NASA Education Express — Feb. 23, 2012

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

Chemical Elements: Genesis — What Are We Made Of? Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 27, 2012

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 2 to the International Space Station

Audience: 5-Higher Education Educators and Students

Letter of Commitment Deadline: Feb. 27, 2012

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


Engineering Design Challenge: Lunar Plant Growth Chamber Web Seminar
Audience: 4-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 29, 2012

Call for Abstracts: 63rd International Astronautical Congress

Audience: Full-time Graduate Students

Submission Deadline: Feb. 29, 2012

Derivatives: Math and Science @ Work — Space Shuttle Auxiliary Power Units Web Seminar
Audience: Calculus Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: Mar. 1, 2012

2012 Army-Navy Bridge Design Challenge

Audience: Grade 6-7 Students

Deadline: March 1, 2012

“A Vision of Discovery”: Understanding NASA Images through Art Educator Workshop

Audience: All Educators

Registration Deadline: March 1, 2012
Event Date: March 10, 2012

Polar Science Weekend at the Pacific Science Center

Audience: All Educators and Students

Event Date: March 1-4, 2012

Women’s History Month Event: Women, Innovation and Aerospace

Audience: All Educators and Students

Event Date: March 8, 2012

International Space Station National Lab Education Project
Audience: Higher Education Community
Proposal Deadline: March 23, 2012

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Audience: All Educators and Students

Nomination Deadline: April 1, 2012

Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Event Dates: Multiple Dates May – June 2012


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Chemical Elements: Genesis — What Are We Made Of? 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 Feb. 27, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn how to use the “What Are We Made Of?” hands-on activity to integrate mathematics and physical science in your classroom. Discover how students can use statistical sampling to estimate the chemical composition of the sun by analyzing data in a way similar to the one used by scientists who analyzed solar particles collected by the Genesis spacecraft.

For more information and to register online, visit
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar15.aspx

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to
NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov
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Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 2 to the International Space Station

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, in partnership with NanoRacks LLC, announces a new opportunity for communities across the U.S. and space station partner nations. The newest Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, or SSEP, flight opportunity, Mission 2 to the International Space Station, gives students across a community the ability to design and propose real experiments to fly in low Earth orbit on the International Space Station.

Each participating community will be provided an experiment slot in a real microgravity research minilaboratory scheduled to fly on the space station from Sept. 28 to Nov. 12, 2012. An experiment design competition in each community — engaging 300 to 1,000 students — allows student teams to design real experiments vying for their communities’ reserved experiment slot on the space station. Additional SSEP programming leverages the experiment design competition to engage the community, embracing a Learning Community Model for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education.

This competition is open to students in grades 5-12 and college. Informal education groups and organizations are also encouraged to participate. All participating communities must submit letters of commitment of funding by Feb. 27, 2012. The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education is standing by to help interested communities secure funding.

Through previous SSEP missions on the space shuttle and International Space Station, more than 70,000 students in almost 200 schools have had the opportunity to design and propose real experiments to fly aboard the space station. All 27 experiments selected to date, reflecting the 27 communities that participated in the program on the final two space shuttle flights, have flown in space.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit the SSEP Mission 2 to ISS National Announcement of Opportunity at:
http://ssep.ncesse.org/2011/11/announcing-communities-participating-in-ssep-mission-1-to-iss-and-new-flight-opportunity-mission-2-to-iss/

The SSEP in-orbit research opportunity is enabled through NanoRacks LLC, which is working in partnership with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of using the International Space Station as a national laboratory.

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

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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 through May 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.

Here Comes Saturn (Grades K-5)
Feb. 28, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EST.

Aerospace education specialist Tom Estill will discuss how you can find Saturn in the sky, how to put together a Saturn Star Party and how to make a model of Saturn. Participants will also learn how to access a variety of NASA lesson plans, information, current pictures from the Cassini spacecraft and NASA videos related to Saturn.

Designing Solar System Models (Grades K-12)
March 5, 2012, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. EST

Aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler will demonstrate lessons that engage students in visualizing the comparative sizes and distances of solar system bodies by making solar system objects to scale using common objects, walking off the distances between planets and participating in Web-based sun/Earth scale model activities. Lesson plans and strategies will be shared.

Get Ready for Sun-Earth Day 2012 (Grades K-12)
March 6, 2012, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. EST

Aerospace education Tom Estill will demonstrate how to register for NASA’s Sun-Earth Day 2012, how to safely view the sun and how to access live pictures of the sun from various NASA spacecraft. Participants will also learn about sun-related classroom activities.

Physics Resources for Secondary School (Grades 5-12)
March 8, 2012, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. EST

Aerospace education specialist John Weis will demonstrate simple activities and resources for teaching physics at middle- and high-school levels. Topics and resources covered will include; Newton’s Laws of Motion, energy, light and gravity. Lesson plans and modification strategies will be discussed.

Food for Thought (Grades 5-8)
March 12, 2012, 3:30 – 5 p.m. EST

Aerospace education Steve Culivan will share “Food for Thought,” a new NASA educator guide designed to explore space food and the nutritional needs of the astronauts that includes a menu of inquiry activities and other resources to address this exciting topic.

Looking at the Sun: NASA’s Missions to the Sun and the 2012 Study of the Venus Transit (Grades K-12)
March 14, 2012, 4:30 – 6 p.m. EST

Aerospace education Rick Varner will discuss the inherent connection between the sun and life on Earth This session is designed to look at NASA’s missions to the study the sun and share sun-Earth activities and resources available for use in the classroom. There will be a particular focus on the Venus Transit taking place June 5-6, 2012, and the Sun-Earth Day activities associated with this event.

Animals in Space (Grades K-5)
March 16, 2012, 10 – 11 a.m. EST

Aerospace education specialist Wil Robertson will instruct teachers on how to use stuffed animals as props in telling the story of the animals that preceded humans in space. The program is geared for teachers in K-5 with a special focus of aligning the topic with the Core Literacy Standards for elementary grades. Web resources will be provided.

Mars Uncovered: Revealing the Geological History of Mars (Grades 5-12)
March 29, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EST

Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will share an activity that uses an inquiry-based, critical-thinking approach to studying the surface of Mars like scientists do. This lesson will teach students to examine geologic features of a planetary surface and use relative age-dating techniques to analyze the information and interpret the geologic history.


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

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to
Gwendolyn Wheatle at Gwendolyn.H.Wheatle@nasa.gov.


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Engineering Design Challenge: Lunar Plant Growth Chamber 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 Feb. 29, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn how to incorporate exciting space exploration problems into your technology or life science classes. Use the engineering design process to have students design, build and evaluate the effectiveness of a lunar plant growth chambers while engaging them in research and standards-based learning experiences.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar17.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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Call for Abstracts: 63rd International Astronautical Congress

NASA announces its intent to participate in the 63rd International Astronautical Congress, or IAC, and requests that full-time graduate students attending U.S. universities or colleges respond to this call for abstracts. The IAC, which is organized by the International Astronautical Federation, the International Academy of Astronautics and the International Institute of Space Law, is the largest space-related conference worldwide and selects an average of 1,000 scientific papers every year. The upcoming IAC will be held Oct. 1-5, 2012, in Naples, Italy. NASA’s participation in this event is an ongoing effort to continue to connect NASA with the astronautical and space international community.

This call for abstracts is a precursor to a subsequent submission of a final paper, which may be presented at the 63rd IAC. Student authors are invited to submit an abstract regarding an original, unpublished paper that has not been submitted in any other forum. A NASA technical review panel of scientists and/or officials will select abstracts. Many students and professors are involved in NASA-related research. Persons submitting abstracts are strongly encouraged to seek advice from professors who are conducting NASA research and/or from NASA scientists and engineers.

Abstract Preparation
— Abstracts must be 400 words or less.
— Abstracts must be written in English.
— Abstracts cannot include formulas, tables or drawings.
— Select the symposium and session in which you wish to post your abstract. Please view the IAC brochure at http://www.iafastro.org/docs/2012/iac/IAC2012_CallForPapers.pdf for list of sessions and more details.

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

Abstracts must be submitted to the IAC’s website http://www.iac2012.org by Feb. 29, 2012 and to http://iac.nasaprs.com no later than 11:59:59 p.m. EST on March 4, 2012.

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to abstract@nasaprs.com.

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Derivatives: Math and Science @ Work — Space Shuttle Auxiliary Power Units Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools and Learning Environments and Research Network, or LEARN, projects are hosting a 60-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Mar. 1, 2012, at 8 p.m. EST. The Space Shuttle Auxiliary Power Units student activity featured in this seminar is a problem set from the Mission Control series of NASA’s Math and Science @ Work project. Participants will assume the role of a student. Attendees will work the problem set, score their results and share best practices with other participants for implementing this problem set into the classroom.

For more information and to register online, visit https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-derivatives/.

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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2012 Army-Navy Bridge Design Challenge

The U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy are proud to announce the first-ever Army-Navy Bridge Design Contest. This competition is a special edition of the national West Point Bridge Design Contest, created specifically for 6th- and 7th-grade students. The contest provides students with a realistic introduction to engineering through an engaging, hands-on design experience.

Students may work as individuals or in teams of two. There’s no cost to enter the competition. Contestants may compete on behalf of either the Army or the Navy. Students must enter this contest through a teacher sponsor. No individual submissions will be accepted.

Design submissions are due March 1, 2012. Top designs will advance to semifinal competitions. The top Army semifinalist and the top Navy semifinalist will compete in a final round competition at West Point in May 2012.

For more information about this competition, visit http://bridgecontest.usma.edu/armynavy.htm.

Questions about this competition should be directed to wpbedc1@gmail.com.

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“A Vision of Discovery”: Understanding NASA Images through Art Educator Workshop

Join NASA’s Discovery and New Frontiers Programs for educator workshops taking place in four locations on March 10, 2012. Experience real-world science and bring captivating activities to your students. Participants will learn how to use the elements of art to inspire and engage students in the interpretation and understanding of NASA imagery based on fantastic new images of Mercury from the MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging, or MESSENGER, mission and of asteroid Vesta from the Dawn mission.

“A Vision of Discovery” workshops will take place on March 10, 2012, in four locations:
— NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
— NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas
— Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, Ore.
— Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md.

Events at all four sites will include special speakers, hands-on activities with break-out sessions for K-12 and out-of-school-time educators, and resource packets full of educational resources and goodies.

NASA is offering a free webinar option of the workshop for those unable to attend in person. The webinar will allow interested parties to watch the speaker presentations in real time. These presentations will be the only portion of the workshop available by webinar.

Participants must register by March 1, 2012. The cost to attend the workshop is $25. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

For more information, including times for each site, visit http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/discovery/vision_of_discovery.asp.

Please direct questions about “A Vision of Discovery” workshops to Whitney Cobb at wcobb@mcrel.org, 303-632-5572.

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Polar Science Weekend at the Pacific Science Center

Polar Science Weekend at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Wash., is taking place March 1-4, 2012. The event is four days of hands-on activities, live demonstrations and exhibits presented by scientists who work in some of the most remote and challenging places on Earth. Learn about ice sheets and sea ice, polar bears and penguins, scientific instruments and polar expeditions.

Polar Science Weekend highlights NASA-funded work in the polar regions, and is supported by a grant from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.

For more information, visit:
http://psc.apl.washington.edu/wordpress/education/polar-science-weekend/


Questions about this event should be directed to psw@apl.washington.edu.

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Women’s History Month Event: Women, Innovation and Aerospace

To celebrate Women’s History Month, NASA and George Washington University are hosting a daylong event to foster discussion among students and early career professionals on encouraging women to enter and succeed in the field of aerospace. The event will take place at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., on March 8, 2012.

A panel discussion led by NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver will kick off the event and breakout sessions will follow. Session topics include human exploration, flash mentoring, student ambassadors and jobs enabling NASA science.

For more information and to register for the event, visit http://women.nasa.gov/womens-history-month/.

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International Space Station National Lab Education Project

The ISS National Lab Education Project, or ISS NLEP, has released a solicitation for proposals of STEM-related educational experiments that utilize the unique ISS microgravity platform.

Proposals are being accepted from the higher education communities through March 23, 2012. Seven areas of opportunities are available. These areas include general facility simulation-based, ground-based, in-orbit activities as well as specific areas that are already developed and ready for advancement.

This announcement is accessible through NSPIRES and through Grants.gov.

To access through NSPIRES, go to:
http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={8626F554-923E-4797-DEE7-89CF3988FEE3}&path=open.

To access through Grants.gov, go to:
http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=VHPgP97WbRJXqyL263ptQLXJL1CmsyGXh2y27YMLhBHGN7PDb56Y!-213555334?oppId=143253&mode=VIEW

Here’s a chance to make your ideas a part of NASA’s mission!


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Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

The National Science Foundation is currently accepting nominations and applications for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, or PAEMST, program. PAEMST is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th-grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Since 1983, more than 4,100 teachers have been recognized for their contributions to mathematics and science education. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. Up to 108 awardees may be recognized each year.

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

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

Nominations for elementary school teachers (grades K-6) are due April 1, 2012. Secondary school teachers (Grades 7-12) are eligible to apply in 2013.

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

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

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Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops

The Center for Astronomy Education, or CAE, announces a series of educator workshops for astronomy and space science educators. Advanced workshops are available for participants who have taken part in previous CAE workshops.

The overarching goal of these workshops is for participants to become familiar with research-validated active engagement teaching strategies and assessment materials, as well as how to implement them in their college courses, through role-playing, modeling, practice, and more! To accomplish this goal, participants will learn how to create productive learning environments beginning with a brief review of research on the nature of teaching and learning. Most workshop time will be spent with participants playing the roles of student, instructor and critical friend to practice implementing active engagement strategies such as interactive lectures, think-pair-share, interactive demonstrations and videos, collaborative groups, lecture-tutorials and ranking tasks. CAE is funded through the NASA JPL Exoplanet Exploration Program.

May 5, 2012 — Oceanside, Calif.
Southern California Regional Teaching Exchange


May 19-20, 2012 — Holly Springs, Miss.
Improving the College Introductory Courses Through Active Engagement: A Tier I (Introductory) Workshop

June 9-10, 2012 — Anchorage, Alaska
Improving the College Introductory Courses Through Active Engagement: A Tier I (Introductory) Workshop

June 10, 2012 — Anchorage, Alaska
NASA CAE Tier II (Advanced) Special Topics Workshop: Using Technology in the Classroom

For more information and to register for workshops online, visit
http://astronomy101.jpl.nasa.gov/workshops/index.cfm.

