NASA Education Express — Jan. 31, 2013

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

LangleyAerospace Research Student Scholars — Summer 2013 Session
Audience: Higher EducationStudents
Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2013

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

NASA Earth and SpaceScience Fellowships Program Accepting Proposals for 2013-2014 Academic Year
Audience: Higher Education Educators andStudents
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 1, 2013

Free Smithsonian’s StarsLecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Feb. 2, 2013

Free Education Webinar Series from the AerospaceEducation Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Various Dates During February 2013

IRIS Challenge:Tracking a Solar Storm
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Registration Open Now, Challenge Begins February2013

RealWorld-InWorld NASAEngineering Design Challenge
Audience: 8-12 Educators and Students
Extended Deadline: Feb. 4, 2013

NASA’s DEVELOP Program– 2013 Summer Session
Audience: 9-12 and Higher Education Educatorsand Students
Summer Session Deadline: Feb. 4, 2013

NASA History ProgramOffice Summer 2013 Internships
Audience: Higher Education Educators andStudents
Summer 2013 Application Deadline: Feb. 4, 2013

Registration Open forthe 20th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race
Audience: 9-12 & Higher Education Educatorsand Students
Registration Deadline for U.S. Teams: Feb. 4,2013

NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement Mission — “Let ItSnow” Photo Contest
Audience: All Educators and Students Age 13 and Older
Deadline: Feb. 4, 2013

EngineeringDesign Challenge: Water Filtration Web Seminar
Audience: Grades 9-10 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 5, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST

U.S. Department ofEnergy Webcast — An Energy Literate Citizenry From K to Gray
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: Feb. 6, 2013, at 4 p.m. EST

Engineering Design Challenge: LunarPlant Growth Chamber Web Seminar
Audience: 4-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 7, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST

2013 Space ExplorationEducators Conference
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Feb. 7-9, 2013

2013 NASA StudentAirborne Research Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators andStudents
Application Deadline: Feb. 8, 2013

National Air and SpaceMuseum Super Science Saturday Events
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event: Feb. 9, 2013

Plan a Launch Party to Celebrate theLandsat Data Continuity Mission
Audience: All Educators and Students
Launch Date: Feb. 11, 2013

NASA’s REEL Science CommunicationContest
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2013

Host a Real-Time Conversation With Crewmembers Aboard the InternationalSpace Station
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: March 1, 2013

OSSI — Summer 2013 Opportunities
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: March 15, 2013

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LangleyAerospace Research Student Scholars — Summer 2013 Session

Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars, orLARSS, is offering a 10-week summer internship at NASA’s Langley ResearchCenter in Hampton, Va. Internships are available for rising undergraduatejuniors, seniors and graduate students at accredited U.S. colleges,universities and community colleges. Students of all majors are encouraged to apply.The grade point average requirement is a 3.0 out of a 4.0.

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

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applications are due Feb. 1, 2013.

Note: Fifteen-week fall and spring sessions are also offered. Please see thewebsite for details.

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

To learn more about the LARSS internship opportunity, join NASA’s DigitalLearning Network for two informational webcast events. The webcasts are takingplace from 3-4 p.m. on Jan. 23-24, 2013. To join the webcast, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/index.html.

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

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2013 PlanetaryGeology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program

The Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program, orPGGURP, pairsqualified undergraduate students with NASA-funded investigators at researchlocations across the U.S. for eight weeks during the summer. Students willspend the summer at the NASA scientists’ home institutions. Selected studentsreceive a cost-of-living stipend and compensation for housing and travel.

Undergraduate students interested in learningabout research in planetary geoscience are eligible to apply. Studentsgraduating in 2013 who have not started graduate school yet are also eligible.Preference is given to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Applications are due Feb. 1, 2013.

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

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

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NASA Earth andSpace Science Fellowships Program Accepting Proposals for 2013-2014 Academic Year

The NASA Earth and Space Science FellowshipProgram, or NESSF, is soliciting applications from accredited U.S. universitieson behalf of individuals pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees in earth andspace sciences, or related disciplines, for the 2013-2014 academic year. Thepurpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualifiedworkforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals. Awardsresulting from the competitive selection will be training grants to therespective universities, with the advisor serving as the principalinvestigator. The financial support for the NESSF program comes from theScience Mission Directorate’s four science divisions: Earth Science,Heliophysics, Planetary Science and Astrophysics.

Initially, NESSF awards are made for one year.They may be renewed for no more than two additional years, contingent uponsatisfactory progress (as reflected in academic performance, research progressand recommendation by the faculty advisor) and the availability of funds.

The maximum amount of a NESSF award is $30,000per year.

Proposals for this opportunity are due Feb. 1, 2013.

For more information about this solicitation,visit http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={BC1C168E-1D9B-0BD1-816B-14E1C31BB0D3}&path=open.

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to:

For earth science, Claire Macaulay at Claire.I.Macaulay@nasa.gov.

For heliophysics, planetary science andastrophysics, Dolores Holland at hq-nessf-Space@nasa.gov.

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Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

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

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

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

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

Feb. 23, 2013 — AUniverse of Data: How We Get Science Out of Space Telescopes
This century has seen stunning cosmic discoveries. The digital age hasgiven everyone free access to space data; the trick is to turn that data intoquantitative science and pictures that tell a story. Astrophysicist JonathanMcDowell will use images from the Chandra Space Telescope to help explain howastronomers study space in the computer age.

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

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

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

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FreeEducation Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project ispresenting a series of free webinars throughout February 2013. All webinars canbe accessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn aboutactivities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into yourclassroom.

Rocket Scientists Write? (Grades 1-6)
Feb. 4, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST and6 – 7 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist John Weis will demonstrate languagearts activities using NASA materials and lessons found within NASA educatorguides. Materials discussed will cover reading comprehension and compositionfor grades K-12. Lesson plans and strategies will be shared.

What Is the Effect of Clouds on Earth’s Climate? (Grades 4-8)
Feb. 11, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST and6 – 7 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Brandon Hargis will present the CERESS’COOL Project. S’COOL involves students in real science, making and reportingground observations of clouds to assist in the validation of NASA’s CERESsatellite instruments. Participants will practice a simulatedcloud-observations and review sample student activities and lesson plans.

Engineering Design Challenge: Spaghetti Tower (Grades 5-8)
Feb. 12, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST and6 – 7 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Angelo Casaburri will compare thescientific method and the engineering design process. Participants will use thedesign process to identify the problem and brainstorm, design, build, test,redesign and share solutions about constructing the tallest skyscraper usinguncooked spaghetti noodles.

NASA Envisions “Clean Energy” From Algae Grown in Waste Water(Grades K-12)
Feb. 13, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST and6 – 7 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will discuss the processproposed by NASA scientists to produce “clean energy” biofuels. Theprocess cleans waste water, removes carbon dioxide from the air, retainsimportant nutrients and does not compete with agriculture for land orfreshwater. This webinar is part of the Department of Education Green Strideswebinar series.

I Want to Hold Your Hand (Grades 2-5)
Feb. 19, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST and6 – 7 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Beth White will lead participants inan activity to construct a simple robotic-like hand using low-cost materials.Participants will demonstrate how data is collected when using robotictechnology.

Climate Time Machine (Grades K-12)
Feb. 20, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Sandy Kaszynski will help participants get toknow NASA’s climate website. Learn how to find resources for teaching orlearning about what we know and how we know about what’s happening to Earth.This webinar is part of the Department of Education Green Strides webinarseries

Quantifying Changes Over Time (Grades 4-10)
Feb. 25, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST and 6 -7 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Rick Varner will discuss the Landsat missions,one of the longest running Earth observation missions. Participants willcompare remote sensing images of Earth taken across periods of time to reflectchanges to the observed areas that are both natural and influenced by humans.

Blue Marble Matches: Comparing Earth’s Features to the Other Planets (Grades4-12)
Feb. 26, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST and 6 -7 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler will present an activity designedto introduce students to the geologic processes on Earth. In the activity,students take on the roles of geologists and planetary scientists as theyobserve and interpret satellite photography and use data to explain thefeatures on distant planets.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinarstaking place through March 2013, visithttp://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to ChrisGamrat at gamrat@psu.edu.

The U.S. Department of Education has Green Strideswebinars scheduled throughout 2013. To see a full list of Green Strideswebinars, visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/webinar.html.

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IRIS Challenge: Tracking a Solar Storm

Join the Tracking a Solar Storm Challenge andguide students as they learn about the sun’s anatomy, the space weather itgenerates and why studying the sun is important.

This challenge is designed around NASA’s solarmission Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS. Scheduled to launch inApril 2013, the IRIS spacecraft will study the dynamics of the interface regionof our sun’s atmosphere using an ultraviolet telescope and imagingspectrograph. As students participate in the challenge, they will learn more aboutthe IRIS mission and the instruments that scientists use to gather solar data.

An educators’ guide for the IRIS challenge isavailable on the Tracking a Solar Storm website and includes key informationfor helping students study the sun’s weather, track a solar storm and predictits effect on Earth. Students will demonstrate what they have learned bycollecting data and producing a space weather report.

The challenge will run February – May 2013.

To learn more about the challenge, visit http://irischallenge.arc.nasa.gov/.

Educators are invited to register now at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZRBWQQKto receive updates as the challenge develops.

Please email any questions about this challengeto Linda Conrad at arc-quest-challenge@mail.nasa.gov.

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RealWorld-InWorldNASA Engineering Design Challenge

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

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

RealWorld Phase ends: Feb. 4, 2013. To be considered to move to theInWorld phase, all RealWorld work must be submitted by this deadline.

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

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

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

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

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NASA’s DEVELOPProgram — 2013 Summer Session

DEVELOP is a NASA Science Mission DirectorateApplied Sciences-sponsored internship that fosters the training and developmentof students in the Earth sciences. The DEVELOP Program extends the applicationof NASA Earth science research and technology to meet societal needs.

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

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

Applications for the summer 2013 session are dueFeb. 4, 2013.

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

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

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NASA HistoryProgram Office Summer 2013 Internships

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

Students of all majors are welcome to apply.While detailed prior knowledge of the aeronautics and space fields is notnecessary, a keen interest and some basic familiarity with these topics areneeded. Strong research, writing and editing skills are essential. Experiencewith computers, especially hypertext markup language, or HTML, formatting, is aplus.

Intern projects are flexible. Typical projectsinclude handling a variety of information requests, editing historicalmanuscripts, doing research and writing biographical sketches, updating andcreating websites, and identifying and captioning photos.

Applications for summer 2013 internships are dueFeb. 4, 2013.

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

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

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Registration Openfor the 20th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race

Registration is open for the 20th Annual NASAGreat Moonbuggy Race. High school and college students are challenged to designand build a vehicle that addresses a series of engineering problems similar tothose faced by the original lunar-roving vehicle team. Each school may enter upto two teams. The race will take place April 25-27, 2013, in Huntsville, Ala.,at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

U.S. teams must register by Feb. 4, 2013.

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

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

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NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement Mission– “Let It Snow” Photo Contest

NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement, or GPM, mission announces the”Let It Snow” photo contest.

As winter winds blow in cold air, snow, ice and freezing rain, the GPM teamwants to know what winter is like in your area or favorite winter vacationspot.

Whether you’re in the northern or southern hemisphere, post your coolestphotographs of winter weather. The GPM team will pick the best ones to feature onthe NASA Precipitation Measurement missions websites (http://pmm.nasa.gov/ and https://www.nasa.gov/GPM).

All entrants must be 13 years old or older. The deadline for submitting photosis Feb. 4, 2013.

For more information and instructions for submitting a photo, visit https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/GPM/news/let-it-snow-photo-contest.html.

Questions about this contest should be emailed to Jacob Reed at jacob.b.reed@nasa.gov.

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Engineering Design Challenge: Water Filtration WebSeminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminaron Feb. 5, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST.Get background information about water recycling on the International SpaceStation, and then see how to incorporate the information into an excitinghands-on, inquiry-based challenge requiring students to solve a problem. Participantswill watch a video showing students engaged in the challenge and discusspossible modifications to the challenge in order to adapt it for different studentsand classroom situations.

This is the final time this Web seminar will be held during this school year.

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

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

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

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U.S. Departmentof Energy Webcast — An Energy Literate Citizenry From K to Gray

Join the U.S. Department of Energy for a webinardetailing the “Energy Literacy Framework,” which identifies conceptsevery citizen should know to be energy literate. With this document, theDepartment of Energy aims to empower energy educators to apply aninterdisciplinary, systems-based approach to teaching the physical, natural andsocial sciences necessary for a comprehensive understanding of energy.

The “Energy Literacy Framework” wasdeveloped through a series of workshops and an extensive review and commentprocess involving the 13 federal partner agencies, including NASA. The U.S.Global Change Research Program comprises these agencies and many othereducation partners. With the “Energy Literacy Framework” complete andin print, work continues involving education partners to advance energyeducation with audiences from K to Gray.

This webinar will take place on Feb. 6, 2013, at 4 p.m. EST.

For more information and to register online,visit https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/198384864.

To learn more about the “Energy LiteracyFramework,” visit http://www1.eere.energy.gov/education/energy_literacy.html.

Questions about this webinar should be emailedto DaNel Hogan at DaNel.Hogan@ee.doe.gov.

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Engineering Design Challenge:Lunar Plant Growth Chamber Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminarfor educators on Feb. 7, 2013, at 6:30p.m. EST. Learn how to incorporate exciting space exploration problems intoyour technology or life science classes. See how you can use the engineeringdesign process to have students design, build and evaluate the effectiveness ofa lunar plant growth chambers while engaging them in research andstandards-based learning experiences.

This seminar will be repeated on May 9, 2013.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar25.aspx.

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

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

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2013 SpaceExploration Educators Conference

Make plans to attend the 19th Annual SpaceExploration Educators Conference, to be held Feb. 7-9, 2013, at Space Center Houston.This conference is for all K-12 educators. Activities presented usespace-related themes to teach across the curriculum and can be used forscience, language arts, mathematics, history and more.

Attend sessions hosted by scientists andengineers working on the International Space Station, Mars exploration and theplanets beyond. Hear from astronauts who will be leading the charge inexploration. Attend sessions presented by educators and receiveready-to-implement classroom ideas. Attendees can earn up to 24 hours ofcontinuing professional education credit.

Keynote speakers scheduled to attend includeastronaut Satoshi Furukawa and actor LeVar Burton.

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.

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2013 NASA StudentAirborne Research Program

The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highlymotivated junior and senior undergraduate students to apply for the NASAStudent Airborne Research Program, also known as SARP, 2013. The programprovides students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a majorscientific campaign, from detailed planning on how to achieve missionobjectives to formal presentation of results and conclusions to peers andothers. Students will assist in the operation of airborne instruments onboardthe NASA DC-8 aircraft.

The program takes place in summer 2013.Instrument and flight preparations, and the research flights themselves, willoccur at NASA’s Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif. Dataanalysis will take place at the University of California, Irvine.

Successful applicants will be awarded a stipendand meals allowance for eight weeks of participation in the program. Round-triptravel to California, housing and transportation will be provided.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 8, 2013.

For more information and to download the programapplication, visit http://www.nserc.und.edu/learning/SARP2013.html.

Specific questions about the program should bedirected to SARP2013@nserc.und.edu.

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National Air andSpace Museum Super Science Saturday Events

Join the National Air and Space Museum on the second Saturday of each monthduring 2013 for Super Science Saturday at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center inChantilly, Va. Through demonstrations and hands-on activities, visitors of allages will become immersed in science, technology, engineering and mathematicstopics related to aviation and space exploration. Each event takes place from10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Admission is free, and parking is $15.

Upcoming topics include:

Feb. 9, 2013 — Scientists and Inventors
March 9, 2013 — The Space Shuttle
April 13, 2013 — How Things Fly
May 11, 2013 — Astronomy
June 8, 2013 — Energy
July 13, 2013 — Weather
Aug. 10, 2013 — Helicopters
Sept. 14, 2013 — Living and Working in Space
Oct. 12, 2013 — Balloons and Blimps
Nov. 9, 2013 — The Moon and Beyond
Dec. 14, 2013 — The Wright Brothers

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

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

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Plan a Launch Party to Celebratethe Landsat Data Continuity Mission

Did you know that the longest continuous view of Earth from space comes fromthe Landsat satellite program? Its 40-year archive offers a priceless record ofchanging communities and landscapes. The record continues on Feb. 11, 2013, when NASA and the U.S.Geological Survey are scheduled to launch the eighth Landsat satellite, theLandsat Data Continuity Mission.

Join others across the planet in celebration of this much anticipated event byhosting a launch party! Planning and hosting your own launch party with NASAresources is fun and easy, and it’s a wonderful way to engage your community inyour interests and the work you do.

For more information, including activities, decorations and other Landsatresources, visit http://launchkit-ldcm.gsfc.nasa.gov/.

Tune in to NASA TVto watch the launch and launch events live, including talks from NASAscientists and engineers.

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to the “Contact Us” link at the bottom of the Landsat DataContinuity Mission Launch Party website.

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NASA’s REEL Science Communication Contest

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

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

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

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

— NEW! Director’s Cut Video from NASA Producer Ali Ogden —

NASA producer Ali Ogden created a video, which shares her insight aboutproducing a video feature for NASA. In this director’s cut version of herMontreal Protocol story, Ali provides practical advice about audience, thinkingvisually, story and post-production. These practical tips for video productionwill help students with the REEL Science Contest. To view Ogden’s video, visit http://aura.gsfc.nasa.gov/reelscience-video.html.

For more information and instructions for submitting a video, visit http://aura.gsfc.nasa.gov/reelscience.

Questions about this contest should be emailed to Ginger Butcher at ginger.butcher-1@nasa.gov.

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Host a Real-Time Conversation With CrewmembersAboard the International Space Station

NASA is now accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums, science centers andcommunity youth organizations to host an Amateur Radio on the InternationalSpace Station, or ARISS, contact between Nov. 1, 2013, and May 1, 2014. Tomaximize these radio contact opportunities, NASA is looking for organizationsthat will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into awell-developed education plan. Proposals are due March 1, 2013.

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

Interested parties should visit www.nasa.gov/education/tfs/ariss to obtain complete information including how thetechnology works, what is expected of the host organization and how to submitthe proposal form.

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to JSC-TFS-ARISS@mail.nasa.gov.

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OSSI — Summer 2013 Opportunities

The NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative, or OSSI, strives to providestudents at all institutions of higher education access to a portfolio ofinternship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities offered by NASA missiondirectorates and centers.

