NASA Education Express — June 21, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit STEM on Station at https://www.nasa.gov/education/STEMstation.
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2012 Music andAstronomy Under the Stars Events

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

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

For more information and to seea full schedule of events, visit http://www.hofstra.edu/Academics/Colleges/HCLAS/PHYSIC/physic_underthestars.html.
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Free EducationWebinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

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

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

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

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

Questions about this series ofwebinars should be directed to Gwendolyn Wheatle at Gwendolyn.H.Wheatle@nasa.gov.
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2012 NASA’sMultiwavelength Universe Online Professional Development Course

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Important dates for the Zero Robotics Video Challengeare:

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


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


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

GraphingWith MathTrax Web Seminar

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

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

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NES Help Desk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.
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Best of “Earth as Art” Contest from Landsat

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

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

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

To view the images and vote for your favorites, visit https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/landsat/news/earth-as-art.html.
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Human Body: Space Adaptations Web Seminar

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

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

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NASA Explorer Schools help desk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.
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NASA Office of Education Solicits Proposals for the NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={36283FDE-A756-ED4D-426B-A7C0EA1FD9A3}&path=open.
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NASA’s DEVELOP Program — 2012 Fall Session

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

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

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

Applications for the fall 2012 session are due July 23, 2012.

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

Questions about the DEVELOP Program should be directed by email to NASA-DL-DEVELOP@mail.nasa.gov or by telephone to 757-864-3761.
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Presenters Needed for 2013 Space Exploration Educators Conference

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

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

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

If you have any questions about the conference, please call 281-244-2149 or email seec@spacecenter.org.
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2012 Gregory G. Leptoukh Online Giovanni Workshop

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

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

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

Questions about this workshop should be directed to Dr. James G. Acker at James.G.Acker@nasa.gov.
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Celebrate World Space Week

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

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

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

To learn more about World Space Week, search for events in your area and find educational materials related to the event, visit www.worldspaceweek.org.
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2013 NASA Space Settlement Design Contest

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

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

Submissions must be received by March 15, 2013.

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

If you have any questions about the contest, please email Al Globus at aglobus@mail.arc.nasa.gov.
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Funding Selections Announced and Abstracts Available — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums Plus Opportunities for NASA Visitor Centers and Other Informal Education Institutions (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH11ZHA004N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008) — Available For Download

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

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

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

No further information is available about the 2013 NRA.
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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 — June 14, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

Teachers Touch the Sky: An Astronomy Workshop

Audience: Grade 3-9 Educators

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

Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

Audience: K-12 Educators

Event Dates: Various Dates During June 2012

Linear Equations: NASA CONNECT — Breaking Barriers Web Seminar

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

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

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

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

Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students

Notice of Intent Deadline: June 21, 2012

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

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NEEMO 16 Science Under Pressure Challenge

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

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

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

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

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


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Join the Conversation About the Exploration of Mars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Teachers Touch the Sky: An Astronomy Workshop

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

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

Registration for this workshop closes on June 15, 2012.

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

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

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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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Linear Equations: NASA CONNECT — Breaking Barriers Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, NASA Explorer Schools and NASA’s
Learning Environments and Research Network, or LE&RN, projects are hosting a 60-minute Web seminar on June 19, 2012, at 8 p.m. EST. During this professional development session, participants will receive information about the applications of linear equations at NASA and learn how to implement the Breaking Barriers activity. Breaking Barriers provides students an opportunity to step into the shoes of a NASA engineer to design, build and test an X-1 balloon.

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

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

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

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

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on June 20, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. “Chemistry of Water: Mars Exploration — Is There Water on Mars?” is an inquiry-based lesson on how atmospheric pressure and vapor pressure affect the boiling point of water. See why the boiling point of water is pressure-dependent, rather than temperature-dependent. Then, by extension, you will deduce if there could be liquid water on Mars.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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International Space Station EarthKAM Summer 2012 Mission

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

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

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

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

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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 — June 7, 2012

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

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

2012 NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Open House
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: June 9-10, 2012

Skeletal System: Human Physiology in Space Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: June 12, 2012, 6:30 p.m. EDT

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

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

Teachers Touch the Sky: An Astronomy Workshop
Audience: Grade 3-9 Educators

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

NASA Tournament Lab: $10,000 Planetary Data System Mashup Challenge

Audience: Students Ages 13-18 Years Old
Entry Deadline: June 16, 2012

NASA Seeks Early Stage Innovations for Space Technologies From U.S. Universities
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Notice of Intent Deadline: June 21, 2012

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

Telstar 50th Anniversary Symposium at the National Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: July 12, 2012

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

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 3 to the International Space Station
Audience: 5-Higher Education Educators and Students

Letter of Commitment Deadline: Sept. 12, 2012

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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

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

Fly Into NASA Aeronautics: Forces and Motion (Grades 3-8 and Informal)
June 7, 2012, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Brian Hawkins will demonstrate lessons that explain how airplanes fly. The activities will help students understand the four forces of flight and three axes of motion. A review of NASA’s contributions in improving aircraft will be presented, and a high-performing classroom glider will be constructed.

