NASA Education Express — May 19, 2011

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

New NASA Website Available for Kids
Audience: K-8 Educators and Students

Summer of Innovation Mini-Grant Opportunity
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
First-Round Application Deadline: May 22, 2011
Second Round Opens: May 23, 2011

NASA Explorer Schools Live Web Chat: Women@NASA
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: May 26, 2011

NASA LEARN and NES Offering Webinars
Audience: 5-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: June 2, June 7 and June 16, 2011

Music and Astronomy Under the Stars
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: Multiple dates June 12 – Oct. 28, 2011

Space Shuttle Tire Loan Program
Audience: Informal Educators
Proposal Deadline: July 1, 2011

NASA’s Multi-Wavelength Universe Online Professional Development Course

Audience: 5-12 Educators and Higher Education Students
Event Dates: July 11-22, 2011

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

Pre-Proposal Telecon Transcript from May 2, 2011 and Additional Frequently Asked Questions — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums Plus Opportunities for NASA Visitor Centers and Other Informal Education Institutions (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH11ZHA004N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008)—Available For Download
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Proposal Due Date: June 29, 2011


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New NASA Website Available for Kids

Two award-winning kids websites have join forces to further inspire a new generation of explorers.

NASAScience Kids and SpacePlace have combined to provide several new Web features with interactive graphic designs, in addition to having extensive rich science and technology content of the “old” SpacePlace — with over 50 NASA science missions — and content from NASAScience Kids. These sites offer the best of NASA material for elementary school students.

The site includes over 300 separate modules available in English and Spanish. Modules feature categories related to Space, Earth, Sun, Solar System, People and Technology, Parents and Teachers. Information mirrors the missions of the NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, as well as the agency’s commitment to education and public engagement.

The menus are filterable on subject or type of activity, and searches produce customized menus. Educational and compelling games have been reframed, images and illustrations are enlargeable with a mouse click, and videos run seamlessly within the page. All pages are printer friendly, with a special formatting algorithm that appropriately arranges headings, sidebars, and images.

The site is available at
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov.

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Summer of Innovation Mini-Grant Opportunity

The NASA Office of Education is pleased to offer Summer of Innovation, or SoI, Mini-Grant opportunities in partnership with the National Space Grant Foundation. 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. NASA looks forward to forging ahead with these important collaborations to engage and inspire students across the country.

Organizations are eligible to apply for up to $2,500 in funding to incorporate SoI content and themes into their programming.

For eligibility, timeline and application information, please see the SoI Mini-Grant page on the Space Grant Foundation website, which can be found here:
http://soi.spacegrant.org/about.

Additionally, please review the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about this exciting opportunity here:
http://soi.spacegrant.org/faq#faq-expand-all-link.

The SoI Mini- Grant Program anticipates making approximately 200 awards during the 2011 fiscal year.

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NASA Explorer Schools Live Web Chat: Women@NASA


NASA Explorer Schools invites you to join an hour-long live chat on May 26, 2011, at 1 p.m. EDT, with Janet Petro, the Deputy Director of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Petro will share her experience at NASA, in the U.S. military and in the private sector. This discussion will encourage students, especially girls, to engage in STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — studies and highlight how opportunities for women to advance have never been better.

More information will be posted at
https://www.nasa.gov/chat.

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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 three offerings in June 2011. And, don’t worry about the technology. We have tech support ready to walk you through viewing and participating in the webinars.

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

GENESIS: What Are We Made of? The Sun, Earth and You — June 2, 2011, 4 p.m. EST
By counting elements extracted from a simulated Genesis sample, students learn how the extraction of atoms from the Genesis samples help scientists have a better understanding of the abundance of elements from the solar wind.
https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-genesis/

Rockets Educator Guide — June 7, 2011, 1 p.m. EST
During this webinar, receive an overview of the Rocketry activity, explore the NASA connections, share tips and tricks for implementing this lesson in the classroom, watch videos of students engaged in the lesson and discuss possible modifications or extensions.
https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-nasa-rockets-guide/

Engineering Design Challenge: Lunar Plant Growth Chamber — June 16, 2011, 1 p.m. EST
Plant growth will be an important part of space exploration in the future. This webinar will highlight the science of the lunar environment, basic plant needs, the current focus of NASA’s plant research and the systems that are being developed for future missions.
https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-plant-growth/

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Music and Astronomy Under the Stars

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

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

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

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Space Shuttle Tire Loan Program

NASA is seeking outside organizations interested in a unique outreach opportunity using main landing gear tires from space shuttle missions. The three-year renewable loan of these tires may be used to educate, inspire or inform the public about NASA’s scientific and technological achievements. These items may not be used for the promotion of any organization or entity, or for commercial purposes.

Tires flown on specific missions or on a certain orbiter may be requested although NASA cannot guarantee that all requests will be fulfilled. Unflown tires are also available.

This opportunity is open to a wide variety of organizations including, but not limited to, museums, schools and civic organizations.


For more information and supplemental educational materials, visit
http://artifacts.nasa.gov/space_shuttle_lgt.htm.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Tony Springer at
Tony.Springer@nasa.gov.

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NASA’s Multi-Wavelength Universe Online Professional Development Course

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

The course is offered for academic or continuing education credit through Sonoma State University. At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to use astronomical examples (images, phenomena, telescopes) to describe the nature of light and color in terms of the regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Participants will also be able to explain why NASA uses a variety of telescopes and space-based instruments to make observations of the universe. NASA resources for the classroom will be shared and participants will learn how NASA resources can be used to address common student misconceptions about the nature of light and color.

Formal presentations for the course will take place July 11-22, 2011. Homework for academic credit is due Aug. 23, 2011.

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

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

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Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity


NASA is seeking 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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Pre-Proposal Telecon Transcript from May 2, 2011 and Additional Frequently Asked Questions — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums Plus Opportunities for NASA Visitor Centers and Other Informal Education Institutions (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH11ZHA004N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008)—Available For Download

A transcript of the May 2 pre-proposal telecon and additional Frequently Asked Questions are on the CP4SMP+ portal page on NSPIRES at the following URL:

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

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

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

NASA Education Express — May 12, 2011

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

Hubble Top Stars Winners Showcase
Audience: All Educators
Broadcast Dates: May 16-20, 2011

NASA Explorer Schools Live Video Chat: The Big Bang and the Milky Way
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: May 17, 2011

University Students Sought for NASA Pre-Service Teacher Institute
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: May 23, 2011
Institute Dates: July 18-29, 2011

NASA History Division Fall 2011 Internships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: June 1, 2011

Pre-Proposal Telecon Presentations from May 2, 2011 — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums Plus Opportunities for NASA Visitor Centers and Other Informal Education Institutions (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH11ZHA004N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008) — Available For Download
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Proposal Due Date: June 29, 2011

2011 INSPIRE Project
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students

Application Deadline: June 30, 2011

Celebrate World Space Week — Oct. 4-10, 2011
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: Oct. 4-10, 2011


New NASA Projects Offer Suborbital Opportunities for Education
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students

Host a “From Earth to the Solar System” Exhibit
Audience: Informal Educators

Texas Student Wins Top Honor in USA TODAY/NASA No Boundaries National Competition

Audience: 5-12 Educators Students

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Hubble Top Stars Winners Showcase

NASA’s Digital Learning Network and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies have teamed up to showcase the top winners of the Top Stars project. This project recognized inspiring uses of the Hubble Space Telescope in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

In a two-hour special on the DLN, the top 10 Top Stars (aka Gold Stars) will present their winning entries to other educators nationwide. This program will air from May 16-20, 2011, twice a day, at times convenient to educators across the country. There is no cost or registration required to see this broadcast.

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

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NASA Explorer Schools Live Video Chat: The Big Bang and the Milky Way

NASA Explorer Schools invites students in grades K-12 from across the U.S. and attending Department of Defense schools to participate in a live video chat with Nobel Prize winner Dr. John. C. Mather. Mather is currently a NASA senior astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Join NES on May 17, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. EDT for this very special chat to ask questions about the James Webb Space Telescope, the big bang and more!

To prepare for the live chat, we’re giving you the chance to challenge yourselves by answering questions about some of Mather’s missions. Don’t worry. We know you’re not an astrophysicist — yet! Go to the chat page on the NES Virtual Campus website to test your knowledge. Tune in to the live event where Mather will reveal the answers to these questions, as well as questions asked by the live audience during the event.