Visit the Office of Education Infrastructure Division LaunchPad to findinformation on internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities. The sitefeatures the OSSI online application for recruiting NASA Interns, Fellows andScholars, or NIFS. This innovative system allows students to search and applyfor all types of higher-education NASA internship, fellowship and scholarshipopportunities in one location. A single application places the student in theapplicant pool for consideration by all NASA mentors.

Applications for summer 2013 opportunities are due March 15, 2013.

To find available opportunities and to fill out an OSSI online application forrecruiting NIFS, visit https://intern.nasa.gov/index.html.

Inquiries about the OSSI should be submitted via https://intern.nasa.gov/oic/.

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

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

NASA Education Express — Jan. 24, 2013

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

Temperatureand Earth Climate: Modeling Hot and Cold Planets WebSeminar
Audience: 7-9 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 24, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST

NASA’s Glenn ResearchCenter’s High School Shadowing Project
Audience: Students in Grades 10-12
Session II Application Deadline: Jan. 25, 2013
Sessions III and IV Application Deadline: Feb.22, 2013

Host a Real-TimeConversation With Crewmembers Aboard the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 28, 2013

U.S. Department of Education TeachingAmbassador Fellowships
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: Jan. 29, 2013

Invitation to Participate in ISSEarthKAM Winter 2013 Mission
Audience: Middle School Educators and Students
Mission Dates: Jan. 29 – Feb. 1, 2013

Algebraic Equations: Transit Tracks –Finding Habitable Planets Web Seminar
Audience: Algebra Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 30, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST

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

Langley Aerospace Research StudentScholars — Summer 2013 Session
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2013

2013 PlanetaryGeology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2013

NASA Earth and SpaceScience Fellowships Program Accepting Proposals for 2013-2014 Academic Year
Audience: Higher Education Educators andStudents
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 1, 2013

Free Smithsonian’s StarsLecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Feb. 2, 2013

IRIS Challenge: Trackinga Solar Storm
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Registration Open Now, Challenge Begins February2013

NASA’s DEVELOP Program– 2013 Summer Session
Audience: 9-12 and Higher Education Educatorsand Students
Summer Session Deadline: Feb. 4, 2013

NASA History ProgramOffice Summer 2013 Internships
Audience: Higher Education Educators andStudents
Summer 2013 Application Deadline: Feb. 4, 2013

Registration Open forthe 20th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race
Audience: 9-12 & Higher Education Educatorsand Students
Registration Deadline for U.S. Teams: Feb. 4,2013

2013 Space ExplorationEducators Conference
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Feb. 7-9, 2013

Plan a Launch Party to Celebrate theLandsat Data Continuity Mission
Audience: All Educators and Students
Launch Date: Feb. 11, 2013

Polar Science Weekend at the PacificScience Center
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Feb. 28 – March 3, 2013

Expeditions 37 and 38 In-flightEducation Downlink Opportunities
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: March 1, 2013

Cooperative Agreement Notice for NASA Internships
Audience: Higher Education Institutions and Organizations
Deadline: March 13, 2013

Sun-Earth Days 2013: Solar Max — StormWarning: Effects on the Solar System
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: March 22, 2013

Citizen Science: Asteroid Mappers
Audience: All Educators and Students

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Temperatureand Earth Climate: Modeling Hot and Cold Planets WebSeminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on Jan. 24, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Use NASAmission data collected from NASA satellites to see how a planet’s climate isdetermined. Attend this session and discover how you can incorporate authenticNASA data into your classroom to provide a real-world connection for your students.

This seminar will be repeated on May 2, 2013.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar24.aspx.

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

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

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NASA’s Glenn Research Center’s High SchoolShadowing Project

NASA’s Glenn Research Center, or GRC, inCleveland, Ohio, is accepting applications for its High School ShadowingProject sessions for the 2012-2013 school year. This opportunity providesstudents with a one- to five-day career exploration experience at GlennResearch Center.

The project provides high school students withan opportunity to explore career possibilities in a research and developmentenvironment while under the guidance of a NASA scientist, engineer, technicianor administrative professional that serves as the student’s mentor. Studentsare provided information about various careers, career paths and Glenn ResearchCenter educational resources and programs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Host a Real-TimeConversation 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 anAmateur Radio on the International Space Station, or ARISS, contact between May1, 2013, and Nov 1, 2013. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, NASAis looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants andintegrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. Proposals are due Jan. 28, 2013.

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

Interested parties should visit www.nasa.gov/education/tfs/arissto obtain complete information including how the technology works, what isexpected of the host organization and how to submit the proposal form.

Questions about this opportunity should beemailed to JSC-TFS-ARISS@mail.nasa.gov.

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U.S. Department of EducationTeaching Ambassador Fellowships


Teachers with successful strategies for increasing student achievement areencouraged to apply for Teaching Ambassador Fellowship positions with the U.S. Departmentof Education for the 2013-2014 school year. Teachers will be chosen based upontheir record of leadership, impact on student achievement and potential forcontribution to the department and the field.

The program offers two tracks: Classroom and Washington Fellows.

Classroom Fellows will serve their regular teaching contracts with theirdistricts and will be paid to perform additional fellowship duties for theDepartment of Education. As practicing classroom teachers, these Fellows willshare an important perspective for — and will gain more knowledge about –education policy and program development. They will share their experienceswith other Fellows and with the Department of Education at designated timesthroughout the year.

Washington Fellowswill serve as full-time federal employees in Washington, D.C., from the summerof 2013 through June 2014. They will be placed in appropriate positions withinthe Department of Education to work on education program development andimplementation. They will focus on using their previous classroom experience tocontribute knowledge and insight to various Department of Education projects.They will spend the majority of their time working in program offices,increasing their knowledge of and contributing to federal education policiesand programs, and collaborating with other Fellows.

Applications for both tracks are due Jan.29, 2013.

For more information about this fellowship opportunity and activities ofthe current group of Teaching Ambassador Fellows, visit http://www.ed.gov/programs/teacherfellowship/index.html.

If you have questions about the fellowship, please email your inquiries to TeacherFellowship@ed.gov.

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ISS EarthKAM Winter 2013 Mission

Middle schooleducators are invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAMWinter 2013 Mission from Jan. 29 – Feb. 1, 2013. Guide your students inhands-on research as they program cameras aboard the space station to takepictures of specific locations on Earth.

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

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

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Algebraic Equations: TransitTracks — Finding Habitable Planets Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Jan. 30, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST. In thisWeb seminar, participants will learn about an engaging algebra activity called “FindingHabitable Planets” that allows students to analyze NASA data with the hopes ofdiscovering planets in habitable zones of solar systems.

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

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

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

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RealWorld-InWorldNASA Engineering Design Challenge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Langley Aerospace Research StudentScholars — Summer 2013 Session

Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars, or LARSS, is offering a10-week summer internship at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.Internships are available for rising undergraduate juniors, seniors andgraduate students at accredited U.S. colleges, universities and communitycolleges. Students of all majors are encouraged to apply. The grade pointaverage requirement is a 3.0 out of a 4.0.

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

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applications are due Feb. 1, 2013.

Note: Fifteen-week fall and spring sessions are also offered. Please see thewebsite for details.

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

To learn more about the LARSS internship opportunity, join NASA’s DigitalLearning Network for two informational webcast events. The webcasts are takingplace from 3-4 p.m. on Jan. 23-24, 2013. To join the webcast, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/index.html.

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

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2013 PlanetaryGeology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program

The Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program, orPGGURP, pairsqualified undergraduate students with NASA-funded investigators at researchlocations across the U.S. for eight weeks during the summer. Students willspend the summer at the NASA scientists’ home institutions. Selected studentsreceive a cost-of-living stipend and compensation for housing and travel.

Undergraduate students interested in learningabout research in planetary geoscience are eligible to apply. Studentsgraduating in 2013 who have not started graduate school yet are also eligible.Preference is given to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Applications are due Feb. 1, 2013.

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

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

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NASA Earth andSpace Science Fellowships Program Accepting Proposals for 2013-2014 AcademicYear

The NASA Earth and Space Science FellowshipProgram, or NESSF, is soliciting applications from accredited U.S. universitieson behalf of individuals pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees in earth andspace sciences, or related disciplines, for the 2013-2014 academic year. Thepurpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualifiedworkforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals. Awardsresulting from the competitive selection will be training grants to therespective universities, with the advisor serving as the principalinvestigator. The financial support for the NESSF program comes from theScience Mission Directorate’s four science divisions: Earth Science,Heliophysics, Planetary Science and Astrophysics.

Initially, NESSF awards are made for one year.They may be renewed for no more than two additional years, contingent uponsatisfactory progress (as reflected in academic performance, research progressand recommendation by the faculty advisor) and the availability of funds.

The maximum amount of a NESSF award is $30,000per year.

Proposals for this opportunity are due Feb. 1, 2013.

For more information about this solicitation,visit http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={BC1C168E-1D9B-0BD1-816B-14E1C31BB0D3}&path=open.

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to:

For earth science, Claire Macaulay at Claire.I.Macaulay@nasa.gov.

For heliophysics, planetary science andastrophysics, Dolores Holland at hq-nessf-Space@nasa.gov.

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FreeSmithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

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

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

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

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

Feb. 23, 2013 — AUniverse of Data: How We Get Science Out of Space Telescopes
This century has seen stunning cosmic discoveries. The digital age hasgiven everyone free access to space data; the trick is to turn that data intoquantitative science and pictures that tell a story. Astrophysicist JonathanMcDowell will use images from the Chandra Space Telescope to help explain howastronomers study space in the computer age.

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

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

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

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IRIS Challenge:Tracking a Solar Storm

Join the Tracking a Solar Storm Challenge andguide students as they learn about the sun’s anatomy, the space weather itgenerates and why studying the sun is important.

This challenge is designed around NASA’s solarmission Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS. Scheduled to launch inApril 2013, the IRIS spacecraft will study the dynamics of the interface regionof our sun’s atmosphere using an ultraviolet telescope and imagingspectrograph. As students participate in the challenge, they will learn moreabout the IRIS mission and the instruments that scientists use to gather solardata.

An educators’ guide for the IRIS challenge isavailable on the Tracking a Solar Storm website and includes key informationfor helping students study the sun’s weather, track a solar storm and predictits effect on Earth. Students will demonstrate what they have learned bycollecting data and producing a space weather report.

The challenge will run February – May 2013.

To learn more about the challenge, visit http://irischallenge.arc.nasa.gov/.

Educators are invited to register now at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZRBWQQKto receive updates as the challenge develops.

Please email any questions about this challengeto Linda Conrad at arc-quest-challenge@mail.nasa.gov.

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NASA’s DEVELOPProgram — 2013 Summer Session

DEVELOP is a NASA Science Mission DirectorateApplied Sciences-sponsored internship that fosters the training and developmentof students in the Earth sciences. The DEVELOP Program extends the applicationof NASA Earth science research and technology to meet societal needs.

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

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

Applications for the summer 2013 session are dueFeb. 4, 2013.

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

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

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NASA HistoryProgram Office Summer 2013 Internships

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

Students of all majors are welcome to apply.While detailed prior knowledge of the aeronautics and space fields is notnecessary, a keen interest and some basic familiarity with these topics areneeded. Strong research, writing and editing skills are essential. Experiencewith computers, especially hypertext markup language, or HTML, formatting, is aplus.

Intern projects are flexible. Typical projectsinclude handling a variety of information requests, editing historicalmanuscripts, doing research and writing biographical sketches, updating andcreating websites, and identifying and captioning photos.

Applications for summer 2013 internships are dueFeb. 4, 2013.

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

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

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Registration Openfor the 20th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race

Registration is open for the 20th Annual NASAGreat Moonbuggy Race. High school and college students are challenged to designand build a vehicle that addresses a series of engineering problems similar tothose faced by the original lunar-roving vehicle team. Each school may enter upto two teams. The race will take place April 25-27, 2013, in Huntsville, Ala.,at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

U.S. teams must register by Feb. 4, 2013.

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

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

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2013 SpaceExploration Educators Conference

Make plans to attend the 19th Annual SpaceExploration Educators Conference, to be held Feb. 7-9, 2013, at Space Center Houston.This conference is for all K-12 educators. Activities presented usespace-related themes to teach across the curriculum and can be used forscience, language arts, mathematics, history and more.

Attend sessions hosted by scientists andengineers working on the International Space Station, Mars exploration and theplanets beyond. Hear from astronauts who will be leading the charge inexploration. Attend sessions presented by educators and receiveready-to-implement classroom ideas. Attendees can earn up to 24 hours ofcontinuing professional education credit.

Keynote speakers scheduled to attend includeastronaut Satoshi Furukawa and actor LeVar Burton.

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.

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Plan a Launch Party to Celebratethe Landsat Data Continuity Mission

Did you know that the longest continuous view of Earth from space comes fromthe Landsat satellite program? Its 40-year archive offers a priceless record ofchanging communities and landscapes. The record continues on Feb. 11, 2013, when NASA and the U.S.Geological Survey are scheduled to launch the eighth Landsat satellite, theLandsat Data Continuity Mission.

Join others across the planet in celebration of this much anticipated event byhosting a launch party! Planning and hosting your own launch party with NASAresources is fun and easy, and it’s a wonderful way to engage your community inyour interests and the work you do.

For more information, including activities,decorations and other Landsat resources, visit http://launchkit-ldcm.gsfc.nasa.gov/.

Tune in to NASA TVto watch the launch and launch events live, including talks from NASA scientistsand engineers. 

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to the “Contact Us” link at the bottom of the Landsat DataContinuity Mission Launch Party website.

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PolarScience Weekend at the Pacific Science Center

Polar Science Weekend at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Wash., istaking place Feb. 28 – March 3, 2013.The event is four days of hands-on activities, live demonstrations and exhibitspresented by scientists who work in some of the most remote and challengingplaces on Earth. Learn about ice sheets and sea ice, polar bears and penguins,scientific instruments and polar expeditions.

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

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

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

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Expeditions 37 and 38 In-flightEducation Downlink Opportunities

NASA is seeking formal and informal educational organizations, individually orworking together, to host live, in-flight education downlinks during Expeditions37 and 38 (approximately from September 2013 to March 2014). To maximize thesedownlink opportunities, NASA is looking for organizations that will draw largenumbers of participants and integrate the downlinks into well-developededucation plans.

The deadline to submit a proposal is March1, 2013.

During Expeditions 37 and 38, crew members aboard the International SpaceStation will participate in downlinks. Downlinks last approximately 20 minutesand allow students and educators to interact with astronauts through a question-and-answersession. Downlinks afford education audiences the opportunity to learnfirsthand from astronauts what it is like to live and work in space. Downlinksare broadcast live on NASA TV and are streamed on the NASA website. Because ofthe nature of human spaceflight, organizations must demonstrate the flexibilityto accommodate changes in downlink dates and times.

Interested organizations should visit https://www.nasa.gov/education/tfs/downlinksto learn more or contact Teaching From Space at JSC-Teaching-From-Space@mail.nasa.gov.

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Cooperative Agreement Notice for NASA Internships

The NASA Headquarters Office of Education, in cooperation with the NASA JohnsonSpace Center and other NASA centers, has released a Cooperative AgreementNotice, or CAN, for NASA internships.

Institutions eligible to respond to this CAN are limited to higher educationinstitutions, nonprofit organizations and consortia or groups of organizationsand institutions serving higher education students, whose mission includescapturing student interest and/or improving student performance in science,technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, or related fields. Theestimated annual value of the award is $3,000,000 to $10,000,000 per year, fora period of performance not to exceed 5 years.

It is anticipated that this award will be an indefinite delivery indefinitequantity and cost reimbursement cooperative agreement. The recipient of thissingle award will support sub-agreements at 10 NASA centers delineated byunique cooperative agreement numbers assigned by the NASA Shared ServicesCenter.

NASA Education is planning an informational teleconference for all potentialproposers. The teleconference will take place on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at 2 p.m. EST. The dial-in number for theteleconference is 877-449-9072. The participant passcode is 8125991.

A Notice of Intent, or NOI, is requested to assist NASA in assessing thepossible response to this CAN; and to determine the number of subject matterexperts required for the Proposal Review Panel. NOIs should be submitted bymidnight (11:59 p.m.) Eastern Time, Feb. 13, 2013.

All proposals in response to this CAN must be submitted electronically. Electronicproposals must be submitted in their entirety by 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time onthe proposal due date of March 13, 2013.

For more information and instructions for submitting a NOI and proposal, visit  http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={445EE623-416B-4524-69CF-EA75FCC529BD}&path=open.

Questions about this CAN should be emailed to Tamra Ross at tkross@nasaprs.com.

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Sun-Earth Days 2013: Solar Max –Storm Warning: Effects on the Solar System

Join NASA in celebrating Sun-Earth Days with a series of programsand events that occur throughout the year, culminating with a celebration on March 22, 2013. This year’s theme, “SolarMax — Storm Warning: Effects on the Solar System,” invites participants to explorethe violent nature of our sun at the peak of solar activity and the discoveriescoming from the heliophysics and planetary missions during this exciting period.During solar maximum, there are many sunspots, solar flares and coronal massejections, all of which can affect communications and technology on Earth.

Learn about solar maximum and how it, along with space weather in general,affects our daily lives. Find out why scientists find it important to trackspace weather, much like meteorologists track storms on Earth. And learn aboutNASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore and its role inlaunching rockets to explore weather on Earth and in space.

On March 22, 2013, join theSun-Earth Days team for a live Sun-Earth Days webcast. For this webcast, theteam will combine forces with the award-winning NASA EDGE team known for theiroffbeat, funny and informative look behind the NASA curtain.

For more information, educational resources and social media connections, visitthe Sun-Earth Days website at http://sunearthday.nasa.gov.

Questions about Sun-Earth Days events should be emailed to sunearthday@gmail.com.

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Citizen Science: Asteroid Mappers

NASA’s Dawn Mission invites you to investigate and analyze high-resolution Dawnimages of the giant asteroid Vesta, including craters and other features, fromyour own computer.

The Dawn Mission began getting up close and personalwith Vesta in July 2011. Over the ensuing year, the spacecraft’s instrumentsgathered intriguing data including tens of thousands of images, more than the Dawnteam has time to analyze in detail.

That’s where you come in. You don’t have to be a member of the Dawn team toengage in the art of interpreting the images. Register today to help the DawnScience Team make sense of new elements on the surface of Vesta: its age, itscomposition and its revealing patterns.

