NASA Education Express — June 12, 2014

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

Free Education Webinar Series From NASA Educator Professional Development
Audience: K-12 In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators
Event Dates: June 12 and 17, 2014

Call for Abstracts: 30th American Society for Gravitational and Space Research
Conference

Audience: Full-time Graduate Students
Submission Deadline: June 15, 2014

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 7 to the International Space Station
Audience: School Districts Serving Grades 5-12, Informal Education Institutions, Colleges and Universities
Inquiry Deadline: June 15, 2014

Free Lecture — From Skylab to Interplanetary Space Weather: The Next Frontier
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Date: June 18, 2014, at 8 p.m. EDT

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Fall 2014 Policy Internship
Program

Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: June 20, 2014

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Engineering Cool Stuff That Works
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: June 20, 2014, 2 – 3 p.m. EDT

NASA GIRLS and NASA BOYS Mentoring Project
Audience: 5-8 Educators and Students
Application Deadline: June 22, 2014

Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Next Workshop Date: June 23-27, 2014

NASA Call for Proposals — Innovative Early Stage Technology
Audience: Higher Education
Intent to Submit Proposals Date: June 24, 2014

Free Lecture — From Air and Space to the Railroad and Beyond: An Evening With Brig. Gen. James A. McDivitt
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Date: June 26, 2014, at 8 p.m. EDT

NASA Exploration Design Challenge
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Virtual Crew Registration Deadline: June 30, 2014

Concept Paper Solicitation: ISS Post-Grad Innovation Awards in Space Life and Physical Science Research
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Concept Paper Due: July 10, 2014

2014 Lunar Workshop for Educators
Audience: 6-9 Educators
Workshop Dates: July 14-18, 2014

Free Lecture — Exploring Pluto and Its Satellites at the Solar System’s Frontier
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Date: July 16, 2014, at 8 p.m. EDT

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Postsecondary Sustainability Awards
Audience: Higher Education
Intent to Nominate Date: Aug. 1, 2014

Send Your Name to the Asteroid Bennu!
Audience: Educators and Students Worldwide
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2014

Now Available in Spanish — Energy Literacy: Essential Principles and Fundamental
Concepts for Energy Education

Audience: All Educators

Don’t miss out on upcoming NASA education opportunities.
For a full list of events, opportunities and more, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA’s website:
— Educators https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/current-opps-index.html

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Free Education Webinar Series From NASA Educator Professional Development
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

Climate Time Machine
Audience:
Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: June 12, 2014, at 4 p.m. EDT
Get an overview of climate change and standards-based ways to inspire students to think about our impact on the environment.

Humans in Space: Higher Standards of Living
Audience:
Pre-service and In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 6-8
Event Date: June 17, 2014, at 1 p.m. EDT
Explore how humans have adapted to the space environment, particularly on the International Space Station.

For more information about these webinars and to register online, visit https://paragon-tec.adobeconnect.com/admin/show-event-catalog.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to Phyllis Alford at palford@paragon-tec.com.

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Call for Abstracts: 30th American Society for Gravitational and Space Research
Conference

A call for abstracts has been released for the 30th annual American Society for Gravitational and Space Research, or ASGSR, conference and the 28th Symposium on Gravity-Related Phenomena in Space Exploration. The meeting will take place Oct. 23-26, 2014, at The Westin Pasadena in California.

Abstracts must be submitted electronically no later than June 15, 2014, using the abstract submittal form and instructions posted on the ASGSR website. All submitted abstracts will be peer reviewed by the conference organizing committee.

All accepted abstracts from students will be presented as posters or orally in competitions. The student poster competition will be judged by society members, and monetary awards will be given during the banquet scheduled for Oct. 25, 2014. Student competition winners will be encouraged to submit an extended abstract or a communication article to the ASGSR journal “Gravitational and Space Research.” All students are expected to coordinate with their advisors when submitting an abstract for the conference.

Student travel assistance of up to $500 is available on a limited basis. Students requesting consideration for travel assistance should check the box on the abstract submittal form.

For more information, visit https://www.asgsr.org/index.php/news/asews-a-announcements/1814-2014-call-for-abstracts-announcement. Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Ms. Jobi Cook at admin@asgsr.org.

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Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 7 to the International Space Station

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education, in partnership with NanoRacks LLC, announce an authentic science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, opportunity for school districts across the U.S. and space station partner nations. The newest flight opportunity, Mission 7 to the International Space Station, or ISS, gives students across a community the ability to design and propose real experiments to fly in low Earth orbit on the International Space Station. This opportunity is part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, or SSEP.

Each participating community will receive a real microgravity research mini-laboratory capable of supporting a single microgravity experiment, and all launch services to fly the mini-lab to the space station in spring 2015 and return it to Earth. An experiment design competition in each community — engaging typically 300+ students — allows student teams to design and propose real experiments vying for their community’s reserved mini-lab. Content resources for teachers and students support foundational instruction on science in microgravity and experimental design. Additional SSEP programming leverages the experiment design competition to engage the community, embracing a learning community model for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education.

This competition is open to students in grades 5-12 and college. Informal education groups and organizations are also encouraged to participate. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than June 15, 2014. The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education is available to help interested communities in the U.S. secure the needed funding.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit the SSEP Mission 7 to International Space Station National Announcement of Opportunity at http://ssep.ncesse.org/2014/04/new-flight-opportunity-for-school-districts-announcing-student-spaceflight-experiments-program-ssep-mission-7-to-the-international-space-station-for-2014-15-academic-year/.

SSEP is enabled through a strategic partnership with NanoRacks LLC working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a national laboratory. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (http://www.iss-casis.org/) is a national partner on SSEP. To view a list of all SSEP national partners, visit http://ssep.ncesse.org/national-partners/.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please email SSEP National Program Director Jeff Goldstein at jeffgoldstein@ncesse.org.

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Free Lecture — From Skylab to Interplanetary Space Weather: The Next Frontier

Before the Space Age, protecting ourselves meant looking after our resources on Earth. Now it includes our assets in space. Powerful solar storms have the potential to cripple our modern-day, high-tech society. Satellites bind us all together through communications and GPS. Deep space probes that collect and transmit images and data are now exploring the solar system, far beyond Earth’s protective magnetosphere.

On June 18, 2014, Madhulika (Lika) Guhathakurta, program scientist at NASA Headquarters, will discuss how the study of space weather is vital to the continued success of missions in space and to ensure minimal disruption to our lives here on Earth.

The lecture begins at 8 p.m. EDT at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, District of Columbia. Come early to see a free film and to meet the lecturer. The lecture will be webcast live.

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/detail.cfm?id=9568.

Questions about this lecture should be directed to nasmpubliclectures@si.edu.

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White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Fall 2014 Policy Internship
Program

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, or OSTP, is seeking students for fall 2014 internships. The OSTP advises the President on the effects of science and technology on domestic and international affairs. The office serves as a source of scientific and technological analyses and judgment for the president with respect to major policies, plans and programs of the federal government

Policy internships are open to interested students from all majors and programs, including law school programs. Law students (and any other students) who are interested in policy may apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are enrolled, at least half-time, in an accredited college or university during the period of volunteer service. Students in undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in all fields are encouraged to apply.

While these positions are without compensation, the assignments provide educational enrichment, practical work experience and networking opportunities with other individuals in the science and technology policy arena.

Applications for fall 2014 internships are due June 20, 2014.

For more information, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ostp/about/student.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact Rebecca Grimm at rgrimm@ostp.eop.gov.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Engineering Cool Stuff That Works

NASA and Center for the Advancement of Science in Space invite students and educators to chat with Mike Yagley, director of Research and Testing at Cobra Puma Golf, for an inside look at how space station research will help engineer a better golf club. From problem solving, designing, understanding materials, analyzing constructions and studying aerodynamics, a solid background in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is required to create golf products.

During the chat, ask your question by sending it via email to dlinfochannel@gmail.com or tweet the question with #askDLN.

The event will be webcast on the NASA DLiNfo Channel on Friday, June 20, 2014, at 2 p.m. EDT.

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

Questions about this event should be directed to Rachel Power at rachel.b.power@nasa.gov.

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NASA GIRLS and NASA BOYS Mentoring Project


NASA is looking for the next generation of scientists, engineers and innovators. To jump-start the future of potential explorers, Women@NASA has created a mentoring project that offers a one-of-a-kind experience for middle school students. Participants will get to explore the possibilities of a career in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The project will feature one-on-one mentoring from NASA employees. Participants will complete online lessons with their mentors while virtually connected through Skype or Google Chat.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens in grades 5-8 or home-school equivalent. The mentoring project will take place over a five-week period during the summer.

Applications are due June 22, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit http://women.nasa.gov/nasagirls/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to hq-women@nasa.gov.
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Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops

NASA’s Center for Astronomy Education, or CAE, announces a series of educator workshops for astronomy and space science educators.

These workshops provide participants with experiences needed to create effective and productive active-learning classroom environments. Workshop leaders model best practices in implementing many different classroom-tested instructional strategies. But more importantly, workshop participants will gain first-hand experience implementing these proven strategies. During many microteaching events, you will have the opportunity to role-play the parts of student and instructor. You will assess and critique each other’s implementation in real time as part of a supportive learning community. You will have the opportunity to use unfamiliar teaching techniques in collaboration with mentors before using them with your students. CAE is funded through NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Exoplanet Exploration Program.

June 23-27, 2014 — College Park, Md.
New Faculty Workshop for Physics and Astronomy

August or September, 2014 — South Carolina
CAE Tier I Teaching Excellence Workshop for Current and Future Astronomy and Space Science Instructors

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 Call for Proposals — Innovative Early Stage Technology

NASA is seeking proposals from universities to advance the agency’s plans for exploration to deep space and Mars. The Early Stage Innovations NASA Research Announcement calls for innovative space technology proposals that could benefit the space program, other government agencies and the greater aerospace community.

Aligned with NASA’s Space Technology Roadmaps and priorities identified by the National Research Council, NASA selected topic areas that lend themselves to pioneering approaches where U.S. universities can help solve tough space technology challenges.

“The sparks to fuel the fire of innovation that will develop the new space technologies of tomorrow reside within American universities,” said Michael Gazarik, NASA’s associate administrator for the Space Technology Mission Directorate in the District of Columbia. “These investments benefit government space technology development and our future missions, while also boosting economic growth and competitiveness.”

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, or STMD, expects to make approximately 12 awards this fall, with total award amounts of up to $500,000. Research and development efforts will take place over two to three years.

Researchers will investigate transformative space technologies in areas such as advanced thermal protection materials modeling, computational materials, in situ use of asteroid materials, mobile robotic surface probe concepts for planetary exploration, kinetic penetrators for icy planetary moons and advanced technology habitat system designs for continued human exploration of space.

Only accredited U.S. universities may submit proposals under this solicitation. Notices of intent to submit proposals to the Early Stage Innovations Appendix of NASA’s Research Announcement, Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration and Infusion 2014 (SpaceTech-REDDI-2014), are due June 24, 2014. The deadline for submitting final proposals is July 21, 2014. To view the announcement and information for submitting proposals, visit: http://go.nasa.gov/1mRS9y8.

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is innovating, developing, testing and flying hardware for use in NASA’s future missions. Over the next 18 months, the directorate will make significant new investments to address several high-priority challenges for achieving safe and affordable deep space exploration.

The current topic areas support four of eight key STMD technology thrust areas: advanced life support and resource use, Mars entry descent and landing systems, space robotic systems, and lightweight space structures. Additionally, the technology topics solicited support the effort to send humans to Mars as well as outer planetary investment priorities.

For more information about NASA’s investments in space technology, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/spacetech.

Questions about this announcement should be directed to David Steitz at
david.steitz@nasa.gov .

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Free Lecture — From Air and Space to the Railroad and Beyond: An Evening With Brig. Gen. James A. McDivitt

On June 26, 2014, former astronaut James A. McDivitt takes the podium to reflect on the various stages of his careers from the 1950s to the present. McDivitt was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force and logged over 5,000 flight hours before being selected as an astronaut in 1962. He flew a Gemini mission and commanded Apollo 9. Upon leaving NASA in 1972, McDivitt began another career in the energy, railroad and aerospace industries.

The lecture begins at 8 p.m. EDT at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, District of Columbia. The lecture will be webcast live.

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/detail.cfm?id=9696.

Questions about this lecture should be directed to nasmpubliclectures@si.edu.

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NASA Exploration Design Challenge

Time is running out to have your students’ names flown aboard Orion during its first flight! NASA’s Exploration Design Challenge, or EDC, invites students around the world to think and act like scientists to overcome one of the major hurdles of deep space long-duration exploration — the dangers associated with space radiation. Students taking part in the challenge will discover how to plan and design improved radiation shielding aboard the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, currently being developed by NASA, Lockheed Martin and other partners to carry astronauts to space, venturing farther than humans have ever gone. Through a series of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, engagement activities, students in grades K-12 will analyze different materials that simulate space radiation shielding and recommend materials that best block radiation and protect astronauts.

The names of all students participating in the NASA EDC will fly aboard the spacecraft as honorary virtual crew members for Orion’s first flight. The deadline to register students for the virtual crew is June 30, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/spacelife/explorationdesign/overview/index.html.

For more information about Orion, visit https://www.nasa.gov/orion.

Email any questions about this opportunity to nasaedc@nianet.org.

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Concept Paper Solicitation: ISS Post-Grad Innovation Awards in Space Life and Physical Science Research

NASA’s Space Life and Physical Sciences Office and the International Space Station Program Office are seeking hypothesis-driven research concept papers that use the International Space Station as a microgravity platform in the space life and physical sciences disciplines.

Concept papers should describe ground-based research that can be enhanced by flying in a microgravity environment on the space station. Concept papers selected will have the opportunity to submit a full flight proposal based on the merit of the research presented. NASA anticipates selecting 10 submissions to receive monetary awards. Selected awardees will be invited to submit full proposals on their research, which may result in one flight opportunity for student researchers.

Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows from all categories of U.S. institutions who have never conducted or been involved in space research are eligible to submit papers. Student research and scientists from EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) jurisdiction institutions are specifically encouraged to participate.

Concept papers must be submitted by July 10, 2014.

For more information, visit https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={3C132DBD-9B4F-C54F-8C0C-2D63E4693E43}&path=open.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Dr. Camille Alleyne at camille.alleyne@nasa.gov.

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2014 Lunar Workshop for Educators

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, mission is sponsoring a workshop for educators of students in grades 6-9. This workshop will focus on lunar science, exploration and how our understanding of the moon is evolving with the new data from current and recent lunar missions.

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has allowed scientists to measure the coldest known place in the solar system, map the surface of the moon in unprecedented detail and accuracy, find evidence of recent lunar geologic activity, characterize the radiation environment around the moon and its potential effects on future lunar explorers and much, much more!

Workshop participants will learn about these and other recent discoveries, reinforce their understanding of lunar science concepts, gain tools to help address common student misconceptions about the moon, interact with lunar scientists and engineers, work with LRO data and learn how to bring these data and information to their students using hands-on activities aligned with grades 6-9 National Science Education Standards and Benchmarks.

The workshop will take place July 14-18, 2014, at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to tour the LRO Mission Operation Center and the Goddard spacecraft testing facilities.

Participants will receive a $200 stipend to help offset travel expenses.

For more information and to register for the workshop, visit http://lunar.gsfc.nasa.gov/lwe/index.html.

Questions about this workshop should be directed to Brooke Hsu at Brooke.C.Hsu@nasa.gov.

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Free Lecture — Exploring Pluto and Its Satellites at the Solar System’s Frontier

NASA’s New Horizons mission launched in 2006 and is approaching the Pluto system. It is the first mission to an outer planet since Voyager in 1989. On July 16, 2014, New Horizons team leader Alan Stern, Pluto scientist William McKinnon and science writer Dava Sobel will discuss the program’s goals for exploring the Pluto system next year and its place in the history of exploration.

The lecture begins at 8 p.m. EDT at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, District of Columbia.

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/detail.cfm?id=9928.

Questions about this lecture should be directed to nasmpubliclectures@si.edu.

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U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Postsecondary Sustainability Awards

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) has introduced a new Postsecondary Sustainability Award for the 2014-2015 cycle. In addition to a total of five school and district nominees, each state may nominate one postsecondary institution for exemplary achievement in all three of the program’s Pillars: Reduced Environmental Impact and Costs, Improved Health and Wellness, and Effective Environmental and Sustainability Education. For this award, state selection committees are particularly encouraged to document how the nominees’ sustainability work has reduced college costs, increased completion rates, led to employment, and ensured robust civic skills among graduates; and to make an effort to consider diverse types of institutions. Interested colleges and universities should contact their state higher education authorities for information on how to apply in their states.

Like the PK-12 awards, this category is entirely voluntary. Hearing from interested colleges and universities may be helpful to state authorities considering 2014 – 2015 participation. State higher education authorities should contact U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools for more information. They can find updated criteria and other state implementation guidance on our website. All state authorities are encouraged to indicate their intent to nominate in 2015 by Aug. 1, 2014.

Competitions vary by state, but most states will be posting their applications in the fall with deadlines to submit to them in the winter. State authorities’ school, district and postsecondary nominations are due to the Department of Education by Feb. 1, 2015. Interested PK-12 schools and districts should continue to contact their state education agencies about the school and district award applications. Do you have doubts about ED-GRS? Some Frequently Asked Questions on all three award categories are available here.

For more information, visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/eligibility.html .
Questions about this opportunity should be directed to green.ribbon.schools@ed.gov .
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Send Your Name to the Asteroid Bennu!

NASA is inviting people around the world to submit their names to be etched on a microchip aboard a spacecraft headed to the asteroid Bennu in 2016.

The “Messages to Bennu!” microchip will travel to the asteroid aboard the Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx, spacecraft. The robotic mission will spend more than two years at the asteroid, which has a width of approximately 1,760 feet (500 meters). The spacecraft will collect a sample of Bennu’s surface and return it to Earth in a sample return capsule.

The deadline to submit names online is Sept. 30, 2014. Participants who submit their names to the “Messages to Bennu!” campaign will be able to print a certificate of appreciation to document their involvement.

For more information and to submit your name, visit http://planetary.org/bennu.

Participants who “follow” or “like” the mission on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/OSIRISREx) will receive updates on the location of their names in space from launch time until the asteroid samples return to Earth in 2023. Facebook fans also will receive mission progress and late-breaking news through regular status updates.

For more information about the OSIRIS-REx mission, visit https://www.nasa.gov/osiris-rex and http://osiris-rex.lpl.arizona.edu.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to tps@planetary.org.

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Now Available in Spanish — Energy Literacy: Essential Principles and Fundamental
Concepts for Energy Education

Are you looking for energy education materials in Spanish? Check out the new Spanish translation of the Energy Literacy Framework, or ELF, Conocimiento de Energía, to engage energy educators and curriculum designers around the country. The U.S. Department of Energy led the development of the ELF, which was endorsed by 13 federal agencies and peer-reviewed by educators interested in a more comprehensive approach to teaching about energy. The multidisciplinary framework provides energy concepts that, if understood and applied, will help individuals and communities make informed energy decisions. This can lead to cost savings for the home and empower communities to become active in energy policies impacting their daily lives.

Using a multitude of resources; videos, lesson plans and hands-on activities, the Department of Energy wants to promote and encourage science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, education, energy literacy, and excitement about energy careers. Get started today in learning about and applying a multidisciplinary approach to energy education – from the natural sciences to economics and other social sciences.

Check out the framework and resources on the website at:
http://energy.gov/eere/education/energy-literacy-essential-principles-and-fundamental-concepts-energy-education.

Questions about this resource should be emailed to energyliteracy@ee.doe.gov .

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

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

NASA Education Express — May 8, 2014

Check out the latest NASA Education opportunity announcements.

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

Free Education Webinar Series from NASA Educator Professional Development
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Next Webinar Date: May 8, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

2014 NASA Unmanned Aerial Systems Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students and Faculty
Entry Deadline: May 9, 2014

Live Video Chat for Students — Dawn Stanley: The Space Launch System — NASA’s Heavy Lifter
Audience: Grades 6-12 Students and Educators
Event Date: May 13, 2014, at 12:30 p.m. EDT

NES Web Seminar — Chemistry of Water: Mars Exploration — Is There Water on Mars?
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: May 13, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. EDT

2015 NASA Scholars
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: May 16, 2014

2015 NASA MUREP Scholarship
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: May 16, 2014

Lunar and Planetary Institute Workshop: Mars Through Time
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Pre-service Teachers
Application Deadline: May 16, 2014
Workshop Dates: July 8-11, 2014

Virginia Space Grant Consortium’s 2014-2016 Integrative STEM for Preservice Teachers Program
Audience: Preservice Educators in Virginia
Application Deadline Extended: May 19, 2014

Pre-Service Teacher Institute at NASA’s Langley Research Center
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: May 23, 2014
Institute Dates: July 21 – Aug. 1, 2014

Exploration of the Moon and Asteroids by Secondary Students High School Research Program
Audience: 9-12 Educators
Application Deadline: May 23, 2014
Program Dates: September 2014 – April 2015

Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other Education Organizations
Request Deadline: May 26, 2014

Proposal Solicitation for Game Changing Development Program: Advanced Energy Storage Systems
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: May 27, 2014

DLN Rockets to Racecars Educator Professional Development Opportunity at Kentucky Speedway
Audience: All Educators
Event Dates: Virtual Workshops available May 27 and June 4, 2014

Space Grant Community Colleges and Technical Schools Solicitation
Audience: Space Grant Consortia Members
Proposal Deadline: May 28, 2014

Graduate Research Awards for Applied Research in Public Sector Airport-Related Aviation Issues
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: May 29, 2014

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 7 to the International Space Station
Audience: School Districts Serving Grades 5-12, Informal Education Institutions, Colleges and Universities
Inquiry Deadline: May 30, 2014

2014-15 Virginia Space Grant Consortium STEM Bridge Scholarship
Audience: Higher Education Students
Extended Application Deadline: May 30, 2014

Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Event Dates: Multiple Dates May – September 2014

NASA History Program Office Fall 2014 Internships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Fall 2014 Application Deadline: June 1, 2014

Solar System Exploration Pre-Service Teacher Institute
Audience: Future Middle School Science Teachers and Mentoring Educators
Application Deadline: June 2, 2014
Workshop Dates: June 23-27, 2014

NASA Mars Educator Symposium — The Search for Habitable Environments: Finding Curiosity in Your Classroom
Audience: All Educators
Symposium Dates: June 16-20, 2014

2015 ICESat-2 Mission Hexacopter Engineering Challenge
Audience: Undergraduate College Students from Accredited U.S. Colleges and Universities
Application Deadline: Sept. 12, 2014

Bring X-ray Astronomy Into Your Classroom With Chandra Education Resources
Audience: All Educators

New SpaceMath@NASA Resources Available
Audience: Educators of Grades 3-12

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

Don’t miss out on upcoming NASA education opportunities.
For a full list of events, opportunities and more, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA’s website:
— Educators https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/current-opps-index.html

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Free Education Webinar Series from NASA Educator Professional Development

NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

The Adventures of ECHO the Bat: A Project-based Lesson
Audience:
Pre-service and In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: May 8, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
During this 60-minute webinar, participants will learn how remote sensing and false-color satellite images are used to allow their students to follow Echo, a bat, on his adventure to his winter hibernation location.

Robotics on a Budget: Engineering Design With Moving Parts
Audience:
Pre-service and In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: May 12, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. EDT
Learn how to use inexpensive robotics in the classroom to enhance students’ understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Things That Go Boom in the Air
Audience:
Pre-service and In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 3-8
Event Date: May 13, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Learn how to “see” sound by building a simple waveform monitor, construct very easy “Bernoulli tents” and learn a Bernoulli activity that will puzzle students and allow them to understand how wings lift aircraft.

Amusement Park Physics With a NASA Twist
Audience:
Pre-service and In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-12
Event Date: May 14, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. EDT
Learn how to implement hands-on classroom activities found in NASA’s Amusement Park Physics Educator Guide. Connections to the Next Generation Science Standards will be included.

Seeing the World Without a Passport: Mission Geography
Audience:
Pre-service and In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: May 15, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. EDT
Learn how to use NASA’s photographs and images of Earth to teach key grade-level-appropriate earth science, mathematics, science, language arts and geography skills.

For more information about these webinars and to register online, visit https://paragon-tec.adobeconnect.com/admin/show-event-catalog.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to John Entwistle at john.d.entwistle@nasa.gov.

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2014 NASA Unmanned Aerial Systems Challenge

NASA invites college teams to take part in the 2014 NASA Aeronautics Mission Directorate’s Unmanned Aerial Systems Challenge. Students are invited to propose a high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial system to track hurricanes. Design assessment will be based on projected effectiveness, cost, innovation and ease of use and operation inside the National Air Space.

The contest is open to teams of full-time students enrolled in higher education institutions of the United States or its territories. This category includes universities, colleges, trade schools, community colleges, professional schools, etc. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

Final entries are due May 9, 2014.

For more information and a complete list of rules, visit http://aero.larc.nasa.gov/university-contest/.

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

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Live Video Chat for Students — Dawn Stanley: The Space Launch System — NASA’s Heavy Lifter

NASA Explorer Schools is hosting a 45-minute live video chat for students in grades 6-12 on May 13, 2014, at 12:30 p.m. EDT. During the video chat, systems engineer Dawn Stanley, member of the Space Launch Systems team, will answer students’ questions about NASA’s next heavy-lift vehicle. Stanley provides day-to-day support and mission assurance giving her a unique insight into the development of the new vehicle. Stanley will also discuss her journey to becoming a systems engineer with NASA.

For more information and to participate in the video chat, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/chat-index.html.

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@nasa.gov.

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NES Web Seminar — Chemistry of Water: Mars Exploration — Is There Water on Mars?

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on May 13, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. EDT.

Participants will receive an overview of a NASA inquiry-based lesson, “Is There Water on Mars?”. Participating educators will have the opportunity to refresh their knowledge of concepts such as how atmospheric pressure and vapor pressure affect the boiling point of water, and how scientists use that information to deduce if there could be, or ever has been, liquid water on Mars. The featured activity provides many opportunities for incorporating national science, technology, and mathematics learning standards into curricula as well as addressing high school Next Generation Science Standards.

This is the last time this seminar will be offered during the current school year.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar6.aspx.

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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2015 NASA Scholars

The NASA Office of Education is accepting applications for NASA Scholars. The NASA Scholarship is a competitive opportunity that focuses on students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines, to address the critical shortage of qualified STEM professionals that the nation is facing.

Eligible students include rising freshman (high school graduating seniors or GED recipients not yet enrolled in college), sophomores and juniors, at the undergraduate level, who will complete their undergraduate degree in spring 2016 or later and community college students with at least two years remaining at the community college.

The scholarship includes up to a $9,000 academic scholarship, not to exceed 75 percent of verified tuition, and a $6,000 stipend for a 10-week internship at a NASA center during summer 2015. The internship provides scholars with a unique NASA research experience and preparation for global competitiveness.

Applications are due May 16, 2014.

Applications should be submitted through the NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative at https://intern.nasa.gov. Applicants should be sure to select “scholarships” for the type of application.

NASA Office of Education scholarships cannot be concurrently accepted or combined with another U.S. government scholarship or funding, irrespective of the scholar’s status.

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2015 NASA MUREP Scholarship

NASA’s Office of Education is accepting applications for Minority University Research and Education Program Scholars. The MUREP Scholarship is a competitive opportunity that focuses on underserved and underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines, to address the critical shortage of qualified STEM professionals that the nation is facing.

Eligible students include rising freshman (high school graduating seniors or GED recipients not yet enrolled in college), sophomores and juniors, at the undergraduate level, who will complete their undergraduate degree in spring 2016 or later and Minority Serving Institution community college students with at least two years remaining at the community college.

The goal is to address the agency’s mission-specific workforce needs and target areas of national need in minority STEM representation. The scholarship includes up to a $9,000 academic scholarship, not to exceed 75 percent of verified tuition, and a $6,000 stipend for a required 10-week internship at a NASA center during summer 2015. The internship provides scholars with a unique NASA research experience and preparation for global competitiveness.

