NASA Education Express — Jan. 30, 2014

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

Free Education Webinar — Solar System and the Periodic Table
Audience: K-12, Education Administrators, In-service, Pre-service, Informal and Home School Educators
Event Date: Jan. 30, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST

Free Webinar — Calendar in the Sky: Orion and the Pleiades
Audience: Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 31, 2014, at 2 p.m. EST

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — America’s Spaceport With Robert Cabana
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Jan. 31, 2014, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. EST

Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars — Summer 2014 Session
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2014

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars
Audience: Female High School Juniors
Application Deadline: Feb. 3, 2014

2014 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Awards
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: Feb. 3, 2014

2014 Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 3, 2014

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

Free Educator Workshop — Exploring Engineering Design Challenges
Audience: K-12 Educators
Location: Ohio Aerospace Institute
Event Dates: Feb. 11, 2014 (K-8 educators); Feb 12, 2014 (5-12 educators)
Event Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. EST
Registration Deadline: Feb. 3, 2014

2014 NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars Program
Audience: Community College Students Who Are Texas Residents
Application Deadline: Feb. 4, 2014

NASA History Program Office Summer and Fall 2014 Internships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Summer 2014 Application Deadline: Feb. 4, 2014
Fall 2014 Application Deadline: June 1, 2014

NES Web Seminar — Engineering Design Challenge: Water Filtration
Audience: Grades 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 4, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. EST

NES Web Seminar — Electrolysis of Water: Math and Science @ Work — A Breath of Fresh Air
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 6, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST

2014 Space Exploration Educators Conference
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Feb. 6-8, 2014

2014 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge
Audience: 9-12 and Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline for U.S. Teams: Feb. 7, 2014

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

2014 NASA Aeronautics Academy at NASA’s Langley Research Center
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 7, 2014

National Air and Space Museum Super Science Saturday Events
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event Date: Feb. 8, 2014

Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Feb. 8, 2014, at 5:15 p.m. EST

2014-15 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 10, 2014

2014-15 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Graduate STEM Research Fellowship
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 10, 2014

NASA Space Technology Grants for Earth Career University Faculty
Audience: Higher Education Students
Notice of Intent Deadline: Feb. 14, 2014
Proposal Deadline: March 14, 2014

Call for Abstracts: 65th International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time Graduate Students
Submission Deadline: Feb. 21, 2014

NASA’s REEL Science Communication Contest
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Deadline: Feb. 21, 2014

American Meteorological Society’s Project Atmosphere Workshop
Audience: K-12 Science Educators Who Teach Atmospheric Content
Application Deadline: March 28, 2014
Workshop Dates: July 13-25, 2014

RockOn 2014 University Rocket Science Workshop
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: May 2, 2014
Workshop Dates: June 14-19, 2014

NASA Exploration Design Challenge
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Virtual Crew Registration Deadline: June 30, 2014

2014 Lunar Workshop for Educators
Audience: 6-9 Educators
Workshop Dates: July 14-18, 2014

New Education Publications Available from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Audience: All Educators

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

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Free Education Webinar — Solar System and the Periodic Table

NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free 90-minute webinar open to all educators on Jan. 30, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Participants will journey from the center of our solar system to its outer boundaries and discover that the periodic table is everywhere.

This event is part of a series of free educational professional development webinars. For more information about this and other NASA Educator Professional Development webinars, and to register online, visit https://paragon-tec.adobeconnect.com/admin/show-event-catalog.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to John Entwistle at john.d.entwistle@nasa.gov.

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Free Webinar — Calendar in the Sky: Orion and the Pleiades

Orion and the Pleiades are two of the most recognizable groupings of stars in the night sky. They are most prominent in the evening sky in North America from December through May.

Join Calendar in the Sky for a free education webinar on Jan. 31, 2014, at 2 p.m. EST, to learn more about these star groups and how you can find them. Presenters will discuss how Maya people have understood and expressed their ideas about Orion and the Pleiades. Current research being done about objects in this region of the sky will be summarized. Participants will learn about activities and educational resources that can be used to better understand Orion and the Pleiades.

For more information, and to register online, visit https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=rqenrhtas0w5.

Questions about this webinar should be directed to Bryan Mendez at bmendez@ssl.berkeley.edu.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — America’s Spaceport With Robert Cabana

NASA invites students and educators to an inside look at America’s Spaceport. This special Digital Learning Network event provides students the opportunity to ask former astronaut and NASA Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana questions about his education and training, living and working in space, and the future of space exploration.

The event will be webcast on the NASA DLiNfo Channel on Jan. 31, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. EST.

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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Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars — Summer 2014 Session

Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars, or LARSS, is offering a 10-week summer internship at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. Internships are available for rising undergraduate juniors, seniors and graduate students at accredited U.S. colleges, universities and community colleges. Students of all majors are encouraged to apply. The grade point average requirement is a 3.0 out of a 4.0.

The internship includes doing a research project under the supervision of a researcher, attending technical lectures by prominent engineers and scientists and presenting project results at a poster session. Additional elements include tours of Langley wind tunnels, computational facilities and laboratories, as well as several networking activities.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applications are due Feb. 1, 2014.

For more information and to apply online, visit http://www.nianet.org/larss.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Debbie Murray at Deborah.B.Murray@nasa.gov or Sarah Pauls at Sarah.E.Pauls@nasa.gov.

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars

Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars, or WISH, is an interactive online science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning experience for female high school juniors from across the U.S.

Participants will chart a course for human exploration of space, engage with NASA female role models and interact with scientists and engineers who will share their education and career paths.

WISH consists of seven online modules and a final project from February 2014 through June 2014 under the guidance of certified educators. Based on success in the online coursework, students may be selected for a summer experience Aug. 3-8, 2014, at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, where they will design a human mission to Mars.

To be eligible, applicants must be:
— U.S. citizens.
— Female high school juniors during the 2013-2014 school year.
— Interested and excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
— Committed to a one-year relationship with NASA.
— Able to access the Internet and email (at home, school or public library).
— A student with a cumulative GPA of 3.25/4.0 or higher.

The WISH project is sponsored by the NASA Office of Education and offered at no cost to the participants.

Applications are being accepted until 11:59 p.m. CST on Feb. 3, 2014.

For more information and to download the application, visit http://wish.aerospacescholars.org/.

Questions should be directed to JSC-NHAS@mail.nasa.gov.

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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.astronautsmemorial.org/alan-shepard-award.html.

Questions about this award should be directed to amfreg@amfcse.org.

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2014 Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program

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

Undergraduate students majoring in geology or related sciences are eligible to apply. Students graduating in 2014 who have not started graduate school yet are also eligible. Preference is given to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Applications are due Feb. 3, 2014.

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

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

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

The NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship Program, or NESSF, is soliciting applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees in earth and space sciences, or related disciplines, for the 2014-2015 academic year. The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals. Awards resulting from the competitive selection will be training grants to the respective universities, with the advisor serving as the principal investigator. The financial support for the NESSF program comes from the Science Mission Directorate’s four science divisions: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science and Astrophysics.

Initially, NESSF awards are made for one year. They may be renewed for no more than two additional years, contingent upon satisfactory progress (as reflected in academic performance, research progress and recommendation by the faculty advisor) and the availability of funds.

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

Proposals for this opportunity are due Feb. 3, 2014.

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

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to:

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

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

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Free Educator Workshop — Exploring Engineering Design Challenges

NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, is presenting a free two-day workshop for educators interested in learning about NASA educational resources that are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards. Participating educators will be introduced to student activities focusing on forces and motion and Newton’s laws while incorporating the engineering design process and problem-based learning. Twenty-first century skills will be modeled throughout each session. Innovative instructional design strategies will include cooperative learning, problem solving, critical thinking and hands-on involvement.

The workshop for K-8 educators will take place on Feb. 11, 2014. The workshop for 5-12 educators will take place on Feb. 12. 2014. The deadline to register for the workshop sessions is Feb. 3, 2014.

For more information about the workshop and to register, contact Monica Boyd by phone at 216-433-2004 or by email at Monica.L.Boyd@nasa.gov.

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2014 NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars Program

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

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

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

Applications are due Feb. 4, 2014.

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

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

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NASA History Program Office Summer and Fall 2014 Internships

The NASA History Program Office is seeking undergraduate and graduate students for summer and fall 2014 internships. The History Program Office maintains archival materials to answer research questions from NASA personnel, journalists, scholars, students at all levels and others from around the world. The division also edits and publishes several books and monographs each year. It maintains a large number of websites on NASA history.

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

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

Applications for summer 2014 internships are due Feb. 4, 2014. Fall 2014 internship applications are due June 1, 2014.

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

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

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NES Web Seminar — Engineering Design Challenge: Water Filtration

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar on Feb. 4, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. EST. Get background information about water recycling on the International Space Station, and then see how to incorporate the information into an exciting hands-on, inquiry-based challenge requiring students to solve a problem. The featured student activity provides many opportunities for incorporating national science, technology and mathematics learning standards into the curriculum as well as addressing middle school Next Generation Science Standards.

This Web seminar will be repeated on March 18, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar13.aspx.

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

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

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NES Web Seminar — Electrolysis of Water: Math and Science @ Work — A Breath of Fresh Air

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Feb. 6, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn how to implement a chemistry lab activity called “A Breath of Fresh Air.” During the activity, your students create their own electrolysis apparatus to generate oxygen and use a Texas Instruments TI-Nspire calculator to collect data. The featured student activity provides many opportunities for incorporating national science, technology, and mathematics learning standards into the curricula and addressing high school Next Generation Science Standards. Note: You do not need to have a TI-Nspire calculator during this professional development.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar8.aspx

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

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

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

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2014 Space Exploration Educators Conference

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

Attend sessions hosted by scientists and engineers working on the International Space Station, Mars exploration and the planets beyond. Hear from astronauts who will be leading the charge in exploration. Attend sessions presented by educators and receive ready-to-implement classroom ideas. Attendees can earn up to 24 hours of continuing professional education credit.

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

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

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2014 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge

NASA is seeking high school and college/university student teams to compete in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge (formerly NASA’s Great Moonbuggy Race). In this engineering design challenge that begins in the classroom, students work with teacher advisors to create a human-powered vehicle designed to traverse the simulated surface of another world while meeting certain NASA specifications. Student teams of up to six members are challenged to design, build and test technologies that enable vehicles to perform in a wide variety of environments.

The culminating event of the rover competition is scheduled for April 10-12, 2014, at the U. S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., home of U.S. Space Camp and the official visitor center for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. The student teams will be timed, ranked and scored based on design, safety and how well they traverse the set course, which is a rugged half mile track of 15 obstacles meant to mimic some of the real terrain challenges of solar system exploration.

Corporate sponsors will award prizes for first, second and third place winners in both high school and college/university categories. Other prizes include a Featherweight Award, System Safety Design Award and a Telemetry/Electronics Award.

U.S. teams must register by Feb. 7, 2014.

For more information about the competition and to register online, visit https://www.nasa.gov/roverchallenge/home/index.html.

International teams with questions about this event or registration may email Amy McDowell at Amy.McDowell@nasa.gov. U.S. teams with questions may contact Diedra Williams at MSFC-RoverChallenge2014@mail.nasa.gov.

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2014 NASA Student Airborne Research Program

The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highly motivated undergraduate students currently in their junior year to apply for the 2014 NASA Student Airborne Research Program, also known as SARP. The program provides students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a major scientific campaign, from detailed planning on how to achieve mission objectives to formal presentation of results and conclusions to peers and others. Students will assist in the operation of airborne instruments onboard the NASA DC-8 aircraft.

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

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

The deadline for applications is Feb. 7, 2014.

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

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

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2014 NASA Aeronautics Academy at NASA’s Langley Research Center

The NASA Aeronautics Academy offers a 10-week summer experience for college students with emphasis on integrated systems research and training. Activities include laboratory research, subject matter lectures and technical presentations. Students learn how a NASA center functions, gain experience in research laboratories and participate in leadership development and team-building activities.

To be eligible to apply, students must be undergraduate juniors or seniors or early graduate level in an accredited U.S. college or university. Applicants must be U.S. citizens aged 18 or over. Applications are due Feb 7, 2014.

For more information, including instruction for submitting an application, visit http://aero.larc.nasa.gov/langley-aero-academy/.

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to Elizabeth.b.ward@nasa.gov.

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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 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:

Feb. 8, 2014 — Scientists & Inventors
March 8, 2014 — Space Exploration

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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Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

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

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

Feb. 8, 2014 — On-Orbit Observing: An Astronaut’s View of Our Universe
Astronauts have played an important role in astronomy since 1962. Learn how, as in-orbit surrogate astronomers, they provide images and impressions of astronomical sights and events beyond Earth’s atmosphere. Museum specialist Jennifer Levasseur will discuss in-orbit astronomical observations.

Feb. 22, 2014 — How to Color the Universe
Pink planets? Green galaxies? Purple blobs? Take a colorful tour of the multiwavelength universe with telescopic data. Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory’s Kim Arcand and Megan Watzke will discuss how images are made, and how we perceive and understand them.

March 8, 2014 — Rediscovering the Milky Way
We know more about the structure of other galaxies than our own. Alyssa Goodman, professor of astronomy at Harvard University, will discuss how the Milky Way would look if viewed from another galaxy and why this is important.

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

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

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

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2014-15 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship

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

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

These one-year awards are nonrenewable and based on student academic merit, quality of the research proposal and alignment of research with the goals of NASA and the aerospace sector. Underrepresented minority students, female students and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and enrolled at one of the five Virginia Space Grant member universities: The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia and Virginia Tech.

The deadline for submitting applications is Feb.10, 2014.

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

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2014-15 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Graduate STEM Research Fellowship

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium’s Graduate STEM Research Fellowship Program provides fellowships of $5,000 in add-on support to graduate students to supplement and enhance basic research support. The objective of this science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, research fellowship opportunity is to encourage talented individuals to pursue careers in STEM industries that support NASA’s mission.

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

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

The deadline for submitting applications is Feb.10, 2014.

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

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NASA Space Technology Grants for Earth Career University Faculty

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking proposals from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of outstanding early career faculty members who are beginning their independent careers. The grants will sponsor research in specific, high-priority areas of interest to America’s space program.

NASA expects to award about five grants this fall, funded up to $200,000 each per year for as many as three years, based on the merit of proposals and availability of funds. Funded research will investigate unique, disruptive or transformational space technologies in areas such as soft machines for robotic mobility and manipulation, science-based digital materials and manufacturing, and low -size, -weight and -power lasers.

Notices of intent to submit proposals to the Early Career Faculty Appendix of NASA’s Research Announcement “Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration and Infusion 2014 (SpaceTech-REDDI-2014)” are due Feb. 14, 2014. The deadline for submitting final proposals is March 14, 2014.

For information on the solicitation, including specific technology areas of interest and how to submit notices of intent and proposals, visit http://tinyurl.com/kcglhca.

This solicitation is part of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, which is responsible for innovating, developing, testing and flying hardware for use in future missions. For more information about the directorate and Space Technology Research Grants Program, visit https://www.nasa.gov/spacetech.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Bonnie F. James at HQ-STMD-SpaceTech-REDDI-2013@nasa.gov.

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Call for Abstracts: 65th International Astronautical Congress

NASA announces its intent to participate in the 65th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) and requests that full-time graduate students attending U.S. universities or colleges respond to this “Call for Abstracts.” The IAC — which is organized by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) — is the largest space-related conference worldwide and selects an average of 1,000 scientific papers every year. The upcoming IAC will be held Sept. 29 – Oct. 3, 2014, in Toronto, Canada. NASA’s participation in this event is an on-going effort to continue to bridge NASA with the astronautical and space international community.

This “Call for Abstracts” is a precursor to a subsequent submission of a final paper, which may be presented at the 65th IAC. Student authors are invited to submit an abstract regarding an original, unpublished paper that has not been submitted in any other forum. A NASA technical review panel of scientists and/or officials will select abstracts. Many students and professors are involved in NASA-related research. Persons submitting abstracts are strongly encouraged to seek advice from their research advisors, professors who are conducting NASA research, and/or from NASA scientists and engineers.