For more information, visit http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/DawnCommunity/asteroid_mappers.asp.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please email Whitney Cobb at wcobb@mcrel.org.

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

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

NASA Education Express — Jan. 17, 2013

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

Science Fair Projects Demystified in NASA’s JetPropulsion Laboratory’s Education Videos
Audience: All Educators and Students

Expeditions 35 and 36 In-flight Education Downlink Opportunities
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 18, 2013

2013 RASC-AL Lunar WheelDesign Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students
New Deadline: Jan. 19, 2013

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

Invitation to Participate in ISSEarthKAM Winter 2013 Mission
Audience: Middle School Educators and Students
Optional Online Information Sessions: Jan. 22 and 23, 2013
Mission Dates: Jan. 29 – Feb. 1, 2013

International Space Station ResearchOpportunity for Higher Education Organizations
Audience: Higher Education Community
Deadline to Submit White Papers: Jan. 23, 2013

Chemical Elements: Genesis — What AreWe Made Of? Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 23, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST

Temperature and Earth Climate: ModelingHot and Cold Planets Web Seminar
Audience: 7-9 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 24, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST

NASA’s Glenn ResearchCenter’s High School Shadowing Project
Audience: Students in Grades 10-12
Session II Application Deadline: Jan. 25, 2013
Sessions III and IV Application Deadline: Feb.22, 2013

U.S. Department of Education TeachingAmbassador Fellowships
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: Jan. 29, 2013

Langley Aerospace Research StudentScholars — Summer 2013 Session
Audience: Higher Education Students
Informational Webcasts: Jan. 23-24, 2013
Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2013

U.S. Department of Energy Webcast — AnEnergy Literate Citizenry From K to Gray
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: Feb. 6, 2013, at 4 p.m. EST

IRIS Challenge: Trackinga Solar Storm
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Registration Open Now, Challenge Begins February2013

2013 Summer Undergraduate ResearchFellowships
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2013

5th Annual NASA STEM Educators Workshop Series
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Registration Deadline: Feb. 25, 2013
Event Date: March 4-6, 2013

2013 NASA Glenn Research CenterHigh School Internship Project
Audience: Students in Grades 10-11
Application Deadline: March 15, 2013

Free Lecture — GPS for Humanity — The Stealth Utility
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Date: March 21, 2013, at 8 p.m. EST

2013 Jet Propulsion LaboratorySummer Faculty Research Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Deadline: April 1, 2013

Presidential Awards forExcellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Audience: All Educators and Students
Nomination Deadline: April 1, 2013

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Science Fair Projects Demystified in NASA’s JetPropulsion Laboratory’s Education Videos

Just in time for science fair season, theEducation Office at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL, has released avideo series designed to take teachers, students and parents through thesometimes mystifying process of crafting a science fair project.

The six-part video seriesfeatures JPL scientist Serina Diniega, engineer Arby Argueta and educator OtaLutz, who team up to take viewers step by step through the project designprocess, from generating an idea to communicating the final results in anattractive display.

Students learn about one of the hardest steps in the process — generating anidea — from the perspectives of scientific investigation and engineering design,discovering how to observe and ask questions about the world around them thatcan serve as starting points for their projects.

The videos also cover common areas that students often overlook while designingtheir projects, such as asking a testable question that examines just oneconcept, and considering elements that could affect an experiment and factoringthem into the results.

Visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/sciencefair/to watch the series, download related resources and find notes for teachers andparents.

Questions about this video series should beemailed to Kim Orr at kimberly.m.orr@jpl.nasa.gov.

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Expeditions 35 and 36 In-flight EducationDownlink Opportunities

NASA is seeking formal and informal educationalorganizations, individually or working together, to host live, in-flighteducation downlinks during Expeditions 35 and 36 (approximately from March 2013to September 2013). To maximize these downlink opportunities, NASA is lookingfor organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integratethe downlinks into well-developed education plans.

The deadline to submit a proposal is Jan. 18, 2013.

During Expeditions 35 and 36, crew members aboard the International SpaceStation will participate in downlinks. Downlinks take approximately 20 minutesand allow students and educators to interact with astronauts through aquestion-and-answer session. Downlinks afford education audiences theopportunity to learn firsthand from astronauts what it is like to live and workin space. Downlinks are broadcast live on NASA TV and are streamed on the NASAwebsite. Because of the nature of human spaceflight, organizations mustdemonstrate the flexibility to accommodate changes in downlink dates and times.

Interested organizations should visit https://www.nasa.gov/education/tfs/downlinksto learn more or contact Teaching From Space at JSC-Teaching-From-Space@mail.nasa.gov.

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2013RASC-AL Lunar Wheel Design Challenge

Due to an initially aggressive schedule that resulted from a delayed launch ofthe 2013 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkage, orRASC-AL, Lunar Wheel Design Challenge, the new deadline to submit projectplans has been extended to Sunday, Jan. 19, 2013, at midnight EST.

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

In addition to the fieldtests, teams will present their wheel concepts to a design review panelcomprising Space Exploration Vehicle, or SEV, engineers. Presentations will bebased on each team’s technical paper that details the wheel concept’spath-to-flight (i.e., how the design can be applied to actual planetaryexploration on an SEV).

Based on a review of eachteam’s proposal, up to eight teams will be selected to compete at the“Roll-Off” in July 2013. Qualifying teams will receive a minimum of $9,000 todevelop and test their wheel designs. Winning teams will receive cash prizes.

The challenge is open to full-time undergraduate or graduate students majoring inengineering or science at an accredited university. University design teamsmust include one faculty or industry advisor with a university affiliation andtwo or more undergraduate or graduate students.

Student teams and their faculty advisors are invited to submit an onlineNotice of Intent (NOI)and a projectplan of their proposed wheelconcepts by Jan. 19, 2013. Multi-disciplinary teams and internationalcollaborations are encouraged.

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

If you have questions aboutthis competition, please contact Shannon Verstynen at shannon.verstynen@nianet.org orShelley Spears at shelley.spears@nianet.org.

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2013 RASC-AL Competition

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospaceannounce the 2013 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage, orRASC-AL, Competition. RASC-AL is a design project competition aimed atuniversity-level engineering students.

The RASC-AL contest challenges participants todesign projects based on real NASA projects. Participants can choose from threedifferent themes. Concepts derived from the design projects potentially couldbe implemented by NASA.

Interested teams are encouraged to submit anotice of intent by Nov 9, 2012, and teams must submit an abstract for theirproposed project by Jan.19, 2013. The RASC-AL Steering Committee of NASA and industryexperts will evaluate the proposals and select as many as 10 undergraduate andfive graduate teams to compete against each other at a forum in June 2013 inFlorida.

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

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

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

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ISS EarthKAM Winter 2013 Mission

Middle schooleducators are invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAMWinter 2013 Mission from Jan. 29 – Feb. 1, 2013. Guide your students inhands-on research as they program cameras aboard the space station to takepictures of specific locations on Earth.

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

Optional EarthKAM Online InformationSessions

If you’re new to EarthKAM or if you registered for a past mission butweren’t sure how to navigate the website and request images, join us for a 30-minuteonline EarthKAM information session. You’ll learn:

— What EarthKAM is all about and how you and your students can participate.
— What to expect during the mission, including the classroom time commitment.
— Ways to use EarthKAM to enhance what you already teach.

The online information sessions are free. Send an email to webinar@earthkam.ucsd.edu torequest log-in information. Please indicate which session you plan to attend.

Jan. 22 at 9:30 a.m. CST
Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. CST

Please note that you do not have to attend an information session toparticipate in the upcoming EarthKAM mission. The information sessions areprovided as an option for teachers who are new to EarthKAM or for returningteachers who have general questions.

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

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International Space StationResearch Opportunity for Higher Education Organizations

Conduct research in space and make new discoveries! The adventure begins in2013. The International Space Station NASA Education Projects Office hasreleased a solicitation for proposals of educational experiments relating toscience, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, that utilize theunique microgravity platform of the space station.

Proposals are being accepted from higher education institutions or consortia oforganizations serving the higher education community. Proposals must align withspace station program research priorities in technology, biology, biotechnologyand physical sciences. Experiment ideas also must address innovative,meaningful and enduring research and technology developmentactivities with STEM-based context.

Whitepapers must be submitted by 4 p.m. CST on Jan. 23, 2013. Full proposals aredue Feb. 20, 2013.

For more information, visit http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={8626F554-923E-4797-DEE7-89CF3988FEE3}&path=open.

Questions about this solicitation should be directed to Janejit T. Gensler at Janejit.t.gensler@nasa.gov.

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ChemicalElements: Genesis — What Are We Made Of? Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminarfor educators on Jan.23, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn how to use the “What Are WeMade Of?” hands-on activity to integrate mathematics and physical science inyour classroom. Discover how students can use statistical sampling to estimatethe chemical composition of the sun by analyzing data in a way similar to theone used by scientists who analyzed solar particles collected by the Genesisspacecraft.

For more information and to register online,visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar23.aspx.

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

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

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Temperature and Earth Climate:Modeling Hot and Cold Planets Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on Jan. 24, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Use NASAmission data collected from NASA satellites to see how a planet’s climate isdetermined. Attend this session and discover how you can incorporate authenticNASA data into your classroom to provide a real-world connection for your students.

This seminar will be repeated on May 2, 2013.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar24.aspx.

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

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

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NASA’s Glenn Research Center’s High SchoolShadowing Project

NASA’s Glenn Research Center, or GRC, inCleveland, Ohio, is accepting applications for its High School ShadowingProject sessions for the 2012-2013 school year. This opportunity providesstudents with a one- to five-day career exploration experience at GlennResearch Center.

The project provides high school students withan opportunity to explore career possibilities in a research and developmentenvironment while under the guidance of a NASA scientist, engineer, technicianor administrative professional that serves as the student’s mentor. Studentsare provided information about various careers, career paths and Glenn ResearchCenter educational resources and programs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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U.S. Department of Education TeachingAmbassador Fellowships


Teachers with successful strategies for increasing student achievement areencouraged to apply for Teaching Ambassador Fellowship positions with the U.S.Department of Education for the 2013-2014 school year. Teachers will be chosenbased upon their record of leadership, impact on student achievement andpotential for contribution to the department and the field.

The program offers two tracks: Classroom and Washington Fellows.

Classroom Fellows will serve their regular teaching contracts with theirdistricts and will be paid to perform additional fellowship duties for theDepartment of Education. As practicing classroom teachers, these Fellows willshare an important perspective for — and will gain more knowledge about — educationpolicy and program development. They will share their experiences with otherFellows and with the Department of Education at designated times throughout theyear.

Washington Fellowswill serve as full-time federal employees in Washington, D.C., from the summerof 2013 through June 2014. They will be placed in appropriate positions withinthe Department of Education to work on education program development andimplementation. They will focus on using their previous classroom experience tocontribute knowledge and insight to various Department of Education projects.They will spend the majority of their time working in program offices,increasing their knowledge of and contributing to federal education policiesand programs, and collaborating with other Fellows.

Applications for both tracks are due Jan.29, 2013.

For more information about this fellowship opportunity and activities ofthe current group of Teaching Ambassador Fellows, visit http://www.ed.gov/programs/teacherfellowship/index.html.

If you have questions about the fellowship, please email your inquiries to TeacherFellowship@ed.gov.

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Langley Aerospace Research StudentScholars — Summer 2013 Session

Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars, or LARSS, is offering a10-week summer internship at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.Internships are available for rising undergraduate juniors, seniors andgraduate students at accredited U.S. colleges, universities and communitycolleges. Students of all majors are encouraged to apply. The grade pointaverage requirement is a 3.0 out of a 4.0.

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

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applications are due Feb. 1, 2013.

Note: Fifteen-week fall and spring sessions are also offered. Please see thewebsite for details.

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

To learn more about the LARSS internship opportunity, join NASA’s DigitalLearning Network for two informational webcast events. The webcasts are takingplace from 3-4 p.m. on Jan. 23-24, 2013. To join the webcast, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/index.html.

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

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U.S. Department of Energy Webcast– An Energy Literate Citizenry From K to Gray

Join the U.S. Department of Energy for a webinar detailing the “EnergyLiteracy Framework,” which identifies concepts every citizen should knowto be energy literate. With this document, the Department of Energy aims toempower energy educators to apply an interdisciplinary, systems-based approachto teaching the physical, natural and social sciences necessary for a comprehensiveunderstanding of energy.

The “Energy Literacy Framework” was developed through a series ofworkshops and an extensive review and comment process involving the 13 federalpartner agencies, including NASA. The U.S. Global Change Research Program comprisesthese agencies and many other education partners. With the “EnergyLiteracy Framework” complete and in print, work continues involvingeducation partners to advance energy education with audiences from K to Gray.

This webinar will take place on Feb. 6,2013, at 4 p.m. EST.

For more information and toregister online, visit https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/198384864.

To learn more about the “Energy Literacy Framework,” visit http://www1.eere.energy.gov/education/energy_literacy.html.

Questions about this webinar should be emailed to DaNel Hogan at DaNel.Hogan@ee.doe.gov.

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IRIS Challenge:Tracking a Solar Storm

Join the Tracking a Solar Storm Challenge andguide students as they learn about the sun’s anatomy, the space weather itgenerates and why studying the sun is important.

This challenge is designed around NASA’s solarmission Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS. Scheduled to launch inApril 2013, the IRIS spacecraft will study the dynamics of the interface regionof our sun’s atmosphere using an ultraviolet telescope and imagingspectrograph. As students participate in the challenge, they will learn moreabout the IRIS mission and the instruments that scientists use to gather solardata.

An educators’ guide for the IRIS challenge isavailable on the Tracking a Solar Storm website and includes key informationfor helping students study the sun’s weather, track a solar storm and predictits effect on Earth. Students will demonstrate what they have learned bycollecting data and producing a space weather report.

The challenge will run February – May 2013.

To learn more about the challenge, visit http://irischallenge.arc.nasa.gov/.

Educators are invited to register now at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZRBWQQKto receive updates as the challenge develops.

Please email any questions about this challengeto Linda Conrad at arc-quest-challenge@mail.nasa.gov.

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2013 Summer UndergraduateResearch Fellowships

Caltech’s Summer Undergraduate ResearchFellowships, or SURF, project introduces undergraduate students to researchunder the guidance of seasoned mentors at Caltech or NASA’s Jet PropulsionLaboratory, or JPL. Students experience the process of research as a creativeintellectual activity and gain a more realistic view of the opportunities anddemands of a professional research career.

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

All application materials must be received no later than Feb. 22, 2013. For more information,visit http://www.surf.caltech.edu/.

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

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5th Annual NASA STEM Educators Workshop Series

Join NASA for the 5th Annual NASA STEM Educators Workshop Series takingplace March 4-6, 2013,in Charlotte, N.C.

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

Registration is free. The deadline for registration is Feb. 25, 2013.

For more information and to register for the workshops, visit https://education.uncc.edu/cstem/nasa.

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

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2013 NASA Glenn Research CenterHigh School Internship Project

The NASA Glenn Research Center High SchoolInternship Project provides paid summer internship opportunities, eight weeksin duration, to students interested in careers in science, technology,engineering, mathematics and professional administration at the NASA GlennResearch Center in Cleveland, Ohio. This project offers opportunities forstudents in grades 10 and 11 who will be juniors and seniors in the upcomingschool year, and is sponsored by the Educational Programs Office.

To be eligible for this project:

— The applicant must be a U.S. citizen and 16 years old on or before theproject start date (June 17, 2013).
— The applicant must be a permanent resident of Ohio and currently enrolled ina high school located within a 50-mile radius of Glenn Research Center.
— The applicant must be a current sophomore or junior at the time ofapplication.
— The applicant must have a minimumcumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
— The applicant must be available on a full-time basis (Monday through Friday,40 hours per week) from June 17, 2013, through Aug. 9, 2013.

Applications are due March 15,2013. For more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/education/GlennHighSchoolIntership.html.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to GRC-intern@mail.nasa.gov.

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FreeLecture — GPS for Humanity — The StealthUtility

The Global PositioningSystem, or GPS, has become a ubiquitous, but often invisible, part of modernlife. On March21, 2013, Dr. Bradford Parkinson, chiefarchitect and original program director for GPS in the 1970s, will present thehistory, applications and future of GPS and the Global Navigation SatelliteSystem.

The lecture begins at 8 p.m. at the National Air and Space Museum inWashington, D.C. For those unable to attend in person, the lecture will bewebcast live.

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=5245.

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

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2013 Jet Propulsion LaboratorySummer Faculty Research Program

Applications are currently accepted for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory2013 Summer Faculty Research Program. This program provides opportunities forscience, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, faculty to engage inresearch of mutual interest to the faculty member and a JPL researcher.Non-STEM faculty will be considered based on available opportunities.

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

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

The deadline for applications is April1, 2013. For more information about this opportunity, visit http://jsfrp.jpl.nasa.gov/.

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

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Presidential Awards forExcellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

The National Science Foundation is currently accepting nominations andapplications for the PresidentialAwards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, or PAEMST, program.PAEMST is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th-grademathematics or science (including computer science) teacher may receive foroutstanding teaching in the United States. Since 1983, more than 4,100 teachershave been recognized for their contributions to mathematics and scienceeducation. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to theircommunities and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and scienceeducation. Up to 108 awardees may be recognized each year.

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

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

Nominations for secondary school teachers (grades 7-12) are due April 1, 2013. Elementary schoolteachers (Grades K-6) are eligible to apply in 2014.

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

Please email any questions about thisopportunity to info@paemst.org.

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

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

NASA Education Express — Jan. 10, 2013

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

CuriosityExplorer Badge on Foursquare
Audience: All Educators and Students

Properties ofLiving Things: Searching for Life on Mars Web Seminar
Audience: 4-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 10, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST

Women in STEM HighSchool Aerospace Scholars
Audience: Female High School Juniors
Application Deadline: Jan.10, 2013

National Air and Space Museum SuperScience Saturday Events
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event: Jan. 12, 2013

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

2013 Alan ShepardTechnology in Education Awards
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: Jan. 14, 2013

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

2013 NASA UnmannedAerial Systems Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students and Faculty
Notice of Intent Deadline: Jan. 15, 2013

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

Go Out of ThisWorld at the Presidential Inauguration with NASA
Audience: All Educators and Students 18+ Years Old
Registration Deadline: Noon EST on Jan. 16, 2013

Human Body: Space Adaptations Web Seminar
Audience: 4-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 16, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST

Expeditions 35and 36 In-flight Education Downlink Opportunities
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 18, 2013

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

2013 RASC-AL Lunar WheelDesign Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students
New Deadline: Jan. 19, 2013

Invitation to Participate in ISSEarthKAM Winter 2013 Mission
Audience: Middle School Educators and Students
Optional Online Information Sessions: Jan. 22 and 23, 2013
Mission Dates: Jan. 29 – Feb. 1, 2013

International Space Station ResearchOpportunity for Higher Education Organizations
Audience: Higher Education Community
Deadline to Submit White Papers: Jan. 23, 2013

Undergraduate Student Instrument ProjectEducational Flight Opportunity
Audience: Higher Education
Proposal Deadline: April 5, 2013

NASAResearch Announcement for Competitive Program for Science Museums,Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMP+)
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Proposal Due Date: April 9, 2013

Space Place Prime Now Available foriPhone
Audience: K-6 Educators

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CuriosityExplorer Badge on Foursquare

NASA and the mobile application Foursquare haveteamed up to help the public unlock its scientific curiosity with a newrover-themed Curiosity Explorer badge.

