NASA Education Express — Oct. 11, 2012

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

Engineering Design: Forces and Motion — The Great Boomerang Challenge Web Seminar

Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 11, 2012

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2012
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: Oct. 14-20, 2012

Celebrate Solar Week — Fall 2012
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Oct. 15-19, 2012

Center of Mass and Center of Pressure: Engineering a Stable Rocket Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 16, 2011

Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Various Dates During October 2012

Linear Equations: NASA CONNECT — Breaking Barriers Web Seminar
Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct 17, 2012

Deadline Approaching: Earth Science Week Contests

Audience: All Educators and Students
Deadline for Entries: Oct. 19, 2012

2012 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Video Contest
Audience: Grade 3-12 Students
Registration Deadline: Dec. 15, 2012

NASA Releases Interactive Space Communications Mobile Game App

Audience: All Educators and Grade 5-Higher Education Students


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Engineering Design: Forces and Motion — The Great Boomerang Challenge Web Seminar

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 professional development Web seminar for educators on Oct. 11, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn how forces and motion are used in boomerang design to increase performance. During the session, participants will be introduced to the Boomerang Design Challenge and learn how to incorporate this activity into science classes. The seminar also includes information about two unique extensions. In the first, students access a free computer simulation illustrating the airflow around an airfoil to determine the correct flow equation, and a second extension uses an interactive simulation to determine the airflow around various shapes of airfoils.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar6.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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Celebrate Earth Science Week 2012

Who are NASA’s Earth Explorers and what does it take to become one of them?

Under the theme “Discovering Careers in the Earth Sciences,” this year’s Earth Science Week will focus on this very topic: the story of the Earth Explorers who contribute to our understanding of the planet. As a leader in Earth science research and applications, NASA plays a key role in this annual celebration. The American Geosciences Institute, or AGI, has organized this event since 1998.

During Oct. 14-20, 2012, students of all ages can connect to an incredible group of NASA Earth Explorers — from scientists and engineers, to multimedia producers, educators and writers. Find out about their careers, why and how they study the planet and what their typical day is like. Blog posts, Google+ Hangouts and Twitter chats, as well as a webinar and radio interview in Spanish, are just some of the media activities that will allow explorers to tell their stories. You can directly participate by asking questions during the live events or by sending in questions beforehand.

The current schedule of Earth Science Week events includes:

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 1-2 p.m. EDT — Twitter Chat with polar scientist Thorsten Markus
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 1-2 p.m. EDT — Univisión Radio interview with scientists Erika Podest and Miguel Román (in Spanish)
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 1-2 p.m. EDT — Google+ Hangout with Operation IceBridge scientist Christy Hansen, on location near Antarctica
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 4-5 p.m. EDT — Webinar with Aquarius engineers (in Spanish)
Thursday, Oct. 18, noon-1 p.m. EDT — Twitter chat with atmospheric research scientist Erica Alston
Thursday, Oct. 18, 6-7 p.m. EDT — Reddit Interview with Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientist Josh Willis

In addition, on Oct. 18, the many contributions of women at NASA to Earth science will be highlighted as part of Female Geoscientist’s Day. Together with the NASA Earth Science Week website, the Women@NASA blog will feature three remarkable Earth Explorers.

Visit the 2012 NASA Earth Science Week website (
http://climate.nasa.gov/esw2012) for a collection of articles, event information, blog posts, videos and other educational resources in English and Spanish.

Visit the Women@NASA Blog page:
https://blogs.nasa.gov/cm/newui/blog/viewpostlist.jsp?blogname=womenatnasa.

Questions and feedback about Earth Science Week should be submitted to http://climate.nasa.gov/feedback/index.cfm?ReferPg=ESW.


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Celebrate Solar Week — Fall 2012

Solar Week provides a weeklong series of Web-based educational classroom activities and games with a focus on the sun-Earth connection geared for upper elementary, middle and high school students. Students learn about solar careers, sunspots and solar storms through a series of activities, games and lessons.

Solar Week is ideal for students studying the solar system, the stars and astronomy in general. Students will also learn about solar scientists and other science career choices. The website is for all students, but it is especially designed to spark the interest of pre- and early-teen girls with activities and online interaction with leading female scientists at the forefront of s
un-Earth research.

To learn more and to register to participate, visit
http://www.solarweek.org.

Questions about Solar Week may be emailed to solarweek@solarweek.org.


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

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 Oct. 16, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. 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.

This seminar will be repeated on April 23, 2013.

For more information and to register online, visit
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar7.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 Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of free webinars throughout October 2012. All webinars can be accessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

Solar System and the Periodic Table
(Grades 3-8)
Oct. 17, 2012, 5 – 6 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Sandy Kaszynski will lead this standards-based webinar that teaches participants basic principles of what the periodic table represents, using the solar system as an exciting basis for understanding. This is an introductory lesson with a concluding game.

Investigating the Climate System (Grades 5-12)
Oct. 24, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist John Weis will introduce participants to the five problem-based learning educator guides in the NASA Investigating the Climate System series. Topics addressed will include wind, precipitation, energy, clouds and extreme weather. This webinar is part of the Department of Education Green Strides webinar series.

Robotics on a Budget (Grades 5-12)
Oct. 30, 2012, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will explore how to use robotics to enhance your students’ understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. Participants will also learn about NASA STEM robotics missions, curriculum and activities that are available.


For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through December 2012, visit http://neon.psu.edu/webinars/
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Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to
Katie Hayden at
Katie.S.Hayden@nasa.gov.


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Linear Equations: NASA CONNECT — Breaking Barriers Web Seminar

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Oct. 17, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. During this professional development session, participants will receive information about the applications of linear equations at NASA and learn how to implement the Breaking Barriers activity. Breaking Barriers provides students an opportunity to step into the shoes of a NASA engineer to design, build and test an X-1 balloon.

This seminar will be repeated on Feb. 20, 2013.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar8.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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Deadline Approaching: Earth Science Week Contests for 2012

Take part in the following contests to celebrate Earth Science Week. This year’s celebration takes place Oct. 14-20, 2012.

Earth Science Week 2012 Photography Contest — Open to All Ages
http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests/photography/index.html

The American Geosciences Institute is sponsoring a photography contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2012. Photographs should support the topic “Earth Science Is a Big Job” and reflect the important work earth scientists do in their communities. Any resident of the United States or any AGI International Affiliate may enter.. Entries must be submitted electronically. Only one entry will be accepted per person. Entries are due Oct. 19, 2012.

Earth Science Week 2012 Visual Arts Contest — Open to Students in Grades K-5
http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests/visualarts/index.html


The American Geosciences Institute is sponsoring a visual arts contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2012. Artwork should focus on the topic “Imagine Me, an Earth Scientist!” The contest is open to students in grades K-5 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original two-dimensional visual arts project that shows themselves as earth scientists. Entries are due Oct. 19, 2012, and must be submitted by mail.

Earth Science Week 2012 Essay Contest — Open to Students in Grades 6-9
http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests/essay/index.html

The American Geosciences Institute is sponsoring an essay contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2012. Essays should focus on the theme “Geoscientists Working Together.” The contest is open to students in grades 6-9 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original essay no more than 300 words in length, typed and formatted to fit on one page. Entries must be submitted electronically. The deadline for submitting entries is Oct. 19, 2012.

If you have any questions about these contests, please email the Earth Science Week staff at info@earthsciweek.org.

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2012 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Video Contest

NASA has opened registration for the 2012 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Video Contest. Featuring OPTIMUS PRIME, the leader from the popular TRANSFORMERS brand, the contest highlights spinoffs from NASA technologies that are used on Earth. The goal is to help students understand the benefits of NASA technology to their daily lives.

Each student, or group of students, will submit a three- to five-minute video on a selected NASA spinoff technology listed in NASA’s 2011 “Spinoff” publication. Videos must demonstrate an understanding of the NASA spinoff technology and the associated NASA mission, as well as the commercial application and public benefit associated with the spinoff technology.

Participants must register for the contest by Dec. 15, 2012.

Video entries will be posted on the NASA YouTube channel, and the public will be responsible for the first round of judging. The top five submissions from each of the three grade groups (elementary [3rd-5th], middle [6th-8th] and high school [9th-12th]) will advance for final judging. A NASA panel will select a winning entry from each group. The students submitting the winning entries will be the guests of honor at the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Contest awards ceremony in May 2013. While there, the winners will receive the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Contest trophy and have the opportunity to meet NASA VIPs, astronauts and actor Peter Cullen, who voices the character OPTIMUS PRIME.

TRANSFORMERS and OPTIMUS PRIME are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. © 2012 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.

For more information, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/news/releases/2012/12-077.html.

Questions about this contest should be directed to Darryl Mitchell at
Darryl.R.Mitchell@nasa.gov.

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NASA Releases Interactive Space Communications Mobile Game App

Just in time for World Space Week, NASA has released a new mobile application that challenges gamers to take on the role of a space communications network manager and puts them in charge of building a communications network to support scientific missions.

The educational application, “Space Communications and Navigation: NetworKing,” was developed at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., for the iPad and iPhone. NetworKing provides an interactive, 3-D experience with an insider’s perspective into how mission controllers and scientists communicate with spacecraft and satellites using the space, deep space and near Earth networks.

NetworKing allows players to build increasingly large and complex communication networks to support client satellites conducting scientific missions. Players who upgrade their communication networks can acquire more complex clients, such as the International Space Station and NASA’s Hubble and Kepler space telescopes.

By providing insight into the complex world of communications between astronauts, mission controllers, scientists and satellites in real mission scenarios, the game is not only challenging, but also entertaining.

In addition to the mobile application, NetworKing also is available free on the NASA 3-D Resources website. Players can access the game on their web browsers or it can be downloaded and run on PC or Macintosh operating systems.

For links to download the app, download the game or play in a web browser, visit
http://go.nasa.gov/OFkcot.

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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 Message — Oct. 4, 2012

Celebrate World Space Week With NASA

Audience: All Educators
Event Date: Oct. 4-10, 2012

 

Celebrate World Space Week
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: Oct. 4-10, 2012

Celebrate World Space Week With Free Education Webinars from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Oct. 4-9, 2012

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Celebrates World Space Week Special Events Featuring Curiosity!
Audience: Grades 5-12
Event Dates: Oct. 4-10, 2012

Electromagnetic Spectrum: Remote Sensing Ices on Mars Web Seminar
Audience: 8-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 4, 2012

Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Oct. 6, 2012

Engineering Design Process: On the Moon Educator Guide Web Seminar
Audience: 6-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 10, 2012

Space Station Expedition Webcasts
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Oct. 11-12, 2012

Engineering Design: Forces and Motion — The Great Boomerang Challenge Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 11, 2012

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2012
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: Oct. 14-20, 2012

New Space Life Sciences Website for Educators and Students
Audience: All Educators and Students

Now Available Online: Smart Skies Training Videos
Audience: Grades 5-9 Educators

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Celebrate World Space Week With NASA

World Space Week kicks off today and runs through Oct. 10 in more than 100 countries with hundreds of education-related activities for teachers and students. NASA’s Education Division will introduce a few of its own new features designed to inspire formal and informal educators and help them encourage students to pursue studies in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields (STEM).

Space Life Sciences Website
The agency’s new Space Life Sciences education websitewent live on Sept. 28, at https://www.nasa.gov/education/spacelife. Development of the website was a collaborative effort between NASA’s Teaching From Space project and Educational Technology Services.

Features focus on the human body in space, plants in space, space food and nutrition, space habitats and the potential for life beyond Earth. The website will serve as a single location for education content, resources, opportunities and updates on space life sciences.

Educators will find classroom materials, links to other NASA websites, announcements about life science research conducted in space, and information on opportunities for educators and students.

NASA’s Digital Learning Network
NASA’s Digital Learning Network will host several events at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., and Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., focused on the Mars Curiosity rover that recently landed on the Red Planet. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the mission from NASA experts. For a schedule of events, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/index.html.

Aerospace Education Services Webinars
NASA’s Aerospace Education Services Project, managed by Penn State University, will host a series of webinars through the NASA Educators Online Network, or NEON. During the month of October, educators and students will hear from experts on a variety of topics, including living and working on the International Space Station, the Kepler and DAWN missions, the solar system and robotics.

A complete webinar schedule is available at http://neon.psu.edu/webinars. The webinars are hosted at https://meeting.psu.edu/neon.

NASA’s Teaching From Space Project
NASA’s Teaching From Space project is devoted to helping educators make STEM come alive for learners. A team of former classroom teachers offer experiences and resources intended to be unique and accessible and to provide real-life connections to the world of STEM. Students can get involved in real NASA missions and research, gain access to NASA experts, and use NASA equipment to take learning to a new level. Visit https://www.nasa.gov/education/tfs for more information and a schedule of activities.

TFS will focus on World Space Week with its Amateur Radio on the International Space Station activities in the U.S. and several other countries, Oct. 5-13.

Assembling and using amateur radios, students from around the world can talk directly with crew members on the International Space Station for about 10 minutes and ask questions about life in space and other space-related topics as the station passes over their area.

On Oct. 13, a scheduled ARISS radio contact and presentation by NASA astronaut Dr. Lee M. Morin will highlight youth activities at the PACIFICON 2012 premiere wireless event during the American Radio Relay League Pacific Division Conference in Santa Clara, Calif.

International ARISS events will be held at schools in Turkey, Malaysia, Luxembourg and Italy. For general information and a complete schedule of ARISS activities, visit https://www.nasa.gov/education/tfs/ariss.

NASA’s INSPIRE Online Learning Community
At Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA’s Interdisciplinary National Science Project Incorporating Research and Education Online Learning Community will hold a one-hour “LiveChat” for a group of high school students, Oct. 4. The online session will feature two newly-inducted NASA student ambassadors.

The ambassadors will discuss what influenced them to pursue an education in a STEM field of study, their college experiences and future goals, and answer questions.

NASA recently inducted 100 high-performing interns into the 2012 NASA Student Ambassadors Virtual Community. Their selection is part of NASA’s effort to engage undergraduate and graduate students in STEM research and interactive opportunities.

For information about INSPIRE activities, visit www.nasa.gov/education/INSPIRE.

Space Place Prime App
The agency also introduced “Space Place Prime,” a new application for iPads. The app updates daily with articles from the Space Place website and the best of NASA images and videos. Users can search the Apple App Store for this new application.