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

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

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

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

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University Students Sought for NASA Pre-Service Teacher Institute

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace are seeking junior and senior undergraduate students and graduate students pursuing a K-12 education career to participate in the NASA Pre-Service Teacher Institute. During the two-week program, students have opportunities to interact with NASA scientists and engineers, engage in hands-on activities, and integrate NASA content into standards-based curriculum.

First held in 1995, the NASA Pre-Service Teacher Program has expanded to include more than 150 universities from 37 states, 550 congressional districts, institutes at six centers and two tribal colleges.

Selected students must be U.S. citizens; must have transportation to and from the National Institute of Aerospace campus in Hampton, Va. each day; and must provide their own meals and lodging. A stipend will be provided to enrolled students who are selected to participate in the program.

The application period closes on May 23, 2011. For applications and more information about the program, visit
http://www.nianet.org/pstsp.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Becky Jamarillo at
PSTI@nianet.org.

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NASA History Division Fall 2011 Internships

The NASA History Division is seeking undergraduate and graduate students for fall 2011 internships. The History Division maintains archival materials to answer research questions from NASA personnel, journalists, scholars, students at all levels and others from around the world. The division also edits and publishes several books and monographs each year. It maintains a large number of websites on NASA history.

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

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

Applications are due June 1, 2011. For more information, visit
http://history.nasa.gov/interncall.htm.

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

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Pre-Proposal Telecon Presentations from May 2, 2011 — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums Plus Opportunities for NASA Visitor Centers and Other Informal Education Institutions (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH11ZHA004N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008)—Available For Download

Copies of the two presentations delivered via the May 2 pre-proposal teleconference are on the CP4SMP+ portal page on NSPIRES. The teleconference transcript and updated questions and answers from the teleconference also will be made available in the coming weeks at the following URL:

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

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2011 INSPIRE Project

U.S. high school students are invited to participate in NASA’s Interdisciplinary National Science Program Incorporating Research Experience, or INSPIRE, through an online learning community. INSPIRE is designed to encourage students in ninth through 12th grades to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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

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

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

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

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Celebrate World Space Week — Oct. 4-10, 2011

Join educators and space enthusiasts around the world to celebrate World Space Week, Oct. 4-10, 2011. This international event commemorates the beginning of the Space Age with the launch of Sputnik 1 on Oct. 4, 1957.

World Space Week is the largest public space event in the world, with celebrations in more than 50 nations. During World Space Week, teachers are encouraged to use space-themed activities.

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

To learn more about World Space Week, search for events in your area and find educational materials related to the event, visit
http://www.worldspaceweek.org/index.html.

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New NASA Projects Offer Suborbital Opportunities for Education

Students and educators nationwide will have the opportunity to interact with NASA engineers and scientists through two newly developed NASA flight initiatives. The programs, developed at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, are designed to give students and educators hands-on flight experiences using NASA sounding rockets and scientific balloons.

The Wallops Rocket Academy for Teachers and Students, or WRATS, provides high school teachers with a technical flight experience to reinforce science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts. Teachers and students will participate virtually in authentic, hands-on experiences based on NASA’s sounding rocket engineering and science data collection. WRATS will include interactive Web-based data to give students and educators lessons in physics and engineering. Teachers also receive resources to integrate the data into classroom lessons.

Participating teachers have already been selected for this year’s WRATS project and will attend a rocketry flight week June 19-24, 2011, at Wallops. Participants will learn about the dynamics of launch, safe flight operations and view a NASA Terrier-Orion sounding rocket liftoff on June 23, 2011.

The Wallops Balloon Experience for Education, or WBEE, provides opportunities for high school teachers to fly experiments on scientific balloons. WBEE will build upon an existing partnership between NASA and the Louisiana Space Consortium, which has developed student outreach programs, including the High Altitude Space Platform and Louisiana Aerospace Catalyst Experiences for Students, or LaACES. Since 2002, the programs have flown multiple missions involving hundreds of students in undergraduate though post-graduate programs. WBEE will expand the LaACES platform into secondary education with a focus on core principles and future partnership with educators and their institutions.

Teams of educators have already been selected for this year’s WBEE project. They will visit the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Palestine, Texas, for a week-long workshop in July. Participants will be involved in classroom and hands-on balloon science activities. The teams will have the opportunity to build and test their own science payload for a flight to the edge of space under the direction of NASA and Louisiana Space Consortium personnel.

The WBEE experience culminates with the launch of these payloads aboard a NASA scientific balloon. WBEE will be an intensive course involving an authentic learning experience educators may implement at their home schools.

The Teaching From Space office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston is partnering with Wallops to provide the flights. The program continues NASA’s investment in the nation’s education programs by supporting the goal of attracting and retaining students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines critical to future space exploration.

To learn more about these new opportunities, find education resources to use in the classroom, and find out how you can apply for future WRATS and WBEE opportunities, visit
http://education.wff.nasa.gov/.

For information about NASA’s Teaching From Space program, visit
www.nasa.gov/education/tfs.

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Host a “From Earth to the Solar System” Exhibit


Celebrating NASA’s Year of the Solar System, “From Earth to the Solar System” is a collection of high-resolution images that showcase the excitement of planetary exploration — our journey to understand the origin and evolution of the solar system, to the search for life elsewhere.

“From Earth to the Solar System” is freely available to organizations worldwide to use to host their own exhibitions. The high-resolution images can be downloaded for free, and printed and displayed in any format, in any location! Tips for success are included on the website.

The images are at once artistic and informative, weaving together themes in astrobiology, planetary science and astronomy. The collection represents the current state of exploration as seen through the eyes of the scientific community. Image contributions include those from backyard astronomers, large telescopes in space, and even point-and-shoot cameras of field researchers.

For more information, visit
http://fettss.arc.nasa.gov.

Updates about the project are also available via Twitter and Facebook. Look for the links on the website.

Questions should be directed to Daniella Scalice at
Daniella.M.Scalice@nasa.gov.

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Texas Student Wins Top Honor in USA TODAY/NASA No Boundaries National Competition


USA TODAY and NASA are proud to announce the winners of the 2011 No Boundaries National Competition for middle and high school students. The winning student teams hail from all over the country and excel in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The winning student teams include:

First place — “Control Center Countdown” — Using JAVA and XML, 8th grade home school student Ryan Lastufka of Cedar Hill, Texas, created an original video game in which the player must choose the best flight controllers for each of six space mission control flight consoles. By reading biographies of each possible flight controller and a description of the responsibilities at each console, players match the flight controllers to the correct console to launch the mission.

Second place — “A Teaspoon of Soil — A Universe of Possibilities” — This presentation on soil microbiology included a question and answer game, informational brochure, PowerPoint presentation, eye-catching posters, and an online blog to share the team’s discoveries. With clever visual aids, the all-female 8th grade team of Anna Sand, Sara Ha, Amanda Witkowski, and Amanda Maher from Saddle Brook, N.J., visited three Girl Scout troops as well as an elementary school to share their enthusiasm for the universe of life that can be found in just a teaspoon of soil.

Third place — “Meteorologists” — This team explored the career paths and diverse responsibilities of three meteorologists through videotaped interviews, testimonials, and graphic organizers documenting research findings. Betsy Jaszczak, Mary Moeller, Holly Evans, Brittany Hawkins and Janet Wong, all 12th grade students at Independence High School, in Independence, Ohio, shared their project and their discoveries with their peers on Facebook.

No Boundaries helps students explore future careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and introduces them to career opportunities at NASA. The free educational program extends the learning to others by requiring individual students or student teams to present their completed career research projects to a group of their peers.

The first place winning team of the No Boundaries National Competition is awarded a $2,000 cash prize from USA Today and is invited to visit a NASA facility as VIP guests. The team also formally presents its No Boundaries winning project to NASA. The second place team receives $1,000 and the third place team receives $500 from USA Today. Teachers or sponsors also win $500 from USA Today for their role in supporting student teams.

No Boundaries, a USA TODAY education initiative in collaboration with NASA, encourages students to explore careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, or STEM. Students explore STEM careers through stimulating project-based learning and team competition. No Boundaries targets students in grades 7-12 and is designed as a team-centered cooperative learning project. No Boundaries is cross curricular and requires minimal teacher preparation. It aligns to national standards and includes assessment rubrics.

