NASA Education Express — Nov. 21, 2013

Check out the latest NASA Education opportunity announcements.

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

NES Web Seminar — Linear Equations: NASA CONNECT — Breaking Barriers
Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 21, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. EST

2014 NASA Student Launch
Audience: Higher Education Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 22, 2013, at 9 a.m. EST

Discover Mapping with NASA
Audience: All Grade Levels
Event Date: Nov. 22, 2013, at 3 p.m. EST

National Science Foundation — East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes
Audience: Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 25, 2013

“Animal Collections” IGES Art Contest
Audience: Students in Grades 2-4
Entry Deadline Extended: Postmarked by Nov. 25, 2013

NASA CubeSat Space Missions
Audience: Higher Education Educators & Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 26, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. EST

NES Web Seminar — Electromagnetic Spectrum: Remote Sensing Ices on Mars
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 26, 2013, at 6:30 p.m.

2013 National Community College Aerospace Scholars Program
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 26, 2013

2013-2014 National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Deadline to Register and Apply for Build Awards: Nov. 30, 2013

NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement Mission — “Unique Perspectives” Photo and Video Contest
Audience: All Educators and Students Age 13 and Older
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2013

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Cassini Scientist for a Day
Audience: Grades 5-12
Event Date: Dec. 3, 2013, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. EST

National Science Foundation Webinar — Advanced Informal STEM Learning Solicitation
Audience: Informal Educators
Webinar Date: Dec. 3, 2013, at 3 p.m. EST

Green Strides Webinar Series
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: Dec. 4, 2013, at 3 p.m. EST

2014-15 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship
Audience: K-12 STEM Educators
Application Deadline: Dec. 4, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. EST

NES Web Seminar — Geometry: Space Math Problems — Solar Storms
Audience: Grades 7 – 12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Dec. 4, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST

Reduced Gravity Education Flight Opportunity for Students at Minority Serving Institutions
Audience: Higher Education Educators & Students
Proposal Deadline: Dec. 4, 2013

NES Web Seminar –Temperature and Earth Climate: Modeling Hot and Cold Planets
Audience: 7-9 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Dec. 5, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST

Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Dec. 7, 2013, at 5:15 p.m. EST

2014 RASC-AL Robo-Ops Competition
Audience: Higher Education Students
Proposal Deadline: Dec. 8, 2013

MAVEN Workshop — Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!
Audience: Elementary Educators
Application Deadline: Jan. 17, 2014
Workshop Date: Jan. 25, 2014

2014 NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars Program
Audience: Community College Students Who Are Texas Residents
Application Deadline: Jan. 21, 2014

2014 NASA Student Airborne Research Program
Audience: Undergraduate Students Currently in Their Junior Year
Application Deadline: Feb. 7, 2014

NASA Exploration Design Challenge
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Virtual Crew Registration Deadline: July 31, 2014

New NASA eClips Videos Segments on the SMAP Mission Available
Audience: K-12 Educators

Don’t miss out on upcoming NASA education opportunities.
For a full list of events, opportunities and more, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA’s website:
— Educators https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/current-opps-index.html

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NES Web Seminar — Linear Equations: NASA CONNECT — Breaking Barriers

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Nov. 21, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. EST. During this professional development session, participants will receive information about the applications of linear equations at NASA and learn how to implement the “Breaking Barriers” student activity. “Breaking Barriers” provides students with an opportunity to step into the shoes of a NASA engineer to design, build and test an X-1 balloon.

The featured activity provides many opportunities for incorporating national science, technology and mathematics learning standards into curricula as well as addressing middle school Next Generation Science Standards.

This seminar will be repeated on May 28, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar22.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NASA Explorer Schools help desk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@nasa.gov.

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2014 NASA Student Launch

NASA’s Student Launch is accepting proposals from colleges and universities across the nation. Student Launch is a research-based, competitive and experiential exploration project that provides relevant and cost-effective research and development to support the Space Launch System, or SLS. The project involves teams in an eight-month commitment to design, build and fly payloads or vehicle components that support SLS on high-power rockets.

Proposals are due Nov. 22, 2013, by 9 a.m. EST.

For more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/descriptions/Student_Launch.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Julie Clift at julie.d.clift@nasa.gov.

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Discover Mapping with NASA

For over 50 years, NASA earth science has transformed the way we look at our planet. Celebrate Geography Awareness Week (Nov. 17-23) and discover a world of resources for real NASA images and data so you and your students can explore the most pressing Earth mysteries.

GeoWeek is an annual public awareness program established in 1987 to highlight geography as a discipline and as a part of everyday life. On Nov. 22, 2013, participate in a Spanish-language webinar and find out how ocean data collected from space can answer questions about processes on Earth.

Find details about these events, NASA educational resources, articles, blog posts and more related to how NASA contributes to the world of mapping on http://climate.nasa.gov/esw2013.

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National Science Foundation — East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes

The National Science Foundation’s East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes, or EAPSI, program provides U.S. graduate students an opportunity to spend eight weeks (10 weeks for Japan) during the summer conducting research at one of seven host locations in East Asia and the Pacific: Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan. The program is a collaboration between the National Science Foundation and counterpart agencies in each host location.

EAPSI is open to graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and are enrolled in a research-oriented master’s or doctoral program in science or engineering. Applicants must propose a research project in a field of science, engineering or STEM education supported by NSF, including Engineering; Computer and Information Science and Engineering; Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Biological Sciences; Geosciences; Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences; Education (STEM); and Multidisciplinary Research in these fields.

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

The application submission deadline for summer 2014 institutes is Nov. 25, 2013.

For additional information, visit http://www.nsf.gov/eapsi.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to oiia-ise-eapsi@nsf.gov.

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“Animal Collections” IGES Art Contest

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, or IGES, invites young scientists and artists to explore groups of animals. Students in grades 2-4 are encouraged to think about their favorite animal group and find the collective noun that describes it. Examples include an army of ants, a lounge of lizards, a parliament of owls and a school of sharks.

After completing their research, students should create a piece of artwork (no larger than 16″x20″) to show what they have learned. Winning artists will receive gift cards, framed color certificates and have their artwork showcased on the IGES website.

The entry deadline has been extended. Entries now must be postmarked by Nov. 25, 2013.

For full details on the contest, resources on animal groups and to download an entry form, visit http://strategies.org/education/student-contests/art-contest/2013-animal-collections/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Emily McLaughlin at emily_mclaughlin@strategies.org.

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NASA CubeSat Space Missions

NASA is now accepting proposals for the CubeSat Launch Initiative. Proposals must be submitted electronically by 4:30 p.m. EST Nov. 26, 2013.

From the submissions, NASA will select the best proposals by Feb. 7, 2014. Developers whose proposals are selected may have the opportunity to see their creations launched as an auxiliary payload on a mission between 2014 and 2017. NASA will not provide funding for the development of the small satellites and selection does not guarantee a launch opportunity.

CubeSats are a class of cube-shaped research spacecraft called nanosatellites. They are approximately 4 inches long, have a volume of about 1 quart and weigh less than 3 pounds.

CubeSat investigations should be consistent with NASA’s strategic plan and educational vision and goals. The research should address specific aspects of science, exploration, technology development, education or operations.

From the first four rounds of the NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative, 89 payloads from 25 U.S. states made the short list for launch opportunities in 2011 through 2016. Of the selected CubeSats, 12 satellites have already launched. Twenty-one Cubesats are scheduled for launch later this year.

For additional information on NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative program, visit https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/heo/home/CubeSats_initiative.html.

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NES Web Seminar — Electromagnetic Spectrum: Remote Sensing Ices on Mars

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on Nov. 26, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn how to use authentic NASA mission data to investigate the composition and distribution of ice in the high-latitude regions of Mars through analysis of visible light, infrared light and gamma rays. The seminar includes information about a unique student extension activity, where students access a free computer simulation illustrating how gamma rays are used to determine the chemical composition of Mars.

The featured activity provides many opportunities for incorporating national science, technology and mathematics learning standards into the curriculum as well as addressing high school Next Generation Science Standards.

This seminar will be repeated on March 20, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar9.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NES Help Desk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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2013 National Community College Aerospace Scholars Program

National Community College Aerospace Scholars, or NCAS, is an interactive online learning experience featuring engineering career possibilities. It is highlighted by an onsite experience where selected students are encouraged to study mathematics, science, engineering or computer science by interacting with engineers at NASA.

The only cost to participants is a $30 registration fee. NASA covers travel, food and lodging. NCAS is open to community college students throughout the United States. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have access to the Internet.

Applications are due Nov. 26, 2013.

For more information and to apply online, visit http://ncas.aerospacescholars.org/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to jsc-ncas@mail.nasa.gov.

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2013-2014 National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition

The National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition is the Montana Space Grant Consortium’s Education Program for NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, mission. IRIS will use spectrography and imaging in ultraviolet wavelengths to reveal the dynamics of the sun’s chromospheres and transition region.

This yearly competition is open to undergraduate interdisciplinary teams from colleges and universities across the U.S. Teams are challenged to design and build a working ground-based solar spectrograph and demonstrate the capabilities of the spectrograph as defined by their science goal. Typical teams have three to six students and must have a faculty advisor.

Both substantial scholarship prizes and travel prizes will be given in four categories: best design, best build, best science observations and best presentation of results. Teams may apply for funding of $2,000 per team for project materials. Priority for build funds will be given to minority-serving institutions, community colleges and institutions with less aerospace activity.

Applications for build awards and registrations are due on Nov. 30, 2013.

The competition will be held May 14-16, 2014, in Bozeman, Mont.

For more information and to register online, visit http://www.spacegrant.montana.edu/IRIS/index.html.

Please email any questions about this competition to Randy Larimer at rlarimer@ece.montana.edu.

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NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement Mission — “Unique Perspectives” Photo and Video Contest

NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement, or GPM, mission announces the “Unique Perspectives” photo and video contest.

There are many ways to view precipitation. Rain gauges collect water as it hits the ground. Weather radars detect rain and snow as it falls through the air. Research aircraft can measure moisture while flying through clouds, and satellites like the GPM Core Observatory can view precipitation from space.

The GPM team wants to see your photos and videos of precipitation from unique perspectives. Check out weather from all angles — far away, up close, above, below and inside — the more creative and unique, the better.

All entrants must be 13 years old or older. The deadline for submitting photos and videos is Dec. 1, 2013.

For more information and instructions for submitting an entry, visit https://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/gpm-unique-perspectives-photo-and-video-contest/.

Questions about this contest should be emailed to Jacob Reed at jacob.b.reed@nasa.gov.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Cassini Scientist for a Day

NASA’s Digital Learning Network is hosting an education event featuring the winners of the Cassini Scientist for a Day essay contest. The contest winners will be given the opportunity to ask questions of Cassini science team members.

Students from around the country were asked to tell scientists which of three targets they would look at with the Cassini spacecraft — Saturn, or one of two of its moons, Dione or Iapetus — and why. Scientists and education specialists selected the winning essays.

Join the webcast on Dec. 3, 2013, at 12:30 p.m. EST to see the winners and to become inspired to enter future contests.

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

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National Science Foundation Webinar — Advanced Informal STEM Learning Solicitation

The Advancing Informal STEM Learning, or AISL, solicitation was released by the National Science Foundation on Sept. 30, 2013. The AISL program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and develop understanding of deeper learning by participants.

AISL program officers are holding a “102 Digging Deeper into the Solicitation” webinar to provide background and more depth related to key elements of the solicitation. The webinar will also address commonly asked questions compiled from earlier 101 webinars. Notes from the 101 webinars are available online.

The AISL 102 webinar will take place on Dec. 3, 2013, at 3 p.m. EST.

For more information, visit http://www.nsf.gov/events/event_summ.jsp?cntn_id=129439&WT.mc_id=USNSF_13&WT.mc_ev=click.

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

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Green Strides Webinar Series

The U.S. Department of Education presents the Green Strides Webinar Series. These webinars feature experts from various federal programs. The webinars are free, and events are scheduled throughout the 2013-2014 school year.

The next webinar takes place on Dec. 4, 2013, at 3 p.m. EST.

For more information and registration, visit http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/green-strides/webinar.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Green.Ribbon.Schools@ed.gov.

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2014-15 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship

Applications are currently available for the 2014-15 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program. This program is open to current public or private elementary and secondary mathematics, technology, engineering and science classroom teachers with demonstrated excellence in teaching. Applications are due 5 p.m. EST Dec. 4, 2013.

Selected teachers spend a school year in Washington, D.C., sharing their expertise with policy makers and program managers. Einstein Fellows may serve with one of several government agency sponsors, such as the Department of Energy, NASA or the National Science Foundation.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and be currently employed full time in a public or private elementary or secondary school or school district. Applicants must have been teaching in a STEM field full time for at least five of the last seven years.

For more information about this opportunity and to apply online, visit http://science.energy.gov/wdts/einstein/.

Inquiries about the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program should be directed to Brian O’Donnell at sc.einstein@science.doe.gov.

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NES Web Seminar — Geometry: Space Math Problems — Solar Storms

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar on Dec. 4, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST. Solar Storms provides teachers with a unique opportunity to have students use their knowledge of geometry and trigonometry to analyze NASA images of a solar tsunami. During this seminar, you will get an overview of the problem sets, preview a video about solar storms, suggestions for implementing best practices and learn about some extension activities.

Participants will receive an overview of the problem set and learn how the problems align to the Common Core State Standards.

This web seminar will be repeated on March 26, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar18.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA.Explorer.Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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Reduced Gravity Education Flight Opportunity for Students at Minority Serving Institutions

NASA is offering undergraduate students from minority serving institutions an opportunity to test experiments in microgravity aboard NASA’s reduced gravity aircraft.

This opportunity is a partnership between the Minority University Research and Education Program and NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program, which gives aspiring explorers a chance to propose, design and fabricate a reduced-gravity experiment. Selected teams will test and evaluate their experiments aboard NASA’s reduced-gravity airplane. The aircraft flies about 30 roller-coaster-like climbs and dips during experiment flights to produce periods of weightlessness and hypergravity ranging from 0 gravity, or g, to 2 g.

Proposals are due Dec. 4, 2013.

All applicants must be full-time undergraduate students, U.S. citizens and at least 18 years old.

For more information, visit https://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov/murep/.

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to jsc-reducedgravity@nasa.gov.

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NES Web Seminar –Temperature and Earth Climate: Modeling Hot and Cold Planets

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project is hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on Dec. 5, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Use NASA mission data collected from NASA satellites to see how a planet’s climate is determined. Attend this session and discover how you can incorporate authentic NASA data into your classroom to provide a real-world connection for your students.

This is the only time this seminar will be offered during the current school year.

The featured activity provides an opportunity for incorporating national science, technology and mathematics learning standards into curricula as well as addressing high school Next Generation Science Standards.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar29.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

Curious about our nearest star, water on Mars, the first trip to Pluto and other wonders of the universe? Come to the Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series presented by Smithsonian researchers who are exploring the sun, the moon, planets, stars, galaxies and the universe. These speakers will share behind-the-scenes details about how their research is done and technologies that advance new discoveries. The lectures will be held at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

Each lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. ET and is followed by a question-and-answer session. A Discovery Station activity will take place at 4 p.m. prior to each lecture. Stay after the lecture to visit the museum’s observatory, weather permitting.

Dec. 7, 2013 — Oh, Swear Not by the Inconstant Sun
For 50 years, the Smithsonian monitored changes in the sun’s power. Secretary Charles Greeley Abbott asserted that solar variations could influence weather patterns and crop yields. What was he detecting? Dr. David DeVorkin will explore the inconstant nature of the sun.

Dec. 14, 2013 — First Mission to Pluto: The Origins and Voyage of New Horizons
In July 2015, New Horizons will become the first spacecraft to fly through the Pluto system. Dr. Michael Neufeld will discuss the goal of this mission and the promise of new science from it.

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

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

The Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series is made possible by a grant from NASA.

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2014 RASC-AL Robo-Ops Competition

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace announce the 2014 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage Exploration Robo-Ops, also known as RASC-AL Robo-Ops, competition. This design competition is aimed at university-level engineering students.

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

Teams must submit a project plan for their proposed project by Dec. 8, 2013. The RASC-AL Robo-Ops Steering Committee of NASA experts will evaluate the project plans and select as many as eight teams to compete against each other at the Rock Yard in June 2014.

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

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

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

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

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, or MAVEN, mission will explore the planet’s upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the solar wind. Set to arrive at Mars in 2014, the mission will provide invaluable insights into the history of Mars’ atmosphere and climate, liquid water and planetary habitability.

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

The workshop will take place on Jan. 25, 2014, in Houston, Texas. Registration is $15 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Applications are due Jan. 17, 2014, but space is limited so interested educators are encouraged to apply early.

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

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

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2014 NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars Program

The NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars, or CAS, is accepting applications for its spring 2014 workshop. CAS is an interactive online learning experience for community college students in Texas.

CAS students participate in graded Web-based modules. Based on grades and completed applications, qualified students are chosen to attend a three-day experience at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston in spring 2014.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, residents of Texas and have access to the Internet.

Applications are due Jan. 21, 2014.

For more information and to apply online, visit http://cas.aerospacescholars.org/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to jsc-ae-cas@mail.nasa.gov.

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2014 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, 2014. 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 onboard the NASA DC-8 aircraft.

The program takes place in summer 2014. Preparatory information and data analysis will take place at the University of California, Irvine. Instrument and flight preparations, and the research flights themselves, will occur at NASA’s Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif.

Successful applicants will be awarded a stipend and meals allowance for eight weeks of participation in the program. Round-trip travel to California, housing and transportation will be provided.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 7, 2014.

For more information and to download the program application, visit http://www.nserc.und.edu/sarp/sarp-2014.

Specific questions about the program should be directed to SARP2014@nserc.und.edu.

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NASA Exploration Design Challenge

Students from Kindergarten through 12th grade will have the opportunity to play a unique role in the future of human spaceflight through participation in NASA’s Exploration Design Challenge, or EDC. NASA EDC invites students around the world to think and act like scientists in order to overcome one of the major hurdles of deep space long-duration exploration — the dangers associated with space radiation. Students taking part in the challenge will discover how to plan and design improved radiation shielding aboard the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, currently being developed by NASA, Lockheed Martin and other partners to carry astronauts to space, venturing farther than humans have ever gone before.

Through a series of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, engagement activities, students in grades K-8 will analyze different materials that simulate space radiation shielding and recommend materials that best block radiation and protect astronauts. Students in grades 9-12 will think and act like engineers as they apply what they learn to design shielding to protect a sensor on the Orion crew module from space radiation. After a review of the design solutions submitted by teams in the grades 9-12 challenge, five finalist teams will be selected and matched with a mentor from NASA to test their designs in a virtual simulator. The winning team will build a prototype radiation shield that will be analyzed and submitted to Lockheed Martin for flight certification on the inaugural flight of the Orion Exploration Flight Test, or EFT-1.

The five U.S. finalist teams from the grades 9-12 challenge will be invited to attend the EFT-1 launch, currently scheduled for November 2014. The names of all students, grades K-12, participating in the NASA EDC will fly aboard the spacecraft as honorary virtual crewmembers for Orion’s first flight. The deadline to register students for the virtual crew is July 31, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/spacelife/explorationdesign/overview/index.html .

For more information about Orion, visit https://www.nasa.gov/orion.

Email any questions about this opportunity to nasaedc@nianet.org.

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New NASA eClips Videos Segments on the SMAP Mission Available

This month, NASA eClips™ presents:

Our World: What is Soil? (Grades K-5)
Learn about soil and how different kinds of soil hold moisture. See how NASA plans to use measurements from the Soil Moisture Active Passive Mission, or SMAP, to make our world a better place to live.

Real World: What is Soil Moisture? (Grades 6-8)
What is the connection between water, soil and carbon cycles? The answer may be in the soil beneath your feet. See how NASA plans to measure soil moisture from space with the Soil Moisture Active Passive Mission, or SMAP. Learn to calculate soil moisture in your own backyard and discover the real world applications for this data.

Launchpad: Space Age Technologies Measure Soil (Grades 9-12)
Learn how NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive Mission, or SMAP, will use new technologies to help answer questions raised in the National Research Councils’ Decadal Survey. See what kind of modeling and forecasting applications the data from this mission will provide as it measures the soil moisture that cools Earth’s surface and provides water to the atmosphere and plants.

To learn more about NASA eClips, visit www.nasa.gov/nasaeclips.

Follow NASA eClips on Facebook and Twitter!

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

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

NASA Education Express — Nov. 14, 2013

Check out the latest NASA Education opportunity announcements.






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

NES Web Seminar — Algebraic Equations: Calculator Controlled Robots
Audience: Algebra Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 14, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. EST

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Next Application Deadline: Nov. 15, 2013

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airspace Operations Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students and Faculty
Early Bird Registration Deadline: Nov. 15, 2013

2014 NASA High-Altitude Student Platform Opportunity
Audience: Higher Education Faculty and Students
Informational Q&A Teleconference: Nov. 15, 2013
Application Deadline: Dec. 20, 2013

Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Nov. 16, 2013, at 5:15 p.m. EST

“Animal Collections” IGES Art Contest
Audience: Students in Grades 2-4
Entry Deadline: Postmarked by Nov. 18, 2013

Green Strides Webinar Series
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: Nov. 19, 2013, at 3 p.m. EST

GLOBE Next Generation Science Standards Webinar Series
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: Nov. 20, 2013, at 1 p.m. EST

NES Web Seminar — Heat, Temperature and Energy: MESSENGER — Cooling with Sunshades
Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 20, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 6 to the International Space Station
Audience: School Districts Serving Grades 5-12, Informal Education Institutions, Colleges and Universities
Inquiry Deadline: Nov. 20, 2013

“Ask NICE” Online Professional Development Series
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: Nov. 21, 2013, at 4 p.m. EST

NES Web Seminar — Linear Equations: NASA CONNECT — Breaking Barriers
Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 21, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. EST

2013-14 Texas High School Aerospace Scholars
Audience: 11th-grade Students in Texas
Application Deadline: Nov. 21, 2013

2014 NASA Student Launch
Audience: Higher Education Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 22, 2013, at 9 a.m. EST

Discover Mapping with NASA
Audience: All Grade Levels
Event Date: Nov. 22, 2013, at 3 p.m. EST

National Science Foundation — East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes
Audience: Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 25, 2013

NASA CubeSat Space Missions
Audience: Higher Education Educators & Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 26, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. EST

2013 National Community College Aerospace Scholars Program
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 26, 2013

2013-2014 National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Deadline to Register and Apply for Build Awards: Nov. 30, 2013

NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement Mission — “Unique Perspectives” Photo and Video Contest
Audience: All Educators and Students Age 13 and Older
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2013

2014-15 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship
Audience: K-12 STEM Educators
Application Deadline: Dec. 4, 2013

2014 RASC-AL Robo-Ops Competition
Audience: Higher Education Students
Proposal Deadline: Dec. 8, 2013

NASA’s Center for Astronomy Education Workshop for Astronomy and Space Science Instructors
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Event Dates: Jan. 4-5, 2014

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships Program Accepting Proposals for 2014-2015 Academic Year
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 3, 2014

Engineering for You Video Contest
Audience: All Educators and Students in Grades 6-College
Entry Deadline: March 31, 2014

NASA Exploration Design Challenge
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Virtual Crew Registration Deadline: July 31, 2014

NASA Sponsors Odyssey of the Mind Long-Term Problem — The Stackable Structure
Audience: All Educators and Students
Visit Website for Regional Competition Dates

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

Don’t miss out on upcoming NASA education opportunities.
For a full list of events, opportunities and more, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA’s website:
— Educators https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/current-opps-index.html

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NES Web Seminar — Algebraic Equations: Calculator Controlled Robots

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on Nov. 14, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. EST. Discover a unique way of integrating robotic technology into your algebra classes. Robotic missions engage students and provide a unique way of bringing to life the concepts you are teaching. Learn to use programmable Texas Instruments, or TI, calculators and Norland Research Robots to solve problems requiring substituting values for variables in formulas.

