academy application(s) and associated documents is Feb. 16, 2016.

Please direct questions about NASA Academy to NASA-Academy-Application@mail.nasa.gov.

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PREVIOUSLY PROMOTED OPPORTUNITIES…
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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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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 Jan. 2, 2016. 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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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.

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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NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued a competitive funding opportunity for education projects that will strengthen the public’s and/or K-12 students’ environmental literacy to enable informed decision-making necessary for community resilience to extreme weather events and other environmental hazards. Successful projects will advance NOAA’s mission and build the environmental literacy necessary for community resilience by focusing on geographic awareness and an understanding of Earth systems and the threats and vulnerabilities that are associated with a community’s location.

Eligible applicants are limited to institutions of higher education; other nonprofits, including informal education institutions such as museums, zoos and aquariums; K-12 public and independent schools and school systems; and state, local and Indian tribal governments in the United States. Proposed projects should be between two and five years in duration and have total budget requests of $250,000 to $500,000 for all years of the project.

Applications are due Feb. 8, 2016.

For more information and to submit an online application, visit http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/grants/elg.html#page=funding.

An informational teleconference with the program officers will occur on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 from 3 to 5 p.m. EST. Visit the link above for details on how to join the teleconference and/or to obtain a copy of the transcription of the teleconference held on December 10, 2015.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to oed.grants@noaa.gov.

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

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

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

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

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

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Free Program — Cubes in SpaceTM

The Colorado Space Grant Consortium and idoodlelearning inc. are offering a free education program for students ages 11-18 that focuses on science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. Cubes in Space™ provides students an opportunity to design and compete to launch an experiment into space as part of the RockSat-C program.

Within formal or informal learning environments, the program will expose students and educators to engaging online content and activities in preparation for the design and development of an experimental payload to be integrated into a small cube. Selected cubes will be launched via a Terrier-Orion sounding rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Virginia, in late June 2016.

Students and educators will learn about the methodology for taking an idea from design through to the review process and then to flight and final experiment validation. Throughout the experience, students will learn about the relationships between science and engineering concepts and will acquire key 21st-century skills necessary for success in a highly connected, global society.

The deadline for program registration is Jan. 11, 2016.

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

Please direct questions about this program to info@cubesinspace.com.

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2016 Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Exploration Science Summer Intern Program

The Lunar and Planetary Institute is hosting a special Exploration Science Summer Intern Program in 2016. The program is a unique opportunity to integrate scientific input with exploration activities in a way that mission architects and spacecraft engineers can use. Activities may involve assessments and traverse plans for a particular destination (e.g., on the far side of the moon) or a more general assessment of a class of possible exploration targets (e.g., small near-Earth asteroids).

The program is open to graduate students in geology, planetary science, planetary astronomy and related programs. The 10-week program runs from May 23, 2016, through July 29, 2016. Selected interns will receive stipends and travel expense reimbursement.

The deadline to submit an application is Jan. 15, 2016.

For more information, visit http://www.lpi.usra.edu/features/102115/exploration_interns/. Please email any questions about this opportunity to Jennifer Steil at explorationintern@lpi.usra.edu.

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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 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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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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NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships Program Accepting Proposals for 2016-2017 Academic Year

The NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship program is soliciting applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees in earth and space sciences, or related disciplines, for the 2016-2017 academic year. The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals. Awards resulting from the competitive selection will be training grants to the respective universities, with the advisor serving as the principal investigator. The financial support for the NESSF program comes from the Science Mission Directorate’s four science divisions: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science and Astrophysics.

Initially, NESSF awards are made for one year. They may be renewed for up to two additional years, contingent upon satisfactory progress (as reflected in academic performance, research progress and recommendation by the faculty advisor) and the availability of funds.

The maximum amount of a NESSF award is $30,000 per year.

Proposals for this opportunity are due Feb. 1, 2016.

For more information about this solicitation, visit http://go.nasa.gov/1H34oH3.

Questions about Earth Science Research NESSF opportunities should be directed to Claire Macaulay at Claire.I.Macaulay@nasa.gov.

Questions about Heliophysics Research, Planetary Science Research and Astrophysics Research opportunities should be directed to Dolores Holland at hq-nessf-Space@nasa.gov.

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2016 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program

Applications are being accepted for the 2016 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program. This program provides a 10-week summer residency at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

To be eligible for the program, applicants must be full-time science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, faculty members who are U.S. citizens. Applicants must be tenured faculty or in tenure-track positions at four-year accredited U.S. colleges and universities, or full-time faculty at two-year U.S. academic institutions. Faculty members from underrepresented groups and at U.S. Department of Education-designated Minority Serving Institutions are particularly encouraged to apply.

The program covers limited travel expenses for qualified and accepted faculty, as well as stipends for all accepted faculty. Please note that stipend payments or salaries from other federal funding sources, including research grants and contracts, may not be accepted during the 10-week tenure of a Glenn faculty fellowship appointment.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 1, 2016. For more information about this opportunity, visit http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/faculty_fellowship_final.pdf.

Inquiries about NASA’s Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program should be directed to Dr. M. David Kankam at Mark.D.Kankam@nasa.gov.

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International Space Station Research Design Challenge: Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments

NASA and Portland State University are seeking participants for the International Space Station Research Design Challenge: Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments, or CELERE. This design challenge enables students to participate in microgravity research on capillary action, similar to that conducted on the space station.

Teams or individuals create their own experiment using computer-aided design with a provided template and submit short proposals presenting the experiments. Portland State University then manufactures test cells using the CAD drawings and a computer-controlled laser cutter. Each experiment is conducted in a drop tower. Video of the drop is provided for student analysis and reporting of results.

CELERE is open to individuals and teams in grades 8-12. To facilitate the participation of informal science clubs, Scouts, etc., teams may include younger students as long as at least one team member is in grades 8-12. Teams may be of any size and may include an entire class or science club. The program is limited to students from the U.S., including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Students at Department of Defense Education Activity schools (www.dodea.edu), including those outside the U.S., are also eligible to participate.

The CELERE design challenge is a relatively new program and, as a result, the odds of selection are quite high. In 2014 and 2015, 100 percent of the entries were selected for full participation, where the student experiments were built and tested in microgravity. In 2016, selection of at least one qualifying entry is guaranteed from each state and listed territory, at least one DODEA school, and at least one Bureau of Indian Education school (http://bie.edu/). Students are strongly encouraged to apply!

Design proposals are now being accepted. Deadlines for submissions are Feb. 1, March 1 and April 1, 2016.

For more information about this opportunity, visit http://spaceflightsystems.grc.nasa.gov/CELERE/.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please email your inquiries to the CELERE team at celere@lists.nasa.gov.

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Be an Astronaut! Apply Now for New Astronaut Candidate Class

NASA soon will be selecting astronauts for the next class of space explorers! Between Dec. 14, 2015, and mid-February 2016, NASA will be accepting astronaut candidate applications. Selection announcements are targeted for mid-2017.

Teaching, including experience at the K-12 level, is considered to be qualifying experience to be an astronaut. Educators with the appropriate educational background are eligible to apply.

For additional details on this opportunity and how to submit an application, visit http://www.nasa.gov/astronauts.

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Help NASA Study Mars — Planet Four: Terrains

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

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

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

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

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

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Call for Submissions — NASA Announcement for High Impact / Broad Implementation STEM Education Partnerships (EDUCATION01SP16)

The NASA Headquarters Office of Education, in cooperation with the agency’s four mission directorates, nine center education offices, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) education office, announces this competition to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Responses must be submitted electronically via the NASA data system NSPIRES (http://nspires.nasaprs.com).

NASA Education seeks to partner with eligible domestic or international organizations on a no-exchange-of-funds basis to reach wider and more diverse audiences and to achieve mutually beneficial objectives. The Announcement places a priority on collaboration involving the following: digital learning; engaging underrepresented groups in STEM; NASA-themed STEM challenges; and youth-serving organizations. NASA also is receptive to other creative ideas including, for example, investigations or application of science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and design (STEAMD); or activities culturally relevant to or focused on unrepresented in STEM careers populations, such as women, ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities. The announcement explains the criteria used to review responses and NASA’s partnership mechanism known as a no-exchange-of-funds or non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement.

NASA will accept responses on a rolling basis through Dec. 31. 2017.

For more information about this opportunity, visit NSPIRES at http://go.nasa.gov/1RZwWCi.

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

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Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles and Blankets Available for Educational Use

NASA invites eligible U.S. educational institutions and museums to request space shuttle thermal protective tiles, space shuttle thermal protective blankets and other special items offered on a first-come, first-serve 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.

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

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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 http://www.nasa.gov/topics/journeytomars/index.html.

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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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‘Mission: Mars’ Exhibition at Saint Louis Science Center

Explore Mars in two different but amazingly realistic ways at the Saint Louis Science Center. “Mission: Mars” is an interactive exhibition designed to immerse visitors in the exploration of Mars in the present and the future. Developed by the Saint Louis Science Center in partnership with Washington University in St. Louis, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California and NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, this unique exhibition will engage visitors in two separate but connected locations within the facility.

The “Mission: Mars — Control” portion of the exhibit allows guests to experience current-day exploration operations by assuming the role of an engineer at a NASA engineering lab and programming a robotic rover to explore Mars. “Mission: Mars — Base” resembles a realistic work environment on Mars in the year 2076. Taking on the role of an astronaut living on Mars, visitors are able to perform science operations at key locations on the planet by using a rover similar to the one used on Mars now.

