NASA Education Express — Sept. 1, 2011

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

Follow the Desert RATS Team During Analog Testing
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: Through Sept. 4, 2011

Engineering Design Process: On the Moon Webinar
Audience: 6-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Sept. 6, 2011

NASA Digital Learning Network Webcast — GRAIL Mission

Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Sept. 7, 2011

Weather and Climate: Satellite Meteorology Webinar
Audience: 7-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Sept. 8, 2011

4th Digital Media and Learning Competition Kick-Off Event
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Sept. 15, 2011

Space Farm 7 Outreach Event

Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Dates: Sept. 23-24, 2011

100 Year Starship Study Public Symposium
Audience: All Educators & 9-Higher Education Students
Event Date: Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2011

NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2012

Solving the Challenges of Space in the RealWorld and InWorld

Audience: 7-12 Educators and Students
Deadline: Jan. 27, 2012

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

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Follow the Desert RATS Team During Analog Testing

The NASA Desert Research and Technology Studies team, also known as Desert RATS, marks its fourteenth annual field test and the first time a mission to an asteroid will be simulated. While NASA has landed astronauts on the moon and rovers on Mars, the agency is only beginning to tackle the challenges of visiting an asteroid. Desert RATS team members will conduct simulated human and robotic space exploration test activities in extreme Arizona terrain to investigate and develop realistic technical and mission-driven operations similar to those of an asteroid mission.

The public is invited to follow along during the simulated mission. The Desert RATS team will use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Ustream to share their experience online.

Check out the following live streamed events on the
Desert RATS Ustream channel.

Live Streaming From the Field
Sept. 1, 2011 from 4:45-5:45 p.m. EDT

Watch live streaming video from Test Day 3 as two crew members explore from the space exploration vehicle and one from the deep space habitat.

Q&A Session With NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center
Sept. 1, 2011 at 6 p.m. EDT
The Kennedy Space Center visitor complex will host a Skype session allowing visitors to ask the crew questions.

High School Q&A With Crew Member Kjell N. Lindgren
Sept. 2, 2011 at 11 a.m. EDT

NASA astronaut and crew member Kjell N. Lindgren will connect with Webber Junior High School in Fort Collins, Colo,. for a Q&A session with students in the Webber Aerospace Ventures in Education program.


Live Streaming From the Field
Sept. 2, 2011 from 12-1 p.m. EDT and 4:45-5:45 p.m. EDT
Watch live streaming video from Test Day 4 as three crew members explore from the space exploration vehicle and one from the deep space habitat.


Q&A Session With NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center
Sept. 2, 2011 at 6 p.m. EDT
The Kennedy Space Center visitor complex will host a Skype session allowing visitors to ask the crew questions.

Live Streaming From the Field
Sept. 4, 2011 from 12-1 p.m. EDT and 4:45-5:45 p.m. EDT
Watch live streaming video from Test Day 6 as three crew members explore from the space exploration vehicle and one from the deep space habitat.


Q&A Session With NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center
Sept. 4, 2011 at 6 p.m. EDT
The Kennedy Space Center visitor complex will host a Skype session allowing visitors to ask the crew questions.

Visit the
Desert RATS Facebook page to find video clips from team members as they discuss upcoming field activities and answer questions from Facebook and Twitter followers.

To learn more about the Desert RATS project, visit https://www.nasa.gov/exploration/analogs/desertrats/index.html.

Follow the latest Desert RATS mission by visiting the following sites.
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/NASA.DRATS
Twitter:
http://twitter.com/#!/DESERT_RATS
You Tube:
https://www.youtube.com/user/NASAanalogTV#p/c/7C4E0E50595B6B13
Ustream:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/desertrats

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Engineering Design Process: On the Moon Webinar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute webinar on Sept. 6, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. This webinar showcases two lessons from the On the Moon educator guide: On Target and Feel the Heat. Participants will learn how they can use the engineering design process to challenge students to solve problems related to exploring the moon. This session will fully prepare attendees to implement these activities in the classroom.

For more information and to register online, visit URL http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar4.aspx.

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

E-mail any questions about this opportunity to John Entwistle at
NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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NASA Digital Learning Network Webcast — GRAIL Mission

NASA’s Launch Services Program, or LSP, is busy launching satellites throughout our solar system including the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory, or GRAIL, mission to Earth’s moon. Join host Damon Talley and LSP outreach specialist Christopher Blair as they discuss GRAIL with special guests and engineers. Plus, learn how students can take pictures of the moon using MoonKAM, the first educational instrument on a NASA planetary mission.

To view this hourlong webcast on Sept. 7th, 2011, at 2 p.m. EDT., visit
http://dln.nasa.gov/dlnapp/webcast/webcast.do.

Please submit questions to
dlinfochannel@gmail.com for a chance to have them answered live during the webcast.

For more information about this webcast event, please contact Christopher Blair at
Christoper.E.Blair@nasa.gov.

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Weather and Climate: Satellite Meteorology Webinar


As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute webinar on Sept 8, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Participants will learn to use the data from NASA’s research satellite program in their meteorology lessons. This webinar features “Monitoring the Global Environment,” one of eight modules within the Satellite Meteorology course. The activities within this module incorporate the use of authentic data acquired by NASA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites and Polar Operational Environmental Satellites. Attendees will learn how to locate and download satellite data, create graphs and learn how to interpret them.

For more information and to register online, visit URL http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar5.aspx.

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

E-mail any questions about this opportunity to John Entwistle at
NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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4th Digital Media and Learning Competition Kick-Off Event

Today learning happens anytime, anyplace, at any age. How can 21st-century learners demonstrate their knowledge and skills? Digital badges can inspire learning, unlock jobs, encourage educational and civic opportunities, and open new pipelines for talent.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with Mozilla and HASTAC, invites you to an event on Sept. 15, 2011, to explore the potential of Badges for Lifelong Learning. Badges are a new assessment tool that will help identify skills mastered in formal and informal settings; virtually and in physical spaces; and in schools, workplaces and communities.

Featured speakers include:
— The Honorable Arne Duncan, Secretary, U.S. Department of Education.
— Charles F. Bolden Jr., Administrator, NASA.
— Emily Stover DeRocco, President, The Manufacturing Institute and the National Center for the American Workforce.
Mark Surman, Executive Director, Mozilla Foundation.

The event will feature the announcement of the 4th Digital Media and Learning Competition, which will provide up to $2 million in grants for innovations in the use of Badges for Learning.

To watch a live video stream of the event from the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 15, 2011, from 9 a.m-10:30 a.m. EDT, visit
http://hastac.org/DML-competition-launch.

For more information about the 4th Digital Media and Learning Competition, visit
http://www.dmlcompetition.net/.

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Space Farm 7 Outreach Event

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center is partnering with The Rock Ranch in central Georgia to celebrate 50 years of human space exploration. Educational activities, planetarium shows and astronaut presentations are scheduled for students, teachers and the public. The Rock Ranch will open its corn maze designed in the shape of an astronaut.

