NASA Education Express — March 22, 2012

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

Virtual Professional Development: Rockets to Racecars
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Session begins on March 26, 2012

NASA’s Digital LearningNetwork Presents “STEM Through the Eyes, Ears and Heart of a Woman”Webcast Series
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: March 28, 2012

Educator Resource Showcase Webcast — NASAEducators Online Network
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: March 28, 2012

Zero Robotics AutonomousSpace Capture Challenge
Audience: Anyone 13 years or older who meets eligibility requirements
Contest Begins: March 28, 2012
Registration Deadline: April 20, 2012

Mathematical Models: Black Holes WebSeminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 29, 2012

NASA at the 2012 NSTA Conference
Audience: All Educators
Conference Dates: March 29 – April 1, 2012

Visit NASA Explorer Schools at the 2012NSTA Conference
Audience: 4-12 Educators
Event Dates: March 29 – April 1, 2012

Electronic Professional DevelopmentNetwork Courses
Audience: K-12 Educators
Technology Integration — Engage and Educate: Podcasts in the Classroom: May 30- July 3, 2012
Technology Integration — Vodcasts:July 11 – Aug. 14, 2012

Mars Student Imaging Project
Audience: 5-12 Educators

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Virtual Professional Development: Rockets toRacecars

Science, technology, engineering and mathematicsare the foundation for a successful career in racing, as well as NASA! Likedriving a racecar or launching a rocket, mastering these subjects takes somepractice. Bring the excitement of racing and the thrill of launching into yourclassroom. Take a pit stop to learn about the “Rockets 2 Racecars”educational materials and register for free professional development. Learn howto get students “revved up” about STEM.

If you’re interested in receiving professionaldevelopment activity units applicable toward license renewal, register andcomplete the four workshops in the series to accumulate five workshop hours.

This workshop series begins on March 26, 2012.

For more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/pdf/628503main_R2R%20Teacher%20PD%20.pdf.

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to Karen Ricks at Karen.Ricks@nasa.gov.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents”STEM Through the Eyes, Ears and Heart of a Woman” Webcast Series

In honor of Women’s History Month, NASA’sDigital Learning Network is pleased to invite you and your students to take alook into the intriguing world of science, technology, engineering andmathematics from a woman’s perspective.

This free webcast series titled “STEMThrough the Eyes, Ears and Heart of a Woman” will feature a female NASASTEM professional, along with a high school senior from NASA’s Women in STEMHigh School Aerospace project, also known as WISH.

This hourlong webcast will take place each Wednesday at 1 p.m. Easternduring the month of March.

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

Inquiries about this webcast series should bedirected to Caryn Long at Caryn.Long@nasa.gov.

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EducatorResource Showcase Webcast — NASA Educators Online Network

Join presenter John Weis from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center inHuntsville, Ala., for an hourlong free webcast on March 28, 2012, at 3 p.m. EDT. This webcast will provide anoverview of the NASA Educators Online Network, or NEON, learning community. Learnhow this worldwide community of educators, scientists and engineers can provideyou with support, training and resources. This session will emphasize the stepsto join and how to make the community work for you.

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

To learn more about NEON, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/NEON.html.

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

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Zero Robotics Autonomous Space Capture Challenge

NASA, the Defense Advanced Research ProjectsAgency, or DARPA, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or MIT’s SpaceSystems Laboratory are offering the opportunity to design experiments that willbe tested in space aboard the International Space Station.

The Zero Robotics Autonomous Space Capture Challenge is a programmingtournament that uses bowling ball-sized spherical satellites aboard theInternational Space Station. These Synchronized Position Hold, Engage,Reorient, Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES, are used inside the spacestation to test maneuvers for spacecraft performing autonomous rendezvous anddocking.

This challenge opens the SPHERES satellite research platform to the generalpublic for the first time. The goal of the tournament is to write a computer programto control a satellite to dock with a space object that may be tumbling throughspace. The best algorithm submissions from simulation competitions will betested in microgravity on real SPHERES satellites aboard the InternationalSpace Station.

The Zero Robotics Autonomous Space CaptureChallenge is open to anyone 13 years of age or older who meets eligibilityrequirements. Participants may work individually or in teams of up to 50members to write their own algorithms to fly the satellites in the station.

The contest runs March 28 – April 25,2012. Registration is now open and teams must join the competition by April20, 2012. For more information, visit http://www.zerorobotics.org/web/zero-robotics/tournament-details?tournamentId=6.

The Zero Robotics project, a component of theISS National Laboratory Education Project, or NLEP, is facilitated by MIT,TopCoder and Aurora Flight Sciences, continues the science, technology,engineering and mathematics, or STEM, focus of the SPHERES facility. The ZeroRobotics Autonomous Space Capture Challenge expands on a pilot programperformed in 2009, 2010 and 2011. By making the benefits and resources of thespace program tangible to high school and college students, Zero Robotics isdesigned to inspire future scientists and engineers. Students will have theopportunity to push their limits and develop skills in STEM. This programbuilds critical engineering skills, such as problem solving, design thoughtprocess, operations training, team work and presentation skills.

MIT’s Space Systems Laboratory startedoperations of SPHERES in 2006 to provide DARPA, NASA and other researchers witha long-term test bed for validating technologies critical to the operation offuture satellites, docking missions and satellite autonomous maneuvers. Thesatellites provide opportunities to test a wide range of hardware and softwareat an affordable cost.

For additional information about NASA and MIT’sZero Robotics program, visit www.zerorobotics.org.

For additional information about DARPA, visit http://www.darpa.mil.

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

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MathematicalModels: Black Holes Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools and Learning Environments and ResearchNetwork, or LE&RN, projects are hosting a 60-minute live professionaldevelopment Web seminar for educators on March29, 2012, at 8 p.m. EDT. Misconceptions about black holes will beaddressed, as participants learn background information about the structure andbehavior of one of the universe’s most mysterious and spectacular bodies. Learnhow to derive the equations used in the Black Hole Math problem set forstudents to better understand the physics of black holes.

For more information and toregister online, visit https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-mathematical-models/.

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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NASAat the 2012 NSTA Conference

Make NASA a part of your National Science Teachers Association, or NSTA,experience this year! The 2012 NSTA’s national conference is being held March 29 – April 1, 2012, in Indianapolis,Ind. Dozens of NASA presentations, workshops and short courses are scheduledduring the conference. To find NASA sessions that fit in your schedule, visit
http://bit.ly/nsta2012.

Also, stop by the NASA exhibit booth (#2159) to learnabout exciting new NASA programs and products.

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VisitNASA Explorer Schools at the 2012 NSTA Conference

If you are attending the
2012National Science Teachers Association National Conference on Science Educationin Indianapolis on March 29 through April 1, be sure tostop by NASA’s exhibit booth #2159 in the exhibit hall. NASA Explorer Schools,or NES, representatives will be there to share information and answer yourquestions.

If you are not yet a participant in the NES project, you can obtain detailedinformation about NES by visiting the booth or attending a NES presentation.The session, “Teach STEM? NASA Explorer Schools Can Help!”, takesplace on Fri., March 30, from 11 a.m. -noon in the Cabinet Room of the Westin Indianapolis.

Everyone is invited to attend any of the additional NES lesson-relatedsessions:
— The “Virtual Lab and NASA Explorer Schools” session takes place onFriday, March 30, from 4 – 4:45 p.m.in room 142 of the Convention Center.
— The “NASA Engineering Design Challenge: Thermal Protection System”session takes place on Sat., March 31,from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., in room 111/112 of the Convention Center.