Abstract Preparation:
— Abstracts must be 400 words or less.
— Abstracts must be written in English.
— Abstracts cannot include formulas, tables or drawings.
— Select the Symposium and Session in which you wish to post the abstract. Please view the IAC brochure at http://www.iafastro.com/index.php/events/iac/iac-2014 and select “IAC 2014 call for papers” for list of sessions and more details.

Abstracts must be related to NASA’s ongoing vision for space exploration and fit into one of the following categories:
— Science and Exploration — Systems sustaining missions including life, microgravity, space exploration, space debris and Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI)
Applications and Operations — On-going and future operational applications, including Earth observation, communication, navigation, human space endeavors and small satellites
Technology — Common technologies to space systems including astrodynamics, structures, power and propulsion
Infrastructures — Systems sustaining space missions including space system transportation, future systems and safety
Space and Society — Interaction of space with society including education, policy and economics, history and law

The full text of the abstract must be submitted electronically in the prescribed format to the IAC website (www.iafastro.org) no later than Feb. 24, 2014, and to NASA by Feb. 21, 2014.

If you have a question or concern about how to submit your abstract to NASA, please email abstract@nasaprs.com and you will receive a response within two (2) business days.

NOTE: Abstracts are due to the IAF by Feb. 24, 2014. Applicants must be selected by the IAF to be eligible for sponsorship by NASA. However, all IAF accepted applicants may not be sponsored by NASA.

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NASA’s REEL Science Communication Contest

So you want to be a NASA producer? NASA is looking for talented high school students to create videos that engage younger students in earth science.

Students are consuming over 10 hours of media each day, and video is increasingly important to reach and engage this audience about science. NASA is hosting the second annual video contest, challenging high school students to produce a two-minute video for middle school students. The videos should communicate one of the following science concepts: how climate impacts ice and ice impacts climate, forest fire effects on air quality or water of the water planet.

Winning videos will be posted on NASA’s website. Winners will also get the opportunity to be a NASA producer working with NASA scientists and communication experts in July 2014 to produce an earth science feature video.

The deadline for submitting videos is Feb. 21, 2014.

For more information and instructions for submitting a video, visit http://reelscience.gsfc.nasa.gov/.

Questions about this contest should be emailed to Tassia Owen at tassia.owen@nasa.gov.

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American Meteorological Society’s Project Atmosphere Workshop

Project Atmosphere is a two-week workshop offered by the American Meteorological Society. Designed for K-12 educators who teach science courses with atmospheric content, this workshop will introduce participants to the latest technologies and techniques for sensing, analyzing and forecasting weather. Each participant will be supplied with a variety of instructional resource materials, including those to be used in peer-led teacher training sessions.

The workshop will take place July 13-25, 2014, at the National Weather Service Training Center in Kansas City, Mo. Applications are due March 28, 2014.

For more information, visit http://www.ametsoc.org/amsedu/Proj_ATM/projatm.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to amsedu@ametsoc.org.

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RockOn 2014 University Rocket Science Workshop

University and community college faculty and students are invited to a weeklong workshop to learn how to build and launch a scientific experiment into space. NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia is hosting the RockOn 2014 workshop June 14-19, 2014, in partnership with the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortia. Workshop participants must be U.S. citizens. The registration deadline for the workshop is May 2, 2014.

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

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

Register before April 4, 2014, and save $50 on workshop registration.

For more information about RockOn and to register online, visit http://spacegrant.colorado.edu/rockon/.

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

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NASA 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 June 30, 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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2014 Lunar Workshop for Educators

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, mission is sponsoring a workshop for educators of students in grades 6-9. This workshop will focus on lunar science, exploration and how our understanding of the moon is evolving with the new data from current and recent lunar missions.

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has allowed scientists to measure the coldest known place in the solar system, map the surface of the moon in unprecedented detail and accuracy, find evidence of recent lunar geologic activity, characterize the radiation environment around the moon and its potential effects on future lunar explorers and much, much more!

Workshop participants will learn about these and other recent discoveries, reinforce their understanding of lunar science concepts, gain tools to help address common student misconceptions about the moon, interact with lunar scientists and engineers, work with LRO data and learn how to bring these data and information to their students using hands-on activities aligned with grades 6-9 National Science Education Standards and Benchmarks.

The workshop will take place July 14-18, 2014, at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to tour the LRO Mission Operation Center and the Goddard spacecraft testing facilities.

Participants will receive a $200 stipend to help offset travel expenses.

For more information and to register for the workshop, visit http://lunar.gsfc.nasa.gov/lwe/index.html.

Questions about this workshop should be directed to Brooke Hsu at Brooke.C.Hsu@nasa.gov.

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New Education Publications Available from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Two new education publications are now available from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The Power of Partnerships: A Guide from the Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12) Program
This guide provides effective practices for anyone — university faculty, K-12 teachers, administrators and others — who wants to create a project that partners science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, professionals with K-12 teachers on a sustained basis. These recommendations came from the community of faculty members, graduate students, K-12 teachers, program managers and evaluators who participated in the National Science Foundation Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education program from 1999 through 2012. While the focus in this volume is on STEM graduate students partnering with teachers, the ideas and strategies presented are useful for any groups developing teacher-scientist partnerships. To view an online version of the guide, visit http://www.gk12.org/2013/06/10/the-power-of-partnerships-a-guide-from-the-nsf-gk-12-program/. For a hard copy of the guide, contact Betty Calinger at bcalinge@aaas.org.

The Science Inside: Learning
This title from the acclaimed “Science Inside” book series is written in easy to understand and engaging text and provides an introduction to how people learn, from infancy to old age. Drawing upon what we have learned from exciting new research on learning and the brain, the book places the study of learning in an everyday context that makes it appropriate for a wide range of audiences, especially informal and formal educators and parents. Contact Betty Calinger at bcalinge@aaas.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 — Jan. 23, 2014

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

NASA Announcement for High-Impact, National, Strategic STEM Education Partnerships — Amended
Audience: Potential STEM Education Partners
Response Date: Jan. 23, 2014

Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Jan. 25, 2014, at 5:15 p.m. EST

NES Web Seminar — Center of Mass and Center of Pressure: Engineering a Stable Rocket
Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 27, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST

Beautiful Earth Program at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Event Date: Jan. 28, 2014, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EST

NES Web Seminar — Engineering Design Process: On the Moon Educator Guide
Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 29, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST

Free Education Webinar — Solar System and the Periodic Table
Audience: K-12, Education Administrators, In-service, Pre-service, Informal and Home School Educators
Event Date: Jan. 30, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST

Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars
Audience: Female High School Juniors
Application Deadline: Jan. 30, 2014

Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars — Summer 2014 Session
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2014

2014 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Awards
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: Feb. 3, 2014

2014 Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 3, 2014

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

Free Educator Workshop — Exploring Engineering Design Challenges
Audience: K-12 Educators
Location: Ohio Aerospace Institute
Event Dates: Feb. 11, 2014 (K-8 educators); Feb 12, 2014 (5-12 educators)
Event Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. EST
Registration Deadline: Feb. 3, 2014

2014 NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars Program
Audience: Community College Students Who Are Texas Residents
Application Deadline: Feb. 4, 2014

NASA History Program Office Summer and Fall 2014 Internships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Summer 2014 Application Deadline: Feb. 4, 2014
Fall 2014 Application Deadline: June 1, 2014

2014 Space Exploration Educators Conference
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Feb. 6-8, 2014

2014 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge
Audience: 9-12 and Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline for U.S. Teams: Feb. 7, 2014

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

2014-15 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 10, 2014

2014-15 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Graduate STEM Research Fellowship
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 10, 2014

Call for Abstracts: 65th International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time Graduate Students
Submission Deadline: Feb. 21, 2014

NASA’s REEL Science Communication Contest
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Deadline: Feb. 21, 2014

Free Lecture — Probing the Edge of Reality
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Date: Feb. 28, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. EST

2014 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: Feb. 28, 2014

MAVEN Educator Ambassador Workshop
Audience: Middle School and High School Teachers
Application Deadline: March 7, 2014
Workshop Dates: July 14-18, 2014

American Meteorological Society’s Climate Studies Diversity Project
Audience: Faculty at Minority-Serving Institutions
Application Deadline: March 14, 2014

2014 Space Life Sciences Training Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Application Deadline: March 15, 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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NASA Announcement for High-Impact, National, Strategic STEM Education Partnerships — Amended

NASA’s Office of Education has amended the NASA Announcement for High-Impact, National, Strategic STEM Education Partnerships [EDUCATION01SP13] to reflect a new response date. The new response date is Jan. 23, 2014. NASA’s Education portfolio is being strategically rescoped. NASA anticipates reissuing the announcement. NASA will not accept responses to this announcement after Jan. 23, 2014.

To access the Announcement home page, please visit http://go.nasa.gov/VgRZYt.

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Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

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

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

Jan. 25, 2014 — River Deposits on Mars
Alluvial fans provide evidence for water-related activity. Recent studies on Mars suggest the fans are younger than previously thought, providing new insight into the late-stage climate and habitability of the planet. Geologist Sharon Wilson Purdy will delve into river deposits on the Red Planet.

Feb. 8, 2014 — On-Orbit Observing: An Astronaut’s View of Our Universe
Astronauts have played an important role in astronomy since 1962. Learn how, as in-orbit surrogate astronomers, they provide images and impressions of astronomical sights and events beyond Earth’s atmosphere. Museum specialist Jennifer Levasseur will discuss in-orbit astronomical observations.

Feb. 22, 2014 — How to Color the Universe
Pink planets? Green galaxies? Purple blobs? Take a colorful tour of the multiwavelength universe with telescopic data. Join the Smithonian Astrophysical Observatory’s Kim Arcand and Megan Watzke to learn how images are made, and how we perceive and understand them.

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

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

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

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NES Web Seminar — Center of Mass and Center of Pressure: Engineering a Stable Rocket

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Jan. 27, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn how to incorporate rocketry into your teaching repertoire. During this seminar, participants will get an overview of an activity from NASA’s “Rockets Educator Guide” that addresses forces and motion, center of mass and center of pressure. This seminar provides an overview of the activity, explores the NASA connections, shares tips and tricks for implementing this lesson in the classroom, showcases videos of students engaged in the lesson and discusses possible modifications or extensions. The featured activity provides opportunities for incorporating national science, technology and mathematics learning standards into the curricula and addresses middle school Next Generation Science Standards.

This Web seminar will be repeated on Monday, March 31, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar4.aspx.

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

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

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Beautiful Earth Program at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

Join scientists from the Aura mission at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center’s visitor center in Greenbelt, Md., for the Beautiful Earth Program. Taking place Jan. 28, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST, this celebration of earth science for students and teachers includes the BELLA GAIA Live multimedia show, interactive sessions with NASA earth scientists and hands-on activities.

For more information and to register to attend, visit http://beautifulearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/Events/.

Questions about this event should be directed to vcasa@umbc.edu.

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NES Web Seminar — Engineering Design Process: On the Moon Educator Guide

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar on Jan. 29, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST.

As a result of this seminar, you will be able to use two lessons from the “On the Moon” educator guide: “On Target” and “Feel the Heat.” Learn how to use the engineering design process to challenge students to solve problems related to exploring the moon. This session will fully prepare you to implement these activities in your classroom. These activities provide opportunities for incorporating national science, technology and mathematics learning standards into the curriculum as well as addressing the Next Generation Science Standards.

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

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar14.aspx.

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

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

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Free Education Webinar — Solar System and the Periodic Table

NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free 90-minute webinar open to all educators on Jan. 30, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Participants will journey from the center of our solar system to its outer boundaries and discover that the periodic table is everywhere.

This event is part of a series of free educational professional development webinars. For more information about this and other NASA Educator Professional Development webinars, and to register online, visit https://paragon-tec.adobeconnect.com/admin/show-event-catalog.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to John Entwistle at john.d.entwistle@nasa.gov.

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Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars

Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars, or WISH, is an interactive online science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning experience for female high school juniors from across the U.S.

Participants will chart a course for human exploration of space, engage with NASA female role models and interact with scientists and engineers who will share their education and career paths.

WISH consists of seven online modules and a final project from February 2014 through June 2014 under the guidance of certified educators. Based on success in the online coursework, students may be selected for a summer experience Aug. 3-8, 2014, at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, where they will design a human mission to Mars.

To be eligible, applicants must be:
— U.S. citizens.
— Female high school juniors during the 2013-2014 school year.
— Interested and excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
— Committed to a one-year relationship with NASA.
— Able to access the Internet and email (at home, school or public library).
— A student with a cumulative GPA of 3.25/4.0 or higher.

The WISH project is sponsored by the NASA Office of Education and offered at no cost to the participants.

Applications are being accepted until 11:59 p.m. CST on Jan. 30, 2014.

For more information and to download the application, visit http://wish.aerospacescholars.org/.

Questions should be directed to JSC-NHAS@mail.nasa.gov.

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Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars — Summer 2014 Session

Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars, or LARSS, is offering a 10-week summer internship at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. Internships are available for rising undergraduate juniors, seniors and graduate students at accredited U.S. colleges, universities and community colleges. Students of all majors are encouraged to apply. The grade point average requirement is a 3.0 out of a 4.0.

The internship includes doing a research project under the supervision of a researcher, attending technical lectures by prominent engineers and scientists and presenting project results at a poster session. Additional elements include tours of Langley wind tunnels, computational facilities and laboratories, as well as several networking activities.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applications are due Feb. 1, 2014.

For more information and to apply online, visit http://www.nianet.org/larss.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Debbie Murray at Deborah.B.Murray@nasa.gov or Sarah Pauls at Sarah.E.Pauls@nasa.gov.

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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.astronautsmemorial.org/alan-shepard-award.html.

Questions about this award should be directed to amfreg@amfcse.org.

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2014 Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program

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

Undergraduate students majoring in geology or related sciences are eligible to apply. Students graduating in 2014 who have not started graduate school yet are also eligible. Preference is given to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Applications are due Feb. 3, 2014.

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

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

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

The NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship Program, or NESSF, is soliciting applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees in earth and space sciences, or related disciplines, for the 2014-2015 academic year. The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals. Awards resulting from the competitive selection will be training grants to the respective universities, with the advisor serving as the principal investigator. The financial support for the NESSF program comes from the Science Mission Directorate’s four science divisions: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science and Astrophysics.

Initially, NESSF awards are made for one year. They may be renewed for no more than two additional years, contingent upon satisfactory progress (as reflected in academic performance, research progress and recommendation by the faculty advisor) and the availability of funds.

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

Proposals for this opportunity are due Feb. 3, 2014.

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

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to:

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

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

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Free Educator Workshop — Exploring Engineering Design Challenges

NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, is presenting a free two-day workshop at the Ohio Aerospace Institute for educators interested in learning about NASA educational resources that are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards. Participating educators will be introduced to student activities focusing on forces and motion and Newton’s laws while incorporating the engineering design process and problem-based learning. Twenty-first century skills will be modeled throughout each session. Innovative instructional design strategies will include cooperative learning, problem solving, critical thinking and hands-on involvement.

The workshop for K-8 educators will take place on Feb. 11, 2014. The workshop for 5-12 educators will take place on Feb. 12. 2014. The deadline to register for the workshop sessions is Feb. 3, 2014.

For more information about the workshop and to register, contact Monica Boyd by phone at 216-433-2004 or by email at Monica.L.Boyd@nasa.gov.

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2014 NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars Program

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

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

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

Applications are due Feb. 4, 2014.

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

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

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NASA History Program Office Summer and Fall 2014 Internships

The NASA History Program Office is seeking undergraduate and graduate students for summer and fall 2014 internships. The History Program Office maintains archival materials to answer research questions from NASA personnel, journalists, scholars, students at all levels and others from around the world. The division also edits and publishes several books and monographs each year. It maintains a large number of websites on NASA history.

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

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

Applications for summer 2014 internships are due Feb. 4, 2014. Fall 2014 internship applications are due June 1, 2014.

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

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

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2014 Space Exploration Educators Conference

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

Attend sessions hosted by scientists and engineers working on the International Space Station, Mars exploration and the planets beyond. Hear from astronauts who will be leading the charge in exploration. Attend sessions presented by educators and receive ready-to-implement classroom ideas. Attendees can earn up to 24 hours of continuing professional education credit.