NASA educational activities will be held Sept. 23-24, 2011. The event is open to the public. Saturday, Sept. 23 is School Assembly Day. Schools are requested to call 706-647-6374 to register for the activities.

The Rock Ranch is a family destination located one hour south of Atlanta, Ga. Details can be found online at
www.therockranch.com.

This event is part of the Space Farm 7 outreach project celebrating NASA’s achievements with seven agritourism events taking place throughout the United States. The goal of the project is to educate and inspire one million children.

For more information about this event, contact Beth Smith at
beth.b.smith@nasa.gov.

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100 Year Starship Study Public Symposium

NASA’s Ames Research Center in California and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will host a public symposium for the 100 Year Starship Study. The symposium will take place Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2011, in Orlando, Fla. Registration to attend the symposium is free and open to the public.

The 100 Year Starship Study aims to stimulate students, academia, industry, researchers and the public to consider possibilities and issues surrounding long-duration, long-distance spaceflight.

This endeavor will require an understanding of questions such as: how do organizations evolve and maintain focus and momentum for 100 years or more; what models have supported long term technology.

The 100 YSS public symposium will feature presentations of papers and panel discussion in seven relevant tracks related to interstellar travel:

— Time-Distance Solutions — Propulsion, time/space manipulation and/or dilation, near speed of light navigation, faster than light navigation, observations and sensing at near speed of light or faster than light
Track Chair: Dr. Jim Benford

— Habitats and Environmental Science — To have gravity or not, space and radiation effects, environmental toxins, energy collection and use, agriculture, self-supporting environments, optimal habitat sizing
Track Chair: Dr. Chris McKay |

— Biology and Space Medicine — Physiology in space, psychology in space, human life suspension (e.g., cryogenic), medical facilities and capabilities in space, on-scene (end of journey) spawning from genetic material
Track Chair: Dr. Neal Pellis

— Education, Social, Economic and Legal Considerations — Education as a mission, who goes, who stays, to profit or not, economies in space, communications back to Earth, political ramifications, round-trip legacy investments — assets left behind
Track Chair: Dr. Mae Jemison

— Destinations — Criteria for destination selection, what do you take, how many destinations and missions, probes versus journeys of faith
Track Chair: Dr. Jill Tarter

— Philosophical and Religious Considerations — Why go to the stars, moral and ethical issues, implications of finding hospitable worlds, implications of finding life elsewhere, implications of being left behind
Track Chair: Mr. Stewart Brand

— Communication of the Vision — Storytelling as a means of inspiration, linkage between incentives, payback and investment, use of movies, television and books to popularize long-term research, long-term journeys
Track Chair: Dr. Harry Kloor

In addition, the symposium will feature a science fiction authors’ panel discussion, special social events and an exhibit hall.

For more information about the 100 Year Starship Study and the public symposium, please visit the website at:
http://www.100yss.org.

If you have questions about the study or the public symposium, please email your inquiries to
info@100yss.org.

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NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program

NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate is accepting scholarship applications from graduate and undergraduate students for the 2012 academic year. The application deadline is Jan. 15, 2012.

Graduate students must apply under a specific research topic to align with NASA’s aeronautics research programs. The list of available topics is posted online.

NASA expects to award 20 undergraduate and five graduate scholarships to students in aeronautics or related fields. Undergraduate students entering their second year of study will receive up to $15,000 per year for two years and the opportunity to receive a $10,000 stipend by interning at a NASA research center during the summer.

Graduate students will receive up to $35,000 per year for up to three years, with an opportunity to receive a $10,000 stipend interning at a NASA research center for up to two consecutive summers.

Students not committed to a specific academic institution or program still may apply. If accepted, they must be admitted by fall 2012 into an aeronautical engineering program or related field of study at an accredited U.S. university. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Scholarship money may be used for tuition and other school-related expenses.

NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate conducts cutting-edge, fundamental and integrated systems research in traditional and emerging disciplines. The intent is to help transform the nation’s air transportation system and to support development of future air and space vehicles.

Its goals include improving airspace capacity and flexibility; aviation safety and aircraft performance; reducing overall noise, engine emissions and fuel usage.

For details about this scholarship program, a list of available research topics and the application process, visit
http://nasa.asee.org/.

For more information about aeronautics research at NASA, visit: http://www.aeronautics.nasa.gov

Questions about this scholarship should be directed to
nasa.asp@asee.org.

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Solving the Challenges of Space in the RealWorld and InWorld

The RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge encourages students in grades 7-12 to explore and build skills essential for successful careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through two phases of project-based learning and team competition.

RealWorld (Phase 1): Teams of middle- and high-school-aged students with support of their teachers/coaches/parents work collaboratively as engineers and scientists to explore and design solutions related to the James Webb Space Telescope and Robonaut 2.

RealWorld Phase begins: September 1, 2011.
RealWorld Phase ends: January 27, 2012. To be considered to move to the InWorld phase, all RealWorld work must be submitted by this deadline.

Recognition: Submitted final project solutions will be featured on the RealWorld-InWorld website, and teams will receive recognition for their work once they complete the RealWorld challenge and InWorld registration.

InWorld (Phase 2): Participating college students select teams of two to four middle- and high-school-aged students who have completed the RealWorld phase 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 to refine designs and to create 3-D models of their design solutions.

InWorld Phase begins: January 28, 2012.
InWorld Phase ends: April 20, 2012.

Recognition: InWorld teams will compete for cash awards ($1,000 per member, including team leader, for each winning team). Contest rules apply.

NASA scientists and engineers visit and “chat” virtually throughout both phases of the challenge.

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

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What’s New at NASA’s Space Place Website

Appearances can be deceiving. But that’s not the case with the
Space Place website. Our pizzazzy new look only enhances the appeal, accessibility and navigability of our quality resources. The new Space Place includes all the compelling, fun and educational content it always has. Explore. Enjoy!

New at spaceplace.nasa.gov
As we promised in the March – April issue this year, the “new and improved” Space Place is here! It is reorganized, revamped, rebuilt and recommitted as a fun, free, fulfilling and fantastic NASA website for kids, teachers and parents. It makes use of the newest Web development tools and techniques to provide a more dynamic, interactive, educational and enjoyable experience.

The menus are filterable on subject or type of activity. Searches of any word, term or NASA mission produce customized menus. Dozens of educational and compelling games have been reframed as intrinsic parts of the site (no pop-ups or new contextually isolated windows or tabs). Many images and illustrations are enlargeable with a mouse click, and all videos run seamlessly within the page with no external video players or plug-ins needed. All pages are printer friendly.

The site includes over 150 separate modules intrinsic to the site, plus links to other valuable NASA kids’ sites for our grades-4-6 target audience. The modules and links are classified under the categories of Space, Earth, Sun, Solar System, People & Technology and Parents & Teachers.