Attend one of these presentations and see how NES helps teachers by packagingeverything needed to deliver an exciting NASA-related lesson to students!

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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ElectronicProfessional Development Network Courses

NASA’s Learning Environments and Research Network and the Georgia Institute ofTechnology have teamed up to create the electronic professional developmentnetwork, or e-PDN, an initiative dedicated to preparing K-12 teachers to engagetheir students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM,through the use of NASA-developed learning materials and resources.

If you are looking for a way to enhance your instructional skills, meet yourprofessional development goals or find new and exciting resources to use inyour learning environments, apply to one of our free courses today!

Applications are now open for the following courses:

Technology Integration — Engage and Educate: Podcasts in the Classroom May 30-July 3, 2012
Participantswill examine how podcasts can be integrated into the STEM classroom. In thiscourse, the benefits, as well as obstacles, of podcasts will be discussed andyou will be introduced to the tools and techniques of creating podcasts. Youwill finish by creating your own podcasts using NASA resources. This course isaimed at beginners who have little or no experience with podcasts.

Technology Integration — Vodcasts July 11- Aug. 14, 2012
Participantswill use various audio and video editing software tools to create videopodcasts, or vodcasts. Each participant will begin by creating an enhancedpodcast and build up to a vodcast through the creation of video and audiofiles. During the course, you will examine and use many of the NASA publicdomain resources for infusing STEM concepts into your projects.

To learn more about these free courses and toapply online, visit http://nasaepdn.gatech.edu/course_schedules.php.

For more information on the e-PDN and the resources it offers to K-12 teachers,visit www.nasaepdn.gatech.edu.

Questions about these courses should be directed to Kristen Anderson at kristen.anderson@dlpe.gatech.edu.

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MarsStudent Imaging Project

The Mars Student Imaging Project isseeking educator applicants to participate in a virtual experientialopportunity for the 2011-2012 school year and the summer of 2012. Students willhave the opportunity to ask a research question about Mars, use real Mars datato answer the question, interact with Mars scientists and target a brand newimage of Mars using a special camera on the Mars Odyssey Spacecraft. This is anopportunity to do authentic research, build science, technology, engineeringand mathematics, or STEM, experiences, and possibly make a new discovery onMars!

For more information about the project and to apply online, visit http://marsed.mars.asu.edu/msip-home.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Jessica Swann at jlswann@asu.edu or Anthony Zippay at jzippay@asu.edu.

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

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


NASA Education Express — March 15, 2012

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

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents”Women in STEM” Webcast Series
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Dates: Multiple dates throughout March2012

Pennsylvania Space GrantWorkshops
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Workshop Dates: Multiple dates July – August2012
Application Deadline: March 18, 2012

Newton’s Laws of Motion: Lunar Nautics Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 19, 2012

Virtual Professional Development:Rockets to Racecars
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Sessions begin on March 21 and March 26, 2012

NASA’s DigitalLearning Network Presents “STEM Through the Eyes, Ears and Heart of aWoman” Webcast Series
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Dates: Each Wednesday at 1 p.m. EasternDuring March 2012

Heat, Temperature and Energy:MESSENGER — Cooling with Sunshades Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 21, 2012

Live Video Chat: In Celebrationof National Women’s History Month
Audience: Grades 4-12
Event Date: March 22, 2012, 2-3 p.m. EDT

Percentageand Volume: Space Food and Nutrition — How Much is Waste? Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 22, 2012

Free Exploring SpaceLecture — Big Bang for the Buck: Cosmology from WMAP
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Date: March 22, 2012

International SpaceStation National Lab Education Project
Audience: Higher Education Community

Proposal Deadline: March 23, 2012

Visit NASA Explorer Schools at the 2012NSTA Conference
Audience: 4-12 Educators
Event Dates: March 29 – April 1, 2012

2013eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Due Date: May 2, 2012

Lunar and Planetary Institute Workshop:Mars Revealed
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Pre-service Teachers
Workshop Dates: July 9-13, 2012

Additional Frequently Asked Questions — NASA Research Announcement (NRA)Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums Plus Opportunities forNASA 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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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents”Women in STEM” Webcast Series

In honor of Women’s History Month, NASA’sDigital Learning Network is pleased to invite you and your students to takepart in a special event series titled “Women in STEM.”

Various subject matter experts from different NASA centers will be in theDigital Learning Network studios for a series of free webcasts focusing on howwomen in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields contribute toNASA. Selected classrooms will be able to interact live with the experts in thestudio. Each event will be webcast to allow students from all over the world towatch the interviews. Any student can interact by sending questions via email.

The schedule of events through March 2012includes:

March16: NASA’s Glenn Research Center near Cleveland, Ohio, and theJet Propulsion Laboratory in California
March19: NASA’s Glenn Research Center near Cleveland, Ohio, NASA’sMarshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., and the Jet PropulsionLaboratory in California
March22: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., andthe Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California
March30: NASA’s Glenn Research Center near Cleveland, Ohio, andNASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

Each hourlong webcast is scheduled to begin at 1p.m. Eastern.

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

Inquiries about this webcast series should bedirected to Erin McKinley at Erin.E.McKinley@nasa.gov.

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PennsylvaniaSpace Grant Workshops

Keep pace with the latest science research,engage in standards-based classroom activities and explore ways to make sciencefun while working with Penn State faculty during these summer workshops forinservice science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, educators.Network with peers and earn graduate credits. Workshops are aligned with thenational science education standards and Pennsylvania standards for science andtechnology.

All workshops take place in State College, Pa.Grants are awarded to all participants to cover lodging, parking, some mealsand partial tuition.

Applications for all workshops are due March 18, 2012.

Astrobiology: The Interdisciplinary Search forLife in the Cosmos (Grades 5-9) — July 23-27, 2012
Learn about current research in the field ofastrobiology and how this exciting topic can be used to engage students inscientific inquiry. Participants will receive NASA educational materialsrelated to the topics and activities presented.
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 (Grades6-12) — July 30 – Aug. 3, 2012
Delve into the predicted properties of blackholes, the astronomical evidence for their existence and their importance inthe cosmos. Modern ideas about gravity, space and time will also be explored.
http://teachscience.psu.edu/workshops/black_holes.html

Questions about the Pennsylvania Space Grantworkshops should be directed to Heather Nelson at teachscience@psu.edu.

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Newton’sLaws of Motion: Lunar Nautics Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on March 19, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. This Web seminar features threelessons for grades 5-8, focusing on a real-world understanding of Newton’s Lawsof Motion and addresses common misconceptions associated with the laws. Thefeatured lessons are Rocket Staging: Balloon Staging, Lunar Landing: SwingingTray and Lunar Base Supply Egg Drop.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar20.aspx.

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

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

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VirtualProfessional Development: Rockets to Racecars

Science, technology, engineering and mathematicsare the foundation for a successful career in racing, as well as NASA! Likedriving a racecar or launching a rocket, mastering these subjects takes somepractice. Bring the excitement of racing and the thrill of launching into yourclassroom. Take a pit stop to learn about the “Rockets 2 Racecars”educational materials and register for free professional development. Learn howto get students “revved up” about STEM.

If you’re interested in receiving professionaldevelopment activity units applicable toward license renewal, register andcomplete the four workshops in the series to accumulate five workshop hours.

Two sessions of this workshop series are available. Session A begins on March 21, 2012, and Session B begins onMarch 26, 2012.