For more information, visit
www.noboundaries-stemcareers.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 — May 5, 2011

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

NASA Explorer Schools Live Video Chats: Focus on Your Future
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: May 6, 2011

NES Offers Web Seminars Through NSTA Learning Center
Audience: 4-12 Educators
Event Date: May 9, May 17 and May 25, 2011

Electronic Professional Development Network Course: Engage and Educate — Podcasts in the Classroom
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Course Dates: June 8 – July 12, 2011

New Educational Materials Available at NASA.gov
Space Lunch — Grades K-4
Comparing Comets — Grades 7-12
Core of Omega Centauri (NGC 5139) Lithograph — Grades 9-12
Carina Nebula Pillar Lithograph — Grades 11-12
Earth’s Energy Budget Poster — Grades 6-12
NASA and You Flier — Grades K-12

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NASA Explorer Schools Live Video Chats: Focus on Your Future

NASA Explorer Schools invites students in grades K-12 from across the U.S. and Department of Defense schools to participate in a live video chat about careers at NASA. Two chat events will take place live from the 2011 NES National Student Symposium at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 6, 2011. Chats will occur from 1:15 – 2 p.m. EDT and 2:15 – 3 p.m. EDT. Each chat with feature a panel of NASA scientists, engineers and specialists working on various projects at KSC. Students watching the chat over the Web are invited to submit questions to panelists through a chat window.

Go to the
chat page on the NASA Explorer Schools Virtual Campus website to participate in the webchat. You do not need to be a participant of the NASA Explorer Schools project to join the chat. To learn more about NES, please visit the explorerschools.nasa.gov website and click on the What Is NES? video or the About NES link.

To learn more about the panelists participating in each webchat, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/career-panel-chat.html.

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NES Offers Web Seminars Through NSTA Learning Center

NASA Explorer Schools has teamed with the National Science Teachers Association, or NSTA, to offer Web seminars featuring NASA educational resources. Tech support is available during each of the Web seminars. To register, click on the link below each seminar description. If you do not already have a free Learning Center account, you will be prompted to create one.

Satellite Meteorology: Monitoring the Global Environment — May 9, 2011, 6:30-8 p.m. EDT
The Satellite Meteorology Web seminar 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 taken from satellites in NASA’s GOES (Geostationary Operational, Environmental, Satellites) and POES (Polar Operational, Environmental, Satellites) program.
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES/webseminar10.aspx

Earth Climate Course — May 17, 2011, 6:30-8 p.m. EDT
In this Web seminar, you will learn the answer to the question, “What factors have the greatest influence on the temperature of a planet?” The featured lesson is “Modeling Hot and Cold Planets” from the educator guide, where students design an experiment to determine the factors having the greatest influence on the temperature of a planet. Students test their hypotheses using physical and computer models.
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES/webseminar2.aspx

The Virtual Lab — May 25, 2011, 6:30-8 p.m. EDT
This Web seminar focuses on using a free, downloadable computer program that simulates a scanning electron microscope. Selected specimens from life sciences, physical sciences, and Earth and space sciences related to current NASA research will be featured. With this virtual tool, your students have access to high-powered simulated scientific instrumentation with 90 different specimens and three different virtual tools: atomic force microscope, scanning electron microscope and fluorescence light microscope.
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES/webseminar7.aspx


Please email any questions about these Web seminars to
webseminars@nsta.org.

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Electronic Professional Development Network Course: Engage and Educate — Podcasts in the Classroom

NASA’s Learning Environments and Research Network and the Georgia Institute of Technology have teamed up to offer the ePDN, an initiative dedicated to preparing K-12 teachers to engage their students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) through the use of NASA-developed learning materials and resources.

If you are looking for a way to enhance your instructional skills, meet your professional development goals, or find new and exciting resources to use in your learning environments, apply to one of our free courses today!

The application is now open for the following course:

Engage and Educate: Podcasts in the Classroom (June 8 – July 12, 2011)
Learn how podcasts can be integrated in classroom lessons to engage students in STEM disciplines. In this course the benefits as well as obstacles to podcasts will be discussed and participants will be introduced to the tools and techniques of creating podcasts. Participants will finish by creating their own podcasts using NASA resources. This course is designed for beginners who have little or no experience with podcasts.

To learn more about this free course and to apply online, visit
https://www.nasaepdn.gatech.edu/certificates/technologyintegration.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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New Educational Materials Available at NASA.gov

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

Space Lunch — Grades K-4

Learn about nutrition and space food at the same time. In this “collapse-type” game, match foods and food groups to beat the clock and reveal a picture of astronauts and their space food.

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

Comparing Comets — Grades 7-12

In this activity, students
Compare surface features on the nucleus of two comets.
— Explain some possible causes for differences between the two nuclei.
— List questions that you have about the surface of comet nuclei.

The student pages include images of comet Wild 2 (pronounced “Vilt-2”) and comet Tempel 1 for students to compare the nucleus of each. The student pages also include a digital image analysis procedure for high school students.

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

Core of Omega Centauri (NGC 5139) Lithograph — Grades 9-12

A globular cluster is a tight-knit collection of many thousands, sometimes even millions, of stars born at almost the same time and place. The image of NGC 5139, a globular cluster, is on the first page of the lithograph. Background information about Omega Centauri is on the second page. The lithograph includes a Level One Inquiry activity entitled “In Search of … Stellar Evolution,” in which students research the variety of colors of stars.

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

Carina Nebula Pillar Lithograph — Grades 11-12


Carina Nebula Pillar is an active, three-light-year-tall pillar of gas and dust in the southern constellation Carina. The image of the pillar is on the first page of the lithograph. Background information about the “Mystic Mountain” is on the second page. The lithograph includes a Level One Inquiry activity entitled “In Search of … Star Formation,” in which students research how stars form.

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

Earth’s Energy Budget Poster — Grades 6-12

Earth’s heat engine does more than simply move heat from one part of the surface to another; it also moves heat from Earth’s surface and lower atmosphere back to space. This flow of incoming and outgoing energy is Earth’s energy budget.

The front of the Earth’s Energy Budget Poster depicts incoming, reflected, absorbed and emitted solar radiation. The back of the poster is divided into eight parts with background information, a lesson plan, a vocabulary matching activity and career information.

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

NASA and You Flier — Grades K-12

This flier describes how teachers can access the NASA and You (NASA y Tú) website. The bilingual site is designed to inspire Latino students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. NASA y Tú consists of 30-second educational video segments, interview clips with Hispanic researchers and educational resources for parents and teachers.

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

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

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

NASA Education Express — April 28, 2011

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

New NASA eClips Video and Educator Guides Available
Audience: 6-12 Educators

Celebrate Space Day at the National Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: May 7, 2011

NASA DLN Webcast — Meet NASA Langley’s Center Director: Lesa Roe

Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Registration Deadline for Interactive Opportunity: April 29, 2011
Event Date: May 9, 2011

2011 National Community College Aerospace Scholars Program
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: June 2, 2011

National Space Biomedical Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Notice of Intent Deadline: May 18, 2011
Application Deadline: June 20, 2011

Pre-Proposal Telecon May 2, 2011 — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums Plus Opportunities for NASA Visitor Centers and Other Informal Education Institutions (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH11ZHA004N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008)
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Proposal Due Date: June 29, 2011


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New NASA eClips Video and Educator Guides Available

As you wait for the space shuttle Endeavour to launch on its last mission on April 29, check out the new educator guides and video that NASA eClips™ has rolled out for April.

Educator Guides
— Launchpad: The Great Boomerang Challenge (grades 9-12)
— Real World: Balloon Aerodynamics Challenge (grades 6-8)

Video
Real World: Mercury’s MESSENGER Reveals Mysteries (grades 6-8) — How long is a day on Mercury? Why does the planet have a 600-degree range in temperature? MESSENGER, NASA’s first mission to Mercury in 30 years, will capture stunning imagery, determine the composition of the surface and measure Mercury’s unusual magnetic field. So, what are you waiting for? Stay awhile and learn more.

To learn more about NASA eClips™ and how the program may benefit your classroom, visit
NASA eClips™ on the Web.

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Celebrate Space Day at the National Air and Space Museum

Celebrate Space Day at the National Air and Space Museum, on Saturday, May 7, 2011. This event is sponsored by Lockheed Martin. Space Day is a perennial favorite at the National Air and Space Museum. Visitors enjoy hands-on activities; meet NASA astronauts, scientists and engineers; find out how space suits are made; design a mission patch; and learn about space from museum experts. All of the activities take place amid the awe-inspiring collection of historic aviation and space artifacts in the museum’s National Mall building.

