NASA Education Express — Feb. 28, 2013

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

NASA National Space Grant College and FellowshipProgram to Host Interactive Student Presentations
Audience: Higher Education Educators andStudents
Presentation Dates: Feb. 28 – March 1, 2013

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

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Next Application Deadline: March 1, 2013

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

Host a Real-TimeConversation With Crewmembers Aboard the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: March 1, 2013

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

HistoricalNASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other EducationOrganizations
Deadline: March 4, 2013

Free Education Webinar Series from the AerospaceEducation Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Various Dates During March 2013

Engineering Design: Forces and Motion –The Great Boomerang Challenge Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Mar. 7, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST

National Air and SpaceMuseum Super Science Saturday Events
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event: March 9, 2013

NASA Requestfor Information — Educator Professional Development
Audience: Entities With the Academic Expertise Neededto Implement a Range of Requirements Designed to Enhance the Professional Developmentof STEM Educators
Deadline: March 11, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. EDT

Pre-Proposal Teleconference Slides and Agenda –NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums,and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMP+) (AnnouncementNumber: NNH13ZHA001N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number:43.008)
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Proposal Due Date: April 9, 2013

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

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

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NASA National Space Grant College and FellowshipProgram to Host Interactive Student Presentations

On Feb. 28 – March 2, 2013, the National Council of NASA Space GrantDirectors’ Spring Meeting will be held in Crystal City, Va. This meeting willinclude a NASA Digital Learning Network, or DLN, broadcast of presentations by undergraduateand graduate students who are supported by Space Grant consortia from acrossthe country. Join us online for this exciting, interactive event. Viewers will have the opportunity toemail questions to the presenters during the live presentations. The NASA SpaceGrant Program Office staff will also be in attendance.

The presentations will commence as follows:

Thursday, Feb.28, 2013, 3 – 4:15 p.m. EST: Learn aboutstudents’ exciting work on space hardware, a supersonic wind tunnel,ionospheric dust collection and robotic aircraft during this webcast.

Friday, March 1, 2013, 2 – 2:45 p.m. EST:Learn about students’ exciting work on transformative Space Grant projects,bone loss in microgravity and helicopter testing during this webcast.

To access, please visit the NASA DLN website at https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/webcast/webcast.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to AleksandraKorobov at aleksandra.b.korobov@nasa.gov.

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Polar Science Weekend at the Pacific ScienceCenter

Polar Science Weekend at the Pacific ScienceCenter in Seattle, Wash., is taking place Feb. 28 – March 3, 2013. The event isfour days of hands-on activities, live demonstrations and exhibits presented byscientists who work in some of the most remote and challenging places on Earth.Learn about ice sheets and sea ice, polar bears and penguins, scientificinstruments and polar expeditions.

Polar Science Weekend highlights NASA-fundedwork in the polar regions, and is supported by a grant from NASA’s ScienceMission Directorate

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

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

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NASA Postdoctoral ProgramFellowships

The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) supports NASA’sgoal to expand scientific understanding of the Earth and the universe in whichwe live.

Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NPP Fellows complete one- tothree-year Fellowship appointments that offer scientists and engineers uniqueopportunities to conduct research in fields of science relevant to NASA.

These opportunities advance NASA’s missions in Earth science, heliophysics,planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics and engineering,human exploration and space operations, and astrobiology. Opportunities areavailable at NASA Centers and other NASA-approved sites.

As a result, NPP Fellows contribute to national priorities for scientificexploration, confirm NASA’s leadership in fundamental research, and complementthe efforts of NASA’s partners in the national science community.

U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and foreign nationals eligible forJ-1 status as a Research Scholar may apply. Applicants must have completed aPh.D. or equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but may apply whilecompleting the degree requirements. Applicants who earned the Ph.D. more thanfive years before the deadline date are categorized as Senior Fellows; allapplicants, no matter their category, must apply and become eligible for an NPPaward via the same process.

Interested applicants may apply by one of three annual application deadlines: March 1, July 1, and November 1.

For more information and application procedures, go to http://nasa.orau.org/postdoc/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to nasapostdoc@orau.org.

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Expeditions 37and 38 In-flight Education Downlink Opportunities

NASA is seeking formal and informal educationalorganizations, individually or working together, to host live, in-flighteducation downlinks during Expeditions 37 and 38 (approximately from September2013 to March 2014). 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 March 1, 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 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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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 betweenNov. 1, 2013, and May 1, 2014. To maximize these radio contact opportunities,NASA is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participantsand integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. Proposals aredue March 1, 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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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.

March 2, 2013 — Robots and Humans Unite
The universe is far older and vaster than anyoneimagined a century ago. To help scientists map the structure and evolution ofthe universe, a special instrument called a Hectospec was needed. A Hectospecuses the precision technology of optical fibers placed by delicate but veryfast robots. Senior Physicist Dan Fabricant will discuss how the Hectospec wasdeveloped, how it works and how it is used by astronomers for scientificdiscovery.

For more information about the Smithsonian’sStars Lecture Series, 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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HistoricalNASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use

NASA is inviting eligible educational institutions,museums and other organizations to screen and request historical spaceartifacts.

The artifacts represent significant human spaceflight technologies andprocesses and the accomplishments of NASA’s many programs. NASA and the GeneralServices Administration worked together to ensure broad access to spaceartifacts and to provide a Web-based electronic artifacts viewing capability.The Web-based artifacts module is located at http://gsaxcess.gov/NASAWel.htm.

Eligible participants may view the artifacts and request specific items at thewebsite through March 4, 2013. Onlyschools and museums are eligible to receive artifacts. They must registeronline using an assigned Department of Education number, or through the stateagency for surplus property in their state.

The artifacts are free of charge. Eligible organizations must cover shippingcosts and any special handling fees. Shipping fees on smaller items will berelatively inexpensive, while larger items may involve extensive disassembly,preparation, shipping and reassembly costs. NASA will work closely witheligible organizations, on a case-by-case basis, to address any unique specialhandling costs.

Special items, such as space shuttle thermal protective tiles and packages ofthree packets of astronaut food, also are offered on a first-come, first-servedbasis. Instructions for requesting artifacts and special items are linked onthe website home page.

To date, more than 7,500 artifacts from programs, including the Mercury,Gemini, Apollo, space shuttle and the Hubble Space Telescope, have been givento eligible museums, schools, universities, libraries and planetariums in all50 U.S. states.

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

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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 March 2013. All webinars can beaccessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn aboutactivities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into yourclassroom.

Physics Resources for Secondary School (Grades 7-12)
March 4, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST and6 – 7 p.m. EST
Join aerospace education specialist John Weis as he demonstratessimple activities and resources for teaching physics at middle and high schoollevels. Topics and resources covered will include Newton’s Laws of Motion, energy,light and gravity. Lesson plans and modification strategies will be discussed.

How’s the Weather? (Grades 5-8)
March 5, 2013, at 4 – 5:30 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will guide participantsthrough a storm of classroom activities, and explore NASA’s role in ourunderstanding and forecasting of weather. This webinar will also feature avisit from an Air Force hurricane hunter pilot who will share his experiencesand expertise in the study of hurricanes.

Solar Max: Storm Warning (Grades 3-8)
March 11, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDTand 6 – 7 p.m. EDT
In preparation for the 2013 Sun-Earth Day program “Solar Max:Storm Warning,” aerospace education specialist Rick Varner will shareSun-Earth Day resources and the amazing imagery rendered by the NASA heliophysicsmission Solar Dynamics Observatory. Students will be able to use this onlineresource to track sunspots and solar storms as they develop and migrate acrossthe sun.

Mars and the Scientific Method (Grades 6-12)
March 12, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDTand 6 – 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will lead participantsin an investigation conducted by viewing images of Mars and creating generalquestions that can be refined using the information available. Participantswill evaluate the lesson and determine its effectiveness in helping studentsuse a critical thinking, collaborative approach to the first step of thescientific process.

Food and Fitness (Grades 5-8)
March 13, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Angelo Casaburri will discuss the relationshipbetween nutrition and fitness. Participants will be introduced to activitiesthat examine techniques to make life-long healthy meal and activity choices,such as determining the proper serving size, understanding food labels andassessing proper nutritional and exercise choices. This webinar is part of the Departmentof Education Green Strides webinar series.

Climate Versus Weather: It’s a Matter of Time (Grades 4-8)
March 18, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and 6- 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will explore how weather andclimate are related and how they differ. Participants will be introduced to NASAwebsites that will engage and educate students about these important topics.

Physics Resources for Elementary School (Grades 1-6)
March 19, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and 6- 7 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist John Weis as he demonstrates simpleactivities and resources for teaching physics at elementary school levels.Topics and resources covered will include Newton’s Laws of Motion, energy, lightand gravity. Lesson plans and modification strategies will be discussed.

Radiation Exposure on Earth (Grades 5-8)
March 20, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Julie Muffler will share “RadiationExposure on Earth,” the first activity of “NASA’s Radiation ChallengeGuide” designed for middle school classrooms. Discover how NASA is usingradiation studies to help design long-duration spaceflight vehicles and howNASA’s space experiences are helping us here on Earth. This webinar is part ofthe Department of Education Green Strides webinar series.

Our Earth: A Real World Overview (Grades 5-12)
March 25, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and 6- 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will discuss how we explore Earthusing NASA satellites, maps and astronaut observations. Participants willexplore how to integrate NASA resources into their existing science,technology, engineering, mathematics and geography curriculum to betterunderstand the processes that shape our planet.

Building Curiosity Using NASA’s Teaching Strategies and Instructional Design(Grades K-12)
March 26, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and 6- 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler will explore inquiry-based learning,problem-based learning and project-based learning models using NASA uniqueresources. This session will empower participants to design and implementengaging meaningful lessons based on 21st century needs.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinarstaking place through March 2013, visithttp://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.

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

The U.S. Department of Education has Green Strideswebinars scheduled throughout 2013. To see a full list of Green Strideswebinars, visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/webinar.html.