I’m Signed up for NEON — Now What?? (Grades K-12)
June 9, 2012, 11 a.m. – noon EDT
Aerospace education specialist Anne Weiss will introduce participants to basic features of the NASA Educators Online Network, or NEON, professional/collaborative learning community. Participants will also learn how to use NEON to find appropriate NASA standards-aligned activities that satisfy state-specific teaching standards.

Understanding Earth, Moon and Sun Connections (Grades K-8)
June 12, 2012, 2 – 3 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Sonja Williams will introduce cultural perspectives related to the phases of the moon and the solar system. Attendees will participate in an activity based upon a Native American/Western science story. Participants will receive culturally relevant materials related to stars and constellations that they can share with their students.

NASA in the Classroom (Grades K-12)
June 12, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tom Estill will introduce K-12 teachers to various NASA education resources. Participants will learn how to find science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, lesson plans, current teacher/student opportunities and NASA videos for classroom use. Teachers will also be shown how to use local NASA-related resources.

The Real Lord of the Ring (Grades K-4)
June 13, 2012, 6 – 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Alexis Harry will introduce teachers to a set of lessons that enhance basic communication skills through scientific exploration based on the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn. Throughout the lessons, participants practice a variety of language arts skills, including descriptive writing, note-taking, poetry, illustration and oral communication.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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2012 NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Open House

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL, in Pasadena, Calif., invites the public to its annual Open House on Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. PDT. The event, themed “Great Journeys,” will take visitors on a ride through the wonders of space.

Highlights include a life-size model of Mars Science Laboratory, the NASA/JPL spacecraft currently bound for Mars; demonstrations from numerous space missions; JPL’s machine shop, where robotic spacecraft parts are built; and the Microdevices Lab, where engineers and scientists use tiny technology to revolutionize space exploration.

The Earth Science Center, the most recent addition to JPL, will show 3-D videos of our home planet and JPL’s earth science missions. Upon entering, visitors will pass an Earth globe with data from NASA’s Earth-orbiting satellites projected onto the sphere.

JPL Open House is suitable for all ages, with plenty of hands-on activities and opportunities to talk with scientists and engineers. For the first time ever, JPL invites cell phone users with text message capabilities to take part in a mobile scavenger hunt. Participants in “The Voyage” scavenger hunt can search for secret capsules hidden across JPL and unlock secret codes.

Admission to Open House is free. For more information, visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2012-136&cid=release_2012-136.

Questions about this event should be directed to Priscilla Vega at Priscilla.R.Vega@jpl.nasa.gov.


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Skeletal System: Human Physiology in Space Web Seminar

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on June 12, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EDT.
The seminar focuses on human physiology. Obtain information about the effect microgravity has on the physiology of astronauts and learn about the countermeasures NASA uses to help overcome these effects when they return to Earth.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Teachers Touch the Sky: An Astronomy Workshop

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

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

Registration for this workshop closes on June 15, 2012.

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

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

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NASA Tournament Lab: $10,000 Planetary Data System Mashup Challenge

The NASA Tournament Lab is looking for the best student-built mobile and Web-based applications. Do you have what it takes?

NASA’s Planetary Data System has tons and tons of data (over 100 terabytes), but they need a better way to share it. The NASA Tournament Lab asked for ideas on how to share this data with its Idea Generation Contest in April 2012. And now it’s looking for ways to translate these ideas into great mobile or Web-based apps.

Not only are there $10,000 in prizes, but the first-place winner will earn an invitation to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California to witness the Mars Science Lab lander touch down on Mars!

Mobile and Web apps will be accepted through June 16, 2012, and there is no limit on the number of ideas you can submit. This contest is open to 13-18 year olds in the United States.

Ready to get your hands dirty? To learn more and to sign up for the challenge, visit https://www.nonamesite.com/web/cs-stem/pds-stem-mashup-challenge.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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2012 NASA Lunar Science Forum

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Telstar 50th Anniversary Symposium at the National Air and Space Museum

Join the National Air and Space Museum’s Space History and Education departments, in collaboration with the French Embassy, for a symposium to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Telstar satellite, representing the birth of global telecommunications.

Telstar 1 launched on July 10, 1962, from Cape Canaveral and was the first privately sponsored spacefaring mission. It was the first of its kind to handle a variety of transmissions, including telephone, fax, data, still pictures and television signals, from a variety of locations across the United States and Europe.

The symposium is free and will take place July 12, 2012, from 1:30 – 5 p.m. at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=4057.