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Celebrate World Space Week

Join educators and space enthusiasts around the world to celebrate World Space Week, Oct. 4-10, 2012. This international event commemorates the beginning of the Space Age with the launch of Sputnik 1 on Oct. 4, 1957.

World Space Week is the largest public space event in the world, with celebrations in more than 50 nations. During World Space Week, teachers are encouraged to use space-themed activities. The theme for 2012, “Space for Human Safety and Security,” has been chosen to celebrate the many ways in which mankind’s activities in space improve our daily lives.

To find NASA educational resources that can be used during World Space Week, visit the Educational Materials Finder: http://search.nasa.gov/search/edFilterSearch.jsp?empty=true.

To learn more about World Space Week, search for events in your area and find educational materials related to the event, visit www.worldspaceweek.org.

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Celebrate World Space Week With Free Education Webinars From the Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project is celebrating World Space Week with a series of free webinars taking place Oct. 4-9, 2012. All webinars can be accessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

The Aerospace Education Services Project is celebratingWorld Space Week with a series of free webinars taking place Oct. 4-9, 2012.All webinars can be accessed online. Join aerospace education specialists tolearn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bringNASA into your classroom.

The International Space Station: Life in Space (Grades 4-12)
Oct. 4, 2012, 5 – 6 p.m. EDT
The International Space Station is a unique and exciting classroom inspace. Join aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan as he shares inquiryactivities and online resources for your classroom on Earth. NASA STEMresources, space food and nutrition, and Newton’s Laws of Motion are just someof the topics integrated during the out of this world webinar.

Kepler Mission (Grades K-12)
Oct. 4, 2012, 6 – 7:30 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt as he discusses NASA’sKepler mission to find Earth-like planets. Participants will also learn aboutKepler-related educational materials and how to use the activities with their students.

The Origins of the Solar System: The Dawn Mission (Grades 4-12)
Oct. 5, 2012, 1 – 2 p.m. EDT and 4 – 5 p.m.
Join aerospace education specialist Rachelle Oblack as she discussesthe Dawn mission. Learn how this mission will characterize the early solarsystem and the processes that dominated its formation by studying asteroidVesta and dwarf planet Ceres, celestial bodies believed to have accreted earlyin the history of the solar system.

Exploring Strange New Worlds (Grades K-12)
Oct. 8, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Most of our knowledge about the solar system and objects beyond our celestialneighborhood comes to us through remote sensing, fly-by, orbiter and roboticmissions. Join aerospace education specialist Rick Varner as he discusses theseinformation gathering techniques. Participants will be introduced to the”Strange New Worlds” classroom activity.

Solar System Resources (Grades 2-12)
Oct. 9, 2012, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialists John Weis and Brandon Hargis for anoverview of NASA resources available for teaching about the solar system.Resources will focus on hands-on activities and include topics such as scale,missions, moons and eclipses.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through December 2012, visit http://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to Katie Hayden at Katie.S.Hayden@nasa.gov.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Celebrates World Space Week Special Events Featuring Curiosity!

Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, for a trio of special events to celebrate World Space Week (Oct. 4-10, 2012).

On Oct. 9, 2012, at 3:30 p.m. EDT and Oct. 10, 2012, at 6 p.m. EDT, the DLN presents opportunities for students to interact with experts at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. During these special live events, students can discuss the Curiosity mission to Mars with NASA experts who helped design the mission. Visit the DLN website to learn how your class can participate.

For more information and to watch the webcasts online, visit the DLN website at http://dln.nasa.gov.

Inquiries about these events should be directed to Caryn Long at caryn.long@nasa.gov.

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Electromagnetic Spectrum: Remote Sensing Ices on Mars Web Seminar

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 Oct. 4, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. EDT. Learn how to use authentic NASA mission data to investigate the composition and distribution of ices 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.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar4.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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Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

Curious about our nearest star, moon rocks, volcanoes and other wonders of the universe? Come to the Smithsonian’s Stars, a series of 10 lectures 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 at the Smithsonian Institution.

Each lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. 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 observatory, weather permitting.

Oct. 6, 2012 — ThreeDecades of Telescopes for Observing the Sun
Thirty years ago, Smithsonian scientists andengineers began developing a new technique for coating mirrors to look at thesun. The resulting telescopes have driven three decades of new discoveries.Senior Project Engineer Peter Cheimets will discuss the telescopes that havemade this golden age of solar observation possible and the breathtakingresults.

Oct. 20, 2012 — Mercury: Oh Strange New World
Data from the MESSENGER spacecraft orbitingMercury shows us just how wondrous and unique the smallest planet in our solarsystem is. Planetary Geophysicist Michelle Selvans will discuss thecomplexities that make Mercury so wonderfully unique.

Nov. 3, 2012 — MoonRocks and How They Became Famous
In the late 1960s, Apollo astronauts collected rocks from the moon andbrought them back to Earth. Scientists studied these rocks, curators put themon display in museums around the world and President Nixon gave them as giftsto foreign heads of state. Teasel Muir-Harmony will explore the wide-rangingroles that these rocks played.

Nov. 17, 2012 — The Dynamic Sun
The sun is even more dynamic, mysterious andbeautiful than you probably imagine. Astrophysicist Mark Weber will explorethis incredible star with observations from some of the most advancedtelescopes. Learn what scientists have discovered and what they are onlybeginning to understand.

Dec. 1, 2012 — A Universe of Data
This century has seen stunning cosmicdiscoveries. The digital age has given everyone free access to space data; thetrick is to turn that data into quantitative science and pictures that tell astory. Astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell will use images from the Chandra SpaceTelescope to help explain how astronomers study space in the computer age.

Dec. 15, 2012 — The Mission of the Mars ScienceLaboratory, Curiosity
Since landing on Mars in early August 2012, theMars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover has returned an array of stunning datathat is being used to evaluate whether Mars may have harbored habitableenvironments. Geologist John Grant will delve into the recent findings fromCuriosity.

Jan. 5, 2013 — Trees inthe City
Tree cover is an important element of the urbanenvironment that plays an increasingly larger role in ecosystem processes.Geographer Andrew Johnston will discuss how satellite data is used to makereliable observations about urban tree cover variability, why it matters tourban residents and how these same data are used to map changes in tree cover.

Feb. 2, 2013 — Volcano Breath
Join Global Volcanism Program Director LizCottrell for a lecture about volcanoes on a global scale. Learn how the gaseouscontents of volcanoes propel their explosions and impact our climate. Hear thelatest about volcanic gas research and explore the latest discoveries about howthe deep Earth is recycling the air we breathe.

Feb. 16, 2013 — Venus: 50 Years After Mariner 2
Fifty years ago Mariner 2 flew past Venus,becoming the first space probe to explore another planet. But Venus, ournearest neighbor, still holds many mysteries. On Feb. 16, 2013,Geophysicist Bruce Campbell will discuss what is known about Venus, includinghow it differs from Earth, and how future explorers may provide crucial cluesto understanding this hot, dry world.

March 2, 2013 — Robots and Humans Unite
The universe is far older and vaster than anyoneimagined a century ago. To help scientists map the structure and evolution ofthe universe, a special instrument called a Hectospec was needed. A Hectospecuses the precision technology of optical fibers placed by delicate but veryfast robots. Senior Physicist Dan Fabricant will discuss how the Hectospec wasdeveloped, how it works and how it is used by astronomers for scientificdiscovery.

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

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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Engineering Design Process: On the Moon Educator Guide Web Seminar

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 Oct. 10, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. EDT. This seminar showcases 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.

For more information and to register online, visit URL http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar5.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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Space Station Expedition Webcasts

NASA’s Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate project and NASA’s Teaching From Space office are presenting three free webcasts that focus on the International Space Station. All three webcasts will cover the same material. Each webcast will kick off with an introduction to space station expeditions and will then explore NASA’s most relevant classroom resources.

Webcasts will take place on Oct. 11-12, 2012. Participants must register online. Registration closes three days prior to each session.

For more information, visit http://www.us-satellite.net/ISS-expedition-webcasts/index.cfm.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to nasa_endeavor@us-satellite.net.

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Engineering Design: Forces and Motion — The Great Boomerang Challenge Web Seminar

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 professional development Web seminar for educators on Oct. 11, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn how forces and motion are used in boomerang design to increase performance. During the session, participants will be introduced to the Boomerang Design Challenge and learn how to incorporate this activity into science classes. The seminar also includes information about two unique extensions. In the first, students access a free computer simulation illustrating the airflow around an airfoil to determine the correct flow equation, and a second extension uses an interactive simulation to determine the airflow around various shapes of airfoils.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar6.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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Celebrate Earth Science Week 2012

Who are NASA’s Earth Explorers and what does it take to become one of them?

Under the theme “Discovering Careers in the Earth Sciences,” this year’s Earth Science Week will focus on this very topic: the story of the Earth Explorers who contribute to our understanding of the planet. As a leader in Earth science research and applications, NASA plays a key role in this annual celebration. The American Geosciences Institute, or AGI, has organized this event since 1998.

During Oct. 14-20, 2012, students of all ages can connect to an incredible group of NASA Earth Explorers — from scientists and engineers, to multimedia producers, educators and writers. Find out about their careers, why and how they study the planet and what their typical day is like. Blog posts, Google+ Hangouts and Twitter chats, as well as a webinar and radio interview in Spanish, are just some of the media activities that will allow explorers to tell their stories. You can directly participate by asking questions during the live events or by sending in questions beforehand.

The current schedule of Earth Science Week events includes:

Tuesday,Oct. 16, 1-2 p.m. EDT — Twitter Chat with polar scientist Thorsten Markus
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 1-2 p.m. EDT –Univisión Radio interview with scientists Erika Podest and Miguel Román (in         Spanish)
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 1-2 p.m. EDT –Google+ Hangout with Operation IceBridge scientist Christy Hansen, on         locationnear Antarctica
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 4-5 p.m. EDT— Webinar with Aquarius engineers (in Spanish)
Thursday, Oct. 18, noon-1 p.m. EDT— Twitter chat with atmospheric research scientist Erica Alston

Coming soon:
TBA — Reddit Interview with JetPropulsion Laboratory scientist

In addition, on Oct. 18, the many contributions of women at NASA to Earth science will be highlighted as part of Female Geoscientist’s Day. Together with the NASA Earth Science Week website, the Women@NASA blog will feature three remarkable Earth Explorers.

Visit the 2012 NASA Earth Science Week website (http://climate.nasa.gov/esw2012) for a collection of articles, event information, blog posts, videos and other educational resources in English and Spanish.

Visit the Women@NASA Blog page: https://blogs.nasa.gov/cm/newui/blog/viewpostlist.jsp?blogname=womenatnasa.

Questions and feedback about Earth Science Week should be submitted to http://climate.nasa.gov/feedback/index.cfm?ReferPg=ESW.

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New Education Website on Space Life Sciences

NASA is releasing a new education website centered on living organisms in the space environment. The Space Life Sciences Education website focuses on the human body in space, plants in space, space food and nutrition, space habitats, and the potential for life beyond Earth. The website serves as a single location for education content, resources, opportunities and updates. Visitors to the site will find classroom materials, links to NASA websites, announcements about life science research conducted in space, and information on opportunities for educators and students.

Visit the new website at www.nasa.gov/education/spacelife.

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Now Available Online: Smart Skies Training Videos

NASA’s Smart Skies has brought its LineUp With Math™ professional development workshop to the Web in the form of a video workshop. Educators can now watch a series of eight topic-driven, on-demand training videos that introduce the product, show how to solve a problem on the air traffic control simulator and explain the math used to solve the problems. The videos are viewable on computers, tablets and smart phones and serve as a great resource for new teachers or educators wishing to conduct a Smart Skies workshop of their own.

The Smart Skies website features two mathematics products for grades 5-9. LineUp With MathTM taps into prealgebra skills to challenge students with distance-rate-time problems in a fun interactive air traffic control simulator interface. FlyBy MathTM uses hands-on activities that incorporate graphing as students solve distance-rate-time problems. Both activities are aligned with state education standards.

To download these free education materials, visit http://smartskies.nasa.gov/.

To view the training videos and learn how these lessons and activities can be used in the classroom, visit http://smartskies.nasa.gov/trainer/videos.html.

Questions about Smart Skies should be directed to ARC-smartskies@mail.nasa.gov.

NASA Education Express — Sept. 27, 2012

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

REGISTERNOW — REGISTRATION CLOSES SEPT. 28 –Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2012
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: Sept. 28, 2012

Free Education Webinar Series from the AerospaceEducation Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Various Dates During October 2012

Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications
Audience: All Educators
Application Deadline: Sept. 30, 2012

2012-2013 NationalStudent Solar Spectrograph Competition
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Deadline to register and apply for build awards:Sept. 30, 2012

EngineeringDesign Challenge: Water Filtration Web Seminar
Audience: Physics Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 2, 2012

Electromagnetic Spectrum: Remote SensingIces on Mars Web Seminar
Audience: 8-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 4, 2012

Celebrate World SpaceWeek
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: Oct. 4-10, 2012

NASA’s Digital Learning Network CelebratesWorld Space Week Special Events Featuring Curiosity!
Audience: Grades 5-12
Event Dates: Oct. 4-10, 2012

Celebrate World Space Week With Free EducationWebinars from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Oct. 4-9, 2012

2013 Texas High School AerospaceScholars
Audience: 9-12 Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 2, 2012

NASA Sponsors Odyssey of the Mind Long-Term Problem — It’s How You Look atIt
Audience: All Educators and Students
Visit Website for Regional Competition Dates

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REGISTERNOW — REGISTRATION CLOSES SEPT. 28 –Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2012

NASA, the Defense Advanced Research ProjectsAgency, or DARPA, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s, or MIT’s, SpaceSystems Laboratory are proud to announce that the next Zero Robotics HighSchool Tournament will take place this fall, offering high school students theopportunity to design experiments that will be tested in space.

Zero Robotics challenges high school studentteams to write their own algorithms to fly the Synchronized Position Hold,Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES. The competition startsonline where teams compete to solve an annual challenge guided by mentors.Students can create, edit, share, save, simulate and submit code, all from aWeb browser. After several phases of virtual competition, finalists areselected to compete in a live championship aboard the International SpaceStation!

Teams may register now:
1) Go to http://zerorobotics.mit.edu/.
2) Log In or Create an Account. (Note: You canstart programming in the online integrated development environment at thispoint!)
3) Click “Tournaments” and registerfor the High School Tournament.
4) Create a team and invite other users.
5) Visit Resources to get started.

