NASA Education Express — Aug. 11, 2011

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

Smart Skies Webinar
Audience: 5-9 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Aug. 16, 2011

NASA Earth Ambassador Training Program
Audience: Informal Educators
Application Deadline: Aug. 17, 2011

Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Event Dates: Multiple Dates October 2011 – January 2012

NASA Announces Next Opportunity for CubeSat Space Missions

Audience: Higher Education Educators & Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 14, 2011

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Smart Skies Webinar


As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project is hosting a 60-minute webinar on Aug. 16, 2011, at 4 p.m. EDT. Learn how to use an innovative air traffic control simulator to engage your students as they explore the mathematics involved in the role of an air traffic controller. In the three-plane problem featured in this lesson, the challenge is to change routes and speeds to line up the planes safely, with proper spacing, at a given route intersection.

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

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

E-mail any questions about this opportunity to John Entwistle at
John.D.Entwistle@nasa.gov.

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NASA Earth Ambassador Training Program

Informal educators are invited to apply to the Earth Ambassador Program, part of NASA Climate Days. The program will hold a two-day training workshop at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, Md., Oct. 13-14, 2011, with extended training on Oct. 15, for those not attending the ASTC (Association of Science – Technology Centers) Conference.

During the workshop, participants will interact with Earth scientists who are looking at the effect of climate change with respect to their research areas, learn effective ways of communicating global climate change with the public and become familiar with the online resources available to host their own events at their local institutions.

Transportation, lodging and meal per diem will be covered.

Applications are due Aug. 17, 2011.

For more information and to apply online, visit
http://mynasadata.larc.nasa.gov/NCD_Ambassador_Application.html.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please e-mail Heather Weir at
heather.weir@ssaihq.com.

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Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops

The Center for Astronomy Education announces a series of educator workshops for astronomy educators. Advanced workshops are available for participants who have taken part in previous CAE workshops.

The overarching goal of these workshops is for participants to become familiar with research-validated active engagement teaching strategies and assessment materials, as well as how to implement them in their college courses, through role-playing, modeling, practice, and more! To accomplish this goal, participants will learn how to create productive learning environments beginning with a brief review of research on the nature of teaching and learning. Most workshop time will be spent with participants playing the roles of student, instructor, and critical friend to practice implementing active engagement strategies such as interactive lectures, Think-Pair-Share, interactive demonstrations and videos, collaborative groups, Lecture-Tutorials and Ranking Tasks.

Oct. 8, 2011 — Dearborn, Mich.
Great Lakes Regional Teaching Exchange

Oct. 22-23, 2011 — Mesa, Ariz.
Improving the College Introductory Courses Through Active Engagement: A Tier I (Introductory) Workshop

Jan. 7-8, 2012 — Austin, Texas
Improving the College Introductory Courses Through Active Engagement: A Tier I (Introductory) Workshop

Jan. 8, 2012 — Austin, Texas
NASA CAE Tier II (Advanced) Special Topics Workshop: Using Technology in the Classroom

Jan. 20, 2012 — Ann Arbor, Mich.
Special Topics Workshop on Implementing Lecture-Tutorials for Introductory Astronomy

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

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

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NASA Announces Next Opportunity for CubeSat Space Missions


NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads to fly on rockets planned to launch between 2012 and 2014. These miniature spacecraft, known as CubeSats, could be auxiliary payload on previously planned missions.

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

Proposed CubeSat investigations must be consistent with NASA’s Strategic Plan and the Education Strategic Coordination Framework. The research should address aspects of science, exploration, technology development, education or operations.

Applicants must submit proposals electronically by 4:30 p.m. EST on Nov. 14, 2011. NASA will select the payloads by Jan. 30, 2012. Selection does not guarantee a launch opportunity. The selected spacecraft will be eligible for flight after final negotiations when a launch opportunity arises. NASA will not provide funding for the development of the small satellites.

NASA recently announced the results from the second round of the CubeSat Launch Initiative. From the first two launch initiatives, 32 payloads made the short-list for launch opportunities in 2011 and 2012. They are eligible for launch pending an appropriate opportunity and final negotiations. The satellites come from 18 states: Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah and Virginia.

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

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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 — Aug. 4, 2011

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

Engineering Design Challenge: Water Filtration Webinar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Aug. 11, 2011

Smart SkiesTM Webinar
Audience: 5-9 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Aug. 16, 2011

NASA Earth Ambassador Training Program
Audience: Informal Educators
Application Deadline: Aug. 17, 2011

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program
Audience: 5-Higher Education Educators and Students
Deadline for Letter of Commitment: Sept. 15, 2011

ARISSat-1 Satellite Launched
Audience: All Educators and Students

NASA Sponsors Odyssey of the Mind Long-Term Problem — Weird Science
Audience: All Educators and Students
Visit Website for Regional Competition Dates


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Engineering Design Challenge: Water Filtration Webinar


As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project is hosting a 60-minute webinar on Aug. 11, 2011, at 4 p.m. EDT. Learn how your students can work in teams to design, build, test and measure the performance of a water filtration device, analyze the data collected and use this information to improve their filtration designs. During the webinar, participants will receive an overview of the activity, explore the NASA connection, share tips and tricks for implementing this lesson in the classroom, watch videos of students engaged in the lesson and discuss possible modifications to the activity.

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

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

E-mail any questions about this opportunity to John Entwistle at
John.D.Entwistle@nasa.gov.

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Smart SkiesTM Webinar


As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project is hosting a 60-minute webinar on Aug. 16, 2011, at 4 p.m. EDT. Learn how to use an innovative air traffic control simulator to engage your students as they explore the mathematics involved in the role of an air traffic controller. In the three-plane problem featured in this lesson, the challenge is to change routes and speeds to line up the planes safely, with proper spacing, at a given route intersection.

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

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

E-mail any questions about this opportunity to John Entwistle at
John.D.Entwistle@nasa.gov.

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NASA Earth Ambassador Training Program

Informal educators are invited to apply to the Earth Ambassador Program, part of NASA Climate Days. The program will hold a two-day training workshop at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, Md., Oct. 13-14, 2011, with extended training on Oct. 15, for those not attending the ASTC (Association of Science – Technology Centers) Conference.