Check it out. Let us know what you think. E-mail your feedback to
info@spaceplace.nasa.gov.

Space Place en español
The vast majority of the modules (games, activities, fun facts) on the new and improved Space Place are also available in Spanish, as are the menus and other navigation features. As before, you can toggle back and forth between English and Spanish versions of these pages. The content and images on the two versions are identical. It’s an ideal design for English learners or Spanish learners.

Focus on Space Place Live!
Kate and Kyo may not be slick, professional talk show hosts, but they do an entertaining job of finding out about the careers and interests of happy and passionate NASA scientists and engineers. Their most recent guest, Dr. Merav Opher, is a scientist on the distinguished Voyager mission, with its two spacecraft still alive and well after 34 years in space. They are now approaching the very boundary between the solar system and interstellar space. Dr. Merav talks about what Voyager is finding out there, her passion for physics . . . and opera! Watch this new episode at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/space-place-live.

For the classroom
Want to see all the image galleries on The Space Place? Just type “gallery” into the search box, and you’ll get a custom menu with links to our Solar System, Earth, Space, Sun, and People & Technology galleries.

Each gallery shows a page of thumbnails with short captions. Mouse over a thumbnail and you’ll see a tiny “Do” icon. Click on it to display the image and its large-font caption to print and post in the classroom. Or, just click on the thumbnail image itself to display a larger image and caption in a slide show format. Keep clicking “Next” or “Prev” to move through all the images on the page. Go to
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/search/?q=gallery, or just try the search box.

For out of school time
Stars look like tiny twinkling white lights on a black background. But, if you look carefully, you will see that they aren’t all white. Some are red, blue or yellow.

Why? Your kids and you can find out while making crispy, delicious star cookies that shine in all these colors. You will also find out how un-star-shaped real stars are. It’s the light distortion caused by our turbulent atmosphere that gives them their twinkling, pointy shapes.

And how can you tell whether a star has planets?

Have fun baking, tasting and exploring stars at
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/star-cookies.

Special Days
Sept. 6: Read a Book Day
Get back into the swing of school. Choose from five fun, spacey story books, all of which can be read in a few minutes. Go to
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/search/?q=storybook.

Sept. 13: Positive Thinking Day

Think positive when you rub balloon on your head. Although it may be negative ions that rub off and pick up little pieces of paper, it will leave you feeling more positive. Try the “Ions in action” experiment at
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/ion-balloons.

Sept. 18, 1977: Voyager 1 took the first picture of Earth and the moon together.

Now Voyager 1 is about to reach interstellar space. If it finds aliens, what will they learn about us? Find out
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/voyager-to-stars.

Oct. 5, 1882: Robert Hutchings Goddard was born.

Goddard is known as the “Father of the Space Age,” because, in 1926, he built and successfully launched the first liquid-fueled rocket. Launch a bubble-fueled rocket at
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/pop-rocket.

Oct. 13: Train Your Brain Day

Ozone Trap-n-Zap is a great game for training your brain to recognize good ozone from bad ozone. You will also help the planet. Play at
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/ozone.

Oct. 26, 1959: Earth people see far side of the moon for the first time.

The Lunik 3 spacecraft (Soviet Union) takes the first photo of the far side of the moon. See lots of pictures of all sides of the moon at
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/gallery-earth/#moon.

Last words . . .

            We wish you and your students a wonderful and productive year.

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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 — July 14, 2011


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

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

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

NASA LEARN and NES Offering Webinars
Audience: 5-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Aug. 11 and Aug. 16, 2011

NPPy: Big Planet, Little Bear Video Series
Audience: K-4 and Informal Educators


Second Round of Summer of Innovation Mini-Grant Selections Announced
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators


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Last Chance to Apply: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity


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

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


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

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

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Mars Day! 2011 at the National Air and Space Museum

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

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

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

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


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NASA LEARN and NES Offering Webinars

NASA Learning Environments and Research Network, or LEARN, and NASA Explorer Schools have teamed up to offer exciting webinars featuring NASA educational resources for educators. Below are two offerings in August 2011. The webinars are presented from 4-5 p.m. EST. And, don’t worry about the technology. If you have questions, tech support is ready to assist with viewing and participating in the webinars.

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

Engineering Design Challenge: Water Filtration — Aug. 11, 2011, 4 p.m. EST
This webinar will highlight the water recovery and management function of the Environmental Control and Life Support System, or ECLSS, on the International Space Station. Students will design, build, test and measure the performance of a water filtration device, analyze the data collected and use this information to work toward an improved filtration design.
https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-water-filtration/

Smart Skies — Aug. 16, 2011, 4 p.m. EST
Learn how to use an innovative air traffic control simulator to engage your students as they explore the mathematics involved in being an air traffic controller.
https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-smart-skies/

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NPPy: Big Planet, Little Bear Video Series

A new educational video series is bringing the importance of Earth science and climate studies to a younger audience. The NPPy: Big Planet, Little Bear series follows NPPy, a curious polar bear cub with a keen interest in Earth science.

NPPy is named after the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project, or NPP for short. Scheduled to launch in October 2011, NPP will monitor the Earth’s health from space to help scientists build models and predict how climate is changing over time.

In this series of animated videos, NPPy the bear walks along with his mom and tells us what he’s learned about the NPP mission and its importance for everyone who lives on planet Earth. Follow NPPy to find out more about his adventures and the NPP mission!

Kids can also help NPPy reach all 50 states and beyond by participating in the Adventures With NPPy project. Just download the picture of NPPy, print it and take pictures of it in your favorite spots. Send in the pictures to be posted in the NPPy photo album.

To check out the video series and learn more about NPPy the polar bear, visit
http://npp.gsfc.nasa.gov/nppy.html.

To learn more about the NPP mission, visit
http://npp.gsfc.nasa.gov/misison_details.html.

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Second Round of Summer of Innovation Mini-Grant Selections Announced


The NASA Office of Education is pleased to announce the selected sites for the second and final phase of applications for the Summer of Innovation Mini-Grant opportunity in partnership with the National Space Grant Foundation for 2011. The mini-grant aspect of the SoI enables local organizations to infuse NASA-themed science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, content and activities to middle school students through existing summer and/or afterschool programs and anticipates engaging over 8,000 students in this fiscal year!

NASA looks forward to forging ahead with these important collaborations to engage and inspire students across the country.

For a complete listing of selected sites, please see
www.nasa.gov/soi.

For more information about these collaborations and the mini-grant portion of the project, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions page of the Space Grant Foundation website:
http://soi.spacegrant.org/faq#faq-expand-all-link.

