NASA Education Express — June 23, 2011

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

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

Amendment and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums Plus Opportunities for NASA Visitor Centers and Other Informal Education Institutions (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH11ZHA004N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008) — Posted on June 15, 2011
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Proposal Due Date: June 29, 2011

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

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

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


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

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

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Live Webcast — An Evening With Two Mercury Astronauts

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

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

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

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Amendment and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums Plus Opportunities for NASA Visitor Centers and Other Informal Education Institutions (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH11ZHA004N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008) — Posted on June 24, 2011

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

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


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Mars Day! 2011 at the National Air and Space Museum

Mars Day! is an annual National Air and Space Museum event that celebrates the Red Planet with educational and fun family activities. Visitors can take part in a variety of activities, see a real meteorite that came from Mars, talk to scientists active in Mars research, and learn about current and future missions.

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

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

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

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Dawn Mission’s Vesta Fiesta

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

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

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

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2011 SPHERES Zero Robotics Challenge

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

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

The Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES, are used inside the station to test maneuvers for spacecraft performing autonomous rendezvous and docking. The three satellites that make up SPHERES fly in formation inside the station’s cabin. Each is self-contained with power, propulsion, computing and navigation equipment. Test results support satellite servicing, vehicle assembly and spacecraft that fly in formation.

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

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

The Zero Robotics challenge, facilitated by MIT, continues the STEM focus of the SPHERES program. The 2011 challenge expands on a pilot program performed in 2009 and 2010. By making the benefits and resources of the space program tangible to high school students, Zero Robotics is designed to inspire future scientists and engineers. Students will have the opportunity to push their limits and develop skills in STEM. This program builds critical engineering skills for students such as problem solving, design thought process, operations training, team work and presentation skills.

MIT’s Space Systems Laboratory developed SPHERES in 2006 to provide DARPA, NASA and other researchers with a long-term test bed for validating technologies critical to the operation of future satellites, docking missions and satellite autonomous maneuvers. The satellites provide opportunities to test a wide range of hardware and software at an affordable cost.

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

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

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

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NASA Reveals New Batch of Space Program Artifacts for Loan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NASA Kids’ Club Games and Activities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NASA Education Express — May 26, 2011

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

Give Your Students the Space Shuttle Experience
Audience: All Educators and Students

NASA | Art: 50 Years of Exploration Exhibit
Audience: All Educators and Students
Exhibit Opens: May 28, 2011


NASA/NSTA Web Seminar: Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer Mission
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Event Date: May 31, 2011

NASA Explorer Schools Live Video Chat: Computer Graphics and Animations
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: June 2, 2011

NASA Space Grant ESCAPE to Alaska Summer Camp
Audience: 7-12 Educators and Students
Application Deadline: June 4, 2011

Reviewers Needed — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums Plus Opportunities for NASA Visitor Centers and Other Informal Education Institutions (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH11ZHA004N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008)

Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Proposal Due Date: June 29, 2011

Launch High or Dig Deep! $5,000 Grants available for 2012 NASA University Challenges
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: June 30, 2011

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Give Your Students the Space Shuttle Experience!

In conjunction with the 30th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Program and the upcoming final flight, NASA has released the Space Shuttle Experience website. This comprehensive and interactive tool provides a multitude of resources for students of all education levels. Users can participate in a variety of interactive experiences to learn about the Space Shuttle Program’s accomplishments, what it takes to launch a shuttle, astronaut living, how the program affects life daily here on Earth and much more. The site uses several engaging features that will keep students enthralled, including trivia games with Facebook score sharing, a poll for users to vote on the program’s greatest achievement and a virtual signature wall which gives users the opportunity to leave a personal message to the program.

And the fun and education doesn’t stop when students log off; the site also includes lesson plans that correspond with the site’s activities. As an educator, all the resources are supplied to seamlessly walk your students from the activities they experience online into engrossing lessons in the classroom.

Additionally, the successful Face in Space website now allows the public to upload their face or name for the final STS-135 mission. Have your students upload and launch their faces, or launch your entire class portrait in just a few clicks. Upon completion of the mission, participants will receive a personalized flight certificate signed by the mission commander! The mission is scheduled for a July 8th launch, so you still have time!

To take part in the Space Shuttle Experience and Face In Space, visit the sites at the following links:
http://shuttleexperience.nasa.gov
https://faceinspace.nasa.gov


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NASA | Art: 50 Years of Exploration Exhibit

For almost 50 years, artists participating in the NASA art program have been documenting the extraordinary adventure of spaceflight in ways no camera could match. They have enjoyed access to some epic moments and offered their unique perspectives on what they have witnessed.