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

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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 — Feb. 16, 2012

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

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Webcast Series — Flying Through African-American History With the Tuskegee Airmen
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Dates: Multiple Dates Throughout February 2012

Electrolysis of Water: Math and Science @ Work — A Breath of Fresh Air Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 21, 2012

Call for Papers: Solar System Exploration @ 50 Symposium

Audience: Higher Education Educators Students

Deadline: Feb. 21, 2012

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Webcast — National African American History Month and Engineers Week

Audience: K-12 Educators and Students

Event Date: Feb. 22, 2012

Linear Regression: Exploring Space Through Math — Space Shuttle Ascent Web Seminar
Audience: Algebra Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 22, 2012

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Women In STEM High School Aerospace Scholars
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Deadline: Feb. 22, 2012

2012 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Audience: Higher Education Students

Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2012

Engineering Design Challenge: Spacecraft Structures Web Seminar
Audience: 5-9 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb 23, 2012

2012 NASA Earth Ambassador Training Program
Audience: Informal Educators
Application Deadline: March 5, 2012

Pre-Service Teacher Institutes at NASA’s Johnson Space Center
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: March 15, 2012
Institute Dates: June 18-22, June 24-30, and July 8-14, 2012


International Space Station National Lab Education Project
Audience: Higher Education Community
Proposal Deadline: March 23, 2012

New Educational Materials Available at NASA.gov
Aspire 2 Inspire Flier — All Grades
The Inverse Square Law of Light Activity — Grades 5-12
Space Math VI — Grades 5-12
Electromagnetic Math — Grades 6-12
Space Weather Math– Grades 7-12
Transit Math — Grades 5-8
2010 NASA Education Highlights — All Educators

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Webcast Series — Flying Through African-American History With the Tuskegee Airmen

In honor of National African American History Month, NASA’s Digital Learning Network is hosting a webcast series titled Flying Through African-American History With the Tuskegee Airmen. The webcast series will focus on this elite group of African-American pilots who fought war and racism in World War II and the challenges faced by early African-American aviators. Check out the last event in the series.

Mathematics Fuels the Tuskegee Airmen
Feb. 21, 2012, 1-2 p.m. EST
Over 900 men graduated as pilots from the Tuskegee Institute pilot training program. The elite class of airmen was granted the opportunity to fuel flight success with calculated risks.

Teachers interested in having their classes participate in the live audience should visit the DLN website for details to register. Requests will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

Classes not chosen to participate in the live audience may still join the webcast via live streaming on the DLN website.

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

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to
Karen.Ricks@nasa.gov.

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

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Feb. 21, 2011, at 8:15 p.m. EST. Learn how to implement a chemistry lab activity called “A Breath of Fresh Air.” During the activity, students create their own electrolysis apparatus to generate oxygen and use a Texas Instruments TI-Nspire calculator to collect data. Note: You do not need to have a TI-Nspire calculator during this professional development.

For more information and to register online, visit
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar13.aspx

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

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

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Call for Papers: Solar System Exploration @ 50 Symposium

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first successful planetary mission, Mariner 2 sent to Venus, the NASA History Program Office and the Division of Space History at the National Air and Space Museum invite papers for a conference relating to the history of planetary exploration. This historical symposium will be held in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 25-27, 2012.

Entitled “Solar System Exploration @ 50,” the purpose of this symposium is to consider what we have learned about the other bodies of the solar system and the process whereby we have learned it. This symposium seeks to pursue broader questions relating to the history of planetary exploration.

International scholars and graduate students seeking exposure to the history of the planetary sciences are particularly welcome. Proposals for papers should include a title and abstract, as well as the author’s curriculum vita. Please send all proposals, in the form of a 300-word abstract and a brief vita electronically to Dr. William P. Barry, NASA chief historian, at bill.barry@nasa.gov, and Dr. Roger D. Launius, senior curator in space history at the National Air and Space Museum, launiusr@si.edu.

The deadline for abstract submissions is Feb. 21, 2012.

For more information, visit
http://history.nasa.gov/Solar%20System%20Exploration%20@%2050%20Call%20for%20Papers.pdf.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Webcast — National African American History Month and Engineers Week

In observance of National African American History Month and Engineers Week in February, the Office of Education at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland will host a live webcast for teachers and students in grades K-12.

On Feb. 22, 2012, from 1-2 p.m. EST, students will interact live with African-American engineers and scientists who will share how they use science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, in their careers. Presenters will discuss what sparked their career choices and how students can prepare for future careers in STEM fields. The event will be streamed on the Digital Learning Network “DLiNfo” webcast channel, and during the event students can submit questions for the scientists to answer via an email address that will be provided by the on-air host.

Also during the month of February, GSFC will release two videos featuring Dr. Aprille Ericsson and James Fraction. These videos will give an inside look at what engineers do during the day. This is a great opportunity for educators and students to learn more about engineering careers at NASA.

For more information on these events and how to participate, please visit the DLiNfo webcast section at the Digital Learning Network site, http://dln.nasa.gov.

Questions about these opportunities should be directed to Trena Ferrell at Trena.M.Ferrell@nasa.gov.

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Linear Regression: Exploring Space Through Math — Space Shuttle Ascent Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools and Learning Environments and Research Network, or LEARN, Projects are hosting a 60-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Feb 22, 2012, at 8 p.m. EST. Discover how you can use the Space Shuttle Ascent activity to construct a knowledge bridge for your students between the algebra concepts they learn in your classroom and space exploration.

For more information and to register online, visit https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-linear-regression/.

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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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Women In STEM High School Aerospace Scholars

Engineer your dream job. The Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars project offers a one-of-a-kind experience for female high school juniors to jump-start their futures and explore the possibilities of a major or career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Participants begin their adventure in an online community. The project culminates with a summer experience at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Collaborate with girls from across the country and female NASA engineers and interns.

Applications are due Feb. 22, 2012.

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

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

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2012 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

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

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

All application materials must be received no later than Feb. 22, 2012. For more information, visit http://www.surf.caltech.edu/.

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

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Engineering Design Challenge: Spacecraft Structures 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 Feb. 23, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn how to incorporate the excitement of rocketry into your classroom during this Web seminar and receive an overview of the student engineering design challenge, Spacecraft Structures, where students design and construct a strong, but lightweight, structure that can withstand the launch of a water bottle “rocket.”

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar14.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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2012 NASA Earth Ambassador Training Program

Informal educators are invited to apply to the Earth Ambassador Program, part of NASA Climate Day. An Earth Ambassador is someone who is committed to the support of a series of nationwide NASA Climate Day events hosted at his or her own institution using NASA Climate Day Kit. This kit contains educational and public outreach resources.

Selected ambassadors will take part in a two-week virtual training workshop June 4-15, 2012. To sustain the engagement of Earth Ambassadors, quarterly online webinars and monthly telecons will provide up-to-date information on Climate Day Kit resources and the latest scientific research. Ambassadors will be able to collaborate with each other, the proposers and the public through listservs, social media networks and online collaborative spaces.

Applications are due March 5, 2012.

For more information and to apply online, visit
http://bit.ly/2012AO.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please email Heather Weir at
heather.weir-1@nasa.gov.

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Pre-Service Teacher Institutes at NASA’s Johnson Space Center

The Pre-Service Teacher Institute is a one-week summer residential session for early childhood and elementary education majors preparing to teach in an elementary or middle school classroom. Three institutes will take place this year: June 18-22 (for Houston and surrounding areas), June 24-30 and July 8-14, 2012. All events will take place at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

College students from diverse backgrounds will be exposed to aerospace, mathematics and science enrichment activities. Pre-service teachers are able to interface with NASA personnel and tour Johnson Space Center facilities while learning to incorporate NASA’s cutting-edge research into lesson plans for elementary and intermediate school students.

Full-time undergraduate students in their junior or senior year are invited to apply.

The application period closes on March 15, 2012. For more information, visit
http://education.jsc.nasa.gov/psti/index.htm.

Please e-mail any questions about this opportunity to Sharon Griffin at
sharon.v.griffin@nasa.gov.

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International Space Station National Lab Education Project

The ISS National Lab Education Project, or ISS NLEP, has released a solicitation for proposals of STEM-related educational experiments that utilize the unique ISS microgravity platform.

Proposals are being accepted from the higher education communities through March 23, 2012. Seven areas of opportunities are available. These areas include general facility simulation-based, ground-based, in-orbit activities as well as specific areas that are already developed and ready for advancement.

This announcement is accessible through NSPIRES and through Grants.gov.

To access through NSPIRES, go to:
http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={8626F554-923E-4797-DEE7-89CF3988FEE3}&path=open.

To access through Grants.gov, go to:
http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=VHPgP97WbRJXqyL263ptQLXJL1CmsyGXh2y27YMLhBHGN7PDb56Y!-213555334?oppId=143253&mode=VIEW.

Here’s a chance to make your ideas a part of NASA’s mission!


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New Educational Materials Available at NASA.gov

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

Aspire 2 Inspire Flier — All Grades


Science, technology, engineering and mathematics have long been perceived as being male-dominated areas. This flier describes a film that shows how women at NASA have made important and significant impacts in STEM fields. The flier also includes instructions for following the women on Twitter and watching the film on NASA.gov. A list of online resources provides access to information about NASA and community organizations.

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Aspire_2_Inspire_Flier.html


The Inverse Square Law of Light Activity — Grades 5-12

Students measure the relationship between distance and brightness of light. Once students discover the relationship, they can begin to understand how astronomers use this knowledge to determine the distances to stars and far away galaxies.

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


Space Math VI — Grades 5-12

The problems in this booklet investigate science phenomena and mathematics applications such as molecules, the Keeling Curve, solar irradiance, fractions, percentages, solving for x, geometry and trigonometry. The problems are authentic glimpses of modern science and engineering issues, often involving actual research data. Each word problem includes background information. The one-page assignments are accompanied by one-page teachers answer keys.

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


Electromagnetic Math — Grades 6-12

Electromagnetic Math is designed to supplement teaching about electromagnetism. Students explore the simple mathematics behind light and other forms of electromagnetic energy including the properties of waves, wavelength, frequency, the Doppler shift, and the various ways that astronomers image the universe across the electromagnetic spectrum to learn more about the properties of matter and its movement. This collection of 84 problems provides a variety of practical application in mathematics and science concepts including proportions, analyzing graphs, evaluating functions, the inverse-square law, parts of a wave, types of radiation, and energy. Each one-page assignment includes background information. One-page answer keys accompany the assignments.

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


Space Weather Math — Grades 7-12

Students explore the way in which the sun interacts with Earth to produce space weather and the ways in which astronomers study solar storms to predict when adverse conditions may pose a hazard for satellites and human operation in space. Space Weather Math supplements the Space Weather Action Center site as students track a solar storm from the sun until it impacts our Earth’s magnetosphere. The variety of concepts in this 96-problem collection includes concepts such as sunspot cycles, solar flares, coronal mass ejections, graph analysis, unit conversions, linear equations and probability. Each word problem includes background information. The one-page assignments are accompanied by one-page teachers answer keys.

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


Transit Math — Grades 5-8

Although planets, stars and other celestial bodies move through space in complicated ways, space is so vast that rarely do such bodies collide. However, when someone watches these movements from a distant vantage point, it sometimes looks as though collisions occur because of the perspective. The introduction of Transit Math clearly explains the apparent “collisions,” eclipses, transits and occultations to middle school students. The variety of concepts in this 44-problem collection includes synodic periods, planetary conjunctions, geometry, fractions, linear equations and probability. The problems are authentic glimpses of modern science and engineering issues, often involving actual research data. Each word problem includes background information. The one-page assignments are accompanied by one-page teachers answer keys.

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


2010 NASA Education Highlights — All Educators

NASA is taking a leading role in the effort to inspire interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through its unique mission, workforce, facilities, research and innovations. NASA continues to pursue three major education goals: strengthening NASA’s and the nation’s future workforce, attracting and retaining students in STEM disciplines, and engaging Americans in NASA’s mission. Read the highlights of NASA’s education strategy in pursuance of these goals. From collaborations with the LEGO Group and with Mary J Blige, to the launch of NASA’s Summer of Innovation in support of President Obama’s Educate to Innovate campaign for excellence in STEM education, 2010 was a year of putting innovation into action for NASA Education.

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/2010_NASA_Education_Highlights.html

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

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

NASA Education Express — Feb. 9, 2012

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

Join the Worldwide GLOBE at Night 2012 Campaign
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Feb. 12-21, 2012

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Webcast Series — Flying ThroughAfrican-American History With the Tuskegee Airmen
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Dates: Multiple Dates Throughout February 2012

Properties of Living Things:Fingerprints of Life Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 14, 2012

LinearEquations: NASA CONNECT — Breaking BarriersWeb Seminar
Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 15, 2012

4th Annual NASA STEM Educators Workshop Series
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Registration Deadline: Feb. 15, 2012

Women In STEM HighSchool Aerospace Scholars
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2012

Temperature and Earth Climate: ModelingHot and Cold Planets Web Seminar
Audience: 7-9 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 16, 2012

NASA’s Digital LearningNetwork Webcast — National African American History Month and Engineers Week
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: Feb. 22, 2012

Call for Abstracts: 63rd International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time Graduate Students
Submission Deadline: Feb. 29, 2012

“A Vision of Discovery”: Understanding NASA Images through ArtEducator Workshop
Audience: All Educators
Registration Deadline: March 1, 2012
Event Date: March 10, 2012

Women’s History Month Event: Women, Innovation and Aerospace
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: March 8, 2012

Pennsylvania Space Grant Workshops
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Workshop Dates: Multiple dates July – August 2012
Application Deadline: March 18, 2012

Astronaut Don Pettit Demonstrates Science Concepts in “Science off theSphere” Video Series
Audience: All Educators and Students

New Human Spaceflight Educational Materials Available at NASA.gov
Build the Station Simulation:Educator Guide — Grades 5-8
Play and Learn: Window to Earth– Grades K-4
Spaced Out Sports Educator Guide — Grades 5-8
“Food for Thought: Eating in Space” Educator Guide — Grades 5-8

Mass Versus Weight Educator Guide –Grades 5-8
The Texas School for the Deaf Downlink Videos — Grades K-12

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Join the Worldwide GLOBE at Night 2012 Campaign

GLOBE at Night is a worldwide, hands-on scienceand education program for primary and secondary schools. The GLOBE at Nightproject encourages citizen-scientists worldwide to record the brightness of thenight sky. During four select sets of dates, children and adults match the appearanceof a constellation (Orion or Leo in the northern hemisphere, and Orion and Cruxin the southern hemisphere) with seven star charts of progressively fainterstars. The map is located at http://www.globeatnight.org.Participants then submit their choice of star chart online with their date,time and location to help create a light-pollution map worldwide.

The GLOBE at Night 2012 campaign dates are Feb. 12-21, March 13-22 and April 11-20, 2012.Over 68,000 measurements have been contributed from more than 115 countriesover the last six years of two-week campaigns.

Children and adults can submit theirmeasurements in real time if they have a smart phone or tablet. To do this, usethe Web application at http://www.globeatnight.org/webapp/.With smart phones and tablets, the location, date and time are put inautomatically. And if you do not have a smart phone or tablet, there areuser-friendly tools on the GLOBE at Night report page to find latitude andlongitude.

Through GLOBE at Night, students, teachers,parents and community members are amassing a data set from which they canexplore the nature of light pollution locally and across the globe. Make adifference and join the GLOBE at Night efforts in 2012. Activity packets,one-page flyers and postcards advertising the campaign are available at http://www.globeatnight.org.