Users of the Foursquare social media platform can earn the badge by followingNASA and checking in at a NASA visitor center or venue categorized as a sciencemuseum or planetarium. Upon earning the badge, users will see a special messageon Foursquare:

“Get out your rock-vaporizing laser! You’ve explored your scientific curiositiesjust like NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars. Stay curious and keep exploring. Younever know what you’ll find.”

The launch of the badge follows the October check-in on Mars by NASA’sCuriosity rover, which marked the first check-in on another planet. Foursquareusers can keep up with Curiosity as the rover checks in at key locations andposts photos and tips, all while exploring the Red Planet.

To learn more about the new Foursquare badge,visit https://www.nasa.gov/connect/foursquare.html.

To follow the Mars Curiosity rover and NASA on Foursquare, visit http://www.foursquare.com/MarsCuriosity and http://www.foursquare.com/NASA.

For more information about NASA’s Curiosity mission, visit https://www.nasa.gov/msl.

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to Jason Townsend at Jason.C.Townsend@nasa.gov.

Foursquare is a registered trademark of Foursquare Labs Inc.

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

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, theNASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a 90-minute Web seminar for educators on Jan. 10, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Thisweb seminar features two lessons: one on extremophiles and the other onsearching for life. Review criteria for determiningif something is alive and learn how students apply the criteria in a hands-onactivity. A video will be shown that connects the activity to a NASA mission. Collaboratewith other participants about ways of using and adapting the activity.Extension activities for students interested in the topic will be provided.

This seminar is offered again on April 18, 2013.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar21.aspx.

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

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

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Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars

Engineer your dream job! The adventure begins in2013. NASA wants you to become part of the workforce of tomorrow as we offerthe opportunity to dream, engineer and WISH. The Women in STEM High SchoolAerospace Scholars, or WISH, project offers a one-of-a-kind experience forfemale high school juniors to jump-start their future by engaging inopportunities relating to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Participation starts in an online community andculminates with a summer experience at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston,Texas, during the summer of 2013. Get ready to collaborate with girls fromacross the country as you complete online activities, design unique projects,work with NASA personnel and present mission accomplishments. Start your dreamnow!

To be eligible, applicants must be:
— U.S. citizens.
— Female high school juniors during the2012-2013 school year.
— Interested and excited about science,technology, engineering and mathematics.
— Committed to a one-year relationship withNASA’s Johnson Space Center.
— Able to access the Internet and email (athome, school or public library).
— A scholar with a cumulative GPA of 3.25/4.0or higher.

The application deadline is Jan. 10, 2013.

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

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

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NationalAir and Space Museum Super Science Saturday Events

Join the National Air and Space Museum on thesecond Saturday of each month during 2013 for Super Science Saturday at the StevenF. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. Through demonstrations and hands-onactivities, visitors of all ages will become immersed in science, technology,engineering and mathematics topics related to aviation and space exploration.Each event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Admission is free,and parking is $15.

Upcoming topics include:

Jan. 12, 2013 — From the Wright Brothers to the Right Stuff
Feb. 9, 2013 — Scientists and Inventors
March 9, 2013 — The Space Shuttle
April 13, 2013 — How Things Fly
May 11, 2013 — Astronomy
June 8, 2013 — Energy
July 13, 2013 — Weather
Aug. 10, 2013 — Helicopters
Sept. 14, 2013 — Living and Working in Space
Oct. 12, 2013 — Balloons and Blimps
Nov. 9, 2013 — The Moon and Beyond
Dec. 14, 2013 — The Wright Brothers

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

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

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American Meteorological Society’s DataStremeEarth’s Climate System Professional Development Course

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

DataStreme ECS uses NASA Earth Observing Systemdata and visualizations, and introduces the Educational Global Climate Modeldeveloped by the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, to explore thefundamentals of climate change. Teachers completing the course construct andexecute a plan of action to advance public climate science literacy and affectcurriculum change within their local schools and districts.

DataStreme ECS is administered through LocalImplementation Teams across the country. The course is free to allparticipants, and the teachers are awarded three graduate credits uponsuccessful completion of the course.

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

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

Questions about these courses should be directedto amsedu@ametsoc.org.

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2013 Alan ShepardTechnology in Education Awards

Do you know K-12 teachers or district-level administrators who are making adifference in education through the use of technology? Recognize theirachievements by nominating them for the Alan Shepard Technology in EducationAward. The Astronauts Memorial Foundation, in partnership with NASA and theSpace Foundation, will recognize the accomplishments of one outstandingindividual and his or her contributions to lifelong learning through the applicationof technology in the classroom or in the professional development of teachers.

Technology personnel and K-12 classroom teacherswho have demonstrated exemplary use of technology to enhance learning areeligible for this award. School principals, superintendents or associatesuperintendents may nominate eligible candidates. The award will be presentedin April 2013 at the 29th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo.The deadline for applications is Jan.14, 2013.

Applications and more information are availableonline at http://www.amfcse.org/alan_shepard_award/default.html.

Questions about this award should be directed toamfreg@amfcse.org.

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Fall 2013 NASAAeronautics Scholarships

Applications are now being accepted through an online process for the fall2013 cycle of the NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program. The program annuallyawards multiyear scholarships to 20 undergraduate and five graduate students inaeronautics or related fields of study.

Undergraduate students with at least two yearsof study remaining will receive up to $15,000 per year for two years and theopportunity to receive a $10,000 stipend by interning at a NASA research centerduring the summer. Graduate students receive up to $46,000 per year for up tothree years, with an opportunity to receive a $10,000 stipend interning at aNASA research center for up to two consecutive summers. Applicants must be U.S.citizens.

NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directoratesponsors the program. The application period closes Jan. 15, 2013.

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

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

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2013 NASAUnmanned Aerial Systems Challenge

NASA invites college teams to take part in the2013 NASA Aeronautics Mission Directorate’s Unmanned Aerial Systems Challenge.Students are invited to propose an unmanned aerial firefighting system tobattle a wildfire raging in a drought-stricken area. Design assessment will bebased on projected effectiveness, cost, innovation, and ease of use andoperation inside the National Air Space.

The contest is open to teams of full-timestudents enrolled in higher education institutions of the United States or itsterritories. This category includes universities, colleges, trade schools,community colleges, professional schools, etc. Multidisciplinary teams areencouraged.

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

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

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

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2012-2013 Game Changing Engineering DesignChallenge

NASA invites college student teams to enter the2013 Game Changing Engineering Design Challenge. Student teams are asked todesign a thermal control system for a manned space station in low lunar orbit.Designs must accommodate a six-person crew, maintain acceptable temperaturesfor avionics components, and provide a healthy environment for the crew.Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

The contest is open to student teams frompost-secondary institutions in the United States or its territories. Thiscategory includes universities, colleges, trade schools, community colleges,professional schools, etc.

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

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

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

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

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Go Out of This World at the Presidential Inauguration with NASA

NASA invites social media followers to a NASA OpenHouse event showcasing NASA’s science, technology and engineering prowess from9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at NASA Headquarters inWashington, D.C. This NASA Social is an opportunity to obtain a reserved seatduring the open house and gain behind-the-scenes access to NASA’s talentedpeople, including astronauts, mission management and communicators.

During the event, participants will participate in four interactive sessionscovering topics including NASA’s plans for the future of human spaceflight; theimportance of technology innovation to our future; science on the InternationalSpace Station; and NASA’s ongoing and future missions to Mars. Additionally,the NASA Social participants will be treated to a special behind-the-scenessession about living and working in space.

The NASA Social will take place in the James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium atNASA Headquarters, 300 E Street, SW, Washington, D.C.

Registration is open until noonEST on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. NASAwill randomly select 75 total participants, including guests, from theregistrants to obtain a reserved seat. Additional applicants will be able toparticipate and attend the public open house portions of the event on aspace-available basis. The Webb Auditorium holds nearly 200 persons.

For more NASA Social and sign up information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/social.

Questions about this NASA Social event should bedirected to HQ-Social@mail.nasa.gov.

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Human Body: Space Adaptations WebSeminar

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hostinga 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Jan. 16, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST. Spaceis a harsh environment. When an astronaut goes into space, his or her bodyimmediately begins to change, causing the astronaut to feel and even lookslightly different. During this seminar, you will get information about theeffects of microgravity on astronauts. You also will be guided through threestudent activities, which provide a first-hand look at the effects of reducedgravity on bones, the fluid shifts in the body and the amount of oxygen neededto survive.

This seminar will be repeated on April 24, 2013.

For more information and to registeronline, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar22.aspx.

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

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

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Expeditions 35 and 36 In-flight EducationDownlink Opportunities

NASA is seeking formal and informal educationalorganizations, individually or working together, to host live, in-flighteducation downlinks during Expeditions 35 and 36 (approximately from March 2013to September 2013). To maximize these downlink opportunities, NASA is lookingfor organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integratethe downlinks into well-developed education plans.

The deadline to submit a proposal is Jan. 18, 2013.

During Expeditions 35 and 36, crew members aboard the International SpaceStation will participate in downlinks. Downlinks take approximately 20 minutesand allow students and educators to interact with astronauts through aquestion-and-answer session. Downlinks afford education audiences theopportunity to learn firsthand from astronauts what it is like to live and workin space. Downlinks are broadcast live on NASA TV and are streamed on the NASAwebsite. Because of the nature of human spaceflight, organizations mustdemonstrate the flexibility to accommodate changes in downlink dates and times.

Interested organizations should visit https://www.nasa.gov/education/tfs/downlinksto learn more or contact Teaching From Space at JSC-Teaching-From-Space@mail.nasa.gov.

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2013 RASC-ALCompetition

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospaceannounce the 2013 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage, orRASC-AL, Competition. RASC-AL is a design project competition aimed atuniversity-level engineering students.

The RASC-AL contest challenges participants todesign projects based on real NASA projects. Participants can choose from threedifferent themes. Concepts derived from the design projects potentially couldbe implemented by NASA.

Interested teams are encouraged to submit anotice of intent by Nov 9, 2012, and teams must submit an abstract for theirproposed project by Jan.19, 2013. The RASC-AL Steering Committee of NASA and industryexperts will evaluate the proposals and select as many as 10 undergraduate andfive graduate teams to compete against each other at a forum in June 2013 inFlorida.

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

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

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

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2013RASC-AL Lunar Wheel Design Challenge

Due to an initially aggressive schedule that resulted from a delayed launch ofthe 2013 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkage, orRASC-AL, Lunar Wheel Design Challenge, the new deadline to submit projectplans has been extended to Sunday, Jan. 19, 2013, at midnight EST.

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

In addition to the fieldtests, teams will present their wheel concepts to a design review panelcomprising Space Exploration Vehicle, or SEV, engineers. Presentations will bebased on each team’s technical paper that details the wheel concept’spath-to-flight (i.e., how the design can be applied to actual planetaryexploration on an SEV).

Based on a review of eachteam’s proposal, up to eight teams will be selected to compete at the“Roll-Off” in July 2013. Qualifying teams will receive a minimum of $9,000 todevelop and test their wheel designs. Winning teams will receive cash prizes.

The challenge is open to full-time undergraduate or graduate students majoringin engineering or science at an accredited university. University design teamsmust include one faculty or industry advisor with a university affiliation andtwo or more undergraduate or graduate students.

Student teams and their faculty advisors are invited to submit an onlineNotice of Intent (NOI)and a projectplanof their proposed wheelconcepts by Jan. 19, 2013. Multi-disciplinary teams and internationalcollaborations are encouraged.

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

If you have questions aboutthis competition, please contact Shannon Verstynen at shannon.verstynen@nianet.org orShelley Spears at shelley.spears@nianet.org.

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ISS EarthKAM Winter 2013 Mission

Middle school educatorsare invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAM Winter2013 Mission from Jan. 29 – Feb. 1, 2013. Guide your students in hands-onresearch as they program cameras aboard the space station to take pictures ofspecific locations on Earth.

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

Optional EarthKAM Online InformationSessions

If you’re new to EarthKAM or if you registered for a past mission butweren’t sure how to navigate the website and request images, join us for a 30-minuteonline EarthKAM information session. You’ll learn:

— What EarthKAM is all about and how you and your students can participate.
— What to expect during the mission, including the classroom time commitment.
— Ways to use EarthKAM to enhance what you already teach.

The online information sessions are free. Send an email to webinar@earthkam.ucsd.edu torequest log-in information. Please indicate which session you plan to attend.

Jan. 22 at 9:30 a.m. CST
Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. CST

Please note that you do not have to attend an information session toparticipate in the upcoming EarthKAM mission. The information sessions areprovided as an option for teachers who are new to EarthKAM or for returningteachers who have general questions.

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

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International Space StationResearch Opportunity for Higher Education Organizations

Conduct research in space and make new discoveries! The adventure begins in2013. The International Space Station NASA Education Projects Office hasreleased a solicitation for proposals of educational experiments relating toscience, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, that utilize theunique microgravity platform of the space station.

Proposals are being accepted from higher education institutions or consortia oforganizations serving the higher education community. Proposals must align withspace station program research priorities in technology, biology, biotechnologyand physical sciences. Experiment ideas also must address innovative,meaningful and enduring research and technology development activities with STEM-basedcontext.

Whitepapers must be submitted by 4 p.m. CST on Jan. 23, 2013. Full proposals aredue Feb. 20, 2013.

For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/9wnhgj9.

Questions about this solicitation should be directed to Janejit T. Gensler at Janejit.t.gensler@nasa.gov.

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UndergraduateStudent Instrument Project Educational Flight Opportunity

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, or SMD, has released a solicitation forproposals for the Undergraduate Student Instrument Project Educational FlightOpportunity. This opportunity is open to U.S. university undergraduate studentsand is seeking proposals from student teams to design, build, test and fly ascience payload on a NASA suborbital vehicle, such as a sounding rocket,balloon, aircraft or commercial suborbital reusable launch vehicle.

This Educational Flight Opportunity is intended to provide multidisciplineundergraduate student teams an exciting hands-on project, while at the sametime promoting the technical and project management skills necessary to trainthe country’s future science and technology leaders.

The maximum funding available from SMD for a proposedproject, including the design, development and testing of the science payload,is $50,000. The science payload funding may be supplemented with contributionsby the implementing university; however, there are no expectations as to theamount of the university contributions. The university contribution isdetermined strictly by the university based on the university’s capabilitiesand the project’s needs. The cost of payload integration with the suborbitalvehicle and the launch/flight is provided by NASA at no cost to the universityteam. The selected projects must be launched or flight-ready within 13-16months from the project initiation date. SMD expects to select approximately15-20 projects, subject to available funding.

Proposalsmust be submitted by 5 p.m. EDT on April 5, 2013.

For more information, visit http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={0C22969D-FD8F-1AEB-CBFB-5DAACA749452}&path=open.

Questions about this solicitation should be directed to David Pierce at David.L.Pierce@nasa.gov.

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NASAResearch Announcement for Competitive Program for Science Museums,Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMP+)

The NASA Office of Education invites proposals from museums, science centers,planetariums, NASA Visitor Centers and other informal education institutionsvia this 2013 NASA Research Announcement, or NRA,: Competitive Program forScience Museums, Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers Plus OtherOpportunities, or CP4SMP+, Announcement Number NNH13ZHA001N. Proposals must besubmitted electronically via the NASA Solicitation and Proposal IntegratedReview and Evaluation System, or NSPIRES, or Grants.gov.

Proposers may request a grant or cooperative agreement to support NASA-themedscience, technology, engineering or mathematics, or STEM, education, includingexhibits, within these congressionally directed topics: space exploration,aeronautics, space science, Earth science or microgravity. CP4SMP+ is acompetitive, high-quality national program. The basic goal of the CP4SMP+solicitation is to further NASA Strategic Goal 6: Share NASA with the public,educators and students to provide opportunities to participate in our mission,foster innovation and contribute to a strong national economy. A primary, butnot the only, subgoal of this solicitation is to achieve NASA’s flagshipinvestment in Outcome 6.2: Promote STEM literacy through strategic partnershipswith formal and informal organizations.

Eligible institutions do not need to have the words “museum,””visitor center,” “science” or “planetarium” intheir official names, but must be located in the United States or itsterritories. See the NRA for full eligibility requirements and other limitations.Check the NSPIRES website once a week to learn if amendments or frequentlyasked questions, or FAQs, have been added. Amendments and FAQs also will beannounced via the NASA Education Express Listserv.

Do not submit a Notice Of Intent.

Full proposals are due April 9, 2013.

For more information about this opportunity, visitNSPIRES at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={37764C2A-F415-01DF-1B30-F1971BE7F8BE}&path=open.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please direct your questionsto the contacts listed within the NRA.

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Space Place Prime Now Availablefor iPhone

Space Place Prime, the popular iPad magazine from NASA’s Jet PropulsionLaboratory, is now available for iPhone. This exciting app gathers some of thebest and most recent Web offerings from NASA and JPL, including engrossingarticles from The Space Place website,enlightening videos, and daily images such as the Astronomy Picture of the Dayand the NASA Earth Observatory Image of the Day.

Space Place Prime targets a multigenerational audience. Kids, teachers,parents, space enthusiasts and everyone in between will find fascinatingfeatures on this new, free iPhone app.

Look for Space Place Prime in the Apple App Store at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/space-place-prime/id543935008?mt=8.

iPad and iPhone are registered trademarks ofApple Inc.

