NASA Education Express — Aug. 22, 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. 23, 2013, at 4 p.m. EDT

2014 MUREP Scholarship
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Aug. 23, 2013

DLN Rockets 2 Racecars Educator Professional Development Opportunity at Richmond International Raceway
Audience: All Educators
Event Dates: Virtual Workshops Available Aug. 26-29, 2013

Green Strides Webinar Series
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: Aug. 27, 2013, at 2 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

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

2014 NASA and Worcester Polytechnic Institute Sample Return Robot Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: Jan. 7, 2014

2014 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Awards
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: Feb. 3, 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 August 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 of Life — Past and Present (Grades 4-9)
Aug. 23, 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.

Engineering Design Process: Part 1 — Ask, Imagine and Plan (Grades 3-12)
Aug. 26, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler 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.

Satellite Meteorology: Demonstrations and Activities for Science (Grades 6-12)
Aug. 27, 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.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through August 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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2014 MUREP Scholarship

NASA’s Office of Education is accepting applications for Minority University Research and Education Program Scholars. The MUREP Scholarship is a competitive opportunity that focuses on underserved and underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines, thereby addressing the critical shortage of qualified STEM professionals that the nation is facing.

Eligible students include rising sophomores and juniors at the undergraduate level. The goal is to address the agency’s mission-specific workforce needs and target areas of national need in minority STEM representation. The scholarship includes up to a $9,000 academic scholarship, based on tuition amount, and $6,000 for a Summer 2014 10-week internship at a NASA center.

Applications are due Aug. 23, 2013.

Applications should be submitted through the NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative at https://intern.nasa.gov. Applicants should be sure to select “scholarship” for the type of application.

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DLN Rockets 2 Racecars Educator Professional Development Opportunity at Richmond International Raceway

Calling all teachers — Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network at the Richmond International Raceway and learn how to get your students revved about science, technology, engineering and mathematics with the NASA Rockets 2 Racecars program.

Teachers attend one of the 90-minute virtual sessions offered Aug. 26-29, 2013, then come to Richmond International Raceway on Sept. 7, 2013, to get their hands dirty in the VA529 Kid Zone, showing off their newly acquired skills. On Sept. 6, 2013, teachers are invited to join us at the NASCAR Nationwide race, and watch the launch of NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, or LADEE, mission that will study the moon.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to teach and view the science of racing and to acquire professional development credit hours.

For more information and to register to attend, visit http://tinyurl.com/otqmoay.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Marilé Colón Robles at marile.colonrobles@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 Aug. 27, 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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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 NASA and Worcester Polytechnic Institute Sample Return Robot Challenge

NASA and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass., are seeking teams to compete in a robot technology demonstration competition with a potential $1.495 million prize purse.

During the Sample Return Robot Challenge, teams will compete to demonstrate a robot that can locate and retrieve geologic samples from a wide and varied terrain without human control. The objective of the competition is to encourage innovations in automatic navigation and robotic manipulator technologies. Innovations stemming from this challenge may improve NASA’s capability to explore a variety of destinations in space, as well as enhance the nation’s robotic technology for use in industries and applications on Earth.

NASA provides the prize money to the winning team as part of the agency’s Centennial Challenges competitions, which seek unconventional solutions to problems of interest to the agency and the nation. While NASA provides the prize purse, the competitions are managed by nonprofit organizations that cover the cost of operations through commercial or private sponsorships. The competition is planned for June 11-13, 2014 in Worcester and is anticipated to attract hundreds of competitors from industry and academia nationwide.

The registration deadline for this competition is Jan. 7, 2014.

For more information about the Sample Return Robot Challenge and to register online for the competition, visit http://challenge.wpi.edu.

To learn about other competitions offered by the Centennial Challenges Program, visit https://www.nasa.gov/challenges.

The Centennial Challenges program is part of NASA’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, visit https://www.nasa.gov/spacetech.

Questions about the Sample Return Robot Challenge should be sent to challenge@wpi.edu.

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2014 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Awards

Do you know K-12 teachers or district-level administrators who are making a difference in education through the use of technology? Recognize their achievements by nominating them for the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award. The Astronauts Memorial Foundation, in partnership with NASA and the Space Foundation, will recognize the accomplishments of one outstanding individual and his or her contributions to lifelong learning through the application of technology in the classroom or in the professional development of teachers.

Technology personnel and K-12 classroom teachers who have demonstrated exemplary use of technology to enhance learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, are eligible for this award. School principals, superintendents or associate superintendents may nominate eligible candidates. The award will be presented in May 2014 at the Space Foundation’s 30th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo. The deadline for applications is Feb. 3, 2014.

Applications and more information are available online at http://www.amfcse.org/alan_shepard_award/default.html.

Questions about this award should be directed to amfreg@amfcse.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 — Aug. 15, 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. 19, 2013, at 4 p.m. EDT

Green Strides Webinar Series
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: Aug. 20, 2013, at 2 p.m. EDT

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Small Bodies: Vesta and Ceres
Audience: Grades 5-12
Event Date: Aug. 22, 2013, Noon – 1 p.m. EDT

2014 MUREP Scholarship
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Aug. 23, 2013

REGISTRATION OPEN: Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2013
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Competition Begins: Sept. 7, 2013

2014 GLOBE Calendar Art Competition
Audience: Students in Grades K-12
Entry Deadline: Sept. 30, 2013

OSSI — Spring 2014 Opportunities
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Oct. 11, 2013

NASA Visitor Centers: Passport to Explore Space
Audience: All Educators and Students

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 August 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.

Weather and Climate Introduction (Grades 3-8)
Aug. 19, 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.

Earth and Mars: An Atmospheric Perspective (Grades 5-12)
Aug. 20, 2013, at 2 – 3 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Marilé Colón Robles will discuss Mars and how its atmosphere compares to Earth’s. Learn about the Curiosity rover and NASA’s future missions to the red planet. Participants will take part in a hands-on activity that demonstrates how the atmosphere can be used to slow down a lander.

Applying the Engineering Design Process to STEM Content (Grades 3-8)
Aug. 20, 2013,
at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler as she 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.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through August 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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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 Aug. 20, 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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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Small Bodies: Vesta and Ceres

During its nearly decade-long mission, the Dawn spacecraft will study the asteroid Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres. Learn more about these small bodies during a live videoconference with planetary geologist Dr. Julie Castillo-Rogez on Aug. 22, 2013, at Noon EDT. Castillo-Rogez will discuss the classification of Vesta and Ceres and will answer students’ 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 https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/webcast/webcast.html.

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2014 MUREP Scholarship

NASA’s Office of Education is accepting applications for Minority University Research and Education Program Scholars. The MUREP Scholarship is a competitive opportunity that focuses on underserved and underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines, thereby addressing the critical shortage of qualified STEM professionals that the nation is facing.

Eligible students include rising sophomores and juniors at the undergraduate level. The goal is to address the agency’s mission-specific workforce needs and target areas of national need in minority STEM representation. The scholarship includes up to a $9,000 academic scholarship, based on tuition amount, and $6,000 for a Summer 2014 10-week internship at a NASA center.

Applications are due Aug. 23, 2013.

Applications should be submitted through the NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative at https://intern.nasa.gov. Applicants should be sure to select “scholarship” for the type of application.

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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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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 Sept. 30, 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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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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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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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. 8, 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. 8, 2013, at 4 p.m. EDT

Send Your Name to an Asteroid on Hayabusa-2
Audience: All Educators and Students
Deadline: Aug. 9, 2013

2013 Harriett G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship
Audience: Higher Education Students
Abstract Submission Deadline: Aug. 9, 2013

National Air and Space Museum Super Science Saturday Events
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event: Aug. 10, 2013

Center for Gulf Studies Summer Speaker Series
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: Each Monday at 11 a.m. CDT through August 2013

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

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 August 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 Our Earth From Above (Grades 4-9)
Aug. 8, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will discuss how we explore Earth from above using NASA satellites, maps and astronaut observations. Participants will explore how to integrate NASA resources into their existing science, technology, engineering, mathematics and geography curriculum to better understand the processes that shape our planet.