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

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

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2014 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge

NASA is seeking high school and college/university student teams to compete in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge (formerly NASA’s Great Moonbuggy Race). In this engineering design challenge that begins in the classroom, students work with teacher advisors to create a human-powered vehicle designed to traverse the simulated surface of another world while meeting certain NASA specifications. Student teams of up to six members are challenged to design, build and test technologies that enable vehicles to perform in a wide variety of environments.

The culminating event of the rover competition is scheduled for April 10-12, 2014, at the U. S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., home of U.S. Space Camp and the official visitor center for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. The student teams will be timed, ranked and scored based on design, safety and how well they traverse the set course, which is a rugged half mile track of 15 obstacles meant to mimic some of the real terrain challenges of solar system exploration.

Corporate sponsors will award prizes for first, second and third place winners in both high school and college/university categories. Other prizes include a Featherweight Award, System Safety Design Award and a Telemetry/Electronics Award.

U.S. teams must register by Feb. 7, 2014.

For more information about the competition and to register online, visit https://www.nasa.gov/roverchallenge/home/index.html.

International teams with questions about this event or registration may email Amy McDowell at Amy.McDowell@nasa.gov. U.S. teams with questions may contact Diedra Williams at MSFC-RoverChallenge2014@mail.nasa.gov.

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2014 NASA Student Airborne Research Program

The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highly motivated undergraduate students currently in their junior year to apply for the 2014 NASA Student Airborne Research Program, also known as SARP. The program provides students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a major scientific campaign, from detailed planning on how to achieve mission objectives to formal presentation of results and conclusions to peers and others. Students will assist in the operation of airborne instruments onboard the NASA DC-8 aircraft.

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

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

The deadline for applications is Feb. 7, 2014.

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

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

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2014-15 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship

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

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

These one-year awards are nonrenewable and based on student academic merit, quality of the research proposal and alignment of research with the goals of NASA and the aerospace sector. Underrepresented minority students, female students and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and enrolled at one of the five Virginia Space Grant member universities: The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia and Virginia Tech.

The deadline for submitting applications is Feb.10, 2014.

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

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2014-15 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Graduate STEM Research Fellowship

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium’s Graduate STEM Research Fellowship Program provides fellowships of $5,000 in add-on support to graduate students to supplement and enhance basic research support. The objective of this science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, research fellowship opportunity is to encourage talented individuals to pursue careers in STEM industries that support NASA’s mission.

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

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

The deadline for submitting applications is Feb.10, 2014.

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

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Call for Abstracts: 65th International Astronautical Congress

NASA announces its intent to participate in the 65th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) and requests that full-time graduate students attending U.S. universities or colleges respond to this “Call for Abstracts.” The IAC — which is organized by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) — is the largest space-related conference worldwide and selects an average of 1,000 scientific papers every year. The upcoming IAC will be held Sept. 29 – Oct. 3, 2014, in Toronto, Canada. NASA’s participation in this event is an on-going effort to continue to bridge NASA with the astronautical and space international community.

This “Call for Abstracts” is a precursor to a subsequent submission of a final paper, which may be presented at the 65th IAC. Student authors are invited to submit an abstract regarding an original, unpublished paper that has not been submitted in any other forum. A NASA technical review panel of scientists and/or officials will select abstracts. Many students and professors are involved in NASA-related research. Persons submitting abstracts are strongly encouraged to seek advice from their research advisors, professors who are conducting NASA research, and/or from NASA scientists and engineers.

Abstract Preparation:
— Abstracts must be 400 words or less.
— Abstracts must be written in English.
— Abstracts cannot include formulas, tables or drawings.
— Select the Symposium and Session in which you wish to post the abstract. Please view the IAC brochure at http://www.iafastro.com/index.php/events/iac/iac-2014 and select “IAC 2014 call for papers” for list of sessions and more details.

Abstracts must be related to NASA’s ongoing vision for space exploration and fit into one of the following categories:
— Science and Exploration — Systems sustaining missions including life, microgravity, space exploration, space debris and Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI)
Applications and Operations — On-going and future operational applications, including Earth observation, communication, navigation, human space endeavors and small satellites
Technology — Common technologies to space systems including astrodynamics, structures, power and propulsion
Infrastructures — Systems sustaining space missions including space system transportation, future systems and safety
Space and Society — Interaction of space with society including education, policy and economics, history and law

The full text of the abstract must be submitted electronically in the prescribed format to the IAC website (www.iafastro.org) no later than Feb. 24, 2014, and to NASA by Feb. 21, 2014.

If you have a question or concern about how to submit your abstract to NASA, please email abstract@nasaprs.com and you will receive a response within two (2) business days.

NOTE: Abstracts are due to the IAF by Feb. 24, 2014. Applicants must be selected by the IAF to be eligible for sponsorship by NASA. However, all IAF accepted applicants may not be sponsored by NASA.

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NASA’s REEL Science Communication Contest

So you want to be a NASA producer? NASA is looking for talented high school students to create videos that engage younger students in earth science.

Students are consuming over 10 hours of media each day, and video is increasingly important to reach and engage this audience about science. NASA is hosting the second annual video contest, challenging high school students to produce a two-minute video for middle school students. The videos should communicate one of the following science concepts: how climate impacts ice and ice impacts climate, forest fire effects on air quality or water of the water planet.

Winning videos will be posted on NASA’s website. Winners will also get the opportunity to be a NASA producer working with NASA scientists and communication experts in July 2014 to produce an earth science feature video.

The deadline for submitting videos is Feb. 21, 2014.

For more information and instructions for submitting a video, visit http://reelscience.gsfc.nasa.gov/.

Questions about this contest should be emailed to Tassia Owen at tassia.owen@nasa.gov.

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Free Lecture — Probing the Edge of Reality

The search for a deeper understanding of the universe has revealed a wealth of highly speculative but startling concepts, such as the possibilities that there are extra dimensions of space, that reality is closely akin to a hologram and that there may be more than one universe. On Feb. 28, 2014, Brian Greene will share his insights into these ideas and offer a critical assessment of their scientific merits.

The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. EST at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. For those unable to attend in person, the lecture will be webcast live.

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/detail.cfm?id=9119.

Questions about this lecture should be directed to nasmpubliclectures@si.edu.

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2014 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators

The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students.

Applicants must teach full time in a K-12 public school, hold a current teaching license and have a minimum of five years of K-12 teaching experience, including at least three years of teaching environmental education and/or an environment-based curriculum.

Teacher awardees receive a commemorative plaque and an award of $2,000 to be used to further the recipient’s professional development in environmental education. The awardee’s local education agency also receives an award of $2,000 to fund environmental educational activities and programs.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 28, 2014.

For more information, visit http://www2.epa.gov/education/presidential-innovation-award-environmental-educators.

The White House Council on Environmental Quality, in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency, administers this award to nationally honor, support and encourage educators who incorporate environmental education in their classrooms and teaching methods. Questions about this award should be directed to education@epa.gov.

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MAVEN Educator Ambassador 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 arrive at the Red Planet in September 2014, the mission will provide invaluable insights into the history of Mars’ atmosphere and climate, liquid water and planetary habitability.

The MAVEN Educator Ambassador, or MEA, workshop will bring together educators from around the country for in-depth learning experiences centered around MAVEN science. The goal of the MEA workshop is for participants to develop the knowledge and skills needed to train other teachers on NASA’s educational resources. Participants will attend a weeklong professional development workshop and receive training on a variety of standards-based classroom activities. The expectation is that participants will implement some of the lesson plans and resources in their classrooms, as well as conduct teacher trainings in their local areas on the MAVEN mission and related educational activities.

The workshop will take place July 14-18, 2014, in Boulder, Colo. Participants receive a travel stipend and a second stipend after conducting a local workshop. Free housing and meals will be provided.

Applications are due March 7, 2014.

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

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to maven_epo@ssl.berkeley.edu.

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American Meteorological Society’s Climate Studies Diversity Project

The American Meteorological Society, or AMS, in cooperation with NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, invites faculty members at minority-serving institutions to apply for the AMS Climate Studies Diversity Project. Applicants must be from eligible institutions that plan to offer the full AMS climate studies course.

Project participants will have the opportunity to attend two expenses-paid workshops and will learn the latest in climate science and education from NASA, NOAA and university scientists.

The deadline for applications is March 14, 2014.

For more information, visit http://www.ametsoc.org/amsedu/online/climateinfo/diversity.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to onlineclimate@ametsoc.org.

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2014 Space Life Sciences Training Program

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2014 Space Life Sciences Training Program at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. This program provides junior- or senior-level undergraduate students with professional experience in space life science disciplines. The primary goal of this challenging 10-week summer program is to train the next generation of scientists and engineers, enabling NASA to meet future research and development challenges in the space life sciences.

Participants receive a stipend and housing accommodations for the summer. Applicants must maintain a 3.2 or higher grade point average and must be U.S. citizens.

The deadline for applications is March 15, 2014. Positions may be offered in early February, so students are encouraged to apply early.

For more information about this opportunity, visit http://spacebiosciences.arc.nasa.gov/slstp.

Inquiries about the Space Life Sciences Training Program should be directed to the Kristina Gibbs at kristina.gibbs@nasa.gov.

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

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

NASA Education Express — Jan. 16, 2014

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

NES Web Seminar — Meteorology: How Clouds Form
Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 16, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST

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

2014 RASC-AL Competition
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: Jan. 19, 2014

American Meteorological Society’s DataStreme Earth’s Climate System Professional Development Course
Audience: K-12 Educators
Course Begins: Jan. 20, 2014

NES Web Seminar — Percentage and Volume: Space Food and Nutrition — How Much is Waste?
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 21, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST

2014 NASA STEM Spanish Immersion Educator Professional Development Workshop Series: Head in the Clouds Edition
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-8
Event Dates: First workshop takes place on Jan. 22, 2014

NES Web Seminar — Engineering Design Challenge: Spacecraft Structures
Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 22, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST

NASA Announcement for High-Impact, National, Strategic STEM Education Partnerships — Amended
Audience: Potential STEM Education Partners
Response Date: Jan. 23, 2014

Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Jan. 25, 2014, at 5:15 p.m. EST

Beautiful Earth Program at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Event Date: Jan. 28, 2014, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EST

Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars — Summer 2014 Session
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2014

2014 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Awards
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: Feb. 3, 2014

2014 Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 3, 2014

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

2014 NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars Program
Audience: Community College Students Who Are Texas Residents
Application Deadline: Feb. 4, 2014

NASA History Program Office Summer and Fall 2014 Internships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Summer 2014 Application Deadline: Feb. 4, 2014
Fall 2014 Application Deadline: June 1, 2014

2014 Space Exploration Educators Conference
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Feb. 6-8, 2014

2014 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge
Audience: 9-12 and Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline for U.S. Teams: Feb. 7, 2014

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

Call for Abstracts: 65th International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time Graduate Students
Submission Deadline: Feb. 21, 2014

NASA’s REEL Science Communication Contest
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Deadline: Feb. 21, 2014

Free Lecture — Probing the Edge of Reality
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Date: Feb. 28, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. EST

MAVEN Educator Ambassador Workshop
Audience: Middle School and High School Teachers
Application Deadline: March 7, 2014
Workshop Dates: July 14-18, 2014

NASA Exploration Design Challenge
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Virtual Crew Registration Deadline: June 30, 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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NES Web Seminar — Meteorology: How Clouds Form

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a free 90-minute Web seminar on Jan. 16, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn about the relationships between air pressure, temperature, volume and cloud formation. Get an overview of the necessary conditions for cloud formation, and then see how to make a cloud in a bottle. Information will be provided about an extension activity, the Students’ Cloud Observations Online, or S’COOL, Project, which involves student participation in authentic science.

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

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

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar23.aspx.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2014 RASC-AL Competition

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace announce the 2014 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage, or RASC-AL, Competition. RASC-AL is a design project competition aimed at university-level engineering students.

The RASC-AL contest challenges participants to design projects based on real NASA projects. Concepts derived from the design projects could potentially be implemented by NASA. Participants can choose from three different themes:

— Enabling Long-Duration Missions through Holistic Habitat Design
— Human-Assisted Sample Return
— Tele-Operated Robot

Teams must submit an abstract for their proposed project by Jan. 19, 2014. The RASC-AL Steering Committee of NASA and industry experts will evaluate the proposals and select as many as 13 undergraduate and five graduate teams to compete against each other at a forum in June 2014 in Florida.

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

For more information about this competition, visit http://nia-cms.nianet.org/RASCAL/index.aspx.

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

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American Meteorological Society’s DataStreme Earth’s Climate System Professional Development Course

The American Meteorological Society, with support from NASA and in partnership with the State University of New York’s College at Brockport, is developing a national cadre of K-12 teachers highly trained in climate science and familiar with climate modeling. Teachers are trained through DataStreme Earth’s Climate System, or ECS, a semester-long, graduate level, precollege teacher professional development course.

DataStreme ECS uses NASA Earth Observing System data and visualizations, and introduces the Educational Global Climate Model developed by the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, to explore the fundamentals of climate change. Teachers completing the course construct and execute a plan of action to advance public climate science literacy and affect curriculum change within their local schools and districts.

DataStreme ECS is administered through Local Implementation Teams across the country. The course is free to all participants, and the teachers are awarded three graduate credits upon successful completion of the course.

The spring 2014 course begins on Jan. 20, 2014.

For more information, including a listing of course offerings by state, and an application form, visit http://ametsoc.org/amsedu/ECS/index.html.

Questions about these courses should be directed to amsedu@ametsoc.org.

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NES Web Seminar — Percentage and Volume: Space Food and Nutrition — How Much is Waste?

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Jan. 21, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn how to guide your students through three mathematical problems to determine the mass and volume of a food package before and after repackaging for spaceflight, and determine the usable and waste portions of food selected for spaceflight. The problems provide opportunities for incorporating national mathematics learning standards into the curriculum and address grades 5-8 Common Core State Standards, Mathematics.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar25.aspx.

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

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

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

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

The four-day online workshop series is designed for educators of grades 4-8. Sessions start on Jan. 22, 2014. All videoconference sessions take place from 3:45-5 p.m. EST.

All sessions will be presented in Spanish.

Sessions for educators of grades 4-8 will take place on Jan. 22, Jan. 23, Feb. 19 and Feb. 20, 2014.

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

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

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

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

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

Los cuatro días de talleres por videoconferencia están diseñadas para educadores de grados 4-8. Las sesiones de videoconferencia comienzan el 22 de enero del 2014. Todas las sesiones de videoconferencia serán de 3:45-5pm EST.

Todas las sesiones serán presentadas en español.

Las sesiones para educadores de grados 4-8 serán el 22 de enero, 23 de enero, 19 de febrero y el 20 de febrero del 2014.

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

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

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

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NES Web Seminar — Engineering Design Challenge: Spacecraft Structures

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Jan. 22, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn how to incorporate the excitement of rocketry into your classroom and receive an overview of the engineering design challenge, Spacecraft Structures, where students design and construct a strong, but lightweight, structure that can withstand the launch of a water bottle “rocket.”

This seminar will be offered again on Feb 26, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar11.aspx.

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

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

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NASA Announcement for High-Impact, National, Strategic STEM Education Partnerships — Amended

NASA’s Office of Education has amended the NASA Announcement for High-Impact, National, Strategic STEM Education Partnerships [EDUCATION01SP13] to reflect a new response date. The new response date is Jan. 23, 2014. NASA’s Education portfolio is being strategically rescoped. NASA anticipates reissuing the announcement. NASA will not accept responses to this announcement after Jan. 23, 2014.

To access the Announcement home page, please visit http://go.nasa.gov/VgRZYt.

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Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

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

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

Jan. 25, 2014 — River Deposits on Mars
Alluvial fans provide evidence for water-related activity. Recent studies on Mars suggest the fans are younger than previously thought, providing new insight into the late-stage climate and habitability of the planet. Geologist Sharon Wilson Purdy will delve into river deposits on the Red Planet.

Feb. 8, 2014 — On-Orbit Observing: An Astronaut’s View of Our Universe
Astronauts have played an important role in astronomy since 1962. Learn how, as in-orbit surrogate astronomers, they provide images and impressions of astronomical sights and events beyond Earth’s atmosphere. Museum specialist Jennifer Levasseur will discuss in-orbit astronomical observations.