Applications are due May 16, 2014.

Applications should be submitted through the NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative at https://intern.nasa.gov/. Applicants should be sure to select “scholarships” for the type of application.

MUREP scholarships cannot be concurrently accepted or combined with another U.S. government scholarship or funding, irrespective of the scholar’s status.

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Lunar and Planetary Institute Workshop: Mars Through Time

The Lunar and Planetary Institute and the ChemCam instrument team invite high school teachers, both in-service and pre-service, to attend the Mars Through Time workshop. This four-day workshop will take place July 8-11, 2014, at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM.

Attendees will discover the relationship between technology and science as it relates to our understanding of Mars. Attendees will also discuss the nature and process of science with invited speakers. Classroom resources will be provided.

Workshop registration is free. This workshop is limited to 20 participants. Interested educators are encouraged to apply early to secure a spot. Qualified applicants will be accepted in the order they apply. The application closes May 16, 2014.

For more information and to apply for the workshop, visit http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/workshops/mars/.

Questions about the workshop should be directed to Andy Shaner at shaner@lpi.usra.edu.

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Virginia Space Grant Consortium’s 2014-2016 Integrative STEM for Preservice Teachers Program

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium is seeking applications for the 2014-2016 Integrative STEM for Preservice Teachers program, or InSTEP. This two-year program serves to increase future educators’ understanding of STEM and how to teach integrative STEM in the classroom.

Applicants must have demonstrated interest in teaching in grades 4-8, as well as science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics. The program includes $2,500 scholarship each year, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, or FIRST, Lego robotics training, conference travel and registration, travel support to two NASA centers for innovative STEM training and more.

To be eligible, applicants must be rising juniors (third year of a preservice teacher program) in Summer 2014 at a partnering Virginia college/university. Preference will be given to students currently enrolled in programs at College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, Virginia Tech, The University of Virginia, Norfolk State University and Virginia State University.

The deadline for submitting applications has been extended to May 19, 2014.

For more information, visit http://vsgc.odu.edu/inSTEP/index.html. Please email any questions about this opportunity to Elizabeth Joyner at ejoyner@odu.edu or to Chris Carter at cxcarter@odu.edu.

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Pre-Service Teacher Institute at NASA’s Langley Research Center

NASA’s Langley Research Center’s Office of Education and the National Institute of Aerospace’s Center for Integrative STEM Education are sponsoring a two-week Pre-Service Teacher Institute taking place July 21 – Aug. 1, 2014, in Hampton, Virginia.

Participants will engage in hands-on learning experiences designed to develop their skills for teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, using NASA-developed curricular resources. Participants will have opportunities to interact with NASA scientists and engineers, making real-world connections to standards-based classroom content.

Undergraduate and graduate students in an education track preparing to teach in  K-8 classrooms are invited to apply. Students who participate will receive a stipend for attending.

Applications are due May 23, 2014.

For more information and to apply online, visit http://www.nianet.org/pstsp.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Shannon Verstynen at shannon.verstynen@nianet.org.

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Exploration of the Moon and Asteroids by Secondary Students High School Research Program

The Center for Lunar Science and Exploration at the Lunar and Planetary Institute and NASA’s Johnson Space Center are looking for 10 teams of motivated high school students to participate in a national standards-based lunar/asteroid research program for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Supported by their teacher and a scientist mentor, students undertake open-inquiry research projects that engage them in the process of science and support the science goals of the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute. At the end of the year, four teams compete for a chance to present their research at the Exploration Science Forum held at NASA’s Ames Research Center in July 2015.

Participation in the Exploration of the Moon and Asteroids by Secondary Students, or ExMASS, program is free. Interested teachers must submit an application. Applications must be completed by a teacher and are due May 23, 2014.

For more information and to apply for the ExMASS program, visit http://www.lpi.usra.edu/exploration/education/hsResearch/.

Questions about the ExMASS program should be directed to Andy Shaner at shaner@lpi.usra.edu.

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Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use

NASA invites eligible U.S. educational institutions, museums and other organizations to screen and request historical artifacts of significance to spaceflight. This is the 22nd screening of artifacts since 2009.

Eligible schools, universities, museums, libraries and planetariums may view the artifacts and request specific items through May 26, 2014. Online registrations should include an assigned Department of Education number. Registration also can be made through the requester’s State Agency for Surplus Property office. For instructions, registration and to view and make requests for artifacts online, visit http://gsaxcess.gov/NASAWel.htm.

The artifacts are free of charge and are offered “as-is.” Organizations must cover shipping costs and any handling fees. Shipping fees on smaller items will be relatively inexpensive, while larger items may involve extensive disassembly, preparation, shipping and reassembly costs. NASA will work closely with eligible organizations to address any unique handling costs.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to GSAXcessHelp@gsa.gov.

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Proposal Solicitation for Game Changing Development Program: Advanced Energy Storage Systems

NASA is seeking proposals for the development of new, more capable energy storage technologies to replace the battery technology that has long powered America’s space program.

The core technologies solicited in the call for proposals will advance energy storage solutions for the space program and other government agencies. NASA’s solicitation has two category areas: “High Specific Energy System Level Concepts,” which will focus on cell chemistry and system-level battery technologies, such as packaging and cell integration; and “Very High Specific Energy Devices,” which will focus on energy storage technologies that can go beyond the current theoretical limits of Lithium batteries while maintaining the cycle life and safety characteristics demanded of energy storage systems used in space applications.

Proposals will be accepted from NASA centers and other government agencies, federally funded research and development centers, educational institutions, industry and nonprofit organizations. NASA expects to make approximately four awards for Phase I of the solicitation, ranging in value up to $250,000 each.

Through solicitations and grants, NASA’s investments in space technology provide the transformative capabilities to enable new missions, stimulate the economy, contribute to the nation’s global competitiveness and inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and explorers.

The deadline for submitting proposals is May 27, 2014.

For more information, visit http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={95A5FFC3-E045-ED8E-3636-C8E3CAACF400}&path=open.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Ryan Stephan at HQ-STMD-GCDC1@mail.nasa.gov.

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DLN Rockets to Racecars Educator Professional Development Opportunity at Kentucky Speedway

Get your students revved up about science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, with the NASA Rockets to Racecars STEM Education program’s special NICE Go Green Edition/The Heat is ON! Sign up today to attend a 75-minute virtual session on solar energy and Earth’s energy budget being offered May 27 or June 4, 2014. Attendees will be invited to show off their newly acquired skills alongside NASA educators during race days at Kentucky Speedway June 26-28, 2014.

Additional hours of professional development may be earned through a variety of activities, including extra virtual sessions on related Rockets to Racecars STEM Educator Professional Development lessons that you can showcase at the track. Bridge science and math by designing a capsule to land on Mars, just as NASA engineers have with the “Drag Race to Mars” webinar on June 3, 2014. Investigate creative ways of using tires and air pressure to add math into the classroom and investigate center of gravity with the “Measure Up and Calculate” webinar on June 9, 2014. Explore the physical science of Bernoulli’s Principle on objects such as an airplane wing or a racecar spoiler with the “May the Force Uplift You…or Not!” webinar on June 11, 2014.

For more information and to register to attend, visit https://dln.nasa.gov.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Marilé Colón Robles at marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov.

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Space Grant Community Colleges and Technical Schools Solicitation

NASA’s Office of Education is accepting proposals from Designated, Program Grant and Capability Enhancement consortia for a 2014 Space Grant opportunity for community college and technical school students and faculty. Each funded proposal is expected to engage community college and technical school faculty and undergraduate students enrolled in STEM degree programs, or the equivalent of the available general/liberal arts degree program with a STEM focus.

This opportunity is open to Space Grant consortia in each state plus the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Proposals must be submitted to NASA from the lead Space Grant institution in each consortium, with the consortium director serving as the lead principal investigator for any proposed effort. Only one proposal per consortium is permitted for submission.

Interested parties are requested to submit a notice of intent by April 14, 2014. Proposals are due May 28, 2014.

For more information, visit http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7bA3C96F5E-3DDF-CAEF-40BF-8C3110D3C90F%7d&path=init.

Questions about this solicitation should be directed to Lenell Allen at hq-space-grant@mail.nasa.gov.

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Graduate Research Awards for Applied Research in Public Sector Airport-Related Aviation Issues

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium is managing the Graduate Research Award program for the Airport Cooperative Research Program of the National Academies Transportation Research Board. The program supports applied research in public sector airport-related issues.

Under the program, up to 10 awards of $10,000 each will be made to full-time graduate students for successful completion of a research paper on public sector airport-related aviation issues during the upcoming academic year. The research must be overseen by a faculty advisor.

The program provides funding, subject matter expert support, national recognition and publication potential through the Transportation Research Record of the Transportation Research Board. Students also have an expense-paid opportunity to present on their work at the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting in January 2016 in Washington, D.C.

The deadline for submitting applications is May 29, 2014.

For more information, including eligibility requirements and application materials, visit http://www.trb.org/ACRP/ACRPGraduateAwardProgram.aspx. Please email any questions about this opportunity to ACRP@odu.edu.

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Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 7 to the International Space Station

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education, in partnership with NanoRacks LLC, announce an authentic science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, opportunity for school districts across the U.S. and space station partner nations. The newest flight opportunity, Mission 7 to the International Space Station, or ISS, gives students across a community the ability to design and propose real experiments to fly in low Earth orbit on the International Space Station. This opportunity is part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, or SSEP.

Each participating community will receive a real microgravity research mini-laboratory capable of supporting a single microgravity experiment, and all launch services to fly the mini-lab to the space station in spring 2015 and return it to Earth. An experiment design competition in each community — engaging typically 300+ students — allows student teams to design and propose real experiments vying for their community’s reserved mini-lab. Content resources for teachers and students support foundational instruction on science in microgravity and experimental design. Additional SSEP programming leverages the experiment design competition to engage the community, embracing a learning community model for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education.

This competition is open to students in grades 5-12 and college. Informal education groups and organizations are also encouraged to participate. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than May 30, 2014. The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education is available to help interested communities in the U.S. secure the needed funding.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit the SSEP Mission 7 to International Space Station National Announcement of Opportunity at http://ssep.ncesse.org/2014/04/new-flight-opportunity-for-school-districts-announcing-student-spaceflight-experiments-program-ssep-mission-7-to-the-international-space-station-for-2014-15-academic-year/.

SSEP is enabled through a strategic partnership with NanoRacks LLC working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a national laboratory. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (http://www.iss-casis.org/) is a national partner on SSEP. To view a list of all SSEP national partners, visit http://ssep.ncesse.org/national-partners/.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please email SSEP National Program Director Jeff Goldstein at jeffgoldstein@ncesse.org.

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2014-15 Virginia Space Grant Consortium STEM Bridge Scholarship

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium, or VSGC, is offering renewable scholarships to sophomore undergraduate students studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics, or STEM. The STEM Bridge Scholarships are $1,000 and are available to students who are U.S. citizens from any federally recognized minority group enrolled fulltime at one of the five VSGC member universities: The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia and Virginia Tech.

The STEM Bridge Program bridges students to future opportunities by mentoring and guiding them to future VSGC scholarships and NASA-related paid internships. The program encourages students to explore how their majors can apply to NASA’s Mission.

This is a competitive program, and awards are based on student academic merit, quality of interest essay as well as letters of recommendation from current college faculty who can attest to students’ interest in STEM areas.

The deadline for submitting applications has been extended to May 30, 2014.

For more information, visit http://vsgc.odu.edu/sf/Bridge/. Please email any questions about this opportunity to rkashiri@odu.edu.

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Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops

NASA’s Center for Astronomy Education, or CAE, announces a series of educator workshops for astronomy and space science educators.

These workshops provide participants with experiences needed to create effective and productive active-learning classroom environments. Workshop leaders model best practices in implementing many different classroom-tested instructional strategies. But more importantly, workshop participants will gain first-hand experience implementing these proven strategies. During many microteaching events, you will have the opportunity to role-play the parts of student and instructor. You will assess and critique each other’s implementation in real time as part of a supportive learning community. You will have the opportunity to use unfamiliar teaching techniques in collaboration with mentors before using them with your students. CAE is funded through NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Exoplanet Exploration Program.

May 31-June 1, 2014 — Boston, Mass.
CAE Tier I Teaching Excellence Workshop for Current and Future Astronomy and Space Science Instructors

June 23-27, 2014 — College Park, Md.
New Faculty Workshop for Physics and Astronomy

August or September, 2014 — South Carolina
CAE Tier I Teaching Excellence Workshop for Current and Future Astronomy and Space Science Instructors

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 History Program Office Fall 2014 Internships

The NASA History Program Office is seeking undergraduate and graduate students for fall 2014 internships. The History Program Office 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 social media is a plus.

Intern projects are flexible. Typical projects include handling a variety of information requests, writing posts for the NASA history twitter and Facebook pages, editing historical manuscripts, doing research and writing biographical sketches, and identifying and captioning photos.

Fall 2014 internship applications are due June 1, 2014.

For more information, visit http://history.nasa.gov/interncall.htm.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact Bill Barry at bill.barry@nasa.gov.

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Solar System Exploration Pre-Service Teacher Institute

The Solar System Exploration Pre-Service Teacher Institute is a free workshop for future middle school science teachers and the educators who mentor them. Presented by the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute, the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and the Lunar Planetary Institute, the workshop will take place in Houston, Texas.

Workshop participants will explore questions relating to the nature of science and how scientists conduct their work. Planetary scientists will be available to discuss their research and recent discoveries. Hands-on activities will be demonstrated, and participants will discover ways to connect solar system topics to Earth science, life science and physical science. A tour of the lunar rock laboratory at NASA’s Johnson Space Center is also planned.

The workshop will take place June 23-27, 2014. Registration is free, and lunches are included. Participants will receive a certificate for professional development hours.

Applications are due June 2, 2014.

For more information and to apply for the workshop, visit http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/workshops/SSE/.

Questions about the workshop should be directed to Christine Shupla at shupla@lpi.usra.edu.

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NASA Mars Educator Symposium — The Search for Habitable Environments: Finding Curiosity in Your Classroom

How do scientists search for habitable environments beyond Earth? What makes an environment habitable? Are the criteria for life the same or different beyond Earth? The science of astrobiology is at the forefront addressing these types of challenging questions, including where can life exist?

Currently, NASA’s Curiosity Rover is exploring Gale Crater on Mars to investigate a site that has a very interesting history that could include habitability! Join the Mars Rover scientists as they lead a five-day interdisciplinary, immersive educator field experience to explore areas on Earth similar to environments on Mars. Help expand your students’ understanding of how biology, geology and chemistry are essential to this fascinating search for life elsewhere.

The symposium will take place June 16-20, 2014, at the Arizona State University campus in Tempe, Ariz. Participants will be responsible for transportation to and from Arizona State University, lodging and meals. Transportation between campus and the field trip sites will be provided. Some hiking will be required to participate in this field experience.

Participants will receive a certificate with a minimum of 45 professional development hours.

Space is limited to 30 participants. Registration will remain open until all positions are filled.

For more information, visit http://marsed.asu.edu/curiositysymposium-ft2014.

Questions about the symposium should be directed to Sheri Klug Boonstra at sklug@asu.edu.

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2015 ICESat-2 Mission Hexacopter Engineering Challenge

The Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite-2, or ICESat-2, mission will host the 2015 ICESat-2 Mission Hexacopter Engineering Challenge at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland., on April 17, 2015. This challenge will task teams of students with measuring the height of Earth around us, from tree canopies to bodies of water. This challenge will be the first of its kind in a yearly series of ICESat-2 engineering challenge events.

Student teams will be selected to participate in this challenge through a proposal and selection process. Participating teams will design and build hexacopter multirotors that can create a digital elevation model of a specific area within a predetermined amount of time. Students will also submit technical and educational reports describing in detail their efforts throughout the competition process.

This challenge is open to undergraduate college students from accredited U.S. colleges and universities. Teams may consist of one to five students and a university mentor/instructor. Due to the nature of the challenge, multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

Applications are due Sept. 12, 2014.

For more information about the 2015 ICESat-2 Mission Hexacopter Engineering Challenge, visit http://icesat.gsfc.nasa.gov/icesat2/epo_hex.php.

Questions about this challenge should be directed to hexacopter challenge coordinator Brian Campbell at Brian.A.Campbell@nasa.gov.

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Bring X-ray Astronomy Into Your Classroom With Chandra Education Resources

The Chandra X-ray Observatory is NASA’s flagship mission for X-ray astronomy. Launched in 1999, the Chandra telescope is specially designed to detect X-ray emissions from very hot regions of the universe, such as exploded stars, clusters of galaxies and matter around black holes.

The Chandra mission has a wealth of education materials to help you bring the excitement of X-ray astronomy into your classroom. Classroom-ready activities, interactive games, podcasts, printable materials and more are available on the Chandra education website. Examples include:

— STOP for Science: This program for K-6 educators can be used in a classroom or as an afterschool activity. Basic science concepts such as speed, light and rotation are presented on a set of five posters along with accompanying questions designed to pique student interest.

— Decoding Starlight: Middle school and high school students perform hands-on exercises to understand how data received from the Chandra X-ray Observatory is assembled into images. Concepts taught include mathematics, terminology and the roles of computers and scientific analysis.

— Modeling the Electromagnetic Spectrum: This activity set for grades 5-12 consists of a demonstration that illustrates the power of models, a preassessment activity on student understanding of exponents, an activity for students to construct and compare a different model of the spectrum than the model commonly used in textbooks and on posters and an assessment task for students to construct their own models of the electromagnetic spectrum.

To find these materials and much more, visit http://chandra.si.edu/edu/.

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New SpaceMath@NASA Resources Available

Explore behind-the-scenes mathematics that occur when scientists make discoveries and engineers solve technical problems in spacecraft design and spaceflight. Press releases serve as the hook to engage student interest and explore standards-based math and science skills related to the Applied Physics Laboratory’s Van Allen Belts Probes and Solar Probe missions.

http://vanallenprobes.jhuapl.edu/education/teachers/mathProblems.php

Questions about these resources should be directed to Sten Odenwald at sten.f.odenwald@nasa.gov.

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What’s New at NASA’s Space Place Website

Not only is the Space Place constantly developing brand new content, the team also makes sure to keep our existing products as up-to-date and as exciting as possible. Nowhere is this clearer than in our educational mobile game development. In the past couple of months, we have updated our classic games “Satellite Insight” and “Comet Quest,” and our magazine-style app “Space Place Prime.” “Comet Quest” is now as exciting as ever with all-new game play. We have expanded our reach by releasing “Space Place Prime” for Android devices, and all of our products are now compatible with iOS7. The new updates of “Comet Quest” and “Satellite Insight” now include access to Apple’s Game Center. See how well you stack up against players from around the world!

What’s New? Craters!
Ever stop to think about how many craters are on the moon? Do you wonder why Earth hasn’t suffered a similar scarred fate? It’s a good mystery to think about, and can lead to some excellent classroom science discussions. A new page on Space Place answers this quandary with its usual dose of fun and humor. Check it out at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/craters.

Space Place en Español
We are constantly adding our newest content to Space Place en Español, but we’ve added even more to the site recently. Our popular new pages The Lone Planet, What is a Planet, A Solar Mystery and our new activity “Build a Spacecraft” are all available on the Spanish language site. Check them out at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/sp/.

Spotlight on Game Center
The Space Place team is proud to announce that we are one of the first NASA groups to release mobile games that are compatible with Apple’s Game Center app. This app, which works with both “Comet Quest” and “Satellite Insight,” allows you to compare scores with anyone else in the world. How do your scores measure against friends, strangers and high scorers? Who knows? Maybe you can set the highest score in the world. You’ll have to beat us first, though. Check out our mobile games at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/ios.

For the Classroom
It’s that time of year again — Space Place calendar time, that is! We’ve just released the most recent edition of our hit calendar. Perfect for the classroom, this June 2014-June 2015 calendar comes complete with fun science facts, historical notes and beautiful images. Can’t wait until then? Don’t worry. We still have the remaining months of last year’s calendar ready to download as well. Spice your classroom up today! Download at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/calendar.

For Outside the Classroom
With summer fast approaching, now might be a good time to get your wardrobe in order. Why not create your own fashionable summer wear this year? Space Place can help you out. We’ve got a printout t-shirt design that can be ironed on to the shirt of your choosing. What better way to tell the world that you are both stylish and science savvy than with a Space Place t-shirt? Check it out here: http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/t-shirt.

Special Days

May 18: Eruption of Mount St. Helens, 1980.

It was a pretty impressive volcanic eruption. Does anything like that happen on other planets? http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/volcanoes.

May 26: Birthday of Dr. Sally Ride, 1951.
She was the first American woman in space. Women do all kinds of important work at NASA. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/space-place-live.

June 5: World Environment Day
Take a look at Earth’s many environments. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/gallery-earth/geography.

June 13: The First Roller Coaster Opens, 1884.
How does a roller coaster work? Build a Newtonian Physics Machine and find out. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/momentum.

June 30: A Comet or Asteroid Explodes Over Siberia, 1908.
Do comets or asteroids do more than explode or kill off dinosaurs? http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/comet-ocean.

Share
Want some help spreading the word about NASA’s Space Place? We’ve got a page with ready-to-use website descriptions, logos and links to all our social media. Check out http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/share.

Send Feedback
Please let us know your ideas about ways to use The Space Place in your teaching. Send to info@spaceplace.nasa.gov.

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

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

NASA Education Express — Sept. 26, 2013

Check out the latest NASA Education opportunity announcements.

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

Guidance for Education and Public Outreach Activities Under Sequestration

NASA has taken the first steps in addressing the mandatory spending cuts called for in the Budget Control Act of 2011. The law mandates a series of indiscriminate and significant across-the-board spending reductions totaling $1.2 trillion over 10 years.

As a result, NASA has been forced to implement a number of new cost-saving measures, policies, and reviews in order to minimize impacts to the mission-critical activities of the Agency. Guidance regarding conferences, travel, and training that reflect the new fiscal reality in which the agency must operate has been provided.

For specific guidance as it relates to public outreach and engagement activities please reference the following webpage.

https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/about/sequestration-NASA-education-guidance.html

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MissionSTEM Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Video Series
Audience: All Educators

Centaur Design Challenge
Audience: Educators of Grades 7-9 in the Cleveland, Ohio Area
EXTENDED Registration Deadline for Educator Professional Development: Sept. 26, 2013
Registration for the Challenge Opens on Oct. 1, 2013

Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: Sept. 26, 2013, at 7 p.m. EDT

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Radio Astronomy in the Classroom
Audience: Grades K-12
Event Date: Sept. 27, 2013, 1 – 2 p.m. EDT

REGISTRATION EXTENDED: Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2013
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Practice Competition: In progress
Registration deadline: Sept. 27, 2013

Mars Educator Conference at Arizona State University
Audience: All Educators
Conference Date: Sept. 28, 2013

Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications
Audience: All Educators
Application Deadline: Sept. 30, 2013

IRIS Challenge: Tracking a Solar Storm
Audience: 6-12 Educators
Registration Open Now, Challenge Begins October 2013

NES Web Seminar — Chemistry of Water: Mars Exploration — Is There Water on Mars?
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 1, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. EDT

Robert Noyce Fellowship in Informal STEM Learning
Audience: All Educators
Application Deadline: Oct. 1, 2013

Green Strides Webinar Series
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: Oct. 2, 2013, at 4 p.m. EDT

NES Web Seminar — Linear Equations: NASA CONNECT — Breaking Barriers
Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 3, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. EDT

Celebrate World Space Week
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: Oct. 4-10, 2013

Heritage Family Day Events at Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event Date: Oct. 5, 2013

Celebrate Flight at the International Balloon Fiesta
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Oct. 5-13, 2013

Celebrate Earth Science Week With NASA’s Mapping Our World Interactive
Audience: All Grade Levels
Event Date: Oct. 13-19, 2013

Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other Education Organizations
Deadline: Oct. 21, 2013

2014 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 13, 2013

2014 RASC-AL Robo-Ops Competition
Audience: Higher Education Students
Proposal Deadline: Dec. 8, 2013

NASA Exploration Design Challenge
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Virtual Crew Registration Deadline: July 31, 2014

Frequently Asked Questions — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums, and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH13ZHA001N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008)
Audience: Informal Education Institutions

Don’t miss out on upcoming NASA education opportunities.
For a full list of events, opportunities and more, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA’s website:
— Educators https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/current-opps-index.html

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MissionSTEM Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Video Series

On behalf of NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, the NASA Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity is pleased to launch the MissionSTEM Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Series.

The D&I Leadership Series of videos offers perspectives from among NASA grantee leadership in higher education on establishing greater diversity and inclusive practices in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. The series supports the national goal of educating one million STEM graduates needed in the coming decades to bolster innovation and productivity, educate our citizens, and expand our economy. Over the coming months, the series will share more D&I perspectives and promising practices of various levels of the higher education leadership in STEM.

Comments and ideas, as well as lessons learned on increasing diversity and creating more engaging environments for all, are welcome. Together, let’s create broadly diverse STEM education communities and inspire them to scale new heights of national achievement!

For more information, visit http://missionstem.nasa.gov/diversityInclusionLeadrshp.html.

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Centaur Design Challenge

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Centaur rocket with an educational engineering design challenge featuring key elements of the rocket’s capabilities. Dubbed “America’s Workhorse in Space,” the Centaur rocket has been used for more than 200 unmanned missions.

NASA’s Glenn Research Center’s Educational Programs Office is challenging teams of 7th- through 9th-grade students in the Cleveland, Ohio, area to design an air-propelled vehicle with a 25-gram payload that will travel along the ground from a launch site to a rendezvous point with a required mid-course correction.

An educator professional development session will be held on Oct. 1, 2013, to discuss the challenge and for participants to discover how to implement the challenge in their classrooms. Registration for the session closes on Sept. 26, 2013.

Registration for the design challenge opens on Oct. 1, 2013, and runs through Nov. 1, 2013.

On Nov. 22, 2013, NASA’s Glenn Research Center will host a Student Design Challenge Event. During this event, students will represent their schools and present their solutions to a panel of NASA judges. Prizes will be awarded to top-scoring teams.

To learn more about the challenge, visit https://www.nasa.gov/content/centaur-design-challenge.

Please email any questions about this challenge to Angela Surgenor at Angela.D.Surgenor@nasa.gov.

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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of free webinars throughout September 2013. All webinars can be accessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

Exploring the Surface of Mars: Searching for Clues for Life — Past and Present (Grades 4-9)
Sept. 26, 2013,
at 7 – 8 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will discuss NASA’s exploration of Mars and how the “Follow the Water” strategy has lead to evidence of water both in ancient oceans and rivers on the Red Planet. Participants will learn ways to engage students with this quest for life on another planet. Inquiry activities that involve exploring and evaluating land forms on Mars will be shared.

Hands-On Weather Science Activities (Grades 4-9)
Sept. 30, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will explore NASA’s role in the study, understanding and forecasting of weather. Participants will learn about NASA resources relating to weather, including engaging science demonstrations and classroom activities.

For more information about these webinars, visit http://aesp.psu.edu/programs/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to Chris Gamrat at gamrat@psu.edu.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Radio Astronomy in the Classroom

Join NASA’s Dr. Steve Levin, project scientist for the Juno mission to Jupiter, for a live interactive education event on Sept. 27, 2013, at 1 p.m. EDT. Levin will share information about the Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope program and how students can participate in real research using a 34-meter radio telescope. Students and teachers who have participated in the program also will take part in the discussion.

If your class is interested in participating in this event via live video conferencing, contact Lyle Tavernier at lyle.tavernier@jpl.nasa.gov.

To view a live webcast of the event and submit questions via email, visit http://dln.nasa.gov.

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REGISTRATION EXTENDED: Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2013

The Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2013 offers high school students the opportunity to design experiments that will be tested in space.

Zero Robotics challenges high school student teams to write their own algorithms to fly the Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES. The competition starts online where teams compete to solve an annual challenge guided by mentors. Students can create, edit, share, save, simulate and submit code, all from a Web browser. After several phases of virtual competition, finalists are selected to compete in a live championship aboard the International Space Station!

A limited number of mini-grants are available to new teams that join and to existing teams that recruit new teams. Sign up for this opportunity when you register your team.