Looking at the Sun (Grades 3-8)
Aug. 9, 2013, at 4 – 5 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.

Physics Resource Overview: Secondary (Grades 6-12)
Aug. 12, 2013,
at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist John Weis as he demonstrates simple activities and resources for teaching physics at middle and high school levels. 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 August 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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Send Your Name to an Asteroid on Hayabusa-2

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, is scheduled to launch the asteroid explorer Hayabusa-2 in 2014. And your name and message could hitch a ride!

Hayabusa-2 will arrive at an asteroid in 2018. The probe will investigate the asteroid for 18 months and then return to Earth in 2020.

Participants have two options: Send a name on a target marker that will land on the asteroid, and/or send a name and message that will fly on the spacecraft and return to Earth.

Submissions are due Aug. 9, 2013.

For more information and to submit your name and message, visit http://www.planetary.org/get-involved/messages/hayabusa-2/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to messages@planetary.org.

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2013 Harriett G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship

NASA’s Office of Education is accepting applications for graduate fellows for fall 2013 as a part of the NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Graduate Fellowship Program. Since 2001, this activity has supported 211 students as they obtained Masters and Doctoral degrees. The graduate fellowship seeks to support the development of the future STEM workforce through the increased number of graduate degrees awarded to underrepresented and underserved persons (women, minorities and persons with disabilities) in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The goal is to address the agency’s mission-specific workforce needs and target areas of national need in minority STEM representation. The fellowship award includes tuition offset, student stipend and NASA center research opportunities up to $45,000. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Abstract submissions are due Aug. 9, 2013, and invited full proposals are due Sept. 3, 2013.

Applications should be submitted through the NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative at http://go.nasa.gov/16OBq5A. Applicants should be sure to select “fellowship” for the type of application.

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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:

Aug. 10, 2013 — Helicopters
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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Center for Gulf Studies Summer Speaker Series

The INFINITY Science Center in Mississippi invites the public, both young and old, to meet some of the leading researchers in the world studying the Gulf of Mexico. INFINITY is hosting the First Annual Center for Gulf Studies Summer Speaker Series. These lectures will take place each Monday at 11 a.m. CDT through August. The lectures are free with paid admission to the INFINITY Science Center.

Researchers associated with the Center for Gulf Studies will discuss what they are learning and discovering about the Gulf and its importance to our living, playing and working in and around its waters. Next week’s lecture on Aug. 12, 2013, will include a discussion titled “Gulf Fisheries — The Seafood We Eat” led by Dr. Read Hendon.

For more information, including a full list of upcoming lectures, visit http://www.visitinfinity.com/news-events/1958/.

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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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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 — Aug. 1, 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. 1, 2013, at 5 p.m. EDT

Presenters Needed for 2014 Space Exploration Educators Conference
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Aug. 2, 2013

Center for Gulf Studies Summer Speaker Series
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: Each Monday at 11 a.m. CDT through August 2013

Send Your Name to an Asteroid on Hayabusa-2
Audience: All Educators and Students
Deadline: Aug. 9, 2013

2013 Harriett G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship
Audience: Higher Education Students
Abstract Submission Deadline: Aug. 9, 2013

National Air and Space Museum Super Science Saturday Events
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event: Aug. 10, 2013

REGISTRATION OPEN: Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2013
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Competition Begins: Sept. 7, 2013

2014 GLOBE Calendar Art Competition
Audience: Students in Grades K-12
Entry Deadline: Sept. 30, 2013

OSSI — Spring 2014 Opportunities
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Oct. 11, 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 August 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.

Engineering Design Process: Effective Learning Strategies and Assessments (Grades 6-12)
Aug. 1, 2013, at 5 – 6 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist John Weis as he explores techniques to help determine if students understand and can effectively apply the engineering design process. Participants will learn best practices to review assessments of student learning that ensure the appropriate skills and growth are measured..

Classroom Lunacy: Studying the Moon (Grades 3-8)
Aug. 2, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Sandy Kaszynski will share teaching strategies that guide students to understand the Earth-moon system in concrete ways. This webinar highlights NASA resources about the phenomena of moon phases and eclipses. Recent discoveries from the latest NASA missions also will be shared.

Engineering Design Process: Implementation, Discussion and Application (Grades 6-12)
Aug. 5, 2013,
at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist John Weis as he explores techniques to embed engineering design into new and existing lesson plans. Participants will work collaboratively to find ways to integrate the engineering design process into curriculum.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through August 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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Presenters Needed for 2014 Space Exploration Educators Conference

The 20th Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference, or SEEC, is taking place Feb. 6-8, 2014, at Space Center Houston. The goal of SEEC is to encourage K-12 educators to use space to teach all subjects in their classrooms. Over 700 educators gather for this event each year.

Conference organizers are looking for 170 interactive sessions that present exciting classroom activities. All sessions must have a hands-on component; lecture sessions will not be accepted. Proposals are due Aug. 2, 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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Center for Gulf Studies Summer Speaker Series

The INFINITY Science Center in Mississippi invites the public, both young and old, to meet some of the leading researchers in the world studying the Gulf of Mexico. INFINITY is hosting the First Annual Center for Gulf Studies Summer Speaker Series. These lectures will take place each Monday at 11 a.m. CDT through August. The lectures are free with paid admission to the INFINITY Science Center.

Researchers associated with the Center for Gulf Studies will discuss what they are learning and discovering about the Gulf and its importance to our living, playing and working in and around its waters. Next week’s lecture on Aug. 5, 2013, will include a discussion titled “Swimming With the Sharks!” led by doctoral candidate Jill Hendon.

For more information, including a full list of upcoming lectures, visit http://www.visitinfinity.com/news-events/1958/.

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Send Your Name to an Asteroid on Hayabusa-2

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, is scheduled to launch the asteroid explorer Hayabusa-2 in 2014. And your name and message could hitch a ride!

Hayabusa-2 will arrive at an asteroid in 2018. The probe will investigate the asteroid for 18 months and then return to Earth in 2020.

Participants have two options: Send a name on a target marker that will land on the asteroid, and/or send a name and message that will fly on the spacecraft and return to Earth.

Submissions are due Aug. 9, 2013.

For more information and to submit your name and message, visit http://www.planetary.org/get-involved/messages/hayabusa-2/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to messages@planetary.org.

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2013 Harriett G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship

NASA’s Office of Education is accepting applications for graduate fellows for fall 2013 as a part of the NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Graduate Fellowship Program. Since 2001, this activity has supported 211 students as they obtained Masters and Doctoral degrees. The graduate fellowship seeks to support the development of the future STEM workforce through the increased number of graduate degrees awarded to underrepresented and underserved persons (women, minorities and persons with disabilities) in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The goal is to address the agency’s mission-specific workforce needs and target areas of national need in minority STEM representation. The fellowship award includes tuition offset, student stipend and NASA center research opportunities up to $45,000. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Abstract submissions are due August 9, 2013 and invited full proposals are due September 3, 2013.

Applications should be submitted through the NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative at http://go.nasa.gov/16OBq5A. Applicants should be sure to select “fellowship” for the type of application.