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

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


NASA Education Express — June 2, 2011

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

NASA DLN Webcast — Aquarius Mission
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: June 8, 2011

NASA Summer of Innovation Mini Grants — Second Opportunity
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Deadline: June 17, 2011

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NASA DLN Webcast — Aquarius Mission

Join host Damon Talley of NASA’s Digital Learning Network, Education Specialist Christopher Blair, and Argentine native and current Kennedy Space Center employee Laura Midulla live from Kennedy Space Center for the prelaunch webcast of the Aquarius Mission.
Aquarius is a focused satellite mission to measure global sea surface salinity. NASA will partner with the Argentine space program Comision Nacional De Actividades Especiales, or CONAE, on the Aquarius mission, building on a successful long- standing relationship between NASA and Argentina. Multiple universities and corporate and international partners will be involved in the Aquarius mission.

Tune in to the hourlong webcast on June 8, 2011, at 3 p.m. EDT. Please submit questions to dlinfochannel@gmail.com for a chance to have your question answered during the live webcast!

For more information, visit
http://dln.nasa.gov/dlnapp/webcast/webcast.do.

If you have any questions about this webcast, please contact Christopher Blair at Christopher.E.Blair@nasa.gov.

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NASA Summer of Innovation Mini-Grants — Second Opportunity


The NASA Office of Education is pleased to offer a second opportunity for Summer of Innovation, or SoI, Mini-Grants in partnership with the National Space Grant Foundation. The mini-grant aspect of the SoI enables local organizations to infuse NASA-themed science, technology, engineering and mathematics content and activities to middle school students through existing summer and/or afterschool programs.

Organizations are eligible to apply for up to $2,500 in funding to incorporate SoI content and themes into their programming. Application deadline is June 17, 2011, with an anticipated award announcement date of July 1, 2011.

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

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

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

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

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

NASA Education Express — May 26, 2011

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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Give Your Students the Space Shuttle Experience!

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

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

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

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


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NASA | Art: 50 Years of Exploration Exhibit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NASA Explorer Schools Live Video Chat: Computer Graphics and Animations

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

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

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

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

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NASA Space Grant ESCAPE to Alaska Summer Camp

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

NASA Education Express — May 19, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NASA’s Multi-Wavelength Universe Online Professional Development Course

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

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

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


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New NASA Website Available for Kids

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

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

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

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

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

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Summer of Innovation Mini-Grant Opportunity

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

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

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

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

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

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NASA Explorer Schools Live Web Chat: Women@NASA


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

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

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NASA LEARN and NES Offering Webinars

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

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

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

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

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

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Music and Astronomy Under the Stars

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

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

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

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Space Shuttle Tire Loan Program

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

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

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


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

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

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NASA’s Multi-Wavelength Universe Online Professional Development Course

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

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

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

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

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

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Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NASA Education Express — April 21, 2011

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

Spiders in Space: Nine Days Before Launch
Audience: All Educators
Scheduled Launch Date: April 29, 2011

NASA DLN Webcast — Meet NASA Langley’s Center Director: Lesa Roe

Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Registration Deadline for Interactive Opportunity: April 29, 2011

Event Date: May 9, 2011

NASA Accepting Proposals for Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences 2011
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Deadline: Multiple deadlines through August 2011


Dig in! $5,000 Grants available for 2012 NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students

Informational Videoconference: May 11, 2011
Application Deadline: June 30, 2011

Training Workshops for Afterschool Universe Astronomy Program
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Registration Deadline: July 14, 2011

Workshop Date: July 28-29, 2011

Amendments and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums Plus Opportunities for NASA Visitor Centers and Other Informal Education Institutions (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH11ZHA004N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008) — Posted on April 20, 2011
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Proposal Due Date: June 29, 2011

NASA Announcement:
Seeking Collaborators to Assist NASA in Inspiring a New Generation of Scientists, Engineers, Explorers, Educators and Innovators
Audience: Organizations Interesting in Collaborating With NASA

Application Deadline: Dec. 31, 2011

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Spiders in Space: Nine Days Before Launch

You and your students can be part of space shuttle Endeavor’s last flight. On April 29, 2011, an orb weaver spider will join the STS-134 crew aboard space shuttle Endeavour for a trip to the International Space Station. Once aboard the space station, the spider will star in an exciting experiment to observe its behaviors in microgravity. The spider will live in a safe environment that provides food and water. Real-time photos and video of the spider will be transmitted from the space station back to Earth and made available for students on the “Spiders in Space” mission page.

Students and teachers worldwide will be able to conduct their own classroom investigations comparing ground-based spiders with those living in microgravity on the space station. Instructions for designing classroom spider habitats and investigations are free. Visit the link below to register and download the module guide.

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

Spiders in Space is a collaboration of NASA with Baylor College of Medicine, BioServe Space Technologies of the University of Colorado, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute. Additional support comes from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Houston Endowment Inc.

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

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NASA DLN Webcast — Meet NASA Langley’s Center Director: Lesa Roe

Lesa B. Roe is the first female director of NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. Appointed in 2005, Roe is the only female center director at NASA. Roe is the senior management official, overseeing facilities valued at more than $3.3 billion, and employing over 3,600 engineers and scientists. She is responsible for the center’s technical implementation of aeronautical, space and science programs, as well as the overall management of facilities, personnel and administration.

How does an engineer make it to one of the highest offices in the nation’s space agency? Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network for this special event where three lucky classes will interact with Roe to learn about her career path, courses of study and how she became interested in engineering as a young girl. Learn how planning for your future now leads to your success in the future!

Teachers interested in having their classes participate in the live audience should visit the DLN website, click on the special events tab on the left and select the Lesa Roe event for details to register. Registration deadline is April 29, 2011.

Classes not chosen to participate in the live event may still join the webcast on May 9, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. EDT.


For more information, visit
http://dln.nasa.gov.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to
Karen.Ricks@nasa.gov.

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NASA Accepting Proposals for Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences 2011

NASA is accepting proposals for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Research Announcement, or NRA, entitled Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) — 2011.

There are three education opportunities in this ROSES NRA.

The first is the opportunity to conduct midsized education and public outreach projects by participating in Opportunities in Education and Public Outreach for Earth and Space Science. Full proposals are due on May 6, 2011.

The second opportunity is for early career scientists and engineers. Early career scientists and engineers in Earth science may participate in the New Investigator Program in Earth Science. A notice of intent is not requested for this opportunity. Full proposals are due May 27, 2011. Early career scientists and engineers in planetary science may participate in the Fellowships for Early Career Researchers. For this opportunity, a Notice of Intent is requested by June 30, 2011, with full proposals due on Aug. 31, 2011.

The third opportunity is for Principal Investigators, or PIs, of selected research investigations to receive Education or Outreach awards as supplements to their research award. Two different pathways are offered: $15K/year education pathway proposals and $10K/year outreach pathway proposals. The parent research award must have more than 12 months remaining at the time of submission of an education or outreach supplement proposal. For additional details concerning the submission of supplement proposals, please see Supplemental Outreach Awards for ROSES Investigators and Supplemental Education Awards for ROSES Investigators. For this opportunity, a Notice of Intent is requested by Aug. 3, 2011, with full proposals due on Sept. 2, 2011.

