NASA Education Express — Nov. 1, 2012

Check out the followingNASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listedbelow.

HeatTransfer: MESSENGER — My Angle on Cooling Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov 1, 2012, 6:30 – 8 p.m. EDT

NASA’s Digital Learning Network PresentsSpace Shuttle Atlantis “Roll Over” Celebration
Audience: Grades 4-12
Event Date: Nov. 2, 2012, 1 – 2 p.m. EDT

NASA’s GlennResearch Center’s High School Shadowing Project
Audience: Students inGrades 10-12
Session I ApplicationDeadline: Nov. 2, 2012
Session II ApplicationDeadline: Jan. 25, 2013
Sessions III and IVApplication Deadline: Feb. 22, 2013

Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher EducationStudents
Next Lecture Date: Nov. 3, 2012

NASA Hosts Social Media Event inD.C. With Astronaut Joe Acaba
Audience: Educators and Students Ages 18+
Registration Deadline: Nov. 5, 2012 at 5 p.m. EST

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

Algebraic Equations: CalculatorControlled Robots Web Seminar
Audience: Algebra Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 7, 2012

NASA UniversityResearch Centers Virtual Symposium
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Event Dates: Nov. 8, 2012

International Space StationEarthKAM Fall 2012 Mission
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Event Date: Nov. 13-16, 2012

DEADLINE EXTENDED: “TheWorld’s a Place of Living Things” Art Contest
Audience: Students in Grades 2-4
Entry Deadline: Nov. 16, 2012

2013 CanSat Competition
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 30, 2012

2013 Texas HighSchool Aerospace Scholars
Audience: 9-12 Students
New Extended Deadline: Nov. 30, 2012

2013 NASA Unmanned Aerial SystemsChallenge
Audience: Higher Education Students and Faculty
Notice of Intent Deadline: Jan. 15, 2013

2012-2013 Game Changing EngineeringDesign Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students and Faculty
Notice of Intent Deadline: Jan. 15, 2013

2013 Planetary Geology and GeophysicsUndergraduate Research Program
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2013

NASA Wavelength Online Science ResourceNow Available
Audience: All Educators and Students

Find NASA Education Resources With theNASA Materials Finder
Audience: All Educators

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

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Heat Transfer: MESSENGER — MyAngle on Cooling Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, theNASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hostinga 90-minute Web seminar on Nov 1, 2012,at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn how the MESSENGER mission to Mercury takes advantage of passivecooling methods to keep the spacecraft functioning in a high-temperatureenvironment. You will also see how to use the mission’s Staying Cool activities tolead students through an examination of different solutions to the problem ofhow to deal with too much sunlight and energy.

This seminar will be repeated on Mar. 21, 2013.

For more informationand to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar11.aspx.

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

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

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents Space Shuttle Atlantis”Roll Over” Celebration

NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, is hosting a special event on Nov. 2, 2012, at 1 p.m. EDT tocommemorate the departure of space shuttle Atlantis. JoinDLN hosts Rachel Power and Joshua Santora live at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centerin Florida as space shuttle Atlantis is transferred from the Vehicle AssemblyBuilding to its permanent home at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

The Space Shuttle Atlantis “Roll Over”Celebration will feature special guests including NASA Administrator and astronautCharles Bolden, members of the space shuttle’s processing team and members fromthe team responsible for the design of the new home for Atlantis.

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

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

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

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NASA’sGlenn Research Center’s High School Shadowing Project

NASA’s Glenn ResearchCenter, or GRC, in Cleveland, Ohio, is accepting applications for its HighSchool Shadowing Project sessions for the 2012-2013 school year. Thisopportunity provides students with a one- to five-day career explorationexperience at Glenn Research Center.

The project provides highschool students with an opportunity to explore career possibilities in aresearch and development environment while under the guidance of a NASAscientist, engineer, technician or administrative professional that serves asthe student’s mentor. Students are provided information about various careers,career paths and Glenn Research Center educational resources and programs.

Applicants must be U.S.citizens and at least 16 years old by the application deadline. Four sessionsare scheduled for the 2012-2013 school year.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

Curious about our nearest star, moon rocks, volcanoesand other wonders of the universe? Come to the Smithsonian’s Stars, a series of10 lectures by Smithsonian researchers who are exploring the sun, the moon,planets, stars, galaxies and the universe. These speakers will sharebehind-the-scenes details about how their research is done and technologiesthat advance new discoveries at the Smithsonian Institution.

Each lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. and is followedby a question-and-answer session. A Discovery Station activity will take placeat 4 p.m. prior to each lecture. Stay after the lecture to visit theobservatory, weather permitting.

Nov. 3, 2012 — Moon Rocks and How They BecameFamous
In the late 1960s, Apollo astronauts collectedrocks from the moon and brought them back to Earth. Scientists studied theserocks, curators put them on display in museums around the world and PresidentNixon gave them as gifts to foreign heads of state. Teasel Muir-Harmony willexplore the wide-ranging roles that these rocks played.

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

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

For more information about the Smithsonian’sStars Lecture Series and to see a full schedule of upcoming lectures, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/lectures/stars/index.cfm.

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

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

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NASA Hosts Social Media Event in D.C. WithAstronaut Joe Acaba

NASA invites its social media followers to a specialevent with astronaut Joe Acaba on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, in Washington, D.C.Registration for the event is open to NASA social media followers and theirguests until 5 p.m. EST Monday, Nov. 5,2012. NASA will select 150 participants by lottery from those who registeronline. Additional applicants will be placed on a waiting list.

NASA Socials are in-person meetings with people who engage with the agencythrough Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social networks. This NASA Socialis an opportunity to meet and speak with Acaba, the people behind NASA’s socialmedia accounts and other space-exploration-minded participants.

Acaba launched to the International Space Station on a Russian Soyuz spacecrafton May 15, 2012. He spent 123 days aboard the orbiting laboratory as a flightengineer of the Expedition 31 and 32 crews. He returned to Earth on Sept. 17after four months off the planet.

Acaba participated in numerous scientific research experiments and performedregular maintenance and operational tasks aboard the orbiting complex. He alsofrequently tweeted on his Twitter account, @AstroAcaba, and participated in an#askStation TweetChat.