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EngineeringDesign: Forces and Motion — The Great Boomerang Challenge Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional developmentexperiences, the NASA Explorer Schoolsproject and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a free 90-minuteprofessional development Web seminar for educators on Mar. 7, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn how forces and motion are usedin boomerang design to increase performance. During the session, participantswill be introduced to the Boomerang Design Challenge and learn how toincorporate this activity into science classes. The seminar also includesinformation about two unique extensions. In the first, students access a freecomputer simulation illustrating the airflow around an airfoil to determine thecorrect flow equation, and a second extension uses an interactive simulation todetermine the airflow around various shapes of airfoils.

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

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar6.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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National Air andSpace Museum Super Science Saturday Events

Join the National Air and Space Museum on the second Saturday of each monthduring 2013 for Super Science Saturday at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center inChantilly, Va. Through demonstrations and hands-on activities, visitors of allages will become immersed in science, technology, engineering and mathematicstopics related to aviation and space exploration. Each event takes place from10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Admission is free, and parking is $15.

Upcoming topics include:

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 shouldbe directed to nasmpubliclectures@si.edu.

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NASARequest for Information — Educator Professional Development

The following is a Request for Information (RFI) or Sources Sought Notice.This synopsis is for information and planning purposes and does NOT constitutea Request for Proposal (RFP). It is issued under the authority of FAR15.201(“Exchanges of information before receipt of proposals”).

NASA’s Langley Research Center is conducting market research in order toidentify potential sources that have the academic resources, capabilities, andexperience to assist in the implementation of NASA’s “Educator ProfessionalDevelopment” (EPD) Line of Business.

NASA’s education mission is to advance high quality Science, Technology,Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education utilizing NASA’s uniquecapabilities. NASA’s attention to professional development for educators spansmore than 50 years as various related models, projects, and activities at allten NASA field centers have been implemented to introduce and integrate theagency’s unique educational STEM resources into formal and informal learningenvironments locally and nationally. The NASA EPD Line of Business has beenestablished to consolidate these diverse components into a focused agency-wideeffort to ensure operational efficiency while optimizing strategies, methods,and technologies that promote educators’ use of NASA-related content. NASA’sEPD incorporates four integrated delivery mechanisms: Facility Face-to-Face(F2F) Institute, Partner-Delivered, Online EPD, and Community-Requested EPD. Theoverall objective of EPD is to utilize the four components in concert withNASA-related content to enhance the professional development of STEM educators.

The purpose of this Sources Sought Notice/Market Research is to identifysources with the academic expertise needed to implement a range of requirementsdesigned to enhance the professional development of STEM educators. Interestedparties are asked to submit a written capability statement that demonstrate thefollowing: (1) Experience in designing and developing research based educatorprofessional development with a STEM focus; (2) Accreditation by a certifiedhigher education governing board; (3) Ability to perform robust evaluationsrelated to educator professional development; (4) Ability to scale up and downto meet changing geographic and budget requirements; (5) Ability to conductface-to-face workshops at various geographical locations simultaneously; (6)Ability to respond to community requested opportunities; (7) Ability to plan,prepare, and produce high quality, synchronous and asynchronous STEM EPDsessions, courses, and learning modules for delivery through an online environment,and (8) Ability and success in utilizing in distance learning tools and socialnetworking structures to effectively enhance educator professional development.

Capability statements must also include: (1) Complete Business Name, includingDUNs Number; (2) Contact Information (Respondent’s name and title, address,telephone, facsimile, e-mail); (3) Business Size and Classification (small,small-disadvantaged, SBA Certified 8(a), HUBZone, etc.).  The NAICS code is identified as 611310(Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools).  Capability statements shall be submitted inMicrosoft Word or PDF format and must not exceed five (5) pages. Font sizeshall not be smaller than Times New Roman, 12-type point.

This Sources Sought Notice should not be construed as a commitment by theGovernment for any purpose, nor does it restrict the Government on determiningthe ultimate acquisition approach. Questions will not be addressed at thistime. The Government will not award a contract on the basis of this notice norreimburse the cost incurred by potential offerors who respond to this notice. Anyinformation submitted by respondents to this notice is strictly voluntary. Theinformation provided herein is subject to change and in no way binds theGovernment to solicit or award a contract. All capability statements should besent via email to Drena.J.McIntosh@nasa.govno later than 4:30 p.m. EDT, March 11,2013. Please reference NNL13ZB1002L in any response.

It is the offeror’s responsibility to monitor www.fbo.govfor the release of any follow-on information.

For more information about this opportunity, visithttp://prod.nais.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/eps/synopsis.cgi?acqid=155292.

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Pre-Proposal Teleconference Slides andAgenda — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for ScienceMuseums, Planetariums, and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMP+)(Announcement Number: NNH13ZHA001N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance(CFDA) Number: 43.008)

An agenda and 78 Pre-Proposal Teleconference slides were posted on the CP4SMP+portal page on NSPIRES on Feb. 20, 2013.

Visit: https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7B37764C2A-F415-01DF-1B30-F1971BE7F8BE%7D&path=open

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Pre-Service Teacher Institutes atNASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center has partneredwith Oakwood University to offer a two-weekPre-Service Teacher Institute taking place July 12-24, 2013, in Huntsville, Ala.This residential session is for education majors preparing to teachgrades K-8.

Participants will engage in hands-on learningexperiences designed to develop their skills for teaching science, technology,engineering and mathematics using NASA-developed curriculum resources. Full-timerising junior or senior undergraduate and graduate students at minorityinstitutions are invited to apply. Housing, meals, travel assistance and astipend will be provided.

Applications must be postmarked by May 10,2013.

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

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

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

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

NASA Education Express — Feb. 21, 2013

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

ElectromagneticSpectrum: Remote Sensing Ices on Mars Web Seminar
Audience: 8-10 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 21, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST

NASAto Host Google+ Hangout Live With International Space Station
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Feb. 22, 2013

NASA’s GlennResearch Center’s High School Shadowing Project
Audience: Students in Grades 10-12
Sessions III and IV Application Deadline: Feb.22, 2013

2013 SummerUndergraduate Research Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2013

Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Feb. 23, 2013

Free Education Webinar Series from the AerospaceEducation Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Various Dates During February 2013

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

High Power Microscopes: The Virtual LabWeb Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 26, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST

The Search for Life Beyond Earth:Mars Educator Conference
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Registration Deadline: Feb. 26, 2013
Conference Date: March 2, 2013

Pythagorean Theorem: ExploringSpace Through Math — Lunar Rover Web Seminar
Audience: 8-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 27, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST

Space DayTexas 2013
Audience: All Educators and Students
School Registration Deadline: Feb. 27, 2013
Event Date: March 19, 2013

NASA National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program to Host InteractiveStudent Presentations
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Presentation Dates: Feb. 28 – March 1, 2013

What If? LiveStudent Design Challenge
Audience: Students Age 14-18
Registration Deadline: Feb. 28, 2013

Titan and Europa Essay Contest
Audience: 5-12 Students
Entry Deadline: Feb. 28, 2013

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

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Next Application Deadline: March 1, 2013

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

Host a Real-TimeConversation With Crewmembers Aboard the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: March 1, 2013

HistoricalNASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other EducationOrganizations
Deadline: March 4, 2013

Free Exploring Space Lecture Series –Attend in Person or View Online
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: March 12, 2013

Celebrate Solar Week — Spring2013
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Event Dates: March 18-22, 2013

Sun-Earth Days’SolarMAX Anime’ Contest
Audience: Students ages 13 and older
Entry Deadline: March 20, 2013

HeritageFamily Day Events at Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event Date: March 23, 2013

NASA Fellowship in the History of SpaceTechnology
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: April 1, 2013

2013-14 History of ScienceSociety Fellowship in the History of Space Science
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: April 1, 2013

Fellowship in Aerospace History
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: April 1, 2013

Amendment and Frequently Asked Questions — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program forScience Museums, Planetariums, and NASA Visitor Centers Plus OtherOpportunities (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH13ZHA001N, Catalog of FederalDomestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008)
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Proposal Due Date: April 9, 2013

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

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

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ElectromagneticSpectrum: Remote Sensing Ices 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 on Feb.21, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn how to use authentic NASA mission data toinvestigate the composition and distribution of ices in the high-latituderegions of Mars through analysis of visible light, infrared light and gammarays. The seminar includes information about a unique student extensionactivity, where students access a free computer simulation illustrating howgamma rays are used to determine the chemical composition of Mars.

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

For more information and to registeronline, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar4.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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NASA toHost Google+ Hangout Live With International Space Station

NASA will host its first Google+ Hangoutlive with the International Space Station from 11 a.m. to noon EST, Friday,Feb. 22, 2013. This event will connect NASA’s social media followers withastronauts on the ground and those living and working aboard the laboratory orbiting240 miles above Earth.

Google+ Hangouts allow as many as 10 people to chat face to face, whilethousands more can tune in to watch the conversation live on Google+ orYouTube.

NASA’s social media followers submitted video questions before the hangout.During the event, several video questions will be answered by the station crewand astronauts on the ground. Additionally, NASA will take real-time questionssubmitted by fans. Use #askAstro to ask real-time questions on Google+, YouTubeor Twitter during the hangout. On themorning of the event, NASA will open a thread on its Facebook page wherequestions may be posted.

The hangout may be viewed live on NASA’s Google+ page or on the NASA TelevisionYouTube channel. To join the hangout, and for updates and opportunities to participatein upcoming hangouts, visit NASA’s Google+ page at http://www.google.com/+NASA.

Astronauts Kevin Ford and Tom Marshburn of NASA and Chris Hadfield of theCanadian Space Agency will answer questions and provide insight about lifeaboard the station. Crews conduct a variety of science experiments and performstation maintenance during their six-month stay on the outpost. Their lifeaboard the station in near-weightlessness requires different approaches toeveryday activities such as eating, sleeping and exercising.

For information about the space station, research in low Earth orbit, NASA’scommercial space programs and the future of American spaceflight, visit https://www.nasa.gov/exploration.

To follow astronauts Marshburn and Hadfield on Twitter, visit http://www.twitter.com/AstroMarshburn and http://www.twitter.com/Cmdr_Hadfield.

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to HQ-social@mail.nasa.gov.

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NASA’s GlennResearch Center’s High School Shadowing 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 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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2013 Summer Undergraduate Research 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 with potential mentors to define and develop a project andto write research proposals. Caltech faculty or JPL staff review the proposalsand recommend awards. Students work over a 10-week period in the summer,mid-June to late August. At the conclusion of the project, each student willsubmit a technical paper and give a SURF Seminar Day oral presentation.