Registration closes on Sept. 28, 2012. Visitthe site now to create an account and join the competition!

The Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2012 isbrought to you by NASA and DARPA, and facilitated by the MIT Space SystemsLaboratory, TopCoder and Aurora Flight Sciences.

To see a promotional video for the competition,visit https://www.youtube.com/roboticsinspace.

Please email any questions about thisopportunity to zerorobotics@mit.edu.

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FreeEducation Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project ispresenting a series of free webinars throughout October 2012. All webinars canbe accessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn aboutactivities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into yourclassroom.

I’m Signed up for NEON — Now What? (Grades K-12)
Sept. 29, 2012, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Anne Weiss will introduce participants tobasic features of the NASA Educators Online Network, or NEON,professional/collaborative learning community. Participants will also learn howto use NEON to find appropriate NASA standards-aligned activities that satisfystate-specific teaching standards.

Applying the Engineering Process to STEM (Grades K-12)
Oct. 2, 2012, 5 – 6 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist John Weis will discuss the uses of theEngineering Design Process as a method of problem solving in subject areasother than engineering.

Engineering Is Elementary (Grades 3-8)
Oct. 3, 2012, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Brandon Hargis will discuss ways toincorporate the engineering design process using NASA-developed engineeringdesign challenges for students in grades 3-8. These challenges will engage students’creativity, foster their curiosity, and encourage their interest in space.

Solar System and the Periodic Table(Grades 3-8)
Oct. 17, 2012, 5 – 6 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Sandy Kaszynski will lead this standards-basedwebinar that teaches participants basic principles of what the periodic tablerepresents, using the solar system as an exciting basis for understanding. Thisis an introductory lesson with a concluding game.

Investigating the Climate System (Grades 5-12)
Oct. 24, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist John Weis will introduce participants to thefive problem-based learning educator guides in the NASA Investigating theClimate System series. Topics addressed will include wind, precipitation,energy, clouds and extreme weather. This webinar is part of the Department ofEducation Green Strides webinar series.

Robotics on a Budget (Grades 5-12)
Oct. 30, 2012, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will explore how to use robotics toenhance your students’ understanding of science, technology, engineering andmathematics, or STEM. Participants will also learn about NASA STEM roboticsmissions, curriculum and activities that are available.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinarstaking place through December 2012, visithttp://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to KatieHayden at Katie.S.Hayden@nasa.gov.

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Solar System Ambassadors Program AcceptingApplications

The NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassadors, or SSA, Program,a nationwide network of space enthusiast volunteers, is accepting applicationsthrough Sept. 30, 2012.

Highly motivated individuals will be given the opportunity to represent NASA’sJet Propulsion Laboratory as volunteer Solar System Ambassadors to the publicfor a one-year, renewable term beginning Jan. 1, 2013.

While applications are being sought nationwide, interested parties from thefollowing states are especially encouraged to apply: Iowa,North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia and southern Arizona (nearTucson). Successful applicants from southern Arizona will also have theopportunity to support the University of Arizona locally as OSIRIS-RExAmbassadors. The Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource IdentificationSecurity Regolith Explorer, also known as OSIRIS-Rex, is a NASA planetaryscience mission that will send a spacecraft to an asteroid in 2016.

To learn more about the Solar System Ambassador Program and to apply online,visit http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/.

If you have questions about this opportunity, contact Kay Ferrari, SSA Coordinator,by email at ambassad@jpl.nasa.gov.

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2012-2013 National Student Solar SpectrographCompetition

The National Student Solar SpectrographCompetition is the Montana Space Grant Consortium’s Education Program forNASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, mission. IRIS will usespectrography and imaging in ultraviolet wavelengths to reveal the dynamics ofthe sun’s chromospheres and transition region.

This yearly competition is open to undergraduateinterdisciplinary teams from colleges and universities across the U.S. Teamsare challenged to design and build a working ground-based solar spectrographand demonstrate the capabilities of the spectrograph as defined by theirscience goal. Typical teams have three to six students and must have a facultyadvisor.

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

Applications for build awards and registrationsare due on Sept. 30,2012.

The competition will be held in Bozeman, Mont.,in May 2013.

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

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

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Engineering Design Challenge: Water Filtration WebSeminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminarfor educators on Oct. 2, 2012, at 6:30p.m. EDT.

Earth recycles water naturally. Water is also recycled in processing plants andin the Water Recycling Assembly on the International Space Station. During thisseminar, participants will receive background information about the principlesthat apply to all three systems, and then see how to incorporate theinformation into an exciting hands-on, inquiry-based challenge requiringstudents to solve a problem in the best way they can create.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar3.aspx.

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

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

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ElectromagneticSpectrum: Remote Sensing Ices on Mars Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, theNASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a 90-minute Web seminar on Oct.4, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. EDT. Learn how to use authentic NASA mission data toinvestigate the composition and distribution of ices in the high-latituderegions of Mars through analysis of visible light, infrared light and gammarays. The seminar includes information about a unique student extensionactivity, where students access a free computer simulation illustrating howgamma rays are used to determine the chemical composition of Mars.

For more information and to registeronline, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar4.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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Celebrate World Space Week

Join educators and space enthusiasts around theworld to celebrate World Space Week, Oct.4-10, 2012. This international event commemorates the beginningof the Space Age with the launch of Sputnik 1 on Oct. 4, 1957.

World Space Week is the largest public spaceevent in the world, with celebrations in more than 50 nations. During WorldSpace Week, teachers are encouraged to use space-themed activities. The themefor 2012, “Space for Human Safety and Security,” has been chosen tocelebrate the many ways in which mankind’s activities in space improve our dailylives.

To find NASA educational resources that can beused during World Space Week, visit the Educational Materials Finder: http://search.nasa.gov/search/edFilterSearch.jsp?empty=true.

To learn more about World Space Week, search forevents in your area and find educational materials related to the event, visit www.worldspaceweek.org.

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NASA’sDigital Learning Network Celebrates World Space Week Special Events FeaturingCuriosity!

Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, for a trio of special events tocelebrate World Space Week (Oct. 4-10, 2012).

On Oct. 4, 2012, at 12:30 p.m. EDT,NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California and Goddard Space Flight Centerin Maryland are teaming up to celebrate the landing of the Curiosity rover onMars! This live event will explore NASA’s latest rover on the Red Planet, andstudents will learn from NASA experts about how both centers contributed to themission.

On Oct. 9, 2012, at 3:30 p.m. EDT and Oct. 10, 2012, at 6 p.m. EDT, the DLNpresents opportunities for students to interact with experts at NASA’s JetPropulsion Laboratory in California. During these special live events, studentscan discuss the Curiosity mission to Mars with NASA experts who helped designthe mission. Visit the DLN website to learn how your class can participate.

For more information and to watch the webcasts online, visit the DLN website athttp://dln.nasa.gov.

Inquiries about these events should be directed to Caryn Long at caryn.long@nasa.gov.

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CelebrateWorld Space Week With Free Education Webinars from the Aerospace EducationServices Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project is celebratingWorld Space Week with a series of free webinars taking place Oct. 4-9, 2012.All webinars can be accessed online. Join aerospace education specialists tolearn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bringNASA into your classroom.

Kepler Mission (Grades K-12)
Oct. 4, 2012, 6 – 7:30 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt as he discusses NASA’sKepler mission to find Earth-like planets. Participants will also learn aboutKepler-related educational materials and how to use the activities with their students.

The International Space Station: Life in Space (Grades 4-12)
Oct. 4, 2012, 5 – 6 p.m. EDT
The International Space Station is a unique and exciting classroom inspace. Join aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan as he shares inquiryactivities and online resources for your classroom on Earth. NASA STEMresources, space food and nutrition, and Newton’s Laws of Motion are just someof the topics integrated during the out of this world webinar.

The Origins of the Solar System: The Dawn Mission (Grades 4-12)
Oct. 5, 2012, 1 – 2 p.m. EDT and 4 – 5 p.m.
Join aerospace education specialist Rachelle Oblack as she discussesthe Dawn mission. Learn how this mission will characterize the early solarsystem and the processes that dominated its formation by studying asteroidVesta and dwarf planet Ceres, celestial bodies believed to have accreted earlyin the history of the solar system.

Exploring Strange New Worlds (Grades K-12)
Oct. 8, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Most of our knowledge about the solar system and objects beyond our celestialneighborhood comes to us through remote sensing, fly-by, orbiter and roboticmissions. Join aerospace education specialist Rick Varner as he discusses theseinformation gathering techniques. Participants will be introduced to the”Strange New Worlds” classroom activity.

Solar System Resources (Grades 2-12)
Oct. 9, 2012, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialists John Weis and Brandon Hargis for anoverview of NASA resources available for teaching about the solar system.Resources will focus on hands-on activities and include topics such as scale,missions, moons and eclipses.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinarstaking place through December 2012, visithttp://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to KatieHayden at Katie.S.Hayden@nasa.gov.

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2013Texas High School Aerospace Scholars

The Texas High School AerospaceScholars project is an interactive, online learning experience. It ishighlighted by a six-day internship where selected students are encouraged tostudy mathematics, science, engineering or computer science by interacting withengineers at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The Texas High School Aerospace Scholars project is open to high schooljuniors throughout Texas. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have access tothe Internet.

The application deadline is Nov. 2, 2012.

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.

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NASA Sponsors Odyssey of the Mind Long-TermProblem — It’s How You Look at It

NASA is sponsoring the Odyssey of the Mind Long-Term Problem — It’s How YouLook at It.

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

This year’s NASA-sponsored problem requires teams to create andpresent an original humorous performance that includes two characters that actnaturally — to them — but odd to those around them. One scene will establishthe “normal” behavior of one character that, at some point in the performance,finds itself among others who react to the out-of-place behavior. The othercharacter’s behavior will stand out too, but this character will end up in asetting where its odd behavior is considered normal. The performance will alsoinclude a meter that indicates the degree of odd/normal behavior and a creativescene change.

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

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

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

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

NASA Education Express — Sept. 20, 2012

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

FreeEducation Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Various Dates During September 2012

“Curiosity Has Landed inYour Classroom” Educator Conference
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Registration Deadline: Sept. 21, 2012
Conference Date: Sept. 29, 2012

Live Video Chat: Life as an Astronaut
Audience: Grades 4-12
Event Date: Sept. 25, 2012, 1-1:45 p.m. EDT

2012 Gregory G. LeptoukhOnline Giovanni Workshop
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Workshop Dates: Sept. 25-28, 2012

Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications
Audience: All Educators
Application Deadline: Sept. 30, 2012

2012-2013 NationalStudent Solar Spectrograph Competition
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Deadline to register and apply for build awards:Sept. 30, 2012

2013 RASC-AL Competition
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: Jan. 19, 2013

New DIYPodcast Module Available — Failure Prevention
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students

New NASA iPad Magazine “Space PlacePrime” Now Available
Audience: Educators of Grades 3-14

Have a Blast Learning About the Moon With NewSelene Video Game
Audience: All Educators and Grade 5-HigherEducation Students

Discovery Dome Loaner Program
Audience: Informal Educators and Museum Curators

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FreeEducation Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project ispresenting a series of free webinars throughout September 2012. All webinarscan be accessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn aboutactivities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into yourclassroom.

Putting NEON to Work for You (Grades K-12)
Sept. 20, 2012, 5 – 6 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Anne Weiss explains how to use theNASA Educators Online Network, or NEON’s, most important feature: the interestgroups. Participants will role-play several scenarios to find out how NEON’svarious tools can be used to find NASA activities that align to state-specificstandards.

Are Microbes Alive? (Grades 5-12)
Sept. 25, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler will discuss how scientists definelife and what characteristics are common to living things. This webinar willfocus on a problem- based learning activity that connects the concept ofrequirements for life and serves as a bridge to activities in whichparticipants speculate on the possibilities of life (possibly microbial life)on other planets in our solar system.

Are Microbes Alive? (Grades 5-12)
Sept. 25, 2012, 7 – 8 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler will discuss how scientists definelife and what characteristics are common to living things. This webinar willfocus on a problem- based learning activity that connects the concept ofrequirements for life and serves as a bridge to activities in whichparticipants speculate on the possibilities of life (possibly microbial life)on other planets in our solar system.

Mission to Planet Earth: Remote Sensing (Grades 2-8)
Sept. 26, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
The world around us is constantly changing. Sometimes these changes happensuddenly and are easily observed. In many cases, changes in the Earth are not easilyseen, yet are readily apparent in comparisons made over time. Join aerospace educationspecialist Rick Varner for this session designed to help teachers and studentsappreciate these changes and study the impacts of Earth’s natural systems andhow humans affect their environment.

I’m Signed up for NEON — Now What? (Grades K-12)
Sept. 29, 2012, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Anne Weiss will introduce participants tobasic features of the NASA Educators Online Network, or NEON, professional/collaborativelearning community. Participants will also learn how to use NEON to findappropriate NASA standards-aligned activities that satisfy state-specificteaching standards.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinarstaking place through December 2012, visithttp://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to KatieHayden at Katie.S.Hayden@nasa.gov.

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“CuriosityHas Landed in Your Classroom” Educator Conference

Learn how to bring STEM concepts from NASA’s newestMars rover, Curiosity, into your classroom during a free educator conference atArizona State University! Special presenters from NASA’s Mars team will sharethe latest news and discoveries from the Red Planet, and education specialistswill showcase hands-on activities to help educators extend their students’science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, learning.

A certificate for 6.5 professional development clock hours will be given forthis conference. Conference participants will receive lesson plans, NASAmaterials and resources.

The conference will take place on Sept. 29, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thedeadline to register is Sept. 21, 2012.

For more information and to register, visit http://marsed.asu.edu/curiosityhaslanded.

Questions about this conference should be directed to marsed@mars.asu.edu.

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Live Video Chat: Lifeas an Astronaut

NASA Explorer Schools is offering students in grades 4-12 an opportunity to askquestions of Bob Cabana, astronaut and Director of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.Join the video chat on Sept. 25, 2012,from 1-1:45 p.m. EDT to ask Cabana questions about his education, astronauttraining, living and working in space and the future of space exploration.

Students do not need to be in a school participating in the NASA ExplorerSchools project in order to ask questions during this video chat.

Submit questions during the chat through a chatwindow, or send them to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

To learn more about NES, visit the explorerschools.nasa.gov website.