Acaba also flew aboard space shuttle Discovery in March 2009 during a spacestation assembly mission, during which he spent almost 13 hours performing twospacewalks.

To join and track the conversation online during the NASA Social, follow thehashtag #NASASocial. For more information on NASA Socials and to register,visit https://www.nasa.gov/social.

Acaba’s Twitter account is https://twitter.com/AstroAcaba.

Acaba’s biography is available at http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/acaba-jm.html.

For information about connecting and collaborating with NASA, visit https://www.nasa.gov/connect.

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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education ServicesProject

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

Amusement Park Physics (Grades 6-12)
Nov. 5, 2012, 7 – 8 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist John Weis will provide participants with anintroduction to the “Amusement Park Physics With a NASA Twist”educator guide and classroom activities. These activities cover multiplephysics concepts including energy, describing motion, collisions and simple harmonicmotion.

Sun, Earth and Moon Relationships: Anatomy of an Eclipse (Grades 2-8)
Nov. 7, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EST
For centuries people have been amazed by the spectacle created by lunar andsolar eclipses. On Nov. 13, 2012, a total solar eclipse will occur in the SouthPacific. Join aerospace education specialist Rick Varner for a free webcast tolearn about eclipse-related NASA resources. Varner will also share a simpleactivity to simulate eclipses in the classroom.

Train Like an Astronaut (Grades 1-12)
Nov. 14, 2012, 2 – 3 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Lester Morales will discuss the”Train Like an Astronaut” education materials. These activities use aphysical and inquiry-based approach to human health and fitness on Earth and inspace. Activities are modeled after the real-life training that astronauts doto prepare for exploring space. This webinar is part of the Department ofEducation’s Green Strides webinar series.

Here an Earth, There an Earth, Everywhere an Earth: The Kepler TelescopeSearch for Habitable Planets Beyond Our Solar System (Grades 5-12)
Nov. 15, 2012, 5 – 6 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will discuss NASA’s Keplertelescope and its search for Earth-like planets orbiting other stars.Participants will learn how to use Johannes Kepler’s Third Law and actualKepler telescope data to construct graphs to record and interpret data thatdetermine if a planet orbiting a star in another solar system is a possiblecandidate to support life.

Robotics on a Budget (Grades 5-12)
Nov. 28, 2012, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will explore how to use robotics toenhance your students’ understanding of science, technology, engineering andmathematics, or STEM. Participants will also learn about NASA STEM roboticsmissions, curriculum and activities that are available.

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

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

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Algebraic Equations: Calculator Controlled Robots WebSeminar

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 Nov. 7,2012, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Discover a unique way of integrating robotictechnology into your algebra classes. Robotic missions engage students andprovide a unique way of bringing to life the concepts you are teaching. Learnto use programmable Texas Instruments, or TI, calculators and Norland ResearchRobots to solve problems requiring substituting values for variables informulas.

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/NES3/webseminar12.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 deskat NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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NASA University Research Centers VirtualSymposium

NASA University Research Centers, or URC, ishosting a Virtual Symposium to highlight talented students within the NASA URCprogram and their recent experiences as interns or co-ops at NASA.

During a series of poster sessions held on Oct. 24-31, 2012,students presented virtual poster presentations of the research that wasconducted during their internship or co-op. During the sessions, participantshad the opportunity to ask questions, exchange information and ideas, andinteract with students and other event participants via the Facebook socialnetwork. A panel of NASA subject matter experts reviewed and scored the posterpresentations.

Top finalists will give oral presentations oftheir research during a virtual symposium on Nov. 8, 2012.

To learn more about the NASA URC Virtual Symposium,visit http://www.earthzine.org/nasa-urc-fall-2012-vpss/.

Questions about this event should be emailed toDaesha Roberts at daesha.d.roberts@nasa.gov.

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InternationalSpace Station EarthKAM Fall 2012 Mission

Middle school educators are invited tojoin NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAM Fall 2012 Mission from Nov.13-16, 2012. Find out more about this exciting opportunity thatallows students to take pictures of Earth from a digital camera aboard theInternational Space Station.

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

For more information about the projectand 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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DEADLINE EXTENDED: “The World’s a Place ofLiving Things” Art Contest

The Institute for Global EnvironmentalStrategies, or IGES, invites young scientists and artists to explorebiodiversity. There are many different types of life on Earth — from bacteriato insects to plants and animals. Biodiversity is everywhere. Students ingrades 2-4 are encouraged to learn more about the forms of life in a particularplace — what types of life can be seen? What types of life are hard to see? Dothe different types of life interact with each other?

Students should investigate these questions, andcreate a piece of artwork (no larger than 16″x20″) to show what theyhave learned. First-, second-, and third-place artists will receive a $100,$75, and $50 gift card, respectively, framed color certificates and theirartwork will be showcased on the IGES website.

Entries are due Nov. 16, 2012. Forfull details on the contest, resources on biodiversity and to download an entryform, visit http://www.strategies.org/artcontest.

Questions about this opportunity should be directedto info@strategies.org.

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2013 CanSat Competition

Applications currently are being accepted for the 2013 CanSat Competition.

This annual competition is open to university and college students from theUnited States, Canada, Mexico and other countries. Teams of three to 10students must design, build and launch a sensor payload called a CanSat. EachCanSat is slightly larger than a soda can and must be built according to thespecifications released by the competition organizing committee.

All teams entering the CanSat competition are required to have a facultyadviser. The faculty adviser will oversee and be responsible for the conduct ofthe team at all times during the competition. The advisor is stronglyencouraged to accompany the team to the competition.

Applications are due Nov. 30, 2012.

For more information about the competition and to download the application,visit http://www.cansatcompetition.com/.

Questions about this competition should be directed to questions@juno.nrl.navy.mil.

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: 2013 Texas High SchoolAerospace Scholars

The Texas High School Aerospace Scholars projectis an interactive, online learning experience. It is highlighted by a six-dayinternship where selected students are encouraged to study mathematics,science, engineering or computer science by interacting with engineers atNASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The Texas High School Aerospace Scholars projectis open to high school juniors throughout Texas. Applicants must be U.S.citizens and have access to the Internet.

The application deadline has been extended to Nov. 30, 2012.