Feb. 22, 2014 — How to Color the Universe
Pink planets? Green galaxies? Purple blobs? Take a colorful tour of the multiwavelength universe with telescopic data. Join the Smithonian Astrophysical Observatory’s Kim Arcand and Megan Watzke to learn how images are made, and how we perceive and understand them.

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

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

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

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Beautiful Earth Program at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

Join scientists from the Aura mission at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center’s visitor center in Greenbelt, Md., for the Beautiful Earth Program. Taking place Jan. 28, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST, this celebration of earth science for students and teachers includes the BELLA GAIA Live multimedia show, interactive sessions with NASA earth scientists and hands-on activities.

For more information and to register to attend, visit http://beautifulearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/Events/.

Questions about this event should be directed to vcasa@umbc.edu.

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Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars — Summer 2014 Session

Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars, or LARSS, is offering a 10-week summer internship at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. Internships are available for rising undergraduate juniors, seniors and graduate students at accredited U.S. colleges, universities and community colleges. Students of all majors are encouraged to apply. The grade point average requirement is a 3.0 out of a 4.0.

The internship includes doing a research project under the supervision of a researcher, attending technical lectures by prominent engineers and scientists and presenting project results at a poster session. Additional elements include tours of Langley wind tunnels, computational facilities and laboratories, as well as several networking activities.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applications are due Feb. 1, 2014.

For more information and to apply online, visit http://www.nianet.org/larss.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Debbie Murray at Deborah.B.Murray@nasa.gov or Sarah Pauls at Sarah.E.Pauls@nasa.gov.

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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.astronautsmemorial.org/alan-shepard-award.html.

Questions about this award should be directed to amfreg@amfcse.org.

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2014 Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program

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

Undergraduate students majoring in geology or related sciences are eligible to apply. Students graduating in 2014 who have not started graduate school yet are also eligible. Preference is given to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Applications are due Feb. 3, 2014.

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

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

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

The NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship Program, or NESSF, is soliciting applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees in earth and space sciences, or related disciplines, for the 2014-2015 academic year. The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals. Awards resulting from the competitive selection will be training grants to the respective universities, with the advisor serving as the principal investigator. The financial support for the NESSF program comes from the Science Mission Directorate’s four science divisions: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science and Astrophysics.

Initially, NESSF awards are made for one year. They may be renewed for no more than two additional years, contingent upon satisfactory progress (as reflected in academic performance, research progress and recommendation by the faculty advisor) and the availability of funds.

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

Proposals for this opportunity are due Feb. 3, 2014.

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

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to:

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

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

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2014 NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars Program

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

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

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

Applications are due Feb. 4, 2014.

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

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

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NASA History Program Office Summer and Fall 2014 Internships

The NASA History Program Office is seeking undergraduate and graduate students for summer and fall 2014 internships. The History Program Office maintains archival materials to answer research questions from NASA personnel, journalists, scholars, students at all levels and others from around the world. The division also edits and publishes several books and monographs each year. It maintains a large number of websites on NASA history.

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

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

Applications for summer 2014 internships are due Feb. 4, 2014. Fall 2014 internship applications are due June 1, 2014.

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

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

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2014 Space Exploration Educators Conference

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

Attend sessions hosted by scientists and engineers working on the International Space Station, Mars exploration and the planets beyond. Hear from astronauts who will be leading the charge in exploration. Attend sessions presented by educators and receive ready-to-implement classroom ideas. Attendees can earn up to 24 hours of continuing professional education credit.

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

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

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2014 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge

NASA is seeking high school and college/university student teams to compete in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge (formerly NASA’s Great Moonbuggy Race). In this engineering design challenge that begins in the classroom, students work with teacher advisors to create a human-powered vehicle designed to traverse the simulated surface of another world while meeting certain NASA specifications. Student teams of up to six members are challenged to design, build and test technologies that enable vehicles to perform in a wide variety of environments.

The culminating event of the rover competition is scheduled for April 10-12, 2014, at the U. S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., home of U.S. Space Camp and the official visitor center for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. The student teams will be timed, ranked and scored based on design, safety and how well they traverse the set course, which is a rugged half mile track of 15 obstacles meant to mimic some of the real terrain challenges of solar system exploration.

Corporate sponsors will award prizes for first, second and third place winners in both high school and college/university categories. Other prizes include a Featherweight Award, System Safety Design Award and a Telemetry/Electronics Award.

U.S. teams must register by Feb. 7, 2014.

For more information about the competition and to register online, visit https://www.nasa.gov/roverchallenge/home/index.html.

International teams with questions about this event or registration may email Amy McDowell at Amy.McDowell@nasa.gov. U.S. teams with questions may contact Diedra Williams at MSFC-RoverChallenge2014@mail.nasa.gov.

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2014 NASA Student Airborne Research Program

The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highly motivated undergraduate students currently in their junior year to apply for the 2014 NASA Student Airborne Research Program, also known as SARP. The program provides students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a major scientific campaign, from detailed planning on how to achieve mission objectives to formal presentation of results and conclusions to peers and others. Students will assist in the operation of airborne instruments onboard the NASA DC-8 aircraft.

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

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

The deadline for applications is Feb. 7, 2014.

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

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

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Call for Abstracts: 65th International Astronautical Congress

NASA announces its intent to participate in the 65th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) and requests that full-time graduate students attending U.S. universities or colleges respond to this “Call for Abstracts.” The IAC — which is organized by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) — is the largest space-related conference worldwide and selects an average of 1,000 scientific papers every year. The upcoming IAC will be held Sept. 29 – Oct. 3, 2014, in Toronto, Canada. NASA’s participation in this event is an on-going effort to continue to bridge NASA with the astronautical and space international community.

This “Call for Abstracts” is a precursor to a subsequent submission of a final paper, which may be presented at the 65th IAC. Student authors are invited to submit an abstract regarding an original, unpublished paper that has not been submitted in any other forum. A NASA technical review panel of scientists and/or officials will select abstracts. Many students and professors are involved in NASA-related research. Persons submitting abstracts are strongly encouraged to seek advice from their research advisors, professors who are conducting NASA research, and/or from NASA scientists and engineers.

Abstract Preparation:
— Abstracts must be 400 words or less.
— Abstracts must be written in English.
— Abstracts cannot include formulas, tables or drawings.
— Select the Symposium and Session in which you wish to post the abstract. Please view the IAC brochure at http://www.iafastro.com/index.php/events/iac/iac-2014 and select “IAC 2014 call for papers” for list of sessions and more details.

Abstracts must be related to NASA’s ongoing vision for space exploration and fit into one of the following categories:
— Science and Exploration — Systems sustaining missions including life, microgravity, space exploration, space debris and Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI)
Applications and Operations — On-going and future operational applications, including Earth observation, communication, navigation, human space endeavors and small satellites
Technology — Common technologies to space systems including astrodynamics, structures, power and propulsion
Infrastructures — Systems sustaining space missions including space system transportation, future systems and safety
Space and Society — Interaction of space with society including education, policy and economics, history and law

The full text of the abstract must be submitted electronically in the prescribed format to the IAC website (www.iafastro.org) no later than Feb. 24, 2014, and to NASA by Feb. 21, 2014.

If you have a question or concern about how to submit your abstract to NASA, please email abstract@nasaprs.com and you will receive a response within two (2) business days.

NOTE: Abstracts are due to the IAF by Feb. 24, 2014. Applicants must be selected by the IAF to be eligible for sponsorship by NASA. However, all IAF accepted applicants may not be sponsored by NASA.

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NASA’s REEL Science Communication Contest

So you want to be a NASA producer? NASA is looking for talented high school students to create videos that engage younger students in earth science.

Students are consuming over 10 hours of media each day, and video is increasingly important to reach and engage this audience about science. NASA is hosting the second annual video contest, challenging high school students to produce a two-minute video for middle school students. The videos should communicate one of the following science concepts: how climate impacts ice and ice impacts climate, forest fire effects on air quality or water of the water planet.

Winning videos will be posted on NASA’s website. Winners will also get the opportunity to be a NASA producer working with NASA scientists and communication experts in July 2014 to produce an earth science feature video.

The deadline for submitting videos is Feb. 21, 2014.

For more information and instructions for submitting a video, visit http://reelscience.gsfc.nasa.gov/.

Questions about this contest should be emailed to Tassia Owen at tassia.owen@nasa.gov.

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Free Lecture — Probing the Edge of Reality

The search for a deeper understanding of the universe has revealed a wealth of highly speculative but startling concepts, such as the possibilities that there are extra dimensions of space, that reality is closely akin to a hologram and that there may be more than one universe. On Feb. 28, 2014, Brian Greene will share his insights into these ideas and offer a critical assessment of their scientific merits.

The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. EST at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. For those unable to attend in person, the lecture will be webcast live.

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/detail.cfm?id=9119.

Questions about this lecture should be directed to nasmpubliclectures@si.edu.

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MAVEN Educator Ambassador 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 arrive at the Red Planet in September 2014, the mission will provide invaluable insights into the history of Mars’ atmosphere and climate, liquid water and planetary habitability.

The MAVEN Educator Ambassador, or MEA, workshop will bring together educators from around the country for in-depth learning experiences centered around MAVEN science. The goal of the MEA workshop is for participants to develop the knowledge and skills needed to train other teachers on NASA’s educational resources. Participants will attend a weeklong professional development workshop and receive training on a variety of standards-based classroom activities. The expectation is that participants will implement some of the lesson plans and resources in their classrooms, as well as conduct teacher trainings in their local areas on the MAVEN mission and related educational activities.

The workshop will take place July 14-18, 2014, in Boulder, Colo. Participants receive a travel stipend and a second stipend after conducting a local workshop. Free housing and meals will be provided.

Applications are due March 7, 2014.

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

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to maven_epo@ssl.berkeley.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 June 30, 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 — Jan. 9, 2014

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

NES Web Seminar — Heat Transfer: MESSENGER — My Angle on Cooling
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 9, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST

2014 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge
Audience: 9-12 & Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline for International Teams: Jan. 10, 2014
Registration Deadline for U.S. Teams: Feb. 7, 2014

White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities — 2014 All-Star Students
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Jan. 10, 2014

National Air and Space Museum Super Science Saturday Events
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event Date: Jan. 11, 2014

Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Jan. 11, 2014, at 5:15 p.m. EST

Free Education Webinar Series from NASA Educator Professional Development
Audience: K-8 and Informal Educators
Event Dates: Jan. 13-15, 2014

NES Web Seminar — Engineering Design Challenge: Lunar Plant Growth Chamber
Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 13, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST

National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Preparation Webinars and Workshop
Audience: Higher Education Faculty
Informational Webinar Date: Jan. 14, 2014, at 3 p.m. EST
Proposal Deadline: March 5, 2014

NES Web Seminar — Weather and Climate: Satellite Meteorology
Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 15, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST

NASA Science Mission Directorate — Summer 2014 Space Grant Internships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2014

Virginia Space Grant Consortium’s 2014-2016 Integrative STEM for Pre-service Teachers Program
Audience: Pre-service Educators in Virginia
Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2014

“Ask NICE” Online Professional Development Series
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: Jan. 16, 2013, at 4 p.m. EST

NES Web Seminar — Meteorology: How Clouds Form
Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 16, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST

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

2014 RASC-AL Competition
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: Jan. 19, 2014

American Meteorological Society’s DataStreme Earth’s Climate System Professional Development Course
Audience: K-12 Educators
Course Begins: Jan. 20, 2014

NASA Announcement for High-Impact, National, Strategic STEM Education Partnerships — Amended
Audience: Potential STEM Education Partners
Response Date: Jan. 23, 2014

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

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

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NES Web Seminar — Heat Transfer: MESSENGER — My Angle on Cooling

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on Jan. 9, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn how the MESSENGER mission to Mercury takes advantage of passive cooling methods to keep the spacecraft functioning in a high-temperature environment.

The featured activities provide opportunities for incorporating national science, technology and mathematics learning standards into the curriculum and address the Next Generation Science Standards

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

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar19.aspx.

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

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

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2014 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge

NASA is seeking high school and college/university student teams to compete in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge (formerly NASA’s Great Moonbuggy Race). In this engineering design challenge that begins in the classroom, students work with teacher advisors to create a human-powered vehicle designed to traverse the simulated surface of another world while meeting certain NASA specifications. Student teams of up to six members are challenged to design, build and test technologies that enable vehicles to perform in a wide variety of environments.

The culminating event of the rover competition is scheduled for April 10-12, 2014, at the U. S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., home of U.S. Space Camp and the official visitor center for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. The student teams will be timed, ranked and scored based on design, safety and how well they traverse the set course, which is a rugged half mile track of 15 obstacles meant to mimic some of the real terrain challenges of solar system exploration.

Corporate sponsors will award prizes for first, second and third place winners in both high school and college/university categories. Other prizes include a Featherweight Award, System Safety Design Award and a Telemetry/Electronics Award.

International teams must register by Jan. 10, 2014. U.S. teams must register by Feb. 7, 2014.

For more information about the competition and to register online, visit https://www.nasa.gov/roverchallenge/home/index.html.

International teams with questions about this event or registration may email Amy McDowell at Amy.McDowell@nasa.gov. U.S. teams with questions may contact Diedra Williams at MSFC-RoverChallenge2014@mail.nasa.gov.

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White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities — 2014 All-Star Students

The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, or HBCUs, works to promote HBCU excellence, innovation and sustainability. The Initiative will recognize current HBCU students for their dedication to academics, leadership and civic engagement as 2014 HBCU All-Star Students.

Nominees must be current undergraduate or graduate students at an HBCU. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on Jan. 10, 2014.

For more information and to download an application, visit http://www.ed.gov/edblogs/whhbcu/2013/12/16/whi-hbcu-presents-2014-hbcu-all-star-students/.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to oswhi-hbcu@ed.gov.

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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 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:

Jan. 11, 2014 — From the Wright Brothers to the Right Stuff
Feb. 8, 2014 — Scientists & Inventors
March 8, 2014 — Space Shuttle

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

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

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Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

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

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

Jan. 11, 2014 — Solar Loops: Tackling a 40-Year-Old Mystery
The loops that cover the sun’s outer atmosphere have been studied for over 40 years, but their basic properties remain unknown. Astrophysicist Henry “Trae” Winter will discuss the attempts to unravel these mysteries.

Jan. 25, 2014 — River Deposits on Mars
Alluvial fans provide evidence for water-related activity. Recent studies on Mars suggest the fans are younger than previously thought, providing new insight into the late-stage climate and habitability of the planet. Geologist Sharon Wilson Purdy will delve into river deposits on the Red Planet.

Feb. 8, 2014 — On-Orbit Observing: An Astronaut’s View of Our Universe
Astronauts have played an important role in astronomy since 1962. Learn how, as in-orbit surrogate astronomers, they provide images and impressions of astronomical sights and events beyond Earth’s atmosphere. Museum specialist Jennifer Levasseur will discuss in-orbit astronomical observations.

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

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

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

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Free Education Webinar Series from NASA Educator Professional Development

NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

NASA Literature for K-5 Students
Audience:
K-5, Education Administrators, In-service, Pre-service, Informal and Home School Educators
Event Date:
Jan. 13, 2014, at 3 p.m. EST
Attend this 90-minute Web seminar to learn how to use NASA literacy resources to expose students to a rich science vocabulary, inquiry and scientific thinking.

Mass vs. Weight: What’s the Big Difference Anyway?
Audience:
6-8 Education Administrators, In-service, Pre-service, Informal and Home School Educators
Event Date: Jan. 14, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. EST
Explore the concepts of mass and weight using a NASA video filmed aboard the International Space Station, NASA resources, Newton’s Laws of Motion and inquiry activities.

MESSENGER: Exploring the Surface of Mercury
Audience:
5-8 Education Administrators, In-service, Pre-service, Informal and Home School Educators
Event Date: Jan. 15, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. EST
Discover how the Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and Ranging, or MESSENGER,  mission is providing compelling support for the hypothesis that Mercury harbors abundant water, ice and other frozen volatile materials in its permanently shadowed polar craters.

For more information about these webinars and to register online, visit https://paragon-tec.adobeconnect.com/admin/show-event-catalog.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to John Entwistle at john.d.entwistle@nasa.gov.

