NASA Education Express — Jan. 24, 2013

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

Temperatureand Earth Climate: Modeling Hot and Cold Planets WebSeminar
Audience: 7-9 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 24, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST

NASA’s Glenn ResearchCenter’s High School Shadowing Project
Audience: Students in Grades 10-12
Session II Application Deadline: Jan. 25, 2013
Sessions III and IV Application Deadline: Feb.22, 2013

Host a Real-TimeConversation With Crewmembers Aboard the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 28, 2013

U.S. Department of Education TeachingAmbassador Fellowships
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: Jan. 29, 2013

Invitation to Participate in ISSEarthKAM Winter 2013 Mission
Audience: Middle School Educators and Students
Mission Dates: Jan. 29 – Feb. 1, 2013

Algebraic Equations: Transit Tracks –Finding Habitable Planets Web Seminar
Audience: Algebra Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 30, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST

RealWorld-InWorld NASAEngineering Design Challenge
Audience: 8-12 Educators and Students
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2013

Langley Aerospace Research StudentScholars — Summer 2013 Session
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2013

2013 PlanetaryGeology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2013

NASA Earth and SpaceScience Fellowships Program Accepting Proposals for 2013-2014 Academic Year
Audience: Higher Education Educators andStudents
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 1, 2013

Free Smithsonian’s StarsLecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Feb. 2, 2013

IRIS Challenge: Trackinga Solar Storm
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Registration Open Now, Challenge Begins February2013

NASA’s DEVELOP Program– 2013 Summer Session
Audience: 9-12 and Higher Education Educatorsand Students
Summer Session Deadline: Feb. 4, 2013

NASA History ProgramOffice Summer 2013 Internships
Audience: Higher Education Educators andStudents
Summer 2013 Application Deadline: Feb. 4, 2013

Registration Open forthe 20th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race
Audience: 9-12 & Higher Education Educatorsand Students
Registration Deadline for U.S. Teams: Feb. 4,2013

2013 Space ExplorationEducators Conference
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Feb. 7-9, 2013

Plan a Launch Party to Celebrate theLandsat Data Continuity Mission
Audience: All Educators and Students
Launch Date: Feb. 11, 2013

Polar Science Weekend at the PacificScience Center
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Feb. 28 – March 3, 2013

Expeditions 37 and 38 In-flightEducation Downlink Opportunities
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: March 1, 2013

Cooperative Agreement Notice for NASA Internships
Audience: Higher Education Institutions and Organizations
Deadline: March 13, 2013

Sun-Earth Days 2013: Solar Max — StormWarning: Effects on the Solar System
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: March 22, 2013

Citizen Science: Asteroid Mappers
Audience: All Educators and Students

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Temperatureand Earth Climate: Modeling Hot and Cold Planets WebSeminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on Jan. 24, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Use NASAmission data collected from NASA satellites to see how a planet’s climate isdetermined. Attend this session and discover how you can incorporate authenticNASA data into your classroom to provide a real-world connection for your students.

This seminar will be repeated on May 2, 2013.

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

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

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

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NASA’s Glenn Research Center’s High SchoolShadowing Project

NASA’s Glenn Research Center, or GRC, inCleveland, Ohio, is accepting applications for its High School ShadowingProject sessions for the 2012-2013 school year. This opportunity providesstudents with a one- to five-day career exploration experience at GlennResearch Center.

The project provides high school students withan opportunity to explore career possibilities in a research and developmentenvironment while under the guidance of a NASA scientist, engineer, technicianor administrative professional that serves as the student’s mentor. Studentsare provided information about various careers, career paths and Glenn ResearchCenter educational resources and programs.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 16years old by the application deadline. Application periods are still open forthree sessions scheduled for the 2012-2013 school year.

Session II —
Application Deadline: Jan. 25, 2013
Session Date: Feb. 27, 2013

Session III —
Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2013
Session Date: March 26, 2013

Session IV —
Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2013
Session Date: April 24, 2013

For more information about this opportunity,please visit https://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/education/ShadowingProgram_GRC.html.

Questions about the GRC High School ShadowingProject should be directed by email to GRC-Intern@mail.nasa.govor by telephone to 216-433-6656.

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Host a Real-TimeConversation With Crewmembers Aboard the International Space Station

NASA is now accepting proposals from U.S.schools, museums, science centers and community youth organizations to host anAmateur Radio on the International Space Station, or ARISS, contact between May1, 2013, and Nov 1, 2013. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, NASAis looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants andintegrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. Proposals are due Jan. 28, 2013.

Using amateur radio, students can ask astronauts questions about life inspace and other space-related topics. Students fully engage in the ARISScontact by helping set up an amateur radio ground station at the school andthen using that station to talk directly with a crew member on theInternational Space Station for approximately 10 minutes. The technology iseasier to acquire than ever before. ARISS has a network of mentors to helporganizations obtain the technology required to host this once in a lifetimeopportunity for students.

Interested parties should visit www.nasa.gov/education/tfs/arissto obtain complete information including how the technology works, what isexpected of the host organization and how to submit the proposal form.

Questions about this opportunity should beemailed to JSC-TFS-ARISS@mail.nasa.gov.

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U.S. Department of EducationTeaching Ambassador Fellowships


Teachers with successful strategies for increasing student achievement areencouraged to apply for Teaching Ambassador Fellowship positions with the U.S. Departmentof Education for the 2013-2014 school year. Teachers will be chosen based upontheir record of leadership, impact on student achievement and potential forcontribution to the department and the field.

The program offers two tracks: Classroom and Washington Fellows.

Classroom Fellows will serve their regular teaching contracts with theirdistricts and will be paid to perform additional fellowship duties for theDepartment of Education. As practicing classroom teachers, these Fellows willshare an important perspective for — and will gain more knowledge about –education policy and program development. They will share their experienceswith other Fellows and with the Department of Education at designated timesthroughout the year.

Washington Fellowswill serve as full-time federal employees in Washington, D.C., from the summerof 2013 through June 2014. They will be placed in appropriate positions withinthe Department of Education to work on education program development andimplementation. They will focus on using their previous classroom experience tocontribute knowledge and insight to various Department of Education projects.They will spend the majority of their time working in program offices,increasing their knowledge of and contributing to federal education policiesand programs, and collaborating with other Fellows.

Applications for both tracks are due Jan.29, 2013.

For more information about this fellowship opportunity and activities ofthe current group of Teaching Ambassador Fellows, visit http://www.ed.gov/programs/teacherfellowship/index.html.

If you have questions about the fellowship, please email your inquiries to TeacherFellowship@ed.gov.

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ISS EarthKAM Winter 2013 Mission

Middle schooleducators are invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAMWinter 2013 Mission from Jan. 29 – Feb. 1, 2013. Guide your students inhands-on research as they program cameras aboard the space station to takepictures of specific locations on Earth.

For more information about EarthKAM and to register for the upcoming mission,visit the EarthKAM home page http://www.earthkam.ucsd.edu.

If you have questions about the EarthKAMproject, please email ek-help@earthkam.ucsd.edu.

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Algebraic Equations: TransitTracks — Finding Habitable Planets Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Jan. 30, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST. In thisWeb seminar, participants will learn about an engaging algebra activity called “FindingHabitable Planets” that allows students to analyze NASA data with the hopes ofdiscovering planets in habitable zones of solar systems.

For more information and to registeronline, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar2.aspx.

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

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

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RealWorld-InWorldNASA Engineering Design Challenge

The RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge encourages studentsin grades 8-12 to explore and build skills essential for successful careers inscience, technology, engineering and mathematics through two phases ofproject-based learning and team competition.

RealWorld (Phase 1): Teams of middle- and high-school-aged students, withsupport of their teachers/coaches/parents, work collaboratively as engineersand scientists to explore and design solutions related to the James Webb SpaceTelescope.

RealWorld Phase ends: Jan. 31, 2013. To be considered to move to theInWorld phase, all RealWorld work must be submitted by this deadline.

InWorld (Phase 2): Participating college students select teams of twoto four middle- and high-school-aged students who have completed the RealWorldphase to build their InWorld teams. Participation is limited to U.S. citizens.Teams work in a 3-D virtual online environment using 21st century tools torefine designs and to create 3-D models of their design solutions.

InWorld Phase begins: Feb. 9, 2013.
InWorld Phase ends: April 26, 2013.

NASA scientists and engineers visit and chatvirtually throughout both phases of the challenge.

To learn more about the challenge and toregister for online resources for this free and flexible project, visit www.nasarealworldinworld.org.

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Langley Aerospace Research StudentScholars — Summer 2013 Session

Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars, or LARSS, is offering a10-week summer internship at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.Internships are available for rising undergraduate juniors, seniors andgraduate students at accredited U.S. colleges, universities and communitycolleges. Students of all majors are encouraged to apply. The grade pointaverage requirement is a 3.0 out of a 4.0.

The internship includes doing a research project under the supervision of aresearcher, attending technical lectures by prominent engineers and scientistsand presenting project results at a poster session. Additional elements includetours of Langley wind tunnels, computational facilities and laboratories, aswell as several networking activities.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applications are due Feb. 1, 2013.

Note: Fifteen-week fall and spring sessions are also offered. Please see thewebsite for details.

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

To learn more about the LARSS internship opportunity, join NASA’s DigitalLearning Network for two informational webcast events. The webcasts are takingplace from 3-4 p.m. on Jan. 23-24, 2013. To join the webcast, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/index.html.

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

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2013 PlanetaryGeology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program

The Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program, orPGGURP, pairsqualified undergraduate students with NASA-funded investigators at researchlocations across the U.S. for eight weeks during the summer. Students willspend the summer at the NASA scientists’ home institutions. Selected studentsreceive a cost-of-living stipend and compensation for housing and travel.

Undergraduate students interested in learningabout research in planetary geoscience are eligible to apply. Studentsgraduating in 2013 who have not started graduate school yet are also eligible.Preference is given to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Applications are due Feb. 1, 2013.

For more information, visit http://www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~tgregg/pggurp.html.

If you have questions about this opportunity,please email Robyn Wagner, PGGURP administrator, at rlwagner@buffalo.edu.

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NASA Earth andSpace Science Fellowships Program Accepting Proposals for 2013-2014 AcademicYear

The NASA Earth and Space Science FellowshipProgram, or NESSF, is soliciting applications from accredited U.S. universitieson behalf of individuals pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees in earth andspace sciences, or related disciplines, for the 2013-2014 academic year. Thepurpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualifiedworkforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals. Awardsresulting from the competitive selection will be training grants to therespective universities, with the advisor serving as the principalinvestigator. The financial support for the NESSF program comes from theScience Mission Directorate’s four science divisions: Earth Science,Heliophysics, Planetary Science and Astrophysics.

Initially, NESSF awards are made for one year.They may be renewed for no more than two additional years, contingent uponsatisfactory progress (as reflected in academic performance, research progressand recommendation by the faculty advisor) and the availability of funds.

The maximum amount of a NESSF award is $30,000per year.

Proposals for this opportunity are due Feb. 1, 2013.

For more information about this solicitation,visit http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={BC1C168E-1D9B-0BD1-816B-14E1C31BB0D3}&path=open.

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to:

For earth science, Claire Macaulay at Claire.I.Macaulay@nasa.gov.

For heliophysics, planetary science andastrophysics, Dolores Holland at hq-nessf-Space@nasa.gov.

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FreeSmithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

Curious about our nearest star, moon rocks, volcanoes and other wonders ofthe universe? Come to the Smithsonian’s Stars, a series of 10 lectures bySmithsonian researchers who are exploring the sun, the moon, planets, stars,galaxies and the universe. These speakers will share behind-the-scenes detailsabout how their research is done and technologies that advance new discoveriesat the Smithsonian Institution.

Each lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. and is followedby a question-and-answer session. A Discovery Station activity will take placeat 4 p.m. prior to each lecture. Stay after the lecture to visit theobservatory, weather permitting.

Feb. 2, 2013 — Volcano Breath
Join Global Volcanism Program Director LizCottrell for a lecture about volcanoes on a global scale. Learn how the gaseouscontents of volcanoes propel their explosions and impact our climate. Hear thelatest about volcanic gas research and explore the latest discoveries about howthe deep Earth is recycling the air we breathe.

Feb. 16, 2013 — Venus: 50 Years After Mariner 2
Fifty years ago Mariner 2 flew past Venus,becoming the first space probe to explore another planet. But Venus, ournearest neighbor, still holds many mysteries. Geophysicist Bruce Campbell willdiscuss what is known about Venus, including how it differs from Earth, and howfuture explorers may provide crucial clues to understanding this hot, dryworld.

Feb. 23, 2013 — AUniverse of Data: How We Get Science Out of Space Telescopes
This century has seen stunning cosmic discoveries. The digital age hasgiven everyone free access to space data; the trick is to turn that data intoquantitative science and pictures that tell a story. Astrophysicist JonathanMcDowell will use images from the Chandra Space Telescope to help explain howastronomers study space in the computer age.

For more information about the Smithsonian’sStars Lecture Series and to see a full schedule of upcoming lectures, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/lectures/stars/index.cfm.

Questions about this lecture series should bedirected to the visitor service line at 202-633-1000.

The Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series is madepossible by a grant from NASA.

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IRIS Challenge:Tracking a Solar Storm

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

This challenge is designed around NASA’s solarmission Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS. Scheduled to launch inApril 2013, the IRIS spacecraft will study the dynamics of the interface regionof our sun’s atmosphere using an ultraviolet telescope and imagingspectrograph. As students participate in the challenge, they will learn moreabout the IRIS mission and the instruments that scientists use to gather solardata.

An educators’ guide for the IRIS challenge isavailable on the Tracking a Solar Storm website and includes key informationfor helping students study the sun’s weather, track a solar storm and predictits effect on Earth. Students will demonstrate what they have learned bycollecting data and producing a space weather report.

The challenge will run February – May 2013.

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

Educators are invited to register now at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZRBWQQKto receive updates as the challenge develops.

Please email any questions about this challengeto Linda Conrad at arc-quest-challenge@mail.nasa.gov.

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NASA’s DEVELOPProgram — 2013 Summer Session

DEVELOP is a NASA Science Mission DirectorateApplied Sciences-sponsored internship that fosters the training and developmentof students in the Earth sciences. The DEVELOP Program extends the applicationof NASA Earth science research and technology to meet societal needs.

Students conduct projects that focus on thepractical application of NASA’s Earth science research and demonstrate howresults can benefit partner organizations and local communities. Advisors andmentors, from NASA and partner institutions, provide guidance and support forthe program. Students gain experience using NASA science and technology in aprofessional setting.

Students from high school through doctorallevels are selected through a competitive application process. Students chosenby DEVELOP work on teams onsite at 13 locations in North America. Activitiesare conducted during three 10-week terms per year: spring, summer and fall. Toapply to a DEVELOP center at a NASA location, applicants must be a citizen ofthe U.S. However, international students currently registered at an accreditedschool in the U.S. are eligible to apply to DEVELOP regional locations.International applicants must already have a visa that permits them to work inthe U.S.

Applications for the summer 2013 session are dueFeb. 4, 2013.

For more information about this uniqueinternship opportunity, please visit the DEVELOP website at http://develop.larc.nasa.gov.

Questions about the DEVELOP Program should bedirected by email to NASA-DL-DEVELOP@mail.nasa.govor by telephone to 757-864-3761.

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NASA HistoryProgram Office Summer 2013 Internships

The NASA History Program Office is seekingundergraduate and graduate students for summer 2013 internships. The HistoryProgram Office maintains archival materials to answer research questions fromNASA personnel, journalists, scholars, students at all levels and others fromaround the world. The division also edits and publishes several books andmonographs each year. It maintains a large number of websites on NASA history.

Students of all majors are welcome to apply.While detailed prior knowledge of the aeronautics and space fields is notnecessary, a keen interest and some basic familiarity with these topics areneeded. Strong research, writing and editing skills are essential. Experiencewith computers, especially hypertext markup language, or HTML, formatting, is aplus.

Intern projects are flexible. Typical projectsinclude handling a variety of information requests, editing historicalmanuscripts, doing research and writing biographical sketches, updating andcreating websites, and identifying and captioning photos.

Applications for summer 2013 internships are dueFeb. 4, 2013.

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

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

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Registration Openfor the 20th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race

Registration is open for the 20th Annual NASAGreat Moonbuggy Race. High school and college students are challenged to designand build a vehicle that addresses a series of engineering problems similar tothose faced by the original lunar-roving vehicle team. Each school may enter upto two teams. The race will take place April 25-27, 2013, in Huntsville, Ala.,at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

U.S. teams must register by Feb. 4, 2013.

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

U.S. teams with questions should contact DiedraWilliams at Diedra.A.Williams@nasa.gov.

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2013 SpaceExploration Educators Conference

Make plans to attend the 19th Annual SpaceExploration Educators Conference, to be held Feb. 7-9, 2013, at Space Center Houston.This conference is for all K-12 educators. Activities presented usespace-related themes to teach across the curriculum and can be used forscience, language arts, mathematics, history and more.

Attend sessions hosted by scientists andengineers working on the International Space Station, Mars exploration and theplanets beyond. Hear from astronauts who will be leading the charge inexploration. Attend sessions presented by educators and receiveready-to-implement classroom ideas. Attendees can earn up to 24 hours ofcontinuing professional education credit.

Keynote speakers scheduled to attend includeastronaut Satoshi Furukawa and actor LeVar Burton.

For more information, visit http://spacecenter.org/TeachersSEEC.html.

If you have any questions about the conference,please call 281-244-2149 or email seec@spacecenter.org.

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Plan a Launch Party to Celebratethe Landsat Data Continuity Mission

Did you know that the longest continuous view of Earth from space comes fromthe Landsat satellite program? Its 40-year archive offers a priceless record ofchanging communities and landscapes. The record continues on Feb. 11, 2013, when NASA and the U.S.Geological Survey are scheduled to launch the eighth Landsat satellite, theLandsat Data Continuity Mission.

Join others across the planet in celebration of this much anticipated event byhosting a launch party! Planning and hosting your own launch party with NASAresources is fun and easy, and it’s a wonderful way to engage your community inyour interests and the work you do.

For more information, including activities,decorations and other Landsat resources, visit http://launchkit-ldcm.gsfc.nasa.gov/.

Tune in to NASA TVto watch the launch and launch events live, including talks from NASA scientistsand engineers. 

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to the “Contact Us” link at the bottom of the Landsat DataContinuity Mission Launch Party website.

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PolarScience Weekend at the Pacific Science Center

Polar Science Weekend at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Wash., istaking place Feb. 28 – March 3, 2013.The event is four days of hands-on activities, live demonstrations and exhibitspresented by scientists who work in some of the most remote and challengingplaces on Earth. Learn about ice sheets and sea ice, polar bears and penguins,scientific instruments and polar expeditions.

Polar Science Weekend highlights NASA-funded work in the polar regions, and issupported by a grant from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate

For more information, visit http://psc.apl.washington.edu/wordpress/education/polar-science-weekend/.

Questions about this event should be directed to psw@apl.washington.edu.