Please email any questions about GLOBE at Nightto globeatnight@noao.edu.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Webcast Series– Flying Through African-American History With the Tuskegee Airmen

In honor of National African American HistoryMonth, NASA’s Digital Learning Network is hosting a webcast series titledFlying Through African-American History With the Tuskegee Airmen. The webcastseries will focus on this elite group of African-American pilots who fought warand racism in World War II and the challenges faced by early African-Americanaviators.

Engineering a Proud Heritage
Feb. 14, 2012, 1-2 p.m. EST
Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama became the historic site that launchedproof that African-Americans could fly and maintain sophisticated combataircraft. Engineering schools such as the Tuskegee Institute provided the edgeneeded for African-Americans to make a significant impact during World War II.

Mathematics Fuels the Tuskegee Airmen
Feb. 21, 2012, 1-2 p.m. EST
Over 900 men graduated as pilots from the Tuskegee Institute pilot trainingprogram. The elite class of airmen was granted the opportunity to fuel flightsuccess with calculated risks.

Teachers interested in having their classes participate in the live audienceshould visit the DLN website for details to register. Requests will be taken ona first-come, first-served basis.

Classes not chosen to participate in the live audience may still join thewebcast via live streaming on the DLN website.

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

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Karen.Ricks@nasa.gov.

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Propertiesof Living Things: Fingerprints of Life 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 live professional development Web seminarfor educators on Feb. 14, 2012, at 6:30p.m. EST. The student activity featured in this seminar will introducegrades 5-8 students to the exciting world of astrobiology. The seminar willreview criteria for determining if something is alive — or not alive — andapply those criteria to determine if anything is living in any of threedifferent soil samples. This type of analysis is similar to what the Vikinglanders used on Mars when looking for life.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar12.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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Linear Equations: NASA CONNECT — Breaking Barriers Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, NASAExplorer Schools and NASA’s Learning Environmentsand Research Network, or LE&RN, projects arehosting a 60-minute Web seminar on Feb.15, 2012, at 8 p.m. EST. During this professional developmentsession, participants will receive information about the applications of linearequations at NASA and learn how to implement the Breaking Barriers activity.Breaking Barriers provides students an opportunity to step into the shoes of aNASA engineer to design, build and test an X-1 balloon.

For more information and to registeronline, visit https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-linear-equations/.

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 helpdesk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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4th Annual NASA STEM Educators Workshop Series

Join NASA for a science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM,workshop series taking place Feb. 28 -March 1, 2012, in Charlotte, N.C. This conference is for inservice,informal and preservice teachers who serve the K-12 education community. Theworkshops will explore engineering design challenges, problem-based learningactivities, distance learning modules, inquiry-based lessons and hands-onprojects.

Sarah Hill, Chris Darby and Charlotte Isham of the United Kingdom’s NationalSpace Centre and Simon Roberts of the University of Nottingham will present avirtual session titled “BeamingSpace Education Across the World.” Participants will explore newways to increase students’ understanding of moon phases, the Earth-moon-sunrelationship, the seasons and the role of space technology in monitoring andmanaging the impacts of climate change.

Registration is free. The deadline for registration is Feb. 15, 2012.

For more information and to register for the workshops, visit http://aesp.psu.edu/register/confreg.cfm.

If you have any questions about the workshops, please contact Brandon Hargis atBrandon.Hargis@nasa.gov.

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Women In STEM High School Aerospace Scholars

Engineer your dream job. The Women in STEM HighSchool Aerospace Scholars project offers a one-of-a-kind experience for femalehigh school juniors to jump-start their futures and explore the possibilitiesof a major or career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.Participants begin their adventure in an online community. The projectculminates with a summer experience at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston,Texas. Collaborate with girls from across the country and female NASA engineersand interns.

Applications are due Feb. 15, 2012.

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

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

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Temperatureand Earth Climate: Modeling Hot and Cold Planets WebSeminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project is hosting a 90-minute Web seminaron Feb. 16, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Use NASA mission data collected from NASA satellites to seehow a planet’s climate is determined. Attend this session and discover how youcan incorporate authentic NASA data into your classroom to provide a real-worldconnection for your students.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar9.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’s Digital Learning Network Webcast –National African American History Month and Engineers Week

In observance of National African AmericanHistory Month and Engineers Week in February, the Office of Education at NASA’sGoddard Space Flight Center in Maryland will host a live webcast for teachersand students in grades K-12.

On Feb.22, 2012, from 1-2 p.m. EST, students will interact live withAfrican-American engineers and scientists who will share how they use science,technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, in their careers. Presenterswill discuss what sparked their career choices and how students can prepare forfuture careers in STEM fields. The event will be streamed on the DigitalLearning Network “DLiNfo” webcast channel, and during the eventstudents can submit questions for the scientists to answer via an email addressthat will be provided by the on-air host.

Also during the month of February, GSFC willrelease two videos featuring Dr. Aprille Ericsson and James Fraction. Thesevideos will give an inside look at what engineers do during the day. This is agreat opportunity for educators and students to learn more about engineeringcareers at NASA. To view the videos, visit http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a010000/a010900/a010911/.

For more information on these events and how toparticipate, please visit the DLiNfo webcast section at the Digital LearningNetwork site, http://dln.nasa.gov.

Questions about these opportunities should bedirected to Trena Ferrell at Trena.M.Ferrell@nasa.gov.

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Call for Abstracts: 63rd InternationalAstronautical Congress

NASA announces its intent to participate in the 63rd InternationalAstronautical Congress, or IAC, and requests that full-time graduate studentsattending U.S. universities or colleges respond to this call for abstracts. TheIAC, which is organized by the International Astronautical Federation, theInternational Academy of Astronautics and the International Institute of SpaceLaw, is the largest space-related conference worldwide and selects an averageof 1,000 scientific papers every year. The upcoming IAC will be held Oct. 1-5,2012, in Naples, Italy. NASA’s participation in this event is an ongoing effortto continue to connect NASA with the astronautical and space internationalcommunity.

This call for abstracts is a precursor to a subsequent submission of a finalpaper, which may be presented at the 63rd IAC. Student authors are invited tosubmit an abstract regarding an original, unpublished paper that has not beensubmitted in any other forum. A NASA technical review panel of scientistsand/or officials will select abstracts. Many students and professors areinvolved in NASA-related research. Persons submitting abstracts are stronglyencouraged to seek advice from professors who are conducting NASA researchand/or from NASA scientists and engineers.

Abstract Preparation
— Abstracts must be 400 words or less.
— Abstracts must be written in English.
— Abstracts cannot include formulas, tables or drawings.
— Select the symposium and session in which you wish to post your abstract.Please view the IAC brochure at http://www.iafastro.org/docs/2012/iac/IAC2012_CallForPapers.pdf for list of sessions and more details.

Abstracts must be related to NASA’s ongoing vision for space exploration andfit into one of the following categories:
Science and ExplorationSystemssustaining missions including life, microgravity, space exploration, spacedebris and search for extraterrestrial intelligence, or SETI.
Applications and Operations Ongoing and future operational applications, including Earthobservation, communication, navigation, human space endeavors and smallsatellites.
Technology Commontechnologies to space systems including astrodynamics, structures, power andpropulsion.
Infrastructures — Systems sustaining space missions including spacesystems, transportation, future systems and safety.
Space and Society –Interaction of space with society including education, policy and economics,history and law.

Abstracts must be submitted to theIAC’s website http://www.iac2012.org by Feb. 29, 2012 andto http://iac.nasaprs.com no later than 11:59:59p.m. EST on March 4, 2012.

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to abstract@nasaprs.com.

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“A Vision of Discovery”: UnderstandingNASA Images through Art Educator Workshop

Join NASA’s Discovery and New Frontiers Programs for educator workshops takingplace in four locations on March 10, 2012. Experience real-world science and bring captivating activities to yourstudents. Participants will learn how to use the elements of art to inspireand engage students in the interpretation and understanding of NASA imagerybased on fantastic new images ofMercury from the MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging,or MESSENGER, mission and of asteroid Vesta from the Dawn mission.

“A Vision of Discovery” workshops will take place on March 10, 2012, in fourlocations:
— NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
— NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas
— Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, Ore.
— Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md.

Events at all four sites will includespecial speakers, hands-on activities with break-out sessions for K-12 andout-of-school-time educators, and resource packets full of educationalresources and goodies.

NASA is offering a free webinar option of the workshop for those unable toattend in person. The webinar will allow interested parties to watch thespeaker presentations in real time. These presentations will be the onlyportion of the workshop available by webinar.

Participants must register by March 1,2012. The cost to attend the workshop is $25. Lunch and snacks will beprovided.

For more information, including times for each site, visit http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/discovery/vision_of_discovery.asp.

Please direct questions about “A Vision of Discovery” workshops toWhitney Cobb at
wcobb@mcrel.org, 303-632-5572.

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Women’s History Month Event: Women, Innovationand Aerospace

To celebrate Women’s History Month, NASA and George Washington University arehosting a daylong event to foster discussion among students and early careerprofessionals on encouraging women to enter and succeed in the field ofaerospace. The event will take place at George Washington University inWashington, D.C., on March 8, 2012.

A panel discussion led by NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver will kick offthe event and breakout sessions will follow. Session topics include humanexploration, flash mentoring, student ambassadors and jobs enabling NASAscience.

For more information and to register for the event, visit http://women.nasa.gov/womens-history-month/.

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PennsylvaniaSpace Grant Workshops

Keep pace with the latest science research, engage in standards-based classroomactivities and explore ways to make science fun while working with Penn Statefaculty during these summer workshops for inservice science, technology,engineering and mathematics, or STEM, educators. Network with peers and earngraduate credits. Workshops are aligned with the national science education standardsand Pennsylvania standards for science and technology.

All workshops take place in State College, Pa. Grants are awarded to allparticipants to cover lodging, parking, some meals and partial tuition.

Applications for all workshops are due March18, 2012.

Astrobiology: The Interdisciplinary Searchfor Life in the Cosmos (Grades 5-9) — July 23-27, 2012
Learn about current research in the field of astrobiology and how thisexciting topic can be used to engage students in scientific inquiry.Participants will receive NASA educational materials related to the topics and activitiespresented.
http://teachscience.psu.edu/workshops/astrobiology.html

Hands-On Particle Astrophysics(Grades 9-12) — July 30 – Aug. 3, 2012
Participants will get a brief overview of modernparticle physics and explore various astrophysics topics. Instructors will helpparticipants build and use devices made from household materials to detect airshowers generated by cosmic-ray protons.
http://teachscience.psu.edu/workshops/particle_astrophysics.html

Black Holes: Gravity’s Fatal Attraction(Grades 6-12) — July 30 – Aug. 3, 2012
Delve into the predicted properties of black holes, the astronomicalevidence for their existence and their importance in the cosmos. Modern ideasabout gravity, space and time will also be explored.
http://teachscience.psu.edu/workshops/black_holes.html

Questions about the Pennsylvania Space Grant workshops should be directed toHeather Nelson at teachscience@psu.edu.

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Astronaut Don Pettit Demonstrates ScienceConcepts in “Science off the Sphere” Video Series

NASA and the American Physical Society, or APS, have entered into a partnershipto share unique videos from the International Space Station with students,educators and science fans around the world. NASA astronaut Don Pettit will useeveryday objects from Earth to demonstrate physics through the “Scienceoff the Sphere” video series.

Space fans know Pettit well from his previous stays in space when he performedscience demonstrations like the “Zero G Coffee Cup.” Pettit,currently on the orbiting outpost as a member of the Expedition 30 crew, iscontinuing these demonstrations. This time he has added a physics challenge forthe viewers.

APS, the professional society for physicists, will share the “Science offthe Sphere” videos with students, educators and science fans by makingthem available on its outreach website, Physics Central. The website also willfeature educational content on the physics topics demonstrated in space byPettit and facilitate the challenge. APS will host the physics-orientedchallenges to ignite interest in science, technology, engineering andmathematics.

Segments of “Science off the Sphere” will end with a question for theviewers. APS will review the responses and identify a winner. Pettit willrecognize the winner in a future installment.

For more information and to view the science demonstrations, visit http://www.physicscentral.com/sots.

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New Human Spaceflight Educational MaterialsAvailable 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 space science-related items are now available fordownloading.

Build the Station Simulation: Educator Guide — Grades K-8


Just as five space agencies cooperated to build the International SpaceStation, students can work together to build a paper model of the world’slargest orbiting laboratory. Teams take on the roles of international partnersas they learn about and assemble portions of the model. During a mock summit,each team briefs the group about their section of the model. The teams thenassemble the entire model to complete the space station. The guide includesstudent sheets, parts of the model, instructions for holding a summit, andfacts about the station.

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

Play and Learn: Window to Earth — Grades K-4

Astronauts have a spectacular view of Earth from space. Move through the pagesof Window to Earth and see images taken from space of these geographicalfeatures: peninsula, glacier, lake, desert, cape, island, upheaval dome,strait, waterfall, reef and volcano.

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

Spaced Out Sports Educator Guide — Grades 5-8

Students learn the science of sports with the activities in this educatorguide. The activities are applications of Newton’s Laws of Motion.

Among the guide’s six activities students will do the following:
— Construct a CD hovercraft and apply Newton’s Laws of Motion to makehovercraft work.
— Use gravity to locate the center of mass of irregular-shaped objects.
— Investigate the principle of conserving angular momentum.
— Create and play simulated microgravity sports with a balloon.

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

“Food for Thought: Eating in Space” Educator Guide — Grades 5-8

Among the thousands of questions that need to be answered before astronautstravel to distant planets and asteroids is the question: How much food willthey need and what foods can they take? Food for Thought includes five lessonplans that relate to food and nutrition and that are aligned to nationaleducation standards.

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

Mass Versus Weight Educator Guide — Grades 5-8

Students often confuse the terms “mass” and “weight.” Eachactivity in this series demonstrates the difference between mass and weight bycomparing students’ results with the results of astronauts aboard the spacestation. Students perform the activities and analyze their data. Then theywatch video of astronauts performing similar demonstrations on the station. Theactivities focus on Newton’s second law of motion.

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

The Texas School for the Deaf Downlink Videos — Grades K-12

While aboard the International Space Station in 2010, astronaut Tracy CaldwellDyson used American Sign Language, or ASL, to answer a variety of videoinquiries submitted by students from the Texas School for the Deaf, or TSD. Sherecorded almost an hour of video footage showing an inside view of the stationin response to the students’ questions about life in space. NASA sent the videofootage to TSD, and students in Bobbie Guerra’s video technology class (ZealousStudio) used this footage to create a series of video clips.

