NASA Education Express — Sept. 8, 2011


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

 

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


Analyzing Solar Energy Graphs: MY NASA DATA WebSeminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Sept. 12, 2011

4th Digital Media and Learning Competition Kick-Off Event
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Sept. 15, 2011

Properties of Living Things: Searchingfor Life on Mars
Audience: 4-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Sept. 15, 2011

DEADLINEEXTENDED: 2011 SPHERES Zero Robotics Challenge

Audience: High School Students

Deadline: Sept. 16, 2011, or until 200 teams have registered

Teaching From Space Office Seeks Educators to Experience Microgravity
Audience: K-12 Educators
Proposal Deadline: Sept. 21, 2011

Global Water Experiment Webcast
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: Sept. 22, 2011

 

Fall 2011 CassiniScientist for a Day
Audience:5-12 Educators and Students
Entry Deadline: Oct. 26, 2011

2012NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition
Audience:Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: Nov. 30, 2011

 

2012RASC-AL Competition
Audience:Higher Education Students
Deadline: Jan. 20, 2012


Solving the Challenges of Space in the RealWorld and InWorld
Audience: 7-12 Educators and Students
Deadline: Jan. 27, 2012

 

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AdditionalFrequently Asked Questions

 

NASAResearch Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums andPlanetariums Plus Opportunities for NASA Visitor Centers and Other InformalEducation Institutions (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH11ZHA004N, Catalog ofFederal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008)—Available For Download
Audience:Informal Education Institutions
Proposal Due Date: June 29, 2011

Four Frequently Asked Questions received after the proposal due date have beenadded to the CP4SMP+ portal page on NSPIRES at the following URL:

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

 

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AnalyzingSolar Energy Graphs: MY NASA DATA Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, theNASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a 90-minute web seminar for educators on Sept. 12, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn to use satellite data fromNASA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites and Polar OperationalEnvironmental Satellites missions in your meteorology lessons. Access websitescontaining authentic GOES and POES data and imagery files and learn how to downloadand use this data to supplement your curriculum.

For more information and toregister online, visit URL http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar6.aspx.

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 NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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4thDigital Media and Learning Competition Kick-Off Event

Today learning happens anytime, anyplace, at any age. How can 21st-centurylearners demonstrate their knowledge and skills? Digital badges can inspirelearning, unlock jobs, encourage educational and civic opportunities, and opennew pipelines for talent.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration withMozilla and HASTAC, invites you to an event on Sept. 15, 2011, to explore thepotential of Badges for Lifelong Learning. Badges are a new assessment toolthat will help identify skills mastered in formal and informal settings; virtuallyand in physical spaces; and in schools, workplaces and communities.

Featured speakers include:
— The Honorable Arne Duncan, Secretary, U.S. Department of Education.
— Charles F. Bolden Jr., Administrator, NASA.
— Emily Stover DeRocco, President, The Manufacturing Institute and theNational Center for the American Workforce.
Mark Surman, Executive Director, MozillaFoundation.

The event will feature the announcement of the 4th Digital Media and Learning Competition,which will provide up to $2 million in grants for innovations in the use ofBadges for Learning.

To watch a live video stream of the event from the Hirshhorn Museum inWashington, D.C., on Sept. 15, 2011,from 9 a.m-10:30 a.m. EDT, visit http://hastac.org/DML-competition-launch.

For more information about the 4th Digital Media and Learning Competition,visit http://www.dmlcompetition.net/.

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Properties of Living Things: Searching for Life onMars

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, theNASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a 90-minute Web seminar for educators on Sept. 15, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Review criteria for determiningif something is alive and learn how students can apply the criteria in ahands-on activity. A video will be shown that connects the activity to a NASAmission. Attendees will collaborate with other participants about ways of usingand adapting the activity. Extension activities for students interested in thetopic will be provided.

For more information and toregister online, visit URL http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar7.aspx.

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 NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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DEADLINEEXTENDED: 2011 SPHERES Zero Robotics Challenge

The newdeadline for the Zero Robotics registration is Sept. 16, 2011, or when200 teams are reached, whichever is first! The competition will continue onschedule, but you may join even after the Kickoff.

The Kickoff event will be held Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, at 1 p.m. EDT(10 a.m. PDT). Are you not sure if you’re interested? Watch the Kickoff,transmitted LIVE on NASA TV and via webcast (link at http://zerorobotics.mit.edu).The Kickoff will describe this year’s game and tournament structure and willintroduce the online programming environment.

NASA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and MassachusettsInstitute of Technology’s Space Systems Laboratory are offering high schoolstudents 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 usingbowling-ball-sized spherical satellites aboard the International Space Station.

The Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites, orSPHERES, are used inside the station to test maneuvers for spacecraftperforming autonomous rendezvous and docking. The three satellites that make upSPHERES fly in formation inside the station’s cabin. Each is self-containedwith power, propulsion, computing and navigation equipment. Test resultssupport satellite servicing, vehicle assembly and spacecraft that fly information.

