NASA Education Express — Jan. 13, 2011

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

Education Opportunities in NASA STEM Workshop
Audience: Higher Education Institutions
Event Date: Jan. 20, 2011

NASA DLN Planetary Webcast Series
Audience: 5-8 Educators and Students
Event Dates: Jan. 20 – April 21, 2011

Free Webcast — Space Operations in 2011
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Event Date: Jan. 26, 2010

Space Exploration Educators Conference
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Feb. 3-5, 2011

2011 ACCESS Internships for Students With Disabilities

Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 11, 2011

2011 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2011

No Boundaries Project and Student Competition
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Entry Deadline: April 1, 2011

Education Innovation — Google Science Fair
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Entry Deadline: April 4, 2011

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Education Opportunities in NASA STEM Workshop

The NASA Office of Education will be accepting proposals under the Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) NASA Research Announcement. This new announcement is an umbrella announcement for opportunities under the Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP, and includes calls for proposals in the following program elements for Fiscal Year 2011:

— Curriculum Improvement Partnership Award for the Integration of Research into the Undergraduate Curriculum, or CIPAIR.
— Innovations in Global Climate Change Education, or IGCCE.
— MUREP Space Projects, or MSP.
— NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center Center-Unique Projects.
— NASA’s Stennis Space Center Center-Unique Projects.

Eligibility Information: Proposals will be accepted from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and other minority-serving institutions including those with high Hispanic enrollment. For some program elements, community colleges are also eligible. Public school districts and nonprofit organizations that reach a large number of under-represented and/or under-served audiences are also eligible. In some cases, NASA centers and other organizations may apply through partnership with the lead organization.

Interested parties may attend the EONS Workshop on Jan. 20, 2011, at the Westin Washington D.C. City Center. Onsite registration begins at 7:45 a.m. Participation is not required to submit a proposal.

For more information regarding this opportunity, please visit the EONS page on the NSPIRES website. Go to http://nspires.nasaprs.com and click on Solicitations, then on Open Solicitations.

Please e-mail any questions about this opportunity to NASAEONS2011@nasaprs.com.

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NASA DLN Planetary Webcast Series

NASA’s Digital Learning Network announces a series of monthly webcasts. Join Dr. Joel Levine each month as he features a different topic of planetary study and talks about what NASA has done to help us better understand our home planet and neighbors in our solar system. This series is designed to target middle school students.

The Earth and Other Planets: A Tour
Jan. 20, 2011, 1-2 p.m. EST
Join Dr. Joel Levine on a tour of the planets. This webcast will explore the surface features, atmospheric structure and composition, and moon and ring systems of the planets. Did you know the planets may be divided into two distinct groups? Learn more about the properties that distinguish the terrestrial planets from the gaseous outer planets.

The Earth: Up Close and Personal
Feb. 17, 2011, 1-2 p.m. EST
Join Dr. Joel Levine to learn more about our home planet. This webcast will explore the
components of the Earth system. The lithosphere (the solid planet), the hydrosphere (the water), the atmosphere (the air) and the biosphere (life) will be discussed. Various processes on the Earth system, such as volcanism and the water cycle, also will be discussed.

Mars: Up Close and Personal
March 17, 2011, 1-2 p.m. EST
Join Dr. Joel Levine to learn more about the Red Planet. Today, Mars is a cold, dry, inhospitable planet with a very thin atmosphere. Scientists believe that early Mars was very hospitable with abundant surface water and atmospheric pressure similar to Earth’s. This webcast will explore Mars’ past and what makes Mars and Earth so different today.


The Heat Is On: Global Warming — Causes and Consequences
April 21, 2011, 1-2 p.m. EST
Join Dr. Joel Levine to learn more about global warming and how it is affecting our planet.
The temperature of the surface of Earth and the other planets is controlled by incoming solar radiation and the outgoing thermal or infrared radiation generated at the surface by the absorption of the incoming solar radiation. This webcast will discuss the causes and consequences of global warming.

NASA’s Digital Learning Network allows the next generation of explorers to connect with scientists, engineers and researchers without leaving the classroom. The network provides distance-learning events designed to educate through demonstrations and real time interactions with NASA experts.

Three schools per time slot will be allowed to join Levine for this lecture series. All others may join via webcast.

For more information about this series of webcast events, visit
http://dln.nasa.gov/dln/.

If you have any questions about this webcast series, please contact Caryn Long at Caryn.Long@nasa.gov.

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Free Webcast — Space Operations in 2011

Astronauts and cosmonauts will continue to work on the International Space Station after the retirement of the space shuttle. Join Carla Rosenberg for an hourlong webcast on Jan. 26, 2011, at 4 p.m. EST, to find out what is next for human space exploration in 2011. The new NASA educational product for middle school grades called “Station Simulation” also will be discussed.

For more information and to view the webcast, visit
http://dln.nasa.gov.

Please e-mail any questions about this opportunity to Renee Elias at
nasa_renee@lcjvs.net.

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Space Exploration Educators Conference, Feb. 3-5, 2011

Register today for the 17th Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference, to be held Feb. 3-5, 2011, at Space Center Houston. This conference is for all K-12 educators. Activities presented use space-related themes to teach across the curriculum and can be used for science, language arts, mathematics, history and more.

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

For more information and to register for the conference, visit
http://spacecenter.org/TeachersSEEC.html.

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

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2011 ACCESS Internships for Students With Disabilities

Applications are now being accepted for the Achieving Competence in Computing, Engineering and Space Science project, also known as ACCESS. This 10-week, paid internship at NASA centers around the U.S. is designed for undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities.

Applicants should have strong backgrounds in science, a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and a desire to pursue technical careers. Students who are chosen will work with scientists and engineers in an area compatible with their skills and interests.

Applications for placement at NASA are due Feb. 11, 2011.

For more information, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/descriptions/Achieving_Competence.html.

Please e-mail any questions about this opportunity to
Laureen Summers at
lsummers@aaas.org.

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2011 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Caltech’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships, or SURF, project introduces undergraduate students to research under the guidance of seasoned mentors at Caltech or NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Students experience the process of research as a creative intellectual activity and gain a more realistic view of the opportunities and demands of a professional research career.

SURF is modeled on the grant-seeking process. Students collaborate with potential mentors to define and develop a project and to write research proposals. Caltech faculty or JPL staff review the proposals and recommend awards. Students work over a 10-week period in the summer, mid-June to late August. At the conclusion of the project, they submit a technical paper and give a SURF Seminar Day oral presentation.

All application materials must be received no later than Feb. 22, 2011. For more information, visit http://www.surf.caltech.edu/.

Please e-mail any questions about this opportunity to the Caltech Student-Faculty Programs office at sfp@caltech.edu.

