NASA Education Express — May 3, 2012

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

Astronaut Don Pettit Shares Space Physics “Science Off the Sphere”Videos
Audience: All Educators and Students

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

Celebrate Space Day at the National Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: May 5, 2012

Engineering Design: Forces and Motion –Balloon Aerodynamics Challenge Web Seminar
Audience: 6-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: May 7, 2012

QuadraticFunctions: Exploring Space Through Math — Weightless Wonder Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: May 9, 2012

Live Video Chat: How SpaceStation Research Affects Life onEarth
Audience: Grades 7-12
Event Date: May 11, 2012, 2-3 p.m. EDT

Pre-Service TeacherInstitutes at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: May 11, 2012
Institute Dates: July 14-27, 2012

For High School Juniorsand Seniors: 2012 Lunabotics University/College Recruitment Fair
Audience: 9-12 Students
Application Deadline: May 11, 2012
Event Date: May 26, 2012

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

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

Additional FrequentlyAsked Questions — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program forScience Museums and Planetariums Plus Opportunities for NASA Visitor Centersand 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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Astronaut Don Pettit Shares Space Physics”Science Off the Sphere” Videos

NASA astronaut and Expedition 31 crew member DonPettit continues to examine how microgravity affects scientific principlesthrough “Science Off the Sphere,” a video series featuring unique physicsexperiments performed on the International Space Station using everydayobjects.

NASA and the American Physical Society, or APS, have partnered to share thevideos with students, educators and science fans around the world.

In the short, downloadable videos, Pettit has used knitting needles and waterdroplets to examine static electricity, demonstrated capillary flow by creatinga zero-gravity tea cup, used thin water films to experiment with fluid motion,shared infrared imagery of Earth and more.

APS, the professional society for physicists, shares new “Science Off the Sphere” videos every other Thursday on itsoutreach website, Physics Central. The website also features educationalcontent on the physics topics demonstrated in space by Pettit and facilitates aphysics-oriented challenge based on the experiments. APS reviews the responsesand identifies a winner, who is recognized by Pettit in a future installment.

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

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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 aboutactivities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into yourclassroom.

NASA and Education Resource Access (Grades K-12)
May 3, 2012, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Sonya Williamswill explain NASA’s mission directorates and their purposes. Learn about theK-12 educational materials created by each of the directorates and howeducators can access these materials free of charge. Learn about citizenscience opportunities, student design challenges and many other NASA resourcesthat educators can incorporate into their classrooms.

Animals in Space (Grades K-5)
May 3, 2012, 7 – 8 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Wil Robertsonwill demonstrate how teachers can 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.

Animals in Space (Grades K-5)
May 5, 2012, 9 – 10 a.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Wil Robertsonwill demonstrate how teachers can 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 Core LiteracyStandards for elementary grades. Web resources will be provided.

Food for Thought: Space Food and Nutrition inthe Classroom (Grades 4-9)
May 5, 2012, 11 a.m. -noon EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivanwill share “Food for Thought,” a new NASA educator guide designed toexplore space food and the nutritional needs of astronauts that includes a menuof inquiry activities and other resources to address this exciting topic.

Rocket Scientists Write? (Grades K-12)
May 7, 2012, 6 – 7 p.m.EDT

Aerospace education specialist John Weis willdemonstrate language arts activities using NASA materials and lessons foundwithin NASA educator guides. Materials discussed will cover readingcomprehension and composition for grades K-12. Lesson plans and strategies willbe shared.

NASA’s S’COOL Program (Grades 4-12)
May 8, 2012, 3:30 – 4:30p.m.
Aerospace education specialist Les Gold willintroduce NASA’s Students’ Cloud Observations On-Line, or S’COOL, program. Theprogram engages students to make observations of cloud type and cover and thenshare it with NASA. Scientists use the data to assist their understanding ofglobal climate change. After sending in observations, teachers receivesatellite images for comparison to student data.

Free Planetarium Program for Your Computer(Grades K-12)
May 15, 2012, 3:30 -4:30 p.m.
Aerospace education specialist Les Gold willintroduce participants to a free planetarium program. Participants will learnhow to use the program to demonstrate day/night cycles, the sun’s changingposition in the sky, as well as seasons, phases of the moon, constellations andmore.

Looking at Our Earth From Above (Grades 4-9)
May 15, 2012, 6 – 7 p.m.
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivanwill integrate science, technology, engineering, mathematics and geography, orSTEM-G, with Earth observations, remote sensing and maps. NASA curriculumproducts, missions and other resources will be utilized to demonstrate aninquiry-based teaching strategy to better understand Earth and the processesthat shape it.

Mars Uncovered: Revealing the Geologic Historyof Mars (Grades 5-12)
May 16, 2012, 7:30 -8:30 p.m.

Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt willshare an inquiry-based lesson that presents a critical-thinking approach ofstudying the surface of Mars. This process is similar to the approach used byNASA scientists. This lesson will teach students to examine geologic featuresof a planetary surface and use relative-age dating techniques to analyze theinformation and interpret the geologic history.

Rocket Scientists Write? (Grades K-12)
May 21, 2012, 6 – 7 p.m.EDT

Aerospace education specialist John Weis willdemonstrate language arts activities using NASA materials and lessons foundwithin NASA educator guides. Materials discussed will cover readingcomprehension and composition for grades K-12. Lesson plans and strategies willbe shared.

Toys in Space (Grades 4-9)
May 24, 2012, 7 – 8 p.m.EDT

Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivanwill share NASA’s Toys in Space videos and activities. In this program,astronauts took toys from around the world with them into space. Studentspredict, observe and record how the toys behave without the effects of Earth’sgravity, putting Newton’s Laws of Motion to the test. Participants will receivecopies of the astronaut videos for use in the classroom.

Sun-Earth-Moon Relationships (Grades K-8)
May 24, 2012, 7 – 8 p.m.EDT

Aerospace education specialist Rick Varner willintroduce sun-Earth-moon models that help to explain the phases of the moon andboth lunar and solar eclipses. Additionally, the activity “KinestheticAstronomy” will be introduced for its explanation of the seasons.

For more information about these webinars, andto see a full list of webinars taking place through June 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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Celebrate Space Day at the National Air andSpace Museum

Celebrate Space Day at the National Air andSpace Museum, on Saturday, May 5, 2012.This event is sponsored by Lockheed Martin.

Space Day is an annual favorite at the National Air and Space Museum. Visitorsenjoy hands-on activities; meet NASA astronauts, scientists and engineers; findout how space suits are made; design a mission patch; and learn about spacefrom museum experts.

Visit the Museum’s National Mall building in Washington, D.C. to see the BuzzLightyear action figure that flew in space. Or get an up-close look at spaceshuttle Discovery at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va.

For a list of scheduled events, visit http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/dateRange.cfm?date=5/5/2012.

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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 May 7, 2012, at 6:30p.m. EDT. 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 to solvea problem. The activity provides many opportunities for incorporating nationalmathematics, 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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Quadratic Functions: Exploring Space Through Math — Weightless Wonder

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project is hosting a 60-minute Web seminaron May 9, 2012, at 8 p.m. EDT.Investigate the characteristics of quadratic functions to solve real-worldproblems involving the parabolic flight path of NASA’s Weightless Wonder C-9jet. Get an overview of a student investigation, solve related quadraticequations and evaluate and graph quadratic functions. A graphing calculatorwill be used to demonstrate concepts; however, you do not need a calculator forthis professional development seminar.

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

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: How Space Station Research Affects Life on Earth

The NASA Explorer Schools project is offering students in grades 7-12 anopportunity to ask questions of Tara Ruttley, the associate program scientistfor the International Space Station. Join the video chat on May 11, 2012, from 2-3 p.m. EDT.Ruttley will answer questions submitted during this live video chat aboutconducting research on the space station and the benefits of this research toastronauts living and working in space and to life on Earth.

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

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

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

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

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

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Pre-Service Teacher Institutes at NASA’sMarshall Space Flight Center

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center has partneredwith Oakwood University to offer a two-week Pre-Service Teacher Institutetaking place July 14-27, 2012, in Huntsville, Ala. This residential session isfor education majors preparing to teach grades 4-8.

Participants will engage in hands-on learningexperiences designed to develop their skills for teaching science, technology,engineering and mathematics using NASA-developed curriculum resources.Full-time undergraduate students in their junior or senior year at minorityinstitutions are invited to apply. Housing, meals, travel assistance and astipend will be provided.

Applications must be postmarked by May 11, 2012.

For more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/education/msfc/psti.

Please email any questions about thisopportunity to Marilyn Lewis at marilyn.h.lewis@nasa.gov.

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For High School Juniors and Seniors: 2012Lunabotics University/College Recruitment Fair

As part of NASA’s Third Annual Lunabotics MiningCompetition, a University/College Recruitment Fair will be held on May 26,2012, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Top colleges and universitiesfrom across the U.S. will be at the fair to share information about science,technology, engineering and mathematics opportunities at their schools. NASAscientists and engineers will be available to answer questions about specificmajors and technical career paths.

Students interested in attending this freerecruitment fair are asked to register online before May 11, 2012. Toregister, visit http://www.secorstrategies.com/nasa-lunabotics.

Inquiries about this event should be directed toMary Baker at Mary@SecorStrategies.com.

To learn more about NASA’s Lunabotics MiningCompetition, visit www.nasa.gov/lunabotics.

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2012-2013 National Student Solar SpectrographCompetition

The National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition is the Montana Space Grant Consortium’sEducation Program for NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS,mission. IRIS will use spectrography and imaging in ultraviolet wavelengths toreveal the dynamics of the sun’s chromospheres and transition region.

This yearly competition is open to undergraduate interdisciplinary teams fromcolleges and universities across the U.S. Teams are challenged to design andbuild a working ground-based solar spectrograph and demonstrate thecapabilities of the spectrograph as defined by their science goal. Typicalteams have three to six students and must have a faculty advisor.

Both substantial scholarship prizes and travel prizes will be given in fourcategories: best design, best build, best science observations and bestpresentation of results. Teams may apply for funding of $2,000 per team forproject materials. Priority for build funds will be given to minority-servinginstitutions, community colleges and institutions with less aerospace activity.

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

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

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

Please email any questions about this competition to RandyLarimer at rlarimer@ece.montana.edu.

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What’s New at NASA’s Space Place Website

The Space Place is a NASA website for elementary school-aged kids, theirteachers and their parents.

     Space is harsh! It’s vicious!
     It reminds us every day.
     There‛s heat and cold and sun thatblasts
     All objects in its way,
     The zero-g, no gravity!
     A galactic cosmic ray!
     And not a whiff of air to breathe.
     Nor guide to show the way.

At the Space Place, we have plenty to remind you of the nature of nature whenyou leave Mother Earth.

New at spaceplace.nasa.gov
It was a dark and stormy August night in 1859 … solar stormy, that is. Asolar storm caused such bright Northern Lights that gold miners in the Rockieswere frying up bacon and eggs at 1 a.m. thinking the sun was up.