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


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Mars Day! 2012 at the National Air and Space Museum

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

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

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

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

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Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 3 to the International Space Station

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

Each participating community will be provided an experiment slot in a real microgravity research minilaboratory scheduled to fly on the space station from mid-April to mid-May 2013. An experiment design competition in each community — engaging 300 to 1,000 students — allows student teams to design real experiments vying for their communities’ reserved experiment slot on the space station. Additional SSEP programming leverages the experiment design competition to engage the community, embracing a Learning Community Model for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education.

This competition is open to students in grades 5-12 and college. Informal education groups and organizations are also encouraged to participate. All participating communities must be aboard by Sept. 12, 2012. The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education is available to help interested communities secure the needed funding. 

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

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

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

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

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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 — May 31, 2012

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

Space Center Houston Hosts Shuttlebration Weekend
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: June 1-3, 2012

NASA History Division Fall 2012 Internships

Audience: Higher Education Students

Deadline: June 1, 2012

Expeditions 33 and 34 In-flight Education Downlink Opportunities

Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: June 1, 2012

Engineering Design: Forces and Motion — The Great Boomerang Challenge Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: June 4, 2012

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

Sun-Earth Day Webcast to Commemorate Venus Transit
Audience: All Educators and Students

Event Date: June 5, 2012

Venus Transit Event at the National Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and Students

Event Date: June 5, 2012


Free Exploring Space Lecture — Seeking Planets Like Earth
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students

Event Date: June 5, 2012

Algebraic Equations: Transit Tracks — Finding Habitable Planets Web Seminar
Audience: Algebra Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: June 5, 2011

“My American Landscape” Contest
Audience: All Educators and Students
Entry Deadline: June 6, 2012

2012 National Community College Aerospace Scholars Program

Audience: Higher Education Students

Application Deadline: June 6, 2012

National Space Biomedical Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students

Application Deadline: June 8, 2012

New Application Available from Classroom of the Future
Audience: All Educators and Students

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Space Center Houston Hosts Shuttlebration Weekend

Join Space Center Houston as they welcome their biggest addition ever, a full-size space shuttle replica.

Shuttlebration Weekend begins on the afternoon of Friday, June 1, 2012, when the space shuttle replica arrives by barge at NASA’s Johnson Space Center’s NASA Road 1 dock on Clear Lake near the Nassau Bay Hilton hotel. The public is invited to a free street party between the dock and the hotel to witness and celebrate the historic arrival. The street party will include exhibits and displays of new technologies and space vehicles that are being developed for the future of exploration, as well as local marching bands, food and entertainment.

On Saturday, June 2, 2012, the space shuttle replica will be loaded onto a mobile transfer vehicle for transport to Space Center Houston. Loading will take a full day to complete. No public events are planned.

Early in the morning on Sunday, June 3, 2012, the space shuttle replica will make a three-hour trek down NASA Parkway from the Hilton to its permanent home at Space Center Houston. It will receive a futuristic VIP escort from prototype planetary rovers for future solar system exploration. Upon the space shuttle replica’s arrival, Space Center Houston, along with NASA’s Johnson Space Center, will host a free public celebration in its parking lot from 9 a.m. to noon. The family-oriented event will include more opportunities to see the space shuttle attraction up close, and to get a look at the latest ongoing developments in space exploration taking place at JSC.

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

Questions about this event should be directed to
schinfo@spacecenter.org.


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NASA History Division Fall 2012 Internships

The NASA History Division is seeking undergraduate and graduate students for fall 2012 internships. The History Division maintains archival materials to answer research questions from NASA personnel, journalists, scholars, students at all levels and others from around the world. The division also edits and publishes several books and monographs each year. It maintains a large number of websites on NASA history.

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

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

Applications are due June 1, 2012. 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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Expeditions 33 and 34 In-flight Education Downlink Opportunities

NASA is seeking formal and informal educational organizations, individually or working together, to host live, in-flight education downlinks during Expeditions 33 and 34 (approximately from September 2012 to March 2013). To maximize these downlink opportunities, NASA is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the downlinks into well-developed education plans.

The deadline to submit a proposal is June 1, 2012.

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


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

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

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

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a free 90-minute professional development Web seminar for educators on June 4, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn how NASA aerodynamics research can be applied to boomerang design to increase performance. During the session, participants will be introduced to the Boomerang Design Challenge and learn how to incorporate this activity into science classes. The seminar also includes information about two unique extensions. In the first, students access a free computer simulation illustrating the airflow around an airfoil to determine the correct flow equation, and a second extension uses an interactive simulation to determine the airflow around various shapes of airfoils.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar24.aspx.

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

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


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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

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

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

NASA Engineering Design Challenge: Can You Deliver? “Touchdown!” (Grades 5-10)
June 5, 2012, 7:15 – 8:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will share an activity that challenges students to safely deliver a cargo to the surface of Mars. This activity introduces students to the engineering design process, from brainstorming to writing a summary report. Given a particular set of materials, student teams design, build and test prototypes.