For additional information on the project and toapply online, visit http://has.aerospacescholars.org/.

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

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2013 NASA Unmanned Aerial SystemsChallenge

NASA invites college teams to take part in the 2013 NASA AeronauticsMission Directorate’s Unmanned Aerial Systems Challenge. Students are invitedto propose an unmanned aerial firefighting system to battle a wildfire ragingin a drought-stricken area. Design assessment will be based on projectedeffectiveness, cost, innovation, and ease of use and operation inside theNational Air Space.

The contest is open to teams of full-time students enrolled in higher educationinstitutions of the United States or its territories. This category includesuniversities, colleges, trade schools, community colleges, professionalschools, etc. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

A notice of intent is due Jan.15, 2013. Final entries are due May 3, 2013.

For more information and a complete list of rules, visit https://aero.larc.nasa.gov/competitions_univ.htm.

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

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2012-2013 Game ChangingEngineering Design Challenge

NASA invites college student teams to enter the 2013 Game Changing EngineeringDesign Challenge. Student teams are asked to design a thermal control systemfor a manned space station in low lunar orbit. Designs must accommodate asix-person crew, maintain acceptable temperatures for avionics components, andprovide a healthy environment for the crew. Multidisciplinary teams areencouraged.

The contest is open to student teams from post-secondary institutions inthe United States or its territories. This category includes universities,colleges, trade schools, community colleges, professional schools, etc.

Finalists will be invited to present their work toNASA engineers and tour a NASA center.

A notice of intent is due Jan. 15, 2013.Final entries are due on April 29, 2013.

For more information and a complete list of rules, visit http://spacetech.larc.nasa.gov.

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

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2013 Planetary Geology andGeophysics Undergraduate Research Program

The Planetary Geology and GeophysicsUndergraduate Research Program, or PGGURP,pairs qualified undergraduate students with NASA-funded investigators atresearch locations across the U.S. for eight weeks during the summer. Studentswill spend the summer at the NASA scientists’ home institutions. Selectedstudents receive a cost-of-living stipend and compensation for housing andtravel.

Undergraduate students interested in learning about research in planetarygeoscience are eligible to apply. Students graduating in 2013 who have notstarted graduate school yet are also eligible. Preference is given to U.S.citizens and permanent residents.

Applications are due Feb. 1, 2013.

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

If you have questions about this opportunity, please email Robyn Wagner, PGGURPadministrator, at rlwagner@buffalo.edu.

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NASA Wavelength Online Science Resource Now Available

NASA has a new online science resource for teachersand students to help bring Earth, sun, the solar system, and the universe into theirschools and homes.

Called NASA Wavelength, the site features hundreds of resources organized bytopic and audience level from elementary to college, and out-of-school programsthat span the extent of NASA science. Educators at all levels can locate science-relatededucational resources through information on educational standards, subjectsand keywords and other relevant details, such as learning time required tocarry out a lesson or an activity, cost of materials and more.

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, or SMD, funds a nationwide community ofeducation and outreach professionals that develop and deliver resources for alllevels of formal and informal education and public outreach activities usingNASA content, expertise and facilities.

NASA Wavelength features peer-reviewed science resources developed by thiscommunity, including award-winning curriculum tools, activities that allowstudents and teachers to learn about and participate in NASA missions, exhibitsand planetarium shows and more.

The site offers an innovative way to keep up with the latest developments inEarth and space science education. Users will be able to receive email updateson new content, and share the latest information through social media andemail.

Through featured selections highlighted on the homepage, educators can identifyscience resources relevant to specific themes, such as Mars-related activities,and lessons for educators interested in teaching about climate, theelectromagnetic spectrum or magnetism.

The Space Sciences Laboratory and Lawrence Hall of Science at the University ofCalifornia, Berkeley, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, andthe Adler Planetarium worked with educators across the country to define, testand launch NASA Wavelength. Scientists and educators who comprise SMD’seducation and public outreach community coordinate the continued developmentand upkeep of the site.

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate seeks new knowledge and understanding ofEarth, the sun, solar system and the universe from the vantage point of space.The directorate also constantly looks for inventive ways to reach out to thepublic using museums, classrooms, science centers and home schools.

For access to NASA Wavelength, visit http://nasawavelength.org.

For information on NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, visit http://science.nasa.gov/.

For information about NASA education programs, visit https://www.nasa.gov/education.

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Find NASA Education ResourcesWith the NASA Materials Finder

Are you looking for NASA educational resources to use in your classroom?Use the NASA Education Materials Finder search tool to find materials that fityour needs.

Search hundreds of NASA educational materials by grade level, type of materialand subject area. The ability to search by keyword is also available. Plus, thesubject areas include dozens of sub-category selections to allow you to better fine-tuneyour search.

In addition, all of these search criteria can be combined into one search,which allows you to restrict the results to exactly what you are looking for.

Click the link below to begin your search forNASA educational materials.

https://www.nasa.gov/education/materials

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What’s New at NASA’s Space Place Website

Earth is a water world. Even ifwe live far from the ocean, we feel its effects. We feel it in the weather andclimate. We breathe in the oxygen produced by its plant life. We are cooler dueto the ocean’s ability to absorb some of the excess greenhouse gases we add tothe atmosphere. The ocean influences every aspect of our planet that make ithabitable. The Space Place website is about space out there and Earth down hereas studied from space out there. This month we pay tribute to the ocean and thetechnologies that help us understand it better.

What’s New on Space Place
When Earth first formed, it was very hot. Any liquid water would haveboiled away into space. So where did the ocean come from? Scientists thinkcomets may have provided an important water delivery service. But how can theyknow?

A new “Explore” article on the Space Place explains how even water hasfingerprints of sorts that can be used to trace its origin. Visit http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/comet-ocean.

Space Place en Español
Satellite images show the swirling, organized rotational cloudsystems of tropical storms and hurricanes. We can watch them in fascination –or fear, if they are headed our way. What is actually going on in the belly ofthese monsters? How do they begin and grow? What determines their severity andtheir paths? In both English and Spanish, the basics are explained. Check out¿Cómo se forman los huracanes? And see Space Place entirely in Spanish at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/sp, withtoggles to the English on every page.