Violent storms on the sun blast out charged particles and radiation that candamage satellites, power grids, and communication and navigation systems. Inthe new game “Shields Up!” you are in charge of protecting threesatellites by putting them into safe mode whenever bad stuff is coming theirway. The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite – R Series, orGOES-R, monitors the sun’s surface and warns the other satellites when theyneed to get ready for the worst.

Put your “Shields Up!and save those satellites at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/shields-up.

Space Place en Español
Black Hole Rescue!,
enespañol, is a challenging game in which you must spell out black-hole-relatedvocabulary words by clicking on moving letter tiles that have been dropped intoa swirling vortex of matter that is slowly being devoured by a black hole. Talkabout a harsh environment. So time is of the essence!

This is a good language arts game for Spanish speakers or learners. Accentedletters must be matched too. No substituting an “n” for an “ñ” or an “e” for an“é.” Rescue words from the black hole at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/sp/black-hole-rescue.

New Space Place “Listmania®”
“Customers who bought this item also bought . . .” is a commonmarketing ploy on popular retail websites. Well, The Space Place team knows agood idea when we see one, and we are not above borrowing. You will now findrecommendations at the bottom of every Space Place article, game or activity.There’s a lot of cross-pollination on the site, so these suggestions shouldhelp visitors deepen their appreciation for any topic that engages theirinterest.

For the Classroom
What’s the weirdest, most alien place you can imagine? Well, nomatter how extreme your imaginary world, there’s probably something like itsomewhere in the universe, probably in our own galaxy. Even our own solarsystem has some real doozies. Methane rain on Saturn’s moon Titan? Crushingpressures in Jupiter’s atmosphere? A surface hot enough to melt lead on Venus?So, how do space scientists and engineers know what kinds of scienceinstruments (cameras, spectrometers, etc.) to put on spacecraft that aredestined for one of these strange places? The classroom activity “Designing forthe Barely Imaginable” explains these planetary science instruments asextensions of our five senses, with each type of instrument analogous to eyes,ears, noses, etc. The activity invites students to imagine and describe analien world, then design a pretend mission to explore that world and give theresults! This activity involves engineering design, physics, earth science andlanguage arts. Find it at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/classroom-activities/#alienworld.

Forout-of-school time
Here’s a classic physics experiment with a space exploration twist.Crush an aluminum can without even touching it. This version of the activity ispresented in the context of testing a new spacecraft material. How would thismaterial work in the harsh vacuum of space? The activity requires pouring asmall amount of boiling water into an empty soft-drink can, which an adult cando, but the rest is very doable by a child. And the result is a dramaticdemonstration (and explanation) of atmospheric pressure. It makes it look as ifwe ourselves withstand a measure of harshness under the weight of our ownatmosphere. It’s at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/soda-can-test.

Special Days

May 2, 1953: First Commercial Jet Flight
Why can’t we just fly into space? Read about a rocket that hitches anairplane ride for part of the trip to space. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/galex-pegasus.

May 17: Pack Rat Day
You can’t afford to be a pack rat whenyou are packing for a trip to Mars. Trythis fun, geometry-oriented activity for your class. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/classroom-activities/#marspacking

May 18, 1980: Mount St. Helens Erupted, Completely Blowing Off Its Top
Volcanoes look amazing from space. See Mount St. Helens and others at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/gallery-earth/#volcanos.

June 5: World Environment Day
How are satellites helping us understand and care for the environment? Oneway is by tracking migrating endangered animals. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/migration

June 15: Nature Photography Day
Kids can make their own cameras and take awesome nature pictures whilelearning about light. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/classroom-activities/#pinhole

June 16, 1914: Birthday of LymanSpitzer, Jr.
He was a great scientist, and the Spitzer Space Telescope is named for him.Read how it was invented to make a dream come true. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/story-lucy

And anotherthing…
If you are taking a vacation from the classroom, have a wonderful,restorative summer. Before you let those kids go, however, remind them to visitThe Space Place in between their other screen-related activities!

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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

Four Frequently Asked Questions received afterthe proposal due date have been added to the CP4SMP+ portal page on NSPIRES atthe following URL:

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

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Don’t miss out on education-related opportunities available from NASA. For 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 — May 10, 2012

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

Live Video Chat: How Space Station ResearchAffects Life on Earth
Audience: Grades 7-12
Event Date: May 11, 2012, 2-3 p.m. EDT

Chemistry ofWater: Mars Exploration — Is There Water on Mars? Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: May 14, 2012

Celebrate the Launch of Astronaut Joe Acaba
Audience: All Educators and Students
Launch Date: May 15, 2012

Live Video Chat: Astronaut GregJohnson — Living and Working in Space
Audience: Grades 4-12
Event Date: May 15, 2012, noon-1 p.m. EDT

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

Engineering Design Challenge: Thermal Protection System Web Seminar
Audience: 8-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: May 15, 2012

LAUNCH: Beyond WasteChallenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Entry Deadline: May 15, 2012

Linear Regression: ExploringSpace Through Math – Space Shuttle Ascent Web Seminar
Audience: Algebra Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: May 16, 2012

Free Exploring SpaceLecture — Gamma Ray Bursts and the Birth of Black Holes
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Date: May 16, 2012

Teachers Touch the Sky: An Astronomy Workshop
Audience: Grade 3-9 Educators
Registration Deadline: June 15, 2012
Workshop Dates: Aug. 6-10, 2012

2012 NASA’s MultiwavelengthUniverse Online Professional Development Course
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Higher Education Students
Event Dates: June 25 – July 13, 2012

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program –Mission 3 to the International Space Station
Audience: 5-Higher Education Educators and Students
Letter of Commitment Deadline: Sept. 12, 2012

New Educational Materials Available at NASA.gov
Space Math VII Educator Guide –Grades 3-12
Remote Sensing Math Educator Guide — Grades 3-12
Solar System Magnetism Demonstration — Grades 5-8
Astrobiology Math Educator Guide — Grades 6-12
Supernova Remnant SNR 0509 Lithograph– Grades 11-12


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Live Video Chat: How Space Station ResearchAffects Life on Earth

The NASA Explorer Schools project is offeringstudents in grades 7-12 an opportunity to ask questions of Tara Ruttley, theassociate program scientist for the International Space Station. Join the videochat on May 11, 2012,from 2-3 p.m. EDT. Ruttley will answer questions submittedduring this live video chat about conducting research on the space station andthe benefits of this research to astronauts living and working in space and tolife on Earth.

Students do not need to be in a schoolparticipating in the NASA Explorer Schools project in order to ask questionsduring this video chat.

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

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

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

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

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Chemistry of Water: Mars Exploration — Is There Water on Mars? 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 Web seminar on May 14, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. “Chemistry of Water: MarsExploration — Is There Water on Mars?” is an inquiry-based lesson on howatmospheric pressure and vapor pressure affect the boiling point of water. Seewhy water’s boiling point is pressure-dependent, rather thantemperature-dependent. Then, by extension, you will deduce if there could be liquidwater on Mars.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar25.aspx.

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

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

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Celebrate the Launch of Astronaut Joe Acaba

Educator and astronaut Joe Acaba will launch tothe International Space Station to join Expedition 31. Students and educatorscan join NASA’s Digital Learning Network on May 15, 2012, at 12 p.m. EDT to celebrate the launch and to meet anastronaut trainer who helps prepare astronauts for their missions. There willalso be a chance to ask questions.

Before joining the webcast, be sure to take a moment and visit Teach Station,NASA Education’s newest website for students and educators about theInternational Space Station. Visit the website often and watch foropportunities to connect with expedition crew members and other NASA educationopportunities. Be sure to check out the page A Teacher in Space and meet JoeAcaba. Read about his experience as an astronaut and his transition from being aclassroom teacher to becoming an astronaut in the astronaut corps.

Visit the new website at https://www.nasa.gov/education/teachstation.

View NASA’s Distance Learning Network webcast at https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/index.html.

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Live Video Chat: Astronaut Greg Johnson — Living and Working inSpace

NASA Explorer Schools is offering students in grades 4-12 an opportunity to askastronaut Greg Johnson questions during a live video chat. Join the chat on May 15, 2012, from noon-1 p.m. EDT toask Johnson questions about his education, astronaut training and experienceswhile living and working in space.

In 2007, Johnson was selected to pilot Endeavour on the STS-123 mission thatlaunched in March 2008. After he returned from the flight, he served as a capsulecommunicator, or CAPCOM, for STS-126, STS-119, STS-125 and STS-127. In May2011, Johnson piloted Endeavour’s final flight, STS-134.

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

To learn more about astronaut Greg Johnson, visit http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/johnson-gh.html.

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/johnson-chat.html.

If you have any questions about the video chat, contact NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.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 aboutactivities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into yourclassroom.

Free Planetarium Program for Your Computer(Grades K-12)
May 15, 2012, 3:30 -4:30 p.m.
Aerospace education specialist Les Gold will introduceparticipants to a free planetarium program. Participants will learn how to usethe program to demonstrate day/night cycles, the sun’s changing position in thesky, as well as seasons, phases of the moon, constellations and more.

Looking at Our Earth From Above (Grades 4-9)
May 15, 2012, 6 – 7 p.m.
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivanwill integrate science, technology, engineering, mathematics and geography, orSTEM-G, with Earth observations, remote sensing and maps. NASA curriculumproducts, missions and other resources will be utilized to demonstrate aninquiry-based teaching strategy to better understand Earth and the processesthat shape it.

Mars Uncovered: Revealing the Geologic Historyof Mars (Grades 5-12)
May 16, 2012, 7:30 -8:30 p.m.

Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt willshare an inquiry-based lesson that presents a critical-thinking approach ofstudying the surface of Mars. This process is similar to the approach used byNASA scientists. This lesson will teach students to examine geologic featuresof a planetary surface and use relative-age dating techniques to analyze theinformation and interpret the geologic history.

Rocket Scientists Write? (Grades K-12)
May 21, 2012, 6 – 7 p.m.EDT

Aerospace education specialist John Weis willdemonstrate language arts activities using NASA materials and lessons foundwithin NASA educator guides. Materials discussed will cover readingcomprehension and composition for grades K-12. Lesson plans and strategies willbe shared.

Toys in Space (Grades 4-9)
May 24, 2012, 7 – 8 p.m.EDT

Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivanwill share NASA’s Toys in Space videos and activities. In this program,astronauts took toys from around the world with them into space. Studentspredict, observe and record how the toys behave without the effects of Earth’sgravity, putting Newton’s Laws of Motion to the test. Participants will receivecopies of the astronaut videos for use in the classroom.

Sun-Earth-Moon Relationships (Grades K-8)
May 24, 2012, 7 – 8 p.m.EDT

Aerospace education specialist Rick Varner willintroduce sun-Earth-moon models that help to explain the phases of the moon andboth lunar and solar eclipses. Additionally, the activity “KinestheticAstronomy” will be introduced for its explanation of the seasons.