Animals in Space (Grades K-5)
June 6, 2012, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Wil Robertson
will demonstrate how teachers can use stuffed animals as props in telling the story of the animals that preceded humans in space. The program is geared for teachers in K-5, with a special focus of aligning the topic with the Core Literacy Standards for elementary grades. Web resources will be provided.

NASA Mathematics for Middle School (Grades 6-8)
June 6, 2012, 7 – 8 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist John Weis will demonstrate NASA education products and resources related to mathematics. Materials discussed will cover graphing, ratios, simple algebraic manipulation and simple statistics. Lesson plans and strategies will be shared.

Fly Into NASA Aeronautics: Forces and Motion (Grades 3-8 and Informal)
June 7, 2012, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Brian Hawkins will demonstrate lessons that explain how airplanes fly. The activities will help students understand the four forces of flight and three axes of motion. A review of NASA’s contributions in improving aircraft will be presented, and a high-performing classroom glider will be constructed.

I’m Signed up for NEON — Now What?? (Grades K-12)
June 9, 2012, 11 a.m. – noon EDT
Aerospace education specialist Anne Weiss will introduce participants to basic features of the NASA Educators Online Network, or NEON, professional/collaborative learning community. Participants will also learn how to use NEON to find appropriate NASA standards-aligned activities that satisfy state-specific teaching standards.

Understanding Earth, Moon and Sun Connections (Grades K-8)
June 12, 2012, 2 – 3 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Sonja Williams will introduce cultural perspectives related to the phases of the moon and the solar system. Attendees will participate in an activity based upon a Native American/Western science story. Participants will receive culturally relevant materials related to stars and constellations that they can share with their students.

NASA in the Classroom (Grades K-12)
June 12, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tom Estill will introduce K-12 teachers to various NASA education resources. Participants will learn how to find science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, lesson plans, current teacher/student opportunities and NASA videos for classroom use. Teachers will also be shown how to use local NASA-related resources.

The Real Lord of the Ring (Grades K-4)
June 13, 2012, 6 – 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Alexis Harry will introduce teachers to a set of lessons that enhance basic communication skills through scientific exploration based on the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn. Throughout the lessons, participants practice a variety of language arts skills, including descriptive writing, note-taking, poetry, illustration and oral communication.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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Sun-Earth Day Webcast to Commemorate Venus Transit

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

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

This webcast will emphasize the history and importance of Hawaiian astronomy and its connections to NASA space science. Using the backdrop of Mauna Kea, the University of Hawaii, NASA scientists and Hawaiian cultural leaders will weave multigenerational stories combining ancient ways of knowing with modern scientific discoveries.

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

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

Inquiries about this event should be directed to Elaine Lewis at elaine.m.lewis@nasa.gov.

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Venus Transit Event at the National Air and Space Museum

Visit the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., on June 5, 2012, from 6-8 p.m. for a special look at Venus as it passes between Earth and the sun. Astronomy educators and museum volunteers will assist visitors in viewing the transit through safe solar telescopes. This is a must-see opportunity and the last chance to view the transit in our lifetime.

The special viewing will take place weather permitting.


For more information, visit
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=4027.

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Free Exploring Space Lecture — Seeking Planets Like Earth

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

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

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

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


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Algebraic Equations: Transit Tracks — Finding Habitable Planets Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools and Learning Environments and Research Network, or LE&RN, projects are hosting a 60-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on June 5, 2012, at 8 p.m. EDT. Discover how an algebra activity called “Finding Habitable Planets” will help you teach students to use their skills to analyze NASA data. Students learn about the possibility of discovering planets in habitable zones of solar systems.

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

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

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

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“My American Landscape” Contest

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the United States’ Landsat Earth-observing Program, NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey are holding a contest that will offer winners customized satellite views of changing local landscapes.

All U.S. citizens are eligible to enter the “My American Landscape: A Space Chronicle of Change” contest. Winners will be announced on July 23, 2012, at a Landsat Program anniversary news conference in Washington, which will be carried live on NASA Television. The submissions deadline is June 6, 2012.

The Landsat Program has created the longest continuous global record of the Earth’s surface observed from space. The images are a critical ingredient in decision making for agriculture, climate research, disaster mitigation, ecosystems, forestry, human health
and water management.

To enter the contest, send NASA an email describing the local landscape changes you are interested in where you live, and what you hope to learn about them from Landsat’s four decades of observations from space. Scientists will review the Landsat data archive for the six areas selected and show the changes observed at the July 23 event.

For more information on the contest and details on how to enter, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/landsat_contest.html

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Jeannie Allen at
Jeannette.E.Allen@nasa.gov.


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2012 National Community College Aerospace Scholars Program

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

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

Applications are due June 6, 2012.

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

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

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National Space Biomedical Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

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

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

Applications are due June 8, 2012.

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

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

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New Application Available from Classroom of the Future

You’re stuck on the moon or relocated to Mars. How are you going to survive for months or possibly years without resupply?