All application materials must be received nolater 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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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. 23, 2013 — A Universe of Data: How We GetScience Out of Space Telescopes
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.

March 2, 2013 — Robotsand Humans Unite
The universe is far older and vaster than anyone imagined a century ago. Tohelp scientists map the structure and evolution of the universe, a specialinstrument called a Hectospec was needed. A Hectospec uses the precisiontechnology of optical fibers placed by delicate but very fast robots. SeniorPhysicist Dan Fabricant will discuss how the Hectospec was developed, how itworks and how it is used by astronomers for scientific discovery.

For more information about the Smithsonian’sStars Lecture Series, 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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FreeEducation Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

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

Quantifying Changes Over Time (Grades 4-10)
Feb. 25, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST and 6 -7 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Rick Varner will discuss the Landsat missions,one of the longest running Earth observation missions. Participants willcompare remote sensing images of Earth taken across periods of time to reflectchanges to the observed areas that are both natural and influenced by humans.

Blue Marble Matches: Comparing Earth’s Features to the Other Planets (Grades4-12)
Feb. 26, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST and 6 -7 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler will present an activity designedto introduce students to the geologic processes on Earth. In the activity,students take on the roles of geologists and planetary scientists as theyobserve and interpret satellite photography and use data to explain thefeatures on distant planets.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinarstaking place through March 2013, visithttp://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.

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

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5th Annual NASA STEM Educators Workshop Series

Join NASA for the 5th Annual NASA STEM EducatorsWorkshop Series taking place March 4-6, 2013, in Charlotte, N.C.

This workshop series will explore engineeringdesign challenges, problem-based learning activities, distance learningmodules, inquiry-based lessons and hands-on projects. Each workshop will be ledby experienced educators and education public outreach specialists who willmodel pedagogical techniques and methods to foster problem-based learning,science as inquiry, technology integration and best practices. Workshops targetinservice, informal and preservice teachers who serve the K-12 educationcommunity.

Registration is free. The deadline forregistration is Feb. 25,2013.

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

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

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HighPower Microscopes: The Virtual Lab 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 Feb. 26, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn to use a computer programsimulating three high-power virtual microscopes: an atomic force microscope, ascanning electron microscope and a fluorescence light microscope. Viewingspecimens include one-celled organisms, human tissue, computer chips, insectsand fungi. You will get an overview of the software, watch videos of studentsexploring specimens and learn to use the Virtual Lab website and software.

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

For more informationand to register online, visit URL http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar13.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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The Search for Life Beyond Earth:Mars Educator Conference

Bring your classroom along to share NASA’s greatquest for habitable environments beyond Earth, starting with Gale Crater on Mars.Using NASA’s newest rover, Curiosity, learn how to use NASA astrobiology andthe exploration of Mars to enhance life science and physical science topics inyour classroom. Engage your students to think critically about big questions,such as “What are the conditions for life?” and “Is there life beyond Earth?”

Special Mars and astrobiology guest presenters from NASA will share the latestnews. NASA education specialists will show hands-on activities relating toscience, technology, engineering and mathematics to help educators extend theirstudents’ learning and demonstrate how activities align to the Next GenerationScience Standards. Conference participants will receive lessonplans, NASA materials and resources

The conference will take place on March 2, 2013, at the Arizona StateUniversity main campus in Tempe, Ariz.

The conference is free, but registration is required before Feb. 26, 2013.

For more information and to register for the conference, visit http://marsed.asu.edu/registerSP2013.

Questions about the workshop should be directed to mars@asu.edu.

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Pythagorean Theorem: ExploringSpace Through Math — Lunar Rover Web Seminar

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hostinga 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Feb. 27, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learnto use the distance formula and the Pythagorean theorem to determine theminimal path and minimal time for a lunar rover to perform tasks on the surfaceof the moon. Participants should have a basic knowledge of scale factor andapplication of the Pythagorean theorem. Having access to a calculator ishelpful but not necessary for session.

Seminar participants will be given an overview of the lesson and a look atwhere it fits in the mathematics curriculum, including an alignment to theCommon Core Standards for mathematics.

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

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar9.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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SpaceDay Texas 2013

Space Day Texas 2013 is just around thecorner! NASA will take over the Texas Capitol on March 19, 2013, for Space Dayat the Capitol, a space exploration celebration. This year’s theme is “HumanExploration: the Journey Continues.” The day will include space exhibits,demonstrations and hands-on activities for students, legislative proclamationsand an astronaut appearance. Visitors also have the chance to experience NASA’smobile space exhibit, “Driven to Explore,” which includes a chance to touch analmost 4-billion-year-old moon rock.

Visitors can view exhibits in the Capitol rotunda and along Colorado Streetfrom 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. An astronaut autograph session at the Capitol isscheduled for 1:15 – 2:15 p.m.

Registration for schools to attend closes Feb. 27, 2013. Register your studentstoday! https://events.jsc.nasa.gov/registration/SpaceDay/Register.cfm

For more information on Space Week Texas 2013, visit https://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/events/sed.html.

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

Follow us on Twitter @NASA_Johnson, # SpaceWeek, for more Space Week Texasactivities.

Questions about this event should be directed to Linda Smith at linda.k.smith@nasa.gov.

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NASA National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program to HostInteractive Student Presentations

On Feb. 28 – March 2, 2013, the National Council of NASA Space Grant Directors’ Spring Meeting will beheld in Crystal City, Va. This meeting will include a NASA Digital LearningNetwork, or DLN, broadcast of presentations by undergraduate and graduate studentswho are supported by Space Grant consortia from across the country. Joinus online for this exciting, interactive event. Viewers will have the opportunity to email questions to thepresenters during the live presentations. The NASA Space Grant Program Officestaff will also be in attendance.

The presentations will commence as follows:

Thursday, Feb.28, 2013, 3 – 4:15 p.m. EST: Learn aboutstudents’ exciting work on space hardware, a supersonic wind tunnel,ionospheric dust collection and robotic aircraft during this webcast.

Friday, March 1, 2013, 2 – 2:45 p.m. EST:Learn about students’ exciting work on transformative Space Grant projects,bone loss in microgravity and helicopter testing during this webcast.

To access, please visit the NASA DLN website at https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/webcast/webcast.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to AleksandraKorobov at aleksandra.b.korobov@nasa.gov.

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WhatIf? Live Student Design Challenge

Candy, soda and other everyday items will be thetools of the trade for teenage rocket makers competing in the What If? LiveStudent Design Challenge. Registration is open through Feb. 28, 2013, for the worldwide contest, in which 14- to18-year-old students will design experimental propulsion systems usingmaterials that are inexpensive and easy to obtain.

The challenge is designed to excite students about science, technology,engineering and mathematics. The goal is to develop students’ creative and analyticalabilities by learning about the growing need for green fuels and designing avehicle propulsion system using commonly available materials, including sweettreats and carbonated beverages. Students may work alone or in groups of asmany as four. Participants must create a research plan, write a research paper,develop and build the propulsion system, make a video showing the vehicle inaction and submit the video to judges via YouTube.com.

A panel of scientists, astronauts and educators will judge the entries andselect finalists. There will be one winning design in each age category.Winners will be announced in May and will receive special recognition from NASAand Ahoora.

To register, submit research and learn more about vehicle design, the officialrules and other information about the What If? Live Student Design Challenge,including view a two-minute video of the propulsion system in action, visit http://www.whatifprize.org.

Questions about this contest should be emailedto info@whatifprize.org.

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Titan and Europa Essay Contest

NASA scientists want to know where students in grades 5-12 think NASA’snext big mission to the outer solar system should go: Saturn’s moon, Titan, orJupiter’s moon, Europa. Both of these moons are fascinating places to explore.Learn why astrobiologists want to explore these worlds.

The Titan and Europa Essay Contest challenges students to learn more aboutastrobiology and the engineering challenges of exploring Titan and Europa.After watching short videos and learning about both moons and how missions toexplore each would work, students should write an essay (no longer than 500words) to explain why NASA should go to Titan or to Europa.

Essays must be submitted by a teacher by Feb.28, 2013.

NASA will send certificates of participation to all students who enter thecontest. Winning essays will be posted on a NASA website, and the winners andtheir classes will be invited to participate in a question-and-answerteleconference, videoconference or webchat with NASA scientists.

This contest is sponsored by the NASA Astrobiology Institute, withparticipation from the Titan Astrobiology team and the Astrobiology of IcyWorlds team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

For more information, visit http://icyworlds.jpl.nasa.gov/contest/.

If you have questions about this contest, please email titaneuropa@jpl.nasa.gov.

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Polar ScienceWeekend at the Pacific Science Center

Polar Science Weekend at the Pacific ScienceCenter in Seattle, Wash., is taking place Feb. 28 – March 3, 2013. The event isfour days of hands-on activities, live demonstrations and exhibits presented byscientists who work in some of the most remote and challenging places on Earth.Learn about ice sheets and sea ice, polar bears and penguins, scientificinstruments and polar expeditions.

Polar Science Weekend highlights NASA-fundedwork in the polar regions, and is supported by a grant from NASA’s ScienceMission Directorate

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

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

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NASA Postdoctoral ProgramFellowships

The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) supports NASA’sgoal to expand scientific understanding of the Earth and the universe in whichwe live.

Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NPP Fellows complete one- tothree-year Fellowship appointments that offer scientists and engineers uniqueopportunities to conduct research in fields of science relevant to NASA.

These opportunities advance NASA’s missions in Earth science, heliophysics,planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics and engineering,human exploration and space operations, and astrobiology. Opportunities areavailable at NASA Centers and other NASA-approved sites.

As a result, NPP Fellows contribute to national priorities for scientificexploration, confirm NASA’s leadership in fundamental research, and complementthe efforts of NASA’s partners in the national science community.

U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and foreign nationals eligible forJ-1 status as a Research Scholar may apply. Applicants must have completed aPh.D. or equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but may apply whilecompleting the degree requirements. Applicants who earned the Ph.D. more thanfive years before the deadline date are categorized as Senior Fellows; allapplicants, no matter their category, must apply and become eligible for an NPPaward via the same process.