For more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/pdf/628503main_R2R%20Teacher%20PD%20.pdf.

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

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents”STEM Through the Eyes, Ears and Heart of a Woman” Webcast Series

In honor of Women’s History Month, NASA’sDigital Learning Network is pleased to invite you and your students to take alook into the intriguing world of science, technology, engineering andmathematics from a woman’s perspective.

This free webcast series titled “STEMThrough the Eyes, Ears and Heart of a Woman” will feature a female NASASTEM professional, along with a high school senior from NASA’s Women in STEMHigh School Aerospace project, also known as WISH.

This hourlong webcast will take place each Wednesday at 1 p.m. Easternduring the month of March.

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

Inquiries about this webcast series should bedirected to Caryn Long at Caryn.Long@nasa.gov.

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

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on March 21, 2012, at 8:15 p.m. EDT. Learn how to use the NASAMESSENGER (Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and Ranging)mission to motivate your students to investigate energy and the electromagneticspectrum. Discover how students can create their own sunshades and measure theeffectiveness of different materials in protecting against sunlight and solarradiant energy.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar21.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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Live Video Chat: In Celebration of National Women’s History Month

In celebration of Women’s History Month, a panel of outstanding women at NASA’sLangley Research Center in Hampton, Va., will answer student questions abouttheir contributions to the missions and goals of NASA. Meet Judith Watson, a senior researchengineer, Julie Williams-Byrd, an electro-opticsengineer, Kimberly Land, acommunications, education and public outreach manager, and LindsayRogers, a resources management analyst.

Join the video chat on Mar. 22, 2012 from2-3 p.m. EDT to ask panel members questions about their career paths or theprojects they work on.

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.

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

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

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

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and project LE&RN are hostinga 60-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on March 22, 2012, at 8 p.m. EDT. Learn how to guide your students through threemathematical computations to determine usable and unusable portions of foods.Your students determine the mass andvolume of a food package before and after repackaging for spaceflight anddetermine the usable and waste portions of food selected for spaceflight.

For more information and toregister online, visit https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/p7s3w1/.

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

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

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Free Exploring Space Lecture — Big Bang for theBuck: Cosmology from WMAP

The Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy, or WMAP,Explorer space mission mapped the remnant radiation from the Big Bang acrossthe entire sky. From the patterns observed, scientists have deduced the age, history,contents and geometry of our universe. Professor Charles Bennett will discussdiscoveries made and mysteries that remain.

The lecture will take place on March 22, 2012, at 8p.m. Come early to see a free film and to meet the lecturer.

The lecture will be held at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington,D.C., and is free to attend. Tickets are required. The lecture will be webcastlive for free viewing online. Lecture video will be archived.

For more information, visit http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=3725.

Questions about this lecture should be directedto nasmpubliclectures@si.edu.

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International Space Station National LabEducation Project

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

Proposals are being accepted from the highereducation communities through March23, 2012. Seven areas of opportunities are available. Theseareas include general facility simulation-based, ground-based, in-orbitactivities as well as specific areas that are already developed and ready foradvancement.

This announcement is accessible through NSPIRESand 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 ofNASA’s mission!

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VisitNASA Explorer Schools at the 2012 NSTA Conference

If you are attending the
2012National Science Teachers Association National Conference on Science Educationin Indianapolis on March 29 through April 1, be sure tostop by NASA’s exhibit booth #2159 in the exhibit hall. NASA Explorer Schools,or NES, representatives will be there to share information and answer yourquestions.

If you are not yet a participant in the NES project, you can obtain detailedinformation about NES by visiting the booth or attending a NES presentation. Thesession, “Teach STEM? NASA Explorer Schools Can Help!”, takes placeon Fri., March 30, from 11 a.m. – noon inthe Cabinet Room of the Westin Indianapolis.

Everyone is invited to attend any of the additional NES lesson-relatedsessions:
— The “Virtual Lab and NASA Explorer Schools” session takes place onFriday, March 30, from 4 – 4:45 p.m.in room 142 of the Convention Center.
— The “NASA Engineering Design Challenge: Thermal Protection System”session takes place on Sat., March 31,from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., in room 111/112 of the Convention Center.

Attend one of these presentations and see how NES helps teachers by packagingeverything needed to deliver an exciting NASA-related lesson to students!

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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2013 eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) AcademicInnovation Challenge

In a continuing effort to engage and retain students in science, technology,engineering and mathematics fields and provide a real-world challenge, exposingstudents to the engineering and design processes, the Advanced ExplorationSystems Habitation Systems Deep Space Habitat Project team has begun acceptingapplications for the 2013 eXploration Habitat, or X-Hab Challenge.

Post-secondary students, engaged in a variety of curricula, will work togetherto create a solution to a need for living and working in space or on anothercelestial body. The winners of the challenge will receive between $10,000 and$49,000 to design and produce functional products of interest to the Deep SpaceHabitat project.

Proposals are due May 2, 2012, andawardees should expect to deliver their product to NASA’s Johnson Space Centerin Houston, Texas, in May of 2013.

Proposals will be accepted from university faculty who are U.S. citizens andcurrently teach an ABET-accredited engineering senior or graduate design,industrial design, or architecture curriculum at an accredited university inthe U.S.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and other minorityserving educational institutions are particularly encouraged to apply.Proposals from women, members of underrepresented minorities groups, andpersons with disabilities also are highly encouraged.

For more information about the challenge, visit http://spacegrant.org/xhab/.

If you have any questions about the X-Hab Challenge, please email xhab@spacegrant.org.

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Lunarand Planetary Institute Workshop: Mars Revealed

The Lunar and Planetary Institute and the ChemCam team invite high schoolteachers, both in-service and pre-service, to attend the “Mars Revealed:Evolving Technology, Advancing Science” workshop. This five-day workshop willtake place in Houston, Texas, on July9-13, 2012.

Attendees will investigate the geology of Earth and Mars, the history of Marsexploration and how scientists’ understanding of Mars has changed with advancesin technology with each new mission to the Red Planet. Classroom resources willbe provided.

Workshop registration is free. Participants will receive a $700 stipend uponcompletion of the workshop.

This workshop is limited to 20 participants. Interested educators areencouraged to apply early to secure a spot. Qualified applicants will beaccepted in the order they apply.

For more information and to register for the workshops, visit http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/workshops/mars/.

Questions about the workshop should be directed to Andy Shaner at shaner@lpi.usra.edu.