For more information about these webinars, andto see a full list of webinars taking place through June 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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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 May 15, 2012, at 8:15 p.m. EDT. Learn about the scienceof heat transfer and heat dissipation related to NASA vehicles, and receive anintroduction to the associated engineering design challenge, Thermal ProtectionSystem. In this activity, students are challenged to design a thermalprotection system and test it using a propane torch.

For more information and to register 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 NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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LAUNCH: Beyond Waste Challenge

NASA, the U.S. Agency for InternationalDevelopment, the State Department and Nike recently announced a challenge toidentify 10 game-changing innovations that could transform waste-managementsystems and practices. Waste management is important for planning long-durationhuman spaceflight missions to an asteroid, Mars or beyond.

Humans living off the planet require wastesolutions that mirror issues facing people on Earth. In the hostile environmentof space, waste must be eliminated or transformed in the most efficient andcost-effective manner possible. The innovations, which will be presented at theLAUNCH: Beyond Waste forum, may lead to practical applications for astronautsas we send humans deeper into our solar system.

The LAUNCH: Beyond Waste challenge is openthrough May 15, 2012,and seeks creative solutions to minimize waste or transform it into newproducts in space and on Earth. Forum partners will select 10 innovators topresent their technology solutions at the LAUNCH: Beyond Waste forum, hosted byNASA July 20-22, 2012, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

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

LAUNCH was created to identify, showcase andsupport innovative approaches to global sustainability challenges. LAUNCHsearches for visionaries whose ideas, technologies or programs show greatpromise for making tangible impacts on society in the developed and developingworlds.

For more information about the LAUNCH: BeyondWaste Challenge and how to enter, visit http://links.launch.org/beyond-waste.

Inquiries about this challenge should bedirected to Chad Badiyan at chad.badiyan@secondmuse.com.

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LinearRegression: Exploring Space Through Math – Space Shuttle Ascent Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools and Learning Environments and ResearchNetwork, or LEARN, Projects are hosting a 60-minute live professionaldevelopment Web seminar for educators on May16, 2012, at 8 p.m. EDT. Discover how you can use the Space Shuttle Ascentactivity to construct a knowledge bridge for your students between the algebraconcepts they learn in your classroom and space exploration.

For more information and toregister 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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Free Exploring Space Lecture — Gamma Ray Bursts and the Birth of Black Holes

The Swift Explorer is an astronomical satellitethat is observing gamma-ray bursts, the birth cries of black holes. Experimentalphysicist Neil Gehrels will share the latest mission results and discuss the amazingproperties of black holes.

The lecture will take place on May 16,2012, at 8 p.m. EDT. 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=3727.

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

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Teachers Touch the Sky: An Astronomy Workshop

Space science is inherently interesting to students, less threatening toteachers than some other sciences and interdisciplinary in nature. Thesefeatures make it the ideal vehicle for teaching basic scientific concepts tochildren in a concrete and captivating manner.

In August 2012, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL, in Pasadena, Calif.,will host a one-week educator workshop for teachers of grades 3 through 9.Attendees will learn about NASA education materials, including hands-onactivities based on current projects in astronomy and space science at JPL, witha special focus on NASA’s current Dawn Mission to the asteroid Vesta. Participantswill take a field trip to JPL’s Table Mountain Observatory, tour JPL’sfacilities and to talk to real scientists about their work.

Registration for this workshop closes on June15, 2012.

For more information and to download the workshop application, visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/index.cfm?page=273.

Please direct questions about this workshop to Dr. Bonnie Buratti at Bonnie.J.Buratti@jpl.nasa.gov.

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2012NASA’s Multiwavelength Universe Online Professional Development Course

In-service and pre-service teachers ofmiddle- and high-school students are invited to register for an onlineprofessional development course sponsored by several NASA missions that are exploringthe universe across the electromagnetic spectrum.

The course is offered for academic or continuing education credit throughSonoma State University. In the course, participants will be shown how to useastronomical examples (images, phenomena, telescopes) to describe the nature oflight and color in terms of the regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Participantswill also learn why NASA uses a variety of telescopes and space-basedinstruments to make observations of the universe. NASA resources for the classroomwill be shared, and participants will learn how NASA resources can be used toaddress common student misconceptions about the nature of light and color.

Formal presentations for the course will take place on four dates between June 25 and July 13, 2012, but willalso be available for archival viewing. Homework for academic credit is dueAug. 17, 2012.

Enrollment is limited to 25 participants. Auditors are also welcomed, on aspace-available basis.

For more information and to register, visit http://epo.sonoma.edu/multiu.php.

Questions about this course should be directed to Lynn Cominsky at lynnc@universe.sonoma.edu.

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StudentSpaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 3 to the International Space Station
Audience: 5-Higher Education Educators andStudents
Letter of Commitment Deadline: Sept. 12, 2012

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, in partnershipwith NanoRacks LLC, announces a new opportunity for communities across the U.S.and space station partner nations. The newest Student Spaceflight ExperimentsProgram, or SSEP, flight opportunity, Mission 3 to the International SpaceStation, or ISS, gives students across a community the ability to design andpropose real experiments to fly in low Earth orbit on the International SpaceStation.

Each participatingcommunity will be provided an experiment slot in a real microgravity researchminilaboratory scheduled to fly on the space station from mid-April to mid-May2013. An experiment design competition in each community — engaging 300 to1,000 students — allows student teams to design real experimentsvying for their communities’ reserved experiment slot on the space station.Additional SSEP programming leverages the experiment design competition toengage 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. Informaleducation groups and organizations are also encouraged to participate. Allparticipating communities must be aboard by Sept. 12, 2012. The National Center for Earth and Space ScienceEducation is available to help interested communities secure the neededfunding. 

Through previous SSEP missions on the space shuttle and International SpaceStation, more than 70,000 students in almost 200 schools have had theopportunity to design and propose real experiments to fly aboard the spacestation. A total of 27 experiments, reflecting the 27 communities, flew on thefinal two space shuttle flights. The third SSEP flight opportunity, Mission 1to the ISS, engaged 12 communities, and 15 experiments have been selected tofly on SpaceX’s Dragon capsule scheduled to launch later this month. TheMission 2 experiments are slated to fly to the space station in fall 2012.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit the SSEP Mission 3 to ISS NationalAnnouncement of Opportunity at http://ssep.ncesse.org/?p=9708.

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

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

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New Educational Materials Available at NASA.gov

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

Space Math VII Educator Guide — Grades 3-12

This collection of activities are intended for students looking foradditional challenges in mathematics and physical science. The problems dealwith modern science and engineering issues, often involving actual researchdata. Each word problem includes background information and teachers’ answerkeys.

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

Remote Sensing Math Educator Guide — Grades 3-12
This guide is a complete study for remote sensing and mathematicalmodels. Each lesson in this guide is a supplement for teaching mathematicaltopics. The problems can be used to enhance understanding of the mathematicalconcept or as an assessment of student mastery. Each word problem includesbackground information and teachers’ answer keys.


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

Solar System Magnetism Demonstration — Grades 5-8
The big idea of this demonstration is that the sun and Earth havedifferent magnetic properties. Sunspots are related to magnetism on the sun.Earth has a strong simple magnetic field with two poles. The educator buildsthe magnetic fields using polystyrene spheres, strong magnets and staples. Thenthe participants make “field detectors” from simple objects topredict the locations of the fields.


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

Astrobiology Math Educator Guide — Grades 6-12
This collection of activities is intended for students looking foradditional challenges in the mathematics and physical science curriculum ingrades 6-12. The problems deal with modern science and engineering issues,often involving actual research data. Each word problem includes backgroundinformation and teachers’ answer keys.


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

Supernova Remnant SNR 0509 Lithograph — Grades 11-12
The Hubble Space Telescope captured an image of what appears to be adelicate bubble of gas floating in space. The bubble is the visible remnant ofa powerful stellar explosion that took place in the Large Magellanic Cloud, agalaxy about 160,000 light-years from Earth. The image of the supernova remnantis on the first page of the lithograph, and background information is on thesecond page. The lithograph includes a Level One Inquiry activity entitled”In Search of … Supernova Remnants” in which students researchsupernovae and dispel misconceptions of the life cycle of stars.

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Supernova_Remnant_SNR_0509.html

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

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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 — April 26, 2012

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

New DIY Podcast Module Available — Space Station
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students

NASA DLN Webcast — Dawn Mission Chief Engineer Marc Rayman

Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: April 27, 2012

Geometry: Space Math Problems — Solar Storms Web Seminar
Audience: Algebra Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: April 30, 2012

NASA Tournament Lab: Idea Generation Contest

Audience: Students Ages 13-18 Years Old
Entry Deadline: April 30, 2012

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

RockOn 2012 University Rocket Science Workshop
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students

Registration Deadline: May 1, 2012
Workshop Dates: June 16-21, 2012

Percentage and Volume: Space Food and Nutrition — How Much is Waste? Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: May 2, 2012

2013 eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students

Proposal Due Date: May 2, 2012

2010-2011 Green Aviation University Engineering Contest
Audience: Higher Education Students

Deadline: May 2, 2012

International Space Station EarthKAM Spring 2012 Mission
Audience: 5-8 Educators

Event Date: May 8-11, 2012

NASA Earth Day Video Contest 2012
Audience: All Educators and Students
Deadline for Entries: May 31, 2012

Host a Real-Time Conversation With Crewmembers Aboard the International Space Station

Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: July 2, 2012

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

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New DIY Podcast Module Available — Space Station

Are you looking for new ideas to integrate technology into your lessons? Or are you a student looking for a savvy idea for a class project? Then NASA’s Do-It-Yourself, or DIY, Podcast “Space Station” module may interest you.

Learn what astronaut Mike Fincke enjoys doing most while in space. Finke served as a flight engineer on the station as well as the commander for Expedition 18. He shares how extraordinary efforts of teamwork have resulted in the largest space structure ever built — the International Space Station, or ISS.

Ground-breaking research is being done on the space station by NASA and its international partners. Camille Alleyne, assistant program scientist for the International Space Station, shares some of the work being done in space and how it benefits us on Earth. And astronaut Garrett Reisman, flight engineer for Expeditions 16 and 17, takes us on a tour of the station.

So, why are you waiting? Choose from 40 video clips, 25 audio clips and a variety of images to learn about the station while having fun creating a podcast.

How DIY Podcast Works:
— Download NASA video and audio clips.
— Write a production script.
— Record your narration.
— Edit your product.
— Share your podcast.

Visit NASA’s DIY Podcast site at https://www.nasa.gov/education/diypodcast to learn more and to access information and resources for the new Space Station module.


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NASA DLN Webcast — Dawn Mission Chief Engineer Marc Rayman

NASA’s Dawn mission is studying the roles of water and size in planetary evolution by visiting two of the largest asteroids, Vesta and Ceres, in our solar system. Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, and chief engineer Marc Rayman as he describes the exciting Dawn mission, its two exotic destinations and its use of ion propulsion — a technology that mostly has been in the domain of science fiction but is now being used on Dawn.

This live hourlong webcast will take place on April 27, 2012, at 1 p.m. EDT.

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

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Lyle Tavernier at
lyle.tavernier@jpl.nasa.gov.