Interested applicants may apply by one of three annual application deadlines:March 1, July 1, and November 1.

For more information and application procedures, go to http://nasa.orau.org/postdoc/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to nasapostdoc@orau.org.

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Expeditions 37and 38 In-flight Education Downlink Opportunities

NASA is seeking formal and informal educationalorganizations, individually or working together, to host live, in-flighteducation downlinks during Expeditions 37 and 38 (approximately from September2013 to March 2014). 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 March 1, 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 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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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 betweenNov. 1, 2013, and May 1, 2014. To maximize these radio contact opportunities,NASA is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participantsand integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. Proposals aredue March 1, 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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HistoricalNASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use

NASA is inviting eligible educational institutions,museums and other organizations to screen and request historical spaceartifacts.

The artifacts represent significant human spaceflight technologies andprocesses and the accomplishments of NASA’s many programs. NASA and the GeneralServices Administration worked together to ensure broad access to spaceartifacts and to provide a Web-based electronic artifacts viewing capability.The Web-based artifacts module is located at http://gsaxcess.gov/NASAWel.htm.

Eligible participants may view the artifacts and request specific items at thewebsite through March 4, 2013. Onlyschools and museums are eligible to receive artifacts. They must registeronline using an assigned Department of Education number, or through the stateagency for surplus property in their state.

The artifacts are free of charge. Eligible organizations must cover shippingcosts and any special handling fees. Shipping fees on smaller items will berelatively inexpensive, while larger items may involve extensive disassembly,preparation, shipping and reassembly costs. NASA will work closely witheligible organizations, on a case-by-case basis, to address any unique specialhandling costs.

Special items, such as space shuttle thermal protective tiles and packages ofthree packets of astronaut food, also are offered on a first-come, first-servedbasis. Instructions for requesting artifacts and special items are linked onthe website home page.

To date, more than 7,500 artifacts from programs, including the Mercury,Gemini, Apollo, space shuttle and the Hubble Space Telescope, have been givento eligible museums, schools, universities, libraries and planetariums in all50 U.S. states.

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

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Free Exploring Space LectureSeries — Attend in Person or View Online

The 2013 Exploring Space Lectures will feature world-class scholarsdiscussing the incredibly diverse worlds that make up our solar system. Thelectures will be held at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.,and are free to attend. Tickets are required. The lectures will be webcast livefor free viewing. Lecture videos will be archived.

Curiosity’s Mission of Exploration at Gale Crater, Mars

In August 2012, the Curiosity rover arrived on Mars in a daring feat ofengineering. John Grotzinger, chief scientist for the Mars Science LaboratoryMission, will share the latest images and scientific results from the Curiositymission. Grotzinger will also discuss Gale Crater, the area where Curiosity isexploring.

The lecture will take place on March 12,2013, at 8 p.m. Come early to see a free film and to meet the lecturer.

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=4977.

The Voyager Journey to the Edge of InterstellarSpace

Launched in 1977 on a journey to exploreJupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, the two Voyager spacecraft are now overnine billion miles from Earth. Professor Edward Stone of the CaliforniaInstitute of Technology will discuss the epic journey taken by the Voyagerspacecraft as they approach interstellar space.

The lecture will take place on April 16,2013, at 8 p.m. Come early to see a free film and to meet the lecturer.

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=4978.

Vesta in the Light of Dawn

Before starting its journey to the dwarf planet Ceres,the Dawn spacecraft spent a year exploring the asteroid Vesta. PrincipalScientist Carol Raymond will lead attendees on a tour of the ancient world ofVesta and what it can teach us about the early days of the solar system.

The lecture will take place on May 7, 2013,at 8 p.m. Come early to see a free film and to meet the lecturer session.

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=4979.

50 Years of Solar System Exploration: NewWorlds, New Discoveries

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

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

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

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CelebrateSolar Week — Spring 2013

Solar Week provides a weeklong seriesof Web-based educational classroom activities and games with a focus on the sun-Earthconnection geared for grades 5-8. Studentslearn about solar eclipses, sunspots, solar flares and solar storms through aseries of activities, games andlessons. In addition, there’s a message board where classrooms can submit aquestion to leading solar scientists.

Solar Week is ideal for students studying thesolar system, the stars or astronomy in general, and now Solar Week features aday focused on solar energy. Solar Week is also for kids pondering possiblecareer choices and wondering what it’s like to be a scientist. Participationmakes for a fun computer lab activity as well. After doing the activities, studentscan interact on the bulletin board with leading scientists at the forefront ofsun-Earth research. It’s a great place for any student interestedin our nearest star, the sun.

Solar Week takes place March 18-22, 2013.

To learn more and to register to participate, visit http://www.solarweek.org.

Questions about Solar Week may be emailed to solarweek@solarweek.org.

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Sun-Earth Days ‘SolarMAX Anime’ Contest

NASA’s Sun-Earth Days program wants to see yourbest anime artwork. SolarMAX is the official superhero mascot for Sun-EarthDays. But keeping an eye on space weather is a big job for just one superhero. TheSun-Earth Days team is looking for students ages 13 and older to create and submita new and original anime-style character to help SolarMAX. The character musthave a visible space weather related super power.

The Sun-Earth Days team will select five characters to be added to theSun-Earth Days superhero team! The first two winning characters will beselected and announced on the live Sun-Earth Days webcast on March 22, 2013.Winner characters also will appear as part of a new Sun-Earth Days desktop wallpaper!

Entries must be submitted online by March20, 2013.

For more information, including instructions for submitting a character design,visit http://sunearthday.nasa.gov/2013/solarmax/contest.php.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to sunearthday@gmail.com.

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HeritageFamily Day Events at Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum

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

Women inAviation and Space
March 23, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
Celebrate the incredible contributions of women in aviation, scienceand aerospace. Enjoy hands-on activities, guest speakers, a theatricalpresentation, book signings and Flights of Fancy story time for our youngestvisitors.
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=4833

Explore the Universe Day: Everyone Looks Up!
June 1, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
Everyone looks up! People around the world havealways looked to the sky, but they don’t always see thesame things. Experience how different people study the sky and hear theirstories.
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=4835

A Century of Women in Aerospace
Sept. 14,2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
For over 100 years, women have contributed to technological advancesin aviation and space. Hear about the historic women who have inspired today’srole models.
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=4836

HispanicHeritage Month: Innovators in Air and Space
Sept. 24, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
Oct. 5, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
Celebrate Latin America’s historical contributions to aviation andspace exploration. Meet current Hispanic scientists and engineers through theSmithsonian Latinos in STEM initiative. Listen to bilingual stories andparticipate in hands-on activities. The events are free and open to the public.
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=4837

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

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NASA Fellowship in the History ofSpace Technology

The NASA Fellowship in the History of SpaceTechnology, offered by the Society for the History of Technology and supportedby the NASA History Division, seeks applications for a yearlong predoctoral orpostdoctoral fellowship related to the history of space technology. Thefellowship may support advanced research related to all aspects of spacehistory, leading to publications on the history of space technology broadlyconsidered, including cultural and intellectual history, institutional history,economic history, history of law and public policy, and history of engineeringand management.

The fellowship carries a stipend of $17,000, paid quarterly. Funds may not beused to support tuition or fees. The NASA Fellow will also receivecomplimentary membership in the Society for the History of Technology for theyear of fellowship.

Applicants must possess a doctorate in history of technology or in a closelyrelated field, or be enrolled as a student in a doctoral degree program andhave completed all requirements for the Ph.D., except the dissertation, inhistory of technology or a related field. Eligibility is not limited to U.S.citizens or residents.

Applications are due April 1,2013.

For detailed information on the fellowship and the application process, visit http://www.historyoftechnology.org/awards/nasa.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to shot@virginia.edu.

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2013-14 History of ScienceSociety Fellowship in the History of Space Science

The Fellowship in the History of Space Science,offered by the History of Science Society and supported by the NASA HistoryDivision, seeks applications for a nine-month predoctoral or postdoctoralfellowship related to the history of science. The fellowship may supportadvanced research related to all aspects of the history of space science, fromthe earliest human interest in space to the present.

The fellowship carries a stipend of $21,250. Funds may not be used to supporttuition or fees.

Applicants must possess a doctorate in history of science or in a closelyrelated field, or be enrolled as a student in a doctoral degree program and havecompleted all requirements for the degree, except the dissertation, in historyof science or a related field. Eligibility is not limited to U.S. citizens orresidents.

Applications are due April 1,2013.

For detailed information on the fellowship and the application process, visit http://www.hssonline.org/about/society_NASAFellowship.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to info@hssonline.org.

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Fellowship in Aerospace History

The Fellowship in Aerospace History, offeredby the American Historical Association and supported by NASA, seeksapplications for a predoctoral or postdoctoral fellowship related to thehistory of aerospace. The selected Fellow will have the opportunity to engagein significant and sustained advanced research in all aspects of the history ofaerospace from the earliest human interest in flight to the present, includingcultural and intellectual history, economic history, history of law and publicpolicy, and the history of science, engineering and management.

The fellowship carries a stipend of $20,000 for a six- to nine-month fellowshipand is adjustable for longer fellowships of up to a year. Funds may not be usedto support tuition or fees.

The fellowship is open to applicants who hold a doctoral degree in history orin a closely related field, or who are enrolled in and have completed allcoursework for a doctoral degree-granting program.

Applications are due April 1,2013.

For detailed information on the fellowship and the application process, visit http://www.historians.org/prizes/NASA.htm.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to aha@historians.org.

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Amendment andFrequently Asked Questions — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) CompetitiveProgram for Science Museums, Planetariums, and NASA Visitor Centers Plus OtherOpportunities (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH13ZHA001N, Catalog of FederalDomestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008)

One amendment and 44 Frequently AskedQuestions were posted on the CP4SMP+ portal page on NSPIRES on Feb. 20, 2013.The FAQs include the categories of PeerReview/Proposal Content Development/Format; Institutional/PrincipalInvestigator Eligibility; Allowable Costs, Budgets, Indirect Costs, and NASAGrant Policies; and Partnerships with NASA/Other Entities and Other Third PartyIssues.