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Expeditions 37 and 38 In-flightEducation Downlink Opportunities

NASA is seeking formal and informal educational organizations, individually orworking together, to host live, in-flight education downlinks during Expeditions37 and 38 (approximately from September 2013 to March 2014). To maximize thesedownlink opportunities, NASA is looking for organizations that will draw largenumbers of participants and integrate the downlinks into well-developededucation plans.

The deadline to submit a proposal is March1, 2013.

During Expeditions 37 and 38, crew members aboard the International SpaceStation will participate in downlinks. Downlinks last approximately 20 minutesand allow students and educators to interact with astronauts through a question-and-answersession. Downlinks afford education audiences the opportunity to learnfirsthand from astronauts what it is like to live and work in space. Downlinksare broadcast live on NASA TV and are streamed on the NASA website. Because ofthe nature of human spaceflight, organizations must demonstrate the flexibilityto accommodate changes in downlink dates and times.

Interested organizations should visit https://www.nasa.gov/education/tfs/downlinksto learn more or contact Teaching From Space at JSC-Teaching-From-Space@mail.nasa.gov.

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Cooperative Agreement Notice for NASA Internships

The NASA Headquarters Office of Education, in cooperation with the NASA JohnsonSpace Center and other NASA centers, has released a Cooperative AgreementNotice, or CAN, for NASA internships.

Institutions eligible to respond to this CAN are limited to higher educationinstitutions, nonprofit organizations and consortia or groups of organizationsand institutions serving higher education students, whose mission includescapturing student interest and/or improving student performance in science,technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, or related fields. Theestimated annual value of the award is $3,000,000 to $10,000,000 per year, fora period of performance not to exceed 5 years.

It is anticipated that this award will be an indefinite delivery indefinitequantity and cost reimbursement cooperative agreement. The recipient of thissingle award will support sub-agreements at 10 NASA centers delineated byunique cooperative agreement numbers assigned by the NASA Shared ServicesCenter.

NASA Education is planning an informational teleconference for all potentialproposers. The teleconference will take place on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at 2 p.m. EST. The dial-in number for theteleconference is 877-449-9072. The participant passcode is 8125991.

A Notice of Intent, or NOI, is requested to assist NASA in assessing thepossible response to this CAN; and to determine the number of subject matterexperts required for the Proposal Review Panel. NOIs should be submitted bymidnight (11:59 p.m.) Eastern Time, Feb. 13, 2013.

All proposals in response to this CAN must be submitted electronically. Electronicproposals must be submitted in their entirety by 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time onthe proposal due date of March 13, 2013.

For more information and instructions for submitting a NOI and proposal, visit  http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={445EE623-416B-4524-69CF-EA75FCC529BD}&path=open.

Questions about this CAN should be emailed to Tamra Ross at tkross@nasaprs.com.

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Sun-Earth Days 2013: Solar Max –Storm Warning: Effects on the Solar System

Join NASA in celebrating Sun-Earth Days with a series of programsand events that occur throughout the year, culminating with a celebration on March 22, 2013. This year’s theme, “SolarMax — Storm Warning: Effects on the Solar System,” invites participants to explorethe violent nature of our sun at the peak of solar activity and the discoveriescoming from the heliophysics and planetary missions during this exciting period.During solar maximum, there are many sunspots, solar flares and coronal massejections, all of which can affect communications and technology on Earth.

Learn about solar maximum and how it, along with space weather in general,affects our daily lives. Find out why scientists find it important to trackspace weather, much like meteorologists track storms on Earth. And learn aboutNASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore and its role inlaunching rockets to explore weather on Earth and in space.

On March 22, 2013, join theSun-Earth Days team for a live Sun-Earth Days webcast. For this webcast, theteam will combine forces with the award-winning NASA EDGE team known for theiroffbeat, funny and informative look behind the NASA curtain.

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

Questions about Sun-Earth Days events should be emailed to sunearthday@gmail.com.

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Citizen Science: Asteroid Mappers

NASA’s Dawn Mission invites you to investigate and analyze high-resolution Dawnimages of the giant asteroid Vesta, including craters and other features, fromyour own computer.

The Dawn Mission began getting up close and personalwith Vesta in July 2011. Over the ensuing year, the spacecraft’s instrumentsgathered intriguing data including tens of thousands of images, more than the Dawnteam has time to analyze in detail.

That’s where you come in. You don’t have to be a member of the Dawn team toengage in the art of interpreting the images. Register today to help the DawnScience Team make sense of new elements on the surface of Vesta: its age, itscomposition and its revealing patterns.

For more information, visit http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/DawnCommunity/asteroid_mappers.asp.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please email Whitney Cobb at wcobb@mcrel.org.

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

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

NASA Education Express — Jan. 17, 2013

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

Science Fair Projects Demystified in NASA’s JetPropulsion Laboratory’s Education Videos
Audience: All Educators and Students

Expeditions 35 and 36 In-flight Education Downlink Opportunities
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 18, 2013

2013 RASC-AL Lunar WheelDesign Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students
New Deadline: Jan. 19, 2013

2013 RASC-AL Competition
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: Jan. 19, 2013

Invitation to Participate in ISSEarthKAM Winter 2013 Mission
Audience: Middle School Educators and Students
Optional Online Information Sessions: Jan. 22 and 23, 2013
Mission Dates: Jan. 29 – Feb. 1, 2013

International Space Station ResearchOpportunity for Higher Education Organizations
Audience: Higher Education Community
Deadline to Submit White Papers: Jan. 23, 2013

Chemical Elements: Genesis — What AreWe Made Of? Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 23, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST

Temperature and Earth Climate: ModelingHot and Cold Planets Web Seminar
Audience: 7-9 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 24, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST

NASA’s Glenn ResearchCenter’s High School Shadowing Project
Audience: Students in Grades 10-12
Session II Application Deadline: Jan. 25, 2013
Sessions III and IV Application Deadline: Feb.22, 2013

U.S. Department of Education TeachingAmbassador Fellowships
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: Jan. 29, 2013

Langley Aerospace Research StudentScholars — Summer 2013 Session
Audience: Higher Education Students
Informational Webcasts: Jan. 23-24, 2013
Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2013

U.S. Department of Energy Webcast — AnEnergy Literate Citizenry From K to Gray
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: Feb. 6, 2013, at 4 p.m. EST

IRIS Challenge: Trackinga Solar Storm
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Registration Open Now, Challenge Begins February2013

2013 Summer Undergraduate ResearchFellowships
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2013

5th Annual NASA STEM Educators Workshop Series
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Registration Deadline: Feb. 25, 2013
Event Date: March 4-6, 2013

2013 NASA Glenn Research CenterHigh School Internship Project
Audience: Students in Grades 10-11
Application Deadline: March 15, 2013

Free Lecture — GPS for Humanity — The Stealth Utility
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Date: March 21, 2013, at 8 p.m. EST

2013 Jet Propulsion LaboratorySummer Faculty Research Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Deadline: April 1, 2013

Presidential Awards forExcellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Audience: All Educators and Students
Nomination Deadline: April 1, 2013

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Science Fair Projects Demystified in NASA’s JetPropulsion Laboratory’s Education Videos

Just in time for science fair season, theEducation Office at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL, has released avideo series designed to take teachers, students and parents through thesometimes mystifying process of crafting a science fair project.

The six-part video seriesfeatures JPL scientist Serina Diniega, engineer Arby Argueta and educator OtaLutz, who team up to take viewers step by step through the project designprocess, from generating an idea to communicating the final results in anattractive display.

Students learn about one of the hardest steps in the process — generating anidea — from the perspectives of scientific investigation and engineering design,discovering how to observe and ask questions about the world around them thatcan serve as starting points for their projects.

The videos also cover common areas that students often overlook while designingtheir projects, such as asking a testable question that examines just oneconcept, and considering elements that could affect an experiment and factoringthem into the results.

Visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/sciencefair/to watch the series, download related resources and find notes for teachers andparents.

Questions about this video series should beemailed to Kim Orr at kimberly.m.orr@jpl.nasa.gov.

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Expeditions 35 and 36 In-flight EducationDownlink Opportunities

NASA is seeking formal and informal educationalorganizations, individually or working together, to host live, in-flighteducation downlinks during Expeditions 35 and 36 (approximately from March 2013to September 2013). To maximize these downlink opportunities, NASA is lookingfor organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integratethe downlinks into well-developed education plans.

The deadline to submit a proposal is Jan. 18, 2013.

During Expeditions 35 and 36, crew members aboard the International SpaceStation will participate in downlinks. Downlinks take approximately 20 minutesand allow students and educators to interact with astronauts through aquestion-and-answer session. Downlinks afford education audiences theopportunity to learn firsthand from astronauts what it is like to live and workin space. Downlinks are broadcast live on NASA TV and are streamed on the NASAwebsite. Because of the nature of human spaceflight, organizations mustdemonstrate the flexibility to accommodate changes in downlink dates and times.

Interested organizations should visit https://www.nasa.gov/education/tfs/downlinksto learn more or contact Teaching From Space at JSC-Teaching-From-Space@mail.nasa.gov.

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2013RASC-AL Lunar Wheel Design Challenge

Due to an initially aggressive schedule that resulted from a delayed launch ofthe 2013 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkage, orRASC-AL, Lunar Wheel Design Challenge, the new deadline to submit projectplans has been extended to Sunday, Jan. 19, 2013, at midnight EST.

The RASC-AL Lunar WheelDesign Challenge invites student teams to design and build a lunar wheelprototype and demonstrate its capabilities while mounted on a utility vehicleduring the “Roll-Off” (field tests at NASA’s Johnson Space Center’s Rock Yard)in July 2013. Teams are challenged with developing a wheel that needs littlemaintenance, can travel at higher speeds needed for human rovers and canwithstand several years of harsh temperature swings, abrasive regolith, intensesun radiation and lack of an Earth-like atmosphere.

In addition to the fieldtests, teams will present their wheel concepts to a design review panelcomprising Space Exploration Vehicle, or SEV, engineers. Presentations will bebased on each team’s technical paper that details the wheel concept’spath-to-flight (i.e., how the design can be applied to actual planetaryexploration on an SEV).

Based on a review of eachteam’s proposal, up to eight teams will be selected to compete at the“Roll-Off” in July 2013. Qualifying teams will receive a minimum of $9,000 todevelop and test their wheel designs. Winning teams will receive cash prizes.

The challenge is open to full-time undergraduate or graduate students majoring inengineering or science at an accredited university. University design teamsmust include one faculty or industry advisor with a university affiliation andtwo or more undergraduate or graduate students.

Student teams and their faculty advisors are invited to submit an onlineNotice of Intent (NOI)and a projectplan of their proposed wheelconcepts by Jan. 19, 2013. Multi-disciplinary teams and internationalcollaborations are encouraged.

For more information about this competition, visit https://www.nianet.org/RASCAL-wheeldesign2012/index.aspx.

If you have questions aboutthis competition, please contact Shannon Verstynen at shannon.verstynen@nianet.org orShelley Spears at shelley.spears@nianet.org.

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2013 RASC-AL Competition

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospaceannounce the 2013 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage, orRASC-AL, Competition. RASC-AL is a design project competition aimed atuniversity-level engineering students.

The RASC-AL contest challenges participants todesign projects based on real NASA projects. Participants can choose from threedifferent themes. Concepts derived from the design projects potentially couldbe implemented by NASA.

Interested teams are encouraged to submit anotice of intent by Nov 9, 2012, and teams must submit an abstract for theirproposed project by Jan.19, 2013. The RASC-AL Steering Committee of NASA and industryexperts will evaluate the proposals and select as many as 10 undergraduate andfive graduate teams to compete against each other at a forum in June 2013 inFlorida.

The RASC-AL competition is open to full-timeundergraduate or graduate students majoring in engineering or science at anaccredited university. University design teams must include one faculty orindustry advisor with a university affiliation and two or more undergraduate orgraduate students. A group of universities may also work in collaboration on adesign project entry. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

For more information about this competition,visit http://www.nianet.org/rascal/index.html.

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

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ISS EarthKAM Winter 2013 Mission

Middle schooleducators are invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAMWinter 2013 Mission from Jan. 29 – Feb. 1, 2013. Guide your students inhands-on research as they program cameras aboard the space station to takepictures of specific locations on Earth.

For more information about EarthKAM and to register for the upcoming mission,visit the EarthKAM home page http://www.earthkam.ucsd.edu.

Optional EarthKAM Online InformationSessions

If you’re new to EarthKAM or if you registered for a past mission butweren’t sure how to navigate the website and request images, join us for a 30-minuteonline EarthKAM information session. You’ll learn:

— What EarthKAM is all about and how you and your students can participate.
— What to expect during the mission, including the classroom time commitment.
— Ways to use EarthKAM to enhance what you already teach.

The online information sessions are free. Send an email to webinar@earthkam.ucsd.edu torequest log-in information. Please indicate which session you plan to attend.

Jan. 22 at 9:30 a.m. CST
Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. CST

Please note that you do not have to attend an information session toparticipate in the upcoming EarthKAM mission. The information sessions areprovided as an option for teachers who are new to EarthKAM or for returningteachers who have general questions.

If you have questions about the EarthKAMproject, please email ek-help@earthkam.ucsd.edu.

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International Space StationResearch Opportunity for Higher Education Organizations

Conduct research in space and make new discoveries! The adventure begins in2013. The International Space Station NASA Education Projects Office hasreleased a solicitation for proposals of educational experiments relating toscience, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, that utilize theunique microgravity platform of the space station.

Proposals are being accepted from higher education institutions or consortia oforganizations serving the higher education community. Proposals must align withspace station program research priorities in technology, biology, biotechnologyand physical sciences. Experiment ideas also must address innovative,meaningful and enduring research and technology developmentactivities with STEM-based context.

Whitepapers must be submitted by 4 p.m. CST on Jan. 23, 2013. Full proposals aredue Feb. 20, 2013.

For more information, visit http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={8626F554-923E-4797-DEE7-89CF3988FEE3}&path=open.

Questions about this solicitation should be directed to Janejit T. Gensler at Janejit.t.gensler@nasa.gov.

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ChemicalElements: Genesis — What Are We Made Of? Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminarfor educators on Jan.23, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn how to use the “What Are WeMade Of?” hands-on activity to integrate mathematics and physical science inyour classroom. Discover how students can use statistical sampling to estimatethe chemical composition of the sun by analyzing data in a way similar to theone used by scientists who analyzed solar particles collected by the Genesisspacecraft.

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

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

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

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

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on Jan. 24, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Use NASAmission data collected from NASA satellites to see how a planet’s climate isdetermined. Attend this session and discover how you can incorporate authenticNASA data into your classroom to provide a real-world connection for your students.

This seminar will be repeated on May 2, 2013.

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

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

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

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NASA’s Glenn Research Center’s High SchoolShadowing Project

NASA’s Glenn Research Center, or GRC, inCleveland, Ohio, is accepting applications for its High School ShadowingProject sessions for the 2012-2013 school year. This opportunity providesstudents with a one- to five-day career exploration experience at GlennResearch Center.

The project provides high school students withan opportunity to explore career possibilities in a research and developmentenvironment while under the guidance of a NASA scientist, engineer, technicianor administrative professional that serves as the student’s mentor. Studentsare provided information about various careers, career paths and Glenn ResearchCenter educational resources and programs.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 16years old by the application deadline. Application periods are still open forthree sessions scheduled for the 2012-2013 school year.

Session II —
Application Deadline: Jan. 25, 2013
Session Date: Feb. 27, 2013

Session III —
Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2013
Session Date: March 26, 2013

Session IV —
Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2013
Session Date: April 24, 2013

For more information about this opportunity,please visit https://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/education/ShadowingProgram_GRC.html.

Questions about the GRC High School ShadowingProject should be directed by email to GRC-Intern@mail.nasa.govor by telephone to 216-433-6656.

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U.S. Department of Education TeachingAmbassador Fellowships


Teachers with successful strategies for increasing student achievement areencouraged to apply for Teaching Ambassador Fellowship positions with the U.S.Department of Education for the 2013-2014 school year. Teachers will be chosenbased upon their record of leadership, impact on student achievement andpotential for contribution to the department and the field.

The program offers two tracks: Classroom and Washington Fellows.

Classroom Fellows will serve their regular teaching contracts with theirdistricts and will be paid to perform additional fellowship duties for theDepartment of Education. As practicing classroom teachers, these Fellows willshare an important perspective for — and will gain more knowledge about — educationpolicy and program development. They will share their experiences with otherFellows and with the Department of Education at designated times throughout theyear.

Washington Fellowswill serve as full-time federal employees in Washington, D.C., from the summerof 2013 through June 2014. They will be placed in appropriate positions withinthe Department of Education to work on education program development andimplementation. They will focus on using their previous classroom experience tocontribute knowledge and insight to various Department of Education projects.They will spend the majority of their time working in program offices,increasing their knowledge of and contributing to federal education policiesand programs, and collaborating with other Fellows.

Applications for both tracks are due Jan.29, 2013.

For more information about this fellowship opportunity and activities ofthe current group of Teaching Ambassador Fellows, visit http://www.ed.gov/programs/teacherfellowship/index.html.

If you have questions about the fellowship, please email your inquiries to TeacherFellowship@ed.gov.

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Langley Aerospace Research StudentScholars — Summer 2013 Session

Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars, or LARSS, is offering a10-week summer internship at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.Internships are available for rising undergraduate juniors, seniors andgraduate students at accredited U.S. colleges, universities and communitycolleges. Students of all majors are encouraged to apply. The grade pointaverage requirement is a 3.0 out of a 4.0.

The internship includes doing a research project under the supervision of aresearcher, attending technical lectures by prominent engineers and scientistsand presenting project results at a poster session. Additional elements includetours of Langley wind tunnels, computational facilities and laboratories, aswell as several networking activities.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applications are due Feb. 1, 2013.

Note: Fifteen-week fall and spring sessions are also offered. Please see thewebsite for details.

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

To learn more about the LARSS internship opportunity, join NASA’s DigitalLearning Network for two informational webcast events. The webcasts are takingplace from 3-4 p.m. on Jan. 23-24, 2013. To join the webcast, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/index.html.

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

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U.S. Department of Energy Webcast– An Energy Literate Citizenry From K to Gray

Join the U.S. Department of Energy for a webinar detailing the “EnergyLiteracy Framework,” which identifies concepts every citizen should knowto be energy literate. With this document, the Department of Energy aims toempower energy educators to apply an interdisciplinary, systems-based approachto teaching the physical, natural and social sciences necessary for a comprehensiveunderstanding of energy.

The “Energy Literacy Framework” was developed through a series ofworkshops and an extensive review and comment process involving the 13 federalpartner agencies, including NASA. The U.S. Global Change Research Program comprisesthese agencies and many other education partners. With the “EnergyLiteracy Framework” complete and in print, work continues involvingeducation partners to advance energy education with audiences from K to Gray.

This webinar will take place on Feb. 6,2013, at 4 p.m. EST.

For more information and toregister online, visit https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/198384864.

To learn more about the “Energy Literacy Framework,” visit http://www1.eere.energy.gov/education/energy_literacy.html.

Questions about this webinar should be emailed to DaNel Hogan at DaNel.Hogan@ee.doe.gov.

