NASA Education Express — March 24, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PBS Design Squad Nation: ‘One Giant Leap’

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

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

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

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NASA Explorer Schools Live Video Chat: Women at NASA

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

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

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

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Join the Worldwide GLOBE at Night 2011 Campaign

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Applications are due May 31, 2011.

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

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NASA LEARN and NES Offering Webinars

NASA Learning Environments and Research Network, or LEARN, and NASA Explorer Schools have teamed up to offer exciting webinars featuring NASA educational resources for educators. Below are four offerings in April 2011 and the first May 2011 event. The webinars are presented from 9-10 p.m. EST to ensure educators on both the East Coast and West Coast can participate. And, don’t worry about the technology. We have tech support ready to walk you through viewing and participating in the webinars.

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

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

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

Engineering Design Challenge: Water Filtration — April 20, 2011, 9 p.m. EST
This webinar will highlight the water recovery and management function of the Environmental Control and Life Support System, or ECLSS, on the International Space Station. Students will design, build, test and measure the performance of a water filtration device, analyze the data collected and use this information to work toward an improved filtration design.
https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-water-filtration/

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

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

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

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


NASA Education Express — 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. 16, 2010


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

 

18th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race
Audience: 9-Higher Education Students
Registration Deadline for International Teams: Jan. 1, 2011
Registration Deadline for U.S. Teams: Feb. 1, 2011

NASA LEARN and NES Offering Webinars
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Event Date: Jan. 5, Jan. 12 and Jan. 26, 2011

2011 Reduced Gravity Flight Opportunity Webinar
Audience: Higher Education Students
Event Date: Jan. 12, 2011

Call for Abstracts: 62nd International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: Feb. 7, 2011


New “Wings in Orbit” Book Details Space Shuttle History
Audience: All Educators and Students

New Educational Materials Available at NASA.gov
Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars Flier — Grades 9-11
Human Exploration Project Series — Grades K-12

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Registration Open for the 18th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race

Registration is open for the 18th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race. High school and college students are challenged to design and build a vehicle that addresses a series of engineering problems similar to those faced by the original lunar-roving vehicle team. Each school may enter up to two teams. International teams are limited to 10 teams per country. The race will take place April 1-2, 2011, in Huntsville, Ala., at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

International teams must register by Jan. 1, 2011. U.S. teams must register by Feb. 1, 2011.

For more information about the competition and to register online, visit http://moonbuggy.msfc.nasa.gov/index.html.

Please e-mail any questions about this event and registration to Sabrina Pearson at Sabrina.M.Pearson@nasa.gov.

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NASA LEARN and NES Offering Webinars in January 2011


NASA LEARN, or Learning Environments and Research Network, and NASA Explorer Schools have teamed up to offer exciting webinars featuring NASA educational resources for educators. Below are three offerings in January 2011. The webinars are presented from 9-10 p.m. EST, so we can make sure educators on both the East Coast and West Coast can participate. And don’t worry about the technology. We have tech support ready to walk you through viewing and participating in the webinars.

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

Exploring Space Through Math — Jan. 5, 2011, 9 p.m. EST
Learn how to get your students to investigate the characteristics of quadratic functions to solve real-world problems involving the parabolic flights of NASA’s “Weightless Wonder” microgravity jet.
https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-exp-space-through-math/

GENESIS: What Are We Made of? The Sun, Earth and You — Jan. 12, 2011, 9 p.m. EST
By counting elements extracted from a simulated Genesis sample, students learn how the extraction of atoms from the Genesis samples help scientists have a better understanding of the abundance of elements from the solar wind.
https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-genesis/

Rockets and Your Classroom — Jan. 26, 2011, 9 p.m. EST
Review 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/

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Don’t Let this Opportunity Float Away: You and Your Experiment Can Fly in Reduced Gravity

The Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program provides a unique academic experience for undergraduate students to successfully propose, design, fabricate, fly and evaluate a reduced-gravity experiment of their choice over the course of four to six months. The overall experience includes scientific research, hands-on experimental design, test operations and educational/public outreach activities. A flight opportunity targeted for community college and minority students is available in June 2011.

There will be a webinar broadcast live from NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, on Jan. 12, 2011, at 3 p.m. EST that explains how to apply. Students and faculty may ask questions, download applications and view other related videos.