The SPHERES Zero Robotics Challenge requires high school student teams to writetheir own algorithm to fly the satellites in the station. Teams must registerbefore Sept. 16, 2011, at http://zerorobotics.mit.edu/.

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

The Zero Robotics challenge, facilitated by MIT, TopCoder and Aurora FlightSciences, continues the STEM focus of the SPHERES program. The 2011 challengeexpands on a pilot program performed in 2009 and 2010. By making the benefitsand resources of the space program tangible to high school students, ZeroRobotics is designed to inspire future scientists and engineers. Students willhave the opportunity to push their limits and develop skills in STEM. Thisprogram builds critical engineering skills for students such as problemsolving, design thought process, operations training, teamwork and presentationskills.

MIT’s Space Systems Laboratory developed SPHERES in 2006 to provide DARPA(Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), NASA and other researchers with along-term test bed for validating technologies critical to the operation offuture satellites, docking missions and satellite autonomous maneuvers. Thesatellites provide opportunities to test a wide range of hardware and softwareat 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 email any questions about this opportunity to Jason Crusan at Jason.Crusan@nasa.gov

 

 

 

Teaching From Space Office Seeks Educators toExperience Microgravity

TeachingFrom Space, a NASA Education office, in partnership with the Reduced GravityEducation Flight Program announces the opportunity for students and educatorsacross the country to collaborate on an experiment to be tested aboard amicrogravity aircraft. This incredible opportunity is open to any current K-12classroom educator in the United States. Educators must also be U.S. citizens.

The Microgravity Experience begins with students and educators developing andproposing a reduced gravity experiment. Selected educator teams will then beengaged in a suite of activities that include online professional developmenton classroom resources for microgravity, collaboration with a NASA mentor and areduced-gravity flight. With combined input from their students and mentor,educator teams will design and fabricate their experiments to be tested andevaluated aboard an aircraft that flies approximately 30 roller-coaster-likeclimbs and dips to produce periods of micro and hyper gravity, ranging fromzero gravity to 2 g.

Seven teams of four to five educators will be selected from this applicationprocess to travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Educatorswill participate in Reduced Gravity Flight Week Feb. 6-11, 2012, and flytheir own experiments aboard NASA’s Reduced Gravity Aircraft (Note: Thisopportunity is contingent upon the NASA Education budget).

Educator teams interested in participating in this unique MicrogravityExperience need to submit a proposal no later than Sept. 21, 2011. Formore information, check out http://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov/tfsor send an e-mail to jsc-rgeducator@nasa.gov.

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Global Water Experiment Webcast

Duringthe International Year of Chemistry 2011, students around the world are invitedto explore one of Earth’s most critical resources, water. The results of theirinvestigations will contribute to a global experiment, which will possiblybecome the biggest chemistry experiment ever.

Join specialists from NASA and the American Chemical Society, on Sept. 22, 2011, at 1 p.m. EDT, as theydiscuss this experiment and how water filtration affects our lives on Earth andin space.

Check out the webcast at http://dln.nasa.gov.

To learn more about the experiment, visit http://water.chemistry2011.org/web/iyc.

 

Fall 2011 CassiniScientist for a Day
Audience:5-12 Educators and Students
Entry Deadline: Oct. 26, 2011

The Cassini Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASAscientists studying Saturn. Participants examine three possible observationstaken by Cassini and choose the one they think will yield the best scientificresults. This choice must then be supported in a 500-word essay. Teamwork isencouraged. Winners will participate in a teleconference with Cassiniscientists.

The contest is open to all students in the United States from grades 5-12,working alone or in groups of up to four students. The essays will be dividedinto three groups: grades 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12. All submissions must be students’original work. Each student can submit one entry.

Deadline for Fall 2011 submissions is noon Pacific time (3 p.m. EDT) on Oct.26, 2011.

For more information, visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/scientistforaday/. If you have questionsabout this contest, please e-mail your inquiries to scientistforaday@jpl.nasa.gov.

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2012NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition

NASA ischallenging U.S. and international undergraduate and graduate student teams todesign and build a telerobotic or autonomous excavator, called a lunabot, thatcould be applied to an actual lunar excavation device or payload. The lunabotmust be able to mine and deposit a minimum of 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of lunarsimulant in 10 minutes.

Design teams must include one faculty advisor from a college or university andat least two undergraduate or graduate students. Universities may work incollaboration, and multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

Selected teams will compete in the Lunabotics Mining Competition at NASA’sKennedy Space Center in Florida on May21-26, 2012. Registration is limited to the first 60 approved teams.Registration is limited to one team per university campus. Internationally,registration is limited to 10 teams per country.

Registration will end when NASA approves60 applications, or on Nov. 30, 2011, whichever occurs first.