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IRIS Challenge:Tracking a Solar Storm

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

This challenge is designed around NASA’s solarmission Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS. Scheduled to launch inApril 2013, the IRIS spacecraft will study the dynamics of the interface regionof our sun’s atmosphere using an ultraviolet telescope and imagingspectrograph. As students participate in the challenge, they will learn moreabout the IRIS mission and the instruments that scientists use to gather solardata.

An educators’ guide for the IRIS challenge isavailable on the Tracking a Solar Storm website and includes key informationfor helping students study the sun’s weather, track a solar storm and predictits effect on Earth. Students will demonstrate what they have learned bycollecting data and producing a space weather report.

The challenge will run February – May 2013.

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

Educators are invited to register now at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZRBWQQKto receive updates as the challenge develops.

Please email any questions about this challengeto Linda Conrad at arc-quest-challenge@mail.nasa.gov.

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2013 Summer UndergraduateResearch Fellowships

Caltech’s Summer Undergraduate ResearchFellowships, or SURF, project introduces undergraduate students to researchunder the guidance of seasoned mentors at Caltech or NASA’s Jet PropulsionLaboratory, or JPL. Students experience the process of research as a creativeintellectual activity and gain a more realistic view of the opportunities anddemands of a professional research career.

SURF is modeled on the grant-seeking process. Students collaborate withpotential mentors to define and develop a project and to write researchproposals. Caltech faculty or JPL staff review the proposals and recommendawards. Students work over a 10-week period in the summer, mid-June to late August.At the conclusion of the project, each student will submit a technical paperand give a SURF Seminar Day oral presentation.

All application materials must be received no later than Feb. 22, 2013. For more information,visit http://www.surf.caltech.edu/.

Please email any questions about thisopportunity to the Caltech Student-Faculty Programs office at sfp@caltech.edu.

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5th Annual NASA STEM Educators Workshop Series

Join NASA for the 5th Annual NASA STEM Educators Workshop Series takingplace March 4-6, 2013,in Charlotte, N.C.

This workshop series will explore engineering design challenges, problem-basedlearning activities, distance learning modules, inquiry-based lessons andhands-on projects. Each workshop will be led by experienced educators andeducation public outreach specialists who will model pedagogical techniques andmethods to foster problem-based learning, science as inquiry, technologyintegration and best practices. Workshops target inservice, informal andpreservice teachers who serve the K-12 education community.

Registration is free. The deadline for registration is Feb. 25, 2013.

For more information and to register for the workshops, visit https://education.uncc.edu/cstem/nasa.

If you have any questions about the workshops, please contact Brandon Hargis atBrandon.Hargis@nasa.gov.

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2013 NASA Glenn Research CenterHigh School Internship Project

The NASA Glenn Research Center High SchoolInternship Project provides paid summer internship opportunities, eight weeksin duration, to students interested in careers in science, technology,engineering, mathematics and professional administration at the NASA GlennResearch Center in Cleveland, Ohio. This project offers opportunities forstudents in grades 10 and 11 who will be juniors and seniors in the upcomingschool year, and is sponsored by the Educational Programs Office.

To be eligible for this project:

— The applicant must be a U.S. citizen and 16 years old on or before theproject start date (June 17, 2013).
— The applicant must be a permanent resident of Ohio and currently enrolled ina high school located within a 50-mile radius of Glenn Research Center.
— The applicant must be a current sophomore or junior at the time ofapplication.
— The applicant must have a minimumcumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
— The applicant must be available on a full-time basis (Monday through Friday,40 hours per week) from June 17, 2013, through Aug. 9, 2013.

Applications are due March 15,2013. For more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/education/GlennHighSchoolIntership.html.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to GRC-intern@mail.nasa.gov.

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FreeLecture — GPS for Humanity — The StealthUtility

The Global PositioningSystem, or GPS, has become a ubiquitous, but often invisible, part of modernlife. On March21, 2013, Dr. Bradford Parkinson, chiefarchitect and original program director for GPS in the 1970s, will present thehistory, applications and future of GPS and the Global Navigation SatelliteSystem.

The lecture begins at 8 p.m. at the National Air and Space Museum inWashington, D.C. For those unable to attend in person, the lecture will bewebcast live.

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=5245.

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

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2013 Jet Propulsion LaboratorySummer Faculty Research Program

Applications are currently accepted for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory2013 Summer Faculty Research Program. This program provides opportunities forscience, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, faculty to engage inresearch of mutual interest to the faculty member and a JPL researcher.Non-STEM faculty will be considered based on available opportunities.

To be eligible to participate in the program, a potential fellow must hold afull-time appointment at an accredited university or college in the U.S.Special requirements for foreign national faculty members may apply. Fellowsare required to submit a research report and present their work at the end ofthe session.

The program awards $13,500 fellowships for the 10-week session. A housingallowance will be offered for awardees who live beyond a 50-mile radius of JPL.Please note that stipend payments or salaries from other federal fundingsources, including research grants and contracts, may not be accepted duringthe 10-week tenure of a JPL faculty research appointment.

The deadline for applications is April1, 2013. For more information about this opportunity, visit http://jsfrp.jpl.nasa.gov/.

Inquiries about NASA’s JPL Summer Faculty Research Program should be directedto the Petra Kneissl-Milanian at Petra.A.Kneissl-Milanian@jpl.nasa.gov.

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Presidential Awards forExcellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

The National Science Foundation is currently accepting nominations andapplications for the PresidentialAwards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, or PAEMST, program.PAEMST is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th-grademathematics or science (including computer science) teacher may receive foroutstanding teaching in the United States. Since 1983, more than 4,100 teachershave been recognized for their contributions to mathematics and scienceeducation. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to theircommunities and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and scienceeducation. Up to 108 awardees may be recognized each year.

Presidential awardees receive a certificate signed by the president of theUnited States, a trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a series ofrecognition events and professional development opportunities, and a $10,000award from the National Science Foundation. The National Science Foundationadministers PAEMST on the behalf of The White House Office of Science andTechnology Policy.

The PAEMST program is open to outstanding mathematics and science teachers inthe 50 states and the four U.S. jurisdictions (Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico,Department of Defense education activity schools and the U.S. territories as agroup). Anyone — principals, teachers, parents, students or members of thegeneral public — may nominate a teacher by completing the nomination formavailable on the PAEMST website. Teachers may also apply directly.

Nominations for secondary school teachers (grades 7-12) are due April 1, 2013. Elementary schoolteachers (Grades K-6) are eligible to apply in 2014.

For more information, visit http://www.paemst.org/.

Please email any questions about thisopportunity to info@paemst.org.

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

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

NASA Education Express — Jan. 10, 2013

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

CuriosityExplorer Badge on Foursquare
Audience: All Educators and Students

Properties ofLiving Things: Searching for Life on Mars Web Seminar
Audience: 4-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 10, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST

Women in STEM HighSchool Aerospace Scholars
Audience: Female High School Juniors
Application Deadline: Jan.10, 2013

National Air and Space Museum SuperScience Saturday Events
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event: Jan. 12, 2013

American MeteorologicalSociety’s DataStreme Earth’s Climate System Professional Development Course
Audience: K-12 Educators
Course Begins: Jan. 14, 2013

2013 Alan ShepardTechnology in Education Awards
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: Jan. 14, 2013

Fall 2013 NASAAeronautics Scholarships
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2013

2013 NASA UnmannedAerial Systems Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students and Faculty
Notice of Intent Deadline: Jan. 15, 2013

2012-2013 Game Changing Engineering DesignChallenge
Audience: Higher Education Students and Faculty
Notice of Intent Deadline: Jan. 15, 2013

Go Out of ThisWorld at the Presidential Inauguration with NASA
Audience: All Educators and Students 18+ Years Old
Registration Deadline: Noon EST on Jan. 16, 2013

Human Body: Space Adaptations Web Seminar
Audience: 4-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 16, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST

Expeditions 35and 36 In-flight Education Downlink Opportunities
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 18, 2013

2013 RASC-AL Competition
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: Jan. 19, 2013

2013 RASC-AL Lunar WheelDesign Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students
New Deadline: Jan. 19, 2013

Invitation to Participate in ISSEarthKAM Winter 2013 Mission
Audience: Middle School Educators and Students
Optional Online Information Sessions: Jan. 22 and 23, 2013
Mission Dates: Jan. 29 – Feb. 1, 2013

International Space Station ResearchOpportunity for Higher Education Organizations
Audience: Higher Education Community
Deadline to Submit White Papers: Jan. 23, 2013

Undergraduate Student Instrument ProjectEducational Flight Opportunity
Audience: Higher Education
Proposal Deadline: April 5, 2013

NASAResearch Announcement for Competitive Program for Science Museums,Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMP+)
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Proposal Due Date: April 9, 2013

Space Place Prime Now Available foriPhone
Audience: K-6 Educators

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CuriosityExplorer Badge on Foursquare

NASA and the mobile application Foursquare haveteamed up to help the public unlock its scientific curiosity with a newrover-themed Curiosity Explorer badge.

Users of the Foursquare social media platform can earn the badge by followingNASA and checking in at a NASA visitor center or venue categorized as a sciencemuseum or planetarium. Upon earning the badge, users will see a special messageon Foursquare:

“Get out your rock-vaporizing laser! You’ve explored your scientific curiositiesjust like NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars. Stay curious and keep exploring. Younever know what you’ll find.”

The launch of the badge follows the October check-in on Mars by NASA’sCuriosity rover, which marked the first check-in on another planet. Foursquareusers can keep up with Curiosity as the rover checks in at key locations andposts photos and tips, all while exploring the Red Planet.

To learn more about the new Foursquare badge,visit https://www.nasa.gov/connect/foursquare.html.

To follow the Mars Curiosity rover and NASA on Foursquare, visit http://www.foursquare.com/MarsCuriosity and http://www.foursquare.com/NASA.

For more information about NASA’s Curiosity mission, visit https://www.nasa.gov/msl.

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to Jason Townsend at Jason.C.Townsend@nasa.gov.

Foursquare is a registered trademark of Foursquare Labs Inc.

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Properties of Living Things: Searching for Life on Mars Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, theNASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a 90-minute Web seminar for educators on Jan. 10, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Thisweb seminar features two lessons: one on extremophiles and the other onsearching for life. Review criteria for determiningif something is alive and learn how students apply the criteria in a hands-onactivity. A video will be shown that connects the activity to a NASA mission. Collaboratewith other participants about ways of using and adapting the activity.Extension activities for students interested in the topic will be provided.

This seminar is offered again on April 18, 2013.

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

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

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

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Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars

Engineer your dream job! The adventure begins in2013. NASA wants you to become part of the workforce of tomorrow as we offerthe opportunity to dream, engineer and WISH. The Women in STEM High SchoolAerospace Scholars, or WISH, project offers a one-of-a-kind experience forfemale high school juniors to jump-start their future by engaging inopportunities relating to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Participation starts in an online community andculminates with a summer experience at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston,Texas, during the summer of 2013. Get ready to collaborate with girls fromacross the country as you complete online activities, design unique projects,work with NASA personnel and present mission accomplishments. Start your dreamnow!

To be eligible, applicants must be:
— U.S. citizens.
— Female high school juniors during the2012-2013 school year.
— Interested and excited about science,technology, engineering and mathematics.
— Committed to a one-year relationship withNASA’s Johnson Space Center.
— Able to access the Internet and email (athome, school or public library).
— A scholar with a cumulative GPA of 3.25/4.0or higher.

The application deadline is Jan. 10, 2013.

For more information and to download theapplication, visit http://wish.aerospacescholars.org/.

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

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NationalAir and Space Museum Super Science Saturday Events

Join the National Air and Space Museum on thesecond Saturday of each month during 2013 for Super Science Saturday at the StevenF. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. Through demonstrations and hands-onactivities, visitors of all ages will become immersed in science, technology,engineering and mathematics topics related to aviation and space exploration.Each event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Admission is free,and parking is $15.

Upcoming topics include:

Jan. 12, 2013 — From the Wright Brothers to the Right Stuff
Feb. 9, 2013 — Scientists and Inventors
March 9, 2013 — The Space Shuttle
April 13, 2013 — How Things Fly
May 11, 2013 — Astronomy
June 8, 2013 — Energy
July 13, 2013 — Weather
Aug. 10, 2013 — Helicopters
Sept. 14, 2013 — Living and Working in Space
Oct. 12, 2013 — Balloons and Blimps
Nov. 9, 2013 — The Moon and Beyond
Dec. 14, 2013 — The Wright Brothers

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

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

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American Meteorological Society’s DataStremeEarth’s Climate System Professional Development Course

The American Meteorological Society, withsupport from NASA and in partnership with the State University of New York’sCollege at Brockport, is developing a national cadre of K-12 teachers highlytrained in climate science and familiar with climate modeling. Teachers aretrained through DataStreme Earth’s Climate System, or ECS, a semester-long,graduate level, precollege teacher professional development course.

DataStreme ECS uses NASA Earth Observing Systemdata and visualizations, and introduces the Educational Global Climate Modeldeveloped by the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, to explore thefundamentals of climate change. Teachers completing the course construct andexecute a plan of action to advance public climate science literacy and affectcurriculum change within their local schools and districts.

DataStreme ECS is administered through LocalImplementation Teams across the country. The course is free to allparticipants, and the teachers are awarded three graduate credits uponsuccessful completion of the course.

The spring 2013 course begins on Jan. 14, 2013.

For more information, including a listing ofcourse offerings by state, and an application form, visit http://ametsoc.org/amsedu/ECS/index.html#participates.

Questions about these courses should be directedto amsedu@ametsoc.org.

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2013 Alan ShepardTechnology in Education Awards

Do you know K-12 teachers or district-level administrators who are making adifference in education through the use of technology? Recognize theirachievements by nominating them for the Alan Shepard Technology in EducationAward. The Astronauts Memorial Foundation, in partnership with NASA and theSpace Foundation, will recognize the accomplishments of one outstandingindividual and his or her contributions to lifelong learning through the applicationof technology in the classroom or in the professional development of teachers.

Technology personnel and K-12 classroom teacherswho have demonstrated exemplary use of technology to enhance learning areeligible for this award. School principals, superintendents or associatesuperintendents may nominate eligible candidates. The award will be presentedin April 2013 at the 29th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo.The deadline for applications is Jan.14, 2013.

Applications and more information are availableonline at http://www.amfcse.org/alan_shepard_award/default.html.

Questions about this award should be directed toamfreg@amfcse.org.

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Fall 2013 NASAAeronautics Scholarships

Applications are now being accepted through an online process for the fall2013 cycle of the NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program. The program annuallyawards multiyear scholarships to 20 undergraduate and five graduate students inaeronautics or related fields of study.

Undergraduate students with at least two yearsof study remaining will receive up to $15,000 per year for two years and theopportunity to receive a $10,000 stipend by interning at a NASA research centerduring the summer. Graduate students receive up to $46,000 per year for up tothree years, with an opportunity to receive a $10,000 stipend interning at aNASA research center for up to two consecutive summers. Applicants must be U.S.citizens.

NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directoratesponsors the program. The application period closes Jan. 15, 2013.

Scholarship details and application instructionsare available at http://nasa.asee.org.

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to Tony Springer at tony.springer@nasa.gov.

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2013 NASAUnmanned Aerial Systems Challenge

NASA invites college teams to take part in the2013 NASA Aeronautics Mission Directorate’s Unmanned Aerial Systems Challenge.Students are invited to propose an unmanned aerial firefighting system tobattle a wildfire raging in a drought-stricken area. Design assessment will bebased on projected effectiveness, cost, innovation, and ease of use andoperation inside the National Air Space.

The contest is open to teams of full-timestudents enrolled in higher education institutions of the United States or itsterritories. This category includes universities, colleges, trade schools,community colleges, professional schools, etc. Multidisciplinary teams areencouraged.

A notice of intent is due Jan. 15, 2013. Finalentries are due May 3, 2013.

For more information and a complete list ofrules, visit https://aero.larc.nasa.gov/competitions_univ.htm.

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

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2012-2013 Game Changing Engineering DesignChallenge

NASA invites college student teams to enter the2013 Game Changing Engineering Design Challenge. Student teams are asked todesign a thermal control system for a manned space station in low lunar orbit.Designs must accommodate a six-person crew, maintain acceptable temperaturesfor avionics components, and provide a healthy environment for the crew.Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

The contest is open to student teams frompost-secondary institutions in the United States or its territories. Thiscategory includes universities, colleges, trade schools, community colleges,professional schools, etc.

Finalists will be invited to present their workto NASA engineers and tour a NASA center.

A notice of intent is due Jan. 15, 2013. Finalentries are due on April 29, 2013.

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

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

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Go Out of This World at the Presidential Inauguration with NASA

NASA invites social media followers to a NASA OpenHouse event showcasing NASA’s science, technology and engineering prowess from9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at NASA Headquarters inWashington, D.C. This NASA Social is an opportunity to obtain a reserved seatduring the open house and gain behind-the-scenes access to NASA’s talentedpeople, including astronauts, mission management and communicators.

During the event, participants will participate in four interactive sessionscovering topics including NASA’s plans for the future of human spaceflight; theimportance of technology innovation to our future; science on the InternationalSpace Station; and NASA’s ongoing and future missions to Mars. Additionally,the NASA Social participants will be treated to a special behind-the-scenessession about living and working in space.

The NASA Social will take place in the James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium atNASA Headquarters, 300 E Street, SW, Washington, D.C.

Registration is open until noonEST on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. NASAwill randomly select 75 total participants, including guests, from theregistrants to obtain a reserved seat. Additional applicants will be able toparticipate and attend the public open house portions of the event on aspace-available basis. The Webb Auditorium holds nearly 200 persons.

For more NASA Social and sign up information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/social.

Questions about this NASA Social event should bedirected to HQ-Social@mail.nasa.gov.

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Human Body: Space Adaptations WebSeminar

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hostinga 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Jan. 16, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST. Spaceis a harsh environment. When an astronaut goes into space, his or her bodyimmediately begins to change, causing the astronaut to feel and even lookslightly different. During this seminar, you will get information about theeffects of microgravity on astronauts. You also will be guided through threestudent activities, which provide a first-hand look at the effects of reducedgravity on bones, the fluid shifts in the body and the amount of oxygen neededto survive.

This seminar will be repeated on April 24, 2013.

For more information and to registeronline, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar22.aspx.

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

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

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Expeditions 35 and 36 In-flight EducationDownlink Opportunities

NASA is seeking formal and informal educationalorganizations, individually or working together, to host live, in-flighteducation downlinks during Expeditions 35 and 36 (approximately from March 2013to September 2013). To maximize these downlink opportunities, NASA is lookingfor organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integratethe downlinks into well-developed education plans.

The deadline to submit a proposal is Jan. 18, 2013.

During Expeditions 35 and 36, crew members aboard the International SpaceStation will participate in downlinks. Downlinks take approximately 20 minutesand allow students and educators to interact with astronauts through aquestion-and-answer session. Downlinks afford education audiences theopportunity to learn firsthand from astronauts what it is like to live and workin space. Downlinks are broadcast live on NASA TV and are streamed on the NASAwebsite. Because of the nature of human spaceflight, organizations mustdemonstrate the flexibility to accommodate changes in downlink dates and times.