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Additional Frequently Asked Questions — NASAResearch Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums andPlanetariums Plus Opportunities for NASA Visitor Centers and Other InformalEducation Institutions (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH11ZHA004N, Catalog ofFederal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008) — Available For Download

Five Frequently Asked Questions received after the proposal due date have beenadded to the CP4SMP+ portal page on NSPIRES at the following URL:

http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={75AAC7BF-2F69-6C73-2980-B1DCF25EA665}&path=closed

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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 — March 8, 2012

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

TheEpic Struggle Between Birds and Pigs Moves to Space with a NASA Science Twist
Audience: All Educatorsand Students

New ISSLive! ApplicationAvailable for iPhone, iPad and Android
Audience: All Educators and Students

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents “Women in STEM” WebcastSeries
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Dates: Multiple dates throughout March 2012

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

Join the Worldwide GLOBEat Night 2012 Campaign
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: March 13-22, 2012

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents “STEM Through the Eyes, Earsand Heart of a Woman” Webcast Series
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Dates: Each Wednesday at 1 p.m. Eastern During March 2012

Center of Massand Center of Pressure: Engineering a Stable Rocket Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 15, 2012

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

Live Video Chat — Astronomy: Starry,Starry Night
Audience: Grades 8-12
Event Date: March 16, 2012, 1-2 p.m. EDT

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

OSSI: SOLAR — Summer2012 Opportunities
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: March 16, 2012

DEADLINE EXTENDED:Informal Educator Workshop: International Space Station — Engaging YourAudience in Low Earth Orbit
Audience: Informal Educators (Formal Educators Are Welcome to Attend)
New Registration Deadline: March 16, 2012
Event Date: March 24-25, 2012

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

Visit NASA Explorer Schools at the 2012NSTA Conference
Audience: 4-12 Educators
Event Dates: March 29 – April 1, 2012

Student Flight Mission Challenge –Improving Earthquake Monitoring
Audience: 7-9 Educators
Notice of Intent Deadline: April 16, 2012
Teacher Submission Deadline: May 21, 2012

2012 Lunar Workshops for Educators
Audience: 6-12 Educators
Workshop Dates: Multiple dates June-August 2012

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

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

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TheEpic Struggle Between Birds and Pigs Moves to Space with a NASA Science Twist

For nearly three years, millions of gamers have used physics in the battlebetween birds and pigs in the video game Angry Birds. In cooperation with NASA,Finland-based Rovio Entertainment, creator of the Angry Birds franchise,announced its newest game, “Angry Birds Space,” on Thursday, March 8,2012. NASA and Rovio are working together to teach people about physics andspace exploration through the internationally successful puzzle game.

Game developers have incorporated concepts of human space exploration into thenew game. From the weightlessness of space to the gravity wells of nearbyplanets, players use physics as they explore the various levels of the game setboth on planets and in microgravity.

Aboard the International Space Station, Flight Engineer Don Pettit of NASAcreated a video using Angry Birds Space to explain how physics works in space,including demonstrating trajectories in microgravity by catapulting an AngryBird through the space station. The video was shown this week to an audience atthe South by Southwest Conferences and Festivals, an annual convention oforiginal music, independent films, and emerging technologies in Austin, Texas.It is also available on NASA’s website at https://www.nasa.gov.

For more information on microgravity, visit https://www.nasa.gov/microgravity.

For more information about the International Space Station, visit https://www.nasa.gov/station.

For more information about Angry Birds Space, visit http://www.angrybirds.com/space.

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New ISSLive! Application Available for iPhone,iPad and Android

NASA announces the release of the ISSLive! app for iPhone, iPad and Andoid.This innovative, interactive app provides a novel way to learn about theInternational Space Station while on the go.

The ISS Live! app delivers live streaming data from the International SpaceStation. Users can take a virtual 3-D tour of the Mission Control Center andthe space station, and view mission control console displays with real-timedata. Interactive educational lessons using the data, as well as crew and sciencetimelines with individual crew member, social media and international scienceexperiment details are also available via the app.

To learn more and find links to download the ISSLive! app, visit http://spacestationlive.jsc.nasa.gov.

iPad and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and othercountries.
Android is a registered trademark of Google Inc.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents”Women in STEM” Webcast Series

In honor of Women’s History Month, NASA’s Digital Learning Network is pleasedto invite you and your students to take part in a special event series titled”Women in STEM.”

Various subject matter experts from different NASA centers will bein the Digital Learning Network studios for a series of free webcasts focusingon how women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fieldscontribute to NASA. Selected classrooms will be able to interact live with theexperts in the studio. Each event will be webcast to allow students from allover the world to watch the interviews. Any student can interact by sending questionsvia email.

The schedule of events through March 2012includes:

March9: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and NASA’sMarshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
March12: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and NASA’sMarshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
March16: NASA’s Glenn Research Center near Cleveland, Ohio, and the JetPropulsion Laboratory in California
March 19: NASA’s Glenn ResearchCenter near Cleveland, Ohio, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville,Ala., and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California
March 22: NASA’s Goddard SpaceFlight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory inCalifornia
March 30: NASA’s Glenn ResearchCenter near Cleveland, Ohio, and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center inGreenbelt, Md.

Each hourlong webcast is scheduled to begin at 1p.m. Eastern.

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

Inquiries about this webcast series should bedirected to Erin McKinley at Erin.E.McKinley@nasa.gov.

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Free Education Webinar Series from the AerospaceEducation Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project ispresenting a series of free webinars through May 2012. All webinars can beaccessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn about activities,lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt willshare an activity that uses an inquiry-based, critical-thinking approach tostudying the surface of Mars like scientists do. This lesson will teachstudents to examine geologic features of a planetary surface and use relativeage-dating techniques to analyze the information and interpret the geologichistory.

For more information about the webinars listedabove, 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 shouldbe directed to Gwendolyn Wheatle at Gwendolyn.H.Wheatle@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 chart online with their date,time and location to help create a light-pollution map worldwide.

The GLOBE at Night 2012 campaign dates are 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 are user-friendlytools on the GLOBE at Night report page to find latitude 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 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 Presents”STEM Through the Eyes, Ears and Heart of a Woman” Webcast Series

In honor of Women’s History Month, NASA’s Digital Learning Network is pleasedto invite you and your students to take a look into the intriguing world ofscience, technology, engineering and mathematics from a woman’s perspective.

This free webcast series titled “STEM Through the Eyes, Ears and Heart ofa Woman” will feature a female NASA STEM professional, along with a highschool senior from NASA’s Women in STEM High School Aerospace project, alsoknown as WISH.

This hourlong webcast will take place eachWednesday at 1 p.m. Eastern during the month of March.

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

Inquiries about this webcast series should bedirected to Caryn Long at Caryn.Long@nasa.gov.

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Center of Mass and Center of Pressure: Engineering a Stable Rocket WebSeminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminarfor educators on March 15, 2012, at 6:30p.m. EDT. Learn how to incorporate rocketry into your teaching repertoire.The featured lesson is the “High-Power Paper Rockets” activity from NASA’sRockets Educator Guide. The activity addresses forces and motion, center ofmass and center of pressure. This seminar provides an overview of the activity,explores the NASA connections, shares tips and tricks for implementing thislesson in the classroom and discusses possible modifications or extensions.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar16.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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Pre-Service Teacher Institutes at NASA’s JohnsonSpace Center

The Pre-Service Teacher Institute is a one-weeksummer residential session for early childhood and elementary education majorspreparing to teach in an elementary or middle school classroom. Threeinstitutes will take place this year: June 18-22 (for Houston and surroundingareas), June 24-30 and July 8-14, 2012. All events will take place at NASA’sJohnson Space Center in Houston.

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

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

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

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

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Live Video Chat — Astronomy: Starry, Starry Night

On March 16, 2012, Dr. MichelleThaller from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., will answerstudent questions from 1-2 p.m. EDT. Dr. Thaller’s research interests are hotstars, colliding stellar winds, binary star evolution and evolved stellarcompanions. Don’t miss this opportunity to have your students ask Dr. Thallerabout her research and the path that led her to NASA.

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.

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

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

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National Spaced Out Sports Design Challenge

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

Students will submit game demonstrations via aplaybook and video. Submissions will be accepted from schools, home schoolgroups, 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; allcontributing schools and programs — opportunity to participate in a DigitalLearning Network webcast with astronauts on the space station.

Entries are due March 16, 2012.