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

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Susan Sawyer at

Susan.G.Sawyer@nasa.gov.

 


Like NASA Lunabotics on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/Lunabotics.
Watch Lunabotics videos on YouTube at
https://www.youtube.com/user/Lunabotics.
Follow Lunabotics on Twitter at
http://twitter.com/#!/Lunabotics.

 

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2012RASC-AL Competition

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace announce the 2012 RevolutionaryAerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage Competition. RASC-AL is a designproject competition aimed at university-level engineering students.

The RASC-AL contest challenges participants to design projects based on realNASA projects. Participants can choose from four different themes. These designprojects potentially could be implemented by NASA.

Interested teams are requested to submit a notice of intent as soon aspractical, and teams must submit an abstract for their proposed project by Jan. 20, 2012. The RASC-AL SteeringCommittee of NASA and industry experts will evaluate the proposals and selectas many as ten undergraduate and five graduate teams to compete against eachother at a forum in June 2012 in Florida.

The RASC-AL competition is open to full-time undergraduate or graduate studentsmajoring in engineering or science at an accredited university. Universitydesign teams must include one faculty or industry advisor with a universityaffiliation and two or more undergraduate or graduate students. A group ofuniversities may also work in collaboration on a design project entry.Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

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

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


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Solving the Challenges of Space in the RealWorldand InWorld

The RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering DesignChallenge encourages students in grades 7-12 to explore and build skillsessential for successful careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematicsthrough two phases of project-based learning and team competition.

RealWorld (Phase 1):Teams of middle- and high-school-aged students with support of theirteachers/coaches/parents work collaboratively as engineers and scientists toexplore and design solutions related to the James Webb Space Telescope andRobonaut 2.

RealWorld Phase begins:September 1, 2011.
RealWorld Phase ends: January 27, 2012. To be considered to move to theInWorld phase, all RealWorld work must be submitted by this deadline.

Recognition: Submitted finalproject solutions will be featured on the RealWorld-InWorld website, and teamswill receive recognition for their work once they complete the RealWorldchallenge and InWorld registration.

InWorld (Phase 2): Participatingcollege students select teams of two to four middle- and high-school-agedstudents who have completed the RealWorld phase to build their InWorld teams.Participation is limited to U.S. citizens. Teams work in a 3-D virtual onlineenvironment using 21st Century tools to refine designs and to create 3-D modelsof their design solutions.

InWorld Phase begins: January 28, 2012.
InWorld Phase ends: April 20, 2012.

Recognition: InWorld teams willcompete for cash awards ($1,000 per member, including team leader, for eachwinning team). Contest rules apply.

NASA scientists and engineers visit and “chat”virtually throughout both phases of the challenge.

To learn more about the challenge and to register for online resources for thisfree and flexible project, visit www.nasarealworldinworld.org.

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Don’t miss out on education-related opportunitiesavailable 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 — Fall 2011 Desert RATS Activities

Follow the Desert RATS Team During Analog Testing

The NASA Desert Research and Technology Studies team, also known as Desert RATS, marks its fourteenth annual field test and the first time a mission to an asteroid will be simulated. While NASA has landed astronauts on the moon and rovers on Mars, the agency is only beginning to tackle the challenges of visiting an asteroid. Desert RATS team members will conduct simulated human and robotic space exploration test activities in extreme Arizona terrain to investigate and develop realistic technical and mission-driven operations similar to those of an asteroid mission.

The public is invited to follow along during the simulated mission. The Desert RATS team will use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Ustream to share their experience online.

Visit the Desert RATS 2011 Education and Public Outreach Activities and Events webpage for the latest schedule of daily events that will keep you connected with the DRATS Team.
https://www.nasa.gov/exploration/analogs/desertrats/activities.html

The Desert RATS Facebook page has video clips featuring team members discussing upcoming field activities and answers to questions from Facebook and Twitter followers.

Check out the following live streamed events on the Desert RATS Ustream. channel.

To learn more about the Desert RATS project, visit https://www.nasa.gov/exploration/analogs/desertrats/index.html.

Follow the latest Desert RATS mission by visiting the following sites.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NASA.DRATS
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/DESERT_RATS
You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/user/NASAanalogTV#p/c/7C4E0E50595B6B13
Ustream: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/desertrats

NASA Education Express — Sept. 1, 2011

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

Follow the Desert RATS Team During Analog Testing
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: Through Sept. 4, 2011

Engineering Design Process: On the Moon Webinar
Audience: 6-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Sept. 6, 2011

NASA Digital Learning Network Webcast — GRAIL Mission

Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Sept. 7, 2011

Weather and Climate: Satellite Meteorology Webinar
Audience: 7-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Sept. 8, 2011

4th Digital Media and Learning Competition Kick-Off Event
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Sept. 15, 2011

