NASA Education Express Message — Dec. 9, 2010

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

NASA Educators Online Network
Audience: K-12 Educators


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


Free Webcast — Waste Limitation Management and Recycling Design Challenge

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

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

Geography Trivia From Space Contest

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

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

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


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NASA Educators Online Network

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

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

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

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


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

Topic: Enrichment Problems in Space and Earth Science
XXIV

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

Date: Friday, Dec. 10, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Downloads

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

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

Meeting Manager for Microsoft® Windows® – MSI Installer

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

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

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

Meeting Manager for Mac® OS X (PowerPC)

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

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

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Free Webcast — Waste Limitation Management and Recycling Design Challenge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2011 NASA High Altitude Student Platform Opportunity

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

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

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

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

The deadline for applications is Dec. 17, 2010.

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

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

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

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Geography Trivia From Space Contest


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

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

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

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

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

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

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2010-2011 NASA Future of Flight Art Contest

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

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

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

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

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2011 Space Tech Engineering Design Challenge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


NASA Education Express – Dec. 2, 2010

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

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

Tiles for Teachers
Audience: All Educators

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

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

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

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

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NASA and You — NASA y Tú Website

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

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

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

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

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Tiles for Teachers

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

So, why are these tiles so “cool”?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Live Webcast: Saturn Question and Answer Session With Students

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Free Webcast — The Air We Breathe

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

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

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

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2011 NASA Academy

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

The existing NASA Academies include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NASA Education Express — Nov. 24, 2010

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

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

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

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


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NASA’s Know Your Earth Project

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2011 NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NASA Education Express — Nov. 18, 2010


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


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

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

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

Event Date: Dec. 2, 2010

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

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

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

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

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NASA IGCCE Funding Opportunity Workshops

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

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

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

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

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

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LCROSS Back-to-School Webcast

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

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

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

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NASA Education Rocketry Website Webcast

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

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

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

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

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2011 Exploration Robo-Ops Student Challenge

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

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

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

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

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

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National Spaced Out Sports Design Challenge


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2010-2011 Green Aviation Student Competitions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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