Spaced Out Sports student and educator resourcesinclude posters, bookmarks, curriculum guides, career videos and DigitalLearning Network modules. All include NASA astronauts, engineers and celebritysports figures engaging students in relevant space-sports connections byexplaining and demonstrating the science behind their work and/or games.Featured are: former astronaut and NASA Associate Administrator for EducationLeland Melvin and astronaut Nicole Stott; Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin;NASCAR’s Juan Pablo Montoya; basketball’s Temeka Johnson; football/Super Bowlchampions New Orleans Saints; and hockey’s Ryan O’Reilly and the ColoradoAvalanche.

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

For more information and to register for thechallenge, 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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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 oninternship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities. The site features theOSSI: Student Online Application for Recruiting Interns, Fellows and Scholars,or SOLAR. This innovative system allows students to search and apply for alltypes of higher-education NASA internship, fellowship and scholarshipopportunities in one location. A single application places the student in theapplicant pool for consideration by all NASA mentors.

Applications for summer 2012 opportunities aredue March 16, 2012.

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

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

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Informal Educator Workshop:International Space Station — Engaging Your Audience in Low Earth Orbit

NASA’s International Space Station, also knownas ISS, and the ISS National Laboratory provide unparalleled opportunities foreducators to connect students and other audiences directly to science,technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

On March 24-25, 2012, NASA’s Jet PropulsionLaboratory, or JPL, in Pasadena, Calif., will host an educator workshop thatwill include science presentations by NASA experts, demonstrations of hands-onactivities, ISS Live! website activities, educational resources and bestpractices for creating content and educational activities in informal settings.Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to network with fellowparticipants to enable future collaborations.

The registration deadline for this workshop hasbeen extended to March16, 2012. A $35 registration fee includes continental breakfast,beverages, snacks, a box lunch and incidentals.

For more information, directions to the workshoplocation and to register online, visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/index.cfm?page=329.

Unable to attend in person? Portions of theworkshop will be available through NASA’s Digital Learning Network. Check the workshop websitefor more information

Please direct questions about this workshop tothe JPL Informal Education staff at Carla.J.Johns@jpl.nasa.gov.

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InternationalSpace Station National Lab Education Project

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

Proposals are being accepted from the higher education communities through March 23, 2012. Seven areas ofopportunities are available. These areas include general facilitysimulation-based, ground-based, in-orbit activities as well as specific areasthat 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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VisitNASA Explorer Schools at the 2012 NSTA Conference

If you are attending the
2012National Science Teachers Association National Conference on Science Educationin Indianapolis on March 29 through April 1, be sure tostop by NASA’s exhibit booth #2159 in the exhibit hall. NASA Explorer Schools,or NES, representatives will be there to share information and answer yourquestions.

If you are not yet a participant in the NES project, you can obtain detailedinformation about NES by visiting the booth or attending a NES presentation.The session, “Teach STEM? NASA Explorer Schools Can Help!”, takesplace on Friday, March 30, from 11 a.m.- noon in the Cabinet Room of the Westin Indianapolis.

Everyone is invited to attend any of the additional NES lesson-relatedsessions:
— The “Virtual Lab and NASA Explorer Schools” session takes place onFriday, March 30, from 4 – 4:45 p.m.in room 142 of the Convention Center.
— The “NASA Engineering Design Challenge: Thermal Protection System”session takes place on Saturday, March31, from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., in room 111/112 of the Convention Center.

Attend one of these presentations and see how NES helps teachers by packagingeverything needed to deliver an exciting NASA-related lesson to students!

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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StudentFlight Mission Challenge — Improving Earthquake Monitoring

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is gaining a betterunderstanding of earth science processes such asearthquakes through airborne science research platforms. Using aspecially modified Gulfstream-III jet, NASA engineers and scientists are usingradar to collect data on how quakes change the Earth’s surface, which mayeventually help scientists forecast earthquakes. NASA hopes to collect baselinedata in critical areas in order to improve our understanding of how quakes affectnot only the immediate area of the quake, but also the state of stress in thesurrounding faults. This will help them improve their forecast models of quakeprobability and magnitude.

NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center and JetPropulsion Laboratory are in process of identifying several new areas tocollect baseline data for earthquake studies. Educators, grades 7-9, areinvited to engage students in the NASA Student Flight Mission Challenge.Through this challenge, students will have the opportunity to investigate,evaluate, design and present a solution to a real-world problem that willexpand our understanding of earthquakes at the global level. Students will formsmall mission teams to create multimedia presentations that suggest a site fora new earthquake science investigation. The challenge will engage students aspractitioners of science through exploration of the airborne science researchprocess that NASA scientists and engineers use to study earth system science.Students will:

— Investigate the science.
— Select a site for earthquake monitoring.
— Prepare a flight plan.
— Develop a multimedia proposal for submittal to NASA.

The challenge can be implemented in a classroom,after-school or other formal and informal teaching environment. One student team proposal can besubmitted per educator. Proposals will be reviewed and ranked by NASA staff. Selectstudent teams will receive recognition as earth system science investigators,and up to three teachers will be invited to attend the Airborne ResearchExperiences for Educators and Students, or AREES, 2012 summer academy.

To submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) for the StudentFlight Mission Challenge, visit www.aeroi.org.

The deadline to submit an NOI is April16, 2012.
The deadline to submit a student team’s proposal is May 21, 2012.

To obtain the curriculum materials and to learn the science and pedagogicalcontent knowledge to prepare students for this challenge, enroll in the onlinecourse Earth System Science throughNASA’s electronic Professional Development Network at https://www.nasaepdn.gatech.edu/nasa_sdc_earthsystemscience.php.The course is free, self-directed and technology and standards-based.

This activity is offered through the Aerospace, Education, Research andOperations Institute in Palmdale, Calif., in partnership with NASA’s DrydenFlight Research Center and the Teaching From Space program at NASA’s JohnsonSpace Center in Houston, Texas. The G-III aircraft isoperated from the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale incollaboration with instrument investigators from NASA’s Jet PropulsionLaboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

For more information about the AREES activity, refer to the website at www.nasa.gov/education/arees.

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2012Lunar Workshops for Educators

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, mission is sponsoring a series ofworkshops for educators of students in grades 6-12. These workshops will focuson lunar science, exploration and how our understanding of the moon is evolvingwith the new data from current and recent lunar missions.

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has allowed scientists to obtain the coldestmeasurement recorded in the solar system, map the surface of the moon inunprecedented detail and accuracy, find evidence of recent lunar geologicactivity, characterize the radiation environment around the moon and itspotential effects on future lunar explorers and much, much more!

Workshop participants will learn about these and other recent discoveries,reinforce their understanding of lunar science concepts, interact with lunarscientists and engineers, work with real LRO data and learn how to bring thesedata and information to their students using hands-on activities aligned withlocal, state and national standards. Laptops are strongly encouraged for those participatingin this workshop.

Workshops will take place in the following locations:
— June 4-8, 2012 — Durango Discovery Museum, Durango, Colo.
— June 18-22, 2012 — Morehead State University, Morehead, Ky.
— June 25-29, 2012 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, Texas
— July 9-13, 2012 — NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
— July 30 – Aug. 3, 2012 — Museum of the North, University of Alaska,Fairbanks, Alaska

Each workshop will be limited to 25 participants. Interested educators areencouraged to apply early to secure a spot. Qualified applicants will beaccepted in the order they apply.

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

Questions about these workshops should be directed to Katie Hessen at Katie.K.Hessen@nasa.gov.