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

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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 — Feb. 2, 2012

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

EngineeringDesign Challenge: Thermal Protection System Web Seminar
Audience: 8-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 6, 2012

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Webcast Series — Flying ThroughAfrican-American History With the Tuskegee Airmen
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Dates: Multiple Dates Throughout February 2012

Live Video Chat: In Celebration of Black History Month
Audience: 4-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: Feb. 8, 2012, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. EST

Ultraviolet Radiation and Yeast:Radiation Biology Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 8, 2012

Registration Open for the 19th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race
Audience: 9-12 & Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline for U.S. Teams: Feb. 10, 2012

2012 NASA StudentAirborne Research Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators andStudents
Application Deadline: Feb. 10, 2012

Student Climate Research CampaignWorkshop Series
Audience: K-12 Educators
Workshop Dates: Feb. 18 and March 17, 2012

NASA’s Digital LearningNetwork Webcast — National African American History Month and Engineers Week
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: Feb. 22, 2012

2012 Army-Navy Bridge Design Challenge
Audience: Grade 6-7 Students
Deadline: March 1, 2012

Challenge toInnovate: Gaming Challenge
Audience: All Educators and Students
Entry Deadline: March 5, 2012

Smart Skies Releases New Air TrafficControl Game — Sector 33
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students

New Space Science Educational Materials Available at NASA.gov
Comet Mystery Boxes — Grades K-8
A Dusty Dilemma — Grades 8-10
Signals and Noise Ratio — Grades 6-8
Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation (CRaTER) Educational Kit –Grades 6-8

Earth Calling… Activity From New Horizons— Grades 6-8
Star-forming Nebula NGC 3603 Lithograph and In Search of Stellar EvolutionEducation Activity — Grades 11-12

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EngineeringDesign Challenge: Thermal Protection System 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 live professional development Web seminarfor educators on Feb. 6, 2012, at 6:30p.m. EST. Learn about the science of heat transfer and heat dissipationrelated to NASA vehicles, and receive an introduction to the associated engineeringdesign challenge, Thermal Protection System. This activity challenges studentsto design a thermal protection system and test it using a propane torch.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar10.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 helpdesk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Webcast Series — Flying ThroughAfrican-American History With the Tuskegee Airmen

In honor of National African American History Month, NASA’s DigitalLearning Network is hosting a webcast series titled Flying ThroughAfrican-American History With the Tuskegee Airmen. The webcast series willfocus on this elite group of African-American pilots who fought war and racismin World War II and the challenges faced by early African-American aviators.

Technology Advances the Tuskegee Airmen
Feb. 7, 2012, 1-2 p.m. EST
The onset of World War II spurred the aerospace industry, one of America’smost notable accomplishments. Aircrafts were plentiful, but pilots were scarce.Technology supported the Tuskegee Airman’s victory over Nazism and Fascism inthe European skies and racism on American soil.

Engineering a Proud Heritage
Feb. 14, 2012, 1-2 p.m. EST
Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama became the historic site that launchedproof that African-Americans could fly and maintain sophisticated combataircraft. Engineering schools such as the Tuskegee Institute provided the edgeneeded for African-Americans to make a significant impact during World War II.

Mathematics Fuels the Tuskegee Airmen
Feb. 21, 2012, 1-2 p.m. EST
Over 900 men graduated as pilots from the Tuskegee Institute pilot trainingprogram. The elite class of airmen was granted the opportunity to fuel flightsuccess with calculated risks.

Teachers interested in having their classes participate in the live audienceshould visit the DLN website for details to register. Requests will be taken ona first-come, first-served basis.

Classes not chosen to participate in the live audience may still join thewebcast via live streaming on the DLN website.

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

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Karen.Ricks@nasa.gov.

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Live Video Chat: In Celebration of Black HistoryMonth

In celebration of National Black History Month, a panel of five outstandingAfrican-American engineers and scientists at NASA’s Langley Research Centerwill answer students’ questions about their paths to NASA and theircontributions to the projects and missions they work on.Meet Erica Alston, a researchscientist; Monica Barnes, an electronics engineer; Samuel James, a mechanical engineering technician; Luther Jenkins,an aerospace research engineer; and Byron Meadows, a laser systems engineer.

The hourlong live video chat event takes place on Feb. 8, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. EST.

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

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

To view the video chat or for more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/black-history-month-chat.html.

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

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UltravioletRadiation and Yeast: Radiation Biology 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 live professional development Web seminarfor educators on Feb. 8, 2012, at 6:30p.m. EST. The student activity featured in this seminar demonstrates theeffects of radiation on living organisms. Participants will learn howsun-screening materials protect live yeast cells from harmful ultraviolet, orUV, radiation and countermeasures for UV radiation and discuss phenotypicchanges in yeast as a result of radiation damage. Participants will learn howdifferent sun protection materials may be used to expand the range of itemstested in this lab. See how you can bring a real-world connection betweenscience and education to your students.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar11.aspx.

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

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

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Registration Open for the 19th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race

Registration is open for the 19th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race. High schooland college students are challenged to design and build a vehicle thataddresses a series of engineering problems similar to those faced by theoriginal lunar-roving vehicle team. Each school may enter up to two teams.International teams are limited to 10 teams per country. The race will takeplace April 13-14, 2012, in Huntsville, Ala., at the U.S. Space & RocketCenter.

U.S. teams must register by Feb. 10, 2012.

For more information about the competition and to register online, visit http://moonbuggy.msfc.nasa.gov/index.html.

U.S. teams with questions should contact Diedra Williams at Diedra.A.Williams@nasa.gov.

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2012 NASA Student Airborne Research Program

The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highlymotivated junior and senior undergraduate and early graduate students to applyfor the NASA Student Airborne Research Program, also known as SARP, 2012. Theprogram provides students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of amajor scientific campaign, from detailed planning on how to achieve missionobjectives to formal presentation of results and conclusions to peers andothers. Students will assist in the operation of airborne instruments onboardthe NASA P-3 aircraft.

The program takes place in summer 2012. Preparatoryinformation and data analysis will take place at the University of California,Irvine. Instrument and flight preparations, and the research flightsthemselves, will occur at NASA’s Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility inPalmdale, Calif.

Successful applicants will be awarded a $3,000stipend and $2,500 meals allowance for eight weeks of participation in theprogram. Round-trip travel to California, housing and transportation will beprovided.

The deadline for all applications is Feb. 10, 2012.

For more information and to download the programapplication, visit http://www.nserc.und.edu/learning/SARP2012.html.

Specific questions about the program should bedirected to SARP2012@nserc.und.edu.

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StudentClimate Research Campaign Workshop Series

Join NASA’s Langley Research Center and the Virginia Air and Space Center forthe Student Climate Research Campaign Workshop series. These free workshops forK-12 educators will take place at the Virginia Air and Space Center in Hampton,Va. Each workshop will provide approximately 5.5 hours of professionaldevelopment.

Phenology and Climate — Feb. 18, 2012
This workshop will focus on phenology and climate, and introduce participantsto the following Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment,or GLOBE, field campaigns: Great Global Investigation of Climate, and Climateand Land Cover IntensiveObserving Period. Participants willbecome certified in green-up and green-down, budburst and temperature protocols.

Land Cover andClimate — March 17, 2012
This workshop will focus on land cover and climate,and will prepare participants for the next GLOBE Climate and Land Cover Intensive ObservingPeriod field campaign. Participants will becomecertified in the following GLOBE protocols: biometry, land cover site and theModified UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and CulturalOrganization) Classification scheme.

To register for the workshops and to learn more about the GLOBE program, visit http://science-edu.larc.nasa.gov/GLOBE/training-1.php.

Questions about the Student Climate Research Campaign Workshop Series should bedirected Jessica Taylor at larc-globe-partner@lists.nasa.gov.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Webcast –National African American History Month and Engineers Week

In observance of National African AmericanHistory Month and Engineers Week in February, the Office of Education at NASA’sGoddard Space Flight Center in Maryland will host a live webcast for teachersand students in grades K-12.

On Feb.22, 2012, from 1-2 p.m. EST, students will interact live withAfrican-American engineers and scientists who will share how they use science,technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, in their careers. Presenterswill discuss what sparked their career choices and how students can prepare forfuture careers in STEM fields. The event will be streamed on the DigitalLearning Network “DLiNfo” webcast channel, and during the eventstudents can submit questions for the scientists to answer via an email addressthat will be provided by the on-air host.

Also during the month of February, GSFC willrelease two videos featuring Dr. Aprille Ericsson and James Fraction. Thesevideos will give an inside look at what engineers do during the day. This is agreat opportunity for educators and students to learn more about engineeringcareers at NASA.

For more information on these events and how toparticipate, please visit the DLiNfo webcast section at the Digital LearningNetwork site, http://dln.nasa.gov.

Questions about these opportunities should bedirected to Trena Ferrell at Trena.M.Ferrell@nasa.gov.

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2012Army-Navy Bridge Design Challenge

The U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy are proud to announce thefirst-ever Army-Navy Bridge Design Contest. This competition is a specialedition of the national West Point Bridge Design Contest, created specificallyfor 6th- and 7th-grade students. The contest provides students with a realisticintroduction to engineering through an engaging, hands-on design experience.

Students may work as individuals or in teams of two. There’s no cost to enterthe competition. Contestants may compete on behalf of either the Army or theNavy. Students must enter this contest through a teacher sponsor. No individualsubmissions will be accepted.

Design submissions are due March 1, 2012.Top designs will advance to semifinal competitions. The top Army semifinalistand the top Navy semifinalist will compete in a final round competition at WestPoint in May 2012.

For more information about this competition, visit http://bridgecontest.usma.edu/armynavy.htm.

Questions about this competition should be directed to wpbedc1@gmail.com.

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Challenge to Innovate: Gaming Challenge

Do you have an idea for how interactive technology and game-based learning canimprove teaching and learning? Enter your idea in the Challenge to Innovate, orC2i: Gaming Challenge.

Proposed ideas must effectively incorporate game-based learning. Registeredparticipants can review, comment and vote on submitted ideas. At the end of thereview period, up to 10 ideas will receive $1,000 cash awards from the NationalEducation Association’s NEA Foundation.

Submissions must be received by March 5,2012.

The C2i: Gaming Challenge can be found on the U.S. Department of Education’sOpen Innovation Portal. Co-sponsored by the White House Office of Science andTechnology Policy, this Portal has been developed as an online forum where keystakeholders in education can share their innovative ideas and collaborate toturn those ideas into a new reality. The Department of Education will play arole as convener of these diverse ideas and facilitator of partnerships.

For more informationand to submit your ideas online, visit https://innovation.ed.gov/challenges/gaming/show.

Email any questions about this opportunity to Jeff Howard at C2i@nea.org.

C2i: Gaming Challenge is sponsored by the NEAFoundation and Microsoft — US Partners in Learning.

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SmartSkies Releases New Air Traffic Control Game — Sector 33

NASA’s Smart Skies team announces a newapplication available for iPad®, iPhone®, and iPod touch®. Sector 33 is an airtraffic control mobile game designed to interest students inaeronautics-related careers and to connect mathematics and problem solving tothe real world.

In Sector 33, the player role-plays as an air traffic controller and guides twoto five airplanes through a sector of airspace by changing the planes’ routesand speeds. The challenge is to get the planes through the sector in thefastest time possible, with the player’s performance scored according to theplanes’ final spacing. The game consists of four levels and is played in livemode without a pause feature.

The app is free and available for download from the App StoreSM. AnAndroid™ version of the app is currently under development and will be madeavailable in the Android Marketplace once it’s ready for release.

Sector 33 was developed as a companion piece to NASA’s Smart Skies LineUp WithMath, an educational product used in formal middle school classrooms. LineUpWith Math teaches students to solve distance-rate-time problems in the contextof air traffic control. Problem solving, decision-making, and proportionalreasoning are skills that students apply in LineUp With Math as they learn tosolve distance-rate-time problems using both paper-and-pencil activities and a Web-basedair traffic control simulator. The Sector 33 app serves as an extension to the LineUpWith Math air traffic control simulator by taking on a game-like quality andgiving players both a stronger role-playing experience and a greaterproblem-solving challenge.

To learn more about Sector 33, visit https://www.nasa.gov/Sector33.

iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in theU.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.
Android is a registered trademark of Google Inc.

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New Space Science Educational MaterialsAvailable 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 space science-related items are now available fordownloading.

Comet Mystery Boxes — Grades K-8


Introduce students to the physical characteristics of comets by using a tactilelearning experience. Using only their hands, students reach into a series ofboxes and feel the variety of materials and structures within. Each boxcontains an object that represents a quality of comets.

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

A Dusty Dilemma — Grades 8-10

In this lesson, students learn the concepts of averages, standard deviationfrom the mean, and error analysis. Students explore the concept of standarddeviation from the mean before using data from the Student Dust Counter, aninstrument aboard the NASA New Horizons mission to Pluto. This data is used todetermine the issues associated with taking data, including error and noise.Questions are deliberately open-ended to encourage exploration.

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

Signals and Noise Ratio — Grades 6-8

Students are introduced to the terms “signal” and “noise” in the context of spacecraftcommunication. This hands-on activity includes an online interactive to explorethe Signal-to-Noise Ratio, a fundamental concept in spacecraft communication.The lesson’s pencil-and-paper component addresses relevant topics such asproportions and ratios.

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

Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation (CRaTER) Educational Kit– Grades 6-8

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is a spacecraft orbiting the moon. The primaryinstrument on LRO for analyzing the moon’s radiation environment is the CosmicRay Telescope for the Effects of Radiation, or CRaTER. This educator guideincludes lessons to introduce to students to cosmic rays and their effects onhumans.

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

Earth Calling… Activity from New Horizons — Grades 6-8

Some spacecraft return to Earth with valuable data as part of their cargo, butall require some periodic remote communications as they travel. And for thosespacecraft that do not return to Earth, the communication system is the onlylink to the valuable data collected during its journey. In this activity,students simulate spacecraft radio communication concepts, including the speedof light and the time-delay for signals sent to and from spacecraft.

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

Star-forming Nebula NGC 3603 Lithograph and In Search of Stellar EvolutionEducation Activity — Grades 11-12

Some of the heftiest known stars in the universe reside in the nebula NGC 3603,a large gas cloud in the Milky Way galaxy. The image of the nebula is on thefirst page of the lithograph and background information is on the second page.The lithograph includes a Level One Inquiry activity entitled “In Search of … Stellar Evolution” in which studentsresearch how stars form.

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Star-forming_Nebula.html

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

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


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

New NASA Kids’ Club Activity: Window to Earth
Audience: K-4 Educators and Students

New DIY Podcast Module Available — Micro-g
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students

NASA’s Orion Spacecraft to Land in Texas andAlabama
Audience: All Educators and Students
Tour Stop in Dallas, Texas: Jan. 27-29, 2012
Tour Stop in Huntsville, Ala.: Feb. 1-2, 2012

AlgebraicEquations: Calculator Controlled Robots Web Seminar
Audience: Algebra Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 30, 2012


NASA’s DEVELOP Program– 2012 Summer Session
Audience: 9-12 and Higher Education Educators and Students
Summer Session Deadline: Jan. 30, 2012

Host a Real TimeConversation With Crewmembers Onboard the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 30, 2012

Scholarship Announcement: 2011 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award Video Contest
Audience: Grade 3-12 Students
Video Submission Deadline: Jan. 31, 2012

International Space Apps Challenge
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Submission Deadline: Jan. 31, 2012

Distance/Rate/Time Problems: Smart Skies Web Seminar
Audience: 5-9 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 1, 2012

NASA’s DigitalLearning Network Webcast Series — Flying Through African-American History Withthe Tuskegee Airmen
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Dates: Multiple Dates StartingFeb. 2, 2012

Engineering Design: Forces andMotion — The Great Boomerang Challenge Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 2, 2012

Join the Worldwide GLOBEat Night 2012 Campaign
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Now through April 20, 2011

Women In STEM High School AerospaceScholars
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2012

NASA’s DigitalLearning Network Webcast — National African American History Month andEngineers Week
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: Feb. 22, 2012

OSSI: SOLAR — Summer 2012 Opportunities
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: March 16, 2012

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New NASA Kids’ Club Activity: Window to Earth

Astronauts have a spectacular view of Earth from space. Move through the pagesof Window to Earth and see images taken from space of these geographicalfeatures: peninsula, glacier, lake, desert, cape, island, upheaval dome,strait, waterfall, reef and volcano.