During the workshop, participants will interact with Earth scientists who are looking at the effect of climate change with respect to their research areas, learn effective ways of communicating global climate change with the public and become familiar with the online resources available to host their own events at their local institutions.

Transportation, lodging and meal per diem will be covered.

Applications are due Aug. 17, 2011.

For more information and to apply online, visit
http://mynasadata.larc.nasa.gov/NCD_Ambassador_Application.html.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please e-mail Heather Weir at
heather.weir@ssaihq.com.

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Student Spaceflight Experiments Program

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, in partnership with NanoRacks LLC, announces an immediate opportunity for communities across the U.S. to participate in the first Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, or SSEP, mission to America’s national laboratory in space — the International Space Station. The program is also open to space station partner nations.

Each participating community will be provided an experiment slot in a real microgravity research mini-laboratory scheduled to fly on the space station from March 30 to May 16, 2012. 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.

SSEP missions on STS-134 (Space Shuttle Endeavour) and STS-135 (Space Shuttle Atlantis) have recently been completed, with 1,027 student team proposals received, and 27 SSEP experiments selected and flown — representing the 27 communities that participated in SSEP on the space shuttle.

Letters of Commitment for this opportunity are due Sept. 15, 2011.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit the SSEP Mission 1 to ISS National Announcement of Opportunity at
http://ssep.ncesse.org/2011/07/immediate-historic-opportunity-for-schools-student-spaceflight-experiments-program-mission-1-to-the-international-space-station/.

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 e-mail SSEP National Program Director Jeff Goldstein at
jeffgoldstein@ncesse.org.

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ARISSat-1 Satellite Launched

A satellite with amateur radio capabilities and a student-designed experiment was released into orbit around Earth on Aug. 3, 2011, during a spacewalk outside the International Space Station. The satellite is transmitting signals containing information that students around the world can access.

ARISSat-1, which stands for Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Satellite-1, contains a student-designed experiment and other equipment that students can use to learn more about space and space exploration. The rectangular spacecraft is covered by six solar panels that will charge the batteries in the satellite for about six months as it orbits Earth. Spoken telemetry values, with data such as temperature and battery life, are intended to promote science and mathematics education by encouraging school children to listen to the satellite, track its progress and plot the changes.

The project website provides free downloadable software that can be used to decode the data. In addition to data, the satellite will transmit 24 pre-recorded greetings in 15 different languages — French, Spanish, German, English and Chinese, to name a few.

Check out the ARISSat-1 website at
http://arissat1.org/ for information on data transmissions, contests and student activities.

Questions about ARISSat-1 should be directed to
teachers@arissat1.org.

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NASA Sponsors Odyssey of the Mind Long-Term Problem — Weird Science

NASA is sponsoring the Odyssey of the Mind Long-Term Problem — Weird Science.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that offers creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Participants apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. The teams then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state and international levels.

This year’s NASA-sponsored problem requires teams to create and present a performance about a team of scientists on an expedition to uncover the cause of mysterious events. The performance must include a technical representation of the mysterious events, a moving backdrop that helps portray traveling and a team-created device that the scientists use on the expedition.

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

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please e-mail
info@odysseyofthemind.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 — July 28, 2011

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

Genesis: Exploring Data — A First-Look Webinar
Audience: 5-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: July 28, 2011

NASA DLN Webcast — Juno Mission
Audience: 5-Higher Education Educators and Students
Event Date: Aug. 3, 2011

MESSENGER: Staying Cool — My Angle on Cooling and Effects of Distance and Inclination Webinar
Audience: 5-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Aug. 4, 2011

Because It Flew — Education Activities and Space Shuttle Art Competition

Audience: 4-12 Educators and Students

Contest Deadline: Aug. 5, 2011

Presenters Needed for 2012 Space Exploration Educators Conference
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Sept. 9, 2011

Earth Science Week Contests Announced for 2011
Audience: All Educators and Students
Deadline for Entries: Oct. 14, 2011

NASA Undergraduate Student Research Project Spring 2012 Session
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Oct. 31, 2011

2011 DIME and WING Competitions
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2011


2012 NASA Space Settlement Design Contest

Audience: 6-12 Educators and Students
Entry Deadline: March 15, 2012

NASA Students on Facebook: New Page
Audience: Students 9-12 and Higher Education


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Genesis: Exploring Data — A First-Look Webinar


As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project is hosting a 90-minute webinar on July 28, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Through an active, hands-on approach, learn how your students can work in production design teams to explore Genesis solar wind data located on the Los Alamos National Laboratory Genesis data website. The seminar consists of background material related to the Genesis mission and a data analysis component. Learn how to access and review the data, and discuss questions that might arise from this activity.

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

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

Please e-mail any questions about this opportunity to John Entwistle at
John.D.Entwistle@nasa.gov.


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NASA DLN Webcast — Juno Mission

NASA’s Launch Services Program, or LSP, is launching a satellite to Jupiter in August and NASA’s Digital Learning Network wants to answer your questions live. Join host Damon Talley and LSP outreach specialist Christopher Blair as they discuss the Juno spacecraft. Special guests from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope will also join the webcast.

Tune in to the hourlong webcast on Aug. 3, 2011, at 1 p.m. EDT. Please submit questions to
dlinfochannel@gmail.com for a chance to have your question answered during the live webcast!

For more information about this webcast, visit
http://dln.nasa.gov/dlnapp/webcast/webcast.do.

If you have any questions about this webcast, please contact Christopher Blair at Christopher.E.Blair@nasa.gov.

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MESSENGER: Staying Cool — My Angle on Cooling and Effects of Distance and Inclination Webinar


As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project is hosting a 90-minute webinar on Aug. 4, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. EDT.
Learn how the MESSENGER mission to Mercury takes advantage of passive cooling methods to keep the spacecraft comfortable in a high-temperature environment. Participants will also see how to use the Staying Cool activities, culminating in a design challenge, 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/NES/webseminar12.aspx.

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

Please e-mail any questions about this opportunity to John Entwistle at
John.D.Entwistle@nasa.gov.

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Because It Flew — Education Activities and Space Shuttle Art Competition

“Because It Flew” is a free educational program that introduces students in grades 4-12 (ages 9-17) to the impact of the Space Shuttle Program on our planet and people. This engaging and informative project commemorates the 30-year history of the shuttle program.

