NASA Education Express — August 16, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

________________________________________________________________

OnlineClimate Research Applications Course

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

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

Applications are due Aug. 20, 2012.

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

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

________________________________________________________________

GLOBEStudent Climate Research Campaign Phase 2 Webinar

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

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

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

________________________________________________________________

2012 Humans in SpaceYouth Art Competition

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

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

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

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

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

________________________________________________________________

NASA Announces Next Opportunity for CubeSatSpace Missions

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

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

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

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

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

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

________________________________________________________________

New Educational Materials Available at NASA.gov

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

Microgravity Square Bookmark — Grades K-12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

________________________________________________________________

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.

________________________________________________________________

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

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


NASA Education Express — August 9, 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 Through August 2012

NASA Office ofEducation Solicits Proposals for the NASA Experimental Program to StimulateCompetitive Research, or EPSCoR
Audience: Higher Education Institutions inEligible States
Proposal Deadline: Aug. 14, 2012

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event– Radiation Belt Storm Probes
Audience: Grades 5-12
Event Date: Aug. 16, 2012, 1 – 2 p.m. EDT

Online Climate Research ApplicationsCourse
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: Aug. 20, 2012

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

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

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

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

________________________________________________________________

Free Education Webinar Series from the AerospaceEducation Services Project

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

Exploring Our Earth From Above (Grades 4-12)
Aug. 9, 2012, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will integrate science,technology, engineering, mathematics and geography, or STEM-G, with Earthobservations, remote sensing and maps. NASA curriculum products, missions andother resources will be utilized to demonstrate an inquiry-based teachingstrategy to better understand Earth and the processes that shape it.

Kepler Mission: Searching for Earth-like Planets (Grades 6-12)
Aug. 13, 2012, 7:30 – 8:45 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will discuss NASA’s KeplerMission.  Kepler has been in space forthree years searching for planets that are orbiting stars in the Milky Waygalaxy. Participants will learn how transits are used to find planets and determinetheir sizes and distances from the stars they orbit.

Living and Working in Space (Grades K-5)
Aug. 16, 2012, 10 – 11 a.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Wil Robertson will introduce teachers to someof the obstacles humans face while traveling in space. The webinar will reviewthe major difficulties and concerns of adapting to the space environment, fromeveryday living and personal hygiene to safety.

“Flying to Mars… In an Airplane?” (Grades 3-9)
Aug. 16, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Brian Hawkins will present anoverview of the Mars Science Laboratory mission with its Curiosity rover and explorethe proposed Aerial Regional-Scale Environmental Survey of Mars, or ARES,mission. ARES is also known as the Mars Airplane. Two hands-on activities willbe demonstrated during this session.

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

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

________________________________________________________________

NASA Office of Education Solicits Proposals forthe NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR

The National Aeronautics and SpaceAdministration (NASA) Office of Education, in cooperation with NASA’sAeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), Human Exploration &Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD), and Science Mission Directorates (SMD),the Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT), and NASA’s ten Centers, solicitsproposals for the NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research(EPSCoR). Each funded NASA EPSCoR proposal is expected to establish researchactivities that will make significant contributions to the strategic researchand technology development priorities of one or more of the Mission Directoratesor the OCT and contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science andtechnology capabilities, higher education, and economic development of thejurisdiction. Proposals are due on Aug.14, 2012.

Public Law 102-588, passed in 1992, authorizedNASA to initiate NASA EPSCoR to strengthen the research capability ofjurisdictions that have not in the past participated equably in competitiveaerospace research activities. The goal of NASA EPSCoR is to provide seedfunding that will enable jurisdictions to develop an academic researchenterprise directed toward long-term, self-sustaining, nationally-competitivecapabilities in aerospace and aerospace-related research. This capability will,in turn, contribute to the jurisdiction’s economic viability and expand thenation’s base for aerospace research and development. Since its inception, NASAEPSCoR has been closely linked to the National Space Grant College andFellowship Program (Space Grant).

While proposals can be accepted only frominstitutions for which the NASA EPSCoR Directors are currently serving, allinstitutions of higher education within the jurisdiction should be given theopportunity and must be made aware of the FY 2012 NASA EPSCoR CAN. The NationalScience Foundation (NSF) determines overall jurisdiction eligibility for NASAEPSCoR.

Details regarding general eligibility areavailable athttp://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/programs/epscor/eligible.jsp.

The following jurisdictions are eligible tosubmit up to two proposals that must be submitted through the jurisdiction PIto this NASA EPSCoR solicitation: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii,Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana,Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, PuertoRico, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, andWyoming.

South Carolina may submit up to three proposals,provided at least one of the proposals represents a project from the U.S.Virgin Islands (which currently falls under South Carolina’s jurisdiction).

For more information, visit http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={36283FDE-A756-ED4D-426B-A7C0EA1FD9A3}&path=open.

________________________________________________________________

NASA’sDigital Learning Network Event — Radiation Belt Storm Probes

Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, host hosts Joshua Santora andRachel Power for a live interactive education event on Aug. 16, 2012, at 1 p.m. EDT to discuss the Radiation Belt StormProbes, or RBSP, project. Understanding the radiation belt environment and itsvariability has extremely important practical applications in the areas ofspacecraft operations, spacecraft and spacecraft system design, missionplanning and astronaut safety. Interact with RBSP Deputy Project ScientistNicky Fox during this live webcast.

For more information and to take part in the webcast, visit the DLN website at http://dln.nasa.gov.

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

________________________________________________________________

OnlineClimate Research Applications Course

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

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

Applications are due Aug. 20, 2012.

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

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

________________________________________________________________

GLOBEStudent Climate Research Campaign Phase 2 Webinar

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

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

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

________________________________________________________________

2012-2013 NASA’s University Student Launch Initiative

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

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

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

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

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

________________________________________________________________

Becomea NASA Galileo Educator Network Fellow

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

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

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

Applications are due Aug. 31,2012.

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

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

________________________________________________________________

MinoritiesStriving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success in Earth System Science

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

________________________________________________________________

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

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

NASA Education Express — August 2, 2012

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

Celebrate the Landing of the Mars Curiosity Rover
Audience: All Educators and Students
Landing Date: Aug. 5-6, 2012

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

Satellites & Education Conference XXV
Audience: All Educators

Event Date: Aug. 9-11, 2012

NASA Office of Education Solicits Proposals for the NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR

Audience: Higher Education Institutions in Eligible States
Proposal Deadline: Aug. 14, 2012

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

________________________________________________________________

Celebrate the Landing of the Mars Curiosity Rover

In a few weeks, NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity is set to land on Mars. What will this rover do? Curiosity will look for things that sustain life: signs of long-term water in the past or present and the right chemical ingredients for life (e.g., carbon-based molecules, the chemical building blocks of life). Use this historic occasion to introduce current real-world science and engineering to your students.

Curiosity is scheduled to land on Mars at 1:31 a.m. EDT on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. (That’s 10:31 p.m. PDT, Sunday, Aug. 5.) That evening, Mars will be visible in the night sky with a telescope or with the naked eye. Take this opportunity to host a Mars-gazing party! Just after sunset, Mars will be roughly 150 million miles away from Earth, and the Curiosity Rover will be only hours away from arriving to this distant orange dot in the night sky. Submit your events to https://www.nasa.gov/mars.

— Looking for activities to get students excited about the upcoming landing? A number of short, hands-on activities relating to the mission are available at http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/participate/marsforeducators/soi/.

— For a basic overview of the Red Planet, visit the following websites:

Basic Information on Mars
http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm?Object=Mars

Mars Image Collection
http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/images/

3-D Images of Mars
http://mars3d.jpl.nasa.gov/

— Want to know more about the area where the Curiosity rover will be landing on Mars? Visit the following websites to learn more about Gale Crater.