The NASA art collection, shared now by the space agency and the National Air and Space Museum, stands as a reminder of pioneering years of the early Space Age and an inspiration for those who will continue our long journey into the universe. The exhibition includes approximately 70 paintings, drawings, photographs and pieces of sculpture by such artists as Annie Leibovitz, Nam June Paik, Robert Rauschenberg, Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol and Jamie Wyeth.

The exhibit opens to the public on May 28, 2011.

For more information, visit
http://www.nasm.si.edu/exhibitions/gal211/NASA_art.cfm.

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NASA/NSTA Web Seminar: Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer Mission

NASA has teamed with the National Science Teachers Association to offer a Web seminar highlighting the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer mission. Launching in 2013, this small spacecraft mission will assess the compositional makeup and variability of the moon’s thin atmosphere and will investigate the mysterious dust lofting phenomenon.

Register today for this 90-minute webinar taking place on May 31, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EDT.

For more information and to register online, visit
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NASAk12/webseminar7.aspx.

Please email any questions about this Web seminar to
webseminars@nsta.org.

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NASA Explorer Schools Live Video Chat: Computer Graphics and Animations

NASA Explorer Schools invites students in grades 6-9 from across the U.S. and Department of Defense schools to participate in a live video chat with Zareh Gorjian. Gorjian is currently the lead animator and software engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Join NES on June 2, 2011, at noon EDT for this very special video chat to ask questions about NASA’s computer-generated animations and graphics.

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

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

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

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NASA Space Grant ESCAPE to Alaska Summer Camp

The Alaska Space Grant Program in partnership with NASA invites students and teachers to a summer camp opportunity
at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. ASGP/NASA will provide training and experiences for students and teachers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

The camp is a one-week professional development program for
educators of grades 7-12 and a one-week academic summer program for students entering grades 8-12 in the fall.

Attendees have the opportunity to choose from two modules – “FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Training” and “Energy in Alaska.” Camp sessions take place in mid-June. Applications are due June 4, 2011.

For more information and to apply online, visit
http://spacegrant.alaska.edu/precollege/escape.

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Reviewers Needed — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums Plus Opportunities for NASA Visitor Centers and Other Informal Education Institutions (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH11ZHA004N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008)


NASA’s Office of Education is recruiting qualified reviewers for external peer reviews of proposals submitted to informal education proposal opportunities. Qualified reviewers are invited to express their qualifications, interest and availability by registering at https://informal.jpl.nasa.gov/reviewer.

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Launch High or Dig Deep! $5,000 Grants available for 2012 NASA University Challenges

The NASA Minority Innovation Challenges Institute, or MICI, is offering minority serving institutions the opportunity to apply for a $5,000 grant to assist their schools in entering the 2012 University Student Launch Initiative or the 2012 NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition. The deadline for grant applications for both competitions has been extended to June 30, 2011.

USLI is a competition that challenges university-level students to design, build and launch a reusable rocket with a scientific or engineering payload to one mile above ground level. The project engages students in scientific research and real-world engineering processes with NASA engineers. It culminates in an actual launch competition in April 2012 near NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

Lunabotics is a university-level competition that challenges students to design and build a remotely controlled or autonomous excavator called a lunabot. The lunabot must collect and deposit a minimum of 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of lunar simulant within 15 minutes. The challenge culminates in an actual excavation competition in May 2012 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Those interested in this grant opportunity should visit
http://nasamici.com/grants.html to download the grant application. Instructions on how to view recorded video sessions concerning the grant application are also available at this site.

Additional video conference sessions concerning USLI and Lunabotics will be held during May and June. A presentation from the Fisk University team which participated in the 2011 USLI competition will be held on May 31, 2011, at 3p.m. EDT. Fisk is an HBCU institution located in Nashville, Tenn.


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

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

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

NASA Education Express — May 19, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NASA’s Multi-Wavelength Universe Online Professional Development Course

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

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

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


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New NASA Website Available for Kids

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

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

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

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

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

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Summer of Innovation Mini-Grant Opportunity

The NASA Office of Education is pleased to offer Summer of Innovation, or SoI, Mini-Grant opportunities in partnership with the National Space Grant Foundation. The mini-grant aspect of the SoI enables local organizations to infuse NASA-themed science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, content and activities to middle school students through existing summer and/or afterschool programs. NASA looks forward to forging ahead with these important collaborations to engage and inspire students across the country.

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

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

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

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

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NASA Explorer Schools Live Web Chat: Women@NASA


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

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

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NASA LEARN and NES Offering Webinars

NASA Learning Environments and Research Network, or LEARN, and NASA Explorer Schools have teamed up to offer exciting webinars featuring NASA educational resources for educators. Below are three offerings in June 2011. And, don’t worry about the technology. We have tech support ready to walk you through viewing and participating in the webinars.