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

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

NASA Education Express — Jan. 3, 2013

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

Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher EducationStudents
Next Lecture Date: Jan. 5, 2013

Call for Abstracts: 64th International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time Graduate Students
Submission Deadline: Feb. 21, 2013

Call for NEXT GEN Plenary: 64th International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time Graduate Students
Submission Deadline: Jan. 6, 2013

2013 NASA and WorcesterPolytechnic Institute Sample Return Robot Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators andStudents
Early Bird Registration Deadline: Jan. 7, 2013

Registration Open forthe 20th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race
Audience: 9-12 & Higher Education Educatorsand Students
Registration Deadline for International Teams:Jan. 7, 2013
Registration Deadline for U.S. Teams: Feb. 4,2013

Analyzing Solar Energy Graphs: MY NASADATA Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 8, 2013

Teaching FromSpace Office Seeks Educators for MicroGravity eXperience
Audience: K-12 Educators
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 9, 2013

Properties ofLiving Things: Searching for Life on Mars Web Seminar
Audience: 4-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 10, 2013

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Womenin STEM High School Aerospace Scholars
Audience: Female High School Juniors
New Deadline: Jan.10, 2013

National Air and Space Museum SuperScience Saturday Events
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: Monthly through 2013

International Space StationResearch Opportunity for Higher Education Organizations
Audience: Higher Education Community
Deadline to Submit White Papers: Jan. 23, 2013

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

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Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

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

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

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

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

Feb. 16, 2013 — Venus:50 Years After Mariner 2
Fifty years ago Mariner 2 flew past Venus, becoming the first space probeto explore another planet. But Venus, our nearest neighbor, still holds manymysteries. Geophysicist Bruce Campbell will discuss what is known about Venus,including how it differs from Earth, and how future explorers may providecrucial clues to understanding this hot, dry world.

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

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

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

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Call for Abstracts: 64th International AstronauticalCongress

NASA announces its intent to participate in the 64th InternationalAstronautical Congress, or IAC, and requests that full-time graduate studentsattending U.S. universities or colleges respond to this call for abstracts. TheIAC, which is organized by the International Astronautical Federation, or IAF,the International Academy of Astronautics and the International Institute ofSpace Law, is the largest space-related conference worldwide and selects anaverage of 1,000 scientific papers every year.

The upcoming IAC will be held Sept. 23-27, 2013, in Beijing, China. NASA’sparticipation in this event is an ongoing effort to continue to connect NASAwith the international astronautical and space communities.

The IAC has posted a “Call for Abstracts,” with a submission deadlineof Feb. 21, 2013. NASA plans to alsoannounce a “Call for Abstracts” inviting graduate students to submitabstracts (of no more than 400 words) to participate in the 64th InternationalAstronautical Congress. Abstracts must be submitted to NASA and to the IAF.Details on the NASA “Call for Abstracts” will be distributed by mid-January,with the same submission deadline of Feb.21, 2013. The selected NASA-sponsored students must also be selected by theIAF.

Please visit the IAC website (http://www.iac2013.org/) for additional information about the Congress and toobtain information about the “Call for Abstracts.”

Important IAC Deadlines:

— Abstract submission closes Feb. 21, 2013.
— Paper submission closes Sept. 4, 2013.
— Presentation submission closes Sept. 18, 2013.

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to Carolyn Knowles at carolyn.knowles-1@nasa.gov.

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Call for NEXT GEN Plenary: 64th InternationalAstronautical Congress

Calling students and young professionals! If you could choose humanity’s nextdestination in space, where would you choose? We want to hear what you thinkshould be the next destination for humans to explore and why your destinationis the best. As today’s 21- to 35-year-olds, you will be the senior engineersand mission managers who will be carrying out and leading the next humanmissions to explore space, and we want your input. Why wait 10 years to beheard? We invite you to share your ideas with space leaders in government,industry and academia at the International Astronautical Congress, or IAC, inBeijing, China, on Sept. 23-27, 2013.

This is a wonderful opportunity for you to address and possiblyinfluence the international space community. We are proposing a plenary eventto hear concrete ideas from 21- to 35-year-olds on what the next destinationsfor human space exploration should be. If approved, this event will take placethe week of Sept. 23-27, 2013, in Beijing, China at the IAC (www.iafastro.com). The plenary participants will engage in a paneldiscussion and interact with the audience while sharing their ideas on thepossible future destinations for human space exploration, including discussingthe benefits, risks and challenges of each location. The plenary will bemoderated in a talk-show fashion, interweaving clips from the panelists’audition videos with questions and comments from the moderator, other panelistsand the audience. The video clips will be used to enhance the audience’sunderstanding of the ideas of the plenary participants. This is an excitingopportunity that you do not want to miss!

Thissounds great!  What do I need to do toparticipate?

Round One: 15 Seconds of Fame!
By Jan. 6, 2013, create a 15-secondvideo telling us why you should be chosen to address the IAC, and post it on https://www.youtube.com. We will only watch/listen for 15 seconds, so be sureto watch the time of your video! Then complete the application at this link.

Round Two: Three Minutes!
The International Astronautical Federation, or IAF, will select the secondround of candidates from those submitting the 15-second videos and notify allentrants by Jan. 22, 2013. Specific details of Round Two requirements will besent to the candidates in the notification. Selected candidates will be askedto create and post a three-minute video on a specified YouTube site by Feb. 22, 2013.

Video Details:
Please record your video in a high-quality audio and video format. If youare selected as a panelist, segments of your videos will be used to promote andduring the plenary. Please limit special effects, scene changes and music. Thevideo is about you, not your video editing skills.

Final Selection:
The IAF will select the finalists from these entries based on theircreativity, efficacy of messages and relevance to the plenary topics. We willbe looking for concrete ideas on what the next destinations for humans toexplore should be and why these destinations are important, as well as yourexpertise in this area.

The IAF will make the final selection of plenaries for the IAC in Beijing theweek of March 18, 2013, and will notify the finalists of its decision by March31, 2013.

Who Will Sponsor Me to Travel toBeijing?
Plenary participants will be responsible for finding a sponsor or sponsors fortheir travel to and accommodations at the IAC.
In addition to the obvioussources of sponsorship — your employer or school, and industry contacts — wewant to share with you some great programs for students and young professionalsthat occur in conjunction with the 2013 Beijing IAC. The following are alldistinct programs related to the IAC but are not directly related to thisplenary opportunity.

— IAF Emerging Space Leaders Grant Programme (Watch for the announcement thismonth at http://www.iafastro.org.)

— Candidates are encouraged to contact the Space Generation Advisory Committee,or SGAC, concerning the plans for the SGAC event prior to the IAC in Beijingand associated sponsorship opportunities. Visit www.spacegeneration.org for more information.

— Students in Europe, Japan and the United States are encouraged to contact theEuropean Space Agency, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency and NASArespectively to apply to the space agencies’ student programs at the IAC inBeijing.

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to Carolyn Knowles at carolyn.knowles-1@nasa.gov.

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2013 NASA andWorcester Polytechnic Institute Sample Return Robot Challenge

NASA and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute inWorcester, Mass., are seeking teams to compete in a robot technologydemonstration competition with a potential $1.5 million prize purse.

During the Sample Return Robot Challenge, teamswill compete to demonstrate a robot that can locate and retrieve geologicsamples from a wide and varied terrain without human control. The objective ofthe competition is to encourage innovations in automatic navigation and roboticmanipulator technologies. Innovations stemming from this challenge may improveNASA’s capability to explore a variety of destinations in space, as well asenhance the nation’s robotic technology for use in industries and applicationson Earth.

NASA provides the prize money to the winningteam as part of the agency’s Centennial Challenges competitions, which seekunconventional solutions to problems of interest to the agency and the nation.While NASA provides the prize purse, the competitions are managed by nonprofitorganizations that cover the cost of operations through commercial or privatesponsorships. The competition is planned for June 2013 in Worcester and isanticipated to attract hundreds of competitors from industry and academianationwide.

Early bird registration and fees for thecompetition are due by Jan.7, 2013. Teams wishing to register after this date are subjectto approval by the judging committee.

For more information about the Sample ReturnRobot Challenge and to register online for the competition, visit http://challenge.wpi.edu.

The Centennial Challenges program is part ofNASA’s Space Technology Program, which is innovating, developing, testing andflying hardware for use in NASA’s future missions. NASA’s Space TechnologyProgram and the Centennial Challenges are creating new technological solutionsfor NASA and our nation’s future. For more information about NASA’s CentennialChallenges and the Space
Technology Program, visit https://www.nasa.gov/challenges.

Questions about the Sample Return Robot Challengeshould be sent to challenge@wpi.edu.

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Registration Openfor the 20th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race

Registration is open for the 20th Annual NASAGreat Moonbuggy Race. High school and college students are challenged to designand build a vehicle that addresses a series of engineering problems similar tothose faced by the original lunar-roving vehicle team. Each school may enter upto two teams. International teams are limited to 10 teams per country. The racewill take place April 25-27, 2013, in Huntsville, Ala., at the U.S. Space &Rocket Center.

International teams must register by Jan. 7, 2013. U.S.teams must register by Feb.4, 2013.

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

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

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Analyzing Solar Energy Graphs: MYNASA DATA Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, theNASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a 90-minute Web seminar for educators on Jan 8, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST.

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

This seminar is offered again on March 26, 2013.

For more information and to register online,visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar20.aspx.

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

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

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Teaching FromSpace Office Seeks Educators for MicroGravity eXperience

NASA’s Teaching From Space Office and the Reduced Gravity Education FlightProgram are seeking applications for teams of K-12 educators to participate inthe MicroGravity eXperience, or Micro GX, project. This project gives studentsand educators across the country the opportunity to work together on anexperiment to be tested aboard a microgravity aircraft. This incredibleopportunity is open to any current K-12 classroom educator in the UnitedStates. Educators must also be U.S. citizens.

Micro GX activities begins with students andeducators developing and proposing a reduced-gravity experiment. Selectededucator teams will receive online professional development on classroomresources for microgravity, collaboration with a NASA mentor and areduced-gravity flight. With combined input from their students and mentor,educator teams will design and fabricate their experiments to be tested andevaluated aboard an aircraft that flies approximately 30 roller-coaster-likeclimbs and dips to produce periods of microgravity and hypergravity, rangingfrom almost zero gravity to 2 g.

Seven teams of four to five educators from asingle school or school district will be selected from this application processto participate in Micro GX. This includes participation in an onlinemicrogravity course, which will begin on Feb. 11, 2013, with a series of Webseminars with NASA personnel to initiate experiment development. The highlightof the online course is to travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston,Texas, and participate in the Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program duringthe week of July 12-20, 2013. During the flight week, educators will fly andperform custom experiments in a reduced-gravity environment. Selected teamsare responsible for all expenses associated with the travel and stay inHouston. The online course continues with activities beyond the flightexperience through Aug. 26, 2013.

Educator teams interested in participating inMicro GX may submit a proposal no later than Jan. 9, 2013. For more information, visithttp://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov/tfsor send an email to jsc-rgeducator@nasa.gov.

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Propertiesof Living Things: Searching for Life on Mars Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, theNASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a 90-minute Web seminar for educators on Jan. 10, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST. This web seminar featurestwo lessons: one on extremophiles and the other on searching for life. Review criteria for determining if something is alive andlearn how students apply the criteria in a hands-on activity. A video will beshown that connects the activity to a NASA mission. Collaborate with otherparticipants about ways of using and adapting the activity. Extensionactivities for students interested in the topic will be provided.

This seminar is offered again on April 18, 2013.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar21.aspx.

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

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

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DEADLINEEXTENDED: Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars

Engineer your dream job! The adventure begins in2013. NASA wants you to become part of the workforce of tomorrow as we offerthe opportunity to dream, engineer and WISH. The Women in STEM High SchoolAerospace Scholars, or WISH, project offers a one-of-a-kind experience forfemale high school juniors to jump-start their future by engaging inopportunities relating to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Participation starts in an online community andculminates with a summer experience at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston,Texas, during the summer of 2013. Get ready to collaborate with girls fromacross the country as you complete online activities, design unique projects,work with NASA personnel and present mission accomplishments. Start your dreamnow!

To be eligible, applicants must be:
— U.S. citizens.
— Female high school juniors during the2012-2013 school year.
— Interested and excited about science,technology, engineering and mathematics.
— Committed to a one-year relationship withNASA’s Johnson Space Center.
— Able to access the Internet and email (athome, school or public library).
— A scholar with a cumulative GPA of 3.25/4.0or higher.

The application deadline has been extended to Jan.10, 2013.

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

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

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National Air and Space MuseumSuper Science Saturday Events

Join the National Air and Space Museum on the second Saturday ofeach month during 2013 for Super Science Saturday at the Steven F. Udvar-HazyCenter in Chantilly, Va. Through demonstrations and hands-on activities,visitors of all ages will become immersed in science, technology, engineeringand mathematics topics related to aviation and space exploration. Each eventtakes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Admission is free, and parkingis $15.

Upcoming topics include:

Jan. 12, 2013 — From the Wright Brothers to the Right Stuff
Feb. 9, 2013 — Scientists and Inventors
March 9, 2013 — The Space Shuttle
April 13, 2013 — How Things Fly
May 11, 2013 — Astronomy
June 8, 2013 — Energy
July 13, 2013 — Weather
Aug. 10, 2013 — Helicopters
Sept. 14, 2013 — Living and Working in Space
Oct. 12, 2013 — Balloons and Blimps
Nov. 9, 2013 — The Moon and Beyond
Dec. 14, 2013 — The Wright Brothers

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

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

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International Space StationResearch Opportunity for Higher Education Organizations

Conduct research in space and make new discoveries! The adventure begins in2013. The International Space Station NASA Education Projects Office hasreleased a solicitation for proposals of educational experiments relating toscience, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, that utilize theunique microgravity platform of the space station.

Proposals are being accepted from higher education institutions or consortia oforganizations serving the higher education community. Proposals must align withspace station program research priorities in technology, biology, biotechnologyand physical sciences. Experiment ideas also must address innovative,meaningful and enduring research and technology development activities with STEM-basedcontext.

Whitepapers must be submitted by 4 p.m. CST on Jan. 23, 2013. Full proposals aredue Feb. 20, 2013.

For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/9wnhgj9.

Questions about this solicitation should be directed to Janejit T. Gensler at Janejit.t.gensler@nasa.gov.

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What’s New at NASA’s Space Place Website

Earth is in the lucky position to have a love-hate relationship with its star.We say lucky, because obviously we couldn’t live without it, but at times it’sa little difficult to live with it as well. We call the conditions around ourplanet, outside of its own atmosphere and magnetosphere, space weather, but itdefinitely affects us on Earth, too. It’s a good thing we are learning tounderstand and predict the sun’s tantrums.

Let’s Start Here
“Space Place Live!” is a cartoon talk show where Space Place charactersinterview real NASA scientists and engineers. The latest episode stars MeravOpher, astrophysicist. She studies how stars work, including our star. In thisseven-minute video, we learn about the solar wind, solar flares, theheliosphere and the environment the sun creates for everything in the solarsystem. Dr. Opher also talks about how she got interested in physics and whatelse she likes to do for fun. Check it out at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/space-place-live/#opher.

Space Place en Español
La historia de una extraña noche de tormenta (solar)… tells the story of astrange and (solar) stormy night. Along with a story of the severe solar stormof August 1859, where the Northern Lights were seen as far south as CentralAmerica, “Shields Up!” (¡Escudos arriba!”) is a game in which the player has toprotect Earth-orbiting satellites from the wrath of bad space weather. The gameand article are available in Spanish and English. See http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/sp/shields-up.

Spotlight on All Things Sunny…
Heliophysics, or the physics of the sun, is one of the four major sciencethrusts of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. (The others are astrophysics,Earth science and the solar system.) On The Space Place, these translate to themenu tabs Space, Sun, Earth, and Solar System.

The sun-Earth connection is so important in understanding our immediateenvironment. The Sun menu (http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/menu/sun)offers activities, games and fun facts about the sun and how it affects Earth.The most comprehensive treatment of this relationship is the animated, narratedstorybook “Super Star Meets the Plucky Planet: Or, how Earth and Sun come tomutual understanding and respect.” It is also available to print and read aloudor have the students read aloud (http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/story-superstar).

For the Classroom
The Gallery of Sun images (http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/gallery-sun)is just for teachers to print and post in the classroom. They have large,simple captions.

For Out of School Time
“Satellite Insight” is an absorbing game for all ages that runs on bothcomputer and iPhone or iPad. It is Tetris-like, where six tile colors representdifferent types of data measured and recorded by the GeostationaryOperational Environmental Satellite – R Series, or GOES-R, satellite.Bonus material explains what each of the tile colors stand for, such as clouds,lightning and solar energy. A lot of them stand for data related to spaceweather. See http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/satellite-insight.

Special Days

Jan. 7, 1610: Galileo discoveredJupiter’s four largest moons.
Explore Jupiter’s big moons in the “Solar System Explorer” game. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/solar-system-explorer

Jan. 15, 2006: Stardust mission capsulereturned comet samples to Earth.
Learn about comets and how they are different from asteroidswith the Comet vs. Asteroids four-page color brochure. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/posters/#asteroids

Jan. 31, 1958: Explorer 1 was the firstU.S. satellite launched into orbit.
How do orbits work, anyway? Find out by putting a cannonball into orbit! http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/how-orbits-work

Feb. 19, 1473: Nicolaus Copernicus born.
He thought the sun was the center of the universe. He was wrong. But just whereis the center? Dr. Marc answers in a short podcast. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/podcasts/#center

Feb. 22: Thinking Day
The “Spitzer” memory game will make you think very hard. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/spitzer-concentration

Send Feedback
Please let us know your ideas about ways to use The Space Place in yourteaching. Send to info@spaceplace.nasa.gov.

Don’t Forget…
You can find dozens of other ideas and rich resources for theclassroom and out-of-school time at our Parents & Educators page, http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/menu/parents-and-educators.