For more information and to view the video chat, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/cabana-chat.html.

If you have any questions about the video chat, contact NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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2012 Gregory G. Leptoukh Online GiovanniWorkshop

Join the NASA Goddard Earth Science Data andInformation Services Center for the 2012 Gregory G. Leptoukh Online GiovanniWorkshop taking place Sept.25-28, 2012. This workshop will focus on the use of thepioneering data visualization and analysis tool, Giovanni. The online workshopwill be organized around four main themes: Earth system research utilizingGiovanni; Giovanni applications (air quality, disaster management,environmental monitoring, etc.); planned and desired augmentation of Giovanni;and educational use of Giovanni.

The workshop will primarily consist of onlineauthor-led presentations coupled with real-time discussions about thesepresentations. Presentations and chat logs will be available online for reviewfor those unable to participate in live sessions.

To learn more, visit http://disc.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/giovanni/additional/newsletters/gregory_leptoukh_2012_online_giovanni_workshop.

Questions about this workshop should be directedto Dr. James G. Acker at James.G.Acker@nasa.gov.

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Solar System Ambassadors Program AcceptingApplications

The NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassadors, or SSA, Program,a nationwide network of space enthusiast volunteers, is accepting applicationsthrough Sept. 30, 2012.

Highly motivated individuals will be given the opportunity to represent NASA’sJet Propulsion Laboratory as volunteer Solar System Ambassadors to the publicfor a one-year, renewable term beginning Jan. 1, 2013.

While applications are being sought nationwide, interested parties from thefollowing states are especially encouraged to apply: Iowa,North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia and southern Arizona (nearTucson). Successful applicants from southern Arizona will also have theopportunity to support the University of Arizona locally as OSIRIS-RExAmbassadors. The Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource IdentificationSecurity Regolith Explorer, also known as OSIRIS-Rex, is a NASA planetaryscience mission that will send a spacecraft to an asteroid in 2016.

To learn more about the Solar System Ambassador Program and to apply online,visit http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/.

If you have questions about this opportunity, contact Kay Ferrari, SSA Coordinator,by email at ambassad@jpl.nasa.gov.

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2012-2013 National Student Solar SpectrographCompetition

The National Student Solar SpectrographCompetition is the Montana Space Grant Consortium’s Education Program forNASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, mission. IRIS will usespectrography and imaging in ultraviolet wavelengths to reveal the dynamics ofthe sun’s chromospheres and transition region.

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

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

Applications for build awards and registrationsare due on Sept. 30,2012.

The competition will be held in Bozeman, Mont.,in May 2013.

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

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

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2013 RASC-AL Competition

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace announce the 2013 RevolutionaryAerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage, or RASC-AL, Competition. RASC-ALis a design project competition aimed at university-level engineering students.

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

Interested teams are encouraged to submit a notice of intent by Nov 9, 2012,and teams must submit an abstract for their proposed project by Jan. 19, 2013. The RASC-AL SteeringCommittee of NASA and industry experts will evaluate the proposals and selectas many as 10 undergraduate and five graduate teams tocompete against each other at a forum in June 2013 in Florida.

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

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

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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New DIY Podcast Module Available — Failure Prevention

For every NASA mission, the goal is success. If a vehicle, hardware or systemfails, it can cost time, equipment, money or even lives. NASA’s Do-It-YourselfPodcast’s newest module is “Failure Prevention.” In this module, youwill find background information on how failure plays a role in the engineeringdesign process. Audio and video clips contain interviews with NASA specialistswho analyze failure, as well as clips of vehicle and system tests that haveboth failed and succeeded.

Visit NASA’s DIY Podcast site today to introduce your students to this topic.Integrate technology into your lessons by asking your students to make apodcast. Students may use the information in the overview as a starting point,then develop a script for their podcasts as they add audio and video clips tosupport their topics.

Come on! Integrate to educate: your students will love it! And what’s more,there are teaching tips and hints on the DIY Podcast blog.

NASA’s DIY Podcast: Failure Prevention https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/diypodcast/failure-prevention-index-diy.html

NASA’s DIY Podcast Blog https://blogs.nasa.gov/cm/newui/blog/viewpostlist.jsp?blogname=diyPodcastBlog

If you have questions or comments about NASA’s DIY Podcast, please email educationpodcast@nasa.gov.

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New NASA iPad Magazine “Space PlacePrime” Now Available

Announcing “Space Place Prime,” the newNASA magazine for iPad. This brand new app gathers some of the best and mostrecent Web offerings from NASA. It taps engrossing articles from The SpacePlace website, enlightening NASA videos and daily images such as the AstronomyPicture of the Day and the NASA Earth Observatory Image of the Day.

“Space Place Prime” targets a multigenerational audience. Kids, teachers,parents, space enthusiasts and everyone in between will find fascinating featureson this new, free NASA app.

For more information about the new magazine, visit http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/ios/.

iPad is a registered trademarks of Apple Inc.

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Have a Blast Learning About the Moon With NewSelene Video Game

Use your computer to journey back some 4.5billion years, and prepare to blast away — you’re going to make a moon justlike Earth’s. All you need to do is to register to play the award-winning”Selene” online video game from the Center for EducationalTechnologies, or CET. CET is the home of NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Futureat Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, W.Va.

In “Selene: A Lunar ConstructionGame,” you and your students learn about basic geological processes onEarth and in the solar system while helping educational researchers study howand when people learn through educational video games.

Funded by NASA and the National ScienceFoundation, “Selene” has won numerous awards, and research has shownthat the game aids learning. But we need players. To register your students,email selene@cet.edu with your contact infoand times when you would be available for a short 30-minute orientation.

New for the 2012-2013 school year is aSpanish-language version of the game. The game is open to ages 9 and up and canbe played anytime, anyplace. To learn more about “Selene,” readtestimonials about it or see how it aligns with national and state sciencestandards. Visit the “Selene” website at http://selene.cet.edu.

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DiscoveryDome Loaner Program

Thanks to NASA support fromthe Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums, museums, sciencecenters, Challenger centers and other 501(c)(3) community organizations areeligible for a free Discovery Dome loaner program.

The Discovery Dome is available for monthlong loans. The dome includes the show”We Choose Space,” but will also include other NASA-sponsoredplanetarium shows. Stellarium star software and WorldWide Telescope galacticexploration software will also be included. In addition, a free immersive game”Monster Trucks on the Moon” is included. This game allowsparticipants to test their driving skills by navigating a truck on the moonwithout turning it over or spilling its cargo.

To watch the “We Choose Space” show for free, to download educationalresources, and to order the show on DVD, visit http://www.spaceupdate.com/?shows/ddome/we_choose_space/we_choose_space.html.

To watch all of the planetarium shows, visit http://tinyurl.com/domeshows.

In order to receive a loaner Discovery Dome, your organization must:

— commit to sending someone to Houston, Texas, or Washington, D.C., fortraining (or pay travel expenses for a trainer to come to your site).
— pay for one-way return shipping of the system to Houston (or to its nextlocation).
— have insurance or guarantee for any loss or damage. If the mirror is damagedduring use, the cost will vary from $100 (minor scratch) to $1,000(replacement). Total financial commitment is approximately $2,000 or less.
— commit for a person to operate the dome, at least part time. Venues areallowed to sell tickets or otherwise charge (especially if offsite travel isinvolved), but to maximize usage it is requested that fees are kept to aminimum.

Organizations that are accepted must keep usage statistics for NASA metrics andfill out an evaluation form.

Preference will be given to rural sites, sites more than 100 miles from adigital planetarium and sites serving minority groups.

Interested organizations should fill out the online application form at https://adobeformscentral.com/?f=BvNwE2deC-oenx7oKwe3wQ.

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to Patricia H. Reiff at reiff@rice.edu or 713-348-4634.

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Don’t miss out on education-related opportunitiesavailable 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

DATE CHANGE: NASA's Digital Learning Network Presents Space Shuttle Endeavour 'Fly-Out' Celebration

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents Space ShuttleEndeavour “Fly-Out” Celebration
Audience: Grades 4-12
Event Date: Sept. 19, 2012, 1 – 2 p.m. EDT

NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, is hosting a special event on Sept. 19, 2012, at 1 p.m. EDT tocommemorate the departure of space shuttle Endeavour. JoinDLN hosts Rachel Power and Joshua Santora live at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centerin Florida as space shuttle Endeavour continues her journey on the back of theShuttle Carrier Aircraft, a modified 747, to its final destination at theCalifornia Science Center in the heart of Los Angeles.

The Space Shuttle Endeavour “Fly-Out”Celebration will include special guests that have worked on the space shuttleover the years both on land and in space. Also, the DLN team from NASA’s JetPropulsion Laboratory, located in Pasadena, Calif., will be giving a preview ofwhat awaits Endeavour on the West Coast.

For more information and to watch the webcast online, visit the DLN website at http://dln.nasa.gov.

Do you have a question you would like to see answered live during the webcast?Send questions to dlinfochannel@gmail.com.

Inquiries about this webcast should be directed to JoshuaSantora at Joshua.Santora@nasa.gov.

NASA Education Express — Sept. 13, 2012

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

“A Century of Women in Aerospace” Family Day
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Sept. 15, 2012

Free Education Webinar Series from the AerospaceEducation Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Various Dates During September 2012

NASA’sDigital Learning Network Presents Space Shuttle Endeavour “Fly-Out”Celebration
Audience: Grades 4-12
Event Date: Sept. 17, 2012, 1 – 2 p.m. EDT

DEADLINE EXTENDED: NASA’s Glenn ResearchCenter’s Exploring Project
Audience: 9-12 Students
New Application Deadline: Sept. 17, 2012

Algebraic Equations: Transit Tracks –Finding Habitable Planets Web Seminar
Audience: Algebra Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: Sept. 19, 2012

“Curiosity Has Landed in YourClassroom” Educator Conference
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Registration Deadline: Sept. 21, 2012
Conference Date: Sept. 29, 2012

Celebrate World SpaceWeek
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: Oct. 4-10, 2012

Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Dates: Multiple Dates Through March 2013

2012 Cassini Scientist for a DayEssay Contest
Audience: 5-12 Students
Entry Deadline: Oct. 24, 2012

“TheWorld’s a Place of Living Things” Art Contest
Audience: Students in Grades 2-4
Entry Deadline: Nov. 5, 2012

Name That Asteroid Contest
Audience: Students Under 18 Years of Age
Application Deadline: Dec. 2, 2012

Fall 2013 NASA Aeronautics Scholarships
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2013

Registration Open for NASA Explorer Schools Project
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-12

Expanded Offer for Space Shuttle Tilesand Food
Audience: All Educators and Museum Curators

NASA’s Digital LearningNetwork Special Event: Chat With a Mission Control Flight Officer
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students

New ModuleAvailable from NASA’s Digital Learning Network: STEM on Station
Audience: 6-8 Educators

DOWNLOAD NOW: ‘Museum in a Box’ FlightScience Lessons
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators

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“A Century of Women in Aerospace” Family Day

For over 100 years, women have contributed to technological advances inaviation and space. Hear about the historic women who have inspired today’srole models during “A Century of Women in Aerospace” Family Day atthe National Air and Space Museum in Washington,D.C. This event takes place on Sept. 15, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Meet women who’ve made a difference in aerospaceand aviation, including NASA astronaut Serena Auñón. Enjoy story time and hands-onactivities for children. See if you have the right stuff in the AstronautCandidate Training Center and create a mission patch you can wear. Makeold-fashioned pennants and tickets from the golden age of flight. Play theWomen in Aerospace timeline game and get your historic pilot’s license.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=3668.

Questions about this event should be directed to the visitor service line at202-633-1000.

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FreeEducation Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project ispresenting a series of free webinars throughout September 2012. All webinarscan be accessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn aboutactivities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into yourclassroom.

I’m Signed up for NEON — Now What? (Grades K-12)
Sept. 15, 2012, noon – 1 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Anne Weiss will introduce participants tobasic features of the NASA Educators Online Network, or NEON,professional/collaborative learning community. Participants will also learn howto use NEON to find appropriate NASA standards-aligned activities that satisfystate-specific teaching standards.

Observing the Moon (Grades 4-12)
Sept. 19, 2012, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EDT
“International Observe the Moon Night: Under the Same Moon,”takes place on Sept. 22, 2012. To prepare you for the event, aerospaceeducation specialist Steve Culivan will explore NASA lunar missions andeducation resources. The speaker will also model ways to integrate theseresources to enhance your classroom curriculum.

Putting NEON to Work for You (Grades K-12)
Sept. 20, 2012, 5 – 6 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Anne Weiss explains how to use theNASA Educators Online Network, or NEON’s, most important feature: the interestgroups. Participants will role-play several scenarios to find out how NEON’svarious tools can be used to find NASA activities that align to state-specificstandards.

Are Microbes Alive? (Grades 5-12)
Sept. 25, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler will discuss how scientists definelife and what characteristics are common to living things. This webinar willfocus on a problem- based learning activity that connects the concept ofrequirements for life and serves as a bridge to activities in whichparticipants speculate on the possibilities of life (possibly microbial life)on other planets in our solar system.

Are Microbes Alive? (Grades 5-12)
Sept. 25, 2012, 7 – 8 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler will discuss how scientists definelife and what characteristics are common to living things. This webinar willfocus on a problem- based learning activity that connects the concept ofrequirements for life and serves as a bridge to activities in whichparticipants speculate on the possibilities of life (possibly microbial life)on other planets in our solar system.

Mission to Planet Earth: Remote Sensing (Grades 2-8)
Sept. 26, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
The world around us is constantly changing. Sometimes these changes happensuddenly and are easily observed. In many cases, changes in the Earth are noteasily seen, yet are readily apparent in comparisons made over time. Join aerospaceeducation specialist Rick Varner for this session designed to help teachers andstudents appreciate these changes and study the impacts of Earth’s naturalsystems and how humans affect their environment.

I’m Signed up for NEON — Now What? (Grades K-12)
Sept. 29, 2012, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Anne Weiss will introduce participants tobasic features of the NASA Educators Online Network, or NEON,professional/collaborative learning community. Participants will also learn howto use NEON to find appropriate NASA standards-aligned activities that satisfystate-specific teaching standards.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinarstaking place through December 2012, visithttp://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to KatieHayden at Katie.S.Hayden@nasa.gov.