This is the challenge you face in the Bioregenerative Life Support System Simulator, or BLiSS Sim, the first science education app developed by the NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future at the Center for Educational Technologies at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, W. Va. Using information from NASA’s Bioregenerative Life Support System research, you can plan a plant-based, Earth-like solution for oxygen, water and food production.

The free BLiSS Sim app is available for download from the iTunes Store at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bliss-sim/id525464463?ls=1&mt=8.

BLiSS Sim uses a game format to engage youth and adults in the challenges of supporting humans in space or extreme environments on Earth. Players learn how four plant types — wheat, potatoes, soybeans and lettuce — can be grown and harvested to supply human oxygen, water and food needs. Anyone interested in plants, human space travel or planning biological sustainability here on Earth will want this free app based on NASA’s advanced life support research.

To learn more about BLiSS Sim, visit the http://bliss-sim.cet.edu website.

iTunes Store is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. registered in the U.S. and other countries.

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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 — May 24, 2012

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

Derivatives:Math and Science @ Work — Space Shuttle Auxiliary Power Units Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 Calculus Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: May 30, 2012

Chemistry of Water: Math and Science @Work — A Breath of Fresh Air Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: May 31, 2012

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

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

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

NASA History DivisionFall 2012 Internships
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: June 1, 2012

Expeditions 33 and 34In-flight Education Downlink Opportunities
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: June 1, 2012

2012 Music and Astronomy Under the StarsEvents
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: Multiple dates June 13 – Oct. 26, 2012

Space StationExpedition Webcasts
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: July 12, Oct. 11 and Oct.12, 2012

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Derivatives:Math and Science @ Work — Space Shuttle Auxiliary Power Units Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools and Learning Environments and ResearchNetwork, or LEARN, projects are hosting a 60-minute live professionaldevelopment Web seminar for educators on May30, 2012, at 8 p.m. EDT. The Space Shuttle Auxiliary Power Units studentactivity featured in this seminar is a problem set from the Mission Controlseries of NASA’s Math and Science @ Work project. Participants will assume therole of a student. Attendees will work the problem set, score their results andshare best practices with other participants for implementing this problem setinto the classroom.

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

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

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

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Chemistryof Water: Math and Science @ Work — A Breath of Fresh Air Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Associationare hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educatorson May 31, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learnhow to implement a chemistry lab activity called “A Breath of Fresh Air.”During the activity, students create their own electrolysis apparatus togenerate oxygen and use a Texas Instruments TI-Nspire calculator to collectdata. Note: You do not need to have a TI-Nspire calculator during this professionaldevelopment.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar13.aspx

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

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

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NASA Earth Day Video Contest 2012

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

To enter, produce a short video that captureswhat you find inspiring and important about the unique view and understandingof Earth provided by NASA science. Upload your video to YouTube and tag itusing the instructions found on the contest website. NASA will feature the bestentry — chosen by a panel of NASA scientists and communicators — on the NASAwebsite. And, the winner will receive a behind-the-scenes look at the nextrocket launch of a NASA Earth-observing satellite.

Submissions will be accepted until May 31, 2012.

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

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

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2012 Educate to Innovate Conference

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

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

Two separate conference opportunities areavailable. The first will take place June 20-21, 2012, at Eastern KentuckyUniversity. The second will take place June 26-27, 2012, at Corbin Center forTechnology and Community Activities in Corbin, Ky.

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

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

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

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2012 Summer Workshops –Climate Science Research for Educators and Students

The Institute for Earth Science Research and Education, in collaborationwith Queens College/City University of New York, is seeking participants for summerprofessional development workshops in the second year of its Climate ScienceResearch for Educators and Students project. Funded by the NASA Innovations inClimate Education program, this project seeks to improve student engagement inclimate science by helping teachers and students develop authenticclimate-related science research projects.

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

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

Applications are due June 1, 2012.

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

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

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NASA History Division Fall 2012 Internships

The NASA History Division is seekingundergraduate and graduate students for fall 2012 internships. The HistoryDivision maintains archival materials to answer research questions from NASApersonnel, journalists, scholars, students at all levels and others from aroundthe world. The division also edits and publishes several books and monographseach 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 HTML formatting, is a plus.

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

Applications are due June 1, 2012. For moreinformation, 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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Expeditions 33 and 34 In-flight EducationDownlink Opportunities

NASA is seeking formal and informal educationalorganizations, individually or working together, to host live, in-flighteducation downlinks during Expeditions 33 and 34 (approximately from September2012 to March 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 June 1, 2012.

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

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

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

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2012Music and Astronomy Under the Stars Events

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

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

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

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Space Station Expedition Webcasts

NASA’s Endeavor Science Teaching Certificateproject and NASA’s Teaching From Space office are presenting three free webcaststhat focus on the International Space Station. All three webcasts will cover the same materials. Each webcast will kick off with anintroduction to space station expeditions and will then explore NASA’s mostrelevant classroom resources.