For a list of scheduled events, visit
http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=2506.

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NASA DLN Webcast — Meet NASA Langley’s Center Director: Lesa Roe

Lesa B. Roe is the first female director of NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. Appointed in 2005, Roe is the only female center director at NASA. Roe is the senior management official, overseeing facilities valued at more than $3.3 billion, and employing over 3,600 engineers and scientists. She is responsible for the center’s technical implementation of aeronautical, space and science programs, as well as the overall management of facilities, personnel and administration.

How does an engineer make it to one of the highest offices in the nation’s space agency? Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network for this special event where three lucky classes will interact with Roe to learn about her career path, courses of study and how she became interested in engineering as a young girl. Learn how planning for your future now leads to your success in the future!

Teachers interested in having their classes participate in the live audience should visit the DLN website, click on the special events tab on the left and select the Lesa Roe event for details to register. Registration deadline is April 29, 2011.

Classes not chosen to participate in the live event may still join the webcast on May 9, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. EDT.


For more information, visit
http://dln.nasa.gov.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to
Karen.Ricks@nasa.gov.

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2011 National Community College Aerospace Scholars Program

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

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

Applications are due June 2, 2011.

For more information and to apply online, visit
http://aerospacescholars.jsc.nasa.gov/NCAS/.

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

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National Space Biomedical Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

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

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

Interested applicants are asked to submit a Notice of Intent by May 18, 2011, but an NOI is not required.

Applications are due June 20, 2011.

For detailed information on the application process, visit
http://www.nsbri.org/EDUCATION-and-TRAINING/Student-Graduate-and-Fellowship-Opportunities/Postdoctoral-Fellowship/.

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

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Pre-Proposal Telecon May 2, 2011 — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums Plus Opportunities for NASA Visitor Centers and Other Informal Education Institutions (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH11ZHA004N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008)

A pre-proposal telecon will be held on Monday, May 2, 2011, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. EDT. NASA plans to post written questions and answers and teleconference charts to the NSPIRES website. An opportunity to ask questions and solicit clarification will be provided in the teleconference. To dial into the teleconference, call 1-888-469-1385. The participant passcode is CP4SMP. Please dial in several minutes early to allow operators time to take roll call. For relay services for the hearing impaired, call 711 at least 30 minutes before the call is to begin.

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


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

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

NASA Education Express — April 21, 2011

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

Spiders in Space: Nine Days Before Launch
Audience: All Educators
Scheduled Launch Date: April 29, 2011

NASA DLN Webcast — Meet NASA Langley’s Center Director: Lesa Roe

Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Registration Deadline for Interactive Opportunity: April 29, 2011

Event Date: May 9, 2011

NASA Accepting Proposals for Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences 2011
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Deadline: Multiple deadlines through August 2011


Dig in! $5,000 Grants available for 2012 NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students

Informational Videoconference: May 11, 2011
Application Deadline: June 30, 2011

Training Workshops for Afterschool Universe Astronomy Program
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Registration Deadline: July 14, 2011

Workshop Date: July 28-29, 2011

Amendments and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums Plus Opportunities for NASA Visitor Centers and Other Informal Education Institutions (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH11ZHA004N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008) — Posted on April 20, 2011
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Proposal Due Date: June 29, 2011

NASA Announcement:
Seeking Collaborators to Assist NASA in Inspiring a New Generation of Scientists, Engineers, Explorers, Educators and Innovators
Audience: Organizations Interesting in Collaborating With NASA

Application Deadline: Dec. 31, 2011

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Spiders in Space: Nine Days Before Launch

You and your students can be part of space shuttle Endeavor’s last flight. On April 29, 2011, an orb weaver spider will join the STS-134 crew aboard space shuttle Endeavour for a trip to the International Space Station. Once aboard the space station, the spider will star in an exciting experiment to observe its behaviors in microgravity. The spider will live in a safe environment that provides food and water. Real-time photos and video of the spider will be transmitted from the space station back to Earth and made available for students on the “Spiders in Space” mission page.

Students and teachers worldwide will be able to conduct their own classroom investigations comparing ground-based spiders with those living in microgravity on the space station. Instructions for designing classroom spider habitats and investigations are free. Visit the link below to register and download the module guide.

To learn more and download the guide, visit
http://bioedonline.org/space/STS_Mission_134S.cfm.

Spiders in Space is a collaboration of NASA with Baylor College of Medicine, BioServe Space Technologies of the University of Colorado, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute. Additional support comes from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Houston Endowment Inc.

Questions about the Spiders in Space module should be directed to Greg Vogt at
vogt@bcm.edu.

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NASA DLN Webcast — Meet NASA Langley’s Center Director: Lesa Roe

Lesa B. Roe is the first female director of NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. Appointed in 2005, Roe is the only female center director at NASA. Roe is the senior management official, overseeing facilities valued at more than $3.3 billion, and employing over 3,600 engineers and scientists. She is responsible for the center’s technical implementation of aeronautical, space and science programs, as well as the overall management of facilities, personnel and administration.

How does an engineer make it to one of the highest offices in the nation’s space agency? Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network for this special event where three lucky classes will interact with Roe to learn about her career path, courses of study and how she became interested in engineering as a young girl. Learn how planning for your future now leads to your success in the future!

Teachers interested in having their classes participate in the live audience should visit the DLN website, click on the special events tab on the left and select the Lesa Roe event for details to register. Registration deadline is April 29, 2011.

Classes not chosen to participate in the live event may still join the webcast on May 9, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. EDT.


For more information, visit
http://dln.nasa.gov.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to
Karen.Ricks@nasa.gov.

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NASA Accepting Proposals for Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences 2011

NASA is accepting proposals for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Research Announcement, or NRA, entitled Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) — 2011.

There are three education opportunities in this ROSES NRA.

The first is the opportunity to conduct midsized education and public outreach projects by participating in Opportunities in Education and Public Outreach for Earth and Space Science. Full proposals are due on May 6, 2011.

The second opportunity is for early career scientists and engineers. Early career scientists and engineers in Earth science may participate in the New Investigator Program in Earth Science. A notice of intent is not requested for this opportunity. Full proposals are due May 27, 2011. Early career scientists and engineers in planetary science may participate in the Fellowships for Early Career Researchers. For this opportunity, a Notice of Intent is requested by June 30, 2011, with full proposals due on Aug. 31, 2011.

The third opportunity is for Principal Investigators, or PIs, of selected research investigations to receive Education or Outreach awards as supplements to their research award. Two different pathways are offered: $15K/year education pathway proposals and $10K/year outreach pathway proposals. The parent research award must have more than 12 months remaining at the time of submission of an education or outreach supplement proposal. For additional details concerning the submission of supplement proposals, please see Supplemental Outreach Awards for ROSES Investigators and Supplemental Education Awards for ROSES Investigators. For this opportunity, a Notice of Intent is requested by Aug. 3, 2011, with full proposals due on Sept. 2, 2011.

For more information, visit
http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7bAEF75D0F-2272-7DE7-D52A-295B47C8F5CF%7d&path=open.

Questions, comments and suggestions about the SMD E/PO program are welcome and may be directed to Stephanie Stockman at
HQ-SMD-ROSES-EPO@hq.nasa.gov.

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Dig in! $5,000 Grants available for 2012 NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition

The NASA Minority Innovation Challenges Institute, or MICI, will be offering minority serving institutions the opportunity to apply for a $5,000 grant to assist their schools in entering the 2012 NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition. Lunabotics is a university-level competition that encourages innovative lunar excavation concepts from universities. These concepts may result in clever ideas and solutions that could be applied to an actual lunar excavation device or payload. The challenge is for students to design and build a remotely controlled or autonomous excavator called a lunabot that can collect and deposit a minimum of 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of lunar simulant within 15 minutes. The competition will occur in the spring of 2012.

Those interested in this grant opportunity should visit
http://nasamici.com/?p=468 to register for a free live videoconference on May 11, 2011, at 3 p.m. EDT. The videoconference will feature Theresa Martinez, NASA — Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP, Small Projects Manager, and Paul Secor — NASA MICI coordinator. They will explain the competition and grant application process.

Additional video conference sessions concerning Lunabotics will be also be held during May, including presentations from past university Lunabotic teams. Updates on the dates and times of these presentations will be posted at
http://nasamici.com/?p=468.

Applications for grants are due June 30, 2011.

Please email any questions about the grant opportunity and informational videoconferences to Mary Baker at
mary@nasamici.com.