This seminar provides an overview of using robotics in algebra so you can make an informed decision about purchasing the robots and other equipment. You do not need to have a Norland Research Robot or programmable TI calculator to participate in this seminar, or know how to program the calculator.

The featured activity provides many opportunities for addressing grades 6-8 Common Core State Mathematics Standards.

This Web seminar will be offered again on May 7, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar1.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NASA Explorer Schools help desk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships

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

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

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

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

U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and foreign nationals eligible for J-1 status as a Research Scholar may apply. Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. or equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but may apply while completing the degree requirements. Applicants who earned the Ph.D. more than five years before the deadline date are categorized as Senior Fellows; all applicants, no matter their category, must apply and become eligible for an NPP award via the same process.

The next deadline for applications has been extended to Nov. 15, 2013.

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

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

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Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airspace Operations Challenge

NASA and Development Projects Inc., or DPI, of Dayton, Ohio, have opened registration for the 2014 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airspace Operations Challenge. The $500,000 prize competition is scheduled for April 2014 in Indiana.

Teams from across the nation will travel to Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center and compete to meet technology milestones, fostering development of technologies that may reduce the technical challenges of safely operating autonomous unmanned aircraft systems in commercial airspace.

Early bird registration closes on Nov. 15, 2013. Registration fees increase after this date. The final registration deadline is March 31, 2014.

For more information, including how to register a team for the 2014 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airspace Operations Challenge, visit http://uasaoc.org.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Garry Qualls at garry.d.qualls@nasa.gov.

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2014 NASA High-Altitude Student Platform Opportunity

NASA 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 NASA project 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, N.M. 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 project is a joint effort between NASA and the Louisiana Space Consortium.

A question-and-answer teleconference for interested parties will be held on Nov. 15, 2013, at 11 a.m. EST.

The deadline for applications is Dec. 20, 2013.

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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Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

Curious about our nearest star, water on Mars, the first trip to Pluto and other wonders of the universe? Come to the Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series presented by Smithsonian researchers who are exploring the sun, the moon, planets, stars, galaxies and the universe. These speakers will share behind-the-scenes details about how their research is done and technologies that advance new discoveries. The lectures will be held at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

Each lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. ET and is followed by a question-and-answer session. A Discovery Station activity will take place at 4 p.m. prior to each lecture. Stay after the lecture to visit the museum’s observatory, weather permitting.

Nov. 16, 2013 — Rivers and Lakes on Mars
Mars was warm and wet early in its history. Impact craters that once held lakes, dried river channels and ancient deltas tell us about early Martian climate. Dr. Ross Irwin will discuss rivers and lakes on the Red Planet.

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

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

The Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series is made possible by a grant from NASA.

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“Animal Collections” IGES Art Contest

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, or IGES, invites young scientists and artists to explore groups of animals. Students in grades 2-4 are encouraged to think about their favorite animal group and find the collective noun that describes it. Examples include an army of ants, a lounge of lizards, a parliament of owls and a school of sharks.

After completing their research, students should create a piece of artwork (no larger than 16″x20″) to show what they have learned. Winning artists will receive gift cards, framed color certificates and have their artwork showcased on the IGES website.

Entries must be postmarked by Nov. 18, 2013.

For full details on the contest, resources on animal groups and to download an entry form, visit http://strategies.org/education/student-contests/art-contest/2013-animal-collections/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Emily McLaughlin at emily_mclaughlin@strategies.org.

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Green Strides Webinar Series

The U.S. Department of Education presents the Green Strides Webinar Series. These webinars feature experts from various federal programs. The webinars are free, and events are scheduled throughout the 2013-2014 school year.

The next webinar takes place on Nov. 19, 2013, at 3 p.m. EST.

For more information and registration, visit http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/green-strides/webinar.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Green.Ribbon.Schools@ed.gov.

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GLOBE Next Generation Science Standards Webinar Series

The Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment, or GLOBE, program is presenting a series of webinars titled “Aligning the GLOBE Program with Next Generation Science Standards.” This series covers the basics of the Next Generation Science Standards, or NGSS, how GLOBE fits with the standards and how educators can be involved in the initiative.

The next webinar, “What Does It Mean, and How Do You Do It?” will take place on Nov. 20, 2013, at 1 p.m. EST. GLOBE partners Dr. Lisa Gardner, Spark/University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, and Dr. Matt Gilmore, University of North Dakota, will discuss what NGSS means to their organizations and how they are preparing for the alignment and adoption of NGSS.

For more information and to view previously recorded webinars in the series, visit http://www.globe.gov/teaching-and-learning/professional-development-resources/webinars/ngss-webinars.

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NES Web Seminar — Heat, Temperature and Energy: MESSENGER — Cooling with Sunshades

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on Nov. 20, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn how to use the NASA MESSENGER mission to Mercury to motivate your students to investigate energy and the electromagnetic spectrum and provide a real-world context to concepts you already teach. In the lesson, “Cooling with Sunshades, students emulate the work of MESSENGER satellite engineers by building and testing a sunshade that will minimize the damaging effects of the sun’s energy on their payload and calculate the cost efficiency of their sunshades.

The activity provides opportunities for incorporating national science, technology and mathematics learning standards into the curriculum as well as addresses Next Generation Science Standards.

This seminar will be repeated on April 9, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar20.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 6 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 6 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 International Space Station. This opportunity is part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, or SSEP.

Each participating community will receive a real microgravity research mini-laboratory capable of supporting a single microgravity experiment, and all launch services to fly the mini-lab to the space station in fall 2014 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 mini-lab. 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 science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education.

This competition is open to students in grades 5-12 and college. Informal education groups and organizations are also encouraged to participate. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than Nov. 20, 2013. 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 6 to International Space Station National Announcement of Opportunity at http://ssep.ncesse.org/2013/10/new-flight-opportunity-for-school-districts-announcing-student-spaceflight-experiments-program-ssep-mission-6-to-the-international-space-station-for-2014/.

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

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“Ask NICE” Online Professional Development Series

Join the NASA Innovations in Climate Education, or NICE, team for a series of Google+ Hangout professional development sessions. Planned for the third Thursdays of upcoming months, the sessions will cover a variety of climate topics, including:

Earth From Near and Far
Nov. 21, 2013, at 4 p.m. EST

The Green Ninja: A Climate Action Superhero
Dec. 19, 2013, at 4 p.m. EST

Certificates of professional development hours are available upon request. Additional session dates are TBD.

For more information, visit https://nice.larc.nasa.gov/asknice/.

This series is sponsored by Minority University Research and Education Program and NICE, and is part of the Digital Learning Network program to expand the reach of NICE projects.

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NES Web Seminar — Linear Equations: NASA CONNECT — Breaking Barriers

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Nov. 21, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. EST. During this professional development session, participants will receive information about the applications of linear equations at NASA and learn how to implement the “Breaking Barriers” student activity. “Breaking Barriers” provides students with an opportunity to step into the shoes of a NASA engineer to design, build and test an X-1 balloon.

The featured activity provides many opportunities for incorporating national science, technology and mathematics learning standards into curricula as well as addressing middle school Next Generation Science Standards.

This seminar will be repeated on May 28, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar22.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NASA Explorer Schools help desk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@nasa.gov.

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2013-14 Texas High School Aerospace Scholars

The Texas High School Aerospace Scholars project is accepting applications for the 2013-14 school year. This unique NASA opportunity is for Texas high school juniors who are interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Selected students begin their journey with an interactive online learning experience that starts in late November and continues through April. During this time, students will create technical writings and drawings, solve math problems, participate in discussion forums and take part in chat sessions with NASA engineers and scientists.

In April, students who successfully complete the online portion of the project will be qualified to be selected to attend a six-day internship at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Selected students will learn firsthand from NASA engineers and scientists who not only speak to the group, but also serve as mentors for the teams.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, Texas residents, and have access to the Internet. Applications are due Nov. 21, 2013.

For additional information on the project and to apply online, visit http://has.aerospacescholars.org/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to jsc-aeroscho@mail.nasa.gov.

This program is sponsored by NASA and funded by the State of Texas, Rotary NASA, and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, at no cost to participants.

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2014 NASA Student Launch

NASA’s Student Launch is accepting proposals from colleges and universities across the nation. Student Launch is a research-based, competitive and experiential exploration project that provides relevant and cost-effective research and development to support the Space Launch System, or SLS. The project involves teams in an eight-month commitment to design, build and fly payloads or vehicle components that support SLS on high-power rockets.

Proposals are due Nov. 22, 2013, by 9 a.m. EST.

For more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/descriptions/Student_Launch.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Julie Clift at julie.d.clift@nasa.gov.

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Discover Mapping with NASA

For over 50 years, NASA earth science has transformed the way we look at our planet. Celebrate Geography Awareness Week (Nov. 17-23) and discover a world of resources for real NASA images and data so you and your students can explore the most pressing Earth mysteries.

GeoWeek is an annual public awareness program established in 1987 to highlight geography as a discipline and as a part of everyday life. On Nov. 22, 2013, participate in a Spanish-language webinar and find out how ocean data collected from space can answer questions about processes on Earth.

Find details about these events, NASA educational resources, articles, blog posts and more related to how NASA contributes to the world of mapping on http://climate.nasa.gov/esw2013.

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National Science Foundation — East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes

The National Science Foundation’s East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes, or EAPSI, program provides U.S. graduate students an opportunity to spend eight weeks (10 weeks for Japan) during the summer conducting research at one of seven host locations in East Asia and the Pacific: Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan. The program is a collaboration between the National Science Foundation and counterpart agencies in each host location.

EAPSI is open to graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and are enrolled in a research-oriented master’s or doctoral program in science or engineering. Applicants must propose a research project in a field of science, engineering or STEM education supported by NSF, including Engineering; Computer and Information Science and Engineering; Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Biological Sciences; Geosciences; Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences; Education (STEM); and Multidisciplinary Research in these fields.

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

The application submission deadline for summer 2014 institutes is Nov. 25, 2013.

For additional information, visit http://www.nsf.gov/eapsi.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to oiia-ise-eapsi@nsf.gov.

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NASA CubeSat Space Missions

NASA is now accepting proposals for the CubeSat Launch Initiative. Proposals must be submitted electronically by 4:30 p.m. EST Nov. 26, 2013.

From the submissions, NASA will select the best proposals by Feb. 7, 2014. Developers whose proposals are selected may have the opportunity to see their creations launched as an auxiliary payload on a mission between 2014 and 2017. NASA will not provide funding for the development of the small satellites and selection does not guarantee a launch opportunity.

CubeSats are a class of cube-shaped research spacecraft called nanosatellites. They are approximately 4 inches long, have a volume of about 1 quart and weigh less than 3 pounds.

CubeSat investigations should be consistent with NASA’s strategic plan and educational vision and goals. The research should address specific aspects of science, exploration, technology development, education or operations.

From the first four rounds of the NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative, 89 payloads from 25 U.S. states made the short list for launch opportunities in 2011 through 2016. Of the selected CubeSats, 12 satellites have already launched. Twenty-one Cubesats are scheduled for launch later this year.

For additional information on NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative program, visit https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/heo/home/CubeSats_initiative.html.

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2013 National Community College Aerospace Scholars Program

National Community College Aerospace Scholars, or NCAS, is an interactive online learning experience featuring engineering career possibilities. It is highlighted by an onsite experience where selected students are encouraged to study mathematics, science, engineering or computer science by interacting with engineers at NASA.

The only cost to participants is a $30 registration fee. NASA covers travel, food and lodging. NCAS is open to community college students throughout the United States. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have access to the Internet.

Applications are due Nov. 26, 2013.

For more information and to apply online, visit http://ncas.aerospacescholars.org/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to jsc-ncas@mail.nasa.gov.

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2013-2014 National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition

The National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition is the Montana Space Grant Consortium’s Education Program for NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, mission. IRIS will use spectrography and imaging in ultraviolet wavelengths to reveal the dynamics of the sun’s chromospheres and transition region.

This yearly competition is open to undergraduate interdisciplinary teams from colleges and universities across the U.S. Teams are challenged to design and build a working ground-based solar spectrograph and demonstrate the capabilities of the spectrograph as defined by their science goal. Typical teams have three to six students and must have a faculty advisor.

Both substantial scholarship prizes and travel prizes will be given in four categories: best design, best build, best science observations and best presentation of results. Teams may apply for funding of $2,000 per team for project materials. Priority for build funds will be given to minority-serving institutions, community colleges and institutions with less aerospace activity.

Applications for build awards and registrations are due on Nov. 30, 2013.

The competition will be held May 14-16, 2014, in Bozeman, Mont.

For more information and to register online, visit http://www.spacegrant.montana.edu/IRIS/index.html.

Please email any questions about this competition to Randy Larimer at rlarimer@ece.montana.edu.

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NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement Mission — “Unique Perspectives” Photo and Video Contest

NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement, or GPM, mission announces the “Unique Perspectives” photo and video contest.

There are many ways to view precipitation. Rain gauges collect water as it hits the ground. Weather radars detect rain and snow as it falls through the air. Research aircraft can measure moisture while flying through clouds, and satellites like the GPM Core Observatory can view precipitation from space.

The GPM team wants to see your photos and videos of precipitation from unique perspectives. Check out weather from all angles — far away, up close, above, below and inside — the more creative and unique, the better.

All entrants must be 13 years old or older. The deadline for submitting photos and videos is Dec. 1, 2013.

For more information and instructions for submitting an entry, visit https://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/gpm-unique-perspectives-photo-and-video-contest/.

Questions about this contest should be emailed to Jacob Reed at jacob.b.reed@nasa.gov.

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2014-15 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship

Applications are currently available for the 2014-15 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program. This program is open to current public or private elementary and secondary mathematics, technology, engineering and science classroom teachers with demonstrated excellence in teaching. Applications are due 5 p.m. EST Dec. 4, 2013.

Selected teachers spend a school year in Washington, D.C., sharing their expertise with policy makers and program managers. Einstein Fellows may serve with one of several government agency sponsors, such as the Department of Energy, NASA or the National Science Foundation.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and be currently employed full time in a public or private elementary or secondary school or school district. Applicants must have been teaching in a STEM field full time for at least five of the last seven years.

For more information about this opportunity and to apply online, visit http://science.energy.gov/wdts/einstein/.

Inquiries about the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program should be directed to Brian O’Donnell at sc.einstein@science.doe.gov.

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2014 RASC-AL Robo-Ops Competition

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace announce the 2014 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage Exploration Robo-Ops, also known as RASC-AL Robo-Ops, competition. This design competition is aimed at university-level engineering students.

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

Interested teams are encouraged to submit a notice of intent by Nov. 15, 2013, and teams must submit a project plan for their proposed project by Dec. 8, 2013. The RASC-AL Robo-Ops Steering Committee of NASA experts will evaluate the project plans and select as many as eight teams to compete against each other at the Rock Yard in June 2014.

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

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

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

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NASA’s Center for Astronomy Education Workshop for Astronomy and Space Science Instructors

NASA’s Center for Astronomy Education, or CAE, announces a workshop for astronomy and space science educators. Hosted in conjunction with the 223rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, the workshop will take place Jan. 4-5, 2014, in National Harbor, Md.

The workshop will teach participants how to create effective and productive active-learning classroom environments. Workshop leaders model best practices in implementing many different classroom-tested instructional strategies. During microteaching events, participants will have the opportunity to role-play the parts of student and instructor, and will assess and critique each other’s implementation. Participants try unfamiliar teaching techniques with mentors and peers before using them with students.

For more information and to register for the workshop online, visit http://astronomy101.jpl.nasa.gov/workshopdetails/index.cfm?workshopID=117.

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

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NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships Program Accepting Proposals for 2014-2015 Academic Year

The NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship Program, or NESSF, 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 2014-2015 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 no more than 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. 3, 2014.

For more information about this solicitation, visit http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={95EC29B1-C074-F67B-F246-79B14642063D}&path=open.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to:

For Earth Science, Claire Macaulay at Claire.I.Macaulay@nasa.gov.

For Heliophysics, Planetary Science and Astrophysics, Dolores Holland at hq-nessf-Space@nasa.gov.

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Engineering for You Video Contest

In celebration of its upcoming 50th anniversary, the National Academy of Engineering, or NAE, is launching the Engineering for You, or E4U, video contest to highlight the impact that engineering has or will have on society.

In the last 50 years, engineering achievements include helping to land astronauts on the moon, creating the Internet and decoding the human genome. What will engineering create in the next 50 years? Rev up your creativity, pull out your camera or phone and produce a one- to two-minute video showing the world how you see engineering enhancing quality of life and serving the needs of society.

The video must highlight a period during the years 1964-2064. The main prize is $25,000, and videos will be accepted through March 31, 2014.

For more information, visit www.e4uvideocontest.org.

Questions about the E4U Video Contest should be directed to E4Uvideocontest@nae.edu.

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NASA Exploration Design Challenge

Students from Kindergarten through 12th grade will have the opportunity to play a unique role in the future of human spaceflight through participation in NASA’s Exploration Design Challenge, or EDC. NASA EDC invites students around the world to think and act like scientists in order to overcome one of the major hurdles of deep space long-duration exploration — the dangers associated with space radiation. Students taking part in the challenge will discover how to plan and design improved radiation shielding aboard the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, currently being developed by NASA, Lockheed Martin and other partners to carry astronauts to space, venturing farther than humans have ever gone before.

Through a series of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, engagement activities, students in grades K-8 will analyze different materials that simulate space radiation shielding and recommend materials that best block radiation and protect astronauts. Students in grades 9-12 will think and act like engineers as they apply what they learn to design shielding to protect a sensor on the Orion crew module from space radiation. After a review of the design solutions submitted by teams in the grades 9-12 challenge, five finalist teams will be selected and matched with a mentor from NASA to test their designs in a virtual simulator. The winning team will build a prototype radiation shield that will be analyzed and submitted to Lockheed Martin for flight certification on the inaugural flight of the Orion Exploration Flight Test, or EFT-1.

The five U.S. finalist teams from the grades 9-12 challenge will be invited to attend the EFT-1 launch, currently scheduled for November 2014. The names of all students, grades K-12, participating in the NASA EDC will fly aboard the spacecraft as honorary virtual crewmembers for Orion’s first flight. The deadline to register students for the virtual crew is July 31, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/spacelife/explorationdesign/overview/index.html.

For more information about Orion, visit https://www.nasa.gov/orion.

Email any questions about this opportunity to nasaedc@nianet.org.

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NASA Sponsors Odyssey of the Mind Long-Term Problem — The Stackable Structure

NASA is sponsoring the Odyssey of the Mind Long-Term Problem — The Stackable Structure.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that offers creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Participants apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretations of literary classics. The teams then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state and international levels.

This year’s problem requires teams to design and build a structure made up of separate components stacked on top of one another. The structure components must be made of balsa wood and glue only, and will be tested by balancing and supporting weights after they are stacked. Teams will be scored for the number of components they use in their final structure. Before they are stacked, the separate components will be integrated into an artistic representation of Earth. The team will include the stacking of the components, placement of the weights and Earth into the theme of its performance.

For more information and to find dates for regional competitions, visit http://www.odysseyofthemind.com/.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please email info@odysseyofthemind.com.

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What’s New at NASA’s Space Place Website

The Space Place isn’t just a great place to find material for formal school lessons, it also has exciting hands-on activities and fun interactive Web games for afterschool, too. Check out the Do and Play menus and start planning your afterschool activities today.

What’s New? Space Volcanoes
Did you know that there are volcanoes all around our solar system? From the dormant volcanoes of Mars to the mysteriously active cryovolcanoes of Saturn’s moon Enceladus, there’s a whole lot of cool volcanism in our solar system. Space Place has a new “Space Volcano Explorer” that lets students and teachers alike navigate through the solar system to find images and descriptions of some of the coolest volcanic features around. Check it out at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/volcanoes. Want to learn more about volcanoes? Check out its new companion article “What is a Volcano?” http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/volcanoes2.

Spotlight on Solar Fun
The sun is vitally important for literally every aspect of life, yet many students and educators know very little about how it actually works. Space Place’s newest Web game, “Solar Tricktionary,” aims to fix that in characteristically silly fashion. In this game, the student is given a term to define and four possible answers. Three of the answers are hilariously incorrect. Obviously solar wind is not “what happens when the sun eats too many beans,” but at least students will be entertained as well as educated as they follow a chain of incorrect answers to the correct one. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/solar-tricktionary.

Spotlight on Comets
With Comet ISON fast approaching its brightest stage in our night sky in late November, now’s a great opportunity to teach a little something about why scientists care about comets in the first place. One big reason is that the water in our oceans may have come from the ice that makes comets. Space Place’s article “Thirsty? Have a Comet!” explains why scientists think this could be the case and how incredibly precise telescopes can actually identify subtle chemical clues to figure out where these ocean-forming comets could have come from. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/comet-ocean/.

For the Classroom
Not only a sun and a collection of planets, our solar system is full of small bodies like moons, dwarf planets, comets, asteroids and meteors. Space Place has created a new four-page brochure, geared toward a middle-school-and-up audience, that explains what these smaller objects are, and why they are important for understanding our solar system’s history. The brochure is formatted to be printed easily and can make a great addition to any teacher’s bulletin board. Download it here: http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/posters#small-bodies.

For Out of School Time
Figure out what’s inside a closed box by creating a handmade topographic map of its contents. This clever activity is a fun way to keep students entertained and educated outside of the classroom. Have your students challenge each other to figure out what each of them put inside their boxes. As they get more and more invested, they will become intimately familiar with how topographic maps work. Use an important lesson that feels like a fun game. Take a look: http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/topo-bear/.