Spotlight on …
“Missions to Planet Earth” is an online card game. It started out asa real card game, but we wanted everyone to be able to enjoy playing it andlearn about what it takes to build a space mission. The player competes withthe computer, but can tell the computer how “smart” to play. Sobeginners can succeed, too. The object is to gather all the necessarycomponents to complete the maximum number of missions — before the computeropponent does. This is a great game for the classroom when students have a fewminutes to spare. Go to http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/earth-card-game.

For the Classroom
Voyage on the High Seas: A Jason 1 Ocean Adventure is a real boardgame. Go to http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/posters/#high_seasto download a full-size game board (42.5 x 33 inches). You can have it printed– and perhaps laminated — at an office supply store. There are also gamecards to print on standard paper and cut apart, as well as a spinner and tinygame markers (research vessels). The game is a fun way for students to learnsome geography, oceanography and meteorology. The back side of the poster(printable on standard paper) has other related activities and articles aswell.

Forout-of-School (Cookie) Time
We leave the ocean theme for a moment to tell you of our new Oreo®cookies moon phases activity. It reduces the oft-confusing topic of moon phasesto its simplest — and sweetest — form. To make a new Moon, eat all the crèmefilling. To make a 1st or 3rd quarter Moon, scrape off half the filling. For afull Moon, alas, you must resist. Printable activity sheets make it easy for theactivity director. Go to http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/oreo-moon.

Special Days

Nov. 9, 1934: Carl Sagan was born.
Dr. Sagan helped pick the sounds and images for the Voyager spacecrafts’“Golden Record.” See and hear samples at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/voyager-to-stars.

Nov. 13, 1946: Vincent Joseph Schaefer made the first artificially inducedsnowstorm.
It’s easy to predict a snowstorm it you make it yourself. If nature makesit …not so much. Check out a little booklet that explains in the simplestpossible terms how to make a weather-prediction satellite. It’s at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/story-weather-satellite.The booklet is also in Spanish and Italian.

Nov. 29, 1803: Birthday of Christian Doppler
He described the Doppler effect, a good analogy for the expansion of spaceand understanding why the sky is dark at night. Check it out at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/classroom-activities#bluesky.

Dec. 14: Geminids Meteor Shower
Get tips on the best meteor viewing techniques at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/meteor-shower.

Dec. 25, 1642: Birthday of Isaac Newton
He understood how orbits work, and so can you by firing a cannon intospace. With enough gunpowder, you, too, can achieve orbit! Go to http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/how-orbits-work.

Dec. 31, 1705: First recorded sightingof Halley’s comet
Play “Comet Quest” and learn about comets at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/comet-quest.

Don’tForget…
You can find dozens of other ideas and rich resources for theclassroom and out-of-school time at our Parents & Educators page, http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/menu/parents-and-educators.

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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 — Oct. 25, 2012

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

NASA University Research Centers Virtual Poster Session and Symposium
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Event Dates: Oct. 24-31 and Nov. 8, 2012

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

Meteorology: How Clouds Form Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 25, 2012

Engineering Design Challenge: Water Filtration Web Seminar
Audience: Grades 9-10 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 30, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. EDT

NASA History Program Office Spring and Summer 2013 Internships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Spring 2013 Application Deadline: Oct. 30, 2012
Summer 2013 Application Deadline: Feb. 4, 2013


Heat Transfer: MESSENGER — My Angle on Cooling Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov 1, 2012

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents Space Shuttle Atlantis “Roll Over” Celebration
Audience: Grades 4-12
Event Date: Nov. 2, 2012, 1 – 2 p.m. EDT

2013 Texas High School Aerospace Scholars

Audience: 9-12 Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 2, 2012

NASA’s Glenn Research Center’s High School Shadowing Project

Audience: Students in Grades 10-12
Session I Application Deadline: Nov. 2, 2012
Session II Application Deadline: Jan. 25, 2013
Sessions III and IV Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2013

NASA’s DEVELOP Program — 2013 Spring and Summer Sessions
Audience: 9-12 and Higher Education Educators and Students
Spring Session Deadline: Nov. 15, 2012
Summer Session Deadline: Feb. 4, 2013

2012-2013 Real World Design Challenge
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students — U.S. Only
Registration Deadline: Nov. 16, 2012

2013 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Dec. 4, 2012

2013 RASC-AL Robo-Ops Competition
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: Dec. 9, 2012

2013 NASA High-Altitude Student Platform Opportunity
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: Dec. 14, 2012

2013 RASC-AL Lunar Wheel Design Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: Dec. 16, 2012

National Space Biomedical Research Institute Summer Internship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: Dec. 31, 2012

American Meteorological Society’s DataStreme Earth’s Climate System Professional Development Course
Audience: K-12 Educators
Course Begins: Jan. 14, 2013

New Module Available from NASA’s Digital Learning Network: Digital Badges
Audience: 9-12 and Higher Education Educators


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NASA University Research Centers Virtual Poster Session and Symposium

NASA University Research Centers, or URC, is hosting a Virtual Poster Session and Symposium at the end of October and the beginning of November. These events will highlight talented students within the NASA URC program and their recent experiences as interns or co-ops at NASA.

During the session taking place Oct. 24-31, 2012, students will present virtual poster presentations of the research that was conducted during their internship or co-op. During the session, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, exchange information and ideas, and interact with students and other event participants via the Facebook social network. A panel of NASA subject matter experts will review and score the poster presentations.

Top finalists will give oral presentations of their research during a virtual symposium on Nov. 8, 2012.

To learn more about the NASA URC Virtual Poster Session and Symposium, visit
http://www.earthzine.org/nasa-urc-fall-2012-vpss/.

Questions about this event should be emailed to Daesha Roberts at
daesha.d.roberts@nasa.gov.

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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

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

Here an Earth, There an Earth, Everywhere an Earth: The Kepler Telescope Search for Habitable Planets Beyond Our Solar System (Grades 6-12)

Oct. 25, 2012, 5 – 6 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will discuss NASA’s Kepler telescope and its search for Earth-like planets orbiting other stars. Participants will learn how to use Johannes Kepler’s Third Law and actual Kepler telescope data to construct graphs to record and interpret data that determines if a planet orbiting a star in another solar system is a possible candidate to support life.