To take a peek and see how Earth looks from space, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/kidsclub/flash/clubhouse/Window_to_Earth.html

For more fun activities, visit https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub.

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New DIY Podcast Module Available — Micro-g

The newest Do-It-Yourself, or DIY, Podcast module, Micro-g, is live and ready for use.

This module includes four NASA experts explaining microgravity and how to livein it. Nancy Hall is a microgravity researcher on Earth. Mike Fincke is theU.S. astronaut who has spent the most total time in orbit (more than a year).And we have footage of flight engineers Nicole Stott and Bob Thirsk from theInternational Space Station.

Several video clips and images on the photo index page show microgravitydemonstrations on Earth and objects and astronauts floating through the spacestation.

Other DIY Podcast topic modules are:
— Fitness
— Lab Safety
— Newton’s Laws
— Robots
— Rocket Science
— Solar Arrays
— Spacesuits
— Sports Demo

Students use the video clips, pictures and audio clips to build podcastepisodes and other multimedia projects.

A companion blog offers tips andsuggestions for incorporating the DIY Podcast into the classroom.

To learn more and to start building podcasts, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/diypodcast/index.html.

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NASA’s Orion Spacecraft to Land in Oklahoma,Texas and Alabama

A test version of NASA’s Orion spacecraft soonwill make a cross-country journey, giving residents the chance to see afull-scale test version of the vehicle that will take humans into deep space.

The crew module will make stops during a tripfrom the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico to the Kennedy Space Center inFlorida. The planned stops include Jan.27-29 at Victory Park and the American Airlines Center in Dallasand Feb. 1-2 at the U.S.Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. Engineers, programofficials, astronauts and NASA spokespeople will be available to speak with themedia and the public.

The full-scale test vehicle was used by groundcrews in advance of the launch abort system flight test that took place in NewMexico in 2010. Orion will serve as the vehicle that takes astronauts beyondlow-Earth orbit, and the first orbital flight test is scheduled for 2014.

To see photos of the pad abort test, visit https://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/mpcv/gallery/abort_test/index.htm.

For more information on the each of the sites,visit

American Airlines Center: http://www.americanairlinescenter.com.

U.S. Space and Rocket Center: http://www.ussrc.com.

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Algebraic Equations: Calculator Controlled Robots 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 Jan.30, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Discovera unique way of integrating robotic technology into your algebra classes.Robotic missions engage students and provide a unique way of bringing to lifethe concepts you are teaching. Learn to use programmable Texas Instruments, orTI, calculators and Norland Research Robots to solve problems requiringsubstituting values for variables in formulas.

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

For more information and to registeronline, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/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 helpdesk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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NASA’s DEVELOP Program — 2012 Summer Session

DEVELOP is a NASA Science Mission DirectorateApplied Sciences-sponsored internship that fosters the training and developmentof students in the atmospheric and earth sciences. The DEVELOP Program extendsthe application of NASA earth science research and technology to meet societalneeds.

Students conduct projects that focus on thepractical application of NASA’s earth science research and demonstrate howresults can benefit partner organizations and local communities. Advisors andmentors, from NASA and partner institutions, provide guidance and support forthe program. Students gain experience using NASA science and technology in aprofessional setting.

Students from high school through doctorallevels are selected through a competitive application process. Students chosenby DEVELOP work on teams onsite at 10 locations nationwide. Activities areconducted during three 10-week terms per year: spring, summer and fall. Toapply to a DEVELOP center at a NASA location, applicants must be a citizen ofthe U.S. However, international students currently registered at an accreditedschool in the U.S. are eligible to apply to DEVELOP regional locations.International applicants must already have a visa that permits them to work inthe U.S.

Applications for the summer 2012 session are dueJan. 30, 2012.

For more information about this uniqueinternship opportunity, please visit the DEVELOP website at http://develop.larc.nasa.gov.

Questions about the DEVELOP Program should bedirected by email to NASA-DL-DEVELOP@mail.nasa.govor by telephone to 757-864-3761.

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Host a Real Time Conversation With CrewmembersOnboard the International Space Station

NASA is now accepting proposals from U.S.schools, museums, science centers and community youth organizations to host anAmateur Radio on the International Space Station, or ARISS, contact betweenJuly 15, 2012, and Jan. 15, 2013. To maximize these radio contactopportunities, NASA is looking for organizations that will draw large numbersof participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan.Proposals are due Jan.30, 2012.

Using amateur radio, students can ask astronauts questions about life inspace and other space-related topics. Students fully engage in the ARISScontact by helping set up an amateur radio ground station at the school andthen using that station to talk directly with a crew member on the InternationalSpace Station for approximately 10 minutes. The technology is easier to acquirethan ever before. ARISS has a network of mentors to help you obtain thetechnology required to host this once in a lifetime opportunity for yourstudents.

Interested parties should contact Teaching FromSpace, a NASA Education office, to obtain complete information including howthe technology works, what is expected of the host organization and how toobtain the proposal/application form by sending an email to JSC-TFS-ARISS@mail.nasa.gov or bycalling 281-244-1919.

Additional information can be found at https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/teachingfromspace/students/ariss.html.

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Scholarship Announcement: 2011 OPTIMUS PRIMESpinoff Award Video Contest

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center is pleased toannounce that the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, or ASME, Foundationis offering scholarships to the winners of the 2011 NASA OPTIMUS PRIME SpinoffContest. These scholarships, with a combined value of $25,000, will be awardedby the ASME Foundation to students whose video submissions best represent aselected NASA spinoff technology featured in the Agency’s 2010 Spinoffpublication.

Featuring OPTIMUS PRIME, the leader of thepopular TRANSFORMERS brand, the 2011 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award Contest highlightsspinoffs from NASA technologies that are used on Earth. The goal is to helpstudents understand the benefits of NASA technology to their daily lives. Lastyear’s contest was open to students in grades 3-8 and resulted in 76 videosubmissions from over 190 students in 31 states.

For the 2011, the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award Contest has been expanded toinclude students in grades 3-12. Each student, or group of students, willsubmit a three- to five-minute video on a selected NASA spinoff technologylisted in NASA’s 2010 “Spinoff” publication. Videos must demonstrate anunderstanding of the NASA spinoff technology and the associated NASA mission,as well as the commercial application and public benefit associated with thespinoff technology.

Video entries are due Jan. 31, 2012.

Video entries will be posted on the NASA YouTube channel, and the public willbe responsible for the first round of judging. The top five submissions fromeach of the three grade groups (Elementary [3rd-5th], Middle [6th-8th] and HighSchool [9th-12th]) will advance for final judging. A NASA panel will select awinning entry from each group. Among other prizes, a crystal OPTIMUS PRIMESpinoff Award Trophy will be given to winners at a special awards ceremonybeing held in Florida in April 2012. The innovators associated with the NASAtechnology highlighted in the winning videos also will receive trophies, aswill their commercial partners.

The NASA OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Contest is brought about through a collaborationbetween NASA and Hasbro. For more information, visit the OPTIMUS PRIME SpinoffAward website at http://ipp.gsfc.nasa.gov/optimus.

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

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International Space Apps Challenge

NASA is working with the Open Government Partnership, or OGP, and internationalspace agencies to coordinate an International Space Apps Challenge. The competitionwill culminate in an event taking place in April 2012 that will enable thegovernment to use the expertise and entrepreneurial spirit of citizens to helpaddress global challenges.

Through the end of January, NASA and the event partners will receive anddevelop ideas for potential projects via the online platform. During the eventin April, NASA representatives and officials from international space agencieswill gather with scientists and citizens to use publicly released scientificdata to create solutions for issues, such as weather impact on the globaleconomy and depletion of ocean resources.

The deadline to submit ideas is Jan. 31,2012.

The OGP is a new, multilateral initiative that aims to secure concretecommitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fightcorruption and harness new technologies. NASA’s participation in the UnitedStates Domestic Plan will promote innovation through internationalcollaboration.

NASA is a leader in the U.S. Open Government Initiative. The president’s fiscalyear 2012 budget request focuses NASA’s efforts on a vigorous path ofinnovation and technological development. The path leads to an array ofchallenging and inspiring missions to destinations with incredible potentialfor discovery, increasing knowledge about our solar system, developingtechnologies to improve life on Earth, expanding our presence in space,increasing space commerce and engaging the public.

To learn more about the International Space Apps Competition, get the latestupdates and submit your ideas, visit http://open.nasa.gov/appschallenge.

To learn more about the Open Government Partnership, visit http://www.opengovpartnership.org/.

If you have questions about the International Space Apps Competition, please visithttp://open.nasa.gov/appschallenge/contact/.

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Distance/Rate/TimeProblems: Smart Skies Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASAExplorer Schools project is hosting a 60-minute professional development Webseminar for educators on Feb. 1, 2012,at 8 p.m. EST. Learn how to use an innovative air traffic control simulatorto engage your students as they explore the mathematics involved in the role ofan air traffic controller. In the three-plane problem featured in this lesson,the challenge is to change routes and speeds to line up the planes safely, withproper spacing, at a given route intersection.

For more information and to registeronline, visit https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-distanceratetime/.

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

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

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Webcast Series — Flying ThroughAfrican-American History With the Tuskegee Airmen

In honor of National African American HistoryMonth, NASA’s Digital Learning Network is hosting a webcast series titledFlying Through African-American History With the Tuskegee Airmen. The webcastseries will focus on this elite group of African-American pilots who fought warand racism in World War II and the challenges faced by early African-Americanaviators.

The Tuskegee Airmen Balance Warfare WithScience
Feb. 2, 2012, 1-2 p.m. EST
Learn more about the Tuskegee Airmen and their pivotal role during WorldWar II. These pilots fought war and racism with one of World War II’s greatestweapons, the science of the P-51 Mustang fighter aircraft.

Technology Advances the Tuskegee Airmen
Feb. 7, 2012, 1-2 p.m. EST
The onset of World War II spurred the aerospace industry, one of America’smost notable accomplishments. Aircrafts were plentiful, but pilots were scarce.Technology supported the Tuskegee Airman’s victory over Nazism and Fascism inthe European skies and racism on American soil.

Engineering a Proud Heritage
Feb. 14, 2012, 1-2 p.m. EST
Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama became the historic site that launchedproof that African-Americans could fly and maintain sophisticated combataircraft. Engineering schools such as the Tuskegee Institute provided the edgeneeded for African-Americans to make a significant impact during World War II.

Mathematics Fuels the Tuskegee Airmen
Feb. 14, 2012, 1-2 p.m. EST
Over 900 men graduated as pilots from the Tuskegee Institute pilot trainingprogram. The elite class of airmen was granted the opportunity to fuel flightsuccess with calculated risks.

Teachers interested in having their classes participate in the live audienceshould visit the DLN website for details to register. Requests will be taken ona first-come, first-served basis.

Classes not chosen to participate in the live audience may still join thewebcast via live streaming on the DLN website.

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

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Karen.Ricks@nasa.gov.

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EngineeringDesign: Forces and Motion — The Great Boomerang Challenge Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professionaldevelopment experiences, the NASAExplorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a 90-minute professional development Web seminar for educators on Feb. 2, 2012, at 8:15 p.m. EST. Learnhow NASA aerodynamics research can be applied to boomerang design to increaseperformance. During the session, participants will be introduced to theBoomerang Design Challenge and learn how to incorporate this activity intoscience classes. The seminar also includes information about two uniqueextensions. In the first, students access a free computer simulationillustrating the airflow around an airfoil to determine the correct flowequation, and a second extension uses an interactive simulation to determinethe airflow around various shapes of airfoils.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar24.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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Join the Worldwide GLOBE at Night 2012 Campaign

GLOBE at Night is a worldwide, hands-on scienceand education program for primary and secondary schools. The GLOBE at Nightproject encourages citizen-scientists worldwide to record the brightness of thenight sky. During four select sets of dates, children and adults match theappearance of a constellation (Orion or Leo in the northern hemisphere, andOrion and Crux in the southern hemisphere) with seven star charts ofprogressively fainter stars. The map is located at http://www.globeatnight.org. Participants then submit their choice of star chartonline with their date, time and location to help create a light-pollution mapworldwide.

The GLOBE at Night 2012 campaign dates are Feb. 12-21, March 13-22 and April 11-20,2012. Over 68,000 measurements have been contributed from more than 115countries over the last six years of two-week campaigns.

Children and adults can submit theirmeasurements in real time if they have a smart phone or tablet. To do this, usethe Web application at http://www.globeatnight.org/webapp/. With smart phones and tablets, the location, dateand time are put in automatically. And if you do not have a smart phone ortablet, there are user-friendly tools on the GLOBE at Night report page to findlatitude and longitude.

Through GLOBE at Night, students, teachers,parents and community members are amassing a data set from which they canexplore the nature of light pollution locally and across the globe. Make a differenceand join the GLOBE at Night efforts in 2012. Activity packets, one-page flyersand postcards advertising the campaign are available at http://www.globeatnight.org.

Please email any questions about GLOBE at Nightto globeatnight@noao.edu.

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WomenIn STEM High School Aerospace Scholars

Engineer your dream job. The Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars projectoffers a one-of-a-kind experience for female high school juniors to jump-start theirfutures and explore the possibilities of a major or career in science, technology,engineering and mathematics. Participants begin their adventure in an onlinecommunity. The project culminates with a summer experience at NASA’s JohnsonSpace Center in Houston, Texas. Collaborate with girls from across the countryand female NASA engineers and interns.

Applications are due Feb. 15, 2012.

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

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

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Webcast — National African American History Month and Engineers Week

In observance of National African AmericanHistory Month and Engineers Week in February, the Office of Education at NASA’sGoddard Space Flight Center in Maryland will host a live webcast for teachersand students in grades K-12.

On Feb. 22, 2012, from 1-2 p.m. EST,students will interact live with African-American engineers and scientists whowill share how they use science, technology, engineering and mathematics, orSTEM, in their careers. Presenters will discuss what sparked their careerchoices and how students can prepare for future careers in STEM fields. Theevent will be streamed on the Digital Learning Network “DLiNfo”webcast channel, and during the event students can submit questions for thescientists to answer via an email address that will be provided by the on-airhost.

Also during the month of February, GSFC will release two videos featuring Dr.Aprille Ericsson and James Fraction. These videos will give an inside look at whatengineers do during the day. This is a great opportunity for educators andstudents to learn more about engineering careers at NASA.

For more information on these events and how to participate, please visit theDLiNfo webcast section at the Digital Learning Network site, http://dln.nasa.gov.