For more information, visit
http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7bAEF75D0F-2272-7DE7-D52A-295B47C8F5CF%7d&path=open.

Questions, comments and suggestions about the SMD E/PO program are welcome and may be directed to Stephanie Stockman at
HQ-SMD-ROSES-EPO@hq.nasa.gov.

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Dig in! $5,000 Grants available for 2012 NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition

The NASA Minority Innovation Challenges Institute, or MICI, will be offering minority serving institutions the opportunity to apply for a $5,000 grant to assist their schools in entering the 2012 NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition. Lunabotics is a university-level competition that encourages innovative lunar excavation concepts from universities. These concepts may result in clever ideas and solutions that could be applied to an actual lunar excavation device or payload. The challenge is for students to design and build a remotely controlled or autonomous excavator called a lunabot that can collect and deposit a minimum of 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of lunar simulant within 15 minutes. The competition will occur in the spring of 2012.

Those interested in this grant opportunity should visit
http://nasamici.com/?p=468 to register for a free live videoconference on May 11, 2011, at 3 p.m. EDT. The videoconference will feature Theresa Martinez, NASA — Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP, Small Projects Manager, and Paul Secor — NASA MICI coordinator. They will explain the competition and grant application process.

Additional video conference sessions concerning Lunabotics will be also be held during May, including presentations from past university Lunabotic teams. Updates on the dates and times of these presentations will be posted at
http://nasamici.com/?p=468.

Applications for grants are due June 30, 2011.

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

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Training Workshops for Afterschool Universe Astronomy Program

Afterschool Universe is a hands-on astronomy program targeted at middle school out-of-school-time settings. It explores basic astronomy concepts through hands-on activities and focuses on a journey through the universe beyond the solar system.

A free, 2-day training workshop for U.S. citizens is being held on July 28-29, 2011, at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. This training will prepare participants to lead the program or train others to do so. Most of the materials to run the program are easily available at grocery stores and craft supplies stores. Workshop attendees receive access to a password-protected website that has resources to help with the implementation of the program, including a PDF version of the manual.

Registration for this training session is due July 14, 2011.
Register by visiting
http://universe.nasa.gov/au/register.html.

For more information about the program, visit
http://universe.nasa.gov/afterschool/.

Questions about this program should be directed to the project coordinator at
Sarah.E.Eyermann@nasa.gov.

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Amendments and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums Plus Opportunities for NASA Visitor Centers and Other Informal Education Institutions (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH11ZHA004N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008) — Posted on April 20, 2011

Two Amendments and nine additional FAQs related to Eligibility for Institutions and Principal Investigators, Budgets and NASA Grant Policies, and NASA Visitor Centers are available with the NRA on the CP4SMP+ portal page on NSPIRES.

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

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NASA Announcement: Seeking Collaborators to Assist NASA in Inspiring a New Generation of Scientists, Engineers, Explorers, Educators and Innovators

The NASA Office of Education requests information from organizations interested in helping the agency achieve its strategic goals for education. NASA’s commitment to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education spans kindergarten through graduate levels and includes informal, public education. NASA education shares the agency’s space-based mission to inspire students of all ages to participate in STEM education. NASA seeks unfunded partnerships with organizations to engage new or broader audiences across a national scale.

Potential partnership activities are varied. NASA is receptive to a wide range of possibilities. All categories of domestic entities, including U.S. federal government agencies, are eligible to respond to this announcement. NASA particularly seeks responses from creative organizations with wide-ranging areas of expertise. NASA will accept responses through Dec. 31, 2011. Review of responses will begin in June 2011.

Organizations interested in responding to this education opportunity can access the announcement at
https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/about/NASA_Seeks_Collaborators.html.

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-related opportunities available from NASA. For a full list of Current Opportunities, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html.

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

NASA Education Express — April 14, 2011

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

NASA Explorer Schools Live Video Chat: Building and Testing Solid Fuel Rocket Motors
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: April 19, 2011

Student Questions Needed: Join an Earth Day Video Chat With a NASA Scientist
Audience: Educators and Students in Grades 4-6
Deadline to Submit Questions: April 18, 2011
Video Chat Date: April 21, 2011

National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Priority Deadline to Be Considered for Build Awards: May 30, 2011
Registrations Deadline: Aug. 30, 2011

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums Plus Opportunities for NASA Visitor Centers and Other Informal Education Institutions (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH11ZHA004N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008) – Posted on April 8, 2011
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Proposal Due Date: June 29, 2011

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Live Video Chat: Building and Testing Solid Fuel Rocket Motors

NASA Explorer Schools invites students in grades K-12 from across the U.S. and Department of Defense schools to participate in a live video chat with NASA civil engineer Sam Ortega. The event will take place on April 19, 2011, at 2 p.m. EDT. Students and teachers can submit questions to Ortega during this hour-long chat. Ortega will answer questions about building and testing solid fuel rocket motors and being a civil engineer at NASA.

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

To learn more about Sam Ortega, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/live-chat-Ortega.html.

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Student Questions Needed: Join an Earth Day Video Chat With a NASA Scientist

To celebrate Earth Day 2011, the Education Office at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., is hosting a live Web video chat where students can ask a NASA/JPL scientist questions emailed in advance.

Questions are due by April 18, noon PDT; live chat is April 21, 10 a.m. PDT/1 p.m. EDT.

For more information visit
https://www.nasa.gov/centers/jpl/education/earthday2011-20110413.html.

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National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition

The National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition is the Montana Space Grant Consortium’s Education Program for NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph mission. IRIS will use spectrography and imaging in ultraviolet wavelengths to reveal the dynamics of the sun’s chromospheres and transition region.

This yearly competition is open to undergraduate interdisciplinary teams from colleges and universities across the U.S. teams are challenged to design and build a working ground-based solar spectrograph and demonstrate the capabilities of the spectrograph by making pre-defined observations of the solar spectrum. Typical teams have three to six students and must have a faculty advisor.

Both substantial scholarship prizes and travel prizes will be given in four categories: best design, best build, best science observations and best presentation of results. Teams may apply for funding of $2000 per team for project materials. Priority for build funds will be given to minority-serving institutions, community colleges and institutions with less aerospace activity.

Applications for build awards are due May 30, 2011. Build awards will be distributed in June 2011. Registrations are due on Aug. 30, 2011. As space allows, late registrations may be accepted until Dec. 31, 2011.

The competition will be held in Bozeman, Mont., in May 2012.

For more information and to register online, visit
http://www.spacegrant.montana.edu/IRIS/index.html.

Please email any questions about this competition to Randy Larimer at
rlarimer@ece.montana.edu.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums Plus Opportunities for NASA Visitor Centers and Other Informal Education Institutions (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH11ZHA004N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008) – Posted on April 8, 2011

Twelve FAQs related to Peer Review/Proposal Content Development/Format/ Budgets/NASA Grant Policies and Eligibility for Institutions and Principal Investigators are available with the NRA on the CP4SMP+ portal page on NSPIRES.