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


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


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Meteorology: How Clouds Form Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a free 90-minute Web seminar on Oct. 25, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. EDT. Learn about the relationships between air pressure, temperature, volume and cloud formation. Get an overview of the necessary conditions for cloud formation and then see how to make a cloud in a bottle. Information will be provided about an extension activity, the S’COOL Project, which involves student participation in authentic science.

For more information and to register online, visit URL http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar10.aspx.

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

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

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Engineering Design Challenge: Water Filtration Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar on Oct. 30, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. EDT. Get background information about water recycling on the International Space Station, and then see how to incorporate the information into an exciting hands-on, inquiry-based challenge requiring students to solve a problem. Participants will watch a video showing students engaged in the challenge and discuss possible modifications to the challenge to adapt it for different students and classroom situations.

This seminar will be repeated on Feb. 5, 2013.

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

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

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

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NASA History Program Office Spring and Summer 2013 Internships

The NASA History Program Office is seeking undergraduate and graduate students for spring and summer 2013 internships. The History Program Office maintains archival materials to answer research questions from NASA personnel, journalists, scholars, students at all levels and others from around the world. The division also edits and publishes several books and monographs each year. It maintains a large number of websites on NASA history.

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

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

Applications for spring 2013 internships are due Oct. 30, 2012. Summer 2013 internship applications are due Feb. 4, 2013.

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

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

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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 Nov 1, 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.

This seminar will be repeated on Mar. 21, 2013.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar11.aspx.

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

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

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents Space Shuttle Atlantis “Roll Over” Celebration

NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, is hosting a special event on Nov. 2, 2012, at 1 p.m. EDT to commemorate the departure of space shuttle Atlantis. Join DLN hosts Rachel Power and Joshua Santora live at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida as space shuttle Atlantis is transferred from the Vehicle Assembly Building to its permanent home at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

The Space Shuttle Atlantis “Roll Over” Celebration will feature special guests including NASA Administrator and astronaut Charles Bolden, members of the space shuttle’s processing team and members from the team responsible for the design of the new home for Atlantis.

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

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

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


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2013 Texas High School Aerospace Scholars


The Texas High School Aerospace Scholars project is an interactive, online learning experience. It is highlighted by a six-day internship where selected students are encouraged to study mathematics, science, engineering or computer science by interacting with engineers at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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

The application deadline is Nov. 2, 2012.

For additional information on the project and to apply online, visit http://has.aerospacescholars.org/.

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

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NASA’s Glenn Research Center’s High School Shadowing Project


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

The project provides high school students with an opportunity to explore career possibilities in a research and development environment while under the guidance of a NASA scientist, engineer, technician or administrative professional that serves as the student’s mentor. Students are provided information about various careers, career paths and Glenn Research Center educational resources and programs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NASA’s DEVELOP Program — 2013 Spring and Summer Sessions


DEVELOP is a NASA Science Mission Directorate Applied Sciences-sponsored internship that fosters the training and development of students in the Earth sciences. The DEVELOP Program extends the application of NASA Earth science research and technology to meet societal needs.

S
tudents conduct projects that focus on the practical application of NASA’s Earth science research and demonstrate how results can benefit partner organizations and local communities. Advisors and mentors, from NASA and partner institutions, provide guidance and support for the program. Students gain experience using NASA science and technology in a professional setting.

Students from high school through doctoral levels are selected through a competitive application process. Students chosen by DEVELOP work on teams onsite at 13 locations in North America. Activities are conducted during three 10-week terms per year: spring, summer and fall. To apply to a DEVELOP center at a NASA location, applicants must be a citizen of the U.S. However, international students currently registered at an accredited school in the U.S. are eligible to apply to DEVELOP regional locations. International applicants must already have a visa that permits them to work in the U.S.

Applications for the spring 2013 session are due Nov. 15, 2012. Summer 2013 applications are due Feb. 4, 2013.

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

Questions about the DEVELOP Program should be directed by email to NASA-DL-DEVELOP@mail.nasa.gov or by telephone to 757-864-3761.

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2012-2013 Real World Design Challenge

The Real World Design Challenge is an annual U.S. competition that gives students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to work on real-world engineering challenges in a team environment. This year, NASA is teaming up with other RWDC partners on the Aviation Challenge. This challenge invites students to design an unmanned aerial system to help locate a lost child.

Participating schools receive real engineering software and partner with mentors who are professional engineers. The contest provides students with opportunities to apply the lessons of the classroom to real technical problems.

The deadline for team registration is Nov. 16, 2012. Entries must be submitted by Jan. 18, 2013.

For more information about the challenge, visit http://www.realworlddesignchallenge.org.

Questions about the Real World Design Challenge should be directed to Ralph Coppola at
rcoppola@ptc.com.

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2013 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships


NASA is seeking applications from current and prospective graduate students for the agency’s third class of Space Technology Research Fellows. Applications will be accepted from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing or planning to pursue master’s  or doctoral degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at their respective institutions beginning in fall 2013.

The fellowships will sponsor U.S. graduate student researchers who show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s strategic goals and mission in the area of space technology. NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist and the Space Technology Program sponsor the fellowships with the goal of providing the nation a pipeline of highly skilled engineers and technologists to improve America’s technological competitiveness. Fellows will perform innovative space technology research today while building the skills necessary to become future technological leaders.

The deadline for submitting applications is Dec. 4, 2012.

For more information on the fellowships, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/offices/oct/stp/strg/nstrf13.html and https://www.nasa.gov/offices/oct/stp/strg/nstrf13_video.html.

All material related to this fellowship opportunity, including eligibility requirements and detailed instructions on how to submit an application, may be accessed from
http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7b67565659-36F8-8888-A19E-6DC271DA6ED5%7d&path=open.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Claudia Meyer at hq-nstrf-call@mail.nasa.gov.

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2013 RASC-AL Robo-Ops Competition

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace announce the 2013 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage Exploration Robo-Ops, also known as RASC-AL Robo-Ops, competition. This design competition is aimed at university-level engineering students.