Destination Gale Crater: August 5, 2012 at 10:31 pm PDT
http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/images/?ImageID=3852

Gale’s Mount Sharp Compared to Three Big Mountains on Earth
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/multimedia/pia15292-Fig2.html

National Parks as Mars Analog Sites
http://www.nps.gov/deva/parknews/mars-and-mojave.htm

— The Curiosity rover will landing using a bold new landing technique. Check out the “Seven Minutes of Terror” video at the link below to see how rockets, parachutes and a “sky crane” will help Curiosity make a soft landing on Mars.
http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/videos/index.cfm?v=49

— Live media coverage of the Curiosity landing begins at midnight EDT (9 p.m. PDT) on NASA TV. To find NASA TV on your local cable provider, or to view the coverage online, visit https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv.

— Curiosity also has a presence on Twitter and Facebook.
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/marscuriosity
Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/marscuriosity

For up-to-the-minute mission information about the Curiosity rover and progress toward its Mars landing, visit https://www.nasa.gov/mars and http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov.

________________________________________________________________

Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of free webinars throughout July 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.

Exploring Our Earth From Above (Grades 4-12)
Aug. 9, 2012, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will integrate science, technology, engineering, mathematics and geography, or STEM-G, with Earth observations, remote sensing and maps. NASA curriculum products, missions and other resources will be utilized to demonstrate an inquiry-based teaching strategy to better understand Earth and the processes that shape it.

Kepler Mission: Searching for Earth-like Planets (Grades 6-12)
Aug. 13, 2012, 7:30 – 8:45 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will discuss NASA’s Kepler Mission.  Kepler has been in space for three years searching for planets that are orbiting stars in the Milky Way galaxy. Participants will learn how transits are used to find planets and determine their sizes and distances from the stars they orbit.

Living and Working in Space (Grades K-5)
Aug. 16, 2012, 10 – 11 a.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Wil Robertson will introduce teachers to some of the obstacles humans face while traveling in space. The webinar will review the major difficulties and concerns of adapting to the space environment, from everyday living and personal hygiene to safety.

“Flying to Mars… In an Airplane?” (Grades 3-9)
Aug. 16, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Brian Hawkins will present an overview of the Mars Science Laboratory mission with its Curiosity rover and explore the proposed Aerial Regional-Scale Environmental Survey of Mars, or ARES, mission. ARES is also known as the Mars Airplane. Two hands-on activities will be demonstrated during this session.



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

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

________________________________________________________________

Satellites & Education Conference XXV

Join the Satellite Educators Association for an education conference being held Aug. 9-11, 2012, in Los Angeles, Calif. The annual conference is for educators interested in discovering ways to use satellites and related technologies in the classroom. Participants learn ways to help students appreciate and understand the complex interrelationships among science, technology, individuals, societies and the environment. Conference attendees learn to develop and apply inquiry and technology skills to study authentic questions and problems.

In conjunction with this year’s conference, a two-day training session for the GLOBE program will take place Aug. 10-11.

The conference is hosted by California State University, Los Angeles. The event is sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA, Aerospace Institute, Boeing, Raytheon, SpaceX, Lockheed-Martin, Sally Ride Science Festivals, Traveling Space Museum, Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence’s West location and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

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

If you have questions about this event, please contact conference coordinator Dr. Paula Arvedson at parveds@calstatela.edu.

________________________________________________________________

NASA Office of Education Solicits Proposals for the NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Office of Education, in cooperation with NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), Human Exploration & Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD), and Science Mission Directorates (SMD), the Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT), and NASA’s ten Centers, solicits proposals for the NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). Each funded NASA EPSCoR proposal is expected to establish research activities that will make significant contributions to the strategic research and technology development priorities of one or more of the Mission Directorates or the OCT and contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities, higher education, and economic development of the jurisdiction. Proposals are due on Aug. 14, 2012.

Public Law 102-588, passed in 1992, authorized NASA to initiate NASA EPSCoR to strengthen the research capability of jurisdictions that have not in the past participated equably in competitive aerospace research activities. The goal of NASA EPSCoR is to provide seed funding that will enable jurisdictions to develop an academic research enterprise directed toward long-term, self-sustaining, nationally-competitive capabilities in aerospace and aerospace-related research. This capability will, in turn, contribute to the jurisdiction’s economic viability and expand the nation’s base for aerospace research and development. Since its inception, NASA EPSCoR has been closely linked to the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program (Space Grant).

While proposals can be accepted only from institutions for which the NASA EPSCoR Directors are currently serving, all institutions of higher education within the jurisdiction should be given the opportunity and must be made aware of the FY 2012 NASA EPSCoR CAN. The National Science Foundation (NSF) determines overall jurisdiction eligibility for NASA EPSCoR.

Details regarding general eligibility are available at http://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/programs/epscor/eligible.jsp.

The following jurisdictions are eligible to submit up to two proposals that must be submitted through the jurisdiction PI to this NASA EPSCoR solicitation: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

South Carolina may submit up to three proposals, provided at least one of the proposals represents a project from the U.S. Virgin Islands (which currently falls under South Carolina’s jurisdiction).

For more information, visit http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={36283FDE-A756-ED4D-426B-A7C0EA1FD9A3}&path=open.

________________________________________________________________

Green Strides Webinar Series

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

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

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

________________________________________________________________

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 RECOMMENDS DISCONTINUATION OF STUDENT ROCKET ACTIVITY


Recently, an air pressurized paper rocket launcher being used by an educator failed. This launcher is described in NASA’s Rockets Educator Guide, publications EG-2011-11-223-KSC, pp. 86-90 and EG-2008-05-060-KSC, pp. 86-90. NASA completed an engineering investigation into the failure and determined that the launcher, or design equivalents, should not be used. NASA has removed the launcher design from its website and its education curriculum. Individuals and organizations should immediately discontinue use of the launcher published in the referenced NASA publications. The point of contact for additional information is James Stofan, Deputy Associate Administrator for Education Integration at nasaedpartners@nasa.gov. We request that your organization assist NASA in disseminating this information as widely as possible throughout the education community.


NASA Education Express — July 26, 2012

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

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

2012 Music and Astronomy Under the Stars Events

Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: Multiple dates July 28 – Oct. 26, 2012

NASA’s Mars Rover Curiosity Landing Educator Conference
Audience: All Educators

Event Date: Aug. 3-5, 2012

Celebrate the Landing of the Mars Curiosity Rover
Audience: All Educators and Students
Landing Date: Aug. 5-6, 2012

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2012
Audience: All Grade Levels
Event Date: Oct. 14-20, 2012

________________________________________________________________

Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of free webinars throughout July 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.

NASA Engineering Design Challenge: Can You Deliver? “Touchdown!” (Grades 5-10)
July 26, 2012, 7 – 8:15 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will share an activity that challenges students to safely deliver a cargo to the surface of Mars. This activity introduces students to the engineering design process, from brainstorming to writing a summary report. Given a particular set of materials, student teams design, build and test prototypes.

NASA Mathematics for Middle School (Grades 6-8)
July 27, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist John Weis will demonstrate NASA education products and resources related to mathematics. Materials discussed will cover graphing, ratios, simple algebraic manipulation and simple statistics. Lesson plans and strategies will be shared.


Putting NEON to Work for You, Part 2 (Grades K-12)
July 31, 2012, 7 – 8 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Anne Weiss explains how to use the NASA Educators Online Network, or NEON’s, most important feature: the interest groups. Participants will role-play several scenarios to find out how NEON’s various tools can be used to find NASA activities that align to state-specific standards.

Toys in Space (Grades 4-9)
Aug. 1, 2012, 11 a.m. -noon EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will share NASA’s Toys in Space videos and activities. In this program, astronauts took toys from around the world with them into space. Students predict, observe and record how the toys behave without the effects of Earth’s gravity, putting Newton’s Laws of Motion to the test. Participants will receive copies of the astronaut videos for use in the classroom.