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

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

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

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

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Music and Astronomy Under the Stars

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

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

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

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Space Shuttle Tire Loan Program

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

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

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


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

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

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NASA’s Multi-Wavelength Universe Online Professional Development Course

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

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

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

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

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

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Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity


NASA is seeking formal and informal education institutions and organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, or ARISS, contact between the dates of Jan. 15 and July 15, 2012. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, NASA is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. The deadline to submit a proposal is July 15, 2011.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NASA Education Express Message — March 17, 2011

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Application Deadline: April 29, 2011


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NASA Launches Women@NASA Website

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

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

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NASA Webchat — Data Mining Digs up Clues for Aviation Safety

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

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

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

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

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

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Free Webcasts — Physics Phundamentals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2011 Heliophysics Educator Ambassador Program


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

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

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

Applications are due March 25, 2011.

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

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

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Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 16-17, 2011 — Hilo, Hawai’i

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Airborne Research Experiences for Educators and Students

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 10, 2011

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

Teaching From Space Seeks Educators to DefyGravity
Audience: K-12 Educators
Proposal Deadline: March 14, 2011

Women In STEM High School AerospaceScholars
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Deadline: March 14, 2011

NASA Explorer Schools Live Video Chat:Aquarius Habitat — Analog to the International Space Station
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: March 15, 2011

DLiNFocus:NASA Careers ‘What’s in Your Future?’ Special Event Series — Special Women’sHistory Month Editions
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Dates: Each Wednesday at 2 p.m. EDT

NASA DLN PlanetaryWebcast Series
Audience: 5-8 Educators and Students
Event Dates: March 17 – April 21, 2011

Sun-Earth Day 2011: Ancient Mysteries –Future Discoveries
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: March 19, 2011

Pre-Service Teacher Institutes atNASA’s Johnson Space Center
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: March 22, 2011
Institute Dates: June 19-24 and July 24-29, 2011

International Space StationEarthKAM Spring 2011 Mission
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Event Date: April 5-8, 2011

Host a Downlink With the Space Station
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: April 29, 2011

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

NASA’sTeaching From Space Office Unveils New Website
Audience: All Educators

Spiders in Space Experiment andTeacher’s Guide
Audience: All Educators

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Teaching From Space Seeks Educators to Defy Gravity

Teaching From Space, a NASA Education office, in partnership with theReduced Gravity Education Flight Program announces the opportunity foreducators across the country to conduct research in a unique reduced-gravityenvironment. For the first time, this incredible opportunity is open to anycurrent K-12 classroom teacher in the United States. Participants must also beU.S. citizens.

This experience will enable selected educator teams to propose, design andfabricate a reduced-gravity experiment and subsequently test and evaluate theirexperiment aboard a microgravity aircraft. This aircraft flies approximately 30roller-coaster-like climbs and dips to produce periods of micro- andhyper-gravity, ranging from 0 g’s to2 g’s.

Fourteen teams of four to five educators will be selected from this applicationprocess to travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Educatorswill participate in Reduced Gravity Flight Week June 24 – July 2, 2011, and fly their own experiments aboard NASA’sReduced Gravity Aircraft.

Educator teams interested in testing an experiment in this unique environmentneed to submit a proposal no later than March 14, 2011. For moreinformation, check out http://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov/tfs or send an e-mail to jsc-rgeducator@nasa.gov.

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Women In STEM High School Aerospace Scholars

Engineer your dream job. The Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars projectoffers a one-of-a-kind experience for female high school juniors to jump-start theirfutures and explore the possibilities of a major or career in science, technology,engineering and mathematics. Participants begin their adventure in spring 2011with an online community. The project culminates with a summer experience atNASA’s Johnson Space Center. Collaborate with girls from across the country andfemale NASA engineers and interns.

Applications are due March 14, 2011.

For more information and to download the application, visit http://wish.spacegrant.org.

Questions should be directed to JSC-NHAS@mail.nasa.gov.

This opportunity is provided by Teaching FromSpace, a NASA education project. Teaching From Space promotes learningopportunities and builds partnerships with the education community using theunique environment of space and NASA’s human spaceflight program.

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NASA Explorer Schools Live Video Chat: Aquarius Habitat– Analog to the International Space Station

NASA Explorer Schools invites students in grades K-12 from acrossthe U.S. and Department of Defense schools to participate in a live video chatwith NASA engineer aquanaut Tara Ruttley. The event will take place on March 15, 2011, at 1 p.m. EDT.Students and teachers can submit questions to Dr. Ruttley during this hour-longchat. Ruttley will answer questions about participating in the NEEMO 6 projectand her career as an engineer aquanaut and Associate International SpaceStation Program Scientist.

Go to the chatpage on the NASA Explorer Schools Virtual Campus website to participate inthe webchat. You’ll find background information aboutRuttley and links to NEEMO. You do not need to be a participant of the NASAExplorer Schools project to join the chat. To learn more about NES, pleasevisit the explorerschools.nasa.govwebsite and click on the What Is NES? video or the About NES link.