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

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

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

NASA Education Express — March 31, 2011

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

Watch the 18th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race Live on UStream April 1-2, 2011
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: April 1-2, 2011


Voting Open for Original Songs to Awaken STS-134 Crew
Audience: All Educators and Students
Deadline: April 19, 2011

2011 Space Tech Engineering Design Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: June 1, 2011

NASA Research Announcement for Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums Plus Opportunities for NASA Visitor Centers and Other Informal Education Institutions (CP4SMP+)
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Proposal Due Date: June 29, 2011

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Watch the 18th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race Live on UStream April 1-2, 2011

Watch the 18th annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race live on UStream — a one-stop shop for video and Twitter updates! The race will be held April 1-2, 2011, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. On April 1, the race and the 40th anniversary celebration of the first use of the Lunar Roving Vehicle on the moon will be streamed on the web starting at 7 a.m. CDT at
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-msfc .

The event honors the men and women who designed, tested, built and piloted the original lunar rovers — many of whom are expected to take part in the celebration. On April 2, the awards ceremony also will be available on the NASA UStream channel at 5 p.m. CDT.

The winners of the NASA Great Moonbuggy Race will be posted April 2 to
NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center Newsroom website:
https://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/news.

Moonbuggy enthusiasts also can follow the NASA Great Moonbuggy Race on Facebook (
http://www.facebook.com/moonbuggyrace) and Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/moonbuggyrace) April 1-2. NASA will “Tweet” updates throughout the race, including total race times for each team and the race winners.

More than 80 high school, college and university student teams from 22 states and Puerto Rico, and international challengers from six countries, including returning teams from Canada, India and Germany and — for the first time — racers from Ethiopia, Pakistan and Russia will battle through a challenging course of moon-like terrain at the Space & Rocket Center.

The NASA Great Moonbuggy Race began in 1994, inspired by the original lunar rovers developed for the Apollo moon missions in the 1970s by NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Boeing and General Motors engineers. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the first lunar rover rolling across the moon’s surface. The race is one of dozens of educational projects and initiatives led by the Marshall Center each year to attract and engage America’s next generation of scientists, engineers and explorers — those who will carry on the nation’s mission of exploration to uncharted destinations in the solar system.

For more event details, race rules, information on the course and photos from previous competitions, visit
http://moonbuggy.msfc.nasa.gov.

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Voting Open for Original Songs to Awaken STS-134 Crew

NASA is inviting the public to vote for its favorite original song to wake up space shuttle Commander Mark Kelly and his five crewmates during their STS-134 mission to the International Space Station. Voting runs through launch day, which currently is targeted for April 19, 2011.

Electronic voting is open to the public on NASA’s Space Rock website, which includes the songs, inspiration and biographical information about the 10 finalists. https://songcontest.nasa.gov/.

Songwriters and performers from around the world submitted 1,350 songs, including 693 from 47 states, 105 from Canada, and 552 from 61 other countries. The song contest began Aug. 20, 2010 and ended Jan. 31. The finalists were notified on Feb. 18.

Below are the original song finalists (alphabetical by song title):
“Boogie Woogie Shuttle,” by Ryan McCullough (Savannah, Ga.)
“Dreams You Give,” by Brian Plunkett (Halfway, Mo.)
“Endeavour, It’s a Brand New Day,” by Susan Rose Simonetti (Cocoa Beach, Fla.)
“I Need My Space,” by Stan Clardy (Statesville, N.C.)
“I Want to Be an Astronaut,” by Michael J. Kunes (Phoenix)
“Just Another Day in Space,” by Kurt Lanham (Jacksonville, Fla.)
“Rocket Scientist,” by Tray Eppes (Cullen, Va.)
“Spacing Out,” by Jeremy Parsons (Nashville, Tenn.)
“Sunrise Number 1,” by Jorge Otero (Ovideo, Spain)
“The Countdown Blues (Hymn for Tim),” by Sharon Riddell (Nashville, Tenn.)

The two songs with the most votes will be the first original songs chosen by the public to be played as wakeup music for a shuttle crew. The STS-134 Original Song Contest ran concurrently with the Top 40 Song Contest for shuttle Discovery’s STS-133 mission. The Top 40 Song Contest ended earlier this month.

The song contests join the ongoing “Face in Space” project offering the opportunity to send a picture to space via an electronic transfer. During Discovery’s mission, more than 194,000 images flew in space. So far, almost 117,000 images have been submitted to fly aboard shuttle Endeavour’s STS-134 flight. To send your face to space aboard Endeavour, or Atlantis on the STS-135 mission targeted for June, visit http://faceinspace.nasa.gov.

The 14-day mission will be the 36th flight to the space station and the 25th, and final, flight for Endeavour. Pilot Greg H. Johnson and mission specialists Mike Fincke, Drew Feustel, Greg Chamitoff and Roberto Vittori of the European Space Agency will join Kelly. They will deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, a particle physics detector designed to search for various types of unusual matter by measuring cosmic rays. The crew also will deliver the Express Logistics Carrier-3, a platform that carries spare parts to sustain station operations once the shuttles are retired later this year.

For more information on the Space Shuttle Program and Endeavour’s final mission, visit https://www.nasa.gov/shuttle.

For more information about the International Space Station, visit https://www.nasa.gov/station.

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2011 Space Tech Engineering Design Challenge

NASA has invited college students to take part in the 2011 Space Tech Engineering Design Challenge. Students are invited to design a technology that will help further space exploration and development. Designs may relate to autonomous operations; entry, descent and landing; human factors; power/propulsion including for operation in space and on other planetary bodies; or robotics (not related to in-situ lunar samples). Students entering other NASA contests, such as Lunabotics or RASC-ALs, may not submit the same entry or technology that they used for the other contests. All entries must be original and must be the work of students, not faculty or corporate partners.

The contest is open to any full-time student enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution in the United States. This category includes universities, colleges, trade schools, community colleges, professional schools, etc. Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged.

A notice of intent is requested as soon as possible. Final entries are due June 1, 2011.

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

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

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NASA Research Announcement for Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums Plus Opportunities for NASA Visitor Centers and Other Informal Education Institutions (CP4SMP+)

The NASA Office of Education invites proposals from museums, science centers, planetariums, NASA Visitor Centers, and other informal education institutions via this 2011 NASA Research Announcement: Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums Plus Opportunities for NASA Visitor Centers and Other Informal Education Institutions (CP4SMP+), Announcement Number NNH11ZHA004N. Proposals must be submitted electronically via the NASA proposal data system NSPIRES or Grants.gov.