Space Farm 7 Outreach Event

Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Dates: Sept. 23-24, 2011

100 Year Starship Study Public Symposium
Audience: All Educators & 9-Higher Education Students
Event Date: Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2011

NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2012

Solving the Challenges of Space in the RealWorld and InWorld

Audience: 7-12 Educators and Students
Deadline: Jan. 27, 2012

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

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Follow the Desert RATS Team During Analog Testing

The NASA Desert Research and Technology Studies team, also known as Desert RATS, marks its fourteenth annual field test and the first time a mission to an asteroid will be simulated. While NASA has landed astronauts on the moon and rovers on Mars, the agency is only beginning to tackle the challenges of visiting an asteroid. Desert RATS team members will conduct simulated human and robotic space exploration test activities in extreme Arizona terrain to investigate and develop realistic technical and mission-driven operations similar to those of an asteroid mission.

The public is invited to follow along during the simulated mission. The Desert RATS team will use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Ustream to share their experience online.

Check out the following live streamed events on the
Desert RATS Ustream channel.

Live Streaming From the Field
Sept. 1, 2011 from 4:45-5:45 p.m. EDT

Watch live streaming video from Test Day 3 as two crew members explore from the space exploration vehicle and one from the deep space habitat.

Q&A Session With NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center
Sept. 1, 2011 at 6 p.m. EDT
The Kennedy Space Center visitor complex will host a Skype session allowing visitors to ask the crew questions.

High School Q&A With Crew Member Kjell N. Lindgren
Sept. 2, 2011 at 11 a.m. EDT

NASA astronaut and crew member Kjell N. Lindgren will connect with Webber Junior High School in Fort Collins, Colo,. for a Q&A session with students in the Webber Aerospace Ventures in Education program.


Live Streaming From the Field
Sept. 2, 2011 from 12-1 p.m. EDT and 4:45-5:45 p.m. EDT
Watch live streaming video from Test Day 4 as three crew members explore from the space exploration vehicle and one from the deep space habitat.


Q&A Session With NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center
Sept. 2, 2011 at 6 p.m. EDT
The Kennedy Space Center visitor complex will host a Skype session allowing visitors to ask the crew questions.

Live Streaming From the Field
Sept. 4, 2011 from 12-1 p.m. EDT and 4:45-5:45 p.m. EDT
Watch live streaming video from Test Day 6 as three crew members explore from the space exploration vehicle and one from the deep space habitat.


Q&A Session With NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center
Sept. 4, 2011 at 6 p.m. EDT
The Kennedy Space Center visitor complex will host a Skype session allowing visitors to ask the crew questions.

Visit the
Desert RATS Facebook page to find video clips from team members as they discuss upcoming field activities and answer questions from Facebook and Twitter followers.

To learn more about the Desert RATS project, visit https://www.nasa.gov/exploration/analogs/desertrats/index.html.

Follow the latest Desert RATS mission by visiting the following sites.
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/NASA.DRATS
Twitter:
http://twitter.com/#!/DESERT_RATS
You Tube:
https://www.youtube.com/user/NASAanalogTV#p/c/7C4E0E50595B6B13
Ustream:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/desertrats

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Engineering Design Process: On the Moon Webinar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute webinar on Sept. 6, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. This webinar showcases two lessons from the On the Moon educator guide: On Target and Feel the Heat. Participants will learn how they can use the engineering design process to challenge students to solve problems related to exploring the moon. This session will fully prepare attendees to implement these activities in the classroom.

For more information and to register online, visit URL http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar4.aspx.

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
NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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NASA Digital Learning Network Webcast — GRAIL Mission

NASA’s Launch Services Program, or LSP, is busy launching satellites throughout our solar system including the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory, or GRAIL, mission to Earth’s moon. Join host Damon Talley and LSP outreach specialist Christopher Blair as they discuss GRAIL with special guests and engineers. Plus, learn how students can take pictures of the moon using MoonKAM, the first educational instrument on a NASA planetary mission.

To view this hourlong webcast on Sept. 7th, 2011, at 2 p.m. EDT., visit
http://dln.nasa.gov/dlnapp/webcast/webcast.do.

Please submit questions to
dlinfochannel@gmail.com for a chance to have them answered live during the webcast.

For more information about this webcast event, please contact Christopher Blair at
Christoper.E.Blair@nasa.gov.

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Weather and Climate: Satellite Meteorology Webinar


As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute webinar on Sept 8, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Participants will learn to use the data from NASA’s research satellite program in their meteorology lessons. This webinar features “Monitoring the Global Environment,” one of eight modules within the Satellite Meteorology course. The activities within this module incorporate the use of authentic data acquired by NASA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites and Polar Operational Environmental Satellites. Attendees will learn how to locate and download satellite data, create graphs and learn how to interpret them.

For more information and to register online, visit URL http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar5.aspx.