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No Boundaries Project and Student Competition

Encourage your classes to participate in the No Boundaries National Competition, a joint educational initiative created by NASA and USA TODAY Education. This competition is designed to help students explore careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The effort also offers students the opportunity to learn more about NASA.

When people hear the word “NASA,” they often think of astronauts’ amazing journeys. While astronauts are the public face of NASA, thousands of people at the space agency collaborate to send astronauts into space.

The goal of this project is for students to work in small groups to develop a creative project (website, video, podcast, song, etc.) that markets careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to teens. These student groups then will present their projects to their classmates and a class of younger peers.

The No Boundaries website includes a Teacher Toolkit and step-by-step instructions for teachers to implement the project in the classroom. Background information and links to websites with career information also are provided.

After presenting their projects, groups are encouraged to enter them in the No Boundaries National Competition. All contest entries must be submitted to USA TODAY Education no later than April 1, 2011. Winning teams can win $2,000, passes to a VIP NASA experience and the chance to present their project to NASA.

To learn more about the project and to enter the competition, visit
www.noboundaries-stemcareers.com.

Please e-mail any questions about the No Boundaries Competition to
Marcie Peck at mpeck@usatoday.com.

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Education Innovation — Google Science Fair

On Jan. 11, 2011, Google launched the inaugural Google Science Fair. Google has partnered with CERN, National Geographic, Scientific American and the LEGO Group to create this new STEM competition. This is a global competition open to any student aged 13-18, and students may enter as individuals or as teams of up to three. There is no entry fee. Registrations and submissions will be made online. The Science Fair will culminate in a celebratory event at Google headquarters in California in July 2011, where finalists will compete for internships, scholarships and prizes in front of a panel of celebrity scientist judges, including Nobel Laureates and household names.

Submissions are due by April 4, 2011. To sign up for free resource kits for your classroom or school, please visit the Global Science fair website at
http://www.google.com/sciencefair.

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

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


NASA Education Express — Jan. 6, 2011

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

Deadline Extended: OSSI:SOLAR Student Application
Audience: Higher Education Students
New Deadline: March 1, 2011

Free Webcast — Mass vs. Weight: What’s the Big Difference Anyway?
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Event Date: Jan. 13, 2011

International Space Station EarthKAM Winter 2011 Mission
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Event Date: Jan. 18-21, 2011

FY 2011 Research Announcement for the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)
Audience: Higher Education Institutions
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 28, 2011

2011 Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: Jan. 28, 2011

NASA History Division Summer 2011 Internships
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2011

Comets and Asteroids Educator Conference at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Registration Deadline: Feb. 1, 2011
Event Date: Feb. 5, 2011

Electronic Professional Development Network Courses
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Using Robotics to Enhance STEM Learning: Feb. 2 – March 15, 2011
Project-Based Inquiry Learning: Feb. 23 – March 29, 2011

NASA Notice of Intent (NOI) to Release Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) Entitled 2011 Summer of Innovation Project

Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 18, 2011

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OSSI:SOLAR Student Application Deadline Extension Announcement:


The HQ Office of Education has decided to extend the student application deadline in OSSI:SOLAR for the Summer 2011 session from February 1 to March 1, 2011. This change will enable 2 items:

-More students to fully complete their applications
-More time for Mentors to submit their opportunities and search the applicant pool

To view available opportunities and to submit an application online, visit http://intern.nasa.gov/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Mabel Matthews at Mabel.J.Matthews@nasa.gov.

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Free Webcast — Mass vs. Weight: What’s the Big Difference Anyway?

The Aerospace Education Services Project, or AESP, is presenting a free webcast on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, at 4:30 p.m. EST. During this hourlong webcast, Stennis Space Center aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will discuss “mass” and “weight,” two terms that differ in meaning and that often are used incorrectly. This webcast will integrate Newton’s Laws of Motion and microgravity to explore these two terms and demonstrate their difference by focusing on education video filmed by astronauts on the International Space Station. NASA education resources and inquiry activities, developed from the space station video, will be used in this workshop. Come enjoy this “heavy duty” topic.

For more information and to view the webcast, visit http://neon.psu.edu/13jan2011.

If you have any questions about the webcast, please contact Steve Culivan at Stephen.P.Culivan@nasa.gov. Or visit the “Mass vs. Weight” website at http://education.ssc.nasa.gov/massvsweight.asp.

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International Space Station EarthKAM Winter 2011 Mission

Middle school educators are invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAM Winter 2011 Mission from Jan. 18-21, 2011. 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 e-mail ek-help@earthkam.ucsd.edu.

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NASA Announces the Release of FY 2011 Research Announcement for the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have released the FY 2011 Research Announcement 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 NASA’s four Mission Directorates — Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, and Space Operations –, the Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT), and NASA’s ten Centers and contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities, higher education, and economic development of the proposing jurisdiction.

Public Law 102-58, 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 National Science Foundation (NSF) determines overall jurisdiction eligibility for NASA EPSCoR. The following NASA EPSCoR jurisdictions may respond to this NASA EPSCoR solicitation: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Jurisdictions responding to this CAN may submit up to two proposals.

This solicitation may be accessed through the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) at http://nspires.nasaprs.com.

The deadline for submitting proposals is Jan. 28, 2011.


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2011 Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program

The Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program pairs qualified undergraduate students with NASA-funded investigators at research locations across the U.S. for eight weeks during the summer. Students will spend the summer at the NASA scientist’s home institution. Selected students receive a cost-of-living stipend and compensation for housing and travel.

Undergraduate students interested in learning about research in planetary geoscience are eligible to apply. Students graduating in 2011 who have not started graduate school yet are also eligible. Preference is given to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Applications are due Jan. 28, 2011.

For more information, visit http://www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~tgregg/pggurp.html. If you have questions about this opportunity, please e-mail Robyn Wagner, PGGURP administrator, at rlwagner@buffalo.edu.

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NASA History Division Summer 2011 Internships

The NASA History Division is seeking undergraduate and graduate students for summer 2011 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 Feb. 1, 2011. For more information, visit http://history.nasa.gov/interncall.htm.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact Steve Garber at stephen.j.garber@nasa.gov.

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Comets and Asteroids Educator Conference at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Join the Stardust-NExT mission and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Education Office for an education conference being held Feb. 5, 2011, near Pasadena, Calif. The conference will focus on comets, asteroids and protoplanets. These objects are the leftover building blocks of planets, which may have contributed water and organic material to ancient Earth, thus aiding the start of life. By observing these small bodies up close, scientists better understand the formation and evolution of our solar system and how life came to exist here on Earth.