The RASC-AL Robo-Ops contest challenges participants to build a planetary rover prototype and demonstrate its capabilities in field tests at NASA’s Johnson Space Center’s, or JSC’s, Rock Yard. Up to three members of the team (plus the faculty advisor) may travel to JSC for the onsite testing. The remaining team members will stay behind at the local university to conduct mission control tasks. The prototype rovers will be tele-operated by the university-based team members and must negotiate a series of obstacles while accomplishing a variety of tasks. The only information available to the rover controller to perform the required tasks will be information transmitted through onboard rover video camera(s) or other onboard sensors.

Teams will be required to do an education and outreach activity for their rovers that demonstrates participatory exploration approaches for future NASA missions.

Interested teams are encouraged to submit a notice of intent by Nov. 18, 2012, and teams must submit a project plan for their proposed project by Dec. 19, 2012. The RASC-AL Robo-Ops Steering Committee of NASA experts will evaluate the project plans and select as many as eight teams to compete against each other at the Rock Yard in June 2013.

The RASC-AL competition is open to full-time undergraduate or graduate students majoring in engineering or science at an accredited university. University design teams must include one faculty or industry advisor with a university affiliation and two or more undergraduate or graduate students. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

For more information about this competition, visit
http://www.nianet.org/RoboOps-2013/index.aspx.

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

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2013 NASA High-Altitude Student Platform Opportunity

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

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

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

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

The deadline for applications is Dec. 14, 2012.

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

Questions about the High-Altitude Student Platform opportunity should be directed to T. Gregory Guzik at
guzik@phunds.phys.lsu.edu.

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2013 RASC-AL Lunar Wheel Design Challenge

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace announce the 2013 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkage, or RASC-AL, Lunar Wheel Design Challenge. The challenge is aimed at multidisciplinary teams of university-level engineering students.

The RASC-AL Lunar Wheel Design Challenge invites student teams to design and build a lunar wheel prototype and demonstrate its capabilities while mounted on a utility vehicle during the “Roll-Off” (field tests at NASA’s Johnson Space Center’s Rock Yard) in July 2013. Teams are challenged with developing a wheel that needs little maintenance, can travel at higher speeds needed for human rovers and can withstand several years of harsh temperature swings, abrasive regolith, intense sun radiation and lack of an Earth-like atmosphere.

In addition to the field tests, teams will present their wheel concepts to a design review panel comprising Space Exploration Vehicle, or SEV, engineers. Presentations will be based on each team’s technical paper that details the wheel concept’s path-to-flight (i.e., how the design can be applied to actual planetary exploration on an SEV).

Interested teams are encouraged to submit a notice of intent by Nov. 18, 2012, and teams must submit a project plan proposal by Dec. 16, 2012. Based on a review of each team’s proposal, up to eight teams will be selected to compete at the “Roll-Off” in July 2013.

The challenge
is open to full-time undergraduate or graduate students majoring in engineering or science at an accredited university. University design teams must include one faculty or industry advisor with a university affiliation and two or more undergraduate or graduate students.

For more information about this competition, visit
https://www.nianet.org/RASCAL-wheeldesign2012/index.aspx.

If you have questions about this competition, please contact Shannon Verstynen at
shannon.verstynen@nianet.org or Shelley Spears at shelley.spears@nianet.org
.

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National Space Biomedical Research Institute Summer Internship Program

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

Applicants are asked to submit a curriculum vitae or resume, a letter of interest, two letters of recommendation, and college transcripts. Applicants must be available from May 27 through Aug. 2, 2013.The program is open to U.S. citizens.

Applications for the 2013 program are due Dec. 31, 2012.

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


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

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

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

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

The spring 2013 course begins on Jan. 14, 2013.

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

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


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New Module Available from NASA’s Digital Learning Network: Digital Badges

NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, is excited to offer a unique opportunity to learn about a new innovative teaching tool called a digital badge. A digital badge is an ‘official’ file, that when awarded, contains all the hidden information about that achievement and who won it. This file can then be shared and posted.

When the Mars Curiosity Rover landed successfully on Aug. 5, 2012, Web surfers were introduced to the chance to win the first pilot Starlite Digital Badge developed in conjunction with NASA. By interacting with a brand-new type of 3D content, visitors have a chance to join in the excitement by testing a game that mimics some of the exciting new rover’s capabilities. In this interactive, game-based activity, players locate sedimentary rocks on a simulated Mars landscape and activate the rover’s drill in search of evidence for past life. The game emphasizes advanced interactivity with robotics, science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

During your event, the Digital Learning Network will give an overview of the Mars Curiosity Activity and provide additional information regarding digital badges for lifelong learning.

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

To try out the Mars Curiosity Activity and see the Curiosity badge in action, visit
http://www.starlitebadges.com/
.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Bob Starr at
robert.m.starr@nasa.gov.


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

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

NASA Education Express — Oct. 18, 2012

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

Solar System Exploration @ 50 Symposium
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Registration Deadline: Oct. 19, 2012
Symposium Dates: Oct. 25-26, 2012

Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Oct. 20, 2012

NASA University Research Centers Virtual Poster Session and Symposium
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Event Dates: Oct. 24-31 and Nov. 8, 2012

Live Video Chat:
Multiple Teams Make the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle
Audience: Grades 7-12
Event Date: Oct. 24, 2012, 1 p.m. EDT

2012 Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest

Audience: 5-12 Students

Entry Deadline: Oct. 24, 2012, 3 p.m. EDT

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

Pythagorean Theorem: Exploring Space Through Math — Lunar Rover Web Seminar
Audience: 8-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 24, 2012, 6:30 p.m. EDT

2013 NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program

Audience: Higher Education Educators & Students

Proposal Deadline: Oct. 24, 2012

Meteorology: How Clouds Form Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 25, 2012, 7:30 p.m. EDT

NASA History Program Office Spring and Summer 2013 Internships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Spring 2013 Application Deadline: Oct. 30, 2012
Summer 2013 Application Deadline: Feb. 4, 2013


Deadline Extended: 2012 Humans in Space Youth Art Competition
Audience: K-12 Students

New Deadline: Nov. 15, 2012

2013-14 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship
Audience: K-12 STEM Educators
Application Deadline: Dec. 5, 2012

RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge
Audience: 8-12 Educators and Students
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2013

NASA’s REEL Science Communication Contest

Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2013


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Solar System Exploration @ 50 Symposium

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first successful planetary mission, Mariner 2 sent to Venus, the NASA History Program Office, NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Division of Space History at the National Air and Space Museum are hosting a two-day symposium on the history of planetary exploration. This historical symposium will be held in Arlington, Va., on Oct. 25-26, 2012.