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

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

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

NASA Education Express — Dec. 20, 2012

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

National Space Biomedical Research InstituteSummer Internship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators andStudents
Application Deadline: Dec. 31, 2012

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program –Mission 4 to the International Space Station
Audience: 5-Higher Education Educators and Students
Inquiry Deadline: Dec. 31, 2012

NASA Social Event at Next Landsat Launch
Audience: All Educators and Students 18+ Years Old
Registration Deadline: Noon EST on Jan. 2, 2013

Women in STEM HighSchool Aerospace Scholars
Audience: Female High School Juniors
Deadline: Jan. 3, 2013

Free Smithsonian’s StarsLecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Jan. 5, 2013

2013 NASA and WorcesterPolytechnic Institute Sample Return Robot Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators andStudents
Early Bird Registration Deadline: Jan. 7, 2013

Registration Open forthe 20th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race
Audience: 9-12 & Higher Education Educatorsand Students
Registration Deadline for International Teams:Jan. 7, 2013
Registration Deadline for U.S. Teams: Feb. 4,2013

Analyzing Solar Energy Graphs: MY NASADATA Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 8, 2013

Teaching FromSpace Office Seeks Educators for MicroGravity eXperience
Audience: K-12 Educators
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 9, 2013

International Space Station ResearchOpportunity for Higher Education Organizations
Audience: Higher Education Community
Deadline to Submit White Papers: Jan. 23, 2013

2013 Space Exploration Educators Conference
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Feb. 7-9, 2013

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National Space Biomedical Research InstituteSummer Internship Program

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

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

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

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

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Student Spaceflight ExperimentsProgram — Mission 4 to the International Space Station

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the ArthurC. Clarke Institute for Space Education, in partnership with NanoRacks LLC,announce a new opportunity for communities across the U.S. and space stationpartner nations. The newest Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, or SSEP,flight opportunity, Mission 4 to the International Space Station, or ISS, givesstudents across a community the ability to design and propose real experimentsto fly in low Earth orbit on the International Space Station.

Each participating community will be provided areal microgravity research mini-laboratory capable of supporting a singlemicrogravity experiment, and all launch services to fly the mini-lab to thespace station in fall 2013 and return it to Earth. An experiment designcompetition in each community — engaging 300+ students — allows student teamsto design and propose real experiments vying for theircommunity’s reserved mini-lab. Content resources for teachers and studentssupport foundational instruction on science in microgravity and experimentaldesign. Additional SSEP programming leverages the experiment design competitionto engage the community, embracing a learning community model for science,technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education.

This competition is open to students in grades 5-12 and college. Informaleducation groups and organizations are also encouraged to participate.Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than Dec. 31, 2012. The National Center for Earth and SpaceScience Education is available to help interested communities in the U.S.secure the needed funding.

The first two SSEP flight opportunities saw experiments flown on the finalflights of space shuttles Endeavour and Atlantis. These missions engaged 27communities, providing a combined 30,700 students in grades 5-14 theopportunity to participate, 977 student team proposals were received and 27experiments were selected and flown on the shuttles. SSEP Missions 1, 2 and 3to the International Space Station engaged 32 communities, providing 69,100 studentsin grades 5-14 the opportunity to participate, 3,370 student team proposalswere received and 39 experiments were flown to space station on the SpaceXDragon vehicle. The Mission 3 payload of 17 experiments is expected to fly to thespace station in April 2013.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit the SSEP Mission 4 to InternationalSpace Station National Announcement of Opportunity at http://ssep.ncesse.org/2012/11/announcing-student-spaceflight-experiment-program-ssep-mission-4-to-the-international-space-station-for-2013/.

SSEP is a program of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Educationin the U.S., and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Educationinternationally. It is enabled through a strategic partnership with NanoRacksLLC working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization ofthe International Space Station as a national laboratory. The
Center for the Advancement of Science in Space  is a National Partner onSSEP.

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

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NASASocial Event at Next Landsat Launch

NASA invites social media followers to a unique two-day NASA Social event onFeb. 10-11, 2013, at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The event willbring 80 social media users together to witness the launch of the Landsat DataContinuity Mission, a satellite that continues a record-breaking 40 years ofEarth observations.

NASA Socials are in-person meetings with peoplewho engage with the agency through Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other socialnetworks. Participants will get a behind-the-scenes tour of Vandenberg AirForce Base’s Western Range, including a rare look inside the launch controlcenter, tours of the launchpad and mission control and a visit to Vandenberg’son-base private museum. Participants will also hear first-hand accounts by theLandsat Mission science and engineering teams and meet fellow scienceenthusiasts who are active on social media.

On launch day, NASA Social participants and their friends and families areinvited to a special public viewing area to watch the Landsat launch.

Registration is open until noon EST on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. NASA will select 80participants at random from Web registrants. Additional applicants will beplaced on a waiting list. Because of space limitations, those selected will notbe permitted to bring a guest on tours. Each participant must be age 18 orolder.

For more NASA Social and sign up information,visit https://www.nasa.gov/social.

To join and track the conversation online duringthe NASA Socials, follow the hashtags #NASASocial and #Landsat.

To learn more about the Landsat series ofEarth-observing satellites, visit https://www.nasa.gov/Landsat.

Questions about this NASA Social event should bedirected to HQ-Social@mail.nasa.gov.

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Women in STEMHigh School Aerospace Scholars

Engineer your dream job! The adventure begins in2013. NASA wants you to become part of the workforce of tomorrow as we offerthe opportunity to dream, engineer and WISH. The Women in STEM High SchoolAerospace Scholars, or WISH, project offers a one-of-a-kind experience forfemale high school juniors to jump-start their future by engaging inopportunities relating to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Participation starts in an online community andculminates with a summer experience at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston,Texas, during the summer of 2013. Get ready to collaborate with girls fromacross the country as you complete online activities, design unique projects,work with NASA personnel and present mission accomplishments. Start your dreamnow!

To be eligible, applicants must be:
— U.S. citizens.
— Female high school juniors during the2012-2013 school year.
— Interested and excited about science,technology, engineering and mathematics.
— Committed to a one-year relationship withNASA’s Johnson Space Center.
— Able to access the Internet and email (athome, school or public library).
— A scholar with a cumulative GPA of 3.25/4.0or higher.

The application deadline has been extended to Jan.3, 2013.

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

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

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FreeSmithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

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

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

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

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

Feb. 16, 2013 — Venus:50 Years After Mariner 2
Fifty years ago Mariner 2 flew past Venus, becoming the first space probeto explore another planet. But Venus, our nearest neighbor, still holds manymysteries. Geophysicist Bruce Campbell will discuss what is known about Venus,including how it differs from Earth, and how future explorers may providecrucial clues to understanding this hot, dry world.

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

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

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

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2013 NASA and Worcester Polytechnic InstituteSample Return Robot Challenge

NASA and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute inWorcester, Mass., are seeking teams to compete in a robot technologydemonstration competition with a potential $1.5 million prize purse.

During the Sample Return Robot Challenge, teamswill compete to demonstrate a robot that can locate and retrieve geologic samplesfrom a wide and varied terrain without human control. The objective of thecompetition is to encourage innovations in automatic navigation and roboticmanipulator technologies. Innovations stemming from this challenge may improveNASA’s capability to explore a variety of destinations in space, as well asenhance the nation’s robotic technology for use in industries and applicationson Earth.

NASA provides the prize money to the winningteam as part of the agency’s Centennial Challenges competitions, which seekunconventional solutions to problems of interest to the agency and the nation.While NASA provides the prize purse, the competitions are managed by nonprofitorganizations that cover the cost of operations through commercial or privatesponsorships. The competition is planned for June 2013 in Worcester and isanticipated to attract hundreds of competitors from industry and academianationwide.

Early bird registration and fees for thecompetition are due by Jan.7, 2013. Teams wishing to register after this date are subjectto approval by the judging committee.

For more information about the Sample ReturnRobot Challenge and to register online for the competition, visit http://challenge.wpi.edu.

The Centennial Challenges program is part ofNASA’s Space Technology Program, which is innovating, developing, testing andflying hardware for use in NASA’s future missions. NASA’s Space TechnologyProgram and the Centennial Challenges are creating new technological solutionsfor NASA and our nation’s future. For more information about NASA’s CentennialChallenges and the Space
Technology Program, visit https://www.nasa.gov/challenges.

Questions about the Sample Return RobotChallenge should be sent to challenge@wpi.edu.

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Registration Openfor the 20th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race

Registration is open for the 20th Annual NASAGreat Moonbuggy Race. High school and college students are challenged to designand build a vehicle that addresses a series of engineering problems similar tothose faced by the original lunar-roving vehicle team. Each school may enter upto two teams. International teams are limited to 10 teams per country. The racewill take place April 25-27, 2013, in Huntsville, Ala., at the U.S. Space &Rocket Center.

International teams must register by Jan. 7, 2013. U.S.teams must register by Feb.4, 2013.

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

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

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Analyzing Solar Energy Graphs: MYNASA DATA Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, theNASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a 90-minute Web seminar for educators on Jan 8, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST.

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

This seminar is offered again on March 26, 2013.

For more information and to register online,visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar20.aspx.

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

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

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Teaching FromSpace Office Seeks Educators for MicroGravity eXperience

NASA’s Teaching From Space Office and the Reduced Gravity Education FlightProgram are seeking applications for teams of K-12 educators to participate inthe MicroGravity eXperience, or Micro GX, project. This project gives studentsand educators across the country the opportunity to work together on anexperiment to be tested aboard a microgravity aircraft. This incredibleopportunity is open to any current K-12 classroom educator in the UnitedStates. Educators must also be U.S. citizens.

Micro GX activities begins with students andeducators developing and proposing a reduced-gravity experiment. Selectededucator teams will receive online professional development on classroomresources for microgravity, collaboration with a NASA mentor and areduced-gravity flight. With combined input from their students and mentor,educator teams will design and fabricate their experiments to be tested andevaluated aboard an aircraft that flies approximately 30 roller-coaster-likeclimbs and dips to produce periods of microgravity and hypergravity, rangingfrom almost zero gravity to 2 g.

Seven teams of four to five educators from asingle school or school district will be selected from this application processto participate in Micro GX. This includes participation in an onlinemicrogravity course, which will begin on Feb. 11, 2013, with a series of Webseminars with NASA personnel to initiate experiment development. The highlightof the online course is to travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston,Texas, and participate in the Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program duringthe week of July 12-20, 2013. During the flight week, educators will fly andperform custom experiments in a reduced-gravity environment. Selected teamsare responsible for all expenses associated with the travel and stay in Houston.The online course continues with activities beyond the flight experiencethrough Aug. 26, 2013.

Educator teams interested in participating inMicro GX may submit a proposal no later than Jan. 9, 2013. For more information, visithttp://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov/tfsor send an email to jsc-rgeducator@nasa.gov.

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International Space StationResearch Opportunity for Higher Education Organizations

Conduct research in space and make new discoveries! The adventure begins in2013. The International Space Station NASA Education Projects Office hasreleased a solicitation for proposals of educational experiments relating toscience, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, that utilize theunique microgravity platform of the space station.

Proposals are being accepted from higher education institutions or consortia oforganizations serving the higher education community. Proposals must align withspace station program research priorities in technology, biology, biotechnologyand physical sciences. Experiment ideas also must address innovative,meaningful and enduring research and technology developmentactivities with STEM-based context.

Whitepapers must be submitted by 4 p.m. CST on Jan. 23, 2013. Full proposals aredue Feb. 20, 2013.

For more information, visit http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={8626F554-923E-4797-DEE7-89CF3988FEE3}&path=open.

Questions about this solicitation should be directed to Janejit T. Gensler at Janejit.t.gensler@nasa.gov.

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2013 Space Exploration Educators Conference

Make plans to attend the 19th Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference, tobe held Feb. 7-9, 2013, at Space Center Houston. This conference is forall K-12 educators. Activities presented use space-related themes to teachacross the curriculum and can be used for science, language arts, mathematics,history and more.

Attend sessions hosted by scientists and engineers working on the InternationalSpace Station, Mars exploration and the planets beyond. Hear from astronautswho will be leading the charge in exploration. Attend sessions presented byeducators and receive ready-to-implement classroom ideas. Attendees can earn upto 24 hours of continuing professional education credit.

Keynote speakers scheduled to attend include astronaut Satoshi Furukawa andactor LeVar Burton.

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

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

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

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

NASA Education Express — Dec. 13, 2012

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

Comet Quest Game Now Available in Spanish, French and German
Audience: All Educators and Students

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

Weatherand Climate: Satellite Meteorology Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Dec. 13, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. EST

2013 NASA High-AltitudeStudent Platform Opportunity
Audience: Higher Education Educators andStudents
Application Deadline: Dec. 14, 2012

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

Free Smithsonian’s StarsLecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Dec. 15, 2012

2013 Texas High SchoolAerospace Scholars
Audience: 9-12 Students
Deadline: Dec. 16, 2012

Chemistry ofWater: Mars Exploration — Is There Water on Mars? Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Dec. 17, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. EST

Social Media Users Invited to Apply for Credentials to Attend NASA Social Media Event at TDRS-K Launch in Florida
Audience: All Educators and Students 18+ Years Old
Registration Deadline: 3 p.m. EST on Dec. 19, 2012

Engineering Design: Forces and Motion –Balloon Aerodynamics Challenge Web Seminar
Audience: 6-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Dec. 19, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. EST

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Womenin STEM High School Aerospace Scholars
Audience: Female High School Juniors
New Deadline: Jan. 3, 2013

DEADLINE EXTENDED: 2013RASC-AL Lunar Wheel Design Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students
New Deadline: Jan. 19, 2013

NASA’s REEL Science Communication Contest
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2013

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Comet Quest Game Now Available in Spanish, French and German

NASA’s popular “Comet Quest” game fromNASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is now available for free in three additionallanguages. The game can be downloaded from the iTunes Apps store in Spanish,French and German (as well as English).

Players of “Comet Quest” learn about comets and the European SpaceAgency’s international Rosetta mission. The game mimics the real Rosettamission, and enables you to control the spacecraft. Players drop a lander on acomet’s nucleus, then observe and record events (cracks in the comet, coma andtail getting brighter and more) as they occur. Players must avoid hazards andsuccessfully transmit data to Earth, earning points for each accomplishment.

The free “CometQuest” app is available for download for iPhone and iPad from theiTunes Store at http://bit.ly/xXhjI7.

To learn more about the Rosetta mission, visit http://rosetta.jpl.nasa.gov/.

iPhone, iPad and iTunes Store are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.registered in the U.S. and other countries.

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FreeEducation Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

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

Ignite Learning Using the RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering DesignChallenge (Grades 8-12)
Dec. 13, 2012, 6 – 7 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Sharon Bowers will introduce participants to theRealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge, a free web-basedengineering design challenge that offers students a change to redesigncomponents of the James Webb Space Telescope.

How Do We Know the Climate Is Changing? NASA Climate Kids (Grades 2-8)
Dec. 18, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler will lead participants on anexploration of the “Climate Kids” and “Eyes on the Earth” educator materials.Participants will also learn how to use real-time data to explain the effectsof climate change on the arctic ice caps.

Chipmunk Cheeks and Chicken Legs: Body Systems and Life in Space (GradesK-12)
Dec. 19, 2012, 4 – 6 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Rachelle Oblack will lead participants on anexploration of the circulatory, nervous, vestibular and musculoskeletal systemswith hands-on activities and demonstrations. A full downloadable educator guidewill be shared. This webinar is part of the Department of Education GreenStrides webinar series.

For more information about these webinars, visit http://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.

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

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Weather and Climate: Satellite Meteorology Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, theNASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a 90-minute professional development Web seminar for educators on Dec. 13, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EST.

Participants will learn to use the data from NASA’s research satellite programin their meteorology lessons. This Web seminar features “Monitoring theGlobal Environment,” one of eight modules within the satellite meteorologycourse. The activities within this module incorporate the use of authentic dataacquired by NASA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites and PolarOperational Environmental Satellites. Attendees will learn how to locate anddownload satellite data then use the data to create graphs.

For more informationand to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar17.aspx.

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

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

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2013 NASA High-Altitude Student PlatformOpportunity

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

The annual NASA project provides near-spaceaccess for 12 undergraduate and graduate student experiments to be carried by aNASA high-altitude research balloon. The flights typically last 15 to 20 hoursand reach an altitude of 23 miles. Experiments may include compact satellitesor prototypes.

The experiments are flown aboard theHigh-Altitude Student Platform, or HASP, a balloon-born instrument stacklaunched from the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility’s remote site in FortSumner, N.M. The goals of the project are to provide a space test platform toencourage student research and stimulate the development of student satellitepayloads and other space-engineering products.

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

The deadline for applications is Dec. 14, 2012.

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

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

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2012 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Video Contest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FreeSmithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2013 Texas High School Aerospace Scholars

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

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

The application deadline has been extended to Dec. 16, 2012.

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

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

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Chemistryof 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 Associationare hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on Dec.17, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EST. “Chemistry of Water: Mars Exploration –Is There Water on Mars?” is an inquiry-based lesson on how atmosphericpressure and vapor pressure affect the boiling point of water. See why theboiling point of water is pressure-dependent, rather thantemperature-dependent. Then, by extension, you will deduce if there could beliquid water on Mars.

This seminar will be repeated on March 12, 2013.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar18.aspx.

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

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

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Social Media Users Invited to Apply for Credentials to Attend NASA Social Media Event at TDRS-K Launch in Florida

NASA will give 70 of its social media followers an
insider’s look at America’s space program and the opportunity to see
a launch in-person. The NASA Social, scheduled for Jan. 28-29 to
coincide with the launch of NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay
Satellite-K (TDRS-K), will be held at the agency’s Kennedy Space
Center in Florida.

NASA Socials are in-person meetings with people who engage with the
agency through Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social networks.

TDRS-K is targeted to launch at 8:52 p.m. EST Jan. 29 on a United
Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

Registration for the NASA Social opens at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13,
and closes at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec.19. Participants will be selected
from online registrations. Because portions of this event may take
place in restricted areas, registration is limited to U.S. citizens.
Participants will have unique behind the scenes experiences with NASA,
which they are encouraged to share with others through their favorite
social networks. Guests will view the launch, tour facilities at
Kennedy, speak with representatives from NASA and the Space
Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Office, visit the Atlas V launch
pad, and meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media
and members of NASA’s social media team.

The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System is a space-based
communication system used to provide tracking, telemetry, command,
and high bandwidth data return services to its many customers. A
major component of the system is the spacecraft itself, TDRS.
Currently, there are 7 operational satellites that provide in-flight
communications with spacecraft operating in low-Earth orbit. Aboard
each satellite are multiple antennae that send and receive signals
both to and from the ground to multiple satellites simultaneously. As
a result, TDRS provides a wide variety of services to meet customers’
needs and demands.

For more information on the NASA Social and to register, visit:
https://www.nasa.gov/social

To find all the ways to connect and collaborate with NASA, visit:
https://www.nasa.gov/connect

To learn more about TDRS, visit:
https://www.nasa.gov/tdrs

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EngineeringDesign: Forces and Motion — Balloon Aerodynamics Challenge Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminarfor educators on Dec. 19, 2012, at 6:30p.m. EST. This Web seminar will introduce the Forces and Motion: BalloonAerodynamics Challenge for students. This activity provides firsthandinformation about density, neutral buoyancy and drag, which is then used tosolve a problem. The activity provides many opportunities for incorporatingnational mathematics, science and technology learning standards into yourcurriculum.