This daylong conference will feature a series of presentations, as well as introduction to hands-on activities mainly targeted for grades 5-8. However, activities can be adapted for both lower and higher grade levels. Instructional materials and resources will be shared and hands-on activity materials will be provided.

This conference is open to all formal and informal educators interested in Earth and space science and exploration. Students in high school and college also may attend.

Pre-registration is required. Participants must register by Feb. 1, 2011. Walk-up registration will not be possible for this conference.

For more information, visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/index.cfm?page=110.

For registration questions, please call the JPL Education Office at 818-393-0561. For other questions, please call the JPL Educator Resource Center at 909-397-4420.

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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 ePDN, an initiative dedicated to preparing K-12 teachers to engage their students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) 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 starting in February:

Using Robotics to Enhance STEM Learning — Feb. 2 – March 15, 2011
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 Learning: Science Teaching and Learning for the 21st Century — Feb. 23 – March 15, 2011
Develop your 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. Use e-PDN’s suite of online tools to collaborate, connect and create with other course participants.

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

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

Questions about these courses should be directed to Fran Ruskin at fran.ruskin@dlpe.gatech.edu.

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NASA Notice of Intent (NOI) to Release Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) Entitled 2011 Summer of Innovation Project

General Information
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Solicitation Number: NNC11ZCE009C
NAIS Posted Date: January 12, 2011
Response Date: N/A
Classification Code: N/A
Internet Address: nspires.nasaprs.com

Office Address
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NASA Educational Programs Office, NASA Glenn Research Center, MS 7-4, Cleveland, OH 44135

Description
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NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden has identified improvement of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning as a national need. To address this need, in 2010 NASA piloted the Summer of Innovation Project.

Summer of Innovation (SoI) is an intensive STEM teaching and learning program that targets middle school students (as defined by NASA for these purposes as students enrolled in grades 4-9 for the pending school year) and middle school teachers. In recruiting students, specific emphasis should be paid to girls, minorities and low income students.

Offerors shall include a summer engagement component and follow-on efforts designed to keep students involved in NASA-themed STEM activities during the academic year. Offerors will be required to partner with schools, school districts or state departments of education. A key aspect of SoI is the participation of certified teachers in the delivery of high quality content to middle school students in summer programming and sustained engagement during the school year. Offerors are encouraged to solicit the involvement, participation, and/or contributions of interested public/private partners including other federal agencies, non-profit organizations, foundations, for-profit organizations, universities, museums, planetariums and science centers with relevant experience and ability to accomplish the goals of SoI.

Expected outcomes of this project are increased student interest in STEM concepts and careers, improved student performance in STEM learning for student participants, increased teacher confidence and competency to deliver STEM content to middle school students and increased capacity for awardees to sustain their SoI projects beyond the scope and timeline of NASA funding. On an annual basis each awardee is expected to engage a minimum of 2500 students in summer programming and subsequent student engagement and involve at least 150 certified teachers in the delivery of content to students and sustained professional development activities.

Evaluation Criteria
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Proposal evaluation criteria will be focused on Implementation, Evaluation Plan, Strategic Partnerships, Intrinsic Merit, Sustainability, and Cost.

Anticipated Timeline
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ITEM                                                                           Proposed Date
Notice of Intent to Proposers                                   Dec. 30, 2010
Release 2011 Summer of Innovation CAN *         Jan. 12, 2011
Pre-Proposal Teleconference                                 Jan. 19, 2011
Non-binding NOI to Propose Due                           Jan. 26, 2011
Proposals Due                                                          Feb. 18, 2011
Award Announcement                                              April 18, 2011

*NOTE: The Summer of Innovation CAN will be posted on or about January 12, 2011.
Timeline is subject to change; current information will be posted on NASA NSPIRES and Grants.Gov

Critical Elements for Offerors
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— A detailed plan to grow capacity and expand network over a performance period of 48 months
— Ability to infuse a minimum of 40 hours of NASA content into existing summer programs and to sustain student engagement by providing an additional 40 hours of NASA content either in classroom or other out-of school settings during the school year
— Demonstrated ability to recruit and retain female, minority and/or low income middle school students for purposes of tracking academic performance and changes in attitudes towards STEM over the 48 month period of performance
— Demonstrated ability to recruit certified STEM middle school teachers to support the design and delivery of SoI summer and sustained student engagement activities
— Ability to partner with NASA and its contractors who provide professional development to certified teachers using NASA content and STEM topics
— Capacity to provide unique and innovative experiential STEM learning opportunities to students
— Demonstrated understanding of the development, administration and implementation of high quality STEM programs and projects
— Capacity to sustain STEM education programs on an ongoing basis
— Partnerships with industry, academia, and accredited schools, school districts or state departments of education to support project recruitment, implementation, sustainability and scalability
— Proven ability to work with formal educational structures (schools, school districts,etc.)
— Ability to make timely submittals of all reports and financial data required; and to make timely payments to all sub contractors and/or partners

Anticipated Award
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Contingent upon the availability of funding, NASA intends to select up to ten (10) awards that may be up to $750,000 each with a period of performance of 48 months for awardees. Funds will be awarded through a graduated distribution system. To retain financial strength and support on an ongoing basis, awardees are strongly encouraged to leverage monetary opportunities through collaborations and partnerships with entities that share resolve for a successful, ongoing SoI project.

Point of Contact
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Name: Robert Lasalvia
Title: 2011 Summer of Innovation, Project Manager-Acting, NASA GRC
E-mail:
grc-2011summerofinnovation@mail.nasa.gov

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

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

NASA Education Express – Dec. 16, 2010

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

 

18th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race
Audience: 9-Higher Education Students
Registration Deadline for International Teams: Jan. 1, 2011
Registration Deadline for U.S. Teams: Feb. 1, 2011

NASA LEARN and NES Offering Webinars
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Event Date: Jan. 5, Jan. 12 and Jan. 26, 2011

2011 Reduced Gravity Flight Opportunity Webinar
Audience: Higher Education Students
Event Date: Jan. 12, 2011

Call for Abstracts: 62nd International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: Feb. 7, 2011


New “Wings in Orbit” Book Details Space Shuttle History
Audience: All Educators and Students

New Educational Materials Available at NASA.gov
Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars Flier — Grades 9-11
Human Exploration Project Series — Grades K-12

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Registration Open for the 18th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race

Registration is open for the 18th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race. High school and college students are challenged to design and build a vehicle that addresses a series of engineering problems similar to those faced by the original lunar-roving vehicle team. Each school may enter up to two teams. International teams are limited to 10 teams per country. The race will take place April 1-2, 2011, in Huntsville, Ala., at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

International teams must register by Jan. 1, 2011. U.S. teams must register by Feb. 1, 2011.