Questions about these opportunities should be directed to Trena Ferrell at Trena.M.Ferrell@nasa.gov.

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OSSI:SOLAR — Summer 2012 Opportunities

The NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative, or OSSI,strives to provide students at all institutions of higher education access to aportfolio of internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities offered byNASA mission directorates and centers.

Visit the OSSI LaunchPad to find information on internship, fellowship andscholarship opportunities. The site features the OSSI: Student OnlineApplication for Recruiting Interns, Fellows and Scholars, or SOLAR. This innovativesystem allows students to search and apply for all types of higher-educationNASA internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities in one location. Asingle application places the student in the applicant pool for considerationby all NASA mentors.

Applications for summer 2012 opportunities are due March 16, 2012.

To find available opportunities and to fill out a SOLAR application, visit http://intern.nasa.gov/index.html.

Inquiries about the OSSI: SOLAR should be directed to Mabel Matthews at Mabel.Matthews@nasa.gov.

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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/kidsclu

NASA's Orion Spacecraft to Land in Oklahoma, Texas and Alabama

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A test version of NASA’s Orion spacecraft soonwill make a cross-country journey, giving residents in three states the chanceto see a full-scale test version of the vehicle that will take humans into deepspace.

The crew module will make stops during a trip from the White Sands MissileRange in New Mexico to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The planned stopsinclude Jan. 24-25 at Science MuseumOklahoma in Oklahoma City; Jan.27-29 at Victory Park and the American Airlines Center in Dallas; and, Feb. 1-2 at the U.S. Space and RocketCenter in Huntsville, Ala. Engineers, program officials, astronauts andNASA spokespeople will be available to speak with the media and the public.

The full-scale test vehicle was used by ground crews in advance of the launchabort system flight test that took place in New Mexico in 2010. Orion willserve as the vehicle that takes astronauts beyond low-Earth orbit, and thefirst orbital flight test is scheduled for 2014.

To see photos of the pad abort test, visit https://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/mpcv/gallery/abort_test/index.htm.

For more information on the each of the sites, visit

Science Museum Oklahoma: http://www.sciencemuseumok.org.

American Airlines Center: http://www.americanairlinescenter.com.

U.S. Space and Rocket Center: http://www.ussrc.com.

NASA Education Express — Jan. 19, 2012

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

Weather and Climate: Satellite Meteorology Web Seminar

Audience: 7-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 23, 2012

Voting Open — YouTube Space Lab Competition
Audience: All Educators and Students
Voting Deadline:
Jan. 24, 2012

Geometry: Space Math Problems — Solar Storms Web Seminar
Audience: Algebra Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 24, 2012

Live Video Chat:
Sea Level Rising
Audience: 4-9 Educators and Students
Event Date: Jan. 25, 2012, noon EST

Educator Resource Showcase Webcast — New Microgravity Website and Activities
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Jan. 25, 2012

Analyzing Solar Energy Graphs: MY NASA DATA Web Seminar

Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan 25, 2012

RealWorld-InWorld Engineering Design Challenge
Audience: 7-12 Educators and Students
Deadline: Jan. 27, 2012

National Spaced Out Sports Design Challenge
Audience: 5-8 Educators and Students
Entry Deadline: Mar. 16, 2012


2011-2012 NASA Aeronautics High School Contest
Audience: 9-12 Students
Deadline: March 19, 2012

RockOn 2012 University Rocket Science Workshop
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: May 1, 2012
Workshop Dates: June 16-21, 2012

2010-2011 Green Aviation University Engineering Contest
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: May 7, 2012

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

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Weather and Climate: Satellite Meteorology 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 professional development Web seminar for educators on Jan. 23, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EST.

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

For more information and to register online, visit URL http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar5.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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Voting Open — YouTube Space Lab Competition

Vote in the YouTube Space Lab Competition!

NASA has collaborated with Space Adventures©, Google, and BioServe Space Technologies to conduct student-designed life sciences and physics experiments on the International Space Station later this year through the YouTube Space Lab Competition.

Until Jan. 24, 2012, you can vote for your favorites from the 60 finalists selected from 2,000 submissions representing over 80 countries. This is even better than American Idol® because the ideas all came from middle and high school students wanting to do real science in microgravity!

Check out the finalist videos at
https://www.youtube.com/user/spacelab/spacelab and vote for the best entries once a day. The winners get an experience that is truly out of this world, whether they choose to watch their experiments launch from Japan or take cosmonaut training in Russia when they turn 18.

Do your part to help inspire the next generation of space scientists!


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Geometry: Space Math Problems — Solar Storms Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools and Learning Environments and Research Network projects are hosting a 60-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Jan 24, 2012, at 8 p.m. EST. Solar Storms provides teachers with a unique opportunity to have students use their knowledge of geometry and trigonometry to analyze NASA images of a solar tsunami. During this seminar, participants will get an overview of the problem sets, preview a video about solar storms, get suggestions for implementing best practices and some learn about some extension activities.

For more information and to register online, visit https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-geometry-space-math/.

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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Live Video Chat: Sea Level Rising

Students have the opportunity to ask questions of a NASA oceanographer and climate scientist. Dr. Josh Willis is an oceanographer and climate scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. Having served as the deputy project scientist and member of the science team on Jason 1 and 2 projects, Willis currently serves as the lead project scientist for the Jason 3 project.

One result of global climate change is the melting of ice sheets around the world. Over the past century, many mountain glaciers and large portions of the ice sheets in both Greenland and Antarctica have lost mass. During this video chat, Willis will answer student questions about the effects of sea-level rise and climate change caused by greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

The live video chat will take place on Jan. 25, 2012, at noon EST.

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

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

To view the video chat or for more information, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/chat-sea-level.html.

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

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Educator Resource Showcase Webcast — New Microgravity Website and Activities

Join host Elaine Lapka and presenters Teresa Sindelar and Dynae Fullwood from NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, for an hourlong, free webcast on Jan. 25, 2012, at 3 p.m. EST.

This webcast will provide a virtual tour of NASA’s new Microgravity Education website. Use the resources on this new website to learn about NASA’s microgravity laboratories on Earth and in space. The webcast hosts will also demonstrate an inquiry-based student activity that K-12 educators can use to investigate the microgravity environment.

For more information and to view the webcast, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/index.html.

Check out the Microgravity Education website at
https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/microgravity/home/index.html
.

If you have any questions about the webcast, please email them to Renee Elias at
RElias@lcjvs.net
.

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Analyzing Solar Energy Graphs: MY NASA DATA 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 for educators on Jan 25, 2012, at 8:15 p.m. EST.

Become familiar with the MY NASA DATA activity, “Solar Cell Energy Availability From Around the Country.” Compare monthly averages of downward radiation in locations around the U.S. and analyze areas where conditions would be conducive to having solar panels. Access data on the NASA Live Access Server as you “journey” around the U.S. to determine the amount of solar radiation and analyze overlay plots to compare data from NASA satellites.

For more information and to register online, visit
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar6.aspx.


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

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

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RealWorld-InWorld Engineering Design Challenge

There is still time to submit entries to RealWorld-InWorld, or RWIW, NASA’s engineering design challenge. The activity encourages students in grades 7-12 to explore and build skills essential for successful science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, careers through a RealWorld (face-to-face) and an InWorld (unique online virtual reality) phase of project-based learning and team competition.

RealWorld (Phase 1): Teams of middle- and high-school-aged students with support of their sponsoring adult work collaboratively as engineers and scientists to explore and design solutions related to the James Webb Space Telescope and Robonaut 2.

NOTE: The RealWorld Phase can be completed by teams in about two weeks.

RealWorld Phase ends: Jan. 27, 2012. To be considered to move to the InWorld phase, all RealWorld work must be submitted by this deadline.

Recognition: Submitted final project solutions will be featured on the RWIW website, and teams will receive recognition for their work once they complete the RealWorld challenge and InWorld registration.

InWorld (Phase 2): Participating college students select teams of two to four middle- and high-school-aged students who have completed the RealWorld phase to build their InWorld teams. Participation is limited to U.S. citizens. Teams work in a 3-D virtual environment using 21st century tools to refine designs and to create 3-D models of their design solutions.

InWorld Phase begins: Jan. 28, 2012.
InWorld Phase ends: April 20, 2012.

Recognition: InWorld teams will compete for cash awards ($1,000 per member, including team leader, for each winning team). Contest rules apply.

To learn more about the challenge and to register for online resources for this free and flexible project, visit www.nasarealworldinworld.org.

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National Spaced Out Sports Design Challenge

Students in grades 5-8 throughout the United States are invited to participate in Spaced Out Sports, a national design challenge that applies Newton’s Laws of Motion by designing a game for the International Space Station astronauts to play in space. The goal is for students to learn the science behind the game on Earth and in microgravity.

Students will submit game demonstrations via a playbook and video. Submissions will be accepted from schools, home school groups, after-school or enrichment programs. Awards include: First Place — NASA school-wide or program-wide celebration (U.S. teams only); top three teams — games played on the space station and recorded for a future broadcast; all contributing schools and programs — opportunity to participate in a Digital Learning Network webcast with astronauts on the space station.

Entries are due March 16, 2012.

Spaced Out Sports student and educator resources include posters, bookmarks, curriculum guides, career videos and Digital Learning Network modules. All include NASA astronauts, engineers and celebrity sports figures engaging students in relevant space-sports connections by explaining and demonstrating the science behind their work and/or games. Featured are: former astronaut and NASA Associate Administrator for Education Leland Melvin and astronaut Nicole Stott; Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin; NASCAR’s Juan Pablo Montoya; basketball’s Temeka Johnson; football/Super Bowl champions New Orleans Saints; and hockey’s Ryan O’Reilly and the Colorado Avalanche.

Spaced Out Sports is managed by NASA’s Stennis Space Center Education through the Teaching From Space Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Flight Center in Houston.

For more information and to register for the challenge, visit
http://education.ssc.nasa.gov/spacedoutsports.

If you have questions about Spaced Out Sports, please email inquiries to
SpacedOutSports@nasa.gov.


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2011-2012 NASA Aeronautics High School Contest

The Environmentally Responsible Aviation project invites students in grades 9-12 to submit a well-documented research paper up to 12 pages to demonstrate understanding of the environmental impact of aircraft noise and emissions. Specific topics are listed on the contest website.

Participants must be enrolled in an accredited high school, secondary school or home school.
International students may participate but are not eligible for cash prizes. The deadline to enter is March 19, 2012.

For more information about the contest, visit
http://aero.larc.nasa.gov/competitions_high_era.htm.

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


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RockOn 2012 University Rocket Science Workshop

U.S. university faculty and students are invited to a weeklong workshop to learn how to build and launch a scientific experiment into space. NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia is hosting the RockOn 2012 workshop June 16-21, 2012, in partnership with the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortia. The registration deadline for the workshop is May 1, 2012.

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

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

For more information about RockOn and to register online, visit
http://spacegrant.colorado.edu/rockon/2012/index_2011.html.

Questions about the workshop or the registration process should be directed to Chris Koehler by email at
koehler@colorado.edu or by telephone at 303-492-3141.


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2011-2012 Green Aviation University Engineering Contest

The Environmentally Responsible Aviation Project invites undergraduate and graduate students to submit a well-documented design paper for a large cargo aircraft that produces less noise, fewer emissions and is more fuel efficient than current models.

Participants, either teams or individuals, must be enrolled full time in an accredited college or university. International students may participate but are not eligible for cash prizes or student internships. Entries are due May 7, 2012.

For more information about the contest, visit http://aero.larc.nasa.gov/era_univ/competitions_univ_era.htm.

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


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What’s New at NASA’s Space Place Website

Science and technology permeate all our activities from driving a car to cooking to writing poetry. So when we study science and technology, why not incorporate some of those other activities? Why not use interests like art and music to think about and express our understanding of nature? The Space Place has lots of cross-disciplinary opportunities to help make nature unforgettable.


New at spaceplace.nasa.gov
Get the key to the treasure chest! The new “Go with the Flow” game at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/ocean-currents/en/
has you playing with salinity and heat, which have opposing effects on vertical water movement. Using heat and salt as tools, as well as horizontal currents and walls, you set up flow patterns that your little submarine can follow in order to reach the key that will open the treasure chest and get the gold.

After playing “Flow,” students are not likely to forget the roles that heat and salinity play on ocean currents. These are important principles to learn in order to understand the potential effects of climate change.


Space Place en español

¡Haz un mapa topográfico! But first, make a clay sculpture of a mountain. This hands-on arts and crafts activity shows how 3-D topography can be represented very accurately on a 2-D map. Using clay (or our recipe for modeling dough), dental floss, paper, pencil, ruler and toothpicks, students make a mountain of any shape, slice it horizontally using dental floss and outline the slices on a piece of paper. It could be an art project or a geography project. Either way, it’s lots of fun, and clearly explains the mystery of topo maps, which many people never understand. Go to http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/sp/topomap-clay.

Spotlight on Music
Music is science and technology in the service of art. At least that’s one way to look at it. See (and hear) an example at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/violins
. Musical instruments are technologies. The most exquisite-sounding instruments represent technological excellence. But what makes the best instrument sound better than the second best instrument? In the case of Stradivarius violins, it’s believed to be the unique density of the wood, which grew only during a certain period of history. Why? Because of a lack of sunspots!

Another example of technology as a delivery mechanism for art is the Golden Records on each of the two Voyager spacecraft, now nearing interstellar space. These records are meant as messages from Earth in the event that intelligent alien beings someday encounter the probes. Students can see some of the photos of Earth and try to guess the identity of some of the sounds on the records at
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/voyager-to-stars.


For the classroom
Drumming is a form of music, but it can also be a form of precise verbal communication.

When people figured out how to add meaning to an electromagnetic wave, which is essentially a rhythm, a universe of possibilities opened up. Speaking in Phases is a classroom activity that demonstrates the difference between amplitude modulated (AM), frequency modulated (FM) and phase modulated signals. It’s not as hard as you might think. In this case, all that’s required is something to beat on — like drums or desks — and maybe a metronome or electronic keyboard that can make a steady beat.

Students learn the basics of how information is added to a carrier signal. Then they add their own meaning to the signal and communicate with each other using only the timing of beats. It truly teaches the most basic concept underlying all electronic communication, including radio, TV, phones, satellites and spacecraft far away in deep space. See
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/classroom-activities/#phases.


For out-of-school time
Almost everyone loves to eat. Why not make it even more fun by combining snack preparation with space exploration? The Space Place has several projects you can make, and then eat.

One project is Asteroid Potatoes, spaceplace.nasa.gov/asteroid-potatoes. To cut down on mess, you can make the mashed potatoes ahead of time, and let the kids do the sculpting, baking (with supervision) and eating.

Another creative activity is making edible spacecraft or rockets. Tortillas make a wonderful base. You can even paint them (or paint small, cut-out pieces) with food coloring. Also provide colorful vegetables and fruits of many kinds, olives, cream cheese (for glue), chips and anything else you can think of that’s good to eat. Take pictures before they’re gobbled up. See some examples and recipes at
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/tortilla-spacecraft.