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DLiNFocus: NASA Careers ‘What’sin Your Future?’ Special Event Series — Special Women’s History Month Editions

Various subject matter experts from different NASA centers will bein the Digital Learning Network studios for a series of webcasts focusing oncareers. Selected classrooms will be able to interact live with the scientiststhrough the DLN cameras. Each event will be webcast to allow students from allover the world to watch the interviews. Any student can interact by sendingquestions via e-mail.

Experts will share their academic experiences from elementary through collegeand talk about what motivated them to pursue their careers. They will discusswhere those career paths lead. Students and teachers will have an opportunityto learn about the variety of career choices at NASA — astronauts aren’t theonly folks who work here! The schedule of events through March 2011 includes:

— March 16: Multiple NASA centers featuring Debbie Goodenow-Messman, electricaland nuclear engineer; Heather Hickman, aerospace engineer; and Amy Stalker,mechanical engineer.
— March 23: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center featuring Katie Collins, researchanalyst with the Global Inventory Monitoring and Mapping Studies branch.

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

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

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

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NASA DLNPlanetary Webcast Series

NASA’s Digital Learning Network announces a series of monthlywebcasts. Join Dr. Joel Levine each month as he features a different topic ofplanetary study and talks about what NASA has done to help us better understandour home planet and neighbors in our solar system. This series is designed totarget middle school students.

Mars: Up Close and Personal
March 17, 2011, 1-2 p.m.EDT
Join Dr. Joel Levine to learn more about the RedPlanet. Today, Mars is a cold, dry, inhospitable planet with a very thinatmosphere. Scientists believe that early Mars was very hospitable withabundant surface water and atmospheric pressure similar to Earth’s. Thiswebcast will explore Mars’ past and what makes Mars and Earth so differenttoday.

The Heat Is On: Global Warming — Causes andConsequences
April 21, 2011, 1-2 p.m.EDT
Join Dr. Joel Levine to learn more about globalwarming and how it is affecting our planet. The temperature of the surface ofEarth and the other planets is controlled by incoming solar radiation and theoutgoing thermal or infrared radiation generated at the surface by theabsorption of the incoming solar radiation. This webcast will discuss thecauses and consequences of global warming.

NASA’s Digital Learning Network allows the nextgeneration of explorers to connect with scientists, engineers and researcherswithout leaving the classroom. The network provides distance-learning eventsdesigned to educate through demonstrations and real time interactions with NASAexperts.

For more information about this series ofwebcast events, visit http://dln.nasa.gov/dln/.

If you have any questions about this webcastseries, please contact Caryn Long at Caryn.Long@nasa.gov.

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Sun-Earth Day 2011: Ancient Mysteries –Future Discoveries

Join NASA in celebrating Sun-Earth Day on March 19, 2011.

Sun-Earth Day comprises a series of programs and events that occur throughoutthe year, culminating with a celebration on or near the spring equinox. Thisyear’s theme, “Ancient Mysteries — Future Discoveries,” opens the door to amuch deeper understanding of the sun and its impact across the ages.

Over the past 10 years, the NASA Sun-Earth Day team has sponsored andcoordinated education and public outreach events to highlight NASA heliophysicsresearch and discoveries. The SED team’s strategy involves using celestialevents, such as total solar eclipses and the transit of Venus, as well asSun-Earth Day during the March equinox, to engage K-12 schools and the publicin space science activities, demonstrations and interactions with spacescientists.

On March 19, 2011, join theSun-Earth Day team for a live Sun-Earth Day webcast. For this webcast, the teamwill combine forces with the award-winning NASA EDGE team known for theiroffbeat, funny and informative look behind the NASA curtain. The webcast willfocus on sites in the United States and Mexico that present uniqueopportunities to develop cultural connections to Native Americans, highlightingthe importance of the sun across the ages.

You can participate in this year’s celebration through Twitter! Over 100participants will be attending a tweetup at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centerin Greenbelt, Md. Everyone talking about the webcast and tweetup will add #SED2011 or #NASATweetup to the end of their tweet. Don’t miss outon a variety of very lively conversations! To learn how to host your owntweetup, visit http://sunearthday.nasa.gov/2011/about/launchinfo.php.

For more information, educational resources and social media connections, visitthe Sun-Earth Day website at http://sunearthday.nasa.gov/2011.

Questions about Sun-Earth Day events should be e-mailed to sunearthday@gmail.com.

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Pre-Service Teacher Institutes at NASA’sJohnson Space Center

The Pre-Service Teacher Institute is a one-week summer residentialsession for early childhood and elementary education majors preparing to teachin an elementary or middle school classroom. Two institutes will take placethis year: June 19-24 and July 24-29, 2011. Both events will take place at NASA’sJohnson Space Center in Houston.