This seminar will be repeated on Apr. 17, 2013.

For more information and to registeronline, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar19.aspx.

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

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

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DEADLINEEXTENDED: Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars

Engineer your dream job! The adventure begins in2013. NASA wants you to become part of the workforce of tomorrow as we offerthe opportunity to dream, engineer and WISH. The Women in STEM High SchoolAerospace Scholars, or WISH, project offers a one-of-a-kind experience forfemale high school juniors to jump-start their future by engaging inopportunities relating to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Participation starts in an online community andculminates with a summer experience at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston,Texas, during the summer of 2013. Get ready to collaborate with girls fromacross the country as you complete online activities, design unique projects,work with NASA personnel and present mission accomplishments. Start your dreamnow!

To be eligible, applicants must be:
— U.S. citizens.
— Female high school juniors during the2012-2013 school year.
— Interested and excited about science,technology, engineering and mathematics.
— Committed to a one-year relationship withNASA’s Johnson Space Center.
— Able to access the Internet and email (athome, school or public library).
— A scholar with a cumulative GPA of 3.25/4.0or higher.

The application deadline has been extended to Jan.3, 2013.

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

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

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DEADLINEEXTENDED: 2013 RASC-AL Lunar Wheel Design Challenge

Due to an initially aggressive schedule that resulted from a delayed launch ofthe 2013 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkage, orRASC-AL, Lunar Wheel Design Challenge, the new deadline to submit projectplans has been extended to Sunday, Jan. 19, 2013, at midnight EST.

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

In addition to the fieldtests, teams will present their wheel concepts to a design review panelcomprising Space Exploration Vehicle, or SEV, engineers. Presentations will bebased on each team’s technical paper that details the wheel concept’spath-to-flight (i.e., how the design can be applied to actual planetaryexploration on an SEV).

Based on a review of eachteam’s proposal, up to eight teams will be selected to compete at the“Roll-Off” in July 2013. Qualifying teams will receive a minimum of $9,000 todevelop and test their wheel designs. Winning teams will receive cash prizes.

The challenge is open to full-time undergraduate or graduate students majoringin engineering or science at an accredited university. University design teamsmust include one faculty or industry advisor with a university affiliation andtwo or more undergraduate or graduate students.

Student teams and their faculty advisors are invited to submit an onlineNotice of Intent (NOI)and a projectplanof their proposed wheelconcepts by Jan. 19, 2013. Multi-disciplinary teams and internationalcollaborations are encouraged.

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

If you have questions aboutthis competition, please contact Shannon Verstynen at shannon.verstynen@nianet.org orShelley Spears at shelley.spears@nianet.org.

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NASA’s REEL Science Communication Contest

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

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

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

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

 — NEW! Director’s CutVideo from NASA Producer Ali Ogden —

NASA producer Ali Ogden created a video, whichshares her insight about producing a video feature for NASA. In this director’scut version of her Montreal Protocol story, Ali providespractical advice about audience, thinking visually, story and post-production.These practical tips for video production will help students with the REELScience Contest. To view Ogden’s video, visit http://aura.gsfc.nasa.gov/reelscience-video.html.

For more information and instructions for submitting a video, visit http://aura.gsfc.nasa.gov/reelscience.

Questions about this contest should be emailed to Ginger Butcher at ginger.butcher-1@nasa.gov.

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

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

NASA Education Express — Dec. 6, 2012

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

New DIY Podcast Module Available — Exploration Careers
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students

Engineering Design Challenge: Thermal Protection System Web Seminar
Audience: 8-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Dec. 6, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. EST

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

Social Media Users Invited to Apply forCredentials to Attend NASA Airborne Earth Science Event
Audience: All Educators and Students 18+ YearsOld
Registration Deadline: 7 p.m. EST on Dec. 10, 2012

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

Online Professional Development Workshop: Big Answers From SmallBodies
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Event Date: Dec. 12, 2012

Weather andClimate: Satellite Meteorology Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Dec. 13, 2012

2013 NASA High-AltitudeStudent Platform Opportunity
Audience: Higher Education Educators andStudents
Application Deadline: Dec. 14, 2012

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

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program –Mission 4 to the International Space Station
Audience: 5-Higher Education Educators and Students
Inquiry Deadline: Dec. 31, 2012

NASA Social Event at Next Landsat Launch
Audience: All Educators and Students 18+ Years Old
Registration Deadline: Noon EST on Jan. 2, 2013

2013 NASA UnmannedAerial Systems Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students and Faculty
Notice of Intent Deadline: Jan. 15, 2013

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

Expeditions 35 and 36 In-flightEducation Downlink Opportunities
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 18, 2013

Host a Real-Time Conversation With Crewmembers Aboard the InternationalSpace Station
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 28, 2013

Electronic Professional DevelopmentNetwork Courses
Audience: K-12 Educators
Using Robotics to Enhance STEM Learning: Jan. 16 – Feb. 26, 2013
Project-Based Inquiry Learning: March 13 – April 16, 2013

2013 Thacher Environmental ResearchContest
Audience: 9-12 Students
Entry Deadline: April 15, 2013

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New DIY Podcast Module Available — Exploration Careers

NASA’s Do-It-YourselfPodcast’s newest module, Exploration Careers, provides students with videoclips, audio clips, and resources featuring various scientists, engineers andhuman resource specialists to offer insightful tips and information on variousNASA career fields.

Even though the Space Shuttle Program has ended, NASA is still developing newtechnology and spacecraft to continue the mission to explore. Developing newspacecraft systems, improving life-support systems for long-term space travel,and studying the effects of extended visits in space on the human body requirestrong workforce knowledge and skill.

NASA depends on its workforce to fulfill its missions. Soon, many employeeswill be retiring, so NASA has another mission to complete. NASA will need tohire people with degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics toreach its goals. In fact, numerous federal agencies and private companies needworkers with STEM skills. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show thatjobs in STEM fields are expected to grow faster than those in non-STEM fieldsfrom 2010-2020.

So, how do we get students interested in STEM careers? Sharing information onthe vast array of STEM careers is important. And having students conducthands-on STEM activities is crucial to developing problem-solving and other21st-century skills that will be demanded by employers. Exposure toprofessionals working in STEM fields is a key element. According to the U.S.Government Accountability Office, having a mentor significantly influencesstudents’ decisions to pursue STEM degrees and jobs, especially for women andminorities.

Using the video and audio clips, students can create their own podcasts as theylearn about STEM careers at NASA. Teachers can access the DIY Podcast blog togather resources and information to supplement the Careers module.

Come on! It’s time to integrate technology into your classrooms. And NASA’s DIYPodcast has the tools and information to help you and your students succeed.

NASA’s DIY Podcast: Exploration Careers
https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/diypodcast/exploration-careers-index-diy.html

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

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

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EngineeringDesign Challenge: Thermal Protection System Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar foreducators on Dec. 6, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn about the science ofheat transfer and heat dissipation related to NASA vehicles, and receive anintroduction to the associated engineering design challenge, Thermal ProtectionSystem. In this activity, students are challenged to design a thermalprotection system and test it using a propane torch.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar16.aspx.

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

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

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2013 RASC-AL Robo-OpsCompetition

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

The RASC-AL Robo-Ops contest challenges participantsto build a planetary rover prototype and demonstrate its capabilities in fieldtests at NASA’s Johnson Space Center’s, or JSC’s, Rock Yard. Up to threemembers of the team (plus the faculty advisor) may travel to JSC for the onsitetesting. The remaining team members will stay behind at the local university toconduct mission control tasks. The prototype rovers will be tele-operated bythe university-based team members and must negotiate a series of obstacleswhile accomplishing a variety of tasks. The only information available to therover controller to perform the required tasks will be information transmittedthrough onboard rover video camera(s) or other onboard sensors.

Teams will be required to do an education andoutreach activity for their rovers that demonstrates participatory explorationapproaches for future NASA missions.

Teams must submit a project plan for theirproposed project by Dec.9, 2012. The RASC-AL Robo-Ops Steering Committee of NASAexperts will evaluate the project plans and select as many as eight teams tocompete against each other at the Rock Yard in June 2013.

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

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

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

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Social Media Users Invited to Apply for Credentials to Attend NASA AirborneEarth Science Event


NASA is inviting social media followers for abehind-the-scenes look at several airborne Earth science missions during anevent on Jan. 25, 2013, at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards,Calif.

Social media users may apply for credentials to meet scientists and learn howthey study the Earth using specialized science instruments on a unique fleet ofaircraft.

Three major Earth science missions that will be airborne studying air pollutionand climate change next month will be featured.

— NASA’s high-altitude unmanned Global Hawk aircraft will fly six miles abovethe surface to a region of the atmosphere that controls the entry of pollutantsand other gases into the stratosphere. NASA’s Airborne Tropical TropopauseExperiment (ATTREX) will look at how these gases influence Earth’s climate,ozone layer and energy budget.

— Two NASA planes will fly over the San Joaquin Valley to measure airpollution this winter. They are part of a five-year NASA science campaigncalled DISCOVER-AQ, which is working to improve the ability of satellites toobserve air quality in the lowest part of the atmosphere. The goal is to bettermonitor pollution from satellites, so scientists can make better air qualityforecasts and more accurately determine the source of pollution.

— NASA’s high-altitude ER-2 will fly three state-of-the-art instruments todevelop new orbiting sensors to better measure aerosol and cloud physicalproperties around the world. These new instruments, part of the PolarDefinition Experiment, show great promise for advancing aerosol measurementsfrom space. Tiny aerosol particles can be found over oceans, deserts, mountainsand forests. Despite their small size, aerosols have major impacts on ourclimate and our health.

Social media users selected to attend the event will be given the same accessas news media. Individuals who actively collect, report, analyze anddisseminate news on social networking platforms are encouraged to apply forcredentials. Selection is not random. Those chosen must demonstrate through theregistration process they meet specific engagement criteria. All social mediaaccreditation applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Amaximum of 50 participants will be chosen from online registrations.

NASA social media accreditation opens at noon EST (9 a.m. PST), Wednesday, Dec.5, 2012. Foreign national and U.S. social media users must apply forcredentials by 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST),Monday, Dec.10, 2012.

For more information about NASA social media accreditation requirements and toregister for the event, visit https://www.nasa.gov/social.

For more information about NASA’s Airborne Science Program, visit http://airbornescience.nasa.gov/.

For more information about NASA’s Earth Science Program, visit https://www.nasa.gov/earth.

Questions about this NASA Social event should bedirected to HQ-Social@mail.nasa.gov.

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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

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

Planetary Modeling Dough: Solar System Scale Model (Grades 3-8)
Dec. 11, 2012, 5 – 6 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Rick Varner will lead participants throughactivities that use simple clay materials to create a scale model of therelative masses and sizes of the planets (including the dwarf planet, Pluto).This activity will help educators dispel some of the common misconceptionsabout the solar system.

Solar Energy: Power for Earth, the Space Station and Exploring Other Worlds!(Grades 6-12)
Dec. 12, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EST and 7 – 8p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Brandon Hargis will introduce participants to aproblem-based learning activity that requires students to propose and defend adesign to provide power to a lunar or Martian research habitat for sixexplorers. This webinar is part of the Department of Education Green Strideswebinar series.

Ignite Learning Using the RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering DesignChallenge (Grades 8-12)
Dec. 13, 2012, 6 – 7 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Sharon Bowers will introduce participants to theRealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge, a free web-basedengineering design challenge that offers students a change to redesigncomponents of the James Webb Space Telescope.

How Do We Know the Climate Is Changing? NASA Climate Kids (Grades 2-8)
Dec. 18, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler will lead participants on anexploration of the “Climate Kids” and “Eyes on the Earth” educator materials.Participants will also learn how to use real-time data to explain the effectsof climate change on the arctic ice caps.

Chipmunk Cheeks and Chicken Legs: Body Systems and Life in Space (GradesK-12)
Dec. 19, 2012, 4 – 6 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Rachelle Oblack will lead participants on anexploration of the circulatory, nervous, vestibular and musculoskeletal systemswith hands-on activities and demonstrations. A full downloadable educator guidewill be shared. This webinar is part of the Department of Education GreenStrides webinar series.

For more information about these webinars, visit http://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.

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

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Online Professional Development Workshop: BigAnswers From Small Bodies

John Ensworth at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies and the NASAScience Mission Directorate invite you to attend an upcoming onlineprofessional development workshop.

Big Answers From Small Bodies: What theMain Asteroid Belt Is Telling Us About the Early Solar System

This online workshop will feature Dr.Carol Raymond, the deputy principal investigator for the Dawn mission. The goalof the Dawn mission is to characterize the conditions and processes of thesolar system’s earliest epoch by investigating in detail two of the largestprotoplanets remaining intact since their formations, Vesta and Ceres. Raymond’sother research interests include solar system evolution, sun-Earth magneticinteractions, and quantifying post-glacial rebound in Antarctica.

Dr. Raymond will discuss the recent progress in modeling of early solar systemdynamics during the planet-forming era (including the “Nice” modeland related work), as well as the chemical and physical characteristics of themain asteroid belt (including a brief description of all the asteroids forcontext). She will place this in the context of what we knew pre-Dawn and whatwe have learned from Dawn’s Vesta data. Dr. Raymond will then look forward toCeres and what may be learned from that encounter.

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012

Time: 1:00 p.m., EST (Greenwich Mean Time -05:00, New York)

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Weather and Climate: Satellite Meteorology Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, theNASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a 90-minute professional development Web seminar for educators on Dec. 13, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EST.

Participants will learn to use the data from NASA’s research satellite programin their meteorology lessons. This Web seminar features “Monitoring theGlobal Environment,” one of eight modules within the satellite meteorologycourse. The activities within this module incorporate the use of authentic dataacquired by NASA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites and PolarOperational Environmental Satellites. Attendees will learn how to locate anddownload satellite data then use the data to create graphs.

For more informationand to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar17.aspx.

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

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

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2013 NASA High-Altitude Student PlatformOpportunity

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

The annual NASA project provides near-space accessfor 12 undergraduate and graduate student experiments to be carried by a NASAhigh-altitude research balloon. The flights typically last 15 to 20 hours andreach an altitude of 23 miles. Experiments may include compact satellites orprototypes.

The experiments are flown aboard theHigh-Altitude Student Platform, or HASP, a balloon-born instrument stacklaunched from the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility’s remote site in FortSumner, N.M. The goals of the project are to provide a space test platform toencourage student research and stimulate the development of student satellitepayloads and other space-engineering products.

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

The deadline for applications is Dec. 14, 2012.

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

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

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2012 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Video Contest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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StudentSpaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 4 to the International Space Station

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the ArthurC. Clarke Institute for Space Education, in partnership with NanoRacks LLC,announce a new opportunity for communities across the U.S. and space stationpartner nations. The newest Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, or SSEP,flight opportunity, Mission 4 to the International Space Station, or ISS, givesstudents across a community the ability to design and propose real experimentsto fly in low Earth orbit on the International Space Station.

Each participating community will be provided areal microgravity research mini-laboratory capable of supporting a singlemicrogravity experiment, and all launch services to fly the mini-lab to thespace station in fall 2013 and return it to Earth. An experiment designcompetition in each community — engaging 300+ students — allows student teamsto design and propose real experiments vying for their community’sreserved mini-lab. Content resources for teachers and students supportfoundational instruction on science in microgravity and experimental design.Additional SSEP programming leverages the experiment design competition toengage the community, embracing a learning community model for science,technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education.

This competition is open to students in grades 5-12 and college. Informaleducation groups and organizations are also encouraged to participate. Interestedcommunities must inquire about the program no later than Dec. 31, 2012. The National Center for Earth and SpaceScience Education is available to help interested communities in the U.S.secure the needed funding.

The first two SSEP flight opportunities saw experiments flown on the finalflights of space shuttles Endeavour and Atlantis. These missions engaged 27communities, providing a combined 30,700 students in grades 5-14 theopportunity to participate, 977 student team proposals were received and 27experiments were selected and flown on the shuttles. SSEP Missions 1, 2 and 3to the International Space Station engaged 32 communities, providing 69,100 studentsin grades 5-14 the opportunity to participate, 3,370 student team proposalswere received and 39 experiments were flown to space station on the SpaceXDragon vehicle. The Mission 3 payload of 17 experiments is expected to fly to thespace station in April 2013.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit the SSEP Mission 4 to InternationalSpace Station National Announcement of Opportunity at http://ssep.ncesse.org/2012/11/announcing-student-spaceflight-experiment-program-ssep-mission-4-to-the-international-space-station-for-2013/.

SSEP is a program of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Educationin the U.S., and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Educationinternationally. It is enabled through a strategic partnership with NanoRacksLLC working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization ofthe International Space Station as a national laboratory. The
Center for the Advancement of Science in Space  is a National Partner onSSEP.

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

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NASASocial Event at Next Landsat Launch

NASA invites social media followers to a unique two-day NASA Social event onFeb. 10-11, 2013, at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The event willbring 80 social media users together to witness the launch of the Landsat DataContinuity Mission, a satellite that continues a record-breaking 40 years ofEarth observations.

NASA Socials are in-person meetings with peoplewho engage with the agency through Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other socialnetworks. Participants will get a behind-the-scenes tour of Vandenberg AirForce Base’s Western Range, including a rare look inside the launch controlcenter, tours of the launchpad and mission control and a visit to Vandenberg’son-base private museum. Participants will also hear first-hand accounts by theLandsat Mission science and engineering teams and meet fellow scienceenthusiasts who are active on social media.

On launch day, NASA Social participants and their friends and families areinvited to a special public viewing area to watch the Landsat launch.

Registration is open until noon EST on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. NASA will select 80 participantsat random from Web registrants. Additional applicants will be placed on awaiting list. Because of space limitations, those selected will not bepermitted to bring a guest on tours. Each participant must be age 18 or older.

For more NASA Social and sign up information,visit https://www.nasa.gov/social.

To join and track the conversation online duringthe NASA Socials, follow the hashtags #NASASocial and #Landsat.

To learn more about the Landsat series of Earth-observingsatellites, visit https://www.nasa.gov/Landsat.

Questions about this NASA Social event should bedirected to HQ-Social@mail.nasa.gov.