“Because It Flew” consists of two elements: optional educational activities and the NASA Space Shuttle Art Competition.

Four activities engage and introduce students to the history of NASA’s space shuttle missions. Completion of these activities is not a requirement for submitting an entry into the art competition, but they may be used to guide students through the process of creating an entry. The activities can be adapted easily to both formal and informal educational settings. Activities are aligned with national standards and support efforts to integrate science, technology, engineering and math with language arts.

The NASA Space Shuttle Art Competitions invites students to create original artwork that symbolizes the impact of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program on our planet and people. Students must also write a 250-word essay explaining their artistic entries. An expert panel of artists will review submissions. The top six entries in two age brackets (9-13 and 14-17) will receive cash prizes, a private tutoring session with an accomplished USA Today graphic artist and a certificate of accomplishment. Entries in the competition are due Aug. 5, 2011.

“Because It Flew” is a joint education initiative of NASA, the National Institute of Aerospace and USA TODAY Education.

For more information, visit www.usatodayeducate.com/becauseitflew.

If you have any questions about this contest, please contact Jan Brown at janbrown@usatoday.com.

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Presenters Needed for 2012 Space Exploration Educators Conference

The 18th Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference, or SEEC, is taking place Feb. 2-4, 2012, 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 will be accepted between Sept. 1 and Sept. 9, 2011.

For more information, 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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Earth Science Week Contests Announced for 2011


Take part in the following contests to celebrate Earth Science Week. This year’s celebration takes place Oct. 9-15, 2011.

Earth Science Week 2011 Photography Contest — Open to All Ages
http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests/photography/index.html

The American Geological Institute is sponsoring a photography contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2011. Photographs should focus on the topic “A World of Change in My Community.” The contest is open to any resident of the United States. Participants should submit pictures that show how their areas are influenced by environmental changes. Entries may be submitted electronically or by mail. Only one entry will be accepted per person. Entries are due Oct. 14, 2011.

Earth Science Week 2011 Visual Arts Contest — Open to Students in Grades K-5
http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests/visualarts/index.html

The American Geological Institute is sponsoring a visual arts contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2011. Artwork should focus on the topic “Picturing Our Ever-Changing Earth.” The contest is open to students in grades K-5 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original two-dimensional visual arts project that shows ways in which Earth’s air, water, land and living things change over time. Entries are due Oct. 14, 2011, and must be submitted by mail.

Earth Science Week 2011 Essay Contest — Open to Students in Grades 6-9
http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests/essay/index.html

The American Geological Institute is sponsoring an essay contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2011. Essays should focus on the theme “How Change Shapes Our Planet.” The contest is open to students in grades 6-9 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original essay no more than 300 words in length, typed and formatted to fit on one page. Entries may be submitted electronically or by mail. The deadline for submitting entries is Oct. 14, 2011.

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

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NASA Undergraduate Student Research Project Spring 2012 Session


NASA’s Undergraduate Student Research Project is accepting applications for 15-week spring 2012 internships. These internships offer students the opportunity to work alongside NASA scientists and engineers at NASA’s field centers, laboratories and test facilities.

Applicants must be upcoming sophomores, juniors or seniors with a minimum 3.0 grade point average with a major or concentration in engineering, mathematics, computer science, or physical or life sciences. Participants work on practical problems to provide solutions that will be applied in aerospace or on future NASA missions. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

The application deadline for the spring 2012 session is Oct. 31, 2011.

For more information and to apply online, visit
http://usrp.usra.edu/.

Please e-mail any questions about this opportunity to NASA USRP Project Manager Anthony Zippay at
john.a.zippay@nasa.gov.

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2011 DIME and WING Competitions

NASA announces two opportunities for students to design and build an experiment to be conducted in a NASA research drop tower. The Dropping In a Microgravity Environment, or DIME, competition is for students in grades 9-12. Students in grades 5-8 are encouraged to participate in the “What If No Gravity?”, or WING, competition.

Four teams in the high school DIME competition will be invited to visit NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and operate their experiments in the drop tower. Four additional teams will send their experiments to Glenn for the drop tower staff to operate them.

The winning WING teams will have their experiments operated in the same drop tower by the NASA drop tower staff.

Proposals for both competitions are due on Nov. 1, 2011. Competition selections will be on Dec. 1, 2011, and drop tower operations will be conducted in March 2012.

The DIME & WING competitions are funded by NASA’s Teaching From Space project.

For more information about this opportunity, visit
http://spaceflightsystems.grc.nasa.gov/DIME.html.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please e-mail your inquiries to the DIME team at
dime@lists.nasa.gov.

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2012 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 for 11-18-year-old students from anywhere in the world. Individuals or teams may enter. Grades 6-8, 9-10 and 11-12 are judged separately, except for the grand prize. All participants will receive a certificate.

Submissions must be received by March 15, 2012.

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 e-mail Al Globus at
aglobus@mail.arc.nasa.gov.

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NASA Students on Facebook: New Page


The NASA Students on Facebook site has moved to a new page within Facebook. To receive daily updates on Facebook, please visit the page and hit the Like button located toward the top of the page. The student Facebook page highlights opportunities open to students in grades 9-12 and above, and broadcasts information regarding feature articles, podcasts, videos and more that might be of interest to high school and college groups.

If you have the old site bookmarked, that link will no longer contain updated information. Please make sure to change your bookmark to the new address.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/NASA-Students-at-wwwnasagov/176813089042984?v=wall


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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 — July 21, 2011

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

Because It Flew — Education Activities and Space Shuttle Art Competition
Audience: 4-12 Educators and Students
Contest Deadline: Aug. 5, 2011

Electronic Professional Development Network Courses
Audience: K-12 Educators
Don’t Just Show Me the Numbers; Make Sense of the Information: Sept. 14 – Oct. 18, 2011
Project-Based Inquiry Learning: Sept. 28 – Nov. 1, 2011
Using Robotics to Enhance STEM Learning: Aug. 31 – Oct. 11, 2011
Technology Integration – Podcasts in the Classroom: Oct. 5 – Nov. 8, 2011
Technology Integration — 3-D Visualization: Oct. 12 – Nov. 15, 2011
Technology Integration — Turn Your Classroom Digital: Nov. 2 – Dec. 13, 2011


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Because It Flew — Education Activities and Space Shuttle Art Competition

“Because It Flew” is a free educational program that introduces students in grades 4-12 (ages 9-17) to the impact of the Space Shuttle Program on our planet and people. This engaging and informative project commemorates the 30-year history of the shuttle program.