College students from diverse backgrounds will be exposed to aerospace,mathematics and science enrichment activities. Pre-service teachers are able tointerface with NASA personnel and tour Johnson Space Center facilities whilelearning to incorporate NASA’s cutting-edge research into lesson plans forelementary and intermediate school students.

Full-time undergraduate students in their junior or senior year are invited toapply.

The application period closes on March 22, 2011.For more information, visit http://education.jsc.nasa.gov/psti/default.htm.

Please e-mail any questions about this opportunity to Sharon Griffin at sharon.v.griffin@nasa.gov.

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International Space Station EarthKAM Spring 2011 Mission

Middle school educators are invited tojoin NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAM Spring 2011 Mission fromApril 5-8, 2011. Find out more about this exciting opportunitythat allows students to take pictures of Earth from a digital camera aboard theInternational Space Station.

International Space Station EarthKAMis a NASA-sponsored project that provides stunning, high-quality photographs ofEarth taken from the space shuttle and the space station. Since 1996, EarthKAM students have taken thousandsof photographs of Earth by using the World Wide Web to direct a digital cameraon select spaceflights and, currently, on the space station.

For more information about the projectand to register for the upcoming mission, visit the EarthKAM home page www.EarthKAM.ucsd.edu.

If you have questions about the EarthKAM project, please e-mail ek-help@earthkam.ucsd.edu.

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Host a Downlink With the SpaceStation

NASA is seeking formal and informal education institutions andorganizations, individually or working together, to host a live, in-flighteducation downlink during Expeditions 29 and 30 (approximately from September2011 to March 2012). To maximize these downlink opportunities, NASA is lookingfor organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integratethe downlink into a well-developed education plan. The deadline to submit aproposal is April 29, 2011.

Downlinks are approximately 20 minutes in length and allow students andeducators to interact with the astronauts through a question-and-answersession. A downlink is a modified video conference in which participants seeand hear the crew members live from space, but the crew does not see theaudience. Downlinks afford education audiences the opportunity to learnfirst-hand 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. Due to thenature of human spaceflight, organizations must demonstrate the flexibility toaccommodate changes in downlink dates and times.

For more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/teachingfromspace/students/downlinks.html.

Interested parties should contact Teaching From Space to obtain informationrelated to expectations, content, format, audience, application guidelines andforms by sending an e-mail to JSC-Teaching-From-Space@mail.nasa.gov or by calling 281-244-7608.

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2011 INSPIRE Project

U.S. high school students are invitedto participate in NASA’s Interdisciplinary National Science ProgramIncorporating Research Experience, or INSPIRE, through an online learningcommunity. INSPIRE is designed to encourage students in ninth through 12thgrades to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Applications are being accepted through June30, 2011. NASA will make selections for the program in September. Theselected students and their parents will participate in an online learningcommunity with opportunities to interact with peers, NASA engineers andscientists. The online community also provides appropriate grade leveleducational activities, discussion boards and chat rooms for participants togain exposure to careers and opportunities available at NASA.

Students selected for the program also will have the option to compete forunique grade-appropriate experiences during the summer of 2012 at NASAfacilities and participating universities. The summer experience providesstudents with a hands-on opportunity to investigate education and careers inthe STEM disciplines.

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

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

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NASA’s Teaching From SpaceOffice Unveils New Website

Teaching From Space is a team of former classroom teachers devoted tohelping educators make science, technology, engineering and mathematics, orSTEM, come alive for learners. Each experience and resource offered throughTeaching From Space is intended to be unique and accessible and to providereal-life connections to the world of STEM.

Teaching From Space recently unveiled a new website. This site providesinformation on many opportunities available through the Teaching From SpaceOffice. Opportunities range from capturing images of Earth by remotelyprogramming a camera aboard the International Space Station to launching anexperiment on a NASA weather balloon. Teaching From Space even can put you intouch with astronauts aboard the International Space Station to answerquestions related to your classroom studies.

The new site also features a section devoted to women and female students whoserve as role models for future generations. Celebrate Women’s History Month byreading about some of the women at NASA and the paths they followed to achievetheir goals.

In addition to hands-on activities, the website features electronic resourcesdesigned with busy educators in mind. Quickly and easily find everythingneeded, from short video clips to lesson plans, to infuse your classroom withNASA-unique content.

To find available opportunities and to learn more about Teaching From Space,visit https://www.nasa.gov/education/tfs.

Questions about Teaching From Space should be directed to JSC-Teaching-From-Space@mail.nasa.gov.

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Spiders in Space Experiment and Teacher’s Guide

In April 2011, an orb weaver spider will join the STS-134 crewaboard space shuttle Endeavour for a trip to the International Space Station.Once on board the space station, the spider will star in an exciting experimentto observe its behaviors in microgravity. The spider will live in a safe environmentthat provides food and water. The special habitat allows the spider to bemonitored continuously. Real-time photos and video of the spider will betransmitted from the space station back to Earth and made available on the“Spiders in Space” Mission page.