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

The event is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is required. Registration closes on Oct. 19, 2012.

For those unable to attend in person, the symposium will be webcast live, and you can follow along on social media with the hashtag #Planets50.


For more information, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/topics/history/features/SSEat50.html.


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Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

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

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

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

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


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

For more information about the Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series and to see a full schedule of upcoming lectures, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/lectures/stars/index.cfm.

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

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

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NASA University Research Centers Virtual Poster Session and Symposium

NASA University Research Centers, or URC, is hosting a Virtual Poster Session and Symposium at the end of October and the beginning of November. These events will highlight talented students within the NASA URC program and their recent experiences as interns or co-ops at NASA.

During the session taking place Oct. 24-31, 2012, students will present virtual poster presentations of the research that was conducted during their internship or co-op. During the session, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, exchange information and ideas, and interact with students and other event participants via the Facebook social network. A panel of NASA subject matter experts will review and score the poster presentations.

Top finalists will give oral presentations of their research during a virtual symposium on Nov. 8, 2012.

To learn more about the NASA URC Virtual Poster Session and Symposium, visit
http://www.earthzine.org/nasa-urc-fall-2012-vpss/
.

Questions about this event should be emailed to Daesha Roberts at
daesha.d.roberts@nasa.gov.

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Live Video Chat: Multiple Teams Make the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle

NASA Explorer Schools is offering students in grades 7-12 an opportunity to ask questions of Nicole Smith, an aerospace engineer on the Orion crew and service module project. Join the video chat on Oct. 24, 2012, from 1 – 2 p.m. EDT to ask Smith questions about the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, America’s new spacecraft for human exploration. She also will address the importance of teamwork and her career as an aerospace engineer.

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


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/nicole-smith-chat.html.

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


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2012 Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest

The Cassini Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying Saturn. Participants examine three possible observations taken by Cassini and choose the one they think will yield the best scientific results. Students then write an essay under 500 words explaining their choice. Winners will participate in a teleconference with Cassini scientists.

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

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

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

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

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

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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

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

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

Here an Earth, There an Earth, Everywhere an Earth: The Kepler Telescope Search for Habitable Planets Beyond Our Solar System (Grades 6-12)
Oct. 25, 2012, 5 – 6 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will discuss NASA’s Kepler telescope and its search for Earth-like planets orbiting other stars. Participants will learn how to use Johannes Kepler’s Third Law and actual Kepler telescope data to construct graphs to record and interpret data that determines if a planet orbiting a star in another solar system is a possible candidate to support life.

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


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

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


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Pythagorean Theorem: Exploring Space Through Math — Lunar Rover Web Seminar

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Oct. 24, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn to use the distance formula and the Pythagorean theorem to determine the minimal path and minimal time for a lunar rover to perform tasks on the surface of the moon. Participants should have a basic knowledge of scale factor and application of the Pythagorean theorem. Having access to a calculator is helpful but not necessary for session.

Seminar participants will be given an overview of the lesson and a look at where it fits in the mathematics curriculum, including an alignment to the Common Core Standards for mathematics.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar9.aspx.

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

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

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2013 NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program

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

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

Proposals are due Oct. 24, 2012.

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

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

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

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

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Meteorology: How Clouds Form Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a free 90-minute Web seminar on Oct. 25, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. EDT. Learn about the relationships between air pressure, temperature, volume and cloud formation. Get an overview of the necessary conditions for cloud formation and then see how to make a cloud in a bottle. Information will be provided about an extension activity, the S’COOL Project, which involves student participation in authentic science.

For more information and to register online, visit URL http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar10.aspx.

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

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

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NASA History Program Office Spring and Summer 2013 Internships

The NASA History Program Office is seeking undergraduate and graduate students for spring and summer 2013 internships. The History Program Office maintains archival materials to answer research questions from NASA personnel, journalists, scholars, students at all levels and others from around the world. The division also edits and publishes several books and monographs each year. It maintains a large number of websites on NASA history.

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

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


Applications for spring 2013 internships are due Oct. 30, 2012. Summer 2013 internship applications are due Feb. 4, 2013.

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

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


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Deadline Extended: 2012 Humans in Space Youth Art Competition

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

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

Winning art will be showcased at displays and multimedia performances worldwide from 2013 to 2014, as well as in an online gallery. Submissions must be received by Nov. 15, 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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2013-14 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship

Applications are currently available for the 2013-14 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program. This program is open to current public or private elementary and secondary mathematics, technology, engineering and science classroom teachers with demonstrated excellence in teaching. Applications are due Dec. 5, 2012.

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

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

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

Inquiries about the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program should be directed to Brian O’Donnell at
Brian.O’Donnell@science.doe.gov.


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RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge

The RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge encourages students in grades 8-12 to explore and build skills essential for successful careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through two phases of project-based learning and team competition.

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

RealWorld Phase ends: Jan. 31, 2013. To be considered to move to the InWorld phase, all RealWorld work must be submitted by this deadline.

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

InWorld Phase begins: Feb. 9, 2013.
InWorld Phase ends: April 26, 2013.

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

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


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NASA’s REEL Science Communication Contest

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

Students are consuming over 10 hours of media each day, and video is increasingly important to reach and engage this audience about science. NASA earth science missions are kicking off a new video contest challenging high school students to produce a two-minute video for middle school students. The videos should focus on one of three topics: Ozone in the Stratosphere, Ship Tracks and Our Environment, or The Water of the Water Planet.

Winning videos will be posted on NASA’s website. Winners will also get the opportunity to be a NASA producer working with NASA scientists and communication experts in July 2013 to produce an earth science feature video.

The deadline for submitting videos is Feb. 15, 2013.

For more information and instructions for submitting a video, visit
http://aura.gsfc.nasa.gov/reelscience
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Questions about this contest should be emailed to Ginger Butcher at
ginger.butcher-1@nasa.gov.