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

Please e-mail any questions about this event and registration to Sabrina Pearson at Sabrina.M.Pearson@nasa.gov.

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NASA LEARN and NES Offering Webinars in January 2011


NASA LEARN, or Learning Environments and Research Network, and NASA Explorer Schools have teamed up to offer exciting webinars featuring NASA educational resources for educators. Below are three offerings in January 2011. The webinars are presented from 9-10 p.m. EST, so we can make sure educators on both the East Coast and West Coast can participate. And don’t worry about the technology. We have tech support ready to walk you through viewing and participating in the webinars.

You can register for each of the webinars by clicking on these website links:

Exploring Space Through Math — Jan. 5, 2011, 9 p.m. EST
Learn how to get your students to investigate the characteristics of quadratic functions to solve real-world problems involving the parabolic flights of NASA’s “Weightless Wonder” microgravity jet.
https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-exp-space-through-math/

GENESIS: What Are We Made of? The Sun, Earth and You — Jan. 12, 2011, 9 p.m. EST
By counting elements extracted from a simulated Genesis sample, students learn how the extraction of atoms from the Genesis samples help scientists have a better understanding of the abundance of elements from the solar wind.
https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-genesis/

Rockets and Your Classroom — Jan. 26, 2011, 9 p.m. EST
Review the Rocketry activity, explore the NASA connections, share tips and tricks for implementing this lesson in the classroom, watch videos of students engaged in the lesson, and discuss possible modifications or extensions.
https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-nasa-rockets-guide/

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Don’t Let this Opportunity Float Away: You and Your Experiment Can Fly in Reduced Gravity

The Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program provides a unique academic experience for undergraduate students to successfully propose, design, fabricate, fly and evaluate a reduced-gravity experiment of their choice over the course of four to six months. The overall experience includes scientific research, hands-on experimental design, test operations and educational/public outreach activities. A flight opportunity targeted for community college and minority students is available in June 2011.

There will be a webinar broadcast live from NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, on Jan. 12, 2011, at 3 p.m. EST that explains how to apply. Students and faculty may ask questions, download applications and view other related videos.

Visit http://nasamici.com/reduced-gravity.html to learn how to register for this free webinar.

Please e-mail any questions about this event and registration to mary@nasamici.com.

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Call for Abstracts: 62nd International Astronautical Congress

NASA announces its intent to participate in the 62nd International Astronautical Congress, or IAC, and requests that full-time graduate students attending U.S. universities or colleges respond to this “Call for Abstracts.” The IAC — which is organized by the International Astronautical Federation, or IAF; the International Academy of Astronautics, or IAA; and the International Institute of Space Law, or IISL, -– is the largest space-related conference worldwide and selects an average of 1000 scientific papers every year. The upcoming IAC will be held Oct. 3-7, 2011, in Cape Town, South Africa. NASA’s participation in this event is an ongoing effort to continue to connect NASA with the astronautical and space international community.

This “Call for Abstracts” is a precursor to a subsequent submission of a final paper, which may be presented at the 62nd IAC. Student authors are invited to submit an abstract regarding an original, unpublished paper that has not been submitted in any other forum. A NASA technical review panel of scientists and/or officials will select abstracts. Many students and professors are involved in NASA-related research. Persons submitting abstracts are strongly encouraged to seek advice from professors who are conducting NASA research and/or from NASA scientists and engineers.

Abstract Preparation
— Abstracts must be 400 words or less.
— Abstracts must be written in English.
— Abstracts cannot include formulas, tables or drawings.
— Select the symposium and session in which you wish to post your abstract. Please view the IAC brochure at http://iac2011.com/sites/default/files/pdf/iac2011-call-for-papers.pdf for list of sessions and more details.

Abstracts must be related to NASA’s ongoing vision for space exploration and fit into one of the following categories:
Science and Exploration — Systems sustaining missions including life, microgravity, space exploration, space debris and Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, or SETI.
Applications and Operations — Ongoing and future operational applications, including Earth observation, communication, navigation, human space endeavors and small satellites.
Technology — Common technologies to space systems including astrodynamics, structures, power and propulsion.
Infrastructures — Systems sustaining space missions including space systems, transportation, future systems and safety.
— Space and Society — Interaction of space with society including education, policy and economics, history, and law.

The full text of the abstract must be submitted electronically in the prescribed format at http://iac.nasaprs.com no later than 11:59:59 p.m. EST on Feb. 7, 2011.

If you have a question or concern about the programmatic or the electronic submission of your abstract, please e-mail abstract@nasaprs.com, and you will receive a response within two (2) business days.

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New “Wings in Orbit” Book Details Space Shuttle History


As NASA’s space shuttle fleet nears retirement, the agency is preparing to release a comprehensive account of the program that managed the spacecraft and the dedicated people who made its accomplishments possible.

The 500-plus-page book, “Wings in Orbit” is available for pre-publication sale. The book describes the scientific, engineering and cultural contributions of the space shuttle through text, photographs and graphics, written or selected by those who worked in the shuttle program.

“Not only is this book informative and beautifully done, it captures the passion of those who devoted their energies to the more than three decades of the shuttle program,” said Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA associate administrator for Space Operations. “It recognizes and celebrates what NASA has accomplished using the shuttle system.”

Former shuttle program manager Wayne Hale was the book’s executive editor. The book features a wide range of contributors, including the first space shuttle crew and many former flight directors, engineers and program managers.

The book is slated for release in March. To order the book during the pre-publication sale through Dec. 31, 2010, visit http://www.shopNASA.com.

For more information about the space shuttle era, visit https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/flyout/.

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New Educational Materials Available at NASA.gov

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

Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars Flier — Grades 9-11

WISH wants female high school juniors to participate in a pilot project. Beginning with an online collaboration in fall 2010, selected applicants will compete to participate in a summer 2011 workshop at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. There they will work alongside female NASA engineers and interns and collaborate in hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The WISH Flier explains how to apply.

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

Human Exploration Project Series — Grades K-12

This series of curricular units focus on themes that NASA engineers and scientists — as well as future generations of explorers — must consider when planning future human explorations into space. This includes such themes as Energy and Power, Transportation and Lunar Plant Growth Chambers (the STS-118 Design Challenges).

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

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

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

NASA Education Express Message — Dec. 9, 2010

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

NASA Educators Online Network
Audience: K-12 Educators


Online Professional Development Workshop: Enrichment Problems in Space and Earth Science XXIV
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Event Date: Dec. 10, 2010


Free Webcast — Waste Limitation Management and Recycling Design Challenge

Audience: 5-8 Educators
Event Date: Dec. 14, 2010

2011 NASA High Altitude Student Platform Opportunity
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: Dec. 17, 2010

Geography Trivia From Space Contest

Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Taking place through March 2011

2010-2011 NASA Future of Flight Art Contest
Audience: 9-Higher Education Students
Deadline: April 15, 2011

2011 Space Tech Engineering Design Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: June 1, 2011


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NASA Educators Online Network

The NASA Educators Online Network, also known as NEON, is a new learning community developed by NASA’s Aerospace Education Services Project. AESP is managed by Penn State University’s College of Education.