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Geometry: Space Math Problems — Solar Storms Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools and Learning Environments and Research Network, or LE&RN, projects are hosting a 60-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on April 30, 2012, at 8 p.m. EDT. Solar Storms provides teachers with a unique opportunity to have students use their knowledge of geometry and trigonometry to analyze NASA images of a solar tsunami. During this seminar, participants will preview a video about solar storms. An overview of the problem sets, suggestions for implementation of best practices and some extension activities that may be appropriate for your curriculum will be provided.

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

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

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

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NASA Tournament Lab: Idea Generation Contest

Do you have good ideas? NASA’s Planetary Data System has tons and tons of data (over 100 terabytes), and they are looking for fresh new ideas on how to share it. NASA wants to deliver this incredible data to users in a way that excites people and helps them to understand its value and potential. In short; what’s the coolest thing you can do with images, analysis and telemetry of asteroids and comets?

Ideas for mobile and Web applications will be accepted through April 30, 2012, and there is no limit on the number of ideas you can submit. This contest is open to 13-18 year olds in the United States.

Winning ideas get $500! To learn more and sign up, visit https://www.nonamesite.com/web/cs-stem/pds-ntl.

Email any questions about this opportunity to nonamesite-support@topcoder.com.

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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.

Our Solar System: A Model Overview (Grades 4-9)
May 1, 2012, 6 – 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will present NASA inquiry activities that demonstrate remote sensing and scale models to better visualize our sun, planets, asteroids and other objects as a whole system.

Mars Uncovered: Revealing the Geologic History of Mars (Grades 5-12)
May 2, 2012, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will share an inquiry-based lesson that presents a critical-thinking approach of studying the surface of Mars. This process is similar to the approach used by NASA scientists. 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.

NASA and Education Resource Access (Grades K-12)
May 3, 2012, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Sonya Williams will explain NASA’s mission directorates and their purposes. Learn about the K-12 educational materials created by each of the directorates and how educators can access these materials free of charge. Learn about citizen science opportunities, student design challenges and many other NASA resources that educators can incorporate into their classrooms.

Animals in Space (Grades K-5)
May 3, 2012, 7 – 8 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Wil Robertson
will demonstrate how teachers can 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.

Animals in Space (Grades K-5)
May 5, 2012, 9 – 10 a.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Wil Robertson
will demonstrate how teachers can 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.

Food for Thought: Space Food and Nutrition in the Classroom (Grades 4-9)
May 5, 2012, 11 a.m. – noon EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will share “Food for Thought,” a new NASA educator guide designed to explore space food and the nutritional needs of astronauts that includes a menu of inquiry activities and other resources to address this exciting topic.

Rocket Scientists Write? (Grades K-12)
May 7, 2012, 6 – 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist John Weis will demonstrate language arts activities using NASA materials and lessons found within NASA educator guides. Materials discussed will cover reading comprehension and composition for grades K-12. Lesson plans and strategies will be shared.

NASA’s S’COOL Program (Grades 4-12)
May 8, 2012, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Aerospace education specialist Les Gold will introduce NASA’s Students’ Cloud Observations On-Line, or S’COOL, program. The program engages students to make observations of cloud type and cover and then share it with NASA. Scientists use the data to assist their understanding of global climate change. After sending in observations, teachers receive satellite images for comparison to student data.

Free Planetarium Program for Your Computer (Grades K-12)
May 15, 2012, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Aerospace education specialist Les Gold will introduce participants to a free planetarium program. Participants will learn how to use the program to demonstrate day/night cycles, the sun’s changing position in the sky, as well as seasons, phases of the moon, constellations and more.

Looking at Our Earth From Above (Grades 4-9)
May 15, 2012, 6 – 7 p.m.
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will integrate science, technology, engineering, mathematics and geography, or STEM-G, with Earth observations, remote sensing and maps. NASA curriculum products, missions and other resources will be utilized to demonstrate an inquiry-based teaching strategy to better understand Earth and the processes that shape it.

Mars Uncovered: Revealing the Geologic History of Mars (Grades 5-12)
May 16, 2012, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will share an inquiry-based lesson that presents a critical-thinking approach of studying the surface of Mars. This process is similar to the approach used by NASA scientists. 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.

Rocket Scientists Write? (Grades K-12)
May 21, 2012, 6 – 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist John Weis will demonstrate language arts activities using NASA materials and lessons found within NASA educator guides. Materials discussed will cover reading comprehension and composition for grades K-12. Lesson plans and strategies will be shared.

Toys in Space (Grades 4-9)
May 24, 2012, 7 – 8 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will share NASA’s Toys in Space videos and activities. In this program, astronauts took toys from around the world with them into space. Students predict, observe and record how the toys behave without the effects of Earth’s gravity, putting Newton’s Laws of Motion to the test. Participants will receive copies of the astronaut videos for use in the classroom.

Sun-Earth-Moon Relationships (Grades K-8)
May 24, 2012, 7 – 8 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Rick Varner will introduce sun-Earth-moon models that help to explain the phases of the moon and both lunar and solar eclipses. Additionally, the activity “Kinesthetic Astronomy” will be introduced for its explanation of the seasons.


For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through June 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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RockOn 2012 University Rocket Science Workshop

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

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

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

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

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

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

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and project LE&RN are hosting a 60-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on May 2, 2012, at 8 p.m. EDT. Learn how to guide your students through three mathematical computations to determine usable and unusable portions of foods. Your students determine the mass and volume of a food package before and after repackaging for spaceflight and determine the usable and waste portions of food selected for spaceflight.

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

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) Academic Innovation Challenge

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

Post-secondary students, engaged in a variety of curricula, will work together to create a solution to a need for living and working in space or on another celestial 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 Space Habitat project.

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

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

Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and other minority serving educational institutions are particularly encouraged to apply. Proposals from women, members of underrepresented minorities groups, and persons 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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2011-2012 Green Aviation University Engineering Contest

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

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

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

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

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International Space Station EarthKAM Spring 2012 Mission

Middle school educators are invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAM Spring 2012 Mission taking place May 8-11, 2012. Find out more about this exciting opportunity that allows students to take pictures of Earth from a digital camera aboard the International Space Station.

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

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

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

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NASA Earth Day Video Contest 2012

To mark Earth Day 2012, NASA presents the Earth Day Video Contest 2012. For the second year in a row, NASA is challenging the public to create a compelling video vision of NASA’s exploration of Earth — The Home Frontier.

To enter, produce a short video that captures what you find inspiring and important about the unique view and understanding of Earth provided by NASA science. Upload your video to YouTube and tag it using the instructions found on the contest website. NASA will feature the best entry — chosen by a panel of NASA scientists and communicators — on the NASA website. And, the winner will receive a behind-the-scenes look at the next rocket launch of a NASA Earth-observing satellite.

Submissions will be accepted until May 31, 2012.

For more information, official contest rules and to see the winning video from last year, visit https://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/earthday-vid-2012.html.

If you have any questions about this contest, please email Patrick Lynch at Patrick.Lynch@nasa.gov.


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Host a Real-Time Conversation With Crewmembers Aboard the International Space Station

NASA is now accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums, science centers and community youth organizations to host an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, or ARISS, contact between Nov. 1, 2012, and May 1, 2013. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, NASA is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. Proposals are due July 2, 2012.

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

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

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

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

Eight Frequently Asked Questions received after the proposal due date has been added to the CP4SMP+ portal page on NSPIRES at the following URL:

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

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

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

NASA Education Express — April 19, 2012

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

Live Video Chat: NASA Untamed
Audience: Grades 4-8
Event Date: April 23, 2012, 1-2 p.m. EDT


REGISTRATION OPEN: Zero Robotics SPHERES ISS Challenge: High School Tournament 2012
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Informational Webinar: April 23, 2012
Registration Deadline: Sept. 21, 2012


Heat Transfer: MESSENGER — My Angle on Cooling Web Seminar

Audience: 5-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: April 23, 2012

Live Video Chat: 100,000,000,000 Planets in Our Galaxy and Counting
Audience: Grades 4-12
Event Date: April 25, 2012, noon – 1 p.m. EDT

NASA DLN Webcast — Dawn Mission Chief Engineer Marc Rayman
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: April 27, 2012

2012 Jet Propulsion Laboratory Summer Faculty Research Program

Audience: Higher Education Educators

Deadline: April 27, 2012

Mars Student Imaging Project

Audience: 5-12 Educators

Submit Interest By: April 27, 2012

NASA Tournament Lab: Idea Generation Contest
Audience: Students Ages 13-18 Years Old
Entry Deadline: April 30, 2012

International Space Station EarthKAM Spring 2012 Mission
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Event Date: May 8-11, 2012

2012 Educate to Innovate Conference
Audience: 6-12 Educators
Registration Deadline: May 31, 2012
Event Date: June 20-21, 2012 and June 26-27, 2012

2012 National Community College Aerospace Scholars Program
Audience: Higher Education Students

Application Deadline:
June 6, 2012

National Space Biomedical Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students

Application Deadline: June 8, 2012


NASA G.I.R.L.S. Mentoring Project
Audience: 5-8 Educators and Students
Application Deadline: June 15, 2012

Earth Science Information Partners Federation Summer Meeting 2012
Audience: Grades 6-12 Educators

Event Dates:
July 17-18, 2012

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Live Video Chat: NASA Untamed

In celebration of Earth Day 2012, Becky Bolt, a wildlife ecologist at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, will answer student questions about how scientists study wildlife and how this research helps support space operations.

Join the video chat on April 23, 2012 from 1-2 p.m. EDT to ask Bolt questions about her exciting career and find out what Kennedy Space Center is doing to ensure a green and sustainable future.

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/bolt-chat.html.

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


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REGISTRATION OPEN: Zero Robotics SPHERES ISS Challenge: High School Tournament 2012

NASA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s, or MIT’s, Space Systems Laboratory are proud to announce that the next Zero Robotics High School Tournament will take place this fall, offering high school students the opportunity to design experiments that will be tested in space.

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

Teams may register now:
1) Go to
http://zerorobotics.mit.edu/.
2) Log In or Create an Account.
3) Click “Tournaments” and register for the High School Tournament.
4) Create a team and invite other users.
5) Visit Resources to get started.

The registration deadline for this competition is Sept. 21, 2012.

NASA and MIT will hold a webinar on Monday April 23, 2012, at 1 p.m. EDT / 10 a.m. PDT for all interested participants. Please check
http://zerorobotics.mit.edu/ for the latest information and to access the webinar.

By making the benefits and resources of the space program tangible to high school students, Zero Robotics is designed to inspire future scientists and engineers. Students will have the opportunity to push their limits and develop skills in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, or STEM. This program helps students build critical engineering skills, such as problem solving, design thought process, operations training, team work and presentation skills.

The SPHERES are used inside the station to test maneuvers for spacecraft performing autonomous rendezvous and docking. The three satellites that make up SPHERES fly in formation inside the station’s cabin. Each is self-contained with power, propulsion, computing and navigation equipment. MIT’s Space Systems Laboratory developed SPHERES in 2006 to provide DARPA, NASA and other researchers with a long-term test bed for validating technologies critical to the operation of future satellites, docking missions and satellite autonomous maneuvers.

The Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2012 is brought to you by NASA, DARPA, the MIT Space Systems Laboratory, TopCoder and Aurora Flight Sciences.

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

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Heat Transfer: MESSENGER — My Angle on Cooling Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on April 23, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EDT.
Learn how the MESSENGER mission to Mercury takes advantage of passive cooling methods to keep the spacecraft functioning in a high-temperature environment. You will also see how to use the mission’s Staying Cool activities to lead students through an examination of different solutions to the problem of how to deal with too much sunlight and energy.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar22.aspx

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

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

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Live Video Chat: 100,000,000,000 Planets in Our Galaxy and Counting

On April 25, 2012, at noon EDT, NASA research scientist Stephen Kane will answer questions from students in grades 4-12 about a study he co-authored showing there are 100 billion planets in our galaxy.
During the live video chat, Kane will reveal details about this incredible study and answer questions submitted by students on how common planets are in the galaxy and why people want to know about them.

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

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, 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/kane-chat.html.

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


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NASA DLN Webcast — Dawn Mission Chief Engineer Marc Rayman

NASA’s Dawn mission is studying the roles of water and size in planetary evolution by visiting two of the largest asteroids, Vesta and Ceres, in our solar system. Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, and chief engineer Marc Rayman as he describes the exciting Dawn mission, its two exotic destinations and its use of ion propulsion — a technology that mostly has been in the domain of science fiction but is now being used on Dawn.

This live hourlong webcast will take place on April 27, 2012, at 1 p.m. EDT.

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

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Lyle Tavernier at
lyle.tavernier@jpl.nasa.gov.


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2012 Jet Propulsion Laboratory Summer Faculty Research Program

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

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

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

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

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

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Mars Student Imaging Project

The Mars Student Imaging Project is seeking educators and classroom teams to participate in an authentic research opportunity for the remainder of the 2011-2012 school year and the summer of 2012. Students will have the ability to formulate and ask a research question about Mars, interact with Mars scientists, target an image of Mars using a special camera on the Mars Odyssey Spacecraft and use their Mars data to answer their research question. This is an opportunity for students to build on their science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, experiences, and possibly make a new discovery on Mars!

The Mars Student Imaging Project strongly aligns to National Science Education Standards and the new National Research Council’s Science Framework and working with data helps to build students’ essential 21st century workforce development skills. Participation is free and open to teams from grades 5-12 across the U.S.

Interested educators are asked to submit an Online Interest Form by April 27, 2012.

To get started and learn more about the project, 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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NASA Tournament Lab: Idea Generation Contest

Do you have good ideas? NASA’s Planetary Data System has tons and tons of data (over 100 terabytes), and they are looking for fresh new ideas on how to share it. NASA wants to deliver this incredible data to users in a way that excites people and helps them to understand its value and potential. In short; what’s the coolest thing you can do with images, analysis and telemetry of asteroids and comets?

Ideas for mobile and Web applications will be accepted through April 30, 2012, and there is no limit on the number of ideas you can submit. This contest is open to 13-18 year olds in the United States.

Winning ideas get $500! To learn more and sign up, visit
https://www.nonamesite.com/web/cs-stem/pds-ntl.

Email any questions about this opportunity to
nonamesite-support@topcoder.com.

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International Space Station EarthKAM Spring 2012 Mission

Middle school educators are invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAM Spring 2012 Mission taking place May 8-11, 2012. Find out more about this exciting opportunity that allows students to take pictures of Earth from a digital camera aboard the International Space Station.

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

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

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


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2012 Educate to Innovate Conference

NASA’s Aerospace Education Services Project and the Kentucky Southeast-Southcentral Education Cooperative are presenting two Educate to Innovate opportunities this summer. These conference workshops will explore engineering design challenges, problem-based learning activities, distance-learning modules, inquiry-based lessons, literacy across the curriculum and hands-on projects. Event agenda items will target the next generation standards of learning for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Workshop participants will experience eight breakout sessions with hands-on activities over the two-day training. Participants also can sign up for free 90-minute virtual follow-up with one of NASA’s aerospace education specialists.

Two separate conference opportunities are available. The first will take place June 20-21, 2012, at Eastern Kentucky University. The second will take place June 26-27, 2012, at Corbin Center for Technology and Community Activities in Corbin, Ky.

The registration deadline for these events is May 31, 2012.

For more information and to register online, visit
https://coetech.eku.edu/registration/Online_PD_RegForm.php.

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


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2012 National Community College Aerospace Scholars Program

National Community College Aerospace Scholars, or NCAS, is an interactive, online learning experience featuring engineering career possibilities. It is highlighted by an on-site experience where selected students are encouraged to study mathematics, science, engineering or computer science by interacting with engineers at NASA.

The only cost to participants is a $30 registration fee. NASA covers travel, food and lodging. NCAS is open to community college students throughout the United States. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have access to the Internet.

Applications are due June 6, 2012.

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

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

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National Space Biomedical Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The National Space Biomedical Research Institute, or NSBRI, seeks solutions to health concerns facing astronauts on long-duration missions. This research also benefits patients on Earth. The NSBRI is soliciting applications for its Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

The NSBRI’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program provides support for postdoctoral fellows in any U.S. laboratory carrying out space-related biomedical or biotechnological research. Funding is for a two-year period with an option for a third year of support.
Applicants must prepare proposals with the support of a mentor, and all proposals are evaluated by a peer-review panel.

Applications are due June 8, 2012.

For detailed information on the application process, visit
http://www.nsbri.org/postdocs/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to
postdoc@nsbri.org.


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NASA G.I.R.L.S. Mentoring Project

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

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

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

Applications will be open for submission on May 15 and are due June 15, 2012. The NASA G.I.R.L.S. website and social media accounts will be updated when application submission is opened! For more information on how to follow along on Twitter or Facebook, go to
http://women.nasa.gov/get-involved.

For more information and to register online, visit http://women.nasa.gov/nasa-g-i-r-l-s/.

Email any questions about this opportunity to
hq-women@nasa.gov.


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Earth Science Information Partners Federation Summer Meeting 2012

The Federation of Earth Science Information Partners, or ESIP, invites teachers to attend a 1.5-day workshop on earth science education, with an integral strand dedicated to climate change education. Participants will be able to choose from several breakout sessions demonstrating ways that earth science tools and data can be used in science classrooms.

This summer’s workshop will take place July 17-18, 2012, at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. After the workshop, teachers are invited to stay for the ESIP conference plenary and poster reception.

Educators for grades 6-12 are eligible to receive a $200 time and travel stipend. Discounted registration is available through June 15, 2012. Student registration rates and single-day registrations are also available. Those who are unable to attend in person may register to attend virtually.

To register for the workshop, please visit
http://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1078265
.

To learn more about the ESIP summer conference, please visit
http://esipfed.org/meetings.


Questions about this opportunity should be directed to
erinrobinson@esipfed.org.

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

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

NASA Education Express — April 12, 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: Now through April 20, 2012

NASA’s Digital Learning Network PresentsSpace Shuttle Discovery “Fly-Out” Celebration
Audience: Grades 4-12
Event Date: April 16, 2012, 1 – 2.:30 p.m. EDT

Live Video Chat: Space ShuttleDiscovery Fly Out
Audience: Grades 4-12
Event Date: April 16, 2012, 1 – 2:30 p.m. EDT

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

Airborne ResearchExperiences for Educators and Students Academy
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Application Deadline: April 16, 2012

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

Educator Workshop:Greenhouse Gases and Their Roles on Earth
Audience: Grade 6-12 Educators
Registration Deadline: April 17, 2012
Event Date: April 21, 2012

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents”Beautiful Earth”
Audience: Grades 5-12
Event Date: April 18, 2012

Algebraic Equations: CalculatorControlled Robots Web Seminar
Audience: Algebra Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: April 18, 2012

Zero RoboticsAutonomous Space Capture Challenge
Audience: Anyone 13 years or older who meets eligibility requirements
Registration Deadline: April 20, 2012

Mars Student Imaging Project
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Submit Interest By: April 27, 2012

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

Sun-Earth Day Webcast to CommemorateVenus Transit
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: June 5, 2012

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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, timeand location to help create a light-pollution map worldwide.

The GLOBE at Night 2012 campaign runs through April 20, 2012. Over68,000 measurements have been contributed from more than 115 countries over thelast 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’sDigital Learning Network Presents Space Shuttle Discovery “Fly-Out”Celebration

NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, is hosting a special event on April 16, 2012 at 1 p.m. EDT, tocommemorate the departure of space shuttle Discovery. Join DLN hosts DamonTalley and Rachel Power as they broadcast live from NASA’s Kennedy SpaceCenter’s Space Shuttle Landing Facility in Florida. The space shuttle Discoveryis being prepared to fly on the back of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, amodified 747. The flight will take Discovery to its final destination at theSmithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s
Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia.

The Space Shuttle Discovery “Fly-Out” celebration will include special gueststhat have worked on the space shuttle over the years, both on land and inspace!

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

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

Inquiries about this webcast should be directed to Damon Talley at Damon.B.Talley@nasa.gov.

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Live Video Chat: Space Shuttle Discovery Fly Out

Join NASA Explorer Schools, or NES, on April16, 2012, at 1 p.m. EDT, for a live webchat from the Space Shuttle LandingFacility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Preparations are underwayto transport space shuttle Discovery on the back of a modified 747 to its finaldestination at the Smithsonian National Air andSpace Museum’s
Udvar-Hazy Center inVirginia. This special flight will take place on April17, 2012. Don’t miss this opportunity to have your students ask NASA expertsquestions about the shuttle program and the future of space exploration.

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/discovery-chat.html.

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

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Free Education Webinar Series from the AerospaceEducation Services Project

Aerospace Education Services Project ispresenting a series of free webinars through June 2012. All webinars can beaccessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn aboutactivities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into yourclassroom.

Messenger’s Mission to Mercury (Grades K-12)
April 16, 2012, 5 – 6p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Brandon Hargiswill provide an overview of the Messenger mission to the planet Mercury andwill share lessons and activities connected with the mission. Participants willlearn where to find online resources to bring the excitement of exploringMercury into the classroom. Attendees will learn about geological processes andcreate a labeled illustration of lava layering.

Start a Space Garden (Grades K-5)
April 18, 2012, 4 – 5p.m. EDT

Aerospace education specialist Tom Estill willshare how to start a school garden using seeds from NASA’s Seeds in Spaceproject and the Canadian Space Agency’s Tomatosphere project. Over the past 10years, Tomatosphere has evolved into a regular component of the curriculum formore than 13,700 classrooms in Canada and the United States. At the end of theworkshop, a NASA space seeds surprise awaits you.

Animals in Space (Grades K-5)
April 18, 2012, 6:30 -7:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Wil Robertson willdemonstrate how teachers can use stuffed animals as props in telling the storyof 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.