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

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

Before you connect with mission control, a DLN education specialist will spendapproximately 30 minutes with your students highlighting the many science, technology,engineering and mathematics concepts that are important aboard the spacestation. Give an incredible, inspirational opportunity to your students andillustrate real-life applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematicsin action.

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

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

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What’s New at NASA’s Space Place Website

The Space Place has always been aboutmaking learning fun and painless. Of course, one of the best ways to do thatwith young students is to include a game with a lesson. That makes theexperience all about having fun, and, oh, by the way, maybe catching on to anew idea.

New at spaceplace.nasa.gov
Now the Space Place is taking fun for a walk. Leaping into the world of mobileapplications, we’ve launched our second iPhone game (also optimized for iPad).

“Comet Quest” puts the player in charge of the exciting Rosetta mission to acomet. Rosetta will be the first spacecraft to orbit a comet and drop a landeron the surface. So, in the game, players drop a lander, then record cracks andcraters, jets of gas, tail and coma changes, and chunks of ice flying off thecomet. Players must avoid hitting those pesky solid chunks, retrieve data fromthe lander and transmit data to Earth. Music and sound effects make for animmersive experience. Points accumulate based on lander dropping skill andsuccess at recording events and avoiding crashes. Bonus points may be earned atthe end of the game for answering comet-related questions. A “Learn More”feature has easy reading and illustrations about comets. Go to http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/comet-quest to get the “Comet Quest” link to the Apple App Store.It’s free.

Space Place en Español
We’ve mentioned our first mobile game app “Satellite Insight” in aprevious issue. Now, It is the first NASA app to be available in Spanish. Alongwith the link to the Apple App Store, a Spanish Web version of the game is alsoavailable at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/satellite-insight/sp.

To recap, in “Satellite Insight,” you are the Geostationary OperationalEnvironmental Satellite R-Series, or GOES-R, environmental satellite, and yourjob is to keep up with the massive flow of data that your advanced instrumentsare collecting.

The game play is somewhat “Tetris”-like, with colorful tilesrepresenting different types of data falling into a grid on the display. Withmusic and sound effects, “Satellite Insight” is addictive for some weare told.

Spotlight on Webmaster’s Faves
When the webmaster spends her lunch time playing a Space Place gameover and over, you know it must be something special. She can often be spiedplaying “Ozone Trap-n-Zap” and “Photon Pileup.”

Of “Trap-n-Zap” she says, “Well, somebody’s got to do something to improve theair quality around here!” That’s because ozone near Earth’s surface is damagingto the health of living things. It also acts as a greenhouse gas when it’shanging out at the top of the troposphere (the layer nearest Earth’s surface).But between those two regions of bad ozone is a layer of good ozone, whereozone acts as a pollution scrubber. And higher up still, in the stratosphere,it protects us from harmful ultraviolet rays. So, our webmaster spends herspare time trapping the good ozone and zapping the bad ozone. Help her out at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/ozone.

“Photon Pileup” is a horse of a different color — several colors, actually.She says, “I just like the pretty photons. The purple ones are the mostimportant for making the ultraviolet Galaxy Evolution Explorer space pictures.I like the red ones (for infrared light) best, but I have to survive to Level 5to see them! That’s a challenge.” Can you get far enough to see the redphotons? Try at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/photon-pileup.

For the Classroom
For groups of two or more players, board games are great. How aboutan online board game? That’s “Wild Weather Adventure.” Up to four players picka player name (like Hurricane or Nimbus) and a colored research blimp playingpiece, and take turns spinning the spinner, traveling the map, making rescues,gathering scientific information and answering questions. Check it out at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/wild-weather-adventure.

For out-of-school time
Click on a planet or a comet or some asteroids or a moon, and read asnippet about it. “Solar System Explorer” gives a graphic overlook of all theplanets and their major moons in animated orbits. Where we have NASA missions,play a mini-game. For example, take command of the Cassini spacecraft and helpit navigate the icy chunk mine field of Saturn’s rings. The main thing, ofcourse, is to learn about the planets and moons. Go exploring at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/solar-system-explorer.

Special Days

March 19: Canberra, Australia, Day
This fine city is one of three earthly homes for NASA’s Deep Space Network, orDSN, of antennas, which track planetary spacecraft. The “DSN Uplink-Downlink” gamepays homage at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/dsn-game.

March 23: Energy Education Day
Attack the energy problem, or at least the worst of its by-products, by playing“Greenhouse Gas Attack” at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/greenhouse-gas-attack.

April 18, 1912: First Crossword Book Published
“Weather Word Cross” is a different kind of crossword puzzle at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/weather-words.

April 22: Earth Day
A perfect day to admire Earth as art by solving beautiful satellite image“spuzzles” at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/spuzzled.

April 28: Astronomy Day
“Slyder” puzzles of fabulous infrared space images will get everyone in themood at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/spitzer-slyder.

And many more . . .
Just press “Play” from any screen and get the complete menu ofgames. There’s no excuse for being bored at The Space Place!

iPhone, iPad and iTunes are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.
Tetris is a registered trademark of Tetris Company LLC.

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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 — March 1, 2012

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

DEADLINE EXTENDED — Call for Abstracts: 63rdInternational Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time Graduate Students
Submission Deadline: March 4, 2012

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents “Women in STEM” WebcastSeries
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Dates: Multiple dates throughout March 2012

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

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

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

NASA DLNWebcast — Meet NASA’s Langley Research Center Director Lesa Roe
Audience: 5-8 Educators and Students
Registration Deadline for Interactive Opportunity: March 5, 2012
Event Date: March 8, 2012

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents “STEM Through the Eyes, Earsand Heart of a Woman” Webcast Series
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Dates: Each Wednesday at 1 p.m. Eastern During March 2012

VectorAddition: Math and Science @ Work — Lunar Surface Instrumentation Web Seminar
Audience: Physics Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 7, 2012

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

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents “From 5th Grade to JPL” Webcast
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Dates: March 8, 2012

Algebraic Equations: Transit Tracks –Finding Habitable Planets Web Seminar
Audience: Algebra Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 8, 2012

Informal Educator Workshop: International Space Station — Engaging YourAudience in Low Earth Orbit
Audience: Informal Educators (Formal EducatorsAre Welcome to Attend)
Registration Deadline: March 9, 2012
Event Date: March 24-25, 2012

Free Exploring Space Lecture Series –Attend in Person or View Online
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Dates: Monthly March-June 2012

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

Visit NASA Explorer Schools at the 2012NSTA Conference
Audience: 4-12 Educators
Event Dates: March 29 – April 1, 2012

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

New ISS L.A.B.S. Educator Resource Guide Available at NASA.gov
Audience: 5-8 Educators

New CurriculumSupplements From the National Institutes of Health: “Evolution andMedicine” and “Rare Diseases and Scientific Inquiry”
Audience: 6-8 and 9-12 Educators

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DEADLINE EXTENDED — Call for Abstracts: 63rdInternational Astronautical Congress

NASA announces its intent to participate in the63rd International Astronautical Congress, or IAC, and requests that full-timegraduate students attending U.S. universities or colleges respond to this callfor abstracts. The IAC, which is organized by the International AstronauticalFederation, the International Academy of Astronautics and the InternationalInstitute of Space Law, is the largest space-related conference worldwide and selectsan average of 1,000 scientific papers every year. The upcoming IAC will be heldOct. 1-5, 2012, in Naples, Italy. NASA’s participation in this event is anongoing effort to continue to connect NASA with the astronautical and spaceinternational community.