Proposers may request a grant or cooperative agreement to support NASA-themed science, technology, engineering or mathematics informal education, including exhibits, within these congressionally directed topics: space exploration, aeronautics, space science, Earth science or microgravity. CP4SMP+ is a competitive, high-quality, national program to recruit NASA’s flagship investment in the Office of Education’s Outcome Goal 3: Build strategic partnerships and linkages between STEM formal and informal education providers that promote STEM literacy and awareness of NASA’s mission. Eligible informal education institutions do not need to have the words “museum,” “science” or “planetarium” in their official name. Proposals from entities outside the U.S. will not be considered. Review the NRA for detailed eligibility requirements and proposal limitations and check the NSPIRES website once a week to see if amendments or frequently asked questions have been added. Amendments and FAQs will be announced via the NASA Education Express listserv.

Do not submit a Notice Of Intent (NOI).

Full proposals are due June 29, 2011.

For more information about this opportunity, visit
http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={75AAC7BF-2F69-6C73-2980-B1DCF25EA665}&path=open.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please direct your questions to the Points of Contact listed within the NRA.

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

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

NASA Education Express — March 24, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PBS Design Squad Nation: ‘One Giant Leap’

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

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

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

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NASA Explorer Schools Live Video Chat: Women at NASA

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

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

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

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Join the Worldwide GLOBE at Night 2011 Campaign

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Applications are due May 31, 2011.

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

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NASA LEARN and NES Offering Webinars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


NASA Education Express — Jan. 6, 2011

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

Deadline Extended: OSSI:SOLAR Student Application
Audience: Higher Education Students
New Deadline: March 1, 2011

Free Webcast — Mass vs. Weight: What’s the Big Difference Anyway?
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Event Date: Jan. 13, 2011

International Space Station EarthKAM Winter 2011 Mission
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Event Date: Jan. 18-21, 2011

FY 2011 Research Announcement for the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)
Audience: Higher Education Institutions
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 28, 2011

2011 Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: Jan. 28, 2011

NASA History Division Summer 2011 Internships
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2011

Comets and Asteroids Educator Conference at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Registration Deadline: Feb. 1, 2011
Event Date: Feb. 5, 2011

Electronic Professional Development Network Courses
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Using Robotics to Enhance STEM Learning: Feb. 2 – March 15, 2011
Project-Based Inquiry Learning: Feb. 23 – March 29, 2011

NASA Notice of Intent (NOI) to Release Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) Entitled 2011 Summer of Innovation Project

Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 18, 2011

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OSSI:SOLAR Student Application Deadline Extension Announcement:


The HQ Office of Education has decided to extend the student application deadline in OSSI:SOLAR for the Summer 2011 session from February 1 to March 1, 2011. This change will enable 2 items:

-More students to fully complete their applications
-More time for Mentors to submit their opportunities and search the applicant pool

To view available opportunities and to submit an application online, visit http://intern.nasa.gov/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Mabel Matthews at Mabel.J.Matthews@nasa.gov.

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Free Webcast — Mass vs. Weight: What’s the Big Difference Anyway?

The Aerospace Education Services Project, or AESP, is presenting a free webcast on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, at 4:30 p.m. EST. During this hourlong webcast, Stennis Space Center aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will discuss “mass” and “weight,” two terms that differ in meaning and that often are used incorrectly. This webcast will integrate Newton’s Laws of Motion and microgravity to explore these two terms and demonstrate their difference by focusing on education video filmed by astronauts on the International Space Station. NASA education resources and inquiry activities, developed from the space station video, will be used in this workshop. Come enjoy this “heavy duty” topic.

For more information and to view the webcast, visit http://neon.psu.edu/13jan2011.

If you have any questions about the webcast, please contact Steve Culivan at Stephen.P.Culivan@nasa.gov. Or visit the “Mass vs. Weight” website at http://education.ssc.nasa.gov/massvsweight.asp.

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International Space Station EarthKAM Winter 2011 Mission

Middle school educators are invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAM Winter 2011 Mission from Jan. 18-21, 2011. Find out more about this exciting opportunity that allows students to take pictures of Earth from a digital camera aboard the International Space Station.

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

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

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

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NASA Announces the Release of FY 2011 Research Announcement for the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have released the FY 2011 Research Announcement for the NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). Each funded NASA EPSCoR proposal is expected to establish research activities that will make significant contributions to the strategic research and technology development priorities of one or more of NASA’s four Mission Directorates — Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, and Space Operations –, the Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT), and NASA’s ten Centers and contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities, higher education, and economic development of the proposing jurisdiction.

Public Law 102-58, passed in 1992, authorized NASA to initiate NASA EPSCoR to strengthen the research capability of jurisdictions that have not in the past participated equably in competitive aerospace research activities. The National Science Foundation (NSF) determines overall jurisdiction eligibility for NASA EPSCoR. The following NASA EPSCoR jurisdictions may respond to this NASA EPSCoR solicitation: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Jurisdictions responding to this CAN may submit up to two proposals.

This solicitation may be accessed through the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) at http://nspires.nasaprs.com.

The deadline for submitting proposals is Jan. 28, 2011.


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2011 Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program

The Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program pairs qualified undergraduate students with NASA-funded investigators at research locations across the U.S. for eight weeks during the summer. Students will spend the summer at the NASA scientist’s home institution. Selected students receive a cost-of-living stipend and compensation for housing and travel.

Undergraduate students interested in learning about research in planetary geoscience are eligible to apply. Students graduating in 2011 who have not started graduate school yet are also eligible. Preference is given to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Applications are due Jan. 28, 2011.

For more information, visit http://www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~tgregg/pggurp.html. If you have questions about this opportunity, please e-mail Robyn Wagner, PGGURP administrator, at rlwagner@buffalo.edu.

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NASA History Division Summer 2011 Internships

The NASA History Division is seeking undergraduate and graduate students for summer 2011 internships. The History Division maintains archival materials to answer research questions from NASA personnel, journalists, scholars, students at all levels and others from around the world. The division also edits and publishes several books and monographs each year. It maintains a large number of websites on NASA history.

Students of all majors are welcome to apply. While detailed prior knowledge of the aeronautics and space fields is not necessary, a keen interest and some basic familiarity with these topics are needed. Strong research, writing, and editing skills are essential. Experience with computers, especially HTML formatting, is a plus.

Intern projects are flexible. Typical projects include handling a wide variety of information requests, editing historical manuscripts, doing research and writing biographical sketches, updating and creating websites, and identifying and captioning photos.

Applications are due Feb. 1, 2011. For more information, visit http://history.nasa.gov/interncall.htm.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact Steve Garber at stephen.j.garber@nasa.gov.

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Comets and Asteroids Educator Conference at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Join the Stardust-NExT mission and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Education Office for an education conference being held Feb. 5, 2011, near Pasadena, Calif. The conference will focus on comets, asteroids and protoplanets. These objects are the leftover building blocks of planets, which may have contributed water and organic material to ancient Earth, thus aiding the start of life. By observing these small bodies up close, scientists better understand the formation and evolution of our solar system and how life came to exist here on Earth.