Baylor College of Medicine in Houston has created a complete curricular module.It will allow students and teachers worldwide to conduct their own classroominvestigations comparing ground-based spiders with those living in microgravityon the space station. The teacher’s guide for the Spiders in Space module isfree. Visit the link below to register and download the module guide. Itprovides information on the orb weaver spider, housing and care for a spider,and setting up a classroom-based investigation with your students.

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

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

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

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


NASA Education Express – March 3, 2011

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

Early Birds … Tune in to NASA TV Tomorrow Morning for Education Downlink
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: March 4, 2011

NASA at the 2011 NSTA Conference
Audience: All Educators
Conference Dates: March 10-13, 2011

2011 Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Deadline: March 11, 2011

Women In STEM High School Aerospace Scholars
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Deadline: March 14, 2011

2011 Lunar Workshops for Educators
Audience: 6-12 Educators
Workshop Dates: Multiple dates June-August 2011
Application Deadlines Begin: April 1, 2011

NASA Launches 2011 Nationwide Technology Space Competition
Audience: 9-12 Educators
Deadline: April 30, 2011

New NASA eClipsTM Videos Available
Audience: K-12 Educators

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

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Early Birds … Tune in to NASA TV Tomorrow Morning for Education Downlink

Tune in to NASA TV on March 4 at 6:08 a.m. CST to watch STS-133 and Expedition 26 crew members hold an in-flight education downlink with the NASA Educational Technology Services team and student interns located at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The NETS team has used social media and NASA Education’s new Taking Up Space blog (https://www.nasa.gov/education/takingupspace) to allow high school and college students the opportunity to select questions to ask astronauts in orbit. NETS is a crosscutting NASA Education project that prepares and delivers educational content on the NASA website. Following the live event, NETS plans to use the downlink video to develop resources for NASA Education websites, allowing the downlink to continue to inspire and engage students.

To watch NASA TV online, visit https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html.

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NASA at the 2011 NSTA Conference

Make NASA a part of your NSTA experience this year! The 2011 National Science Teachers Association’s national conference is being held March 10-13, 2011, in San Francisco, Calif. Dozens of NASA presentations, workshops and short courses are scheduled during the conference. To find NASA sessions that fit in your schedule, visit
http://bit.ly/faqRgN.

Also, stop by the NASA exhibit booth (#729) in Moscone Center South to learn about exciting new NASA programs and products.

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2011 Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge

Applications are open for the 2011 Race to the Top Commencement Challenge. The Commencement Challenge invites public high school students across the country to demonstrate how their school best prepares them for college and a career, helping America win the future by out-educating our competitors and achieving President Obama’s goal of having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.

The application includes essay questions and statistical information that illustrate how schools are promoting college and career readiness for all students while establishing a culture of student success and academic excellence.

Applications must be submitted no later than Friday, March 11 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

The winning school will host President Obama as its 2011 commencement speaker.

For more information and to submit an application, visit
http://www.whitehouse.gov/commencement.

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Women In STEM High School Aerospace Scholars

Engineer your dream job. The Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars project offers a one-of-a-kind experience for female high school juniors to jump-start their futures and explore the possibilities of a major or career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Participants begin their adventure in spring 2011 with an online community. The project culminates with a summer experience at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Collaborate with girls from across the country and female NASA engineers and interns.

Applications are due March 14, 2011.

For more information and to download the application, visit
http://wish.spacegrant.org.

Questions should be directed to JSC-NHAS@mail.nasa.gov.

This opportunity is provided by Teaching From Space, a NASA education project. Teaching From Space promotes learning opportunities and builds partnerships with the education community using the unique environment of space and NASA’s human spaceflight program.

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2011 Lunar Workshops for Educators

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, mission is sponsoring a series of workshops for educators of students in grades 6-12. These workshops 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, interact with lunar scientists and engineers, work with real LRO data and learn how to bring these data and information to their students using hands-on activities aligned with local, state and national standards. Laptops are strongly encouraged for those participating in this workshop.

Workshops will take place in the following locations:
— June 20-24, 2011 — Herrett Center for Arts and Science, Twin Falls, Idaho
— June 27-July 1, 2011 — Hinds Community College, Utica Campus, Utica, Miss.
— June 27-July 1, 2011 — McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, Concord, N.H.
— July 25-29, 2011 — John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md.
— Aug. 1-5, 2011 — Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz.

Applications for three workshops are due April 1, 2011. Applications for other workshops are due at a later date.

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
Andrea.J.Jones@nasa.gov.

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NASA Launches 2011 Nationwide Technology Space Competition

A do-it-yourself technology space competition sponsored by NASA’s Emerging Commercialization Space Office kicked off recently.