NEON gives K-12 educators of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines the opportunity to locate other like-minded professionals and develop effective collaborative networks. The network allows teachers to collaborate with scientists, engineers, NASA Education Specialists and other STEM educators to help support their classroom work.

To become a member of NEON, log on to http://neon.psu.edu and follow the steps to complete a profile.

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Online Professional Development Workshop: Enrichment Problems in Space and Earth Science XXIV


John Ensworth at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies and the NASA Science Mission Directorate invite you to attend an upcoming online professional development workshop.

Topic: Enrichment Problems in Space and Earth Science
XXIV

In the 24th bi-monthly installment of these mission- and inquiry-oriented mathematics problems, Dr. Sten Odenwald will supply background for and lead participants through problems from his “Problems in Space and Earth Science” series. The goal of these problems is to teach students about space weather by using mathematics. Each problem begins with real world questions, missions and situations, and applies the necessary mathematics for a solution. Participants may ask questions and work along in this fully interactive Webinar environment.
http://spacemath.gsfc.nasa.gov

Date: Friday, Dec. 10, 2010

Time: 3:00 p.m., EST (Greenwich Mean Time -05:00, New York)

You will need a computer, a good internet connection and a telephone to participate.

Participants must first register for this meeting. There is no cost for this event.
Note: Only the first 150 registrants will be accepted. Register ASAP!

If this meeting is full, you will receive an e-mail that reads:
“Your registration for this meeting is denied.”
In that case, we ask you to please join us in the next workshop!
If you do miss this event, we will send you the link to a video archive of the workshop so you will still be able to benefit from the exercises.

Please join the meeting 15-20 minutes before start to make sure your computer is prepared to run the Webex software. You may also pre-install the Webex plug-in following the instructions at the bottom of this e-mail.

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1. Go to
https://nasa.webex.com/nasa/j.php?ED=137526362&RG=1&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D.
2. Register for the meeting.
Once the host approves your request, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with instructions for joining the meeting.

To view in other time zones or languages, visit
https://nasa.webex.com/nasa/j.php?ED=137526362&RG=1&UID=0&ORT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D.


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Closed Captioning is available during the Webinar. A link to this will be provided closer to meeting time.
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1. Go to
https://nasa.webex.com/nasa/mc
2. Click “Assistance”.
3. Click “Support”.

For more information, contact John Ensworth by e-mail at
john_ensworth@strategies.org or by telephone at 703-312-0563.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This WebEx service includes a feature that allows audio and any documents and other materials exchanged or viewed during the session to be recorded. By joining this session, you automatically consent to such recordings. If you do not consent to the recording, do not join the session. This video and earlier product videos will be available via a Web-based archive tool will soon be located at:
http://www.strategies.org/education/index.aspx?sub=education&sub2=professional and http://video.strategies.org.

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To check the setup of your computer and pre-install the plug-in software, use the following links:

Downloads

WebEx will automatically setup Meeting Manager for Windows the first time you join a meeting. To save time, you can setup prior to the meeting by clicking this link:
https://nasa.webex.com/nasa/meetingcenter/mcsetup.php.

The host requests that you check for compatibility of rich media players for Universal Communications Format (UCF) before you join the session. UCF allows you to view multimedia during the session. To check now, click the following link: https://nasa.webex.com/nasa/systemdiagnosis.php.

Meeting Manager for Microsoft® Windows® – MSI Installer

— Meeting Center automatically downloads, installs and configures Meeting Manager for Windows the first time you start or join a meeting. However, you may choose to download and run the Meeting Manager Installer before starting or joining a meeting. You must have administrator privileges on your computer to use this installer.

— Download Meeting Manager Installer for Internet Explorer
https://nasa.webex.com/client/T25L/atmcie.msi

— Download Meeting Manager Installer for Mozilla Firefox/Netscape Navigator https://nasa.webex.com/client/T25L/atmcns.msi

Meeting Manager for Mac® OS X (PowerPC)

— Meeting Manager for Mac OS X (PowerPC) is set up automatically the first time you start or join a meeting. The Installer for Mac OS X (PowerPC) can be used to manually install or uninstall Meeting Manager for Mac OS X (PowerPC).

— Download Meeting Manager Installer for Mac OS X (PowerPC)
https://nasa.webex.com/client/T25L/mac/powerpc/webexinstaller.hqx.

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Free Webcast — Waste Limitation Management and Recycling Design Challenge

On Dec. 14, 2010, at 4 p.m. EST, NASA will conduct a free webcast to discuss how students in grades 5-8 can take part in the 2nd Annual Waste Limitation Management and Recycling Design Challenge.

Log on to this website to watch the webcast and learn how to join:
http://dln.nasa.gov/dlnapp/webcast/webcast.do.

NASA’s WLMR challenge uses real-world scenarios that meet science and mathematics content standards. Students can participate in a formal, informal or home-school setting.

The top three teams will receive awards.
The first place team will receive an expense-paid trip to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. During the winning team’s visit to Kennedy, students will learn firsthand about NASA’s missions, take behind-the-scenes tours of NASA’s launch facilities, and find out about future aerospace and engineering careers.

For more information and contest rules,
please visit
http://wlmr.nasa.gov.

Questions about the challenge should be directed to Jay
Garland at jay.l.garland@nasa.gov.

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2011 NASA High Altitude Student Platform Opportunity

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

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

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

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

The deadline for applications is Dec. 17, 2010.

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

Information about NASA’s scientific balloon program is available at
http://sites.wff.nasa.gov/code820.

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

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Geography Trivia From Space Contest


NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is currently living aboard the International Space Station. During his six-month stay in space, Kelly will have the opportunity to see and photograph various locations on Earth. In fact, part of his job is to capture a kaleidoscope of geographic spots used for scientific analysis of our planet.

Using these pictures, astronaut Kelly wants to test your knowledge of the world through a geography trivia game on Twitter. Kelly will tweet a picture and ask the public to identify the place depicted in the photo. The first person to correctly identify the place will win an autographed copy of the picture.

The first image in the geography contest was posted on Nov. 15, 2010. Kelly plans to continue posting contest photos throughout his mission. He is currently scheduled to return from the space station in March 2011.

To play the geography trivia game and to get other updates from Kelly throughout his mission, follow his twitter account at
http://twitter.com/stationcdrkelly.