Special Days

Nov. 17, 2013: Leonid meteor shower at maximum early this morning.
What causes a meteor shower? http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/meteor-shower

Nov. 28, 2013: Thanksgiving Day
Did the pilgrims on the Mayflower navigate by the stars? With our starfinders, they could have. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/starfinder

Nov. 28, 2013: Comet ISON makes closet approach to the sun.
What’s inside a comet anyway? http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/comet-nucleus/

Dec. 4, 1973: Pioneer 10 flew past Jupiter.
Play “JunoQuest,” a game about a new mission to Jupiter. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/junoquest

Dec. 14, 2013: Geminids meteor shower at maximum early this morning.
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/meteor-shower

Dec. 25, 2013: Christmas Day
If you get an iPad or iPhone for Christmas, we have some more gifts for you. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/ios

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

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

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

NASA Education Express — Nov. 7, 2013

Check out the latest NASA Education opportunity announcements.






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

National Air and Space Museum Super Science Saturday Events
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event Date: Nov. 9, 2013

2014 Space Exploration Educators Conference
Audience: K-12 Educators
Early Bird Registration Deadline: Nov. 10, 2013
Event Date: Feb. 6-8, 2014

NES Web Seminar — Chemical Elements: GENESIS — What Are We Made Of?
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 12, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST

Sally Ride EarthKAM Announces a Second Fall Mission
Audience: Middle School Educators and Students, and the Informal Education Community
Mission Dates: November 12-15, 2013

Green Strides Webinar Series
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: Nov. 13, 2013, at 3 p.m. EST

2013-2014 NASA STEM Spanish Immersion Educator Professional Development Workshop Series: Head in the Clouds Edition
Audience: K-8 Educators
Event Dates: First workshop takes place on Nov. 13, 2013, at 3:45 p.m. EST

2014 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 13, 2013

Discover Mapping with NASA
Audience: All Grade Levels
Event Dates: Nov. 13 & 22, 2013

NES Web Seminar — Algebraic Equations: Calculator-Controlled Robots
Audience: Algebra Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 14, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. EST

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Next Application Deadline: Nov. 15, 2013

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airspace Operations Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students and Faculty
Early Bird Registration Deadline: Nov. 15, 2013

2014 NASA High-Altitude Student Platform Opportunity
Audience: Higher Education Faculty and Students
Informational Q&A Teleconference: Nov. 15, 2013
Application Deadline: Dec. 20, 2013

Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Nov. 16, 2013, at 5:15 p.m. EST

“Animal Collections” IGES Art Contest
Audience: Students in Grades 2-4
Entry Deadline: Postmarked by Nov. 18, 2013

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 6 to the International Space Station
Audience: School Districts Serving Grades 5-12, Informal Education Institutions, Colleges and Universities
Inquiry Deadline: Nov. 20, 2013

2013-14 Texas High School Aerospace Scholars
Audience: 11th-grade Students in Texas
Application Deadline: Nov. 21, 2013

National Science Foundation — East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes
Audience: Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 25, 2013

NASA CubeSat Space Missions
Audience: Higher Education Educators & Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 26, 2013

2013 National Community College Aerospace Scholars Program
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 26, 2013

2013-2014 National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Deadline to Register and Apply for Build Awards: Nov. 30, 2013

NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement Mission — “Unique Perspectives” Photo and Video Contest
Audience: All Educators and Students Age 13 and Older
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2013

2014-15 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship
Audience: K-12 STEM Educators
Application Deadline: Dec. 4, 2013

2014 RASC-AL Robo-Ops Competition
Audience: Higher Education Students
Proposal Deadline: Dec. 8, 2013

OSSI — Summer 2014 Opportunities
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: March 1, 2014

Don’t miss out on upcoming NASA education opportunities.
For a full list of events, opportunities and more, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA’s website:
— Educators https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/current-opps-index.html

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National Air and Space Museum Super Science Saturday Events

Join the National Air and Space Museum on the second Saturday of each month during 2013 for Super Science Saturday at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. Through demonstrations and hands-on activities, visitors of all ages will become immersed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics topics related to aviation and space exploration. Each event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Admission is free, and parking is $15.

Upcoming topics include:
Nov. 9, 2013 — The Moon and Beyond
Dec. 14, 2013 — The Wright Brothers
Jan. 11, 2014 — From the Wright Brothers to the Right Stuff
Feb. 8, 2014 — Scientists & Inventors
March 8, 2014 — Space Shuttle

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/superscience/.

Questions about this series of lectures should be directed to nasmpubliclectures@si.edu.

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2014 Space Exploration Educators Conference

Make plans to attend the 20th Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference, to be held Feb. 6-8, 2014, at Space Center Houston. This conference is for all K-12 educators. Activities presented use space-related themes to teach across the curricula and can be used for science, language arts, mathematics, history and more.

Attend sessions hosted by scientists and engineers working on the International Space Station, Mars exploration and the planets beyond. 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.

Early Bird Registration closes on Nov. 10, 2013.

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

If you have any questions about the conference, please call 281-244-2129 or email seec@spacecenter.org.

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NES Web Seminar — Chemical Elements: GENESIS — What Are We Made Of?

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Nov 12, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn how to use the “What Are We Made Of?” hands-on activity to integrate mathematics and physical science in your classroom. Discover how students can use statistical sampling to estimate the chemical composition of the sun by analyzing data in a way similar to the one used by scientists who analyzed solar particles collected by the GENESIS spacecraft.

The featured activity provides many opportunities for incorporating national science, technology and mathematics learning standards into the curriculum as well as addressing the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar5.aspx.

This is the only time this Web seminar will be offered during the current school year.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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Sally Ride EarthKAM Announces a Second Fall Mission

Students and educators have another chance to participate in Sally Ride EarthKAM this fall. A second fall mission is scheduled from Nov. 12-15, 2013. Guide your students in hands-on research as they program a camera aboard the International Space Station to take pictures of specific locations on Earth. The optional online curricula at the Sally Ride EarthKAM website is targeted at middle school students, but could easily be adapted for other grade levels. All students and educators are welcome, including participants in afterschool programs.

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

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

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Green Strides Webinar Series

The U.S. Department of Education presents the Green Strides Webinar Series. These webinars feature experts from various federal programs. The webinars are free, and events are scheduled throughout the 2013-2014 school year.

The next webinar takes place on Nov. 13, 2013, at 3 p.m. EST.

For more information and registration, visit http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/green-strides/webinar.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Green.Ribbon.Schools@ed.gov.

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2013-2014 NASA STEM Spanish Immersion Educator Professional Development Workshop Series: Head in the Clouds Edition

Engage students with hands-on NASA inspired activities in Spanish and discover how to use clouds, climate and weather through NASA’s Students’ Cloud Observations Online, or S’COOL, project to engage students in physical and earth sciences. Learn techniques to help students identify clouds. Investigate the difference between weather and climate and the effects on Earth’s sources of water. Use patterns to predict the future climatological events and understand the known unknowns. Discover creative ways to get students to collect data and write their observations using science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, notebooks.

The four-day online workshop series is designed for educators of grades K-3 and 4-8. Sessions start Nov. 13, 2013, for K-3 educators and on Nov. 25, 2013, for 4-8 educators. All videoconference sessions take place from 3:45-5 p.m. EST.

All sessions will be presented in Spanish.

Sessions for educators of grades K-3 will take place on Nov. 13, Nov. 14, Dec. 4 and Dec. 5, 2013.

Sessions for educators of grades 4-8 will take place on Nov. 25, Nov. 26, Dec. 16 and Dec. 17, 2013.

Participants who register and complete all four workshops in their series are eligible to receive five continuing education credit hours.

For more information and to register for a series of workshops, visit http://tinyurl.com/p4qye6o.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Marilé Colon Robles at marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov.

2013-2014 NASA STEM inmersa en español serie de talleres para el desarrollo profesional de educadores: Edición la cabeza en las nubes

Aprende sobre actividades interactivas de la NASA en español y descubra cómo usar nubes, el clima y el tiempo a través del proyecto de observaciones de nubes estudiantiles de la NASA en línea, o S’COOL, para involucrar los estudiantes en las ciencias física y terrestres. Aprenda técnicas para identificar nubes. Investigue la diferencia entre el tiempo y el clima y los efectos en la distribución del agua en la Tierra. Use patrones para predecir futuros eventos climatológicos y comprender las incógnitas desconocidas. Descubra maneras creativas para colectar datos y observaciones con las libretas STEM.

Los cuatro días de talleres por videoconferencia están diseñadas para educadores de grados K-3 y 4-8. Las sesiones de videoconferencia comienzan el 13 de noviembre del 2013 para educadores de K-3 y el 25 de noviembre del 2013 para educadores de 4-8 grado. Todas las sesiones de videoconferencia serán de 3:45-5pm EST.

Todas las sesiones serán presentadas en español.

Las sesiones para educadores de grados K-3 serán el 13 de noviembre, 14 de noviembre, 4 de diciembre y el 5 de diciembre del 2013.

Las sesiones para educadores de grados 4-8 serán el 25 de noviembre, 26 de noviembre, 16 de diciembre y el 17 de diciembre del 2013.

Los participantes que se inscriban y participen de las cuatro sesiones son elegibles para recibir cinco horas de créditos de educación continua.

Para más información y para inscribirse en los talleres, visite http://tinyurl.com/p4qye6o.

Preguntas sobre esta oportunidad deben ser dirigidas a Marilé Colón Robes a marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov.

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2014 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships

NASA is seeking applications from U.S. graduate students for the agency’s Space Technology Research Fellowships. The research grants, worth as much as $68,000 per year, will coincide with the start of the 2014 fall term.

Applications will be accepted from students pursuing or planning to pursue master’s or doctorate degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at accredited U.S. universities. The grants will sponsor U.S. graduate student researchers who show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s strategic space technology objectives through their studies. To date, NASA has awarded grants to 193 student researchers from 68 universities located in 33 states and one U.S. territory.

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

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

For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/NSTRF14.

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

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Discover Mapping with NASA

For over 50 years, NASA earth science has transformed the way we look at our planet. Celebrate Geography Awareness Week (Nov. 17-23) and discover a world of resources for real NASA images and data so you and your students can explore the most pressing Earth mysteries.

GeoWeek is an annual public awareness program established in 1987 to highlight geography as a discipline and as a part of everyday life. Plan ahead with an online teacher workshop featuring real microsets of data available through MY NASA DATA and the Mapping Our World Interactive on Nov. 13, 2013. On Nov. 22, 2013, participate in a Spanish-language webinar and find out how ocean data collected from space can answer questions about processes on Earth.

Find details about these events, NASA educational resources, articles, blog posts and more related to how NASA contributes to the world of mapping on http://climate.nasa.gov/esw2013.

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NES Web Seminar — Algebraic Equations: Calculator Controlled Robots

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on Nov. 14, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. EST. Discover a unique way of integrating robotic technology into your algebra classes. Robotic missions engage students and provide a unique way of bringing to life the concepts you are teaching. Learn to use programmable Texas Instruments, or TI, calculators and Norland Research Robots to solve problems requiring substituting values for variables in formulas.

This seminar provides an overview of using robotics in algebra so you can make an informed decision about purchasing the robots and other equipment. You do not need to have a Norland Research Robot or programmable TI calculator to participate in this seminar, or know how to program the calculator.

The featured activity provides many opportunities for addressing grades 6-8 Common Core State Mathematics Standards.

This Web seminar will be offered again on May 7, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar1.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NASA Explorer Schools help desk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships

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

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

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

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

U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and foreign nationals eligible for J-1 status as a Research Scholar may apply. Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. or equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but may apply while completing the degree requirements. Applicants who earned the Ph.D. more than five years before the deadline date are categorized as Senior Fellows; all applicants, no matter their category, must apply and become eligible for an NPP award via the same process.

The next deadline for applications has been extended to Nov. 15, 2013.

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

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

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Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airspace Operations Challenge

NASA and Development Projects Inc., or DPI, of Dayton, Ohio, have opened registration for the 2014 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airspace Operations Challenge. The $500,000 prize competition is scheduled for April 2014 in Indiana.

Teams from across the nation will travel to Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center and compete to meet technology milestones, fostering development of technologies that may reduce the technical challenges of safely operating autonomous unmanned aircraft systems in commercial airspace.

Early bird registration closes on Nov. 15, 2013. Registration fees increase after this date. The final registration deadline is March 31, 2014.

For more information, including how to register a team for the 2014 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airspace Operations Challenge, visit http://uasaoc.org.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Garry Qualls at garry.d.qualls@nasa.gov.

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2014 NASA High-Altitude Student Platform Opportunity

NASA 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 NASA project 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, N.M. 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 project is a joint effort between NASA and the Louisiana Space Consortium.

A question-and-answer teleconference for interested parties will be held on Nov. 15, 2013, at 11 a.m. EST.

The deadline for applications is Dec. 20, 2013.

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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Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

Curious about our nearest star, water on Mars, the first trip to Pluto and other wonders of the universe? Come to the Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series presented by Smithsonian researchers who are exploring the sun, the moon, planets, stars, galaxies and the universe. These speakers will share behind-the-scenes details about how their research is done and technologies that advance new discoveries. The lectures will be held at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

Each lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. ET and is followed by a question-and-answer session. A Discovery Station activity will take place at 4 p.m. prior to each lecture. Stay after the lecture to visit the museum’s observatory, weather permitting.

Nov. 16, 2013 — Rivers and Lakes on Mars
Mars was warm and wet early in its history. Impact craters that once held lakes, dried river channels and ancient deltas tell us about early Martian climate. Dr. Ross Irwin will discuss rivers and lakes on the Red Planet.

Dec. 7, 2013 — Oh, Swear Not by the Inconstant Sun
For 50 years, the Smithsonian monitored changes in the sun’s power. Secretary Charles Greeley Abbott asserted that solar variations could influence weather patterns and crop yields. What was he detecting? Dr. David DeVorkin will explore the inconstant nature of the sun.

Dec. 14, 2013 — First Mission to Pluto: The Origins and Voyage of New Horizons
In July 2015, New Horizons will become the first spacecraft to fly through the Pluto system. Dr. Michael Neufeld will discuss the goal of this mission and the promise of new science from it.

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

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

The Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series is made possible by a grant from NASA.

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“Animal Collections” IGES Art Contest

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, or IGES, invites young scientists and artists to explore groups of animals. Students in grades 2-4 are encouraged to think about their favorite animal group and find the collective noun that describes it. Examples include an army of ants, a lounge of lizards, a parliament of owls and a school of sharks.

After completing their research, students should create a piece of artwork (no larger than 16″x20″) to show what they have learned. Winning artists will receive gift cards, framed color certificates and have their artwork showcased on the IGES website.

Entries must be postmarked by Nov. 18, 2013.

For full details on the contest, resources on animal groups and to download an entry form, visit http://strategies.org/education/student-contests/art-contest/2013-animal-collections/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Emily McLaughlin at emily_mclaughlin@strategies.org.

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Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 6 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 6 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 International Space Station. This opportunity is part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, or SSEP.

Each participating community will receive a real microgravity research mini-laboratory capable of supporting a single microgravity experiment, and all launch services to fly the mini-lab to the space station in fall 2014 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 mini-lab. 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 science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education.

This competition is open to students in grades 5-12 and college. Informal education groups and organizations are also encouraged to participate. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than Nov. 20, 2013. 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 6 to International Space Station National Announcement of Opportunity at http://ssep.ncesse.org/2013/10/new-flight-opportunity-for-school-districts-announcing-student-spaceflight-experiments-program-ssep-mission-6-to-the-international-space-station-for-2014/.

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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2013-14 Texas High School Aerospace Scholars

The Texas High School Aerospace Scholars project is accepting applications for the 2013-14 school year. This unique NASA opportunity is for Texas high school juniors who are interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Selected students begin their journey with an interactive online learning experience that starts in late November and continues through April. During this time, students will create technical writings and drawings, solve math problems, participate in discussion forums and take part in chat sessions with NASA engineers and scientists.

In April, students who successfully complete the online portion of the project will be qualified to be selected to attend a six-day internship at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Selected students will learn firsthand from NASA engineers and scientists who not only speak to the group, but also serve as mentors for the teams.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, Texas residents, and have access to the Internet. Applications are due Nov. 21, 2013.

For additional information on the project and to apply online, visit http://has.aerospacescholars.org/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to jsc-aeroscho@mail.nasa.gov.

This program is sponsored by NASA and funded by the State of Texas, Rotary NASA, and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, at no cost to participants.

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National Science Foundation — East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes

The National Science Foundation’s East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes, or EAPSI, program provides U.S. graduate students an opportunity to spend eight weeks (10 weeks for Japan) during the summer conducting research at one of seven host locations in East Asia and the Pacific: Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan. The program is a collaboration between the National Science Foundation and counterpart agencies in each host location.

EAPSI is open to graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and are enrolled in a research-oriented master’s or doctoral program in science or engineering. Applicants must propose a research project in a field of science, engineering or STEM education supported by NSF, including Engineering; Computer and Information Science and Engineering; Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Biological Sciences; Geosciences; Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences; Education (STEM); and Multidisciplinary Research in these fields.

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

The application submission deadline for summer 2014 institutes is Nov. 25, 2013.

For additional information, visit http://www.nsf.gov/eapsi.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to oiia-ise-eapsi@nsf.gov.

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NASA CubeSat Space Missions

NASA is now accepting proposals for the CubeSat Launch Initiative. Proposals must be submitted electronically by 4:30 p.m. EST Nov. 26, 2013.

From the submissions, NASA will select the best proposals by Feb. 7, 2014. Developers whose proposals are selected may have the opportunity to see their creations launched as an auxiliary payload on a mission between 2014 and 2017. NASA will not provide funding for the development of the small satellites and selection does not guarantee a launch opportunity.

CubeSats are a class of cube-shaped research spacecraft called nanosatellites. They are approximately 4 inches long, have a volume of about 1 quart and weigh less than 3 pounds.

CubeSat investigations should be consistent with NASA’s strategic plan and educational vision and goals. The research should address specific aspects of science, exploration, technology development, education or operations.

From the first four rounds of the NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative, 89 payloads from 25 U.S. states made the short list for launch opportunities in 2011 through 2016. Of the selected CubeSats, 12 satellites have already launched. Twenty-one Cubesats are scheduled for launch later this year.

For additional information on NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative program, visit https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/heo/home/CubeSats_initiative.html.

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2013 National Community College Aerospace Scholars Program

National Community College Aerospace Scholars, or NCAS, is an interactive online learning experience featuring engineering career possibilities. It is highlighted by an onsite experience where selected students are encouraged to study mathematics, science, engineering or computer science by interacting with engineers at NASA.

The only cost to participants is a $30 registration fee. NASA covers travel, food and lodging. NCAS is open to community college students throughout the United States. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have access to the Internet.

Applications are due Nov. 26, 2013.

For more information and to apply online, visit http://ncas.aerospacescholars.org/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to jsc-ncas@mail.nasa.gov.

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2013-2014 National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition

The National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition is the Montana Space Grant Consortium’s Education Program for NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, mission. IRIS will use spectrography and imaging in ultraviolet wavelengths to reveal the dynamics of the sun’s chromospheres and transition region.

This yearly competition is open to undergraduate interdisciplinary teams from colleges and universities across the U.S. Teams are challenged to design and build a working ground-based solar spectrograph and demonstrate the capabilities of the spectrograph as defined by their science goal. Typical teams have three to six students and must have a faculty advisor.

Both substantial scholarship prizes and travel prizes will be given in four categories: best design, best build, best science observations and best presentation of results. Teams may apply for funding of $2,000 per team for project materials. Priority for build funds will be given to minority-serving institutions, community colleges and institutions with less aerospace activity.

Applications for build awards and registrations are due on Nov. 30, 2013.

The competition will be held May 14-16, 2014, in Bozeman, Mont.

For more information and to register online, visit http://www.spacegrant.montana.edu/IRIS/index.html.

Please email any questions about this competition to Randy Larimer at rlarimer@ece.montana.edu.

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NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement Mission — “Unique Perspectives” Photo and Video Contest

NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement, or GPM, mission announces the “Unique Perspectives” photo and video contest.

There are many ways to view precipitation. Rain gauges collect water as it hits the ground. Weather radars detect rain and snow as it falls through the air. Research aircraft can measure moisture while flying through clouds, and satellites like the GPM Core Observatory can view precipitation from space.

The GPM team wants to see your photos and videos of precipitation from unique perspectives. Check out weather from all angles — far away, up close, above, below and inside — the more creative and unique, the better.

All entrants must be 13 years old or older. The deadline for submitting photos and videos is Dec. 1, 2013.

For more information and instructions for submitting an entry, visit https://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/gpm-unique-perspectives-photo-and-video-contest/.

Questions about this contest should be emailed to Jacob Reed at jacob.b.reed@nasa.gov.

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2014-15 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship

Applications are currently available for the 2014-15 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program. This program is open to current public or private elementary and secondary mathematics, technology, engineering and science classroom teachers with demonstrated excellence in teaching. Applications are due 5 p.m. EST Dec. 4, 2013.

Selected teachers spend a school year in Washington, D.C., sharing their expertise with policy makers and program managers. Einstein Fellows may serve with one of several government agency sponsors, such as the Department of Energy, NASA or the National Science Foundation.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and be currently employed full time in a public or private elementary or secondary school or school district. Applicants must have been teaching in a STEM field full time for at least five of the last seven years.

For more information about this opportunity and to apply online, visit http://science.energy.gov/wdts/einstein/.

Inquiries about the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program should be directed to Brian O’Donnell at sc.einstein@science.doe.gov.

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2014 RASC-AL Robo-Ops Competition

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace announce the 2014 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage Exploration Robo-Ops, also known as RASC-AL Robo-Ops, competition. This design competition is aimed at university-level engineering students.

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

Interested teams are encouraged to submit a notice of intent by Nov. 15, 2013, and teams must submit a project plan for their proposed project by Dec. 8, 2013. The RASC-AL Robo-Ops Steering Committee of NASA experts will evaluate the project plans and select as many as eight teams to compete against each other at the Rock Yard in June 2014.

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

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

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

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OSSI — Summer 2014 Opportunities

The NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative, or OSSI, strives to provide high school students and undergradate and graduate students at all institutions of higher education access to a portfolio of internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities offered by NASA mission directorates and centers.

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

Applications for summer 2014 opportunities are due March 1, 2014.

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

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

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

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

NASA Education Express — Oct. 31, 2013

Check out the latest NASA Education opportunity announcements.






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

Guidance for Education and Public Outreach Activities Under Sequestration

NASA has taken the first steps in addressing the mandatory spending cuts called for in the Budget Control Act of 2011. The law mandates a series of indiscriminate and significant across-the-board spending reductions totaling $1.2 trillion over 10 years.