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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:

Aug. 10, 2013 — Helicopters
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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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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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 Sept. 30, 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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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/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 — July 25, 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: July 25, 2013, at 3 p.m. EDT

NASA Night Rover Energy Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Early Registration Deadline: July 26, 2013
Regular Registration Deadline: Oct. 25, 2013

Mars Day! 2013 at the National Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: July 26, 2013

Center for Gulf Studies Summer Speaker Series
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: Each Monday at 11 a.m. CDT through August 2013

NASA Partners With the LEGO Group for Design and Build Contest
Audience: Anyone Age 13 or Older
Entry Deadline: July 31, 2013

Satellites and Education Conference XXVI
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: Aug. 1-3, 2013

Presenters Needed for 2014 Space Exploration Educators Conference
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Aug. 2, 2013

2013 Harriett G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship
Audience: Higher Education Students
Abstract Submission Deadline: Aug. 9, 2013

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

2014 GLOBE Calendar Art Competition
Audience: Students in Grades K-12
Entry Deadline: Sept. 30, 2013

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 July 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.

Engineering Design Process: Implementation, Discussion and Application (Grades 4-8)
July 25, 2013, at 3 – 4 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler as she explores techniques to help determine if students understand and effectively apply the engineering design process. Participants will learn about NASA resources for engaging students in the process of engineering design and will reflect on innovative instructional strategies to incorporate 21st century skills with problem-based learning.

My NASA Data: Using Live Access Weather and Climate Data (Grades K-12)
July 29, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Sandy Kaszynski 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.

Engineering Design Process: Part 2 — Create, Experiment and Improve (Grades K-8)
July 31, 2013, at 11 a.m. – Noon EDT
Join aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan as he provides teachers with additional details outlining the final steps of the engineering design process: build, test, evaluate, redesign and share solution. Participants will also model experimental facilitation and the questioning process.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through August 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 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.

Early registration closes on July 26, 2013. Regular 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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Mars Day! 2013 at the National Air and Space Museum

Mars Day! is an annual National Air and Space Museum event that celebrates the Red Planet with educational and fun family activities. Visitors can see a real meteorite that came from Mars, talk to scientists active in Mars research and learn about current and future missions.

Mars Day! 2013 will take place on Friday, July 26, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

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

Questions about this event should be directed to the Visitor Service line at 202-633-1000.

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Center for Gulf Studies Summer Speaker Series

The INFINITY Science Center in Mississippi invites the public, both young and old, to meet some of the leading researchers in the world studying the Gulf of Mexico. INFINITY is hosting the First Annual Center for Gulf Studies Summer Speaker Series. These lectures will take place each Monday at 11 a.m. CDT through August. The lectures are free with paid admission to the INFINITY Science Center.

Researchers associated with the Center for Gulf Studies will discuss what they are learning and discovering about the Gulf and its importance to our living, playing and working in and around its waters. Next week’s lecture on July 29, 2013, will include a discussion titled “Marine Aquaculture: Stocking the Gulf” led by Dr. Jeffrey Lotz.

For more information, including a full list of upcoming lectures, visit http://www.visitinfinity.com/news-events/1958/.

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NASA Partners With the LEGO Group for Design and Build Contest

NASA and the LEGO Group are partnering to inspire the next generation of aerospace engineers by offering a new design competition. The competition will spur students of all ages to use the toy bricks in building models of future airplanes and spacecraft.

The “NASA’s Missions: Imagine and Build” competition is now open with an entry deadline of July 31, 2013. Winners in each category will be selected by a panel of NASA and LEGO officials and announced Sept. 1, 2013.

The first category in the contest is “Inventing Our Future of Flight.” In this challenge, participants will design and build their idea for an aircraft of the future based on real concepts and new technology NASA’s aeronautics innovators are working on to increase fuel efficiency and reduce harmful emissions and noise.

In addition to building a model from LEGO bricks or using the LEGO Digital Designer computer program, participants in this category also must prepare and write a technical paper. The paper will explain how the contest design takes advantage of NASA’s ideas and potentially improves on them.

This category divides entrants into two groups: young student builders ages 13 to 18 and an open group for anyone age 13 and older. The two winners will receive a custom-made LEGO trophy and a collection of NASA memorabilia.

The second contest category is “Imagine Our Future Beyond Earth.” In this challenge, participants will use their imaginations to design and build a futuristic vehicle from LEGO bricks that might travel through the air or in space. It could be an airplane, rotorcraft, rocket, spacecraft, satellite, rover or something else. The design can be based in reality or purely a flight of fancy. This competition is open to entrants 16 or older. The grand prize is a LEGO set signed by the set’s designer and a collection of NASA memorabilia. There also is a runner up prize.

To read the complete rules and guidelines for submitting the LEGO model and technical paper, visit http://rebrick.lego.com/.

LEGO Systems, Inc. is the North American division of The LEGO Group, a privately-held, family-owned company based in Billund, Denmark. The company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of creatively educational play materials for children. For more information and to visit the virtual LEGO world, go to http://www.LEGO.com.

For more information about NASA aeronautics research and space exploration, visit https://www.nasa.gov.

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Satellites and Education Conference XXVI

Join the Satellite Educators Association for an education conference being held Aug. 1-3, 2013, in Los Angeles, Calif. The annual conference is for educators interested in discovering ways to use satellites and related technologies in the classroom. Participants learn ways to help students appreciate and understand the complex interrelationships among science, technology, individuals, societies and the environment. Conference attendees learn to develop and apply inquiry and technology skills to study authentic questions and problems.

Attendees will take part in tours of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Spacelift Telemetry Acquisition and Reporting System laboratory at Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, Calif., and the NASA Structures, Pointing, And Controls Engineering laboratory at California State University in Los Angeles.

The conference is hosted by California State University, Los Angeles. The event is sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA, Aerospace Institute, Boeing, Raytheon, SpaceX, Lockheed-Martin, Sally Ride Science Festivals, Traveling Space Museum, Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence’s West location and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

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

If you have questions about this event, please contact conference coordinator Dr. Paula Arvedson at parveds@calstatela.edu.

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Presenters Needed for 2014 Space Exploration Educators Conference

The 20th Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference, or SEEC, is taking place Feb. 6-8, 2014, at Space Center Houston. The goal of SEEC is to encourage K-12 educators to use space to teach all subjects in their classrooms. Over 700 educators gather for this event each year.

Conference organizers are looking for 170 interactive sessions that present exciting classroom activities. All sessions must have a hands-on component; lecture sessions will not be accepted. Proposals are due Aug. 2, 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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2013 Harriett G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship

NASA’s Office of Education is accepting applications for graduate fellows for fall 2013 as a part of the NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Graduate Fellowship Program. Since 2001, this activity has supported 211 students as they obtained Masters and Doctoral degrees. The graduate fellowship seeks to support the development of the future STEM workforce through the increased number of graduate degrees awarded to underrepresented and underserved persons (women, minorities and persons with disabilities) in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The goal is to address the agency’s mission-specific workforce needs and target areas of national need in minority STEM representation. The fellowship award includes tuition offset, student stipend and NASA center research opportunities up to $45,000. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Abstract submissions are due August 9, 2013 and invited full proposals are due September 3, 2013.

Applications should be submitted through the NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative at http://go.nasa.gov/16OBq5A. Applicants should be sure to select “fellowship” for the type of application.

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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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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 Sept. 30, 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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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 — July 18, 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: July 18, 2013, at 4 p.m. EDT

Center for Gulf Studies Summer Speaker Series
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: Each Monday at 11 a.m. CDT through August 2013

MAVEN Workshop — Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!
Audience: Teachers of Grades 3-5
Application Deadline: July 24, 2013
Workshop Date: Aug. 24, 2013

NASA Night Rover Energy Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Early Registration Deadline: July 26, 2013
Regular Registration Deadline: Oct. 25, 2013

Mars Day! 2013 at the National Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: July 26, 2013

NASA Partners With the LEGO Group for Design and Build Contest
Audience: Anyone Age 13 or Older
Entry Deadline: July 31, 2013

REGISTRATION OPEN: Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2013
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Competition Begins: Sept. 7, 2013

2014 GLOBE Calendar Art Competition
Audience: Students in Grades K-12
Entry Deadline: Sept. 30, 2013

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 July 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.