Visit: https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7B37764C2A-F415-01DF-1B30-F1971BE7F8BE%7D&path=open

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RockOn 2013 University Rocket Science Workshop

U.S. university and community college faculty and students are invited to aweeklong workshop to learn how to build and launch a scientific experiment intospace. NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia is hosting the RockOn 2013workshop June 15-20, 2013, in partnership with the Colorado and Virginia SpaceGrant Consortia. Workshop participants must be U.S. citizens. The registrationdeadline for the workshop is May 1, 2013.

The hands-on workshop teaches participants to build experiments that fly onsounding rockets. During the week, participants will work together in teams ofthree to construct and integrate a sounding rocket payload from a kit. On thefifth day of the workshop, the experiments will fly on a sounding rocketexpected to reach an altitude of more than 70 miles.

Each experiment will provide valuable scientific data, analyzed as part of thestudent-led science and engineering research. The program engages faculty andstudents in science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills critical toNASA’s future engineering, scientific and technical missions.

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

Questions about the workshop or the registration process should be directed toChris Koehler by email at koehler@colorado.edu orby telephone at 303-492-3141.

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

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

NASA Education Express — Feb. 14, 2013

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

Newton’sLaws of Motion: Lunar Nautics Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 14, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST

NASA’s REEL Science CommunicationContest
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2013

Free Smithsonian’s StarsLecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Feb. 16, 2013

Free Education Webinar Series from the AerospaceEducation Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Various Dates During February 2013

Pre-Proposal Teleconference, Plus Amendments and Update to Frequent AskedQuestions — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for ScienceMuseums, Planetariums, and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities(CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH13ZHA001N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance(CFDA) Number: 43.008)
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Amendments and Updates to FAQs to Be Posted On or After Feb. 15, 2013
Pre-Proposal Teleconference: Feb. 20, 1-3 p.m. EST
Proposal Due Date: April 9, 2013

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Webcast –Explore African American History and Science With NASA and Tuskegee
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: Feb. 20, 2013, at 2 p.m.EST

Linear Equations: NASA CONNECT –Breaking Barriers Web Seminar
Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb 20. 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST

Electromagnetic Spectrum: RemoteSensing Ices on Mars Web Seminar
Audience: 8-10 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 21, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST

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

NASA to HostGoogle+ Hangout Live With International Space Station
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Feb. 22, 2013

NASA’s GlennResearch Center’s High School Shadowing Project
Audience: Students in Grades 10-12
Sessions III and IV Application Deadline: Feb.22, 2013

2013 SummerUndergraduate Research Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2013

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

The Search for Life Beyond Earth:Mars Educator Conference
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Registration Deadline: Feb. 26, 2013
Conference Date: March 2, 2013

What If? LiveStudent Design Challenge
Audience: Students Age 14-18
Registration Deadline: Feb. 28, 2013

Titan and Europa Essay Contest
Audience: 5-12 Students
Entry Deadline: Feb. 28, 2013

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Next Application Deadline: March 1, 2013

HistoricalNASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other EducationOrganizations
Deadline: March 4, 2013

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

NASA Announcement for High-Impact,National, Strategic STEM Education Partnerships
Audience: Education Organizations
Informational Teleconference: March 27, 2013, 11:30 a.m. EDT
Response Deadline: Dec. 31, 2014

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

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Newton’sLaws of Motion: Lunar Nautics 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 Feb. 14, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST. This Web seminar features threelessons for grades 5-8, focusing on a real-world understanding of Newton’s Lawsof Motion and addresses common misconceptions associated with the laws. Thefeatured lessons are Rocket Staging: Balloon Staging, Lunar Landing: SwingingTray and Lunar Base Supply Egg Drop.

This is the final time during this school year that this seminar will beoffered.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar1.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 REEL Science Communication Contest

So you want to be a NASA producer? NASA is looking for talented high schoolstudents to create videos that engage students in earth science.

Students are consuming over 10 hours of media each day, and video isincreasingly important to reach and engage this audience about science. NASAearth science missions are kicking off a new video contest challenging highschool students to produce a two-minute video for middle school students. Thevideos should focus on one of three topics: Ozone in the Stratosphere, ShipTracks and Our Environment, or The Water of the Water Planet.

Winning videos will be posted on NASA’s website. Winners will also get theopportunity to be a NASA producer working with NASA scientists andcommunication experts in July 2013 to produce an earth science feature video.

The deadline for submitting videos is Feb.15, 2013.

— NEW! Director’s Cut Video from NASA Producer Ali Ogden —

NASA producer Ali Ogden created a video, which shares her insight aboutproducing a video feature for NASA. In this director’s cut version of herMontreal Protocol story, Ali provides practical advice about audience, thinkingvisually, story and post-production. These practical tips for video productionwill help students with the REEL Science Contest. To view Ogden’s video, visit http://aura.gsfc.nasa.gov/reelscience-video.html.

For more information and instructions for submitting a video, visit http://aura.gsfc.nasa.gov/reelscience.

Questions about this contest should be emailed to Ginger Butcher at ginger.butcher-1@nasa.gov.

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Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

Curious about our nearest star, moon rocks,volcanoes and other wonders of the universe? Come to the Smithsonian’s Stars, aseries of 10 lectures by Smithsonian researchers who are exploring the sun, themoon, 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 place at4 p.m. prior to each lecture. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory,weather permitting.

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 — A Universe of Data: How We GetScience Out of Space Telescopes
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.

March 2, 2013 — Robotsand Humans Unite
The universe is far older and vaster than anyone imagined a century ago. Tohelp scientists map the structure and evolution of the universe, a specialinstrument called a Hectospec was needed. A Hectospec uses the precisiontechnology of optical fibers placed by delicate but very fast robots. SeniorPhysicist Dan Fabricant will discuss how the Hectospec was developed, how itworks and how it is used by astronomers for scientific discovery.

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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Free Education Webinar Series fromthe Aerospace Education Services Project

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

I Want to Hold Your Hand (Grades 2-5)
Feb. 19, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST and6 – 7 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Beth White will lead participants inan activity to construct a simple robotic-like hand using low-cost materials.Participants will demonstrate how data is collected when using robotictechnology.

Climate Time Machine (Grades K-12)
Feb. 20, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Sandy Kaszynski will help participants get toknow NASA’s climate website. Learn how to find resources for teaching orlearning about what we know and how we know about what’s happening to Earth.This webinar is part of the Department of Education Green Strides webinarseries

Quantifying Changes Over Time (Grades 4-10)
Feb. 25, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST and 6 -7 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Rick Varner will discuss the Landsat missions,one of the longest running Earth observation missions. Participants willcompare remote sensing images of Earth taken across periods of time to reflectchanges to the observed areas that are both natural and influenced by humans.

Blue Marble Matches: Comparing Earth’s Features to the Other Planets (Grades4-12)
Feb. 26, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST and 6 -7 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler will present an activity designedto introduce students to the geologic processes on Earth. In the activity,students take on the roles of geologists and planetary scientists as theyobserve and interpret satellite photography and use data to explain thefeatures on distant planets.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinarstaking place through March 2013, visithttp://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.

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

The U.S. Department of Education has Green Strideswebinars scheduled throughout 2013. To see a full list of Green Strideswebinars, visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/webinar.html.

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Pre-Proposal Teleconference, PlusAmendments and Update to Frequent Asked Questions — NASA Research Announcement(NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums, and NASA VisitorCenters Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH13ZHA001N,Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008)

Amendments to the NRAwill be posted on the CP4SMP+ portal page on NSPIRES on or after Feb.15, 2013. https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7B37764C2A-F415-01DF-1B30-F1971BE7F8BE%7D&path=open

A pre-proposal teleconference will be held on Feb. 20, 2013 from 1-3 p.m. EST. Prospective proposers are requested to submit any questions in writingto CP4SMP@jpl.nasa.gov no later than four business days before the teleconference date so that NASA will beprepared to cover as much information as possible at the teleconference. NASAplans to post written questions and answers, and teleconference charts to theNASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System, orNSPIRES, website. The teleconference will provide an opportunity to askquestions and solicit clarifications from proposers. To dial into theteleconference, call 1-888-469-1385. Everyoneis encouraged to dial in 15-20 minutes in advance to allow time for theoperators to take roll and add you to the telecon. The participant passcode is CP4SMP. For relayservices for the hearing impaired, call 711 at least 30 minutes before the callis to begin.

For more information aboutthis opportunity, visit https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7B37764C2A-F415-01DF-1B30-F1971BE7F8BE%7D&path=open.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Webcast – Explore African AmericanHistory and Science With NASA and Tuskegee

Join NASA’s Digital Learning NetworkTMFeb. 20, 2013, from 2-3 p.m. EST, fora webcast. Let your students soar through the clouds to explore history,science and the early frontiers of aviation with contrail scientist Dr. LinChambers and Howard Baugh Jr., pilot and son of a documented originalTuskegee Airman. Classes may join the webcast via live streaming on the DLiNfoChannel at the following website: https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/webcast/webcast.html.

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

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to BonnieMurray at
bonnie.murray@nasa.gov.

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LinearEquations: NASA CONNECT — Breaking BarriersWeb Seminar

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Webseminar for educators on Feb. 20, 2013at 6:30 p.m. EST. During this professional development session,participants will receive information about the applications of linearequations at NASA and learn how to implement the Breaking Barriers activity.Breaking Barriers provides students an opportunity to step into the shoes of aNASA engineer to design, build and test an X-1 balloon.

This seminar will not be offered again during this school year.

For more information and to registeronline, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar8.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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ElectromagneticSpectrum: Remote Sensing Ices 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 on Feb.21, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn how to use authentic NASA mission data toinvestigate the composition and distribution of ices in the high-latituderegions of Mars through analysis of visible light, infrared light and gammarays. The seminar includes information about a unique student extensionactivity, where students access a free computer simulation illustrating howgamma rays are used to determine the chemical composition of Mars.

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

For more information and to registeronline, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar4.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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Call for Abstracts: 64th InternationalAstronautical Congress

NASA announces its intent to participate in the64th International Astronautical Congress, or IAC, and requests that full-timegraduate students attending U.S. universities or colleges respond to this callfor abstracts. The IAC, which is organized by the International AstronauticalFederation, or IAF, the International Academy of Astronautics and theInternational Institute of Space Law, is the largest space-related conferenceworldwide and selects an average of 1,000 scientific papers every year.