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
NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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4th Digital Media and Learning Competition Kick-Off Event

Today learning happens anytime, anyplace, at any age. How can 21st-century learners demonstrate their knowledge and skills? Digital badges can inspire learning, unlock jobs, encourage educational and civic opportunities, and open new pipelines for talent.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with Mozilla and HASTAC, invites you to an event on Sept. 15, 2011, to explore the potential of Badges for Lifelong Learning. Badges are a new assessment tool that will help identify skills mastered in formal and informal settings; virtually and in physical spaces; and in schools, workplaces and communities.

Featured speakers include:
— The Honorable Arne Duncan, Secretary, U.S. Department of Education.
— Charles F. Bolden Jr., Administrator, NASA.
— Emily Stover DeRocco, President, The Manufacturing Institute and the National Center for the American Workforce.
Mark Surman, Executive Director, Mozilla Foundation.

The event will feature the announcement of the 4th Digital Media and Learning Competition, which will provide up to $2 million in grants for innovations in the use of Badges for Learning.

To watch a live video stream of the event from the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 15, 2011, from 9 a.m-10:30 a.m. EDT, visit
http://hastac.org/DML-competition-launch.

For more information about the 4th Digital Media and Learning Competition, visit
http://www.dmlcompetition.net/.

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Space Farm 7 Outreach Event

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center is partnering with The Rock Ranch in central Georgia to celebrate 50 years of human space exploration. Educational activities, planetarium shows and astronaut presentations are scheduled for students, teachers and the public. The Rock Ranch will open its corn maze designed in the shape of an astronaut.

NASA educational activities will be held Sept. 23-24, 2011. The event is open to the public. Saturday, Sept. 23 is School Assembly Day. Schools are requested to call 706-647-6374 to register for the activities.

The Rock Ranch is a family destination located one hour south of Atlanta, Ga. Details can be found online at
www.therockranch.com.

This event is part of the Space Farm 7 outreach project celebrating NASA’s achievements with seven agritourism events taking place throughout the United States. The goal of the project is to educate and inspire one million children.

For more information about this event, contact Beth Smith at
beth.b.smith@nasa.gov.

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100 Year Starship Study Public Symposium

NASA’s Ames Research Center in California and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will host a public symposium for the 100 Year Starship Study. The symposium will take place Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2011, in Orlando, Fla. Registration to attend the symposium is free and open to the public.

The 100 Year Starship Study aims to stimulate students, academia, industry, researchers and the public to consider possibilities and issues surrounding long-duration, long-distance spaceflight.

This endeavor will require an understanding of questions such as: how do organizations evolve and maintain focus and momentum for 100 years or more; what models have supported long term technology.

The 100 YSS public symposium will feature presentations of papers and panel discussion in seven relevant tracks related to interstellar travel:

— Time-Distance Solutions — Propulsion, time/space manipulation and/or dilation, near speed of light navigation, faster than light navigation, observations and sensing at near speed of light or faster than light
Track Chair: Dr. Jim Benford

— Habitats and Environmental Science — To have gravity or not, space and radiation effects, environmental toxins, energy collection and use, agriculture, self-supporting environments, optimal habitat sizing
Track Chair: Dr. Chris McKay |

— Biology and Space Medicine — Physiology in space, psychology in space, human life suspension (e.g., cryogenic), medical facilities and capabilities in space, on-scene (end of journey) spawning from genetic material
Track Chair: Dr. Neal Pellis

— Education, Social, Economic and Legal Considerations — Education as a mission, who goes, who stays, to profit or not, economies in space, communications back to Earth, political ramifications, round-trip legacy investments — assets left behind
Track Chair: Dr. Mae Jemison

— Destinations — Criteria for destination selection, what do you take, how many destinations and missions, probes versus journeys of faith
Track Chair: Dr. Jill Tarter

— Philosophical and Religious Considerations — Why go to the stars, moral and ethical issues, implications of finding hospitable worlds, implications of finding life elsewhere, implications of being left behind
Track Chair: Mr. Stewart Brand

— Communication of the Vision — Storytelling as a means of inspiration, linkage between incentives, payback and investment, use of movies, television and books to popularize long-term research, long-term journeys
Track Chair: Dr. Harry Kloor

In addition, the symposium will feature a science fiction authors’ panel discussion, special social events and an exhibit hall.

For more information about the 100 Year Starship Study and the public symposium, please visit the website at:
http://www.100yss.org.

If you have questions about the study or the public symposium, please email your inquiries to
info@100yss.org.

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NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program

NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate is accepting scholarship applications from graduate and undergraduate students for the 2012 academic year. The application deadline is Jan. 15, 2012.

Graduate students must apply under a specific research topic to align with NASA’s aeronautics research programs. The list of available topics is posted online.

NASA expects to award 20 undergraduate and five graduate scholarships to students in aeronautics or related fields. Undergraduate students entering their second year of study will receive up to $15,000 per year for two years and the opportunity to receive a $10,000 stipend by interning at a NASA research center during the summer.