Satellite Meteorology: How Clouds Form (Grades 4-9)
July 18, 2013, at 4 – 5 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.

Looking at the Sun (Grades 3-8)
July 23, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Rick Varner 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.

Exploring Our Earth From Above (Grades 4-9)
July 24, 2013, at 11 a.m. – Noon EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will discuss how we explore Earth from above using NASA satellites, maps and astronaut observations. Participants will explore how to integrate NASA resources into their existing science, technology, engineering, mathematics and geography curriculum to better understand the processes that shape our planet.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through July 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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Center for Gulf Studies Summer Speaker Series

The INFINITY Science Center in Mississippi invites the public, both young and old, to meet some of the leading researchers in the world studying the Gulf of Mexico. INFINITY is hosting the First Annual Center for Gulf Studies Summer Speaker Series. These lectures will take place each Monday at 11 a.m. CDT through August. The lectures are free with paid admission to the INFINITY Science Center.

Researchers associated with the Center for Gulf Studies will discuss what they are learning and discovering about the Gulf and its importance to our living, playing and working in and around its waters. Next week’s lecture on July 22, 2013, will include a discussion titled ” Sargassum — Seaweed Islands in the Gulf ” led by Dr. Frank Hernandez.

For more information, including a full list of upcoming lectures, visit http://www.visitinfinity.com/news-events/1958/.

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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 also will 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 Aug. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles, Calif. Applications are due July 24, 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/los-angeles-workshop/.

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

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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.

Early registration closes on July 26, 2013. Regular 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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Mars Day! 2013 at the National Air and Space Museum

Mars Day! is an annual National Air and Space Museum event that celebrates the Red Planet with educational and fun family activities. Visitors can see a real meteorite that came from Mars, talk to scientists active in Mars research and learn about current and future missions.

Mars Day! 2013 will take place on Friday, July 26, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

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

Questions about this event should be directed to the Visitor Service line at 202-633-1000.

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NASA Partners With the LEGO Group for Design and Build Contest

NASA and the LEGO Group are partnering to inspire the next generation of aerospace engineers by offering a new design competition. The competition will spur students of all ages to use the toy bricks in building models of future airplanes and spacecraft.

The “NASA’s Missions: Imagine and Build” competition is now open with an entry deadline of July 31, 2013. Winners in each category will be selected by a panel of NASA and LEGO officials and announced Sept. 1, 2013.

The first category in the contest is “Inventing Our Future of Flight.” In this challenge, participants will design and build their idea for an aircraft of the future based on real concepts and new technology NASA’s aeronautics innovators are working on to increase fuel efficiency and reduce harmful emissions and noise.

In addition to building a model from LEGO bricks or using the LEGO Digital Designer computer program, participants in this category also must prepare and write a technical paper. The paper will explain how the contest design takes advantage of NASA’s ideas and potentially improves on them.

This category divides entrants into two groups: young student builders ages 13 to 18 and an open group for anyone age 13 and older. The two winners will receive a custom-made LEGO trophy and a collection of NASA memorabilia.

The second contest category is “Imagine Our Future Beyond Earth.” In this challenge, participants will use their imaginations to design and build a futuristic vehicle from LEGO bricks that might travel through the air or in space. It could be an airplane, rotorcraft, rocket, spacecraft, satellite, rover or something else. The design can be based in reality or purely a flight of fancy. This competition is open to entrants 16 or older. The grand prize is a LEGO set signed by the set’s designer and a collection of NASA memorabilia. There also is a runner up prize.

To read the complete rules and guidelines for submitting the LEGO model and technical paper, visit http://rebrick.lego.com/.

LEGO Systems, Inc. is the North American division of The LEGO Group, a privately-held, family-owned company based in Billund, Denmark. The company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of creatively educational play materials for children. For more information and to visit the virtual LEGO world, go to http://www.LEGO.com.

For more information about NASA aeronautics research and space exploration, visit https://www.nasa.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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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 Sept. 30, 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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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 — July 11, 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: July 11, 2013, at 3 p.m. EDT

National Air and Space Museum Super Science Saturday Events
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event: July 13, 2013

Center for Gulf Studies Summer Speaker Series
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: Each Monday at 11 a.m. CDT through August 2013

Free Virtual Professional Development Workshop Series: NASA STEM Spanish Immersion
Audience: K-5 Educators
Event Dates: First workshop takes place on July 15, 2013

LAUNCH Systems Challenge 2013
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Final Entry Deadline: July 15, 2013

Free Virtual Professional Development Workshop Series: Rockets to Racecars
Audience: K-12 Educators and Home Educators
Event Dates: First workshop takes place on July 16, 2013, at 2:15 p.m. EDT

U.S. Department of Education Principal Ambassador Fellowships
Audience: K-12 Principals
Application Deadline: July 16, 2013

MAVEN Workshop — Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!
Audience: Teachers of Grades 3-5
Application Deadline: July 24, 2013
Workshop Date: Aug. 24, 2013

NASA Night Rover Energy Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Early Registration Deadline: July 26, 2013
Regular Registration Deadline: Oct. 25, 2013

NASA Partners With the LEGO Group for Design and Build Contest
Audience: Anyone Age 13 or Older
Entry Deadline: July 31, 2013

Presenters Needed for 2014 Space Exploration Educators Conference
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Aug. 2, 2013

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

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 June 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.

Hands-On Weather Science Activities (Grades 4-9)
July 11, 2013, at 3 – 4 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Marilé Colón Robles 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.

Physics Resource Overview — Elementary (Grades K-6)
July 12, 2013, at 1 – 2 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.

Applying the Engineering Design Process to STEM Content (Grades 3-12)
July 15, 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.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through July 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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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:

July 13, 2013 — Weather
Aug. 10, 2013 — Helicopters
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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Center for Gulf Studies Summer Speaker Series

The INFINITY Science Center in Mississippi invites the public, both young and old, to meet some of the leading researchers in the world studying the Gulf of Mexico. INFINITY is hosting the First Annual Center for Gulf Studies Summer Speaker Series. These lectures will take place each Monday at 11 a.m. CDT through August. The lectures are free with paid admission to the INFINITY Science Center.

Researchers associated with the Center for Gulf Studies will discuss what they are learning and discovering about the Gulf and its importance to our living, playing and working in and around its waters. Next week’s lecture on July 15, 2013, will include a discussion titled “Blue Fin Tuna in the Gulf — From Larvae to Giants” led by Dr. Jim Franks.

For more information, including a full list of upcoming lectures, visit http://www.visitinfinity.com/news-events/1958/.

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Free Virtual Professional Development Workshop Series: NASA STEM Spanish Immersion

NASA’s Digital Learning Network and the Aerospace Education Services Project are presenting a series of professional development workshops tailored to elementary Spanish immersion educators. These free workshops are designed to enhance curriculum activities with NASA-inspired lessons. These professional development workshops will provide hands-on, interactive and engaging activities in Spanish.

Sign up today to join the free four-day workshop series on July 15, July 17, July 23 and July 25, 2013. Each session is 75 minutes long.

Participants who register and complete all four workshops are eligible to receive five workshop hours towards continuing education units.

For more information, visit https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GsOzqrJP0veopQRkZbb54jSDBbG02OZ6n9w6hKHumhE/pub.

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

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LAUNCH Systems Challenge 2013

NASA, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of State and Nike recently announced a challenge to identify 10 game-changing innovations that could transform the system of fabrics to one that advances equitable global economic growth, drives human prosperity and replenishes the planet’s resources.