As a result, NASA has been forced to implement a number of new cost-saving measures, policies, and reviews in order to minimize impacts to the mission-critical activities of the Agency. Guidance regarding conferences, travel, and training that reflect the new fiscal reality in which the agency must operate has been provided.

For specific guidance as it relates to public outreach and engagement activities please reference the following webpage.

https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/about/sequestration-NASA-education-guidance.html

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Centaur Design Challenge
Audience: Educators of Grades 7-9 in the Cleveland, Ohio Area
Registration Deadline: Nov. 1, 2013

Green Strides Webinar Series
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: Nov. 6, 2013, at 2 p.m. EST

NES Web Seminar — Properties of Living Things: Searching for Life on Mars
Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 6, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST

2014 NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators & Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 6, 2013

Reduced Gravity Education Flight Opportunity for Students at Minority Serving Institutions
Audience: Higher Education Educators & Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 6, 2013

MAVEN Workshop — Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!
Audience: Elementary Educators
Application Deadline: Nov. 6, 2013
Workshop Date: Nov. 16, 2013

National Air and Space Museum Super Science Saturday Events
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event Date: Nov. 9, 2013

2014 Space Exploration Educators Conference
Audience: K-12 Educators
Early Bird Registration Deadline: Nov. 10, 2013
Event Date: Feb. 6-8, 2014

2014 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 13, 2013

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Next Application Deadline: Nov. 15, 2013

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airspace Operations Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students and Faculty
Early Bird Registration Deadline: Nov. 15, 2013

“Animal Collections” IGES Art Contest
Audience: Students in Grades 2-4
Entry Deadline: Postmarked by Nov. 18, 2013

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 6 to the International Space Station
Audience: School Districts Serving Grades 5-12, Informal Education Institutions, Colleges and Universities
Inquiry Deadline: Nov. 20, 2013

2013-14 Texas High School Aerospace Scholars
Audience: 11th-grade Students in Texas
Application Deadline: Nov. 21, 2013

National Science Foundation — East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes
Audience: Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 25, 2013

NASA CubeSat Space Missions
Audience: Higher Education Educators & Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 26, 2013

2014-15 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship
Audience: K-12 STEM Educators
Application Deadline: Dec. 4, 2013

2014 RASC-AL Robo-Ops Competition
Audience: Higher Education Students
Proposal Deadline: Dec. 8, 2013

NASA Exploration Design Challenge
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Virtual Crew Registration Deadline: July 31, 2014

Frequently Asked Questions — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums, and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH13ZHA001N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008)
Audience: Informal Education Institutions

Don’t miss out on upcoming NASA education opportunities.
For a full list of events, opportunities and more, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA’s website:
— Educators https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/current-opps-index.html

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Centaur Design Challenge

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Centaur rocket with an educational engineering design challenge featuring key elements of the rocket’s capabilities. Dubbed “America’s Workhorse in Space,” the Centaur rocket has been used for more than 200 uncrewed missions.

NASA’s Glenn Research Center’s Educational Programs Office is challenging teams of 7th- through 9th-grade students in the Cleveland, Ohio, area to design an air-propelled vehicle with a 25-gram payload that will travel along the ground from a launch site to a rendezvous point with a required mid-course correction.

Registration for the design challenge closes on Nov. 1, 2013.

On Nov. 22, 2013, NASA’s Glenn Research Center will host a Student Design Challenge Event. During this event, students will represent their schools and present their solutions to a panel of NASA judges. Prizes will be awarded to top-scoring teams.

To learn more about the challenge, visit https://www.nasa.gov/content/centaur-design-challenge.

Please email any questions about this challenge to Angela Surgenor at Angela.D.Surgenor@nasa.gov.

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Green Strides Webinar Series

The U.S. Department of Education presents the Green Strides Webinar Series. These webinars feature experts from various federal programs. The webinars are free, and events are scheduled throughout the 2013-2014 school year.

The next webinar takes place on Nov. 6, 2013, at 2 p.m. EST.

For more information and registration, visit http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/green-strides/webinar.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Green.Ribbon.Schools@ed.gov.

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NES Web Seminar — Properties of Living Things: Searching for Life on Mars

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar for educators on Nov. 6, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST. This web seminar features two lessons: one on extremophiles and the other on searching for life. Review criteria for determining if something is alive and learn how students apply the criteria in a hands-on activity. A video will be shown that connects the activity to a NASA mission. Collaborate with other participants about ways of using and adapting the activity. Extension activities for students interested in the topic will be provided.

These lessons provide many opportunities for addressing national science, technology, and mathematics learning standards as well as Next Generation Science Standards.

This Web seminar will be repeated on Feb. 24, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar26.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NASA Explorer Schools help desk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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2014 NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program

NASA is offering undergraduate students an opportunity to test experiments in microgravity aboard NASA’s reduced gravity aircraft.

The opportunity is part of NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program, which gives aspiring explorers a chance to propose, design, fabricate and fly a reduced-gravity experiment. Selected teams will test and evaluate their experiments aboard NASA’s reduced-gravity airplane. The aircraft flies about 30 roller-coaster-like climbs and dips during experiment flights to produce periods of weightlessness and hypergravity ranging from 0 g to 2 g.

Proposals are due Nov. 6, 2013.

NASA will announce selected teams on Dec. 18, 2013. The teams will fly in the spring/summer of 2014. Once selected, teams may also invite a full-time, accredited journalist to document the team’s experiment and experiences. Journalists working with a team may request to be evaluated for a potential flight spot with the team. All applicants must be full-time undergraduate students, U.S. citizens and at least 18 years old.

For more information about the opportunity and instructions for submitting a proposal, visit http://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to jsc-reducedgravity@nasa.gov.

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Reduced Gravity Education Flight Opportunity for Students at Minority Serving Institutions

NASA is offering undergraduate students from minority serving institutions an opportunity to test experiments in microgravity aboard NASA’s reduced gravity aircraft.

This opportunity is a partnership between the Minority University Research and Education Program and NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program, which gives aspiring explorers a chance to propose, design and fabricate a reduced-gravity experiment. Selected teams will test and evaluate their experiments aboard NASA’s reduced-gravity airplane. The aircraft flies about 30 roller-coaster-like climbs and dips during experiment flights to produce periods of weightlessness and hypergravity ranging from 0 gravity, or g, to 2 g.

Proposals are due Nov. 6, 2013.

All applicants must be full-time undergraduate students, U.S. citizens and at least 18 years old.

For more information, visit https://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov/murep/.

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to jsc-reducedgravity@nasa.gov.

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

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, or MAVEN, mission will explore the planet’s upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the solar wind. Set to launch in November 2013, the mission will provide invaluable insights into the history of Mars’ atmosphere and climate, liquid water and planetary habitability.

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

The workshop will take place on Nov. 16, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. Registration is $15 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Applications are due Nov. 6, 2013, but space is limited so interested educators are encouraged to apply early.

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

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

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National Air and Space Museum Super Science Saturday Events

Join the National Air and Space Museum on the second Saturday of each month during 2013 for Super Science Saturday at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. Through demonstrations and hands-on activities, visitors of all ages will become immersed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics topics related to aviation and space exploration. Each event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Admission is free, and parking is $15.

Upcoming topics include:

Nov. 9, 2013 — The Moon and Beyond
Dec. 14, 2013 — The Wright Brothers
Jan. 11, 2014 — From the Wright Brothers to the Right Stuff
Feb. 8, 2014 — Scientists & Inventors
March 8, 2014 — Space Shuttle

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/superscience/.

Questions about this series of lectures should be directed to nasmpubliclectures@si.edu.

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2014 Space Exploration Educators Conference

Make plans to attend the 20th Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference, to be held Feb. 6-8, 2014, at Space Center Houston. This conference is for all K-12 educators. Activities presented use space-related themes to teach across the curricula and can be used for science, language arts, mathematics, history and more.

Attend sessions hosted by scientists and engineers working on the International Space Station, Mars exploration and the planets beyond. 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.

Early Bird Registration closes on Nov. 10, 2013.

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

If you have any questions about the conference, please call 281-244-2129 or email seec@spacecenter.org.

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2014 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships

NASA is seeking applications from U.S. graduate students for the agency’s Space Technology Research Fellowships. The research grants, worth as much as $68,000 per year, will coincide with the start of the 2014 fall term.

Applications will be accepted from students pursuing or planning to pursue master’s or doctorate degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at accredited U.S. universities. The grants will sponsor U.S. graduate student researchers who show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s strategic space technology objectives through their studies. To date, NASA has awarded grants to 193 student researchers from 68 universities located in 33 states and one U.S. territory.

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

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

For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/NSTRF14.

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

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NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships

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

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

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

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

U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and foreign nationals eligible for J-1 status as a Research Scholar may apply. Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. or equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but may apply while completing the degree requirements. Applicants who earned the Ph.D. more than five years before the deadline date are categorized as Senior Fellows; all applicants, no matter their category, must apply and become eligible for an NPP award via the same process.

The next deadline for applications has been extended to Nov. 15, 2013.

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

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

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Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airspace Operations Challenge

NASA and Development Projects Inc., or DPI, of Dayton, Ohio, have opened registration for the 2014 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airspace Operations Challenge. The $500,000 prize competition is scheduled for April 2014 in Indiana.

Teams from across the nation will travel to Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center and compete to meet technology milestones, fostering development of technologies that may reduce the technical challenges of safely operating autonomous unmanned aircraft systems in commercial airspace.

Early bird registration closes on Nov. 15, 2013. Registration fees increase after this date. The final registration deadline is March 31, 2014.

For more information, including how to register a team for the 2014 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airspace Operations Challenge, visit http://uasaoc.org.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Garry Qualls at garry.d.qualls@nasa.gov.

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“Animal Collections” IGES Art Contest

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, or IGES, invites young scientists and artists to explore groups of animals. Students in grades 2-4 are encouraged to think about their favorite animal group and find the collective noun that describes it. Examples include an army of ants, a lounge of lizards, a parliament of owls and a school of sharks.

After completing their research, students should create a piece of artwork (no larger than 16″x20″) to show what they have learned. Winning artists will receive gift cards, framed color certificates and have their artwork showcased on the IGES website.

Entries must be postmarked by Nov. 18, 2013.

For full details on the contest, resources on animal groups and to download an entry form, visit http://strategies.org/education/student-contests/art-contest/2013-animal-collections/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Emily McLaughlin at emily_mclaughlin@strategies.org.

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Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 6 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 6 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 International Space Station. This opportunity is part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, or SSEP.

Each participating community will receive a real microgravity research mini-laboratory capable of supporting a single microgravity experiment, and all launch services to fly the mini-lab to the space station in fall 2014 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 mini-lab. 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 science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education.

This competition is open to students in grades 5-12 and college. Informal education groups and organizations are also encouraged to participate. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than Nov. 20, 2013. 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 6 to International Space Station National Announcement of Opportunity at http://ssep.ncesse.org/2013/10/new-flight-opportunity-for-school-districts-announcing-student-spaceflight-experiments-program-ssep-mission-6-to-the-international-space-station-for-2014/.

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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2013-14 Texas High School Aerospace Scholars

The Texas High School Aerospace Scholars project is accepting applications for the 2013-14 school year. This unique NASA opportunity is for Texas high school juniors who are interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Selected students begin their journey with an interactive online learning experience that starts in late November and continues through April. During this time, students will create technical writings and drawings, solve math problems, participate in discussion forums and take part in chat sessions with NASA engineers and scientists.

In April, students who successfully complete the online portion of the project will be qualified to be selected to attend a six-day internship at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Selected students will learn firsthand from NASA engineers and scientists who not only speak to the group, but also serve as mentors for the teams.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, Texas residents, and have access to the Internet. Applications are due Nov. 21, 2013.

For additional information on the project and to apply online, visit http://has.aerospacescholars.org/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to jsc-aeroscho@mail.nasa.gov.

This program is sponsored by NASA and funded by the State of Texas, Rotary NASA, and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, at no cost to participants.

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National Science Foundation — East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes

The National Science Foundation’s East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes, or EAPSI, program provides U.S. graduate students an opportunity to spend eight weeks (10 weeks for Japan) during the summer conducting research at one of seven host locations in East Asia and the Pacific: Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan. The program is a collaboration between the National Science Foundation and counterpart agencies in each host location.

EAPSI is open to graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and are enrolled in a research-oriented master’s or doctoral program in science or engineering. Applicants must propose a research project in a field of science, engineering or STEM education supported by NSF, including Engineering; Computer and Information Science and Engineering; Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Biological Sciences; Geosciences; Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences; Education (STEM); and Multidisciplinary Research in these fields.

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

The application submission deadline for summer 2014 institutes is Nov. 25, 2013.

For additional information, visit http://www.nsf.gov/eapsi.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to oiia-ise-eapsi@nsf.gov.

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NASA CubeSat Space Missions

NASA is now accepting proposals for the CubeSat Launch Initiative. Proposals must be submitted electronically by 4:30 p.m. EST Nov. 26, 2013.

From the submissions, NASA will select the best proposals by Feb. 7, 2014. Developers whose proposals are selected may have the opportunity to see their creations launched as an auxiliary payload on a mission between 2014 and 2017. NASA will not provide funding for the development of the small satellites and selection does not guarantee a launch opportunity.

CubeSats are a class of cube-shaped research spacecraft called nanosatellites. They are approximately 4 inches long, have a volume of about 1 quart and weigh less than 3 pounds.

CubeSat investigations should be consistent with NASA’s strategic plan and educational vision and goals. The research should address specific aspects of science, exploration, technology development, education or operations.

From the first four rounds of the NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative, 89 payloads from 25 U.S. states made the short list for launch opportunities in 2011 through 2016. Of the selected CubeSats, 12 satellites have already launched. Twenty-one Cubesats are scheduled for launch later this year.

For additional information on NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative program, visit https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/heo/home/CubeSats_initiative.html.

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2014-15 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship

Applications are currently available for the 2014-15 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program. This program is open to current public or private elementary and secondary mathematics, technology, engineering and science classroom teachers with demonstrated excellence in teaching. Applications are due 5 p.m. EST Dec. 4, 2013.

Selected teachers spend a school year in Washington, D.C., sharing their expertise with policy makers and program managers. Einstein Fellows may serve with one of several government agency sponsors, such as the Department of Energy, NASA or the National Science Foundation.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and be currently employed full time in a public or private elementary or secondary school or school district. Applicants must have been teaching in a STEM field full time for at least five of the last seven years.

For more information about this opportunity and to apply online, visit http://science.energy.gov/wdts/einstein/.

Inquiries about the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program should be directed to Brian O’Donnell at sc.einstein@science.doe.gov.

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2014 RASC-AL Robo-Ops Competition

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace announce the 2014 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage Exploration Robo-Ops, also known as RASC-AL Robo-Ops, competition. This design competition is aimed at university-level engineering students.

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

Interested teams are encouraged to submit a notice of intent by Nov. 15, 2013, and teams must submit a project plan for their proposed project by Dec. 8, 2013. The RASC-AL Robo-Ops Steering Committee of NASA experts will evaluate the project plans and select as many as eight teams to compete against each other at the Rock Yard in June 2014.

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

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

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

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NASA Exploration Design Challenge

Students from Kindergarten through 12th grade will have the opportunity to play a unique role in the future of human spaceflight through participation in NASA’s Exploration Design Challenge, or EDC. NASA EDC invites students around the world to think and act like scientists in order to overcome one of the major hurdles of deep space long-duration exploration — the dangers associated with space radiation. Students taking part in the challenge will discover how to plan and design improved radiation shielding aboard the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, currently being developed by NASA, Lockheed Martin and other partners to carry astronauts to space, venturing farther than humans have ever gone before.

Through a series of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, engagement activities, students in grades K-8 will analyze different materials that simulate space radiation shielding and recommend materials that best block radiation and protect astronauts. Students in grades 9-12 will think and act like engineers as they apply what they learn to design shielding to protect a sensor on the Orion crew module from space radiation. After a review of the design solutions submitted by teams in the grades 9-12 challenge, five finalist teams will be selected and matched with a mentor from NASA to test their designs in a virtual simulator. The winning team will build a prototype radiation shield that will be analyzed and submitted to Lockheed Martin for flight certification on the inaugural flight of the Orion Exploration Flight Test, or EFT-1.

The five U.S. finalist teams from the grades 9-12 challenge will be invited to attend the EFT-1 launch, currently scheduled for November 2014. The names of all students, grades K-12, participating in the NASA EDC will fly aboard the spacecraft as honorary virtual crewmembers for Orion’s first flight. The deadline to register students for the virtual crew is July 31, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/spacelife/explorationdesign/overview/index.html.

For more information about Orion, visit https://www.nasa.gov/orion.

Email any questions about this opportunity to nasaedc@nianet.org.

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Frequently Asked Questions — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums, and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH13ZHA001N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008)

Two frequently asked questions in the category of NRA Operations Under a Lapse in Appropriations were posted on the CP4SMP+ portal page on NSPIRES on Oct. 28, 2013.

Visit: https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7b37764C2A-F415-01DF-1B30-F1971BE7F8BE%7d&path=closedPast

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

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

NASA Education Express — Oct. 24, 2013

Check out the latest NASA Education opportunity announcements.






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

Guidance for Education and Public Outreach Activities Under Sequestration

NASA has taken the first steps in addressing the mandatory spending cuts called for in the Budget Control Act of 2011. The law mandates a series of indiscriminate and significant across-the-board spending reductions totaling $1.2 trillion over 10 years.

As a result, NASA has been forced to implement a number of new cost-saving measures, policies, and reviews in order to minimize impacts to the mission-critical activities of the Agency. Guidance regarding conferences, travel, and training that reflect the new fiscal reality in which the agency must operate has been provided.

For specific guidance as it relates to public outreach and engagement activities please reference the following webpage.

https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/about/sequestration-NASA-education-guidance.html

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IRIS Challenge: Tracking a Solar Storm
Audience: 6-12 Educators
Registration Open Now, Challenge Begins October 2013

2013 Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest
Audience: 5-12 Students
Entry Deadline: Oct. 25, 2013

NASA Night Rover Energy Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: Oct. 25, 2013

NES Web Seminar — Pythagorean Theorem: Exploring Space Through Math — Lunar Rover
Audience: 8-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 30, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

Centaur Design Challenge
Audience: Educators of Grades 7-9 in the Cleveland, Ohio Area
Registration Deadline: Nov. 1, 2013

Green Strides Webinar Series
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: Nov. 6, 2013, at 2 p.m. EST

2014 NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators & Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 6, 2013

Reduced Gravity Education Flight Opportunity for Students at Minority Serving Institutions
Audience: Higher Education Educators & Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 6, 2013

MAVEN Workshop — Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!
Audience: Elementary Educators
Application Deadline: Nov. 6, 2013
Workshop Date: Nov. 16, 2013

2014 Space Exploration Educators Conference
Audience: K-12 Educators
Early Bird Registration Deadline: Nov. 10, 2013
Event Date: Feb. 6-8, 2014

2014 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 13, 2013

2013-14 Texas High School Aerospace Scholars
Audience: 11th-grade Students in Texas
Application Deadline: Nov. 15, 2013

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Next Application Deadline: Nov. 15, 2013

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airspace Operations Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students and Faculty
Early Bird Registration Deadline: Nov. 15, 2013

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 6 to the International Space Station
Audience: School Districts Serving Grades 5-12, Informal Education Institutions, Colleges and Universities
Inquiry Deadline: Nov. 20, 2013

NASA CubeSat Space Missions
Audience: Higher Education Educators & Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 26, 2013

2014-15 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship
Audience: K-12 STEM Educators
Application Deadline: Dec. 4, 2013

New Curriculum Guide: Pioneering Mars – Turning the Red Planet Green With Earth’s Smallest Settlers
Audience: 5-12 Educators

New NASA eClips Videos Segments on ICESat-2 Available
Audience: K-12 Educators

Don’t miss out on upcoming NASA education opportunities.
For a full list of events, opportunities and more, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA’s website:
— Educators https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/current-opps-index.html

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IRIS Challenge: Tracking a Solar Storm

Join the Tracking a Solar Storm Challenge and guide students as they learn about the sun’s anatomy, the space weather it generates, and why studying the sun is important.

Launched on June 27, 2013, the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, spacecraft is actively studying the dynamics of our sun’s atmosphere using an ultraviolet telescope and imaging spectrograph. Designed around the IRIS mission, this challenge is an opportunity for students to learn about the IRIS mission and the instruments scientists use to gather solar data as well as to study the sun’s weather, track a solar storm and predict its effect on Earth. Students will demonstrate what they have learned by collecting data and producing a video or slide show space weather report.

The challenge is currently open and will run through January 2014.

To learn more about the challenge, visit http://irischallenge.arc.nasa.gov/.

Please email any questions about this challenge to arc-quest-challenge@mail.nasa.gov.

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2013 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 observations taken by Cassini and choose the one they think will yield the best scientific results. This year’s targets are Saturn and its moons Iapetus and Dione. 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 Oct. 25, 2013.

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

International participants also are encouraged to enter. Deadlines for individual countries vary. To see if your country is participating, visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/education/scientistforaday12thedition/international/countries/.

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

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NASA Night Rover Energy Challenge


Registration is open for teams seeking to compete in the $1.5 million energy storage competition known as the Night Rover Challenge, sponsored by NASA and the Cleantech Open of Palo Alto, Calif.

To win, a team must demonstrate a stored-energy system that can power a simulated solar-powered exploration vehicle that can operate through multiple cycles of daylight and extended periods of darkness.

During the Night Rover Challenge, energy storage systems will receive electrical energy from a simulated solar collector during daylight hours. During darkness, the stored energy will be used for simulated thermal management, scientific experimentation, communications and rover movement. A winning system must exceed the performance of an existing state-of-the-art system by a predetermined margin. The winning system will be the one that has the highest energy-storage density.

The challenge is extended to individuals, groups and companies working outside the traditional aerospace industry. Unlike most contracts or grants, awards will be made only after solutions are demonstrated successfully.

Registration closes on Oct. 25, 2013.

For information about the Night Rover Challenge and how to register a team, visit http://www.nightrover.org.

This is a Centennial Challenge in which NASA provides the prize purse for technological achievements by independent teams while the Cleantech Open manages the competition as NASA’s allied organization. For more information about the Cleantech Open, visit http://www.cleantechopen.org.

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

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NES Web Seminar — Pythagorean Theorem: Exploring Space Through Math — Lunar Rover

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Oct. 30, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn to use the distance formula and the Pythagorean theorem to determine the minimal path and minimal time for a lunar rover to perform tasks on the surface of the moon. Participants should have a basic knowledge of scale factor and application of the Pythagorean theorem. Having access to a calculator is helpful but not necessary for session.

The activity provides many opportunities for incorporating national mathematics learning standards into the curriculum as well as addressing Common Core State Standards, Mathematics.