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Training Workshops for Afterschool Universe Astronomy Program

Afterschool Universe is a hands-on astronomy program targeted at middle school out-of-school-time settings. It explores basic astronomy concepts through hands-on activities and focuses on a journey through the universe beyond the solar system.

A free, 2-day training workshop for U.S. citizens is being held on July 28-29, 2011, at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. This training will prepare participants to lead the program or train others to do so. Most of the materials to run the program are easily available at grocery stores and craft supplies stores. Workshop attendees receive access to a password-protected website that has resources to help with the implementation of the program, including a PDF version of the manual.

Registration for this training session is due July 14, 2011.
Register by visiting
http://universe.nasa.gov/au/register.html.

For more information about the program, visit
http://universe.nasa.gov/afterschool/.

Questions about this program should be directed to the project coordinator at
Sarah.E.Eyermann@nasa.gov.

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Amendments and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums Plus Opportunities for NASA Visitor Centers and Other Informal Education Institutions (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH11ZHA004N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008) — Posted on April 20, 2011

Two Amendments and nine additional FAQs related to Eligibility for Institutions and Principal Investigators, Budgets and NASA Grant Policies, and NASA Visitor Centers are available with the NRA on the CP4SMP+ portal page on NSPIRES.

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

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NASA Announcement: Seeking Collaborators to Assist NASA in Inspiring a New Generation of Scientists, Engineers, Explorers, Educators and Innovators

The NASA Office of Education requests information from organizations interested in helping the agency achieve its strategic goals for education. NASA’s commitment to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education spans kindergarten through graduate levels and includes informal, public education. NASA education shares the agency’s space-based mission to inspire students of all ages to participate in STEM education. NASA seeks unfunded partnerships with organizations to engage new or broader audiences across a national scale.

Potential partnership activities are varied. NASA is receptive to a wide range of possibilities. All categories of domestic entities, including U.S. federal government agencies, are eligible to respond to this announcement. NASA particularly seeks responses from creative organizations with wide-ranging areas of expertise. NASA will accept responses through Dec. 31, 2011. Review of responses will begin in June 2011.

Organizations interested in responding to this education opportunity can access the announcement at
https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/about/NASA_Seeks_Collaborators.html.

To learn more about NASA’s broad education initiatives, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/education.

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

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

NASA Education Express — April 14, 2011

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

NASA Explorer Schools Live Video Chat: Building and Testing Solid Fuel Rocket Motors
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: April 19, 2011

Student Questions Needed: Join an Earth Day Video Chat With a NASA Scientist
Audience: Educators and Students in Grades 4-6
Deadline to Submit Questions: April 18, 2011
Video Chat Date: April 21, 2011

National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Priority Deadline to Be Considered for Build Awards: May 30, 2011
Registrations Deadline: Aug. 30, 2011

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums Plus Opportunities for NASA Visitor Centers and Other Informal Education Institutions (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH11ZHA004N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008) – Posted on April 8, 2011
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Proposal Due Date: June 29, 2011

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Live Video Chat: Building and Testing Solid Fuel Rocket Motors

NASA Explorer Schools invites students in grades K-12 from across the U.S. and Department of Defense schools to participate in a live video chat with NASA civil engineer Sam Ortega. The event will take place on April 19, 2011, at 2 p.m. EDT. Students and teachers can submit questions to Ortega during this hour-long chat. Ortega will answer questions about building and testing solid fuel rocket motors and being a civil engineer at NASA.

Go to the
chat page on the NASA Explorer Schools Virtual Campus website to participate in the webchat. You do not need to be a participant of the NASA Explorer Schools project to join the chat. To learn more about NES, please visit the explorerschools.nasa.gov website and click on the What Is NES? video or the About NES link.

To learn more about Sam Ortega, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/live-chat-Ortega.html.

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Student Questions Needed: Join an Earth Day Video Chat With a NASA Scientist

To celebrate Earth Day 2011, the Education Office at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., is hosting a live Web video chat where students can ask a NASA/JPL scientist questions emailed in advance.

Questions are due by April 18, noon PDT; live chat is April 21, 10 a.m. PDT/1 p.m. EDT.

For more information visit
https://www.nasa.gov/centers/jpl/education/earthday2011-20110413.html.

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National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition

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

This yearly competition is open to undergraduate interdisciplinary teams from colleges and universities across the U.S. teams are challenged to design and build a working ground-based solar spectrograph and demonstrate the capabilities of the spectrograph by making pre-defined observations of the solar spectrum. Typical teams have three to six students and must have a faculty advisor.

Both substantial scholarship prizes and travel prizes will be given in four categories: best design, best build, best science observations and best presentation of results. Teams may apply for funding of $2000 per team for project materials. Priority for build funds will be given to minority-serving institutions, community colleges and institutions with less aerospace activity.

Applications for build awards are due May 30, 2011. Build awards will be distributed in June 2011. Registrations are due on Aug. 30, 2011. As space allows, late registrations may be accepted until Dec. 31, 2011.

The competition will be held in Bozeman, Mont., in May 2012.

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

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

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums Plus Opportunities for NASA Visitor Centers and Other Informal Education Institutions (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH11ZHA004N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008) – Posted on April 8, 2011

Twelve FAQs related to Peer Review/Proposal Content Development/Format/ Budgets/NASA Grant Policies and Eligibility for Institutions and Principal Investigators are available with the NRA on the CP4SMP+ portal page on NSPIRES.

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

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

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

NASA Education Express — April 7, 2011

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

NES Offers Web Seminars Through NSTA Learning Center
Audience: 4-12 Educators
Event Date: April 11, April 20, April 26, May 9, May 17 and May 25, 2011

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NES Offers Web Seminars Through NSTA Learning Center

NASA Explorer Schools has teamed with the National Science Teachers Association, or NSTA, to offer Web seminars featuring NASA educational resources. Tech support is available during each of the Web seminars. To register, click on the link below each seminar description. If you do not already have a free Learning Center account, you will be prompted to create one.

Engineering Design Challenge: Spacecraft Structures
April 11, 2011, 6:30-8 p.m. EDT

In this challenge, students undertake the problem of designing a strong but lightweight thrust structure that can withstand the launch of a water bottle rocket by means of a wooden lever. Using simple materials, students strive to make their structure lighter while maintaining its strength and structural integrity. The scientific focus is on understanding forces, structures and energy transfer.
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES/webseminar6.aspx

“Fingerprints of Life? Extremophiles: It’s Just Right”
April 20, 2011, 6:30-8 p.m. EDT

Organisms on Earth live in a wide range of environments. They live in hot boiling springs as well as in the ice of Antarctica. The microbes living in these extreme environments are called extremophiles. Some scientists are studying microbes that can live in Earth’s extreme environments to better understand places where life might have existed on other bodies in our solar system.
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES/webseminar11.aspx

On the Moon Educators Guide: “On Target and Feel the Heat”
April 26, 2011, 6:30-8 p.m. EDT
NASA sent the Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite hurtling into a crater near the moon’s south pole to see if there’s water on the moon. The collision sent up a plume of dust and gas over 10 kilometers (6 miles) high. Scientists studied this plume to see if they could detect any signs of water in it. The success of LCROSS depended on hitting the crater exactly.
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES/webseminar9.aspx

Satellite Meteorology: Monitoring the Global Environment
May 9, 2011, 6:30-8 p.m. EDT
The Satellite Meteorology Web seminar 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 taken from satellites in NASA’s GOES (Geostationary Operational, Environmental, Satellites) and POES (Polar Operational, Environmental, Satellites) program.
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES/webseminar10.aspx

Earth Climate Course
May 17, 2011, 6:30-8 p.m. EDT
In this Web seminar, you will learn the answer to the question, “What factors have the greatest influence on the temperature of a planet?” The featured lesson is “Modeling Hot and Cold Planets” from the educator guide, where students design an experiment to determine the factors having the greatest influence on the temperature of a planet. Students test their hypotheses using physical and computer models.
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES/webseminar2.aspx

The Virtual Lab
May 25, 2011, 6:30-8 p.m. EDT
This Web seminar focuses on using a free, downloadable computer program that simulates a scanning electron microscope. Selected specimens from life sciences, physical sciences, and Earth and space sciences related to current NASA research will be featured. With this virtual tool, your students have access to high-powered simulated scientific instrumentation with 90 different specimens and three different virtual tools: atomic force microscope, scanning electron microscope and fluorescence light microscope.
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES/webseminar7.aspx


Please email any questions about these Web seminars to
webseminars@nsta.org.