“Because It Flew” consists of two elements: optional educational activities and the NASA Space Shuttle Art Competition.

Four activities engage and introduce students to the history of NASA’s space shuttle missions. Completion of these activities is not a requirement for submitting an entry into the art competition, but they may be used to guide students through the process of creating an entry. The activities can be adapted easily to both formal and informal educational settings. Activities are aligned with national standards and support efforts to integrate science, technology, engineering and math with language arts.

The NASA Space Shuttle Art Competitions invites students to create original artwork that symbolizes the impact of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program on our planet and people. Students must also write a 250-word essay explaining their artistic entries. An expert panel of artists will review submissions. The top six entries in two age brackets (9-13 and 14-17) will receive cash prizes, a private tutoring session with an accomplished USA Today graphic artist and a certificate of accomplishment. Entries in the competition are due Aug. 5, 2011.

“Because It Flew” is a joint education initiative of NASA, the National Institute of Aerospace and USA TODAY Education.

For more information, visit www.usatodayeducate.com/becauseitflew.

If you have any questions about this contest, please contact Jan Brown at janbrown@usatoday.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 starting in September:

Don’t Just Show Me the Numbers; Make Sense of the Information
Sept. 14 – Oct. 18, 2011
Strengthen your understanding of the statistics content included in the Common Core Standards, while deepening your understanding of data analysis, sampling and inference. Participants will use the four-step investigative approach for problem solving using statistics. Learn to use online interactive applications, NASA data sets and electronic collaborative tools for data collection.

Project-Based Inquiry Learning: Science Teaching and Learning for the 21st Century
Sept. 28 – Nov. 1, 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.

Using Robotics to Enhance STEM Learning
Aug. 31 – Oct. 11, 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 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.

Technology Integration – Podcasts in the Classroom
Oct. 5 – Nov. 8, 2011
For instructors interested in teaching online, the Technology Integration Certificate series introduces you to best practices of online learning. Examine how podcasts can be integrated into the STEM classroom. In this course the benefits as well as obstacles to podcasts will be discussed and you will be introduced to the tools and techniques of creating podcasts.

Technology Integration — 3-D Visualization

Oct. 12 – Nov. 15, 2011
For instructors interested in teaching online, the Technology Integration Certificate series introduces you to best practices of online learning and helps get you started on designing your own online course. Learn how to create models of complex objects and bring visual creations to your students to teach them how mathematics, science and communication skills are vital in bringing ideas from imagination to reality.

Technology Integration — Turn Your Classroom Digital
Nov. 2 – Dec. 13, 2011
For instructors interested in teaching online, the Technology Integration Certificate series introduces you to best practices of online learning. Learn how to create your own online course from start to finish. Participants will get an overview of online teaching models, learning management systems, instructional design models, Web 2.0 collaborative tools and online assessments.


To learn more about these free courses and to apply online, visit http://nasaepdn.gatech.edu/nasa_certificates.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 Sponsler at fran.sponsler@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 — July 14, 2011


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

Last Chance to Apply: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity
Audience: All Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: July 15, 2011

Mars Day! 2011 at the National Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: July 22, 2011

NASA LEARN and NES Offering Webinars
Audience: 5-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Aug. 11 and Aug. 16, 2011

NPPy: Big Planet, Little Bear Video Series
Audience: K-4 and Informal Educators


Second Round of Summer of Innovation Mini-Grant Selections Announced
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators


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Last Chance to Apply: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity


NASA is seeking U.S. formal and informal education institutions and organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, or ARISS, contact between the dates of Jan. 15 and July 15, 2012. 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. The deadline to submit a proposal is July 15, 2011.

During the first six months of 2012, crew members aboard the International Space Station will participate in amateur radio contacts. These radio contacts are approximately 10 minutes in length and allow students and educators to interact with the astronauts through a question-and-answer session. An ARISS contact is a voice-only communication opportunity via amateur radio between astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the space station and classrooms and communities. ARISS contacts afford education audiences the opportunity to learn firsthand from astronauts what it is like to live and work in space. Due to the nature of human spaceflight, organizations must demonstrate the flexibility to accommodate changes in contact dates and times.


Interested parties should contact Teaching From Space to obtain information related to expectations, content, format, audience, proposal guidelines and forms by sending an e-mail to JSC-TFS-ARISS@mail.nasa.gov or by calling 281-244-2320.

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

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Mars Day! 2011 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! 2011 will take place on Friday, July 22, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

For more information, visit
http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=3106.

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


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NASA LEARN and NES Offering Webinars

NASA Learning Environments and Research Network, or LEARN, and NASA Explorer Schools have teamed up to offer exciting webinars featuring NASA educational resources for educators. Below are two offerings in August 2011. The webinars are presented from 4-5 p.m. EST. And, don’t worry about the technology. If you have questions, tech support is ready to assist with viewing and participating in the webinars.

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

Engineering Design Challenge: Water Filtration — Aug. 11, 2011, 4 p.m. EST
This webinar will highlight the water recovery and management function of the Environmental Control and Life Support System, or ECLSS, on the International Space Station. Students will design, build, test and measure the performance of a water filtration device, analyze the data collected and use this information to work toward an improved filtration design.
https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-water-filtration/

Smart Skies — Aug. 16, 2011, 4 p.m. EST
Learn how to use an innovative air traffic control simulator to engage your students as they explore the mathematics involved in being an air traffic controller.
https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-smart-skies/

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NPPy: Big Planet, Little Bear Video Series

A new educational video series is bringing the importance of Earth science and climate studies to a younger audience. The NPPy: Big Planet, Little Bear series follows NPPy, a curious polar bear cub with a keen interest in Earth science.

NPPy is named after the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project, or NPP for short. Scheduled to launch in October 2011, NPP will monitor the Earth’s health from space to help scientists build models and predict how climate is changing over time.