Teams may register now:
1) Go to http://www.zerorobotics.org.
2) Log in or create an account. (Note: You can start programming in the online integrated development environment at this point!)
3) Click Tournaments and register for the High School Tournament 2013.
4) Create a team and invite other users.
5) Visit Resources to get started.

The practice round of the competition is underway! Registration remains open through Sept. 27, 2013. All teams must submit code to the practice competition by Sept 29, 2013,. to continue.

Zero Robotics is organized by Massachusetts Institute of Technology Space Systems Laboratory, Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation and TopCoder, and is sponsored by The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, NASA and the Center for Advancement of Science in Space.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to zerorobotics@mit.edu.

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Mars Educator Conference at Arizona State University

Are you looking for ideas on how to transform your classroom to align with Common Core and the Next Gen Science Standards? Are you curious about how NASA themes can fit into your curriculum and help you meet these new expectations? To find out, join the Arizona State University Mars Education Program for the “Transforming Your Classroom: Red Planet Resources and Lessons Aligned to Common Core and Next Gen Science Standards” conference.

During the conference, Mars geologist Dr. Phil Christensen will share the latest news from the current missions exploring the Red Planet. Join our education experts as they showcase NASA’s Mars lessons that are newly and fully aligned to Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards and the 21st Century Skills and find out how to teach this content thematically in your classroom.

The conference will take place on Sept. 28, 2013, at the Arizona State University main campus in Tempe, Ariz.

The conference is free, but registration is required. A certificate for 6.5 hours of professional development will be given for this conference. Participants will receive lesson plans, NASA materials and other resources.

For more information and to register for the conference, visit http://marsed.asu.edu/transforming_your_classroom_registration.

Questions about the conference should be directed to marsed@asu.edu.

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Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications

The NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassadors, or SSA, Program, a nationwide network of space enthusiast volunteers, will accept applications from Sept. 1 through Sept. 30, 2012.

Highly motivated individuals will be given the opportunity to represent NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as volunteer Solar System Ambassadors to the public for a one-year, renewable term beginning Jan. 1, 2014.

While applications are being sought nationwide, interested parties from the following states are especially encouraged to apply: Alaska, Delaware, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wyoming and the District of Columbia. SSA hopes to add 100 new volunteers to the program in 2014.

To learn more about the Solar System Ambassador Program and to apply online, visit http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/. The Announcement of Opportunity and application form will be available beginning Sept. 1, 2013.

If you have questions about this opportunity, contact Kay Ferrari, SSA Coordinator, by email at ambassad@jpl.nasa.gov.

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IRIS Challenge: Tracking a Solar Storm

Join the Tracking a Solar Storm Challenge and guide students as they learn about the sun’s anatomy, the space weather it generates, and why studying the sun is important.

Launched on June 27, 2013, the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, spacecraft is actively studying the dynamics of our sun’s atmosphere using an ultraviolet telescope and imaging spectrograph. Designed around the IRIS mission, this challenge is an opportunity for students to learn about the IRIS mission and the instruments scientists use to gather solar data as well as to study the sun’s weather, track a solar storm and predict its effect on Earth. Students will demonstrate what they have learned by collecting data and producing a video or slide show space weather report.

The challenge will run October – December 2013.

To learn more about the challenge, visit http://irischallenge.arc.nasa.gov/.

Please email any questions about this challenge to arc-quest-challenge@mail.nasa.gov.

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NES Web Seminar — Chemistry of Water: Mars Exploration — Is There Water on Mars?

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on Oct. 1, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. EDT.

Participants will receive an overview of a NASA inquiry-based lesson, “Is There Water on Mars?”. Participating educators will have the opportunity to refresh their knowledge of concepts such as how atmospheric pressure and vapor pressure affect the boiling point of water, and how scientists use that information to deduce if there could be, or ever has been, liquid water on Mars. The featured activity provides many opportunities for incorporating national science, technology, and mathematics learning standards into curricula as well as addressing high school Next Generation Science Standards.

This seminar will be offered again on May 13, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar6.aspx.

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@nasa.gov.

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Robert Noyce Fellowship in Informal STEM Learning

Applications are being accepted for the Robert Noyce Fellowship in Informal Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM, Learning. This two-year fellowship at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement will begin in fall 2013.

Candidates for the fellowship should have substantial experience in the field of informal and out-of-school time STEM learning. This can include academic work, as well as expertise gained through direct work with afterschool programs, K-12 schools, museums, libraries, foundations, companies and others that are involved in STEM education. A strong network within informal STEM learning is essential. Familiarity with federal education policy and the ability to build strong partnerships inside and outside government are also desired.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. An undergraduate degree is required, and a graduate degree is strongly preferred.

Applications are due Oct. 1, 2013.

For more information about this fellowship opportunity or to submit a resume, please contact Sara Spiegel at sara@noycefdn.org.

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Green Strides Webinar Series

The U.S. Department of Education presents the Green Strides Webinar Series. These webinars feature experts from various federal programs. The webinars are free, and events are scheduled throughout the 2013-2014 school year.

The next webinar takes place on Oct. 2, 2013, at 4 p.m. EDT.

For more information and registration, visit http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/green-strides/webinar.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Green.Ribbon.Schools@ed.gov.

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NES Web Seminar — Linear Equations: NASA CONNECT — Breaking Barriers

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Oct. 3, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. EDT. During this professional development session, participants will receive information about the applications of linear equations at NASA and learn how to implement the “Breaking Barriers” activity. “Breaking Barriers” provides students an opportunity to step into the shoes of a NASA engineer to design, build and test an X-1 balloon. The featured activity provides many opportunities for incorporating national science, technology and mathematics learning standards into curricula as well as addressing middle school Next Generation Science Standards.

This seminar will be repeated on May 28, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar22.aspx.

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NASA Explorer Schools help desk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@nasa.gov.

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Celebrate World Space Week

Join educators and space enthusiasts around the world to celebrate World Space Week, Oct. 4-10, 2013. 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. The theme for 2013, “Exploring Mars, Discovering Earth,” has been chosen to celebrate how learning about Mars can teach us about ourselves.

This year’s celebration includes an interactive worldwide Mars simulation to engage teachers and students in the classroom.

Teams of researchers, explorers and educators will carry out interactive Mars simulations and tests of rovers, spacesuits and other hardware at locations worldwide. Activities will include a four-day simulation of a human Mars expedition at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah. The six-person crew will be led by Jon Rask from the Space Biosciences Division at NASA’s Ames Research Center.

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

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Heritage Family Day Events at Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum

The 2013 Heritage Family Day event series celebrates the diverse ethnic and cultural communities that have contributed to aviation and space exploration. Events will commemorate historic and current contributions through presentations and activities for the entire family. The events will take place at the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., and at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. The events are free and open to the public.

Hispanic Heritage Month: Innovators in Air and Space
Oct. 5, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
Celebrate Latin America’s historical contributions to aviation and space exploration. Meet current Hispanic scientists and engineers through the Smithsonian Latinos in STEM initiative. Listen to bilingual stories and participate in hands-on activities.
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=4837

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

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Celebrate Flight at the International Balloon Fiesta

NASA will be on exhibit at the International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Oct. 5-13, 2013, offering educational hands-on activities and exhibit items to thousands of flight fans. Items include an F-15 cockpit, a vacuum chamber demonstration, a high-altitude pressure suit, models of possible future aircraft, a SOFIA exhibit, and an UP Aerospace Inc. canister.

NASA’s exhibit will be located in the Discovery Center at the north end of the field.

To learn more, visit http://www.balloonfiesta.com.

The exhibit staff will also visit schools near the Fiesta site prior to and during the event.

Questions about NASA’s exhibit and the school visit schedule may be emailed to mary.a.harness@nasa.gov.

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Celebrate Earth Science Week With NASA’s Mapping Our World Interactive

From stunning true-color images to global maps of sea surface temperature, explore 25 unique views of our planet with the new Mapping Our World Interactive on the NASA Earth Science Week website. Under the theme “Mapping Our World,” ESW 2013 celebrates the importance of maps to represent complex phenomena about our planet. NASA plays a key role in this annual celebration, which has been organized by the American Geosciences Institute since 1998.

Earth Science Week is Oct. 13-19, 2013, but the celebration lasts year-round! Explore educational resources, social media events, articles, blog posts and more. Learn how NASA contributes to the world of mapping and how you, too, can take part in mapping our world.

To check out the interactive and other mapping-related resources, and to learn more about NASA events planned for Earth Science Week and beyond, visit http://climate.nasa.gov/esw2013.

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Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use

NASA invites eligible U.S. educational institutions, museums and other organizations to screen and request historical artifacts of significance to spaceflight. This is the 19th screening of artifacts since 2009.

Eligible schools, universities, museums, libraries and planetariums may view the artifacts now and request specific items from Oct. 1 through Oct. 21, 2013. Online registrations should include an assigned Department of Education number. Registration also can be made through the State Agency for Surplus Property (SASP) office in their state. For instructions, registration, and to view and make requests for artifacts online, visit:  http://gsaxcess.gov/NASAWel.htm.

Organizations should be notified about the status of their requests in early November.

The artifacts are free of charge and are offered “as-is.” Organizations must cover shipping costs and any handling fees. Shipping fees on smaller items will be relatively inexpensive, while larger items may involve extensive disassembly, preparation, shipping and reassembly costs. NASA will work closely with eligible organizations to address any unique handling costs.

Additionally, special items, such as space shuttle thermal protective tiles, tri-packages of astronaut food, Shuttle Turbine blades, and Meteor Strike Test Plates, which are newly offered this period, are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

To date more than 8,000 artifacts from programs, including the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, space shuttle and the Hubble Space Telescope, have been given to institutions in all 50 U.S. states.

For more about NASA and agency programs, visit: https://www.nasa.gov.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to GSAXcessHelp@gsa.gov.

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2014 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships

NASA is seeking applications from U.S. graduate students for the agency’s Space Technology Research Fellowships. The research grants, worth as much as $68,000 per year, will coincide with the start of the 2014 fall term.

Applications will be accepted from students pursuing or planning to pursue master’s or doctorate degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at accredited U.S. universities. The grants will sponsor U.S. graduate student researchers who show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s strategic space technology objectives through their studies. To date, NASA has awarded grants to 193 student researchers from 68 universities located in 33 states and one U.S. territory.

Sponsored by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, the fellowships are improving America’s technological competitiveness by providing the nation with a pipeline of innovative space technologies.

The deadline for submitting applications is Nov. 13, 2013.

For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/NSTRF14.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to hq-nstrf-call@mail.nasa.gov.

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2014 RASC-AL Robo-Ops Competition

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace announce the 2014 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage Exploration Robo-Ops, also known as RASC-AL Robo-Ops, competition. This design competition is aimed at university-level engineering students.

The RASC-AL Robo-Ops contest challenges participants to build a planetary rover prototype and demonstrate its capabilities in field tests at NASA’s Johnson Space Center’s Rock Yard. Up to three members of the team (plus the faculty advisor) may travel to Johnson Space Center for the onsite testing. The remaining team members will stay behind at the local university to conduct mission control tasks. The prototype rovers will be tele-operated by the mission control team members and must negotiate a series of obstacles while accomplishing a variety of tasks that include sample collection and acquisition. The only information available to the rover controller to perform the required tasks will be information transmitted through onboard rover video camera(s) or other onboard sensors.

Interested teams are encouraged to submit a notice of intent by Nov. 15, 2013, and teams must submit a project plan for their proposed project by Dec. 8, 2013. The RASC-AL Robo-Ops Steering Committee of NASA experts will evaluate the project plans and select as many as eight teams to compete against each other at the Rock Yard in June 2014.

The RASC-AL competition is open to full-time undergraduate or graduate students majoring in engineering or science at an accredited university. University design teams must include one faculty or industry advisor with a university affiliation and two or more undergraduate or graduate students. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

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

If you have questions about this competition, please contact Stacy Dees at stacy.dees@nianet.org or Shelley Spears at shelley.spears@nianet.org.

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NASA Exploration Design Challenge

Students from Kindergarten through 12th grade will have the opportunity to play a unique role in the future of human spaceflight through participation in NASA’s Exploration Design Challenge, or EDC. NASA EDC invites students around the world to think and act like scientists in order to overcome one of the major hurdles of deep space long-duration exploration — the dangers associated with space radiation. Students taking part in the challenge will discover how to plan and design improved radiation shielding aboard the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, currently being developed by NASA, Lockheed Martin and other partners to carry astronauts to space, venturing farther than humans have ever gone before.

Through a series of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, engagement activities, students in grades K-8 will analyze different materials that simulate space radiation shielding and recommend materials that best block radiation and protect astronauts. Students in grades 9-12 will think and act like engineers as they apply what they learn to design shielding to protect a sensor on the Orion crew module from space radiation. After a review of the design solutions submitted by teams in the grades 9-12 challenge, five finalist teams will be selected and matched with a mentor from NASA to test their designs in a virtual simulator. The winning team will build a prototype radiation shield that will be analyzed and submitted to Lockheed Martin for flight certification on the inaugural flight of the Orion Exploration Flight Test, or EFT-1.

The five U.S. finalist teams from the grades 9-12 challenge will be invited to attend the EFT-1 launch, currently scheduled for November 2014. The names of all students, grades K-12, participating in the NASA EDC will fly aboard the spacecraft as honorary virtual crewmembers for Orion’s first flight. The deadline to register students for the virtual crew is July 31, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/spacelife/explorationdesign/overview/index.html#.UdLvoBZU3dI.

For more information about Orion, visit https://www.nasa.gov/orion.

Email any questions about this opportunity to nasaedc@nianet.org.

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Frequently Asked Questions — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums, and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH13ZHA001N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008)

Four new Frequently Asked Questions received after the proposal due date were posted on the CP4SMP+ portal page on NSPIRES on Sept. 23, 2013.

Visit: https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7b37764C2A-F415-01DF-1B30-F1971BE7F8BE%7d&path=closedPast

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

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

NASA Education Express — June 6, 2013

Check out the followingNASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listedbelow.

Guidance for Education and Public Outreach Activities UnderSequestration

NASA has taken the first steps in addressing themandatory spending cuts called for in the Budget Control Act of 2011. The lawmandates a series of indiscriminate and significant across-the-board spending reductionstotaling $1.2 trillion over 10 years.

As a result, NASA has been forced to implement anumber of new cost-saving measures, policies, and reviews in order to minimizeimpacts to the mission-critical activities of the Agency. Guidance regarding conferences,travel, and training that reflect the new fiscal reality in which the agencymust operate has been provided.

For specific guidance as it relates to public outreach and engagementactivities please reference the following webpage.

https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/about/sequestration-NASA-education-guidance.html

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

NASA Exploration DesignChallenge
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Virtual Crew Registration Deadline: March 14,2014

International Space StationScience: Get up to Speed and in the Know!
Audience: All Educators

Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: June 7, 2013, at Noon EDT

National Air and SpaceMuseum Super Science Saturday Events
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event: June 8, 2013

Engineering Design Process: On the Moon Educator Guide Web Seminar
Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: June 12, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

Free Exploring Space Lecture — Attend in Personor View Online
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher EducationStudents
Next Lecture Date: June 13, 2013, at 8 p.m. EDT

LAUNCH Systems Challenge2013
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Early Bird Entry Deadline: June 15, 2013
Final Entry Deadline: July 15, 2013

CosmoQuest Lunar Surface GeologyWorkshop
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Workshop Dates: June 17-21, 2013

2013 Lunar Workshops forEducators
Audience: 6-9 Educators
Workshop Dates: June 24-28, and July 8-12, 2013

The Unknown Moon — AWeeklong Institute for High School Educators
Audience: 9-12 Educators
Institute Dates: June 24-28, 2013

Langley AerospaceResearch Student Scholars — Fall 2013 Session
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: June 26, 2013

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program –Mission 5 to the International Space Station
Audience: School Districts Serving Grades 5-12, Informal EducationInstitutions, Colleges and Universities
Inquiry Deadline: June 30, 2013

NASA Partners With the LEGO Group forDesign and Build Contest
Audience: Anyone Age 13 or Older
Entry Deadline: July 31, 2013

Don’t miss out onupcoming NASA education opportunities.
For a full list of events, opportunities andmore, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA’swebsite:
— Educators https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/current-opps-index.html

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NASA ExplorationDesign Challenge

Students from Kindergarten through 12th gradewill have the opportunity to play a unique role in the future of humanspaceflight through participation in NASA’s Exploration Design Challenge, orEDC. NASA EDC invites students around the world to think and act likescientists in order to overcome one of the major hurdles of deep spacelong-duration exploration — the dangers associated with space radiation.Students taking part in the challenge will discover how to plan and designimproved radiation shielding aboard the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle,currently being developed by NASA, Lockheed Martin and other partners to carryastronauts to space, venturing farther than humans have ever gone before.

Through a series of science, technology,engineering and mathematics, or STEM, engagement activities, students in gradesK-8 will analyze different materials that simulate space radiation shieldingand recommend materials that best block radiation and protect astronauts.Students in grades 9-12 will think and act like engineers as they apply whatthey learn to design shielding to protect a sensor on the Orion crew modulefrom space radiation. After a review of the design solutions submitted by teamsin the grades 9-12 challenge, five finalist teams will be selected and matchedwith a mentor from NASA to test their designs in a virtual simulator. Thewinning team will build a prototype radiation shield that will be analyzed andsubmitted to Lockheed Martin for flight certification on the inaugural flightof the Orion Exploration Flight Test, or EFT-1.

The five U.S. finalist teams from the grades9-12 challenge will be invited to attend the EFT-1 launch, currently scheduledfor November 2014. The names of all students, grades K-12, participating in theNASA EDC will fly aboard the spacecraft as honorary virtual crewmembers forOrion’s first flight. The deadline to register students for the virtual crew isMarch 14, 2014.

For more information and to register online,visit https://www.nasa.gov/education/edc.

For more information about Orion, visit https://www.nasa.gov/orion.

Email any questions about this opportunity to nasaedc@nianet.org.

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International Space Station Science: Get up to Speed and in the Know!

As educators you bring the excitement of science andexploration to your students each day in the classroom. But how can you findthe latest information about what is taking place aboard the InternationalSpace Station, or ISS, especially with all of the science and research takingplace every day? Here are five effective ways you can keep current and feelmore confident in talking to students about the space station and what ishappening in the orbiting laboratory.

1.) Subscribe to the ISS Program Science Listserv. Subscribers receivetwice-weekly emails with compelling stories about important space stationresearch conducted each day.
https://lists.nasa.gov/mailman/listinfo/iss-program-science-group

2.) Read the information-rich ISS Research and Technology Web page (https://www.nasa.gov/iss-science/) and the engaging ISS research blog, A LabAloft (http://go.usa.gov/atI).

3.) Know the ISS research benefits for humanity. Find them at https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/benefits/.

4.) Follow timely ISS research updates on Twitter (https://twitter.com/ISS_Research) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ISS).

5.) Learn how to get research aboard the ISS (or refer those interested)https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/ops/research_information.html.

Questions about space station research and guidance on where to find additionalinformation should be directed to the ISS Research Helpline at jsc-iss-research-helpline@mail.nasa.gov

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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education ServicesProject

The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of freewebinars throughout June 2013. All webinars can be accessed online. Joinaerospace education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans,educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

Engineering Design Process: Part 1 — Ask, Imagine and Plan (Grades 6-12)
June 7, 2013, at Noon – 1 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist John Weis for this first part in a hands-onwebinar series to provide details on the first three steps of the engineering designprocess. Participants learn about problem identification, brainstorming anddesign challenges using the “Spaghetti Anyone?” tower buildingactivity.

What Is a Robot? (Grades 4-8)
June 10, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and 6 -7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Angelo Casaburri will explore the critical rolerobotics plays in NASA’s exploration of Earth, the solar system and beyond.Participants will take part in robotics classroom activities that enhancelessons relating to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Engineering Design Process: Introduction (Grades 3-9)
June 11, 2013, at 1 – 2 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan as he provides teachers with anintroduction to the engineering design process. Upon completion of the webinar,participants will be able to confidently choose activities to develop expertisein engineering as recommended by the Common Core standards.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinarstaking place through June 2013, visit http://aesp.psu.edu/programs/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to ChrisGamrat at gamrat@psu.edu.

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National Air andSpace Museum Super Science Saturday Events

Join the National Air and Space Museum on the second Saturday ofeach month during 2013 for Super Science Saturday at the Steven F. Udvar-HazyCenter in Chantilly, Va. Through demonstrations and hands-on activities,visitors of all ages will become immersed in science, technology, engineeringand mathematics topics related to aviation and space exploration. Each eventtakes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Admission is free, and parkingis $15.

Upcoming topics include:

June 8, 2013 — Energy
July 13, 2013 — Weather
Aug. 10, 2013 — Helicopters
Sept. 14, 2013 — Living and Working in Space
Oct. 12, 2013 — Balloons and Blimps
Nov. 9, 2013 — The Moon and Beyond
Dec. 14, 2013 — The Wright Brothers

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/superscience/.

Questions about this series of lectures shouldbe directed to nasmpubliclectures@si.edu.

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Engineering Design Process: On the Moon Educator GuideWeb Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, theNASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar on June 12, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT.

As a result of thisseminar, you will be able to use two lessons from the “On the Moon” educator guide.“On Target” and “Feel the Heat,” address the Next Generation Science Standardsdimensions associated with middle school DisciplinaryCore Ideas, science and engineering practices and middle school crosscutting concepts. Learn how to use theengineering design process to challenge students to solve problems related toexploring the moon. This session will fully prepare you to implement theseactivities in your classroom.

This is the only time this Web seminar will be offered during the currentschool year.

For more information and toregister online, visit URL http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar5.aspx.

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NASA Explorer Schools helpdesk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov

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Free Exploring Space Lecture — Attend in Personor View Online

The 2013 Exploring Space Lectures will featureworld-class scholars discussing the incredibly diverse worlds that make up oursolar system. The lectures will be held at the National Air and Space Museum inWashington, D.C., and are free to attend. Tickets are required. The lectureswill be webcast live for free viewing. Lecture videos will be archived.

50 Years of Solar System Exploration: NewWorlds, New Discoveries

Through the decades of planetary explorations, awide variety of spacecraft (orbiters, landers, rovers and more) have revealedan amazing diversity of worlds, each with its own story to tell. Join James L. Green, director of planetary science at NASAHeadquarters, as he guides attendees through the 50-year voyage of discovery.

The lecture will take place on June 13,2013, at 8 p.m. Come early to see a free film and to meet the lecturer.

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=4980.

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LAUNCH Systems Challenge 2013

NASA, the U.S. Agency for InternationalDevelopment, the U.S. Department of State and Nike recently announced achallenge to identify 10 game-changing innovations that could transform thesystem of fabrics to one that advances equitable global economic growth, driveshuman prosperity and replenishes the planet’s resources.

Challenge organizers are interested ininnovations with potential to scale in two years, as well as game-changingearly stage technologies and prototypes. Innovations can be business models,financial instruments, technologies and programs that accelerate research,education and capacity building.

The LAUNCH Systems Challenge 2013 is openthrough July 15, 2013.Early bird submissions are due June 15, 2013. Ten innovators that apply by the June 15 early submission deadlinewill be selected to qualify for professional advice on submissions. The first10 innovators will receive a special message from an astronaut or eliteathlete.

Forum partners will select 10 innovators topresent their technology solutions at the LAUNCH Systems Challenge 2013 forum,which will be held Sept. 26-29, 2013, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory inPasadena, Calif.

NASA and the LAUNCH Council — thought leadersrepresenting a diverse and collaborative body of entrepreneurs, scientists,engineers, government, media and business — will participate in the forum andhelp guide these innovations forward. The selected LAUNCH innovators willreceive networking and mentoring opportunities from influential business andgovernment leaders, as well as portfolio presentations.

LAUNCH was created to identify, showcase andsupport innovative approaches to global sustainability challenges. LAUNCHsearches for visionaries whose ideas, technologies or programs show greatpromise for making tangible impacts on society in the developed and developingworlds.

For more information about the LAUNCH SystemsChallenge 2013 and how to enter, visit http://www.launch.org/challenges/systems-2013.

Inquiries about this challenge should bedirected to http://www.launch.org/contact.

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CosmoQuest Lunar SurfaceGeology Workshop

Join astronomers and educators from Southern Illinois University Edwardsvilleand CosmoQuest to learn how your students can conduct authentic astronomyresearch in the classroom. The workshop is open to middle school educators andwill take place June 17-21, 2013, inEdwardsville, Ill.

Participants will receive practical ideas for bringing citizen science into theclassroom. Free materials and a stipend will be provided. Optional continuingprofessional development units and graduate course credit are available.

For more information, visit http://www.smdeponews.org/programs-events/cosmoquest-lunar-surface-geology-workshop-for-middle-school-educators-june-17-21/.

Questions about the workshop should be directed to Georgia Bracey at gbracey@siue.edu.

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2013 LunarWorkshops for Educators

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO,mission is sponsoring a pair of workshops for educators of students in grades6-9. These workshops will focus on lunar science, exploration and how ourunderstanding of the moon is evolving with the new data from current and recentlunar missions.

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has allowedscientists to measure the coldest known place in the solar system, map thesurface of the moon in unprecedented detail and accuracy, find evidence ofrecent lunar geologic activity, characterize the radiation environment aroundthe moon and its potential effects on future lunar explorers and much, muchmore!

Workshop participants will learn about these andother recent discoveries, reinforce their understanding of lunar scienceconcepts, gain tools to help address common student misconceptions about themoon, interact with lunar scientists and engineers, work with LRO data andlearn how to bring these data and information to their students using hands-onactivities aligned with grades 6-9 National Science Education Standards andBenchmarks.

Workshops will take place: June 24-28 and July 8-12, 2013,at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Workshop participantswill have the opportunity to tour the LRO Mission Operation Center and theGoddard spacecraft testing facilities.

Each workshop will be limited to 25participants. Interested educators are encouraged to apply early to secure aspot. Qualified applicants will be accepted in the order they apply.

For more information and to register for theworkshops, visit http://lunar.gsfc.nasa.gov/lwe/index.html.

Questions about these workshops should bedirected to Katie Hessen at Katie.K.Hessen@nasa.gov.

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The Unknown Moon — AWeeklong Institute for High School Educators

NASA’s Lunar Science Institute is hosting a weeklong institute forhigh school science educators. Participants will receive hands-onstandards-aligned classroom resources that bridge the topics of Earth and themoon, as well as a variety of science and engineering topics. Tours ofscientific research facilities and interaction with lunar scientists will alsotake place during the institute.

The Unknown Moon Institute will take place June 24-28, 2013, inLaurel, Md. Registration is free, and applications are considered on afirst-come, first-served basis. Participants will receive a certificate forprofessional development hours.

For more information and to apply for theinstitute, visit http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/workshops/unknownMoon/.

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to Christine Shupla at shupla@lpi.usra.edu.

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Langley AerospaceResearch Student Scholars — Fall 2013 Session

Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars, orLARSS, is offering a 15-week fall internship at NASA’s Langley Research Centerin Hampton, Va. Internships are available for rising undergraduate juniors,seniors and graduate students at accredited U.S. colleges, universities andcommunity colleges. Students of all majors are encouraged to apply. The gradepoint average requirement is a 3.0 out of a 4.0.

The internship includes doing a research projectunder the supervision of a researcher, attending technical lectures byprominent engineers and scientists and presenting project results at a postersession. Additional elements include tours of Langley wind tunnels,computational facilities and laboratories, as well as several networkingactivities.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applicationsare due June 26, 2013.

Note: Spring and summer sessions are alsooffered. Please see the website for details.

For more information and to apply online, visit http://www.nianet.org/LARSS-2012/index.aspx.

Please email any questions about thisopportunity to Debbie Murray at Deborah.B.Murray@nasa.gov.