Challenge organizers are interested in innovations with potential to scale in two years, as well as game-changing early stage technologies and prototypes. Innovations can be business models, financial instruments, technologies and programs that accelerate research, education and capacity building.

The LAUNCH Systems Challenge 2013 is open through July 15, 2013.

Forum partners will select 10 innovators to present their technology solutions at the LAUNCH Systems Challenge 2013 forum, which will be held Sept. 26-29, 2013, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

NASA and the LAUNCH Council — thought leaders representing a diverse and collaborative body of entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers, government, media and business — will participate in the forum and help guide these innovations forward. The selected LAUNCH innovators will receive networking and mentoring opportunities from influential business and government leaders, as well as portfolio presentations.

LAUNCH was created to identify, showcase and support innovative approaches to global sustainability challenges. LAUNCH searches for visionaries whose ideas, technologies or programs show great promise for making tangible impacts on society in the developed and developing worlds.

For more information about the LAUNCH Systems Challenge 2013 and how to enter, visit http://www.launch.org/challenges/systems-2013.

Inquiries about this challenge should be directed to http://www.launch.org/contact.

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Free Virtual Professional Development Workshop Series: Rockets to Racecars

Start your engines! Engage students in real-world mathematics and incorporate standards-based hands-on activities to make mathematics challenging and fun. Bring the thrill of racing and its connections to flight into your classroom with the “Rockets 2 Racecars” educational materials.

Learn about tires and air pressure as you calculate the effects of temperature on regular tires as well as Space Shuttle and racecar tires in the session “Measure Up and Calculate.” Use mathematics to interpret air pressure and air flow data on airplane wings and racecar spoilers in “May the Force Uplift You…or Not!”. Test the variables that affect cars’ stability to travel by constructing a balloon-powered race car and maneuver through different angles to see force in action in “Newton’s Angle on Force and Motion.” Design a capsule to land on Mars and see its effectiveness by calculating speed or rate of descent in “Drag Race to Mars Engineering Design Challenge.”

Sign up today to join the free four-day workshop series on July 16, July 18, July 22 and July 24, 2013, from 2:15pm to 3:30pm EDT.

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

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

To register for the Rockets 2 Racecars workshop series, visit https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/dln-virtual-professional-development-form/.

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

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U.S. Department of Education Principal Ambassador Fellowships

The U.S. Department of Education is accepting applications for the 2013-2014 Principal Ambassador Fellowship. This position will provide outstanding principals who have a record of leadership, student achievement, strong communication skills and insights from their school experiences an opportunity to highlight the voice of the principal within the education community and the country at large.

Applicants selected for this one-year program will participate on a part-time basis from their home locations for the department, in addition to their regular school responsibilities, working in collaboration with the department’s regional and federal offices.

Applications are due July 16, 2013.

For more information about this fellowship opportunity, visit http://www.ed.gov/blog/2013/06/announcing-the-principal-ambassador-fellowship/.

If you have questions about the fellowship, please email your inquiries to PrincipalFellowship@ed.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 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 also will 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 Aug. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles, Calif. Applications are due July 24, 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/los-angeles-workshop/.

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

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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.

Early registration closes on July 26, 2013. Regular 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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NASA Partners With the LEGO Group for Design and Build Contest

NASA and the LEGO Group are partnering to inspire the next generation of aerospace engineers by offering a new design competition. The competition will spur students of all ages to use the toy bricks in building models of future airplanes and spacecraft.

The “NASA’s Missions: Imagine and Build” competition is now open with an entry deadline of July 31, 2013. Winners in each category will be selected by a panel of NASA and LEGO officials and announced Sept. 1, 2013.

The first category in the contest is “Inventing Our Future of Flight.” In this challenge, participants will design and build their idea for an aircraft of the future based on real concepts and new technology NASA’s aeronautics innovators are working on to increase fuel efficiency and reduce harmful emissions and noise.

In addition to building a model from LEGO bricks or using the LEGO Digital Designer computer program, participants in this category also must prepare and write a technical paper. The paper will explain how the contest design takes advantage of NASA’s ideas and potentially improves on them.

This category divides entrants into two groups: young student builders ages 13 to 18 and an open group for anyone age 13 and older. The two winners will receive a custom-made LEGO trophy and a collection of NASA memorabilia.

The second contest category is “Imagine Our Future Beyond Earth.” In this challenge, participants will use their imaginations to design and build a futuristic vehicle from LEGO bricks that might travel through the air or in space. It could be an airplane, rotorcraft, rocket, spacecraft, satellite, rover or something else. The design can be based in reality or purely a flight of fancy. This competition is open to entrants 16 or older. The grand prize is a LEGO set signed by the set’s designer and a collection of NASA memorabilia. There also is a runner up prize.

To read the complete rules and guidelines for submitting the LEGO model and technical paper, visit http://rebrick.lego.com/.

LEGO Systems, Inc. is the North American division of The LEGO Group, a privately-held, family-owned company based in Billund, Denmark. The company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of creatively educational play materials for children. For more information and to visit the virtual LEGO world, go to http://www.LEGO.com.

For more information about NASA aeronautics research and space exploration, visit https://www.nasa.gov.

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Presenters Needed for 2014 Space Exploration Educators Conference

The 20th Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference, or SEEC, is taking place Feb. 6-8, 2014, at Space Center Houston. The goal of SEEC is to encourage K-12 educators to use space to teach all subjects in their classrooms. Over 700 educators gather for this event each year.

Conference organizers are looking for 170 interactive sessions that present exciting classroom activities. All sessions must have a hands-on component; lecture sessions will not be accepted. Proposals are due Aug. 2, 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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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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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 — July 3, 2013

Check out the latest NASA Education opportunity announcements.






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

Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: July 3, 2013, at 4 p.m. EDT

Center for Gulf Studies Summer Speaker Series
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: Each Monday at 11 a.m. CDT through August 2013

Professional Development Opportunity for Science on a Sphere Installations
Audience: Science Museums and Other Informal Education Venues
Application Deadline: July 8, 2013
Training Dates: Nov. 15-16, 2013

National Academy of Sciences Announcement of Opportunity to Submit Input to Study on Human Spaceflight
Audience: All Educators and Students
Submission Deadline: July 9, 2013

Sally Ride EarthKAM Summer 2013 Mission
Audience: Middle School Educators and Students, and the Informal Education Community
Mission Dates: July 10-12, 2013

National Air and Space Museum Super Science Saturday Events
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event: July 13, 2013

LAUNCH Systems Challenge 2013
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Final Entry Deadline: July 15, 2013

Free Virtual Professional Development Workshop Series: Rockets to Racecars
Audience: K-12 Educators and Home Educators
Event Dates: First workshop takes place on July 16, 2013, at 2:15 p.m. EDT

U.S. Department of Education Principal Ambassador Fellowships
Audience: K-12 Principals
Application Deadline: July 16, 2013

ROSES-13 Amendment 9: Final Text for ROSES-13 Appendix A.35, The GLOBE Implementation Office
Audience: Education Organizations and Consortiums
Proposal Deadline: July 19, 2013

MAVEN Workshop — Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!
Audience: Teachers of Grades 3-5
Application Deadline: July 24, 2013
Workshop Date: Aug. 24, 2013

NASA Night Rover Energy Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Early Registration Deadline: July 26, 2013
Regular Registration Deadline: Oct. 25, 2013

NASA Partners With the LEGO Group for Design and Build Contest
Audience: Anyone Age 13 or Older
Entry Deadline: July 31, 2013

REGISTRATION OPEN: Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2013
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Competition Begins: Sept. 7, 2013

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 July 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.

Missions to Planet Earth: Remote Sensing (Grades 4-8)
July 3, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
The world around us is constantly changing. Sometimes these changes happen suddenly and are easily observed. In many cases, changes in the Earth are not easily seen, yet are readily apparent in comparisons made over time. Join aerospace education specialist Rick Varner for this session designed to help teachers and students appreciate these changes and study the impacts of Earth’s natural systems and how humans affect their environment.