Webcasts will take place on July 12,Oct. 11 and Oct. 12, 2012. Participants must register online. Registrationcloses three days prior to each session.

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

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

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

Visit NASA Education on the Web:

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

NASA Education Express — May 17, 2012

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

Live Video Chat: Robonaut Technology Aboard the Space Station
Audience: Grades 6-12
Event Date: May 18, 2012, 1 p.m. EDT

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

Event Dates: Various Dates during May 2012

Live Video Chat:
Mia Siochi: The Amazing World of Nanomaterials
Audience: Grades 9-12
Event Date: May 23, 2012, noon EDT

Digital Learning Network Webcast: Learn More About the Upcoming Transit of Venus

Audience: All Educators and Students
Launch Date: May 23, 2012, 1 p.m. EDT

Ultraviolet Radiation and Yeast: Radiation Biology Web Seminar

Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: May 23, 2012, 8:15 p.m. EDT

Free Lecture — John Glenn: Earning the Right Stuff as a Decorated Marine Aviator and Navy Test Pilot — Attend in Person or View Online
Audience: All Educators and Students

Event Date: May 24, 2012

NASA History Division Fall 2012 Internships
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: June 1, 2012

NASA Tournament Lab: $10,000 Planetary Data System Mashup Challenge
Audience: Students Ages 13-18 Years Old
Entry Deadline: June 16, 2012

Electronic Professional Development Network Courses
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Using Robotics to Enhance STEM Learning: Aug. 29 – Oct. 9, 2012
Project-Based Inquiry Learning: Sept. 26 – Oct. 30, 2012

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Live Video Chat: Robonaut Technology Aboard the Space Station

NASA Explorer Schools is offering students in grades 6-12 an opportunity to ask questions of CJ Kanelakos, a mechanical design engineer working on Robonaut 2, or R2. Join the video chat on May 18, 2012, from 1-2 p.m. EDT to ask Kanelakos questions about designing, testing and building a lower body for R2 that will enable it to be more mobile on the International Space Station.

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


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

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

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

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


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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

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

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

Aerospace education specialist John Weis will demonstrate language arts activities using NASA materials and lessons found within NASA educator guides. Materials discussed will cover reading comprehension and composition for grades K-12. Lesson plans and strategies will be shared.

Sun-Earth-Moon Relationships (Grades K-8)
May 24, 2012, 4:30 – 6 p.m. EDT

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

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

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

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

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

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Live Video Chat: Mia Siochi: The Amazing World of Nanomaterials

In recognition of AsianPacific American Heritage Month, NASA Explorer Schools is offering students in grades 9-12 an opportunity to ask questions of Mia Siochi, a research materials engineer working on nanotechnology, self-healing materials and other emerging aerospace materials and systems of the future. Join the video chat on May 23, 2012, from noon-1 p.m. EDT.

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


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

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

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

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


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Digital Learning Network Webcast: Learn More About the Upcoming Transit of Venus

Educators and students are invited to join NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center for a Digital Learning Network webcast to learn more about the upcoming transit of Venus. The webcast event will take place on May 23, 2012, at 1 p.m. EDT. Astronomer Louis Mayo, as well as other guests, will share information on the scientific significance of the transit as well as education resources for teachers and students.

To learn more about the transit, visit the Sun-Earth Day website at
http://sunearthday.nasa.gov/2012/about/about.php.

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

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Ultraviolet Radiation and Yeast: Radiation Biology Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on May 23, 2012, at 8:15 p.m. EDT. The student activity featured in this seminar demonstrates the effects of radiation on living organisms. Learn how sun-screening materials protect live yeast cells from harmful ultraviolet, or UV, radiation, countermeasures for UV radiation and discuss phenotypic changes in yeast as a result of radiation damage. Also see how you can expand the range of items tested in this lab by using different sun protection materials. Use this activity to establish a connection for your students between science and a real-world situation.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar11.aspx.

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

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

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Free Lecture — John Glenn: Earning the Right Stuff as a Decorated Marine Aviator and Navy Test Pilot — Attend in Person or View Online

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

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

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

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

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NASA History Division Fall 2012 Internships

The NASA History Division is seeking undergraduate and graduate students for fall 2012 internships. The History Division maintains archival materials to answer research questions from NASA personnel, journalists, scholars, students at all levels and others from around the world. The division also edits and publishes several books and monographs each year. It maintains a large number of websites on NASA history.

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

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

Applications are due June 1, 2012. 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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NASA Tournament Lab: $10,000 Planetary Data System Mashup Challenge

The NASA Tournament Lab is looking for the best student-built mobile and Web-based applications. Do you have what it takes?