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Student SpaceflightExperiments Program — Mission 5 to the International Space Station

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the ArthurC. Clarke Institute for Space Education, in partnership with NanoRacks LLC,announce an authentic science, technology, engineering and mathematics, orSTEM, opportunity for school districts across the U.S. and space stationpartner nations. The newest flight opportunity, Mission 5 to the InternationalSpace Station, or ISS, gives students across a community the ability to designand propose real experiments to fly in low Earth orbit on the InternationalSpace Station. This opportunity is part of the Student Spaceflight ExperimentsProgram, or SSEP.

Each participating community will receive a realmicrogravity research mini-laboratory capable of supporting a singlemicrogravity experiment, and all launch services to fly the mini-lab to thespace station in spring 2014 and return it to Earth. An experiment designcompetition in each community — engaging typically 300+ students — allowsstudent teams to design and propose real experiments vying fortheir community’s reserved mini-lab. Content resources for teachers andstudents support foundational instruction on science in microgravity andexperimental design. Additional SSEP programming leverages the experimentdesign competition to engage the community, embracing a learning communitymodel for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education.

This competition is open to students in grades 5-12 and college. Informaleducation groups and organizations are also encouraged to participate.Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than June 30, 2013. The National Center for Earth and SpaceScience Education is available to help interested communities in the U.S.secure the needed funding.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit the SSEP Mission 5 to InternationalSpace Station National Announcement of Opportunity at
http://ssep.ncesse.org/2013/05/to-school-districts-announcing-student-spaceflight-experiment-program-ssep-mission-5-to-the-international-space-station-for-2013-14/.

SSEP is enabled through a strategic partnership with NanoRacks LLC working withNASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of theInternational Space Station as a national laboratory. The Center for theAdvancement of Science in Space (
http://www.iss-casis.org/) is a national partner on SSEP. To view a list of allSSEP national partners, visit http://ssep.ncesse.org/national-partners/.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please email SSEP NationalProgram Director Jeff Goldstein at jeffgoldstein@ncesse.org.

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NASA Partners With the LEGO Group forDesign and Build Contest

NASA and the LEGO Group are partnering to inspire the next generation ofaerospace engineers by offering a new design competition. The competition willspur students of all ages to use the toy bricks in building models of futureairplanes and spacecraft.

The “NASA’s Missions: Imagine and Build” competition is now open withan entry deadline of July 31, 2013.Winners in each category will be selected by a panel of NASA and LEGO officialsand announced Sept. 1, 2013.

The first category in the contest is “Inventing Our Future ofFlight.” In this challenge, participants will design and build their ideafor an aircraft of the future based on real concepts and new technology NASA’saeronautics innovators are working on to increase fuel efficiency and reduceharmful emissions and noise.

In addition to building a model from LEGO bricks or using the LEGO DigitalDesigner computer program, participants in this category also must prepare andwrite a technical paper. The paper will explain how the contest design takesadvantage of NASA’s ideas and potentially improves on them.

This category divides entrants into two groups: young student builders ages 13to 18 and an open group for anyone age 13 and older. The two winners willreceive a custom-made LEGO trophy and a collection of NASA memorabilia.

The second contest category is “Imagine Our Future Beyond Earth.” Inthis challenge, participants will use their imaginations to design and build afuturistic vehicle from LEGO bricks that might travel through the air or inspace. It could be an airplane, rotorcraft, rocket, spacecraft, satellite,rover or something else. The design can be based in reality or purely a flightof fancy. This competition is open to entrants 16 or older. The grand prize isa LEGO set signed by the set’s designer and a collection of NASA memorabilia.There also is a runner up prize.

To read the complete rules and guidelines for submitting the LEGO model andtechnical paper, visit http://rebrick.lego.com/.

LEGO Systems, Inc. is the North American division of The LEGO Group, aprivately-held, family-owned company based in Billund, Denmark. The company isone of the world’s leading manufacturers of creatively educational playmaterials for children. For more information and to visit the virtual LEGOworld, go to http://www.LEGO.com.

For more information about NASA aeronautics research and space exploration,visit https://www.nasa.gov.

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

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

NASA Education Express — May 16, 2013

Check out the followingNASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listedbelow.

Guidance for Education and Public Outreach Activities UnderSequestration

NASA has taken the first steps in addressing themandatory spending cuts called for in the Budget Control Act of 2011. The lawmandates a series of indiscriminate and significant across-the-board spending reductionstotaling $1.2 trillion over 10 years.

As a result, NASA has been forced to implement anumber of new cost-saving measures, policies, and reviews in order to minimizeimpacts to the mission-critical activities of the Agency. Guidance regarding conferences,travel, and training that reflect the new fiscal reality in which the agencymust operate has been provided.

For specific guidance as it relates to public outreach and engagementactivities please reference the following webpage.

https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/about/sequestration-NASA-education-guidance.html

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

2013 GLOBE Virtual Student Conference
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: Ongoing Through May 31, 2013

Engineering Design Challenge: Thermal ProtectionSystem Web Seminar
Audience: 8-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: May 16, 2013, at 6:30 p.m.

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event –International Space Station EarthKAM Celebration
Audience: Middle School Educators and Students
Event Date: May 17, 2013, 11 a.m. – Noon CDT

Free Education Webinar Series from the AerospaceEducation Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: May 17, 2013

ROSES-13 Amendment 9: Final Text forROSES-13 Appendix A.35, The GLOBE Implementation Office
Audience: Education Organizations and Consortiums
Notice of Intent Requested by: May 20, 2013
Proposal Deadline: July 19, 2013

The Curiosity Rover: Robotic Geologistand Explorer Web Seminar
Audience: Grades 4-9 Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: May 21, 2013

Engineering Design Challenge: SpacecraftStructures Web Seminar
Audience: 5-9 and Informal Educators
Event Date: May 22, 2013

NASA ISS FIT iPad AppChallenge
Audience: Application Designers, Developers and Producers
Challenge Runs through July 1, 2013

MAVEN Workshop — Red Planet: Read,Write, Explore!
Audience: Teachers of Grades 3-5
Application Deadline: July 24, 2013
Workshop Date: Aug. 24, 2013

Airborne Research Experience forEducators Academy
Audience: 4-12 Educators
Applications Open Until Spots Filled

DIYPodcast — Tutorial Videos
Audience: K-12 Educators

Teacher Learning Journeys Project
Audience: All Educators

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

Don’t miss out onupcoming NASA education opportunities.
For a full list of events, opportunities andmore, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA’swebsite:
— Educators https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/current-opps-index.html

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2013 GLOBE Virtual Student Conference

The Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment, or GLOBE,Virtual Student Conference is a place for GLOBE students to showcase theirresearch projects for peer and scientific review. These projects will beavailable online for the public to view and to post comments and questions. Projectswill be available for viewing through May31, 2013.

To learn more about the GLOBE Virtual Student Conference, visit http://www.globe.gov/web/scrc/virtual-conference/2013-virtual-student-conference.

Questions about this event should be directed to
http://www.globe.gov/contact-globe.

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Engineering Design Challenge: Thermal Protection System Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminarfor educators on May 16, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn about the scienceof heat transfer and heat dissipation related to NASA vehicles, and receive anintroduction to the associated engineering design challenge, Thermal ProtectionSystem. In this activity, students are challenged to design a thermalprotection system and test it using a propane torch.

This is the last time, during the current school year, this seminar will beoffered.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar16.aspx.

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — International Space Station EarthKAMCelebration

NASA invites students and educators to tune in for a special Digital LearningNetwork webcast event celebrating International Space Station, or ISS,EarthKAM. Students around the world recently used a camera aboard the spacestation to take pictures of erosion on Earth during the ISS EarthKAM missionthat took place April 23-26, 2013. These same students will video conferencewith NASA astronaut Michael Fincke at NASA’s Johnson Space Center to share whatthey learned about erosion, to exchange images and to chat about the researchbeing conducted from the space station.

The event will be webcast on the NASA DLiNfo Channel on May 17, 2013, at 11 a.m. CDT.

All students are invited to join in the fun by submitting questions to dlinfochannel@gmail.com.

Formore information about the ISS EarthKAM Event and to view the webcast, visitthe DLiNfo Channel page at https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/webcast/webcast.html.

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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project ispresenting a series of free webinars throughout May 2013. All webinars can beaccessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn aboutactivities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into yourclassroom.

Climate Versus Weather: It’s a Matter of Time (Grades 3-8)
May 17, 2013,
at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and6 – 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will explore how weather andclimate are related and how they differ. Participants will be introduced to NASAwebsites that will engage and educate students about these important topics.

Understanding the Red Planet: Mars Image Analysis (Grades 5-12)
May 20, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and 6 -7 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt as he shares ways to use imagestaken by Arizona State University’s Thermal Emission Imaging System, or THEMIS,visible camera aboard NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft. The Odyssey spacecraftarrived at Mars on October 24, 2001, and its images show the shape of the Martiansurface (geologic features).

Modeling the Solar System: What Is a Planet? (Grades 3-8)
May 21, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and 6 -7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Angelo Casaburri will discuss the challenges ofteaching students about the scale of our solar system. Using a simple cashregister tape activity, participants will learn how to model the vast distancesbetween the sun and planets. Mathematical scale, astronomical units anddifferences between planets and a dwarf planets will also be discussed.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinarstaking place through May 2013, visit http://aesp.psu.edu/programs/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to ChrisGamrat at gamrat@psu.edu.

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ROSES-13 Amendment 9: Final Text for ROSES-13 Appendix A.35, The GLOBEImplementation Office

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit theEnvironment, or GLOBE, Program is an important element of NASA’s commitment topromoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM educationamong youth worldwide and to enhancing its international collaboration throughthe peaceful use of space. The Earth Science Division of NASA’s Science MissionDirectorate solicits proposals for an organization or a consortium oforganizations to host the GLOBE Implementation Office and collaborate with NASAin the implementation of GLOBE, with the objective of strengthening theprogrammatic support for GLOBE and enhancing the value of GLOBE to itsworldwide community of partners, students, teachers and scientists.

NASA anticipates making one award through this competitive solicitation atapproximately $0.5-0.8M for the first four months of transition from thecurrent operations and $2.0-2.5M per year for the subsequent three years, for atotal of three years and four months.

This Amendment creates Appendix A.35. Notices of Intent are requested by May 20, 2013, and proposals are due July 19, 2013.

This amendment to the NASA Research Announcement “Research Opportunitiesin Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2013” (NNH13ZDA001N) has been postedon the NASA research opportunity homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ and appears on the RSS feed at http://nasascience.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/grant-solicitations/roses-2013.

Questions concerning Appendix A.35, The GLOBE Implementation Office, may bedirected to Ming-Ying Wei, Earth Science Division, Science Mission Directorate,NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546-0001. Telephone: (202) 358-0771; Email:mwei@nasa.gov.

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The Curiosity Rover: Robotic Geologist and Explorer WebSeminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, theNASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a 90-minute Web seminar on May21, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. JordanEvans from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory will provide an overview of theCuriosity mission and talk about some stunning geologic discoveries. Curiosityis packing 10 science instruments, including four spectrometers, a rock-zappinglaser and the first drill used on Mars.

For more information and to registeronline, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar27.aspx.

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NASA Explorer Schools helpdesk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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Engineering Design Challenge: Spacecraft Structures Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminarfor educators on May 22, 2013 at 6:30p.m. EDT. Learn how to incorporate the excitement of rocketry into yourclassroom during this Web seminar and receive an overview of the studentengineering design challenge, Spacecraft Structures, where students design andconstruct a strong, but lightweight, structure that can withstand the launch ofa water bottle “rocket.”

Due to popular demand, this Web seminar is being offered this one final timeduring the current school year.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar14.aspx.

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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NASA ISS FIT iPad AppChallenge

The NASA Tournament Lab has launched a newchallenge in support of International Space Station operations. The ISS FoodIntake Tracker, or FIT, iPad App Challenge asks participants to design, developand produce an iPad application that will allow space station crewmembers toeasily track what foods they eat.

The application should seamlessly identify theuser, track all dietary intake (food and beverages) and provide a timestamp ofwhen the intake was consumed. And the app must be compatible with the iPadoperating system.

This challenge is divided into multiple stages,and each stage has its own start and end date. The challenge is currentlyscheduled to run through July1, 2013. For full challenge details and a list of what stepsare currently in progress, visit http://www.topcoder.com/iss/fit/.

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to https://www.nasa.gov/offices/COECI/contact_us.html.

iPad is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.

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MAVEN Workshop — Red Planet:Read, Write, Explore!

The Mars Atmosphere and VolatileEvolutioN, or MAVEN, mission will explore the planet’s upper atmosphere,ionosphere and interactions with the solar wind. Set to launch in November2013, the mission will provide invaluable insights into the history of Mars’atmosphere and climate, liquid water and planetary habitability.

Join the MAVEN education team for aone-day workshop on the MAVEN mission and the accompanying program for grades3-5, Red Planet: Read, Write Explore! This program features six standards-basedlessons that combine science, literacy and art to help students understandplanetary habitability and the MAVEN mission. The workshop will introduce participantsto these lessons and concepts. The workshop also will have a session devoted toSpanish speaking English Language Learner and English as a Second Languagestudents. Attendees will receive free classroom materials.

The workshop will take place Aug. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles, Calif. Applicationsare due July 24, 2013, but space islimited so interested educators are encouraged to apply early.

For more information aboutthe workshop and to apply online, visit http://lasp.colorado.edu/home/maven/education-outreach/for-educators/red-planet/los-angeles-workshop/.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to
epomail@lasp.colorado.edu.

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Airborne Research Experience forEducators Academy

In support of our nation’s commitment to training and retaining100,000 science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, teachersover the next decade through the 100Kin10 initiative, NASA’s Earth ScienceProject Office and NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center Office of Education arerecruiting 12 STEM teachers to participate in the Airborne Research Experiencefor Educators Academy, a 10-day research experience July 15-25, 2013, at the AerospaceEducation Research Operations, or AERO, Institute in Palmdale, Calif. Applicantscan be formal (traditional classrooms, public or private) or informal (museum,science center, etc.) educators of grades 4-12.

Through interactions with NASA’s unique content, facilities and personnel, the academywill focus on three education goals through a variety of interfaces (virtual,in-person, self-directed learning):
1. Engage in NASA’s unique, airborne research-based missions.
2. Increase core scientific and research knowledge base.
3. Generate NASA mission-based STEM resources and teaching materials.

Participants will be anchored in a community of scientific practice through anend-to-end airborne experience that will focus on two NASA Earth sciencemissions: (1) Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel, or HS3, an investigation ofhow tropical storms form and develop into hurricanes, and (2) Airborne TropicalTRopopause Experiment, or ATTREX, a study of atmospheric compoundconcentrations and their impact on the Earth’s climate and energy budget.

Experiences will include technical content instruction from mission scientistsand engineers, utilization of technology via an online tool to monitor missionsin real-time, pedagogical content instruction in 21st century skills,inquiry-based teaching and learning, engineering design and project-basedlearning. Experiences will be translated into teaching practice through thedevelopment of a thematic STEM module and action plan.

This opportunity will remain open untilall seats are filled. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and may apply asindividuals or as an interdisciplinary team of two – three persons.

For more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/education/arees or http://aeroi.org/node/13.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Shaun Smith at shaun.smith@nasa.gov.

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DIY Podcast — Tutorial Videos

Are you tired of struggling to find new ways to integrate technology into yourcurriculum? NASA’s Do-It-Yourself Podcast website is the place to begin: Itoffers free public-domain resources to help you and your students build yourown podcasts. With DIY Podcast, you and your students can start creatingpodcast files immediately.

Building podcasts supports national education standards in the science,technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines. The process alsosupports different learning styles. The auditory and visual learners can listento and watch their podcasts to review the content and learn even more. Thekinesthetic learner can perform demonstrations to add to the video. And becausethey are in the starring roles, students will watch/listen to the podcastrepeatedly. The repetition reinforces the content.

NASA offers six video tutorials to show educators and students how easy it isto make podcasts and vodcasts. In just minutes, we show you how to create audioand video podcast files with the free video clips, audio tracks and images onthe DIY Podcast site. The six-video series comprises:

— What Is a Podcast?
— DIY Podcast Tour
— Viewing and Downloading Video Clips
— Listening to and Downloading Audio Clips
— Building an Audio Podcast
— Building a Video Podcast

The series provides time-saving tips for helping students create podcasts andexplains the benefits of using podcasts as an educational tool. You can findadditional techniques and tips on the DIY Podcast Blog. Visit today to learnhow you and your students can make podcasts — all it takes is a few minutes!

NASA’s DIY Podcast Tutorial Videos
https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/diypodcast/tutorials-index-diy.html

NASA’s DIY Podcast Blog https://blogs.nasa.gov/cm/newui/blog/viewpostlist.jsp?blogname=diyPodcastBlog

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Teacher Learning Journeys Project

NASA’s Aerospace Education Services Project has teamed up with the NationalScience Teachers Association to launch the new Teacher Learning Journeysproject. This new approach to individualized professional development isdesigned to help teachers meet personal learning goals and increase studentlearning and motivation.

Educators can select, prioritize and complete professional development paths thatallow them to find and make use of specific resources, teaching strategies andcontent they need for their students. Participants may apply for digitalbadges, a form of recognition that explains the activity, required effort andskills acquired.

For more information and to register for the free project, visit http://aesp.psu.edu/programs/teacher-learning-journey/.

Questions about the Teacher Learning Journeys project should be directed toChris Gamrat at gamrat@psu.edu.

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What’s New at NASA’s Space Place Website

More and more of our readers are using mobile devices. For that reason, we haverecently optimized the design of The Space Place to work well on mobile phonescreens. You will see only what fits comfortably (at a readable size) on eventhe smallest screen, with the rest of the page accessible at your touch. Here’swhat else we’ve been doing . . .

What’s New?
Why would a pigeon racer phone the Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder,Colo., for a report before entering a prized pigeon into a big race?

It’s surprising how many ways the sun affects Earth and its living things.Solar storms can cause “bad space weather” on Earth. Bad spaceweather can damage communication and navigation satellites, power grids andhurt astronauts on the space station. But that’s not all. Read this new articleon The Space Place to find out why homing pigeons and their human handlersmight care about space weather. Go to http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/pigeons.

Un Rescate en Español
We have all heard stories in which it took many days and a lot of trouble andexpense to rescue or find people who were lost in the wilderness or at sea.Sometimes, the rescue comes too late. Here’s a story with a much happierending, thanks to advance planning and the help of a well-designed and -managedsystem involving weather satellites and a ground-support system. This newfeature on Space Place is in both English and Spanish, with Spanish being thestory’s original form. Go to http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/sarsat/sp.

Spotlight on a Dream Career
A Mars mission is good example to show how different scientists and engineerscan be. The engineers build and operate the spacecraft, and the scientistsdetermine what information it will gather once it is on the ground or in orbit.Engineers and scientists have different priorities. So there is a special kindof engineer who designs and sets up tools that allow these two types of peopleto work smoothly together. That’s the job of our latest Mission Chroniclesblogger. Sarah Milkovich gives a unique view of how a diverse missionoperations and science team can work together even though they are locatedaround the country. Check it out at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/mission-chronicles/#milkovich.

For the Classroom
No matter what kind of science lesson or activity you are doing with yourclass, the most important lesson is how to think like a scientist. Scienceisn’t just a bunch of facts. And although there is a formal process known asthe scientific method, it is not always necessary to follow it in order to “doscience.” So what is science? That is the weighty topic dealt with lightly at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/science.Along with this discussion is an introduction to doing a science fair project,which can be found at spaceplace.nasa.gov/science-fair. Although it may be abit late in the year to think about science fairs, such projects can also beencouraged just to satisfy students’ curiosity — or, if that isn’t enough –for extra credit!

For Out of School Time
A menu full of games will entertain kids all summer, while sneaking in a fewinformal science and technology lessons — but don’t let them know about thislatter advantage! See them all in one place at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/menu/play.

Also, don’t forget about our iPhone and iPad mobile apps over the summer. SpacePlace Prime updates daily with new images, videos and articles from The SpacePlace. Games “Satellite Insight” and “Comet Quest” are alsofun challenges. Find out more at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/ios.

Special Days

June 8: World Oceans Day
Pick from a diverse set of ocean-related pages and activities at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/search/ocean.

June 16:Father’s Day
Any dad would love a cloud mobile or a galactic mobile. Check out the mobilesat http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/cloud-mobileor http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/galactic-mobile.

June 21: Summer Solstice, First Day ofSummer
There’s a simple explanation of why we have seasons at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/seasons.

We Love Feedback
Thanks to the many of you who have written to info@spaceplace.nasa.gov to tell ushow you use our website in your teaching and informal work with kids. We arehappy to be able to bring you this valuable resource to enhance and supplementyour curriculum.

Have a restorative, relaxing summer. Meanwhile, we will continue working tobring you more new materials for next school year.

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Don’t miss out on education-relatedopportunities 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 25, 2013

Check out the followingNASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listedbelow.

Guidance for Education and Public Outreach Activities UnderSequestration

NASA has taken the first steps in addressing themandatory spending cuts called for in the Budget Control Act of 2011. The lawmandates a series of indiscriminate and significant across-the-board spendingreductions totaling $1.2 trillion over 10 years.

As a result, NASA has been forced to implement anumber of new cost-saving measures, policies, and reviews in order to minimizeimpacts to the mission-critical activities of the Agency. Guidance regarding conferences,travel, and training that reflect the new fiscal reality in which the agencymust operate has been provided.

For specific guidance as it relates to public outreach and engagementactivities please reference the following webpage.

https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/about/sequestration-NASA-education-guidance.html

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

NASA Seeks Universitiesfor Early Stage Innovation Tech Proposals

Audience: Accredited U.S. Universities
Notice of Intent Deadline: April 29, 2013
Proposal Deadline: May 21, 2013

2013 Astrobiology SummerScience Experience for Teachers
Audience: Grade 9-12 Educators
Registration Deadline: April 30, 2013
Event Date: July 29 – Aug. 2, 2013

Global PrecipitationMeasurement Mission Anime Challenge
Audience: Artists ages 13 and older
Entry Deadline: April 30, 2013

Free Education Webinar Series from the AerospaceEducation Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: April 30, 2013

It Rocks! LearnAbout the Moon With Award-Winning Selene Video Game
Audience: All Educators and Grade 5-HigherEducation Students
Suggested Registration Deadline: April 30, 2013

Chemical Elements: Genesis — What AreWe Made Of? Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: May 1, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

2014 eXploration Habitat(X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Due Date: May 1, 2013

RockOn 2013 UniversityRocket Science Workshop
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: May 1, 2013
Workshop Dates: June 15-20, 2013

2013 Summer Workshops –Climate Science Research for Educators and Students
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Application Deadline: May 1, 2013

Temperature and Earth Climate:Modeling Hot and Cold Planets Web Seminar
Audience: 7-9 and Informal Educators
Event Date: May 2, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

SOFIA Airborne AstronomyAmbassador Program
Audience: All Educators
Application Deadline: May 3, 2013

EducatorWorkshop: How to Think Like a NASA Scientist
Audience: Grade 5-12 Educators
Registration Deadline: May 3, 2013
Event Date: May 11, 2013

Center for Astronomy EducationTeaching Excellence Workshops
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Next Event Date: May 4, 2013

Historical NASASpace Artifacts Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other EducationOrganizations
Deadline: May 6, 2013

Pre-Service TeacherInstitutes at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: May 10, 2013
Institute Dates: July 12-24, 2013

GetCooking With the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge
Audience: Students Ages 8-12
Entry Deadline: May 12, 2013

NASA ISS FIT iPad AppChallenge
Audience: Application Designers, Developers and Producers
Challenge Runs through May 23, 2013

2013NASA EONS Solicitation Now Open
Audience: Minority Universities
Proposal Deadline: July 24, 2013

Frequently AskedQuestions — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for ScienceMuseums, Planetariums, and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities(CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH13ZHA001N, Catalog of Federal DomesticAssistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008)
Audience: Informal Education Institutions

Don’t miss out onupcoming NASA education opportunities.
For a full list of events, opportunities andmore, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA’swebsite:
— Educators https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/current-opps-index.html

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NASA SeeksUniversities for Early Stage Innovation Tech Proposals

NASA is seeking innovative, early-stage space technology proposals fromaccredited U.S. universities that will enable NASA’s future missions andAmerica’s leadership in space.

Proposals are sought for science instruments,cryogenic propellant storage for long-duration space exploration, opticalcoatings for astrophysical pursuits, oxygen recovery for life support systems,and to improve our understanding of and protection from near-Earth asteroids.

Each of these space technology areas requiresdramatic improvements over existing capabilities. New early stage, or lowtechnology readiness-level, technologies could mature into tools that solve thehard challenges facing NASA’s future scientific and human spaceflight missions.Researchers should propose unique, transformational space technologies thataddress specific topics found in this solicitation.

This solicitation requests proposals on fivetopic areas. The first topic area seeks new instrument technologies for theexploration of planetary bodies within our solar system. Innovative technologyadvances are needed to support the instruments that scientists will need tobetter understand the history, climates, evidence of past life and futurepotential habitability of planets and moons within the solar system.

Spaceflight architectures for future human spaceexploration beyond low-Earth orbit will require technologies and capabilitiesnot available today, such as long duration storage of cryogenic propellants ina zero gravity environment. Under a second topic area for this solicitation,NASA is particularly interested in proposals regarding how to maturefundamental experimental and computational solutions to address the challengesof cryogenic storage of liquid hydrogen.

Through a third topic area for thissolicitation, NASA is seeking advances in optics technologies to enable thechallenging science measurements that may contribute to the understanding ofthe first moments of the universe, the characterization of galaxy evolutionover time and the characterization of newly found exoplanets.

As future exploration missions extend beyondlow-Earth orbit, vehicles and extraterrestrial surface habitats housingastronauts will need to be highly reliable and self-sufficient; the opportunityfor resupply of consumables diminishes the farther from home you go. The fourthtopic area of this solicitation seeks novel technologies that will help closethe atmosphere revitalization loop aboard spaceships and surface habitatsduring long duration space missions. New technologies must have the potentialto significantly increase the oxygen recovery rate beyond the current state ofthe art.

Under a final topic area, NASA is seekingproposals for new technologies to better understand and protect our planet fromnear-Earth asteroids. Early stage technologies that will help with characterizing,understanding, and planning how to mitigate the threat of near-Earth asteroidsare of great interest. These efforts are important for the sustainability andfuture of our home planet.

NASA expects to make approximately 10 awardsthis fall, based on the merit of proposals received. Each award will be madefor one year with an additional year of research possible. The typical annualaward value is expected to be approximately $250,000. Second-year funding willbe contingent on the availability of appropriated funds and technical progress.Only accredited U.S. universities may submit proposals to this solicitation. Notices of intent are due by April 29,2013, with proposals due May 21, 2013.

To view the Early Stage Innovation NASA ResearchAnnouncement and information for submitting proposals, visit http://go.usa.gov/25De.

The solicitation is a part of NASA’s SpaceTechnology Mission Directorate, which is innovating, developing, testing andflying hardware for use in NASA’s future missions. For more information aboutNASA’s investment in space technology, visit https://www.nasa.gov/spacetech.

Questions about this opportunity should beemailed to Claudia Meyer at claudia.m.meyer@nasa.gov.

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2013 AstrobiologySummer Science Experience for Teachers

The 2013 Astrobiology Summer Science Experiencefor Teachers, or ASSET, is being held July 29 – Aug. 2, 2013, at San FranciscoState University. ASSET will feature presentations by leading astrobiologyresearchers from the SETI Institute, NASA and the California Academy ofSciences. Scientists will share the latest in astrobiology research on theorigin of life on Earth, the extreme conditions in which life exists, Marsexploration, the formation of planetary systems around sun-like stars and thesearch for life in the universe.

The six-day workshop features a combination ofcutting-edge science, inquiry-based teaching and learning and leadership skillsdevelopment to support teachers and teacher trainers.

Participants receive the entire Voyages Through Time curriculumand complementary astrobiology materials, developed by NASA’s AstrobiologyInstitute, for use in their classrooms.

Applications are due April 30, 2013.

For more information and to apply online, visit http://www.seti.org/seti-educators/asset.

If you have any questions about thisopportunity, please contact Pamela Harman at pharman@seti.org.