Our Solar System: A Model Overview (Grades 4-8)
July 10, 2013, at 1 – 2 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will present NASA inquiry activities that demonstrate remote sensing and scale models to better visualize our sun, planets, asteroids and other objects as a whole system.

Exploring NASA Climate Change Resources (Grades 3-12)
July 10, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist Lester Morales as he discusses ways NASA is studying climate change. Participants will received a list of website tools and interactive remote sensing technologies to help bring an understanding of climate change into the classroom.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through July 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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Center for Gulf Studies Summer Speaker Series

The INFINITY Science Center in Mississippi invites the public, both young and old, to meet some of the leading researchers in the world studying the Gulf of Mexico. INFINITY is hosting the First Annual Center for Gulf Studies Summer Speaker Series. These lectures will take place each Monday at 11 a.m. CDT through August. The lectures are free with paid admission to the INFINITY Science Center.

Researchers associated with the Center for Gulf Studies will discuss what they are learning and discovering about the Gulf and its importance to our living, playing and working in and around its waters. Next week’s lecture on July 8, 2013, will include a discussion titled “Observing Beneath the Waves” led by Dr. Vernon Asper.

For more information, including a full list of upcoming lectures, visit http://www.visitinfinity.com/news-events/1958/.

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Professional Development Opportunity for Science on a Sphere Installations

NASA’s next mission to Mars — the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, mission — is set to launch in November 2013. MAVEN will explore the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the sun and solar wind. By examining the loss of volatile compounds, such as water and carbon dioxide, MAVEN will provide insight into the history of Mars’ atmosphere and climate, liquid water and habitability.

Invisible Mars, a new show for Science On a Sphere, explains what we know about Mars’ climate and how the MAVEN mission will help us understand how and why it’s changed over time. Join MAVEN scientists, engineers and educators at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Nov. 15-16, 2013, for a professional development training on how you can use Invisible Mars at your venue.

Participants may be given a stipend to help pay for their travel. Participants and their families will be invited to attend the MAVEN launch, currently scheduled for Nov. 18, 2013.

The application deadline for this training event has been extended to July 8, 2013. Space is limited. To apply, visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MAVENSOS.

To learn more about MAVEN, visit http://lasp.colorado.edu/home/maven/ and https://www.nasa.gov/maven.

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National Academy of Sciences Announcement of Opportunity to Submit Input to Study on Human Spaceflight

The U.S. National Research Council of the National Academies is currently conducting a congressionally requested study to examine the goals, core capabilities and direction of human spaceflight. This study, which is being carried out by the National Research Council’s Committee on Human Spaceflight, will provide findings and recommendations to guide the U.S. human spaceflight enterprise in a sustainable manner. The Committee on Human Spaceflight recognizes the importance of reaching out to the communities interested in human exploration and is using several approaches to solicit input regarding the motivations, goals and the possible evolution of human spaceflight. One important source of input is the call for short papers from communities around the world with an interest in human spaceflight.

The Committee on Human Spaceflight invites interested individuals and groups to submit input papers describing their own ideas on the role of human spaceflight and their vision for a suggested future.

For more information on the committee and the goals of the study, please see the statement of task at http://www.nationalacademies.org/humanspaceflight.

Submissions must be made through http://sites.nationalacademies.org/DEPS/ASEB/DEPS_083343 no later than July 9, 2013. All submitted white papers will be made public.

Questions about this solicitation should be directed to Human_spaceflight@nas.edu.

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Sally Ride EarthKAM Summer 2013 Mission

Students and educators are invited to join NASA for the Sally Ride EarthKAM Summer 2013 Mission from July 10-12, 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 curriculum 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 summer and after-school 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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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:

July 13, 2013 — Weather
Aug. 10, 2013 — Helicopters
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/about/newsroom/release/?id=254

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

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LAUNCH Systems Challenge 2013

NASA, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of State and Nike recently announced a challenge to identify 10 game-changing innovations that could transform the system of fabrics to one that advances equitable global economic growth, drives human prosperity and replenishes the planet’s resources.

Challenge organizers are interested in innovations with potential to scale in two years, as well as game-changing early stage technologies and prototypes. Innovations can be business models, financial instruments, technologies and programs that accelerate research, education and capacity building.

The LAUNCH Systems Challenge 2013 is open through July 15, 2013.

Forum partners will select 10 innovators to present their technology solutions at the LAUNCH Systems Challenge 2013 forum, which will be held Sept. 26-29, 2013, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

NASA and the LAUNCH Council — thought leaders representing a diverse and collaborative body of entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers, government, media and business — will participate in the forum and help guide these innovations forward. The selected LAUNCH innovators will receive networking and mentoring opportunities from influential business and government leaders, as well as portfolio presentations.

LAUNCH was created to identify, showcase and support innovative approaches to global sustainability challenges. LAUNCH searches for visionaries whose ideas, technologies or programs show great promise for making tangible impacts on society in the developed and developing worlds.

For more information about the LAUNCH Systems Challenge 2013 and how to enter, visit http://www.launch.org/challenges/systems-2013.

Inquiries about this challenge should be directed to http://www.launch.org/contact.

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Free Virtual Professional Development Workshop Series: Rockets to Racecars

Start your engines! Engage students in real-world mathematics and incorporate standards-based hands-on activities to make mathematics challenging and fun. Bring the thrill of racing and its connections to flight into your classroom with the “Rockets 2 Racecars” educational materials.

Learn about tires and air pressure as you calculate the effects of temperature on regular tires as well as Space Shuttle and racecar tires in the session “Measure Up and Calculate.” Use mathematics to interpret air pressure and air flow data on airplane wings and racecar spoilers in “May the Force Uplift You…or Not!”. Test the variables that affect cars’ stability to travel by constructing a balloon-powered race car and maneuver through different angles to see force in action in “Newton’s Angle on Force and Motion.” Design a capsule to land on Mars and see its effectiveness by calculating speed or rate of descent in “Drag Race to Mars Engineering Design Challenge.”

Sign up today to join the free four-day workshop series on July 16, July 18, July 22 and July 24, 2013, from 2:15pm to 3:30pm EDT.

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

For more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/special/R2R_Ed_Res.html.

To register for the Rockets 2 Racecars workshop series, visit https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/dln-virtual-professional-development-form/.

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

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U.S. Department of Education Principal Ambassador Fellowships

The U.S. Department of Education is accepting applications for the 2013-2014 Principal Ambassador Fellowship. This position will provide outstanding principals who have a record of leadership, student achievement, strong communication skills and insights from their school experiences an opportunity to highlight the voice of the principal within the education community and the country at large.

Applicants selected for this one-year program will participate on a part-time basis from their home locations for the department, in addition to their regular school responsibilities, working in collaboration with the department’s regional and federal offices.

Applications are due July 16, 2013.

For more information about this fellowship opportunity, visit http://www.ed.gov/blog/2013/06/announcing-the-principal-ambassador-fellowship/.

If you have questions about the fellowship, please email your inquiries to PrincipalFellowship@ed.gov.

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ROSES-13 Amendment 9: Final Text for ROSES-13 Appendix A.35, The GLOBE Implementation Office

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment, or GLOBE, Program is an important element of NASA’s commitment to promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM education among youth worldwide and to enhancing its international collaboration through the peaceful use of space. The Earth Science Division of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate solicits proposals for an organization or a consortium of organizations to host the GLOBE Implementation Office and collaborate with NASA in the implementation of GLOBE, with the objective of strengthening the programmatic support for GLOBE and enhancing the value of GLOBE to its worldwide community of partners, students, teachers and scientists.