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NASA’sDigital Learning Network Presents Space Shuttle Endeavour “Fly-Out”Celebration

NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, is hosting a special event on Sept. 17, 2012, at 1 p.m. EDT tocommemorate the departure of space shuttle Endeavour. JoinDLN hosts Rachel Power and Joshua Santora live at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centerin Florida as space shuttle Endeavour continues her journey on the back of theShuttle Carrier Aircraft, a modified 747, to its final destination at theCalifornia Science Center in the heart of Los Angeles.

The Space Shuttle Endeavour “Fly-Out”Celebration will include special guests that have worked on the space shuttleover the years both on land and in space. Also, the DLN team from NASA’s JetPropulsion Laboratory, located in Pasadena, Calif., will be giving a preview ofwhat awaits Endeavour on the West Coast.

For more information and to watch the webcast online, visit the DLN website at http://dln.nasa.gov.

Do you have a question you would like to see answered live during the webcast?Send questions to dlinfochannel@gmail.com.

Inquiries about this webcast should be directed to JoshuaSantora at Joshua.Santora@nasa.gov.

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DEADLINEEXTENDED: NASA’s Glenn Research Center’s Exploring Project

NASA’s Glenn Research Center, or GRC, in Cleveland, Ohio, is acceptingapplications for the Exploring Project. This opportunity allows students toexplore the variety of science, technology, engineering and mathematics careerchoices available at NASA and at Glenn Research Center.

During the months of October through April, participants spend two hours afterschool, once per week, meeting with Exploring advisors to take part inactivities relating to one of five tracks. Applicants can choose from focusareas in Aeronautics, Computer Technology, Balloon Sat Technology, Human SpaceFlight and eXtreme Green.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and between the ages of 14 and 20. Applicationsare due Sept. 17, 2012.

For more information about this opportunity, please visit https://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/education/NASAExplorers_GRC.html.

Questions about the GRC ExploringProject should be directed by email to GRC-Intern@mail.nasa.govor by telephone to 216-433-6656.

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AlgebraicEquations: Transit Tracks — Finding Habitable Planets WebSeminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Sept. 19, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. EDT. Inthis Web seminar, participants will learn about an engaging algebra activitycalled “Finding Habitable Planets” that allows students to analyze NASA data withthe hopes of discovering planets in habitable zones of solar systems.

For more information and to registeronline, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/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@mail.nasa.gov.

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“CuriosityHas Landed in Your Classroom” Educator Conference

Learn how to bring STEM concepts from NASA’s newestMars rover, Curiosity, into your classroom during a free educator conference atArizona State University! Special presenters from NASA’s Mars team will sharethe latest news and discoveries from the Red Planet, and education specialistswill showcase hands-on activities to help educators extend their students’science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, learning.

A certificate for 6.5 professional development clock hours will be given forthis conference. Conference participants will receive lesson plans, NASAmaterials and resources.

The conference will take place on Sept. 29, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thedeadline to register is Sept. 21, 2012.

For more information and to register, visit http://marsed.asu.edu/curiosityhaslanded.

Questions about this conference should be directed to marsed@mars.asu.edu.

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Celebrate World Space Week

Join educators and space enthusiasts around theworld to celebrate World Space Week, Oct.4-10, 2012. This international event commemorates the beginningof the Space Age with the launch of Sputnik 1 on Oct. 4, 1957.

World Space Week is the largest public spaceevent in the world, with celebrations in more than 50 nations. During WorldSpace Week, teachers are encouraged to use space-themed activities. The themefor 2012, “Space for Human Safety and Security,” has been chosen tocelebrate the many ways in which mankind’s activities in space improve ourdaily lives.

To find NASA educational resources that can beused during World Space Week, visit the Educational Materials Finder: http://search.nasa.gov/search/edFilterSearch.jsp?empty=true.

To learn more about World Space Week, search forevents in your area and find educational materials related to the event, visit www.worldspaceweek.org.

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FreeSmithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

Curious about our nearest star, moon rocks,volcanoes and other wonders of the universe? Come to the Smithsonian’s Stars, aseries of 10 lectures by Smithsonian researchers who are exploring the sun, themoon, planets, stars, galaxies and the universe. These speakers will sharebehind-the-scenes details about how their research is done and technologiesthat advance new discoveries at the Smithsonian Institution.

Each lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. and is followed by a question-and-answersession. A Discovery Station activity will take place at 4 p.m. prior to eachlecture. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.

Oct. 6, 2012 — Three Decades of Telescopes for Observing the Sun
Thirty years ago, Smithsonian scientists and engineers began developing a newtechnique for coating mirrors to look at the sun. The resulting telescopes havedriven three decades of new discoveries. Senior Project Engineer Peter Cheimetswill discuss the telescopes that have made this golden age of solar observationpossible and the breathtaking results.

Oct. 20, 2012 — Mercury: Oh Strange New World
Data from the MESSENGER spacecraft orbiting Mercury shows us just howwondrous and unique the smallest planet in our solar system is. PlanetaryGeophysicist Michelle Selvans will discuss the complexities that make Mercuryso wonderfully unique.

Nov. 3, 2012 — Moon Rocks and How They Became Famous
In the late 1960s, Apollo astronauts collected rocks from the moon andbrought them back to Earth. Scientists studied these rocks, curators put themon display in museums around the world and President Nixon gave them as giftsto foreign heads of state. Teasel Muir-Harmonywill explore the wide-ranging roles that these rocks played.

Nov. 17, 2012 — The Dynamic Sun
The sun is even more dynamic, mysterious and beautifulthan you probably imagine. Astrophysicist Mark Weber will explore thisincredible star with observations from some of the most advanced telescopes.Learn what scientists have discovered and what they are only beginning tounderstand.

Dec. 1, 2012 — A Universe of Data
This century has seen stunning cosmic discoveries. The digital age hasgiven everyone free access to space data; the trick is to turn that data intoquantitative science and pictures that tell a story. Astrophysicist JonathanMcDowell will use images from the Chandra Space Telescope to help explain howastronomers study space in the computer age.

Dec. 15, 2012 — The Mission of the Mars Science Laboratory,Curiosity
Since landing on Mars in early August 2012, the Mars Science LaboratoryCuriosity rover has returned an array of stunning data that is being used to evaluatewhether Mars may have harbored habitable environments. Geologist John Grantwill delve into the recent findings from Curiosity.

Jan. 5, 2013 — Trees in the City
Tree cover is an important element of the urban environment that plays anincreasingly larger role in ecosystem processes. Geographer Andrew Johnston willdiscuss how satellite data is used to make reliable observations about urbantree cover variability, why it matters to urban residents and how these samedata are used to map changes in tree cover.

Feb. 2, 2013– Volcano Breath
Join Global Volcanism Program Director Liz Cottrell for a lecture about volcanoeson a global scale. Learn how the gaseous contents of volcanoes propel theirexplosions and impact our climate. Hear the latest about volcanic gas research andexplore the latest discoveries about how the deep Earth is recycling the air webreathe.

Feb. 16, 2013– Venus: 50 Years After Mariner2
Fifty years ago Mariner 2 flew past Venus, becoming the first spaceprobe to explore another planet. But Venus, our nearest neighbor, still holdsmany mysteries. On Feb. 16, 2013, GeophysicistBruce Campbell will discuss what is known about Venus, including how it differsfrom Earth, and how future explorers may provide crucial clues to understandingthis hot, dry world.

March 2, 2013 — Robots and Humans Unite
The universe is far older and vaster than anyone imagined a century ago. Tohelp scientists map the structure and evolution of the universe, a specialinstrument called a Hectospec was needed. A Hectospec uses the precisiontechnology of optical fibers placed by delicate but very fast robots. SeniorPhysicist Dan Fabricant will discuss how the Hectospec was developed, how itworks and how it is used by astronomers for scientific discovery.

For more information about the Smithsonian’sStars Lecture Series, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/lectures/stars/index.cfm.

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

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

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2012Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest

The Cassini Scientist for a Day contest challengesstudents to become NASA scientists studying Saturn. Participants examine threepossible observations taken by Cassini and choose the one they think will yieldthe best scientific results. Students then write an essay under 500 wordsexplaining their choice. Winners will participate in a teleconference withCassini scientists.

The contest is open to all students in the United States in grades 5-12. Theessays will be divided into three groups for scoring: grades 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12.All submissions must be students’ original work. Each student can submit onlyone entry.

Deadline for fall 2012 submissions is 3p.m. EDT onOct. 24, 2012.

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

International participants are also encouraged to enter. Deadlines forindividual countries vary. To see if your country is participating, visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/education/scientistforaday11thedition/international/.

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

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“The World’s a Place of Living Things” Art Contest

The Institute for Global EnvironmentalStrategies, or IGES, invites young scientists andartists to explore biodiversity. There are many different types of life onEarth — from bacteria to insects to plants and animals. Biodiversity iseverywhere. Students in grades 2-4 are encouraged to learn more about the formsof life in a particular place — what types of life can be seen? What types oflife are hard to see? Do the different types of life interact with each other?

Students should investigate these questions, and create a piece of artwork (nolarger than 16″x20″) to show what they have learned. First-, second-,and third-place artists will receive a $100, $75, and $50 gift card,respectively, framed color certificates and their artwork will be showcased onthe IGES website. For full details on the contest, resources on biodiversityand to download an entry form, visit http://www.strategies.org/artcontest.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to info@strategies.org.


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NameThat Asteroid Contest

Students worldwide have anopportunity to name an asteroid from which an upcoming NASA mission will returnsamples to Earth.

Scheduled to launch in 2016, the mission is called the Origins-SpectralInterpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer, orOSIRIS-REx. Samples returned from the primitive surface of the near-Earth asteroidcurrently called (101955) 1999 RQ36 could hold clues to the origin of the solarsystem and organic molecules that may have seeded life on Earth. NASA also isplanning a crewed mission to an asteroid by 2025. A closer scientific study ofasteroids will provide context and help inform this mission.

The competition is open to students under age 18 from anywhere in the world.Each contestant can submit one name, up to 16 characters long. Entries mustinclude a short explanation and rationale for the name. Submissions must bemade by an adult on behalf of the student. The contest deadline is Dec. 2, 2012.

The contest is a partnership with The Planetary Society in Pasadena, Calif.,the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s, or MIT, Lincoln Laboratory inLexington and the University of Arizona in Tucson.

A panel will review proposed asteroid names. First prize will be awarded to thestudent who recommends a name that is approved by the InternationalAstronomical Union Committee for Small-Body Nomenclature.

The asteroid was discovered in 1999 by the Lincoln Near Earth Asteroid Research,or LINEAR, survey at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory. LINEAR is part of NASA’s NearEarth Observation Program in Washington, which detects and catalogs near-Earthasteroids and comets. The asteroid has an average diameter of approximatelyone-third of a mile (500 meters).

To review contest rules and guidelines, visit http://planetary.org/name.

To see a video explanation about the contest, visit https://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/features/name-asteroid.html.

For information about the OSIRIS-REx mission, visit http://osiris-rex.lpl.arizona.edu.

Questions about this contest should be directedto tps@planetary.org.

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Fall2013 NASA Aeronautics Scholarships

Applications are now being accepted through anonline process for the fall 2013 cycle of the NASA Aeronautics ScholarshipProgram. The program annually awards multiyear scholarships to 20 undergraduateand five graduate students in aeronautics or related fields of study.

Undergraduate students with at least two years of study remaining will receiveup to $15,000 per year for two years and the opportunity to receive a $10,000stipend by interning at a NASA research center during the summer. Graduate studentsreceive up to $46,000 per year for up to three years, with an opportunity toreceive a $10,000 stipend interning at a NASA research center for up to twoconsecutive summers. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate sponsors the program. The applicationperiod closes Jan. 15, 2013.

Scholarship details and application instructions are available at http://nasa.asee.org.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Tony Springer at tony.springer@nasa.gov.

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Registration Open for NASA Explorer SchoolsProject

Registration is open for educators of grades 4-12 to join the NASA ExplorerSchools project. If you are lookingfor fun, exciting and interactive ways to connect your students to NASA, thenthe NES project is for you.

NES provides a forum for accessing free lessons, student engagement activities,and professional development opportunities centered on NASA missions andscience, technology, engineering and mathematics topics and careers. NES alsooffers multiple pathways for you to connect with other motivated STEM educatorsacross the country to share best practices and ideas for classroomimplementation.

Signing up is quick and easy. Just complete the online NES registration form to start your journey.

For more information, visit the NES website at http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

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ExpandedOffer for Space Shuttle Tiles and Food

NASA is expanding its offerof space shuttle heat shield tiles and food packaged for spaceflight to museumsand schools. Museums across the United States are now eligible to receive thesepieces of space history, in addition to the schools and universities that havereceived them since the end of the Space Shuttle Program.

Providing space shuttle thermal protection tiles and dehydrated astronaut foodto museums is a way for NASA to share technology and history with the public.This initiative helps NASA inspire the next generation of space explorers,scientists and engineers.

The lightweight tiles protected the shuttles from extreme temperatures whenthey re-entered Earth’s atmosphere. The astronaut food was precooked orprocessed so it required no refrigeration and was ready to eat. It could beprepared simply by adding water or by heating.

Requests for these artifacts are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.Museums must obtain a user ID and password from their state agency for surplusproperty. Eligible educational institutions need their National Center forEducation Statistics or Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System numbersassigned by the U.S. Department of Education to apply for this offer. Schoolsand museums can obtain additional information, register for a login ID and requesta tile or food at http://gsaxcess.gov/NASAWel.htm.

Tiles are available in three types: black-coated, white-coated and uncoated.Institutions may request up to three tiles, one of each type, while supplieslast. Schools and museums are responsible for a $23.40 shipping and handlingfee per tile, which is payable to the shipping company through a securewebsite. Space food is offered as a package of approximately three space fooditems for a shipping and handling fee of $28.03. Institutions may request onlyone package of space food.

NASA also is offering artifacts representing significant human spaceflighttechnologies, processes and accomplishments from its space explorationprograms. Artifacts include 11 Fastrac engine nozzles used on X-34 aircraft;models of aircraft fuselages tested at NASA’s Langley Research Center inHampton, Va.; early space shuttle prototype models; Ranger, Telestar, ExplorerXII, Mariner VII, Nimbus and other spacecraft models; X3 solar mirrors; andvarious space shuttle components.

For additional information about thermal tiles, space food and other NASAartifacts available to museums and libraries, visit http://artifacts.nasa.gov/.