This seminar will be repeated on April 23, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar27.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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Centaur Design Challenge

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Centaur rocket with an educational engineering design challenge featuring key elements of the rocket’s capabilities. Dubbed “America’s Workhorse in Space,” the Centaur rocket has been used for more than 200 uncrewed missions.

NASA’s Glenn Research Center’s Educational Programs Office is challenging teams of 7th- through 9th-grade students in the Cleveland, Ohio, area to design an air-propelled vehicle with a 25-gram payload that will travel along the ground from a launch site to a rendezvous point with a required mid-course correction.

Registration for the design challenge closes on Nov. 1, 2013.

On Nov. 22, 2013, NASA’s Glenn Research Center will host a Student Design Challenge Event. During this event, students will represent their schools and present their solutions to a panel of NASA judges. Prizes will be awarded to top-scoring teams.

To learn more about the challenge, visit https://www.nasa.gov/content/centaur-design-challenge.

Please email any questions about this challenge to Angela Surgenor at Angela.D.Surgenor@nasa.gov.

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Green Strides Webinar Series

The U.S. Department of Education presents the Green Strides Webinar Series. These webinars feature experts from various federal programs. The webinars are free, and events are scheduled throughout the 2013-2014 school year.

The next webinar takes place on Nov. 6, 2013, at 2 p.m. EST.

For more information and registration, visit http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/green-strides/webinar.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Green.Ribbon.Schools@ed.gov.

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2014 NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program

NASA is offering undergraduate students an opportunity to test experiments in microgravity aboard NASA’s reduced gravity aircraft.

The opportunity is part of NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program, which gives aspiring explorers a chance to propose, design, fabricate and fly a reduced-gravity experiment. Selected teams will test and evaluate their experiments aboard NASA’s reduced-gravity airplane. The aircraft flies about 30 roller-coaster-like climbs and dips during experiment flights to produce periods of weightlessness and hypergravity ranging from 0 g to 2 g.

Proposals are due Nov. 6, 2013.

NASA will announce selected teams on Dec. 18, 2013. The teams will fly in the spring/summer of 2014. Once selected, teams may also invite a full-time, accredited journalist to document the team’s experiment and experiences. Journalists working with a team may request to be evaluated for a potential flight spot with the team. All applicants must be full-time undergraduate students, U.S. citizens and at least 18 years old.

For more information about the opportunity and instructions for submitting a proposal, visit http://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to jsc-reducedgravity@nasa.gov.

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Reduced Gravity Education Flight Opportunity for Students at Minority Serving Institutions

NASA is offering undergraduate students from minority serving institutions an opportunity to test experiments in microgravity aboard NASA’s reduced gravity aircraft.

This opportunity is a partnership between the Minority University Research and Education Program and NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program, which gives aspiring explorers a chance to propose, design and fabricate a reduced-gravity experiment. Selected teams will test and evaluate their experiments aboard NASA’s reduced-gravity airplane. The aircraft flies about 30 roller-coaster-like climbs and dips during experiment flights to produce periods of weightlessness and hypergravity ranging from 0 gravity, or g, to 2 g.

Proposals are due Nov. 6, 2013.

All applicants must be full-time undergraduate students, U.S. citizens and at least 18 years old.

For more information, visit https://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov/murep/.

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to jsc-reducedgravity@nasa.gov.

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

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, or MAVEN, mission will explore the planet’s upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the solar wind. Set to launch in November 2013, the mission will provide invaluable insights into the history of Mars’ atmosphere and climate, liquid water and planetary habitability.

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

The workshop will take place on Nov. 16, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. Registration is $15 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Applications are due Nov. 6, 2013, but space is limited so interested educators are encouraged to apply early.

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

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

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2014 Space Exploration Educators Conference

Make plans to attend the 20th Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference, to be held Feb. 6-8, 2014, at Space Center Houston. This conference is for all K-12 educators. Activities presented use space-related themes to teach across the curricula and can be used for science, language arts, mathematics, history and more.

Attend sessions hosted by scientists and engineers working on the International Space Station, Mars exploration and the planets beyond. 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.

Early Bird Registration closes on Nov. 10, 2013.

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

If you have any questions about the conference, please call 281-244-2129 or email seec@spacecenter.org.

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2014 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships

NASA is seeking applications from U.S. graduate students for the agency’s Space Technology Research Fellowships. The research grants, worth as much as $68,000 per year, will coincide with the start of the 2014 fall term.

Applications will be accepted from students pursuing or planning to pursue master’s or doctorate degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at accredited U.S. universities. The grants will sponsor U.S. graduate student researchers who show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s strategic space technology objectives through their studies. To date, NASA has awarded grants to 193 student researchers from 68 universities located in 33 states and one U.S. territory.

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

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

For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/NSTRF14.

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

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2013-14 Texas High School Aerospace Scholars

The Texas High School Aerospace Scholars project is accepting applications for the 2013-14 school year. This unique NASA opportunity is for Texas high school juniors who are interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Selected students begin their journey with an interactive online learning experience that starts in late November and continues through April. During this time, students will create technical writings and drawings, solve math problems, participate in discussion forums and take part in chat sessions with NASA engineers and scientists.

In April, students who successfully complete the online portion of the project will be qualified to be selected to attend a six-day internship at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Selected students will learn firsthand from NASA engineers and scientists who not only speak to the group, but also serve as mentors for the teams.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, Texas residents, and have access to the Internet. Applications are due Nov. 15, 2013.

For additional information on the project and to apply online, visit http://has.aerospacescholars.org/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to jsc-aeroscho@mail.nasa.gov.

This program is sponsored by NASA and funded by the State of Texas, Rotary NASA, and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, at no cost to participants.

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NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships

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

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

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

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

U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and foreign nationals eligible for J-1 status as a Research Scholar may apply. Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. or equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but may apply while completing the degree requirements. Applicants who earned the Ph.D. more than five years before the deadline date are categorized as Senior Fellows; all applicants, no matter their category, must apply and become eligible for an NPP award via the same process.

The next deadline for applications has been extended to Nov. 15, 2013.

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

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

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Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airspace Operations Challenge

NASA and Development Projects Inc., or DPI, of Dayton, Ohio, have opened registration for the 2014 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airspace Operations Challenge. The $500,000 prize competition is scheduled for April 2014 in Indiana.

Teams from across the nation will travel to Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center and compete to meet technology milestones, fostering development of technologies that may reduce the technical challenges of safely operating autonomous unmanned aircraft systems in commercial airspace.

Early bird registration closes on Nov. 15, 2013. Registration fees increase after this date. The final registration deadline is March 31, 2014.

For more information, including how to register a team for the 2014 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airspace Operations Challenge, visit http://uasaoc.org.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Garry Qualls at garry.d.qualls@nasa.gov.

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Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 6 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 6 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 International Space Station. This opportunity is part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, or SSEP.

Each participating community will receive a real microgravity research mini-laboratory capable of supporting a single microgravity experiment, and all launch services to fly the mini-lab to the space station in fall 2014 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 mini-lab. 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 science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education.

This competition is open to students in grades 5-12 and college. Informal education groups and organizations are also encouraged to participate. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than Nov. 20, 2013. 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 6 to International Space Station National Announcement of Opportunity at http://ssep.ncesse.org/2013/10/new-flight-opportunity-for-school-districts-announcing-student-spaceflight-experiments-program-ssep-mission-6-to-the-international-space-station-for-2014/.

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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NASA CubeSat Space Missions

NASA is now accepting proposals for the CubeSat Launch Initiative. Proposals must be submitted electronically by 4:30 p.m. EST Nov. 26, 2013.

From the submissions, NASA will select the best proposals by Feb. 7, 2014. Developers whose proposals are selected may have the opportunity to see their creations launched as an auxiliary payload on a mission between 2014 and 2017. NASA will not provide funding for the development of the small satellites and selection does not guarantee a launch opportunity.

CubeSats are a class of cube-shaped research spacecraft called nanosatellites. They are approximately 4 inches long, have a volume of about 1 quart and weigh less than 3 pounds.

CubeSat investigations should be consistent with NASA’s strategic plan and educational vision and goals. The research should address specific aspects of science, exploration, technology development, education or operations.

From the first four rounds of the NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative, 89 payloads from 25 U.S. states made the short list for launch opportunities in 2011 through 2016. Of the selected CubeSats, 12 satellites have already launched. Twenty-one Cubesats are scheduled for launch later this year.

For additional information on NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative program, visit https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/heo/home/CubeSats_initiative.html.

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2014-15 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship

Applications are currently available for the 2014-15 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program. This program is open to current public or private elementary and secondary mathematics, technology, engineering and science classroom teachers with demonstrated excellence in teaching. Applications are due 5 p.m. EST Dec. 4, 2013.

Selected teachers spend a school year in Washington, D.C., sharing their expertise with policy makers and program managers. Einstein Fellows may serve with one of several government agency sponsors, such as the Department of Energy, NASA or the National Science Foundation.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and be currently employed full time in a public or private elementary or secondary school or school district. Applicants must have been teaching in a STEM field full time for at least five of the last seven years.

For more information about this opportunity and to apply online, visit http://science.energy.gov/wdts/einstein/.

Inquiries about the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program should be directed to Brian O’Donnell at sc.einstein@science.doe.gov.

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New Curriculum Guide: Pioneering Mars – Turning the Red Planet Green With Earth’s Smallest Settlers

The Pioneering Mars Curriculum and Activity Guide is designed to highlight not only the Pioneering Mars project, but to use the central idea of this project to educate students on scientific problem-solving and experimental design.

The Pioneering Mars experiment seeks to understand the growth of cyanobacteria in a Mars-like environment. The cyanobacteria would effectively scrub the Martian atmosphere of carbon dioxide and alter the planetary environment to enable photosynthesis to take place.

Each unit addresses a core component of the project and will lead students through the processes of researching and synthesizing information, as well as develop critical thinking skills. Activities embedded in each lesson span academic disciplines and address reading, math and writing, as well as science content.

All activities are tied to Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core Curriculum standards for grades 5-8. While this curriculum is designed primarily for middle school use, it is easily adaptable to a high school audience.

For more information on Pioneering Mars, visit www.pioneeringmars.org.

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New NASA eClips Videos Segments on ICESat-2 Available

This month, NASA eClips™ presents:

Our World: ICESat-2 Measures Ice Sheets (Grades K-5)
Why is NASA interested in Earth’s ice? The creation of ICESat-2 is allowing NASA’s scientists to make accurate maps of polar ice sheets. These maps help them make informed predictions about weather patterns, climate change and the effects of changing ice structures. The maps are so accurate they can measure to within 3 centimeters (1.17 inches) of an ice sheet’s actual thickness from a huge distance!

Our World: What Is Ice? (Grades K-5)
Water has some very unique properties, but what are they? What do they mean for us? Water, unlike other types of matter, is less dense as a solid than as a liquid. This means more than simply floating cubes in a cold drink. The various forms of water allow life on our world to thrive!

Real World: ICESat-2 and Earth’s Cryosphere (Grades 6-8)
Earth’s cryosphere, one of Earth’s six spheres, is composed of all its frozen structures including sea ice, ice caps and permafrost. Understanding changes in the cryosphere provides scientists with valuable information about the past, present and future of the planet. Amazingly, 99 percent of Earth’s fresh water is held in two massive ice sheets. ICESat-2 is a satellite designed to help scientists learn more about Earth’s ice and the role ice plays in climate.

Launchpad: ICESat-2 – Next Generation Technology (Grades 9-12)
Learn how the second generation of the Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite, better known as ICESat-2, is being used to map the ice structures in the world’s polar regions. Manipulating the distribution of photons by lasers to create accurate images of these frozen structures allows scientists to study their changes and impact on Earth’s climate.

To learn more about NASA eClips, visit www.nasa.gov/nasaeclips.

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

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

NASA Education Express — Sept. 26, 2013

Check out the latest NASA Education opportunity announcements.






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

Guidance for Education and Public Outreach Activities Under Sequestration

NASA has taken the first steps in addressing the mandatory spending cuts called for in the Budget Control Act of 2011. The law mandates a series of indiscriminate and significant across-the-board spending reductions totaling $1.2 trillion over 10 years.

As a result, NASA has been forced to implement a number of new cost-saving measures, policies, and reviews in order to minimize impacts to the mission-critical activities of the Agency. Guidance regarding conferences, travel, and training that reflect the new fiscal reality in which the agency must operate has been provided.

For specific guidance as it relates to public outreach and engagement activities please reference the following webpage.

https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/about/sequestration-NASA-education-guidance.html

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MissionSTEM Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Video Series
Audience: All Educators

Centaur Design Challenge
Audience: Educators of Grades 7-9 in the Cleveland, Ohio Area
EXTENDED Registration Deadline for Educator Professional Development: Sept. 26, 2013
Registration for the Challenge Opens on Oct. 1, 2013

Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: Sept. 26, 2013, at 7 p.m. EDT

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Radio Astronomy in the Classroom
Audience: Grades K-12
Event Date: Sept. 27, 2013, 1 – 2 p.m. EDT

REGISTRATION EXTENDED: Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2013
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Practice Competition: In progress
Registration deadline: Sept. 27, 2013

Mars Educator Conference at Arizona State University
Audience: All Educators
Conference Date: Sept. 28, 2013

Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications
Audience: All Educators
Application Deadline: Sept. 30, 2013

IRIS Challenge: Tracking a Solar Storm
Audience: 6-12 Educators
Registration Open Now, Challenge Begins October 2013

NES Web Seminar — Chemistry of Water: Mars Exploration — Is There Water on Mars?
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 1, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. EDT

Robert Noyce Fellowship in Informal STEM Learning
Audience: All Educators
Application Deadline: Oct. 1, 2013

Green Strides Webinar Series
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: Oct. 2, 2013, at 4 p.m. EDT

NES Web Seminar — Linear Equations: NASA CONNECT — Breaking Barriers
Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 3, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. EDT

Celebrate World Space Week
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: Oct. 4-10, 2013

Heritage Family Day Events at Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event Date: Oct. 5, 2013

Celebrate Flight at the International Balloon Fiesta
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Oct. 5-13, 2013

Celebrate Earth Science Week With NASA’s Mapping Our World Interactive
Audience: All Grade Levels
Event Date: Oct. 13-19, 2013

Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other Education Organizations
Deadline: Oct. 21, 2013

2014 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 13, 2013

2014 RASC-AL Robo-Ops Competition
Audience: Higher Education Students
Proposal Deadline: Dec. 8, 2013

NASA Exploration Design Challenge
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Virtual Crew Registration Deadline: July 31, 2014

Frequently Asked Questions — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums, and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH13ZHA001N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008)
Audience: Informal Education Institutions

Don’t miss out on upcoming NASA education opportunities.
For a full list of events, opportunities and more, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA’s website:
— Educators https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/current-opps-index.html

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MissionSTEM Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Video Series

On behalf of NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, the NASA Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity is pleased to launch the MissionSTEM Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Series.

The D&I Leadership Series of videos offers perspectives from among NASA grantee leadership in higher education on establishing greater diversity and inclusive practices in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. The series supports the national goal of educating one million STEM graduates needed in the coming decades to bolster innovation and productivity, educate our citizens, and expand our economy. Over the coming months, the series will share more D&I perspectives and promising practices of various levels of the higher education leadership in STEM.

Comments and ideas, as well as lessons learned on increasing diversity and creating more engaging environments for all, are welcome. Together, let’s create broadly diverse STEM education communities and inspire them to scale new heights of national achievement!

For more information, visit http://missionstem.nasa.gov/diversityInclusionLeadrshp.html.

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Centaur Design Challenge

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Centaur rocket with an educational engineering design challenge featuring key elements of the rocket’s capabilities. Dubbed “America’s Workhorse in Space,” the Centaur rocket has been used for more than 200 unmanned missions.

NASA’s Glenn Research Center’s Educational Programs Office is challenging teams of 7th- through 9th-grade students in the Cleveland, Ohio, area to design an air-propelled vehicle with a 25-gram payload that will travel along the ground from a launch site to a rendezvous point with a required mid-course correction.

An educator professional development session will be held on Oct. 1, 2013, to discuss the challenge and for participants to discover how to implement the challenge in their classrooms. Registration for the session closes on Sept. 26, 2013.

Registration for the design challenge opens on Oct. 1, 2013, and runs through Nov. 1, 2013.

On Nov. 22, 2013, NASA’s Glenn Research Center will host a Student Design Challenge Event. During this event, students will represent their schools and present their solutions to a panel of NASA judges. Prizes will be awarded to top-scoring teams.

To learn more about the challenge, visit https://www.nasa.gov/content/centaur-design-challenge.

Please email any questions about this challenge to Angela Surgenor at Angela.D.Surgenor@nasa.gov.

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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of free webinars throughout September 2013. All webinars can be accessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

Exploring the Surface of Mars: Searching for Clues for Life — Past and Present (Grades 4-9)
Sept. 26, 2013,
at 7 – 8 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will discuss NASA’s exploration of Mars and how the “Follow the Water” strategy has lead to evidence of water both in ancient oceans and rivers on the Red Planet. Participants will learn ways to engage students with this quest for life on another planet. Inquiry activities that involve exploring and evaluating land forms on Mars will be shared.

Hands-On Weather Science Activities (Grades 4-9)
Sept. 30, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will explore NASA’s role in the study, understanding and forecasting of weather. Participants will learn about NASA resources relating to weather, including engaging science demonstrations and classroom activities.

For more information about these webinars, visit http://aesp.psu.edu/programs/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to Chris Gamrat at gamrat@psu.edu.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Radio Astronomy in the Classroom

Join NASA’s Dr. Steve Levin, project scientist for the Juno mission to Jupiter, for a live interactive education event on Sept. 27, 2013, at 1 p.m. EDT. Levin will share information about the Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope program and how students can participate in real research using a 34-meter radio telescope. Students and teachers who have participated in the program also will take part in the discussion.

If your class is interested in participating in this event via live video conferencing, contact Lyle Tavernier at lyle.tavernier@jpl.nasa.gov.

To view a live webcast of the event and submit questions via email, visit http://dln.nasa.gov.

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REGISTRATION EXTENDED: Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2013

The Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2013 offers high school students the opportunity to design experiments that will be tested in space.

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

A limited number of mini-grants are available to new teams that join and to existing teams that recruit new teams. Sign up for this opportunity when you register your team.

Teams may register now:
1) Go to http://www.zerorobotics.org.
2) Log in or create an account. (Note: You can start programming in the online integrated development environment at this point!)
3) Click Tournaments and register for the High School Tournament 2013.
4) Create a team and invite other users.
5) Visit Resources to get started.

The practice round of the competition is underway! Registration remains open through Sept. 27, 2013. All teams must submit code to the practice competition by Sept 29, 2013,. to continue.

Zero Robotics is organized by Massachusetts Institute of Technology Space Systems Laboratory, Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation and TopCoder, and is sponsored by The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, NASA and the Center for Advancement of Science in Space.

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

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Mars Educator Conference at Arizona State University

Are you looking for ideas on how to transform your classroom to align with Common Core and the Next Gen Science Standards? Are you curious about how NASA themes can fit into your curriculum and help you meet these new expectations? To find out, join the Arizona State University Mars Education Program for the “Transforming Your Classroom: Red Planet Resources and Lessons Aligned to Common Core and Next Gen Science Standards” conference.

During the conference, Mars geologist Dr. Phil Christensen will share the latest news from the current missions exploring the Red Planet. Join our education experts as they showcase NASA’s Mars lessons that are newly and fully aligned to Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards and the 21st Century Skills and find out how to teach this content thematically in your classroom.

The conference will take place on Sept. 28, 2013, at the Arizona State University main campus in Tempe, Ariz.

The conference is free, but registration is required. A certificate for 6.5 hours of professional development will be given for this conference. Participants will receive lesson plans, NASA materials and other resources.

For more information and to register for the conference, visit http://marsed.asu.edu/transforming_your_classroom_registration.

Questions about the conference should be directed to marsed@asu.edu.

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Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications

The NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassadors, or SSA, Program, a nationwide network of space enthusiast volunteers, will accept applications from Sept. 1 through Sept. 30, 2012.

Highly motivated individuals will be given the opportunity to represent NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as volunteer Solar System Ambassadors to the public for a one-year, renewable term beginning Jan. 1, 2014.

While applications are being sought nationwide, interested parties from the following states are especially encouraged to apply: Alaska, Delaware, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wyoming and the District of Columbia. SSA hopes to add 100 new volunteers to the program in 2014.

To learn more about the Solar System Ambassador Program and to apply online, visit http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/. The Announcement of Opportunity and application form will be available beginning Sept. 1, 2013.

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

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IRIS Challenge: Tracking a Solar Storm

Join the Tracking a Solar Storm Challenge and guide students as they learn about the sun’s anatomy, the space weather it generates, and why studying the sun is important.

Launched on June 27, 2013, the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, spacecraft is actively studying the dynamics of our sun’s atmosphere using an ultraviolet telescope and imaging spectrograph. Designed around the IRIS mission, this challenge is an opportunity for students to learn about the IRIS mission and the instruments scientists use to gather solar data as well as to study the sun’s weather, track a solar storm and predict its effect on Earth. Students will demonstrate what they have learned by collecting data and producing a video or slide show space weather report.

The challenge will run October – December 2013.

To learn more about the challenge, visit http://irischallenge.arc.nasa.gov/.

Please email any questions about this challenge to arc-quest-challenge@mail.nasa.gov.

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NES Web Seminar — Chemistry of Water: Mars Exploration — Is There Water on Mars?

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on Oct. 1, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. EDT.

Participants will receive an overview of a NASA inquiry-based lesson, “Is There Water on Mars?”. Participating educators will have the opportunity to refresh their knowledge of concepts such as how atmospheric pressure and vapor pressure affect the boiling point of water, and how scientists use that information to deduce if there could be, or ever has been, liquid water on Mars. The featured activity provides many opportunities for incorporating national science, technology, and mathematics learning standards into curricula as well as addressing high school Next Generation Science Standards.

This seminar will be offered again on May 13, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar6.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@nasa.gov.

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Robert Noyce Fellowship in Informal STEM Learning

Applications are being accepted for the Robert Noyce Fellowship in Informal Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM, Learning. This two-year fellowship at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement will begin in fall 2013.

Candidates for the fellowship should have substantial experience in the field of informal and out-of-school time STEM learning. This can include academic work, as well as expertise gained through direct work with afterschool programs, K-12 schools, museums, libraries, foundations, companies and others that are involved in STEM education. A strong network within informal STEM learning is essential. Familiarity with federal education policy and the ability to build strong partnerships inside and outside government are also desired.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. An undergraduate degree is required, and a graduate degree is strongly preferred.

Applications are due Oct. 1, 2013.

For more information about this fellowship opportunity or to submit a resume, please contact Sara Spiegel at sara@noycefdn.org.

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Green Strides Webinar Series

The U.S. Department of Education presents the Green Strides Webinar Series. These webinars feature experts from various federal programs. The webinars are free, and events are scheduled throughout the 2013-2014 school year.