The upcoming IAC will be held Sept. 23-27, 2013,in Beijing, China. NASA’s participation in this event is an ongoing effort tocontinue to connect NASA with the international astronautical and spacecommunities.

The IAC has posted a “Call forAbstracts,” with a submission deadline of 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 bymid-January, with the same submission deadline of Feb. 21, 2013. Theselected NASA-sponsored students must also be selected by the IAF.

Please visit the IAC website (http://www.iac2013.org/) for additionalinformation about the Congress and to obtain information about the “Callfor 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 beemailed to Carolyn Knowles at carolyn.knowles-1@nasa.gov.

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NASA toHost Google+ Hangout Live With International Space Station

NASA will host its first Google+ Hangoutlive with the International Space Station from 11 a.m. to noon EST, Friday,Feb. 22, 2013. This event will connect NASA’s social media followers with astronautson the ground and those living and working aboard the laboratory orbiting 240miles above Earth.

Google+ Hangouts allow as many as 10 people to chat face to face, whilethousands more can tune in to watch the conversation live on Google+ or YouTube.

NASA’s social media followers submitted video questions before the hangout.During the event, several video questions will be answered by the station crewand astronauts on the ground. Additionally, NASA will take real-time questionssubmitted by fans. Use #askAstro to ask real-time questions on Google+, YouTubeor Twitter during the hangout. On themorning of the event, NASA will open a thread on its Facebook page wherequestions may be posted.

The hangout may be viewed live on NASA’s Google+ page or on the NASA TelevisionYouTube channel. To join the hangout, and for updates and opportunities toparticipate in upcoming hangouts, visit NASA’s Google+ page at http://www.google.com/+NASA.

Astronauts Kevin Ford and Tom Marshburn of NASA and Chris Hadfield of theCanadian Space Agency will answer questions and provide insight about lifeaboard the station. Crews conduct a variety of science experiments and performstation maintenance during their six-month stay on the outpost. Their lifeaboard the station in near-weightlessness requires different approaches toeveryday activities such as eating, sleeping and exercising.

For information about the space station, research in low Earth orbit, NASA’scommercial space programs and the future of American spaceflight, visit https://www.nasa.gov/exploration.

To follow astronauts Marshburn and Hadfield on Twitter, visit http://www.twitter.com/AstroMarshburn and http://www.twitter.com/Cmdr_Hadfield.

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to HQ-social@mail.nasa.gov.

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NASA’s GlennResearch Center’s High School Shadowing 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 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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2013 Summer Undergraduate Research 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 with potential mentors to define and develop a project andto write research proposals. Caltech faculty or JPL staff review the proposalsand recommend awards. Students work over a 10-week period in the summer,mid-June to late August. At the conclusion of the project, each student willsubmit a technical paper and give a SURF Seminar Day oral presentation.

All application materials must be received nolater 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 NASASTEM 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 engineeringdesign challenges, problem-based learning activities, distance learningmodules, inquiry-based lessons and hands-on projects. Each workshop will be ledby experienced educators and education public outreach specialists who willmodel pedagogical techniques and methods to foster problem-based learning,science as inquiry, technology integration and best practices. Workshops targetinservice, informal and preservice teachers who serve the K-12 educationcommunity.

Registration is free. The deadline forregistration is Feb. 25,2013.

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

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

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The Search for Life Beyond Earth:Mars Educator Conference

Bring your classroom along to share NASA’s greatquest for habitable environments beyond Earth, starting with Gale Crater onMars. Using NASA’s newest rover, Curiosity, learn how to use NASA astrobiologyand the exploration of Mars to enhance life science and physical science topicsin your classroom. Engage your students to think critically about big questions,such as “What are the conditions for life?” and “Is there life beyond Earth?”

Special Mars and astrobiology guest presenters from NASA will share the latestnews. NASA education specialists will show hands-on activities relating toscience, technology, engineering and mathematics to help educators extend theirstudents’ learning and demonstrate how activities align to the Next GenerationScience Standards. Conference participants will receive lessonplans, NASA materials and resources

The conference will take place on March 2, 2013, at the Arizona StateUniversity main campus in Tempe, Ariz.

The conference is free, but registration is required before Feb. 26, 2013.

For more information and to register for the conference, visit http://marsed.asu.edu/registerSP2013.

Questions about the workshop should be directed to mars@asu.edu.

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WhatIf? Live Student Design Challenge

Candy, soda and other everyday items will be thetools of the trade for teenage rocket makers competing in the What If? LiveStudent Design Challenge. Registration is open through Feb. 28, 2013, for the worldwide contest, in which 14- to18-year-old students will design experimental propulsion systems usingmaterials that are inexpensive and easy to obtain.

The challenge is designed to excite students about science, technology,engineering and mathematics. The goal is to develop students’ creative andanalytical abilities by learning about the growing need for green fuels anddesigning a vehicle propulsion system using commonly available materials, includingsweet treats and carbonated beverages. Students may work alone or in groups ofas many as four. Participants must create a research plan, write a researchpaper, develop and build the propulsion system, make a video showing thevehicle in action and submit the video to judges via YouTube.com.

A panel of scientists, astronauts and educators will judge the entries andselect finalists. There will be one winning design in each age category.Winners will be announced in May and will receive special recognition from NASAand Ahoora.

To register, submit research and learn more about vehicle design, the officialrules and other information about the What If? Live Student Design Challenge,including view a two-minute video of the propulsion system in action, visit http://www.whatifprize.org.

Questions about this contest should be emailedto info@whatifprize.org.

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Titan and Europa Essay Contest

NASA scientists want to know where students in grades 5-12 think NASA’snext big mission to the outer solar system should go: Saturn’s moon, Titan, orJupiter’s moon, Europa. Both of these moons are fascinating places to explore.Learn why astrobiologists want to explore these worlds.

The Titan and Europa Essay Contest challenges students to learn more aboutastrobiology and the engineering challenges of exploring Titan and Europa.After watching short videos and learning about both moons and how missions toexplore each would work, students should write an essay (no longer than 500words) to explain why NASA should go to Titan or to Europa.

Essays must be submitted by a teacher by Feb.28, 2013.

NASA will send certificates of participation to all students who enter thecontest. Winning essays will be posted on a NASA website, and the winners andtheir classes will be invited to participate in a question-and-answerteleconference, videoconference or webchat with NASA scientists.

This contest is sponsored by the NASA Astrobiology Institute, withparticipation from the Titan Astrobiology team and the Astrobiology of IcyWorlds team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

For more information, visit http://icyworlds.jpl.nasa.gov/contest/.

If you have questions about this contest, please email titaneuropa@jpl.nasa.gov.

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NASA Postdoctoral ProgramFellowships

The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) supports NASA’sgoal to expand scientific understanding of the Earth and the universe in whichwe live.

Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NPP Fellows complete one- tothree-year Fellowship appointments that offer scientists and engineers uniqueopportunities to conduct research in fields of science relevant to NASA.

These opportunities advance NASA’s missions in Earth science, heliophysics,planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics and engineering,human exploration and space operations, and astrobiology. Opportunities areavailable at NASA Centers and other NASA-approved sites.

As a result, NPP Fellows contribute to national priorities for scientificexploration, confirm NASA’s leadership in fundamental research, and complementthe efforts of NASA’s partners in the national science community.

U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and foreign nationals eligible forJ-1 status as a Research Scholar may apply. Applicants must have completed aPh.D. or equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but may apply whilecompleting the degree requirements. Applicants who earned the Ph.D. more thanfive years before the deadline date are categorized as Senior Fellows; allapplicants, no matter their category, must apply and become eligible for an NPPaward via the same process.

Interested applicants may apply by one of three annual application deadlines:March 1, July 1, and November 1.

For more information and application procedures, go to http://nasa.orau.org/postdoc/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to nasapostdoc@orau.org.

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HistoricalNASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use

NASA is inviting eligible educational institutions,museums and other organizations to screen and request historical spaceartifacts.

The artifacts represent significant human spaceflight technologies andprocesses and the accomplishments of NASA’s many programs. NASA and the GeneralServices Administration worked together to ensure broad access to spaceartifacts and to provide a Web-based electronic artifacts viewing capability.The Web-based artifacts module is located at http://gsaxcess.gov/NASAWel.htm.

Eligible participants may view the artifacts and request specific items at thewebsite through March 4, 2013. Onlyschools and museums are eligible to receive artifacts. They must registeronline using an assigned Department of Education number, or through the stateagency for surplus property in their state.

The artifacts are free of charge. Eligible organizations must cover shippingcosts and any special handling fees. Shipping fees on smaller items will be relativelyinexpensive, while larger items may involve extensive disassembly, preparation,shipping and reassembly costs. NASA will work closely with eligibleorganizations, on a case-by-case basis, to address any unique special handlingcosts.

Special items, such as space shuttle thermal protective tiles and packages ofthree packets of astronaut food, also are offered on a first-come, first-servedbasis. Instructions for requesting artifacts and special items are linked onthe website home page.

To date, more than 7,500 artifacts from programs, including the Mercury,Gemini, Apollo, space shuttle and the Hubble Space Telescope, have been givento eligible museums, schools, universities, libraries and planetariums in all50 U.S. states.

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

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CooperativeAgreement Notice for NASA Internships

The NASA Headquarters Office of Education, incooperation with the NASA Johnson Space Center and other NASA centers, hasreleased a Cooperative Agreement Notice, or CAN, for NASA internships.

Institutions eligible to respond to this CAN arelimited to higher education institutions, nonprofit organizations and consortiaor groups of organizations and institutions serving higher education students,whose mission includes capturing student interest and/or improving studentperformance in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, orrelated fields. The estimated annual value of the award is $3,000,000 to$10,000,000 per year, for a period of performance not to exceed 5 years.

It is anticipated that this award will be anindefinite delivery indefinite quantity and cost reimbursement cooperativeagreement. The recipient of this single award will support sub-agreements at 10NASA centers delineated by unique cooperative agreement numbers assigned by theNASA Shared Services Center.

All proposals in response to this CAN must besubmitted electronically. Electronic proposals must be submitted in theirentirety by 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time on the proposal due date of March 13, 2013.

For more information and instructions forsubmitting 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 toTamra Ross at tkross@nasaprs.com.