NASA’s Planetary Data System has tons and tons of data (over 100 terabytes), but they need a better way to share it. The NASA Tournament Lab asked for ideas on how to share this data with its Idea Generation Contest in April 2012. And now it’s looking for ways to translate these ideas into great mobile or Web-based apps.

Not only are there $10,000 in prizes, but the first-place winner will earn an invitation to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California to witness the Mars Science Lab lander touch down on Mars!

Mobile and Web apps will be accepted through June 16, 2012, and there is no limit on the number of ideas you can submit. This contest is open to 13-18 year olds in the United States.

Ready to get your hands dirty? To learn more and to sign up for the challenge, visit https://www.nonamesite.com/web/cs-stem/pds-stem-mashup-challenge.

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


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Electronic Professional Development Network Courses

NASA’s Learning Environments and Research Network and the Georgia Institute of Technology have teamed up to create the electronic professional development network, or e-PDN, an initiative dedicated to preparing K-12 teachers to engage their 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 your professional development goals or find new and exciting resources to use in your learning environments, apply to one of our free courses today!

Applications are now open for the following courses:

Using Robotics to Enhance STEM Learning — Aug. 29 – Oct. 9, 2012
Learn how to build and program LEGO Mindstorm robots and use them to promote student engagement and conceptual understanding of mathematics, science and engineering. Explore robotic manipulators and end effectors like the ones NASA uses on the International Space Station, and integrate multiple sensors into your robot to allow for systematic control. Join your colleagues in the Grand Challenge to design, build and program a robot to explore an environment and return with a sample for investigation.

Project-Based Inquiry LearningSept. 26 – Oct. 30, 2012
Develop skills in designing and using project-based inquiry learning, or PBIL, to enhance conceptual understanding, critical thinking, scientific reasoning and problem solving in standards-based classrooms. Experience and analyze two NASA-oriented PBIL projects firsthand; learn PBIL curriculum design strategies and methods; and design a PBIL unit for use in your classroom.


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

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

Questions about these courses should be directed to Kristen Anderson at kristen.anderson@dlpe.gatech.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 — May 3, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Astronaut Don Pettit Shares Space Physics”Science Off the Sphere” Videos

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

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

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

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

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

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Free Education Webinar Series from the AerospaceEducation Services Project

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

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

Animals in Space (Grades K-5)
May 3, 2012, 7 – 8 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Wil Robertsonwill demonstrate how teachers can use stuffed animals as props in telling thestory of the animals that preceded humans in space. The program is geared forteachers in K-5 with a special focus of aligning the topic with the CoreLiteracy Standards for elementary grades. Web resources will be provided.

Animals in Space (Grades K-5)
May 5, 2012, 9 – 10 a.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Wil Robertsonwill demonstrate how teachers can use stuffed animals as props in telling thestory of the animals that preceded humans in space. The program is geared forteachers in K-5 with a special focus of aligning the topic with the Core LiteracyStandards for elementary grades. Web resources will be provided.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Celebrate Space Day at the National Air andSpace Museum

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

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

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

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

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EngineeringDesign: Forces and Motion — Balloon Aerodynamics Challenge Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminarfor educators on May 7, 2012, at 6:30p.m. EDT. This Web seminar will introduce the Forces and Motion: BalloonAerodynamics Challenge for students. This activity provides first-handinformation about density, neutral buoyancy and drag, which is then used to solvea problem. The activity provides many opportunities for incorporating nationalmathematics, science and technology learning standards into your curriculum.

For more information and to registeronline, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar23.aspx.

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

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

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Quadratic Functions: Exploring Space Through Math — Weightless Wonder

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

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

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

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

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Live Video Chat: How Space Station Research Affects Life on Earth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Applications must be postmarked by May 11, 2012.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2012-2013 National Student Solar SpectrographCompetition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What’s New at NASA’s Space Place Website

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Special Days

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit NASA Education on the Web:

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

NASA Education Express — May 10, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Live Video Chat: How Space Station ResearchAffects Life on Earth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on May 14, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. “Chemistry of Water: MarsExploration — Is There Water on Mars?” is an inquiry-based lesson on howatmospheric pressure and vapor pressure affect the boiling point of water. Seewhy water’s boiling point is pressure-dependent, rather thantemperature-dependent. Then, by extension, you will deduce if there could be liquidwater on Mars.

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

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

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

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Celebrate the Launch of Astronaut Joe Acaba

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Free Education Webinar Series from the AerospaceEducation Services Project

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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EngineeringDesign Challenge: Thermal Protection System Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminarfor educators on May 15, 2012, at 8:15 p.m. EDT. Learn about the scienceof heat transfer and heat dissipation related to NASA vehicles, and receive anintroduction to the associated engineering design challenge, Thermal ProtectionSystem. In this activity, students are challenged to design a thermalprotection system and test it using a propane torch.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar10.aspx.

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

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

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LAUNCH: Beyond Waste Challenge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Teachers Touch the Sky: An Astronomy Workshop

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

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

Registration for this workshop closes on June15, 2012.