In this series of animated videos, NPPy the bear walks along with his mom and tells us what he’s learned about the NPP mission and its importance for everyone who lives on planet Earth. Follow NPPy to find out more about his adventures and the NPP mission!

Kids can also help NPPy reach all 50 states and beyond by participating in the Adventures With NPPy project. Just download the picture of NPPy, print it and take pictures of it in your favorite spots. Send in the pictures to be posted in the NPPy photo album.

To check out the video series and learn more about NPPy the polar bear, visit
http://npp.gsfc.nasa.gov/nppy.html.

To learn more about the NPP mission, visit
http://npp.gsfc.nasa.gov/misison_details.html.

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Second Round of Summer of Innovation Mini-Grant Selections Announced


The NASA Office of Education is pleased to announce the selected sites for the second and final phase of applications for the Summer of Innovation Mini-Grant opportunity in partnership with the National Space Grant Foundation for 2011. The mini-grant aspect of the SoI enables local organizations to infuse NASA-themed science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, content and activities to middle school students through existing summer and/or afterschool programs and anticipates engaging over 8,000 students in this fiscal year!

NASA looks forward to forging ahead with these important collaborations to engage and inspire students across the country.

For a complete listing of selected sites, please see
www.nasa.gov/soi.

For more information about these collaborations and the mini-grant portion of the project, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions page of the Space Grant Foundation website:
http://soi.spacegrant.org/faq#faq-expand-all-link.

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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 — July 7, 2011

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

New NASA Education Website: Space Shuttle — A Mighty Machine
Audience: All Educators

Desert Research and Technology Studies Education Webinar
Audience: 4-9 Educators
Event Date: July 13, 2011

International Space Station EarthKAM Summer 2011 Mission
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Event Date: July 26-29, 2011

Because It Flew — Education Activities and Space Shuttle Art Competition
Audience: 4-12 Educators and Students

Contest Deadline: Aug. 5, 2011

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New NASA Education Website: Space Shuttle — A Mighty Machine


You might say that education on the space shuttle began April 12, 1981. Even though no official education payload was aboard Columbia, astronauts Robert Crippen and John Young ignited a spirit of exploration in young people around the globe as the shuttle lifted off on STS-1. Visit the commemorative NASA space shuttle education site and read about some of the education projects that flew on Atlantis, Challenger, Columbia, Discovery and Endeavour. Learn about educators who became astronauts. Trace the history of the shuttle and learn about the resources created during 30 years of space shuttle missions.

To check out the new website, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/education/shuttle.

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Desert Research and Technology Studies Education Webinar

Desert Research and Technology Studies (RATS) education engages classrooms in real-time exploration science and engineering during field tests through activities where students create maps and astronaut traverses from satellite images. Join the webinar workshop for instruction on activities and background.

On July 13, 2011, at 1 p.m. CDT, Desert RATS education is hosting a webinar to share these resources with educators. Participants will need a telephone and a computer with Internet access to participate in the webinar, which will be conducted via WebEx. To register for the webinar, visit
http://ares.jsc.nasa.gov/ares/drats/index.cfm.

For more information, contact Annaiza Ramirez at
annaiza.ramirez@nasa.gov.

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International Space Station EarthKAM Summer 2011 Mission

Middle school educators are invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAM Summer 2011 Mission from July 26-29, 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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Because It Flew — Education Activities and Space Shuttle Art Competition

“Because It Flew” is a free educational program that introduces students in grades 4-12 (ages 9-17) to the impact of the Space Shuttle Program on our planet and people. This engaging and informative project commemorates the 30-year history of the shuttle program.

“Because It Flew” consists of two elements: optional educational activities and the NASA Space Shuttle Art Competition.

Four activities engage and introduce students to the history of NASA’s space shuttle missions. Completion of these activities is not a requirement for submitting an entry into the art competition, but they may be used to guide students through the process of creating an entry. The activities can be adapted easily to both formal and informal educational settings. Activities are aligned with national standards and support efforts to integrate science, technology, engineering and math with language arts.

The NASA Space Shuttle Art Competitions invites students to create original artwork that symbolizes the impact of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program on our planet and people. Students must also write a 250-word essay explaining their artistic entries. An expert panel of artists will review submissions. The top six entries in two age brackets (9-13 and 14-17) will receive cash prizes, a private tutoring session with an accomplished USA Today graphic artist and a certificate of accomplishment. Entries in the competition are due Aug. 5, 2011.

“Because It Flew” is a joint education initiative of NASA, the National Institute of Aerospace and USA Today Education.

For more information, visit www.usatodayeducate.com/becauseitflew.

If you have any questions about this contest, please contact Jan Brown at janbrown@usatoday.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 — June 30, 2011

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

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) — 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) — Posted on June 28, 2011
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Proposal Due Date: June 29, 2011


Pre-Service Teacher Institutes at NASA’s Stennis Space Center
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: July 7, 2011
Institute Dates: July 17-29, 2011

New Educational Materials Available at NASA.gov
High Flyers Alphabet Activity Book — Grades K-2
Why Do We Explore? Storybook — Grades K-4
Blue Marble Matches — Grades 3-12
Speaking Volumes About Dust — Grades 8-10

The White Glove Test: Discovering Dust in the Solar System
— Grades 8-10
Flight Testing Newton’s Laws — Grades 9-12


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) — 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) — Posted on June 28, 2011

Eighteen FAQs related to budgets and NASA grant policies as well as audiences/partnerships/collaborators/commitment or support statements and last-minute proposal submission issues were posted on the CP4SMP+ portal page on NSPIRES on June 28 and 29. Applicants are encouraged to check back weekly after June 30.

Visit:
http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={75AAC7BF-2F69-6C73-2980-B1DCF25EA665}&path=open


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Pre-Service Teacher Institutes at NASA’s Stennis Space Center

NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center has partnered with Jackson State University to offer a two-week Pre-Service Teacher Institute taking place July 17-29, 2011, in Jackson, Miss. The application deadline has been extended to July 7, 2011. The Pre-Service Teacher Institute is for college students who are preparing to teach middle school grades.

The program is designed to increase students’ skills in teaching mathematics and science, while incorporating technology in the curriculum. This is achieved through the development of a problem-based learning aerospace theme. Each student is assigned to an Institute Flight Team. Students develop a lesson plan that they will teach to children from a local school.