For more information and for complete rules for the Geography Trivia From Space Contest, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition25/geo_trivia_contest.html.

Questions about the contest should be directed to Amiko Kauderer at
amiko.kauderer-1@nasa.gov .

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2010-2011 NASA Future of Flight Art Contest

NASA’s Future of Flight Art Contest invites students to imagine what spaceships, rockets or aircraft will look like 100 years from now. High school and college students from all areas of study are encouraged to enter. Artists are encouraged to collaborate with science and engineering students. Any full-time student can enter, regardless of major or area of study. Team entries are accepted, but team size is limited to eight students.

Entries will be accepted in the following categories: two-dimensional art, three-dimensional art, digital (including music and video) and literature (poetry and short stories). Entries will be evaluated on creativity and artistic qualities. Prizes include awards and exhibit opportunities. Entries are due April 15, 2011.

For more information about the NASA Future of Flight Art Contest, visit
http://artcontest.larc.nasa.gov/.

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

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2011 Space Tech Engineering Design Challenge

NASA has invited college students to take part in the 2011 Space Tech Engineering Design Challenge. Students are invited to design a technology that will help further space exploration and development. Designs may relate to
autonomous operations; entry, descent and landing; human factors; power/propulsion including for operation in space and on other planetary bodies; or robotics (not related to in-situ lunar samples)
. Students entering other NASA contests, such as Lunabotics or RASC-ALs, may not submit the same entry or technology that they used for the other contests. All entries must be original and must be the work of students, not faculty or corporate partners.

The contest is open to any full-time student enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution in the United States. This category includes universities, colleges, trade schools, community colleges, professional schools, etc. Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged.

A notice of intent is requested as soon as possible. Final entries are due June 1, 2011.

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

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

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

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


NASA Education Express – Dec. 2, 2010

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

NASA and You — NASA y Tú Website
Audience: 5-12 and Informal Educators and Students

Tiles for Teachers
Audience: All Educators

Live Webcast: Saturn Question and Answer Session With Students
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: Dec. 7, 2010

DLiNFocus: NASA Careers ‘What’s in Your Future?’ Special Event Series
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: Multiple dates beginning on Dec. 8, 2010

Free Webcast — The Air We Breathe
Audience: K-4 Educators
Event Date: Dec. 11, 2010

2011 NASA Academy
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: Jan. 18, 2011

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NASA and You — NASA y Tú Website

NASA and Univision Communications Inc. have launched an on-air and online initiative to help engage Hispanic students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education. View Spanish-language educational video segments featuring Hispanic employees from NASA and check out the online resources for educators. The website also includes information on educational opportunities for students.

To view the “NASA and You” website in Spanish, visit https://www.nasa.gov/educacion/nasaytu.

An English-language version of the website will be available in early 2011.

Inquiries about the NASA y Tú website should be directed to Ivelisse Gilman at Ivelisse.R.Gilman@nasa.gov.

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Tiles for Teachers

NASA is offering space shuttle tiles to schools. Perhaps you’d like to have one for your classroom? You’d better act quickly because a limited number are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

So, why are these tiles so “cool”?

Imagine that your school buses experience an extreme cold front followed by a heat wave, followed by another extreme cold front, followed by … Well, you get the point. What would be necessary to protect the students inside the buses when the temperature fluctuates from minus 200 F to plus 200 F every 90 minutes? How could you handle an occasional outside temperature of 1000 F? NASA scientists addressed this question over 50 years ago.

The space shuttle has made space exploration history over the past 30 years by regularly traveling through such extreme temperature fluctuations. Scientists and engineers collaborated to develop unique materials to withstand extreme temperatures. This led to the development of five space shuttles with their unique “skin” of shuttle tiles.

You or your students may have witnessed the more memorable launches. Perhaps you remember the first flight. Did you watch the flights that carried the Hubble Space Telescope into space or the flights to repair the telescope? Did you see any of the space shuttle dockings with the Russian Mir space station? Surely you witnessed one or several space shuttle launches to build or resupply the International Space Station? One hundred and thirty-three launches in 30 years have made space travel pretty routine. Have you gone outside at night and seen a space shuttle streak across the sky while attached to the space station? The space shuttles and their shuttle tiles have contributed immeasurably in making America a world leader in routine human spaceflight.

NASA is looking for ways to preserve this great history and inspire the next generation of space explorers, scientists and engineers. On Dec. 1, 2010, your school or university can sign up and request a space shuttle thermal protective tile. Remember, the tiles are available on a first-come, first-served, one-per-institution basis. Educators have an opportunity to share some technology and a piece of history with their students. Perhaps students will be inspired to hone their science, technology, engineering, or mathematics skills and seek careers in deep space exploration to Mars or beyond. Schools may request a tile at http://gsaxcess.gov/NASAWel.htm. Click on the tile icon to log on to the request page. A login ID and password may be obtained by registering on the link provided. A Department of Education statistics tracking number (NCES for schools or IPEDS for universities) is needed to register; hyperlinks are available to the sites to find your institution’s tracking number. Because the tiles are government property, a transfer protocol is observed (signatures and routing are done electronically). Recipients will be responsible for a shipping and handling fee of $23.40, which is accommodated by the shipping company through a secure website.

Additional information on tiles is available at the website as well as recommendations for curriculum and science lab projects. While you are at the website, you also can view and request other artifacts that are offered periodically. Directions for requesting artifacts are available on the website home page or via the link: http://gsaxcess.gov/htm/nasa/userguide/NASA_SSPA_Pamphlet.pdf.

For more information about the shuttle artifact donation program, read the feature article “Hands-on History” at https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/hands-on-history.html.

Questions about this program should be directed to Jerry Phillips at Jerome.Phillips@nasa.gov.

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Live Webcast: Saturn Question and Answer Session With Students

Cassini scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California will answer questions about Saturn from students who entered the Cassini Scientist for a Day essay contest.

This live event will air on the “NASAJPL” channel on Ustream (http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl2) on Dec. 7, 2010, at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST). This one-hour program will be archived for later viewing.

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

Questions about this webcast and the Cassini Scientist for a Day contest should be directed to scientistforaday@jpl.nasa.gov.

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DLiNFocus: NASA Careers ‘What’s in Your Future?’ Special Event Series

Various subject matter experts from different NASA centers will be in the Digital Learning Network studios for a series of webcasts focusing on careers. Selected classrooms will be able to interact live with the scientists face to face through the DLN cameras. Each event will be webcast to allow students from all over the world to watch the interviews. Any student can interact by sending questions via e-mail.