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NES Web Seminar — Engineering Design Challenge: Lunar Plant Growth Chamber

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Jan. 13, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn how to incorporate exciting space exploration problems into your technology or life science classes. See how you can use the engineering design process to have students design, build and evaluate the effectiveness of a lunar plant growth chamber while engaging them in research and standards-based learning experiences.

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

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

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar10.aspx.

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

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

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National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Preparation Webinars and Workshop

The National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors and professionals to become K-12 mathematics and science teachers.

A Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Proposal Preparation Webinar is scheduled to take place Jan. 14, 2014. This 90-minute webinar will begin at 3 p.m. EST. The webinar is recommended for those considering submitting proposals.

A notice of intent from applicants is requested by Feb. 5, 2014. Full proposals for the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program are due March 5, 2014.

For more information about the scholarship program and the informational webinars and workshop, visit http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5733.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Betty Calinger at bcalinge@aaas.org.

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NES Web Seminar — Weather and Climate: Satellite Meteorology

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute professional development Web seminar for educators on Jan. 15, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST.

Participants will learn to use the data from NASA’s research satellite program in their meteorology lessons. This Web seminar features “Monitoring the Global Environment,” one of eight modules within the satellite meteorology course. The activities within this module incorporate the use of authentic data acquired by NASA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites and Polar Operational Environmental Satellites. Attendees will learn how to locate and download satellite data then use the data to create graphs.

The featured activity provides opportunities for incorporating national science, technology and mathematics learning standards into the curricula and addresses the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards for grade 8.

This Web seminar will be offered again on April 10, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar31.aspx.

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

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

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NASA Science Mission Directorate — Summer 2014 Space Grant Internships

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate is looking to fill Space Grant-sponsored internships for Summer 2014 sessions. Internship opportunities are available with two NASA missions.

Chandra X-Ray Observatory
Chandra interns will assist the Northrop Grumman Flight Operations Team in analysis and software development in support of the Chandra X-ray Observatory mission. Interns will work side by side with Northrop engineers at the Chandra Operations Control Center in Cambridge, Mass. Work will include analysis of spacecraft data and/or development of software tools and Web utilities to be used in operations of the vehicle. Required skills vary by project, however, all candidates must have a basic education in physics, mathematics, computer science or engineering.

Hubble Space Telescope
The Hubble Space Telescope program is seeking an intern to assist in creating scientific visualizations of Hubble images and other astronomical data sets. Tasks may include image processing, video production, 3-D modeling and rendering, and visualization, scientific and/or astronomical programming. This internship provides a special opportunity to combine scientific, computational and artistic skills into a project with tangible, high-impact results.

Applicants for these internships must be U.S. citizens. Individual Space Grants will submit names and application materials for students interested in applying for these internships. Note that not all Space Grants are participating, due to funding constraints.

Application materials are due Jan. 15, 2014.

For more information, visit http://md.spacegrant.org/index.php?page=smd-sg-intern-program-description. Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Dr. Terry Teays at tteays1@jhu.edu.

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Virginia Space Grant Consortium’s 2014-2016 Integrative STEM for Pre-service Teachers Program

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium is seeking applications for the 2014-2016 Integrative STEM for Pre-service Teachers program, or InSTEP. This two-year program serves to increase future educators’ understanding of STEM and how to teach integrative STEM in the classroom.

Applicants must have demonstrated interest in teaching in grades 4-8, as well as science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics. The program includes $2,500 scholarship each year, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, or FIRST, Lego robotics training, conference travel and registration, travel support to two NASA centers for innovative STEM training and more.

To be eligible, applicants must be rising juniors (third year of a pre-service teacher program) in summer 2014 at a partnering Virginia college/university. Preference will be given to students currently enrolled in programs at College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, Virginia Tech, The University of Virginia, Norfolk State University and Virginia State University.

The deadline for submitting applications is Jan. 15, 2014.

For more information, visit http://vsgc.odu.edu/inSTEP/index.html. Please email any questions about this opportunity to Elizabeth Joyner at ejoyner@odu.edu or to Chris Carter at cxcarter@odu.edu.

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“Ask NICE” Online Professional Development Series

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

Impacts of Climate Change/The GLOBE Program: Green-Up
Jan. 16, 2013, at 4 p.m. EST
What changes have occurred in various climate regions as global temperatures have risen? How have these changes affected birds, bugs, trees and plants? Understand the answers to these and other climate-related questions, and learn how to use the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment, or GLOBE, Budburst protocols to explore these concepts with your students.

Certificates of professional development hours are available upon request. Additional session dates will be announced soon.

For more information, visit https://nice.larc.nasa.gov/asknice/. Questions about this series should be sent to Bonnie Murray at bonnie.murray@nasa.gov.

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

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NES Web Seminar — Meteorology: How Clouds Form

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a free 90-minute Web seminar on Jan. 16, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn about the relationships between air pressure, temperature, volume and cloud formation. Get an overview of the necessary conditions for cloud formation, and then see how to make a cloud in a bottle. Information will be provided about an extension activity, the Students’ Cloud Observations Online, or S’COOL, Project, which involves student participation in authentic science.

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

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

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar23.aspx.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2014 RASC-AL Competition

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace announce the 2014 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage, or RASC-AL, Competition. RASC-AL is a design project competition aimed at university-level engineering students.

The RASC-AL contest challenges participants to design projects based on real NASA projects. Concepts derived from the design projects could potentially be implemented by NASA. Participants can choose from three different themes:

— Enabling Long-Duration Missions through Holistic Habitat Design
— Human-Assisted Sample Return
— Tele-Operated Robot

Teams must submit an abstract for their proposed project by Jan. 19, 2014. The RASC-AL Steering Committee of NASA and industry experts will evaluate the proposals and select as many as 13 undergraduate and five graduate teams to compete against each other at a forum in June 2014 in Florida.

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

For more information about this competition, visit http://nia-cms.nianet.org/RASCAL/index.aspx.

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

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American Meteorological Society’s DataStreme Earth’s Climate System Professional Development Course

The American Meteorological Society, with support from NASA and in partnership with the State University of New York’s College at Brockport, is developing a national cadre of K-12 teachers highly trained in climate science and familiar with climate modeling. Teachers are trained through DataStreme Earth’s Climate System, or ECS, a semester-long, graduate level, precollege teacher professional development course.

DataStreme ECS uses NASA Earth Observing System data and visualizations, and introduces the Educational Global Climate Model developed by the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, to explore the fundamentals of climate change. Teachers completing the course construct and execute a plan of action to advance public climate science literacy and affect curriculum change within their local schools and districts.

DataStreme ECS is administered through Local Implementation Teams across the country. The course is free to all participants, and the teachers are awarded three graduate credits upon successful completion of the course.

The spring 2014 course begins on Jan. 20, 2014.

For more information, including a listing of course offerings by state, and an application form, visit http://ametsoc.org/amsedu/ECS/index.html.

Questions about these courses should be directed to amsedu@ametsoc.org.

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NASA Announcement for High-Impact, National, Strategic STEM Education Partnerships — Amended

NASA’s Office of Education has amended the NASA Announcement for High-Impact, National, Strategic STEM Education Partnerships [EDUCATION01SP13] to reflect a new response date. The new response date is Jan. 23, 2014. NASA’s Education portfolio is being strategically rescoped. NASA anticipates reissuing the announcement. NASA will not accept responses to this announcement after Jan. 23, 2014.

To access the Announcement home page, please visit http://go.nasa.gov/VgRZYt.

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What’s New at NASA’s Space Place Website

NASA’s Space Place doesn’t just bring you great educational material across a wide range of topics, it also presents that material in many different formats. From games and activities to articles and illustrations, Space Place makes it easy for students to learn in whatever format suits them best. This philosophy is the driving force behind our latest product — Space Place in a Snap. These pages combine animated videos with posters and reading material for a cross-disciplinary learning experience.

What’s New? Space Place in a Snap
Space Place is pleased to announce an entirely new and totally exciting product — Space Place in a Snap! These short animations provide quick narrated explanations of some of the most interesting science questions by taking you on a guided tour of an infographic. The best part: You can download a poster of the infographic after you watch the animation. We have already released our first Snap — How Did Our Solar System Come to Be? Check it out at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/solar-system-formation. Stay tuned for more Snaps in the very near future!

Space Place en Español: Loopy Legends
Why limit yourself to telling stories in only one language? Our popular mad-libs-style activity, “Loopy Legends,” is now available in both English and Spanish. Kids get to create their own zany adventures in this Web activity. You might find yourself traveling toward the center of a black hole. Or maybe you’ll become lost because an angry sun’s space weather knocked out some global positioning system satellites. Who knows, you might even go surfing on Jupiter’s moon Titan! Check it out at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/loopy-legends/sp.

Spotlight on a Solar Mystery
The surface of the sun is a scalding 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit. But the sun’s atmosphere can reach millions of degrees. That doesn’t make too much sense, does it? Why would the stuff around the sun be warmer than the sun itself? And if the atmosphere were so hot, then why wouldn’t it warm the surface up to a temperature closer to the atmosphere? Check out one of Space Place’s newest articles to learn more about this solar mystery. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/sun-corona.

For the Classroom
Looking for a hands-on activity that reinforces engineering concepts? Look no further than Space Place’s moon habitat activity. Have you ever wondered what it would take for humans to have an extended stay on the moon? Surely they would need some sort of place to live. But how would such a structure make the long journey through space? Learn all about what astronauts might want in their moon habitat. Then build your own! http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/moon-habitat.

For Out-of-School Time
How about an exciting Web game to teach students all about solar weather in their out-of-school time? The sun is a scorching mass of hot gas that is constantly shooting energy and particles out into space. In “Shields up!” you must use a Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite – R Series weather satellite to detect the first signs of any crazy solar weather and warn other satellites to protect themselves before it is too late. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/shields-up.

Special Days

January 11:
Amelia Earhart is the first woman to fly solo across the Pacific in 1935.
How did her airplane stay up? http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/dr-marc-technology

January 13: Galileo discovers Jupiter’s moon Ganymede in 1610.
Jupiter and Ganymede play tug o’ war with little moon Io. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/io-tides

January 25: Mars rover Opportunity landed on Mars in 2004.
Get the inside story on the latest Mars rover — Curiosity. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/mission-chronicles/en/#milkovich 

February 6: Apollo 14 astronauts played golf on the moon in 1971.
See astronauts at work and play: http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/gallery-technology/#astronauts

February 12: Charles Darwin born this day in 1809.
You will understand evolution of species after playing with the “Emoticonstructor.” http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/emoticonstructor/en/ 

February 20: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.
Watch Space Place Live! and meet a woman engineer. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/space-place-live/#douglas

February 25: Quiet Day.
Did you know the most violent events in space make no sound? Make a Super Sound Cone, and listen for very tiny sounds. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/sound-cone

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

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

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

NASA Education Express — Jan. 2, 2014

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

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

Free Education Webinar Series from NASA Educator Professional Development
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Event Dates: Jan. 6-7, 2014

National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Preparation Webinars and Workshop
Audience: Higher Education Faculty
Informational Webinar Dates: Jan. 7 and 14, 2014
Informational Workshop Date: Jan. 9, 2014
Proposal Deadline: March 5, 2014

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

2014 NASA STEM Spanish Immersion Educator Professional Development Workshop Series: Head in the Clouds Edition
Audience: K-8 Educators
Event Dates: First workshop takes place on Jan. 8, 2014

NES Web Seminar — Engineering Design: Forces and Motion — Balloon Aerodynamics Challenge
Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 8, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST

NES Web Seminar — Heat Transfer: MESSENGER — My Angle on Cooling
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 9, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST

2014 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge
Audience: 9-12 & Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline for International Teams: Jan. 10, 2014
Registration Deadline for U.S. Teams: Feb. 7, 2014

White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities — 2014 All-Star Students
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Jan. 10, 2014

National Air and Space Museum Super Science Saturday Events
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event Date: Jan. 11, 2014

Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Jan. 11, 2014, at 5:15 p.m. EST

NASA Science Mission Directorate — Summer 2014 Space Grant Internships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2014

Virginia Space Grant Consortium’s 2014-2016 Integrative STEM for Pre-service Teachers Program
Audience: Pre-service Educators in Virginia
Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2014

American Meteorological Society’s DataStreme Earth’s Climate System Professional Development Course
Audience: K-12 Educators
Course Begins: Jan. 20, 2014

NASA Announcement for High-Impact, National, Strategic STEM Education Partnerships — Amended
Audience: Potential STEM Education Partners
Response Date: Jan. 23, 2014

Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars — Summer 2014 Session
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2014

2014 NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars Program
Audience: Community College Students Who Are Texas Residents
Application Deadline: Feb. 4, 2014

NASA’s REEL Science Communication Contest
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Deadline: Feb. 21, 2014

2014 Jet Propulsion Laboratory Summer Faculty Research Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Application Deadline: April 1, 2014

NASA Exploration Design Challenge
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Virtual Crew Registration Deadline: June 30, 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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NASA’s Center for Astronomy Education Workshop for Astronomy and Space Science Instructors

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

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

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

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

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Free Education Webinar Series from NASA Educator Professional Development

NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

BEST: Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology
Audience:
Education Administrators, In-service, Pre-service, Informal and Home School Educators
Event Date:
Jan. 6, 2014, at 4 p.m. EST
Attend this 60-minute Web seminar to learn how to use NASA’s Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology, or BEST, guide with students.

Journeying Through the Solar System
Audience:
Education Administrators, In-service, Pre-service, Informal and Home School Educators
Event Date: Jan. 7, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. EST
Find out how to construct a scale model of the solar system and learn new definitions for planet and dwarf planet during this 60-minute Web seminar.

For more information about these webinars and to register online, visit https://paragon-tec.adobeconnect.com/admin/show-event-catalog.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to John Entwistle at john.d.entwistle@nasa.gov.

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National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Preparation Webinars and Workshop

The National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors and professionals to become K-12 mathematics and science teachers.

Two Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Proposal Preparation Webinars are scheduled to take place Jan. 7 and Jan. 14, 2014. Both 90-minute webinars will begin at 3 p.m. EST. The webinars are recommended for those considering submitting proposals.

A Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Proposal Preparation Workshop will take place on Jan. 9, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

A notice of intent from applicants is requested by Feb. 5, 2014. Full proposals for the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program are due March 5, 2014.

For more information about the scholarship program and the informational webinars and workshop, visit http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5733.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Betty Calinger at bcalinge@aaas.org.

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

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

The four-day online workshop series is designed for educators of grades K-3 and 4-8. Sessions start Jan. 8, 2014, for K-3 educators and on Jan. 22, 2014, for 4-8 educators. All videoconference sessions take place from 3:45-5 p.m. EST.

All sessions will be presented in Spanish.

Sessions for educators of grades K-3 will take place on Jan. 8, Jan. 9, Feb. 12 and Feb. 13, 2014.

Sessions for educators of grades 4-8 will take place on Jan. 22, Jan. 23, Feb. 19 and Feb. 20, 2014.

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

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

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

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

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

Los cuatro días de talleres por videoconferencia están diseñadas para educadores de grados K-3 y 4-8. Las sesiones de videoconferencia comienzan el 8 de enero del 2014 para educadores de K-3 y el 22 de enero del 2014 para educadores de 4-8 grado. Todas las sesiones de videoconferencia serán de 3:45-5pm EST.

Todas las sesiones serán presentadas en español.

Las sesiones para educadores de grados K-3 serán el 8 de enero, 9 de enero, 12 de febrero y el 13 de febrero del 2014.

Las sesiones para educadores de grados 4-8 serán el 22 de enero, 23 de enero, 19 de febrero y el 20 de febrero del 2014.

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

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

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

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NES Web Seminar — Engineering Design: Forces and Motion — Balloon Aerodynamics Challenge
As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Jan. 8, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST. This Web seminar will introduce the Forces and Motion: Balloon Aerodynamics Challenge for students. This activity provides first-hand information about density, neutral buoyancy and drag, which is then used to solve a problem. The activity provides opportunities for incorporating national science, technology and mathematics learning standards into the curriculum and addresses middle school Next Generation Science Standards.

This seminar will be repeated on Feb. 12, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar16.aspx.

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

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

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NES Web Seminar — Heat Transfer: MESSENGER — My Angle on Cooling

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on Jan. 9, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn how the MESSENGER mission to Mercury takes advantage of passive cooling methods to keep the spacecraft functioning in a high-temperature environment.