Applicants must attend a designated member institution. For more information and a list of eligible institutions, visit http://education.ssc.nasa.gov/psti/psti.asp.

Please e-mail any questions about this opportunity to Pamala Heard at pamala.heard@jsums.edu.

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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.


High Flyers Alphabet Activity Book — Grades K-2


NASA conducts aeronautics research. The High Flyers Alphabet Activity Book introduces basic aeronautics terms. Students can color and practice letter writing, learn new words, solve simple addition problems and more.

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


Why Do We Explore? Storybook — Grades K-4

Read along with this animated storybook about exploration, or allow the storybook to read to you.

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


Blue Marble Matches — Grades 3-12

This 5-E lesson connects the shape of Earth’s surface (and the names of the features that correspond to those shapes and textures) to the processes that form them. It also will introduce students to how scientists use Earth to gain a better understanding of other planetary bodies in the solar system.

In this lesson, students will:
— Identify common characteristics to describe features in images.
— Identify geologic features and how they form on Earth.
— Create a list of criteria to identify geologic features.
— Identify geologic features in images of other planetary bodies.
— List observations and interpretations, and draw conclusions about processes that shape the surface of other planetary bodies.

The guide includes students’ pages and adaptations for younger students.

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


New Horizons Mission Student Dust Counter Lessons — Grades 8-10

The Student Dust Counter is an instrument aboard the NASA New Horizons mission to Pluto, launched in 2006. As it travels to Pluto and beyond, SDC will provide information on the dust that strikes the spacecraft during its fourteen-year journey across the solar system. These observations will advance our understanding of the origin and evolution of our own solar system, as well as help scientists study planet formation in dust disks around other stars.

Speaking Volumes About Dust
In this lesson, students explore the concept of density before using the online Student Dust Counter interface to determine the density of dust grains in a volume of space in the solar system.

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

The White Glove Test: Discovering Dust in the Solar System

In this lesson, students explore the SDC data interface to establish any trends in the dust distribution in the solar system. Students record the number of dust particles, “hits,” recorded by the instrument and the average mass of the particles in a given region.

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


Flight Testing Newton’s Laws — Grades 9-12


“Flight Testing Newton’s Laws” uses aircraft to stimulate students’ interest in the physical sciences and mathematics during the course of ten lessons with corresponding videos. The main emphasis lies in showing how Newton’s three Laws of Motion and the four forces of flight apply to flight testing an aircraft. Students solve problems involving kinematics and dynamics. Complementary areas of trigonometry, vector addition, weight and balance, and resolution of forces are employed. The collection includes an educator’s guide that is presented in the format of a flight instructor’s manual to help guide teachers and students through each lesson.

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Flight_Testing_Newtons_Laws.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 — June 23, 2011

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

Live Webcast — An Evening With Two Mercury Astronauts
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: June 23, 2011

Amendment and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) — 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) — Posted on June 15, 2011
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Proposal Due Date: June 29, 2011

Mars Day! 2011 at the National Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: July 22, 2011

Dawn Mission’s Vesta Fiesta
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Aug. 5-7, 2011

2011 SPHERES Zero Robotics Challenge
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: Sept. 5, 2011


NASA Reveals New Batch of Space Program Artifacts for Loan
Audience: Informal Educators
Registration Deadline: Sept. 5, 2011

NASA Kids’ Club Games and Activities
Audience: K-4 Educators and Students

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Live Webcast — An Evening With Two Mercury Astronauts

Join the National Air and Space Museum for a live webcast of a moderated conversation with two original NASA Mercury astronauts. Fifty years after the first human spaceflights, John Glenn and Scott Carpenter will talk about their selection as astronauts, the first human spaceflights and their careers in and out of spaceflight.

The lecture will take place on June 23, 2011, at 8 p.m. EDT.

For more information, visit
http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=2846.

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Amendment and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) — 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) — Posted on June 24, 2011

Amendment and new FAQs will be posted on the CP4SMP+ portal page on NSPIRES on June 24, 2011. Applicants are encouraged to check back daily between June 27 and June 30.

Visit:
http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={75AAC7BF-2F69-6C73-2980-B1DCF25EA665}&path=open


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Mars Day! 2011 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! 2011 will take place on Friday, July 22, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

For more information, visit
http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=3106.

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

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Dawn Mission’s Vesta Fiesta

After nearly four years and 1.6 billion miles, the Dawn spacecraft is catching up to the object of its first destination in the main asteroid belt: Vesta. Soon scientists will be able to explore this exciting new world up close.

To celebrate, NASA is hosting a Vesta fiesta! Taking advantage of three nights where Vesta is visible for night sky viewing with a telescope, the Dawn mission is inspiring fiestas across the nation on Aug. 5-7, 2011. The flagship fiesta will take place on Aug. 6, in Pasadena, Calif. This event will feature fun activities, engaging scientists and Bill Nye the Science Guy.

To find a Vesta fiesta near you, or to find ideas for hosting your own party, visit
http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/news/vesta_fiesta.asp.

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2011 SPHERES Zero Robotics Challenge

NASA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and MIT’s Space Systems Laboratory are offering high school students the opportunity to design experiments that will be tested in space.

The 2011 Zero Robotics challenge is a continuation and expansion of a science, technology, engineering and mathematics education program using bowling ball-sized spherical satellites aboard the International Space Station.

The Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites, or 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. Test results support satellite servicing, vehicle assembly and spacecraft that fly in formation.

The SPHERES Zero Robotics Challenge requires high school student teams to write their own algorithm to fly the satellites in the station. Teams must register before Sept. 5, 2011, at
http://zerorobotics.mit.edu/.

Entries will be evaluated using simulations. Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., will host a ground test 2D competition in October. Two elimination rounds in the 3D online simulation will be held in November. The top 27 teams will have their code sent to the station, where an astronaut will program the SPHERES satellites to run their tests.

The Zero Robotics challenge, facilitated by MIT, continues the STEM focus of the SPHERES program. The 2011 challenge expands on a pilot program performed in 2009 and 2010. 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 STEM. This program builds critical engineering skills for students such as problem solving, design thought process, operations training, team work and presentation skills.

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 satellites provide opportunities to test a wide range of hardware and software at an affordable cost.