Physics Resources for Secondary School (Grades 6-12)
Aug. 1, 2012, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist John Weis as he demonstrates simple activities and resources for teaching physics at middle and high school levels. Topics and resources covered will include Newton’s Laws of Motion, energy, light and gravity. Lesson plans and modification strategies will be discussed.

Exploring Our Earth From Above (Grades 4-12)
Aug. 2, 2012, 10 – 11 a.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will integrate science, technology, engineering, mathematics and geography, or STEM-G, with Earth observations, remote sensing and maps. NASA curriculum products, missions and other resources will be utilized to demonstrate an inquiry-based teaching strategy to better understand Earth and the processes that shape it.

Curiosity: Roving Mars (Grades 2-8)
Aug. 2, 2012, noon – 1 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Rick Varner will share an overview of the Mars Science Laboratory mission and its rover named Curiosity. Scheduled to land on Mars on Aug. 6, 2012, Curiosity is twice as big as rovers Spirit or Opportunity and weighs nearly a ton. The work the mission is designed to accomplish is equally large.

Exploring Our Earth From Above (Grades 4-12)
Aug. 9, 2012, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will integrate science, technology, engineering, mathematics and geography, or STEM-G, with Earth observations, remote sensing and maps. NASA curriculum products, missions and other resources will be utilized to demonstrate an inquiry-based teaching strategy to better understand Earth and the processes that shape it.

“Flying to Mars… In an Airplane?” (Grades 3-9)
Aug. 16, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Brian Hawkins will present an overview of the Mars Science Laboratory mission with its Curiosity rover and explore the proposed Aerial Regional-Scale Environmental Survey of Mars, or ARES, mission. ARES is also known as the Mars Airplane. Two hands-on activities will be demonstrated during this session.



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

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

________________________________________________________________

2012 Music and Astronomy Under the Stars Events

Join Dr. Donald Lubowich, coordinator of the Astronomy Outreach Program at Hofstra University, for a series of events bringing astronomy to the public. Concertgoers at several events this summer will get a glimpse of heavens along with their music.

This NASA-sponsored program will include optical and radio telescope observations of the Sun prior to the concerts. Observations of the moon, planets, multi-colored double stars, star clusters and nebulae will be featured at intermission and after the concerts. Videos, posters, hands-on activities and the sounds of the sun will also be available.

For more information and to see a full schedule of events, visit http://www.hofstra.edu/Academics/Colleges/HCLAS/PHYSIC/physic_underthestars.html.

________________________________________________________________

NASA’s Mars Rover Curiosity Landing Educator Conference

Bring “Curiosity” Into Your Classroom! Join in the historic landing of NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity at Gale Crater Aug.3-5, 2012, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. Bring the excitement of Mars exploration to your classroom with standards-aligned, STEM-based, hands-on activities and take home image-rich learning materials. Mission team members will share their stories, and you can see mission control, rover test beds and more. Then, view Curiosity’s anticipated landing at 10:31 p.m., Aug. 5.

For more information and to register, go to: http://marsed.asu.edu/curiosity.


________________________________________________________________

Celebrate the Landing of the Mars Curiosity Rover

In a few weeks, NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity is set to land on Mars. What will this rover do? Curiosity will look for things that sustain life: signs of long-term water in the past or present and the right chemical ingredients for life (e.g., carbon-based molecules, the chemical building blocks of life). Use this historic occasion to introduce current real-world science and engineering to your students.

Curiosity is scheduled to land on Mars at 1:31 a.m. EDT on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. (That’s 10:31 p.m. PDT, Sunday, Aug. 5.) That evening, Mars will be visible in the night sky with a telescope or with the naked eye. Take this opportunity to host a Mars-gazing party! Just after sunset, Mars will be roughly 150 million miles away from Earth, and the Curiosity Rover will be only hours away from arriving to this distant orange dot in the night sky. Submit your events to https://www.nasa.gov/mars.

— Looking for activities to get students excited about the upcoming landing? A number of short, hands-on activities relating to the mission are available at http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/participate/marsforeducators/soi/.

— For a basic overview of the Red Planet, visit the following websites:

Basic Information on Mars
http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm?Object=Mars

Mars Image Collection
http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/images/

3-D Images of Mars
http://mars3d.jpl.nasa.gov/

— Want to know more about the area where the Curiosity rover will be landing on Mars? Visit the following websites to learn more about Gale Crater.

Destination Gale Crater: August 5, 2012 at 10:31 pm PDT
http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/images/?ImageID=3852

Gale’s Mount Sharp Compared to Three Big Mountains on Earth
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/multimedia/pia15292-Fig2.html

National Parks as Mars Analog Sites
http://www.nps.gov/deva/parknews/mars-and-mojave.htm

— The Curiosity rover will landing using a bold new landing technique. Check out the “Seven Minutes of Terror” video at the link below to see how rockets, parachutes and a “sky crane” will help Curiosity make a soft landing on Mars.
http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/videos/index.cfm?v=49

— Live media coverage of the Curiosity landing begins at midnight EDT (9 p.m. PDT) on NASA TV. To find NASA TV on your local cable provider, or to view the coverage online, visit https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv.

— Curiosity also has a presence on Twitter and Facebook.
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/marscuriosity
Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/marscuriosity

For up-to-the-minute mission information about the Curiosity rover and progress toward its Mars landing, visit https://www.nasa.gov/mars and http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov.

________________________________________________________________

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2012

Discovering Careers in the Earth Sciences” is the theme of this year’s Earth Science Week, Oct. 14-20, 2012. The American Geosciences Institute hosts Earth Science Week annually in cooperation with various sponsors.

During Earth Science Week, educators are encouraged to bring some aspect of earth science into their classrooms, and to take their classrooms outside. Each year, local groups, educators and interested individuals organize celebratory events. Earth Science Week offers opportunities to discover the earth sciences and engage in responsible stewardship of the Earth.

To learn more about Earth Science Week, find activities in your area and to order an educator kit, visit http://www.earthsciweek.org/.

If you have any questions about this event, please email info@earthsciweek.org.

________________________________________________________________

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 — July 19, 2012

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

NASA’s DEVELOP Program — 2012 Fall Session
Audience: 9-12 and Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: July 23, 2012

Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators

Event Dates: Various Dates During July 2012

Problem Solving: Transportation and Space — Reuse and Recycle Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: July 25, 2012, 2 p.m. EDT

Celebrate the Landing of the Mars Curiosity Rover
Audience: All Educators and Students
Landing Date: Aug. 5-6, 2012

Earth Science Week Contests Announced for 2012
Audience: All Educators and Students
Deadline for Entries: Oct. 19, 2012

Opportunity to Publish Student Climate Research in Harvard University’s Journal of Emerging Investigators
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Notice of Intent Deadline: Nov. 30, 2012

Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Event Dates: Jan. 5-6, 2013


________________________________________________________________

NASA’s DEVELOP Program — 2012 Fall Session

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

Students 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 10 locations nationwide. 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 fall 2012 session are due July 23, 2012.

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.

________________________________________________________________

Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of free webinars throughout July 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.

Understanding Earth, Moon and Sun Connections (Grades K-12)
July 23, 2012, 2 – 3 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Sonya Williams will build on participants’ understanding of moon phases and the solar system to help them gain a better understanding of Earth, moon and sun connections. Participants will listen to a Native American/Western science story and take part in a hands-on activity.

Engineering Design Process Implementation (Grades K-12)
July 23, 2012, 6 – 7:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist John Weis will lead this webinar encouraging educators to share their experiences facilitating engineering design activities into their curriculum and assist them in creating an engineering design process activity within their specific content area.

Classroom Lunacy: Studying the Moon (Grades K-12 and Informal)
July 24, 2012, 10 – 11 a.m. EDT
Aerospace education Brandon Hargis will share NASA resources that will help participants develop lessons about the phenomena of moon phases and eclipses. Recent discoveries from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite missions will be shared during this activity.