The next webinar takes place on Oct. 2, 2013, at 4 p.m. EDT.

For more information and registration, visit http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/green-strides/webinar.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Green.Ribbon.Schools@ed.gov.

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NES Web Seminar — Linear Equations: NASA CONNECT — Breaking Barriers

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Oct. 3, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. EDT. During this professional development session, participants will receive information about the applications of linear equations at NASA and learn how to implement the “Breaking Barriers” activity. “Breaking Barriers” provides students an opportunity to step into the shoes of a NASA engineer to design, build and test an X-1 balloon. The featured activity provides many opportunities for incorporating national science, technology and mathematics learning standards into curricula as well as addressing middle school Next Generation Science Standards.

This seminar will be repeated on May 28, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar22.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NASA Explorer Schools help desk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@nasa.gov.

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Celebrate World Space Week

Join educators and space enthusiasts around the world to celebrate World Space Week, Oct. 4-10, 2013. This international event commemorates the beginning of the Space Age with the launch of Sputnik 1 on Oct. 4, 1957.

World Space Week is the largest public space event in the world, with celebrations in more than 50 nations. During World Space Week, teachers are encouraged to use space-themed activities. The theme for 2013, “Exploring Mars, Discovering Earth,” has been chosen to celebrate how learning about Mars can teach us about ourselves.

This year’s celebration includes an interactive worldwide Mars simulation to engage teachers and students in the classroom.

Teams of researchers, explorers and educators will carry out interactive Mars simulations and tests of rovers, spacesuits and other hardware at locations worldwide. Activities will include a four-day simulation of a human Mars expedition at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah. The six-person crew will be led by Jon Rask from the Space Biosciences Division at NASA’s Ames Research Center.

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

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

The 2013 Heritage 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 will take place at the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., and at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. The events are free and open to the public.

Hispanic Heritage Month: Innovators in Air and Space
Oct. 5, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
Celebrate Latin America’s historical contributions to aviation and space exploration. Meet current Hispanic scientists and engineers through the Smithsonian Latinos in STEM initiative. Listen to bilingual stories and participate in hands-on activities.
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=4837

Questions about this series of events should be directed to the Visitor Service line at 202-633-1000.

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Celebrate Flight at the International Balloon Fiesta

NASA will be on exhibit at the International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Oct. 5-13, 2013, offering educational hands-on activities and exhibit items to thousands of flight fans. Items include an F-15 cockpit, a vacuum chamber demonstration, a high-altitude pressure suit, models of possible future aircraft, a SOFIA exhibit, and an UP Aerospace Inc. canister.

NASA’s exhibit will be located in the Discovery Center at the north end of the field.

To learn more, visit http://www.balloonfiesta.com.

The exhibit staff will also visit schools near the Fiesta site prior to and during the event.

Questions about NASA’s exhibit and the school visit schedule may be emailed to mary.a.harness@nasa.gov.

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Celebrate Earth Science Week With NASA’s Mapping Our World Interactive

From stunning true-color images to global maps of sea surface temperature, explore 25 unique views of our planet with the new Mapping Our World Interactive on the NASA Earth Science Week website. Under the theme “Mapping Our World,” ESW 2013 celebrates the importance of maps to represent complex phenomena about our planet. NASA plays a key role in this annual celebration, which has been organized by the American Geosciences Institute since 1998.

Earth Science Week is Oct. 13-19, 2013, but the celebration lasts year-round! Explore educational resources, social media events, articles, blog posts and more. Learn how NASA contributes to the world of mapping and how you, too, can take part in mapping our world.

To check out the interactive and other mapping-related resources, and to learn more about NASA events planned for Earth Science Week and beyond, visit http://climate.nasa.gov/esw2013.

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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 19th screening of artifacts since 2009.

Eligible schools, universities, museums, libraries and planetariums may view the artifacts now and request specific items from Oct. 1 through Oct. 21, 2013. Online registrations should include an assigned Department of Education number. Registration also can be made through the State Agency for Surplus Property (SASP) office in their state. For instructions, registration, and to view and make requests for artifacts online, visit:  http://gsaxcess.gov/NASAWel.htm.

Organizations should be notified about the status of their requests in early November.

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, while larger items may involve extensive disassembly, preparation, shipping and reassembly costs. NASA will work closely with eligible organizations to address any unique handling costs.

Additionally, special items, such as space shuttle thermal protective tiles, tri-packages of astronaut food, Shuttle Turbine blades, and Meteor Strike Test Plates, which are newly offered this period, are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

To date more than 8,000 artifacts from programs, including the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, space shuttle and the Hubble Space Telescope, have been given to institutions in all 50 U.S. states.

For more about NASA and agency programs, visit: https://www.nasa.gov.

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

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2014 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships

NASA is seeking applications from U.S. graduate students for the agency’s Space Technology Research Fellowships. The research grants, worth as much as $68,000 per year, will coincide with the start of the 2014 fall term.

Applications will be accepted from students pursuing or planning to pursue master’s or doctorate degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at accredited U.S. universities. The grants will sponsor U.S. graduate student researchers who show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s strategic space technology objectives through their studies. To date, NASA has awarded grants to 193 student researchers from 68 universities located in 33 states and one U.S. territory.

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

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

For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/NSTRF14.

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

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2014 RASC-AL Robo-Ops Competition

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace announce the 2014 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage Exploration Robo-Ops, also known as RASC-AL Robo-Ops, competition. This design competition is aimed at university-level engineering students.

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

Interested teams are encouraged to submit a notice of intent by Nov. 15, 2013, and teams must submit a project plan for their proposed project by Dec. 8, 2013. The RASC-AL Robo-Ops Steering Committee of NASA experts will evaluate the project plans and select as many as eight teams to compete against each other at the Rock Yard in June 2014.

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

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

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

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NASA Exploration Design Challenge

Students from Kindergarten through 12th grade will have the opportunity to play a unique role in the future of human spaceflight through participation in NASA’s Exploration Design Challenge, or EDC. NASA EDC invites students around the world to think and act like scientists in order to overcome one of the major hurdles of deep space long-duration exploration — the dangers associated with space radiation. Students taking part in the challenge will discover how to plan and design improved radiation shielding aboard the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, currently being developed by NASA, Lockheed Martin and other partners to carry astronauts to space, venturing farther than humans have ever gone before.

Through a series of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, engagement activities, students in grades K-8 will analyze different materials that simulate space radiation shielding and recommend materials that best block radiation and protect astronauts. Students in grades 9-12 will think and act like engineers as they apply what they learn to design shielding to protect a sensor on the Orion crew module from space radiation. After a review of the design solutions submitted by teams in the grades 9-12 challenge, five finalist teams will be selected and matched with a mentor from NASA to test their designs in a virtual simulator. The winning team will build a prototype radiation shield that will be analyzed and submitted to Lockheed Martin for flight certification on the inaugural flight of the Orion Exploration Flight Test, or EFT-1.

The five U.S. finalist teams from the grades 9-12 challenge will be invited to attend the EFT-1 launch, currently scheduled for November 2014. The names of all students, grades K-12, participating in the NASA EDC will fly aboard the spacecraft as honorary virtual crewmembers for Orion’s first flight. The deadline to register students for the virtual crew is July 31, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/spacelife/explorationdesign/overview/index.html#.UdLvoBZU3dI.

For more information about Orion, visit https://www.nasa.gov/orion.

Email any questions about this opportunity to nasaedc@nianet.org.

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Frequently Asked Questions — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums, and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH13ZHA001N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008)

Four new Frequently Asked Questions received after the proposal due date were posted on the CP4SMP+ portal page on NSPIRES on Sept. 23, 2013.

Visit: https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7b37764C2A-F415-01DF-1B30-F1971BE7F8BE%7d&path=closedPast

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

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

NASA Education Express — Sept. 19, 2013

Check out the latest NASA Education opportunity announcements.






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

Guidance for Education and Public Outreach Activities Under Sequestration

NASA has taken the first steps in addressing the mandatory spending cuts called for in the Budget Control Act of 2011. The law mandates a series of indiscriminate and significant across-the-board spending reductions totaling $1.2 trillion over 10 years.

As a result, NASA has been forced to implement a number of new cost-saving measures, policies, and reviews in order to minimize impacts to the mission-critical activities of the Agency. Guidance regarding conferences, travel, and training that reflect the new fiscal reality in which the agency must operate has been provided.

For specific guidance as it relates to public outreach and engagement activities please reference the following webpage.

https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/about/sequestration-NASA-education-guidance.html

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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: Sept. 19, 2013, at 7 p.m. EDT

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Teach for America Event With STEM BrainTrust
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Sept. 20, 2013, 9 a.m. – Noon EDT

Centaur Design Challenge
Audience: Educators of Grades 7-9 in the Cleveland, Ohio Area
Registration Deadline for Educator Professional Development: Sept. 20, 2013
Registration for the Challenge Opens on Oct. 1, 2013

Heritage Family Day Events at Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event Date: Sept. 21, 2013

Green Strides Webinar Series
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: Sept. 25, 2013, at 3 p.m. EDT

NES Web Seminar — Algebraic Equations: Transit Tracks — Finding Habitable Planets
Audience: Algebra Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: Sept. 25, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

Earthzine Essay Contest: Science Technology for Observing Earth’s Climate
Audience: Higher Education Students
Entry Deadline: Sept. 26, 2013

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Radio Astronomy in the Classroom
Audience: Grades K-12
Event Date: Sept. 27, 2013, 1 – 2 p.m. EDT

REGISTRATION EXTENDED: Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2013
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Practice Competition: In progress
Registration deadline: Sept. 27, 2013

Mars Educator Conference at Arizona State University
Audience: All Educators
Conference Date: Sept. 28, 2013

Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications
Audience: All Educators
Application Deadline: Sept. 30, 2013

Robert Noyce Fellowship in Informal STEM Learning
Audience: All Educators
Application Deadline: Oct. 1, 2013

OSSI — Spring 2014 Opportunities
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Oct. 11, 2013

2014 GLOBE Calendar Art Competition
Audience: Students in Grades K-12
Entry Deadline: Oct. 15, 2013

Celebrate Solar Week — Fall 2013
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Oct. 21-25, 2013

National Science Foundation — East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes
Audience: Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 25, 2013

Don’t miss out on upcoming NASA education opportunities.
For a full list of events, opportunities and more, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA’s website:
— Educators https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/current-opps-index.html

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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of free webinars throughout September 2013. All webinars can be accessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

Here an Earth, There an Earth, Everywhere an Earth: The Kepler Telescope’s Search for Habitable Planets Beyond Our Solar System (Grades 6-12)
Sept. 19, 2013,
at 7 – 8 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will discuss NASA’s Kepler telescope and its search for Earth-like planets orbiting other stars. Participants will learn how to use Johannes Kepler’s Third Law and actual Kepler telescope data to construct graphs to record and interpret data that determine if a planet orbiting a star in another solar system is a possible candidate to support life.

Applying the Engineering Design Process to STEM Content (Grades 3-8)
Sept. 23, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist John Weis as he discusses ways to modify lessons to teach the engineering process while still covering required content. Upon completion, participants will be able to modify lessons and units to incorporate engineering design into any science, technology, engineering and mathematics subject as recommended in the Common Core standards.

Weather and Climate Introduction (Grades 3-8)
Sept. 24, 2013,
at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Marilé Colón Robles will discuss the differences in scope between weather and climate. Participants will gain a better understanding of the components of weather that are measured and how long-term weather measurement relates to climate change.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through September 2013, visit http://aesp.psu.edu/programs/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to Chris Gamrat at gamrat@psu.edu.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Teach for America Event With STEM BrainTrust

Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, for a live education webcast event on Sept. 20, 2013, from 9 a.m. – Noon EDT. Learn more about how to close the achievement gap and strengthen the workforce through Teach for America’s partnership with STEM BrainTrust, which encourages students of color to strive for STEM jobs.

This event is in support of Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, both advocates for Teach for America. As a national nonprofit dedicated to confronting the educational inequity in this country, Teach For America sees the value of embedding itself in communities of color, where the disparities disproportionately have had the greatest negative impact, to let those communities know that we want to work with them in a holistic way to address needs to employ people of color in STEM fields.

NASA’s DLN will webcast this event on location, enabling viewers to watch as students make presentations about their experiences and to hear various speakers address the issues of opportunities of employment in STEM fields.

To view a live webcast of the event, visit http://dln.nasa.gov.

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Centaur Design Challenge

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Centaur rocket with an educational engineering design challenge featuring key elements of the rocket’s capabilities. Dubbed “America’s Workhorse in Space,” the Centaur rocket has been used for more than 200 unmanned missions.

NASA’s Glenn Research Center’s Educational Programs Office is challenging teams of 7th- through 9th-grade students in the Cleveland, Ohio, area to design an air-propelled vehicle with a 25-gram payload that will travel along the ground from a launch site to a rendezvous point with a required mid-course correction.

An educator professional development session will be held on Sept. 24, 2013, to discuss the challenge and for participants to discover how to implement the challenge in their classrooms. Registration for the session closes on Sept. 20, 2013.

Registration for the design challenge opens on Oct. 1, 2013, and runs through Nov. 1, 2013.

On Nov. 22, 2013, NASA’s Glenn Research Center will host a Student Design Challenge Event. During this event, students will represent their schools and present their solutions to a panel of NASA judges. Prizes will be awarded to top-scoring teams.

To learn more about the challenge, visit https://www.nasa.gov/content/centaur-design-challenge.

Please email any questions about this challenge to Angela Surgenor at Angela.D.Surgenor@nasa.gov.

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

The 2013 Heritage 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 will take place at the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., and at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. The events are free and open to the public.

Hispanic Heritage Month: Innovators in Air and Space
Sept. 21, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
Celebrate Latin America’s historical contributions to aviation and space exploration. Meet current Hispanic scientists and engineers through the Smithsonian Latinos in STEM initiative. Listen to bilingual stories and participate in hands-on activities.
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=4837

To see a list of all upcoming Heritage Family Days events, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/heritage-days/.

Questions about this series of events should be directed to the Visitor Service line at 202-633-1000.

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Green Strides Webinar Series

The U.S. Department of Education presents the Green Strides Webinar Series. These webinars feature experts from various federal programs. The webinars are free, and events are scheduled throughout the 2013-2014 school year.

The next webinar takes place on Sept. 25, 2013, at 3 p.m. EDT.

For more information and registration, visit http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/green-strides/webinar.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Green.Ribbon.Schools@ed.gov.

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NES Web Seminar — Algebraic Equations: Transit Tracks — Finding Habitable Planets

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Sept. 25, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT.

Seminar participants will receive an in-depth view of the featured student activity, “Finding Habitable Planets.” In this engaging activity, students analyze NASA’s Kepler Mission light curve data on planetary systems and determine the orbital period, orbital radius, size and habitability of a planet. The seminar includes a description of how the activity addresses Earth’s place in the universe performance expectations of the Next Generation Science Standards and the lesson’s alignment to the high school Common Core Mathematics Standards for functions and equations.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar2.aspx.

This seminar will be repeated on Dec. 18, 2013.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NES Help Desk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@nasa.gov.

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Earthzine Essay Contest: Science Technology for Observing Earth’s Climate

Earthzine invites undergraduate and graduate students from around the world to submit an essay to its 2013 Student Essay Contest on “Science Technology for Observing Earth’s Climate.” The 2013 Student Essay Contest is a platform to share views on earth science technology, which includes hardware for data collection, computer infrastructures for data management and software and algorithms for data analysis.

Accepted essays will be published at http://www.Earthzine.org and judged by a panel of experts. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top entries.

Essays should not exceed 1000 words, and must include at least one image with caption and credit information. The author must have the rights or permission to use the image.

Submissions are due Sept. 26, 2013. Winners will be announced on Oct.18, 2013.

For more information, visit http://www.earthzine.org/2013/07/02/earthzine-seeks-student-essays-on-science-technology-for-observing-earths-climate-for-international-contest/.

Please email any questions about this contest to Barbara Hofer at bhofer@earthzine.org.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Radio Astronomy in the Classroom

Join NASA’s Dr. Steve Levin, project scientist for the Juno mission to Jupiter, for a live interactive education event on Sept. 27, 2013, at 1 p.m. EDT. Levin will share information about the Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope program and how students can participate in real research using a 34-meter radio telescope. Students and teachers who have participated in the program also will take part in the discussion.

If your class is interested in participating in this event via live video conferencing, contact Lyle Tavernier at lyle.tavernier@jpl.nasa.gov.

To view a live webcast of the event and submit questions via email, visit http://dln.nasa.gov.

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REGISTRATION EXTENDED: Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2013

The Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2013 offers high school students the opportunity to design experiments that will be tested in space.

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

A limited number of mini-grants are available to new teams that join and to existing teams that recruit new teams. Sign up for this opportunity when you register your team.

Teams may register now:
1) Go to http://www.zerorobotics.org.
2) Log in or create an account. (Note: You can start programming in the online integrated development environment at this point!)
3) Click Tournaments and register for the High School Tournament 2013.
4) Create a team and invite other users.
5) Visit Resources to get started.

The practice round of the competition is underway! Registration remains open through Sept. 27, 2013.All teams must submit code to the practice competition by Sept 29, 2013,. to continue.

Zero Robotics is organized by Massachusetts Institute of Technology Space Systems Laboratory, Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation and TopCoder, and is sponsored by The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, NASA and the Center for Advancement of Science in Space.

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

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Mars Educator Conference at Arizona State University

Are you looking for ideas on how to transform your classroom to align with Common Core and the Next Gen Science Standards? Are you curious about how NASA themes can fit into your curriculum and help you meet these new expectations? To find out, join the Arizona State University Mars Education Program for the “Transforming Your Classroom: Red Planet Resources and Lessons Aligned to Common Core and Next Gen Science Standards” conference.

During the conference, Mars geologist Dr. Phil Christensen will share the latest news from the current missions exploring the Red Planet. Join our education experts as they showcase NASA’s Mars lessons that are newly and fully aligned to Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards and the 21st Century Skills and find out how to teach this content thematically in your classroom.

The conference will take place on Sept. 28, 2013, at the Arizona State University main campus in Tempe, Ariz.

The conference is free, but registration is required. A certificate for 6.5 hours of professional development will be given for this conference. Participants will receive lesson plans, NASA materials and other resources.

For more information and to register for the conference, visit http://marsed.asu.edu/transforming_your_classroom_registration.

Questions about the conference should be directed to marsed@asu.edu.

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Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications

The NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassadors, or SSA, Program, a nationwide network of space enthusiast volunteers, will accept applications from Sept. 1 through Sept. 30, 2012.

Highly motivated individuals will be given the opportunity to represent NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as volunteer Solar System Ambassadors to the public for a one-year, renewable term beginning Jan. 1, 2014.

While applications are being sought nationwide, interested parties from the following states are especially encouraged to apply: Alaska, Delaware, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wyoming and the District of Columbia. SSA hopes to add 100 new volunteers to the program in 2014.

To learn more about the Solar System Ambassador Program and to apply online, visit http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/. The Announcement of Opportunity and application form will be available beginning Sept. 1, 2013.

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

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Robert Noyce Fellowship in Informal STEM Learning

Applications are being accepted for the Robert Noyce Fellowship in Informal Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM, Learning. This two-year fellowship at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement will begin in fall 2013.

Candidates for the fellowship should have substantial experience in the field of informal and out-of-school time STEM learning. This can include academic work, as well as expertise gained through direct work with afterschool programs, K-12 schools, museums, libraries, foundations, companies and others that are involved in STEM education. A strong network within informal STEM learning is essential. Familiarity with federal education policy and the ability to build strong partnerships inside and outside government are also desired.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. An undergraduate degree is required, and a graduate degree is strongly preferred.

Applications are due Oct. 1, 2013.

For more information about this fellowship opportunity or to submit a resume, please contact Sara Spiegel at sara@noycefdn.org.

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OSSI — Spring 2014 Opportunities


The NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative, or OSSI, strives to provide students at all institutions of higher education access to a portfolio of internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities offered by NASA mission directorates and centers.

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

Applications for spring 2014 opportunities are due Oct. 11, 2013.

To find available opportunities and to fill out an OSSI online application for recruiting NIFS, visit https://intern.nasa.gov.

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

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2014 GLOBE Calendar Art Competition

The Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment, or GLOBE, Program is sponsoring an international art competition to encourage students to highlight and document GLOBE communities around the world. GLOBE is asking students to draw, paint or show via some other artistic medium how their local community is unique. Do not send photographs, please!

The GLOBE calendar is viewed by students, teachers, scientists and community members from around the world. This is an opportunity for students to show off their local environment!

Winning entries will be featured in the 2014 GLOBE calendar. All participants will receive a calendar.

Entries are due Oct. 15, 2013. For full contest details and rules, visit http://www.globe.gov/web/scrc/overview/competitions/calendar-competition-2014-calendar/.

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

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Celebrate Solar Week — Fall 2013

Solar Week, Oct. 21-25, 2013, provides a weeklong series of Web-based educational classroom activities and games with a focus on the sun-Earth connection. Students in upper elementary, middle and high school students can learn about solar careers, sunspots, solar energy and solar storms through a series of activities, games and lessons.

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

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

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

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National Science Foundation — East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes

The National Science Foundation’s East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes, or EAPSI, program provides U.S. graduate students an opportunity to spend eight weeks (10 weeks for Japan) during the summer conducting research at one of seven host locations in East Asia and the Pacific: Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan. The program is a collaboration between the National Science Foundation and counterpart agencies in each host location.

EAPSI is open to graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and are enrolled in a research-oriented master’s or doctoral program in science or engineering. Applicants must propose a research project in a field of science, engineering or STEM education supported by NSF, including Engineering; Computer and Information Science and Engineering; Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Biological Sciences; Geosciences; Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences; Education (STEM); and Multidisciplinary Research in these fields.

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

The application submission deadline for summer 2014 institutes is Nov. 25, 2013.

For additional information, visit http://www.nsf.gov/eapsi.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to oiia-ise-eapsi@nsf.gov.

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

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

NASA Education Express — Sept. 12, 2013

Check out the latest NASA Education opportunity announcements.






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

Guidance for Education and Public Outreach Activities Under Sequestration

NASA has taken the first steps in addressing the mandatory spending cuts called for in the Budget Control Act of 2011. The law mandates a series of indiscriminate and significant across-the-board spending reductions totaling $1.2 trillion over 10 years.

As a result, NASA has been forced to implement a number of new cost-saving measures, policies, and reviews in order to minimize impacts to the mission-critical activities of the Agency. Guidance regarding conferences, travel, and training that reflect the new fiscal reality in which the agency must operate has been provided.