For additional information about NASA and MIT’s Zero Robotics program, visit
http://go.nasa.gov/zero-robotics.

For additional information about DARPA, visit
http://www.darpa.mil.

Please e-mail any questions about this opportunity to Jason Crusan at
Jason.Crusan@nasa.gov.

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NASA Reveals New Batch of Space Program Artifacts for Loan

NASA is inviting eligible education institutions, museums and other organizations to examine and request space program artifacts online. Requestors should not talk directly to NASA. This is a limited opportunity for entities eligible to apply to the General Services Administration. Universities and schools not sponsored by the State Agency for Surplus Property, or SASP, must register online at
http://gsaxcess.gov/NASAWel.htm to gain access to the prescreening module. The registration process requires a valid Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System or National Center for Education Statistics number assigned by the Department of Education. After registration is complete, GSAXcess® will email a user ID to the registrant to access the prescreening module.

SASP-sponsored public museums, universities and schools must contact their SASP to request access to the online prescreening module. The SASP determines the organization’s eligibility to screen/receive surplus government property and will assign unique user access IDs.

The items represent significant human spaceflight technologies, processes and accomplishments from NASA’s past and present space exploration programs. On June 15, 2011, NASA posted a new batch of artifacts.

These artifacts are from the Space Shuttle, Hubble Space Telescope, Apollo and International Space Station Programs. Examples of artifacts include a space shuttle payload bay mock-up, cockpit seats and Apollo-era glove assemblies.

Each artifact will be available for 42 days. For the first 21 days, internal organizations such as NASA visitor centers, agency exhibit managers and the Smithsonian Institution may request artifacts. Eligible external organizations, including museums, schools, universities, libraries and planetariums, may request artifacts the following 21 days. After the screening period closes, and at the completion of the request process, organizations will be notified about the status of their request.

Artifacts will be released incrementally when they no longer are needed by NASA and in accordance with export control laws and regulations. Artifacts are provided free of charge; however, requesting organizations must pay for shipping and any special handling costs.

For information about NASA’s space shuttle transition and artifacts, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/transition.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Tony Springer at
Tony.Springer@nasa.gov.

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NASA Kids’ Club Games and Activities

Have you visited the NASA Kids’ Club recently? Games and activities have been added just in time for summer!

Check out the new “Why Do We Explore?” storybook. Kids can read this animated online story about exploration or have it read aloud to them as they follow along.
https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/kidsclub/flash/clubhouse/Why_Do_We_Explore.html

Children can let their creativity shine with the “Color NASA” activity. This interactive coloring book features pictures of plants, birds and animals that live on NASA centers across the U.S.
https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/kidsclub/flash/clubhouse/Color_NASA.html

Are your kids hungry for a new game to play? The “Space Lunch” game helps them learn about nutrition and healthy eating habits as they hunt for matching food groups.
https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/kidsclub/flash/clubhouse/Space_Lunch.html

Looking for a fun hands-on activity for a summer afternoon? Check out the “Let’s Fly Away” activity. Children can interact online with an aircraft-covered dodecahedron. Or, print out the activity pages to learn about 12 different aircraft and build their own 3-D dodecahedron!
https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/kidsclub/flash/clubhouse/Lets_Fly_Away.html

Ever wonder how much you’d weigh on other planets and moons? Play the “Astro-Matic 3000” game to find out!
https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/kidsclub/flash/clubhouse/Astro-Matic_3000.html

Do you know a child who likes puzzles? Check out the “Put It Together” game to solve puzzles of NASA images. Choose from four different levels of difficulty.
https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/kidsclub/flash/clubhouse/Put_It_Together.html

For these fun activities and more, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub.

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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 16, 2011

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

“Become a Pilot” Family Day and Aviation Display
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: June 18, 2011

NASA Explorer Schools Live Video Chat: The Reason for the Seasons
Audience: 8-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: June 21, 2011

Online Professional Development Workshop: Enrichment Problems in Space and Earth Science XXVIII
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Event Date: June 21, 2011

Desert Research and Technology Studies Education Webinar
Audience: 4-9 Educators
Event Date: June 22, 2011

Amendment and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) — 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) — Posted on June 15, 2011
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Proposal Due Date: June 29, 2011

Proposal Deadline Approaching:  Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity
Audience: All Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: July 15, 2011

NASA Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project: K-12 Educator Fellowships
Audience: All Educators and Higher Education Students
Deadline: Oct. 15, 2011

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“Become a Pilot” Family Day and Aviation Display

Explore 50 visiting aircraft at Become a Pilot Family Day and Aviation Display on Saturday, June 18, 2011, at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center located in Chantilly, Va., near Washington Dulles International Airport. See vintage, recreational, military and homebuilt aircraft on display outside the center for one day only. Talk to pilots and find out what skills are needed to fly. See a ground-based wing-walking demonstration and hear guest speakers, including astronaut Tom Jones. Enjoy story time, hands-on activities for children and special visits from NASA, Bears on Patrol and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ lovable Balloon Transport System-1 crew: Cmdr. Camilla SDO, Pilot Fuzz Aldrin and Mission Specialist Skye Blue, who flew to the edge of space last month.

This year’s event celebrates the centennial of Naval aviation with visiting aircraft from the U.S. Navy and performances by the U.S. Naval drill team and the U.S. Navy band.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking is $15.

For more information, visit
http://www.nasm.si.edu/becomeapilot/.

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NASA Explorer Schools Live Video Chat: The Reason for the Seasons

NASA Explorer Schools invites students in grades 8-12 from across the U.S. and Departments of Defense and State schools to participate in a special live video webchat with Dr. Timothy Livengood. The topic for the chat is the reason for the seasons, which is especially appropriate since the one-hour video webchat starts at 1 p.m. EDT on June 21, the first day of summer for the northern hemisphere. Livengood will answer student questions about the seasons on Earth and other planets in our solar system.

You do not need to be a participant of the NASA Explorer Schools project to participate in the chat.

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

For more information about the NES live video chat, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/Livengood-chat.html.

If you have any questions about the webcast, please contact John Entwistle at
John.D.Entwistle@nasa.gov.