Food for Thought (Grades 5-8)
July 24, 2012, 11 a.m. – noon EDT
Aerospace education Steve Culivan will share “Food for Thought,” a new NASA educator guide designed to explore space food and the nutritional needs of the astronauts. The guide includes a menu of inquiry activities and other resources to address this exciting topic.

Solar System Mission Exploration: Past, Present, Future (Grades 2-8)
July 24, 2012, 2 – 3 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Rick Varner will discuss the process through which NASA researchers design missions to collect data from distant worlds. The presentation will briefly discuss the current and future exploration missions in our solar system and provide an activity that simulates remote sensing and sample return missions using simple materials.

Applying the Engineering Design Process to STEM Topics (Grades K-12)
July 24, 2012, 6 – 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist John Weis will lead this webinar where educators will discuss implementing the engineering design process as a method of problem solving in subject areas other than engineering.

Get Ready for the Landing of the Curiosity Rover (Grades K-12 and Informal)
July 25, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
NASA’s newest Mars rover, Curiosity, is getting ready to land on Mars. Join aerospace education specialist Tom Estill to learn about Mars education resources available to formal and informal educators. Learn about Mars games, classroom activities, projects and e-learning opportunities, all to help you prepare for the upcoming Curiosity landing.

Living and Working in Space (Grades K-5)
July 26, 2012, 9 – 10 a.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Wil Robertson will introduce teachers to some of the obstacles humans face while traveling in space. The webinar will review the major difficulties and concerns of adapting to the space environment, from everyday living and personal hygiene to safety.

Our Solar System: A Model Overview (Grades 4-9)
July 26, 2012, 11 a.m. – noon EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will present NASA inquiry activities that demonstrate remote sensing and scale models to better visualize our sun, planets, asteroids and other objects as a whole system.

NASA Engineering Design Challenge: Can You Deliver? “Touchdown!” (Grades 5-10)
July 26, 2012, 7 – 8 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will share an activity that challenges students to safely deliver a cargo to the surface of Mars. This activity introduces students to the engineering design process, from brainstorming to writing a summary report. Given a particular set of materials, student teams design, build and test prototypes.

Putting NEON to Work for You, Part 2 (Grades K-12)
July 26, 2012, 9- 10 a.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Anne Weiss explains how to use the NASA Educators Online Network, or NEON’s, most important feature: the interest groups. Participants will role-play several scenarios to find out how NEON’s various tools can be used to find NASA activities that align to state-specific standards.


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

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

________________________________________________________________

Problem Solving: Transportation and Space – Reuse and Recycle Web Seminar

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on July 25, 2012, at 2 p.m. EDT.
During this seminar, background information about some of NASA’s abandoned space resources will provide a context for a technology-based classroom lesson whereby students conduct research on abandoned space materials and develop a business plan for a lunar colony.

The lesson encourages students to think about space exploration as an activity in which humans live off the land and use all available resources, whether natural or man-made.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar28.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.

________________________________________________________________

Celebrate the Landing of the Mars Curiosity Rover

In a few weeks, NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity is set to land on Mars. What will this rover do? Curiosity will look for things that sustain life: signs of long-term water in the past or present and the right chemical ingredients for life (e.g., carbon-based molecules, the chemical building blocks of life). Use this historic occasion to introduce current real-world science and engineering to your students.

Curiosity is scheduled to land on Mars at 1:31 a.m. EDT on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. (That’s 10:31 p.m. PDT, Sunday, Aug. 5.) That evening, Mars will be visible in the night sky with a telescope or with the naked eye. Take this opportunity to host a Mars-gazing party! Just after sunset, Mars will be roughly 150 million miles away from Earth, and the Curiosity Rover will be only hours away from arriving to this distant orange dot in the night sky. Submit your events to https://www.nasa.gov/mars.

— Looking for activities to get students excited about the upcoming landing? A number of short, hands-on activities relating to the mission are available at http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/participate/marsforeducators/soi/.

— For a basic overview of the Red Planet, visit the following websites:

Basic Information on Mars
http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm?Object=Mars

Mars Image Collection
http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/images/

3-D Images of Mars
http://mars3d.jpl.nasa.gov/

— Want to know more about the area where the Curiosity rover will be landing on Mars? Visit the following websites to learn more about Gale Crater.

Destination Gale Crater: August 5, 2012 at 10:31 pm PDT
http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/images/?ImageID=3852

Gale’s Mount Sharp Compared to Three Big Mountains on Earth
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/multimedia/pia15292-Fig2.html

National Parks as Mars Analog Sites
http://www.nps.gov/deva/parknews/mars-and-mojave.htm

— The Curiosity rover will landing using a bold new landing technique. Check out the “Seven Minutes of Terror” video at the link below to see how rockets, parachutes and a “sky crane” will help Curiosity make a soft landing on Mars.
http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/videos/index.cfm?v=49

— Live media coverage of the Curiosity landing begins at midnight EDT (9 p.m. PDT) on NASA TV. To find NASA TV on your local cable provider, or to view the coverage online, visit https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv.

— Curiosity also has a presence on Twitter and Facebook.
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/marscuriosity
Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/marscuriosity

For up-to-the-minute mission information about the Curiosity rover and progress toward its Mars landing, visit https://www.nasa.gov/mars and http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov.

________________________________________________________________

Earth Science Week Contests Announced 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.


________________________________________________________________

Opportunity to Publish Student Climate Research in Harvard University’s Journal of Emerging Investigators

Harvard University’s Journal of Emerging Investigators, or JEI, has formed a collaboration with the Institute for Earth Science Research and Education to publish a series of peer-reviewed, climate-related research papers authored by middle- and secondary-school students.

JEI
is an open-access peer-reviewed online journal whose mission is to encourage and publish authentic student research. In addition to standalone research papers, JEI also encourages students who are developing science fair projects to submit journal articles based on those projects. Guidelines for articles, including some practical suggestions for converting a science fair project into a journal article submission, can be found at www.instesre.org.

The initial deadline for an intent to submit a manuscript email is Nov. 30, 2012. For more information, including submission instructions and other deadlines, please contact David Brooks at brooksdr@instesre.org.

________________________________________________________________

Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops

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

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

Jan. 5-6, 2013, 2012 — Long Beach, Calif.
Improving the College Introductory Courses Through Active Engagement: A Tier I (Introductory) Workshop

Jan. 6, 2012 — Long Beach, Calif.
NASA CAE Tier II (Advanced) Special Topics Workshop: Using Technology in the Classroom

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

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

________________________________________________________________

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 — July 12, 2012

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

Mars Day! 2012 at the National Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: July 13, 2012

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

2012 Music and Astronomy Under the Stars Events

Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: Multiple dates July 14 – Oct. 26, 2012

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Ready for Launch!
Audience: Grades 5-12
Event Date: July 16, 2012, 1 – 2.:30 p.m. EDT

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

Event Dates: July 17-18, 2012

SpaceFest: Teacher Professional Development Event
Audience: All Educators
Registration Deadline: July 17, 2012
Event Date:
July 20, 2012

Algebraic Skeletal System: Human Physiology in Space Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: July 19, 2012, 11 a.m. EDT

NASA’s DEVELOP Program — 2012 Fall Session

Audience: 9-12 and Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: July 23, 2012

Have a Blast Learning About the Moon With New Selene Video Game
Audience: All Educators and Grade 5-Higher Education Students

________________________________________________________________

Mars Day! 2012 at the National Air and Space Museum

Mars Day! is an annual National Air and Space Museum event that celebrates the Red Planet with educational and fun family activities. Visitors can take part in a variety of activities, see a real meteorite that came from Mars, talk to scientists active in Mars research and learn about current and future missions.

Mars Day! 2012 will take place on Friday, July 13, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/marsday/.