For more information, visit http://www.slsc.org/.

Questions about the exhibit can be directed to http://www.slsc.org/contact-us.

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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 http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students http://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 http://www.nasa.gov/education/resources/.

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

NASA Education Express — Dec. 17, 2015

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Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listed below.
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New This Week!
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Look Up and Spot the Station! Learn More With STEM on Station
Audience: Grades 6-12 Educators and Students

‘Mission: Mars’ Exhibition at Saint Louis Science Center
Audience: All Educators and Students

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Seeking Participants for International Event
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12 in the United States
Inquiry Deadline: Dec. 21, 2015

NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants
Audience: Informal Education Institutions; K-12 School Systems; Higher Education Institutions; State, Local and Tribal Governments
Informational Teleconference: Jan. 5, 2016, 3-5 p.m. EST
Application Deadline: Feb. 8, 2016

2016 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2016

2015 Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest
Audience: 5-12 Students
Entry Deadline: Feb. 26, 2016

2016 LiftOff Summer Institute
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: April 15, 2016
Institute Dates: June 26-July 1, 2016

Call for Papers: NASA in the ‘Long’ Civil Rights Movement Symposium
Audience: Academics, Graduate Students and Independent Scholars
Abstract Submission Deadline: July 31, 2016
Symposium Dates: March 16-17, 2017

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PREVIOUSLY PROMOTED OPPORTUNITIES…
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Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Presents “STEM in 30″ Webcast Series
Audience: Grades 6-8 Educators and Students
Next Webcast Date: Dec. 17, 2015, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. EDT

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Live Video Chat: NASA STARS en Español
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Dec. 17, 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: Dec. 17, 2015, 1-2 p.m. EST

Free NASA Educator Professional Development Webinars
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators
Next Event Date: Dec. 17, 2015, at 6 p.m. EST

2016 High-Altitude Student Platform Opportunity
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: Dec. 18, 2015

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

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

Department of Homeland Security Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions
Audience: Faculty at Minority Serving Institutions
Application Deadline: Dec. 20, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. EST

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

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

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

Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops — Fall/Winter 2015-16
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Next Event Date: Jan. 3-4, 2016

Free Program — Cubes in SpaceTM
Audience: Middle and High School Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: Jan. 11, 2016

2016 Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Exploration Science Summer Intern Program
Audience: Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2016

2016 RASC-AL Aerospace Concepts Design Competition
Audience: Higher Education Students
Abstract Submission Deadline: Jan. 17, 2016

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships Program Accepting Proposals for 2016-2017 Academic Year
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 1, 2016

2016 Space Exploration Educators Conference
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Feb. 4-6, 2016

Be an Astronaut! Apply Now for New Astronaut Candidate Class
Audience: All Educators and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Mid-February 2016

Now Accepting Applications for NASA Summer Internships
Audience: High School, Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: March 1, 2016

Call for Submissions — NASA Announcement for High Impact / Broad Implementation STEM Education Partnerships (EDUCATION01SP16)
Audience: Education Institutions and Organizations
Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis Through Dec. 31, 2017

New FAQs Posted — NASA Research Announcement for Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMPVC+)
Audience: Formal and Informal Education Institutions
Regarding Proposals That Were Due Dec. 7, 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 http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students http://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 http://www.nasa.gov/education/resources/.

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NEW THIS WEEK!
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Look Up and Spot the Station! Learn More With STEM on Station

The International Space Station orbits 250 miles above Earth and travels about 17,500 miles per hour. The space station is visible in the night sky and looks like a fast-moving plane, but it is dozens of times higher than any airplane and travels thousands of miles an hour faster.

Learn more about how you can spot the space station and other ways you can bring the station into your classroom by visiting NASA’s STEM on Station website. While you are there, stop by and learn more about the yearlong mission and how it is helping us on our #JourneytoMars. Opportunities, resources and more await at this space-station-focused site!

To check out the website, visit http://www.nasa.gov/education/STEMstation.

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‘Mission: Mars’ Exhibition at Saint Louis Science Center

Explore Mars in two different but amazingly realistic ways at the Saint Louis Science Center. “Mission: Mars” is an interactive exhibition designed to immerse visitors in the exploration of Mars in the present and the future. Developed by the Saint Louis Science Center in partnership with Washington University in St. Louis, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California and NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, this unique exhibition will engage visitors in two separate but connected locations within the facility.

The “Mission: Mars — Control” portion of the exhibit allows guests to experience current-day exploration operations by assuming the role of an engineer at a NASA engineering lab and programming a robotic rover to explore Mars. “Mission: Mars — Base” resembles a realistic work environment on Mars in the year 2076. Taking on the role of an astronaut living on Mars, visitors are able to perform science operations at key locations on the planet by using a rover similar to the one used on Mars now.

For more information, visit http://www.slsc.org/.

Questions about the exhibit can be directed to http://www.slsc.org/contact-us.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Seeking Participants for International Event

In February 2016, NASA’s Digital Learning Network is teaming up with The Royal Institution and Faraday Studios for a series of Google Hangout events in connection with British astronaut Tim Peake’s mission to the International Space Station. The live hourlong events will include selected classrooms from the United Kingdom and the U.S. These classes will pose questions to Dr. Kevin Fong (author of “Extreme Medicine”), Dr. Steven Jacobs (Mr. Wizard) and NASA experts. The events will be broadcast live on YouTube.

The DLN currently is seeking U.S. middle and high schools (grades 5-12) that would be interested in participating in these events interactively with our U.K. partners.

Schools, if selected, would be required to conduct a test call in early January with a representative of the DLN to confirm participation. If you would like to have your school considered, please contact Caryn Long at caryn.long@nasa.gov. Inquiries must be received no later than Dec. 21, 2015.

For more information about the lecture series, visit http://www.nasa.gov/dln/opportunities/.

To learn more about NASA’s Digital Learning Network, visit http://www.nasa.gov/dln.

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NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued a competitive funding opportunity for education projects that will strengthen the public’s and/or K-12 students’ environmental literacy to enable informed decision-making necessary for community resilience to extreme weather events and other environmental hazards. Successful projects will advance NOAA’s mission and build the environmental literacy necessary for community resilience by focusing on geographic awareness and an understanding of Earth systems and the threats and vulnerabilities that are associated with a community’s location.

Eligible applicants are limited to institutions of higher education; other nonprofits, including informal education institutions such as museums, zoos and aquariums; K-12 public and independent schools and school systems; and state, local and Indian tribal governments in the United States. Proposed projects should be between two and five years in duration and have total budget requests of $250,000 to $500,000 for all years of the project.

Applications are due Feb. 8, 2016.

For more information and to submit an online application, visit http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/grants/elg.html#page=funding.

An informational teleconference with the program officers will occur on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 from 3 to 5 p.m. EST. Visit the link above for details on how to join the teleconference and/or to obtain a copy of the transcription of the teleconference held on December 10, 2015.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to oed.grants@noaa.gov.

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2016 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program

Applications are being accepted for the 2016 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program. This program provides a 10-week summer residency at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

To be eligible for the program, applicants must be full-time science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, faculty members who are U.S. citizens. Applicants must be tenured faculty or in tenure-track positions at four-year accredited U.S. colleges and universities, or full-time faculty at two-year U.S. academic institutions. Faculty members from underrepresented groups and at U.S. Department of Education-designated Minority Serving Institutions are particularly encouraged to apply.

The program covers limited travel expenses for qualified and accepted faculty, as well as stipends for all accepted faculty. Please note that stipend payments or salaries from other federal funding sources, including research grants and contracts, may not be accepted during the 10-week tenure of a Glenn faculty fellowship appointment.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 1, 2016.

For more information about this opportunity, visit http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/faculty_fellowship_final.pdf.

Inquiries about NASA’s Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program should be directed to Dr. M. David Kankam at Mark.D.Kankam@nasa.gov.

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2015 Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest

The Cassini Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying Saturn. Participants examine three possible targets for the Cassini spacecraft to observe and choose the one they think will yield the best scientific results. This year’s targets are Saturn’s rings and three of its moons; Jupiter as seen from approximately one billion miles away; and Saturn’s moon Tethys passing behind Rhea, another of Saturn’s moons. After researching the three options, students write an essay under 500 words explaining their choice.

The contest is open to all students in the United States in grades 5-12. The essays will be divided into three groups for scoring: grades 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12. All submissions must be students’ original work. Participants may enter as individuals or as part of a team of up to four students.

The deadline for entries is Feb. 26, 2016.

For more information, visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/education/scientistforaday2015/.

If you have questions about this contest, please email scientistforaday@jpl.nasa.gov.

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2016 LiftOff Summer Institute

Registration is now open for the 2016 LiftOff Summer Institute, sponsored by NASA’s Texas Space Grant Consortium. This weeklong professional development training for teachers will be held June 26-July 1, 2016, at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. This competitive aerospace workshop emphasizes science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, learning experiences through speakers, hands-on activities and field investigations.

The theme for this year’s institute is “Exploration: Past, Present and Future.” The event will focus on how NASA is learning from past exploration and current space station research and how it will apply its discoveries to future missions to deep space.

Attendees must be U.S. citizens currently employed as classroom teachers of grades 4-12 with at least one year teaching experience prior to the institute. Texas Space Grant pays all expenses for any Texas teacher selected. Other Space Grant Consortia fund teachers from their states.

Applications are due April 15, 2016.

For more information and to access the online application, visit http://www.tsgc.utexas.edu/liftoff/.