Special Days

January is National Whale Watching Month
Some species are endangered. See how satellites can help, and play “Migration Concentration” at
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/migration
.

Jan. 6: Take a Poet to Lunch Day
Try writing some cosmic poetry such as the poems at
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/art
.

Jan. 17, 1706: Benjamin Franklin’s Birthday
He learned a lot about electricity flying a kite during a lightning storm. You can learn about electricity using a balloon (and without risking your life) at
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/ion-balloons
.

Feb. 12, 1809: Charles Darwin’s Birthday
Darwin is known for his theory of the evolution of species. Play with the “Emoticonstructor” and see one way evolution works at
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/emoticonstructor
.

Feb. 22: Thinking Day
Exercise your brain by going “Vec
àTouring” at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/vec-touring
.

Feb. 25: Quiet Day
Even the most violent events in space make no sound. Make a Sound Cone to hear even very quiet sounds. See how at
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/sound-cone
.

Last words . . .
Have a wonderful and productive 2012. We hope you continue to find The Space Place helpful in your important work.


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

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

 

NASA Education Express — Jan. 12, 2012

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

NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2012

2012 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Awards
Audience: K-12 Educators

Application Deadline: Jan. 16, 2012

Meteorology: How Clouds Form Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 17, 2012

Engineering Design Process: On the Moon Web Seminar
Audience: 6-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 19, 2012

2012 RASC-AL Competition
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: Jan. 20, 2012

International Space Station EarthKAM Winter 2012 Mission
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Event Date: Jan. 31 – Feb. 3, 2012

Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars — Summer 2012 Session
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2012

Registration Open for the 19th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race

Audience: 9-12 & Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline for U.S. Teams: Feb. 10, 2012

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Call for Papers: Solar System Exploration @ 50 Symposium
Audience: Higher Education Educators Students

New Deadline: Feb. 21, 2012

Polar Science Weekend at the Pacific Science Center
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: March 1-4, 2012

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Audience: All Educators and Students
Nomination Deadline: April 1, 2012

STEMconnector Website Launched
Audience: All Educators

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NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program

NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate is accepting scholarship applications from graduate and undergraduate students for the 2012 academic year. The application deadline is Jan. 15, 2012.

Graduate students must apply under a specific research topic to align with NASA’s aeronautics research programs. The list of available topics is posted online.

NASA expects to award 20 undergraduate and five graduate scholarships to students in aeronautics or related fields. Undergraduate students entering their second year of study will receive up to $15,000 per year for two years and the opportunity to receive a $10,000 stipend by interning at a NASA research center during the summer.

Graduate students will receive up to $35,000 per year for up to three years, with an opportunity to receive a $10,000 stipend interning at a NASA research center for up to two consecutive summers.

Students not committed to a specific academic institution or program still may apply. If accepted, they must be admitted by fall 2012 into an aeronautical engineering program or related field of study at an accredited U.S. university. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Scholarship money may be used for tuition and other school-related expenses.

NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate conducts cutting-edge, fundamental and integrated systems research in traditional and emerging disciplines. The intent is to help transform the nation’s air transportation system and to support development of future air and space vehicles.

Its goals include improving airspace capacity and flexibility; aviation safety and aircraft performance; reducing overall noise, engine emissions and fuel usage.

For details about this scholarship program, a list of available research topics and the application process, visit http://nasa.asee.org/.

For more information about aeronautics research at NASA, visit: http://www.aeronautics.nasa.gov.

Questions about this scholarship should be directed to nasa.asp@asee.org.

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2012 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Awards

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

Technology personnel and K-12 classroom teachers who have demonstrated exemplary use of technology to enhance learning are eligible for this award. School principals, superintendents or associate superintendents may nominate eligible candidates. The award will be presented in April 2012 at the 28th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo. The deadline for applications is Jan. 16, 2012.

Applications and more information are available online at http://www.amfcse.org/Alan%20Shepard%20Award/alan_shepard_award.htm.

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

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Meteorology: How Clouds Form 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 Jan. 17, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn about the relationships between air pressure, temperature, volume and cloud formation. The presenter will provide an overview of the necessary conditions for cloud formation and then show how to apply them to making a cloud in a bottle. Information will be provided about an extension activity, the S’COOL Project, which involves student participation in authentic science.

For more information and to register online, visit URL  http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar2.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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Engineering Design Process: On the Moon 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 Jan. 19, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EST. This seminar showcases two lessons from the On the Moon educator guide: On Target and Feel the Heat. Participants will learn how to use the engineering design process to challenge students to solve problems related to exploring the moon. This session will fully prepare attendees to implement these activities in the classroom.

For more information and to register online, visit URL http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar4.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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2012 RASC-AL Competition

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace announce the 2012 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage Competition. RASC-AL is a design project competition aimed at university-level engineering students.

The RASC-AL contest challenges participants to design projects based on real NASA projects. Participants can choose from four different themes. These design projects potentially could be implemented by NASA.

Interested teams are requested to submit a notice of intent as soon as practical, and teams must submit an abstract for their proposed project by Jan. 20, 2012. The RASC-AL Steering Committee of NASA and industry experts will evaluate the proposals and select as many as ten undergraduate and five graduate teams to compete against each other at a forum in June 2012 in Florida.

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

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

If you have questions about this competition, please contact Shelley Spears at Shelley.Spears@nianet.org.

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International Space Station EarthKAM Winter 2012 Mission

Middle school educators are invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAM Fall 2011 Mission from Jan. 31 – Feb. 3, 2012. Find out more about this exciting opportunity that allows students to take pictures of Earth from a digital camera aboard the International Space Station.

International Space Station EarthKAM is a NASA-sponsored project that provides stunning, high-quality photographs of Earth taken from the space shuttle and the space station. Since 1996, EarthKAM students have taken thousands of photographs of Earth by using the World Wide Web to direct a digital camera on select spaceflights and, currently, on the space station.

For more information about the project and to register for the upcoming mission, visit the EarthKAM home page
www.EarthKAM.ucsd.edu.

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

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Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars — Summer 2012 Session

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

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

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applications are due Feb. 1, 2012.

Note: 15-week fall and spring sessions are also offered. Please see the website for details.

For more information and to apply online, visit http://www.nianet.org/LARSS-2012/index.aspx.

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

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Registration Open for the 19th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race

Registration is open for the 19th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race. High school and college students are challenged to design and build a vehicle that addresses a series of engineering problems similar to those faced by the original lunar-roving vehicle team. Each school may enter up to two teams. International teams are limited to 10 teams per country. The race will take place April 13-14, 2012, in Huntsville, Ala., at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

U.S. teams must register by Feb. 10, 2012.

For more information about the competition and to register online, visit http://moonbuggy.msfc.nasa.gov/index.html.

International teams with questions about this event and registration should email Marilyn Lewis at Marilyn.H.Lewis@nasa.gov. U.S. teams with questions should contact Diedra Williams at Diedra.A.Williams@nasa.gov.

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Call for Papers: Solar System Exploration @ 50 Symposium

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first successful planetary mission, Mariner 2 sent to Venus, the NASA History Program Office and the Division of Space History at the National Air and Space Museum invite papers for a conference relating to the history of planetary exploration. This historical symposium will be held in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 25-27, 2012.

Entitled “Solar System Exploration @ 50,” the purpose of this symposium is to consider what we have learned about the other bodies of the solar system and the process whereby we have learned it. This symposium seeks to pursue broader questions relating to the history of planetary exploration.

International scholars and graduate students seeking exposure to the history of the planetary sciences are particularly welcome. Proposals for papers should include a title and abstract, as well as the author’s curriculum vita. Please send all proposals, in the form of a 300-word abstract and a brief vita electronically to Dr. William P. Barry, NASA chief historian, at bill.barry@nasa.gov, and Dr. Roger D. Launius, senior curator in space history at the National Air and Space Museum, launiusr@si.edu.

The new deadline for abstract submissions is Feb. 21, 2012.

For more information, visit http://history.nasa.gov/Solar%20System%20Exploration%20@%2050%20Call%20for%20Papers.pdf.


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Polar Science Weekend at the Pacific Science Center

Polar Science Weekend at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Wash., is taking place March 1-4, 2012. The event is four days of hands-on activities, live demonstrations and exhibits presented by scientists who work in some of the most remote and challenging places on Earth. Learn about ice sheets and sea ice, polar bears and penguins, scientific instruments and polar expeditions.

Polar Science Weekend highlights NASA-funded work in the polar regions, and is supported by a grant from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.

For more information, visit http://psc.apl.washington.edu/wordpress/education/polar-science-weekend/.

Questions about this event should be directed to psw@apl.washington.edu.

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Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

The National Science Foundation is currently accepting nominations and applications for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, or PAEMST, program. PAEMST is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th-grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Since 1983, more than 4,100 teachers have been recognized for their contributions to mathematics and science education. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. Up to 108 awardees may be recognized each year.

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

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

Nominations for elementary school teachers (grades K-6) are due April 1, 2012. Secondary school teachers (Grades 7-12) are eligible to apply in 2013.

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

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

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STEMconnector Website Launched

The new STEMconnector™ website launched on Nov. 30, 2011. This new website serves as a national gateway to “who is doing what” in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM.

STEMConnector™ is a nationwide collaboration of companies, nonprofit associations and professional societies, STEM-related research and policy organizations, and academic institutions concerned about the plight of STEM education in the United States. STEMConnector™ is designed to link “all things STEM” by constructing a comprehensive website that provides connections to national, state and local STEM entities and their own content through a variety of search tools.

Visit the new site to find state-by-state information, a blog, events and resources related to STEM.

http://www.stemconnector.org/


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

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

NASA Education Express — Jan. 5, 2012

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

Properties of Living Things: Searching for Life on Mars Web Seminar
Audience: 4-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 9, 2012

Graph Analysis: Genesis — Exploring Data Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 9, 2012

High Power Microscopes: The Virtual Lab Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 11, 2012

Live Video Chat: Let’s Talk About Meteors, Meteorites and Comets
Audience: 6-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: Jan. 12, 2012, noon EST

American Meteorological Society’s DataStreme Earth’s Climate System Professional Development Course
Audience: K-12 Educators
Course Begins: Jan. 16, 2012

RealWorld-InWorld Entries Due January 27
Audience: 7-12 Educators and Students
Deadline: Jan. 27, 2012

2012 Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Jan. 30, 2012

Call for Papers: Solar System Exploration @ 50 Symposium
Audience: Higher Education Educators Students
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2012

NASA History Division Summer 2012 Internships
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: Feb. 4, 2012

4th Annual NASA STEM Educators Workshop Series
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Registration Deadline: Feb. 15, 2012

2012 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2012

2012 Jet Propulsion Laboratory Summer Faculty Research Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Deadline:
April 27, 2012

Additional Frequently Asked Questions — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums Plus Opportunities for NASA Visitor Centers and Other Informal Education Institutions (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH11ZHA004N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008) — Available For Download
Audience: Informal Education Institutions

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Properties of Living Things: Searching for Life 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 for educators on Jan. 9, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Review criteria for determining if something is alive and learn how students can apply the criteria in a hands-on activity. A video will be shown that connects the activity to a NASA mission. Collaborate with other participants about ways of using and adapting the activity. Extension activities for students interested in the topic will be provided.

For more information and to register online, visit URL http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar7.aspx.

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

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

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Graph Analysis: Genesis — Exploring Data Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools and Learning Environments and Research Network, or LE&RN, projects are hosting a 60-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Jan. 9, 2012, at 8 p.m. EST.

Through an active, hands-on approach, learn how your students can work in production design teams to explore Genesis solar wind data located on the Los Alamos National Laboratory Genesis data website. The seminar consists of background material related to the Genesis mission and a data analysis component. Learn how to access and review the data, and discuss questions that might arise from this activity.

For more information and to register online, visit https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-graph-analysis/.

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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High Power Microscopes: The Virtual Lab 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 for educators on Jan. 11, 2012, at 8:15 p.m. EST. Learn to use a computer program simulating three high-power virtual microscopes: an atomic force microscope, a scanning electron microscope and a fluorescence light microscope. Viewing specimens include one-celled organisms, human tissue, computer chips, insects and fungi. You will get an overview of the software, watch videos of students exploring specimens and learn to use the Virtual Lab website and software.

For more information and to register online, visit URL http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar3.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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Live Video Chat: Let’s Talk About Meteors, Meteorites and Comets

Join Dr. Bill Cooke and Rhiannon Blaauw, two meteor experts, during this video Web chat at noon EST on Jan 12, 2012, and get answers to your questions about meteors, meteorites and comets and their potential danger to spacecraft.

Cooke, the lead for NASA’s Meteoroid Environmental Office, and Blaauw, a meteor physicist, both have astronomy degrees and work in the Meteoroid Environment Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. They provide NASA with models of the meteoroid environment, which are used in the design of protective shields on spacecraft. They analyze meteor observations data collected by equipment such as radar and all-sky and low-light-level cameras.


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

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

To view the video chat or for more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/meteors-meteorites-comets-chat.html.

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

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

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

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

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

The spring 2012 course begins on Jan. 16, 2012.

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

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


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RealWorld-InWorld Entries Due January 27

There is still time to submit entries to
RealWorld-InWorld, or RWIW, NASA’s engineering design challenge. The activity encourages students in grades 7-12 to explore and build skills essential for successful science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, careers through a RealWorld (face-to-face) and an InWorld (unique online virtual reality) phase of project-based learning and team competition.

RealWorld (Phase 1): Teams of middle- and high-school-aged students with support of their sponsoring adult work collaboratively as engineers and scientists to explore and design solutions related to the James Webb Space Telescope and Robonaut 2.

NOTE: The RealWorld Phase can be completed by teams in about two weeks.

RealWorld Phase ends: Jan. 27, 2012. To be considered to move to the InWorld phase, all RealWorld work must be submitted by this deadline.

Recognition: Submitted final project solutions will be featured on the RWIW website, and teams will receive recognition for their work once they complete the RealWorld challenge and InWorld registration.

InWorld (Phase 2): Participating college students select teams of two to four middle- and high-school-aged students who have completed the RealWorld phase to build their InWorld teams. Participation is limited to U.S. citizens. Teams work in a 3-D virtual environment using 21st century tools to refine designs and to create 3-D models of their design solutions.

InWorld Phase begins: Jan. 28, 2012.
InWorld Phase ends: April 20, 2012.

Recognition: InWorld teams will compete for cash awards ($1,000 per member, including team leader, for each winning team). Contest rules apply.

To learn more about the challenge and to register for online resources for this free and flexible project, visit
www.nasarealworldinworld.org.

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2012 Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program

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

Undergraduate students interested in learning about research in planetary geoscience are eligible to apply. Students graduating in 2012 who have not started graduate school yet are also eligible. Preference is given to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Applications are due Jan. 30, 2012.

For more information, visit http://www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~tgregg/pggurp.html. If you have questions about this opportunity, please email Robyn Wagner, PGGURP administrator, at rlwagner@buffalo.edu.