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GlobalPrecipitation Measurement Mission Anime Challenge

NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement, or GPM, mission has teamed up withthe Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency to hold a design challenge for peoplearound the world to develop an anime character to represent the GPM mission.GPM is an international satellite mission that will use multiple satellitesorbiting Earth to collect rain and snow data worldwide every three hours.

Participants should learn about the GPM missionand design their characters to represent the mission’s objectives. The winningcharacter will star in a comic series that will teach the public about GPM andprecipitation science.

Participants must be at least 13 years old.Entries must be submitted by April30, 2013.

For more information, including instructions forsubmitting a character design, visit http://pmm.nasa.gov/education/anime.

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to GSFC-GPM@mail.nasa.gov.

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Free Education Webinar Series fromthe Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of freewebinars throughout April and May 2013. All webinars can be accessed online.Join aerospace education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans,educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

Robotics on a Budget (Grades 4-8)
April 30, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and 6- 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will explore how to use robotics toenhance your students’ understanding of science, technology, engineering andmathematics, or STEM. Participants will also learn about NASA STEM roboticsmissions, curriculum and activities that are available.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinarstaking place through May 2013, visit http://aesp.psu.edu/programs/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to ChrisGamrat at gamrat@psu.edu.

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It Rocks! LearnAbout the Moon With Award-Winning Selene Video Game

Use your computer to journey back 4.5 billionyears — you’re going to make a moon just like Earth’s. All you need to do isto register to play the award-winning “Selene” online video game fromthe Center for Educational Technologies.

To allow time for students to finish”Selene” before the end of the school year or to prepare students toplay “Selene” over the summer, teachers are encouraged to register byApril 30, 2013.

Designed for players ages nine and older,”Selene: A Lunar Construction Game,” teaches users about basicgeological processes on Earth and in the solar system. Players learn the solarsystem’s basic geological processes by firing away at what will quickly becomea full-fledged, pockmarked moon like our own.

“Science” magazine and the NationalScience Foundation honored “Selene” in 2013 as one of the topeducational games or apps in the world.

Educators and youth leaders can incorporate”Selene” into classroom curriculum and other activities.Follow game play with “MoonGazers,” hands-on activities that takeplayers outside to explore the moon and its phases from their own backyards.With funding from NASA Education and the National Science Foundation, CyGaMEshas conducted empirical research that shows “Selene” causesand measures learning. Discover and apply concepts that are standards based,then investigate the moon.

To learn more about “Selene,” readtestimonials about it or see how it aligns with national and state sciencestandards, visit http://selene.cet.edu.

“Selene” is now available in Spanish.For more info, visit http://selene.cet.edu/?page=espanol.

Questions about the “Selene” gameshould be directed to selene@cet.edu.

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Chemical Elements: Genesis –What Are We Made Of? Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminarfor educators on May 1, 2013, at 6:30p.m. EDT. Learn how to use the “What Are We Made Of?” hands-on activity tointegrate mathematics and physical science in your classroom. Discover howstudents can use statistical sampling to estimate the chemical composition ofthe sun by analyzing data in a way similar to the one used by scientists whoanalyzed solar particles collected by the Genesis spacecraft.

For more information and to registeronline, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar23.aspx.

This is the last time this Web seminar will be offered during the currentschool year.

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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2014 eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) AcademicInnovation Challenge

In a continuing effort to engage and retainstudents in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields and providea real-world challenge, exposing students to the engineering and designprocesses, the Advanced Exploration Systems Habitation Systems Deep SpaceHabitat Project team has begun accepting applications for the 2014 eXplorationHabitat, or X-Hab Challenge.

Post-secondary students, engaged in a variety ofcurricula, will work together to create a solution to a need for living andworking in space or on another celestial body. The winners of the challengewill receive between $10,000 and $20,000 to design and produce functionalproducts of interest to the Deep Space Habitat project.

Proposals are due May 1, 2013, andawardees should expect to deliver their product to NASA’s Johnson Space Centerin Houston, Texas, in May of 2014.

Proposals will be accepted from universityfaculty who are U.S. citizens and currently teach an ABET-accreditedengineering senior or graduate design, industrial design, or architecturecurriculum at an accredited university in the U.S.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities,Tribal Colleges and other minority serving educational institutions areparticularly encouraged to apply. Proposals from women, members ofunderrepresented minorities groups, and persons with disabilities also arehighly encouraged.

For more information about the challenge, visit http://spacegrant.org/xhab/.

If you have any questions about the X-HabChallenge, please email xhab@spacegrant.org.

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RockOn 2013University Rocket Science Workshop

U.S. university and community college facultyand students are invited to a weeklong workshop to learn how to build andlaunch a scientific experiment into space. NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility inVirginia is hosting the RockOn 2013 workshop June 15-20, 2013, in partnershipwith the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortia. Workshop participantsmust be U.S. citizens. The registration deadline for the workshop is May 1, 2013.

The hands-on workshop teaches participants tobuild experiments that fly on sounding rockets. During the week, participantswill work together in teams of three to construct and integrate a soundingrocket payload from a kit. On the fifth day of the workshop, the experimentswill fly on a sounding rocket expected to reach an altitude of more than 70miles.

Each experiment will provide valuable scientificdata, analyzed as part of the student-led science and engineering research. Theprogram engages faculty and students in science, technology, engineering andmathematics skills critical to NASA’s future engineering, scientific andtechnical missions.

For more information about RockOn and toregister online, visit http://spacegrant.colorado.edu/national-programs/rockon-2013-home.

Questions about the workshop or the registrationprocess should be directed to Chris Koehler by email at koehler@colorado.edu or by telephone at303-492-3141

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2013 SummerWorkshops — Climate Science Research for Educators and Students

The Institute for Earth Science Research and Education, in collaborationwith Queens College/City University of New York, is seeking participants forsummer professional development workshops in the third year of its ClimateScience Research for Educators and Students project. Funded by the NASAInnovations in Climate Education program, this project seeks to improve studentengagement in climate science by helping teachers and students developauthentic climate-related science research projects.

During summer 2013, two climate scienceworkshops will take place in New York City. The first workshop will be held inlate June. The workshop will focus on understanding sun/Earth/atmosphereinteractions and Earth’s radiative balance, a fundamental concept for climatescience. All participants will build instruments called pyranometers, whichmonitor solar radiation. A follow-up workshop will take place later in thesummer. During the summer, participants are expected to conduct their ownresearch.

Applications are due May 1, 2013.

For more information, visit http://www.instesre.org/GCCE/GCCEHome.htm.

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to David Brooks via email at brooksdr@drexel.edu.

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Temperature and Earth Climate:Modeling Hot and Cold Planets Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on May 2, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Use NASAmission data collected from NASA satellites to see how a planet’s climate isdetermined. Attend this session and discover how you can incorporate authenticNASA data into your classroom to provide a real-world connection for your students.

This is the last time this seminar will beoffered during the current school year.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar24.aspx.

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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SOFIA Airborne Astronomy Ambassador Program

NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory For InfraredAstronomy, or SOFIA, is a 747SP aircraft carrying a 2.5 meter-diametertelescope. The SOFIA Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors Program is seeking educatorteams of two to participate in an upcoming SOFIA flight. One of the teammembers must be a middle- or high-school educator. Applicants must be U.S.citizens or legal residents teaching in a U.S. school.

Applications are due May 3, 2013.
For more information and to apply online, visit http://www.seti.org/epo/SOFIA.

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to Pamela Harman at pharman@seti.org.

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EducatorWorkshop: How to Think Like a NASA Scientist

Learn to think like a NASA scientist, and get your students thinking like one,too!

On May 11, 2013, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL, in Pasadena, Calif.,will host an educator workshop that will share techniques to teach students toread scientific graphs and draw conclusions based on real NASA data. Expertswill discuss current Earth science missions and show how scientists drawconclusions from these data. Participants will also receive science and mathematicsapplication problems to take back and use in the classroom.

The target audience for the workshop is middle- and high-school science andmathematics educators, but the workshop is open to all educators.

Registration for this workshop closes on May3, 2013. A $25 registration fee includes continental breakfast,lunch and snacks.

For more information, directions to the workshop location and to registeronline, visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/index.cfm?page=373.

Please direct questions about this workshop to Patty Tovar at Patricia.G.Tovar@jpl.nasa.gov.

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Centerfor Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops

NASA’s Center for Astronomy Education, or CAE,announces a series of educator workshops for astronomy and space scienceeducators.

These workshops provide participants with experiences needed to createeffective and productive active-learning classroom environments. Workshopleaders model best practices in implementing many different classroom-testedinstructional strategies. But most importantly, you and your workshopcolleagues will gain first-hand experience implementing these proven strategiesyourselves. During many microteaching events, you will have the opportunity torole-play the parts of student and instructor. You will assess and critiqueeach other’s implementation in real time, as part of a supportive learningcommunity. You will have the opportunity to use unfamiliar teaching techniquesin collaboration with mentors before using them with your students. CAE isfunded through NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Exoplanet Exploration Program.

May 4, 2013 — Oceanside, Calif.
CAE Southern California Regional Teaching Exchange

June 1-2, 2013 — Indianapolis, Ind.
CAE Tier I Teaching Excellence Workshop for Current and FutureAstronomy and Space Science Instructors

June 17-20, 2013 — College Park, Md.
New Faculty Workshop for Physics and Astronomy

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

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

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Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available forEducational Use

NASA is inviting eligible educationalinstitutions, museums and other organizations to screen and request historicalspace artifacts.

The artifacts represent significant humanspaceflight technologies, processes and the accomplishments of NASA’s manyprograms. NASA and the General Services Administration worked together toensure broad access to space artifacts and to provide a web-based electronicartifacts viewing capability. This is the 17th time since 2009 NASA has made thisopportunity available.

The web-based artifacts module is located at http://gsaxcess.gov/NASAWel.htm.

Eligible participants may view the artifacts andrequest specific items at the website through May 6, 2013. Only schools and museums areeligible to receive artifacts. They must register online using an assignedDepartment of Education number or through the state agency responsible forsurplus property.

The artifacts are free of charge. Eligibleorganizations must cover shipping costs and any special handling fees. Shippingfees on smaller items will be relatively inexpensive, while larger items mayinvolve extensive disassembly, preparation, shipping and reassembly costs. NASAwill work closely with eligible organizations, on a case-by-case basis, toaddress any unique special handling costs.

Special items, such as space shuttle thermalprotective tiles and packages of three packets of astronaut food, also areoffered on a first-come, first-served basis. Instructions for requestingartifacts and special items are linked on the website home page.

To date, more than 7,700 artifacts fromprograms, including the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, space shuttle and the HubbleSpace Telescope, have been given to eligible museums, schools, universities,libraries and planetariums in all 50 U.S. states. Artifacts are on display for42 days. NASA organizations must register their requests within the first 21days. All other eligible organizations may register their requests after thefirst 21 days. After the viewing period ends, organizations will be notifiedabout the status of their requests.

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to GSAXcessHelp@gsa.gov.

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Pre-ServiceTeacher Institutes at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center has partnered with Oakwood Universityto offer a two-week Pre-Service Teacher Institute taking place July 12-24,2013, in Huntsville, Ala. This residential session is for education majorspreparing to teach grades K-8.

Participants will engage in hands-on learningexperiences designed to develop their skills for teaching science, technology,engineering and mathematics using NASA-developed curriculum resources.Full-time rising junior or senior undergraduate and graduate students atminority institutions are invited to apply. Housing, meals, travel assistanceand a stipend will be provided.

Applications must be postmarked by May 10, 2013.

For more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/education/msfc/psti.

Please email any questions about thisopportunity to Marilyn Lewis at marilyn.h.lewis@nasa.gov.

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Get Cooking With the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge

First Lady Michele Obama is challenging America’smost creative junior chefs to put their talents to good use and whip updelicious lunchtime recipes. The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge invites studentsages 8-12 and their parents or guardians to create and submit an original lunchrecipe that is healthy, affordable and tasty.

Recipes must adhere to the guidance that supports the Department of Agriculture’sMyPlate (http://www.choosemyplate.gov/)initiative. Recipes must also represent each of the food groups, includingfruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy foods, withfruits and vegetables making up roughly half of the plate or recipe.

Fifty-six students and their parents/guardians — one pair from each of the 50states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and U.S. territories — will beflown to Washington, D.C., to attend a Kids’ State Dinner at the White House,where a selection of the winning recipes will be served.

Recipes may be submitted online through May12, 2013.

For more information about the challenge, visit http://www.recipechallenge.epicurious.com/.

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NASA ISS FIT iPadApp Challenge

The NASA Tournament Lab has launched a new challenge in support ofInternational Space Station operations. The ISS Food Intake Tracker, or FIT,iPad App Challenge asks participants to design, develop and produce an iPadapplication that will allow space station crewmembers to easily track what foodsthey eat.

The application should seamlessly identify theuser, track all dietary intake (food and beverages) and provide a timestamp ofwhen the intake was consumed. And the app must be compatible with the iPadoperating system.

This challenge is divided into multiple stages,and each stage has its own start and end date. The challenge is currentlyscheduled to run through May23, 2013. For full challenge details and a list of what stepsare currently in progress, visit http://www.topcoder.com/iss/fit/.

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to https://www.nasa.gov/offices/COECI/contact_us.html.

iPad is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.

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2013NASA EONS Solicitation Now Open

NASA’s Office of Education is accepting newproposals under the Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) 2013 NASAResearch Announcement. This is an umbrella announcement for opportunities underthe Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP, and includescalls for proposals in the following program elements for FY 2013-2014: TribalColleges and Universities Experiential Learning Opportunities (TCU ELO) andNASA Innovations in Climate Education — Tribal (NICE-T). Proposals for bothopportunities are due July 24, 2013.

For more information regarding these opportunities, please visit the NASA EONSpage on the NSPIRES website at http://go.nasa.gov/14So8d6.

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Frequently AskedQuestions — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for ScienceMuseums, Planetariums, and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities(CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH13ZHA001N, Catalog of Federal DomesticAssistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008)

One amendment was posted on the CP4SMP+ portalpage on NSPIRES on April 8, 2013. Fourteen new Frequently Asked Questions wereposted on April 24, 2013.

Visit: https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7b37764C2A-F415-01DF-1B30-F1971BE7F8BE%7d&path=closedPast

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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 18, 2013

Check out the followingNASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listedbelow.

Guidance for Education and Public Outreach Activities UnderSequestration

NASA has taken the first steps in addressing themandatory spending cuts called for in the Budget Control Act of 2011. The lawmandates a series of indiscriminate and significant across-the-board spendingreductions totaling $1.2 trillion over 10 years.

As a result, NASA has been forced to implement anumber of new cost-saving measures, policies, and reviews in order to minimizeimpacts to the mission-critical activities of the Agency. Guidance regarding conferences,travel, and training that reflect the new fiscal reality in which the agencymust operate has been provided.

For specific guidance as it relates to public outreach and engagementactivities please reference the following webpage.

https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/about/sequestration-NASA-education-guidance.html

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

Properties of Living Things: Searching for Life onMars Web Seminar

Audience: 4-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: April 18, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

International Space Apps Challenge
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Dates: April 20-21, 2013

Center for Astronomy Education TeachingExcellence Workshops
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Next Event Date: April 20, 2013

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event– Celebrate Our Beautiful Earth
Audience: Grades 5-12
Event Date: April 22, 2013, Noon EDT

Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: April 22, 2013

2013-14 NASA LEARNOpportunity
Audience: 6-12 Educators
Application Deadline: April 22, 2013

Free Virtual Professional DevelopmentWorkshop Series: Rockets to Racecars
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: First workshop takes place on April 23, 2013, at 3:15 p.m. EDT

Centerof Mass and Center of Pressure: Engineering a Stable Rocket Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: April 23, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. EDT

ISS EarthKAM Spring 2013 Mission – EarthKAM ErosionChallenge
Audience: Middle School Educators and Students
Mission Dates: April 23-26, 2013

Human Body: Space Adaptations WebSeminar
Audience: 4-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: April 24, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

Reduced GravityEducation Flight Opportunity for Students at Minority Serving Institutions
Audience: Higher Education Educators & Students
Proposal Deadline: April 24, 2013

NASA SeeksUniversities for Early Stage Innovation Tech Proposals
Audience: Accredited U.S. Universities
Notice of Intent Deadline: April 29, 2013
Proposal Deadline: May 21, 2013

2013 Astrobiology SummerScience Experience for Teachers
Audience: Grade 9-12 Educators
Registration Deadline: April 30, 2013
Event Date: July 29 – Aug. 2, 2013

Global PrecipitationMeasurement Mission Anime Challenge
Audience: Artists ages 13 and older
Entry Deadline: April 30, 2013

It Rocks! Learn About the MoonWith Award-Winning Selene Video Game
Audience: All Educators and Grade 5-Higher Education Students
Suggested Registration Deadline: April 30, 2013

2014 eXploration Habitat(X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Due Date: May 1, 2013

RockOn 2013 UniversityRocket Science Workshop
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: May 1, 2013
Workshop Dates: June 15-20, 2013

2013 Summer Workshops –Climate Science Research for Educators and Students
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Application Deadline: May 1, 2013

Presidential Awards forExcellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring
Audience: All Educators and Students
Nomination Deadline: June 5, 2013

2013 Lunar Workshops forEducators
Audience: 6-9 Educators
Workshop Dates: June 24-28, and July 8-12, 2013

NASA Night Rover Energy Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Early Registration Deadline: July 26, 2013
Regular Registration Deadline: Oct. 25, 2013

Don’t miss out onupcoming NASA education opportunities.
For a full list of events, opportunities andmore, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA’swebsite:
— Educators https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/current-opps-index.html

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Propertiesof Living Things: Searching for Life on Mars Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, theNASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a 90-minute Web seminar for educators on April 18, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. This web seminar featurestwo lessons: one on extremophiles and the other on searching for life. Review criteria for determining if something is alive andlearn how students apply the criteria in a hands-on activity. A video will beshown that connects the activity to a NASA mission. Collaborate with otherparticipants about ways of using and adapting the activity. Extensionactivities for students interested in the topic will be provided.

This is the final time this seminar will be offered during the current schoolyear.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar21.aspx.

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NASA Explorer Schools helpdesk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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International Space Apps Challenge

NASA and government agencies worldwide will host thesecond International Space Apps Challenge April20-21, 2013, with events across all seven continents and in space.

Participants are encouraged to develop mobile applications, software, hardware,data visualization and platform solutions that could contribute to spaceexploration missions and help improve life on Earth.

The two-day event will provide an opportunity for government to harness theexpertise and entrepreneurial spirit of citizen explorers to help addressglobal challenges. During the event, representatives of NASA and otherinternational space agencies will gather with scientists and participants touse publicly released open data to create solutions for 50 software, hardwareand visualization challenges, including robotics, citizen science platforms andapplications of remote sensing data.

Twelve locations in the United States will host an International Space AppsChallenge event: Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Cape Canaveral, Fla.; Cleveland; Detroit;Easton, Md.; New York; Philadelphia; Reno, Nev.; Rochester, N.Y.; SanFrancisco; and Syracuse, N.Y. Thirty-eight other events will be held in 30other countries: Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia,Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Guatemala,India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Poland, Macedonia, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand,South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Uganda and United Kingdom.Also participating will be McMurdo Station in Antarctica and astronauts aboardthe International Space Station

Registration for citizen participation is now open.

To learn more about the International Space Apps Challenge, get thelatest updates and register to attend an event, visit http://spaceappschallenge.org/.

If you have questions about the challenge, please visit http://spaceappschallenge.org/about/contact/.

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Centerfor Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops

NASA’s Center for Astronomy Education, or CAE,announces a series of educator workshops for astronomy and space scienceeducators.

These workshops provide participants with experiences needed to createeffective and productive active-learning classroom environments. Workshopleaders model best practices in implementing many different classroom-testedinstructional strategies. But most importantly, you and your workshopcolleagues will gain first-hand experience implementing these proven strategiesyourselves. During many microteaching events, you will have the opportunity torole-play the parts of student and instructor. You will assess and critiqueeach other’s implementation in real time, as part of a supportive learningcommunity. You will have the opportunity to use unfamiliar teaching techniquesin collaboration with mentors before using them with your students. CAE isfunded through NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Exoplanet ExplorationProgram.

April 20, 2013 — Dearborn, Mich.
CAE Great Lakes Regional Teaching Exchange

May 4, 2013 — Oceanside, Calif.
CAE Southern California Regional Teaching Exchange

June 1-2, 2013 — Indianapolis, Ind.
CAE Tier I Teaching Excellence Workshop for Current and FutureAstronomy and Space Science Instructors

June 17-20, 2013 — College Park, Md.
New Faculty Workshop for Physics and Astronomy

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

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

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NASA’sDigital Learning Network Event — Celebrate Our Beautiful Earth

Join NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center on Earth Day,April 22, 2013, at Noon EDT, for amusical and visual tour of Earth from space with interactive discussionsthrough the Beautiful Earth program!

Director and musician Kenji Williams will narrate the BELLA GAIA®,or beautiful Earth, multimedia show, and discuss his inspiration and why artand music are important in science. He will be joined by NASA’s Dr. ClaireParkinson, project scientist of the Aqua satellite mission, which measuresEarth’s processes including temperatures, clouds, vegetation cover and watervapor. Dr. Parkinson will discuss climate change and how NASA is studying ourhome planet.

Students and teachers are invited to participate by viewing the webcast on theDLiNfo Channel at http://dln.nasa.gov. Duringthe event, an email address will be provided for participants to sendquestions.

For more information about the Beautiful Earth program, visit http://beautifulearth.gsfc.nasa.gov.

Inquiries about this event should be directed to Erin McKinley at erin.e.mckinley@nasa.gov.

BELLA GAIA is a registered trademark of Remedy Arts,LLC.

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FreeEducation Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project ispresenting a series of free webinars throughout April 2013. All webinars can beaccessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn aboutactivities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into yourclassroom.

Space Faring: The Radiation Challenge (Grades 6-12)
April 22, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and 6- 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler will discuss ways NASA is workingto keep astronauts from exceeding acceptable levels of radiation exposureduring spaceflight.

Kepler Mission: Planets, Planets… Planets! (Grades 6-12)
April 23, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and 6- 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will discuss NASA’s Kepler Mission.Kepler has been in space for three years searching for planets that are orbitingstars in the Milky Way galaxy. Participants will learn how transits are used tofind planets and determine their sizes and distances from the stars they orbit.

Robotics on a Budget (Grades 4-8)
April 30, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and 6- 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will explore how to use robotics toenhance your students’ understanding of science, technology, engineering andmathematics, or STEM. Participants will also learn about NASA STEM roboticsmissions, curriculum and activities that are available.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinarstaking place through April 2013, visithttp://aesp.psu.edu/programs/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to ChrisGamrat at gamrat@psu.edu.

The U.S. Department of Education has Green Strides webinarsscheduled throughout 2013. To see a full list of Green Strides webinars, visit http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/green-strides/webinar.html.

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2013-14 NASALEARN Opportunity

The Long-term Engagement in Authentic Researchat NASA, or LEARN, Project is seeking educators for an innovative program thatprovides onsite research and training opportunities with NASA scientists in thesummer and guided research projects that continue on throughout the schoolyear. Participants conduct their own research with help of a team of NASAscientists and share and integrate these projects into the classroom.

This summer, participants will complete twoweeks of onsite work at NASA’s Langley Research Center during the weeks of July8-12 and July 15-19, 2013. Teachers will receive approximately 70 hours ofprofessional development. Onsite work will be followed by continued researchthrough 2014 via virtual research team meetings and data presentations. Astipend is offered for participants, and educators may present proposals fortravel funding to present their research at regional conferences.

This opportunity is open to science, technology,engineering and mathematics educators of grades 6-12. Earth science, physics,chemistry and mathematics teachers are strongly encouraged to apply.Application is open to U.S. citizens only.

Applications are due April 22, 2013.

For more information and to register for theworkshops, visit http://science-edu.larc.nasa.gov/LEARN/.

Questions about these workshops should bedirected to Margaret Pippin at m.pippin@nasa.gov.

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Free Virtual ProfessionalDevelopment Workshop Series: Rockets to Racecars

Start your engines! Engage students inreal-world mathematics and incorporate standards-based hands-on activities tomake mathematics challenging and fun. Bring the excitement of racing andthe thrill of launching into your classroom with the “Rockets 2 Racecars”educational materials.

Learn about tires and air pressure as you calculatethe effects of temperature on regular tires as well as Space Shuttle andracecar tires in the session “Measure Up and Calculate.” Use mathematicsto interpret air pressure and air flow data on airplane wings and racecarspoilers in “May the Force Uplift You…or Not!”. Test the variablesthat affect cars’ stability to travel by constructing a balloon-powered racecar and maneuver through different angles to see force in action in “Newton’sAngle on Force and Motion.” Design a capsule to land on Mars and see itseffectiveness by calculating speed or rate of descent in “Drag Race toMars Engineering Design Challenge.”

Sign up today to join the free four-day workshop series on April 23, April25, April 29 and May 1, 2013, from 3:15pm to 4:30pm EDT.

Participants who register and complete all four workshops are eligible toreceive five workshop hours towards continuing education units.

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

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Marilé Colon Robles at marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov.

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Centerof Mass and Center of Pressure: Engineering a Stable Rocket Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminarfor educators on April 23, 2013 at 7:30p.m. EDT. Learn how to incorporate rocketry into your teaching repertoire.During this seminar, participants will get an overview of an activity fromNASA’s “Rockets Educator Guide” that addresses forces and motion,center of mass and center of pressure. This seminar provides an overview of theactivity, explores the NASA connections, shares tips and tricks forimplementing this lesson in the classroom, showcases videos of students engagedin the lesson and discusses possible modifications or extensions.

This is the final time this seminar will be offered during the current schoolyear.

For more information and to registeronline, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar7.aspx.

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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ISS EarthKAM Spring 2013 Mission – EarthKAM ErosionChallenge

Middle school educatorsare invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAM Spring2013 Mission from April 23-26, 2013.This mission will feature the EarthKAM Erosion Challenge. Guide your studentsin hands-on research as they program cameras aboard the space station to takepictures of erosion on Earth, and then video conference with an astronaut todiscuss what they learned. During theinteractive video conference, students will share what they learned abouterosion, exchange images and chat with the astronaut about the research beingconducted from the International Space Station.

For more information about EarthKAM and to register for the upcoming mission,visit the EarthKAM home page https://earthkam.ucsd.edu/ek-images/erosion_challenge.

Please note that you can participate in the ISS EarthKAM Spring 2013 missionwithout participating in the EarthKAM Erosion Challenge.

If you have questions about the EarthKAMproject, please email ek-help@earthkam.ucsd.edu.

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Human Body: Space Adaptations WebSeminar

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hostinga 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on April 24, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Spaceis a harsh environment. When an astronaut goes into space, his or her bodyimmediately begins to change, causing the astronaut to feel and even lookslightly different. During this seminar, you will get information about theeffects of microgravity on astronauts. You also will be guided through threestudent activities, which provide a first-hand look at the effects of reducedgravity on bones, the fluid shifts in the body and the amount of oxygen neededto survive.

This is the last time this Web seminar will be offered during the currentschool year.

For more information and to registeronline, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar22.aspx.

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NASA Explorer Schools helpdesk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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Reduced Gravity Education Flight Opportunity forStudents at Minority Serving Institutions

NASA is offering undergraduate students fromminority serving institutions an opportunity to test experiments inmicrogravity aboard NASA’s reduced gravity aircraft.

This opportunity is a partnership between theMinority University Research and Education Program and NASA’s Reduced GravityEducation Flight Program, which gives aspiring explorers a chance to propose,design and fabricate a reduced-gravity experiment. Selected teams will test andevaluate their experiments aboard NASA’s reduced-gravity airplane. The aircraftflies about 30 roller-coaster-like climbs and dips during experiment flights toproduce periods of weightlessness and hypergravity ranging from 0 gravity, or g,to 2 g.

Proposals are due April 24, 2013.

All applicants must be full-time undergraduatestudents, U.S. citizens and at least 18 years old.

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

Questions about this opportunity should beemailed to Suzanne Foxworth at jsc-reducedgravity@nasa.gov.