For specific guidance as it relates to public outreach and engagement activities please reference the following webpage.

https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/about/sequestration-NASA-education-guidance.html

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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: Sept. 12, 2013, at 7 p.m. EDT

MAVEN Workshop — Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!
Audience: Teachers of Grades 3-5
Application Deadline: Sept. 13, 2013
Workshop Date: Sept. 21, 2013

Training Workshops for Afterschool Universe Astronomy Program
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Registration Deadline: Sept. 14, 2013
Workshop Date: Sept. 23-24, 2013

Heritage Family Day Events at Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event Date: Sept. 14, 2013

National Air and Space Museum Super Science Saturday Events
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event Date: Sept. 14, 2013

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Deep Space Network: 50 Years
Audience: Grades 5-12
Event Date: Sept. 18, 2013, 1 – 2 p.m. EDT

Green Strides Webinar Series
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: Sept. 18, 2013, at 4 p.m. EDT

NES Web Seminar — Analyzing Solar Energy Graphs: MY NASA DATA
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Sept. 18, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

NASA’s Johnson Space Center — Minority University Research and Education Program Webinars
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Next Webinar Date: Sept. 19, 2013, at 6 p.m. CDT

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Teach for America Event With STEM BrainTrust
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Sept. 20, 2013, 9 a.m. – Noon EDT

Earthzine Essay Contest: Science Technology for Observing Earth’s Climate
Audience: Higher Education Students
Entry Deadline: Sept. 26, 2013

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Radio Astronomy in the Classroom
Audience: Grades K-12
Event Date: Sept. 27, 2013, 1 – 2 p.m. EDT

REGISTRATION EXTENDED: Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2013
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Practice Competition: In progress
Registration deadline: Sept. 27, 2013

Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications
Audience: All Educators
Application Deadline: Sept. 30, 2013

Robert Noyce Fellowship in Informal STEM Learning
Audience: All Educators
Application Deadline: Oct. 1, 2013

Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other Education Organizations
Deadline: Oct. 21, 2013

NASA Visitor Centers: Passport to Explore Space
Audience: All Educators and Students

NASA Exploration Design Challenge
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Virtual Crew Registration Deadline: March 14, 2014

Don’t miss out on upcoming NASA education opportunities.
For a full list of events, opportunities and more, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA’s website:
— Educators https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/current-opps-index.html

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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of free webinars throughout September 2013. All webinars can be accessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

Physics Resource Overview — Elementary (Grades K-5)
Sept. 12, 2013, at 7 – 8 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist John Weis as he demonstrates simple activities and resources for teaching physics concepts at the elementary school level. Topics and resources covered will include Newton’s Laws of Motion, energy, light and gravity. Lesson plans and modification strategies will be discussed.

Satellite Meteorology: Demonstrations and Activities for Science (Grades 6-12)
Sept. 17, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist Marilé Colón Robles as she shares a series of online resources that use NASA data and imagery to monitor cloud cover, observe global weather patterns and examine information related to climate change. Participants will look at lessons, activities and simulations related to weather and climate.

Looking at the Sun: NASA’s Mission to Our Star (Grades 3-8)
Sept. 17, 2013, at 7 – 8 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will discuss how life on Earth is inherently connected to our relationship with our closest star. This webinar will look at NASA’s solar missions, share sun-Earth classroom activities and introduce an activity that uses current sun data to track sun spots.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through September 2013, visit http://aesp.psu.edu/programs/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to Chris Gamrat at gamrat@psu.edu.

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

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, or MAVEN, mission will explore the planet’s upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the solar wind. Set to launch in November 2013, the mission will provide invaluable insights into the history of Mars’ atmosphere and climate, liquid water and planetary habitability.

Join the MAVEN education team for a one-day workshop on the MAVEN mission, and the accompanying program for grades 3-5, Red Planet: Read, Write Explore! This program features six standards-based lessons that combine science, literacy and art to help students understand planetary habitability and the MAVEN mission. The workshop will introduce participants to these lessons and concepts. The workshop will also have a session devoted to Spanish speaking English Lanaguage Learner and English as a Second Language students. Attendees will receive free classroom materials.

The workshop will take place on Sept. 21, 2013, in Boulder, Colo. Registration is $15 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Participants may purchase a 1/2 Graduate Teacher Education (GRTE) credit from the University of Colorado Boulder for $60. Applications are due Sept. 13, 2013, but space is limited so interested educators are encouraged to apply early.

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

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

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Training Workshops for Afterschool Universe Astronomy Program

Afterschool Universe is a hands-on astronomy program targeted at middle school out-of-school-time settings. The program explores basic astronomy concepts through hands-on activities and focuses on a journey through the universe beyond the solar system.

A free, 2-day in-person training workshop for U.S. citizens is being held on Sept. 23-24, 2013, at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. This training will prepare participants to lead the program or train others to do so. Most of the materials to run the program are easily available at grocery stores and craft supplies stores. Workshop attendees receive a certificate that documents their participation in the training.

Registration for this training session is due Sept. 14, 2013. Register by visiting http://universe.nasa.gov/au/register.html.

For more information about the program, visit http://universe.nasa.gov/afterschool/.

Questions about this program should be directed to the project coordinator at Sarah.E.Eyermann@nasa.gov.

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

The 2013 Heritage 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 will take place at the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., and at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. The events are free and open to the public.

A Century of Women in Aerospace
Sept. 14, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
For over 100 years, women have contributed to technological advances in aviation and space. Hear about the historic women who have inspired today’s role models at A Century of Women in Aerospace Day.
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=4836

To see a list of all upcoming Heritage Family Days events, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/heritage-days/.

Questions about this series of events should be directed to the Visitor Service line at 202-633-1000.

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National Air and Space Museum Super Science Saturday Events

Join the National Air and Space Museum on the second Saturday of each month during 2013 for Super Science Saturday at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. Through demonstrations and hands-on activities, visitors of all ages will become immersed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics topics related to aviation and space exploration. Each event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Admission is free, and parking is $15.

Upcoming topics include:

Sept. 14, 2013 — Living and Working in Space
Oct. 12, 2013 — Balloons and Blimps
Nov. 9, 2013 — The Moon and Beyond
Dec. 14, 2013 — The Wright Brothers

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/superscience/.

Questions about this series of lectures should be directed to nasmpubliclectures@si.edu.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Deep Space Network: 50 Years

Join NASA’s Dr. Steve Levin, project scientist for the Juno mission to Jupiter, for a live interactive education event on Sept. 18, 2013, at 1 p.m. EDT. Levin will discuss exploration, radio astronomy and how NASA’s Deep Space Network has been communicating with planetary spacecraft for 50 years. He also will talk about NASA careers and answer student questions.

If your class is interested in participating in this event via live video conferencing, contact Lyle Tavernier at lyle.tavernier@jpl.nasa.gov.

To view a live webcast of the event and submit questions via email, visit http://dln.nasa.gov.

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Green Strides Webinar Series

The U.S. Department of Education presents the Green Strides Webinar Series. These webinars feature experts from various federal programs. The webinars are free, and events are scheduled throughout the 2013-2014 school year.

The next webinar takes place on Sept. 18, 2013, at 4 p.m. EDT.

For more information and registration, visit http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/green-strides/webinar.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Green.Ribbon.Schools@ed.gov.

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NES Web Seminar — Analyzing Solar Energy Graphs: MY NASA DATA

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar for educators on Sept. 18, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT.

Become familiar with the MY NASA DATA activity, “Solar Cell Energy Availability From Around the Country.” Compare monthly averages of downward radiation in locations around the U.S., and analyze NASA data to determine areas where conditions would be conducive to having solar panels. The activity provides opportunities for incorporating national science, technology and mathematics learning standards into the curriculum as well as addressing the Next Generation Science Standards.

This Web seminar will be repeated again on Feb. 18, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar3.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@nasa.gov.

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NASA’s Johnson Space Center — Minority University Research and Education Program Webinars

University students and professors are invited to attend a webinar to learn about exciting internship, scholarship and fellowship opportunities available through the NASA’s Johnson Space Center — Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP. In this webinar session, students and faculty will learn how to apply for NASA MUREP opportunities and gain insight into the range of opportunities available.

There are three upcoming webinar session dates available.
Sept 19, 2013, at 6 p.m. CDT
Sept. 26, 2013, at noon CDT
Oct. 1, 2013, at 4 p.m. CDT

RSVP today! Please email jsc-murep@mail.nasa.gov with the date you would like to attend, along with your name and university.

For more information, visit www.nasa.gov/education/murep.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Teach for America Event With STEM BrainTrust

Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, for a live education webcast event on Sept. 20, 2013, from 9 a.m. – Noon EDT. Learn more about how to close the achievement gap and strengthen the workforce through Teach for America’s partnership with STEM BrainTrust, which encourages students of color to strive for STEM jobs.

This event is in support of Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, both advocates for Teach for America. As a national nonprofit dedicated to confronting the educational inequity in this country, Teach For America sees the value of embedding itself in communities of color, where the disparities disproportionately have had the greatest negative impact, to let those communities know that we want to work with them in a holistic way to address needs to employ people of color in STEM fields.

NASA’s DLN will webcast this event on location, enabling viewers to watch as students make presentations about their experiences and to hear various speakers address the issues of opportunities of employment in STEM fields.

To view a live webcast of the event, visit http://dln.nasa.gov.

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Earthzine Essay Contest: Science Technology for Observing Earth’s Climate

Earthzine invites undergraduate and graduate students from around the world to submit an essay to its 2013 Student Essay Contest on “Science Technology for Observing Earth’s Climate.” The 2013 Student Essay Contest is a platform to share views on earth science technology, which includes hardware for data collection, computer infrastructures for data management and software and algorithms for data analysis.

Accepted essays will be published at http://www.Earthzine.org and judged by a panel of experts. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top entries.

Essays should not exceed 1000 words, and must include at least one image with caption and credit information. The author must have the rights or permission to use the image.

Submissions are due Sept. 26, 2013. Winners will be announced on Oct.18, 2013.

For more information, visit http://www.earthzine.org/2013/07/02/earthzine-seeks-student-essays-on-science-technology-for-observing-earths-climate-for-international-contest/.

Please email any questions about this contest to Barbara Hofer at bhofer@earthzine.org.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Radio Astronomy in the Classroom

Join NASA’s Dr. Steve Levin, project scientist for the Juno mission to Jupiter, for a live interactive education event on Sept. 27, 2013, at 1 p.m. EDT. Levin will share information about the Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope program and how students can participate in real research using a 34-meter radio telescope. Students and teachers who have participated in the program also will take part in the discussion.

If your class is interested in participating in this event via live video conferencing, contact Lyle Tavernier at lyle.tavernier@jpl.nasa.gov.

To view a live webcast of the event and submit questions via email, visit http://dln.nasa.gov.

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REGISTRATION EXTENDED: Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2013

The Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2013 offers high school students the opportunity to design experiments that will be tested in space.

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

A limited number of mini-grants are available to new teams that join and to existing teams that recruit new teams. Sign up for this opportunity when you register your team.

Teams may register now:
1) Go to http://www.zerorobotics.org.
2) Log in or create an account. (Note: You can start programming in the online integrated development environment at this point!)
3) Click Tournaments and register for the High School Tournament 2013.
4) Create a team and invite other users.
5) Visit Resources to get started.

The practice round of the competition is underway! Registration remains open through Sept. 27, 2013.. All teams must submit code to the practice competition by Sept 29, 2013,. to continue.

Zero Robotics is organized by Massachusetts Institute of Technology Space Systems Laboratory, Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation and TopCoder, and is sponsored by The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, NASA and the Center for Advancement of Science in Space.

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

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Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications

The NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassadors, or SSA, Program, a nationwide network of space enthusiast volunteers, will accept applications from Sept. 1 through Sept. 30, 2013.

Highly motivated individuals will be given the opportunity to represent NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as volunteer Solar System Ambassadors to the public for a one-year, renewable term beginning Jan. 1, 2014.

While applications are being sought nationwide, interested parties from the following states are especially encouraged to apply: Alaska, Delaware, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wyoming and the District of Columbia. SSA hopes to add 100 new volunteers to the program in 2014.

To learn more about the Solar System Ambassador Program and to apply online, visit http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/. The Announcement of Opportunity and application form will be available beginning Sept. 1, 2013.

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

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Robert Noyce Fellowship in Informal STEM Learning

Applications are being accepted for the Robert Noyce Fellowship in Informal Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM, Learning. This two-year fellowship at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement will begin in fall 2013.

Candidates for the fellowship should have substantial experience in the field of informal and out-of-school time STEM learning. This can include academic work, as well as expertise gained through direct work with afterschool programs, K-12 schools, museums, libraries, foundations, companies and others that are involved in STEM education. A strong network within informal STEM learning is essential. Familiarity with federal education policy and the ability to build strong partnerships inside and outside government are also desired.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. An undergraduate degree is required, and a graduate degree is strongly preferred.

Applications are due Oct. 1, 2013.

For more information about this fellowship opportunity or to submit a resume, please contact Sara Spiegel at sara@noycefdn.org.

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Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use

NASA invites eligible U.S. educational institutions, museums and other organizations to screen and request historical artifacts of significance to spaceflight. This is the 19th screening of artifacts since 2009.

Eligible schools, universities, museums, libraries and planetariums may view the artifacts now and request specific items from Oct. 1 through Oct. 21, 2013. Online registrations should include an assigned Department of Education number. Registration also can be made through the State Agency for Surplus Property (SASP) office in their state. For instructions, registration, and to view and make requests for artifacts online, visit:  http://gsaxcess.gov/NASAWel.htm.

Organizations should be notified about the status of their requests in early November.

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, while larger items may involve extensive disassembly, preparation, shipping and reassembly costs. NASA will work closely with eligible organizations to address any unique handling costs.

Additionally, special items, such as space shuttle thermal protective tiles, tri-packages of astronaut food, Shuttle Turbine blades, and Meteor Strike Test Plates, which are newly offered this period, are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

To date more than 8,000 artifacts from programs, including the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, space shuttle and the Hubble Space Telescope, have been given to institutions in all 50 U.S. states.

For more about NASA and agency programs, visit: https://www.nasa.gov.

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

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NASA Visitor Centers: Passport to Explore Space

Join the Passport to Explore Space program and get ready to explore and experience NASA’s universe of diverse Visitor Centers and the museums. Your mission is to visit all 14 visitor centers and space shuttle locations.

Each NASA Visitor Center offers a unique focus and scope of work, contributing to the overall mission of America’s space program. Learn about mission control and astronaut training at Space Center Houston. Check out the control center for the Curiosity Mars Rover at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. Visit the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., to learn about science experiments taking place on the International Space Station and to see firsthand how much power it took to get man to the moon. These adventures and more await you at the NASA Visitor Centers and space shuttle locations.

Membership in the free Passport to Explore Space program includes:

— An official 8-page Passport to Explore Space.
— A commemorative stamp on the inside of your passport at every NASA Visitor Center and space shuttle location certifying your visit.
— Savings on admission, tours, food and retail (offers vary by location, offers not available at some locations).
— The Space Flyer, a quarterly newsletter featuring the latest happenings at each NASA Visitor Center and shuttle orbiter location.

For more information, visit http://www.visitnasa.com/passport.html.

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NASA Exploration Design Challenge

Students from Kindergarten through 12th grade will have the opportunity to play a unique role in the future of human spaceflight through participation in NASA’s Exploration Design Challenge, or EDC. NASA EDC invites students around the world to think and act like scientists in order to overcome one of the major hurdles of deep space long-duration exploration — the dangers associated with space radiation. Students taking part in the challenge will discover how to plan and design improved radiation shielding aboard the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, currently being developed by NASA, Lockheed Martin and other partners to carry astronauts to space, venturing farther than humans have ever gone before.

Through a series of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, engagement activities, students in grades K-8 will analyze different materials that simulate space radiation shielding and recommend materials that best block radiation and protect astronauts. Students in grades 9-12 will think and act like engineers as they apply what they learn to design shielding to protect a sensor on the Orion crew module from space radiation. After a review of the design solutions submitted by teams in the grades 9-12 challenge, five finalist teams will be selected and matched with a mentor from NASA to test their designs in a virtual simulator. The winning team will build a prototype radiation shield that will be analyzed and submitted to Lockheed Martin for flight certification on the inaugural flight of the Orion Exploration Flight Test, or EFT-1.

The five U.S. finalist teams from the grades 9-12 challenge will be invited to attend the EFT-1 launch, currently scheduled for November 2014. The names of all students, grades K-12, participating in the NASA EDC will fly aboard the spacecraft as honorary virtual crewmembers for Orion’s first flight. The deadline to register students for the virtual crew is March 14, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/spacelife/explorationdesign/overview/index.html#.UdLvoBZU3dI.

For more information about Orion, visit https://www.nasa.gov/orion.

Email any questions about this opportunity to nasaedc@nianet.org.

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

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

NASA Education Express — Sept. 5, 2013

Check out the latest NASA Education opportunity announcements.






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

Guidance for Education and Public Outreach Activities Under Sequestration

NASA has taken the first steps in addressing the mandatory spending cuts called for in the Budget Control Act of 2011. The law mandates a series of indiscriminate and significant across-the-board spending reductions totaling $1.2 trillion over 10 years.

As a result, NASA has been forced to implement a number of new cost-saving measures, policies, and reviews in order to minimize impacts to the mission-critical activities of the Agency. Guidance regarding conferences, travel, and training that reflect the new fiscal reality in which the agency must operate has been provided.

For specific guidance as it relates to public outreach and engagement activities please reference the following webpage.

https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/about/sequestration-NASA-education-guidance.html

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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: Sept. 5, 2013, at 7 p.m. EDT

REGISTRATION OPEN: Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2013
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Competition Begins: Sept. 7, 2013

Going to Mars With MAVEN Campaign
Audience: Educators and Students Worldwide
Deadline: Sept. 10, 2013

Green Strides Webinar Series
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: Sept. 11, 2013, at 2 p.m. EDT

NES Web Seminar — Engineering Design Process: On the Moon Educator Guide
Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Sept. 11, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) Overview for External Users
Audience: Higher Education Educators & Students
Event Date: Sept. 12, 2013, at 3 p.m. EDT

MAVEN Workshop — Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!
Audience: Teachers of Grades 3-5
Application Deadline: Sept. 13, 2013
Workshop Date: Sept. 21, 2013

Training Workshops for Afterschool Universe Astronomy Program
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Registration Deadline: Sept. 14, 2013
Workshop Date: Sept. 23-24, 2013

Heritage Family Day Events at Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event Date: Sept. 14, 2013

National Air and Space Museum Super Science Saturday Events
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event Date: Sept. 14, 2013

Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications
Audience: All Educators
Application Deadline: Sept. 30, 2013

Earth Science Week Contests Announced for 2013
Audience: All Educators and Students
Deadline for Entries: Oct. 18, 2013

2013 Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest
Audience: 5-12 Students
Entry Deadline: Oct. 25, 2013

2014 RASC-AL Competition
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: Jan. 19, 2014

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

Don’t miss out on upcoming NASA education opportunities.
For a full list of events, opportunities and more, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA’s website:
— Educators https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/current-opps-index.html

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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of free webinars throughout September 2013. All webinars can be accessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

Meteorology: How Clouds Form (Grades 4-9)
Sept. 5, 2013, at 7 – 8 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Lester Morales will introduce participants to cloud formation, cloud types and NASA resources that aid in the understanding and study of clouds. Participants will also learn about the Students’ Cloud Observations Online, or S’COOL, Project that involves students in real science via cloud observations.

Engineering Design Process: Part 1 — Ask, Imagine and Plan (Grades 3-12)
Sept. 9, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan for this first part in a hands-on webinar series to provide details on the first three steps of the engineering design process. Participants learn about problem identification, brainstorming and design challenges using the “Spaghetti Anyone?” tower building activity.

Physics Resource Overview — Elementary (Grades K-5)
Sept. 12, 2013,
at 7 – 8 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist John Weis as he demonstrates simple activities and resources for teaching physics concepts at the elementary school level. Topics and resources covered will include Newton’s Laws of Motion, energy, light and gravity. Lesson plans and modification strategies will be discussed.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through September 2013, visit http://aesp.psu.edu/programs/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to Chris Gamrat at gamrat@psu.edu.

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REGISTRATION OPEN: Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2013

The Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2013 will take place this fall, offering high school students the opportunity to design experiments that will be tested in space.

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

Teams may register now:
1) Go to http://www.zerorobotics.org.
2) Log in or create an account. (Note: You can start programming in the online integrated development environment at this point!)
3) Click Tournaments and register for the High School Tournament 2013.
4) Create a team and invite other users.
5) Visit Resources to get started (Note: new, improved tutorials will be available in late August).

The High School competition starts on Sept. 7, 2013, with a live webcast kickoff event. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 8, 2013, and you can try out the site right now by creating an account.

Zero Robotics is organized by Massachusetts Institute of Technology Space Systems Laboratory, Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation and TopCoder, and is sponsored by The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, NASA and the Center for Advancement of Science in Space.

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

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Going to Mars With MAVEN Campaign

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission, also known as MAVEN, is set to launch to the Red Planet in November 2013. And your name could hitch a ride to Mars!

Names that are submitted to the Going to Mars With MAVEN website will be placed on a DVD that will be carried aboard the MAVEN spacecraft. Participants who submit their names to the Going to Mars campaign will be able to print a certificate of appreciation to document their involvement with the MAVEN mission.

Names are due Sept. 10, 2013.

The MAVEN spacecraft will also carry personal messages from three contest winners. The Message to Mars contest collected personal messages in the form of haiku poems to send to the Red Planet. The public voted to select the top three entries. Visit the MAVEN website to see the winning haiku poems.

For more information and to submit your name, visit http://lasp.colorado.edu/maven/goingtomars/send-your-name/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to http://lasp.colorado.edu/maven/goingtomars/contact/.

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Green Strides Webinar Series

The U.S. Department of Education presents the Green Strides Webinar Series. These webinars feature experts from various federal programs. The webinars are free, and events are scheduled throughout the 2013-2014 school year.

The next webinar takes place on Sept. 11, 2013.

For more information and registration, visit http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/green-strides/webinar.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Green.Ribbon.Schools@ed.gov.

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NES Web Seminar — Engineering Design Process: On the Moon Educator Guide

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar on Sept 11, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT.

As a result of this seminar, you will be able to use two lessons from the “On the Moon” educator guide: “On Target” and “Feel the Heat.” Learn how to use the engineering design process to challenge students to solve problems related to exploring the moon. This session will fully prepare you to implement these activities in your classroom. These activities provide opportunities for incorporating national science, technology and mathematics learning standards into the curriculum as well as addressing the Next Generation Science Standards.

This Web seminar will be repeated again on Jan. 29, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar14.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NASA Explorer Schools help desk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@nasa.gov.

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NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) Overview for External Users

NASA’s Office of Education, Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) along with NASA Research and Education Support Services (NRESS) will conduct an overview of the NSPIRES application submission process on Sept. 12, 2013, at 3 p.m. EDT.