NASA Literature and Science (Grades K-5)
April 25, 2012, 4 – 5p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Lester Moraleswill share an array of NASA literature to enrich students’ vocabulary andscientific skills. During this session Morales will review The Air weBreathe, Echo the Bat and Amelia the Pigeon.Participants will practice the scientific method and remote sensing in both thecity and in the wild.

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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Airborne Research Experiences for Educators andStudents Academy

The NASA Airborne Research Experiences forEducators and Students, or AREES, program is recruiting science, technology,engineering and mathematics, or STEM, educators of students in grades 5-12 toparticipate in a two-week residential Academy in Palmdale, Calif. The Academywill be offered June 18-29, 2012. The dynamic training program providesresearch-based experiences for educators using NASA’s unique flight platforms.Participants will engage as science practitioners by becoming involved in aNASA earth science mission.

The workshop is designed to combine research-basedopportunities for educators with NASA content-based curriculum andstudent-focused design challenges in a program that focuses on three educationgoals:
1. Engage participants in NASA’s unique,airborne research-based missions.
2. Increase educators’ core scientific andresearch knowledge bases.
3. Develop NASA’s airborne research-basedcurriculum and student activities.

Experiences will include technical contentinstruction by scientists and engineers, hands-on learning of airborne datacollection methods and operations, and a field site investigation to collectground truth data from the Elkhorn Slough in Monterey Bay, Calif., forcomparison to data collected from NASA’s ER-2 high-altitude airborne scienceaircraft. Further, participants may attend pedagogic workshops in problem-basedlearning, engineering design, inquiry-based instruction and integration oftechnology and data-focused curricula into the classroom. Experiences will betranslated into classroom practice through the development of STEM action plansutilizing NASA thematic, curriculum modules based on the foundation that AREESprovides and in context with on-going research.

Applications are due April 16, 2012.

For more information, visit http://www.aeroi.org. Questions about thisopportunity should be directed to Shaun Smith at shaun.smith@nasa.gov.

The AREES program is sponsored by NASA’sTeaching from Space project, NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center and NASA’sAirborne Science Program, and administered through a partnership with theAerospace, Education, Research and Operations Institute in Palmdale, Calif.,the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wetlands Research and CNL World inNebraska.

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Student Flight Mission Challenge — ImprovingEarthquake Monitoring

The National Aeronautics and SpaceAdministration is gaining a better understanding of earth science processes suchas earthquakes through airborne science research platforms. Using a speciallymodified Gulfstream-III jet, NASA engineers and scientists are using radar tocollect data on how quakes change the Earth’s surface, which may eventuallyhelp scientists forecast earthquakes. NASA hopes to collect baseline data incritical areas in order to improve our understanding of how quakes affect notonly 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, are invitedto engage students in the NASA Student Flight Mission Challenge. Through thischallenge, students will have the opportunity to investigate, evaluate, designand present a solution to a real-world problem that will expand ourunderstanding of earthquakes at the global level. Students will form smallmission teams to create multimedia presentations that suggest a site for a newearthquake 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 submittalto NASA.

The challenge can be implemented in a classroom,after-school or other formal and informal teaching environment. Onestudent team proposal can be submitted per educator. Proposals will be reviewedand ranked by NASA staff. Select student teams will receive recognition asearth system science investigators, and up to three teachers will be invited toattend the Airborne Research Experiences for Educators and Students, or AREES,2012 summer academy.

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

The deadline to submit an NOI is April 16, 2012.
The deadline to submit a student team’s proposalis May 21, 2012.

To obtain the curriculum materials and to learnthe science and pedagogical content knowledge to prepare students for thischallenge, enroll in the online course 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 and Operations Institute in Palmdale, Calif., inpartnership with NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center and the Teaching FromSpace program at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The G-IIIaircraft is operated from the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdalein collaboration 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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Educator Workshop: Greenhouse Gases and TheirRoles on Earth

Greenhouse gases are both naturally occurringand man-made gases that trap heat in Earth’s atmosphere and play a vital rolein maintaining a habitable climate. However, human activity is quicklyincreasing the concentration of these gases on Earth and causing concern aboutthe future of our planet.

On April 21, 2012, NASA’s Jet PropulsionLaboratory, or JPL, in Pasadena, Calif., will host an educator workshop thatwill examine the role of greenhouse gases in our complex global system, andexplore the ways that media deliver science content and discusses climatechange. The workshop is open to formal and informal educators teaching grades 6through 12. Attendees will take part in a group discussion, sciencepresentations and a hands-on activity/discussion on the media’s portrayal ofscience and climate change. Teachers will receive a certificate for continuingeducation hours.

Registration for this workshop closes on April 17, 2012. A $30registration fee includes continental breakfast, beverages, snacks, a box lunchand incidentals.

For more information, directions to the workshoplocation and to register online, visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/index.cfm?page=318.

Please direct questions about this workshop toMary K. Kuehn at Mary.K.Kuehn@jpl.nasa.gov.

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NASA’sDigital Learning Network Presents “Beautiful Earth”

NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centeris hosting a special event on April 18,2012 at 1 p.m. EDT, to celebrate our beautiful planet. This event will usesimulated spaceflight imagery to present views of Earth’s water in all of itsforms: solid, liquid and vapor. See our planet from scientific, artistic andcultural perspectives.

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

Inquiries about this event should be directed to Erin McKinley at erin.e.mckinley@nasa.gov.

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AlgebraicEquations: 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 Apr.18, 2012, at 8:15 p.m. EDT. 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.

This seminar provides an overview of using robotics in algebra so you can makean informed decision about purchasing the robots and other equipment. You donot need to have a Norland Research Robot or programmable TI calculator toparticipate in this seminar, or know how to program the calculator.

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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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 CaptureChallenge is a programming tournament that uses bowling ball-sized sphericalsatellites aboard the International Space Station. These Synchronized PositionHold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES, are used insidethe space station to test maneuvers for spacecraft performing autonomousrendezvous and docking.

This challenge opens the SPHERES satelliteresearch platform to the general public for the first time. The goal of thetournament is to write a computer program to control a satellite to dock with aspace object that may be tumbling through space. The best algorithm submissionsfrom simulation competitions will be tested in microgravity on real SPHERESsatellites aboard the International Space 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. Registrationis now open and teams must join the competition by April 20, 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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Mars Student Imaging Project

The Mars StudentImaging Project is seeking educators and classroom teams to participate in anauthentic research opportunity for the remainder of the 2011-2012 school yearand the summer of 2012. Students will have the ability to formulate and ask aresearch question about Mars, interact with Mars scientists, target an image ofMars using a special camera on the Mars Odyssey Spacecraft and use their Marsdata to answer their research question. This is an opportunity for students tobuild on their science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM,experiences, and possibly make a new discovery on Mars!

The Mars Student Imaging Project strongly aligns to National Science EducationStandards and the new National Research Council’s Science Framework and workingwith data helps to build students’ essential 21st century workforce developmentskills. Participation is free and open to teams from grades 5-12 across theU.S.

Interested educators are asked to submit an Online Interest Form by April 27, 2012.

To get started and learn more about the project, 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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2012 Summer Workshops — Climate ScienceResearch for Educators and Students

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

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

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

Applications are due June 1, 2012.

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

Questions about this competition should bedirected to David Brooks via email at brooksdr@drexel.eduor by phone at 610-584-5619.

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Sun-EarthDay Webcast to Commemorate Venus Transit

NASA’s Sun-Earth Day team has joinedforces with NASA EDGE to celebrate the Transit of Venus with a live webcastfrom Hawaii. On June 5, 2012, tune in for a live webcast from Mauna Kea in Hawaii.

The Venus Transit event will not be visible from the continental U.S. in itsentirety, so the NASA EDGE and Sun-Earth Day teams are heading to Hilo, Hawaii.A mountainside location on Mauna Kea will give a wonderful view of the entiretransit with little chance of cloud cover. Viewers will be able to seereal-time images of the transit for the duration of the event in variouswavelengths of light.

This webcast will emphasize the history and importance of Hawaiian astronomyand its connections to NASA space science. Using the backdrop of Mauna Kea, theUniversity of Hawaii, NASA scientists and Hawaiian cultural leaders will weavemultigenerational stories combining ancient ways of knowing with modernscientific discoveries.

For more information about the Venus Transit webcast, visit http://venustransit.nasa.gov.

To learn more about the Transit of Venus and to find activities related to thisonce-in-a-lifetime event, visit http://sunearthday.nasa.gov/2012/transit/transitofvenus.php.

Inquiries about this event should be directed toElaine Lewis at elaine.m.lewis@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/kidsclub

NASA Education Express — April 5, 2012

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

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

Meteorology:How Clouds Form Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: April 9, 2012

Engineering Design: Forces andMotion — The Great Boomerang Challenge Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: April 11, 2012

Free Exploring SpaceLecture — The Little Satellite That Could
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Date: April 11, 2012

Join the Worldwide GLOBEat Night 2012 Campaign
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: April 11-20, 2012

For Colleges and Universities: 2012Lunabotics University/College Recruitment Fair
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Application Deadline: April 13, 2012
Event Date: May 26, 2012

For High School Juniors and Seniors:2012 Lunabotics University/College Recruitment Fair
Audience: 9-12 Students
Application Deadline: May 11, 2012
Event Date: May 26, 2012

Pre-Service Teacher Institutes at NASA’sMarshall Space Flight Center
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: May 11, 2012
Institute Dates: July 14-27, 2012

LAUNCH: Beyond Waste Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Entry Deadline: May 15, 2012

Expeditions 33 and 34 In-flightEducation Downlink Opportunities
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: June 1, 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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Free Education Webinar Series from the AerospaceEducation Services Project

Aerospace Education Services Project ispresenting a series of free webinars through June 2012. All webinars can beaccessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn aboutactivities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into yourclassroom.

Physics Resources for Secondary School (Grades5-12)
April 5, 2012, 4:30 -5:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist John Weis willdemonstrate simple activities and resources for teaching physics at middle- andhigh-school levels. Topics and resources covered will include Newton’s Laws ofMotion, energy, light and gravity. Lesson plans and modification strategieswill be discussed.

Color Spinners: Understanding Light and Color(Grades 4-8)
April 6, 2012, 6 – 7p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Christina Comerwill explain light and color by constructing color spinners and observing theeffects of rapid movement using colors. This webinar will be a fun introductionillustrating how different colors can be made and then changed.

NASA and Education Resource Access (Grades K-12)
April 11, 2012, 3:30 -4:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Sonya Williamswill explain NASA’s mission directorates and their purposes. Learn about K-12educational materials created by each of the directorates and how educators canaccess these materials free of charge. Learn about citizen scienceopportunities, student design challenges and many other NASA resources thateducators can incorporate into their classrooms.

Messenger’s Mission to Mercury (Grades K-12)
April 16, 2012, 5 – 6p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Brandon Hargiswill provide an overview of the Messenger mission to the planet Mercury andwill share lessons and activities connected with the mission. Participants willlearn where to find online resources to bring the excitement of exploringMercury into the classroom. Attendees will learn about geological processes andcreate a labeled illustration of lava layering.