Experts will share their academic experiences from elementary through college and talk about what motivated them to pursue their careers. They will discuss where those career paths lead. Students and teachers will have an opportunity to learn about the wide variety of career choices at NASA — astronauts aren’t the only folks who work here! The schedule of events through December includes:

Dec. 8: Dryden Flight Research Center featuring Kathleen Stanton — Nurse.
Dec. 15: Glenn Research Center featuring Mike Foreman — former astronaut and current Chief of External Programs at GRC.

Each hour-long webcast event begins at 2 p.m. ET.

Sign up today to become a part of this exciting opportunity to meet NASA employees live! For more information, visit the DLN website at http://dln.nasa.gov and click the Special Events button.

Inquiries about the DLiNFocus series should be directed to Caryn Long at Caryn.Long@nasa.gov.

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Free Webcast — The Air We Breathe

The Aerospace Education Services Project, or AESP, is presenting a free webcast on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at 10 a.m. EST. Join Aerospace Education Specialist Lester Morales during this hour-long webcast as he features NASA’s education resource book “The Air We Breathe.” This book is designed to help students enrich their science vocabulary, better understand Earth’s atmosphere and practice the scientific process. The book is a great vocabulary builder for English language learners.

For more information and to view the webcast, visit http://neon.psu.edu/11Dec2010.

If you have any questions about the webcast, please contact Chris Gamrat at cwg118@psu.edu.

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2011 NASA Academy

The NASA Academies offer a ten-week summer experience for college students with emphasis on immersive and integrated multi-disciplinary exposure and training. Activities include laboratory research, a group project, lectures, meetings with experts and administrators, visits to NASA centers and space-related industries, and technical presentations. Students learn how NASA and its centers operate, gain experience in world-class laboratories, and participate in leadership development and team-building activities.

The existing NASA Academies include:

NASA Space Academy at Ames Research Center, Glenn Research Center, Goddard Space Flight Center and Marshall Space Flight Center, with emphasis on Space Exploration.
NASA Lunar and Planetary Science Academy at Goddard Space Flight Center, with focus on lunar and planetary science mission design and operation, among others.
NASA Propulsion Academy at Marshall Space Flight Center, for those with interest in Propulsion careers.
NASA Robotics Academy at Marshall Space Flight Center, with an emphasis on Robotics.

New for the upcoming 2011 summer opportunity will be the NASA Aeronautics Academy at Glenn Research Center and Langley Research Center. The Aeronautics Academy will provide unique and valuable learning experiences for the next generation of leaders in Aeronautics, including project management and systems integration. U.S. citizens with majors in aeronautical or aerospace engineering, or related engineering and science disciplines are eligible to apply.

To be eligible to apply to any of the NASA Academies, students must be rising juniors or seniors at the undergraduate level or be at the early graduate level in an accredited U.S. college or university. Applications are due Jan. 18, 2011.

For more information and to apply online, visit https://www.academyapp.com/.

Questions about NASA Academy should be directed to academy@luxcg.com.

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

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

NASA Education Express — Nov. 24, 2010

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

NASA’s Know Your Earth Project
Audience: All Educators and Students

DLiNFocus: NASA Careers ‘What’s in Your Future?’Special Event Series
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: Multiple dates beginning on Dec. 1, 2010

2011NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition
Audience: Higher Education Educators andStudents
Registration Deadline: Feb. 28, 2011


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NASA’s Know Your Earth Project

This summer marked the nationwide release of the new, multi-mission educationand public outreach project named “Know Your Earth.” This project is acollaboration between 11 Earth-observing missions. It promotes understandingour planet and climate change through a fun, light-hearted and engagingthree-minute video segment that has been released in almost 300 movie theatersnationwide as part of National CineMedia’s Lobby Entertainment Network. Thisvideo segment plays on screens in theater lobbies in more than 40 states,including major movie-going venues in Los Angeles, New York and Orlando.

The main purpose of the video segment is to reach a major audience, themovie-going public that might not seek out this scientific information on aregular basis. The video is designed to inspire all age groups and to furtherinterest in learning about climate change.

Included with the Know Your Earth Segment is a 30-second video entitled “NASAReveals a Most Unusual Planet,” which shows just how unusual our planet reallyis.

This video segment is also available for museums, science centers,planetariums, parks, nature centers, zoos, aquariums and more.

To learn more about the project and to view the videos online, visit https://www.nasa.gov/knowyourearth.

Inquiries about the Know Your Earth project should be directed to project leadBrian Campbell at Brian.A.Campbell@nasa.gov.

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DLiNFocus: NASA Careers ‘What’s in Your Future?’Special Event Series

Various subject matter experts from differentNASA centers will be in the Digital Learning Network studios for a series ofwebcasts focusing on careers. Selected classrooms will be able to interact livewith the scientists face to face through the DLN cameras. Each event will bewebcast to allow students from all over the world to watch the interviews. Anystudent can interact by sending questions via e-mail.

Experts will share their academic experiences from elementary through collegeand talk about what motivated them to pursue their careers. They will discusswhere those career paths lead. Students and teachers will have an opportunityto learn about the wide variety of career choices at NASA — astronauts aren’tthe only folks who work here! The schedule of events through December includes:

Dec. 1: Marshall Space Flight Center featuring Tristan Curry — AerospaceEngineer.
Dec. 8: Dryden Flight Research Center featuring Kathleen Stanton — Nurse.
Dec. 15: Glenn Research Center featuring Mike Foreman — former astronautand current Chief of External Programs at GRC.

Each hour-long webcast event begins at 2 p.m. ET.

Sign up today to become a part of this exciting opportunity to meet NASAemployees live! For more information, visit the DLN website at http://dln.nasa.gov and click the Special Eventsbutton.

Inquiries about the DLiNFocus series should be directed to Caryn Long at Caryn.Long@nasa.gov.

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2011 NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition

NASA is challenging U.S. and internationalundergraduate and graduate student teams to design and build aremote-controlled or autonomous excavator that could be used on the moon. Theexcavator must be able to collect and deposit a minimum of 10 kilograms (22pounds) of lunar simulant in 15 minutes.

Design teams must include one faculty advisor from a college or university andtwo or more undergraduate or graduate students. A group of universities maywork in collaboration, and multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

Selected teams will compete in the Lunabotics Mining Competition at NASA’sKennedy Space Center in Florida on May 23-28, 2011.

Teams must apply no later than Feb. 28,2011. There will be a limited number of teams allowed to compete.

For more information about the competition and to apply online, visit https://www.nasa.gov/lunabotics.

Please e-mail any questions about this opportunity to Susan Sawyer at Susan.G.Sawyer@nasa.gov.