Visit http://nasamici.com/reduced-gravity.html to learn how to register for this free webinar.

Please e-mail any questions about this event and registration to mary@nasamici.com.

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Call for Abstracts: 62nd International Astronautical Congress

NASA announces its intent to participate in the 62nd International Astronautical Congress, or IAC, and requests that full-time graduate students attending U.S. universities or colleges respond to this “Call for Abstracts.” The IAC — which is organized by the International Astronautical Federation, or IAF; the International Academy of Astronautics, or IAA; and the International Institute of Space Law, or IISL, -– is the largest space-related conference worldwide and selects an average of 1000 scientific papers every year. The upcoming IAC will be held Oct. 3-7, 2011, in Cape Town, South Africa. NASA’s participation in this event is an ongoing effort to continue to connect NASA with the astronautical and space international community.

This “Call for Abstracts” is a precursor to a subsequent submission of a final paper, which may be presented at the 62nd IAC. Student authors are invited to submit an abstract regarding an original, unpublished paper that has not been submitted in any other forum. A NASA technical review panel of scientists and/or officials will select abstracts. Many students and professors are involved in NASA-related research. Persons submitting abstracts are strongly encouraged to seek advice from professors who are conducting NASA research and/or from NASA scientists and engineers.

Abstract Preparation
— Abstracts must be 400 words or less.
— Abstracts must be written in English.
— Abstracts cannot include formulas, tables or drawings.
— Select the symposium and session in which you wish to post your abstract. Please view the IAC brochure at http://iac2011.com/sites/default/files/pdf/iac2011-call-for-papers.pdf for list of sessions and more details.

Abstracts must be related to NASA’s ongoing vision for space exploration and fit into one of the following categories:
Science and Exploration — Systems sustaining missions including life, microgravity, space exploration, space debris and Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, or SETI.
Applications and Operations — Ongoing and future operational applications, including Earth observation, communication, navigation, human space endeavors and small satellites.
Technology — Common technologies to space systems including astrodynamics, structures, power and propulsion.
Infrastructures — Systems sustaining space missions including space systems, transportation, future systems and safety.
— Space and Society — Interaction of space with society including education, policy and economics, history, and law.

The full text of the abstract must be submitted electronically in the prescribed format at http://iac.nasaprs.com no later than 11:59:59 p.m. EST on Feb. 7, 2011.

If you have a question or concern about the programmatic or the electronic submission of your abstract, please e-mail abstract@nasaprs.com, and you will receive a response within two (2) business days.

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New “Wings in Orbit” Book Details Space Shuttle History


As NASA’s space shuttle fleet nears retirement, the agency is preparing to release a comprehensive account of the program that managed the spacecraft and the dedicated people who made its accomplishments possible.

The 500-plus-page book, “Wings in Orbit” is available for pre-publication sale. The book describes the scientific, engineering and cultural contributions of the space shuttle through text, photographs and graphics, written or selected by those who worked in the shuttle program.

“Not only is this book informative and beautifully done, it captures the passion of those who devoted their energies to the more than three decades of the shuttle program,” said Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA associate administrator for Space Operations. “It recognizes and celebrates what NASA has accomplished using the shuttle system.”

Former shuttle program manager Wayne Hale was the book’s executive editor. The book features a wide range of contributors, including the first space shuttle crew and many former flight directors, engineers and program managers.

The book is slated for release in March. To order the book during the pre-publication sale through Dec. 31, 2010, visit http://www.shopNASA.com.

For more information about the space shuttle era, visit https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/flyout/.

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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.

Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars Flier — Grades 9-11

WISH wants female high school juniors to participate in a pilot project. Beginning with an online collaboration in fall 2010, selected applicants will compete to participate in a summer 2011 workshop at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. There they will work alongside female NASA engineers and interns and collaborate in hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The WISH Flier explains how to apply.

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

Human Exploration Project Series — Grades K-12

This series of curricular units focus on themes that NASA engineers and scientists — as well as future generations of explorers — must consider when planning future human explorations into space. This includes such themes as Energy and Power, Transportation and Lunar Plant Growth Chambers (the STS-118 Design Challenges).

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