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

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

NASA Education Express — March 31, 2011

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

Watch the 18th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race Live on UStream April 1-2, 2011
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: April 1-2, 2011


Voting Open for Original Songs to Awaken STS-134 Crew
Audience: All Educators and Students
Deadline: April 19, 2011

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

NASA Research Announcement for Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums Plus Opportunities for NASA Visitor Centers and Other Informal Education Institutions (CP4SMP+)
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Proposal Due Date: June 29, 2011

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Watch the 18th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race Live on UStream April 1-2, 2011

Watch the 18th annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race live on UStream — a one-stop shop for video and Twitter updates! The race will be held April 1-2, 2011, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. On April 1, the race and the 40th anniversary celebration of the first use of the Lunar Roving Vehicle on the moon will be streamed on the web starting at 7 a.m. CDT at
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-msfc .

The event honors the men and women who designed, tested, built and piloted the original lunar rovers — many of whom are expected to take part in the celebration. On April 2, the awards ceremony also will be available on the NASA UStream channel at 5 p.m. CDT.

The winners of the NASA Great Moonbuggy Race will be posted April 2 to
NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center Newsroom website:
https://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/news.

Moonbuggy enthusiasts also can follow the NASA Great Moonbuggy Race on Facebook (
http://www.facebook.com/moonbuggyrace) and Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/moonbuggyrace) April 1-2. NASA will “Tweet” updates throughout the race, including total race times for each team and the race winners.

More than 80 high school, college and university student teams from 22 states and Puerto Rico, and international challengers from six countries, including returning teams from Canada, India and Germany and — for the first time — racers from Ethiopia, Pakistan and Russia will battle through a challenging course of moon-like terrain at the Space & Rocket Center.

The NASA Great Moonbuggy Race began in 1994, inspired by the original lunar rovers developed for the Apollo moon missions in the 1970s by NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Boeing and General Motors engineers. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the first lunar rover rolling across the moon’s surface. The race is one of dozens of educational projects and initiatives led by the Marshall Center each year to attract and engage America’s next generation of scientists, engineers and explorers — those who will carry on the nation’s mission of exploration to uncharted destinations in the solar system.

For more event details, race rules, information on the course and photos from previous competitions, visit
http://moonbuggy.msfc.nasa.gov.

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Voting Open for Original Songs to Awaken STS-134 Crew

NASA is inviting the public to vote for its favorite original song to wake up space shuttle Commander Mark Kelly and his five crewmates during their STS-134 mission to the International Space Station. Voting runs through launch day, which currently is targeted for April 19, 2011.

Electronic voting is open to the public on NASA’s Space Rock website, which includes the songs, inspiration and biographical information about the 10 finalists. https://songcontest.nasa.gov/.

Songwriters and performers from around the world submitted 1,350 songs, including 693 from 47 states, 105 from Canada, and 552 from 61 other countries. The song contest began Aug. 20, 2010 and ended Jan. 31. The finalists were notified on Feb. 18.

Below are the original song finalists (alphabetical by song title):
“Boogie Woogie Shuttle,” by Ryan McCullough (Savannah, Ga.)
“Dreams You Give,” by Brian Plunkett (Halfway, Mo.)
“Endeavour, It’s a Brand New Day,” by Susan Rose Simonetti (Cocoa Beach, Fla.)
“I Need My Space,” by Stan Clardy (Statesville, N.C.)
“I Want to Be an Astronaut,” by Michael J. Kunes (Phoenix)
“Just Another Day in Space,” by Kurt Lanham (Jacksonville, Fla.)
“Rocket Scientist,” by Tray Eppes (Cullen, Va.)
“Spacing Out,” by Jeremy Parsons (Nashville, Tenn.)
“Sunrise Number 1,” by Jorge Otero (Ovideo, Spain)
“The Countdown Blues (Hymn for Tim),” by Sharon Riddell (Nashville, Tenn.)

The two songs with the most votes will be the first original songs chosen by the public to be played as wakeup music for a shuttle crew. The STS-134 Original Song Contest ran concurrently with the Top 40 Song Contest for shuttle Discovery’s STS-133 mission. The Top 40 Song Contest ended earlier this month.

The song contests join the ongoing “Face in Space” project offering the opportunity to send a picture to space via an electronic transfer. During Discovery’s mission, more than 194,000 images flew in space. So far, almost 117,000 images have been submitted to fly aboard shuttle Endeavour’s STS-134 flight. To send your face to space aboard Endeavour, or Atlantis on the STS-135 mission targeted for June, visit http://faceinspace.nasa.gov.

The 14-day mission will be the 36th flight to the space station and the 25th, and final, flight for Endeavour. Pilot Greg H. Johnson and mission specialists Mike Fincke, Drew Feustel, Greg Chamitoff and Roberto Vittori of the European Space Agency will join Kelly. They will deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, a particle physics detector designed to search for various types of unusual matter by measuring cosmic rays. The crew also will deliver the Express Logistics Carrier-3, a platform that carries spare parts to sustain station operations once the shuttles are retired later this year.

For more information on the Space Shuttle Program and Endeavour’s final mission, visit https://www.nasa.gov/shuttle.

For more information about the International Space Station, visit https://www.nasa.gov/station.

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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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NASA Research Announcement for Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums Plus Opportunities for NASA Visitor Centers and Other Informal Education Institutions (CP4SMP+)

The NASA Office of Education invites proposals from museums, science centers, planetariums, NASA Visitor Centers, and other informal education institutions via this 2011 NASA Research Announcement: Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums Plus Opportunities for NASA Visitor Centers and Other Informal Education Institutions (CP4SMP+), Announcement Number NNH11ZHA004N. Proposals must be submitted electronically via the NASA proposal data system NSPIRES or Grants.gov.

Proposers may request a grant or cooperative agreement to support NASA-themed science, technology, engineering or mathematics informal education, including exhibits, within these congressionally directed topics: space exploration, aeronautics, space science, Earth science or microgravity. CP4SMP+ is a competitive, high-quality, national program to recruit NASA’s flagship investment in the Office of Education’s Outcome Goal 3: Build strategic partnerships and linkages between STEM formal and informal education providers that promote STEM literacy and awareness of NASA’s mission. Eligible informal education institutions do not need to have the words “museum,” “science” or “planetarium” in their official name. Proposals from entities outside the U.S. will not be considered. Review the NRA for detailed eligibility requirements and proposal limitations and check the NSPIRES website once a week to see if amendments or frequently asked questions have been added. Amendments and FAQs will be announced via the NASA Education Express listserv.

Do not submit a Notice Of Intent (NOI).

Full proposals are due June 29, 2011.

For more information about this opportunity, visit
http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={75AAC7BF-2F69-6C73-2980-B1DCF25EA665}&path=open.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please direct your questions to the Points of Contact listed within the NRA.

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

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

NASA Education Express — March 24, 2011

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

PBS Design Squad Nation: ‘One Giant Leap’
Audience: 5-12 and Informal Educators

NASA Explorer Schools Live Video Chat: Women at NASA
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: March 29, 2011

Join the Worldwide GLOBE at Night 2011 Campaign
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Now through April 6, 2011

$5,000 Grants Available for 2012 University Student Launch Initiative
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Informational Videoconference: April 6, 2011
Application Deadline: May 31, 2011

NASA LEARN and NES Offering Webinars
Audience: 5-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: April 6, April 13, April 20, April 27 and May 4, 2011

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PBS Design Squad Nation: ‘One Giant Leap’

A new full-length episode of PBS Design Squad Nation is now available online. In this episode, engineers Judy and Adam invite Felipe — an accomplished 15-year-old pilot from Miami, Fla. — to compete in the 2010 Red Bull Flugtag competition. Together, they team up with NASA to design and build a human-powered flying machine. With their NASA-inspired glider design, Team One Giant Leap soars off a 30-foot high deck, impressing the judges with distance and style.

Click the links below to view the episode online.
Part One:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLYzD4ukQ4s
Part Two:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5w7zluiYt2Q

For more information and to find more Design Squad Nation videos and resources, visit
http://pbskids.org/designsquad/.

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NASA Explorer Schools Live Video Chat: Women at NASA

NASA Explorer Schools invites students in grades K-12 from across the U.S. and Department of Defense schools to participate in a live video chat with three outstanding women at NASA. The event will take place on March 29, 2011, at 2 p.m. EDT. Students and teachers can submit questions to Erika Alvarez, Mallory M. Johnston and Monsi C. Roman during this hour-long chat. The women will answer students’ questions about their careers in science and engineering.