Interested organizations should visit https://www.nasa.gov/education/tfs/downlinksto learn more or contact Teaching From Space at JSC-Teaching-From-Space@mail.nasa.gov.

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2013 RASC-ALCompetition

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospaceannounce the 2013 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage, orRASC-AL, Competition. RASC-AL is a design project competition aimed atuniversity-level engineering students.

The RASC-AL contest challenges participants todesign projects based on real NASA projects. Participants can choose from threedifferent themes. Concepts derived from the design projects potentially couldbe implemented by NASA.

Interested teams are encouraged to submit anotice of intent by Nov 9, 2012, and teams must submit an abstract for theirproposed project by Jan.19, 2013. The RASC-AL Steering Committee of NASA and industryexperts will evaluate the proposals and select as many as 10 undergraduate andfive graduate teams to compete against each other at a forum in June 2013 inFlorida.

The RASC-AL competition is open to full-timeundergraduate or graduate students majoring in engineering or science at anaccredited university. University design teams must include one faculty orindustry advisor with a university affiliation and two or more undergraduate orgraduate students. A group of universities may also work in collaboration on adesign project entry. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

For more information about this competition,visit http://www.nianet.org/rascal/index.html.

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

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2013RASC-AL Lunar Wheel Design Challenge

Due to an initially aggressive schedule that resulted from a delayed launch ofthe 2013 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkage, orRASC-AL, Lunar Wheel Design Challenge, the new deadline to submit projectplans has been extended to Sunday, Jan. 19, 2013, at midnight EST.

The RASC-AL Lunar WheelDesign Challenge invites student teams to design and build a lunar wheelprototype and demonstrate its capabilities while mounted on a utility vehicleduring the “Roll-Off” (field tests at NASA’s Johnson Space Center’s Rock Yard)in July 2013. Teams are challenged with developing a wheel that needs littlemaintenance, can travel at higher speeds needed for human rovers and canwithstand several years of harsh temperature swings, abrasive regolith, intensesun radiation and lack of an Earth-like atmosphere.

In addition to the fieldtests, teams will present their wheel concepts to a design review panelcomprising Space Exploration Vehicle, or SEV, engineers. Presentations will bebased on each team’s technical paper that details the wheel concept’spath-to-flight (i.e., how the design can be applied to actual planetaryexploration on an SEV).

Based on a review of eachteam’s proposal, up to eight teams will be selected to compete at the“Roll-Off” in July 2013. Qualifying teams will receive a minimum of $9,000 todevelop and test their wheel designs. Winning teams will receive cash prizes.

The challenge is open to full-time undergraduate or graduate students majoringin engineering or science at an accredited university. University design teamsmust include one faculty or industry advisor with a university affiliation andtwo or more undergraduate or graduate students.

Student teams and their faculty advisors are invited to submit an onlineNotice of Intent (NOI)and a projectplanof their proposed wheelconcepts by Jan. 19, 2013. Multi-disciplinary teams and internationalcollaborations are encouraged.

For more information about this competition, visit https://www.nianet.org/RASCAL-wheeldesign2012/index.aspx.

If you have questions aboutthis competition, please contact Shannon Verstynen at shannon.verstynen@nianet.org orShelley Spears at shelley.spears@nianet.org.

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ISS EarthKAM Winter 2013 Mission

Middle school educatorsare invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAM Winter2013 Mission from Jan. 29 – Feb. 1, 2013. Guide your students in hands-onresearch as they program cameras aboard the space station to take pictures ofspecific locations on Earth.

For more information about EarthKAM and to register for the upcoming mission,visit the EarthKAM home page http://www.earthkam.ucsd.edu.

Optional EarthKAM Online InformationSessions

If you’re new to EarthKAM or if you registered for a past mission butweren’t sure how to navigate the website and request images, join us for a 30-minuteonline EarthKAM information session. You’ll learn:

— What EarthKAM is all about and how you and your students can participate.
— What to expect during the mission, including the classroom time commitment.
— Ways to use EarthKAM to enhance what you already teach.

The online information sessions are free. Send an email to webinar@earthkam.ucsd.edu torequest log-in information. Please indicate which session you plan to attend.

Jan. 22 at 9:30 a.m. CST
Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. CST

Please note that you do not have to attend an information session toparticipate in the upcoming EarthKAM mission. The information sessions areprovided as an option for teachers who are new to EarthKAM or for returningteachers who have general questions.

If you have questions about the EarthKAMproject, please email ek-help@earthkam.ucsd.edu.

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International Space StationResearch Opportunity for Higher Education Organizations

Conduct research in space and make new discoveries! The adventure begins in2013. The International Space Station NASA Education Projects Office hasreleased a solicitation for proposals of educational experiments relating toscience, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, that utilize theunique microgravity platform of the space station.

Proposals are being accepted from higher education institutions or consortia oforganizations serving the higher education community. Proposals must align withspace station program research priorities in technology, biology, biotechnologyand physical sciences. Experiment ideas also must address innovative,meaningful and enduring research and technology development activities with STEM-basedcontext.

Whitepapers must be submitted by 4 p.m. CST on Jan. 23, 2013. Full proposals aredue Feb. 20, 2013.

For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/9wnhgj9.

Questions about this solicitation should be directed to Janejit T. Gensler at Janejit.t.gensler@nasa.gov.

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UndergraduateStudent Instrument Project Educational Flight Opportunity

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, or SMD, has released a solicitation forproposals for the Undergraduate Student Instrument Project Educational FlightOpportunity. This opportunity is open to U.S. university undergraduate studentsand is seeking proposals from student teams to design, build, test and fly ascience payload on a NASA suborbital vehicle, such as a sounding rocket,balloon, aircraft or commercial suborbital reusable launch vehicle.

This Educational Flight Opportunity is intended to provide multidisciplineundergraduate student teams an exciting hands-on project, while at the sametime promoting the technical and project management skills necessary to trainthe country’s future science and technology leaders.

The maximum funding available from SMD for a proposedproject, including the design, development and testing of the science payload,is $50,000. The science payload funding may be supplemented with contributionsby the implementing university; however, there are no expectations as to theamount of the university contributions. The university contribution isdetermined strictly by the university based on the university’s capabilitiesand the project’s needs. The cost of payload integration with the suborbitalvehicle and the launch/flight is provided by NASA at no cost to the universityteam. The selected projects must be launched or flight-ready within 13-16months from the project initiation date. SMD expects to select approximately15-20 projects, subject to available funding.

Proposalsmust be submitted by 5 p.m. EDT on April 5, 2013.

For more information, visit http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={0C22969D-FD8F-1AEB-CBFB-5DAACA749452}&path=open.

Questions about this solicitation should be directed to David Pierce at David.L.Pierce@nasa.gov.

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NASAResearch Announcement for Competitive Program for Science Museums,Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMP+)

The NASA Office of Education invites proposals from museums, science centers,planetariums, NASA Visitor Centers and other informal education institutionsvia this 2013 NASA Research Announcement, or NRA,: Competitive Program forScience Museums, Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers Plus OtherOpportunities, or CP4SMP+, Announcement Number NNH13ZHA001N. Proposals must besubmitted electronically via the NASA Solicitation and Proposal IntegratedReview and Evaluation System, or NSPIRES, or Grants.gov.

Proposers may request a grant or cooperative agreement to support NASA-themedscience, technology, engineering or mathematics, or STEM, education, includingexhibits, within these congressionally directed topics: space exploration,aeronautics, space science, Earth science or microgravity. CP4SMP+ is acompetitive, high-quality national program. The basic goal of the CP4SMP+solicitation is to further NASA Strategic Goal 6: Share NASA with the public,educators and students to provide opportunities to participate in our mission,foster innovation and contribute to a strong national economy. A primary, butnot the only, subgoal of this solicitation is to achieve NASA’s flagshipinvestment in Outcome 6.2: Promote STEM literacy through strategic partnershipswith formal and informal organizations.

Eligible institutions do not need to have the words “museum,””visitor center,” “science” or “planetarium” intheir official names, but must be located in the United States or itsterritories. See the NRA for full eligibility requirements and other limitations.Check the NSPIRES website once a week to learn if amendments or frequentlyasked questions, or FAQs, have been added. Amendments and FAQs also will beannounced via the NASA Education Express Listserv.

Do not submit a Notice Of Intent.

Full proposals are due April 9, 2013.

For more information about this opportunity, visitNSPIRES at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={37764C2A-F415-01DF-1B30-F1971BE7F8BE}&path=open.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please direct your questionsto the contacts listed within the NRA.

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Space Place Prime Now Availablefor iPhone

Space Place Prime, the popular iPad magazine from NASA’s Jet PropulsionLaboratory, is now available for iPhone. This exciting app gathers some of thebest and most recent Web offerings from NASA and JPL, including engrossingarticles from The Space Place website,enlightening videos, and daily images such as the Astronomy Picture of the Dayand the NASA Earth Observatory Image of the Day.

Space Place Prime targets a multigenerational audience. Kids, teachers,parents, space enthusiasts and everyone in between will find fascinatingfeatures on this new, free iPhone app.

Look for Space Place Prime in the Apple App Store at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/space-place-prime/id543935008?mt=8.

iPad and iPhone are registered trademarks ofApple Inc.

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

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

NASA Education Express — Jan. 3, 2013

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

Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher EducationStudents
Next Lecture Date: Jan. 5, 2013

Call for Abstracts: 64th International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time Graduate Students
Submission Deadline: Feb. 21, 2013

Call for NEXT GEN Plenary: 64th International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time Graduate Students
Submission Deadline: Jan. 6, 2013

2013 NASA and WorcesterPolytechnic Institute Sample Return Robot Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators andStudents
Early Bird Registration Deadline: Jan. 7, 2013

Registration Open forthe 20th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race
Audience: 9-12 & Higher Education Educatorsand Students
Registration Deadline for International Teams:Jan. 7, 2013
Registration Deadline for U.S. Teams: Feb. 4,2013

Analyzing Solar Energy Graphs: MY NASADATA Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 8, 2013

Teaching FromSpace Office Seeks Educators for MicroGravity eXperience
Audience: K-12 Educators
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 9, 2013

Properties ofLiving Things: Searching for Life on Mars Web Seminar
Audience: 4-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 10, 2013

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Womenin STEM High School Aerospace Scholars
Audience: Female High School Juniors
New Deadline: Jan.10, 2013

National Air and Space Museum SuperScience Saturday Events
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: Monthly through 2013

International Space StationResearch Opportunity for Higher Education Organizations
Audience: Higher Education Community
Deadline to Submit White Papers: Jan. 23, 2013

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

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Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

Curious about our nearest star, moon rocks, volcanoesand other wonders of the universe? Come to the Smithsonian’s Stars, a series of10 lectures by Smithsonian researchers who are exploring the sun, the moon,planets, stars, galaxies and the universe. These speakers will sharebehind-the-scenes details about how their research is done and technologiesthat advance new discoveries at the Smithsonian Institution.

Each lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. and is followedby a question-and-answer session. A Discovery Station activity will take placeat 4 p.m. prior to each lecture. Stay after the lecture to visit theobservatory, weather permitting.

Jan. 5, 2013 — Trees in the City
Tree cover is an important element of the urbanenvironment that plays an increasingly larger role in ecosystem processes.Geographer Andrew Johnston will discuss how satellite data is used to makereliable observations about urban tree cover variability, why it matters tourban residents and how these same data are used to map changes in tree cover.

Feb. 2, 2013 — VolcanoBreath
Join Global Volcanism Program Director LizCottrell for a lecture about volcanoes on a global scale. Learn how the gaseouscontents of volcanoes propel their explosions and impact our climate. Hear thelatest about volcanic gas research and explore the latest discoveries about howthe deep Earth is recycling the air we breathe.

Feb. 16, 2013 — Venus:50 Years After Mariner 2
Fifty years ago Mariner 2 flew past Venus, becoming the first space probeto explore another planet. But Venus, our nearest neighbor, still holds manymysteries. Geophysicist Bruce Campbell will discuss what is known about Venus,including how it differs from Earth, and how future explorers may providecrucial clues to understanding this hot, dry world.

For more information about the Smithsonian’sStars Lecture Series and to see a full schedule of upcoming lectures, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/lectures/stars/index.cfm.

Questions about this lecture series should bedirected to the visitor service line at 202-633-1000.

The Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series is madepossible by a grant from NASA.

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Call for Abstracts: 64th International AstronauticalCongress

NASA announces its intent to participate in the 64th InternationalAstronautical Congress, or IAC, and requests that full-time graduate studentsattending U.S. universities or colleges respond to this call for abstracts. TheIAC, which is organized by the International Astronautical Federation, or IAF,the International Academy of Astronautics and the International Institute ofSpace Law, is the largest space-related conference worldwide and selects anaverage of 1,000 scientific papers every year.

The upcoming IAC will be held Sept. 23-27, 2013, in Beijing, China. NASA’sparticipation in this event is an ongoing effort to continue to connect NASAwith the international astronautical and space communities.

The IAC has posted a “Call for Abstracts,” with a submission deadlineof Feb. 21, 2013. NASA plans to alsoannounce a “Call for Abstracts” inviting graduate students to submitabstracts (of no more than 400 words) to participate in the 64th InternationalAstronautical Congress. Abstracts must be submitted to NASA and to the IAF.Details on the NASA “Call for Abstracts” will be distributed by mid-January,with the same submission deadline of Feb.21, 2013. The selected NASA-sponsored students must also be selected by theIAF.

Please visit the IAC website (http://www.iac2013.org/) for additional information about the Congress and toobtain information about the “Call for Abstracts.”

Important IAC Deadlines:

— Abstract submission closes Feb. 21, 2013.
— Paper submission closes Sept. 4, 2013.
— Presentation submission closes Sept. 18, 2013.

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to Carolyn Knowles at carolyn.knowles-1@nasa.gov.

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Call for NEXT GEN Plenary: 64th InternationalAstronautical Congress

Calling students and young professionals! If you could choose humanity’s nextdestination in space, where would you choose? We want to hear what you thinkshould be the next destination for humans to explore and why your destinationis the best. As today’s 21- to 35-year-olds, you will be the senior engineersand mission managers who will be carrying out and leading the next humanmissions to explore space, and we want your input. Why wait 10 years to beheard? We invite you to share your ideas with space leaders in government,industry and academia at the International Astronautical Congress, or IAC, inBeijing, China, on Sept. 23-27, 2013.

This is a wonderful opportunity for you to address and possiblyinfluence the international space community. We are proposing a plenary eventto hear concrete ideas from 21- to 35-year-olds on what the next destinationsfor human space exploration should be. If approved, this event will take placethe week of Sept. 23-27, 2013, in Beijing, China at the IAC (www.iafastro.com). The plenary participants will engage in a paneldiscussion and interact with the audience while sharing their ideas on thepossible future destinations for human space exploration, including discussingthe benefits, risks and challenges of each location. The plenary will bemoderated in a talk-show fashion, interweaving clips from the panelists’audition videos with questions and comments from the moderator, other panelistsand the audience. The video clips will be used to enhance the audience’sunderstanding of the ideas of the plenary participants. This is an excitingopportunity that you do not want to miss!

Thissounds great!  What do I need to do toparticipate?

Round One: 15 Seconds of Fame!
By Jan. 6, 2013, create a 15-secondvideo telling us why you should be chosen to address the IAC, and post it on https://www.youtube.com. We will only watch/listen for 15 seconds, so be sureto watch the time of your video! Then complete the application at this link.

Round Two: Three Minutes!
The International Astronautical Federation, or IAF, will select the secondround of candidates from those submitting the 15-second videos and notify allentrants by Jan. 22, 2013. Specific details of Round Two requirements will besent to the candidates in the notification. Selected candidates will be askedto create and post a three-minute video on a specified YouTube site by Feb. 22, 2013.

Video Details:
Please record your video in a high-quality audio and video format. If youare selected as a panelist, segments of your videos will be used to promote andduring the plenary. Please limit special effects, scene changes and music. Thevideo is about you, not your video editing skills.

Final Selection:
The IAF will select the finalists from these entries based on theircreativity, efficacy of messages and relevance to the plenary topics. We willbe looking for concrete ideas on what the next destinations for humans toexplore should be and why these destinations are important, as well as yourexpertise in this area.

The IAF will make the final selection of plenaries for the IAC in Beijing theweek of March 18, 2013, and will notify the finalists of its decision by March31, 2013.

Who Will Sponsor Me to Travel toBeijing?
Plenary participants will be responsible for finding a sponsor or sponsors fortheir travel to and accommodations at the IAC.
In addition to the obvioussources of sponsorship — your employer or school, and industry contacts — wewant to share with you some great programs for students and young professionalsthat occur in conjunction with the 2013 Beijing IAC. The following are alldistinct programs related to the IAC but are not directly related to thisplenary opportunity.

— IAF Emerging Space Leaders Grant Programme (Watch for the announcement thismonth at http://www.iafastro.org.)

— Candidates are encouraged to contact the Space Generation Advisory Committee,or SGAC, concerning the plans for the SGAC event prior to the IAC in Beijingand associated sponsorship opportunities. Visit www.spacegeneration.org for more information.

— Students in Europe, Japan and the United States are encouraged to contact theEuropean Space Agency, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency and NASArespectively to apply to the space agencies’ student programs at the IAC inBeijing.

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to Carolyn Knowles at carolyn.knowles-1@nasa.gov.

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2013 NASA andWorcester Polytechnic Institute Sample Return Robot Challenge

NASA and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute inWorcester, Mass., are seeking teams to compete in a robot technologydemonstration competition with a potential $1.5 million prize purse.

During the Sample Return Robot Challenge, teamswill compete to demonstrate a robot that can locate and retrieve geologicsamples from a wide and varied terrain without human control. The objective ofthe competition is to encourage innovations in automatic navigation and roboticmanipulator technologies. Innovations stemming from this challenge may improveNASA’s capability to explore a variety of destinations in space, as well asenhance the nation’s robotic technology for use in industries and applicationson Earth.

NASA provides the prize money to the winningteam as part of the agency’s Centennial Challenges competitions, which seekunconventional solutions to problems of interest to the agency and the nation.While NASA provides the prize purse, the competitions are managed by nonprofitorganizations that cover the cost of operations through commercial or privatesponsorships. The competition is planned for June 2013 in Worcester and isanticipated to attract hundreds of competitors from industry and academianationwide.

Early bird registration and fees for thecompetition are due by Jan.7, 2013. Teams wishing to register after this date are subjectto approval by the judging committee.

For more information about the Sample ReturnRobot Challenge and to register online for the competition, visit http://challenge.wpi.edu.

The Centennial Challenges program is part ofNASA’s Space Technology Program, which is innovating, developing, testing andflying hardware for use in NASA’s future missions. NASA’s Space TechnologyProgram and the Centennial Challenges are creating new technological solutionsfor NASA and our nation’s future. For more information about NASA’s CentennialChallenges and the Space
Technology Program, visit https://www.nasa.gov/challenges.

Questions about the Sample Return Robot Challengeshould be sent to challenge@wpi.edu.