Make Magazine, a do-it-yourself publication for technology, is partnering with Teachers in Space to help develop space science kits that high-school teachers can build and fly on suborbital flights. The project’s ultimate goal is to develop the next generation of technology leaders.

The NASA-Make competition will be the first of what many hope will be an annual event. It is designed to inspire curiosity and create interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics among classroom teachers and their students. Contenders are invited to submit ideas, concepts, and prototypes for kits that teachers can build for future spaceflights. Teachers in Space announced the contest at the Next Generation Suborbital Research Conference in Orlando, Fla.

Competition rules are simple. Kits should use components that are likely to be available at most high schools, and submitted experiments must be self-contained and fit in a standard Cubesat container (an international standard for small space-science payloads). To make kits accessible to students nationwide, part of the challenge is to be able to build these kits for under $100, the kind of funds that could be raised by a school bake sale.

Entries are due April 30, 2011.

The first experiment kits to be selected will fly aboard the Excelsior STEM mission, a commercial unmanned suborbital mission sponsored by Teachers in Space and scheduled to fly in 2011. Experiment kits for the Excelsior STEM mission will be assembled by teachers at a Suborbital Flight Experiment Workshop to be held Aug. 1-5, 2011 at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center’s AERO Institute in Palmdale, Calif.

This workshop and the Excelsior STEM mission provide a historic opportunity for high-school teachers to gain hands-on experience with space-flight hardware.

The winner of the NASA-Make Challenge will be honored at the Bay Area Maker Faire, May 21-22, 2011 in San Mateo, Calif.

For more information about the NASA-Make Challenge, visit
http://makezine.com/space.

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New NASA eClipsTM Videos Available

NASA eClips
ä has rolled out three new videos to captivate your students’ minds and inspire their imaginations.

This month NASA eClips
ä presents:
— Our World:
What is the Solar System? (grades K-5)
— Real World:
Centripetal Force (grades 6-8)
— Launchpad:
Astrobiology (grades 9-12)

Our World has a new educator’s guide available online.
Shower Clock allows students to think and act like engineers and scientists as they follow the five steps of the Design Process to complete a team challenge successfully. Within this work, students design, measure, build, test and re-design a shower clock. Once the shower clock is built, students discuss ways to conserve and recycle water.

To learn more about NASA eClipsä, such as how the program can benefit your classroom, visit NASA eClipsä on the Web.

Follow NASA eClips
ä on Facebook and Twitter.

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NASA and You — NASA y Tú Website

NASA and Univision Communications Inc. have launched an on-air and online initiative to help engage Hispanic students. The NASA and You website inspires Hispanic students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. The site features videos and information in both Spanish and English. The website also includes information on educational opportunities for students.

To view the “NASA and You” website, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/nasaandyou/home/index.html.

Inquiries about the website should be directed to Ivelisse Gilman at Ivelisse.R.Gilman@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 — Feb. 10, 2011

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

NASA DLN Planetary Webcast Series
Audience: 5-8 Educators and Students
Event Dates: Feb. 17 – April 21, 2011

2011 Space Technology Research Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 23, 2011

National Academy of Engineering Launches New Website
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students

New Educational Materials Available at NASA.gov
Color NASA — Grades K-4
Structures and Materials: Shuttle Tiles Educator Guides — Grades 2-12
Signals and Noise, Oh Boy! — Grades 3-5
Reduced Gravity Opportunity Bookmark — Grades K-12
Johnny’s Airport Adventure Educator Guide — Grades K-4
2009 NASA Education Highlights — All Educators

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NASA DLN Planetary Webcast Series

NASA’s Digital Learning Network announces a series of monthly webcasts. Join Dr. Joel Levine each month as he features a different topic of planetary study and talks about what NASA has done to help us better understand our home planet and neighbors in our solar system. This series is designed to target middle school students.

The Earth: Up Close and Personal
Feb. 17, 2011, 1-2 p.m. EST
Join Dr. Joel Levine to learn more about our home planet. This webcast will explore the components of the Earth system. The lithosphere (the solid planet), the hydrosphere (the water), the atmosphere (the air) and the biosphere (life) will be discussed. Various processes on the Earth system, such as volcanism and the water cycle, also will be discussed.

Mars: Up Close and Personal
March 17, 2011, 1-2 p.m. EST
Join Dr. Joel Levine to learn more about the Red Planet. Today, Mars is a cold, dry, inhospitable planet with a very thin atmosphere. Scientists believe that early Mars was very hospitable with abundant surface water and atmospheric pressure similar to Earth’s. This webcast will explore Mars’ past and what makes Mars and Earth so different today.