The featured activities provide opportunities for incorporating national science, technology and mathematics learning standards into the curriculum and address the Next Generation Science Standards

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

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar19.aspx.

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

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

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2014 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge

NASA is seeking high school and college/university student teams to compete in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge (formerly NASA’s Great Moonbuggy Race). In this engineering design challenge that begins in the classroom, students work with teacher advisors to create a human-powered vehicle designed to traverse the simulated surface of another world while meeting certain NASA specifications. Student teams of up to six members are challenged to design, build and test technologies that enable vehicles to perform in a wide variety of environments.

The culminating event of the rover competition is scheduled for April 10-12, 2014, at the U. S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., home of U.S. Space Camp and the official visitor center for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. The student teams will be timed, ranked and scored based on design, safety and how well they traverse the set course, which is a rugged half mile track of 15 obstacles meant to mimic some of the real terrain challenges of solar system exploration.

Corporate sponsors will award prizes for first, second and third place winners in both high school and college/university categories. Other prizes include a Featherweight Award, System Safety Design Award and a Telemetry/Electronics Award.

International teams must register by Jan. 10, 2014. U.S. teams must register by Feb. 7, 2014.

For more information about the competition and to register online, visit https://www.nasa.gov/roverchallenge/home/index.html.

International teams with questions about this event or registration may email Amy McDowell at Amy.McDowell@nasa.gov. U.S. teams with questions may contact Diedra Williams at MSFC-RoverChallenge2014@mail.nasa.gov.

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White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities — 2014 All-Star Students

The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, or HBCUs, works to promote HBCU excellence, innovation and sustainability. The Initiative will recognize current HBCU students for their dedication to academics, leadership and civic engagement as 2014 HBCU All-Star Students.

Nominees must be current undergraduate or graduate students at an HBCU. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on Jan. 10, 2014.

For more information and to download an application, visit http://www.ed.gov/edblogs/whhbcu/2013/12/16/whi-hbcu-presents-2014-hbcu-all-star-students/.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to oswhi-hbcu@ed.gov.

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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 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:

Jan. 11, 2014 — From the Wright Brothers to the Right Stuff
Feb. 8, 2014 — Scientists & Inventors
March 8, 2014 — Space Shuttle

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

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

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Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

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

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

Jan. 11, 2014 — Solar Loops: Tackling a 40-Year-Old Mystery
The loops that cover the sun’s outer atmosphere have been studied for over 40 years, but their basic properties remain unknown. Astrophysicist Henry “Trae” Winter will discuss the attempts to unravel these mysteries.

Jan. 25, 2014 — River Deposits on Mars
Alluvial fans provide evidence for water-related activity. Recent studies on Mars suggest the fans are younger than previously thought, providing new insight into the late-stage climate and habitability of the planet. Geologist Sharon Wilson Purdy will delve into river deposits on the Red Planet.

Feb. 8, 2014 — On-Orbit Observing: An Astronaut’s View of Our Universe
Astronauts have played an important role in astronomy since 1962. Learn how, as in-orbit surrogate astronomers, they provide images and impressions of astronomical sights and events beyond Earth’s atmosphere. Museum specialist Jennifer Levasseur will discuss in-orbit astronomical observations.

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

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

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

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NASA Science Mission Directorate — Summer 2014 Space Grant Internships

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate is looking to fill Space Grant-sponsored internships for Summer 2014 sessions. Internship opportunities are available with two NASA missions.

Chandra X-Ray Observatory
Chandra interns will assist the Northrop Grumman Flight Operations Team in analysis and software development in support of the Chandra X-ray Observatory mission. Interns will work side by side with Northrop engineers at the Chandra Operations Control Center in Cambridge, Mass. Work will include analysis of spacecraft data and/or development of software tools and Web utilities to be used in operations of the vehicle. Required skills vary by project, however, all candidates must have a basic education in physics, mathematics, computer science or engineering.

Hubble Space Telescope
The Hubble Space Telescope program is seeking an intern to assist in creating scientific visualizations of Hubble images and other astronomical data sets. Tasks may include image processing, video production, 3-D modeling and rendering, and visualization, scientific and/or astronomical programming. This internship provides a special opportunity to combine scientific, computational and artistic skills into a project with tangible, high-impact results.

Applicants for these internships must be U.S. citizens. Individual Space Grants will submit names and application materials for students interested in applying for these internships. Note that not all Space Grants are participating, due to funding constraints.

Application materials are due Jan. 15, 2014.

For more information, visit http://md.spacegrant.org/index.php?page=smd-sg-intern-program-description. Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Dr. Terry Teays at tteays1@jhu.edu.

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Virginia Space Grant Consortium’s 2014-2016 Integrative STEM for Pre-service Teachers Program

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium is seeking applications for the 2014-2016 Integrative STEM for Pre-service Teachers program, or InSTEP. This two-year program serves to increase future educators’ understanding of STEM and how to teach integrative STEM in the classroom.

Applicants must have demonstrated interest in teaching in grades 4-8, as well as science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics. The program includes $2,500 scholarship each year, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, or FIRST, Lego robotics training, conference travel and registration, travel support to two NASA centers for innovative STEM training and more.

To be eligible, applicants must be rising juniors (third year of a pre-service teacher program) in summer 2014 at a partnering Virginia college/university. Preference will be given to students currently enrolled in programs at College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, Virginia Tech, The University of Virginia, Norfolk State University and Virginia State University.

The deadline for submitting applications is Jan. 15, 2014.

For more information, visit http://vsgc.odu.edu/inSTEP/index.html. Please email any questions about this opportunity to Elizabeth Joyner at ejoyner@odu.edu or to Chris Carter at cxcarter@odu.edu.

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American Meteorological Society’s DataStreme Earth’s Climate System Professional Development Course

The American Meteorological Society, with support from NASA and in partnership with the State University of New York’s College at Brockport, is developing a national cadre of K-12 teachers highly trained in climate science and familiar with climate modeling. Teachers are trained through DataStreme Earth’s Climate System, or ECS, a semester-long, graduate level, precollege teacher professional development course.

DataStreme ECS uses NASA Earth Observing System data and visualizations, and introduces the Educational Global Climate Model developed by the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, to explore the fundamentals of climate change. Teachers completing the course construct and execute a plan of action to advance public climate science literacy and affect curriculum change within their local schools and districts.

DataStreme ECS is administered through Local Implementation Teams across the country. The course is free to all participants, and the teachers are awarded three graduate credits upon successful completion of the course.

The spring 2014 course begins on Jan. 20, 2014.

For more information, including a listing of course offerings by state, and an application form, visit http://ametsoc.org/amsedu/ECS/index.html.

Questions about these courses should be directed to amsedu@ametsoc.org.

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NASA Announcement for High-Impact, National, Strategic STEM Education Partnerships — Amended

NASA’s Office of Education has amended the NASA Announcement for High-Impact, National, Strategic STEM Education Partnerships [EDUCATION01SP13] to reflect a new response date. The new response date is Jan. 23, 2014. NASA’s Education portfolio is being strategically rescoped. NASA anticipates reissuing the announcement. NASA will not accept responses to this announcement after Jan. 23, 2014.

To access the Announcement home page, please visit http://go.nasa.gov/VgRZYt.

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Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars — Summer 2014 Session

Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars, or LARSS, is offering a 10-week summer internship at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. Internships are available for rising undergraduate juniors, seniors and graduate students at accredited U.S. colleges, universities and community colleges. Students of all majors are encouraged to apply. The grade point average requirement is a 3.0 out of a 4.0.

The internship includes doing a research project under the supervision of a researcher, attending technical lectures by prominent engineers and scientists and presenting project results at a poster session. Additional elements include tours of Langley wind tunnels, computational facilities and laboratories, as well as several networking activities.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applications are due Feb. 1, 2014.

For more information and to apply online, visit http://www.nianet.org/larss.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Debbie Murray at Deborah.B.Murray@nasa.gov or Sarah Pauls at Sarah.E.Pauls@nasa.gov.

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2014 NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars Program

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

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

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

Applications are due Feb. 4, 2014.

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

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

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NASA’s REEL Science Communication Contest

So you want to be a NASA producer? NASA is looking for talented high school students to create videos that engage younger students in earth science.

Students are consuming over 10 hours of media each day, and video is increasingly important to reach and engage this audience about science. NASA is hosting the second annual video contest, challenging high school students to produce a two-minute video for middle school students. The videos should communicate one of the following science concepts: how climate impacts ice and ice impacts climate, forest fire effects on air quality or water of the water planet.

Winning videos will be posted on NASA’s website. Winners will also get the opportunity to be a NASA producer working with NASA scientists and communication experts in July 2014 to produce an earth science feature video.

The deadline for submitting videos is Feb. 21, 2014.

For more information and instructions for submitting a video, visit http://reelscience.gsfc.nasa.gov/.

Questions about this contest should be emailed to Tassia Owen at tassia.owen@nasa.gov.

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2014 Jet Propulsion Laboratory Summer Faculty Research Program

Applications are currently accepted for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory 2014 Summer Faculty Research Program. This program provides opportunities for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, faculty to engage in research of mutual interest to the faculty member and a JPL researcher. Non-STEM faculty will be considered based on available opportunities.

To be eligible to participate in the program, a potential fellow must hold a full-time appointment at an accredited university or college in the U.S. Special requirements for foreign national faculty members may apply. Fellows are required to submit a research report and present their work at the end of the session.

The program awards $13,500 fellowships for the 10-week session Please note that stipend payments or salaries from other federal funding sources, including research grants and contracts, may not be accepted during the 10-week tenure of a JPL faculty research appointment.

The deadline for applications is April 1, 2014. For more information about this opportunity, visit http://jsfrp.jpl.nasa.gov/.

Inquiries about NASA’s JPL Summer Faculty Research Program should be directed to the Petra Kneissl-Milanian at Petra.A.Kneissl-Milanian@jpl.nasa.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 June 30, 2014.

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

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

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

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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 — Dec. 19, 2013

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

NES Web Seminar — Newton’s Laws of Motion: Lunar Nautics
Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Dec. 19, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST

2014 NASA High-Altitude Student Platform Opportunity
Audience: Higher Education Faculty and Students
Application Deadline: Dec. 20, 2013

Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other Education Organizations
Request Deadline: Dec. 23, 2013

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

Free Education Webinar Series from NASA Educator Professional Development
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Event Dates: Jan. 6-7, 2014

National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Preparation Webinars and Workshop
Audience: Higher Education Faculty
Informational Webinar Dates: Jan. 7 and 14, 2014
Informational Workshop Date: Jan. 9, 2014
Proposal Deadline: March 5, 2014

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

2014 NASA STEM Spanish Immersion Educator Professional Development Workshop Series: Head in the Clouds Edition
Audience: K-8 Educators
Event Dates: First workshop takes place on Jan. 8, 2014

NES Web Seminar — Engineering Design: Forces and Motion — Balloon Aerodynamics Challenge
Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 8, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST

NES Web Seminar — Heat Transfer: MESSENGER — My Angle on Cooling
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 9, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST

2014 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge
Audience: 9-12 & Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline for International Teams: Jan. 10, 2014
Registration Deadline for U.S. Teams: Feb. 7, 2014

NASA Science Mission Directorate — Summer 2014 Space Grant Internships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2014

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

2014 RASC-AL Competition
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: Jan. 19, 2014

NASA Announcement for High-Impact, National, Strategic STEM Education Partnerships — Amended
Audience: Potential STEM Education Partners
Response Date: Jan. 23, 2014

NASA History Program Office Summer and Fall 2014 Internships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Summer 2014 Application Deadline: Feb. 4, 2014
Fall 2014 Application Deadline: June 1, 2014

2014 NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars Program
Audience: Community College Students Who Are Texas Residents
Application Deadline: Feb. 4, 2014

2014 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2014

NASA Exploration Design Challenge
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Virtual Crew Registration Deadline: June 30, 2014

Initial Selections Announced — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) 2013 Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums, and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH13ZHA001N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008)
Audience: Informal Education Institutions

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

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NES Web Seminar — Newton’s Laws of Motion: Lunar Nautics

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Dec. 19, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST. This seminar features three lessons for grades 6-8 that focus on a real-world understanding of Newton’s Laws of Motion and common misconceptions associated with the laws. The featured lessons are Rocket Staging: Balloon Staging and Lunar Landing: Swinging Tray and Lunar Base Supply Egg Drop.

The featured activities provide opportunities for incorporating national science, technology and mathematics learning standards into curricula as well as address middle school Next Generation Science Standards.

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

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar24.aspx.

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

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

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2014 NASA High-Altitude Student Platform Opportunity

NASA is accepting applications from students at U.S. colleges and universities who want to send experiments to the edge of space on a high-flying scientific balloon.

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

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

HASP seeks to enhance the technical skills and research abilities of students in critical science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. The project is a joint effort between NASA and the Louisiana Space Consortium.

The deadline for applications is Dec. 20, 2013.

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

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Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use

NASA invites eligible U.S. educational institutions, museums and other organizations to screen and request historical artifacts of significance to spaceflight. This is the 20th screening of artifacts since 2009.

Eligible schools, universities, museums, libraries and planetariums may view the artifacts and request specific items through Dec. 23, 2013. Online registrations should include an assigned Department of Education number. Registration also can be made through the State Agency for Surplus Property (SASP) office in their state. For instructions, registration, and to view and make requests for artifacts online, visit http://gsaxcess.gov/NASAWel.htm.

The artifacts are free of charge and are offered “as-is.” Organizations must cover shipping costs and any handling fees. Shipping fees on smaller items will be relatively inexpensive, while larger items may involve extensive disassembly, preparation, shipping and reassembly costs. NASA will work closely with eligible organizations to address any unique handling costs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Free Education Webinar Series from NASA Educator Professional Development

NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

BEST: Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology
Audience:
Education Administrators, In-service, Pre-service, Informal and Home School Educators
Event Date:
Jan. 6, 2014, at 4 p.m. EST
Attend this 60-minute Web seminar to learn how to use NASA’s Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology, or BEST, guide with students.

Journeying Through the Solar System
Audience:
Education Administrators, In-service, Pre-service, Informal and Home School Educators
Event Date: Jan. 7, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. EST
Find out how to construct a scale model of the solar system and learn new definitions for planet and dwarf planet during this 60-minute Web seminar.

For more information about these webinars and to register online, visit https://paragon-tec.adobeconnect.com/admin/show-event-catalog.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to John Entwistle at john.d.entwistle@nasa.gov.

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National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Preparation Webinars and Workshop

The National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors and professionals to become K-12 mathematics and science teachers.

Two Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Proposal Preparation Webinars are scheduled to take place Jan. 7 and Jan. 14, 2014. Both 90-minute webinars will begin at 3 p.m. EST. The webinars are recommended for those considering submitting proposals.

A Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Proposal Preparation Workshop will take place on Jan. 9, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

A notice of intent from applicants is requested by Feb. 5, 2014. Full proposals for the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program are due March 5, 2014.

For more information about the scholarship program and the informational webinars and workshop, visit http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5733.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Betty Calinger at bcalinge@aaas.org.

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

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

The four-day online workshop series is designed for educators of grades K-3 and 4-8. Sessions start Jan. 8, 2014, for K-3 educators and on Jan. 22, 2014, for 4-8 educators. All videoconference sessions take place from 3:45-5 p.m. EST.

All sessions will be presented in Spanish.

Sessions for educators of grades K-3 will take place on Jan. 8, Jan. 9, Feb. 12 and Feb. 13, 2014.

Sessions for educators of grades 4-8 will take place on Jan. 22, Jan. 23, Feb. 19 and Feb. 20, 2014.

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

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

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

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

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

Los cuatro días de talleres por videoconferencia están diseñadas para educadores de grados K-3 y 4-8. Las sesiones de videoconferencia comienzan el 8 de enero del 2014 para educadores de K-3 y el 22 de enero del 2014 para educadores de 4-8 grado. Todas las sesiones de videoconferencia serán de 3:45-5pm EST.

Todas las sesiones serán presentadas en español.

Las sesiones para educadores de grados K-3 serán el 8 de enero, 9 de enero, 12 de febrero y el 13 de febrero del 2014.