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Registration Openfor the 20th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race

Registration is open for the 20th Annual NASAGreat Moonbuggy Race. High school and college students are challenged to designand build a vehicle that addresses a series of engineering problems similar tothose faced by the original lunar-roving vehicle team. Each school may enter upto two teams. International teams are limited to 10 teams per country. The racewill take place April 25-27, 2013, in Huntsville, Ala., at the U.S. Space &Rocket Center.

International teams must register by Jan. 7, 2013. U.S.teams must register by Feb.4, 2013.

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

International teams with questions about thisevent and registration should email Marilyn Lewis at Marilyn.H.Lewis@nasa.gov. U.S. teamswith questions should contact Diedra Williams at Diedra.A.Williams@nasa.gov.

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Analyzing Solar Energy Graphs: MYNASA DATA Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, theNASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a 90-minute Web seminar for educators on Jan 8, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST.

Become familiar with the MY NASA DATA activity, “Solar Cell EnergyAvailability From Around the Country.” Compare monthly averages ofdownward radiation in locations around the U.S. and analyze areas whereconditions would be conducive to having solar panels. Access data on the NASALive Access Server as you “journey” around the U.S. to determine the amount ofsolar radiation and analyze overlay plots to compare data from NASA satellites.

This seminar is offered again on March 26, 2013.

For more information and to register online,visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar20.aspx.

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

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

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Teaching FromSpace Office Seeks Educators for MicroGravity eXperience

NASA’s Teaching From Space Office and the Reduced Gravity Education FlightProgram are seeking applications for teams of K-12 educators to participate inthe MicroGravity eXperience, or Micro GX, project. This project gives studentsand educators across the country the opportunity to work together on anexperiment to be tested aboard a microgravity aircraft. This incredibleopportunity is open to any current K-12 classroom educator in the UnitedStates. Educators must also be U.S. citizens.

Micro GX activities begins with students andeducators developing and proposing a reduced-gravity experiment. Selectededucator teams will receive online professional development on classroomresources for microgravity, collaboration with a NASA mentor and areduced-gravity flight. With combined input from their students and mentor,educator teams will design and fabricate their experiments to be tested andevaluated aboard an aircraft that flies approximately 30 roller-coaster-likeclimbs and dips to produce periods of microgravity and hypergravity, rangingfrom almost zero gravity to 2 g.

Seven teams of four to five educators from asingle school or school district will be selected from this application processto participate in Micro GX. This includes participation in an onlinemicrogravity course, which will begin on Feb. 11, 2013, with a series of Webseminars with NASA personnel to initiate experiment development. The highlightof the online course is to travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston,Texas, and participate in the Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program duringthe week of July 12-20, 2013. During the flight week, educators will fly andperform custom experiments in a reduced-gravity environment. Selected teamsare responsible for all expenses associated with the travel and stay inHouston. The online course continues with activities beyond the flightexperience through Aug. 26, 2013.

Educator teams interested in participating inMicro GX may submit a proposal no later than Jan. 9, 2013. For more information, visithttp://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov/tfsor send an email to jsc-rgeducator@nasa.gov.

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Propertiesof Living Things: Searching for Life on Mars Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, theNASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a 90-minute Web seminar for educators on Jan. 10, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST. This web seminar featurestwo lessons: one on extremophiles and the other on searching for life. Review criteria for determining if something is alive andlearn how students apply the criteria in a hands-on activity. A video will beshown that connects the activity to a NASA mission. Collaborate with otherparticipants about ways of using and adapting the activity. Extensionactivities for students interested in the topic will be provided.

This seminar is offered again on April 18, 2013.

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

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

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

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DEADLINEEXTENDED: Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars

Engineer your dream job! The adventure begins in2013. NASA wants you to become part of the workforce of tomorrow as we offerthe opportunity to dream, engineer and WISH. The Women in STEM High SchoolAerospace Scholars, or WISH, project offers a one-of-a-kind experience forfemale high school juniors to jump-start their future by engaging inopportunities relating to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Participation starts in an online community andculminates with a summer experience at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston,Texas, during the summer of 2013. Get ready to collaborate with girls fromacross the country as you complete online activities, design unique projects,work with NASA personnel and present mission accomplishments. Start your dreamnow!

To be eligible, applicants must be:
— U.S. citizens.
— Female high school juniors during the2012-2013 school year.
— Interested and excited about science,technology, engineering and mathematics.
— Committed to a one-year relationship withNASA’s Johnson Space Center.
— Able to access the Internet and email (athome, school or public library).
— A scholar with a cumulative GPA of 3.25/4.0or higher.

The application deadline has been extended to Jan.10, 2013.

For more information and to download theapplication, visit http://wish.aerospacescholars.org/.

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

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National Air and Space MuseumSuper Science Saturday Events

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

Upcoming topics include:

Jan. 12, 2013 — From the Wright Brothers to the Right Stuff
Feb. 9, 2013 — Scientists and Inventors
March 9, 2013 — The Space Shuttle
April 13, 2013 — How Things Fly
May 11, 2013 — Astronomy
June 8, 2013 — Energy
July 13, 2013 — Weather
Aug. 10, 2013 — Helicopters
Sept. 14, 2013 — Living and Working in Space
Oct. 12, 2013 — Balloons and Blimps
Nov. 9, 2013 — The Moon and Beyond
Dec. 14, 2013 — The Wright Brothers

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

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

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International Space StationResearch Opportunity for Higher Education Organizations

Conduct research in space and make new discoveries! The adventure begins in2013. The International Space Station NASA Education Projects Office hasreleased a solicitation for proposals of educational experiments relating toscience, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, that utilize theunique microgravity platform of the space station.

Proposals are being accepted from higher education institutions or consortia oforganizations serving the higher education community. Proposals must align withspace station program research priorities in technology, biology, biotechnologyand physical sciences. Experiment ideas also must address innovative,meaningful and enduring research and technology development activities with STEM-basedcontext.

Whitepapers must be submitted by 4 p.m. CST on Jan. 23, 2013. Full proposals aredue Feb. 20, 2013.

For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/9wnhgj9.

Questions about this solicitation should be directed to Janejit T. Gensler at Janejit.t.gensler@nasa.gov.

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What’s New at NASA’s Space Place Website

Earth is in the lucky position to have a love-hate relationship with its star.We say lucky, because obviously we couldn’t live without it, but at times it’sa little difficult to live with it as well. We call the conditions around ourplanet, outside of its own atmosphere and magnetosphere, space weather, but itdefinitely affects us on Earth, too. It’s a good thing we are learning tounderstand and predict the sun’s tantrums.

Let’s Start Here
“Space Place Live!” is a cartoon talk show where Space Place charactersinterview real NASA scientists and engineers. The latest episode stars MeravOpher, astrophysicist. She studies how stars work, including our star. In thisseven-minute video, we learn about the solar wind, solar flares, theheliosphere and the environment the sun creates for everything in the solarsystem. Dr. Opher also talks about how she got interested in physics and whatelse she likes to do for fun. Check it out at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/space-place-live/#opher.

Space Place en Español
La historia de una extraña noche de tormenta (solar)… tells the story of astrange and (solar) stormy night. Along with a story of the severe solar stormof August 1859, where the Northern Lights were seen as far south as CentralAmerica, “Shields Up!” (¡Escudos arriba!”) is a game in which the player has toprotect Earth-orbiting satellites from the wrath of bad space weather. The gameand article are available in Spanish and English. See http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/sp/shields-up.

Spotlight on All Things Sunny…
Heliophysics, or the physics of the sun, is one of the four major sciencethrusts of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. (The others are astrophysics,Earth science and the solar system.) On The Space Place, these translate to themenu tabs Space, Sun, Earth, and Solar System.

The sun-Earth connection is so important in understanding our immediateenvironment. The Sun menu (http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/menu/sun)offers activities, games and fun facts about the sun and how it affects Earth.The most comprehensive treatment of this relationship is the animated, narratedstorybook “Super Star Meets the Plucky Planet: Or, how Earth and Sun come tomutual understanding and respect.” It is also available to print and read aloudor have the students read aloud (http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/story-superstar).

For the Classroom
The Gallery of Sun images (http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/gallery-sun)is just for teachers to print and post in the classroom. They have large,simple captions.

For Out of School Time
“Satellite Insight” is an absorbing game for all ages that runs on bothcomputer and iPhone or iPad. It is Tetris-like, where six tile colors representdifferent types of data measured and recorded by the GeostationaryOperational Environmental Satellite – R Series, or GOES-R, satellite.Bonus material explains what each of the tile colors stand for, such as clouds,lightning and solar energy. A lot of them stand for data related to spaceweather. See http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/satellite-insight.

Special Days

Jan. 7, 1610: Galileo discoveredJupiter’s four largest moons.
Explore Jupiter’s big moons in the “Solar System Explorer” game. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/solar-system-explorer

Jan. 15, 2006: Stardust mission capsulereturned comet samples to Earth.
Learn about comets and how they are different from asteroidswith the Comet vs. Asteroids four-page color brochure. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/posters/#asteroids

Jan. 31, 1958: Explorer 1 was the firstU.S. satellite launched into orbit.
How do orbits work, anyway? Find out by putting a cannonball into orbit! http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/how-orbits-work

Feb. 19, 1473: Nicolaus Copernicus born.
He thought the sun was the center of the universe. He was wrong. But just whereis the center? Dr. Marc answers in a short podcast. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/podcasts/#center

Feb. 22: Thinking Day
The “Spitzer” memory game will make you think very hard. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/spitzer-concentration

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

Don’t Forget…
You can find dozens of other ideas and rich resources for theclassroom and out-of-school time at our Parents & Educators page, http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/menu/parents-and-educators.

iPhone and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.
Tetris is a registered trademark of Tetris Company LLC.

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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. 20, 2012

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

National Space Biomedical Research InstituteSummer Internship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators andStudents
Application Deadline: Dec. 31, 2012

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program –Mission 4 to the International Space Station
Audience: 5-Higher Education Educators and Students
Inquiry Deadline: Dec. 31, 2012

NASA Social Event at Next Landsat Launch
Audience: All Educators and Students 18+ Years Old
Registration Deadline: Noon EST on Jan. 2, 2013

Women in STEM HighSchool Aerospace Scholars
Audience: Female High School Juniors
Deadline: Jan. 3, 2013

Free Smithsonian’s StarsLecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Jan. 5, 2013

2013 NASA and WorcesterPolytechnic Institute Sample Return Robot Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators andStudents
Early Bird Registration Deadline: Jan. 7, 2013

Registration Open forthe 20th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race
Audience: 9-12 & Higher Education Educatorsand Students
Registration Deadline for International Teams:Jan. 7, 2013
Registration Deadline for U.S. Teams: Feb. 4,2013

Analyzing Solar Energy Graphs: MY NASADATA Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 8, 2013

Teaching FromSpace Office Seeks Educators for MicroGravity eXperience
Audience: K-12 Educators
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 9, 2013

International Space Station ResearchOpportunity for Higher Education Organizations
Audience: Higher Education Community
Deadline to Submit White Papers: Jan. 23, 2013

2013 Space Exploration Educators Conference
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Feb. 7-9, 2013

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National Space Biomedical Research InstituteSummer Internship Program

Interns selected for the NSBRI’s summer programjoin ongoing project activities and gain hands-on experience in spacebiomedical research at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas; GlennResearch Center in Cleveland, Ohio; or Ames Research Center in Moffett Field,Calif. The program is open to graduate students, medical students andundergraduate students who have completed their second year of studies.

Applicants are asked to submit a curriculumvitae or resume, a letter of interest, two letters of recommendation, andcollege transcripts. Applicants must be available from May 27 through Aug. 2,2013.The program is open to U.S. citizens.

Applications for the 2013 program are due Dec. 31, 2012.

For more information and to apply online, visit http://www.nsbri.org/summerinternship/.Questions about this opportunity should be directed to info@nsbri.org.

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Student Spaceflight ExperimentsProgram — Mission 4 to the International Space Station

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the ArthurC. Clarke Institute for Space Education, in partnership with NanoRacks LLC,announce a new opportunity for communities across the U.S. and space stationpartner nations. The newest Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, or SSEP,flight opportunity, Mission 4 to the International Space Station, or ISS, givesstudents across a community the ability to design and propose real experimentsto fly in low Earth orbit on the International Space Station.

Each participating community will be provided areal microgravity research mini-laboratory capable of supporting a singlemicrogravity experiment, and all launch services to fly the mini-lab to thespace station in fall 2013 and return it to Earth. An experiment designcompetition in each community — engaging 300+ students — allows student teamsto design and propose real experiments vying for theircommunity’s reserved mini-lab. Content resources for teachers and studentssupport foundational instruction on science in microgravity and experimentaldesign. Additional SSEP programming leverages the experiment design competitionto engage the community, embracing a learning community model for science,technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education.

This competition is open to students in grades 5-12 and college. Informaleducation groups and organizations are also encouraged to participate.Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than Dec. 31, 2012. The National Center for Earth and SpaceScience Education is available to help interested communities in the U.S.secure the needed funding.

The first two SSEP flight opportunities saw experiments flown on the finalflights of space shuttles Endeavour and Atlantis. These missions engaged 27communities, providing a combined 30,700 students in grades 5-14 theopportunity to participate, 977 student team proposals were received and 27experiments were selected and flown on the shuttles. SSEP Missions 1, 2 and 3to the International Space Station engaged 32 communities, providing 69,100 studentsin grades 5-14 the opportunity to participate, 3,370 student team proposalswere received and 39 experiments were flown to space station on the SpaceXDragon vehicle. The Mission 3 payload of 17 experiments is expected to fly to thespace station in April 2013.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit the SSEP Mission 4 to InternationalSpace Station National Announcement of Opportunity at http://ssep.ncesse.org/2012/11/announcing-student-spaceflight-experiment-program-ssep-mission-4-to-the-international-space-station-for-2013/.

SSEP is a program of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Educationin the U.S., and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Educationinternationally. It is enabled through a strategic partnership with NanoRacksLLC working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization ofthe International Space Station as a national laboratory. The
Center for the Advancement of Science in Space  is a National Partner onSSEP.

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

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NASASocial Event at Next Landsat Launch

NASA invites social media followers to a unique two-day NASA Social event onFeb. 10-11, 2013, at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The event willbring 80 social media users together to witness the launch of the Landsat DataContinuity Mission, a satellite that continues a record-breaking 40 years ofEarth observations.

NASA Socials are in-person meetings with peoplewho engage with the agency through Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other socialnetworks. Participants will get a behind-the-scenes tour of Vandenberg AirForce Base’s Western Range, including a rare look inside the launch controlcenter, tours of the launchpad and mission control and a visit to Vandenberg’son-base private museum. Participants will also hear first-hand accounts by theLandsat Mission science and engineering teams and meet fellow scienceenthusiasts who are active on social media.

On launch day, NASA Social participants and their friends and families areinvited to a special public viewing area to watch the Landsat launch.

Registration is open until noon EST on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. NASA will select 80participants at random from Web registrants. Additional applicants will beplaced on a waiting list. Because of space limitations, those selected will notbe permitted to bring a guest on tours. Each participant must be age 18 orolder.

For more NASA Social and sign up information,visit https://www.nasa.gov/social.

To join and track the conversation online duringthe NASA Socials, follow the hashtags #NASASocial and #Landsat.

To learn more about the Landsat series ofEarth-observing satellites, visit https://www.nasa.gov/Landsat.

Questions about this NASA Social event should bedirected to HQ-Social@mail.nasa.gov.

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Women in STEMHigh School Aerospace Scholars

Engineer your dream job! The adventure begins in2013. NASA wants you to become part of the workforce of tomorrow as we offerthe opportunity to dream, engineer and WISH. The Women in STEM High SchoolAerospace Scholars, or WISH, project offers a one-of-a-kind experience forfemale high school juniors to jump-start their future by engaging inopportunities relating to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Participation starts in an online community andculminates with a summer experience at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston,Texas, during the summer of 2013. Get ready to collaborate with girls fromacross the country as you complete online activities, design unique projects,work with NASA personnel and present mission accomplishments. Start your dreamnow!

To be eligible, applicants must be:
— U.S. citizens.
— Female high school juniors during the2012-2013 school year.
— Interested and excited about science,technology, engineering and mathematics.
— Committed to a one-year relationship withNASA’s Johnson Space Center.
— Able to access the Internet and email (athome, school or public library).
— A scholar with a cumulative GPA of 3.25/4.0or higher.

The application deadline has been extended to Jan.3, 2013.

For more information and to download theapplication, visit http://wish.aerospacescholars.org/.

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

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FreeSmithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

Curious about our nearest star, moon rocks, volcanoes and other wonders ofthe universe? Come to the Smithsonian’s Stars, a series of 10 lectures bySmithsonian researchers who are exploring the sun, the moon, planets, stars,galaxies and the universe. These speakers will share behind-the-scenes detailsabout how their research is done and technologies that advance new discoveriesat the Smithsonian Institution.

Each lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. and is followedby a question-and-answer session. A Discovery Station activity will take placeat 4 p.m. prior to each lecture. Stay after the lecture to visit theobservatory, weather permitting.

Jan. 5, 2013 — Trees in the City
Tree cover is an important element of the urbanenvironment that plays an increasingly larger role in ecosystem processes.Geographer Andrew Johnston will discuss how satellite data is used to makereliable observations about urban tree cover variability, why it matters tourban residents and how these same data are used to map changes in tree cover.

Feb. 2, 2013 — VolcanoBreath
Join Global Volcanism Program Director LizCottrell for a lecture about volcanoes on a global scale. Learn how the gaseouscontents of volcanoes propel their explosions and impact our climate. Hear thelatest about volcanic gas research and explore the latest discoveries about howthe deep Earth is recycling the air we breathe.

Feb. 16, 2013 — Venus:50 Years After Mariner 2
Fifty years ago Mariner 2 flew past Venus, becoming the first space probeto explore another planet. But Venus, our nearest neighbor, still holds manymysteries. Geophysicist Bruce Campbell will discuss what is known about Venus,including how it differs from Earth, and how future explorers may providecrucial clues to understanding this hot, dry world.

For more information about the Smithsonian’sStars Lecture Series and to see a full schedule of upcoming lectures, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/lectures/stars/index.cfm.

Questions about this lecture series should bedirected to the visitor service line at 202-633-1000.

The Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series is madepossible by a grant from NASA.

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2013 NASA and Worcester Polytechnic InstituteSample Return Robot Challenge

NASA and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute inWorcester, Mass., are seeking teams to compete in a robot technologydemonstration competition with a potential $1.5 million prize purse.

During the Sample Return Robot Challenge, teamswill compete to demonstrate a robot that can locate and retrieve geologic samplesfrom a wide and varied terrain without human control. The objective of thecompetition is to encourage innovations in automatic navigation and roboticmanipulator technologies. Innovations stemming from this challenge may improveNASA’s capability to explore a variety of destinations in space, as well asenhance the nation’s robotic technology for use in industries and applicationson Earth.

NASA provides the prize money to the winningteam as part of the agency’s Centennial Challenges competitions, which seekunconventional solutions to problems of interest to the agency and the nation.While NASA provides the prize purse, the competitions are managed by nonprofitorganizations that cover the cost of operations through commercial or privatesponsorships. The competition is planned for June 2013 in Worcester and isanticipated to attract hundreds of competitors from industry and academianationwide.