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NASA SeeksUniversities for Early Stage Innovation Tech Proposals

NASA is seeking innovative, early-stage space technology proposals fromaccredited U.S. universities that will enable NASA’s future missions andAmerica’s leadership in space.

Proposals are sought for science instruments,cryogenic propellant storage for long-duration space exploration, opticalcoatings for astrophysical pursuits, oxygen recovery for life support systems,and to improve our understanding of and protection from near-Earth asteroids.

Each of these space technology areas requiresdramatic improvements over existing capabilities. New early stage, or lowtechnology readiness-level, technologies could mature into tools that solve thehard challenges facing NASA’s future scientific and human spaceflight missions.Researchers should propose unique, transformational space technologies thataddress specific topics found in this solicitation.

This solicitation requests proposals on fivetopic areas. The first topic area seeks new instrument technologies for theexploration of planetary bodies within our solar system. Innovative technologyadvances are needed to support the instruments that scientists will need tobetter understand the history, climates, evidence of past life and futurepotential habitability of planets and moons within the solar system.

Spaceflight architectures for future human spaceexploration beyond low-Earth orbit will require technologies and capabilitiesnot available today, such as long duration storage of cryogenic propellants ina zero gravity environment. Under a second topic area for this solicitation,NASA is particularly interested in proposals regarding how to maturefundamental experimental and computational solutions to address the challengesof cryogenic storage of liquid hydrogen.

Through a third topic area for thissolicitation, NASA is seeking advances in optics technologies to enable thechallenging science measurements that may contribute to the understanding ofthe first moments of the universe, the characterization of galaxy evolutionover time and the characterization of newly found exoplanets.

As future exploration missions extend beyondlow-Earth orbit, vehicles and extraterrestrial surface habitats housingastronauts will need to be highly reliable and self-sufficient; the opportunityfor resupply of consumables diminishes the farther from home you go. The fourthtopic area of this solicitation seeks novel technologies that will help close theatmosphere revitalization loop aboard spaceships and surface habitats duringlong duration space missions. New technologies must have the potential tosignificantly increase the oxygen recovery rate beyond the current state of theart.

Under a final topic area, NASA is seekingproposals for new technologies to better understand and protect our planet fromnear-Earth asteroids. Early stage technologies that will help withcharacterizing, understanding, and planning how to mitigate the threat ofnear-Earth asteroids are of great interest. These efforts are important for thesustainability and future of our home planet.

NASA expects to make approximately 10 awardsthis fall, based on the merit of proposals received. Each award will be madefor one year with an additional year of research possible. The typical annualaward value is expected to be approximately $250,000. Second-year funding willbe contingent on the availability of appropriated funds and technical progress.Only accredited U.S. universities may submit proposals to this solicitation. Notices of intent are due by April 29,2013, with proposals due May 21, 2013.

To view the Early Stage Innovation NASA ResearchAnnouncement and information for submitting proposals, visit http://go.usa.gov/25De.

The solicitation is a part of NASA’s SpaceTechnology Mission Directorate, which is innovating, developing, testing andflying hardware for use in NASA’s future missions. For more information aboutNASA’s investment in space technology, visit https://www.nasa.gov/spacetech.

Questions about this opportunity should beemailed to Claudia Meyer at claudia.m.meyer@nasa.gov.

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2013 AstrobiologySummer Science Experience for Teachers

The 2013 Astrobiology Summer Science Experiencefor Teachers, or ASSET, is being held July 29 – Aug. 2, 2013, at San FranciscoState University. ASSET will feature presentations by leading astrobiologyresearchers from the SETI Institute, NASA and the California Academy ofSciences. Scientists will share the latest in astrobiology research on theorigin of life on Earth, the extreme conditions in which life exists, Marsexploration, the formation of planetary systems around sun-like stars and thesearch for life in the universe.

The six-day workshop features a combination ofcutting-edge science, inquiry-based teaching and learning and leadership skillsdevelopment to support teachers and teacher trainers.

Participants receive the entire Voyages Through Time curriculumand complementary astrobiology materials, developed by NASA’s AstrobiologyInstitute, for use in their classrooms.

Applications are due April 30, 2013.

For more information and to apply online, visit http://www.seti.org/seti-educators/asset.

If you have any questions about thisopportunity, please contact Pamela Harman at pharman@seti.org.

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GlobalPrecipitation Measurement Mission Anime Challenge

NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement, or GPM, mission has teamed up withthe Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency to hold a design challenge for peoplearound the world to develop an anime character to represent the GPM mission.GPM is an international satellite mission that will use multiple satellitesorbiting Earth to collect rain and snow data worldwide every three hours.

Participants should learn about the GPM missionand design their characters to represent the mission’s objectives. The winningcharacter will star in a comic series that will teach the public about GPM andprecipitation science.

Participants must be at least 13 years old.Entries must be submitted by April30, 2013.

For more information, including instructions forsubmitting a character design, visit http://pmm.nasa.gov/education/anime.

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to GSFC-GPM@mail.nasa.gov.

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It Rocks! Learn About the MoonWith Award-Winning Selene Video Game

Use your computer to journey back 4.5 billion years — you’re going to make amoon just like Earth’s. All you need to do is to register to play the award-winning”Selene” online video game from the Center for EducationalTechnologies.

To allow time for students to finish “Selene” before the end of theschool year or to prepare students to play “Selene” over the summer,teachers are encouraged to register by April30, 2013.

Designed for players ages nine and older, “Selene: A Lunar ConstructionGame,” teaches users about basic geological processes on Earth and in thesolar system. Players learn the solar system’s basicgeological processes by firing away at what will quickly become a full-fledged,pockmarked moon like our own.

“Science” magazine and the National Science Foundation honored “Selene”in 2013 as one of the top educational games or apps in the world.

Educators and youth leaders can incorporate “Selene” into classroom curriculum and otheractivities. Follow game play with “MoonGazers,” hands-on activitiesthat take players outside to explore the moon and its phases from their ownbackyards. With funding from NASA Education and the National ScienceFoundation, CyGaMEs has conducted empirical research that shows “Selene” causes andmeasures learning. Discover and apply concepts that are standards based, theninvestigate the moon.

To learn more about “Selene,” read testimonials about it or see how italigns with national and state science standards, visit http://selene.cet.edu.

“Selene” is now available in Spanish. For more info, visit http://selene.cet.edu/?page=espanol.

Questions about the “Selene” game should be directed to selene@cet.edu.

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2014 eXplorationHabitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge

In a continuing effort to engage and retainstudents in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields and providea real-world challenge, exposing students to the engineering and designprocesses, the Advanced Exploration Systems Habitation Systems Deep SpaceHabitat Project team has begun accepting applications for the 2014 eXplorationHabitat, or X-Hab Challenge.

Post-secondary students, engaged in a variety ofcurricula, will work together to create a solution to a need for living andworking in space or on another celestial body. The winners of the challengewill receive between $10,000 and $20,000 to design and produce functionalproducts of interest to the Deep Space Habitat project.

Proposals are due May 1, 2013, andawardees should expect to deliver their product to NASA’s Johnson Space Centerin Houston, Texas, in May of 2014.

Proposals will be accepted from universityfaculty who are U.S. citizens and currently teach an ABET-accreditedengineering senior or graduate design, industrial design, or architecturecurriculum at an accredited university in the U.S.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities,Tribal Colleges and other minority serving educational institutions areparticularly encouraged to apply. Proposals from women, members ofunderrepresented minorities groups, and persons with disabilities also arehighly encouraged.

For more information about the challenge, visit http://spacegrant.org/xhab/.

If you have any questions about the X-HabChallenge, please email xhab@spacegrant.org.

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RockOn 2013University Rocket Science Workshop

U.S. university and community college facultyand students are invited to a weeklong workshop to learn how to build andlaunch a scientific experiment into space. NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility inVirginia is hosting the RockOn 2013 workshop June 15-20, 2013, in partnershipwith the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortia. Workshop participantsmust be U.S. citizens. The registration deadline for the workshop is May 1, 2013.

The hands-on workshop teaches participants tobuild experiments that fly on sounding rockets. During the week, participantswill work together in teams of three to construct and integrate a soundingrocket payload from a kit. On the fifth day of the workshop, the experimentswill fly on a sounding rocket expected to reach an altitude of more than 70miles.

Each experiment will provide valuable scientificdata, analyzed as part of the student-led science and engineering research. Theprogram engages faculty and students in science, technology, engineering andmathematics skills critical to NASA’s future engineering, scientific andtechnical missions.

For more information about RockOn and toregister online, visit http://spacegrant.colorado.edu/national-programs/rockon-2013-home.

Questions about the workshop or the registrationprocess should be directed to Chris Koehler by email at koehler@colorado.edu or by telephone at303-492-3141

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2013 SummerWorkshops — Climate Science Research for Educators and Students

The Institute for Earth Science Research and Education, in collaborationwith Queens College/City University of New York, is seeking participants forsummer professional development workshops in the third year of its ClimateScience Research for Educators and Students project. Funded by the NASAInnovations in Climate Education program, this project seeks to improve studentengagement in climate science by helping teachers and students developauthentic climate-related science research projects.

During summer 2013, two climate scienceworkshops will take place in New York City. The first workshop will be held inlate June. The workshop will focus on understanding sun/Earth/atmosphereinteractions and Earth’s radiative balance, a fundamental concept for climatescience. All participants will build instruments called pyranometers, whichmonitor solar radiation. A follow-up workshop will take place later in thesummer. During the summer, participants are expected to conduct their ownresearch.

Applications are due May 1, 2013.

For more information, visit http://www.instesre.org/GCCE/GCCEHome.htm.

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to David Brooks via email at brooksdr@drexel.edu.

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Presidential Awards forExcellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the NationalScience Foundation are currently accepting nominations for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science,Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, or PAESMEM. This award program recognizesU.S. citizens or permanent residents and U.S. organizations that havedemonstrated excellence in mentoring individuals from groups that areunderrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics educationand the workforce.

Presidential awardees receive a $10,000 award and a commemorative presidentialcertificate. Awardees are invited to participate in an awards ceremony inWashington D.C., which includes meetings with education policy leaders.

Individuals and organizations in all public and private sectors are eligible,including industry, academia, primary and secondary education, military andgovernment, nonprofit organizations and foundations. Nominations, includingself-nominations, are due June 5, 2013.

For more information, visit www.nsf.gov/PAESMEM.

An informational webinar about preparing and submitting PAESMEM nominationmaterials will take place on April 24,2013, at 3 p.m. EDT. To register for the webinar, visit https://mmancusa.webex.com/mmancusa/j.php?ED=203853802&RG=1&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D.

Please email any questions about thisopportunity to PAESMEM@nsf.gov.

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2013 Lunar Workshops for Educators

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO,mission is sponsoring a pair of workshops for educators of students in grades6-9. These workshops will focus on lunar science, exploration and how ourunderstanding of the moon is evolving with the new data from current and recentlunar missions.

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has allowedscientists to measure the coldest known place in the solar system, map thesurface of the moon in unprecedented detail and accuracy, find evidence ofrecent lunar geologic activity, characterize the radiation environment aroundthe moon and its potential effects on future lunar explorers and much, muchmore!

Workshop participants will learn about these andother recent discoveries, reinforce their understanding of lunar scienceconcepts, gain tools to help address common student misconceptions about themoon, interact with lunar scientists and engineers, work with LRO data andlearn how to bring these data and information to their students using hands-onactivities aligned with grades 6-9 National Science Education Standards andBenchmarks.

Workshops will take place: June 24-28 and July 8-12, 2013,at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Workshop participantswill have the opportunity to tour the LRO Mission Operation Center and theGoddard spacecraft testing facilities.

Each workshop will be limited to 25participants. Interested educators are encouraged to apply early to secure aspot. Qualified applicants will be accepted in the order they apply.

For more information and to register for theworkshops, visit http://lunar.gsfc.nasa.gov/lwe/index.html.

Questions about these workshops should bedirected to Katie Hessen at Katie.K.Hessen@nasa.gov.

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NASA Night Rover Energy Challenge

Registration is open for teams seeking to compete inthe $1.5 million energy storage competition known as the Night Rover Challenge,sponsored by NASA and the Cleantech Open of Palo Alto, Calif.

To win, a team must demonstrate a stored-energy system that can power asimulated solar-powered exploration vehicle that can operate through multiplecycles of daylight and extended periods of darkness.

During the Night Rover Challenge, energy storage systems will receiveelectrical energy from a simulated solar collector during daylight hours.During darkness, the stored energy will be used for simulated thermalmanagement, scientific experimentation, communications and rover movement. Awinning system must exceed the performance of an existing state-of-the-artsystem by a predetermined margin. The winning system will be the one that hasthe highest energy-storage density.

The challenge is extended to individuals, groups and companies working outsidethe traditional aerospace industry. Unlike most contracts or grants, awardswill be made only after solutions are demonstrated successfully.

Early registration closes on July 26,2013. Regular registration closes on Oct.25, 2013.

For information about the Night Rover Challenge and how to register a team,visit http://www.nightrover.org.

This is a Centennial Challenge in which NASA provides the prize purse fortechnological achievements by independent teams while the Cleantech Openmanages the competition as NASA’s allied organization. For more informationabout the Cleantech Open, visit http://www.cleantechopen.org.

NASA’s Centennial Challenges program is part of the agency’s Space TechnologyMission Directorate, which is innovating, developing, testing and flyinghardware for use in NASA’s future missions. For more information about NASA’sSpace Technology Mission Directorate and its Centennial Challenges program,visit https://www.nasa.gov/spacetech.

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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 14, 2013

Check out the followingNASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listedbelow.

NASA Exploration Design Challenge
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Virtual Crew Registration Deadline: March 14, 2014

Meteorology:How Clouds Form Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 14, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. EDT

OSSI — Summer2013 Opportunities
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: March 15, 2013

Pre-Service Teacher Institute at NASA’s KennedySpace Center
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: March 15, 2013
Institute Dates: May 28-June 7, 2013

2013 NASA Glenn ResearchCenter High School Internship Project
Audience: Students in Grades 10-11
Application Deadline: March 15, 2013

Pennsylvania Space GrantWorkshops
Audience: 4-12 Educators
Workshop Dates: Multiple dates July – August2013
Application Deadline: March 17, 2013

Celebrate Solar Week –Spring 2013
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Event Dates: March 18-22, 2013

Engineering Design Challenge:Spacecraft Structures Web Seminar
Audience: 5-9 and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 20, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. EDT

Sun-Earth Days’SolarMAX Anime’ Contest
Audience: Students ages 13 and older
Entry Deadline: March 20, 2013

Heat Transfer: MESSENGER — MyAngle on Cooling Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 21, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

Free Lecture –GPS for Humanity — The Stealth Utility
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Date: March 21, 2013, at 8 p.m. EST

Sun-Earth Days2013: Solar Max — Storm Warning: Effects on the Solar System
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: March 22, 2013

Sun-Earth DaysObserving Certificate Challenge
Audience: Students ages 13 and older
Entry Deadline: March 22, 2013

Heritage Family DayEvents at Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event Date: March 23, 2013

MAVEN Educator AmbassadorWorkshop
Audience: Middle School and High School Teachers
Application Deadline: March 31, 2013
Workshop Dates: July 8-12, 2013

The Challenge of Discovery! Educator Workshops
Audience: All Educators
Registration Deadline: April 1, 2013
Workshop Date: April 6, 2013

CallerQuestions With Answers from the Feb. 20, 2013 Pre-Proposal Teleconference — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program forScience Museums, Planetariums, and NASA Visitor Centers Plus OtherOpportunities (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH13ZHA001N, Catalog of FederalDomestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008)
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Proposal Due Date: April 9, 2013

Reduced Gravity Education Flight Opportunityfor Students at Minority Serving Institutions
Audience: Higher Education Educators & Students
Proposal Deadline: April 17, 2013

Global Precipitation Measurement MissionAnime Challenge
Audience: Artists ages 13 and older
Entry Deadline: April 30, 2013

SOFIA Airborne Astronomy AmbassadorProgram
Audience: All Educators
Application Deadline: May 3, 2013

National Space Biomedical ResearchInstitute Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: June 7, 2013

2013 Lunar Workshops for Educators
Audience: 6-9 Educators
Workshop Dates: June 24-28, and July 8-12, 2013

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

Don’t miss out onupcoming NASA education opportunities.
For a full list of events, opportunities andmore, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA’swebsite:
— Educators https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/current-opps-index.html

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NASA Exploration Design Challenge

Students from Kindergarten through 12th grade will have the opportunity to playa unique role in the future of human spaceflight through participation in NASA’sExploration Design Challenge, or EDC. NASA EDC invites students around the worldto think and act like scientists in order to overcome one of the major hurdles ofdeep space long-duration exploration — the dangers associated with spaceradiation. Students taking part in the challenge will discover how to plan anddesign improved radiation shielding aboard the Orion Multi-Purpose CrewVehicle, currently being developed by NASA, Lockheed Martin and other partnersto carry astronauts to space, venturing farther than humans have ever gonebefore.

Through a series of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM,engagement activities, students in grades K-8 will analyze different materialsthat simulate space radiation shielding and recommend materials that best blockradiation and protect astronauts. Students in grades 9-12 will think and actlike engineers as they apply what they learn to design shielding to protect asensor on the Orion crew module from space radiation. After a review of thedesign solutions submitted by teams in the grades 9-12 challenge, five finalistteams will be selected and matched with a mentor from NASA to test their designsin a virtual simulator. The winning team will build a prototype radiationshield that will be analyzed and submitted to Lockheed Martin for flightcertification on the inaugural flight of the Orion Exploration Flight Test, orEFT-1.

The five U.S. finalist teams from the grades 9-12 challenge will be invited toattend the EFT-1 launch, currently scheduled for November 2014. The names ofall students, grades K-12, participating in the NASA EDC will fly aboard thespacecraft as honorary virtual crewmembers for Orion’s first flight. Thedeadline to register students for the virtual crew is March 14, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit https://www.nasa.gov/education/edc.

For more information about Orion, visit https://www.nasa.gov/orion.

Email any questions about this opportunity to nasaedc@nianet.org.

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Meteorology: How Clouds Form Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, theNASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a free 90-minute Web seminar on March14, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. EDT. Learn about the relationships between airpressure, temperature, volume and cloud formation. Get an overview of thenecessary conditions for cloud formation and then see how to make a cloud in abottle. Information will be provided about an extension activity, the S’COOLProject, which involves student participation in authentic science.

This is the last time this seminar will be offered during the current schoolyear.

For more informationand to register online, visit URL http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar10.aspx.

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NASA Explorer Schools helpdesk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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OSSI — Summer 2013 Opportunities

The NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative, or OSSI,strives to provide students at all institutions of higher education access to aportfolio of internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities offered byNASA mission directorates and centers.

Visit the Office of Education InfrastructureDivision LaunchPad to find information on internship, fellowship andscholarship opportunities. The site features the OSSI online application forrecruiting NASA Interns, Fellows and Scholars, or NIFS. This innovative systemallows students to search and apply for all types of higher-education NASAinternship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities in one location. A singleapplication places the student in the applicant pool for consideration by allNASA mentors.

Applications for summer 2013 opportunities aredue March 15, 2013.

To find available opportunities and to fill outan OSSI online application for recruiting NIFS, visit https://intern.nasa.gov/index.html.

Inquiries about the OSSI should be submitted viahttps://intern.nasa.gov/oic/.

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Pre-Service Teacher Institute atNASA’s Kennedy Space Center

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center has partneredwith Oklahoma State University to offer a 10-day Pre-Service Teacher Institute takingplace May 28-June 7, 2013, in Florida. The Pre-Service Teacher Institute is forcollege students who are preparing to teach elementary or secondary science.

The institute will focus oninquiry-based learning and the incorporation of technology into curriculum.Education specialists from the Kennedy Space Center Educator Resource Centerwill provide participants with training to inspire student learning of sciencecontent through the use of education resources based on NASA missions ofresearch and discovery. Participants will work in small groups to developlesson plans using NASA educational resources and present these activities to localelementary level students.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years old. Lodging and astipend, as well as transportation for participants who live outside ofFlorida, will be provided.

Applications are due March 15, 2013.

For more information and toapply online, visit https://opportunities.nasa.okstate.edu/index.cfm?liftoff=PSTI.Home.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to
ksc-erc-educator-resource-center@mail.nasa.gov.

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2013 NASA GlennResearch Center High School Internship Project

The NASA Glenn Research Center High School Internship Project provides paidsummer internship opportunities, eight weeks in duration, to studentsinterested in careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics andprofessional administration at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland,Ohio. This project offers opportunities for students in grades 10 and 11 who willbe juniors and seniors in the upcoming school year, and is sponsored by theEducational Programs Office.

To be eligible for this project:

— The applicant must be a U.S. citizen and 16years old on or before the project start date (June 17, 2013).
— The applicant must be a permanent resident ofOhio and currently enrolled in a high school located within a 50-mile radius ofGlenn Research Center.
— The applicant must be a current sophomore orjunior at the time of application.
— The applicant must have a minimum cumulativegrade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
— The applicant must be available on afull-time basis (Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week) from June 17, 2013,through Aug. 9, 2013.

Applications are due March 15, 2013. Formore information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/education/GlennHighSchoolIntership.html.

Please email any questions about thisopportunity to GRC-intern@mail.nasa.gov.

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PennsylvaniaSpace Grant Workshops

Keep pace with the latest science research,engage in standards-based classroom activities and explore ways to make sciencefun while working with Penn State faculty during these summer workshops forinservice science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, educators.Network with peers and earn graduate credits. Workshops are aligned with thenational science education standards and Pennsylvania standards for science andtechnology.

All workshops take place on Penn State campusfacilities in Pennsylvania. Grants are awarded to all participants to coverlodging, parking, some meals and partial tuition.

Applications for all workshops are due March 17, 2013.

Black Holes: Gravity’s Fatal Attraction (Grades6-12) — July 15-19, 2013
Delve into the predicted properties of black holes, the astronomicalevidence for their existence and their importance in the cosmos. Modern ideasabout gravity, space and time will also be explored.

http://teachscience.psu.edu/workshops/black_holes.html

Astrobiology for Educators: Is There Life BeyondOur Planet? And How Would We Know? (Grades 4-12) — July 22-26, 2013
Participants will be introduced to sciencecontent related to the cutting-edge field of astrobiology. Participants willexplore the latest discoveries in the search for conditions needed to supportlife on other planets.
http://www.abington.psu.edu/continuing-education/astrobiology-educators

Hands-On Particle Astrophysics (Grades 9-12) –July 22-26, 2013
Participants will get a brief overview of modernparticle physics and explore various astrophysics topics. Instructors will helpparticipants build and use devices made from household materials to detect airshowers generated by cosmic-ray protons.
http://teachscience.psu.edu/workshops/particle_astrophysics.html

Telescopes: Tools for Astronomical Discovery andthe Search for Life on Other Planets (Grades 6-12) — July 29 – Aug. 2, 2013
Participants will build a simple telescope andlearn how to use the Falcon Telescope Network. Modern telescopes that may helpscientists discover other habitable planets will also be discussed.
http://teachscience.psu.edu/workshops/telescopes.html

Questions about the Pennsylvania Space Grantworkshops should be directed to Heather Nelson at teachscience@psu.edu.

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Celebrate SolarWeek — Spring 2013

Solar Week provides a weeklong series ofWeb-based educational classroom activities and games with a focus on thesun-Earth connection geared for grades 5-8. Students learn about solareclipses, sunspots, solar flares and solar storms through a series ofactivities, games and lessons. In addition, there’s a message board whereclassrooms can submit a question to leading solar scientists.

Solar Week is ideal for students studying thesolar system, the stars or astronomy in general, and now Solar Week features aday focused on solar energy. Solar Week is also for kids pondering possiblecareer choices and wondering what it’s like to be a scientist. Participation makesfor a fun computer lab activity as well. After doing the activities, studentscan interact on the bulletin board with leading scientists at the forefront ofsun-Earth research. It’s a great place for any studentinterested in our nearest star, the sun.

Solar Week takes place March 18-22, 2013.

To learn more and to register to participate,visit http://www.solarweek.org.

Questions about Solar Week may be emailed to solarweek@solarweek.org.

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Engineering Design Challenge:Spacecraft Structures Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminarfor educators on March 20, 2013, at 7:30p.m. EDT. Learn how to incorporate the excitement of rocketry into yourclassroom during this Web seminar and receive an overview of the studentengineering design challenge, Spacecraft Structures, where students design andconstruct a strong, but lightweight, structure that can withstand the launch ofa water bottle “rocket.”

This is the final offering of this Web seminar during the current school year.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar14.aspx.

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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Sun-Earth Days ‘SolarMAX Anime’ Contest

NASA’s Sun-Earth Days program wants to see yourbest anime artwork. SolarMAX is the official superhero mascot for Sun-EarthDays. But keeping an eye on space weather is a big job for just one superhero.The Sun-Earth Days team is looking for students ages 13 and older to create andsubmit a new and original anime-style character to help SolarMAX. The charactermust have a visible space weather related super power.

The Sun-Earth Days team will select fivecharacters to be added to the Sun-Earth Days superhero team! The first twowinning characters will be selected and announced on the live Sun-Earth Dayswebcast on March 22, 2013. Winner characters also will appear as part of a newSun-Earth Days desktop wallpaper!

Entries must be submitted online by March 20, 2013.

For more information, including instructions forsubmitting a character design, visit http://sunearthday.nasa.gov/2013/solarmax/contest.php.

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to sunearthday@gmail.com.

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Heat Transfer: MESSENGER — MyAngle on Cooling Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, theNASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hostinga 90-minute Web seminar on March 21,2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn how the MESSENGER mission to Mercury takesadvantage of passive cooling methods to keep the spacecraft functioning in ahigh-temperature environment. You will also see how to use the mission’s StayingCool activities to lead students through an examination of different solutionsto the problem of how to deal with too much sunlight and energy.

This is the final time this seminar will be repeated during the current schoolyear.

For more informationand to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar11.aspx.

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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Free Lecture –GPS for Humanity — The Stealth Utility

The Global Positioning System, or GPS, hasbecome a ubiquitous, but often invisible, part of modern life. On March 21, 2013, Dr.Bradford Parkinson, chief architect and original program director for GPS inthe 1970s, will present the history, applications and future of GPS and theGlobal Navigation Satellite System.

The lecture begins at 8 p.m. at the National Airand Space Museum in Washington, D.C. For those unable to attend in person, thelecture will be webcast live.

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=5245.

Questions about this lecture should be directedto nasmpubliclectures@si.edu.

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Sun-Earth Days2013: Solar Max — Storm Warning: Effects on the Solar System

Join NASA in celebrating Sun-Earth Days with a series of programs andevents that occur throughout the year, culminating with a celebration on March 22, 2013. Thisyear’s theme, “Solar Max — Storm Warning: Effects on the Solar System,”invites participants to explore the violent nature of our sun at the peak ofsolar activity and the discoveries coming from the heliophysics and planetarymissions during this exciting period. During solar maximum, there are manysunspots, solar flares and coronal mass ejections, all of which can affectcommunications and technology on Earth.

Learn about solar maximum and how it, along withspace weather in general, affects our daily lives. Find out why scientists andengineers find it important to track space weather, much like meteorologiststrack storms on Earth. And learn about NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility onVirginia’s Eastern Shore and its role in launching rockets to explore weatheron Earth and in space.

On March22, 2013, join the Sun-Earth Days team for a live Sun-EarthDays webcast. For this webcast, the team will combine forces with theaward-winning NASA EDGE team known for their offbeat, funny and informativelook behind the NASA curtain.

For more information, educational resources andsocial media connections, visit the Sun-Earth Days website at http://sunearthday.nasa.gov.

Questions about Sun-Earth Days events should beemailed to sunearthday@gmail.com.

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Sun-EarthDays Observing Certificate Challenge

Attention amateur astronomers! NASA’s Sun-Earth Days program wantsto feature your astronomy photographs and videos (up to 90 seconds each) of ouractive sun. Images will be featured on the Sun-Earth Days Solar Maximum Flickrpage. And each week, a different image will be selected to highlight on theNASA Sun-Earth Days home page.