If you have questions about the 2016 LiftOff Summer Institute, please email your inquiries to Margaret Baguio at baguio@tsgc.utexas.edu.

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Call for Papers: NASA in the ‘Long’ Civil Rights Movement Symposium

The History Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and the Department of History at the University of Alabama Huntsville invite academics, graduate students and independent scholars to submit proposals for papers to be presented at a two-day symposium, March 16-17, 2017. The symposium will take place at the University of Alabama Huntsville and will address the role/relationship of NASA to the “Long” Civil Rights Movement, particularly in, but not limited to, the Deep South (Huntsville, Florida, Houston, Mississippi and New Orleans).

The conceptual framework for the symposium is provided by Jacquelyn Dowd Hall’s 2005 essay in the Journal of American History, “The Long Civil Rights Movement and the Political Uses of the Past,” which called upon historians to produce new “modes of writing and speaking that emphasize individual agency … while also dramatizing the hidden history of politics and institutions.” Along these lines, the conference welcomes papers addressing the Civil Rights experience across NASA that not only explore the experience of African Americans, but also of women, immigrants and other politically/legally marginalized groups. The intention is to publish a subset of the papers as an anthology.

Those interested in presenting a paper at the symposium should send an abstract of no more than 400 words and a short biography or curriculum vita, including affiliation, to Brian Odom at brian.c.odom@nasa.gov or Dr. Stephen Waring at warings@uah.edu by July 31, 2016.

For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/history/call-for-papers-nasa-in-the-long-civil-rights-movement-symposium-university-of-alabama.html.

Please direct questions about this opportunity to Brian Odom at brian.c.odom@nasa.gov.

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PREVIOUSLY PROMOTED OPPORTUNITIES…
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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.

The next webcast in the series is:

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, including 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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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 Dec. 17, 2015, at 1 p.m. EST.

For more information, visit http://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 17 de Diciembre de 2015 a la 1 p.m. EST.

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

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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.

International Space Station — Off the Earth, For the Earth: Mass vs. Weight
Audience:
Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Dec. 17, 2015, at 6 p.m. EST
“Mass” and “weight” have very different meanings and often are incorrectly used. Webinar participants will explore mass and weight using NASA curriculum that features education video filmed by astronauts on board the International Space Station. Newton’s Laws of Motion, NASA online resources, STEM inquiry activities and the Next Generation Science Standards also will be explored in this “heavy-duty” online session. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/146123

International Space Station — Off the Earth For the Earth: Rockets 2 Racecars, Train Like An Astronaut
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 3-9
Event Date: Dec. 21, 2015, at 4 p.m. EST
Get your students revved up with NASA’s Rockets 2 Racecars (R2R) STEM Education webinar series! Participants will discover correlations between stock car drivers and astronauts, including muscle strength and endurance, reaction time, and effects to the brain when exposed to high levels of carbon dioxide. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/144224

International Space Station — International Space Station — Off the Earth For the Earth: Exploring the Extreme
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 4-8
Event Date: Dec. 22, 2015, at 6 p.m. EST
Explore the history of extravehicular activity — or spacewalks — and the critical role it has played in human space exploration. Learn about the extreme space environment endured during spacewalks and how spacesuits are designed to protect astronauts. NASA STEM education curriculum, online resources, teaching strategies and the Next Generation Science Standards also will be discussed during this webinar. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/153417

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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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.

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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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 http://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 http://www.nasa.gov/dln.

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

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

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

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

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Department of Homeland Security Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is accepting applications for the Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions. This 10-week program offers the opportunity to enhance the scientific leadership at MSIs in research areas that support the mission and goals of the Department of Homeland Security. Faculty, along with undergraduate and graduate students, will conduct collaborative research that provides opportunities to help advance the DHS Areas of Research and strengthen the talent pool of scientists and engineers.

Faculty members currently teaching at an MSI are encouraged to apply. Selected faculty will be invited to submit a research project proposal in collaboration with a DHS Center researcher and put a team together composed of one or two qualified students to complete the summer research experience.

Participants will receive a weekly stipend plus travel expenses. Some participants may be eligible for a housing allowance. Faculty are encouraged to apply for up to $50,000 in follow-on funding at the end of their appointment.

To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applications are due Dec. 20, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Additional information about the program, including eligibility requirements, program benefits, application requirements and access to the online application system may be found at http://www.orau.gov/dhseducation/faculty/index.html.

Please direct inquiries about this opportunity to DHSed@orau.org.

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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 http://www.nasa.gov/feature/where-over-the-world-is-astronaut-scott-kelly.

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

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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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Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles and Blankets Available for Educational Use

NASA invites eligible U.S. educational institutions and museums to request space shuttle thermal protective tiles, space shuttle thermal protective blankets and other special items offered on a first-come, first-serve 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Free Program — Cubes in SpaceTM

The Colorado Space Grant Consortium and idoodlelearning inc. are offering a free education program for students ages 11-18 that focuses on science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. Cubes in Space™ provides students an opportunity to design and compete to launch an experiment into space as part of the RockSat-C program.

Within formal or informal learning environments, the program will expose students and educators to engaging online content and activities in preparation for the design and development of an experimental payload to be integrated into a small cube. Selected cubes will be launched via a Terrier-Orion sounding rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Virginia, in late June 2016.

Students and educators will learn about the methodology for taking an idea from design through to the review process and then to flight and final experiment validation. Throughout the experience, students will learn about the relationships between science and engineering concepts and will acquire key 21st-century skills necessary for success in a highly connected, global society.

The deadline for program registration is Jan. 11, 2016.

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

Please direct questions about this program to info@cubesinspace.com.

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2016 Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Exploration Science Summer Intern Program

The Lunar and Planetary Institute is hosting a special Exploration Science Summer Intern Program in 2016. The program is a unique opportunity to integrate scientific input with exploration activities in a way that mission architects and spacecraft engineers can use. Activities may involve assessments and traverse plans for a particular destination (e.g., on the far side of the moon) or a more general assessment of a class of possible exploration targets (e.g., small near-Earth asteroids).

The program is open to graduate students in geology, planetary science, planetary astronomy and related programs. The 10-week program runs from May 23, 2016, through July 29, 2016. Selected interns will receive stipends and travel expense reimbursement.

The deadline to submit an application is Jan. 15, 2016.

For more information, visit http://www.lpi.usra.edu/features/102115/exploration_interns/.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Jennifer Steil at explorationintern@lpi.usra.edu.

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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 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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NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships Program Accepting Proposals for 2016-2017 Academic Year

The NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship program is soliciting applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees in earth and space sciences, or related disciplines, for the 2016-2017 academic year. The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals. Awards resulting from the competitive selection will be training grants to the respective universities, with the advisor serving as the principal investigator. The financial support for the NESSF program comes from the Science Mission Directorate’s four science divisions: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science and Astrophysics.

Initially, NESSF awards are made for one year. They may be renewed for up to two additional years, contingent upon satisfactory progress (as reflected in academic performance, research progress and recommendation by the faculty advisor) and the availability of funds.

The maximum amount of a NESSF award is $30,000 per year.

Proposals for this opportunity are due Feb. 1, 2016.

For more information about this solicitation, visit http://go.nasa.gov/1H34oH3.

Questions about Earth Science Research NESSF opportunities should be directed to Claire Macaulay at Claire.I.Macaulay@nasa.gov.

Questions about Heliophysics Research, Planetary Science Research and Astrophysics Research opportunities should be directed to Dolores Holland at hq-nessf-Space@nasa.gov.

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2016 Space Exploration Educators Conference

Make plans to attend the 22nd Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference, to be held Feb. 4-6, 2016, at Space Center Houston. This conference is for all K-12 educators. Activities presented use space-related themes to teach across the curricula. The activities can be used for science, language arts, mathematics, history and more.

Attend sessions hosted by scientists and engineers working on exciting projects like the International Space Station and the exploration of Mars and other parts of our solar system. Hear from astronauts who will be “leading the charge” in exploration. Attend sessions presented by educators and receive ready-to-implement classroom ideas. Attendees can earn up to 24 hours of continuing professional education credit.

For more information, visit http://spacecenter.org/teacher-programs/teachers-seec/.

Please email any questions about the conference to seec@spacecenter.org.

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Be an Astronaut! Apply Now for New Astronaut Candidate Class

NASA soon will be selecting astronauts for the next class of space explorers! Between Dec. 14, 2015, and mid-February 2016, NASA will be accepting astronaut candidate applications. Selection announcements are targeted for mid-2017.

Teaching, including experience at the K-12 level, is considered to be qualifying experience to be an astronaut. Educators with the appropriate educational background are eligible to apply.

For additional details on this opportunity and how to submit an application, visit http://www.nasa.gov/astronauts.

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Now Accepting Applications for NASA Summer Internships

Now is your chance to apply for exciting hands-on summer internship opportunities available at all NASA centers. High school, undergraduate and graduate students are needed to help NASA scientists and engineers with ongoing scientific and engineering research, technology development and spaceflight operations activities. Internship opportunities also exist in nontechnical areas such as communications, budget, procurement, education and human resources. NASA internships are stipend-paid and offer students mentor-directed, degree-related, real-time tasks. If you think you have what it takes to be part of NASA’s Journey to Mars, please visit https://intern.nasa.gov today to apply or to learn more about the numerous opportunities available to you.

The deadline for summer applications is March 1, 2016!

Please submit inquiries about the NASA Internships, Fellowships, and Scholarships One Stop Shopping Initiative, or NIFS OSSI, via https://intern.nasa.gov/oic/.