Graduate students will receive up to $35,000 per year for up to three years, with an opportunity to receive a $10,000 stipend interning at a NASA research center for up to two consecutive summers.

Students not committed to a specific academic institution or program still may apply. If accepted, they must be admitted by fall 2012 into an aeronautical engineering program or related field of study at an accredited U.S. university. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Scholarship money may be used for tuition and other school-related expenses.

NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate conducts cutting-edge, fundamental and integrated systems research in traditional and emerging disciplines. The intent is to help transform the nation’s air transportation system and to support development of future air and space vehicles.

Its goals include improving airspace capacity and flexibility; aviation safety and aircraft performance; reducing overall noise, engine emissions and fuel usage.

For details about this scholarship program, a list of available research topics and the application process, visit
http://nasa.asee.org/.

For more information about aeronautics research at NASA, visit: http://www.aeronautics.nasa.gov

Questions about this scholarship should be directed to
nasa.asp@asee.org.

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Solving the Challenges of Space in the RealWorld and InWorld

The RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge encourages students in grades 7-12 to explore and build skills essential for successful careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through two phases of project-based learning and team competition.

RealWorld (Phase 1): Teams of middle- and high-school-aged students with support of their teachers/coaches/parents work collaboratively as engineers and scientists to explore and design solutions related to the James Webb Space Telescope and Robonaut 2.

RealWorld Phase begins: September 1, 2011.
RealWorld Phase ends: January 27, 2012. To be considered to move to the InWorld phase, all RealWorld work must be submitted by this deadline.

Recognition: Submitted final project solutions will be featured on the RealWorld-InWorld website, and teams will receive recognition for their work once they complete the RealWorld challenge and InWorld registration.

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

InWorld Phase begins: January 28, 2012.
InWorld Phase ends: April 20, 2012.

Recognition: InWorld teams will compete for cash awards ($1,000 per member, including team leader, for each winning team). Contest rules apply.

NASA scientists and engineers visit and “chat” virtually throughout both phases of the challenge.

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

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What’s New at NASA’s Space Place Website

Appearances can be deceiving. But that’s not the case with the
Space Place website. Our pizzazzy new look only enhances the appeal, accessibility and navigability of our quality resources. The new Space Place includes all the compelling, fun and educational content it always has. Explore. Enjoy!

New at spaceplace.nasa.gov
As we promised in the March – April issue this year, the “new and improved” Space Place is here! It is reorganized, revamped, rebuilt and recommitted as a fun, free, fulfilling and fantastic NASA website for kids, teachers and parents. It makes use of the newest Web development tools and techniques to provide a more dynamic, interactive, educational and enjoyable experience.

The menus are filterable on subject or type of activity. Searches of any word, term or NASA mission produce customized menus. Dozens of educational and compelling games have been reframed as intrinsic parts of the site (no pop-ups or new contextually isolated windows or tabs). Many images and illustrations are enlargeable with a mouse click, and all videos run seamlessly within the page with no external video players or plug-ins needed. All pages are printer friendly.

The site includes over 150 separate modules intrinsic to the site, plus links to other valuable NASA kids’ sites for our grades-4-6 target audience. The modules and links are classified under the categories of Space, Earth, Sun, Solar System, People & Technology and Parents & Teachers.

Check it out. Let us know what you think. E-mail your feedback to
info@spaceplace.nasa.gov.

Space Place en español
The vast majority of the modules (games, activities, fun facts) on the new and improved Space Place are also available in Spanish, as are the menus and other navigation features. As before, you can toggle back and forth between English and Spanish versions of these pages. The content and images on the two versions are identical. It’s an ideal design for English learners or Spanish learners.

Focus on Space Place Live!
Kate and Kyo may not be slick, professional talk show hosts, but they do an entertaining job of finding out about the careers and interests of happy and passionate NASA scientists and engineers. Their most recent guest, Dr. Merav Opher, is a scientist on the distinguished Voyager mission, with its two spacecraft still alive and well after 34 years in space. They are now approaching the very boundary between the solar system and interstellar space. Dr. Merav talks about what Voyager is finding out there, her passion for physics . . . and opera! Watch this new episode at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/space-place-live.

For the classroom
Want to see all the image galleries on The Space Place? Just type “gallery” into the search box, and you’ll get a custom menu with links to our Solar System, Earth, Space, Sun, and People & Technology galleries.

Each gallery shows a page of thumbnails with short captions. Mouse over a thumbnail and you’ll see a tiny “Do” icon. Click on it to display the image and its large-font caption to print and post in the classroom. Or, just click on the thumbnail image itself to display a larger image and caption in a slide show format. Keep clicking “Next” or “Prev” to move through all the images on the page. Go to
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/search/?q=gallery, or just try the search box.