NASA anticipates making one award through this competitive solicitation at approximately $0.5-0.8M for the first four months of transition from the current operations and $2.0-2.5M per year for the subsequent three years, for a total of three years and four months.

This Amendment creates Appendix A.35. Proposals are due July 19, 2013.

This amendment to the NASA Research Announcement “Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2013” (NNH13ZDA001N) has been posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={92D12049-104D-33CB-0D45-5EE687592456}&path=init  and appears on the RSS feed at http://nasascience.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/grant-solicitations/roses-2013.

Questions concerning Appendix A.35, The GLOBE Implementation Office, may be directed to Ming-Ying Wei, Earth Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546-0001. Telephone: (202) 358-0771; Email: mwei@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 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 also will 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 Aug. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles, Calif. Applications are due July 24, 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/los-angeles-workshop/.

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

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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.

Early registration closes on July 26, 2013. Regular 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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NASA Partners With the LEGO Group for Design and Build Contest

NASA and the LEGO Group are partnering to inspire the next generation of aerospace engineers by offering a new design competition. The competition will spur students of all ages to use the toy bricks in building models of future airplanes and spacecraft.

The “NASA’s Missions: Imagine and Build” competition is now open with an entry deadline of July 31, 2013. Winners in each category will be selected by a panel of NASA and LEGO officials and announced Sept. 1, 2013.

The first category in the contest is “Inventing Our Future of Flight.” In this challenge, participants will design and build their idea for an aircraft of the future based on real concepts and new technology NASA’s aeronautics innovators are working on to increase fuel efficiency and reduce harmful emissions and noise.

In addition to building a model from LEGO bricks or using the LEGO Digital Designer computer program, participants in this category also must prepare and write a technical paper. The paper will explain how the contest design takes advantage of NASA’s ideas and potentially improves on them.

This category divides entrants into two groups: young student builders ages 13 to 18 and an open group for anyone age 13 and older. The two winners will receive a custom-made LEGO trophy and a collection of NASA memorabilia.

The second contest category is “Imagine Our Future Beyond Earth.” In this challenge, participants will use their imaginations to design and build a futuristic vehicle from LEGO bricks that might travel through the air or in space. It could be an airplane, rotorcraft, rocket, spacecraft, satellite, rover or something else. The design can be based in reality or purely a flight of fancy. This competition is open to entrants 16 or older. The grand prize is a LEGO set signed by the set’s designer and a collection of NASA memorabilia. There also is a runner up prize.

To read the complete rules and guidelines for submitting the LEGO model and technical paper, visit http://rebrick.lego.com/.

LEGO Systems, Inc. is the North American division of The LEGO Group, a privately-held, family-owned company based in Billund, Denmark. The company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of creatively educational play materials for children. For more information and to visit the virtual LEGO world, go to http://www.LEGO.com.

For more information about NASA aeronautics research and space exploration, visit https://www.nasa.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 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 — June 27, 2013

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

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Space Shuttle Atlantis Celebration
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: June 28, 2013, Noon – 1 p.m. EDT

Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: June 28, 2013, at 3 p.m. EDT

MAVEN New Media Professional Development Workshop
Audience: Bloggers, Podcasters, Social Media Users and Other Science Communicators
Application Deadline: June 28, 2013
Workshop Dates: Aug. 23-25, 2013

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 5 to the International Space Station
Audience: School Districts Serving Grades 5-12, Informal Education Institutions, Colleges and Universities
Inquiry Deadline: June 30, 2013

Center for Gulf Studies Summer Speaker Series
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: Each Monday at 11 a.m. CDT through August 2013

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Next Application Deadline: July 1, 2013

Going to Mars With MAVEN Campaign
Audience: Educators and Students Worldwide
Deadline: July 1, 2013

Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other Education Organizations
Deadline: July 1, 2013

NASA GIRLS and NASA BOYS Mentoring Project

Audience: 5-8 Educators and Students
Application Deadline: July 2, 2013

Professional Development Opportunity for Science on a Sphere Installations
Audience: Science Museums and Other Informal Education Venues
Application Deadline: July 8, 2013
Training Dates: Nov. 15-16, 2013

Sally Ride EarthKAM Summer 2013 Mission
Audience: Middle School Educators and Students, and the Informal Education Community
Mission Dates: July 10-12, 2013

LAUNCH Systems Challenge 2013
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Final Entry Deadline: July 15, 2013

Free Virtual Professional Development Workshop Series: Rockets to Racecars
Audience: K-12 Educators and Home Educators
Event Dates: First workshop takes place on July 16, 2013, at 2:15 p.m. EDT

NASA Partners With the LEGO Group for Design and Build Contest
Audience: Anyone Age 13 or Older
Entry Deadline: July 31, 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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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Space Shuttle Atlantis Celebration

NASA invites students and educators to tune in for a special Digital Learning Network webcast event celebrating space shuttle Atlantis. NASA will be celebrating the unveiling of Atlantis’ new home at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. This celebration will include special guests who have worked on Atlantis.

The event will be webcast on the NASA DLiNfo Channel on June 28, 2013, at Noon EDT.

For more information and to view the webcast, visit http://dln.nasa.gov.

Questions about this event should be directed to Rachel Power at rachel.b.power@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 June 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.

My NASA Data: Using Live-Access Weather and Climate Data (Grades K-12)
June 28, 2013, at 3 – 4 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.

Exploring Solar Energy: Electricity for Space Exploration (Grades 6-9)
July 1, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist John Weis as he discusses ways to use the online resource “Electricity and Power in Space” to provide an exciting context for teaching concepts related to energy, electricity and circuits. Participants will be guided through a series of activities relating to circuits, voltage, amperes, ohms and much more.

Classroom Lunacy: Studying the Moon (Grades 3-8)
July 2, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Rick Varner will share teaching strategies that guide students to understand the Earth-moon system in concrete ways. This webinar highlights NASA resources about the phenomena of moon phases and eclipses. Recent discoveries from the latest NASA missions also will be shared.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through July 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 New Media Professional Development Workshop

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.

The MAVEN New Media Professional Development workshop will bring together bloggers, podcasters, social media users and other science communicators for a two-day intensive workshop with space scientists. The workshop will take place Aug. 23-25, 2013, at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado Boulder. The workshop will be a collaborative professional development opportunity for attendees to learn about current issues surrounding the evolution of the Martian climate, with an emphasis on MAVEN.

Most expenses to attend the workshop will be defrayed; individual amounts will be determined following selection.

Applications are due June 28, 2013.

For more information about the workshop and to apply online, visit http://lasp.colorado.edu/home/maven/education-outreach/public-outreach/new-media-professional-development/2013-workshop/.

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

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Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 5 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 5 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 spring 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 June 30, 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 5 to International Space Station National Announcement of Opportunity at http://ssep.ncesse.org/2013/05/to-school-districts-announcing-student-spaceflight-experiment-program-ssep-mission-5-to-the-international-space-station-for-2013-14/.

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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Center for Gulf Studies Summer Speaker Series

The INFINITY Science Center in Mississippi invites the public, both young and old, to meet some of the leading researchers in the world studying the Gulf of Mexico. INFINITY is hosting the First Annual Center for Gulf Studies Summer Speaker Series. These lectures will take place each Monday at 11 a.m. CDT through August. The lectures are free with paid admission to the INFINITY Science Center.

Researchers associated with the Center for Gulf Studies will discuss what they are learning and discovering about the Gulf and its importance to our living, playing and working in and around its waters. Next week’s lecture on July 1, 2013, include a discussion titled “Earth Versus Mars: Can Life From Earth Conquer the Red Planet?” led by Dr. Scott Milroy.

For more information, including a full list of upcoming lectures, visit http://www.visitinfinity.com/news-events/1958/.

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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.

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

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

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

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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 and personal message 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.