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Call for Submissions — NASA Announcement for High Impact / Broad Implementation STEM Education Partnerships (EDUCATION01SP16)

The NASA Headquarters Office of Education, in cooperation with the agency’s four mission directorates, nine center education offices, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) education office, announces this competition to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Responses must be submitted electronically via the NASA data system NSPIRES (http://nspires.nasaprs.com).

NASA Education seeks to partner with eligible domestic or international organizations on a no-exchange-of-funds basis to reach wider and more diverse audiences and to achieve mutually beneficial objectives. The Announcement places a priority on collaboration involving the following: digital learning; engaging underrepresented groups in STEM; NASA-themed STEM challenges; and youth-serving organizations. NASA also is receptive to other creative ideas including, for example, investigations or application of science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and design (STEAMD); or activities culturally relevant to or focused on unrepresented in STEM careers populations, such as women, ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities. The announcement explains the criteria used to review responses and NASA’s partnership mechanism known as a no-exchange-of-funds or non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement.

NASA will accept responses on a rolling basis through Dec. 31. 2017.

For more information about this opportunity, visit NSPIRES at http://go.nasa.gov/1RZwWCi.

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

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

The NASA Office of Education has posted a new set of FAQs for its 2015 NASA Research Announcement: Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMPVC+), Announcement Number NNH15ZHA001N. Proposals for this solicitation were due Dec. 7, 2015.

To view FAQ Issue #4, along with previously posted questions and responses, visit NSPIRES at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7B6105DEEC-925A-A216-322B-8E3B34FA2B07%7D&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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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 http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students http://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 http://www.nasa.gov/education/resources/.

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

NASA Education Express — Dec. 10, 2015

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Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listed below.
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New This Week!
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Free NASA Educator Professional Development Webinars
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators
Next Event Date: Dec. 10, 2015, at 6 p.m. EST

2016 von Kármán Lecture Series — Attend in Person or View Online
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Jan. 14, 2015, at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)

International Space Station Research Design Challenge: Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments
Audience: Grade 8-12 Educators and Students
Entry Deadlines: Feb. 1, March 1 and April 1, 2016

NIFS OSSI — Summer 2016 Opportunities
Audience: Undergraduate, Graduate and High School Students
Application Deadline: March 1, 2016

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PREVIOUSLY PROMOTED OPPORTUNITIES…
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#WhySpaceMatters Photography Competition
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Deadline: Dec. 10, 2015

Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy
Audience: Designed for Families With Children Ages 10 to 14, but Open to All
Next Event Date: Dec. 11, 2015, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EDT

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: Dec. 11, 2015

2016 Space Exploration Educators Conference
Audience: K-12 Educators
Early Bird Registration Deadline: Dec. 11, 2015
Event Date: Feb. 4-6, 2016

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

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

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: Dec. 15, 2015, at 1 p.m. EDT

2016 GLOBE Distinguished Educator Fellowship
Audience: Active GLOBE Educators
Application Deadline: Dec. 15, 2015

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

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

NASA Challenge: Bio-Inspired Advanced Exercise Concepts
Audience: Educators and Students 18 Years of Age and Older
Entry Deadline: Dec. 16, 2015

Department of Homeland Security HS-STEM Summer Internship Program
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Dec. 16, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. EST

Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Presents “STEM in 30″ Webcast Series
Audience: Grades 6-8 Educators and Students
Next Webcast Date: Dec. 17, 2015, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. EDT

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Live Video Chat: NASA STARS en Español
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Dec. 17, 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: Dec. 17, 2015, 1-2 p.m. EST

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

2016 High-Altitude Student Platform Opportunity
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: Dec. 18, 2015

Department of Homeland Security Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions
Audience: Faculty at Minority Serving Institutions
Application Deadline: Dec. 20, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. EST

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

Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops — Fall/Winter 2015-16
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Next Event Date: Jan. 3-4, 2016

Free Program — Cubes in SpaceTM
Audience: Middle and High School Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: Jan. 11, 2016

2016 Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Exploration Science Summer Intern Program
Audience: Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2016

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

Call for Submissions — NASA Announcement for High Impact / Broad Implementation STEM Education Partnerships (EDUCATION01SP16)
Audience: Education Institutions and Organizations
Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis Through Dec. 31, 2017

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 http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students http://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 http://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.

International Space Station — Off the Earth, For the Earth: One-Year Crew
Audience:
Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Dec. 10, 2015, at 6 p.m. EST
Explore the STEM on Station website, where NASA is celebrating the One-Year Crew and their yearlong mission to the International Space Station. Discover ways to bring “space” into your classroom with NASA STEM online resources, lesson plans, videos and up-to-the minute education news that incorporate the Next Generation Science Standards. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/146121

International Space Station — Off the Earth, For the Earth: The Brain in Space
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 9-12
Event Date: Dec. 14, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Participants will get an overview of resources related to the study of the effects of microgravity on the human brain. Classroom application and modification of resources will be an integral part of this webinar. Activities and lessons discussed in this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standard LS1. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/150655

The History of Winter: Ice Core Samples
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: Dec. 15, 2015, at 6 p.m. EST
Climbing an ice fall, drilling an ice core from a frozen lake or standing inside a pit to study layers of snow are not usually part of the normal work week of a science teacher. But the annual “History of Winter” program, an initiative of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, provides these and many other firsthand experiences for elementary and secondary science teachers. Webinar participants will learn about ice core samples and how to bring them to the classroom as part of a problem-based lesson. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/139302

International Space Station — Off the Earth, For the Earth: Teaching Gravity With NASA
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Dec. 16, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Participants will get an overview of resources for teaching about gravity and microgravity to grade 5-8 students. Discussion will include modifications of activities and accommodations. Activities and lessons discussed in this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standards PS2 and PS3. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/150931

International Space Station — Off the Earth, For the Earth: Mass vs. Weight
Audience:
Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Dec. 17, 2015, at 6 p.m. EST
“Mass” and “weight” have very different meanings and often are incorrectly used. Webinar participants will explore mass and weight using NASA curriculum that features education video filmed by astronauts on board the International Space Station. Newton’s Laws of Motion, NASA online resources, STEM inquiry activities and the Next Generation Science Standards also will be explored in this “heavy-duty” online session. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/146123

International Space Station — Off the Earth For the Earth: Rockets 2 Racecars, Train Like An Astronaut
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 3-9
Event Date: Dec. 21, 2015, at 4 p.m. EST
Get your students revved up with NASA’s Rockets 2 Racecars (R2R) STEM Education webinar series! Participants will discover correlations between stock car drivers and astronauts, including muscle strength and endurance, reaction time, and effects to the brain when exposed to high levels of carbon dioxide. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/144224

International Space Station — International Space Station — Off the Earth For the Earth: Exploring the Extreme
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 4-8
Event Date: Dec. 22, 2015, at 6 p.m. EST
Explore the history of extravehicular activity — or spacewalks — and the critical role it has played in human space exploration. Learn about the extreme space environment endured during spacewalks and how spacesuits are designed to protect astronauts. NASA STEM education curriculum, online resources, teaching strategies and the Next Generation Science Standards also will be discussed during this webinar. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/153417

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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2016 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, shares 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 p.m. 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 also are streamed live for viewing online. Archives of past lectures are also available online.

The next lecture in the series is “Deep Space Atomic Clock.”

Deep Space Atomic Clock
Event Date:
Jan. 14 and Jan. 15, 2015, at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/lectures_archive.php?year=2016&month=1
Atomic clocks are an integral, yet almost invisible component of modern life. They are used in everything from the now-ubiquitous Global Positioning System to global financial and trading systems. Join Todd Ely, Ph.D., and Allen H. Farrington from the NASA’s Deep Space Atomic Clock group for a discussion about the latest atomic clock technologies and how they are used in space exploration.

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 http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php.

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International Space Station Research Design Challenge: Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments

NASA and Portland State University are seeking participants for the International Space Station Research Design Challenge: Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments, or CELERE. This design challenge enables students to participate in microgravity research on capillary action, similar to that conducted on the space station.

Teams or individuals create their own experiment using computer-aided design with a provided template and submit short proposals presenting the experiments. Portland State University then manufactures test cells using the CAD drawings and a computer-controlled laser cutter. Each experiment is conducted in a drop tower. Video of the drop is provided for student analysis and reporting of results.

CELERE is open to individuals and teams in grades 8-12. To facilitate the participation of informal science clubs, Scouts, etc., teams may include younger students as long as at least one team member is in grades 8-12. Teams may be of any size and may include an entire class or science club. The program is limited to students from the U.S., including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Students at Department of Defense Education Activity schools (www.dodea.edu), including those outside the U.S., are also eligible to participate.

The CELERE design challenge is a relatively new program and, as a result, the odds of selection are quite high. In 2014 and 2015, 100 percent of the entries were selected for full participation, where the student experiments were built and tested in microgravity. In 2016, selection of at least one qualifying entry is guaranteed from each state and listed territory, at least one DODEA school, and at least one Bureau of Indian Education school (http://bie.edu/). Students are strongly encouraged to apply!

Design proposals are now being accepted. Deadlines for submissions are Feb. 1, March 1 and April 1, 2016.

For more information about this opportunity, visit http://spaceflightsystems.grc.nasa.gov/CELERE/.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please email your inquiries to the CELERE team at celere@lists.nasa.gov.