MUREP engages underrepresented populations through a wide variety of opportunities. Multiyear grants are awarded to assist Minority Serving Institution (MSI) faculty and students in research pertinent to NASA missions. The project focuses on recruiting underrepresented and underserved students in STEM disciplines through completion of undergraduate or graduate degrees to enable their entry into the scientific and technical workforce.

Submitting a proposal in NSPIRES is not a difficult process, however a tutorial of the process will assist with successful submission of your proposal.

If you are interested in participating in the webinar, please register by sending your name, email address and phone number to NSPIRESWebexRSVP@nasaprs.com.

Any questions you may have may be included with your registration, or sent separately to NSPIRESWebexRSVP@nasaprs.com, no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT on Sept. 11, 2013. Live questions will be answered during the session, however questions received in advance will allow the call leaders to prepare a more focalized discussion.

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

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, or MAVEN, mission will explore the planet’s upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the solar wind. Set to launch in November 2013, the mission will provide invaluable insights into the history of Mars’ atmosphere and climate, liquid water and planetary habitability.

Join the MAVEN education team for a one-day workshop on the MAVEN mission, and the accompanying program for grades 3-5, Red Planet: Read, Write Explore! This program features six standards-based lessons that combine science, literacy and art to help students understand planetary habitability and the MAVEN mission. The workshop will introduce participants to these lessons and concepts. The workshop will also have a session devoted to Spanish speaking English Lanaguage Learner and English as a Second Language students. Attendees will receive free classroom materials.

The workshop will take place on Sept. 21, 2013, in Boulder, Colo. Registration is $15 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Participants may purchase a 1/2 Graduate Teacher Education (GRTE) credit from the University of Colorado Boulder for $60. Applications are due Sept. 13, 2013, but space is limited so interested educators are encouraged to apply early.

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

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

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Training Workshops for Afterschool Universe Astronomy Program

Afterschool Universe is a hands-on astronomy program targeted at middle school out-of-school-time settings. The program explores basic astronomy concepts through hands-on activities and focuses on a journey through the universe beyond the solar system.

A free, 2-day in-person training workshop for U.S. citizens is being held on Sept. 23-24, 2013, at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. This training will prepare participants to lead the program or train others to do so. Most of the materials to run the program are easily available at grocery stores and craft supplies stores. Workshop attendees receive a certificate that documents their participation in the training.

Registration for this training session is due Sept. 14, 2013. Register by visiting http://universe.nasa.gov/au/register.html.

For more information about the program, visit http://universe.nasa.gov/afterschool/.

Questions about this program should be directed to the project coordinator at Sarah.E.Eyermann@nasa.gov.

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

The 2013 Heritage 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 will take place at the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., and at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. The events are free and open to the public.

A Century of Women in Aerospace
Sept. 14, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
For over 100 years, women have contributed to technological advances in aviation and space. Hear about the historic women who have inspired today’s role models at A Century of Women in Aerospace Day.
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=4836

To see a list of all upcoming Heritage Family Days events, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/heritage-days/.

Questions about this series of events should be directed to the Visitor Service line at 202-633-1000.

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National Air and Space Museum Super Science Saturday Events

Join the National Air and Space Museum on the second Saturday of each month during 2013 for Super Science Saturday at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. Through demonstrations and hands-on activities, visitors of all ages will become immersed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics topics related to aviation and space exploration. Each event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Admission is free, and parking is $15.

Upcoming topics include:

Sept. 14, 2013 — Living and Working in Space
Oct. 12, 2013 — Balloons and Blimps
Nov. 9, 2013 — The Moon and Beyond
Dec. 14, 2013 — The Wright Brothers

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/superscience/.

Questions about this series of lectures should be directed to nasmpubliclectures@si.edu.

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Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications

The NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassadors, or SSA, Program, a nationwide network of space enthusiast volunteers, will accept applications from Sept. 1 through Sept. 30, 2013.

Highly motivated individuals will be given the opportunity to represent NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as volunteer Solar System Ambassadors to the public for a one-year, renewable term beginning Jan. 1, 2014.

While applications are being sought nationwide, interested parties from the following states are especially encouraged to apply: Alaska, Delaware, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wyoming and the District of Columbia. SSA hopes to add 100 new volunteers to the program in 2014.

To learn more about the Solar System Ambassador Program and to apply online, visit http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/. The Announcement of Opportunity and application form will be available beginning Sept. 1, 2013.

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

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Earth Science Week Contests Announced for 2013

Take part in the following contests to celebrate Earth Science Week. This year’s celebration takes place Oct. 13-19, 2013.

Earth Science Week 2013 Photography Contest — Open to All Ages
http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests/photography/index.html

The American Geosciences Institute is sponsoring a photography contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2013. Photographs should support the topic “Mapping My Community” and show how maps are used in communities. Any resident of the United States or any AGI International Affiliate may enter. Entries must be submitted electronically. Only one entry will be accepted per person. Entries are due Oct. 18, 2013.

Earth Science Week 2013 Visual Arts Contest — Open to Students in Grades K-5
http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests/visualarts/index.html

The American Geosciences Institute is sponsoring a visual arts contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2013. Artwork should focus on the topic “Making Maps Through the Ages.” The contest is open to students in grades K-5 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original two-dimensional visual arts project that shows themselves as earth scientists making maps. Entries are due Oct. 18, 2013, and must be submitted by mail.

Earth Science Week 2013 Essay Contest — Open to Students in Grades 6-9
http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests/essay/index.html

The American Geosciences Institute is sponsoring an essay contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2013. Essays should focus on the theme “How Geoscientists Use Maps.” The contest is open to students in grades 6-9 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original essay no more than 300 words in length, typed and formatted to fit on one page. Entries must be submitted electronically. The deadline for submitting entries is Oct. 18, 2013.

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

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2013 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 observations taken by Cassini and choose the one they think will yield the best scientific results. This year’s targets are Saturn and its moons Iapetus and Dione. 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 Oct. 25, 2013.

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

International participants also are encouraged to enter. Deadlines for individual countries vary. To see if your country is participating, visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/education/scientistforaday12thedition/international/countries/.

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

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2014 RASC-AL Competition

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace announce the 2014 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage, or RASC-AL, Competition. RASC-AL is a design project competition aimed at university-level engineering students.

The RASC-AL contest challenges participants to design projects based on real NASA projects. Concepts derived from the design projects could potentially be implemented by NASA. Participants can choose from three different themes:

— Enabling Long-Duration Missions through Holistic Habitat Design
— Human-Assisted Sample Return
— Tele-Operated Robot

Interested teams are encouraged to submit a notice of intent by Nov 8, 2013, and teams must submit an abstract for their proposed project by Jan. 19, 2014. The RASC-AL Steering Committee of NASA and industry experts will evaluate the proposals and select as many as 13 undergraduate and five graduate teams to compete against each other at a forum in June 2014 in Florida.

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

For more information about this competition, visit http://nia-cms.nianet.org/RASCAL/index.aspx.

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

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What’s New at NASA’s Space Place Website

The National Science Teachers’ Association recently has published the Next Generation Science Standards. From the NSTA website, these K-12 standards “… establish learning expectations for students that integrate three important dimensions — science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts…” After reviewing these new standards carefully, we have found that many of the modules on The Space Place website support one or more. Stay tuned for a helpful index page that will allow you to search for Space Place content by each of the three dimensions in the NGSS.

What’s New?
Kids end up with their own wacky, loopy stories in the “Loopy Legends” activity. As with “Mad-Libs,” they fill in requested words with whatever they can imagine. Then their words are folded into a story about an interesting science-related event. For example, a meteor falls through a boy’s roof and lands on his bedroom floor in the middle of the night — or some loopy variation thereof. The student’s version of the story is followed by a short explanation of the science. Earth science and physical science (astronomy and heliophysics) topics are included. Check it out at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/loopy-legends.

Spotlight on the Space Place Calendar
Have you discovered The Space Place Calendar? You can find it at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/calendar. Each month has its own page, with a beautiful space- or Earth-related image. The images plus 10 or 12 “special days” for each month are highlighted with links to relevant pages on the website. The calendar is a valuable resource to help you make connections with history, science and just plain silliness, in some cases. For example, Sept. 5 is “National Cheese Pizza Day.” That means you can use the round cardboard from take-out pizza to make our beautiful Galactic Mobile. Other real-life events may connect with science articles. Sept. 22 is the autumnal equinox. What does that mean? What causes the seasons, anyway? That date links to http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/seasons.

Spotlight on Cool Subjects — Birds and Radar
As the sun sets in late fall, migratory birds all across North America take to the skies for a long journey. Direct your students to the latest Space Place article, where they can find out how NASA radar helps scientists better understand these birds’ travels. When the students are done, be sure to check out our fun new hands-on activity — make your own bird-feeder wreath! Kids can use their bird feeders to see what birds are in their neighborhood. Check it out at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/birds.

For Out-of-School Time
Board games are in. Of course, so are video games. Space Place has a hybrid of the best of both, plus it’s educational! The “Wild Weather Adventure” game is an online game for one to four players. If there’s only one player, the computer is the opponent, with its skill level selectable. Two or more players take turns, as in any other board game. There are playing pieces (research ships with different colors and names), a spinner (in lieu of dice), a map of the world (for a playing “surface”), and blocks and boosts along the way. To advance, players must answer multiple choice questions related to weather and Earth science. Players can choose whether their question will be easy, medium or hard. Of course, right answers to harder questions are rewarded proportionally. Decision points present unknown risks and rewards. Check it out at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/wild-weather-adventure.

Special Days

Sept. 6: Read a Book Day
Several fun books are on the Space Place at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/menu/storybook.

Sept. 11: Make Your Bed Day
Ask students, “How would your bed look through an infrared camera if you had just gotten out of bed?” The Infrared Photo Album will give a clue. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/ir-photo-album

Sept. 23, 1846: Neptune Discovered
Students can find Neptune’s place in the solar system and play mini-games with the planets at the Solar System Explorer. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/solar-system-explorer.

Oct. 1-31: Computer Learning Month
Introduce the simple on/off language of computers. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/binary-code2

Oct. 4, 1957: Sputnik, the first satellite, was launched by the Soviet Union.
All Sputnik did was beep! Show your students what satellites can do now by directing them to the “Missions to Planet Earth” card game at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/earth-card-game.

Oct. 21: Orionids Meteor Shower
Check out http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/meteor-shower. Then look for “shooting stars” in the part of the sky near constellation Orion the Hunter.

A Personal Note …
As webmaster and writer of The Space Place for 14 years (and 30 years at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab), it was with mixed feelings that I retired this summer. Being part of this creative team has been challenging, grueling and more fun than any job I could have ever imagined for my English-major self. It has been a joy to create resources intended to help students and educators to enrich their experience and, I hope, make learning more fun.

Our new writer and webmaster is Alex Kasprak, a young man with glowing credentials, great new ideas and a lot of enthusiasm. He will bring his own unique touch to The Space Place.

We wish you a wonderful year, and remember to smile and laugh.

— Diane K. Fisher

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

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

NASA Education Express — Aug. 29, 2013

Check out the latest NASA Education opportunity announcements.






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

Guidance for Education and Public Outreach Activities Under Sequestration

NASA has taken the first steps in addressing the mandatory spending cuts called for in the Budget Control Act of 2011. The law mandates a series of indiscriminate and significant across-the-board spending reductions totaling $1.2 trillion over 10 years.

As a result, NASA has been forced to implement a number of new cost-saving measures, policies, and reviews in order to minimize impacts to the mission-critical activities of the Agency. Guidance regarding conferences, travel, and training that reflect the new fiscal reality in which the agency must operate has been provided.

For specific guidance as it relates to public outreach and engagement activities please reference the following webpage.

https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/about/sequestration-NASA-education-guidance.html

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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: Aug. 30, 2013, at 4 p.m. EDT

Have a Blast Learning About the Moon With Award-Winning Selene Video Game
Audience: All Educators and Grade 5-Higher Education Students
Suggested Registration Deadline: Aug. 31, 2013

Green Strides Webinar Series
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: Sept. 4, 2013, at 4 p.m. EDT

REGISTRATION OPEN: Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2013
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Competition Begins: Sept. 7, 2013

NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) Overview for External Users
Audience: Higher Education Educators & Students
Event Date: Sept. 12, 2013, at 3 p.m. EDT

Heritage Family Day Events at Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event Date: Sept. 14, 2013

National Air and Space Museum Super Science Saturday Events
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event Date: Sept. 14, 2013

Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications
Audience: All Educators
Application Deadline: Sept. 30, 2013

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2013 With NASA
Audience: All Grade Levels
Event Date: Oct. 13-19, 2013

NASA Visitor Centers: Passport to Explore Space
Audience: All Educators and Students

NASA Exploration Design Challenge
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Virtual Crew Registration Deadline: March 14, 2014

Don’t miss out on upcoming NASA education opportunities.
For a full list of events, opportunities and more, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA’s website:
— Educators https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/current-opps-index.html

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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of free webinars throughout September 2013. All webinars can be accessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

Exploring the Surface of Mars: Searching for Clues for Life — Past and Present (Grades 4-9)
Aug. 30, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt as he discusses the history of Mars exploration. The quest to find life on another planet has centered on Mars for the past four decades. Learn about the missions, past and present, and the clues they have uncovered on the Red Planet.

My NASA Data: Using Live-Access Weather and Climate Data (Grades K-12)
Sept. 2, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Marilé Colón Robles will lead participants through a series of lessons using the live access server of the My NASA Data website. Participants will learn how to search and download lesson plans from the My NASA Data website. These lessons allow students to analyze real NASA climate data.

Solar System Mission Exploration: The Past, Present and Future (Grades 3-9)
Sept. 3, 2013,
at 7 – 8 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Rick Varner will discuss the process NASA researchers use to design missions to collect data to learn about distant worlds. Participants will learn about the different NASA missions exploring the solar system and ways to integrate creative modeling into curriculum to help students better understand the true scope of the solar system.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through September 2013, visit http://aesp.psu.edu/programs/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to Chris Gamrat at gamrat@psu.edu.

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Have a Blast Learning About the Moon With Award-Winning Selene Video Game

“Use your computer to journey back 4.5 billion years, and prepare to blast away — you’re going to make a moon just like Earth’s.” Start your students on this journey of scientific discovery with the award-winning “Selene” video game and its standards-based earth and space science. To take advantage of all of the great opportunities that fall provides to observe the moon, please register by Aug. 31, 2013. Contact selene@cet.edu to schedule your orientation.

Designed for players ages 9 and older, “Selene: A Lunar Construction Game,” teaches users about basic geological processes on Earth and in the solar system. Players fire away at what will quickly become a full-fledged, pockmarked moon like our own.

Educators and youth leaders can incorporate “Selene” into classroom curriculum and other activities. Follow game play with “MoonGazers,” hands-on activities that take players outside to explore the moon and its phases from their own backyards.

“Science” magazine and the National Science Foundation honored “Selene” in 2013 as one of the top educational games or apps in the world. To learn more about “Selene,” read testimonials about it, or see how it aligns with national and state science standards, visit http://selene.cet.edu.

“Selene” is now available in Spanish. For more info, visit http://selene.cet.edu/?page=espanol.

Successful “Selene” players earn Badges for NASA Activities (http://selene.cet.edu/?page=badges) and may register for a Mozilla Open Badge Backpack.

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Green Strides Webinar Series

The U.S. Department of Education presents the Green Strides Webinar Series. These webinars feature experts from various federal programs. The webinars are free, and events are scheduled throughout the 2013-2014 school year.

The next webinar takes place on Sept. 4, 2013.

For more information and registration, visit http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/green-strides/webinar.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Green.Ribbon.Schools@ed.gov.

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REGISTRATION OPEN: Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2013

The Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2013 will take place this fall, offering high school students the opportunity to design experiments that will be tested in space.

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

Teams may register now:
1) Go to http://www.zerorobotics.org.
2) Log in or create an account. (Note: You can start programming in the online integrated development environment at this point!)
3) Click Tournaments and register for the High School Tournament 2013.
4) Create a team and invite other users.
5) Visit Resources to get started (Note: new, improved tutorials will be available in late August).

The High School competition starts on Sept. 7, 2013, with a live webcast kickoff event. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 8, 2013, and you can try out the site right now by creating an account.

Zero Robotics is organized by Massachusetts Institute of Technology Space Systems Laboratory, Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation and TopCoder, and is sponsored by The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, NASA and the Center for Advancement of Science in Space.

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

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NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) Overview for External Users

NASA’s Office of Education, Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) along with NASA Research and Education Support Services (NRESS) will conduct an overview of the NSPIRES application submission process on Sept. 12, 2013, at 3 p.m. EDT.

MUREP engages underrepresented populations through a wide variety of opportunities. Multiyear grants are awarded to assist Minority Serving Institution (MSI) faculty and students in research pertinent to NASA missions. The project focuses on recruiting underrepresented and underserved students in STEM disciplines through completion of undergraduate or graduate degrees to enable their entry into the scientific and technical workforce.

Submitting a proposal in NSPIRES is not a difficult process, however a tutorial of the process will assist with successful submission of your proposal.

If you are interested in participating in the webinar, please register by sending your name, email address and phone number to NSPIRESWebexRSVP@nasaprs.com.

Any questions you may have may be included with your registration, or sent separately to NSPIRESWebexRSVP@nasaprs.com, no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT on Sept. 11, 2013. Live questions will be answered during the session, however questions received in advance will allow the call leaders to prepare a more focalized discussion.

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

The 2013 Heritage 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 will take place at the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., and at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. The events are free and open to the public.

A Century of Women in Aerospace
Sept. 14, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
For over 100 years, women have contributed to technological advances in aviation and space. Hear about the historic women who have inspired today’s role models at A Century of Women in Aerospace Day.
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=4836

To see a list of all upcoming Heritage Family Days events, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/heritage-days/.

Questions about this series of events should be directed to the Visitor Service line at 202-633-1000.

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National Air and Space Museum Super Science Saturday Events

Join the National Air and Space Museum on the second Saturday of each month during 2013 for Super Science Saturday at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. Through demonstrations and hands-on activities, visitors of all ages will become immersed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics topics related to aviation and space exploration. Each event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Admission is free, and parking is $15.

Upcoming topics include:

Sept. 14, 2013 — Living and Working in Space
Oct. 12, 2013 — Balloons and Blimps
Nov. 9, 2013 — The Moon and Beyond
Dec. 14, 2013 — The Wright Brothers

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/superscience/.

Questions about this series of lectures should be directed to nasmpubliclectures@si.edu.

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Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications

The NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassadors, or SSA, Program, a nationwide network of space enthusiast volunteers, will accept applications from Sept. 1 through Sept. 30, 2012.

Highly motivated individuals will be given the opportunity to represent NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as volunteer Solar System Ambassadors to the public for a one-year, renewable term beginning Jan. 1, 2014.

While applications are being sought nationwide, interested parties from the following states are especially encouraged to apply: Alaska, Delaware, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wyoming and the District of Columbia. SSA hopes to add 100 new volunteers to the program in 2014.

To learn more about the Solar System Ambassador Program and to apply online, visit http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/. The Announcement of Opportunity and application form will be available beginning Sept. 1, 2013.

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

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Celebrate Earth Science Week 2013 With NASA

Discover educational resources about the role of mapping in NASA Earth science for Earth Science Week 2013. Under the theme “Mapping Our World,” ESW 2013 celebrates the importance of maps to represent complex phenomena about our planet. NASA will once more play a key role in this annual celebration, which has been organized by the American Geosciences Institute since 1998.

Earth Science Week takes place Oct. 13-19, 2013, but the celebration lasts year-round! Celebrate with NASA to learn more about how the agency contributes to the world of mapping and how you, too, can take part in mapping our planet. Plan ahead with the NASA Earth Science Week poster featuring data from more than a dozen NASA Earth science missions. NASA also has educational samplers on mapping-related resources in English and Spanish, and an educators booklet with sources of NASA images and data. Visit the site to find innovative ideas about how to incorporate these into your teaching.

To download these and other resources and learn more about NASA events planned for Earth Science Week and beyond, visit http://climate.nasa.gov/esw2013 and follow @NASAESW on Twitter.

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NASA Visitor Centers: Passport to Explore Space

Join the Passport to Explore Space program and get ready to explore and experience NASA’s universe of diverse Visitor Centers and the museums. Your mission is to visit all 14 visitor centers and space shuttle locations.

Each NASA Visitor Center offers a unique focus and scope of work, contributing to the overall mission of America’s space program. Learn about mission control and astronaut training at Space Center Houston. Check out the control center for the Curiosity Mars Rover at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. Visit the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., to learn about science experiments taking place on the International Space Station and to see firsthand how much power it took to get man to the moon. These adventures and more await you at the NASA Visitor Centers and space shuttle locations.

Membership in the free Passport to Explore Space program includes:

— An official 8-page Passport to Explore Space.
— A commemorative stamp on the inside of your passport at every NASA Visitor Center and space shuttle location certifying your visit.
— Savings on admission, tours, food and retail (offers vary by location, offers not available at some locations).
— The Space Flyer, a quarterly newsletter featuring the latest happenings at each NASA Visitor Center and shuttle orbiter location.

For more information, visit http://www.visitnasa.com/passport.html.

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NASA Exploration Design Challenge

Students from Kindergarten through 12th grade will have the opportunity to play a unique role in the future of human spaceflight through participation in NASA’s Exploration Design Challenge, or EDC. NASA EDC invites students around the world to think and act like scientists in order to overcome one of the major hurdles of deep space long-duration exploration — the dangers associated with space radiation. Students taking part in the challenge will discover how to plan and design improved radiation shielding aboard the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, currently being developed by NASA, Lockheed Martin and other partners to carry astronauts to space, venturing farther than humans have ever gone before.

Through a series of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, engagement activities, students in grades K-8 will analyze different materials that simulate space radiation shielding and recommend materials that best block radiation and protect astronauts. Students in grades 9-12 will think and act like engineers as they apply what they learn to design shielding to protect a sensor on the Orion crew module from space radiation. After a review of the design solutions submitted by teams in the grades 9-12 challenge, five finalist teams will be selected and matched with a mentor from NASA to test their designs in a virtual simulator. The winning team will build a prototype radiation shield that will be analyzed and submitted to Lockheed Martin for flight certification on the inaugural flight of the Orion Exploration Flight Test, or EFT-1.

The five U.S. finalist teams from the grades 9-12 challenge will be invited to attend the EFT-1 launch, currently scheduled for November 2014. The names of all students, grades K-12, participating in the NASA EDC will fly aboard the spacecraft as honorary virtual crewmembers for Orion’s first flight. The deadline to register students for the virtual crew is March 14, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/spacelife/explorationdesign/overview/index.html#.UdLvoBZU3dI.

For more information about Orion, visit https://www.nasa.gov/orion.

Email any questions about this opportunity to nasaedc@nianet.org.

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

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