Go to the chat page on the NASA Explorer Schools Virtual Campus website to participate in the webchat. You do not need to be a participant of the NASA Explorer Schools project to join the chat. To learn more about NES, please visit explorerschools.nasa.gov and click on the What Is NES? video or the About NES link.

To learn more about the women participating in the webchat, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/live-chat-women-at-nasa.html.

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Join the Worldwide GLOBE at Night 2011 Campaign

GLOBE at Night encourages citizen-scientists worldwide to record the brightness of the night sky. During 2 weeks of moonless evenings, children and adults match the appearance of a constellation (Leo in the northern hemisphere and Crux or Leo in the southern hemisphere) with 7 star charts of progressively fainter stars found at http://www.globeatnight.org. Participants then submit their choice of star chart online with their date, time and location to help create a light pollution map worldwide.

The GLOBE at Night 2011 campaign dates are March 22-April 4, 2011, (for the Northern Hemisphere) and March 24-April 6, 2011, (for the Southern Hemisphere). Over 60,000 measurements have been contributed from more than 100 countries over the last 5 years of two-week campaigns.

This year children and adults can submit their measurements in real-time if they have a smart phone or tablet. To do this, use the web application at http://www.globeatnight.org/webapp/. With smart phones and tablets, the location, date and time are put in automatically. And if you do not have a smart phone or tablet, there are user-friendly tools on the GLOBE at Night report page to find latitude and longitude.

Through GLOBE at Night, students, teachers, parents and community members are amassing a data set from which they can explore the nature of light pollution locally and across the globe. Make a difference and join the GLOBE at Night efforts in 2011. Activity packets, one-page flyers and postcards advertising the campaign are available at http://www.globeatnight.org.

Please email any questions about GLOBE at Night to Connie Walker at cwalker@noao.edu.

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$5,000 Grants Available for 2012 University Student Launch Initiative

The NASA Minority Innovation Challenges Institute, or MICI, will be offering Minority Serving Institutions the opportunity to apply for a $5,000 grant to assist the school in entering the 2012 NASA University Student Launch Initiative. USLI is a competition that challenges university-level students to design, build and launch a reusable rocket with a scientific or engineering payload to one mile above ground level. The project engages students in scientific research and real-world engineering processes with NASA engineers. It culminates in an actual launch competition near NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

Those interested in this grant opportunity should visit
http://nasamici.com/?p=450 to register for a free, live videoconference on April 6, 2011, at 3 p.m. EDT in which MICI organizers will explain how to apply. Additional video conference sessions concerning USLI will be held during the remainder of the month of April. These sessions will include Dr. Clement Allen explaining how to create a Senior Design Course around USLI; the 2010 Florida A&M Student USLI team describing their experience at the contest; and NASA representatives from USLI explaining how the contest works and how to prepare in advance. Dates and times for all of these sessions will be posted at http://nasamici.com/?p=450.

Applications are due May 31, 2011.

Please email any questions about the grant opportunity and informational videoconferences to Mary Baker at mary@nasamici.com.

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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 four offerings in April 2011 and the first May 2011 event. The webinars are presented from 9-10 p.m. EST to ensure educators on both the East Coast and West Coast can participate. And, don’t worry about the technology. We have tech support ready to walk you through viewing and participating in the webinars.

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

Black Hole Math — April 6, 2011, 9 p.m. EST
This session provides teachers with information about one of the most exciting yet misunderstood space phenomenon — black holes. Learn about black hole structure and behavior, and get information on some common misconceptions about black holes.
https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-black-hole-math/

Engineering Design Challenge: Lunar Plant Growth Chamber — April 13, 2011, 9 p.m. EST
Plant growth will be an important part of space exploration in the future. This webinar will highlight the science of the lunar environment, basic plant needs, the current focus of NASA’s plant research and the systems that are being developed for future missions.
https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-plant-growth/

Engineering Design Challenge: Water Filtration — April 20, 2011, 9 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/

Exploring Space Through Math — April 27, 2011, 9 p.m. EST
During this unique webinar, you’ll learn how to get your students to investigate the characteristics of quadratic functions to solve real-world problems involving the parabolic flights of NASA’s “Weightless Wonder” microgravity jet.
https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-exp-space-through-math/

GENESIS: What Are We Made of? The Sun, Earth and You — May 4, 2011, 9 p.m. EST
By counting elements extracted from a simulated Genesis sample, students learn how the extraction of atoms from the Genesis samples help scientists have a better understanding of the abundance of elements from the solar wind.
https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-genesis/

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

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


NASA Education Express Message — March 17, 2011

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

NASA Launches Women@NASA Website
Audience: All Educators and Students

NASA Webchat — Data Mining Digs up Clues for Aviation Safety
Audience: 9-Higher Education Educators and Students
Event Date: March 23, 2011


Free Webcasts — Physics Phundamentals
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: March 24, 2011

Free Exploring Space Lecture Series — Attend in Person or View Online
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Dates: Monthly March 24 – June 9, 2011

2011 Heliophysics Educator Ambassador Program
Audience: 6-8 Educators
Application Deadline: March 25, 2011


Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Event Dates: Multiple Dates March 26 – July 17, 2011

NASA Seeks Partners To Manage Night Rover, Nano-Sat Launcher Challenges
Audience: U.S. Non-Profit Organizations

Night Rover Challenge Proposal Deadline: April 22, 2011
Nano-Satellite Launcher Challenge Proposal Deadline: May 6, 2011

Airborne Research Experiences for Educators and Students
Audience: 6-9 Educators

Application Deadline: April 29, 2011


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NASA Launches Women@NASA Website

To celebrate Women’s History Month, NASA recently unveiled a new website that features women in NASA careers telling their stories in their own words. The website has 32 video interviews with women of diverse backgrounds who represent different aspects of the agency’s work. Subjects include NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver, astronauts, engineers and scientists. They discuss their accomplishments and offer encouragement to women and girls considering technical careers so they can become the trailblazers of tomorrow. The site also provides information about NASA internships and career opportunities.

To watch the interviews and learn more, visit
http://women.nasa.gov.

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NASA Webchat — Data Mining Digs up Clues for Aviation Safety

When an airplane flies through the air, hundreds of data streams — pilot reports, incident reports, control positions, instrument positions and warning modes — fly from it every second. There’s so much data, it has been difficult for airlines to do anything other than search for the cause of something that has already happened.

Enter the data mining detectives from NASA. Data mining involves analyzing mountains of data and summarizing it into useful information. (Popular search engines do this every second.) NASA’s is using data mining to search for clues that could predict safety issues.

On March 23, 2011, at 2 p.m. EDT, join a live webchat with NASA data mining expert Ashok Srivastava and Southwest Airlines’ Flight Safety Director Jeff Hamlett to find out what makes data mining so hard and how airlines are using data mining “gold” to make flying safer.

To learn more about the chat and how to participate visit
https://www.nasa.gov/connect/chat/data_mining_chat.html.

(NOTE: Both chat guests will also talk about data mining on “The Leading Edge,” which streams live on NASA TV at
www.nasa.gov on March 23, from 11 a.m.-noon EDT. To read more about “The Leading Edge,” visit http://www.aeronautics.nasa.gov/leading_edge_data_mining.htm.)

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Free Webcasts — Physics Phundamentals

Join educators Rachel Power and Joshua Santora from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida as they explore what happens when physics and fun collide. Become a virtual member of the audience at Busch Gardens Tampa during this full velocity Physics Phundamentals show, which is offered exclusively to Physics Day students.

Each 30-minute show is designed to show students how physics is something that is encountered constantly. Topics such as action/reaction (Newton’s Third Law), combustion/propulsion, kinetic/potential energy, states of matter/phase change, inelastic collisions and sound waves will be covered in each show.

Four webcasts will take place on March 24, 2011. Shows will begin at 9:30 a.m. EDT, 10:30 a.m. EDT, 11:30 a.m. EDT, and 12:30 p.m. EDT.

For more information and to watch the webcasts, visit
http://dln.nasa.gov/dln/.

Questions about the Physics Phundamentals webcasts should be e-mailed to Rachel Power at
Rachel.B.Power@nasa.gov.