Questions about this event should be directed to the Visitor Service line at 202-633-1000.

________________________________________________________________

Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of free webinars throughout July 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.

Looking at the Sun (Grades 2-8)
July 13, 2012, 3 – 4 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Rick Varner will present sun-Earth-moon models that help to explain the phases of the moon, and both lunar and solar eclipses. Additionally, the activity Kinesthetic Astronomy will be introduced for its explanation of the seasons.

Putting NEON to Work for You, Part 2 (Grades K-12)
July 14, 2012, noon – 1 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Anne Weiss explains how to use the NASA Educators Online Network, or NEON’s, most important feature: the interest groups. Participants will role-play several scenarios to find out how NEON’s various tools can be used to find NASA activities that align to state-specific standards.

Our Solar System: A Model Overview (Grades 4-9)
July 16, 2012, 11 a.m. – noon EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will present NASA inquiry activities that demonstrate remote sensing and scale models to better visualize our sun, planets, asteroids and other objects as a whole system.

Messenger’s Mission to Mercury (Grades K-12 and Informal)
July 17, 2012, 10 – 11 a.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Brandon Hargis will provide an overview of the Messenger Mission along with lessons and activities connected to the mission. Attendees will visit the Messenger Mission website to get a glimpse of available resources , investigate stratification of lava layers and take core samples to make observations and inferences.

I’m Signed up for NEON — Now What? (Grades K-12)
July 17, 2012, 6 – 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Anne Weiss will introduce participants to basic features of the NASA Educators Online Network, or NEON, professional/collaborative learning community. Participants will also learn how to use NEON to find appropriate NASA standards-aligned activities that satisfy state-specific teaching standards.

Kepler Mission: Searching for Earth-like Planets (Grades 6-12)
July 18, 2012, 7 – 8:15 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will discuss NASA’s Kepler Mission.  Kepler has been in space for three years searching for planets that are orbiting stars in the Milky Way galaxy. Participants will learn how transits are used to find planets and determine their sizes and distances from the stars they orbit.

Understanding Earth, Moon and Sun Connections (Grades K-12)
July 23, 2012, 2 – 3 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Sonya Williams will build on participants’ understanding of moon phases and the solar system to help them gain a better understanding of Earth, moon and sun connections. Participants will listen to a Native American/Western science story and take part in a hands-on activity.

Engineering Design Process Implementation (Grades K-12)
July 23, 2012, 6 – 7:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist John Weis will lead this webinar encouraging educators to share their experiences facilitating engineering design activities into their curriculum and assist them in creating an engineering design process activity within their specific content area.

Classroom Lunacy: Studying the Moon (Grades K-12 and Informal)
July 24, 2012, 10 – 11 a.m. EDT
Aerospace education Brandon Hargis will share NASA resources that will help participants develop lessons about the phenomena of moon phases and eclipses. Recent discoveries from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite missions will be shared during this activity.

Food for Thought (Grades 5-8)
July 24, 2012,
11 a.m. – noon EDT
Aerospace education Steve Culivan will share “Food for Thought,” a new NASA educator guide designed to explore space food and the nutritional needs of the astronauts. The guide includes a menu of inquiry activities and other resources to address this exciting topic.

Solar System Mission Exploration: Past, Present, Future (Grades 2-8)
July 24, 2012, 2 – 3 p.m.
EDT
Aerospace education specialist Rick Varner will discuss the process through which NASA researchers design missions to collect data from distant worlds. The presentation will briefly discuss the current and future exploration missions in our solar system and provide an activity that simulates remote sensing and sample return missions using simple materials.

Applying the Engineering Design Process to STEM Topics (Grades K-12)
July 24, 2012,
6 – 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist John Weis will lead this webinar where educators will discuss implementing the engineering design process as a method of problem solving in subject areas other than engineering.

Get Ready for the Landing of the Curiosity Rover (Grades K-12 and Informal)
July 25, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
NASA’s newest Mars rover, Curiosity, is getting ready to land on Mars. Join aerospace education specialist Tom Estill to learn about Mars education resources available to formal and informal educators. Learn about Mars games, classroom activities, projects and e-learning opportunities, all to help you prepare for the upcoming Curiosity landing.

Living and Working in Space (Grades K-5)
July 26, 2012, 9 – 10 a.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Wil Robertson will introduce teachers to some of the obstacles humans face while traveling in space. The webinar will review the major difficulties and concerns of adapting to the space environment, from everyday living and personal hygiene to safety.

Our Solar System: A Model Overview (Grades 4-9)
July 26, 2012, 11 a.m. – noon EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will present NASA inquiry activities that demonstrate remote sensing and scale models to better visualize our sun, planets, asteroids and other objects as a whole system.

NASA Engineering Design Challenge: Can You Deliver? “Touchdown!” (Grades 5-10)
July 26, 2012, 7 – 8 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will share an activity that challenges students to safely deliver a cargo to the surface of Mars. This activity introduces students to the engineering design process, from brainstorming to writing a summary report. Given a particular set of materials, student teams design, build and test prototypes.

Putting NEON to Work for You, Part 2 (Grades K-12)
July 26, 2012, 9- 10 a.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Anne Weiss explains how to use the NASA Educators Online Network, or NEON’s, most important feature: the interest groups. Participants will role-play several scenarios to find out how NEON’s various tools can be used to find NASA activities that align to state-specific standards.


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

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

________________________________________________________________

2012 Music and Astronomy Under the Stars Events

Join Dr. Donald Lubowich, coordinator of the Astronomy Outreach Program at Hofstra University, for a series of events bringing astronomy to the public. Concertgoers at several events this summer will get a glimpse of heavens along with their music.

This NASA-sponsored program will include optical and radio telescope observations of the Sun prior to the concerts. Observations of the moon, planets, multi-colored double stars, star clusters and nebulae will be featured at intermission and after the concerts. Videos, posters, hands-on activities and the sounds of the sun will also be available.

For more information and to see a full schedule of events, visit http://www.hofstra.edu/Academics/Colleges/HCLAS/PHYSIC/physic_underthestars.html.

________________________________________________________________

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Ready for Launch!

Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, hosts Michael Hare and Damon Talley for a live interactive education event on July 16, 2012, at 2 p.m. EDT to celebrate the Soyuz launch of astronaut Suni Williams and the Expedition 32 crew. Students will learn about the upcoming mission to the International Space Station and meet an astronaut trainer that prepares astronauts and cosmonauts for their missions.

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 Michael Hare at michael.w.hare@nasa.gov.


________________________________________________________________

Earth Science Information Partners Federation Summer Meeting 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

________________________________________________________________

SpaceFest: Teacher Professional Development Event

Join fellow educators for an exclusive professional development event at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex, in New York City on Friday, July 20, 2012. This event coincides with SpaceFest, Intrepid Museum’s grand opening celebration for the new space shuttle Enterprise Pavilion.

Attendees will gain useful knowledge in areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Sessions will include hands-on demonstrations, activities and discussions with experts resulting in numerous take-aways for the classroom.

Pre-registration is required to attend. The deadline to register is July 17, 2012.

For more information and the event agenda, visit
http://www.intrepidmuseum.org/Spacefest-TeachersPD.aspx.

Questions about this event should be directed to
educationprograms@intrepidmuseum.org.

________________________________________________________________

Algebraic Skeletal System: Human Physiology in Space Web Seminar

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on July 19, 2012, at 11 a.m. EDT.
The seminar focuses on human physiology. Obtain information about the effect microgravity has on the physiology of astronauts and learn about the countermeasures NASA uses to help overcome these effects when they return to Earth.

Outer space is an exciting part of our lives and promises to be an even more exciting part of the future for your students. It provides scientists with a unique laboratory, allowing scientific studies never possible in the history of civilization. Future space missions will continue to involve sending humans into space. But after extended stays in microgravity, astronauts must return safely to Earth and lead normal, healthy lives.