Las sesiones para educadores de grados 4-8 serán el 22 de enero, 23 de enero, 19 de febrero y el 20 de febrero del 2014.

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

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

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

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NES Web Seminar — Engineering Design: Forces and Motion — Balloon Aerodynamics Challenge
As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Jan. 8, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST. This Web seminar will introduce the Forces and Motion: Balloon Aerodynamics Challenge for students. This activity provides first-hand information about density, neutral buoyancy and drag, which is then used to solve a problem. The activity provides opportunities for incorporating national science, technology and mathematics learning standards into the curriculum and addresses middle school Next Generation Science Standards.

This seminar will be repeated on Feb. 12, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar16.aspx.

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

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

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NES Web Seminar — Heat Transfer: MESSENGER — My Angle on Cooling

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on Jan. 9, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn how the MESSENGER mission to Mercury takes advantage of passive cooling methods to keep the spacecraft functioning in a high-temperature environment.

The featured activities provide opportunities for incorporating national science, technology and mathematics learning standards into the curriculum and address the Next Generation Science Standards

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

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar19.aspx.

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

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

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2014 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge

NASA is seeking high school and college/university student teams to compete in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge (formerly NASA’s Great Moonbuggy Race). In this engineering design challenge that begins in the classroom, students work with teacher advisors to create a human-powered vehicle designed to traverse the simulated surface of another world while meeting certain NASA specifications. Student teams of up to six members are challenged to design, build and test technologies that enable vehicles to perform in a wide variety of environments.

The culminating event of the rover competition is scheduled for April 10-12, 2014, at the U. S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., home of U.S. Space Camp and the official visitor center for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. The student teams will be timed, ranked and scored based on design, safety and how well they traverse the set course, which is a rugged half mile track of 15 obstacles meant to mimic some of the real terrain challenges of solar system exploration.

Corporate sponsors will award prizes for first, second and third place winners in both high school and college/university categories. Other prizes include a Featherweight Award, System Safety Design Award and a Telemetry/Electronics Award.

International teams must register by Jan. 10, 2014. U.S. teams must register by Feb. 7, 2014.

For more information about the competition and to register online, visit https://www.nasa.gov/roverchallenge/home/index.html.

International teams with questions about this event or registration may email Amy McDowell at Amy.McDowell@nasa.gov. U.S. teams with questions may contact Diedra Williams at MSFC-RoverChallenge2014@mail.nasa.gov.

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NASA Science Mission Directorate — Summer 2014 Space Grant Internships

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate is looking to fill Space Grant-sponsored internships for Summer 2014 sessions. Internship opportunities are available with two NASA missions.

Chandra X-Ray Observatory
Chandra interns will assist the Northrop Grumman Flight Operations Team in analysis and software development in support of the Chandra X-ray Observatory mission. Interns will work side by side with Northrop engineers at the Chandra Operations Control Center in Cambridge, Mass. Work will include analysis of spacecraft data and/or development of software tools and Web utilities to be used in operations of the vehicle. Required skills vary by project, however, all candidates must have a basic education in physics, mathematics, computer science or engineering.

Hubble Space Telescope
The Hubble Space Telescope program is seeking an intern to assist in creating scientific visualizations of Hubble images and other astronomical data sets. Tasks may include image processing, video production, 3-D modeling and rendering, and visualization, scientific and/or astronomical programming. This internship provides a special opportunity to combine scientific, computational and artistic skills into a project with tangible, high-impact results.

Applicants for these internships must be U.S. citizens. Individual Space Grants will submit names and application materials for students interested in applying for these internships. Note that not all Space Grants are participating, due to funding constraints.

Application materials are due Jan. 15, 2014.

For more information, visit http://md.spacegrant.org/index.php?page=smd-sg-intern-program-description. Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Dr. Terry Teays at tteays1@jhu.edu.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2014 RASC-AL Competition

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace announce the 2014 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage, or RASC-AL, Competition. RASC-AL is a design project competition aimed at university-level engineering students.

The RASC-AL contest challenges participants to design projects based on real NASA projects. Concepts derived from the design projects could potentially be implemented by NASA. Participants can choose from three different themes:

— Enabling Long-Duration Missions through Holistic Habitat Design
— Human-Assisted Sample Return
— Tele-Operated Robot

Teams must submit an abstract for their proposed project by Jan. 19, 2014. The RASC-AL Steering Committee of NASA and industry experts will evaluate the proposals and select as many as 13 undergraduate and five graduate teams to compete against each other at a forum in June 2014 in Florida.

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

For more information about this competition, visit http://nia-cms.nianet.org/RASCAL/index.aspx.

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

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NASA Announcement for High-Impact, National, Strategic STEM Education Partnerships — Amended

NASA’s Office of Education has amended the NASA Announcement for High-Impact, National, Strategic STEM Education Partnerships [EDUCATION01SP13] to reflect a new response date. The new response date is Jan. 23, 2014. NASA’s Education portfolio is being strategically rescoped. NASA anticipates reissuing the announcement. NASA will not accept responses to this announcement after Jan. 23, 2014.

To access the Announcement home page, please visit http://go.nasa.gov/VgRZYt.

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NASA History Program Office Summer and Fall 2014 Internships

The NASA History Program Office is seeking undergraduate and graduate students for summer and fall 2014 internships. The History Program Office maintains archival materials to answer research questions from NASA personnel, journalists, scholars, students at all levels and others from around the world. The division also edits and publishes several books and monographs each year. It maintains a large number of websites on NASA history.

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

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

Applications for summer 2014 internships are due Feb. 4, 2013. Fall 2014 internship applications are due June 1, 2014.

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

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

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2014 NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars Program

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

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

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

Applications are due Feb. 4, 2014.

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

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

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2014 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

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

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

All application materials must be received no later than Feb. 22, 2014. For more information, visit http://www.sfp.caltech.edu/programs/surf.

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

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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 June 30, 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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Initial Selections Announced — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) 2013 Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums, and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH13ZHA001N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008)

Ten organizations, including six museums and four NASA Visitor Centers, have been selected to share nearly $7.7 million in Fiscal Year 2013 funds in grants or cooperative agreements through NASA’s Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMPVC). The selected organizations are: U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, Ala.; AERO Institute, Palmdale, Calif.; Miami Science Museum, Fla.; Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Ind.; Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minn.; St. Louis Science Center, Mo,; Science South Inc., Florence, S.C.; Space Center Houston, Texas; Virginia Air and Space Center, Hampton, Va.; and Pacific Science Center, Seattle, Wash.

Awards will range from approximately $500,000 to $1,000,000 with periods of performance from 1 to 5 years. Sixty-seven proposals from institutions in 31 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico underwent a merit-based peer review process. NASA’s Office of Education, agency mission directorates and support offices, and JPL solicited and reviewed the grant applications.

The selected organizations will collaborate with NASA’s Museum Alliance, a nationwide network of informal education professionals at 575 science museums, planetariums, NASA visitor centers, Challenger Centers, visitor centers at observatories and parks, nature centers, aquariums and zoos. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., manages the Museum Alliance for the agency.

NASA’s initial investment authority in informal education institutions dates to the NASA Authorization Act of 2005, specifically, PL (Public Law) 109-155 SEC. 616. MUSEUMS: “The Administrator may provide grants to, and enter into cooperative agreements with, museums and planetariums to enable them to enhance programs related to space exploration, aeronautics, space science, earth science, or microgravity.” NASA expects to issue a solicitation for new proposals every other year.

For a list of selected organizations and project descriptions, visit https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={37764C2A-F415-01DF-1B30-F1971BE7F8BE}&path=closedPast.

Proposals from entities that are not also NASA Visitor Centers, Museums and Planetariums submitted to Appendix O: Other Opportunities are still under review.

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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 — Dec. 12, 2013

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

National Air and Space Museum Super Science Saturday Events
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event Date: Dec. 14, 2013

Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Dec. 14, 2013, at 5:15 p.m. EST

Free Education Webinar Series from NASA Educator Professional Development
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Dec. 16-17, 2013

Green Strides Webinar Series
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: Dec. 17, 2013, at 3 p.m. EST

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Small Bodies: Comets ISON
Audience: Grades 4-12
Event Date: Dec. 18, 2013, 1 – 2 p.m. EST

NES Web Seminar — Algebraic Equations: Transit Tracks — Finding Habitable Planets
Audience: Algebra Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: Dec. 18, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST

“Ask NICE” Online Professional Development Series
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: Dec. 19, 2013, at 4 p.m. EST

NES Web Seminar — Newton’s Laws of Motion: Lunar Nautics
Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Dec. 19, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST

2014 NASA High-Altitude Student Platform Opportunity
Audience: Higher Education Faculty and Students
Application Deadline: Dec. 20, 2013

Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other Education Organizations
Request Deadline: Dec. 23, 2013

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

National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Preparation Webinars and Workshop
Audience: Higher Education Faculty
Informational Webinar Dates: Jan. 7 and 14, 2014
Informational Workshop Date: Jan. 9, 2014
Proposal Deadline: March 5, 2014

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

2014 NASA STEM Spanish Immersion Educator Professional Development Workshop Series: Head in the Clouds Edition
Audience: K-8 Educators
Event Dates: First workshop takes place on Jan. 8, 2014

2014 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge
Audience: 9-12 & Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline for International Teams: Jan. 10, 2014
Registration Deadline for U.S. Teams: Feb. 7, 2014

Virginia Space Grant Consortium’s 2014-2016 Integrative STEM for Pre-service Teachers Program
Audience: Pre-service Educators in Virginia
Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2014

NASA Announcement for High-Impact, National, Strategic STEM Education Partnerships — Amended
Audience: Potential STEM Education Partners
Response Date: Jan. 23, 2014

2014 Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program
Audience: Higher Education Students
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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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:

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

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

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

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Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

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

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

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

Jan. 11, 2014 — Solar Loops: Tackling a 40-Year-Old Mystery
The loops that cover the sun’s outer atmosphere have been studied for over 40 years, but their basic properties remain unknown. Astrophysicist Henry “Trae” Winter will discuss the attempts to unravel these mysteries.

Jan. 25, 2014 — River Deposits on Mars
Alluvial fans provide evidence for water-related activity. Recent studies on Mars suggest the fans are younger than previously thought, providing new insight into the late-stage climate and habitability of the planet. Geologist Sharon Wilson Purdy will delve into river deposits on the Red Planet.

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

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

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

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Free Education Webinar Series from NASA Educator Professional Development

NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA Education Specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

Exploring Earth From Space
Audience:
Grades 4-12 and Informal
Event Date:
Dec. 16, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Attend this 90-minute webinar to learn how to use Earth observations, remote sensing and maps to explore Earth from the unique perspective of space.
Rockets: Experimenting With Projectile Flight
Audience:
In-service, Pre-service, Informal and Home School Educators
Event Date: Dec. 17, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST
Few classroom topics generate as much excitement as rockets. Investigate rocket stability and trajectory with rubber-band-powered foam rockets during this 60-minute webinar.

For more information about these webinars and to register online, visit https://paragon-tec.adobeconnect.com/admin/show-event-catalog.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to John Entwistle at john.d.entwistle@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 Dec. 17, 2013, at 3 p.m. EST.

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

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

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Small Bodies: Comets ISON

Fly-by asteroids, asteroids disintegrating over Earth, fly-by comets have made 2013 an exciting year for studying and observing small solar system bodies. Join NASA’s Dr. Claudia Alexander, Rosetta project scientist as she discusses Comet ISON and the Rosetta mission in a live teleconference on Dec. 18, 2013, at 1 p.m. EST. Dr. Alexander will discuss different types of small bodies and answer student questions.

If your class is interested in participating in this event via live video conferencing, contact Lyle Tavernier at lyle.tavernier@jpl.nasa.gov.

To view a live webcast of the event and submit questions via email, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/webcast/webcast.html.

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NES Web Seminar — Algebraic Equations: Transit Tracks — Finding Habitable Planets

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Dec. 18, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST.

Seminar participants will receive an in-depth view of the featured student activity, “Finding Habitable Planets.” In this engaging activity, students analyze NASA’s Kepler Mission light curve data on planetary systems and determine the orbital period, orbital radius, size and habitability of a planet. The seminar includes a description of how the activity addresses Earth’s place in the universe performance expectations of the Next Generation Science Standards and the lesson’s alignment to the high school Common Core Mathematics Standards for functions and equations.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar2.aspx.

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

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

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“Ask NICE” Online Professional Development Series

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

The Green Ninja: A Climate Action Superhero
Dec. 19, 2013, at 4 p.m. EST
Discover how the Green Ninja inspires kids to take action on climate change. The adventures of the Green Ninja are told in a youth-oriented and humorous way, but are grounded in science and numbers. Related educational materials including lesson plans, games and contests are used to promote hands-on learning experiences that help teachers bring climate science topics into their classrooms. Visit the Green Ninja website (http://www.greenninja.org) to see details and get your questions ready for the Ask NICE Google Hangout. During the Hangout, submit questions in the comments section or via Twitter using #AskNICE.

Certificates of professional development hours are available upon request. Additional session dates will be announced soon.

For more information, visit https://nice.larc.nasa.gov/asknice/. Questions about this series should be sent to Bonnie Murray at bonnie.murray@nasa.gov.

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

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NES Web Seminar — Newton’s Laws of Motion: Lunar Nautics

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Dec. 19, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST. This seminar features three lessons for grades 6-8 that focus on a real-world understanding of Newton’s Laws of Motion and common misconceptions associated with the laws. The featured lessons are Rocket Staging: Balloon Staging and Lunar Landing: Swinging Tray and Lunar Base Supply Egg Drop.

The featured activities provide opportunities for incorporating national science, technology and mathematics learning standards into curricula as well as address middle school Next Generation Science Standards.

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

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar24.aspx.

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

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

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2014 NASA High-Altitude Student Platform Opportunity

NASA is accepting applications from students at U.S. colleges and universities who want to send experiments to the edge of space on a high-flying scientific balloon.

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

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

HASP seeks to enhance the technical skills and research abilities of students in critical science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. The project is a joint effort between NASA and the Louisiana Space Consortium.

The deadline for applications is Dec. 20, 2013.

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

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Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use

NASA invites eligible U.S. educational institutions, museums and other organizations to screen and request historical artifacts of significance to spaceflight. This is the 20th screening of artifacts since 2009.

Eligible schools, universities, museums, libraries and planetariums may view the artifacts and request specific items through Dec. 23, 2013. Online registrations should include an assigned Department of Education number. Registration also can be made through the State Agency for Surplus Property (SASP) office in their state. For instructions, registration, and to view and make requests for artifacts online, visit http://gsaxcess.gov/NASAWel.htm.

The artifacts are free of charge and are offered “as-is.” Organizations must cover shipping costs and any handling fees. Shipping fees on smaller items will be relatively inexpensive, while larger items may involve extensive disassembly, preparation, shipping and reassembly costs. NASA will work closely with eligible organizations to address any unique handling costs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Preparation Webinars and Workshop

The National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors and professionals to become K-12 mathematics and science teachers.

Two Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Proposal Preparation Webinars are scheduled to take place Jan. 7 and Jan. 14, 2014. Both 90-minute webinars will begin at 3 p.m. EST. The webinars are recommended for those considering submitting proposals.

A Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Proposal Preparation Workshop will take place on Jan. 9, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

A notice of intent from applicants is requested by Feb. 5, 2014. Full proposals for the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program are due March 5, 2014.

For more information about the scholarship program and the informational webinars and workshop, visit http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5733.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Betty Calinger at bcalinge@aaas.org.

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

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

The four-day online workshop series is designed for educators of grades K-3 and 4-8. Sessions start Jan. 8, 2014, for K-3 educators and on Jan. 22, 2014, for 4-8 educators. All videoconference sessions take place from 3:45-5 p.m. EST.

All sessions will be presented in Spanish.

Sessions for educators of grades K-3 will take place on Jan. 8, Jan. 9, Feb. 12 and Feb. 13, 2014.

Sessions for educators of grades 4-8 will take place on Jan. 22, Jan. 23, Feb. 19 and Feb. 20, 2014.

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

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

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

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

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

Los cuatro días de talleres por videoconferencia están diseñadas para educadores de grados K-3 y 4-8. Las sesiones de videoconferencia comienzan el 8 de enero del 2014 para educadores de K-3 y el 22 de enero del 2014 para educadores de 4-8 grado. Todas las sesiones de videoconferencia serán de 3:45-5pm EST.