Once your image or video is uploaded with the proper supporting information,you will be able to download a certificate of appreciation from the NASASun-Earth Days team.

Participants are also invited to upload images of Sun-Earth Days Solar MAXevents, celebrations, activities and star parties. These images often provideothers with inspiration and new ideas! Make sure to include your name, club ororganization’s name and a description of the event.

Images and videos must be submitted online by March 22, 2013.

For more information, including instructions for submitting images and videos,visit http://sunearthday.nasa.gov/2013/getinvolved/aa.php.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to sunearthday@gmail.com.

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Heritage FamilyDay Events at Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum

The 2013 Heritage Family Day event seriescelebrates the diverse ethnic and cultural communities that have contributed toaviation and space exploration. Events will commemorate historic and currentcontributions through presentations and activities for the entire family. Theevents will take place at the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum Steven F.Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., and at the Smithsonian’s National Air andSpace Museum in Washington, DC. The events are free and open to the public.

Women in Aviation and Space
March 23, 2013, from 10a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
Celebrate the incredible contributions of womenin aviation, science and aerospace. Enjoy hands-on activities, guest speakers,a theatrical presentation, book signings and Flights of Fancy story time forour youngest visitors.
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=4833

Explore the Universe Day: Everyone Looks Up!
June 1, 2013, from 10a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
Everyone looks up! People around the world havealways looked to the sky, but they don’t always see the same things. Experiencehow different people study the sky and hear their stories.
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=4835

A Century of Women in Aerospace
Sept. 14, 2013, from 10a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
For over 100 years, women have contributed totechnological advances in aviation and space. Hear about the historic women whohave inspired today’s role models.
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=4836

Hispanic Heritage Month:Innovators in Air and Space
Sept. 24, 2013, from 10a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
Oct. 5, 2013, from 10a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
Celebrate Latin America’s historicalcontributions to aviation and space exploration. Meet current Hispanicscientists and engineers through the Smithsonian Latinos in STEM initiative.Listen to bilingual stories and participate in hands-on activities. The eventsare free and open to the public.
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=4837

Questions about this series of events should bedirected to the Visitor Service line at 202-633-1000.

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MAVEN Educator AmbassadorWorkshop

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, or MAVEN, mission will explore theplanet’s upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the solar wind. Setto launch in November 2013, the mission will provide invaluable insights intothe history of Mars’ atmosphere and climate, liquid water and planetaryhabitability.

The MAVEN Educator Ambassador, or MEA, workshop will bring together educatorsfrom around the country for in-depth learning experiences around MAVEN science.The goal of the MEA program is for participants to develop the knowledge andskills needed to train other teachers on NASA’s educational resources.Participants will attend a weeklong professional development workshop andreceive training on a variety of standards-based classroom activities, as wellas receive follow-up support for several years. The expectation is thatparticipants will implement some of the lesson plans and resources in theirclassrooms, as well as conduct teacher trainings in their local areas on theMAVEN mission and related educational activities.

A $700 travel stipend is offered, along with a $700 honorarium after a localworkshop is conducted. Housing and meals are provided.

Applications are due March 31, 2013.

For more information aboutthe workshop and to apply online, visit http://lasp.colorado.edu/home/maven/education-outreach/for-educators/mea/.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Stephanie Renfrow at
stephanie.renfrow@lasp.colorado.edu.

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The Challenge of Discovery! Educator Workshops

You want to go where? What does it take tomake a NASA mission happen, and who are the people that drive these tremendousprojects?

In Discovery Program’s third annual multisite professional developmentworkshop, we delve into the stories behind some amazing NASA missions, fromconception to science results. Learn how scientists, engineers and missionoperators collaborate to meet the challenges of complex missions to assure thescience goals are met. Investigate what it takes to move a fantastic idea fromdream to reality.

The Challenge of Discovery workshop will take place on April 6, 2013, infour locations.
            — NASA’s Jet PropulsionLaboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
            — NASA’s Johnson SpaceCenter, Houston, Texas
            — University of Arizona,Tucson, Ariz.
            — Johns Hopkins UniversityApplied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md.

All sites will offer special speakers,hands-on activities for K-12 and out-of-school-time educatorsand resource packets.

The cost of the workshop is $25. Lunch and snacks will be provided.Registration closes on April 1, 2013.

For more information, visit http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/discovery/challenge_of_discovery.asp.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Mary Cullen at
mcullen@mcrel.org.

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CallerQuestions With Answers from the Feb. 20, 2013 Pre-Proposal Teleconference — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program forScience Museums, Planetariums, and NASA Visitor Centers Plus OtherOpportunities (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH13ZHA001N, Catalog of FederalDomestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008)

Twenty-six caller questions with answersfrom the Feb. 20, 2013 Pre-Proposal Teleconference were posted on the CP4SMP+portal page on NSPIRES on March 11, 2013.

Visit: https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7B37764C2A-F415-01DF-1B30-F1971BE7F8BE%7D&path=open.

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Reduced Gravity Education Flight Opportunityfor Students at Minority Serving Institutions

NASA is offering undergraduate students from minority serving institutions anopportunity to test experiments in microgravity aboard NASA’s reduced gravityaircraft.

This opportunity is a partnership between the Minority University Research and EducationProgram and NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program, which givesaspiring explorers a chance to propose, design and fabricate a reduced-gravityexperiment. Selected teams will test and evaluate their experiments aboardNASA’s reduced-gravity airplane. The aircraft flies about 30roller-coaster-like climbs and dips during experiment flights to produceperiods of weightlessness and hypergravity ranging from 0 gravity, or g,to 2 g.

Proposals are due April17, 2013.

All applicants must be full-time undergraduate students, U.S. citizens and atleast 18 years old.

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

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to Suzanne Foxworth at jsc-reducedgravity@nasa.gov.

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Global Precipitation MeasurementMission Anime Challenge

NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement, or GPM, mission has teamedup with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency to hold a design challenge forpeople around the world to develop an anime character to represent the GPMmission. GPM is an international satellite mission that will use multiplesatellites orbiting Earth to collect rain and snow data worldwide every threehours.

Participants should learn about the GPM mission and design their characters torepresent the mission’s objectives. The winningcharacter will star in a comic series that will teach the public about GPM andprecipitation science.

Participants must be at least 13 years old. Entries must be submitted by April 30, 2013.

For more information, including instructions for submitting a character design,visit http://pmm.nasa.gov/education/anime.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to GSFC-GPM@mail.nasa.gov.

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SOFIA Airborne AstronomyAmbassador Program

NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, is a 747SPaircraft carrying a 2.5 meter-diameter telescope. The SOFIA Airborne AstronomyAmbassadors Program is seeking educator teams of two to participate in anupcoming SOFIA flight. One of the team members must be a middle- or high-schooleducator. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal residents teaching in aU.S. school.

Applications are due May 3, 2013.

For more information and to apply online, visit http://www.seti.org/epo/SOFIA.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Pamela Harman at pharman@seti.org.

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National Space BiomedicalResearch Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The National Space Biomedical Research Institute, or NSBRI, seekssolutions to health concerns facing astronauts on long-duration missions. Thisresearch also benefits patients on Earth. The NSBRI is currently solicitingapplications for its Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

NSBRI’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program provides support for postdoctoralfellows in any U.S. laboratory carrying out space-related biomedical orbiotechnological research. Funding is for a two-year period with an option fora third year of support. Applicants must prepareproposals with the support of a mentor, and all proposals are evaluated by apeer-review panel.

Applications are due June 7, 2013.

For detailed information on the application process, visit http://www.nsbri.org/postdocs/.

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

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2013Lunar Workshops for Educators

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, mission is sponsoring a pair ofworkshops for educators of students in grades 6-9. These workshops will focuson lunar science, exploration and how our understanding of the moon is evolvingwith the new data from current and recent lunar missions.

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has allowed scientists to measure the coldestknown place in the solar system, map the surface of the moon in unprecedenteddetail and accuracy, find evidence of recent lunar geologic activity,characterize the radiation environment around the moon and its potential effectson future lunar explorers and much, much more!

Workshop participants will learn about these and other recent discoveries,reinforce their understanding of lunar science concepts, gain tools to helpaddress common student misconceptions about the moon, interact with lunarscientists and engineers, work with LRO data and learn how to bring these dataand information to their students using hands-on activities aligned with grades6-9 National Science Education Standards and Benchmarks.

Workshops will take place: June 24-28and July 8-12, 2013, at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt,Md. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to tour the LRO MissionOperation Center and the Goddard spacecraft testing facilities.

Each workshop will be limited to 25 participants. Interested educators areencouraged to apply early to secure a spot. Qualified applicants will beaccepted in the order they apply.

For more information and to register for the workshops, visit http://lunar.gsfc.nasa.gov/lwe/index.html.

Questions about these workshops should be directed to Katie Hessen at Katie.K.Hessen@nasa.gov.

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What’s New at NASA’s Space Place Website

Earth Day is coming up April 22. What is the most abundant component of Earth’ssurface? Water, of course. Water is such a big part of life on Earth that wemay take it for granted. But where did it come from? What makes it liquid,solid or gas? And why should we care? Lots of NASA’s Earth studies are aboutwater in all its forms.

What’s New?
Many students are surprised to know that during July, Earth is at its farthestpoint from the sun, and during January it is at its closest. But that fact hasnothing to do with why there are seasons. This new article explains andillustrates the reason for the seasons and why some in the U.S. are putting onswimsuits to play in a recently icy lake, just as some in southern Chile andNew Zealand are digging out their skates as their lakes freeze over. Check itout to help you enlighten your class at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/seasons.

La Tierra en Español
¿Es la Tierra en parte un cometa? Now you can read in Spanish, as wellas English, about where our oceans may have originated. With new spacetelescopes that can analyze the composition of passing comets, we can actuallybegin to tease apart these 4-billion-plus-year-old mysteries. Learn what theyare finding out at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/comet-ocean/sp.

Spotlight on Mission Chronicles
Some NASA missions don’t get nearly as far off the ground as you might think.Operation IceBridge is one that uses instruments on an airplane rather than asatellite to study the elevation and thickness of ice at the North and SouthPoles. So, although it may be a while before any NASA scientists make it to themoon, they can have a pretty alien-world experience right here on Earth.Christy Hansen, manager of the Operation IceBridge Mission, and her team took atrip to the South Pole and lived to tell the tale at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/mission-chronicles/#hansen.

For the Classroom
Clouds, of course, are another form of water. But it’s not easy to tell fromthe ground how much water is actually in the clouds above us. They may lookvery threatening but produce very little precipitation. In the classroomactivity called “Sizing Up the Clouds,” the teacher sets up three simulatedclouds representing three different cloud types. Students use different methodsto estimate precipitation contents of each cloud type. Each method is roughlyanalogous to methods actually used in weather forecasting. Finally, theprecipitation from each cloud is released, and the students will compare theirestimates to what is actually experienced on the ground. “Precipitation” inthis activity is represented by colored chocolate candies, which may help tokeep the students’ attention! Find the activity in PDF format at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/classroom-activities/#cloudcontent.

For Out of School Time
The “Go With the Flow” game presents puzzles in which the player must figureout how to place salt (which makes water denser) and heat (which makes waterless dense) in an underwater grid scenario in order to create a current thatwill move a tiny, unpowered submarine to a floating key, which will then open atreasure chest at the bottom of the sea. We have watched kids playing thisgame, with or without their parents, at our take your child to work days. Wecan hardly tear them away! Go to http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/ocean-currents.

Special Days

March 5, 1979: Voyager 1 flew pastJupiter.
Another spacecraft is on its way to Jupiter and will spend a lot more timethere. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/junoquest

March 10, 1876: First telephone call.
Alexander Graham Bell called Thomas Watson. How do spacecraft exploring thesolar system call home?
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/x-ponder

March 14: Pi Day! or p Day
All circles are 3.14… (ad infinitum, as far as we know) times as big around asacross, a value called pi. What would pi be in binary numbers? http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/binary-code2

April 10: Encourage a Young Writer Day
Invite students to write about our future in space.
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/art

April 22: Earth Day
It’s important, and fascinating, to study Earth’s history. Like where didEarth’s water come from?
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/comet-ocean

April 28: Tell a Story Day
Check out some of the stories on The Space Place. They could be called creativenonfiction, always a fun genre!
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/storybook

A Great Earth Resource
Check out other activities and articles under the Earth menu on The SpacePlace. Remember, NASA has many more missions to planet Earth than to all of theother planets in the solar system combined. Earth is a very interesting planet!

Send Feedback
Please let us know your ideas about ways to use The Space Place in yourteaching. Send to info@spaceplace.nasa.gov.

Don’t Forget…
You can find dozens of other ideas and rich resources for theclassroom and out-of-school time at our Parents & Educators page, http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/menu/parents-and-educators.

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

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

NASA Education Express — Jan. 24, 2013

Check out the followingNASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listedbelow.

Temperatureand Earth Climate: Modeling Hot and Cold Planets WebSeminar
Audience: 7-9 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 24, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST

NASA’s Glenn ResearchCenter’s High School Shadowing Project
Audience: Students in Grades 10-12
Session II Application Deadline: Jan. 25, 2013
Sessions III and IV Application Deadline: Feb.22, 2013

Host a Real-TimeConversation With Crewmembers Aboard the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 28, 2013

U.S. Department of Education TeachingAmbassador Fellowships
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: Jan. 29, 2013

Invitation to Participate in ISSEarthKAM Winter 2013 Mission
Audience: Middle School Educators and Students
Mission Dates: Jan. 29 – Feb. 1, 2013

Algebraic Equations: Transit Tracks –Finding Habitable Planets Web Seminar
Audience: Algebra Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 30, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST

RealWorld-InWorld NASAEngineering Design Challenge
Audience: 8-12 Educators and Students
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2013

Langley Aerospace Research StudentScholars — Summer 2013 Session
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2013

2013 PlanetaryGeology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2013

NASA Earth and SpaceScience Fellowships Program Accepting Proposals for 2013-2014 Academic Year
Audience: Higher Education Educators andStudents
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 1, 2013

Free Smithsonian’s StarsLecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Feb. 2, 2013

IRIS Challenge: Trackinga Solar Storm
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Registration Open Now, Challenge Begins February2013

NASA’s DEVELOP Program– 2013 Summer Session
Audience: 9-12 and Higher Education Educatorsand Students
Summer Session Deadline: Feb. 4, 2013

NASA History ProgramOffice Summer 2013 Internships
Audience: Higher Education Educators andStudents
Summer 2013 Application Deadline: Feb. 4, 2013

Registration Open forthe 20th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race
Audience: 9-12 & Higher Education Educatorsand Students
Registration Deadline for U.S. Teams: Feb. 4,2013

2013 Space ExplorationEducators Conference
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Feb. 7-9, 2013

Plan a Launch Party to Celebrate theLandsat Data Continuity Mission
Audience: All Educators and Students
Launch Date: Feb. 11, 2013

Polar Science Weekend at the PacificScience Center
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Feb. 28 – March 3, 2013

Expeditions 37 and 38 In-flightEducation Downlink Opportunities
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: March 1, 2013

Cooperative Agreement Notice for NASA Internships
Audience: Higher Education Institutions and Organizations
Deadline: March 13, 2013

Sun-Earth Days 2013: Solar Max — StormWarning: Effects on the Solar System
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: March 22, 2013

Citizen Science: Asteroid Mappers
Audience: All Educators and Students

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Temperatureand Earth Climate: Modeling Hot and Cold Planets WebSeminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on Jan. 24, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Use NASAmission data collected from NASA satellites to see how a planet’s climate isdetermined. Attend this session and discover how you can incorporate authenticNASA data into your classroom to provide a real-world connection for your students.

This seminar will be repeated on May 2, 2013.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar24.aspx.

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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NASA’s Glenn Research Center’s High SchoolShadowing Project

NASA’s Glenn Research Center, or GRC, inCleveland, Ohio, is accepting applications for its High School ShadowingProject sessions for the 2012-2013 school year. This opportunity providesstudents with a one- to five-day career exploration experience at GlennResearch Center.

The project provides high school students withan opportunity to explore career possibilities in a research and developmentenvironment while under the guidance of a NASA scientist, engineer, technicianor administrative professional that serves as the student’s mentor. Studentsare provided information about various careers, career paths and Glenn ResearchCenter educational resources and programs.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 16years old by the application deadline. Application periods are still open forthree sessions scheduled for the 2012-2013 school year.

Session II —
Application Deadline: Jan. 25, 2013
Session Date: Feb. 27, 2013

Session III —
Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2013
Session Date: March 26, 2013

Session IV —
Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2013
Session Date: April 24, 2013

For more information about this opportunity,please visit https://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/education/ShadowingProgram_GRC.html.

Questions about the GRC High School ShadowingProject should be directed by email to GRC-Intern@mail.nasa.govor by telephone to 216-433-6656.

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Host a Real-TimeConversation With Crewmembers Aboard the International Space Station

NASA is now accepting proposals from U.S.schools, museums, science centers and community youth organizations to host anAmateur Radio on the International Space Station, or ARISS, contact between May1, 2013, and Nov 1, 2013. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, NASAis looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants andintegrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. Proposals are due Jan. 28, 2013.

Using amateur radio, students can ask astronauts questions about life inspace and other space-related topics. Students fully engage in the ARISScontact by helping set up an amateur radio ground station at the school andthen using that station to talk directly with a crew member on theInternational Space Station for approximately 10 minutes. The technology iseasier to acquire than ever before. ARISS has a network of mentors to helporganizations obtain the technology required to host this once in a lifetimeopportunity for students.

Interested parties should visit www.nasa.gov/education/tfs/arissto obtain complete information including how the technology works, what isexpected of the host organization and how to submit the proposal form.

Questions about this opportunity should beemailed to JSC-TFS-ARISS@mail.nasa.gov.

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U.S. Department of EducationTeaching Ambassador Fellowships


Teachers with successful strategies for increasing student achievement areencouraged to apply for Teaching Ambassador Fellowship positions with the U.S. Departmentof Education for the 2013-2014 school year. Teachers will be chosen based upontheir record of leadership, impact on student achievement and potential forcontribution to the department and the field.

The program offers two tracks: Classroom and Washington Fellows.

Classroom Fellows will serve their regular teaching contracts with theirdistricts and will be paid to perform additional fellowship duties for theDepartment of Education. As practicing classroom teachers, these Fellows willshare an important perspective for — and will gain more knowledge about –education policy and program development. They will share their experienceswith other Fellows and with the Department of Education at designated timesthroughout the year.

Washington Fellowswill serve as full-time federal employees in Washington, D.C., from the summerof 2013 through June 2014. They will be placed in appropriate positions withinthe Department of Education to work on education program development andimplementation. They will focus on using their previous classroom experience tocontribute knowledge and insight to various Department of Education projects.They will spend the majority of their time working in program offices,increasing their knowledge of and contributing to federal education policiesand programs, and collaborating with other Fellows.

Applications for both tracks are due Jan.29, 2013.

For more information about this fellowship opportunity and activities ofthe current group of Teaching Ambassador Fellows, visit http://www.ed.gov/programs/teacherfellowship/index.html.

If you have questions about the fellowship, please email your inquiries to TeacherFellowship@ed.gov.

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ISS EarthKAM Winter 2013 Mission

Middle schooleducators are invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAMWinter 2013 Mission from Jan. 29 – Feb. 1, 2013. Guide your students inhands-on research as they program cameras aboard the space station to takepictures of specific locations on Earth.

For more information about EarthKAM and to register for the upcoming mission,visit the EarthKAM home page http://www.earthkam.ucsd.edu.

If you have questions about the EarthKAMproject, please email ek-help@earthkam.ucsd.edu.

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Algebraic Equations: TransitTracks — Finding Habitable Planets Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Jan. 30, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST. In thisWeb seminar, participants will learn about an engaging algebra activity called “FindingHabitable Planets” that allows students to analyze NASA data with the hopes ofdiscovering planets in habitable zones of solar systems.

For more information and to registeronline, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar2.aspx.

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NES Help Desk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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RealWorld-InWorldNASA Engineering Design Challenge

The RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge encourages studentsin grades 8-12 to explore and build skills essential for successful careers inscience, technology, engineering and mathematics through two phases ofproject-based learning and team competition.

RealWorld (Phase 1): Teams of middle- and high-school-aged students, withsupport of their teachers/coaches/parents, work collaboratively as engineersand scientists to explore and design solutions related to the James Webb SpaceTelescope.

RealWorld Phase ends: Jan. 31, 2013. To be considered to move to theInWorld phase, all RealWorld work must be submitted by this deadline.

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

InWorld Phase begins: Feb. 9, 2013.
InWorld Phase ends: April 26, 2013.

NASA scientists and engineers visit and chatvirtually throughout both phases of the challenge.

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

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Langley Aerospace Research StudentScholars — Summer 2013 Session

Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars, or LARSS, is offering a10-week summer internship at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.Internships are available for rising undergraduate juniors, seniors andgraduate students at accredited U.S. colleges, universities and communitycolleges. Students of all majors are encouraged to apply. The grade pointaverage requirement is a 3.0 out of a 4.0.

The internship includes doing a research project under the supervision of aresearcher, attending technical lectures by prominent engineers and scientistsand presenting project results at a poster session. Additional elements includetours of Langley wind tunnels, computational facilities and laboratories, aswell as several networking activities.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applications are due Feb. 1, 2013.

Note: Fifteen-week fall and spring sessions are also offered. Please see thewebsite for details.

For more information and to applyonline, visit http://www.nianet.org/LARSS-2012/index.aspx.

To learn more about the LARSS internship opportunity, join NASA’s DigitalLearning Network for two informational webcast events. The webcasts are takingplace from 3-4 p.m. on Jan. 23-24, 2013. To join the webcast, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/index.html.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Debbie Murray at Deborah.B.Murray@nasa.gov.

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2013 PlanetaryGeology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program

The Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program, orPGGURP, pairsqualified undergraduate students with NASA-funded investigators at researchlocations across the U.S. for eight weeks during the summer. Students willspend the summer at the NASA scientists’ home institutions. Selected studentsreceive a cost-of-living stipend and compensation for housing and travel.

Undergraduate students interested in learningabout research in planetary geoscience are eligible to apply. Studentsgraduating in 2013 who have not started graduate school yet are also eligible.Preference is given to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Applications are due Feb. 1, 2013.

For more information, visit http://www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~tgregg/pggurp.html.

If you have questions about this opportunity,please email Robyn Wagner, PGGURP administrator, at rlwagner@buffalo.edu.

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NASA Earth andSpace Science Fellowships Program Accepting Proposals for 2013-2014 AcademicYear

The NASA Earth and Space Science FellowshipProgram, or NESSF, is soliciting applications from accredited U.S. universitieson behalf of individuals pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees in earth andspace sciences, or related disciplines, for the 2013-2014 academic year. Thepurpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualifiedworkforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals. Awardsresulting from the competitive selection will be training grants to therespective universities, with the advisor serving as the principalinvestigator. The financial support for the NESSF program comes from theScience Mission Directorate’s four science divisions: Earth Science,Heliophysics, Planetary Science and Astrophysics.

Initially, NESSF awards are made for one year.They may be renewed for no more than two additional years, contingent uponsatisfactory progress (as reflected in academic performance, research progressand recommendation by the faculty advisor) and the availability of funds.

The maximum amount of a NESSF award is $30,000per year.

Proposals for this opportunity are due Feb. 1, 2013.

For more information about this solicitation,visit http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={BC1C168E-1D9B-0BD1-816B-14E1C31BB0D3}&path=open.

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to:

For earth science, Claire Macaulay at Claire.I.Macaulay@nasa.gov.

For heliophysics, planetary science andastrophysics, Dolores Holland at hq-nessf-Space@nasa.gov.

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FreeSmithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

Curious about our nearest star, moon rocks, volcanoes and other wonders ofthe universe? Come to the Smithsonian’s Stars, a series of 10 lectures bySmithsonian researchers who are exploring the sun, the moon, planets, stars,galaxies and the universe. These speakers will share behind-the-scenes detailsabout how their research is done and technologies that advance new discoveriesat the Smithsonian Institution.

Each lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. and is followedby a question-and-answer session. A Discovery Station activity will take placeat 4 p.m. prior to each lecture. Stay after the lecture to visit theobservatory, weather permitting.

Feb. 2, 2013 — Volcano Breath
Join Global Volcanism Program Director LizCottrell for a lecture about volcanoes on a global scale. Learn how the gaseouscontents of volcanoes propel their explosions and impact our climate. Hear thelatest about volcanic gas research and explore the latest discoveries about howthe deep Earth is recycling the air we breathe.

Feb. 16, 2013 — Venus: 50 Years After Mariner 2
Fifty years ago Mariner 2 flew past Venus,becoming the first space probe to explore another planet. But Venus, ournearest neighbor, still holds many mysteries. Geophysicist Bruce Campbell willdiscuss what is known about Venus, including how it differs from Earth, and howfuture explorers may provide crucial clues to understanding this hot, dryworld.

Feb. 23, 2013 — AUniverse of Data: How We Get Science Out of Space Telescopes
This century has seen stunning cosmic discoveries. The digital age hasgiven everyone free access to space data; the trick is to turn that data intoquantitative science and pictures that tell a story. Astrophysicist JonathanMcDowell will use images from the Chandra Space Telescope to help explain howastronomers study space in the computer age.

For more information about the Smithsonian’sStars Lecture Series and to see a full schedule of upcoming lectures, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/lectures/stars/index.cfm.

Questions about this lecture series should bedirected to the visitor service line at 202-633-1000.

The Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series is madepossible by a grant from NASA.

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IRIS Challenge:Tracking a Solar Storm

Join the Tracking a Solar Storm Challenge andguide students as they learn about the sun’s anatomy, the space weather itgenerates and why studying the sun is important.

This challenge is designed around NASA’s solarmission Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS. Scheduled to launch inApril 2013, the IRIS spacecraft will study the dynamics of the interface regionof our sun’s atmosphere using an ultraviolet telescope and imagingspectrograph. As students participate in the challenge, they will learn moreabout the IRIS mission and the instruments that scientists use to gather solardata.

An educators’ guide for the IRIS challenge isavailable on the Tracking a Solar Storm website and includes key informationfor helping students study the sun’s weather, track a solar storm and predictits effect on Earth. Students will demonstrate what they have learned bycollecting data and producing a space weather report.

The challenge will run February – May 2013.

To learn more about the challenge, visit http://irischallenge.arc.nasa.gov/.

Educators are invited to register now at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZRBWQQKto receive updates as the challenge develops.

Please email any questions about this challengeto Linda Conrad at arc-quest-challenge@mail.nasa.gov.

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NASA’s DEVELOPProgram — 2013 Summer Session

DEVELOP is a NASA Science Mission DirectorateApplied Sciences-sponsored internship that fosters the training and developmentof students in the Earth sciences. The DEVELOP Program extends the applicationof NASA Earth science research and technology to meet societal needs.

Students conduct projects that focus on thepractical application of NASA’s Earth science research and demonstrate howresults can benefit partner organizations and local communities. Advisors andmentors, from NASA and partner institutions, provide guidance and support forthe program. Students gain experience using NASA science and technology in aprofessional setting.

Students from high school through doctorallevels are selected through a competitive application process. Students chosenby DEVELOP work on teams onsite at 13 locations in North America. Activitiesare conducted during three 10-week terms per year: spring, summer and fall. Toapply to a DEVELOP center at a NASA location, applicants must be a citizen ofthe U.S. However, international students currently registered at an accreditedschool in the U.S. are eligible to apply to DEVELOP regional locations.International applicants must already have a visa that permits them to work inthe U.S.

Applications for the summer 2013 session are dueFeb. 4, 2013.

For more information about this uniqueinternship opportunity, please visit the DEVELOP website at http://develop.larc.nasa.gov.

Questions about the DEVELOP Program should bedirected by email to NASA-DL-DEVELOP@mail.nasa.govor by telephone to 757-864-3761.