For NASA Tiles for Teachers lesson plans, visit http://artifacts.nasa.gov/shuttle_tiles_teachers.htm.

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to GSAXcessHelp@gsa.gov.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Special Event:Chat With a Mission Control Flight Officer

NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, isexcited to offer a unique opportunity to ask questions of an actual missioncontrol flight officer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Students willhave a direct connection to the public affairs console and will witness theinner workings of the International Space Station’s Mission Control Center.Additional flight control officers specializing in life support, power,data/communications and robotics may be also be available to speak withstudents.

Before you connect with mission control, a DLNeducation specialist will spend approximately 30 minutes with your studentshighlighting the many science, technology, engineering and mathematics conceptsthat are important aboard the space station. Give an incredible, inspirationalopportunity to your students and illustrate real-life applications of science,technology, engineering and mathematics in action.

For more information and to register for anupcoming event, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/special/MCC.html.

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to jsc-dislearn@mail.nasa.gov.

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New Module Available from NASA’s Digital Learning Network: STEM onStation

NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, isexcited to offer a unique opportunity to see firsthand how operating theInternational Space Station is tied to science, technology, engineering andmathematics, or STEM, classroom lessons. This module puts students in thedriver’s seat as they complete four activities that are close models ofconcepts that real NASA engineers utilize for the space station.

Grow crystals with the science activity, Create an end effector (much like the spacestation robotic arm) with the robotics activity. The engineering activitychallenges students to illustrate the relationship between the thickness ofspacesuit fabric and the mass and velocity of projectiles. In the mathematicsactivity, students must rely on their algebra and geometry know-how tocalculate the electrical energy production of the space station.

During your event, the Digital Learning Network will provide additionalinformation regarding the marvel of the space station. Completion of activitiesis encouraged but not required. If your students have completed the activities,they will be given time to share their results with the DLN host.

For more information and to register for an upcoming event, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/events/STEM_on_Station.html.

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

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DOWNLOADNOW: ‘Museum in a Box’ Flight Science Lessons

NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate has been busy adding to and updatingnearly all the Museum in a Box lesson plans over the past few months. Currentlythere are 32 lessons available that span grade levels K-12.

Great for educators at museums, science centers andschools, Museum in a Box provides exciting hands-on/minds-on lessons with anaeronautics theme to inspire future scientists, mathematicians and engineers. Alllessons align with national science and mathematics standards.

Lesson categories include History of Flight, Parts of an Airplane, Principlesof Flight, Structures and Materials (including space shuttle tire and tilelessons), Propulsion, Future Flight, Careers in Aeronautics, and Airspace.

Lessons that can be downloaded are marked “Available for download”next to the lesson title.

To download the lessons, visit http://www.aeronautics.nasa.gov/mib.htm.

If you have questions about Museum in a Box, contact April Lanotte at april.a.lanotte@nasa.gov.

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

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

NASA Education Express — Sept. 6, 2012

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

NASA’sDigital Learning Network Presents “Roving on Mars With Curiosity”
Audience: Grades 5-12
Event Date: Sept. 8, 2012, 1:30-2:30 p.m. EDT

REGISTRATION OPEN: ZeroRobotics High School Tournament 2012 Starts This Saturday, Sept. 8!!!
Audience:9-12 Educators and Students
CompetitionBegins: Sept. 8, 2012

NASA’s Science MissionDirectorate Education Professional Development Survey
Audience: All Educators
Survey Deadline: Sept. 10,2012

YouTube Space Lab Live Broadcast of SpaceExperiments
Audience: All Educators and Students
Live Broadcast Date: Sept. 13, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. EDT

Newton’s Laws of Motion: Lunar Nautics Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Sept. 13, 2012

NASA’sDigital Learning Network Presents Space Shuttle Endeavour “Fly-Out”Celebration
Audience: Grades 4-12
Event Date: Sept. 17, 2012, 1 – 2 p.m. EDT

DEADLINE EXTENDED: NASA’s Glenn ResearchCenter’s Exploring Project
Audience: 9-12 Students
New Application Deadline: Sept. 17, 2012

2013 Alan Shepard Technology inEducation Awards
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: Jan. 14, 2013

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NASA’sDigital Learning Network Presents “Roving on Mars With Curiosity”

Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, on Sept. 6, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. EDT for a special event to launch thenewly updated “Next Step Mars” module. Help your students get acloser look at Mars by studying alongside the Curiosity rover. See how Curiosity made itsway to the Red Planet, and engage in the data that comes from approximately 78million kilometers (48,360,000 miles) away.

This webcast launch is part of the Rockets to Racecars activitiestaking place at Richmond International Raceway. After this kick-off event, the module will be availableonline for teacher use.

For more information and to watch the webcast online, visit the DLN website at http://dln.nasa.gov.

Inquiries about this webcast should be directed to Bonnie Murray at bonnie.murray@nasa.gov.

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REGISTRATION OPEN: Zero Robotics High SchoolTournament 2012 Starts This Saturday, Sept. 8!!!

NASA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, andMassachusetts Institute of Technology’s, or MIT’s, Space Systems Laboratory areproud to announce that the next Zero Robotics High School Tournament will takeplace this fall, offering high school students the opportunity to designexperiments that will be tested in space.

Zero Robotics challenges high school student teams to write their ownalgorithms to fly the Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient,Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES. The competition starts online where teamscompete to solve an annual challenge guided by mentors. Students can create,edit, share, save, simulate and submit code, all from a Web browser. Afterseveral phases of virtual competition, finalists are selected to compete in alive championship aboard the International Space Station!

Teams may register now:
1) Go to http://zerorobotics.mit.edu/.
2) Log In or Create an Account. (Note: You can start programming in the onlineintegrated development environment at this point!)
3) Click “Tournaments” and register for the High School Tournament.
4) Create a team and invite other users.
5) Visit Resources to get started.

The competition starts on Sept. 8, 2012with a live webcast kickoff, and you can try out the site right now just bycreating an account.

The Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2012 is brought to you by NASA andDARPA, and facilitated by the MIT Space Systems Laboratory, TopCoder and AuroraFlight Sciences.

To see a promotional video for the competition, visit https://www.youtube.com/roboticsinspace.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to zerorobotics@mit.edu.

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NASA’s Science MissionDirectorate Education Professional Development Survey

NASA’s Science MissionDirectorate, or SMD, is strongly committed to enhancing the nation’s science,technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education. As part of thatcommitment, each of the four divisions within the SMD established an Educationand Public Outreach, or E/PO, Forum. Each Forum consists of a team ofscientists and educators that coordinates activities using NASA sciencecontent, expertise and facilities.

One of the areas for theForums is teacher professional development. In an effort to continue offeringthe most valuable professional development experience possible, the Forums areseeking your expert input.

Please fill in the surveyfound at the website listed below. The survey should take less than 20 minutes.We are asking for yourresponse by Sept. 10, 2012.

http://bit.ly/NASAscienceteacher

Please email any questionsabout this survey to Theresa Schwerin at theresa_schwerin@strategies.org.

Thank you very much foryour contribution to NASA Science E/PO Forums!

The NASA Science E/POForums
Cassie Soeffing, Institutefor Global Environmental Strategies
Earth Science Forum

Lindsay Bartolone, AdlerPlanetarium
Astrophysics Forum

Ruth Paglierani, Universityof California, Berkeley
Heliophysics Forum

Sheri Klug Boonstra,Arizona State University
Planetary Science Forum

Liz Burck, NASA Goddard SpaceFlight Center/Wyle Information Systems, LLC
Earth Science Forum

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YouTube Space Lab Live Broadcast of SpaceExperiments

NASA has partnered with Space Adventures and YouTube on a global competitionthat challenged 14-18 year old students to design a science experiment to beperformed in space. The winning experiments were conducted aboard the InternationalSpace Station, or ISS, and the results will be revealed live on YouTube.

Of the 2,000 experiment ideas received from students in over 80 countries, onlytwo were chosen to fly to space. The world will now see the winning experimentsperformed by astronaut Sunita Williams during a live stream on YouTube from 250miles above Earth aboard the space station. The 40-minute live program willbegin with host Bill Nye interviewing the global winners and special guests viaGoogle+ Hangout, and feature the story of Space Lab told through videos sinceits launch last year. Then, NASA’s Mission Control Center will connect thestudio to the ISS for a conversation with astronaut Sunita Williams.

The live broadcast can be seen on Sept. 13, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. EDT, at https://www.youtube.com/spacelab.

For more information on YouTube Space lab, visit https://www.youtube.com/spacelab.

For more information on NASA Education programs, visit https://www.nasa.gov/education.

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Newton’sLaws of Motion: Lunar Nautics Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on Sept. 13, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. This Web seminar features threelessons for grades 5-8, focusing on a real-world understanding of Newton’s Lawsof Motion and addresses common misconceptions associated with the laws. Thefeatured lessons are Rocket Staging: Balloon Staging, Lunar Landing: SwingingTray and Lunar Base Supply Egg Drop.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar1.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’sDigital Learning Network Presents Space Shuttle Endeavour “Fly-Out”Celebration

NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, is hosting a special event on Sept. 17, 2012, at 1 p.m. EDT tocommemorate the departure of space shuttle Endeavour. JoinDLN hosts Rachel Power and Joshua Santora live at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centerin Florida as space shuttle Endeavour continues her journey on the back of theShuttle Carrier Aircraft, a modified 747, to its final destination at theCalifornia Science Center in the heart of Los Angeles.

The Space Shuttle Endeavour “Fly-Out”Celebration will include special guests that have worked on the space shuttleover the years both on land and in space. Also, the DLN team from NASA’s JetPropulsion Laboratory, located in Pasadena, Calif., will be giving a preview ofwhat awaits Endeavour on the West Coast.

For more information and to watch the webcast online, visit the DLN website at http://dln.nasa.gov.

Do you have a question you would like to see answered live during the webcast?Send questions to dlinfochannel@gmail.com.

Inquiries about this webcast should be directed to JoshuaSantora at Joshua.Santora@nasa.gov.

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DEADLINEEXTENDED: NASA’s Glenn Research Center’s Exploring Project

NASA’s Glenn Research Center, or GRC, in Cleveland, Ohio, is acceptingapplications for the Exploring Project. This opportunity allows students toexplore the variety of science, technology, engineering and mathematics careerchoices available at NASA and at Glenn Research Center.

During the months of October through April, participants spend two hours afterschool, once per week, meeting with Exploring advisors to take part inactivities relating to one of five tracks. Applicants can choose from focusareas in Aeronautics, Computer Technology, Balloon Sat Technology, Human SpaceFlight and eXtreme Green.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and between the ages of 14 and 20. Applicationsare due Sept. 17, 2012.

For more information about this opportunity, please visit https://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/education/NASAExplorers_GRC.html.

Questions about the GRC ExploringProject should be directed by email to GRC-Intern@mail.nasa.govor by telephone to 216-433-6656.

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2013Alan Shepard Technology in Education Awards

Do you know K-12 teachers or district-leveladministrators who are making a difference in education through the use oftechnology? Recognize their achievements by nominating them for the AlanShepard Technology in Education Award. The Astronauts Memorial Foundation, inpartnership with NASA and the Space Foundation, will recognize theaccomplishments of one outstanding individual and his or her contributions tolifelong learning through the application of technology in the classroom or inthe professional development of teachers.

Technology personnel and K-12 classroom teachers who have demonstratedexemplary use of technology to enhance learning are eligible for this award.School principals, superintendents or associate superintendents may nominateeligible candidates. The award will be presented in April 2013 at the 29thNational Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo. The deadline forapplications is Jan. 14, 2013.

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

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

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Don’t miss out on education-related opportunitiesavailable 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 — August 30, 2012

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

2012-2013 NASA’s University Student Launch Initiative
Audience: Higher Education Students
Proposal Deadline: Aug. 31, 2012

Become a NASA Galileo EducatorNetwork Fellow
Audience: K-12 Educator Professional Development Providers
Application Deadline: Aug. 31, 2012

Minorities Striving and Pursuing HigherDegrees of Success in Earth System Science
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Aug. 31, 2012

‘Blast Back toSchool’ International Space Station Downlink and Webcast
Audience:K-12 Educators and Students
EventDate: Sept. 4, 2012, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EDT

NASA’s Glenn Research Center’s Exploring Project
Audience: 9-12 Students
Application Deadline: Sept. 5, 2012

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents”Roving on Mars With Curiosity”
Audience: Grades 5-12
Event Date: Sept. 8, 2012, 1:30-2:30 p.m. EDT

Presenters Needed for2013 Space Exploration Educators Conference
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Sept. 6, 2012

REGISTRATIONOPEN: Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2012
Audience:9-12 Educators and Students
CompetitionBegins: Sept. 8, 2012

2013 NASA’s Reduced Gravity EducationFlight Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators & Students
Proposal Deadline: Oct. 24, 2012

NASA’s Glenn Research Center’s HighSchool Shadowing Project
Audience: Students in Grades 10-12
Session I Application Deadline: Nov. 2, 2012
Session II Application Deadline: Jan. 25, 2013
Sessions III and IV Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2013

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2012-2013 NASA’s University Student Launch Initiative

NASA’s University Student Launch Initiative, orUSLI, is a competition that challenges university-level students to design,build and launch a reusable rocket with a scientific or engineering payload toone mile above ground level. The project engages students in scientificresearch and real-world engineering processes with NASA engineers.

Once selected, teams design their rockets and payloads throughout the academicyear. USLI requires a NASA review of the teams’ preliminary and critical designs.The project also requires flight and launch readiness reviews before therockets and payloads are approved for launch. Teams complete a Post-LaunchAssessment Review to include conclusions from their science or engineeringexperiment and the overall flight performance. The Preliminary Design Review,Critical Design Review and Flight Readiness Review are conducted by a panel ofscientists and engineers from NASA, NASA contactors and external partners.

NASA’s Student Launch Projects are sponsored by ATK Aerospace Systems. Theannual launch event is hosted at Bragg Farms in Toney, Ala., and launchservices are provided by the National Association of Rocketry. The 2012-2013launch will be on April 20, 2013. Proposals are due Aug. 31, 2012.

The Statement of Work and instructions for submitting a proposal can be foundon the USLI website at http://education.msfc.nasa.gov/usli.

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

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Becomea NASA Galileo Educator Network Fellow

The NASA Galileo Educator Network is accepting applications for a professional development institute in September 2012, atthe Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Ill.