The MAVEN spacecraft will also carry personal messages from three contest winners. The Message to Mars contest is looking for personal messages in the form of haiku poems to send to the Red Planet. The public will vote to select the top three entries. Entries must be written in English. Winning haikus will be carried aboard the MAVEN spacecraft and will be prominently displayed on the MAVEN website.

Names and entries for the Message to Mars contest are due July 1, 2013.

For more information and to submit your name and message, 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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Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use

NASA is inviting eligible educational institutions, museums and other organizations to screen and request historical space artifacts.

The artifacts represent significant human spaceflight technologies and processes and the accomplishments of NASA’s many programs. NASA and the General Services Administration worked together to ensure broad access to space artifacts and to provide a Web-based electronic artifacts viewing capability. The Web-based artifacts module is located at http://gsaxcess.gov/NASAWel.htm.

Eligible participants may view the artifacts now and request specific items at the website throughJuly 1, 2013. Only schools and museums are eligible to receive artifacts. They must register online using an assigned Department of Education number, or through the state agency for surplus property in their state.

The artifacts are free of charge. Eligible organizations must cover shipping costs and any special 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, on a case-by-case basis, to address any unique special handling costs.

Special items, such as space shuttle thermal protective tiles, space shuttle main engine turbine blades and packages of three packets of astronaut food are also offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Instructions for requesting artifacts and special items are linked on the website home page.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to GSAXcessHelp@gsa.gov.

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NASA GIRLS and NASA BOYS Mentoring Project

NASA is looking for the next generation of scientists, engineers and innovators. To jump-start the future of potential explorers, Women@NASA has created a mentoring project that offers a one-of-a-kind experience for middle school students. Participants will get to explore the possibilities of a career in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The project will feature one-on-one mentoring from NASA employees. Participants will complete online lessons with their mentors while virtually connected through Skype or Google Chat.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens in grades 5-8 or home-school equivalent. The mentoring project will take place over a five-week period during the summer.

Applications are due July 2, 2013.

For more information and to register online, visit http://women.nasa.gov/nasagirls/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to hq-women@nasa.gov.

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Professional Development Opportunity for Science on a Sphere Installations

NASA’s next mission to Mars — the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, mission — is set to launch in November 2013. MAVEN will explore the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the sun and solar wind. By examining the loss of volatile compounds, such as water and carbon dioxide, MAVEN will provide insight into the history of Mars’ atmosphere and climate, liquid water and habitability.

Invisible Mars, a new show for Science On a Sphere, explains what we know about Mars’ climate and how the MAVEN mission will help us understand how and why it’s changed over time. Join MAVEN scientists, engineers and educators at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Nov. 15-16, 2013, for a professional development training on how you can use Invisible Mars at your venue.

Participants may be given a stipend to help pay for their travel. Participants and their families will be invited to attend the MAVEN launch, currently scheduled for Nov. 18, 2013.

The application deadline for this training event has been extended to July 8, 2013. Space is limited. To apply, visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MAVENSOS.

To learn more about MAVEN, visit http://lasp.colorado.edu/home/maven/ and https://www.nasa.gov/maven.

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Sally Ride EarthKAM Summer 2013 Mission

Students and educators are invited to join NASA for the Sally Ride EarthKAM Summer 2013 Mission from July 10-12, 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 curriculum 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 summer and after-school 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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LAUNCH Systems Challenge 2013

NASA, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of State and Nike recently announced a challenge to identify 10 game-changing innovations that could transform the system of fabrics to one that advances equitable global economic growth, drives human prosperity and replenishes the planet’s resources.

Challenge organizers are interested in innovations with potential to scale in two years, as well as game-changing early stage technologies and prototypes. Innovations can be business models, financial instruments, technologies and programs that accelerate research, education and capacity building.

The LAUNCH Systems Challenge 2013 is open through July 15, 2013.

Forum partners will select 10 innovators to present their technology solutions at the LAUNCH Systems Challenge 2013 forum, which will be held Sept. 26-29, 2013, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

NASA and the LAUNCH Council — thought leaders representing a diverse and collaborative body of entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers, government, media and business — will participate in the forum and help guide these innovations forward. The selected LAUNCH innovators will receive networking and mentoring opportunities from influential business and government leaders, as well as portfolio presentations.

LAUNCH was created to identify, showcase and support innovative approaches to global sustainability challenges. LAUNCH searches for visionaries whose ideas, technologies or programs show great promise for making tangible impacts on society in the developed and developing worlds.

For more information about the LAUNCH Systems Challenge 2013 and how to enter, visit http://www.launch.org/challenges/systems-2013.

Inquiries about this challenge should be directed to http://www.launch.org/contact.

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Free Virtual Professional Development Workshop Series: Rockets to Racecars

Start your engines! Engage students in real-world mathematics and incorporate standards-based hands-on activities to make mathematics challenging and fun. Bring the thrill of racing and its connections to flight into your classroom with the “Rockets 2 Racecars” educational materials.

Learn about tires and air pressure as you calculate the effects of temperature on regular tires as well as Space Shuttle and racecar tires in the session “Measure Up and Calculate.” Use mathematics to interpret air pressure and air flow data on airplane wings and racecar spoilers in “May the Force Uplift You…or Not!”. Test the variables that affect cars’ stability to travel by constructing a balloon-powered race car and maneuver through different angles to see force in action in “Newton’s Angle on Force and Motion.” Design a capsule to land on Mars and see its effectiveness by calculating speed or rate of descent in “Drag Race to Mars Engineering Design Challenge.”

Sign up today to join the free four-day workshop series on July 16, July 18, July 22 and July 24, 2013, from 2:15pm to 3:30pm EDT.

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

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

To register for the Rockets 2 Racecars workshop series, visit https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/dln-virtual-professional-development-form/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Marilé Colon Robles at marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov.
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NASA Partners With the LEGO Group for Design and Build Contest

NASA and the LEGO Group are partnering to inspire the next generation of aerospace engineers by offering a new design competition. The competition will spur students of all ages to use the toy bricks in building models of future airplanes and spacecraft.

The “NASA’s Missions: Imagine and Build” competition is now open with an entry deadline of July 31, 2013. Winners in each category will be selected by a panel of NASA and LEGO officials and announced Sept. 1, 2013.

The first category in the contest is “Inventing Our Future of Flight.” In this challenge, participants will design and build their idea for an aircraft of the future based on real concepts and new technology NASA’s aeronautics innovators are working on to increase fuel efficiency and reduce harmful emissions and noise.

In addition to building a model from LEGO bricks or using the LEGO Digital Designer computer program, participants in this category also must prepare and write a technical paper. The paper will explain how the contest design takes advantage of NASA’s ideas and potentially improves on them.

This category divides entrants into two groups: young student builders ages 13 to 18 and an open group for anyone age 13 and older. The two winners will receive a custom-made LEGO trophy and a collection of NASA memorabilia.

The second contest category is “Imagine Our Future Beyond Earth.” In this challenge, participants will use their imaginations to design and build a futuristic vehicle from LEGO bricks that might travel through the air or in space. It could be an airplane, rotorcraft, rocket, spacecraft, satellite, rover or something else. The design can be based in reality or purely a flight of fancy. This competition is open to entrants 16 or older. The grand prize is a LEGO set signed by the set’s designer and a collection of NASA memorabilia. There also is a runner up prize.

To read the complete rules and guidelines for submitting the LEGO model and technical paper, visit http://rebrick.lego.com/.

LEGO Systems, Inc. is the North American division of The LEGO Group, a privately-held, family-owned company based in Billund, Denmark. The company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of creatively educational play materials for children. For more information and to visit the virtual LEGO world, go to http://www.LEGO.com.

For more information about NASA aeronautics research and space exploration, visit https://www.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