Start a Space Garden (Grades K-5)
April 18, 2012, 4 – 5p.m. EDT

Aerospace education specialist Tom Estill willshare how to start a school garden using seeds from NASA’s Seeds in Space projectand the Canadian Space Agency’s Tomatosphere project. Over the past 10 years,Tomatosphere has evolved into a regular component of the curriculum for morethan 13,700 classrooms in Canada and the United States. At the end of theworkshop, a NASA space seeds surprise awaits you.

Animals in Space (Grades K-5)
April 18, 2012, 6:30 -7:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Wil Robertsonwill demonstrate how teachers can 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.

NASA Literature and Science (Grades K-5)
April 25, 2012, 4 – 5p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Lester Moraleswill share an array of NASA literature to enrich students’ vocabulary andscientific skills. During this session Morales will review The Air weBreathe, Echo the Bat and Amelia the Pigeon.Participants will practice the scientific method and remote sensing in both thecity and in the wild.

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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Meteorology: How Clouds Form Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, theNASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a free 90-minute Web seminar on April9, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn about the relationships between airpressure, temperature, volume and cloud formation. Get an overview of thenecessary conditions for cloud formation and then see how to make a cloud in abottle. Information will be provided about an extension activity, the S’COOLProject, which involves student participation in authentic science.

For more informationand to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar2.aspx.

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.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 free 90-minute professional development Web seminar for educators on April 11, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. EDT. 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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Free Exploring Space Lecture — The LittleSatellite That Could

The International Ultraviolet Explorer, or IUE,was the first experiment to explore the full range of ultraviolet radiationfrom the universe. Astrophysicist Andrea K. Dupree of the SmithsonianAstrophysical Observatory will discuss how the IUE project blazed the trail forinternational collaborations in space and paved the way for the Hubble SpaceTelescope.

The lecture will take place on April 11, 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 andSpace Museum in Washington, D.C., and is free to attend. Tickets are required.The lecture will be webcast live for free viewing online. Lecture video will bearchived.

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

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

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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 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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ForColleges and Universities: 2012 Lunabotics University/College Recruitment Fair

As part of NASA’s Third Annual Lunabotics Mining Competition, aUniversity/College Recruitment Fair will be held on May 26, 2012, at NASA’sKennedy Space Center in Florida. This fair will cater to high school studentslooking for science, technology, engineering and mathematics opportunities atcolleges and universities.

Approximately 200 high school students will be attending the fair during theLunabotics Mining Competition. Local students from the area surrounding KennedySpace Center are invited to attend.

Colleges and universities interested in participating in this recruitment fairmust sign up to attend by April 13, 2012.This event is free.

For more information, visit http://secorstrategies.com/college-recruitment/.

Inquiries about this event should be directed to Mary Baker at Mary@SecorStrategies.com.

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ForHigh School Juniors and Seniors: 2012 Lunabotics University/College RecruitmentFair

As part of NASA’s Third Annual Lunabotics Mining Competition, aUniversity/College Recruitment Fair will be held on May 26, 2012, at NASA’sKennedy Space Center in Florida. Top colleges and universities from across theU.S. will be at the fair to share information about science, technology,engineering and mathematics opportunities at their schools. NASA scientists andengineers will be available to answer questions about specific majors andtechnical career paths.

Students interested in attending this free recruitment fair are asked toregister online before May 11, 2012.To register, visit http://www.secorstrategies.com/nasa-lunabotics.

Inquiries about this event should be directed to Mary Baker at Mary@SecorStrategies.com.

To learn more about NASA’s Lunabotics Mining Competition, visit www.nasa.gov/lunabotics.

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Pre-ServiceTeacher Institutes at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center

NASA’s Marshall SpaceFlight Center has partnered with OakwoodUniversity to offer a two-week Pre-Service TeacherInstitute taking place July 14-27, 2012, in Huntsville, Ala. Thisresidential session is for education majors preparing to teach grades 4-8.

Participants will engage in hands-on learningexperiences designed to develop their skills for teaching science, technology,engineering and mathematics using NASA-developed curriculum resources.Full-time undergraduate students in their junior or senior year at minorityinstitutions are invited to apply. Housing, meals, travel assistance and astipend will be provided.

Applications must be postmarked by May11, 2012.

For more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/education/msfc/psti.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Marilyn Lewis at marilyn.h.lewis@nasa.gov.

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LAUNCH:Beyond Waste Challenge

NASA, the U.S. Agency for InternationalDevelopment, the State Department and Nike recently announced a challenge toidentify 10 game-changing innovations that could transform waste-managementsystems and practices. Waste management is important for planning long-durationhuman spaceflight missions to an asteroid, Mars or beyond.

Humans living off the planet require waste solutions that mirror issues facingpeople on Earth. In the hostile environment of space, waste must be eliminatedor transformed in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible. Theinnovations, which will be presented at the LAUNCH: Beyond Waste forum, maylead to practical applications for astronauts as we send humans deeper into oursolar system.

The LAUNCH: Beyond Waste challenge is open through May 15, 2012, and seeks creative solutions to minimize waste ortransform it into new products in space and on Earth. Forum partners willselect 10 innovators to present their technology solutions at the LAUNCH:Beyond Waste forum, hosted by NASA July 20-22, 2012, at NASA’s Jet PropulsionLaboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

NASA and the LAUNCH Council — thought leaders representing a diverse andcollaborative body of entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers, government, mediaand business — will participate in the forum and help guide these innovationsforward. The selected LAUNCH innovators will receive networking and mentoringopportunities from influential business and government leaders, as well asportfolio presentations.

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

For more information about the LAUNCH: Beyond Waste Challenge and how to enter,visit http://links.launch.org/beyond-waste.

Inquiries about this challenge should be directed to Chad Badiyan at chad.badiyan@secondmuse.com.

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Expeditions33 and 34 In-flight Education Downlink Opportunities

NASA is seeking formal and informal educational organizations, individually orworking together, to host live, in-flight education downlinks during Expeditions33 and 34 (approximately from September 2012 to March 2013). To maximize thesedownlink opportunities, NASA is looking for organizations that will draw largenumbers of participants and integrate the downlinks into well-developededucation plans.

The deadline to submit a proposal is June1, 2012.

During Expeditions 33 and 34, crew members aboard the International SpaceStation will participate in downlinks. Downlinks take approximately 20 minutesand allow students and educators to interact with astronauts through a question-and-answersession. Downlinks afford education audiences the opportunity to learnfirsthand from astronauts what it is like to live and work in space. Downlinksare broadcast live on NASA TV and are streamed on the NASA website. Because ofthe nature of human spaceflight, organizations must demonstrate the flexibilityto accommodate changes in downlink dates and times.

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

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

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

One Frequently Asked Questions received afterthe proposal due date has been added to the CP4SMP+ portal page on NSPIRES atthe following URL:

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

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Don’t miss out on education-related opportunities available from NASA. For 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 29, 2012

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

New Space Station Page for Educators and Students
Audience: Grades K-12

NASA at the 2012 NSTAConference
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

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

Pythagorean Theorem: ExploringSpace Through Math — Lunar Rover Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: April 2, 2012

Virtual Professional Development:Exploring NASA
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Sessions on April 2 and April 5, 2012

Electromagnetic Spectrum: Remote SensingIces on Mars Web Seminar
Audience: 8-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: April 3, 2012

Live Video Chat: One Giant Chargefor a Robot
Audience: Grades 8-12
Event Date: April 4, 2012, noon – 1 p.m. EDT

Properties ofLiving Things: Searching for Life on Mars Web Seminar
Audience: 4-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: April 5, 2012

Airborne Research Experiences forEducators and Students Academy
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Application Deadline: April 16, 2012

Educator Workshop: Greenhouse Gases and Their Roles on Earth
Audience: Grade 6-12 Educators
Registration Deadline: April 17, 2012
Event Date: April 21, 2012

Free Lecture — John Glenn:Earning the Right Stuff as a Decorated Marine Aviator and Navy Test Pilot — Attendin Person or View Online
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: May 24, 2012


Free Lecture — NASA’s Legacy andFuture: Personal Reflections of a Space Flyer — Attend in Person or ViewOnline
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: June 27, 2012

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

New Brochure Available Online: International Space Station Benefits forHumanity
Audience: All Educators andStudents

Updated Rockets Guide Available Online
Audience: K-12 Educators

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New Space Station Page for Educators and Students

NASA Education is launching a new Web page for students and educators about theInternational Space Station.

Teach Station is the platform for space-station-focused education resources,science and research information for students and teachers, crew updates, andup-to-the minute education news. Visit often and watch for opportunities toconnect with the expedition crew members and other NASA educationopportunities.

Take a moment to visit the page “A Teacher in Space” and meet Joe Acaba. Readabout his experience as an astronaut and his transition from a classroomteacher to the astronaut corps. Acaba’s next assignment is flight engineer forExpedition 31. He will join the crew on the International Space Station in May2012.

Visit the new Web page at www.nasa.gov/education/teachstation.

Download a Teach Station bookmark at https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Teach_Station_Bookmark.html.

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NASA at the 2012 NSTA Conference

Make NASA a part of your National ScienceTeachers Association, or NSTA, experience this year! The 2012 NSTA’s nationalconference is being held March29 – April 1, 2012, in Indianapolis, Ind. Dozens of NASApresentations, workshops and short courses are scheduled during the conference.To find NASA sessions that fit in your schedule, visit http://bit.ly/nsta2012.

Also, stop by the NASA exhibit booth (#2159) tolearn about 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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FreeEducation Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

Aerospace Education Services Project ispresenting a series of free webinars through June 2012. All webinars can beaccessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn aboutactivities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into yourclassroom.

NASA Literature and Science (GradesK-5)
April 2, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Lester Morales will share an array of NASA literatureto enrich students’ vocabulary and scientific skills. During this session Moraleswill review The Air we Breathe, Echo the Bat and Amelia the Pigeon. Participants will practice the scientific methodand remote sensing in both the city and in the wild.

Physics Resources for Secondary School (Grades 5-12)
April 2, 2012, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. EDT.
Aerospace education specialist John Weis will demonstrate simple activities andresources for teaching physics at middle- and high-school levels. Topics andresources covered will include Newton’s Laws of Motion, energy, light and gravity.Lesson plans and modification strategies will be discussed.

Mass Versus Weight: A Heavy-Duty Concept (Grades 5-8)
April 3, 2012, 3 – 4:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will discuss mass and weightand how these words that have a big difference in meaning often get usedincorrectly by students. This workshop will explore these terms using inquiryactivities and NASA resources, including a NASA video filmed on theInternational Space Station.

Physics Resources for Secondary School (Grades 5-12)
April 5, 2012, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist John Weis will demonstrate simpleactivities and resources for teaching physics at middle- and high-school levels.Topics and resources covered will include Newton’s Laws of Motion, energy, lightand gravity. Lesson plans and modification strategies will be discussed.