The 15-hour institute will focus on the integration of science content, sciencepractices and the nature of science as outlined in thenational Framework for K–12 Science Education. The goal of this program is totrain participants to assist K-12 teachers with the implementation of the NextGeneration Science Standards, in the context of astronomy and space science.

Lodging support for out-of-town participants and stipends for all participantsare available.

Applications are due Aug. 31,2012.

For more information about the NASA Galileo Educator Network and to apply forthe professional development institute online, visit http://astrosociety.org/education/GEN/index.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to Brian Kruse at bkruse@astrosociety.org.

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MinoritiesStriving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success in Earth System Science

The Minorities Striving and Pursuing HigherDegrees of Success in Earth System Science, or MS PHD’S, initiative wasdeveloped by and for underrepresented minorities to facilitate increasedparticipation in earth system science. Each year, the initiative engages approximately 25 minorityundergraduate and graduate students in a series of activities.

The project starts with orientation and a broad earth system science andengineering exposure during MS PHD’S community-building activities at the American Geophysical Unionfall meeting in San Francisco, Calif.

Participants will engage in additional professional development activities atone of the MS PHD’S organizational partners’ meetings. These activities couldinclude attending meetings of the American Meteorological Society, the Associationfor the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, the National Association ofBlack Geologists and Geophysicists, and the Ecological Society of America,among others. Each participant will attend the meeting that most closely alignswith his or her specific academic and professional interests.

The final phase will occur at the National Academies in Washington, D.C., whereparticipants will visit government agencies and engage in dialogs withprofessional society and foundation representatives. Each student will alsoreceive a scholarship award of up to $1,000 and participate in a tour of NASA’sGoddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

The deadline for submitting the online applicationis Aug. 31, 2012.

For more information about the MSPHD’S initiative and how to apply, visit http://www.msphds.org/.

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to pdp@msphds.org.

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‘Blast Back to School’ International SpaceStation Downlink and Webcast

Join astronauts Suni Williams and Joe Acaba live from the International SpaceStation, orbiting 250 miles above Earth for a downlink on Sept. 4, 2012, at 11:30 a.m. EDT.

During this hour webcast presented by NASA Explorer Schools, students and thepublic will learn about life aboard the space station, current research, andthe path to becoming a NASA scientist, engineer or astronaut. Also featured inthe program are Ray Lugo, director of NASA’s Glenn Research Center, andastronaut Greg (Box) Johnson.

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

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

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NASA’sGlenn Research Center’s Exploring Project

NASA’s Glenn Research Center, or GRC, in Cleveland, Ohio, is acceptingapplications for the Exploring Project. This opportunity allows students toexplore the variety of science, technology, engineering and mathematics careerchoices available at NASA and at Glenn Research Center.

During the months of October through April, participants spend two hours afterschool, once per week, meeting with Exploring advisors to take part inactivities relating to one of five tracks. Applicants can choose from focusareas in Aeronautics, Computer Technology, Balloon Sat Technology, Human SpaceFlight and eXtreme Green.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and between the ages of 14 and 20. Applicationsare due Sept. 5, 2012.

For more information about this opportunity, please visit https://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/education/NASAExplorers_GRC.html.

Questions about the GRC Exploring Projectshould be directed by email to GRC-Intern@mail.nasa.govor by telephone to 216-433-6656.

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NASA’sDigital Learning Network Presents “Roving on Mars With Curiosity”

Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, on Sept. 6, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. EDT for a special event to launch thenewly updated “Next Step Mars” module. Help your students get acloser look at Mars by studying alongside the Curiosity rover. See how Curiosity made itsway to the Red Planet, and engage in the data that comes from approximately 78million kilometers (48,360,000 miles) away.

This webcast launch is part of the Rockets to Racecars activitiestaking place at Richmond International Raceway. After this kick-off event, the module will be availableonline for teacher use.

For more information and to watch the webcast online, visit the DLN website at http://dln.nasa.gov.

Inquiries about this webcast should be directed to Bonnie Murray at bonnie.murray@nasa.gov.

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Presenters Needed for 2013 Space ExplorationEducators Conference

The 19th Annual Space Exploration EducatorsConference, or SEEC, is taking place Feb. 7-9, 2013, at Space Center Houston.The goal of SEEC is to encourage K-12 educators to use space to teach allsubjects in their classrooms. Over 700 educators gather for this event eachyear.

Conference organizers are looking for 170interactive sessions that present exciting classroom activities. All sessionsmust have a hands-on component; lecture sessions will not be accepted.Proposals are due Sept.6, 2012.

For more information, visit http://spacecenter.org/TeachersSEEC.html.

If you have any questions about the conference,please call 281-244-2149 or email seec@spacecenter.org.

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REGISTRATIONOPEN: Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2012

NASA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, andMassachusetts Institute of Technology’s, or MIT’s, Space Systems Laboratory areproud to announce that the next Zero Robotics High School Tournament will takeplace this fall, offering high school students the opportunity to designexperiments that will be tested in space.

Zero Robotics challenges high school student teams to write their ownalgorithms to fly the Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient,Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES. The competition starts online where teamscompete to solve an annual challenge guided by mentors. Students can create,edit, share, save, simulate and submit code, all from a Web browser. Afterseveral phases of virtual competition, finalists are selected to compete in alive championship aboard the International Space Station!

Teams may register now:
1) Go to http://zerorobotics.mit.edu/.
2) Log In or Create an Account. (Note: You can start programming in the onlineintegrated development environment at this point!)
3) Click “Tournaments” and register for the High School Tournament.
4) Create a team and invite other users.
5) Visit Resources to get started.

The competition starts on Sept. 8, 2012 with a live webcast kickoff, and youcan try out the site right now just by creating an account.

The Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2012 is brought to you by NASA andDARPA, and facilitated by the MIT Space Systems Laboratory, TopCoder and AuroraFlight Sciences.

To see a promotional video for the competition, visit https://www.youtube.com/roboticsinspace.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to zerorobotics@mit.edu.

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2013NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program

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

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

Proposals are due Oct.24, 2012.

Interested students also should submit a letter of intent by Sept. 12, 2012.This step is optional but serves as an introductory notice that a team plans tosubmit a proposal for the upcoming competition.

NASA will announce selected teams Dec. 5, 2012. The teams will fly in thesummer of 2013. Once selected, teams also may invite a full-time, accreditedjournalist to fly with them and document the team’s experiment and experiences.All applicants must be full-time undergraduate students, U.S. citizens and atleast 18 years old.

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

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

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NASA’sGlenn Research Center’s High School Shadowing Project

NASA’s Glenn Research Center, or GRC, in Cleveland, Ohio, is acceptingapplications for its High School Shadowing Project sessions for the 2012-2013school year. This opportunity provides students with a one- to five-day careerexploration experience at Glenn Research Center.

The project provides high school students with an opportunity to explore careerpossibilities in a research and development environment while under theguidance of a NASA scientist, engineer, technician or administrativeprofessional that serves as the student’s mentor. Students are providedinformation about various careers, career paths and Glenn Research Centereducational resources and programs.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 16 years old by the applicationdeadline. Four sessions are scheduled for the 2012-2013 school year.

Session I —
Application Deadline: Nov. 2, 2012
Session Date: Dec. 4, 2012

Session II —
Application Deadline: Jan. 25, 2013
Session Date: Feb. 27, 2013

Session III —
Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2013
Session Date: March 26, 2013

Session IV —
Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2013
Session Date: April 24, 2013

For more information about this opportunity, please visit https://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/education/ShadowingProgram_GRC.html.

Questions about the GRC High SchoolShadowing Project should be directed by email to GRC-Intern@mail.nasa.gov or bytelephone to 216-433-6656.

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Don’t miss out on education-related opportunitiesavailable 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 — August 23, 2012

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

2012-2013 NASA’s University Student Launch Initiative
Audience: Higher Education Students
Proposal Deadline: Aug. 31, 2012

Become a NASA Galileo EducatorNetwork Fellow
Audience: K-12 Educator Professional Development Providers
Application Deadline: Aug. 31, 2012

Minorities Striving and Pursuing HigherDegrees of Success in Earth System Science
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Aug. 31, 2012

Presenters Neededfor 2013 Space Exploration Educators Conference
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Sept. 6, 2012

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate Education Professional Development Survey
Audience: All Educators
Survey Deadline: Sept. 10, 2012

2013 NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Limited to 50 Teams

Green Strides WebinarSeries
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Multiple dates through May 2013

New DIYPodcast Module Available — Recycling
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students

New NASA eClips Videos Available
Audience: 6-12 Educators

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

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2012-2013 NASA’s University Student Launch Initiative

NASA’s University Student Launch Initiative, orUSLI, is a competition that challenges university-level students to design,build and launch a reusable rocket with a scientific or engineering payload toone mile above ground level. The project engages students in scientificresearch and real-world engineering processes with NASA engineers.

Once selected, teams design their rockets and payloads throughout the academicyear. USLI requires a NASA review of the teams’ preliminary and criticaldesigns. The project also requires flight and launch readiness reviews beforethe rockets and payloads are approved for launch. Teams complete a Post-LaunchAssessment Review to include conclusions from their science or engineeringexperiment and the overall flight performance. The Preliminary Design Review,Critical Design Review and Flight Readiness Review are conducted by a panel ofscientists and engineers from NASA, NASA contactors and external partners.

NASA’s Student Launch Projects are sponsored by ATK Aerospace Systems. Theannual launch event is hosted at Bragg Farms in Toney, Ala., and launchservices are provided by the National Association of Rocketry. The 2012-2013launch will be on April 20, 2013. Proposals are due Aug. 31, 2012.

The Statement of Work and instructions for submitting a proposal can be foundon the USLI website at http://education.msfc.nasa.gov/usli.

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

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Becomea NASA Galileo Educator Network Fellow

The NASA Galileo Educator Network is accepting applications for a professional development institute in September 2012, atthe Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Ill.

The 15-hour institute will focus on the integration of science content, sciencepractices and the nature of science as outlined in thenational Framework for K–12 Science Education. The goal of this program is totrain participants to assist K-12 teachers with the implementation of the NextGeneration Science Standards, in the context of astronomy and space science.

Lodging support for out-of-town participants and stipends for all participantsare available.

Applications are due Aug. 31,2012.

For more information about the NASA Galileo Educator Network and to apply forthe professional development institute online, visit http://astrosociety.org/education/GEN/index.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to Brian Kruse at bkruse@astrosociety.org.

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MinoritiesStriving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success in Earth System Science

The Minorities Striving and Pursuing HigherDegrees of Success in Earth System Science, or MS PHD’S, initiative wasdeveloped by and for underrepresented minorities to facilitate increasedparticipation in earth system science. Each year, the initiative engages approximately 25 minorityundergraduate and graduate students in a series of activities.

The project starts with orientation and a broad earth system science andengineering exposure during MS PHD’S community-building activities at the American Geophysical Union fallmeeting in San Francisco, Calif.

Participants will engage in additional professional development activities atone of the MS PHD’S organizational partners’ meetings. These activities couldinclude attending meetings of the American Meteorological Society, the Associationfor the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, the National Association ofBlack Geologists and Geophysicists, and the Ecological Society of America,among others. Each participant will attend the meeting that most closely alignswith his or her specific academic and professional interests.

The final phase will occur at the National Academies in Washington, D.C., whereparticipants will visit government agencies and engage in dialogs withprofessional society and foundation representatives. Each student will alsoreceive a scholarship award of up to $1,000 and participate in a tour of NASA’sGoddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

The deadline for submitting the online applicationis Aug. 31, 2012.

For more information about the MSPHD’S initiative and how to apply, visit http://www.msphds.org/.

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to pdp@msphds.org.

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Presenters Needed for 2013 Space ExplorationEducators Conference

The 19th Annual Space Exploration EducatorsConference, or SEEC, is taking place Feb. 7-9, 2013, at Space Center Houston.The goal of SEEC is to encourage K-12 educators to use space to teach allsubjects in their classrooms. Over 700 educators gather for this event eachyear.

Conference organizers are looking for 170interactive sessions that present exciting classroom activities. All sessionsmust have a hands-on component; lecture sessions will not be accepted.Proposals are due Sept.6, 2012.

For more information, visit http://spacecenter.org/TeachersSEEC.html.

If you have any questions about the conference,please call 281-244-2149 or email seec@spacecenter.org.

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NASA’s Science Mission Directorate EducationProfessional Development Survey

NASA’s Science MissionDirectorate, or SMD, is strongly committed to enhancing the nation’s science,technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education. As part of thatcommitment, each of the four divisions within the SMD established an Educationand Public Outreach, or E/PO, Forum. Each Forum consists of a team ofscientists and educators that coordinates activities using NASA sciencecontent, expertise and facilities.

One of the areas for the Forums is teacher professional development. In aneffort to continue offering the most valuable professional developmentexperience possible, the Forums are seeking your expert input.

Please fill in the survey found at the website listed below. The survey shouldtake less than 20 minutes. We are asking for your response by Sept. 10,2012.

http://bit.ly/NASAscienceteacher

Please email any questions about this survey toTheresa Schwerin at theresa_schwerin@strategies.org.

Thank you very much for your contribution to NASA Science E/PO Forums!

The NASA Science E/PO Forums
Cassie Soeffing, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
Earth Science Forum

Lindsay Bartolone, Adler Planetarium
Astrophysics Forum

Ruth Paglierani, University of California, Berkeley
Heliophysics Forum

Sheri Klug Boonstra, Arizona State University
Planetary Science Forum

Liz Burck, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Wyle Information Systems, LLC
Earth Science Forum

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2013 NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition

NASA is challenging U.S.and international undergraduate and graduate student teams to design and builda telerobotic or autonomous excavator, called a Lunabot, that may result inclever ideas and solutions which could be applied to an actual lunar excavationdevice or payload. The lunabot must be able to mine and deposit a minimum of 10kilograms (22 pounds) of lunar simulant in 10 minutes.

Design teams must include one faculty advisor from a college or university andat least two undergraduate or graduate students. Universities may work incollaboration, and multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

Selected teams will compete in the Lunabotics Mining Competition at NASA’sKennedy Space Center in Florida on May 20-24, 2013. Registration is limited tothe first 50 approved teams. Registration is limited to one team per universitycampus. Internationally, registration is limited to five teams per country.

Registration will end when NASA approves 50applications.