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

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 XXVIII

In the 28th 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 Science” series. The goal of these problems is to teach students about space and Earth science by using mathematics. Each problem begins with real world questions, missions and situations, and applies the necessary mathematics to arrive at a solution. Participants may ask questions and work along in this fully interactive Webinar environment.
http://spacemath.gsfc.nasa.gov

Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Time: 4:00 p.m., EDT (Greenwich Mean Time -04:00, 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=421433&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=421433&RG=1&UID=0&ORT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D.

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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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Desert Research and Technology Studies Education Webinar

Desert Research and Technology Studies (RATS) education engages classrooms in real-time exploration science and engineering during field tests through activities where students create maps and astronaut traverses from satellite images. Join the webinar workshop for instruction on activities and background.

On June 22, 2011, at 1 p.m. CDT, Desert RATS education is hosting a webinar to share these resources with educators. Participants will need a telephone and a computer with Internet access to participate in the webinar, which will be conducted via WebEx. To register for the webinar, visit
http://ares.jsc.nasa.gov/ares/drats/index.cfm.

For more information, contact Annaiza Ramirez at
annaiza.ramirez@nasa.gov.

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Amendment and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) — 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) — Posted on June 15, 2011

One Amendment and six additional FAQs related to Proposal Content Development and Audiences/Partners/Collaborators/Commitment or Support Statements are available with the NRA on the CP4SMP+ portal page on NSPIRES.

Visit: http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={75AAC7BF-2F69-6C73-2980-B1DCF25EA665}&path=open

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Proposal Deadline Approaching: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity


NASA is seeking U.S. formal and informal education institutions and organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, or ARISS, contact between the dates of Jan. 15 and July 15, 2012. 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. The deadline to submit a proposal is July 15, 2011.

During the first six months of 2012, crew members aboard the International Space Station will participate in amateur radio contacts. These radio contacts are approximately 10 minutes in length and allow students and educators to interact with the astronauts through a question-and-answer session. An ARISS contact is a voice-only communication opportunity via amateur radio between astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the space station and classrooms and communities. ARISS contacts afford education audiences the opportunity to learn firsthand from astronauts what it is like to live and work in space. Due to the nature of human spaceflight, organizations must demonstrate the flexibility to accommodate changes in contact dates and times.

Interested parties should contact Teaching From Space to obtain information related to expectations, content, format, audience, proposal guidelines and forms by sending an e-mail to
JSC-TFS-ARISS@mail.nasa.gov or by calling 281-244-2320.

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

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NASA Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project: K-12 Educator Fellowships

The NASA Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project awards one-year fellowships each year to over 40 current and prospective educators. The project is administered by U.S. Satellite Laboratory Inc. Funding authorization for the project is provided through the NASA Endeavor Teacher Fellowship Trust Fund as a tribute to the dedicated crew of the space shuttle Challenger.

In partnership with state departments of education, Endeavor Fellows take five graduate courses in an innovative, online format from the comfort of their homes or schools. In these courses, participants gain science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, professional development. They learn to apply research-based pedagogical strategies and cutting-edge STEM content to their classroom contexts while becoming part of a network of like-minded educators across the nation.

Endeavor Fellows earn and are awarded a NASA Endeavor Certificate in STEM Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Fellows’ Leadership Distinction activities will promote learning outside the classroom walls in the fellows’ states or districts. Fifteen graduate credits are awarded from regionally accredited higher education partners.

Applications for Cohort 4 will be accepted through
Oct. 15, 2011.

For more information, visit
http://www.us-satellite.net/nasa/endeavor/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 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 9, 2011

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

2011 INSPIRE Project
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Application Deadline: June 30, 2011

Because ItFlew — Education Activities and Space Shuttle Art Competition
Audience: 4-12 Educators and Students
Contest Deadline: Aug. 5, 2011

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2011 INSPIRE Project

U.S. high school students are invited toparticipate in NASA’s Interdisciplinary National Science Program IncorporatingResearch Experience, or INSPIRE, through an online learning community. INSPIREis designed to encourage students in ninth through 12th grades to pursuecareers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Applications are being accepted through June 30, 2011. NASAwill make selections for the program in September. The selected students andtheir parents will participate in an online learning community withopportunities to interact with peers, NASA engineers and scientists. The onlinecommunity also provides appropriate grade level educational activities,discussion boards and chat rooms for participants to gain exposure to careersand opportunities available at NASA.

Students selected for the program also will havethe option to compete for unique grade-appropriate experiences during thesummer of 2012 at NASA facilities and participating universities. The summerexperience provides students with a hands-on opportunity to investigateeducation and careers in the STEM disciplines.

INSPIRE is part of NASA’s education strategy toattract and retain students in the STEM disciplines critical to NASA’smissions. For more information about INSPIRE, visit https://www.nasa.gov/education/INSPIRE.

To apply for the program, visit https://inspire.okstate.edu/index.cfm?liftoff=login.LoginForm.

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Because It Flew — Education Activities and Space Shuttle Art Competition

“Because It Flew” is a free educational program that introduces students ingrades 4-12 (ages 9-17) to the impact of the Space Shuttle Program on ourplanet and people. This engaging and informative project commemorates the30-year history of the shuttle program.

“Because It Flew” consists of two elements: optional educational activities andthe NASA Space Shuttle Art Competition.

Four activitiesengage and introduce students to the history of NASA’s space shuttle missions.Completion of these activities is not a requirement for submitting an entryinto the art competition, but they may be used to guide students through theprocess of creating an entry. The activities can be adapted easily to bothformal and informal educational settings. Activities are aligned with nationalstandards and support efforts to integrate science, technology, engineering andmath with language arts.

The NASA Space Shuttle Art Competitions invites students to create originalartwork that symbolizes theimpact of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program on our planet and people. Students mustalso write a 250-word essay explaining their artistic entries. An expert panelof artists will review submissions. The top six entries in two age brackets(9-13 and 14-17) will receive cash prizes, a private tutoring session with anaccomplished USA Today graphic artist and a certificate of accomplishment. Entries in the competition are due Aug. 5, 2011.

“Because It Flew” is a joint education initiative of NASA, theNational Institute of Aerospace and USA Today Education.

For more information, visit
www.usatodayeducate.com/becauseitflew.

If you have any questions about this contest,please contact Jan Brown at janbrown@usatoday.com.

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Don’t miss out on education-related opportunities available fromNASA. 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