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NASA Announcement forHigh-Impact, National, Strategic STEM Education Partnerships

NASA Headquarters Office of Education requests information from organizationsinterested in helping the Agency, on a no-exchange-of-funds basis, achieve itsstrategic goals for education. NASA uses theAgency’s unique missions, discoveries, and assets to inspire and motivatestudents and learners of all ages in science, technology, engineering andmathematics, or STEM. NASA seeks high-impact, national scale resultsthat will broaden the STEM education audience andinclude diverse individuals who are underrepresented in STEM education.

Potential partnership activities are varied. NASA is receptive to a widerange of creative possibilities. All categories of domestic entities, includingU.S. federal government agencies, are eligible to respond to this announcement.The Announcement is currently open. NASA will accept responses through Dec. 31,2014. Review of responses will begin in May 2013.

NASA will conduct an informational teleconference for the Announcement on March 27, 2013 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30p.m. EDT.

Organizations interested in learning more about this education opportunity,including teleconference details, can access the Announcement Web page at:

http://go.nasa.gov/VgRZYt

To learn more about NASA’s broad education initiatives, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/education

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Don’t miss out on education-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 — Feb. 7, 2013

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

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

Engineering Design Challenge: LunarPlant Growth Chamber Web Seminar
Audience: 4-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 7, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST

2013 NASA StudentAirborne Research Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators andStudents
Application Deadline: Feb. 8, 2013

National Air and SpaceMuseum Super Science Saturday Events
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event: Feb. 9, 2013

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

Free Education Webinar Series from the AerospaceEducation Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Various Dates During February 2013

Engineering Design Process: On the Moon Educator Guide Web Seminar
Audience: 6-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 13, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST

Newton’sLaws of Motion: Lunar Nautics Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 14, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST

NASA’s REEL Science CommunicationContest
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2013

Free Smithsonian’s StarsLecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Feb. 16, 2013

Pre-Proposal Telecon — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Programfor Science Museums, Planetariums, and NASA Visitor Centers Plus OtherOpportunities (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH13ZHA001N, Catalog of FederalDomestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008)
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Pre-Proposal Telecon: Feb. 20, 1-3 p.m. EST
Proposal Due Date: April 9, 2013

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

The Search for Life Beyond Earth:Mars Educator Conference
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Registration Deadline: Feb. 26, 2013
Conference Date: March 2, 2013

What If? LiveStudent Design Challenge
Audience: Students Age 14-18
Registration Deadline: Feb. 28, 2013

Titan and Europa Essay Contest
Audience: 5-12 Students
Entry Deadline: Feb. 28, 2013

HistoricalNASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other EducationOrganizations
Deadline: March 4, 2013

Pennsylvania Space Grant Workshops
Audience: 4-12 Educators
Workshop Dates: Multiple dates July – August 2013
Application Deadline: March 17, 2013

Pre-Service Teacher Institutes at NASA’sJohnson Space Center
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: April 1, 2013
Institute Dates: June 10-14 and 24-28, 2013

CuriosityExplorer Badge on Foursquare
Audience: All Educators and Students

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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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EngineeringDesign Challenge: Lunar Plant Growth Chamber 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 live professional development Web seminarfor educators on Feb. 7, 2013, at 6:30p.m. EST. Learn how to incorporate exciting space exploration problems intoyour technology or life science classes. See how you can use the engineeringdesign process to have students design, build and evaluate the effectiveness ofa lunar plant growth chambers while engaging them in research andstandards-based learning experiences.

This seminar will be repeated on May 9, 2013.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/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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2013 NASA StudentAirborne Research Program

The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highlymotivated junior and senior undergraduate students to apply for the NASAStudent Airborne Research Program, also known as SARP, 2013. The programprovides students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a majorscientific campaign, from detailed planning on how to achieve missionobjectives to formal presentation of results and conclusions to peers andothers. Students will assist in the operation of airborne instruments onboardthe NASA DC-8 aircraft.

The program takes place in summer 2013.Instrument and flight preparations, and the research flights themselves, willoccur at NASA’s Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif. Dataanalysis will take place at the University of California, Irvine.

Successful applicants will be awarded a stipendand meals allowance for eight weeks of participation in the program. Round-triptravel to California, housing and transportation will be provided.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 8, 2013.

For more information and to download the programapplication, visit http://www.nserc.und.edu/learning/SARP2013.html.

Specific questions about the program should bedirected to SARP2013@nserc.und.edu.

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National Air andSpace Museum Super Science Saturday Events

Join the National Air and Space Museum on the second Saturday of each monthduring 2013 for Super Science Saturday at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center inChantilly, Va. Through demonstrations and hands-on activities, visitors of allages will become immersed in science, technology, engineering and mathematicstopics related to aviation and space exploration. Each event takes place from10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Admission is free, and parking is $15.

Upcoming topics include:

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 shouldbe directed to nasmpubliclectures@si.edu.

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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 Landsatresources, visit http://launchkit-ldcm.gsfc.nasa.gov/.

Tune in to NASA TVto watch the launch and launch events live, including talks from NASAscientists and 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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FreeEducation Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

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

What Is the Effect of Clouds on Earth’s Climate? (Grades 4-8)
Feb. 11, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST and6 – 7 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Brandon Hargis will present the CERESS’COOL Project. S’COOL involves students in real science, making and reportingground observations of clouds to assist in the validation of NASA’s CERESsatellite instruments. Participants will practice a simulatedcloud-observations and review sample student activities and lesson plans.

Engineering Design Challenge: Spaghetti Tower (Grades 5-8)
Feb. 12, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST and6 – 7 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Angelo Casaburri will compare thescientific method and the engineering design process. Participants will use thedesign process to identify the problem and brainstorm, design, build, test,redesign and share solutions about constructing the tallest skyscraper usinguncooked spaghetti noodles.

NASA Envisions “Clean Energy” From Algae Grown in Waste Water(Grades K-12)
Feb. 13, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST and6 – 7 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will discuss the processproposed by NASA scientists to produce “clean energy” biofuels. Theprocess cleans waste water, removes carbon dioxide from the air, retainsimportant nutrients and does not compete with agriculture for land orfreshwater. This webinar is part of the Department of Education Green Strideswebinar series.

I Want to Hold Your Hand (Grades 2-5)
Feb. 19, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST and6 – 7 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Beth White will lead participants inan activity to construct a simple robotic-like hand using low-cost materials.Participants will demonstrate how data is collected when using robotictechnology.

Climate Time Machine (Grades K-12)
Feb. 20, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Sandy Kaszynski will help participants get toknow NASA’s climate website. Learn how to find resources for teaching orlearning about what we know and how we know about what’s happening to Earth.This webinar is part of the Department of Education Green Strides webinarseries

Quantifying Changes Over Time (Grades 4-10)
Feb. 25, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST and 6 -7 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Rick Varner will discuss the Landsat missions,one of the longest running Earth observation missions. Participants willcompare remote sensing images of Earth taken across periods of time to reflectchanges to the observed areas that are both natural and influenced by humans.

Blue Marble Matches: Comparing Earth’s Features to the Other Planets (Grades4-12)
Feb. 26, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST and 6 -7 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler will present an activity designedto introduce students to the geologic processes on Earth. In the activity,students take on the roles of geologists and planetary scientists as theyobserve and interpret satellite photography and use data to explain thefeatures on distant planets.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinarstaking place through March 2013, visithttp://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.

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

The U.S. Department of Education has Green Strideswebinars scheduled throughout 2013. To see a full list of Green Strideswebinars, visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/webinar.html.

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Engineering Design Process: On the Moon Educator Guide Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASAExplorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar on Feb. 13, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST. Thisseminar showcases two lessons from the “On the Moon” educator guide: “On Target”and “Feel the Heat.” Learn how to use the engineering design process tochallenge students to solve problems related to exploring the moon. Thissession will fully prepare you to implement these activities in your classroom.

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

For more informationand to register online, visit URL http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar5.aspx.

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

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

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Newton’sLaws of Motion: Lunar Nautics 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 Feb. 14, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST. This Web seminar features threelessons for grades 5-8, focusing on a real-world understanding of Newton’s Lawsof Motion and addresses common misconceptions associated with the laws. Thefeatured lessons are Rocket Staging: Balloon Staging, Lunar Landing: SwingingTray and Lunar Base Supply Egg Drop.

This is the final time during this school year that this seminar will beoffered.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar1.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 REEL Science Communication Contest

So you want to be a NASA producer? NASA is looking for talented high schoolstudents to create videos that engage students in earth science.

Students are consuming over 10 hours of media each day, and video isincreasingly important to reach and engage this audience about science. NASAearth science missions are kicking off a new video contest challenging highschool students to produce a two-minute video for middle school students. Thevideos should focus on one of three topics: Ozone in the Stratosphere, ShipTracks and Our Environment, or The Water of the Water Planet.

Winning videos will be posted on NASA’s website. Winners will also get theopportunity to be a NASA producer working with NASA scientists andcommunication experts in July 2013 to produce an earth science feature video.

The deadline for submitting videos is Feb.15, 2013.

— NEW! Director’s Cut Video from NASA Producer Ali Ogden —

NASA producer Ali Ogden created a video, which shares her insight aboutproducing a video feature for NASA. In this director’s cut version of herMontreal Protocol story, Ali provides practical advice about audience, thinkingvisually, story and post-production. These practical tips for video productionwill help students with the REEL Science Contest. To view Ogden’s video, visit http://aura.gsfc.nasa.gov/reelscience-video.html.

For more information and instructions for submitting a video, visit http://aura.gsfc.nasa.gov/reelscience.

Questions about this contest should be emailed to Ginger Butcher at ginger.butcher-1@nasa.gov.

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Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

Curious about our nearest star, moon rocks,volcanoes and other wonders of the universe? Come to the Smithsonian’s Stars, aseries of 10 lectures by Smithsonian researchers who are exploring the sun, themoon, 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.

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 — A Universe of Data: How We GetScience Out of Space Telescopes
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.

March 2, 2013 — Robotsand Humans Unite
The universe is far older and vaster than anyone imagined a century ago. Tohelp scientists map the structure and evolution of the universe, a specialinstrument called a Hectospec was needed. A Hectospec uses the precisiontechnology of optical fibers placed by delicate but very fast robots. SeniorPhysicist Dan Fabricant will discuss how the Hectospec was developed, how itworks and how it is used by astronomers for scientific discovery.