For more information about the competition andto apply online, visit https://www.nasa.gov/lunabotics.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Susan Sawyer at Susan.G.Sawyer@nasa.gov.

Like NASA Lunabotics on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Lunabotics.
Watch Lunabotics videos on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/Lunabotics.
Follow Lunabotics on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/NASALunabotics.

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Green Strides Webinar Series

The U.S. Department of Education presents theGreen Strides Webinar Series. These webinars feature experts from variousfederal programs. The webinars are free, and events are scheduled through theend of the 2012-2013 school year.

For more information and registration, visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/webinar-series.doc.

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

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New DIY Podcast Module Available — Recycling

NASA’s Do-It-Yourself Podcast offers resources for educators and students tocreate podcasts using free NASA images, video footage and audio clips. Thenewest DIY Podcast topic module focuses on recycling. While recycling may be arelatively new task for humans, it is common practice for Mother Nature. Air andwater are constantly recycled by nature for use on Earth. NASA recycles too, onEarth and in space.

NASA centers recycle paper, plastic, batteries, excess materials fromconstruction and demolition projects, and other items. But what does NASArecycle in space?

NASA uses special purification systems on the space station to recycle water,sweat, urine and air so that astronauts have clean water to drink and use andhave fresh air to breathe.

Challenge your students to brainstorm about how to make recycling a common partof their lives. And then visit NASA’s DIY Podcast site today to integratepodcasting into your classroom. Encourage your students to mashup audio andvideo clips to develop informative and creative podcasts about recycling. Videoand audio clips feature interviews with astronauts and NASA specialists. Thesite also provides background information on recycling.

Additionally, educators may visit the DIY Podcast blog for tips and ideas onhow to use podcasting in your lessons.

For more information and to access the Recycling topic module, visit NASA’s DIYPodcast site today at https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/diypodcast/index.html.

If you have questions or comments about NASA’s DIY Podcast, please email educationpodcast@nasa.gov.

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NewNASA eClips Videos Available

Check out the new videos that NASA eClips™ has rolled out for August.

RealWorld: NASA Harnesses Half Life (Grades 6-8) — Learn about isotopes andradioactive decay. See how NASA uses the predictable decay of certain elementsto power spacecraft in remote locations. Find out why a Radioisotope PowerSystem, or RPS, provides dependable energy for the Mars Science Laboratory.
Launchpad:What Are Radioisotope Power Systems? (Grades 9-12) — NASA usesRadioisotope Power Systems, or RPS, to convert heat from radioactive decay toelectricity, creating predictable, continuous power for long missions inextreme environments. But learn how a next generation Radioisotope StirlingEngine will perform four times more efficiently and help NASA use even less ofa precious resource.
Launchpad:History, Benefits and Safety of Radioisotope Power Systems (Grades 9-12) –With safety designed from inside out and outside in, see how NASA has usedRadioisotope Power Systems, or RPS, for more than 20 missions over the last 50years. Discover the advantages of an RPS that allow spacecraft like Voyager todo important scientific maneuvers even after being in the extreme environmentof space for 30 years! Find out where an RPS could take us in the future.

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

Follow NASA eClips on Facebook and Twitter!

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What’s New at NASA’s Space Place Website

NASA’s Curiosity rover gears up tobegin its study of Mars just in time for the start of school. FollowingCuriosity’s adventures of exploration can help keep kids excited about scienceand space. The Space Place, along with our new mobile applications, can helptoo.

Introducing Space Place Prime!
Space Place Prime is a spinoff of The Space Place, but for the iPad and amultigenerational audience. It is a content presentation app, updated daily viawireless connection, which gathers some of the best and most recent offeringsfrom NASA. It taps timely educational and easy-to-read articles from thewebsite, as well as daily updates of NASA space and Earth images and the latestinformative videos.

The interface is a grid of images, which you can slide with your finger anywhich way to your heart’s content. Each feature is represented by a uniqueimage, labeled with an icon to show whether it is an image, video, article oractivity. Tapping on the image takes you to the feature.

For a more organized view, a list mode presents separate menus of images,videos and articles (including activity articles).

You can share the images and short videos with your class using a digitalprojector and a high-definition multimedia interface adapter for the iPad.

Space Place Prime is available free in the Apple App Store. See iTunes previewat http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/space-place-prime/id543935008?mt=8.

New Resource for Space Place enEspañol
This year has been an amazing one for daytime sky watchers. On May20, we had a solar eclipse, partial or annular, depending on your viewinglocation. And on June 5 (or 6), a very rare Venus transit occurred, which issimilar to an eclipse. Both of these events and the basic concept of eclipsesare explained in a new “Explore” page in both English and Spanish on The SpacePlace. Check it out at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/sp/venus-transit/.

Spotlight on Mars
“Let’s go to Mars!” The Mars adventure game gives kids the task ofpicking items that would be useful to take on a long trip to Mars. The player’sgame success depends on the usefulness and practicality of the items chosen.For example, dumb-bells wouldn’t be very useful for exercising in a weightlessenvironment. And potato chips take up too much space. But notepaper and somecrayons might come in handy, as would a first-aid kit. Blast off at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/mars-adventure/.

For the Classroom
What’s the difference between a comet and an asteroid? Most of usknow that a comet has a tail and maybe a certain level of predictability. Butwhat, fundamentally, distinguishes one from the other? Or is there a fuzzy areawhere either term could apply? Our new “Comets vs. Asteroids” four-page flyertells all with pictures, easy explanations, fun facts and even a word searchpuzzle. Download and print it at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/posters/#asteroids.

Forout-of-school time
Make Space Place t-shirts. Print our beautiful Space Place art oniron-on transfer paper you can buy at a crafts store. Iron the transfer ontoany t-shirt, old or new. You can also iron a colorful solar system transfergraphic onto the back of the shirt to help students (either the ones wearingthe shirt or the ones looking at their backs) learn the names of the planets.

Alternatively, Lands’ End® has created an embroidered Space Placeinsignia, which you can order on any Lands’ End® shirt, hat, bag or otherproduct. Either way, go to http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/t-shirt/to get started.

Special Days

Sept. 15: Respect for the Aged Day in Japan
(Why don’t we have such a holiday in the U.S.?) A fun way to observe thisday is to play the “How Old Do I Look?” game. Go to http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/whats-older/.

Sept. 16: Collect Rocks Day
You never know when the rock you pick up might have fallen from Mars oranother extraterrestrial locale. See what rock collecting did for one NASAscientist by watching a Space Place Live episode at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/space-place-live/#burnett.

Sept. 23, 1846: Johan G. Galle Discovered Neptune
This smallest of the gas giants would still hold 60 Earths! Find out moreabout Neptune and all the other planets by reading the interactive or .pdfstorybook, “The First Annual Planet Awards!” It’s at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/story-planet-awards/.

October: Energy Awareness Month
The “Power Up!” game on our sister website, NASA’s Climate Kids, will helpstudents become more aware of renewable energy sources. Go to http://climate.nasa.gov/kids/powerupcleanly/.

Oct. 13: Train Your Brain Day
Flex your memory muscles by playing “Spitzer Concentration.” Match spaceimages from the Spitzer Space Telescope. Go to http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/spitzer-concentration/.

Oct. 21: Orionids Meteor Shower Peaks
Find out all about meteor showers and the best way to watch them at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/meteor-shower/.

AReminder…
The Space Place monthly wall calendar for this school year isavailable to print at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/calendar/.Also, back issues of this newsletter are available, with timeless suggestionson using The Space Place to enrich classroom and out-of-school experiences forstudents. Check them out at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/educator-newsletter/.

iPad and iTunes are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.

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Don’t miss out on education-related opportunities available from NASA. For afull 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 — August 16, 2012

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

OnlineClimate Research Applications Course
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: Aug. 20, 2012

GLOBE Student Climate ResearchCampaign Phase 2 Webinar
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Aug. 21 and Aug. 22, 2012

2012 Humans inSpace Youth Art Competition
Audience: K-12 Students
Deadline: Oct. 21, 2012

NASA Announces NextOpportunity for CubeSat Space Missions
Audience: Higher Education Educators &Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 12, 2012

New Educational Materials Available at NASA.gov
Microgravity Square Bookmark –Grades K-12
Rocketry Bookmark — All Grade Levels
STEM on Station Bookmark — All Grade Levels
Bag of Bones Activity — Grades K-8

Have a Blast LearningAbout the Moon With New Selene Video Game
Audience: All Educators and Grade 5-HigherEducation Students

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OnlineClimate Research Applications Course

The University ofNebraska-Lincoln, or UNL, offers K-12 science educators the opportunity to takepart in the development of a new online master’s-level course in ClimateResearch Applications funded by the NASA Innovations in Climate Educationprogram.

Climate change issues will serve as a context to develop research questions anddesign a discrete, locally oriented research project through which they definea problem, analyze data and develop conclusions to potentially impactdecision-making in their communities. Educators are encouraged to utilize thisopportunity to expand their knowledge of climate change, as well as their availabletools for educating students and their local communities. Participants willearn three graduate-level credit hours through UNL, as well as a stipend tocover tuition costs.

Applications are due Aug. 20, 2012.

For more information, visit http://www.smdeponews.org/programs-events/online-climate-research-applications-course-with-tuition-stipened-for-k-12-educators-apply-by-aug-20/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Christine Haney Douglassat chaney3@unl.edu.

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GLOBEStudent Climate Research Campaign Phase 2 Webinar

The second phase of the Global Learning andObservations to Benefit the Environment, or GLOBE, Student Climate ResearchCampaign, or SCRC, will launch in September 2012. Students will develop andconduct climate science research projects using GLOBE data and other long-termdata sets. Learn more by participating in the “SCRC Phase 2: Using GLOBEProtocols and Data to Study Local Climate” webinar. The webinar occursmultiple times on Aug. 21 and Aug. 22,2012.

For more information, visit http://www.globe.gov/web/scrc/overview.

Questions about the webinar may be sent to climatecampaign@globe.gov.

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2012 Humans in SpaceYouth Art Competition

The international 2012 Humans in Space Youth ArtCompetition invites students ages 10-18 to express their ideas about the futureof human space exploration through visual, literary, musical or digital art.

Artwork submissions will be judged oncreativity, skill and demonstration of meaning relevant to expressing “How willhumans use science and technology to explore space, and what mysteries will weuncover?”

Winning art will be showcased at displays andmultimedia performances worldwide from 2013 to 2014, as well as in an onlinegallery. Submissions must be received by Oct.21, 2012.

For additional information and a complete listof guidelines, visit www.humansinspaceart.org.

Inquiries about this opportunity should bedirected to Jancy McPhee at jancy.c.mcphee@nasa.gov.

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NASA Announces Next Opportunity for CubeSatSpace Missions

NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads to fly on rocketsplanned to launch between 2013 and 2016. These miniature spacecraft, known asCubeSats, could be auxiliary payloads on previously planned missions.

CubeSats are a class of research spacecraft called nanosatellites. Thesecube-shaped satellites are approximately four inches long, have a volume ofabout one quart and weigh less than three pounds.

Proposed CubeSat investigations must be consistent with NASA’s Strategic Planand the NASA education vision and goals. The research must address aspects ofscience, exploration, technology development, education or operations.

Applicants must submit proposals electronically by 4:30 p.m. EST, Nov. 12,2012. NASA will select the payloads by Jan. 31, 2013. Selection does notguarantee a launch opportunity. The selected spacecraft will be eligible forflight after final negotiations when a launch opportunity arises. NASA will notprovide funding for the development of the small satellites.

NASA recently announced the results from the third round of the CubeSat LaunchInitiative. From the first three launch initiatives, 64 payloads made the shortlist for launch opportunities between 2011 and 2014. They are eligible forlaunch pending an appropriate opportunity and final negotiations. Thesatellites come from 25 states: Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida,Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts,Michigan, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York,Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Vermont and Virginia.

For additional information about NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative program,visit http://go.nasa.gov/puk9K2 and http://go.nasa.gov/CubeSatOp.

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New Educational Materials Available at NASA.gov

The Educational Materials section of NASA’s Web site offers classroomactivities, educator guides, posters and other types of resources that areavailable for use in the classroom. Materials are listed by type, grade leveland subject. The following items are now available for downloading.

Microgravity Square Bookmark — Grades K-12

The uniquely shaped bookmark highlights the microgravity resources for K-12educators found on the Microgravity education website. The website offerslesson plans, research information, opportunities for educators and students,and multimedia highlighting NASA’s microgravity research.

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Microgravity_Square.html

Rocketry Bookmark — All Grade Levels
Blast off to the exciting world of rocketry! Thedownloadable bookmark has the Web address for NASA’s Rocketry education site.Visit the site to explore incredible rocketry resources for educators andstudents.

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Rocketry_Bookmark.html

STEM on Station Bookmark — All Grade Levels
Think beyond textbooks and use the InternationalSpace Station as a teaching resource. The bookmark has the Web address forNASA’s STEM on Station education site. Visit the site to download videos,access lesson plans and find space station opportunities for students andeducators.

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/STEMStation_Bookmark.html

Bag of Bones Activity — Grades K-8
Students test bone density using plastic snackbags, corn puff cereal and a heavy book. They apply the scientific method todetermine degrees of bone loss and learn why healthy bones are important inspace and on Earth.

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Bag_of_Bones_Activity.html

To find more NASA educational materials, visit http://search.nasa.gov/search/edFilterSearch.jsp?empty=true.

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Have a Blast Learning About the Moon With NewSelene Video Game

Use your computer to journey back some 4.5billion years, and prepare to blast away — you’re going to make a moon justlike Earth’s. All you need to do is to register to play the award-winning”Selene” online video game from the Center for EducationalTechnologies, or CET. CET is the home of NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Futureat Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, W.Va.

In “Selene: A Lunar ConstructionGame,” you and your students learn about basic geological processes onEarth and in the solar system while helping educational researchers study howand when people learn through educational video games.

Funded by NASA and the National ScienceFoundation, “Selene” has won numerous awards, and research has shownthat the game aids learning. But we need players. To register your students,email selene@cet.edu with your contact infoand times when you would be available for a short 30-minute orientation.

New for the 2012-2013 school year is aSpanish-language version of the game. The game is open to ages 9 and up and canbe played anytime, anyplace. To learn more about “Selene,” readtestimonials about it or see how it aligns with national and state sciencestandards. Visit the “Selene” website at http://selene.cet.edu.

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Don’t miss out on education-related opportunities available from NASA. For afull 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