This call for abstracts is a precursor to asubsequent 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 NASAtechnical review panel of scientists and/or officials will select abstracts.Many students and professors are involved in NASA-related research. Personssubmitting abstracts are strongly encouraged to seek advice from professors whoare 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 ordrawings.
— Select the symposium and session in which youwish to post your abstract. Please view the IAC brochure at http://www.iafastro.org/docs/2012/iac/IAC2012_CallForPapers.pdffor list of sessions and more details.

Abstracts must be related to NASA’s ongoingvision for space exploration and fit into one of the following categories:
Scienceand Exploration — Systems sustaining missions including life,microgravity, space exploration, space debris and search for extraterrestrialintelligence, or SETI.
Applicationsand Operations — Ongoing and future operational applications,including Earth observation, communication, navigation, human space endeavorsand 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.
Spaceand Society — Interaction of space with society includingeducation, policy and economics, history and law.

Abstracts must be submitted to http://iac.nasaprs.com no later than 11:59:59 p.m. EST on March 4, 2012,and to the IAC’s website http://www.iac2012.orgby March 5, 2012.

Questions about this opportunity should beemailed to abstract@nasaprs.com.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents”Women in STEM” Webcast Series

In honor of Women’s History Month, NASA’s Digital Learning Network is pleasedto invite you and your students to take part in a special event series titled”Women in STEM.”

Various subject matter experts from different NASA centers will bein the Digital Learning Network studios for a series of free webcasts focusingon how women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fieldscontribute to NASA. Selected classrooms will be able to interact live with theexperts in the studio. Each event will be webcast to allow students from allover the world to watch the interviews. Any student can interact by sendingquestions via email.

The schedule of events through March 2012 includes:

March5: NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., and the JetPropulsion Laboratory in California
March9: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and NASA’sMarshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
March12: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and NASA’sMarshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
March16: NASA’s Glenn Research Center near Cleveland, Ohio, and the JetPropulsion Laboratory in California
March 19: NASA’s Glenn ResearchCenter near Cleveland, Ohio, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville,Ala., and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California
March 22: NASA’s Goddard SpaceFlight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California
March 30: NASA’s Glenn ResearchCenter near Cleveland, Ohio, and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center inGreenbelt, Md.

Each hourlong webcast is scheduled to begin at 1p.m. Eastern.

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

Inquiries about this webcast series should bedirected to Erin McKinley at Erin.E.McKinley@nasa.gov.

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EngineeringDesign: Forces and Motion — Balloon Aerodynamics Challenge 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 March 5, 2012, at 8:15p.m. EST. This Web seminar will introduce the Forces and Motion: BalloonAerodynamics Challenge for students. This activity provides first-handinformation about density, neutral buoyancy and drag, which is then used tosolve a problem. The activity provides many opportunities for incorporatingnational mathematics, science and technology learning standards into your curriculum.

For more information and to registeronline, 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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Challenge to Innovate: Gaming Challenge

Do you have an idea for how interactivetechnology and game-based learning can improve teaching and learning? Enter youridea in the Challenge to Innovate, or C2i: Gaming Challenge.

Proposed ideas must effectively incorporategame-based learning. Registered participants can review, comment and vote onsubmitted ideas. At the end of the review period, up to 10 ideas will receive$1,000 cash awards from the National Education Association’s NEA Foundation.

Submissions must be received by March 5, 2012.

The C2i: Gaming Challenge can be found on theU.S. Department of Education’s Open Innovation Portal. Co-sponsored by theWhite House Office of Science and Technology Policy, this Portal has beendeveloped as an online forum where key stakeholders in education can sharetheir innovative ideas and collaborate to turn those ideas into a new reality.The Department of Education will play a role as convener of these diverse ideasand facilitator of partnerships.

For more information and to submit your ideasonline, visit https://innovation.ed.gov/challenges/gaming/show.

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

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

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2012 NASA Earth Ambassador Training Program

Informal educators are invited to apply to theEarth Ambassador Program, part of NASA Climate Day. An Earth Ambassador issomeone who is committed to the support of a series of nationwide NASA ClimateDay 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 atwo-week virtual training workshop June 4-15, 2012. To sustain the engagementof Earth Ambassadors, quarterly online webinars and monthly telecons willprovide up-to-date information on Climate Day Kit resources and the latestscientific research. Ambassadors will be able to collaborate with each other,the proposers and the public through listservs, social media networks andonline 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 thisopportunity, please email Heather Weir at heather.weir-1@nasa.gov.

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NASA DLN Webcast — Meet NASA’s Langley Research Center Director LesaRoe

Lesa B. Roe is the first female director ofNASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. Appointed in 2005, Roe is the onlyfemale center director at NASA.

How does an engineer make it to one of the highest offices in the nation’sspace agency? Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, for this specialevent where a limited number of classes will interact with Roe to learn abouther career path, courses of study and how she became interested in engineeringas a young girl. Learn how planning for your future now leads to your successin the future!

Teachers interested in having their classes participate must register online.Registration is due March 5, 2012.

Anyone, including classes not chosen to participate in the live event, may jointhe webcast on March 8, 2012.

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

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

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents”STEM Through the Eyes, Ears and Heart of a Woman” Webcast Series

In honor of Women’s History Month, NASA’s Digital Learning Network is pleasedto invite you and your students to take a look into the intriguing world ofscience, technology, engineering and mathematics from a woman’s perspective.

This free webcast series titled “STEM Through the Eyes, Ears and Heart ofa Woman” will feature a female NASA STEM professional, along with a highschool senior from NASA’s Women in STEM High School Aerospace project, alsoknown as WISH.

This hourlong webcast will take place eachWednesday at 1 p.m. Eastern during the month of March.

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

Inquiries about this webcast series should bedirected to Caryn Long at Caryn.Long@nasa.gov.

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Vector Addition: Math and Science @ Work — LunarSurface Instrumentation Web Seminar

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hostinga 90-minute live professional development Web seminar on March 7, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn how students can apply theirknowledge of vectors to a hypothetical lunar instrument-servicing mission. Informationand tools will be provided to help engage students and relate the lesson totheir background knowledge. Participants will collaborate about ways to adaptand modify the problem.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar18.aspx.

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

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

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Women’s History Month Event: Women, Innovationand Aerospace

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

A panel discussion led by NASA DeputyAdministrator Lori Garver will kick off the event and breakout sessions willfollow. Session topics include human exploration, flash mentoring, studentambassadors and jobs enabling NASA science.

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

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents “From 5th Grade to JPL” Webcast

To kick off Women’s History Month, NASA’s Digital Learning Network is pleasedto invite you and your students to tune in to see a panel of dynamic femalescientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians share their stories ofwhat they were like as students. Learn how an interest in science, technology,engineering and mathematics led these women to careers at NASA.

This hourlong webcast will take place on March8, 2012, at 12:45 p.m. EST.

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

Inquiries about this webcast series should bedirected to Caryn Long at Caryn.Long@nasa.gov.

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AlgebraicEquations: Transit Tracks — Finding Habitable Planets WebSeminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools and Learning Environments and ResearchNetwork, or LE&RN, projects are hosting a 60-minute live professionaldevelopment Web seminar for educators on March8, 2012, at 8 p.m. EST. Discover how an algebra activity called “FindingHabitable Planets” will help you teach students to use their skills to analyzeNASA data. Students learn about the possibility of discovering planets inhabitable zones of solar systems.