Early bird registration and fees for thecompetition are due by Jan.7, 2013. Teams wishing to register after this date are subjectto approval by the judging committee.

For more information about the Sample ReturnRobot Challenge and to register online for the competition, visit http://challenge.wpi.edu.

The Centennial Challenges program is part ofNASA’s Space Technology Program, which is innovating, developing, testing andflying hardware for use in NASA’s future missions. NASA’s Space TechnologyProgram and the Centennial Challenges are creating new technological solutionsfor NASA and our nation’s future. For more information about NASA’s CentennialChallenges and the Space
Technology Program, visit https://www.nasa.gov/challenges.

Questions about the Sample Return RobotChallenge should be sent to challenge@wpi.edu.

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Registration Openfor the 20th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race

Registration is open for the 20th Annual NASAGreat Moonbuggy Race. High school and college students are challenged to designand build a vehicle that addresses a series of engineering problems similar tothose faced by the original lunar-roving vehicle team. Each school may enter upto two teams. International teams are limited to 10 teams per country. The racewill take place April 25-27, 2013, in Huntsville, Ala., at the U.S. Space &Rocket Center.

International teams must register by Jan. 7, 2013. U.S.teams must register by Feb.4, 2013.

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

International teams with questions about thisevent and registration should email Marilyn Lewis at Marilyn.H.Lewis@nasa.gov. U.S. teamswith questions should contact Diedra Williams at Diedra.A.Williams@nasa.gov.

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Analyzing Solar Energy Graphs: MYNASA DATA Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, theNASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a 90-minute Web seminar for educators on Jan 8, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST.

Become familiar with the MY NASA DATA activity, “Solar Cell EnergyAvailability From Around the Country.” Compare monthly averages ofdownward radiation in locations around the U.S. and analyze areas whereconditions would be conducive to having solar panels. Access data on the NASALive Access Server as you “journey” around the U.S. to determine the amount ofsolar radiation and analyze overlay plots to compare data from NASA satellites.

This seminar is offered again on March 26, 2013.

For more information and to register online,visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar20.aspx.

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

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

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Teaching FromSpace Office Seeks Educators for MicroGravity eXperience

NASA’s Teaching From Space Office and the Reduced Gravity Education FlightProgram are seeking applications for teams of K-12 educators to participate inthe MicroGravity eXperience, or Micro GX, project. This project gives studentsand educators across the country the opportunity to work together on anexperiment to be tested aboard a microgravity aircraft. This incredibleopportunity is open to any current K-12 classroom educator in the UnitedStates. Educators must also be U.S. citizens.

Micro GX activities begins with students andeducators developing and proposing a reduced-gravity experiment. Selectededucator teams will receive online professional development on classroomresources for microgravity, collaboration with a NASA mentor and areduced-gravity flight. With combined input from their students and mentor,educator teams will design and fabricate their experiments to be tested andevaluated aboard an aircraft that flies approximately 30 roller-coaster-likeclimbs and dips to produce periods of microgravity and hypergravity, rangingfrom almost zero gravity to 2 g.

Seven teams of four to five educators from asingle school or school district will be selected from this application processto participate in Micro GX. This includes participation in an onlinemicrogravity course, which will begin on Feb. 11, 2013, with a series of Webseminars with NASA personnel to initiate experiment development. The highlightof the online course is to travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston,Texas, and participate in the Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program duringthe week of July 12-20, 2013. During the flight week, educators will fly andperform custom experiments in a reduced-gravity environment. Selected teamsare responsible for all expenses associated with the travel and stay in Houston.The online course continues with activities beyond the flight experiencethrough Aug. 26, 2013.

Educator teams interested in participating inMicro GX may submit a proposal no later than Jan. 9, 2013. For more information, visithttp://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov/tfsor send an email to jsc-rgeducator@nasa.gov.

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International Space StationResearch Opportunity for Higher Education Organizations

Conduct research in space and make new discoveries! The adventure begins in2013. The International Space Station NASA Education Projects Office hasreleased a solicitation for proposals of educational experiments relating toscience, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, that utilize theunique microgravity platform of the space station.

Proposals are being accepted from higher education institutions or consortia oforganizations serving the higher education community. Proposals must align withspace station program research priorities in technology, biology, biotechnologyand physical sciences. Experiment ideas also must address innovative,meaningful and enduring research and technology developmentactivities with STEM-based context.

Whitepapers must be submitted by 4 p.m. CST on Jan. 23, 2013. Full proposals aredue Feb. 20, 2013.

For more information, visit http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={8626F554-923E-4797-DEE7-89CF3988FEE3}&path=open.

Questions about this solicitation should be directed to Janejit T. Gensler at Janejit.t.gensler@nasa.gov.

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2013 Space Exploration Educators Conference

Make plans to attend the 19th Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference, tobe held Feb. 7-9, 2013, at Space Center Houston. This conference is forall K-12 educators. Activities presented use space-related themes to teachacross the curriculum and can be used for science, language arts, mathematics,history and more.

Attend sessions hosted by scientists and engineers working on the InternationalSpace Station, Mars exploration and the planets beyond. Hear from astronautswho will be leading the charge in exploration. Attend sessions presented byeducators and receive ready-to-implement classroom ideas. Attendees can earn upto 24 hours of continuing professional education credit.

Keynote speakers scheduled to attend include astronaut Satoshi Furukawa andactor LeVar Burton.

For more information, visit http://spacecenter.org/TeachersSEEC.html.

If you have any questions about the conference, please call 281-244-2149 oremail seec@spacecenter.org.

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

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

NASA Education Express — Nov. 15, 2012

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

NASAEducation Launches New Clubhouse
Audience: K-4 Educators and Students

Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Various Dates During November 2012

NASA Social Event at the AmericanGeophysical Union Fall Meeting 2012
Audience: All Educators and Students 18+ Years Old
Registration Deadline: 5 p.m. on Nov. 16, 2012

2012-2013 RealWorld Design Challenge
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students — U.S. Only
Registration Deadline: Nov. 16, 2012

Free Smithsonian’s StarsLecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Nov. 17, 2012

NASA CubeSat SpaceMissions
Audience: Higher Education Educators &Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 20, 2012

Distance/Rate/Time Problems: Smart Skies Web Seminar
Audience: 5-9 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 28, 2012

2012 OPTIMUS PRIMESpinoff Video Contest
Audience: Grade 3-12 Students
Registration Deadline: Dec. 15, 2012

2013 NASA and Worcester PolytechnicInstitute Sample Return Robot Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Early Bird Registration Deadline: Jan. 7, 2013

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships Program Accepting Proposalsfor 2013-2014 Academic Year
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 1, 2013

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NASA Education Launches NewClubhouse

A new room awaits kids on the NASA Kids’ Clubwebsite. Find your way to the new Clubhouse from the mission control console onthe NASA Kids’ Club page. Journey with Nebula, the Clubhouse commander, andexplore games and interactive features designed for K-4 audiences. Look throughthe porthole in the floor to see pictures of Earth taken from space; read aboutwhy NASA explores; play a game about what astronauts eat in space; discoverwhat your age and weight would be on a moon or another planet; color picturesof wildlife living on NASA centers; assemble a polygon featuring NASA aircraft;and check out the “hot spots” that come to life upon contact.

In addition to the many games NASA Kids’ Club offers, its “Now in Space” areaprovides current and past information about the astronauts on the InternationalSpace Station. Look in the “More Pictures” section for incredible NASA images.

NASA Kids’ Club is an award-winning educational website designed for childrenin kindergarten through fourth grade. Content is based on education standardsand designed to engage young children in science, technology, engineering andmathematics.

Click the link below to begin your NASA Kids’Club adventure.

https://www.nasa.gov/education/kidsclub

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FreeEducation Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project ispresenting a series of free webinars throughout November 2012. All webinars canbe accessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn aboutactivities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into yourclassroom.

Here an Earth, There an Earth, Everywhere an Earth: The Kepler TelescopeSearch for Habitable Planets Beyond Our Solar System (Grades 5-12)
Nov. 15, 2012, 5 – 6 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will discuss NASA’s Keplertelescope and its search for Earth-like planets orbiting other stars.Participants will learn how to use Johannes Kepler’s Third Law and actualKepler telescope data to construct graphs to record and interpret data thatdetermine if a planet orbiting a star in another solar system is a possiblecandidate to support life.

Robotics on a Budget (Grades 5-12)
Nov. 28, 2012, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will explore how to use robotics toenhance your students’ understanding of science, technology, engineering andmathematics, or STEM. Participants will also learn about NASA STEM roboticsmissions, curriculum and activities that are available.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinarstaking place through December 2012, visithttp://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to KatieHayden at Katie.S.Hayden@nasa.gov.

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NASA Social Event at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2012

NASA and the American Geophysical Union areinviting social media followers to a unique behind-the-scenes NASA Social onTuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, in San Francisco. The event will bring 20 social mediausers together with some of the world’s best and brightest scientific minds atthe world’s largest Earth and solar system science conference.

NASA Socials are in-person meetings with people who engage with the agencythrough Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social networks. Participants willget special access to parts of the AGU meeting and meet with NASA and otherscientists presenting research on Earth’s climate, deep ocean exploration andthe latest findings from Mars. Additionally, guests will sit in on a pressconference, attend a panel on deep ocean exploration with film-maker JamesCameron and a NASA astrobiologist, explore the expansive exhibit hall, and meetfellow science enthusiasts who are active on social media.

Registration is open until 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16. NASA and the AGU will select20 participants at random from Web registrants. Additional applicants will beplaced on a waiting list. Because of space limitations, those selected will notbe permitted to bring a guest. Each participant must be age 18 or older.

For more NASA Social and sign up information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/social.

To join and track the conversation online during the NASA Socials, follow the hashtags#NASASocial and #AGU12.

The AGU Fall Meeting attracts as many as 20,000 attendees and offers a platformfor scientists to present their most cutting-edge work. For more information onthe meeting, visit http://fallmeeting.agu.org/2012.

Questions about this NASA Social event should be directed to HQ-Social@mail.nasa.gov.

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2012-2013 RealWorld Design Challenge

The Real World Design Challenge is an annual U.S. competition that givesstudents in grades 9-12 the opportunity to work on real-world engineeringchallenges in a team environment. This year, NASA is teaming up with other RWDCpartners on the Aviation Challenge. This challenge invites students to designan unmanned aerial system to help locate a lost child.

Participating schools receive real engineeringsoftware and partner with mentors who are professional engineers. The contestprovides students with opportunities to apply the lessons of the classroom toreal technical problems.

The deadline for team registration is Nov. 16, 2012. Entriesmust be submitted by Jan. 18, 2013.

For more information about the challenge, visit http://www.realworlddesignchallenge.org.

Questions about the Real World Design Challenge should be directed to RalphCoppola at rkcoppola@outlook.com.

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Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

Curious about our nearest star, moon rocks, volcanoes and other wonders ofthe universe? Come to the Smithsonian’s Stars, a series of 10 lectures bySmithsonian researchers who are exploring the sun, the moon, planets, stars,galaxies and the universe. These speakers will share behind-the-scenes detailsabout how their research is done and technologies that advance new discoveriesat the Smithsonian Institution.

Each lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. and is followedby a question-and-answer session. A Discovery Station activity will take placeat 4 p.m. prior to each lecture. Stay after the lecture to visit theobservatory, weather permitting.

Nov. 17, 2012 — The Dynamic Sun
The sun is even more dynamic, mysterious andbeautiful than you probably imagine. Astrophysicist Mark Weber will explorethis incredible star with observations from some of the most advancedtelescopes. Learn what scientists have discovered and what they are onlybeginning to understand.

Dec. 1, 2012 — A Universe of Data
This century has seen stunning cosmicdiscoveries. The digital age has given everyone free access to space data; thetrick is to turn that data into quantitative science and pictures that tell astory. Astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell will use images from the Chandra SpaceTelescope to help explain how astronomers study space in the computer age.

Dec. 15, 2012 — TheMission of the Mars Science Laboratory, Curiosity
Since landing on Mars in early August 2012, the Mars Science LaboratoryCuriosity rover has returned an array of stunning data that is being used toevaluate whether Mars may have harbored habitable environments. Geologist JohnGrant will delve into the recent findings from Curiosity.

For more information about the Smithsonian’sStars Lecture Series and to see a full schedule of upcoming lectures, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/lectures/stars/index.cfm.

Questions about this lecture series should bedirected to the visitor service line at 202-633-1000.

The Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series is madepossible by a grant from NASA.

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NASA CubeSatSpace Missions

NASA is seeking proposals for small satellitepayloads to fly on rockets planned to launch between 2013 and 2016. Theseminiature spacecraft, known as CubeSats, could be auxiliary payloads onpreviously planned missions.

CubeSats are a class of research spacecraftcalled nanosatellites. These cube-shaped satellites are approximately fourinches long, have a volume of about one quart and weigh less than three pounds.

Proposed CubeSat investigations must beconsistent with NASA’s Strategic Plan and the NASA education vision and goals.The research must address aspects of science, exploration, technologydevelopment, education or operations.

Applicants must submit proposals electronicallyby 4:30 p.m. EST, Nov. 20, 2012. NASA will select the payloads by Jan. 31,2013. Selection does not guarantee a launch opportunity. The selectedspacecraft will be eligible for flight after final negotiations when a launchopportunity arises. NASA will not provide funding for the development of thesmall satellites.

NASA recently announced the results from thethird round of the CubeSat Launch Initiative. From the first three launchinitiatives, 64 payloads made the short list for launch opportunities between2011 and 2014. They are eligible for launch pending an appropriate opportunityand final negotiations. The satellites come from 25 states: Alabama, Alaska, California,Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland,Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, New Hampshire, NewMexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Vermont and Virginia.

For additional information about NASA’s CubeSatLaunch Initiative program, visit http://go.nasa.gov/puk9K2and http://go.nasa.gov/CubeSatOp.

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Distance/Rate/Time Problems: Smart Skies Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, theNASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a 90-minute professional development Web seminar for educators on Nov. 28, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learnhow to use an innovative air traffic control simulator to engage your studentsas they explore the mathematics involved in the role of an air trafficcontroller. In the three-plane problem featured in this lesson, the challengeis to change routes and speeds to line up the planes safely, with properspacing, at a given route intersection.

This seminar will be repeated on Apr. 3, 2013.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar15.aspx.

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

E-mail any questions about this opportunity to the NES Help Desk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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2013NASA and Worcester Polytechnic Institute Sample Return Robot Challenge

NASA and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass., are seekingteams to compete in a robot technology demonstration competition with apotential $1.5 million prize purse.

During the Sample Return Robot Challenge, teams will compete to demonstrate arobot that can locate and retrieve geologic samples from a wide and variedterrain without human control. The objective of the competition is to encourageinnovations in automatic navigation and robotic manipulator technologies.Innovations stemming from this challenge may improve NASA’s capability toexplore a variety of destinations in space, as well as enhance the nation’srobotic technology for use in industries and applications on Earth.

NASA provides the prize money to the winning team as part of the agency’sCentennial Challenges competitions, which seek unconventional solutions toproblems of interest to the agency and the nation. While NASA provides theprize purse, the competitions are managed by nonprofit organizations that coverthe cost of operations through commercial or private sponsorships. Thecompetition is planned for June 2013 in Worcester and is anticipated to attracthundreds of competitors from industry and academia nationwide.

Early bird registration and fees for the competition are due by Jan. 7, 2013. Teams wishing to registerafter this date are subject to approval by the judging committee.

For more information about the Sample Return Robot Challenge and to registeronline for the competition, visit http://challenge.wpi.edu.

The Centennial Challenges program is part of NASA’sSpace Technology Program, which is innovating, developing, testing and flyinghardware for use in NASA’s future missions. NASA’s Space Technology Program andthe Centennial Challenges are creating new technological solutions for NASA andour nation’s future. For more information about NASA’s Centennial Challengesand the Space
Technology Program, visit https://www.nasa.gov/challenges.

Questions about the Sample Return Robot Challenge should be sent to challenge@wpi.edu.

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2012 OPTIMUSPRIME Spinoff Video Contest

NASA has opened registration for the 2012OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Video Contest. Featuring OPTIMUS PRIME, the leader fromthe popular TRANSFORMERS brand, the contest highlights spinoffs from NASAtechnologies that are used on Earth. The goal is to help students understandthe benefits of NASA technology to their daily lives.

Each student, or group of students, will submita three- to five-minute video on a selected NASA spinoff technology listed inNASA’s 2011 “Spinoff” publication. Videos must demonstrate an understanding ofthe NASA spinoff technology and the associated NASA mission, as well as thecommercial application and public benefit associated with the spinofftechnology.

Participants must register for the contest by Dec. 15, 2012.

Video entries will be posted on the NASA YouTubechannel, and the public will be responsible for the first round of judging. Thetop five submissions from each of the three grade groups (elementary [3rd-5th],middle [6th-8th] and high school [9th-12th]) will advance for final judging. ANASA panel will select a winning entry from each group. The students submittingthe winning entries will be the guests of honor at the OPTIMUS PRIME SpinoffContest awards ceremony in May 2013. While there, the winners will receive theOPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Contest trophy and have the opportunity to meet NASAVIPs, astronauts and actor Peter Cullen, who voices the character OPTIMUSPRIME.

TRANSFORMERS and OPTIMUS PRIME are trademarks ofHasbro and are used with permission. © 2012 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.

For more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/news/releases/2012/12-077.html.

Questions about this contest should be directedto Darryl Mitchell at Darryl.R.Mitchell@nasa.gov.

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NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships Program Accepting Proposalsfor 2013-2014 Academic Year

The NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship Program, or NESSF, is solicitingapplications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individualspursuing master’s or doctoral degrees in earth and space sciences, or relateddisciplines, for the 2013-2014 academic year. The purpose of NESSF is to ensurecontinued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed toachieve NASA’s scientific goals. Awards resulting from the competitiveselection will be training grants to the respective universities, with theadvisor serving as the principal investigator. The financial support for theNESSF program comes from the Science Mission Directorate’s four sciencedivisions: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science and Astrophysics.

Initially, NESSF awards are made for one year. They may be renewed for no morethan two additional years, contingent upon satisfactory progress (as reflectedin academic performance, research progress and recommendation by the facultyadvisor) and the availability of funds.

The maximum amount of a NESSF award is $30,000 per year.

Proposals for this opportunity are due Feb. 1, 2013.

For more information about this solicitation, visit http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={BC1C168E-1D9B-0BD1-816B-14E1C31BB0D3}&path=open.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to:

For earth science, Claire Macaulay at Claire.I.Macaulay@nasa.gov.