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Free Exploring Space Lecture Series — Attend in Person or View Online

The 2011 Exploring Space Lectures will feature world-class scholars discussing the incredibly diverse worlds that make up our solar system. The lectures will be held at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., and are free to attend. Tickets are required. The lectures will be webcast live for free viewing online. Lecture videos will be archived.

The Solar Dynamics Observatory: The Sun Up Close and Personal
NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, is designed to help us better understand how the sun works and how it influences our lives. Project Scientist Dean Pesnell will discuss how SDO will change how we see the sun inside and out in this lecture illustrated with spectacular images and video.

The lecture will take place on March 24, 2011, at 8 p.m. Come early to see a free film and to meet the lecturer.

For more information, visit
http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=2768.

Mars: A Dynamic World
A camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captures images of Mars in greater detail than ever before and records the effects of active processes shaping the surface. Alfred McEwen of the University of Arizona
will discuss the dynamic activity on Mars and its implications for possible life, including visitors from Earth.

The lecture will take place on April 7, 2011, at 8 p.m. Come early to see a free film and to meet the lecturer.

For more information, visit
http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=2769.

Exploring Mercury by Spacecraft: The MESSENGER Mission
Until recently, Mercury was the least explored of the terrestrial planets, visited only by Mariner 10 in the 1970s. In March 2011, the MESSENGER spacecraft goes into orbit around Mercury. Principal Investigator Sean Solomon will guide attendees through the latest images and mission results.

The lecture will take place on May 12, 2011, at 8 p.m. Come early to see a free film and to meet the lecturer.

For more information, visit
http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=2770.

The Early Solar System: Dawn at Vesta
In July 2011, the Dawn spacecraft will begin to orbit Vesta, the second most massive object in the asteroid belt. Just weeks before the spacecraft arrives at this previously unseen world, join Co-Investigator Carle Pieters as she discusses the Dawn spacecraft and how we will study the surface of Vesta.

The lecture will take place on June 9, 2011, at 8 p.m. Come early to see a free film and to meet the lecturer.

For more information, visit
http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=2771.

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2011 Heliophysics Educator Ambassador Program


The 2011 NASA Heliophysics Educator Ambassador Program is currently accepting applications. The program kicks off with a weeklong teacher professional development workshop July 18-22, 2011, at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Ill.

The workshop will focus on in-depth learning experiences in Earth, space and physical science topics for educators teaching in middle school grades. The goal of this program is for participants to gain a better understanding of these content areas and develop the capacity to train other teachers on NASA Heliophysics science and educational resources.

Lodging support for out-of-town participants and stipends for all participants are available.

Applications are due March 25, 2011.

For more information about the Heliophysics Educator Ambassador Program and how to apply, visit
http://www.adlerplanetarium.org/educate/pd.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to
learn@adlerplanetarium.org.

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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.

One-day Regional Teaching Exchanges are also available. The Regional Exchanges bring past workshop participants, as well as those local to a particular region who were not able to participate in a past workshop, the opportunity to network with their local community of instructors.

March 26, 2011 — New Palz, N.Y.
NASA CAE Northeast Regional Teaching Exchange

April 15-16, 2011 — El Paso, Texas
Improving the College Introductory Courses Through Active Engagement
: A Tier I (Introductory) Workshop

April 16, 2011 — Seattle, Wash.
NASA CAE Northwest Regional Teaching Exchange

May 21-22, 2011 — Boston, Mass.
Improving the College Introductory Astronomy Survey Course for Non-Science Majors Through Active Engagement: A Tier I (Introductory) Workshop

May 22, 2011 — Boston, Mass.
NASA CAE Tier II (Advanced) Special Topics Workshop: Using Technology in the Classroom

July 16-17, 2011 — Hilo, Hawai’i

Effective Implementation of Interactive Instructional Strategies to Improve Learning in Earth and Space Science Introductory Classrooms: A Tier I (Introductory) Workshop

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 Seeks Partners To Manage Night Rover, Nano-Sat Launcher Challenges

NASA is seeking partner organizations to manage the agency’s upcoming Night Rover and Nano-Satellite Launcher Centennial Challenges.

NASA’s Centennial Challenges are prize competitions for technological achievements by independent teams who work without government funding. The challenges are extended to individuals, groups and companies working outside the traditional aerospace industry. Unlike most contracts or grants, awards only are made after solutions are successfully demonstrated.

Teams competing in the Night Rover Challenge will need to demonstrate a solar-powered exploration vehicle that can operate in darkness, using its own stored energy. NASA is offering a prize purse of $1.5 million for the rover challenge. The Nano-Satellite Launcher Challenge is to place a small satellite into Earth orbit, twice in one week, with a prize purse of $2 million.

The objective of the Night Rover Challenge is to stimulate innovations in energy storage technologies of value in extreme space environments, such as the surface of the moon, or for electric vehicles and renewable energy systems on Earth. Currently, the solar-powered Mars rovers “go to sleep” during the Martian night. NASA hopes the Night Rover Challenge will generate new ideas that will allow planetary rovers the ability to take on a night shift, and possibly create new energy storage technologies for applications on our home planet.

The Nano-Satellite Launcher Challenge goal is to stimulate innovations in low-cost launch technology for frequent access to Earth orbit while encouraging creation of commercial nano-satellite delivery services. Decreasing the cost of reliably sending small payloads to Earth orbit in a timely manner could create entire new markets for U.S. businesses and provide opportunities for students and researchers to harness the environment of space for technology development and innovative problem solving.

Centennial Challenge events typically include media and public audiences, and may be televised on NASA Television or streamed online. NASA’s agency website also covers the competitions. The competitions provide high-visibility opportunities to partner organizations and sponsors for public outreach.

NASA will choose U.S. non-profit organizations to manage the contests from proposals in response to agency opportunity notices available at
http://go.usa.gov/40P and http://go.usa.gov/49N.

The organizations that will manage the challenges also will seek sponsors and teams, and conduct publicity and administration of the actual contests. Once selected, the allied organizations will collaborate with NASA to announce challenge rules and details on how teams may enter.

Allied organizations generally seek sponsorships of all monetary sizes and in-kind contributions while providing public recognition to competition sponsors. Arrangements for competition sponsorships will be negotiated directly between the allied organizations and the sponsors and may include competition naming rights for significant contributors.

NASA also is seeking private and corporate sponsors for the Strong Tether, Power Beaming, Green Flight and Sample Return Robot Challenges. NASA is looking for companies, organizations or individuals interested in sponsoring the non-profit allied organizations that manage the prize competitions.

Potential sponsors include for-profit companies and corporations, universities and other non-profit or educational organizations, professional or public organizations, and individuals. Those interested in discussing sponsorship opportunities should respond to a Request for Information at
http://go.usa.gov/459.

For more information about NASA’s Centennial Challenges Program, visit https://www.nasa.gov/challenges.

For more information about NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist, visit https://www.nasa.gov/oct.

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Airborne Research Experiences for Educators and Students

The NASA Airborne Research Experiences for Educators and Students, or AREES, program is recruiting science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or STEM, and language arts pre-service and in-service educators of students in grades 6-9 to participate in a three-day experiential workshop in Palmdale, Calif. Workshops will be offered July 13-15 and July 27-29, 2011. Participants will learn how NASA conducts airborne science and flight research via NASA interactive, technology-rich learning module for teachers and students.

The workshop is designed to:
1.  Increase educators’ core scientific and research knowledge bases.
2.  Model and promote use of scientific inquiry through problem-based learning.
3.  Provide STEM teachers with a variety of alternative instructional strategies.
4.  Increase commitment and competency to teaching interactive, technology-rich curricula.
5.  Foster use of interdisciplinary teams.

The AREES workshop anchors pre-service and in-service educators in a community of scientific practice through interactions with NASA engineers and scientists. Attendees also visit NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif., and NASA’s Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif. Further, educators will learn how to participate in an innovative, emergent teacher-student design challenge: Plan a Flight Mission — Improving Earthquake Monitoring. Select teams and individuals who participate in the challenge may be able to participate in a real airborne research experience in 2012!

Applications will be accepted through April 29, 2011, or until workshops are filled. Applications received after that date will receive consideration as space permits. Teams of two to four teachers are encouraged to apply.

For more information, visit
http://www.aeroi.org/K6.php. Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Shaun Smith at shaun.smith@nasa.gov.

The AREES program is offered through the Aerospace, Education, Research and Operations Institute in Palmdale, Calif., and California State University, Fullerton, in partnership with NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center and the Teaching From Space program at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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