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

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

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2012NASA’s Multiwavelength Universe Online Professional Development Course

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Each participatingcommunity will be provided an experiment slot in a real microgravity researchminilaboratory scheduled to fly on the space station from mid-April to mid-May2013. An experiment design competition in each community — engaging 300 to1,000 students — allows student teams to design real experimentsvying for their communities’ reserved experiment slot on the space station.Additional SSEP programming leverages the experiment design competition toengage the community, embracing a Learning Community Model for science,technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education.

This competition is open to students in grades 5-12 and college. Informaleducation groups and organizations are also encouraged to participate. Allparticipating communities must be aboard by Sept. 12, 2012. The National Center for Earth and Space ScienceEducation is available to help interested communities secure the neededfunding. 

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

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

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

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

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New Educational Materials Available at NASA.gov

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

Space Math VII Educator Guide — Grades 3-12

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Visit NASA Education on the Web:

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


NASA Education Express — April 26, 2012

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

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

NASA DLN Webcast — Dawn Mission Chief Engineer Marc Rayman

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

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

NASA Tournament Lab: Idea Generation Contest

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

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

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

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

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

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

Proposal Due Date: May 2, 2012

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

Deadline: May 2, 2012

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

Event Date: May 8-11, 2012

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

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

Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: July 2, 2012

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

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New DIY Podcast Module Available — Space Station

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

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

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

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

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

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


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NASA DLN Webcast — Dawn Mission Chief Engineer Marc Rayman

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

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

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

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

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Geometry: Space Math Problems — Solar Storms Web Seminar

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

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

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

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

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NASA Tournament Lab: Idea Generation Contest

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

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

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

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

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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

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

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

Mars Uncovered: Revealing the Geologic History of Mars (Grades 5-12)
May 2, 2012, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will share an inquiry-based lesson that presents a critical-thinking approach of studying the surface of Mars. This process is similar to the approach used by NASA scientists. This lesson will teach students to examine geologic features of a planetary surface and use relative-age dating techniques to analyze the information and interpret the geologic history.

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

Animals in Space (Grades K-5)
May 3, 2012, 7 – 8 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Wil Robertson
will demonstrate how teachers can use stuffed animals as props in telling the story of the animals that preceded humans in space. The program is geared for teachers in K-5 with a special focus of aligning the topic with the Core Literacy Standards for elementary grades. Web resources will be provided.

Animals in Space (Grades K-5)
May 5, 2012, 9 – 10 a.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Wil Robertson
will demonstrate how teachers can use stuffed animals as props in telling the story of the animals that preceded humans in space. The program is geared for teachers in K-5 with a special focus of aligning the topic with the Core Literacy Standards for elementary grades. Web resources will be provided.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will share an inquiry-based lesson that presents a critical-thinking approach of studying the surface of Mars. This process is similar to the approach used by NASA scientists. This lesson will teach students to examine geologic features of a planetary surface and use relative-age dating techniques to analyze the information and interpret the geologic history.

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

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

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


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

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


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RockOn 2012 University Rocket Science Workshop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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2013 eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2011-2012 Green Aviation University Engineering Contest

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

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

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

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

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International Space Station EarthKAM Spring 2012 Mission

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

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

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

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

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NASA Earth Day Video Contest 2012

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

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

Submissions will be accepted until May 31, 2012.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NASA Education Express — April 19, 2012

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

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


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


Heat Transfer: MESSENGER — My Angle on Cooling Web Seminar

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

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

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

2012 Jet Propulsion Laboratory Summer Faculty Research Program

Audience: Higher Education Educators

Deadline: April 27, 2012

Mars Student Imaging Project

Audience: 5-12 Educators

Submit Interest By: April 27, 2012

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

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

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

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

Application Deadline:
June 6, 2012

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

Application Deadline: June 8, 2012


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

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

Event Dates:
July 17-18, 2012

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Live Video Chat: NASA Untamed

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Heat Transfer: MESSENGER — My Angle on Cooling Web Seminar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit the
explorerschools.nasa.gov website.

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

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


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NASA DLN Webcast — Dawn Mission Chief Engineer Marc Rayman

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

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

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

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


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2012 Jet Propulsion Laboratory Summer Faculty Research Program

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

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

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

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

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

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Mars Student Imaging Project

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

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

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

To get started and learn more about the project, visit http://marsed.mars.asu.edu/msip-home.

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

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NASA Tournament Lab: Idea Generation Contest

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

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

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

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

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International Space Station EarthKAM Spring 2012 Mission

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

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

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

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


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2012 Educate to Innovate Conference

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

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

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

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

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

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


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2012 National Community College Aerospace Scholars Program

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

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

Applications are due June 6, 2012.

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

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

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National Space Biomedical Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

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

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

Applications are due June 8, 2012.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Earth Science Information Partners Federation Summer Meeting 2012

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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