For heliophysics, planetary science and astrophysics, Dolores Holland at hq-nessf-Space@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 — August 9, 2012

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

FreeEducation Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Various Dates Through August 2012

NASA Office ofEducation Solicits Proposals for the NASA Experimental Program to StimulateCompetitive Research, or EPSCoR
Audience: Higher Education Institutions inEligible States
Proposal Deadline: Aug. 14, 2012

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event– Radiation Belt Storm Probes
Audience: Grades 5-12
Event Date: Aug. 16, 2012, 1 – 2 p.m. EDT

Online Climate Research ApplicationsCourse
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: Aug. 20, 2012

GLOBE Student Climate ResearchCampaign Phase 2 Webinar
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Aug. 21 and Aug. 22, 2012

2012-2013NASA’s University Student Launch Initiative
Audience: Higher Education Students
Proposal Deadline: Aug. 31, 2012

Become a NASA Galileo EducatorNetwork Fellow
Audience: K-12 Educator Professional Development Providers
Application Deadline: Aug. 31, 2012

Minorities Striving and Pursuing HigherDegrees of Success in Earth System Science
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Aug. 31, 2012

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Free Education Webinar Series from the AerospaceEducation Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project ispresenting a series of free webinars throughout July 2012. All webinars can beaccessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn aboutactivities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into yourclassroom.

Exploring Our Earth From Above (Grades 4-12)
Aug. 9, 2012, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will integrate science,technology, engineering, mathematics and geography, or STEM-G, with Earthobservations, remote sensing and maps. NASA curriculum products, missions andother resources will be utilized to demonstrate an inquiry-based teachingstrategy to better understand Earth and the processes that shape it.

Kepler Mission: Searching for Earth-like Planets (Grades 6-12)
Aug. 13, 2012, 7:30 – 8:45 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will discuss NASA’s KeplerMission.  Kepler has been in space forthree years searching for planets that are orbiting stars in the Milky Waygalaxy. Participants will learn how transits are used to find planets and determinetheir sizes and distances from the stars they orbit.

Living and Working in Space (Grades K-5)
Aug. 16, 2012, 10 – 11 a.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Wil Robertson will introduce teachers to someof the obstacles humans face while traveling in space. The webinar will reviewthe major difficulties and concerns of adapting to the space environment, fromeveryday living and personal hygiene to safety.

“Flying to Mars… In an Airplane?” (Grades 3-9)
Aug. 16, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Brian Hawkins will present anoverview of the Mars Science Laboratory mission with its Curiosity rover and explorethe proposed Aerial Regional-Scale Environmental Survey of Mars, or ARES,mission. ARES is also known as the Mars Airplane. Two hands-on activities willbe demonstrated during this session.

For more information about these webinars, andto see a full list of webinars taking place through August 2012, visit http://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars shouldbe directed to Gwendolyn Wheatle at Gwendolyn.H.Wheatle@nasa.gov.

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NASA Office of Education Solicits Proposals forthe NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR

The National Aeronautics and SpaceAdministration (NASA) Office of Education, in cooperation with NASA’sAeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), Human Exploration &Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD), and Science Mission Directorates (SMD),the Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT), and NASA’s ten Centers, solicitsproposals for the NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research(EPSCoR). Each funded NASA EPSCoR proposal is expected to establish researchactivities that will make significant contributions to the strategic researchand technology development priorities of one or more of the Mission Directoratesor the OCT and contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science andtechnology capabilities, higher education, and economic development of thejurisdiction. Proposals are due on Aug.14, 2012.

Public Law 102-588, passed in 1992, authorizedNASA to initiate NASA EPSCoR to strengthen the research capability ofjurisdictions that have not in the past participated equably in competitiveaerospace research activities. The goal of NASA EPSCoR is to provide seedfunding that will enable jurisdictions to develop an academic researchenterprise directed toward long-term, self-sustaining, nationally-competitivecapabilities in aerospace and aerospace-related research. This capability will,in turn, contribute to the jurisdiction’s economic viability and expand thenation’s base for aerospace research and development. Since its inception, NASAEPSCoR has been closely linked to the National Space Grant College andFellowship Program (Space Grant).

While proposals can be accepted only frominstitutions for which the NASA EPSCoR Directors are currently serving, allinstitutions of higher education within the jurisdiction should be given theopportunity and must be made aware of the FY 2012 NASA EPSCoR CAN. The NationalScience Foundation (NSF) determines overall jurisdiction eligibility for NASAEPSCoR.

Details regarding general eligibility areavailable athttp://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/programs/epscor/eligible.jsp.

The following jurisdictions are eligible tosubmit up to two proposals that must be submitted through the jurisdiction PIto this NASA EPSCoR solicitation: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii,Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana,Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, PuertoRico, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, andWyoming.

South Carolina may submit up to three proposals,provided at least one of the proposals represents a project from the U.S.Virgin Islands (which currently falls under South Carolina’s jurisdiction).

For more information, visit http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={36283FDE-A756-ED4D-426B-A7C0EA1FD9A3}&path=open.

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NASA’sDigital Learning Network Event — Radiation Belt Storm Probes

Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, host hosts Joshua Santora andRachel Power for a live interactive education event on Aug. 16, 2012, at 1 p.m. EDT to discuss the Radiation Belt StormProbes, or RBSP, project. Understanding the radiation belt environment and itsvariability has extremely important practical applications in the areas ofspacecraft operations, spacecraft and spacecraft system design, missionplanning and astronaut safety. Interact with RBSP Deputy Project ScientistNicky Fox during this live webcast.

For more information and to take part in the webcast, visit the DLN website at http://dln.nasa.gov.

Inquiries about this webcast should be directed to Joshua Santora at joshua.santora@nasa.gov.

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OnlineClimate Research Applications Course

The University ofNebraska-Lincoln, or UNL, offers K-12 science educators the opportunity to takepart in the development of a new online master’s-level course in ClimateResearch Applications funded by the NASA Innovations in Climate Educationprogram.

Climate change issues will serve as a context to develop research questions anddesign a discrete, locally oriented research project through which they definea problem, analyze data and develop conclusions to potentially impactdecision-making in their communities. Educators are encouraged to utilize thisopportunity to expand their knowledge of climate change, as well as theiravailable tools for educating students and their local communities.Participants will earn three graduate-level credit hours through UNL, as wellas a stipend to cover tuition costs.

Applications are due Aug. 20, 2012.

For more information, visit http://www.smdeponews.org/programs-events/online-climate-research-applications-course-with-tuition-stipened-for-k-12-educators-apply-by-aug-20/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Christine Haney Douglassat chaney3@unl.edu.

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GLOBEStudent Climate Research Campaign Phase 2 Webinar

The second phase of the Global Learning andObservations to Benefit the Environment, or GLOBE, Student Climate ResearchCampaign, or SCRC, will launch in September 2012. Students will develop andconduct climate science research projects using GLOBE data and other long-termdata sets. Learn more by participating in the “SCRC Phase 2: Using GLOBEProtocols and Data to Study Local Climate” webinar. The webinar occursmultiple times on Aug. 21 and Aug. 22,2012.

For more information, visit http://www.globe.gov/web/scrc/overview.

Questions about the webinar may be sent to climatecampaign@globe.gov.

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2012-2013 NASA’s University Student Launch Initiative

NASA’s University Student Launch Initiative, orUSLI, is a competition that challenges university-level students to design,build and launch a reusable rocket with a scientific or engineering payload toone mile above ground level. The project engages students in scientificresearch and real-world engineering processes with NASA engineers.

Once selected, teams design their rockets and payloads throughout the academicyear. USLI requires a NASA review of the teams’ preliminary and criticaldesigns. The project also requires flight and launch readiness reviews beforethe rockets and payloads are approved for launch. Teams complete a Post-LaunchAssessment Review to include conclusions from their science or engineeringexperiment and the overall flight performance. The Preliminary Design Review,Critical Design Review and Flight Readiness Review are conducted by a panel ofscientists and engineers from NASA, NASA contactors and external partners.

NASA’s Student Launch Projects are sponsored by ATK Aerospace Systems. Theannual launch event is hosted at Bragg Farms in Toney, Ala., and launchservices are provided by the National Association of Rocketry. The 2012-2013launch will be on April 20, 2013. Proposals are due Aug. 31, 2012.

The Statement of Work and instructions for submitting a proposal can be foundon the USLI website at http://education.msfc.nasa.gov/usli.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Julie Clift at julie.d.clift@nasa.gov.

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Becomea NASA Galileo Educator Network Fellow

The NASA Galileo Educator Network is accepting applications for a professional development institute in September 2012, atthe Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Ill.

The 15-hour institute will focus on the integration of science content, sciencepractices and the nature of science as outlined in thenational Framework for K–12 Science Education. The goal of this program is totrain participants to assist K-12 teachers with the implementation of the NextGeneration Science Standards, in the context of astronomy and space science.

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

Applications are due Aug. 31,2012.

For more information about the NASA Galileo Educator Network and to apply forthe professional development institute online, visit http://astrosociety.org/education/GEN/index.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to Brian Kruse at bkruse@astrosociety.org.

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MinoritiesStriving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success in Earth System Science

The Minorities Striving and Pursuing HigherDegrees of Success in Earth System Science, or MS PHD’S, initiative wasdeveloped by and for underrepresented minorities to facilitate increasedparticipation in earth system science. Each year, the initiative engages approximately 25 minorityundergraduate and graduate students in a series of activities.

The project starts with orientation and a broad earth system science andengineering exposure during MS PHD’S community-building activities at the American Geophysical Unionfall meeting in San Francisco, Calif.

Participants will engage in additional professional development activities atone of the MS PHD’S organizational partners’ meetings. These activities couldinclude attending meetings of the American Meteorological Society, the Associationfor the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, the National Association ofBlack Geologists and Geophysicists, and the Ecological Society of America,among others. Each participant will attend the meeting that most closely alignswith his or her specific academic and professional interests.

The final phase will occur at the National Academies in Washington, D.C., whereparticipants will visit government agencies and engage in dialogs withprofessional society and foundation representatives. Each student will alsoreceive a scholarship award of up to $1,000 and participate in a tour of NASA’sGoddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

The deadline for submitting the online applicationis Aug. 31, 2012.

For more information about the MSPHD’S initiative and how to apply, visit http://www.msphds.org/.

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to pdp@msphds.org.

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Don’t miss out on education-related opportunities available from NASA. For afull 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 — August 2, 2012

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

Celebrate the Landing of the Mars Curiosity Rover
Audience: All Educators and Students
Landing Date: Aug. 5-6, 2012

Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Various Dates Through August 2012

Satellites & Education Conference XXV
Audience: All Educators

Event Date: Aug. 9-11, 2012

NASA Office of Education Solicits Proposals for the NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR

Audience: Higher Education Institutions in Eligible States
Proposal Deadline: Aug. 14, 2012

Green Strides Webinar Series
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Multiple dates through May 2013

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Celebrate the Landing of the Mars Curiosity Rover

In a few weeks, NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity is set to land on Mars. What will this rover do? Curiosity will look for things that sustain life: signs of long-term water in the past or present and the right chemical ingredients for life (e.g., carbon-based molecules, the chemical building blocks of life). Use this historic occasion to introduce current real-world science and engineering to your students.

Curiosity is scheduled to land on Mars at 1:31 a.m. EDT on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. (That’s 10:31 p.m. PDT, Sunday, Aug. 5.) That evening, Mars will be visible in the night sky with a telescope or with the naked eye. Take this opportunity to host a Mars-gazing party! Just after sunset, Mars will be roughly 150 million miles away from Earth, and the Curiosity Rover will be only hours away from arriving to this distant orange dot in the night sky. Submit your events to https://www.nasa.gov/mars.

— Looking for activities to get students excited about the upcoming landing? A number of short, hands-on activities relating to the mission are available at http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/participate/marsforeducators/soi/.

— For a basic overview of the Red Planet, visit the following websites:

Basic Information on Mars
http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm?Object=Mars

Mars Image Collection
http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/images/

3-D Images of Mars
http://mars3d.jpl.nasa.gov/

— Want to know more about the area where the Curiosity rover will be landing on Mars? Visit the following websites to learn more about Gale Crater.

Destination Gale Crater: August 5, 2012 at 10:31 pm PDT
http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/images/?ImageID=3852

Gale’s Mount Sharp Compared to Three Big Mountains on Earth
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/multimedia/pia15292-Fig2.html

National Parks as Mars Analog Sites
http://www.nps.gov/deva/parknews/mars-and-mojave.htm

— The Curiosity rover will landing using a bold new landing technique. Check out the “Seven Minutes of Terror” video at the link below to see how rockets, parachutes and a “sky crane” will help Curiosity make a soft landing on Mars.
http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/videos/index.cfm?v=49

— Live media coverage of the Curiosity landing begins at midnight EDT (9 p.m. PDT) on NASA TV. To find NASA TV on your local cable provider, or to view the coverage online, visit https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv.

— Curiosity also has a presence on Twitter and Facebook.
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/marscuriosity
Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/marscuriosity

For up-to-the-minute mission information about the Curiosity rover and progress toward its Mars landing, visit https://www.nasa.gov/mars and http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov.

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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of free webinars throughout July 2012. All webinars can be accessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

Exploring Our Earth From Above (Grades 4-12)
Aug. 9, 2012, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will integrate science, technology, engineering, mathematics and geography, or STEM-G, with Earth observations, remote sensing and maps. NASA curriculum products, missions and other resources will be utilized to demonstrate an inquiry-based teaching strategy to better understand Earth and the processes that shape it.

Kepler Mission: Searching for Earth-like Planets (Grades 6-12)
Aug. 13, 2012, 7:30 – 8:45 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will discuss NASA’s Kepler Mission.  Kepler has been in space for three years searching for planets that are orbiting stars in the Milky Way galaxy. Participants will learn how transits are used to find planets and determine their sizes and distances from the stars they orbit.

Living and Working in Space (Grades K-5)
Aug. 16, 2012, 10 – 11 a.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Wil Robertson will introduce teachers to some of the obstacles humans face while traveling in space. The webinar will review the major difficulties and concerns of adapting to the space environment, from everyday living and personal hygiene to safety.

“Flying to Mars… In an Airplane?” (Grades 3-9)
Aug. 16, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Brian Hawkins will present an overview of the Mars Science Laboratory mission with its Curiosity rover and explore the proposed Aerial Regional-Scale Environmental Survey of Mars, or ARES, mission. ARES is also known as the Mars Airplane. Two hands-on activities will be demonstrated during this session.



For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through August 2012, visit http://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to Gwendolyn Wheatle at Gwendolyn.H.Wheatle@nasa.gov.

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Satellites & Education Conference XXV

Join the Satellite Educators Association for an education conference being held Aug. 9-11, 2012, in Los Angeles, Calif. The annual conference is for educators interested in discovering ways to use satellites and related technologies in the classroom. Participants learn ways to help students appreciate and understand the complex interrelationships among science, technology, individuals, societies and the environment. Conference attendees learn to develop and apply inquiry and technology skills to study authentic questions and problems.

In conjunction with this year’s conference, a two-day training session for the GLOBE program will take place Aug. 10-11.

The conference is hosted by California State University, Los Angeles. The event is sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA, Aerospace Institute, Boeing, Raytheon, SpaceX, Lockheed-Martin, Sally Ride Science Festivals, Traveling Space Museum, Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence’s West location and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

For more information, visit http://www.sated.org/.

If you have questions about this event, please contact conference coordinator Dr. Paula Arvedson at parveds@calstatela.edu.

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NASA Office of Education Solicits Proposals for the NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Office of Education, in cooperation with NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), Human Exploration & Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD), and Science Mission Directorates (SMD), the Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT), and NASA’s ten Centers, solicits proposals for the NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). Each funded NASA EPSCoR proposal is expected to establish research activities that will make significant contributions to the strategic research and technology development priorities of one or more of the Mission Directorates or the OCT and contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities, higher education, and economic development of the jurisdiction. Proposals are due on Aug. 14, 2012.

Public Law 102-588, passed in 1992, authorized NASA to initiate NASA EPSCoR to strengthen the research capability of jurisdictions that have not in the past participated equably in competitive aerospace research activities. The goal of NASA EPSCoR is to provide seed funding that will enable jurisdictions to develop an academic research enterprise directed toward long-term, self-sustaining, nationally-competitive capabilities in aerospace and aerospace-related research. This capability will, in turn, contribute to the jurisdiction’s economic viability and expand the nation’s base for aerospace research and development. Since its inception, NASA EPSCoR has been closely linked to the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program (Space Grant).

While proposals can be accepted only from institutions for which the NASA EPSCoR Directors are currently serving, all institutions of higher education within the jurisdiction should be given the opportunity and must be made aware of the FY 2012 NASA EPSCoR CAN. The National Science Foundation (NSF) determines overall jurisdiction eligibility for NASA EPSCoR.

Details regarding general eligibility are available at http://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/programs/epscor/eligible.jsp.

The following jurisdictions are eligible to submit up to two proposals that must be submitted through the jurisdiction PI to this NASA EPSCoR solicitation: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

South Carolina may submit up to three proposals, provided at least one of the proposals represents a project from the U.S. Virgin Islands (which currently falls under South Carolina’s jurisdiction).

For more information, visit http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={36283FDE-A756-ED4D-426B-A7C0EA1FD9A3}&path=open.

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Green Strides Webinar Series

The U.S. Department of Education presents the Green Strides Webinar Series. These webinars feature experts from various federal programs. The webinars are free, and events are scheduled through the end of the 2012-2013 school year.

For more information and registration, visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/webinar-series.doc.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to
Green.Ribbon.Schools@ed.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 — June 14, 2012

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

NEEMO 16 Science Under Pressure Challenge
Audience: All Educators and Students
Challenge Dates: June 14-21, 2012

Join the Conversation About the Exploration of Mars
Audience: All Educators and Students
Take Part: Now through July 1, 2012

NASA G.I.R.L.S. Mentoring Project

Audience: 5-8 Educators and Students
Application Deadline: June 15, 2012

Teachers Touch the Sky: An Astronomy Workshop

Audience: Grade 3-9 Educators

Registration Deadline: June 15, 2012
Workshop Dates: Aug. 6-10, 2012

Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

Audience: K-12 Educators

Event Dates: Various Dates During June 2012

Linear Equations: NASA CONNECT — Breaking Barriers Web Seminar

Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: June 19, 2012

Chemistry of Water: Mars Exploration — Is There Water on Mars?

Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: June 20, 2012

NASA Seeks Early Stage Innovations for Space Technologies From U.S. Universities

Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students

Notice of Intent Deadline: June 21, 2012

International Space Station EarthKAM Summer 2012 Mission
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Event Date: July 10-14, 2012

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NEEMO 16 Science Under Pressure Challenge

A team of NASA aquanauts is taking part in a two-week mission living underwater as part of the NASA Extreme Environments Mission Operations, or NEEMO, 16 Expedition. The crew is living in the Aquarius underwater habitat off the coast of Florida. This habitat maintains an atmospheric pressure that is about 2.5 times that of pressure at the surface. This sets the stage for a unique environment for science experiments!

For one week during the mission, the crew will conduct experiments proposed by educators and scientists from NASA, the European Space Agency and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. These experiments will see if simple, everyday tasks, such as blowing a bubble or operating a remote-controlled device, will be more difficult at a higher pressure environment.

A different experiment of the day will be announced daily during the challenge. NEEMO fans are invited to predict the outcome of each experiment. Followers should focus on whether the experiment will yield different outcomes at the surface-level environment versus the increased pressure environment of the Aquarius habitat.

Experiments will take place each day from June 14-21, 2012. To learn more, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/NEEMO/NEEMO16/sup.html.