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NASA HistoryProgram Office Summer 2013 Internships

The NASA History Program Office is seekingundergraduate and graduate students for summer 2013 internships. The HistoryProgram Office maintains archival materials to answer research questions fromNASA personnel, journalists, scholars, students at all levels and others fromaround the world. The division also edits and publishes several books andmonographs 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 notnecessary, a keen interest and some basic familiarity with these topics areneeded. Strong research, writing and editing skills are essential. Experiencewith computers, especially hypertext markup language, or HTML, formatting, is aplus.

Intern projects are flexible. Typical projectsinclude handling a variety of information requests, editing historicalmanuscripts, doing research and writing biographical sketches, updating andcreating websites, and identifying and captioning photos.

Applications for summer 2013 internships are dueFeb. 4, 2013.

For more information, visit http://history.nasa.gov/interncall.htm.

If you have questions about this opportunity,please contact Bill Barry at bill.barry@nasa.gov.

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Registration Openfor the 20th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race

Registration is open for the 20th Annual NASAGreat Moonbuggy Race. High school and college students are challenged to designand build a vehicle that addresses a series of engineering problems similar tothose faced by the original lunar-roving vehicle team. Each school may enter upto two teams. The race will take place April 25-27, 2013, in Huntsville, Ala.,at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

U.S. teams must register by Feb. 4, 2013.

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

U.S. teams with questions should contact DiedraWilliams at Diedra.A.Williams@nasa.gov.

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2013 SpaceExploration Educators Conference

Make plans to attend the 19th Annual SpaceExploration Educators Conference, to be held Feb. 7-9, 2013, at Space Center Houston.This conference is for all K-12 educators. Activities presented usespace-related themes to teach across the curriculum and can be used forscience, language arts, mathematics, history and more.

Attend sessions hosted by scientists andengineers working on the International Space Station, Mars exploration and theplanets beyond. Hear from astronauts who will be leading the charge inexploration. Attend sessions presented by educators and receiveready-to-implement classroom ideas. Attendees can earn up to 24 hours ofcontinuing professional education credit.

Keynote speakers scheduled to attend includeastronaut Satoshi Furukawa and actor LeVar Burton.

For more information, visit http://spacecenter.org/TeachersSEEC.html.

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

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Plan a Launch Party to Celebratethe Landsat Data Continuity Mission

Did you know that the longest continuous view of Earth from space comes fromthe Landsat satellite program? Its 40-year archive offers a priceless record ofchanging communities and landscapes. The record continues on Feb. 11, 2013, when NASA and the U.S.Geological Survey are scheduled to launch the eighth Landsat satellite, theLandsat Data Continuity Mission.

Join others across the planet in celebration of this much anticipated event byhosting a launch party! Planning and hosting your own launch party with NASAresources is fun and easy, and it’s a wonderful way to engage your community inyour interests and the work you do.

For more information, including activities,decorations and other Landsat resources, visit http://launchkit-ldcm.gsfc.nasa.gov/.

Tune in to NASA TVto watch the launch and launch events live, including talks from NASA scientistsand engineers. 

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to the “Contact Us” link at the bottom of the Landsat DataContinuity Mission Launch Party website.

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PolarScience Weekend at the Pacific Science Center

Polar Science Weekend at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Wash., istaking place Feb. 28 – March 3, 2013.The event is four days of hands-on activities, live demonstrations and exhibitspresented by scientists who work in some of the most remote and challengingplaces on Earth. Learn about ice sheets and sea ice, polar bears and penguins,scientific instruments and polar expeditions.

Polar Science Weekend highlights NASA-funded work in the polar regions, and issupported by a grant from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate

For more information, visit http://psc.apl.washington.edu/wordpress/education/polar-science-weekend/.

Questions about this event should be directed to psw@apl.washington.edu.

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Expeditions 37 and 38 In-flightEducation Downlink Opportunities

NASA is seeking formal and informal educational organizations, individually orworking together, to host live, in-flight education downlinks during Expeditions37 and 38 (approximately from September 2013 to March 2014). To maximize thesedownlink opportunities, NASA is looking for organizations that will draw largenumbers of participants and integrate the downlinks into well-developededucation plans.

The deadline to submit a proposal is March1, 2013.

During Expeditions 37 and 38, crew members aboard the International SpaceStation will participate in downlinks. Downlinks last approximately 20 minutesand allow students and educators to interact with astronauts through a question-and-answersession. Downlinks afford education audiences the opportunity to learnfirsthand from astronauts what it is like to live and work in space. Downlinksare broadcast live on NASA TV and are streamed on the NASA website. Because ofthe nature of human spaceflight, organizations must demonstrate the flexibilityto accommodate changes in downlink dates and times.

Interested organizations should visit https://www.nasa.gov/education/tfs/downlinksto learn more or contact Teaching From Space at JSC-Teaching-From-Space@mail.nasa.gov.

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Cooperative Agreement Notice for NASA Internships

The NASA Headquarters Office of Education, in cooperation with the NASA JohnsonSpace Center and other NASA centers, has released a Cooperative AgreementNotice, or CAN, for NASA internships.

Institutions eligible to respond to this CAN are limited to higher educationinstitutions, nonprofit organizations and consortia or groups of organizationsand institutions serving higher education students, whose mission includescapturing student interest and/or improving student performance in science,technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, or related fields. Theestimated annual value of the award is $3,000,000 to $10,000,000 per year, fora period of performance not to exceed 5 years.

It is anticipated that this award will be an indefinite delivery indefinitequantity and cost reimbursement cooperative agreement. The recipient of thissingle award will support sub-agreements at 10 NASA centers delineated byunique cooperative agreement numbers assigned by the NASA Shared ServicesCenter.

NASA Education is planning an informational teleconference for all potentialproposers. The teleconference will take place on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at 2 p.m. EST. The dial-in number for theteleconference is 877-449-9072. The participant passcode is 8125991.

A Notice of Intent, or NOI, is requested to assist NASA in assessing thepossible response to this CAN; and to determine the number of subject matterexperts required for the Proposal Review Panel. NOIs should be submitted bymidnight (11:59 p.m.) Eastern Time, Feb. 13, 2013.

All proposals in response to this CAN must be submitted electronically. Electronicproposals must be submitted in their entirety by 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time onthe proposal due date of March 13, 2013.

For more information and instructions for submitting a NOI and proposal, visit  http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={445EE623-416B-4524-69CF-EA75FCC529BD}&path=open.

Questions about this CAN should be emailed to Tamra Ross at tkross@nasaprs.com.

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Sun-Earth Days 2013: Solar Max –Storm Warning: Effects on the Solar System

Join NASA in celebrating Sun-Earth Days with a series of programsand events that occur throughout the year, culminating with a celebration on March 22, 2013. This year’s theme, “SolarMax — Storm Warning: Effects on the Solar System,” invites participants to explorethe violent nature of our sun at the peak of solar activity and the discoveriescoming from the heliophysics and planetary missions during this exciting period.During solar maximum, there are many sunspots, solar flares and coronal massejections, all of which can affect communications and technology on Earth.

Learn about solar maximum and how it, along with space weather in general,affects our daily lives. Find out why scientists find it important to trackspace weather, much like meteorologists track storms on Earth. And learn aboutNASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore and its role inlaunching rockets to explore weather on Earth and in space.

On March 22, 2013, join theSun-Earth Days team for a live Sun-Earth Days webcast. For this webcast, theteam will combine forces with the award-winning NASA EDGE team known for theiroffbeat, funny and informative look behind the NASA curtain.

For more information, educational resources and social media connections, visitthe Sun-Earth Days website at http://sunearthday.nasa.gov.

Questions about Sun-Earth Days events should be emailed to sunearthday@gmail.com.

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Citizen Science: Asteroid Mappers

NASA’s Dawn Mission invites you to investigate and analyze high-resolution Dawnimages of the giant asteroid Vesta, including craters and other features, fromyour own computer.

The Dawn Mission began getting up close and personalwith Vesta in July 2011. Over the ensuing year, the spacecraft’s instrumentsgathered intriguing data including tens of thousands of images, more than the Dawnteam has time to analyze in detail.

That’s where you come in. You don’t have to be a member of the Dawn team toengage in the art of interpreting the images. Register today to help the DawnScience Team make sense of new elements on the surface of Vesta: its age, itscomposition and its revealing patterns.

For more information, visit http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/DawnCommunity/asteroid_mappers.asp.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please email Whitney Cobb at wcobb@mcrel.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 — Jan. 3, 2013

Check out the followingNASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listedbelow.

Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher EducationStudents
Next Lecture Date: Jan. 5, 2013

Call for Abstracts: 64th International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time Graduate Students
Submission Deadline: Feb. 21, 2013

Call for NEXT GEN Plenary: 64th International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time Graduate Students
Submission Deadline: Jan. 6, 2013

2013 NASA and WorcesterPolytechnic Institute Sample Return Robot Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators andStudents
Early Bird Registration Deadline: Jan. 7, 2013

Registration Open forthe 20th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race
Audience: 9-12 & Higher Education Educatorsand Students
Registration Deadline for International Teams:Jan. 7, 2013
Registration Deadline for U.S. Teams: Feb. 4,2013

Analyzing Solar Energy Graphs: MY NASADATA Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 8, 2013

Teaching FromSpace Office Seeks Educators for MicroGravity eXperience
Audience: K-12 Educators
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 9, 2013

Properties ofLiving Things: Searching for Life on Mars Web Seminar
Audience: 4-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 10, 2013

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Womenin STEM High School Aerospace Scholars
Audience: Female High School Juniors
New Deadline: Jan.10, 2013

National Air and Space Museum SuperScience Saturday Events
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: Monthly through 2013

International Space StationResearch Opportunity for Higher Education Organizations
Audience: Higher Education Community
Deadline to Submit White Papers: Jan. 23, 2013

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

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Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

Curious about our nearest star, moon rocks, volcanoesand other wonders of the universe? Come to the Smithsonian’s Stars, a series of10 lectures by Smithsonian researchers who are exploring the sun, the moon,planets, stars, galaxies and the universe. These speakers will sharebehind-the-scenes details about how their research is done and technologiesthat advance new discoveries at the Smithsonian Institution.

Each lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. and is followedby a question-and-answer session. A Discovery Station activity will take placeat 4 p.m. prior to each lecture. Stay after the lecture to visit theobservatory, weather permitting.

Jan. 5, 2013 — Trees in the City
Tree cover is an important element of the urbanenvironment that plays an increasingly larger role in ecosystem processes.Geographer Andrew Johnston will discuss how satellite data is used to makereliable observations about urban tree cover variability, why it matters tourban residents and how these same data are used to map changes in tree cover.

Feb. 2, 2013 — VolcanoBreath
Join Global Volcanism Program Director LizCottrell for a lecture about volcanoes on a global scale. Learn how the gaseouscontents of volcanoes propel their explosions and impact our climate. Hear thelatest about volcanic gas research and explore the latest discoveries about howthe deep Earth is recycling the air we breathe.

Feb. 16, 2013 — Venus:50 Years After Mariner 2
Fifty years ago Mariner 2 flew past Venus, becoming the first space probeto explore another planet. But Venus, our nearest neighbor, still holds manymysteries. Geophysicist Bruce Campbell will discuss what is known about Venus,including how it differs from Earth, and how future explorers may providecrucial clues to understanding this hot, dry world.

For more information about the Smithsonian’sStars Lecture Series and to see a full schedule of upcoming lectures, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/lectures/stars/index.cfm.

Questions about this lecture series should bedirected to the visitor service line at 202-633-1000.

The Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series is madepossible by a grant from NASA.

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Call for Abstracts: 64th International AstronauticalCongress

NASA announces its intent to participate in the 64th InternationalAstronautical Congress, or IAC, and requests that full-time graduate studentsattending U.S. universities or colleges respond to this call for abstracts. TheIAC, which is organized by the International Astronautical Federation, or IAF,the International Academy of Astronautics and the International Institute ofSpace Law, is the largest space-related conference worldwide and selects anaverage of 1,000 scientific papers every year.

The upcoming IAC will be held Sept. 23-27, 2013, in Beijing, China. NASA’sparticipation in this event is an ongoing effort to continue to connect NASAwith the international astronautical and space communities.

The IAC has posted a “Call for Abstracts,” with a submission deadlineof Feb. 21, 2013. NASA plans to alsoannounce a “Call for Abstracts” inviting graduate students to submitabstracts (of no more than 400 words) to participate in the 64th InternationalAstronautical Congress. Abstracts must be submitted to NASA and to the IAF.Details on the NASA “Call for Abstracts” will be distributed by mid-January,with the same submission deadline of Feb.21, 2013. The selected NASA-sponsored students must also be selected by theIAF.

Please visit the IAC website (http://www.iac2013.org/) for additional information about the Congress and toobtain information about the “Call for Abstracts.”

Important IAC Deadlines:

— Abstract submission closes Feb. 21, 2013.
— Paper submission closes Sept. 4, 2013.
— Presentation submission closes Sept. 18, 2013.

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to Carolyn Knowles at carolyn.knowles-1@nasa.gov.

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Call for NEXT GEN Plenary: 64th InternationalAstronautical Congress

Calling students and young professionals! If you could choose humanity’s nextdestination in space, where would you choose? We want to hear what you thinkshould be the next destination for humans to explore and why your destinationis the best. As today’s 21- to 35-year-olds, you will be the senior engineersand mission managers who will be carrying out and leading the next humanmissions to explore space, and we want your input. Why wait 10 years to beheard? We invite you to share your ideas with space leaders in government,industry and academia at the International Astronautical Congress, or IAC, inBeijing, China, on Sept. 23-27, 2013.

This is a wonderful opportunity for you to address and possiblyinfluence the international space community. We are proposing a plenary eventto hear concrete ideas from 21- to 35-year-olds on what the next destinationsfor human space exploration should be. If approved, this event will take placethe week of Sept. 23-27, 2013, in Beijing, China at the IAC (www.iafastro.com). The plenary participants will engage in a paneldiscussion and interact with the audience while sharing their ideas on thepossible future destinations for human space exploration, including discussingthe benefits, risks and challenges of each location. The plenary will bemoderated in a talk-show fashion, interweaving clips from the panelists’audition videos with questions and comments from the moderator, other panelistsand the audience. The video clips will be used to enhance the audience’sunderstanding of the ideas of the plenary participants. This is an excitingopportunity that you do not want to miss!

Thissounds great!  What do I need to do toparticipate?

Round One: 15 Seconds of Fame!
By Jan. 6, 2013, create a 15-secondvideo telling us why you should be chosen to address the IAC, and post it on https://www.youtube.com. We will only watch/listen for 15 seconds, so be sureto watch the time of your video! Then complete the application at this link.

Round Two: Three Minutes!
The International Astronautical Federation, or IAF, will select the secondround of candidates from those submitting the 15-second videos and notify allentrants by Jan. 22, 2013. Specific details of Round Two requirements will besent to the candidates in the notification. Selected candidates will be askedto create and post a three-minute video on a specified YouTube site by Feb. 22, 2013.

Video Details:
Please record your video in a high-quality audio and video format. If youare selected as a panelist, segments of your videos will be used to promote andduring the plenary. Please limit special effects, scene changes and music. Thevideo is about you, not your video editing skills.

Final Selection:
The IAF will select the finalists from these entries based on theircreativity, efficacy of messages and relevance to the plenary topics. We willbe looking for concrete ideas on what the next destinations for humans toexplore should be and why these destinations are important, as well as yourexpertise in this area.

The IAF will make the final selection of plenaries for the IAC in Beijing theweek of March 18, 2013, and will notify the finalists of its decision by March31, 2013.

Who Will Sponsor Me to Travel toBeijing?
Plenary participants will be responsible for finding a sponsor or sponsors fortheir travel to and accommodations at the IAC.
In addition to the obvioussources of sponsorship — your employer or school, and industry contacts — wewant to share with you some great programs for students and young professionalsthat occur in conjunction with the 2013 Beijing IAC. The following are alldistinct programs related to the IAC but are not directly related to thisplenary opportunity.

— IAF Emerging Space Leaders Grant Programme (Watch for the announcement thismonth at http://www.iafastro.org.)

— Candidates are encouraged to contact the Space Generation Advisory Committee,or SGAC, concerning the plans for the SGAC event prior to the IAC in Beijingand associated sponsorship opportunities. Visit www.spacegeneration.org for more information.

— Students in Europe, Japan and the United States are encouraged to contact theEuropean Space Agency, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency and NASArespectively to apply to the space agencies’ student programs at the IAC inBeijing.

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to Carolyn Knowles at carolyn.knowles-1@nasa.gov.

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2013 NASA andWorcester Polytechnic Institute Sample Return Robot Challenge

NASA and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute inWorcester, Mass., are seeking teams to compete in a robot technologydemonstration competition with a potential $1.5 million prize purse.

During the Sample Return Robot Challenge, teamswill compete to demonstrate a robot that can locate and retrieve geologicsamples from a wide and varied terrain without human control. The objective ofthe competition is to encourage innovations in automatic navigation and roboticmanipulator technologies. Innovations stemming from this challenge may improveNASA’s capability to explore a variety of destinations in space, as well asenhance the nation’s robotic technology for use in industries and applicationson Earth.

NASA provides the prize money to the winningteam as part of the agency’s Centennial Challenges competitions, which seekunconventional solutions to problems of interest to the agency and the nation.While NASA provides the prize purse, the competitions are managed by nonprofitorganizations that cover the cost of operations through commercial or privatesponsorships. The competition is planned for June 2013 in Worcester and isanticipated to attract hundreds of competitors from industry and academianationwide.

Early bird registration and fees for thecompetition are due by Jan.7, 2013. Teams wishing to register after this date are subjectto approval by the judging committee.

For more information about the Sample ReturnRobot Challenge and to register online for the competition, visit http://challenge.wpi.edu.

The Centennial Challenges program is part ofNASA’s Space Technology Program, which is innovating, developing, testing andflying hardware for use in NASA’s future missions. NASA’s Space TechnologyProgram and the Centennial Challenges are creating new technological solutionsfor NASA and our nation’s future. For more information about NASA’s CentennialChallenges and the Space
Technology Program, visit https://www.nasa.gov/challenges.

Questions about the Sample Return Robot Challengeshould be sent to challenge@wpi.edu.

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Registration Openfor the 20th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race

Registration is open for the 20th Annual NASAGreat Moonbuggy Race. High school and college students are challenged to designand build a vehicle that addresses a series of engineering problems similar tothose faced by the original lunar-roving vehicle team. Each school may enter upto two teams. International teams are limited to 10 teams per country. The racewill take place April 25-27, 2013, in Huntsville, Ala., at the U.S. Space &Rocket Center.

International teams must register by Jan. 7, 2013. U.S.teams must register by Feb.4, 2013.

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

International teams with questions about thisevent and registration should email Marilyn Lewis at Marilyn.H.Lewis@nasa.gov. U.S. teamswith questions should contact Diedra Williams at Diedra.A.Williams@nasa.gov.

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Analyzing Solar Energy Graphs: MYNASA DATA Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, theNASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a 90-minute Web seminar for educators on Jan 8, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST.

Become familiar with the MY NASA DATA activity, “Solar Cell EnergyAvailability From Around the Country.” Compare monthly averages ofdownward radiation in locations around the U.S. and analyze areas whereconditions would be conducive to having solar panels. Access data on the NASALive Access Server as you “journey” around the U.S. to determine the amount ofsolar radiation and analyze overlay plots to compare data from NASA satellites.

This seminar is offered again on March 26, 2013.

For more information and to register online,visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar20.aspx.

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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Teaching FromSpace Office Seeks Educators for MicroGravity eXperience

NASA’s Teaching From Space Office and the Reduced Gravity Education FlightProgram are seeking applications for teams of K-12 educators to participate inthe MicroGravity eXperience, or Micro GX, project. This project gives studentsand educators across the country the opportunity to work together on anexperiment to be tested aboard a microgravity aircraft. This incredibleopportunity is open to any current K-12 classroom educator in the UnitedStates. Educators must also be U.S. citizens.

Micro GX activities begins with students andeducators developing and proposing a reduced-gravity experiment. Selectededucator teams will receive online professional development on classroomresources for microgravity, collaboration with a NASA mentor and areduced-gravity flight. With combined input from their students and mentor,educator teams will design and fabricate their experiments to be tested andevaluated aboard an aircraft that flies approximately 30 roller-coaster-likeclimbs and dips to produce periods of microgravity and hypergravity, rangingfrom almost zero gravity to 2 g.

Seven teams of four to five educators from asingle school or school district will be selected from this application processto participate in Micro GX. This includes participation in an onlinemicrogravity course, which will begin on Feb. 11, 2013, with a series of Webseminars with NASA personnel to initiate experiment development. The highlightof the online course is to travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston,Texas, and participate in the Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program duringthe week of July 12-20, 2013. During the flight week, educators will fly andperform custom experiments in a reduced-gravity environment. Selected teamsare responsible for all expenses associated with the travel and stay inHouston. The online course continues with activities beyond the flightexperience through Aug. 26, 2013.

Educator teams interested in participating inMicro GX may submit a proposal no later than Jan. 9, 2013. For more information, visithttp://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov/tfsor send an email to jsc-rgeducator@nasa.gov.

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Propertiesof Living Things: Searching for Life on Mars Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, theNASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a 90-minute Web seminar for educators on Jan. 10, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST. This web seminar featurestwo lessons: one on extremophiles and the other on searching for life. Review criteria for determining if something is alive andlearn how students apply the criteria in a hands-on activity. A video will beshown that connects the activity to a NASA mission. Collaborate with otherparticipants about ways of using and adapting the activity. Extensionactivities for students interested in the topic will be provided.

This seminar is offered again on April 18, 2013.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar21.aspx.

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NASA Explorer Schools helpdesk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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DEADLINEEXTENDED: Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars

Engineer your dream job! The adventure begins in2013. NASA wants you to become part of the workforce of tomorrow as we offerthe opportunity to dream, engineer and WISH. The Women in STEM High SchoolAerospace Scholars, or WISH, project offers a one-of-a-kind experience forfemale high school juniors to jump-start their future by engaging inopportunities relating to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Participation starts in an online community andculminates with a summer experience at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston,Texas, during the summer of 2013. Get ready to collaborate with girls fromacross the country as you complete online activities, design unique projects,work with NASA personnel and present mission accomplishments. Start your dreamnow!

To be eligible, applicants must be:
— U.S. citizens.
— Female high school juniors during the2012-2013 school year.
— Interested and excited about science,technology, engineering and mathematics.
— Committed to a one-year relationship withNASA’s Johnson Space Center.
— Able to access the Internet and email (athome, school or public library).
— A scholar with a cumulative GPA of 3.25/4.0or higher.

The application deadline has been extended to Jan.10, 2013.

For more information and to download theapplication, visit http://wish.aerospacescholars.org/.

Questions should be directed to JSC-NHAS@mail.nasa.gov.

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National Air and Space MuseumSuper Science Saturday Events

Join the National Air and Space Museum on the second Saturday ofeach month during 2013 for Super Science Saturday at the Steven F. Udvar-HazyCenter in Chantilly, Va. Through demonstrations and hands-on activities,visitors of all ages will become immersed in science, technology, engineeringand mathematics topics related to aviation and space exploration. Each eventtakes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Admission is free, and parkingis $15.

Upcoming topics include:

Jan. 12, 2013 — From the Wright Brothers to the Right Stuff
Feb. 9, 2013 — Scientists and Inventors
March 9, 2013 — The Space Shuttle
April 13, 2013 — How Things Fly
May 11, 2013 — Astronomy
June 8, 2013 — Energy
July 13, 2013 — Weather
Aug. 10, 2013 — Helicopters
Sept. 14, 2013 — Living and Working in Space
Oct. 12, 2013 — Balloons and Blimps
Nov. 9, 2013 — The Moon and Beyond
Dec. 14, 2013 — The Wright Brothers

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/superscience/.

Questions about this series of lectures should be directed to nasmpubliclectures@si.edu.

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International Space StationResearch Opportunity for Higher Education Organizations

Conduct research in space and make new discoveries! The adventure begins in2013. The International Space Station NASA Education Projects Office hasreleased a solicitation for proposals of educational experiments relating toscience, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, that utilize theunique microgravity platform of the space station.

Proposals are being accepted from higher education institutions or consortia oforganizations serving the higher education community. Proposals must align withspace station program research priorities in technology, biology, biotechnologyand physical sciences. Experiment ideas also must address innovative,meaningful and enduring research and technology development activities with STEM-basedcontext.

Whitepapers must be submitted by 4 p.m. CST on Jan. 23, 2013. Full proposals aredue Feb. 20, 2013.

For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/9wnhgj9.

Questions about this solicitation should be directed to Janejit T. Gensler at Janejit.t.gensler@nasa.gov.

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What’s New at NASA’s Space Place Website

Earth is in the lucky position to have a love-hate relationship with its star.We say lucky, because obviously we couldn’t live without it, but at times it’sa little difficult to live with it as well. We call the conditions around ourplanet, outside of its own atmosphere and magnetosphere, space weather, but itdefinitely affects us on Earth, too. It’s a good thing we are learning tounderstand and predict the sun’s tantrums.

Let’s Start Here
“Space Place Live!” is a cartoon talk show where Space Place charactersinterview real NASA scientists and engineers. The latest episode stars MeravOpher, astrophysicist. She studies how stars work, including our star. In thisseven-minute video, we learn about the solar wind, solar flares, theheliosphere and the environment the sun creates for everything in the solarsystem. Dr. Opher also talks about how she got interested in physics and whatelse she likes to do for fun. Check it out at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/space-place-live/#opher.

Space Place en Español
La historia de una extraña noche de tormenta (solar)… tells the story of astrange and (solar) stormy night. Along with a story of the severe solar stormof August 1859, where the Northern Lights were seen as far south as CentralAmerica, “Shields Up!” (¡Escudos arriba!”) is a game in which the player has toprotect Earth-orbiting satellites from the wrath of bad space weather. The gameand article are available in Spanish and English. See http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/sp/shields-up.

Spotlight on All Things Sunny…
Heliophysics, or the physics of the sun, is one of the four major sciencethrusts of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. (The others are astrophysics,Earth science and the solar system.) On The Space Place, these translate to themenu tabs Space, Sun, Earth, and Solar System.

The sun-Earth connection is so important in understanding our immediateenvironment. The Sun menu (http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/menu/sun)offers activities, games and fun facts about the sun and how it affects Earth.The most comprehensive treatment of this relationship is the animated, narratedstorybook “Super Star Meets the Plucky Planet: Or, how Earth and Sun come tomutual understanding and respect.” It is also available to print and read aloudor have the students read aloud (http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/story-superstar).

For the Classroom
The Gallery of Sun images (http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/gallery-sun)is just for teachers to print and post in the classroom. They have large,simple captions.

For Out of School Time
“Satellite Insight” is an absorbing game for all ages that runs on bothcomputer and iPhone or iPad. It is Tetris-like, where six tile colors representdifferent types of data measured and recorded by the GeostationaryOperational Environmental Satellite – R Series, or GOES-R, satellite.Bonus material explains what each of the tile colors stand for, such as clouds,lightning and solar energy. A lot of them stand for data related to spaceweather. See http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/satellite-insight.

Special Days

Jan. 7, 1610: Galileo discoveredJupiter’s four largest moons.
Explore Jupiter’s big moons in the “Solar System Explorer” game. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/solar-system-explorer

Jan. 15, 2006: Stardust mission capsulereturned comet samples to Earth.
Learn about comets and how they are different from asteroidswith the Comet vs. Asteroids four-page color brochure. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/posters/#asteroids

Jan. 31, 1958: Explorer 1 was the firstU.S. satellite launched into orbit.
How do orbits work, anyway? Find out by putting a cannonball into orbit! http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/how-orbits-work

Feb. 19, 1473: Nicolaus Copernicus born.
He thought the sun was the center of the universe. He was wrong. But just whereis the center? Dr. Marc answers in a short podcast. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/podcasts/#center

Feb. 22: Thinking Day
The “Spitzer” memory game will make you think very hard. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/spitzer-concentration

Send Feedback
Please let us know your ideas about ways to use The Space Place in yourteaching. Send to info@spaceplace.nasa.gov.

Don’t Forget…
You can find dozens of other ideas and rich resources for theclassroom and out-of-school time at our Parents & Educators page, http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/menu/parents-and-educators.

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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