This seminar will provide instruction on how to integrate the Skeletal System: Human Physiology in Space lesson into your curriculum. There are two classroom activities in this lesson focusing on the effects of spaceflight on human physiology.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar26.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.

________________________________________________________________

NASA’s DEVELOP Program — 2012 Fall Session

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

Students 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 10 locations nationwide. 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 fall 2012 session are due July 23, 2012.

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.

________________________________________________________________

Have a Blast Learning About the Moon With New Selene Video Game

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

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

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

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

________________________________________________________________

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 — June 28, 2012


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

2012 NASA Lunar Science Forum
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration
Deadline: July 1, 2012



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

Audience: All Educators

Proposal Deadline: July 2, 2012



International Space Station EarthKAM Summer 2012 Mission

Audience: 5-8 Educators 

Event Date: July 10-14, 2012

NASA’s Mars Rover Curiosity Landing Educator Conference
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: Aug. 3-5, 2012

Satellites & Education Conference XXV

Audience: All Educators

Event Date: Aug. 9-11, 2012



________________________________________________________________



2012 NASA Lunar Science Forum



Join the NASA Lunar Science Institute for the fifth annual NASA Lunar Science Forum being held July 17-19, 2012, at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif.



This year’s forum will feature sessions on in-depth scientific results from the following missions: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO; the Acceleration Reconnection Turbulence and Electrodynamics of the Moon’s Interaction with the Sun, or ARTEMIS, mission; the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, or LADEE; and the Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory, or GRAIL, satellites. The forum will also feature a dedicated side-conference for graduate students and young professionals. As in past years, science sessions are structured to report on both recent results and future opportunities for lunar science, exploration, education and outreach.



Before the forum, join the NASA Lunar Science Institute for the third annual Lunar Graduate Conference on Sunday, July 15, 2012. And make plans to attend the Next Generation Lunar Scientists and Engineers Workshop on Monday, July 16, 2012.



This forum is free and open to anyone interested in participating in the lunar science community.

 Pre-registration is required. Participants must register by July 1, 2012. 



For more information, visit http://lunarscience.nasa.gov/lsf2012/. 



Questions about this forum should be directed to Shirley Berthold at Shirley.Berthold@nasa.gov.



________________________________________________________________



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



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



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



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



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



________________________________________________________________



International Space Station EarthKAM Summer 2012 Mission



Middle school educators are invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAM Summer 2012 Mission from July 10-14, 2012. Find out more about this exciting opportunity that allows students to take pictures of Earth from a digital camera aboard the International Space Station.



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



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



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

________________________________________________________________

NASA’s Mars Rover Curiosity Landing Educator Conference


Bring “Curiosity” Into Your Classroom! Join in the historic landing of NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity at Gale Crater Aug.3-5, 2012, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. 

Bring the excitement of Mars exploration to your classroom with standards-aligned, STEM-based, hands-on activities and take home image-rich learning materials. Mission team members will share their stories, and you can see mission control, rover test beds and more. Then, view Curiosity’s anticipated landing at 10:31 p.m., Aug. 5. 

For more information and to register, go to: http://marsed.asu.edu/curiosity.

________________________________________________________________



Satellites & Education Conference XXV


Join the Satellite Educators Association for an education conference being held Aug. 9-11, 2012, in Los Angeles, Calif. The annual conference is for educators interested in discovering ways to use satellites and related technologies in the classroom. Participants learn ways to help students appreciate and understand the complex interrelationships among science, technology, individuals, societies and the environment. Conference attendees learn to develop and apply inquiry and technology skills to study authentic questions and problems.



In conjunction with this year’s conference, a two-day training session for the GLOBE program will take place Aug. 10-11. 



The conference is hosted by California State University, Los Angeles. The event is sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA, Aerospace Institute, Boeing, Raytheon, SpaceX, Lockheed-Martin, Sally Ride Science Festivals, Traveling Space Museum, Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence’s West location and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.



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



If you have questions about this event, please contact conference coordinator Dr. Paula Arvedson at parveds@calstatela.edu.

________________________________________________________________

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 — June 21, 2012

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

New STEM on Station Page for Educators and Students
Audience: All Educators and Students

2012 Music and Astronomy Under the Stars Events
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: Multiple dates June 23 – Oct. 26, 2012

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

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

2012 Pre-Service Teacher Institute at NASA’s Johnson Space Center
Audience: Higher Education Students
Applications are due June 27, 2012

Zero Robotics Video Challenge
Audience: All Educators and Students
Idea Submission Deadline: June 26, 2012

Graphing With MathTrax Web Seminar
Audience: 6-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: June 26, 2012

Human Body: Space Adaptations Web Seminar
Audience: 4-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: June 28, 2012

Best of “Earth as Art” Contest from Landsat
Audience: All Educators and Students
Polls Close: July 6, 2012

NASA Office of Education Solicits Proposals for the NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR
Audience: Higher Education Institutions in Eligible States
Notice of Intent Deadline: July 20, 2012
Proposal Deadline: Aug. 14, 2012

NASA’s DEVELOP Program — 2012 Fall Session
Audience: 9-12 and Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: July 23, 2012

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

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

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

2013 NASA Space Settlement Design Contest
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Entry Deadline: March 15, 2013

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

New STEM onStation Page for Educators and Students

NASA Education is launching a new Web resource for students and educatorstitled STEM on Station. The new pages present videos that were filmed on the spacestation about science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM.Students can follow astronauts as they demonstrate principles such as Newton’sLaws of Motion, surface tension and advances in technology. NASA lesson plansand other resources supplement the STEM videos.

STEM on Station is part of the Teach Station site that is the platform forspace-station-focused education resources, science and research information forstudents and teachers, crew updates and current education news. Visit often andwatch for opportunities to connect with the expedition crew members and for otherNASA education opportunities.

Visit STEM on Station at https://www.nasa.gov/education/STEMstation.
________________________________________________________________

2012 Music andAstronomy Under the Stars Events

Join Dr. Donald Lubowich,coordinator of the Astronomy Outreach Program at Hofstra University, for aseries of events bringing astronomy to the public. Concertgoers at severalevents this summer will get a glimpse of heavens along with their music.

This NASA-sponsored program willinclude optical and radio telescope observations of the Sun prior to theconcerts. Observations of the moon, planets, multi-colored double stars, starclusters and nebulae will be featured at intermission and after the concerts.Videos, posters, hands-on activities and the sounds of the sun will also beavailable.

For more information and to seea full schedule of events, visit http://www.hofstra.edu/Academics/Colleges/HCLAS/PHYSIC/physic_underthestars.html.
________________________________________________________________

Free EducationWebinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

The AerospaceEducation Services Project is presenting a series of free webinars through June2012. All webinars can be accessed online. Join aerospace education specialiststo learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bringNASA into your classroom.

Our Solar System: AModel Overview (Grades 4-9)
June 25, 2012, 11 a.m. -noon EDT
Aerospace educationspecialist Steve Culivan will present NASA inquiry activities that demonstrateremote sensing and scale models to better visualize our sun, planets, asteroidsand other objects as a whole system.

Our Solar System: AModel Overview (Grades 4-9)
June 25, 2012, 3 – 4p.m. EDT
Aerospace educationspecialist Steve Culivan will present NASA inquiry activities that demonstrateremote sensing and scale models to better visualize our sun, planets, asteroidsand other objects as a whole system.

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

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

2012 NASA’sMultiwavelength Universe Online Professional Development Course

In-service and pre-serviceteachers of middle- and high-school students are invited to register for anonline professional development course sponsored by several NASA missions thatare exploring the universe across the electromagnetic spectrum.