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

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

NASA Education Express — Nov. 18, 2010

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Welcome to the NASA Education Express Blog. This weekly blog will keep you in the loop with announcements about NASA’s education products, activities, workshops, events, opportunities and educational resources.


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

NASA IGCCE Funding Opportunity Workshops
Audience: All Educators
Registration Deadline: Nov. 29, 2010

LCROSS Back-to-School Webcast
Audience: K-8 Educators and Students

Event Date: Dec. 2, 2010

NASA Education Rocketry Website Webcast
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Event Date: Dec. 15, 2010

2011 Exploration Robo-Ops Student Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Deadline: Dec. 15, 2010

National Spaced Out Sports Design Challenge
Audience: 5-8 Students
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2011

2010-2011 Green Aviation Student Competitions
Audience: 9-Graduate Students
High School Deadline: March 15, 2011
University Deadline: May 2, 2011

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NASA IGCCE Funding Opportunity Workshops

NASA soon will release a funding opportunity under its Innovations in Global Climate Change Education project. The IGCCE project is part of NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Program.

NASA will be hosting a series of workshops about this funding opportunity on Dec. 3 and Dec. 6, 2010. Workshops will be held at locations across the U.S. These on-site workshops are designed to facilitate networking among organizations and provide information on the proposal submission process for projects under the upcoming NASA solicitation. The workshops also will be available, in part, via webcast.

Please register to participate in these free events by Nov. 29, 2010. IGCCE will be accepting proposals from minority institutions, community colleges, K-12 school districts with high minority populations, and nonprofits focused on underrepresented minorities. It is anticipated that there will be opportunities for partnership and collaboration to leverage past and current climate change education efforts. Majority institutions are encouraged to seek partnership opportunities.

For more information and to register for the workshops, visit https://gcce.larc.nasa.gov/.

If you have any questions about the workshops, please mail them to gcce-questions@lists.nasa.gov.

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LCROSS Back-to-School Webcast

One year ago, the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, probe impacted the moon in search of water. Since that time, scientists have been studying the results of the mission. Join NASA Quest on Dec. 2, 2010, as principal investigator Tony Colaprete and co-investigator Jen Heldmann reveal their surprising and exciting findings. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions during this free 50-minute webcast. Webcasts take place at 1 p.m. EST.

For more information and to view the webcast, visit http://quest.nasa.gov/lunar/lcross/LCROSS_Back-to-School.html.

If you have any questions about the webcast, please mail them to quest-info@mail.arc.nasa.gov.

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NASA Education Rocketry Website Webcast

NASA has launched a new website designed to get students and educators off the launch pad and on their way to becoming rocket scientists. Join host Robert Moore representing the Central Operation of Resources for Educators and presenter Becky Kamas from NASA’s Johnson Space Center for an hour-long, free webcast on Dec. 15, 2010, at 4 p.m. EST. This webcast will take participants on a virtual tour of the new rocketry website and will share information about related educational materials.

For more information and to view the webcast, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/index.html.

Visit the NASA Education Rocketry website at https://www.nasa.gov/education/rocketry.

To register for the webcast, please email Kathy Kaiser-Holscott at nasa_kathy@lcjvs.net.

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2011 Exploration Robo-Ops Student Challenge

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace have launched a new planetary rover engineering competition called the Exploration Robo-Ops Student Challenge. This competition challenges university teams to design and build a planetary rover. Teams will then demonstrate their rover’s capability to perform a series of competitive tasks at the Rock Yard of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston in May 2011.

Student teams at graduate and undergraduate levels are eligible to compete. Teams must submit a Project Plan Proposal by Dec. 15, 2010. The project plans will be reviewed, and up to ten qualifying teams will be announced no later than Dec. 23, 2010.

Teams that qualify will receive $5,000 to partially offset the cost of rover hardware and another $5,000 to off-set travel costs to send two students, a faculty advisor and their rover to NASA’s Johnson Space Center for four days. Other team members will remain back at the university to conduct the remote control elements of the competition. Each rover must be able to be controlled from the home university campus through a commercial broadband wireless uplink and negotiate a series of obstacles while accomplishing tasks in the quickest time. Cameras will transmit the competition back to the universities and to the public.

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

If you have questions about this competition, please contact Shelley Spears at Shelley.Spears@nianet.org.

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National Spaced Out Sports Design Challenge


Students in grades 5-8 throughout the United States are invited to participate in Spaced Out Sports, a national design challenge that applies Newton’s Laws of Motion by designing a game for the International Space Station astronauts to play in space. The goal is for students to learn the “science behind the game” on Earth and in microgravity.

Students will submit game demonstrations via a playbook and video. Submissions will be accepted from schools, home school groups, after-school or enrichment programs. Awards include: 1st Place — NASA schoolwide or program-wide celebration; Top 3 Teams — games played and broadcast on the space station; All Contributing Schools and Programs — opportunity to participate in a Digital Learning Network webcast with astronauts on the space station.

Spaced Out Sports student and educator resources include posters, bookmarks, curriculum guides, a career video and Digital Learning Network Modules. All include NASA astronauts, engineers and celebrity sports figures engaging students in relevant space-sports connections by explaining and demonstrating the “science behind their work and/or game.” Featured are:  NASA astronauts Leland Melvin and Nicole Stott; Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin; NASCAR’s Juan Pablo Montoya; basketball’s Temeka Johnson; football/Super Bowl champions New Orleans Saints; and hockey’s Ryan O’Reilly and the Colorado Avalanche.

Guide activities and DLN modules include talk shows that explain application of Newton’s Laws in sports and space, followed by Science and Sports Challenges, where students design/construct sporting equipment and games and predict the difference between a game played on Earth and in microgravity.

Spaced Out Sports is managed by NASA’s Stennis Space Center Education through the Teaching From Space Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Flight Center in Houston.

For more information and to register for the challenge, visit: http://education.ssc.nasa.gov/spacedoutsports.

If you have questions about Spaced Out Sports, please e-mail inquiries to SSC-SpacedOutSports@mail.nasa.gov.

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2010-2011 Green Aviation Student Competitions

The Environmentally Responsible Aviation Project invites students from high school grades through graduate school to research and design a large passenger aircraft that is less noisy, less harmful to the environment, and more fuel-efficient than current models. The competition has two divisions: High School and College/University. Teams or individuals may enter. At the college level, inter-institutional partnerships are permitted and interdisciplinary collaboration is encouraged.

High school participants must be enrolled in an accredited high school, secondary school or home school. For the high school division, the deadline for papers is March 15, 2011.

Undergraduate and graduate participants must be enrolled full time in an accredited college or university. For the college and university division, the deadline for design papers is May 2, 2010.

International students may participate, but they are not eligible for cash prizes or student internships.

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

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

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

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

 

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