This daylong conference will feature a series of presentations, as well as introduction to hands-on activities mainly targeted for grades 5-8. However, activities can be adapted for both lower and higher grade levels. Instructional materials and resources will be shared and hands-on activity materials will be provided.

This conference is open to all formal and informal educators interested in Earth and space science and exploration. Students in high school and college also may attend.

Pre-registration is required. Participants must register by Feb. 1, 2011. Walk-up registration will not be possible for this conference.

For more information, visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/index.cfm?page=110.

For registration questions, please call the JPL Education Office at 818-393-0561. For other questions, please call the JPL Educator Resource Center at 909-397-4420.

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Electronic Professional Development Network Courses


NASA’s Learning Environments and Research Network and the Georgia Institute of Technology have teamed up to create the ePDN, an initiative dedicated to preparing K-12 teachers to engage their students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) through the use of NASA-developed learning materials and resources.

If you are looking for a way to enhance your instructional skills, meet your professional development goals, or find new and exciting resources to use in your learning environments, apply to one of our free courses today!

Applications are now open for the following courses starting in February:

Using Robotics to Enhance STEM Learning — Feb. 2 – March 15, 2011
Learn how to build and program LEGO Mindstorm robots and use them to promote student engagement and conceptual understanding of mathematics, science and engineering. Explore robotic manipulators and end effectors like the ones NASA uses on the International Space Station, and integrate multiple sensors into your robot to allow for systematic control. Join your colleagues in the Grand Challenge to design, build and program a robot to explore an environment and return with a sample for investigation.

Project-Based Inquiry Learning: Science Teaching and Learning for the 21st Century — Feb. 23 – March 15, 2011
Develop your skills in designing and using project-based inquiry learning, or PBIL, to enhance conceptual understanding, critical thinking, scientific reasoning, and problem solving in standards-based classrooms. Experience and analyze two NASA-oriented PBIL projects firsthand; learn PBIL curriculum design strategies and methods; and design a PBIL unit for use in your classroom. Use e-PDN’s suite of online tools to collaborate, connect and create with other course participants.

To learn more about these free courses and to apply online, visit https://www.nasaepdn.gatech.edu/nasaepdn_application.php.

For more information on the e-PDN and the resources it offers to K-12 teachers, visit www.nasaepdn.gatech.edu.

Questions about these courses should be directed to Fran Ruskin at fran.ruskin@dlpe.gatech.edu.

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NASA Notice of Intent (NOI) to Release Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) Entitled 2011 Summer of Innovation Project

General Information
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Solicitation Number: NNC11ZCE009C
NAIS Posted Date: January 12, 2011
Response Date: N/A
Classification Code: N/A
Internet Address: nspires.nasaprs.com

Office Address
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NASA Educational Programs Office, NASA Glenn Research Center, MS 7-4, Cleveland, OH 44135

Description
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NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden has identified improvement of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning as a national need. To address this need, in 2010 NASA piloted the Summer of Innovation Project.

Summer of Innovation (SoI) is an intensive STEM teaching and learning program that targets middle school students (as defined by NASA for these purposes as students enrolled in grades 4-9 for the pending school year) and middle school teachers. In recruiting students, specific emphasis should be paid to girls, minorities and low income students.

Offerors shall include a summer engagement component and follow-on efforts designed to keep students involved in NASA-themed STEM activities during the academic year. Offerors will be required to partner with schools, school districts or state departments of education. A key aspect of SoI is the participation of certified teachers in the delivery of high quality content to middle school students in summer programming and sustained engagement during the school year. Offerors are encouraged to solicit the involvement, participation, and/or contributions of interested public/private partners including other federal agencies, non-profit organizations, foundations, for-profit organizations, universities, museums, planetariums and science centers with relevant experience and ability to accomplish the goals of SoI.

Expected outcomes of this project are increased student interest in STEM concepts and careers, improved student performance in STEM learning for student participants, increased teacher confidence and competency to deliver STEM content to middle school students and increased capacity for awardees to sustain their SoI projects beyond the scope and timeline of NASA funding. On an annual basis each awardee is expected to engage a minimum of 2500 students in summer programming and subsequent student engagement and involve at least 150 certified teachers in the delivery of content to students and sustained professional development activities.

Evaluation Criteria
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Proposal evaluation criteria will be focused on Implementation, Evaluation Plan, Strategic Partnerships, Intrinsic Merit, Sustainability, and Cost.

Anticipated Timeline
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ITEM                                                                           Proposed Date
Notice of Intent to Proposers                                   Dec. 30, 2010
Release 2011 Summer of Innovation CAN *         Jan. 12, 2011
Pre-Proposal Teleconference                                 Jan. 19, 2011
Non-binding NOI to Propose Due                           Jan. 26, 2011
Proposals Due                                                          Feb. 18, 2011
Award Announcement                                              April 18, 2011

*NOTE: The Summer of Innovation CAN will be posted on or about January 12, 2011.
Timeline is subject to change; current information will be posted on NASA NSPIRES and Grants.Gov

Critical Elements for Offerors
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— A detailed plan to grow capacity and expand network over a performance period of 48 months
— Ability to infuse a minimum of 40 hours of NASA content into existing summer programs and to sustain student engagement by providing an additional 40 hours of NASA content either in classroom or other out-of school settings during the school year
— Demonstrated ability to recruit and retain female, minority and/or low income middle school students for purposes of tracking academic performance and changes in attitudes towards STEM over the 48 month period of performance
— Demonstrated ability to recruit certified STEM middle school teachers to support the design and delivery of SoI summer and sustained student engagement activities
— Ability to partner with NASA and its contractors who provide professional development to certified teachers using NASA content and STEM topics
— Capacity to provide unique and innovative experiential STEM learning opportunities to students
— Demonstrated understanding of the development, administration and implementation of high quality STEM programs and projects
— Capacity to sustain STEM education programs on an ongoing basis
— Partnerships with industry, academia, and accredited schools, school districts or state departments of education to support project recruitment, implementation, sustainability and scalability
— Proven ability to work with formal educational structures (schools, school districts,etc.)
— Ability to make timely submittals of all reports and financial data required; and to make timely payments to all sub contractors and/or partners

Anticipated Award
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Contingent upon the availability of funding, NASA intends to select up to ten (10) awards that may be up to $750,000 each with a period of performance of 48 months for awardees. Funds will be awarded through a graduated distribution system. To retain financial strength and support on an ongoing basis, awardees are strongly encouraged to leverage monetary opportunities through collaborations and partnerships with entities that share resolve for a successful, ongoing SoI project.

Point of Contact
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Name: Robert Lasalvia
Title: 2011 Summer of Innovation, Project Manager-Acting, NASA GRC
E-mail:
grc-2011summerofinnovation@mail.nasa.gov

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