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NIFS OSSI — Summer 2016 Opportunities

NASA Internships, Fellowships, and Scholarships, or NIFS, provide students at all types of institutions access to a portfolio of opportunities offered agencywide. The NIFS One Stop Shopping Initiative, or OSSI, online application is an innovative system that enables students to easily access, register and complete the application, as well as search and apply for up to 15 opportunities. A completed NIFS OSSI application places the student in the applicant pool for consideration by all NASA mentors.

Go to https://intern.nasa.gov to find additional information on NIFS OSSI opportunities. The site features the NIFS OSSI online application and additional resource information. To search for available opportunities and to fill out a NIFS OSSI online application, visit https://intern.nasa.gov .

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

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PREVIOUSLY PROMOTED OPPORTUNITIES…
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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 http://www.nasa.gov/content/one-year-crew.

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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 Dec. 11, 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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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 Dec. 11, 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 Space Exploration Educators Conference

Make plans to attend the 22nd Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference, to be held Feb. 4-6, 2016, at Space Center Houston. This conference is for all K-12 educators. Activities presented use space-related themes to teach across the curricula. The activities can be used for science, language arts, mathematics, history and more.

Attend sessions hosted by scientists and engineers working on exciting projects like the International Space Station and the exploration of Mars and other parts of our solar system. Hear from astronauts who will be “leading the charge” in exploration. Attend sessions presented by educators and receive ready-to-implement classroom ideas. Attendees can earn up to 24 hours of continuing professional education credit.

For more information, visit http://spacecenter.org/teacher-programs/teachers-seec/.

Please email any questions about the conference to seec@spacecenter.org.

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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 http://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 http://www.nasa.gov/dln.

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

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Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles and Blankets Available for Educational Use

NASA invites eligible U.S. educational institutions and museums to request space shuttle thermal protective tiles, space shuttle thermal protective blankets and other special items offered on a first-come, first-serve 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.

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

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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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.

An informational webinar about the 2016 Distinguished Educator Fellowship took place on Nov. 12, 2015. The webinar was led by 2015 Distinguished Educator Fellow John Moore and Dr. Julie Malmberg and is available for viewing online.

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

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

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

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

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

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“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 http://www.nasa.gov/feature/where-over-the-world-is-astronaut-scott-kelly.

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

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NASA Challenge: Bio-Inspired Advanced Exercise Concepts

On the space station, astronauts exercise for two hours per day to counteract the muscle atrophy and bone loss that can be experienced in microgravity. The large size of the space station allows astronauts to use bulky equipment. But mass, volume and power will be limited on future exploration missions, including missions to the moon and Mars. Next-generation concepts that NASA is developing for exercise countermeasures hardware use technologies like servomotors, pneumatics and flywheels to help astronauts maintain fitness.

To help astronauts flying on Orion and to broaden the options for designers of compact exercise equipment for long-duration missions, NASA is seeking innovative ideas for ultra-compact resistive and aerobic exercise concepts that are bio-inspired. The mechanism must fit into a space measuring 13 inches by 21 inches by 7.5 inches, weigh less than 20 pounds, and require no external power to operate.

This is a theoretical challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted. The Bio-Inspired Advanced Exercise Concepts Challenge offers up to three awards of $5,000 each for a total of $15,000 for the best designs.

Submissions are due Dec. 16, 2015.

For more information about the challenge, visit http://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-announces-bio-inspired-advanced-exercise-concepts-challenge .

The Bio-Inspired Advanced Exercise Concepts Challenge is managed by NASA’s Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation. Please direct questions about the challenge to nasa-coeci@mail.nasa.gov.

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Department of Homeland Security HS-STEM Summer Internship Program

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for undergraduate and graduate students majoring in homeland-security-related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals.

Participants will receive a stipend plus travel expenses.

To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applications are due Dec. 16, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Additional information about the program, including eligibility requirements, program benefits, application requirements and access to the online application system, may be found at http://www.orau.gov/dhseducation/internships/.

Please direct inquiries about this opportunity to DHSed@orau.org.

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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.

The next webcast in the series is:

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, including 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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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 Dec. 17, 2015, at 1 p.m. EST.

For more information, visit http://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 17 de Diciembre de 2015 a la 1 p.m. EST.

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

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Army Educational Outreach Program’s eCYBERMISSION Competition

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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Department of Homeland Security Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is accepting applications for the Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions. This 10-week program offers the opportunity to enhance the scientific leadership at MSIs in research areas that support the mission and goals of the Department of Homeland Security. Faculty, along with undergraduate and graduate students, will conduct collaborative research that provides opportunities to help advance the DHS Areas of Research and strengthen the talent pool of scientists and engineers.

Faculty members currently teaching at an MSI are encouraged to apply. Selected faculty will be invited to submit a research project proposal in collaboration with a DHS Center researcher and put a team together composed of one or two qualified students to complete the summer research experience.

Participants will receive a weekly stipend plus travel expenses. Some participants may be eligible for a housing allowance. Faculty are encouraged to apply for up to $50,000 in follow-on funding at the end of their appointment.

To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applications are due Dec. 20, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Additional information about the program, including eligibility requirements, program benefits, application requirements and access to the online application system may be found at http://www.orau.gov/dhseducation/faculty/index.html.

Please direct inquiries about this opportunity to DHSed@orau.org.

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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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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.

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

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

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

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Free Program — Cubes in SpaceTM

The Colorado Space Grant Consortium and idoodlelearning inc. are offering a free education program for students ages 11-18 that focuses on science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. Cubes in Space™ provides students an opportunity to design and compete to launch an experiment into space as part of the RockSat-C program.

Within formal or informal learning environments, the program will expose students and educators to engaging online content and activities in preparation for the design and development of an experimental payload to be integrated into a small cube. Selected cubes will be launched via a Terrier-Orion sounding rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Virginia, in late June 2016.

Students and educators will learn about the methodology for taking an idea from design through to the review process and then to flight and final experiment validation. Throughout the experience, students will learn about the relationships between science and engineering concepts and will acquire key 21st-century skills necessary for success in a highly connected, global society.

The deadline for program registration is Jan. 11, 2016.

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

Please direct questions about this program to info@cubesinspace.com.

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2016 Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Exploration Science Summer Intern Program

The Lunar and Planetary Institute is hosting a special Exploration Science Summer Intern Program in 2016. The program is a unique opportunity to integrate scientific input with exploration activities in a way that mission architects and spacecraft engineers can use. Activities may involve assessments and traverse plans for a particular destination (e.g., on the far side of the moon) or a more general assessment of a class of possible exploration targets (e.g., small near-Earth asteroids).

The program is open to graduate students in geology, planetary science, planetary astronomy and related programs. The 10-week program runs from May 23, 2016, through July 29, 2016. Selected interns will receive stipends and travel expense reimbursement.

The deadline to submit an application is Jan. 15, 2016.

For more information, visit http://www.lpi.usra.edu/features/102115/exploration_interns/. Please email any questions about this opportunity to Jennifer Steil at explorationintern@lpi.usra.edu.

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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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Call for Submissions — NASA Announcement for High Impact / Broad Implementation STEM Education Partnerships (EDUCATION01SP16)

The NASA Headquarters Office of Education, in cooperation with the agency’s four mission directorates, nine center education offices, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) education office, announces this competition to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Responses must be submitted electronically via the NASA data system NSPIRES (http://nspires.nasaprs.com).

NASA Education seeks to partner with eligible domestic or international organizations on a no-exchange-of-funds basis to reach wider and more diverse audiences and to achieve mutually beneficial objectives. The Announcement places a priority on collaboration involving the following: digital learning; engaging underrepresented groups in STEM; NASA-themed STEM challenges; and youth-serving organizations. NASA also is receptive to other creative ideas including, for example, investigations or application of science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and design (STEAMD); or activities culturally relevant to or focused on unrepresented in STEM careers populations, such as women, ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities. The announcement explains the criteria used to review responses and NASA’s partnership mechanism known as a no-exchange-of-funds or non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement.

NASA will accept responses on a rolling basis through Dec. 31. 2017.

For more information about this opportunity, visit NSPIRES at http://go.nasa.gov/1RZwWCi.

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

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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 http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students http://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 http://www.nasa.gov/education/resources/.