For out of school time
Stars look like tiny twinkling white lights on a black background. But, if you look carefully, you will see that they aren’t all white. Some are red, blue or yellow.

Why? Your kids and you can find out while making crispy, delicious star cookies that shine in all these colors. You will also find out how un-star-shaped real stars are. It’s the light distortion caused by our turbulent atmosphere that gives them their twinkling, pointy shapes.

And how can you tell whether a star has planets?

Have fun baking, tasting and exploring stars at
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/star-cookies.

Special Days
Sept. 6: Read a Book Day
Get back into the swing of school. Choose from five fun, spacey story books, all of which can be read in a few minutes. Go to
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/search/?q=storybook.

Sept. 13: Positive Thinking Day

Think positive when you rub balloon on your head. Although it may be negative ions that rub off and pick up little pieces of paper, it will leave you feeling more positive. Try the “Ions in action” experiment at
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/ion-balloons.

Sept. 18, 1977: Voyager 1 took the first picture of Earth and the moon together.

Now Voyager 1 is about to reach interstellar space. If it finds aliens, what will they learn about us? Find out
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/voyager-to-stars.

Oct. 5, 1882: Robert Hutchings Goddard was born.

Goddard is known as the “Father of the Space Age,” because, in 1926, he built and successfully launched the first liquid-fueled rocket. Launch a bubble-fueled rocket at
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/pop-rocket.

Oct. 13: Train Your Brain Day

Ozone Trap-n-Zap is a great game for training your brain to recognize good ozone from bad ozone. You will also help the planet. Play at
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/ozone.

Oct. 26, 1959: Earth people see far side of the moon for the first time.

The Lunik 3 spacecraft (Soviet Union) takes the first photo of the far side of the moon. See lots of pictures of all sides of the moon at
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/gallery-earth/#moon.

Last words . . .

            We wish you and your students a wonderful and productive year.

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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. 25, 2011

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

Meteorology: How Clouds Form Webinar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Aug. 30, 2011

High Power Microscopes: The Virtual Lab Webinar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Aug. 31, 2011


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

Teaching From Space Office Seeks Educators to Experience Microgravity
Audience: K-12 Educators
Proposal Deadline: Sept. 21, 2011

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Meteorology: How Clouds Form Webinar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute webinar on Aug. 30, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn about the relationships between air pressure, temperature, volume and cloud formation. The presenter will provide an overview of the necessary conditions for cloud formation and then show how to apply them to making a cloud in a bottle. Information will be provided about an extension activity, the S’COOL Project, which involves student participation in authentic science.

For more information and to register online, visit URL http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar2.aspx.

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 NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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High Power Microscopes: The Virtual Lab Webinar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute webinar on Aug. 31, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn to use a computer program simulating three high-power virtual microscopes: an atomic force microscope, a scanning electron microscope and a fluorescence light microscope. Viewing specimens include one-celled organisms, human tissue, computer chips, insects, and fungi. Participants will get an overview of the software, watch videos of students exploring specimens and learn how to use the Virtual Lab website and software.

For more information and to register online, visit URL http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar3.aspx.

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 NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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DEADLINE APPROACHING: 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, TopCoder and Aurora Flight Sciences, 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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Teaching From Space Office Seeks Educators to Experience Microgravity

Teaching From Space, a NASA Education office, in partnership with the Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program announces the opportunity for students and educators across the country to collaborate on an experiment to be tested aboard a microgravity aircraft. This incredible opportunity is open to any current K-12 classroom educator in the United States. Educators must also be U.S. citizens.

The Microgravity Experience begins with students and educators developing and proposing a reduced gravity experiment. Selected educator teams will then be engaged in a suite of activities that include online professional development on classroom resources for microgravity, collaboration with a NASA mentor and a reduced-gravity flight. With combined input from their students and mentor, educator teams will design and fabricate their experiments to be tested and evaluated aboard an aircraft that flies approximately 30 roller-coaster-like climbs and dips to produce periods of micro and hyper gravity, ranging from zero gravity to 2 g.

Seven teams of four to five educators will be selected from this application process to travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Educators will participate in Reduced Gravity Flight Week Feb. 6-11, 2012, and fly their own experiments aboard NASA’s Reduced Gravity Aircraft (Note: This opportunity is contingent upon the NASA Education budget).

Educator teams interested in participating in this unique Microgravity Experience need to submit a proposal no later than Sept. 21, 2011. For more information, check out http://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov/tfs or send an e-mail to jsc-rgeducator@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 — Aug. 18, 2011

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

NASA Explorer Schools Live Video Chat: How Clouds Affect Our Weather and Climate
Audience: 8-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: Aug. 24, 2011

Electromagnetic Spectrum: Remote Sensing Ices on Mars Webinar
Audience: 6-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Aug. 24, 2011

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

2012 NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program
Audience: Higher Education Students
Proposal Deadline: Oct. 26, 2011

New DIY Podcast Module: Rocket Science
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students

New NASA eClips Videos Available
Audience: K-12 Educators

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NASA Explorer Schools Live Video Chat: How Clouds Affect Our Weather and Climate

NASA Explorer Schools, or NES, invites educators and 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. This chat will feature Lin Chambers, a physical scientist with the Climate Science Branch at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. Chambers will answer student questions about clouds, how they form, why they are important to our atmosphere and how they affect our weather and climate.