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2013 NASAUnmanned Aerial Systems Challenge

NASA invites college teams to take part in the2013 NASA Aeronautics Mission Directorate’s Unmanned Aerial Systems Challenge.Students are invited to propose an unmanned aerial firefighting system tobattle a wildfire raging in a drought-stricken area. Design assessment will bebased on projected effectiveness, cost, innovation, and ease of use andoperation inside the National Air Space.

The contest is open to teams of full-timestudents enrolled in higher education institutions of the United States or itsterritories. This category includes universities, colleges, trade schools,community colleges, professional schools, etc. Multidisciplinary teams areencouraged.

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

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

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

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2012-2013 Game Changing Engineering DesignChallenge

NASA invites college student teams to enter the2013 Game Changing Engineering Design Challenge. Student teams are asked todesign a thermal control system for a manned space station in low lunar orbit.Designs must accommodate a six-person crew, maintain acceptable temperaturesfor avionics components, and provide a healthy environment for the crew.Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

The contest is open to student teams frompost-secondary institutions in the United States or its territories. Thiscategory includes universities, colleges, trade schools, community colleges,professional schools, etc.

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

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

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

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

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Expeditions35 and 36 In-flight Education Downlink Opportunities

NASA is seeking formal and informal educational organizations, individually orworking together, to host live, in-flight education downlinks during Expeditions35 and 36 (approximately from March 2013 to September 2013). To maximize thesedownlink opportunities, NASA is looking for organizations that will draw large numbersof participants and integrate the downlinks into well-developed education plans.

The deadline to submit a proposal is Jan.18, 2013.

During Expeditions 35 and 36, crew members aboard the International SpaceStation will participate in downlinks. Downlinks take approximately 20 minutesand allow students and educators to interact with astronauts through a question-and-answersession. Downlinks afford education audiences the opportunity to learnfirsthand from astronauts what it is like to live and work in space. Downlinksare broadcast live on NASA TV and are streamed on the NASA website. Because ofthe nature of human spaceflight, organizations must demonstrate the flexibilityto accommodate changes in downlink dates and times.

Interested organizations should visit https://www.nasa.gov/education/tfs/downlinksto learn more or contact Teaching From Space at JSC-Teaching-From-Space@mail.nasa.gov.

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Host a Real-Time Conversation With Crewmembers Aboard theInternational Space Station

NASA is now accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums, science centers andcommunity youth organizations to host an Amateur Radio on the InternationalSpace Station, or ARISS, contact between May 1, 2013, and Nov 1, 2013. Tomaximize these radio contact opportunities, NASA is looking for organizationsthat will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into awell-developed education plan. Proposals are due Jan. 28, 2013.

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

Interested parties should visit www.nasa.gov/education/tfs/ariss to obtain complete information including how thetechnology works, what is expected of the host organization and how to submitthe proposal form.

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to JSC-TFS-ARISS@mail.nasa.gov.

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Electronic ProfessionalDevelopment Network Courses

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

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

Applications are now open for the following courses:

Using Robotics toEnhance STEM Learning Jan. 16 -Feb. 26, 2013
Learn how to build and program LEGO Mindstorm robots and use them topromote student engagement and conceptual understanding of mathematics, scienceand engineering. Explore robotic manipulators and end effectors like NASA useson the International Space Station, and integrate multiple sensors into yourrobot to allow for systematic control. Join your colleagues in the GrandChallenge to design, build and program a robot to explore an environment andreturn with a sample for investigation.

Project-Based Inquiry Learning: ScienceTeaching and Learning for the 21st Century — March 13 – April 16, 2013
Develop your skills in designing and using project-based inquiry learning, or PBIL,to enhance conceptual understanding, critical thinking, scientific reasoningand problem solving in standards-based classrooms. Experience and analyze twoNASA-oriented PBIL projects firsthand; learn PBIL curriculum design strategiesand methods; and design a PBIL unit for use in your classroom. Use e-PDN’ssuite of online tools to collaborate, connect and create with other courseparticipants.

To learn more about these free courses and to apply online, visit https://nasaepdn.gatech.edu/certificates/course-schedule.

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

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

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2013 Thacher EnvironmentalResearch Contest

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies is currently acceptingentries for the 2013 Thacher Environmental Research Contest. The contest isopen to U.S. students in grades 9-12. Entries should demonstrate the best useof geospatial tools or data to study our home planet. Eligible geospatial toolsand data include satellite remote sensing, aerial photography, geographicinformation systems and the Global Positioning System. The main focus of theproject must be on the application of the geospatial tool(s) or data to study aproblem related to Earth’s environment.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Students in public, private, parochial,Native American reservation and home schools are eligible. Entries may be submitted by individuals or teams. Cash awards will begiven to students in the top three places. Awards will also be given to thewinning students’ teachers.

Entries must be postmarked by April 15,2013. Entries may also be submitted electronically.

For more information, visit http://strategies.org/education/student-contests/thacher-contest/2013-thacher-environmental-research-contest/.

Questions about this contest should be emailed to ThacherScholars@strategies.org.

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

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

NASA Education Express — Nov. 29, 2012

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

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

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

Free Smithsonian’s StarsLecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Dec. 1, 2012

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

What’s New in Planetary Science: A Tourof Recent Discoveries in Our Solar System Web Seminar
Audience: 4-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Dec. 3, 2012

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

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

Engineering Design Challenge: ThermalProtection System Web Seminar
Audience: 8-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Dec. 6, 2012

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

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

2013 Texas High SchoolAerospace Scholars
Audience: 9-12 Students
New Extended Deadline: Dec. 16, 2012

Women in STEM High School AerospaceScholars
Audience: Female High School Juniors
Deadline: Dec. 28, 2012

Teaching From Space Office Seeks Educators for MicroGravity eXperience
Audience: K-12 Educators
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 9, 2013

2013 NASA Student Airborne ResearchProgram
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 8, 2013

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2013 CanSat Competition

Applications currently are being accepted forthe 2013 CanSat Competition.

This annual competition is open to universityand college students from the United States, Canada, Mexico and othercountries. Teams of three to 10 students must design, build and launch a sensorpayload called a CanSat. Each CanSat is slightly larger than a soda can andmust be built according to the specifications released by the competitionorganizing committee.

All teams entering the CanSat competition arerequired to have a faculty adviser. The faculty adviser will oversee and beresponsible for the conduct of the team at all times during the competition.The advisor is strongly encouraged to accompany the team to the competition.

Applications are due Nov. 30, 2012.

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

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

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Opportunity toPublish Student Climate Research in Harvard University’s Journal of EmergingInvestigators

Harvard University’s Journal of EmergingInvestigators, or JEI, has formed a collaboration with theInstitute for Earth Science Research and Education to publish a series ofpeer-reviewed, climate-related research papers authored by middle- andsecondary-school students.

JEI isan open-access peer-reviewed online journal whose mission is to encourage andpublish authentic student research. In addition to standalone research papers, JEIalso encourages students who are developing science fair projects to submitjournal articles based on those projects. Guidelines for articles, includingsome practical suggestions for converting a science fair project into a journalarticle submission, can be found at www.instesre.org.

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

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FreeSmithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

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

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

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

Dec. 15, 2012 — TheMission of the Mars Science Laboratory, Curiosity
Since landing on Mars in early August 2012, the Mars Science LaboratoryCuriosity rover has returned an array of stunning data that is being used toevaluate whether Mars may have harbored habitable environments. Geologist JohnGrant will delve into the recent findings from Curiosity.

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

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

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

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

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Free Education Webinar Series fromthe Aerospace Education Services Project

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

Exploration Then and Now: Science and the Historical Perspective (Grades4-8)
Dec. 3, 2012, 5 – 6 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Brandon Hargis will compare the experiencesof settlers of Jamestown in 1607 and space-faring explorers discovering newworlds and building settlements in extraterrestrial environments. Participantswill be introduced to the “Exploration: Then and Now” educator guideand discuss the connections to science and social studies standards.

Amusement Park Physics (Grades 6-12)
Dec. 3, 2012, 7 – 8 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist John Weis will provide participants with anintroduction to the “Amusement Park Physics With a NASA Twist”educator guide and classroom activities. These activities cover multiplephysics concepts including energy, describing motion, collisions and simple harmonicmotion.

Mars and Earth Compared: Life on Other Worlds? (Grades 4-12)
Dec. 4, 2012, 5 – 6 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will explore the possibilityof finding evidence of life on Mars and how Earth compares to the Red Planet.Participants will learn about education resources relating to NASA’s Curiosityrover and activities to help develop a better understanding of life on Earthand the possibilities of life on Mars.

Planetary Modeling Dough: Solar System Scale Model (Grades 3-8)
Dec. 11, 2012, 5 – 6 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Rick Varner will lead participants throughactivities that use simple clay materials to create a scale model of therelative masses and sizes of the planets (including the dwarf planet, Pluto).This activity will help educators dispel some of the common misconceptionsabout the solar system.

Solar Energy: Power for Earth, the Space Station and Exploring Other Worlds!(Grades 6-12)
Dec. 12, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EST and 7 – 8p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Brandon Hargis will introduce participants to aproblem-based learning activity that requires students to propose and defend adesign to provide power to a lunar or Martian research habitat for sixexplorers. This webinar is part of the Department of Education Green Strideswebinar series.

Ignite Learning Using the RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering DesignChallenge (Grades 8-12)
Dec. 13, 2012, 6 – 7 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Sharon Bowers will introduce participants to theRealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge, a free web-basedengineering design challenge that offers students a change to redesigncomponents of the James Webb Space Telescope.

How Do We Know the Climate Is Changing? NASA Climate Kids (Grades 2-8)
Dec. 18, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler will lead participants on anexploration of the “Climate Kids” and “Eyes on the Earth” educator materials.Participants will also learn how to use real-time data to explain the effectsof climate change on the arctic ice caps.

Chipmunk Cheeks and Chicken Legs: Body Systems and Life in Space (GradesK-12)
Dec. 19, 2012, 4 – 6 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Rachelle Oblack will lead participants on anexploration of the circulatory, nervous, vestibular and musculoskeletal systemswith hands-on activities and demonstrations. A full downloadable educator guidewill be shared. This webinar is part of the Department of Education GreenStrides webinar series.

For more information about these webinars, visit http://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.

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

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What’s New in Planetary Science:A Tour of Recent Discoveries in Our Solar System WebSeminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminarfor educators on Dec. 3, 2012, at 6:15 p.m. EST. In the five decadessince Mariner 2 flew by Venus,NASA has explored our solar system from one end to the other. It is almostimpossible to keep up with all the latest discoveries in our solar system. Inthis Web seminar, NASA expert Sarah Noble will be your tour guide on a strollthrough the solar system to find out what’s new with each of our planetaryneighbors.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar26.aspx.

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

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

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2013 NASA SpaceTechnology Research Fellowships

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

The fellowships will sponsor U.S. graduatestudent researchers who show significant potential to contribute to NASA’sstrategic goals and mission in the area of space technology. NASA’s Office ofthe Chief Technologist and the Space Technology Program sponsor the fellowshipswith the goal of providing the nation a pipeline of highly skilled engineersand technologists to improve America’s technological competitiveness. Fellowswill perform innovative space technology research today while building theskills necessary to become future technological leaders.

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

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

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

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

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2013-14 AlbertEinstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship

Applications are currently available for the2013-14 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program. This programis open to current public or private elementary and secondary mathematics,technology, engineering and science classroom teachers with demonstratedexcellence in teaching. Applications are due Dec. 5, 2012.

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

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

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

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

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Engineering Design Challenge:Thermal Protection System Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminarfor educators on Dec. 6, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn about the scienceof heat transfer and heat dissipation related to NASA vehicles, and receive anintroduction to the associated engineering design challenge, Thermal ProtectionSystem. In this activity, students are challenged to design a thermalprotection system and test it using a propane torch.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar16.aspx.

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

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

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2013 RASC-ALRobo-Ops Competition

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

The RASC-AL Robo-Ops contest challengesparticipants to build a planetary rover prototype and demonstrate itscapabilities in field tests at NASA’s Johnson Space Center’s, or JSC’s, RockYard. Up to three members of the team (plus the faculty advisor) may travel toJSC for the onsite testing. The remaining team members will stay behind at thelocal university to conduct mission control tasks. The prototype rovers will betele-operated by the university-based team members and must negotiate a seriesof obstacles while accomplishing a variety of tasks. The only informationavailable to the rover controller to perform the required tasks will beinformation transmitted through onboard rover video camera(s) or other onboardsensors.

Teams will be required to do an education and outreachactivity for their rovers that demonstrates participatory explorationapproaches for future NASA missions.

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

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

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

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

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2012 OPTIMUS PRIMESpinoff Video Contest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2013 Texas HighSchool Aerospace Scholars

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

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

The application deadline has been extended to Dec. 16, 2012.

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

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

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Women in STEM High SchoolAerospace Scholars

Engineer your dream job! The adventure begins in 2013. NASA wants you to becomepart of the workforce of tomorrow as we offer the opportunity to dream,engineer and WISH. The Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars, or WISH, projectoffers a one-of-a-kind experience for female high school juniors to jump-starttheir future by engaging in opportunities relating to science, technology,engineering and mathematics.

Participation starts in an online community and culminates with a summerexperience at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, during the summer of2013. Get ready to collaborate with girls from across the country as youcomplete online activities, design unique projects, work with NASA personneland present mission accomplishments. Start your dream now!

To be eligible, applicants must be:
— U.S. citizens.
— Female high school juniors during the 2012-2013 school year.
— Interested and excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
— Committed to a one-year relationship with NASA’s Johnson Space Center.
— Able to access the Internet and email (at home, school or public library).
— A scholar with a cumulative GPA of 3.25/4.0 or higher.

Applications and all supporting documents are being accepted until 11:59 p.m. CSTon Dec. 28, 2012.

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

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

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Teaching From Space Office Seeks Educators forMicroGravity eXperience

NASA’s Teaching From Space Office and theReduced Gravity Education Flight Program are seeking applications for teams ofK-12 educators to participate in the MicroGravity eXperience, or Micro GX,project. This project gives students and educators across the country theopportunity to work together on an experiment to be tested aboard amicrogravity aircraft. This incredible opportunity is open to any current K-12classroom educator in the United States. Educators must also be U.S. citizens.

Micro GX activities begins with students and educators developing and proposinga reduced-gravity experiment. Selected educator teams will receive onlineprofessional development on classroom resources for microgravity, collaborationwith a NASA mentor and a reduced-gravity flight. With combined input from theirstudents and mentor, educator teams will design and fabricate their experimentsto be tested and evaluated aboard an aircraft that flies approximately 30roller-coaster-like climbs and dips to produce periods of microgravity andhypergravity, ranging from almost zero gravity to 2 g.

Seven teams of four to five educators from a single school or school district willbe selected from this application process to participate in Micro GX. Thisincludes participation in an online microgravity course, which will begin onFeb. 11, 2013, with a series of Web seminars with NASA personnel to initiateexperiment development. The highlight of the online course is to travel toNASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, and participate in the ReducedGravity Education Flight Program during the week of July 12-20, 2013. Duringthe flight week, educators will fly and perform custom experiments in areduced-gravity environment. Selected teams are responsible for all expensesassociated with the travel and stay in Houston. The online course continueswith activities beyond the flight experience through Aug. 26, 2013.

Educator teams interested in participating in Micro GX may submit a proposal nolater than Jan. 9, 2013. For more information, visit http://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov/tfs or send an email to jsc-rgeducator@nasa.gov.


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2013 NASA Student AirborneResearch Program

The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highly motivated junior and seniorundergraduate students to apply for the NASA Student Airborne Research Program,also known as SARP, 2013. The program provides students with hands-on researchexperience in all aspects of a major scientific campaign, from detailedplanning on how to achieve mission objectives to formal presentation of resultsand conclusions to peers and others. Students will assist in the operation ofairborne instruments onboard the NASA DC-8 aircraft.

The program takes place in summer 2013. Instrument and flight preparations, andthe research flights themselves, will occur at NASA’s Dryden AircraftOperations Facility in Palmdale, Calif. Data analysis will take place at theUniversity of California, Irvine.

Successful applicants will be awarded a stipend and meals allowance for eightweeks of participation in the program. Round-trip travel to California, housingand transportation will be provided.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 8,2013.

For more information and to download the program application, visit http://www.nserc.und.edu/learning/SARP2013.html.

Specific questions about the program should be directed to SARP2013@nserc.und.edu.

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

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

NASA Education Express — Nov. 20, 2012

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

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

Distance/Rate/Time Problems: Smart Skies Web Seminar
Audience: 5-9 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 28, 2012

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

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

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

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

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Free Education Webinar Series fromthe Aerospace Education Services Project

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

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

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

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

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Distance/Rate/Time Problems: Smart Skies Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, theNASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a 90-minute professional development Web seminar for educators on Nov. 28, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learnhow to use an innovative air traffic control simulator to engage your studentsas they explore the mathematics involved in the role of an air trafficcontroller. In the three-plane problem featured in this lesson, the challengeis to change routes and speeds to line up the planes safely, with properspacing, at a given route intersection.

This seminar will be repeated on Apr. 3, 2013.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar15.aspx.

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

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

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2013 CanSat Competition

Applications currently are being accepted forthe 2013 CanSat Competition.

This annual competition is open to universityand college students from the United States, Canada, Mexico and othercountries. Teams of three to 10 students must design, build and launch a sensorpayload called a CanSat. Each CanSat is slightly larger than a soda can andmust be built according to the specifications released by the competitionorganizing committee.

All teams entering the CanSat competition arerequired to have a faculty adviser. The faculty adviser will oversee and beresponsible for the conduct of the team at all times during the competition.The advisor is strongly encouraged to accompany the team to the competition.

Applications are due Nov. 30, 2012.

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

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

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2013 Texas HighSchool Aerospace Scholars

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

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

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

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

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

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Opportunity toPublish Student Climate Research in Harvard University’s Journal of EmergingInvestigators

Harvard University’s Journal of EmergingInvestigators, or JEI, has formed a collaboration with theInstitute for Earth Science Research and Education to publish a series ofpeer-reviewed, climate-related research papers authored by middle- andsecondary-school students.

JEI isan open-access peer-reviewed online journal whose mission is to encourage andpublish authentic student research. In addition to standalone research papers, JEIalso encourages students who are developing science fair projects to submitjournal articles based on those projects. Guidelines for articles, includingsome practical suggestions for converting a science fair project into a journalarticle submission, can be found at www.instesre.org.

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

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2012 OPTIMUSPRIME Spinoff Video Contest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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