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Call for Papers: Solar System Exploration @ 50 Symposium

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first successful planetary mission, Mariner 2 sent to Venus, the NASA History Program Office and the Division of Space History at the National Air and Space Museum invite papers for a conference relating to the history of planetary exploration. This historical symposium will be held in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 25-27, 2012.

Entitled “Solar System Exploration @ 50,” the purpose of this symposium is to consider what we have learned about the other bodies of the solar system and the process whereby we have learned it. This symposium seeks to pursue broader questions relating to the history of planetary exploration.

International scholars and graduate students seeking exposure to the history of the planetary sciences are particularly welcome. Proposals for papers should include a title and abstract, as well as the author’s curriculum vita. Please send all proposals, in the form of a 300-word abstract and a brief vita electronically to Dr. William P. Barry, NASA chief historian, at bill.barry@nasa.gov, and Dr. Roger D. Launius, senior curator in space history at the National Air and Space Museum, launiusr@si.edu.

The deadline for abstract submissions is Feb. 1, 2012.

For more information, visit
http://history.nasa.gov/Solar%20System%20Exploration%20@%2050%20Call%20for%20Papers.pdf.


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NASA History Division Summer 2012 Internships

The NASA History Division is seeking undergraduate and graduate students for summer 2011 internships. The History Division maintains archival materials to answer research questions from NASA personnel, journalists, scholars, students at all levels and others from around the world. The division also edits and publishes several books and monographs each year. It maintains a large number of websites on NASA history.

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

Intern projects are flexible. Typical projects include handling a wide variety of information requests, editing historical manuscripts, doing research and writing biographical sketches, updating and creating websites, and identifying and captioning photos.

Applications are due Feb. 4, 2012. For more information, visit
http://history.nasa.gov/interncall.htm.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact Steve Garber at
stephen.j.garber@nasa.gov.

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4th Annual NASA STEM Educators Workshop Series

Join NASA for the 4th Annual NASA STEM Educators Workshop Series taking place Feb. 28 – March 1, 2012, in Charlotte, N.C.

This workshop series will explore engineering design challenges, problem-based learning activities, distance learning modules, inquiry-based lessons and hands-on projects. Each workshop will be led by experienced educators and education public outreach specialists who will model pedagogical techniques and methods to foster problem-based learning, science as inquiry, technology integration and best practices. Workshops target inservice, informal and preservice teachers who serve the K-12 education community.

Registration is free. The deadline for registration is Feb. 15, 2012.

For more information and to register for the workshops, visit
http://aesp.psu.edu/register/.

If you have any questions about the workshops, please contact Brandon Hargis at
Brandon.Hargis@nasa.gov.

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2012 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

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

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

All application materials must be received no later than Feb. 22, 2012. For more information, visit http://www.surf.caltech.edu/.

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

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2012 Jet Propulsion Laboratory Summer Faculty Research Program

Applications are currently being accepted for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory 2012 Summer Faculty Research Program. This program provides opportunities for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, faculty to engage in research of mutual interest to the faculty member and a JPL researcher. Non-STEM faculty will be considered based on available opportunities.

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

The program awards $13,500 fellowships for the 10-week session. A housing allowance will be offered for awardees who live beyond a 50-mile radius of JPL. Please note that stipend payments or salaries from other federal funding sources, including research grants and contracts, may not be accepted during the 10-week tenure of a JPL faculty research appointment.

The deadline for applications is April 27, 2012. For more information about this opportunity, visit http://jsfrp.jpl.nasa.gov/.

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

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Additional Frequently Asked Questions — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums Plus Opportunities for NASA Visitor Centers and Other Informal Education Institutions (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH11ZHA004N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008) — Available For Download

Additional Frequently Asked Questions received after the proposal due date and/or about NASA Visitor Centers were made available on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011 on the CP4SMP+ portal page on NSPIRES at the following URL:

Visit: http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7b75AAC7BF-2F69-6C73-2980-B1DCF25EA665%7d&path=closed

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

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


NASA Education Express — Dec. 15, 2011

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

Teach STEM? NASA Explorer Schools Can Help With That!
Audience: 4-12 Educators

Electromagnetic Spectrum: Remote Sensing Ices on Mars Web Seminar
Audience: 8-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Dec. 19, 2011

Expedition 31 and 32 In-flight Education Downlink Opportunity
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Dec. 21, 2011

National Space Biomedical Research Institute Summer Internship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: Dec. 31, 2011

Algebraic Equations: Transit Tracks — Finding Habitable Planets Web Seminar
Audience: Algebra Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 3, 2011

2011 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award Video Contest
Audience: Grade 3-12 Students
Registration Deadline: Jan. 3, 2011
Video Submission Deadline: Jan. 17, 2012

2012-13 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship
Audience: K-12 STEM Educators
Application Deadline: Jan. 5, 2012

Engineering Design: Forces and Motion — Balloon Aerodynamics Challenge Web Seminar
Audience: 6-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 5, 2012

4th Digital Media and Learning Competition Enters Stage Two
Audience: All Educators, Designers, and Students
Deadline: Jan. 12, 2012

Solving the Challenges of Space in the RealWorld and InWorld
Audience: 7-12 Educators and Students
Deadline: Jan. 27, 2012

FameLab Astrobiology — Science Communication Competition
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Competition Finals: April 12-16, 2012

2012 Summer Workshops — Climate Science Research for Educators and Students
Audience: 9-12 Educators
Application Deadline: June 1, 2012

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Teach STEM? NASA Explorer Schools Can Help With That!

Teachers across the country, regardless of school size, type or geographic location, have seen the benefit of participating in the NASA Explorer Schools project. These teachers have access to free NASA classroom materials and student engagement activities, as well as educator support resources, through the NES Virtual Campus. NES classroom resources are designed to help teachers increase student interest and achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, subjects.

Are you looking for fun, exciting and interactive ways to connect your students to NASA? Designed for teachers in grades 4-12, NES provides a forum for accessing free lessons, student engagement activities, and professional development opportunities centered on NASA missions and STEM topics and careers. NES also offers multiple pathways for you to connect with other motivated STEM educators across the country to share best practices and classroom implementation ideas. Visit the NASA Explorer Schools website to read firsthand stories from participating teachers about the benefits of joining the NES project and implementing NASA resources in the classroom!

https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/recognition/profiles-index.html.


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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 Dec. 19, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EST. 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/NES2/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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Expedition 31 and 32 In-flight Education Downlink Opportunity

NASA is seeking formal and informal educational organizations, individually or working together, to host a live, in-flight education downlink during Expedition 31 and 32 (approximately from March 2012 to September 2012). To maximize these downlink opportunities, NASA is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the downlink into a well-developed education plan.

The deadline to submit a proposal is Dec. 21, 2011.

During Expeditions 31 and 32, crew members aboard the International Space Station will participate in downlinks. Downlinks are approximately 20 minutes in length and allow students and educators to interact with astronauts through a question and answer session. Downlinks afford education audiences the opportunity to learn firsthand from astronauts what it is like to live and work in space. Downlinks are broadcast live on NASA TV and are streamed on the NASA website. Because of the nature of human spaceflight, organizations must demonstrate the flexibility to accommodate changes in downlink dates and times.

Interested organizations should contact Teaching From Space, a NASA Education office, to obtain information related to expectations, format, audience, guidelines and forms by sending an email to JSC-Teaching-From-Space@mail.nasa.gov or calling 281-244-7608.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/teachingfromspace/students/downlinks.html.

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National Space Biomedical Research Institute Summer Internship Program

Interns selected for the NSBRI’s summer program join ongoing project activities and gain hands-on experience in space biomedical research at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas; Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio; or Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. The program is open to graduate students, medical students and undergraduate students who have completed their second year of studies.

Applicants are asked to send a curriculum vitae or resume, a letter of interest indicating available dates during the summer, two letters of recommendation, and college transcripts. The program is open to U.S. citizens.

Applications for the 2012 program are due Dec. 31, 2011.

For more information and to apply online, visit http://www.nsbri.org/summerinternship/. Questions about this opportunity should be directed to info@nsbri.org.


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Algebraic Equations: Transit Tracks — Finding Habitable Planets Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools and Learning Environments and Research Network, or LE&RN, projects are hosting a 60-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Jan. 3, 2012, at 8 p.m. EST. Discover how an algebra activity called “Finding Habitable Planets” will help you teach students to use their skills to analyze NASA data. Students learn about the possibility of discovering planets in habitable zones of solar systems.

For more information and to register online, visit https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-algebraic-equations/.

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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2011 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award Video Contest

NASA has opened registration for the 2011 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award Contest. Featuring OPTIMUS PRIME, the leader of 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. Last year’s contest was open to students in grades 3-8 and resulted in 76 video submissions from over 190 students in 31 states.

For 2011, the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award Contest has been expanded to include students in grades 3-12. Each student, or group of students, will submit a three- to five-minute video on a selected NASA spinoff technology listed in NASA’s 2010 “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 Jan. 3, 2012. Video entries are due Jan. 17, 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. Among other prizes, a crystal OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award Trophy will be given to winners at a special awards ceremony being held in Florida in April 2012. The innovators associated with the NASA technology highlighted in the winning videos also will receive trophies, as will their commercial partners.

For more information, visit the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award website at http://ipp.gsfc.nasa.gov/optimus.

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


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2012-13 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship

Applications are currently available for the 2012-13 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program. This program is open to current public or private elementary and secondary mathematics, technology, engineering and science classroom teachers with demonstrated excellence in teaching. Applications are due Jan. 5, 2012.

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

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

For more information about this opportunity and to apply online, visit www.einsteinfellows.org.

Inquiries about the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program should be directed to einsteinfellows@triangle-coalition.org.

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Engineering Design: Forces and Motion — Balloon Aerodynamics Challenge 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 Jan. 5, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EST. This Web seminar will introduce the Forces and Motion: Balloon Aerodynamics Challenge for students. This activity provides first-hand information about density, neutral buoyancy and drag, which is then used to solve a problem. The activity provides many opportunities for incorporating national mathematics, science and technology learning standards into your curriculum.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar23.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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4th Digital Media and Learning Competition Enters Stage Two

The HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation’s 4th Digital Media and Learning Competition, held in collaboration with the Mozilla Foundation, encourages individuals and organizations to create badges that are designed to publicly validate new skills, knowledge and achievements.

The Design and Technology stage (Stage Two) of the Competition is now open for organizations, teams, or individuals skilled in design to submit initial prototypes for badge systems based on the content or programs developed by official collaborators (including NASA’s robotics badges) and winning applicants from Stage One. Submissions will be displayed online for public comment and assessed by an expert panel of judges. Stage Two winners will be matched with content and programs teams from Stage One and proceed on to Stage Three.

Stage Two applicants should submit visual materials that will graphically represent their proposed badge system, as well as a 1500-word written proposal that describes in detail how the badge system will perform. Submissions, due no later than Jan. 12 at 5 p.m. PST, should be submitted through the DML Competition web site: http://dmlcompetition.net.

Visit http://dmlcompetition.net to explore collaborator content as well as the 60 winning competitor entries selected from among the hundreds of badge ideas submitted in Stage One of the competition. Several Federal agencies are listed as collaborators, including NASA. The proposed badge content addresses a breadth of topics — from the promotion of civic engagement and community volunteerism, to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) learning in and out of the classroom, to digital literacy, to workforce preparedness and beyond.

For more information about the 4th Digital Media and Learning Competition, visit http://dmlcompetition.net.


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Solving the Challenges of Space in the RealWorld and InWorld

The RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge encourages students in grades 7-12 to explore and build skills essential for successful careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through two phases of project-based learning and team competition.

RealWorld (Phase 1): Teams of middle- and high-school-aged students with support of their teachers/coaches/parents work collaboratively as engineers and scientists to explore and design solutions related to the James Webb Space Telescope and Robonaut 2.

RealWorld Phase ends: January 27, 2012. To be considered to move to the InWorld phase, all RealWorld work must be submitted by this deadline.

Recognition: Submitted final project solutions will be featured on the RealWorld-InWorld website, and teams will receive recognition for their work once they complete the RealWorld challenge and InWorld registration.

InWorld (Phase 2): Participating college students select teams of two to four middle- and high-school-aged students who have completed the RealWorld phase to build their InWorld teams. Participation is limited to U.S. citizens. Teams work in a 3-D virtual online environment using 21st Century tools to refine designs and to create 3-D models of their design solutions.

InWorld Phase begins: January 28, 2012.
InWorld Phase ends: April 20, 2012.

Recognition: InWorld teams will compete for cash awards ($1,000 per member, including team leader, for each winning team). Contest rules apply.

NASA scientists and engineers visit and “chat” virtually throughout both phases of the challenge.

To learn more about the challenge and to register for online resources for this free and flexible project, visit
www.nasarealworldinworld.org.

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FameLab Astrobiology — Science Communication Competition

FameLab Astrobiology is a science communication competition focused on graduate students and post doctoral researchers doing research in astrobiology. Via four preliminary and one final competition, early career astrobiologists will compete to convey their own research or related science concepts. Each contestant has the spotlight for only three minutes — slides and charts are not allowed. A panel of experts in both science and science communication will judge the events. Events will take place on the following dates:

— Jan. 13, 2012 — Houston, Texas — Lunar and Planetary Institute
— Feb. 10, 2012 — Denver, Colo. — Denver Museum of Nature and Science
— March 9, 2012 — Washington, D.C. — NASA Headquarters/National Geographic Society
— Jan. – March 2012 — Online via YouTube
— FINAL: April 12-16, 2012 — Atlanta, Ga. — Astrobiology Science Conference

Each preliminary event will feature science communication training and enrichment activities, providing exposure to alternative careers. There will be a two-day master class for finalists prior to the final event in April.

The winner will go on to compete in the International FameLab Final in the United Kingdom in June 2012.

For more information, visit http://astrobiologyfamelab.arc.nasa.gov/.

Questions about this competition may be directed to Daniella Scalice at the NASA Astrobiology Institute via email at daniella.m.scalice@nasa.gov.


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2012 Summer Workshops — Climate Science Research for Educators and Students

The Institute for Earth Science Research and Education, in collaboration with Queens College/City University of New York, is seeking participants for summer professional development workshops in the second year of its Climate Science Research for Educators and Students project. Funded by the NASA Innovations in Climate Education program, this project seeks to improve student engagement in climate science by helping teachers and students develop authentic climate-related science research projects.

During summer 2012, two climate science workshops will take place in New York City. The first workshop will be held in late June or early July. The workshop will focus on understanding sun/Earth/atmosphere interactions and Earth’s radiative balance, a fundamental concept for climate science. All participants will build pyranometers, instruments for monitoring solar radiation. A follow-up workshop will take place in August. During the summer, participants are expected to conduct their own research. 

All workshop participants in 2011 were from New York City or within commuting distance. In 2012, teachers from other places are encouraged to attend the early summer workshop, with follow-on activities to be conducted online in place of attendance at the August workshop. On-campus housing at Queens College should be available, and travel support for teachers from outside the NYC area may be available.

Applications are due June 1, 2012.

For more information, visit http://www.instesre.org/GCCE/GCCEHome.htm.

Questions about this competition should be directed to David Brooks via email at brooksdr@drexel.edu or by phone at 610-584-5619.

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

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

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