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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Pre-Proposal Telecon — NASA ResearchAnnouncement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums, andNASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number:NNH13ZHA001N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008)

Apre-proposal teleconference will be held on Feb. 20, 2013 from 1-3 p.m.EST. Prospective proposers are requested to submit any questions in writingto
CP4SMP@jpl.nasa.gov no later than four business days before the teleconference date so that NASA will beprepared to cover as much information as possible at the teleconference. NASAplans to post written questions and answers, and teleconference charts to theNASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System, orNSPIRES, website. The teleconference will provide an opportunity to askquestions and solicit clarifications from proposers. To dial into theteleconference, call 1-888-469-1385. Everyoneis encouraged to dial in 15-20 minutes in advance to allow time for theoperators to take roll and add you to the telecon. The participant passcode is CP4SMP. For relayservices for the hearing impaired, call 711 at least 30 minutes before the callis to begin.

For more information aboutthis opportunity, visit https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7B37764C2A-F415-01DF-1B30-F1971BE7F8BE%7D&path=open.

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Call for Abstracts: 64th InternationalAstronautical Congress

NASA announces its intent to participate in the64th International Astronautical Congress, or IAC, and requests that full-timegraduate students attending U.S. universities or colleges respond to this callfor abstracts. The IAC, which is organized by the International AstronauticalFederation, or IAF, the International Academy of Astronautics and theInternational Institute of Space Law, is the largest space-related conferenceworldwide and selects an average of 1,000 scientific papers every year.

The upcoming IAC will be held Sept. 23-27, 2013,in Beijing, China. NASA’s participation in this event is an ongoing effort tocontinue to connect NASA with the international astronautical and spacecommunities.

The IAC has posted a “Call forAbstracts,” with a submission deadline of 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 bymid-January, with the same submission deadline of Feb. 21, 2013. Theselected NASA-sponsored students must also be selected by the IAF.

Please visit the IAC website (http://www.iac2013.org/) for additionalinformation about the Congress and to obtain information about the “Callfor 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 beemailed to Carolyn Knowles at carolyn.knowles-1@nasa.gov.

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The Search for Life Beyond Earth:Mars Educator Conference

Bring your classroom along to share NASA’s greatquest for habitable environments beyond Earth, starting with Gale Crater onMars. Using NASA’s newest rover, Curiosity, learn how to use NASA astrobiologyand the exploration of Mars to enhance life science and physical science topicsin your classroom. Engage your students to think critically about big questions,such as “What are the conditions for life?” and “Is there life beyond Earth?”

Special Mars and astrobiology guest presenters from NASA will share the latestnews. NASA education specialists will show hands-on activities relating toscience, technology, engineering and mathematics to help educators extend theirstudents’ learning and demonstrate how activities align to the Next GenerationScience Standards. Conference participants will receive lessonplans, NASA materials and resources

The conference will take place on March 2, 2013, at the Arizona StateUniversity main campus in Tempe, Ariz.

The conference is free, but registration is required before Feb. 26, 2013.

For more information and to register for the conference, visit http://marsed.asu.edu/registerSP2013.

Questions about the workshop should be directed to mars@asu.edu.

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WhatIf? Live Student Design Challenge

Candy, soda and other everyday items will be thetools of the trade for teenage rocket makers competing in the What If? LiveStudent Design Challenge. Registration is open through Feb. 28, 2013, for the worldwide contest, in which 14- to18-year-old students will design experimental propulsion systems usingmaterials that are inexpensive and easy to obtain.

The challenge is designed to excite students about science, technology, engineeringand mathematics. The goal is to develop students’ creative and analyticalabilities by learning about the growing need for green fuels and designing avehicle propulsion system using commonly available materials, including sweettreats and carbonated beverages. Students may work alone or in groups of asmany as four. Participants must create a research plan, write a research paper,develop and build the propulsion system, make a video showing the vehicle inaction and submit the video to judges via YouTube.com.

A panel of scientists, astronauts and educators will judge the entries andselect finalists. There will be one winning design in each age category.Winners will be announced in May and will receive special recognition from NASAand Ahoora.

To register, submit research and learn more about vehicle design, the officialrules and other information about the What If? Live Student Design Challenge,including view a two-minute video of the propulsion system in action, visit http://www.whatifprize.org.

Questions about this contest should be emailedto info@whatifprize.org.

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Titan and Europa Essay Contest

NASA scientists want to know where students in grades 5-12 think NASA’snext big mission to the outer solar system should go: Saturn’s moon, Titan, orJupiter’s moon, Europa. Both of these moons are fascinating places to explore.Learn why astrobiologists want to explore these worlds.

The Titan and Europa Essay Contest challenges students to learn more aboutastrobiology and the engineering challenges of exploring Titan and Europa.After watching short videos and learning about both moons and how missions toexplore each would work, students should write an essay (no longer than 500words) to explain why NASA should go to Titan or to Europa.

Essays must be submitted by a teacher by Feb.28, 2013.

NASA will send certificates of participation to all students who enter thecontest. Winning essays will be posted on a NASA website, and the winners andtheir classes will be invited to participate in a question-and-answerteleconference, videoconference or webchat with NASA scientists.

This contest is sponsored by the NASA Astrobiology Institute, withparticipation from the Titan Astrobiology team and the Astrobiology of IcyWorlds team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

For more information, visit http://icyworlds.jpl.nasa.gov/contest/.

If you have questions about this contest, please email titaneuropa@jpl.nasa.gov.

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HistoricalNASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use

NASA is inviting eligible educational institutions,museums and other organizations to screen and request historical spaceartifacts.

The artifacts represent significant human spaceflight technologies andprocesses and the accomplishments of NASA’s many programs. NASA and the GeneralServices Administration worked together to ensure broad access to spaceartifacts and to provide a Web-based electronic artifacts viewing capability.The Web-based artifacts module is located at http://gsaxcess.gov/NASAWel.htm.

Eligible participants may view the artifacts and request specific items at thewebsite through March 4, 2013. Onlyschools and museums are eligible to receive artifacts. They must registeronline using an assigned Department of Education number, or through the stateagency for surplus property in their state.

The artifacts are free of charge. Eligible organizations must cover shippingcosts and any special handling fees. Shipping fees on smaller items will berelatively inexpensive, while larger items may involve extensive disassembly,preparation, shipping and reassembly costs. NASA will work closely witheligible organizations, on a case-by-case basis, to address any unique specialhandling costs.

Special items, such as space shuttle thermal protective tiles and packages ofthree packets of astronaut food, also are offered on a first-come, first-servedbasis. Instructions for requesting artifacts and special items are linked onthe website home page.

To date, more than 7,500 artifacts from programs, including the Mercury,Gemini, Apollo, space shuttle and the Hubble Space Telescope, have been givento eligible museums, schools, universities, libraries and planetariums in all50 U.S. states.

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

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Pennsylvania Space GrantWorkshops

Keep pace with the latest science research, engage in standards-based classroomactivities and explore ways to make science fun while working with Penn Statefaculty during these summer workshops for inservice science, technology,engineering and mathematics, or STEM, educators. Network with peers and earngraduate credits. Workshops are aligned with the national science education standardsand Pennsylvania standards for science and technology.

All workshops take place on Penn State campus facilities in Pennsylvania. Grantsare awarded to all participants to cover lodging, parking, some meals andpartial tuition.

Applications for all workshops are due March17, 2013.

Black Holes: Gravity’s Fatal Attraction(Grades 6-12) — July 15-19, 2013
Delve into the predicted properties of black holes, the astronomicalevidence for their existence and their importance in the cosmos. Modern ideas aboutgravity, space and time will also be explored.
http://teachscience.psu.edu/workshops/black_holes.html

Astrobiology forEducators: Is There Life Beyond Our Planet? And How Would We Know? (Grades4-12) — July 22-26, 2013
Participants will be introduced to sciencecontent related to the cutting-edge field of astrobiology. Participants willexplore the latest discoveries in the search for conditions needed to supportlife on other planets.
http://www.abington.psu.edu/continuing-education/astrobiology-educators

Hands-On Particle Astrophysics (Grades9-12) — July 22-26, 2013
Participants will get a brief overview of modern particle physics andexplore various astrophysics topics. Instructors will help participants buildand use devices made from household materials to detect air showers generatedby cosmic-ray protons.
http://teachscience.psu.edu/workshops/particle_astrophysics.html

Telescopes:Tools for Astronomical Discovery and the Search for Life on Other Planets(Grades 6-12) — July 29 – Aug. 2, 2013
Participants will build a simple telescope andlearn how to use the Falcon Telescope Network. Modern telescopes that may helpscientists discover other habitable planets will also be discussed.
http://teachscience.psu.edu/workshops/telescopes.html

Questions about the Pennsylvania Space Grant workshops should be directed toHeather Nelson at teachscience@psu.edu.

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Pre-Service Teacher Institutes atNASA’s Johnson Space Center

The Pre-Service Teacher Institute is a one-week summer residentialsession for education majors preparing to teach in an elementary or middleschool classroom. Two institutes will take place this year: June 10-14 and June 24-28, 2013. Bothevents will take place at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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

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

The application period closes on April 1, 2013.For more information, visit http://education.jsc.nasa.gov/psti/.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Suzanne Foxworth at suzanne.m.foxworth@nasa.gov.

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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 platformcan earn the badge by following NASA and checking in at a NASA visitor centeror venue categorized as a science museum or planetarium. Upon earning thebadge, users will see a special message on Foursquare:

“Get out your rock-vaporizing laser! You’veexplored your scientific curiosities just like NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars.Stay curious and keep exploring. You never know what you’ll find.”

The launch of the badge follows the Octobercheck-in on Mars by NASA’s Curiosity rover, which marked the first check-in onanother planet. Foursquare users can keep up with Curiosity as the rover checksin at key locations and posts photos and tips, all while exploring the RedPlanet.

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

To follow the Mars Curiosity rover and NASA onFoursquare, visit http://www.foursquare.com/MarsCuriosityand http://www.foursquare.com/NASA.

For more information about NASA’s Curiositymission, 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 ofFoursquare Labs 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. 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