This one-hour video webchat starts at 2 p.m. EDT on Aug. 24, 2011.

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 this NES live video chat, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/Chambers-chat.html.

If you have any questions about the webcast, please contact John Entwistle at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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Electromagnetic Spectrum: Remote Sensing Ices on Mars Webinar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute webinar on Aug. 24, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn how to use authentic NASA mission data to investigate the composition and distribution of ices in the high latitude regions of Mars through analysis of visible light, infrared light and gamma rays. The seminar includes information about a unique student extension activity, where students access a free computer simulation illustrating how gamma rays are used to determine the chemical composition of Mars.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar1.aspx

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 NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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DEADLINE APPROACHING: 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, TopCoder and Aurora Flight Sciences, 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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2012 NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program

NASA is offering undergraduate students an opportunity to test experiments in microgravity aboard NASA’s reduced gravity aircraft.

The opportunity is part of NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program, which gives aspiring explorers a chance to propose, design and fabricate a reduced-gravity experiment. Selected teams will test and evaluate their experiment aboard NASA’s reduced-gravity airplane. The aircraft flies about 30 roller-coaster-like climbs and dips during experiment flights to produce periods of weightlessness and hypergravity ranging from 0 g to 2 g.

Proposals are due Oct. 26, 2011.

Interested students also should submit a letter of intent by Sept. 14, 2011. This step is optional but serves as an introductory notice that a team plans to submit a proposal for the upcoming competition.

NASA will announce selected teams Dec. 7, 2011. The teams will fly in the summer of 2012. Once selected, teams also may invite a full-time, accredited journalist to fly with them and document the team’s experiment and experiences. All applicants must be full-time undergraduate students, U.S. citizens and at least 18 years old.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit
http://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov.

Questions about this opportunity should be e-mailed to
jsc-reducedgravity@nasa.gov.

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New DIY Podcast Module: Rocket Science

Launch into the new school year with a new Do-It-Yourself Podcast topic module: Rocket Science.

NASA Launch Vehicle Systems Analyst (rocket scientist) Tristan Curry provides expert sound bites for students to build podcast episodes about the laws of physics that govern building and launching rockets. Education specialist Fred Kepner explains the stability of a rocket and how to achieve it.

Whether you’re building a film canister rocket or a launch vehicle to travel beyond Earth, the science behind rockets is the same. The topic module includes 33 video clips with Curry, Kepner, historical footage of rockets and shuttle launches, and animations. Sixteen audio clips also are included in the module. Students may download these NASA multimedia materials and integrate them into their own recordings and narration to create a podcast.

Other DIY Podcast topic modules are:
— Fitness.
— Lab Safety.
— Newton’s Laws.
— Robots.
— Solar Arrays.
— Spacesuits.
— Sports Demo.

Students can build their own multimedia projects, while teachers meet national education standards.

A companion blog offers tips and suggestions for incorporating the DIY Podcast into the classroom.

To learn more and to start building podcasts, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/diypodcast/index.html.

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New NASA eClips Videos Available

Check out the new videos that NASA eClips™ has rolled out for August.

Our World: Moons In Our Solar System (Grades K-5) — Did you know astronomers have identified more than 300 moons in our solar system? How big is Ganymede? How small is Deimos? Which moons might have what it takes to support life? Follow the NASA missions to learn about these unique bodies in space.

Real World: Comets – It’s Done With Math (Grades 6-8) — NASA engineers are finding new uses for old spacecraft as a way to study comets. Find out how a repurposed spacecraft can return to a comet for a second visit to uncover secrets about the formation of the solar system. Use angular size to see just how big this comet really is!

Real World: Legacy of NASA’s Space Shuttle – Because It Flew (Grades 6-8) — Use a graph to learn more about the history of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program. Find out how mission complexity increased over time, leading to new careers and innovations that will launch us into the next stage of space exploration. See how important the shuttle was, just because it flew!

Launchpad: Curiosity Goes to Mars (Grades 9-12) — Find out why Curiosity is the best name for the largest rover ever sent to another planet. Learn about the challenges of landing on a planet with an atmosphere and the geology and chemistry questions scientists hope to answer with instruments on the Mars Science Laboratory.

To learn more about NASA eClips, visit
www.nasa.gov/nasaeclips.

Follow NASA eClips on
Facebook and Twitter!

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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. 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