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

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

NASA Education Express — Oct. 11, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deadline Approaching: Earth Science Week Contests

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

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

NASA Releases Interactive Space Communications Mobile Game App

Audience: All Educators and Grade 5-Higher Education Students


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

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a free 90-minute professional development Web seminar for educators on Oct. 11, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn how forces and motion are used in boomerang design to increase performance. During the session, participants will be introduced to the Boomerang Design Challenge and learn how to incorporate this activity into science classes. The seminar also includes information about two unique extensions. In the first, students access a free computer simulation illustrating the airflow around an airfoil to determine the correct flow equation, and a second extension uses an interactive simulation to determine the airflow around various shapes of airfoils.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar6.aspx.

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

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


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Celebrate Earth Science Week 2012

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

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

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

The current schedule of Earth Science Week events includes:

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

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

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

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

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


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Celebrate Solar Week — Fall 2012

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

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

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

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


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

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Oct. 16, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn how to incorporate rocketry into your teaching repertoire. During this seminar, participants will get an overview of an activity from NASA’s “Rockets Educator Guide” that addresses forces and motion, center of mass and center of pressure. This seminar provides an overview of the activity, explores the NASA connections, shares tips and tricks for implementing this lesson in the classroom, showcases videos of students engaged in the lesson and discusses possible modifications or extensions.

This seminar will be repeated on April 23, 2013.

For more information and to register online, visit
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar7.aspx.

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

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


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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

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

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

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

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


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

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


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Linear Equations: NASA CONNECT — Breaking Barriers Web Seminar

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

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

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar8.aspx.

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

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

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Deadline Approaching: Earth Science Week Contests for 2012

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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2012 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Video Contest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NASA Releases Interactive Space Communications Mobile Game App

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NASA Education Express Message — Oct. 4, 2012

Celebrate World Space Week With NASA

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Celebrate World Space Week With NASA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Celebrate World Space Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Electromagnetic Spectrum: Remote Sensing Ices on Mars Web Seminar

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

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar4.aspx.

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

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

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Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Engineering Design Process: On the Moon Educator Guide Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar on Oct. 10, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. EDT. This seminar showcases two lessons from the “On the Moon” educator guide: “On Target” and “Feel the Heat.” Learn how to use the engineering design process to challenge students to solve problems related to exploring the moon. This session will fully prepare you to implement these activities in your classroom.

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

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

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

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Space Station Expedition Webcasts

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

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

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

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

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

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a free 90-minute professional development Web seminar for educators on Oct. 11, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn how forces and motion are used in boomerang design to increase performance. During the session, participants will be introduced to the Boomerang Design Challenge and learn how to incorporate this activity into science classes. The seminar also includes information about two unique extensions. In the first, students access a free computer simulation illustrating the airflow around an airfoil to determine the correct flow equation, and a second extension uses an interactive simulation to determine the airflow around various shapes of airfoils.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar6.aspx.

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

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

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Celebrate Earth Science Week 2012

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

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

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

The current schedule of Earth Science Week events includes:

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

Coming soon:
TBA — Reddit Interview with JetPropulsion Laboratory scientist

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

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

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

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

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New Education Website on Space Life Sciences

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

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

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Now Available Online: Smart Skies Training Videos

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

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

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

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

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

NASA Education Express — Sept. 27, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FreeEducation Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Solar System Ambassadors Program AcceptingApplications

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

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

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

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

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

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2012-2013 National Student Solar SpectrographCompetition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Engineering Design Challenge: Water Filtration WebSeminar

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

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

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

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

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

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ElectromagneticSpectrum: Remote Sensing Ices on Mars Web Seminar

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

For more information and to registeronline, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar4.aspx.

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

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

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Celebrate World Space Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2013Texas High School Aerospace Scholars

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

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

The application deadline is Nov. 2, 2012.

For additional information on the project and to apply online, visit http://has.aerospacescholars.org/.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NASA Education Express — Sept. 20, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Discovery Dome Loaner Program
Audience: Informal Educators and Museum Curators

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FreeEducation Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“CuriosityHas Landed in Your Classroom” Educator Conference

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

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

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

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

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

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Live Video Chat: Lifeas an Astronaut

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2012 Gregory G. Leptoukh Online GiovanniWorkshop

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

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

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

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

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Solar System Ambassadors Program AcceptingApplications

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

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

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

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

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

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2012-2013 National Student Solar SpectrographCompetition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2013 RASC-AL Competition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New DIY Podcast Module Available — Failure Prevention

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New NASA iPad Magazine “Space PlacePrime” Now Available

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

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

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

iPad is a registered trademarks of Apple Inc.

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Have a Blast Learning About the Moon With NewSelene Video Game

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

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

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

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

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DiscoveryDome Loaner Program

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit NASA Education on the Web:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NASA Education Express — Sept. 13, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“A Century of Women in Aerospace” Family Day

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

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

The event is free and open to the public.

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

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

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FreeEducation Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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AlgebraicEquations: Transit Tracks — Finding Habitable Planets WebSeminar

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

For more information and to registeronline, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar2.aspx.

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

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

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“CuriosityHas Landed in Your Classroom” Educator Conference

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

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

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

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

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

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Celebrate World Space Week

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

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

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

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

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FreeSmithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2012Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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NameThat Asteroid Contest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fall2013 NASA Aeronautics Scholarships

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

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

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

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

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

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Registration Open for NASA Explorer SchoolsProject

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

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

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

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

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ExpandedOffer for Space Shuttle Tiles and Food

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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DOWNLOADNOW: ‘Museum in a Box’ Flight Science Lessons

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NASA Education Express — Sept. 6, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NASA’s Science MissionDirectorate Education Professional Development Survey

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

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

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

http://bit.ly/NASAscienceteacher

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

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

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

Lindsay Bartolone, AdlerPlanetarium
Astrophysics Forum

Ruth Paglierani, Universityof California, Berkeley
Heliophysics Forum

Sheri Klug Boonstra,Arizona State University
Planetary Science Forum

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

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YouTube Space Lab Live Broadcast of SpaceExperiments

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

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

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

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

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

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Newton’sLaws of Motion: Lunar Nautics Web Seminar

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

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar1.aspx

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2013Alan Shepard Technology in Education Awards

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

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

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

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

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

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