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

NASA Education Express — Dec. 3, 2015

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Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listed below.
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New This Week!
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Explore Robotics With STEM on Station
Audience: Grades 6-12 Educators and Students

Free NASA Educator Professional Development Webinars
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators
Next Event Date: Dec. 3, 2015, at 6 p.m. EST

Live Video Chat With Veggie Project Manager Trent Smith
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Dec. 4, 2015, 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. EST

Department of Homeland Security HS-STEM Summer Internship Program
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Dec. 16, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. EST

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Live Video Chat: NASA STARS en Español
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Dec. 17, 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: Dec. 17, 2015, 1-2 p.m. EST

Department of Homeland Security Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions
Audience: Faculty at Minority Serving Institutions
Application Deadline: Dec. 20, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. EST

Early Career Fellowships for Planetary Science Researchers
Audience: Higher Education Students
Proposal Deadline: Various Dates Depending on Specific Program

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PREVIOUSLY PROMOTED OPPORTUNITIES…
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NASA In Situ Resource Utilization Challenge
Audience: Educators and Students Ages 18 and Older
Entry Deadline: Dec. 3, 2015

2015 von Kármán Lecture Series — Attend in Person or View Online
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Dec. 3, 2015, at 7 pm. PST (10 p.m. EST)

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

Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy
Audience: Designed for Families With Children Ages 10 to 14, but Open to All
Next Event Date: Dec. 5, 2015, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EDT

Educator Workshop: Lunar and Meteorite Sample Certification
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Dec. 5, 2015, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. PST

Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other Education Organizations
Request Deadline: Dec. 7, 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

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

National Science Foundation’s Research Traineeship Program
Audience: U.S. Universities and Colleges
Notice of Intent Deadline: Dec. 9, 2015

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

DEADLINE EXTENDED: 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: Dec. 11, 2015

2016 Space Exploration Educators Conference
Audience: K-12 Educators
Early Bird Registration Deadline: Dec. 11, 2015
Event Date: Feb. 4-6, 2016

Free “What’s New in Aerospace?” Lecture Series at Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Dec. 15, 2015, at 1 p.m. EDT

2016 GLOBE Distinguished Educator Fellowship
Audience: Active GLOBE Educators
Application Deadline: Dec. 15, 2015

NASA Challenge: Bio-Inspired Advanced Exercise Concepts
Audience: Educators and Students 18 Years of Age and Older
Entry Deadline: Dec. 16, 2015

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

2016 High-Altitude Student Platform Opportunity
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: Dec. 18, 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

Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops — Fall/Winter 2015-16
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Next Event Date: Jan. 3-4, 2016

2016 RASC-AL Aerospace Concepts Design Competition
Audience: Higher Education Students
Abstract Submission Deadline: Jan. 17, 2016

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

Call for Submissions — NASA Announcement for High Impact / Broad Implementation STEM Education Partnerships (EDUCATION01SP16)
Audience: Education Institutions and Organizations
Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis Through Dec. 31, 2017

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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 http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students http://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 http://www.nasa.gov/education/resources/.

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NEW THIS WEEK!
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Explore Robotics With STEM on Station

Ever wonder what it’s like to work with robots? Humans and robots work hand-in-hand aboard the International Space Station to perform research that has produced advancements in the medical and automotive industries, among others. Use this month’s Learning Launchers to help explore robotics in your classroom. Learning Launchers give teachers a “Toolkit” to bring space station research and activities into the classroom.

Learn more about these activities and other ways you can bring the space station into your classroom by visiting NASA’s STEM on Station website. While you are there, stop by and learn more about the yearlong mission and how it is helping us on our #JourneytoMars. Opportunities, resources and more await at this space-station-focused site!

To check out the website, visit http://www.nasa.gov/education/STEMstation.

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Free NASA Educator Professional Development Webinars

The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources that bring NASA into your classroom. Registration is required to participate. Simply click on the link provided beneath the webinar description to register.

NASA Elementary STEM: Exploring Snow and Ice
Audience:
Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-5
Event Date: Dec. 3, 2015, at 6 p.m. EST
Learn ways to use NASA STEM inquiry strategies to explore phase changes. Learners will observe ice melting and freezing under a variety of conditions and relate that to NASA’s MESSENGER mission. Participants will learn about the Exploring Ice in the Solar System guide, which features 12 individual lessons. This resource includes “Acting Out Science” and ELA CORE concepts. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/139298

International Space Station — Off the Earth, For the Earth: Sally Ride EarthKAM @ Space Camp
Audience:
Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 4-9
Event Date: Dec. 7, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Sally Ride EarthKAM @ Space Camp is a NASA educational outreach program that enables students, teachers and the public to learn about Earth from the unique perspective of space. During EarthKAM missions (periods when the Sally Ride EarthKAM camera is operational), middle school students around the world request images of specific locations on Earth. The entire collection of Sally Ride EarthKAM images is available in a searchable image archive. This image collection and accompanying activities are extraordinary resources to engage students in Earth and space science, geography, social studies, mathematics, communications and art. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/151050

International Toys in Space/Gravity and Physics
Audience:
Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Dec. 8, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Explore common toys and how they behave in Earth’s 1g environment. Then, predict how those toys will behave in the microgravity environment of the International Space Station. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/137339

International Space Station — Off the Earth, For the Earth: Changing Altitude of ISS
Audience:
Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 6-8
Event Date: Dec. 9, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Want a lesson that integrates STEM across the curriculum? This webinar for educators of grades 6-8 focuses on using NASA press releases, video clips and mathematics problems all in one lesson. The NASA Space Math website is used and is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core Math. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/149763

International Space Station — Off the Earth, For the Earth: One-Year Crew
Audience:
Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Dec. 10, 2015, at 6 p.m. EST
Explore the STEM on Station website, where NASA is celebrating the One-Year Crew and their yearlong mission to the International Space Station. Discover ways to bring “space” into your classroom with NASA STEM online resources, lesson plans, videos and up-to-the minute education news that incorporate the Next Generation Science Standards. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/146121

International Space Station — Off the Earth, For the Earth: The Brain in Space
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 9-12
Event Date: Dec. 14, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Participants will get an overview of resources related to the study of the effects of microgravity on the human brain. Classroom application and modification of resources will be an integral part of this webinar. Activities and lessons discussed in this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standard LS1. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/150655

The History of Winter: Ice Core Samples
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: Dec. 15, 2015, at 6 p.m. EST
Climbing an ice fall, drilling an ice core from a frozen lake or standing inside a pit to study layers of snow are not usually part of the normal work week of a science teacher. But the annual “History of Winter” program, an initiative of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, provides these and many other firsthand experiences for elementary and secondary science teachers. Webinar participants will learn about ice core samples and how to bring them to the classroom as part of a problem-based lesson. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/139302

International Space Station — Off the Earth, For the Earth: Teaching Gravity With NASA
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Dec. 16, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Participants will get an overview of resources for teaching about gravity and microgravity to grade 5-8 students. Discussion will include modifications of activities and accommodations. Activities and lessons discussed in this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standards PS2 and PS3. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/150931

International Space Station — Off the Earth, For the Earth: Mass vs. Weight
Audience:
Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Dec. 17, 2015, at 6 p.m. EST
“Mass” and “weight” have very different meanings and often are incorrectly used. Webinar participants will explore mass and weight using NASA curriculum that features education video filmed by astronauts on board the International Space Station. Newton’s Laws of Motion, NASA online resources, STEM inquiry activities and the Next Generation Science Standards also will be explored in this “heavy-duty” online session. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/146123

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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Live Video Chat With Veggie Project Manager Trent Smith

How do astronauts grow lettuce in space? The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, or CASIS, manages the U.S. National Laboratory. Tune in to a CASIS Academy Live event on Dec. 4, 2015, at 11 a.m. EST, to learn more about NASA’s Vegetable Production System Program, or Veggie. This 45-minute video chat with Veggie Project Manager Trent Smith will be streamed live via NASA’s Digital Learning Network on the DLiNfo Channel.

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

Sign up to connect your class directly and participate in a CASIS Academy Live event. Please direct questions about this event to DLiNfochannel@gmail.com.

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

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Department of Homeland Security HS-STEM Summer Internship Program

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for undergraduate and graduate students majoring in homeland-security-related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals.

Participants will receive a stipend plus travel expenses.

To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applications are due Dec. 16, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Additional information about the program, including eligibility requirements, program benefits, application requirements and access to the online application system, may be found at http://www.orau.gov/dhseducation/internships/.

Please direct inquiries about this opportunity to DHSed@orau.org.

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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 Dec. 17, 2015, at 1 p.m. EST.

For more information, visit http://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 17 de Diciembre de 2015 a la 1 p.m. EST.

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

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Department of Homeland Security Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is accepting applications for the Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions. This 10-week program offers the opportunity to enhance the scientific leadership at MSIs in research areas that support the mission and goals of the Department of Homeland Security. Faculty, along with undergraduate and graduate students, will conduct collaborative research that provides opportunities to help advance the DHS Areas of Research and strengthen the talent pool of scientists and engineers.

Faculty members currently teaching at an MSI are encouraged to apply. Selected faculty will be invited to submit a research project proposal in collaboration with a DHS Center researcher and put a team together composed of one or two qualified students to complete the summer research experience.

Participants will receive a weekly stipend plus travel expenses. Some participants may be eligible for a housing allowance. Faculty are encouraged to apply for up to $50,000 in follow-on funding at the end of their appointment.

To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applications are due Dec. 20, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Additional information about the program, including eligibility requirements, program benefits, application requirements and access to the online application system may be found at http://www.orau.gov/dhseducation/faculty/index.html.

Please direct inquiries about this opportunity to DHSed@orau.org.

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Early Career Fellowships for Planetary Science Researchers

The Early Career Fellowship program supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists in the early stages of their careers and stimulates research careers in the areas supported by the Planetary Sciences Division. This program is based on the idea that supporting key individuals is a critical mechanism for impacting science with new concepts, technologies and methods.

This program consists of two components with two different submission procedures: The first is the one-page application to be an “Early Career Fellow,” and the second is the subsequent submission of a seven-page proposal for startup funds once selected as an ECF. To be eligible to apply, applicants must have received their Ph.D. (or equivalent degree such as a DPhil) within seven calendar years of the year of the submission of the research proposal.

For consideration as a Fellow (new applicants), submit a proposal to the participating program element by the deadline specified in Tables 2 and 3 in the ROSES Summary of Solicitation. Proposals from Fellows selected in prior years for start-up funds may be submitted at any time in response to this program element.

For complete fellowship details and application procedures, visit http://go.nasa.gov/1MkySUk.

Questions concerning this opportunity may be directed to Doris Daou at Doris.Daou@nasa.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 http://www.nasa.gov/topics/journeytomars.