For more information and to registeronline, 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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Informal Educator Workshop: International SpaceStation — Engaging Your Audience in Low Earth Orbit

NASA’s International Space Station,also known as ISS, and the ISS National Laboratory provide unparalleledopportunities for educators to connect students and other audiences directly toscience, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

On March 24-25, 2012, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL, in Pasadena,Calif., will host an educator workshop that will include science presentationsby NASA experts, demonstrations of hands-on activities, ISS Live! websiteactivities, educational resources and best practices for creating content andeducational activities in informal settings. Additionally, participants willhave the opportunity to network with fellow participants to enable future collaborations.

Registration for this workshop closes on March9, 2012. A $35 registration fee includes continental breakfast, beverages,snacks, a box lunch and incidentals.

For more information, directions to the workshop location and to registeronline, visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/index.cfm?page=329.

Unable to attend in person? Portions of the workshop will be available throughNASA’s Digital Learning Network. Check the workshop websitefor more information

Please direct questions about this workshop to the JPL Informal Education staffat Carla.J.Johns@jpl.nasa.gov.

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FreeExploring Space Lecture Series — Attend in Person or View Online

The 2012 Exploring Space Lectures will featureworld-class scholars discussing the incredibly diverse worlds that make up oursolar system. The lectures will be held at the National Air and Space Museumin Washington, D.C., and are free to attend. Tickets arerequired. The lectures will be webcast live for free viewing online. Lecturevideos will be archived.

Big Bang for the Buck: Cosmology from WMAP

The Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy, or WMAP, Explorer space mission mapped theremnant radiation from the Big Bang across the entire sky. From the patternsobserved, scientists have deduced the age, history, contents and geometry ofour universe. Professor Charles Bennett will discuss discoveries made andmysteries that remain.

The lecture will take place on March 22,2012, at 8 p.m. Come early to see a free film and to meet the lecturer.

For more information, visit http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=3725.

The Little Satellite That Could

The International Ultraviolet Explorer, or IUE, was the first experiment toexplore the full range of ultraviolet radiation from the universe.Astrophysicist Andrea K. Dupree of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory willdiscuss how the IUE project blazed the trail for international collaborationsin space and paved the way for the Hubble Space Telescope.

The lecture will take place on April 11,2012, at 8 p.m. Come early to see a free film and to meet the lecturer.

For more information, visit http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=3726.

Free Lecture — Gamma Ray Bursts and the Birth of Black Holes

The Swift Explorer is an astronomical satellite that is observing gamma-raybursts, the birth cries of black holes. Experimental physicist Neil Gehrels willshare the latest mission results and discuss the amazing properties of blackholes.

The lecture will take place on May 16,2012, at 8 p.m. Come early to see a free film and to meet the lecturer.

For more information, visit http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=3727.

Free Lecture — Seeking Planets Like Earth

Transiting planets are special, because scientists can determinetheir bulk density and can even observe their atmospheres. Join astronomer DaveW. Latham as he discusses his studies of transiting planets and how we can usethem to find rocky worlds similar to the Earth.

The lecture will take place on June 5,2012, at 8 p.m. Come early to see a free film and to meet the lecturer.

For more information, visit http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=3728.

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

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InternationalSpace Station National Lab Education Project

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

Proposals are being accepted from the higher education communities through March 23, 2012. Seven areas ofopportunities are available. These areas include general facilitysimulation-based, ground-based, in-orbit activities as well as specific areasthat 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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VisitNASA Explorer Schools at the 2012 NSTA Conference

If you are attending the
2012National Science Teachers Association National Conference on Science Educationin Indianapolis on March 29 through April 1, be sure tostop by NASA’s exhibit booth #2159 in the exhibit hall. NASA Explorer Schools,or NES, representatives will be there to share information and answer yourquestions.

If you are not yet a participant in the NES project, you can obtain detailedinformation about NES by visiting the booth or attending a NES presentation.The session, “Teach STEM? NASA Explorer Schools Can Help!”, takesplace on Friday, March 30, from 11 a.m.- noon in the Cabinet Room of the Westin Indianapolis.

Everyone is invited to attend any of the additional NES lesson-relatedsessions:
— The “Virtual Lab and NASA Explorer Schools” session takes place onFriday, March 30, from 4 – 4:45 p.m.in room 142 of the Convention Center.
— The “NASA Engineering Design Challenge: Thermal Protection System”session takes place on Saturday, March31, from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., in room 111/112 of the Convention Center.

Attend one of these presentations and see how NES helps teachers by packagingeverything needed to deliver an exciting NASA-related lesson to students!

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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RockOn 2012 University Rocket Science Workshop

U.S. university faculty and students are invited to a weeklong workshop to learnhow to build and launch a scientific experiment into space. NASA’s WallopsFlight Facility in Virginia is hosting the RockOn 2012 workshop June 16-21,2012, in partnership with the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortia. Theregistration deadline for the workshop is May1, 2012.

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

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

For more information about RockOn and to register online, visit http://spacegrant.colorado.edu/rockon/2012/index_2012.html.

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

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New ISS L.A.B.S. Educator Resource GuideAvailable at NASA.gov

The International Space Station Learning,Achieving, Believing and Succeeding, or ISS L.A.B.S., Educator Resource Guideconsists of eight guided educational learning activities. The guide highlightsthe international collaboration involved in building and operating the spacestation, and provides an overview of space station construction and assembly.The eight activities in the guide cover topics relating to science, technology,engineering and mathematics. All lessons are aligned with national educationstandards.

The guide includes student sheets, lesson plan instructions, backgroundinformation, answer keys and a certificate of completion to award to studentsafter completing the activities.

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

The Educational Materials section of NASA’s Website offers classroom activities, educator guides, posters and other types ofresources that are available for use in the classroom. Materials are listed bytype, grade level and subject. For more NASA-related education resources, visithttp://search.nasa.gov/search/edFilterSearch.jsp?empty=true.

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New Curriculum Supplements From the National Institutes of Health:”Evolution and Medicine” and “Rare Diseases and ScientificInquiry”

Teachers now have an innovative way to helpstudents approach challenging biology questions with two new freecurriculum supplements from the National Institutes of Health, or NIH,: “Evolution and Medicine” and “Rare Diseases and Scientific Inquiry.”Both supplements combine cutting-edge medical research discoveries withstate-of-the-art instructional materials that help students build theircritical thinking skills.

“Evolution and Medicine,”for grades 9–12, helps students use scientific inquiry in the context of medicineto understand evolutionary principles. Students will learn how evolution ispart of our knowledge of human health, biomedical processes and diseasetreatment. To request “Evolutionand Medicine,” visit http://science.education.nih.gov/q9.

“Rare Diseases and ScientificInquiry,” for grades 6–8, helps students explore how scientistsresearch rare diseases and treatments and learn more about the workings of thehuman body. To request “RareDiseases and Scientific Inquiry,” visit http://science.education.nih.gov/r9.

The supplements were developed by leading scientists, educators and curriculumexperts. Each contains five lessons that are comprehensive, interactive, easilyincorporated into the curriculum and aligned to common core state standards aswell as national and state education standards. These free supplements are partof an ongoing acclaimed series for grades 1–12 available from the NIH — the federalfocal point for medical research.

Questions about the educational materials provided by the NationalInstitutes of Health should be directed toCindy Allen at allency@od.nih.gov orLisa Strauss at straussl@mail.nih.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/kidsclub


NASA Education Express — Feb. 23, 2012

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

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

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

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


NASA Education Express — Jan. 26, 2012

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

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.