Todas las sesiones serán presentadas en español.

Las sesiones para educadores de grados K-3 serán el 8 de enero, 9 de enero, 12 de febrero y el 13 de febrero del 2014.

Las sesiones para educadores de grados 4-8 serán el 22 de enero, 23 de enero, 19 de febrero y el 20 de febrero del 2014.

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

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

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

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2014 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge

NASA is seeking high school and college/university student teams to compete in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge (formerly NASA’s Great Moonbuggy Race). In this engineering design challenge that begins in the classroom, students work with teacher advisors to create a human-powered vehicle designed to traverse the simulated surface of another world while meeting certain NASA specifications. Student teams of up to six members are challenged to design, build and test technologies that enable vehicles to perform in a wide variety of environments.

The culminating event of the rover competition is scheduled for April 10-12, 2014, at the U. S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., home of U.S. Space Camp and the official visitor center for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. The student teams will be timed, ranked and scored based on design, safety and how well they traverse the set course, which is a rugged half mile track of 15 obstacles meant to mimic some of the real terrain challenges of solar system exploration.

Corporate sponsors will award prizes for first, second and third place winners in both high school and college/university categories. Other prizes include a Featherweight Award, System Safety Design Award and a Telemetry/Electronics Award.

International teams must register by Jan. 10, 2014. U.S. teams must register by Feb. 7, 2014.

For more information about the competition and to register online, visit https://www.nasa.gov/roverchallenge/home/index.html.

International teams with questions about this event or registration may email Amy McDowell at Amy.McDowell@nasa.gov. U.S. teams with questions may contact Diedra Williams at MSFC-RoverChallenge2014@mail.nasa.gov.

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Virginia Space Grant Consortium’s 2014-2016 Integrative STEM for Pre-service Teachers Program

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium is seeking applications for the 2014-2016 Integrative STEM for Pre-service Teachers program, or InSTEP. This two-year program serves to increase future educators’ understanding of STEM and how to teach integrative STEM in the classroom.

Applicants must have demonstrated interest in teaching in grades 4-8, as well as science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics. The program includes $2,500 scholarship each year, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, or FIRST, Lego robotics training, conference travel and registration, travel support to two NASA centers for innovative STEM training and more.

To be eligible, applicants must be rising juniors (third year of a pre-service teacher program) in summer 2014 at a partnering Virginia college/university. Preference will be given to students currently enrolled in programs at College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, Virginia Tech, The University of Virginia, Norfolk State University and Virginia State University.

The deadline for submitting applications is Jan. 15, 2014.

For more information, visit http://vsgc.odu.edu/inSTEP/index.html. Please email any questions about this opportunity to Elizabeth Joyner at ejoyner@odu.edu or to Chris Carter at cxcarter@odu.edu.

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NASA Announcement for High-Impact, National, Strategic STEM Education Partnerships — Amended

NASA’s Office of Education has amended the NASA Announcement for High-Impact, National, Strategic STEM Education Partnerships [EDUCATION01SP13] to reflect a new response date. The new response date is Jan. 23, 2014. NASA’s Education portfolio is being strategically rescoped. NASA anticipates reissuing the announcement. NASA will not accept responses to this announcement after Jan. 23, 2014.

To access the Announcement home page, please visit http://go.nasa.gov/VgRZYt.

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2014 Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program

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

Undergraduate students majoring in geology or related sciences are eligible to apply. Students graduating in 2014 who have not started graduate school yet are also eligible. Preference is given to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Applications are due Feb. 3, 2014.

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

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

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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 — Dec. 5, 2013

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

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

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

Free Education Webinar Series from NASA Educator Professional Development
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Dec. 9-12, 2013

NES Web Seminar — Skeletal System: Human Physiology in Space
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Dec. 10, 2013, 6:30 p.m. EST

Green Strides Webinar Series
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: Dec. 11, 2013, at 4 p.m. EST

National Air and Space Museum Super Science Saturday Events
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event Date: Dec. 14, 2013

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Small Bodies: Comets ISON
Audience: Grades 4-12
Event Date: Dec. 18, 2013, 1 – 2 p.m. EDT

Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other Education Organizations
Request Deadline: Dec. 23, 2013

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

2014-15 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 10, 2014

2014-15 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Graduate STEM Research Fellowship
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 10, 2014

2014-15 Virginia Space Grant Consortium STEM Bridge Scholarship
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: March 17, 2014

2014-15 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Community College STEM Scholarship
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: March 17, 2014

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

MissionSTEM Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Video Series Topic 2
Audience: All Educators

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

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Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

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

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

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

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

Jan. 11, 2014 — Solar Loops: Tackling a 40-Year-Old Mystery
The loops that cover the sun’s outer atmosphere have been studied for over 40 years, but their basic properties remain unknown. Astrophysicist Henry “Trae” Winter will discuss the attempts to unravel these mysteries.

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

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

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

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2014 RASC-AL Robo-Ops Competition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Free Education Webinar Series from NASA Educator Professional Development

NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA Education Specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

Exploring the Engineering Design Process: An Introduction
Audience:
Grades 3-8 and Informal
Event Date:
Dec. 9, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Attend this 60-minute webinar and learn how to engage students in the engineering design process through NASA resources. The resources provide opportunities for addressing national science and mathematics learning standards as well as the Next Generation Science Standards.

Earth and Mars: An Atmospheric Perspective
Audience:
In-service, Pre-service, Informal and Home School Educators
Event Date: Dec. 11, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Attend this 60-minute Web seminar and learn the key components of atmospheres that NASA used to safely land the newest and largest rover, Curiosity, on the surface of Mars.

Physics Resources for Elementary Educators
Audience:
K-5 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Dec. 12, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Explore grades K-5 NASA resources designed to help you teach physics concepts.

For more information about these webinars and to register online, visit https://paragon-tec.adobeconnect.com/admin/show-event-catalog.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to John Entwistle at john.d.entwistle@nasa.gov.

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NES Web Seminar — Skeletal System: Human Physiology in Space

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Dec. 10, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST. The seminar focuses on human physiology. Obtain information about the effect microgravity has on the physiology of astronauts and learn about the countermeasures NASA uses to help overcome these effects when they return to Earth.

Outer space is an exciting part of our lives and promises to be an even more exciting part of the future for your students. It provides scientists with a unique laboratory, allowing scientific studies never possible in the history of civilization. Future space missions will continue to involve sending humans into space. But after extended stays in microgravity, astronauts must return safely to Earth and lead normal, healthy lives.

This seminar will provide instruction on how to integrate the Skeletal System: Human Physiology in Space lesson into your curriculum. There are two classroom activities in this lesson focusing on the effects of spaceflight on human physiology.

Both activities provide opportunities for incorporating national science, technology, and mathematics learning standards into the curriculum as well as addressing high school Next Generation Science Standards.

This seminar will be repeated on March 4, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar28.aspx.

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

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

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Green Strides Webinar Series

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

The next webinar takes place on Dec. 11, 2013, at 4 p.m. EST.

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

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

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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:

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

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

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

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Small Bodies: Comets ISON

Fly-by asteroids, asteroids disintegrating over Earth, fly-by comets have made 2013 an exciting year for studying and observing small solar system bodies. Join NASA’s Dr. Claudia Alexander, Rosetta project scientist as she discusses Comet ISON and the Rosetta mission in a live teleconference on Dec. 18, 2013, at 1 p.m. EST. Dr. Alexander will discuss different types of small bodies and answer student questions.

If your class is interested in participating in this event via live video conferencing, contact Lyle Tavernier at lyle.tavernier@jpl.nasa.gov.

To view a live webcast of the event and submit questions via email, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/webcast/webcast.html.

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Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use

NASA invites eligible U.S. educational institutions, museums and other organizations to screen and request historical artifacts of significance to spaceflight. This is the 20th screening of artifacts since 2009.

Eligible schools, universities, museums, libraries and planetariums may view the artifacts and request specific items through Dec. 23, 2013. Online registrations should include an assigned Department of Education number. Registration also can be made through the State Agency for Surplus Property (SASP) office in their state. For instructions, registration, and to view and make requests for artifacts online, visit http://gsaxcess.gov/NASAWel.htm.

The artifacts are free of charge and are offered “as-is.” Organizations must cover shipping costs and any handling fees. Shipping fees on smaller items will be relatively inexpensive, while larger items may involve extensive disassembly, preparation, shipping and reassembly costs. NASA will work closely with eligible organizations to address any unique handling costs.

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

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2014 NASA Student Airborne Research Program

The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highly motivated undergraduate students currently in their junior year to apply for the NASA Student Airborne Research Program, also known as SARP, 2014. The program provides students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a major scientific campaign, from detailed planning on how to achieve mission objectives to formal presentation of results and conclusions to peers and others. Students will assist in the operation of airborne instruments onboard the NASA DC-8 aircraft.

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

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

The deadline for applications is Feb. 7, 2014.

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

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

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2014-15 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship

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

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

These one-year awards are nonrenewable and based on student academic merit, quality of the research proposal and alignment of research with the goals of NASA and the aerospace sector. Underrepresented minority students, female students and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and enrolled at one of the five Virginia Space Grant member universities: The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia and Virginia Tech.

The deadline for submitting applications is Feb.10, 2014.

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

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2014-15 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Graduate STEM Research Fellowship

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium’s Graduate STEM Research Fellowship Program provides fellowships of $5,000 in add-on support to graduate students to supplement and enhance basic research support. The objective of this science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, research fellowship opportunity is to encourage talented individuals to pursue careers in STEM industries that support NASA’s mission.

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

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

The deadline for submitting applications is Feb.10, 2014.

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

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2014-15 Virginia Space Grant Consortium STEM Bridge Scholarship

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium, or VSGC, is offering renewable scholarships to sophomore undergraduate students studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics, or STEM. The STEM Bridge Scholarships are $1,000 and are available to students who are U.S. citizens from any federally recognized minority group enrolled fulltime at one of the five VSGC member universities: The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia and Virginia Tech.

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

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

The deadline for submitting applications is March 17, 2014.

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

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2014-15 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Community College STEM Scholarship

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

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

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

The deadline for submitting applications is March 17, 2014.

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

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NASA Exploration Design Challenge

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

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

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

For more information and to register online, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/spacelife/explorationdesign/overview/index.html#.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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MissionSTEM Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Video Series Topic 2

On behalf of NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, the NASA Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity is pleased to post the second set of videos in the MissionSTEM Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Series.

This new set of videos features top university leaders describing specific strategies they have used to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, fields. The video series supports the national goal of educating one million STEM graduates needed in the coming decades to bolster innovation and productivity, educate our citizens and expand our economy.

Over the coming months, the Series will offer several additional diversity and inclusion perspectives and promising practices. Each new set of videos will emphasize a new topic, with previous topics still available on the website. NASA invites you to watch the videos and offer your comments and/or ideas on this critical area for national discussion. By sharing these success stories, NASA strives to help create more diverse STEM education communities and, in turn, advance our Nation’s leadership role in cutting edge technology.

For more information and to view the video series, visit http://missionstem.nasa.gov/diversityInclusionLeadrshp.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 — Nov. 21, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This seminar will be repeated on May 28, 2014.

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

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

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

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2014 NASA Student Launch

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

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

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

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

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Discover Mapping with NASA

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

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

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

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National Science Foundation — East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“Animal Collections” IGES Art Contest

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

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

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

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

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

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NASA CubeSat Space Missions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This seminar will be repeated on March 20, 2014.

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

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

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

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2013 National Community College Aerospace Scholars Program

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

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

Applications are due Nov. 26, 2013.

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

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

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2013-2014 National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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National Science Foundation Webinar — Advanced Informal STEM Learning Solicitation

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

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

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

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

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

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Green Strides Webinar Series

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

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

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

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

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2014-15 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Reduced Gravity Education Flight Opportunity for Students at Minority Serving Institutions

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

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

Proposals are due Dec. 4, 2013.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2014 RASC-AL Robo-Ops Competition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2014 NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars Program

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

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

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

Applications are due Jan. 21, 2014.

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

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

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2014 NASA Student Airborne Research Program

The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highly motivated undergraduate students currently in their junior year to apply for the NASA Student Airborne Research Program, also known as SARP, 2014. The program provides students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a major scientific campaign, from detailed planning on how to achieve mission objectives to formal presentation of results and conclusions to peers and others. Students will assist in the operation of airborne instruments onboard the NASA DC-8 aircraft.

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

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

The deadline for applications is Feb. 7, 2014.

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

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

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NASA Exploration Design Challenge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New NASA eClips Videos Segments on the SMAP Mission Available

This month, NASA eClips™ presents:

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

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

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

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

Follow NASA eClips on Facebook and Twitter!

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

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

NASA Education Express — Nov. 14, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NES Web Seminar — Algebraic Equations: Calculator Controlled Robots

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airspace Operations Challenge

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

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

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

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

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

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2014 NASA High-Altitude Student Platform Opportunity

NASA is accepting applications from students at U.S. colleges and universities who want to send experiments to the edge of space on a high-flying scientific balloon.

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

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

HASP seeks to enhance the technical skills and research abilities of students in critical science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. The project is a joint effort between NASA and the Louisiana Space Consortium.

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

The deadline for applications is Dec. 20, 2013.

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

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

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Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“Animal Collections” IGES Art Contest

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

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

Entries must be postmarked by Nov. 18, 2013.

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

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

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Green Strides Webinar Series

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

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

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

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

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GLOBE Next Generation Science Standards Webinar Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

This seminar will be repeated on April 9, 2014.

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

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

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

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Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 6 to the International Space Station

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education, in partnership with NanoRacks LLC, announce an authentic science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, opportunity for school districts across the U.S. and space station partner nations. The newest flight opportunity, Mission 6 to the International Space Station, or ISS, gives students across a community the ability to design and propose real experiments to fly in low Earth orbit on the International Space Station. This opportunity is part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, or SSEP.

Each participating community will receive a real microgravity research mini-laboratory capable of supporting a single microgravity experiment, and all launch services to fly the mini-lab to the space station in fall 2014 and return it to Earth. An experiment design competition in each community — engaging typically 300+ students — allows student teams to design and propose real experiments vying for their community’s reserved mini-lab. Content resources for teachers and students support foundational instruction on science in microgravity and experimental design. Additional SSEP programming leverages the experiment design competition to engage the community, embracing a learning community model for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education.

This competition is open to students in grades 5-12 and college. Informal education groups and organizations are also encouraged to participate. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than Nov. 20, 2013. The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education is available to help interested communities in the U.S. secure the needed funding.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit the SSEP Mission 6 to International Space Station National Announcement of Opportunity at http://ssep.ncesse.org/2013/10/new-flight-opportunity-for-school-districts-announcing-student-spaceflight-experiments-program-ssep-mission-6-to-the-international-space-station-for-2014/.

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

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“Ask NICE” Online Professional Development Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This seminar will be repeated on May 28, 2014.

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

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

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

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2013-14 Texas High School Aerospace Scholars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2014 NASA Student Launch

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

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

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

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

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Discover Mapping with NASA

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

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

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

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National Science Foundation — East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NASA CubeSat Space Missions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2013 National Community College Aerospace Scholars Program

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

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

Applications are due Nov. 26, 2013.

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

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

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2013-2014 National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2014-15 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship

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

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

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

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

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

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2014 RASC-AL Robo-Ops Competition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship Program, or NESSF, is soliciting applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees in earth and space sciences, or related disciplines, for the 2014-2015 academic year. The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals. Awards resulting from the competitive selection will be training grants to the respective universities, with the advisor serving as the principal investigator. The financial support for the NESSF program comes from the Science Mission Directorate’s four science divisions: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science and Astrophysics.

Initially, NESSF awards are made for one year. They may be renewed for no more than two additional years, contingent upon satisfactory progress (as reflected in academic performance, research progress and recommendation by the faculty advisor) and the availability of funds.

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

Proposals for this opportunity are due Feb. 3, 2014.

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

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to:

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

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

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Engineering for You Video Contest

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

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

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

For more information, visit www.e4uvideocontest.org.

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

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NASA Exploration Design Challenge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What’s New at NASA’s Space Place Website

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

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

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

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

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

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

Special Days

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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