Color Spinners: Understanding Light andColor (Grades 4-8)
April 6, 2012, 6 – 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Christina Comer will explain light and colorby constructing color spinners and observing the effects of rapid movementusing colors. This webinar will be a fun introduction illustrating howdifferent colors can be made and then changed.

NASA and Education Resource Access (Grades K-12)
April 11, 2012, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Sonya Williams will explain NASA’s missiondirectorates and their purposes. Learn about K-12 educational materials createdby each of the directorates and how educators can access these materials freeof charge. Learn about citizen science opportunities, student design challengesand many other NASA resources that educators can incorporate into theirclassrooms.

Messenger’s Mission to Mercury (GradesK-12)
April 16, 2012, 5 – 6 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Brandon Hargis will provide an overview ofthe Messenger mission to the planet Mercury and will share lessons andactivities connected with the mission. Participants will learn where to findonline resources to bring the excitement of exploring Mercury into theclassroom. Attendees will learn about geological processes and create a labeledillustration of lava layering.

Start a Space Garden (Grades K-5)
April 18, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EDT

Aerospace education specialist Tom Estill will share how to start a schoolgarden using seeds from NASA’s Seeds in Space project and the Canadian SpaceAgency’s Tomatosphere project. Over the past 10 years, Tomatosphere has evolvedinto a regular component of the curriculum for more than 13,700 classrooms inCanada and the United States. At the end of the workshop, a NASA space seedssurprise awaits you.

Animals in Space (Grades K-5)
April 18, 2012, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Wil Robertson will demonstrate how teachers can use stuffed animalsas props in telling the story of the animals that preceded humans in space. Theprogram is geared for teachers in K-5 with a special focus of aligning thetopic with the Core Literacy Standards for elementary grades. Web resourceswill be provided.

NASA Literature and Science (GradesK-5)
April 25, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Lester Morales will share an array of NASA literatureto enrich students’ vocabulary and scientific skills. During this session Moraleswill review The Air we Breathe, Echo the Bat and Amelia the Pigeon. Participants will practice the scientific methodand remote sensing in both the city and in the wild.

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

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

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PythagoreanTheorem: Exploring Space Through Math — Lunar Rover WebSeminar

NASA Explorer Schools and the Learning Environments and Research Network, orLE&RN, projects are hosting a 60-minute live professional development Webseminar for educators on April 2, 2012,at 8 p.m. EDT. Learn to use the distance formula and the Pythagoreantheorem to determine the minimal path and minimal time for a lunar rover toperform tasks on the surface of the moon. Participants should have a basicknowledge of scale factor and application of the Pythagorean theorem. Havingaccess to a calculator is helpful but not necessary for session.

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

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: Exploring NASA

Science,technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, are the foundation forstudying clouds and seasons. Explore clouds and alleviate the misconception ofseasons. Learn how NASA researchers study the sun’senergy and how it effects Earth. Check out these virtual professionaldevelopment sessions to help you tilt students toward STEM.

If you’re interested in receiving professionaldevelopment activity units applicable toward license renewal, register andcomplete the two workshops in the series and the post activity to accumulate fiveworkshop hours.

The session dates of this workshop series are April 2, 2012 and April 5,2012.

Get registered to learn more https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/virginia-virtual-professional-development-form/.

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

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ElectromagneticSpectrum: Remote Sensing Ices on Mars Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, theNASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a 90-minute web seminar on April3, 2012, at 8:15 p.m. EDT. Learn how to use authentic NASA mission data toinvestigate the composition and distribution of ices in the high latituderegions of Mars through analysis of visible light, infrared light and gammarays. The seminar includes information about a unique student extensionactivity, where students access a free computer simulation illustrating howgamma rays are used to determine the chemical composition of Mars.

For more information and to registeronline, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar1.aspx.

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

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

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Live Video Chat: One Giant Charge for a Robot

The NASA Explorer Schools, or NES, project presents a live video chat with NASArobotics engineer Sandeep Yayathi. Sandeep Yayathi works on Robonaut, adexterous humanoid robot built and designed at NASA’s Johnson Space Center inHouston. On April 4, 2012, Yayathiwill answer student questions about his work with Robonaut, his career path andwhat the future holds for robotics. Robonaut 2, or R2, launched to theInternational Space Station on space shuttle Discovery as part of the STS-133mission. It is the first dexterous humanoid robot in space and the first U.S.-builtrobot at the space station.

Yayathi is developing a new power system including a battery backpack to allowRobonaut 2 to move about freely without having to be plugged into the spacestation’s power grid. Eventually, the new power system will allow an upgradedversion of the robot to work outside the station.

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/robonaut-chat.html.

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

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Properties of Living Things: Searching for Life on Mars Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, theNASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a 90-minute Web seminar for educators on April 5, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Review criteria for determining ifsomething is alive and learn how students can apply the criteria in a hands-onactivity. A video will be shown that connects the activity to a NASA mission. Collaboratewith other participants about ways of using and adapting the activity.Extension activities for students interested in the topic will be provided.

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

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

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

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AirborneResearch Experiences for Educators and Students Academy

The NASA Airborne Research Experiences forEducators and Students, or AREES, program is recruiting science, technology,engineering and mathematics, or STEM, educators of students in grades 5-12 toparticipate in a two-week residential Academy in Palmdale, Calif. The Academywill be offered June 18-29, 2012. The dynamic trainingprogram provides research-based experiences for educators using NASA’s uniqueflight platforms. Participants will engage as science practitioners by becominginvolved in a NASA earth science mission.

The workshop is designed to combine research-based opportunities for educatorswith NASA content-based curriculum and student-focused design challenges in aprogram that focuses on three education goals:
1.  Engage participants in NASA’s unique,airborne research-based missions.
2.  Increase educators’ core scientificand research knowledge bases.
3.  Develop NASA’s airborneresearch-based curriculum and student activities.

Experiences will include technical content instruction by scientists andengineers, hands-on learning of airborne data collection methods andoperations, and a field site investigation to collect ground truth data fromthe Elkhorn Slough in Monterey Bay, Calif., for comparison to data collectedfrom NASA’s ER-2 high-altitude airborne science aircraft. Further, participantsmay attend pedagogic workshops in problem-based learning, engineering design,inquiry-based instruction and integration of technology and data-focusedcurricula into the classroom. Experiences will be translated into classroompractice through the development of STEM action plans utilizing NASA thematic,curriculum modules based on the foundation that AREES provides and in contextwith on-going research.

Applications are due April 16, 2012.

For more information, visit http://www.aeroi.org. Questions about thisopportunity should be directed to Shaun Smith at shaun.smith@nasa.gov.

The AREES program is sponsored by NASA’s Teaching from Space project, NASA’sDryden Flight Research Center and NASA’s Airborne Science Program, andadministered through a partnership with the Aerospace, Education, Research andOperations Institute in Palmdale, Calif., the U.S. Geological Survey’s NationalWetlands Research and CNL World in Nebraska.

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Educator Workshop: Greenhouse Gases and TheirRoles on Earth

Greenhouse gases are both naturally occurring and man-made gases that trap heatin Earth’s atmosphere and play a vital role in maintaining a habitable climate.However, human activity is quickly increasing the concentration of these gaseson Earth and causing concern about the future of our planet.

On April 21, 2012, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL, in Pasadena,Calif., will host an educator workshop that will examine the role ofgreenhouse gases in our complex global system, and explore the ways that mediadeliver science content and discusses climate change. The workshop is open toformal and informal educators teaching grades 6 through 12. Attendees will takepart in a group discussion, science presentations and a hands-onactivity/discussion on the media’s portrayal of science and climate change.Teachers will receive a certificate for continuing education hours.

Registration for this workshop closes on April17, 2012. A $30 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=318.

Please direct questions about this workshop to Mary K. Kuehn at Mary.K.Kuehn@jpl.nasa.gov.

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FreeLecture — John Glenn: Earning the Right Stuff as a Decorated Marine Aviatorand Navy Test Pilot — Attend in Person or View Online

How did John Glenn get “the right stuff?” Beforehe was an astronaut, John Glenn earned six Distinguished Flying Crosses as a UnitedStates Marine Corps aviator in World War II and the Korean conflict, and alsoflew as a naval test pilot.

On May 24, 2012, National Air andSpace Museum Director Jack Dailey will join Glenn for a discussion of hiscareer-defining moments. The lecture begins at 8 p.m. at the National Air andSpace Museum in Washington, D.C. Admission is free, but tickets are requiredand will be distributed via a drawing. For those unable to attend in person, thelecture will be webcast live.

For more information, visit http://www.airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=3734.

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

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FreeLecture — NASA’s Legacy and Future: Personal Reflections of a Space Flyer — Attendin Person or View Online

On June27, 2012, NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden Jr. will be the speaker for the2012 John H. Glenn Lecture. Administrator Bolden will reflect on his career asa Marine aviator, a space shuttle pilot and commander and his leadership ofAmerica’s space agency. His insights will provide a timely window into his ownexperiences and the future of space exploration.

The lecture begins at 8 p.m. at the National Air and Space Museum inWashington, D.C. Admission is free, but tickets are required. For those unableto attend in person, the lecture will be webcast live.

For more information, visit http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=3735.

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

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2012 Humans in Space Youth Art Competition

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

Artwork submissions will be judged on creativity, skill and demonstration ofmeaning relevant to expressing “How will humans use science and technology toexplore space, and what mysteries will we uncover?”

Winning art will be showcased at displays and multimedia performances worldwidefrom 2013 to 2014, as well as in an online gallery. Submissions must bereceived by Oct. 21, 2012.

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

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

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New Brochure Available Online: InternationalSpace Station Benefits for Humanity

The International Space Station enables researchers from all over the world toperform innovative experiments that could not be done anywhere else. Thisunique laboratory environment produces advancements in science and technologythat benefit everyday life on Earth. Download this brochure to learn more aboutthese innovations and share them with your students

The International Space Station Benefits for Humanity brochure is a collectionof in-depth descriptions about benefits from research on the space station. Thebenefits outlined serve as examples of the space station’s potential as agroundbreaking scientific research facility.

This collection was developed collaboratively by the members of the CanadianSpace Agency, European Space Agency, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, NASAand the Russian Federal Space Agency.

To view the brochure, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/ISS_Benefit_for_Humanity.html.

The Educational Materials section of NASA’s website 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. For more NASA-related education resources, visit http://search.nasa.gov/search/edFilterSearch.jsp?empty=true.

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Updated Rockets Guide Available Online

Few classroom topics generate as much excitementas rockets. The scientific, technological, engineering and mathematicalfoundations of rocketry provide exciting classroom opportunities for authentichands-on, minds-on experimentation. The activities and lesson plans containedin this educator guide emphasize hands-on science, prediction, data collectionand interpretation, teamwork, and problem solving. The guide also containsbackground information about the history of rockets and basic rocket science.The rocket activities in this guide support national curriculum standards forscience, mathematics and technology.

The guide contains new and updated lessons and activities from the originalRockets Educator Guide.

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Rockets.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 — 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