Questions about this challenge should be directed to Wendy Watkins at wendy.l.watkins@nasa.gov.


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Join the Conversation About the Exploration of Mars

NASA is currently charting a new agency-wide strategy for the future of Mars exploration, both robotic and human. Involvement from the science and technical community, and all interested members of the general public, is essential to this process.

NASA’s Mars Program Planning Group is opening up a new opportunity for the public to pose questions and participate in the discussion regarding plans for the future of Mars exploration. This online community, open from today through July 1, 2012, allows you to:

* Ask (today-July 1): Pose questions, offer answers, and vote on the most important user-generated content related to the Mars program planning effort.
https://www.nasa.gov/marsplanning
* Discuss (June 12-14): Comment online and tune in to the Concepts and Approaches for Mars Exploration Workshop http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meetings/marsconcepts2012/ via Live Stream.
* Contribute (post-workshop through July 1): Use the forum to discuss ideas addressing the challenges posed at the workshop, and share your knowledge of the challenges and opportunities of Mars exploration.

To learn more, visit
http://mars.ideascale.com.

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NASA G.I.R.L.S. Mentoring Project

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

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

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

Applications are due June 15, 2012. The NASA G.I.R.L.S. website and social media accounts will be updated when application submission is opened! For more information on how to follow along on Twitter or Facebook, go to http://women.nasa.gov/get-involved.

For more information and to register online, visit http://women.nasa.gov/nasa-g-i-r-l-s/.

Email any questions about this opportunity to hq-women@nasa.gov.

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Teachers Touch the Sky: An Astronomy Workshop

Space science is inherently interesting to students, less threatening to teachers than some other sciences and interdisciplinary in nature. These features make it the ideal vehicle for teaching basic scientific concepts to children in a concrete and captivating manner.

In August 2012, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL, in Pasadena, Calif., will host a one-week educator workshop for teachers of grades 3 through 9. Attendees will learn about NASA education materials, including hands-on activities based on current projects in astronomy and space science at JPL, with a special focus on NASA’s current Dawn Mission to the asteroid Vesta. Participants will take a field trip to JPL’s Table Mountain Observatory, tour JPL’s facilities and to talk to real scientists about their work.

Registration for this workshop closes on June 15, 2012.

For more information and to download the workshop application, visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/index.cfm?page=273.

Please direct questions about this workshop to Dr. Bonnie Buratti at Bonnie.J.Buratti@jpl.nasa.gov.

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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of free webinars through June 2012. All webinars can be accessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

Mars Uncovered: Revealing the Geologic History of Mars (Grades 5-12)
June 18, 2012, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will share an inquiry-based lesson that presents a critical-thinking approach of studying the surface of Mars. This process is similar to the approach used by NASA scientists. This lesson will teach students to examine geologic features of a planetary surface and use relative-age dating techniques to analyze the information and interpret the geologic history.

Sun-Earth-Moon Relationships (Grades 2-8)
June 20, 2012, noon – 1 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Rick Varner will present sun-Earth-moon models that help to explain the phases of the moon, and both lunar and solar eclipses. Additionally, the activity Kinesthetic Astronomy will be introduced for its explanation of the seasons.

I’m Signed up for NEON — Now What?? (Grades K-12)
June 20, 2012, 6- 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Anne Weiss will introduce participants to basic features of the NASA Educators Online Network, or NEON, professional/collaborative learning community. Participants will also learn how to use NEON to find appropriate NASA standards-aligned activities that satisfy state-specific teaching standards.

Our Solar System: A Model Overview (Grades 4-9)
June 25, 2012, 11 a.m. – noon EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will present NASA inquiry activities that demonstrate remote sensing and scale models to better visualize our sun, planets, asteroids and other objects as a whole system.

Our Solar System: A Model Overview (Grades 4-9)
June 25, 2012, 3 – 4 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will present NASA inquiry activities that demonstrate remote sensing and scale models to better visualize our sun, planets, asteroids and other objects as a whole system.


For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through August 2012, visit http://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to Gwendolyn Wheatle at Gwendolyn.H.Wheatle@nasa.gov.

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Linear Equations: NASA CONNECT — Breaking Barriers Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, NASA Explorer Schools and NASA’s
Learning Environments and Research Network, or LE&RN, projects are hosting a 60-minute Web seminar on June 19, 2012, at 8 p.m. EST. During this professional development session, participants will receive information about the applications of linear equations at NASA and learn how to implement the Breaking Barriers activity. Breaking Barriers provides students an opportunity to step into the shoes of a NASA engineer to design, build and test an X-1 balloon.

For more information and to register online, visit https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-linear-equations/.

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

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

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

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on June 20, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. “Chemistry of Water: Mars Exploration — Is There Water on Mars?” is an inquiry-based lesson on how atmospheric pressure and vapor pressure affect the boiling point of water. See why the boiling point of water is pressure-dependent, rather than temperature-dependent. Then, by extension, you will deduce if there could be liquid water on Mars.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar25.aspx.

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

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

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NASA Seeks Early Stage Innovations for Space Technologies From U.S. Universities

NASA is seeking proposals from accredited U.S. universities focused on innovative, early-stage space technologies that will improve shielding from space radiation, spacecraft thermal management and optical systems.

Each of these technology areas requires dramatic improvements over existing capabilities for future science and human exploration missions. Early stage, or low technology readiness level concepts, could mature into tools that solve the hard challenges facing future NASA missions. Researchers should propose unique, disruptive or transformational space technologies that address the specific topics described in this new solicitation.

NASA expects to make approximately 10 awards this fall, based on the merit of proposals received. The awards will be made for one year, with an additional year of research possible. The typical annual award value is expected to be approximately $250,000. Second year funding will be contingent on the availability of appropriated funds and technical progress. Only accredited U.S. universities may submit proposals to this solicitation.

Notices of intent are due by June 21, 2012, with proposals due July 12.

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

Questions about this forum should be directed to Claudia Meyer at hq-stro-esi-call@mail.nasa.gov.

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International Space Station EarthKAM Summer 2012 Mission

Middle school educators are invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAM Summer 2012 Mission from July 10-14, 2012. Find out more about this exciting opportunity that allows students to take pictures of Earth from a digital camera aboard the International Space Station.

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

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

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

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

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


NASA Education Express — June 7, 2012

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

Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Various Dates During June 2012

2012 NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Open House
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: June 9-10, 2012

Skeletal System: Human Physiology in Space Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: June 12, 2012, 6:30 p.m. EDT

NASA G.I.R.L.S. Mentoring Project

Audience: 5-8 Educators and Students
Application Deadline: June 15, 2012

Teachers Touch the Sky: An Astronomy Workshop
Audience: Grade 3-9 Educators

Registration Deadline: June 15, 2012
Workshop Dates: Aug. 6-10, 2012

NASA Tournament Lab: $10,000 Planetary Data System Mashup Challenge

Audience: Students Ages 13-18 Years Old
Entry Deadline: June 16, 2012

NASA Seeks Early Stage Innovations for Space Technologies From U.S. Universities
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Notice of Intent Deadline: June 21, 2012

2012 NASA Lunar Science Forum
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: July 1, 2012

Telstar 50th Anniversary Symposium at the National Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: July 12, 2012

Mars Day! 2012 at the National Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: July 13, 2012

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 3 to the International Space Station
Audience: 5-Higher Education Educators and Students

Letter of Commitment Deadline: Sept. 12, 2012

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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of free webinars through June 2012. All webinars can be accessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

Fly Into NASA Aeronautics: Forces and Motion (Grades 3-8 and Informal)
June 7, 2012, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Brian Hawkins will demonstrate lessons that explain how airplanes fly. The activities will help students understand the four forces of flight and three axes of motion. A review of NASA’s contributions in improving aircraft will be presented, and a high-performing classroom glider will be constructed.

I’m Signed up for NEON — Now What?? (Grades K-12)
June 9, 2012, 11 a.m. – noon EDT
Aerospace education specialist Anne Weiss will introduce participants to basic features of the NASA Educators Online Network, or NEON, professional/collaborative learning community. Participants will also learn how to use NEON to find appropriate NASA standards-aligned activities that satisfy state-specific teaching standards.

Understanding Earth, Moon and Sun Connections (Grades K-8)
June 12, 2012, 2 – 3 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Sonja Williams will introduce cultural perspectives related to the phases of the moon and the solar system. Attendees will participate in an activity based upon a Native American/Western science story. Participants will receive culturally relevant materials related to stars and constellations that they can share with their students.

NASA in the Classroom (Grades K-12)
June 12, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tom Estill will introduce K-12 teachers to various NASA education resources. Participants will learn how to find science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, lesson plans, current teacher/student opportunities and NASA videos for classroom use. Teachers will also be shown how to use local NASA-related resources.

The Real Lord of the Ring (Grades K-4)
June 13, 2012, 6 – 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Alexis Harry will introduce teachers to a set of lessons that enhance basic communication skills through scientific exploration based on the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn. Throughout the lessons, participants practice a variety of language arts skills, including descriptive writing, note-taking, poetry, illustration and oral communication.

Mars Uncovered: Revealing the Geologic History of Mars (Grades 5-12)
June 18, 2012, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will share an inquiry-based lesson that presents a critical-thinking approach of studying the surface of Mars. This process is similar to the approach used by NASA scientists. This lesson will teach students to examine geologic features of a planetary surface and use relative-age dating techniques to analyze the information and interpret the geologic history.

Sun-Earth-Moon Relationships (Grades 2-8)
June 20, 2012, noon – 1 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Rick Varner will present sun-Earth-moon models that help to explain the phases of the moon, and both lunar and solar eclipses. Additionally, the activity Kinesthetic Astronomy will be introduced for its explanation of the seasons.

I’m Signed up for NEON — Now What?? (Grades K-12)
June 20, 2012, 6- 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Anne Weiss will introduce participants to basic features of the NASA Educators Online Network, or NEON, professional/collaborative learning community. Participants will also learn how to use NEON to find appropriate NASA standards-aligned activities that satisfy state-specific teaching standards.

Our Solar System: A Model Overview (Grades 4-9)
June 25, 2012, 11 a.m. – noon EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will present NASA inquiry activities that demonstrate remote sensing and scale models to better visualize our sun, planets, asteroids and other objects as a whole system.

Our Solar System: A Model Overview (Grades 4-9)
June 25, 2012, 3 – 4 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will present NASA inquiry activities that demonstrate remote sensing and scale models to better visualize our sun, planets, asteroids and other objects as a whole system.


For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through August 2012, visit http://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to Gwendolyn Wheatle at Gwendolyn.H.Wheatle@nasa.gov.

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2012 NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Open House

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL, in Pasadena, Calif., invites the public to its annual Open House on Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. PDT. The event, themed “Great Journeys,” will take visitors on a ride through the wonders of space.

Highlights include a life-size model of Mars Science Laboratory, the NASA/JPL spacecraft currently bound for Mars; demonstrations from numerous space missions; JPL’s machine shop, where robotic spacecraft parts are built; and the Microdevices Lab, where engineers and scientists use tiny technology to revolutionize space exploration.

The Earth Science Center, the most recent addition to JPL, will show 3-D videos of our home planet and JPL’s earth science missions. Upon entering, visitors will pass an Earth globe with data from NASA’s Earth-orbiting satellites projected onto the sphere.

JPL Open House is suitable for all ages, with plenty of hands-on activities and opportunities to talk with scientists and engineers. For the first time ever, JPL invites cell phone users with text message capabilities to take part in a mobile scavenger hunt. Participants in “The Voyage” scavenger hunt can search for secret capsules hidden across JPL and unlock secret codes.

Admission to Open House is free. For more information, visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2012-136&cid=release_2012-136.

Questions about this event should be directed to Priscilla Vega at Priscilla.R.Vega@jpl.nasa.gov.


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Skeletal System: Human Physiology in Space Web Seminar

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on June 12, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EDT.
The seminar focuses on human physiology. Obtain information about the effect microgravity has on the physiology of astronauts and learn about the countermeasures NASA uses to help overcome these effects when they return to Earth.

Outer space is an exciting part of our lives and promises to be an even more exciting part of the future for your students. It provides scientists with a unique laboratory, allowing scientific studies never possible in the history of civilization. Future space missions will continue to involve sending humans into space. But after extended stays in microgravity, astronauts must return safely to Earth and lead normal, healthy lives.

This seminar will provide instruction on how to integrate the Skeletal System: Human Physiology in Space lesson into your curriculum. There are two classroom activities in this lesson focusing on the effects of spaceflight on human physiology.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar26.aspx.

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

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

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NASA G.I.R.L.S. Mentoring Project

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

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

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

Applications are due June 15, 2012. The NASA G.I.R.L.S. website and social media accounts will be updated when application submission is opened! For more information on how to follow along on Twitter or Facebook, go to http://women.nasa.gov/get-involved.

For more information and to register online, visit http://women.nasa.gov/nasa-g-i-r-l-s/.

Email any questions about this opportunity to hq-women@nasa.gov.

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Teachers Touch the Sky: An Astronomy Workshop

Space science is inherently interesting to students, less threatening to teachers than some other sciences and interdisciplinary in nature. These features make it the ideal vehicle for teaching basic scientific concepts to children in a concrete and captivating manner.

In August 2012, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL, in Pasadena, Calif., will host a one-week educator workshop for teachers of grades 3 through 9. Attendees will learn about NASA education materials, including hands-on activities based on current projects in astronomy and space science at JPL, with a special focus on NASA’s current Dawn Mission to the asteroid Vesta. Participants will take a field trip to JPL’s Table Mountain Observatory, tour JPL’s facilities and to talk to real scientists about their work.

Registration for this workshop closes on June 15, 2012.

For more information and to download the workshop application, visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/index.cfm?page=273.

Please direct questions about this workshop to Dr. Bonnie Buratti at Bonnie.J.Buratti@jpl.nasa.gov.

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NASA Tournament Lab: $10,000 Planetary Data System Mashup Challenge

The NASA Tournament Lab is looking for the best student-built mobile and Web-based applications. Do you have what it takes?

NASA’s Planetary Data System has tons and tons of data (over 100 terabytes), but they need a better way to share it. The NASA Tournament Lab asked for ideas on how to share this data with its Idea Generation Contest in April 2012. And now it’s looking for ways to translate these ideas into great mobile or Web-based apps.

Not only are there $10,000 in prizes, but the first-place winner will earn an invitation to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California to witness the Mars Science Lab lander touch down on Mars!

Mobile and Web apps will be accepted through June 16, 2012, and there is no limit on the number of ideas you can submit. This contest is open to 13-18 year olds in the United States.

Ready to get your hands dirty? To learn more and to sign up for the challenge, visit https://www.nonamesite.com/web/cs-stem/pds-stem-mashup-challenge.

Email any questions about this opportunity to nonamesite-support@topcoder.com.

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NASA Seeks Early Stage Innovations for Space Technologies From U.S. Universities

NASA is seeking proposals from accredited U.S. universities focused on innovative, early-stage space technologies that will improve shielding from space radiation, spacecraft thermal management and optical systems.

Each of these technology areas requires dramatic improvements over existing capabilities for future science and human exploration missions. Early stage, or low technology readiness level concepts, could mature into tools that solve the hard challenges facing future NASA missions. Researchers should propose unique, disruptive or transformational space technologies that address the specific topics described in this new solicitation.

NASA expects to make approximately 10 awards this fall, based on the merit of proposals received. The awards will be made for one year, with an additional year of research possible. The typical annual award value is expected to be approximately $250,000. Second year funding will be contingent on the availability of appropriated funds and technical progress. Only accredited U.S. universities may submit proposals to this solicitation.

Notices of intent are due by June 21, 2012, with proposals due July 12.

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

Questions about this forum should be directed to Claudia Meyer at hq-stro-esi-call@mail.nasa.gov.


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2012 NASA Lunar Science Forum

Join the NASA Lunar Science Institute for the fifth annual NASA Lunar Science Forum being held July 17-19, 2012, at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif.

This year’s forum will feature sessions on in-depth scientific results from the following missions: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO; the Acceleration Reconnection Turbulence and Electrodynamics of the Moon’s Interaction with the Sun, or ARTEMIS, mission; the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, or LADEE; and the Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory, or GRAIL, satellites. The forum will also feature a dedicated side-conference for graduate students and young professionals. As in past years, science sessions are structured to report on both recent results and future opportunities for lunar science, exploration, education and outreach.

Before the forum, join
the NASA Lunar Science Institute for the third annual Lunar Graduate Conference on Sunday, July 15, 2012. And make plans to attend the Next Generation Lunar Scientists and Engineers Workshop on Monday, July 16, 2012.

This forum is free and open to anyone interested in participating in the lunar science community.

Pre-registration is required. Participants must register by July 1, 2012.

For more information, visit http://lunarscience.nasa.gov/lsf2012/.

Questions about this forum should be directed to Shirley Berthold at Shirley.Berthold@nasa.gov.


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Telstar 50th Anniversary Symposium at the National Air and Space Museum

Join the National Air and Space Museum’s Space History and Education departments, in collaboration with the French Embassy, for a symposium to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Telstar satellite, representing the birth of global telecommunications.

Telstar 1 launched on July 10, 1962, from Cape Canaveral and was the first privately sponsored spacefaring mission. It was the first of its kind to handle a variety of transmissions, including telephone, fax, data, still pictures and television signals, from a variety of locations across the United States and Europe.

The symposium is free and will take place July 12, 2012, from 1:30 – 5 p.m. at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=4057.

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


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Mars Day! 2012 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! 2012 will take place on Friday, July 13, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

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

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

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Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 3 to the International Space Station

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, in partnership with NanoRacks LLC, announces a new opportunity for communities across the U.S. and space station partner nations. The newest Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, or SSEP, flight opportunity, Mission 3 to the International Space Station, or ISS, gives students across a community the ability to design and propose real experiments to fly in low Earth orbit on the International Space Station.

Each participating community will be provided an experiment slot in a real microgravity research minilaboratory scheduled to fly on the space station from mid-April to mid-May 2013. An experiment design competition in each community — engaging 300 to 1,000 students — allows student teams to design real experiments vying for their communities’ reserved experiment slot on the space station. Additional SSEP programming leverages the experiment design competition to engage the community, embracing a Learning Community Model for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education.

This competition is open to students in grades 5-12 and college. Informal education groups and organizations are also encouraged to participate. All participating communities must be aboard by Sept. 12, 2012. The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education is available to help interested communities secure the needed funding. 

Through previous SSEP missions on the space shuttle and International Space Station, more than 70,000 students in almost 200 schools have had the opportunity to design and propose real experiments to fly aboard the space station. A total of 27 experiments, reflecting the 27 communities, flew on the final two space shuttle flights. The third SSEP flight opportunity, Mission 1 to the ISS, engaged 12 communities, and 15 experiments have been selected to fly on SpaceX’s Dragon capsule scheduled to launch later this month. The Mission 2 experiments are slated to fly to the space station in fall 2012.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit the SSEP Mission 3 to ISS National Announcement of Opportunity at http://ssep.ncesse.org/?p=9708.

The SSEP in-orbit research opportunity is enabled through NanoRacks LLC, which is working in partnership with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of using the International Space Station as a national laboratory.

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

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

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