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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 InSight Mission: Journey to the Center of Mars
Event Date:
Dec. 3 and Dec. 4, 2015, at 7 pm. PST (10 p.m. EST)
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/lectures_archive.php?year=2015&month=12
The InSight mission to Mars will launch in March 2016, landing six months later in Elysium Planitia. Unlike previous missions to Mars, which have focused on surface features and chemistry, InSight aims to explore the interior of the planet down to its very core. Join InSight principal investigator Dr. Bruce Banderdt for a discussion about the mission and how it will help scientists learn key information on the composition and structure of the Red Planet.

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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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 http://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 http://www.nasa.gov/dln.

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

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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 Dec. 5, 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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Educator Workshop: Lunar and Meteorite Sample Certification

Did you know NASA has authentic lunar rock samples from historic Apollo missions available to lend to educators? Lunar regolith and meteorite samples are also available. By participating in this free workshop, teachers can be certified to borrow the samples and use them in the classroom.

The target audience for the workshop is grade K-12 educators, but it is open to all educators.

The event will take place Dec. 5, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. PST 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/2015/12/05/lunar-and-meteorite-sample-certification/.

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

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Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use

NASA invites eligible U.S. educational institutions, museums and other organizations to screen and request historical artifacts of significance to spaceflight. This is the 29th screening of artifacts since 2009.

Eligible schools, universities, museums, libraries and planetariums may view the artifacts and request specific items through Dec. 7, 2015. Online registration should include an assigned Department of Education number. Registration also may be made through the requester’s State Agency for Surplus Property office. For instructions on how to register and to view and request artifacts online, visit http://gsaxcess.gov/NASAWel.htm.

The artifacts are free of charge and are offered “as-is.” Organizations must cover shipping costs and any handling fees. Shipping fees on smaller items will be relatively inexpensive; however, larger items may involve extensive disassembly, preparation, shipping and reassembly costs. NASA will work closely with eligible organizations to address any unique handling costs.

Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles and Blankets Available for Educational Use

In addition to the special screening of artifacts, NASA invites eligible U.S. educational institutions and museums to request space shuttle thermal protective tiles, space shuttle thermal protective blankets and other special items offered on a first-come, first-serve 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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“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 http://www.nasa.gov/feature/where-over-the-world-is-astronaut-scott-kelly.

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

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National Science Foundation’s Research Traineeship Program

The National Science Foundation is accepting proposals under two tracks of the NSF Research Traineeship Program. This program encourages the development and implementation of bold, new and potentially transformative models for STEM graduate education training. Both the Traineeship Track and the Innovations in Graduate Education, or IGE, Track seek proposals that ensure that graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs develop the skills, knowledge and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers.

Traineeship Track proposals may be submitted by universities and colleges acting on behalf of their faculty members. The schools must be accredited in the United States and have a campus located here. All categories of eligible proposers may submit proposals to the IGE Track, which is dedicated to piloting new approaches in graduate education.

A letter of intent is required and must be submitted by Dec. 9, 2015. Full proposals are due Feb. 9, 2016.

For additional information about the program, including anticipated awards, visit http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505015&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click.

Please direct questions about this opportunity to NRT@NSF.gov.

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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 http://www.nasa.gov/content/one-year-crew.

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: 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 Dec. 11, 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 Space Exploration Educators Conference

Make plans to attend the 22nd Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference, to be held Feb. 4-6, 2016, at Space Center Houston. This conference is for all K-12 educators. Activities presented use space-related themes to teach across the curricula. The activities can be used for science, language arts, mathematics, history and more.

Attend sessions hosted by scientists and engineers working on exciting projects like the International Space Station and the exploration of Mars and other parts of our solar system. Hear from astronauts who will be “leading the charge” in exploration. Attend sessions presented by educators and receive ready-to-implement classroom ideas. Attendees can earn up to 24 hours of continuing professional education credit.

For more information, visit http://spacecenter.org/teacher-programs/teachers-seec/.

Please email any questions about the conference to seec@spacecenter.org.

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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:

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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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.

An informational webinar about the 2016 Distinguished Educator Fellowship took place on Nov. 12, 2015. The webinar was led by 2015 Distinguished Educator Fellow John Moore and Dr. Julie Malmberg and is available for viewing online.

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 Challenge: Bio-Inspired Advanced Exercise Concepts

On the space station, astronauts exercise for two hours per day to counteract the muscle atrophy and bone loss that can be experienced in microgravity. The large size of the space station allows astronauts to use bulky equipment. But mass, volume and power will be limited on future exploration missions, including missions to the moon and Mars. Next-generation concepts that NASA is developing for exercise countermeasures hardware use technologies like servomotors, pneumatics and flywheels to help astronauts maintain fitness.

To help astronauts flying on Orion and to broaden the options for designers of compact exercise equipment for long-duration missions, NASA is seeking innovative ideas for ultra-compact resistive and aerobic exercise concepts that are bio-inspired. The mechanism must fit into a space measuring 13 inches by 21 inches by 7.5 inches, weigh less than 20 pounds, and require no external power to operate.

This is a theoretical challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted. The Bio-Inspired Advanced Exercise Concepts Challenge offers up to three awards of $5,000 each for a total of $15,000 for the best designs.

Submissions are due Dec. 16, 2015.

For more information about the challenge, visit http://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-announces-bio-inspired-advanced-exercise-concepts-challenge .

The Bio-Inspired Advanced Exercise Concepts Challenge is managed by NASA’s Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation. Please direct questions about the challenge to nasa-coeci@mail.nasa.gov.

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Army Educational Outreach Program’s eCYBERMISSION Competition

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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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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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.

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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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 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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Help NASA Study Mars — Planet Four: Terrains

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

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

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

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

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

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Call for Submissions — NASA Announcement for High Impact / Broad Implementation STEM Education Partnerships (EDUCATION01SP16)

The NASA Headquarters Office of Education, in cooperation with the agency’s four mission directorates, nine center education offices, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) education office, announces this competition to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Responses must be submitted electronically via the NASA data system NSPIRES (http://nspires.nasaprs.com).

NASA Education seeks to partner with eligible domestic or international organizations on a no-exchange-of-funds basis to reach wider and more diverse audiences and to achieve mutually beneficial objectives. The Announcement places a priority on collaboration involving the following: digital learning; engaging underrepresented groups in STEM; NASA-themed STEM challenges; and youth-serving organizations. NASA also is receptive to other creative ideas including, for example, investigations or application of science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and design (STEAMD); or activities culturally relevant to or focused on unrepresented in STEM careers populations, such as women, ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities. The announcement explains the criteria used to review responses and NASA’s partnership mechanism known as a no-exchange-of-funds or non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement.

NASA will accept responses on a rolling basis through Dec. 31. 2017.

For more information about this opportunity, visit NSPIRES at http://go.nasa.gov/1RZwWCi.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please direct your questions to the Points of Contact listed within the NASA Announcement.
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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 http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students http://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 http://www.nasa.gov/education/resources/.

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

NASA Education Express — Nov. 25, 2015

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

Educator Workshop: Lunar and Meteorite Sample Certification
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Dec. 5, 2015, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. PST

National Science Foundation’s Research Traineeship Program
Audience: U.S. Universities and Colleges
Notice of Intent Deadline: Dec. 9, 2015

NASA Challenge: Bio-Inspired Advanced Exercise Concepts
Audience: Educators and Students 18 Years of Age and Older
Entry Deadline: Dec. 16, 2015

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PREVIOUSLY PROMOTED OPPORTUNITIES…
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Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy
Audience: Designed for Families With Children Ages 10 to 14, but Open to All
Next Event Date: Nov. 28, 2015, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EDT

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

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

2015 von Kármán Lecture Series — Attend in Person or View Online
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Dec. 3, 2015, at 7 pm. PST (10 p.m. EST)

Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other Education Organizations
Request Deadline: Dec. 7, 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

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

DEADLINE EXTENDED: 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: Dec. 11, 2015

2016 Space Exploration Educators Conference
Audience: K-12 Educators
Early Bird Registration Deadline: Dec. 11, 2015
Event Date: Feb. 4-6, 2016

Free “What’s New in Aerospace?” Lecture Series at Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Dec. 15, 2015, at 1 p.m. EDT

2016 GLOBE Distinguished Educator Fellowship
Audience: Active GLOBE Educators
Application Deadline: Dec. 15, 2015

Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Presents “STEM in 30″ Webcast Series
Audience: Grades 6-8 Educators and Students
Next Webcast Date: Dec. 17, 2015, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. EDT

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

2016 High-Altitude Student Platform Opportunity
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: Dec. 18, 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

Call for Submissions — NASA Announcement for High Impact / Broad Implementation STEM Education Partnerships (EDUCATION01SP16)
Audience: Education Institutions and Organizations
Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis Through Dec. 31, 2017

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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 http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students http://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 http://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.