The course is offered foracademic or continuing education credit through Sonoma State University. In thecourse, participants will be shown how to use astronomical examples (images,phenomena, telescopes) to describe the nature of light and color in terms ofthe regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Participants will also learn whyNASA uses a variety of telescopes and space-based instruments to makeobservations of the universe. NASA resources for the classroom will be shared,and participants will learn how NASA resources can be used to address commonstudent misconceptions about the nature of light and color.

Formal presentations for thecourse will take place on four dates between June 25 and July 13, 2012, but will alsobe available for archival viewing. Homework for academic credit is due Aug. 17,2012.

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

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

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

 ________________________________________________________________

 Pre-Service Teacher Institute at NASA’s Johnson Space Center
 
ThePre-Service Teacher Institute has opened the July 2012 workshop and extendedthe deadline for more applications. This one-week residential session is forearly childhood and elementary education majors preparing to teach grades K-8.Participants will interface with NASA personnel and tour NASA facilities whilelearning to incorporate NASA’s research into lesson plans. Full-timeundergraduate students in their junior or senior year are invited to apply.Applications are due June 27, 2012.

Tolearn more and to participate in this opportunity, visit http://education.jsc.nasa.gov/psti/default.htm.
________________________________________________________________

ZeroRobotics Video Challenge

Kidsare always told to reach for the stars. Now, NASA is literally giving them achance to by providing middle and high school students with unprecedentedaccess to the International Space Station and letting them write the programsthat control state-of-the-art robots on the International Space Station — noPh.D. in astrophysics required!

The NASA Tournament Laboratory, established by NASA and Harvard University,along with the enabling capabilities of the TopCoder community, have partneredwith Tongal to hold a competition with cash prizes for winning ideas, pitchesand promotional videos to inspire tomorrow’s scientists to see mathematics asmore than just digits on a calculator, to further the study of outer space andto push the limits of human knowledge about the worlds (and the space) beyondour planet. The winning videos will help inspire middle and high schoolstudents to compete in the Zero Robotics Challenge, which is managed for NASAby the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or MIT.

To learn more and to participate in this challenge, visit http://tongal.com/project/ZeroRobotics.

Important dates for the Zero Robotics Video Challengeare:

June 19 – 26, 2012:                      Ideaphase
July 2, 2012:                               Fivewinning ideas selected
July 2 – 16, 2012:                        Pitchphase
July 20, 2012:                             Fivewinning pitches selected
July 20, 2012 – Aug. 20, 2012:     Videophase
Aug. 27, 2012:                            Sevenwinning videos delivered to NASA


Note: TopCoder is a registered trademark of TopCoder, Inc. in the United States and othercountries. Tongal is a U.S. federal trademark held by Tongal, Inc.


Questions about the Zero Robotics Video Challenge should be directed to
info@tongal.com.

GraphingWith MathTrax Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, theNASA Explorer Schools project is hosting a 60-minute professional developmentWeb seminar for educators on June 26, 2012, at 8 p.m. EDT. Learn how touse a computer graphing tool to engage your students as they graph equations and data sets or experiment with physicssimulations. Help students explore the relationship between math equations andtheir application in the real world with roller coaster and rocketlaunch simulators.

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

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.
________________________________________________________________
 

Best of “Earth as Art” Contest from Landsat

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Landsat Program on July 23, 2012, NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey would like your help in selecting the top five “Earth as Art” images from the more than 120 scenes in our collection.

For 40 years Landsat satellites have been acquiring images of the land cover of the planet. The satellites have provided spectacular views of mountains, valleys, coastal areas, islands, volcanic fields, forests and patterns on the landscape. By highlighting some of those features and creatively crafting the colors, the series of “Earth as Art” perspectives reveal the artistic side of Landsat.

Voting closes on July 6, 2012. The Top five “Earth as Art” images will be announced on July 23 in Washington, D.C., at a special event commemorating the launch of the first Landsat satellite.

To view the images and vote for your favorites, visit https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/landsat/news/earth-as-art.html.
________________________________________________________________

Human Body: Space Adaptations Web Seminar

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on June 28, 2012, at 2 p.m. EDT. Space is a harsh environment. When an astronaut goes into space, his or her body immediately begins to change, causing the astronaut to feel and even look slightly different. During this seminar, you will get information about the effects of microgravity on astronauts. You also will be guided through three student activities, which provide a first-hand look at the effects of reduced gravity on bones, the fluid shifts in the body and the amount of oxygen needed to survive.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar27.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.
________________________________________________________________

NASA Office of Education Solicits Proposals for the NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Office of Education, in cooperation with NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), Human Exploration & Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD), and Science Mission Directorates (SMD), the Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT), and NASA’s ten Centers, solicits proposals for the NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). Each funded NASA EPSCoR proposal is expected to establish research activities that will make significant contributions to the strategic research and technology development priorities of one or more of the Mission Directorates or the OCT and contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities, higher education, and economic development of the jurisdiction. If submitted, Notices of Intent are due on July 20, 2012, and proposals are due on Aug. 14, 2012.

Public Law 102-588, passed in 1992, authorized NASA to initiate NASA EPSCoR to strengthen the research capability of jurisdictions that have not in the past participated equably in competitive aerospace research activities. The goal of NASA EPSCoR is to provide seed funding that will enable jurisdictions to develop an academic research enterprise directed toward long-term, self-sustaining, nationally-competitive capabilities in aerospace and aerospace-related research. This capability will, in turn, contribute to the jurisdiction’s economic viability and expand the nation’s base for aerospace research and development. Since its inception, NASA EPSCoR has been closely linked to the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program (Space Grant).

While proposals can be accepted only from institutions for which the NASA EPSCoR Directors are currently serving, all institutions of higher education within the jurisdiction should be given the opportunity and must be made aware of the FY 2012 NASA EPSCoR CAN. The National Science Foundation (NSF) determines overall jurisdiction eligibility for NASA EPSCoR.

Details regarding general eligibility are available at http://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/programs/epscor/eligible.jsp.

The following jurisdictions are eligible to submit up to two proposals that must be submitted through the jurisdiction PI to this NASA EPSCoR solicitation: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

South Carolina may submit up to three proposals, provided at least one of the proposals represents a project from the U.S. Virgin Islands (which currently falls under South Carolina’s jurisdiction).

For more information, visit http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={36283FDE-A756-ED4D-426B-A7C0EA1FD9A3}&path=open.
________________________________________________________________

NASA’s DEVELOP Program — 2012 Fall Session

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

Students 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 10 locations nationwide. 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 fall 2012 session are due July 23, 2012.

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.
________________________________________________________________

Presenters Needed for 2013 Space Exploration Educators Conference

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

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

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

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

2012 Gregory G. Leptoukh Online Giovanni Workshop

Join the NASA Goddard Earth Science Data and Information Services Center for the 2012 Gregory G. Leptoukh Online Giovanni Workshop taking place Sept. 25-28, 2012. This workshop will focus on the use of the pioneering data visualization and analysis tool, Giovanni. The online workshop will be organized around four main themes: Earth system research utilizing Giovanni; 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 online author-led presentations coupled with real-time discussions about these presentations. Presentations and chat logs will be available online for review for 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 directed to Dr. James G. Acker at James.G.Acker@nasa.gov.
________________________________________________________________

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.
________________________________________________________________

2013 NASA Space Settlement Design Contest

Design a space settlement! Space settlements are permanent communities in orbit, as opposed to being on the moon or other planets. Designing a space settlement involves physics, mathematics, space science, environmental science and many other disciplines.

The NASA Space Settlement Design Contest is intended for students in grades 6-12, although younger students may enter. Individual or teams from anywhere in the world may enter. Grade levels are judged separately, except for the grand prize. All participants will receive a certificate.

Submissions must be received by March 15, 2013.

For more information about the NASA Space Settlement Design Contest, visit http://settlement.arc.nasa.gov/Contest/.