The Heat Is On: Global Warming — Causes and Consequences
April 21, 2011, 1-2 p.m. EST
Join Dr. Joel Levine to learn more about global warming and how it is affecting our planet. The temperature of the surface of Earth and the other planets is controlled by incoming solar radiation and the outgoing thermal or infrared radiation generated at the surface by the absorption of the incoming solar radiation. This webcast will discuss the causes and consequences of global warming.

NASA’s Digital Learning Network allows the next generation of explorers to connect with scientists, engineers and researchers without leaving the classroom. The network provides distance-learning events designed to educate through demonstrations and real time interactions with NASA experts.

For more information about this series of webcast events, visit http://dln.nasa.gov/dln/.

If you have any questions about this webcast series, please contact Caryn Long at Caryn.Long@nasa.gov.

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2011 Space Technology Research Fellowships

NASA is seeking applicants for the agency’s new Space Technology Research Fellowships. Applications are being accepted from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of graduate students interested in performing space technology research beginning in the fall of 2011.

The fellowships will sponsor U.S. graduate student researchers who show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s strategic space technology objectives through their studies. Selected candidates will perform graduate student research both on their respective campuses and at NASA centers. Awards resulting from this competitive selection will be made in the form of training grants to the respective universities.

Applications for this opportunity are due Feb. 23, 2011.

For more information about this solicitation, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/oct/early_stage_innovation/grants/NSTRF.html.

Questions about the NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships should be sent to Claudia Meyer at hq-nstrf-call@mail.nasa.gov.

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National Academy of Engineering Launches New Website

The National Academy of Engineering recently launched the new Changing the Conversation website. The goal of the new site is to promote broad implementation by the engineering community of the findings and recommendations presented in the 2008 NAE report, “Changing the Conversation: Messages for Improving Public Understanding of Engineering.”

The website addresses the image problem that engineering currently is facing. Important facets of this problem include the public’s perception of engineering, the lack of diversity in the engineering field and how the United States compares with other countries in terms of its engineering workforce. Recommended messages and taglines, examples of messaging by other organizations, and tips for effective messaging are provided on the site.

Engineers and others interested in the future of the profession are encouraged to join the conversation by registering at the site.

Visit the new website at http://www.engineeringmessages.org/.

Questions about the Changing the Conversation website should be directed to Greg Pearson at gpearson@nae.edu.

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New Educational Materials Available at NASA.gov

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

Color NASA — Grades K-4

In this interactive online resource, students select an image and read about some of the plants and animals that live at different NASA centers. Students can choose a picture to color online, or print the drawing and color.

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

Structures and Materials: Shuttle Tiles Educator Guides — Grades 2-12

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

NASA is offering space shuttle tiles to schools on a first-come, first-served, one-per-institution basis. The Structure and Materials Shuttle Tile Educator Guides contain mathematics- and science-related activities for using the tiles.

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

Signals and Noise, Oh Boy! — Grades 3-5

Students are introduced to the terms “signal” and “noise” in the context of spacecraft communication. They explore these concepts by listening to a computer-generated signal from two different distances with no additional background noise, and then with background noise. They compare their experiences in a science journal page.

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

Reduced Gravity Opportunity Bookmark — Grades K-12


The downloadable bookmark invites educators and students to propose an experiment to fly on NASA’s Reduced Gravity aircraft. Teams of educators will be competitively selected to travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center to fly along with their experiments.

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

Johnny’s Airport Adventure Educator Guide — Grades K-4

Promote interest in airplanes and air transportation in young students using role play. This educator guide consists of seven science-, mathematics-, or language-based activities including a storyboard and role-play activity. The storyboard introduces students to airport and aircraft terminology including engine types. The accompanying role-play story of Johnny’s Airport Adventure takes children on a pretend trip to the airport and then on an airplane from Cleveland to San Diego. Complete with cutout characters, labels and aircraft, the educator guide also includes worksheets and a list of suggested props to use with the role-playing activity. Spanish language worksheets and activities are provided.

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

2009 NASA Education Highlights — All Educators

NASA is taking a leading role in the effort to inspire interest in STEM through its unique mission, workforce, facilities, research and innovations. NASA is continuing to pursue three major education goals: strengthening NASA’s and the nation’s future workforce, attracting and retaining students in STEM disciplines, and engaging Americans in NASA’s mission. Read the highlights of NASA’s education strategy in pursuance of these goals, and learn about the education milestones and accomplishments achieved by NASA Education in 2009.

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/2009_NASA_Education_Highlights.html

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

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


NASA Education Express – Dec. 2, 2010

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

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

Tiles for Teachers
Audience: All Educators

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

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

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

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

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NASA and You — NASA y Tú Website

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

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

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

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

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Tiles for Teachers

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

So, why are these tiles so “cool”?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Live Webcast: Saturn Question and Answer Session With Students

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Free Webcast — The Air We Breathe

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

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

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

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2011 NASA Academy

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

The existing NASA Academies include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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