Forces and Motion of Flight: Flying With Bernoulli
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Nov. 30, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Participants will learn how to use NASA’s Museum in a Box curriculum to explore Bernoulli’s Principle and how it relates to flight. Participants also will learn about current research going on at the NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/146323

International Space Station – Off the Earth, For the Earth: Cross-Curricular Activities
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Dec. 1, 2015, at 6 p.m. EST
Explore the ISS L.A.B.S. Educator Resource Guide and learn ways to engage your students with STEM activities celebrating the “One-Year Crew” and their yearlong mission on the International Space Station. The guide features six hands-on activities and makes connections to various science curricula including chemistry, technology/robotics, physics, mathematics and Earth science for grades 5-8. (Activities can be modified for other grade levels.) Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/148956

International Space Station – Off the Earth, For the Earth: Robo Arm
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-5
Event Date: Dec. 2, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Discover the many uses of robotic arms and how they function like real human arms. Robotic arms are used on the International Space Station to move equipment and supplies and to assist the astronauts. During this webinar, participants will learn how to design a robotic arm and participate in a weightlifting challenge. The featured activity is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/149761

NASA Elementary STEM: Exploring Snow and Ice
Audience:
Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-5
Event Date: Dec. 3, 2015, at 6 p.m. EST
Learn ways to use NASA STEM inquiry strategies to explore phase changes. Learners will observe ice melting and freezing under a variety of conditions and relate that to NASA’s MESSENGER mission. Participants will learn about the Exploring Ice in the Solar System guide, which features 12 individual lessons. This resource includes “Acting Out Science” and ELA CORE concepts. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/139298

International Space Station — Off the Earth, For the Earth: Sally Ride EarthKAM @ Space Camp
Audience:
Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 4-9
Event Date: Dec. 7, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Sally Ride EarthKAM @ Space Camp is a NASA educational outreach program that enables students, teachers and the public to learn about Earth from the unique perspective of space. During EarthKAM missions (periods when the Sally Ride EarthKAM camera is operational), middle school students around the world request images of specific locations on Earth. The entire collection of Sally Ride EarthKAM images is available in a searchable image archive. This image collection and accompanying activities are extraordinary resources to engage students in Earth and space science, geography, social studies, mathematics, communications and art. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/151050

International Toys in Space/Gravity and Physics
Audience:
Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Dec. 8, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Explore common toys and how they behave in Earth’s 1g environment. Then, predict how those toys will behave in the microgravity environment of the International Space Station. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/137339

International Space Station — Off the Earth, For the Earth: Changing Altitude of ISS
Audience:
Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 6-8
Event Date: Dec. 9, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Want a lesson that integrates STEM across the curriculum? This webinar for educators of grades 6-8 focuses on using NASA press releases, video clips and mathematics problems all in one lesson. The NASA Space Math website is used and is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core Math. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/149763

International Space Station — Off the Earth, For the Earth: One-Year Crew
Audience:
Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Dec. 10, 2015, at 6 p.m. EST
Explore the STEM on Station website, where NASA is celebrating the One-Year Crew and their yearlong mission to the International Space Station. Discover ways to bring “space” into your classroom with NASA STEM online resources, lesson plans, videos and up-to-the minute education news that incorporate the Next Generation Science Standards. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/146121

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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Educator Workshop: Lunar and Meteorite Sample Certification

Did you know NASA has authentic lunar rock samples from historic Apollo missions available to lend to educators? Lunar regolith and meteorite samples are also available. By participating in this free workshop, teachers can be certified to borrow the samples and use them in the classroom.

The target audience for the workshop is grade K-12 educators, but it is open to all educators.

The event will take place Dec. 5, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. PST 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/2015/12/05/lunar-and-meteorite-sample-certification/.

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

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National Science Foundation’s Research Traineeship Program

The National Science Foundation is accepting proposals under two tracks of the NSF Research Traineeship Program. This program encourages the development and implementation of bold, new and potentially transformative models for STEM graduate education training. Both the Traineeship Track and the Innovations in Graduate Education, or IGE, Track seek proposals that ensure that graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs develop the skills, knowledge and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers.

Traineeship Track proposals may be submitted by universities and colleges acting on behalf of their faculty members. The schools must be accredited in the United States and have a campus located here. All categories of eligible proposers may submit proposals to the IGE Track, which is dedicated to piloting new approaches in graduate education.

A letter of intent is required and must be submitted by Dec. 9, 2015. Full proposals are due Feb. 9, 2016.

For additional information about the program, including anticipated awards, visit http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505015&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click.

Please direct questions about this opportunity to NRT@NSF.gov.

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NASA Challenge: Bio-Inspired Advanced Exercise Concepts

On the space station, astronauts exercise for two hours per day to counteract the muscle atrophy and bone loss that can be experienced in microgravity. The large size of the space station allows astronauts to use bulky equipment. But mass, volume and power will be limited on future exploration missions, including missions to the moon and Mars. Next-generation concepts that NASA is developing for exercise countermeasures hardware use technologies like servomotors, pneumatics and flywheels to help astronauts maintain fitness.

To help astronauts flying on Orion and to broaden the options for designers of compact exercise equipment for long-duration missions, NASA is seeking innovative ideas for ultra-compact resistive and aerobic exercise concepts that are bio-inspired. The mechanism must fit into a space measuring 13 inches by 21 inches by 7.5 inches, weigh less than 20 pounds, and require no external power to operate.

This is a theoretical challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted. The Bio-Inspired Advanced Exercise Concepts Challenge offers up to three awards of $5,000 each for a total of $15,000 for the best designs.

Submissions are due Dec. 16, 2015.

For more information about the challenge, visit http://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-announces-bio-inspired-advanced-exercise-concepts-challenge .

The Bio-Inspired Advanced Exercise Concepts Challenge is managed by NASA’s Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation. Please direct questions about the challenge to nasa-coeci@mail.nasa.gov.

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PREVIOUSLY PROMOTED OPPORTUNITIES…
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Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy

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

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

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

The next offering of the Astronaut Academy is on Nov. 28, 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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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 http://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 http://www.nasa.gov/dln.

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

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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 http://www.nasa.gov/topics/journeytomars.

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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 InSight Mission: Journey to the Center of Mars
Event Date:
Dec. 3 and Dec. 4, 2015, at 7 pm. PST (10 p.m. EST)
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/lectures_archive.php?year=2015&month=12
The InSight mission to Mars will launch in March 2016, landing six months later in Elysium Planitia. Unlike previous missions to Mars, which have focused on surface features and chemistry, InSight aims to explore the interior of the planet down to its very core. Join InSight principal investigator Dr. Bruce Banderdt for a discussion about the mission and how it will help scientists learn key information on the composition and structure of the Red Planet.

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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Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use

NASA invites eligible U.S. educational institutions, museums and other organizations to screen and request historical artifacts of significance to spaceflight. This is the 29th screening of artifacts since 2009.

Eligible schools, universities, museums, libraries and planetariums may view the artifacts and request specific items through Dec. 7, 2015. Online registration should include an assigned Department of Education number. Registration also may be made through the requester’s State Agency for Surplus Property office. For instructions on how to register and to view and request artifacts online, visit http://gsaxcess.gov/NASAWel.htm.

The artifacts are free of charge and are offered “as-is.” Organizations must cover shipping costs and any handling fees. Shipping fees on smaller items will be relatively inexpensive; however, larger items may involve extensive disassembly, preparation, shipping and reassembly costs. NASA will work closely with eligible organizations to address any unique handling costs.

Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles and Blankets Available for Educational Use

In addition to the special screening of artifacts, NASA invites eligible U.S. educational institutions and museums to request space shuttle thermal protective tiles, space shuttle thermal protective blankets and other special items offered on a first-come, first-serve 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.

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

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

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

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

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

Full proposals are due Dec. 7, 2015.

For more information about this opportunity, including the recent addition of FAQs Issue #3, 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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#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 http://www.nasa.gov/content/one-year-crew.

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: 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 Dec. 11, 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 Space Exploration Educators Conference

Make plans to attend the 22nd Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference, to be held Feb. 4-6, 2016, at Space Center Houston. This conference is for all K-12 educators. Activities presented use space-related themes to teach across the curricula. The activities can be used for science, language arts, mathematics, history and more.

Attend sessions hosted by scientists and engineers working on exciting projects like the International Space Station and the exploration of Mars and other parts of our solar system. Hear from astronauts who will be “leading the charge” in exploration. Attend sessions presented by educators and receive ready-to-implement classroom ideas. Attendees can earn up to 24 hours of continuing professional education credit.

For more information, visit http://spacecenter.org/teacher-programs/teachers-seec/.

Please email any questions about the conference to seec@spacecenter.org.

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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:

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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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.

An informational webinar about the 2016 Distinguished Educator Fellowship took place on Nov. 12, 2015. The webinar was led by 2015 Distinguished Educator Fellow John Moore and Dr. Julie Malmberg and is available for viewing online.

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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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.

The next webcast is:

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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Army Educational Outreach Program’s eCYBERMISSION Competition

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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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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Call for Submissions — NASA Announcement for High Impact / Broad Implementation STEM Education Partnerships (EDUCATION01SP16)

The NASA Headquarters Office of Education, in cooperation with the agency’s four mission directorates, nine center education offices, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) education office, announces this competition to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Responses must be submitted electronically via the NASA data system NSPIRES (http://nspires.nasaprs.com).

NASA Education seeks to partner with eligible domestic or international organizations on a no-exchange-of-funds basis to reach wider and more diverse audiences and to achieve mutually beneficial objectives. The Announcement places a priority on collaboration involving the following: digital learning; engaging underrepresented groups in STEM; NASA-themed STEM challenges; and youth-serving organizations. NASA also is receptive to other creative ideas including, for example, investigations or application of science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and design (STEAMD); or activities culturally relevant to or focused on unrepresented in STEM careers populations, such as women, ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities. The announcement explains the criteria used to review responses and NASA’s partnership mechanism known as a no-exchange-of-funds or non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement.

NASA will accept responses on a rolling basis through Dec. 31. 2017.

For more information about this opportunity, visit NSPIRES at http://go.nasa.gov/1RZwWCi.

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

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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 http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students http://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 http://www.nasa.gov/education/resources/.

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

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