If you have any questions about the contest, please email Al Globus at aglobus@mail.arc.nasa.gov.
________________________________________________________________

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

Selections with abstracts for this NRA are available on the CP4SMP+ portal page on NSPIRES at URL: http://go.nasa.gov/NKC2V0.

The NASA June 18, 2012 press release is at URL: https://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2012/jun/HQ_12-205_Museum_Exhibits_Selected.html.

A competitive call for new CP4SMP+ proposals is anticipated for release in Fiscal Year 2013. While waiting for the 2013 CP4SMP+, potential proposers can review 1) the above referenced 2011 NRA; 2) NASA’s most current Guidebook for Proposers Responding to a NASA Research Announcement (NRA) or Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) at http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/procurement/nraguidebook/ and 3) NASA’s Grant and Cooperative Agreement Handbook at http://prod.nais.nasa.gov/pub/pub_library/grcover.htm.

No further information is available about the 2013 NRA.
________________________________________________________________

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 — June 14, 2012

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

NEEMO 16 Science Under Pressure Challenge
Audience: All Educators and Students
Challenge Dates: June 14-21, 2012

Join the Conversation About the Exploration of Mars
Audience: All Educators and Students
Take Part: Now through July 1, 2012

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

Audience: 5-8 Educators and Students
Application Deadline: June 15, 2012

Teachers Touch the Sky: An Astronomy Workshop

Audience: Grade 3-9 Educators

Registration Deadline: June 15, 2012
Workshop Dates: Aug. 6-10, 2012

Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

Audience: K-12 Educators

Event Dates: Various Dates During June 2012

Linear Equations: NASA CONNECT — Breaking Barriers Web Seminar

Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: June 19, 2012

Chemistry of Water: Mars Exploration — Is There Water on Mars?

Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: June 20, 2012

NASA Seeks Early Stage Innovations for Space Technologies From U.S. Universities

Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students

Notice of Intent Deadline: June 21, 2012

International Space Station EarthKAM Summer 2012 Mission
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Event Date: July 10-14, 2012

________________________________________________________________

NEEMO 16 Science Under Pressure Challenge

A team of NASA aquanauts is taking part in a two-week mission living underwater as part of the NASA Extreme Environments Mission Operations, or NEEMO, 16 Expedition. The crew is living in the Aquarius underwater habitat off the coast of Florida. This habitat maintains an atmospheric pressure that is about 2.5 times that of pressure at the surface. This sets the stage for a unique environment for science experiments!

For one week during the mission, the crew will conduct experiments proposed by educators and scientists from NASA, the European Space Agency and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. These experiments will see if simple, everyday tasks, such as blowing a bubble or operating a remote-controlled device, will be more difficult at a higher pressure environment.

A different experiment of the day will be announced daily during the challenge. NEEMO fans are invited to predict the outcome of each experiment. Followers should focus on whether the experiment will yield different outcomes at the surface-level environment versus the increased pressure environment of the Aquarius habitat.

Experiments will take place each day from June 14-21, 2012. To learn more, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/NEEMO/NEEMO16/sup.html.

Questions about this challenge should be directed to Wendy Watkins at wendy.l.watkins@nasa.gov.


________________________________________________________________

Join the Conversation About the Exploration of Mars

NASA is currently charting a new agency-wide strategy for the future of Mars exploration, both robotic and human. Involvement from the science and technical community, and all interested members of the general public, is essential to this process.

NASA’s Mars Program Planning Group is opening up a new opportunity for the public to pose questions and participate in the discussion regarding plans for the future of Mars exploration. This online community, open from today through July 1, 2012, allows you to:

* Ask (today-July 1): Pose questions, offer answers, and vote on the most important user-generated content related to the Mars program planning effort.
https://www.nasa.gov/marsplanning
* Discuss (June 12-14): Comment online and tune in to the Concepts and Approaches for Mars Exploration Workshop http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meetings/marsconcepts2012/ via Live Stream.
* Contribute (post-workshop through July 1): Use the forum to discuss ideas addressing the challenges posed at the workshop, and share your knowledge of the challenges and opportunities of Mars exploration.

To learn more, visit
http://mars.ideascale.com.

________________________________________________________________

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

________________________________________________________________

Teachers Touch the Sky: An Astronomy Workshop

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

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

Registration for this workshop closes on June 15, 2012.

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

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

________________________________________________________________

Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of free webinars through June 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.

Mars Uncovered: Revealing the Geologic History of Mars (Grades 5-12)
June 18, 2012, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will share an inquiry-based lesson that presents a critical-thinking approach of studying the surface of Mars. This process is similar to the approach used by NASA scientists. This lesson will teach students to examine geologic features of a planetary surface and use relative-age dating techniques to analyze the information and interpret the geologic history.

Sun-Earth-Moon Relationships (Grades 2-8)
June 20, 2012, noon – 1 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Rick Varner will present sun-Earth-moon models that help to explain the phases of the moon, and both lunar and solar eclipses. Additionally, the activity Kinesthetic Astronomy will be introduced for its explanation of the seasons.

I’m Signed up for NEON — Now What?? (Grades K-12)
June 20, 2012, 6- 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Anne Weiss will introduce participants to basic features of the NASA Educators Online Network, or NEON, professional/collaborative learning community. Participants will also learn how to use NEON to find appropriate NASA standards-aligned activities that satisfy state-specific teaching standards.

Our Solar System: A Model Overview (Grades 4-9)
June 25, 2012, 11 a.m. – noon EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will present NASA inquiry activities that demonstrate remote sensing and scale models to better visualize our sun, planets, asteroids and other objects as a whole system.

Our Solar System: A Model Overview (Grades 4-9)
June 25, 2012, 3 – 4 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will present NASA inquiry activities that demonstrate remote sensing and scale models to better visualize our sun, planets, asteroids and other objects as a whole system.


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

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

________________________________________________________________

Linear Equations: NASA CONNECT — Breaking Barriers Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, NASA Explorer Schools and NASA’s
Learning Environments and Research Network, or LE&RN, projects are hosting a 60-minute Web seminar on June 19, 2012, at 8 p.m. EST. 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.

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

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

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

________________________________________________________________

Chemistry of Water: Mars Exploration — Is There Water on Mars? 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 Web seminar on June 20, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. “Chemistry of Water: Mars Exploration — Is There Water on Mars?” is an inquiry-based lesson on how atmospheric pressure and vapor pressure affect the boiling point of water. See why the boiling point of water is pressure-dependent, rather than temperature-dependent. Then, by extension, you will deduce if there could be liquid water on Mars.

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

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

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

________________________________________________________________

NASA Seeks Early Stage Innovations for Space Technologies From U.S. Universities

NASA is seeking proposals from accredited U.S. universities focused on innovative, early-stage space technologies that will improve shielding from space radiation, spacecraft thermal management and optical systems.

Each of these technology areas requires dramatic improvements over existing capabilities for future science and human exploration missions. Early stage, or low technology readiness level concepts, could mature into tools that solve the hard challenges facing future NASA missions. Researchers should propose unique, disruptive or transformational space technologies that address the specific topics described in this new solicitation.

NASA expects to make approximately 10 awards this fall, based on the merit of proposals received. The awards will be made for one year, with an additional year of research possible. The typical annual award value is expected to be approximately $250,000. Second year funding will be contingent on the availability of appropriated funds and technical progress. Only accredited U.S. universities may submit proposals to this solicitation.

Notices of intent are due by June 21, 2012, with proposals due July 12.

For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/NASAESI.

Questions about this forum should be directed to Claudia Meyer at hq-stro-esi-call@mail.nasa.gov.

________________________________________________________________

International Space Station EarthKAM Summer 2012 Mission

Middle school educators are invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAM Summer 2012 Mission from July 10-14, 2012. Find out more about this exciting opportunity that allows students to take pictures of Earth from a digital camera aboard the International Space Station.

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

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

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

________________________________________________________________

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