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NASA Education Express Message for Oct. 13, 2016

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


New This Week!


Free NASA Educator Professional Development Webinars
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators
Next Event Date: Oct. 17, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

Free Workshop — NASA Resources for Girl Scout Journeys
Audience: Girl Scout Troop Leaders, Girl Scout Volunteers and Informal Educators
Event Dates: Oct. 18, 2016, 7 p.m. EDT

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Spring 2017 Policy Internship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: Oct. 28, 2016

Virginia Earth System Science Scholars Program
Audience: Virginia High School Juniors and Seniors
Application Deadline: Oct. 30, 2016


PREVIOUSLY PROMOTED OPPORTUNITIES…


Sign Up for NASA Education ‘Science WOW!’ Weekly Email Newsletter
Audience: All Educators and Students

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Live Video Chat: NASA STARS en Español
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Oct. 13, 2016, 1-1:45 p.m. EDT

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — NASA STARS en Español
Audiencia: Todos Los Educadores y Estudiantes
Fecha del Evento: Octubre 13, 2016, 1-1:45 p.m. EDT

2017 RASC-AL Special Edition: Mars Ice Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students
Notice of Intent Deadline: Oct. 14, 2016
Entry Deadline: Nov. 17, 2016

Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles and Blankets Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other Education Organizations

Call for White Papers: NASA iTech Initiative
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
White Paper Submission Deadline: Oct. 17, 2016
Forum Dates: Dec. 5-8, 2016

Celebrate Solar Week — Fall 2016
Audience: Informal Educators and Students in Grades 5-9
Event Dates: Oct. 17-21, 2016

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event: Game-Changing Technology
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: Oct. 19, 2016, at Noon EDT

Free Educator Workshop — Technology Drives Exploration: Deep Space Atomic Clock
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Event Dates: Oct. 19, 2016, 4:30-6 p.m. PDT

2016 von Kármán Lecture Series — Attend in Person or View Online
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Next Lecture Date: Oct. 20, 2016, at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)

Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Presents ‘STEM in 30’ Webcast Series
Audience: Grades 6-8 Educators and Students
Next Webcast Date: Oct. 26, 2016, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. EDT

ROSES-16 Amendment 33: New Program Element — Interdisciplinary Science for Eclipse 2017
Audience: Informal and Higher Education Institutions
Step-1 Proposal Deadline: Oct. 27, 2016

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Space Biology to Study the Microbiome of the International Space Station as a Built Environment
Audience: Postdoctoral Students
Required Notice of Intent Deadline: Oct. 31, 2016

Host a Real-Time Conversation With Astronauts Aboard the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 1, 2016

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships
Audience: Graduate Students and Ph.D. Scientists
Next Application Deadline: Nov. 1, 2016

National Science Foundation’s Advancing Informal STEM Learning Program
Audience: Organizations Interested in Advancing STEM Learning in Informal Environments
Full Proposal Deadline: Nov. 8, 2016

Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program Accepting Applications for 2017-2018 Fellowship Year
Audience: K-12 STEM Educators
Application Deadline: Nov. 17, 2016, at 8 p.m. EST

NASA CubeSat Launch Opportunity
Audience: Informal Educators, Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 22, 2016

Call for Submissions — NASA Announcement for High Impact / Broad Implementation STEM Education Partnerships (EDUCATION01SP16)
Audience: Education Institutions and Organizations
Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis Through Dec. 31, 2017

NASA Unveils New Public Web Portal for Research Results
Audience: All Educators and Students

Help NASA Study Mars — Planet Four: Terrains
Audience: All Educators and Students
Project Timeframe: Ongoing

Searchable Portals for Federally Sponsored Opportunities for STEM Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Audience: Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students and Higher Education Institutions


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


NEW THIS WEEK!


Free Education Webinars From NASA Educator Professional Development

The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources that bring NASA into your classroom. Registration is required to participate. To register, simply click on the link provided beneath the webinar description.

NASA Weathering the Storm — Earth Right Now: Space Weather
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades PreK-12
Event Date: Oct. 17, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
During this webinar about space weather, participants will learn how radiation impacts Earth and how it affects planning for space travel and the upcoming journey to Mars. Attendees also will learn about current research going on at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/196772

NASA Weathering the Storm — Earth Right Now: What Do We Know About Snow?
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: Oct. 18, 2016, at 6 p.m. EDT
Investigate ways to use snow studies to explore climate science. Participants will explore lessons that give students opportunities to complete field research and collect data, including how to take measurements and calculate the snow-water equivalent. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/203251

NASA Weathering the Storm — Earth Right Now: Building for Hurricanes Engineering Design Challenge
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 6-8
Event Date: Oct. 19, 2016, at 5 p.m. EDT
Whether you live in an area prone to hurricanes or not, you’ve seen images of the destruction caused by such storms. Data from satellites like the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission, and now the Global Precipitation Measurement mission, have vastly improved our ability to forecast the track of storms, and have led to insights that allow us to know when a storm will intensify. Participants will learn about a student activity that lets students take on the role of a builder to design a building that can withstand a (simulated) hurricane. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/199043

Teachers Connect: NASA Langley Centennial Badge Webinar
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 4-8
Event Date: Oct. 20, 2016, at 4:30 p.m. EDT
As part of its 100th Anniversary celebration, NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia has developed three digital badges geared to middle school learning standards. The badges are intended to make real-world connections to the classroom as a way to teach STEM content through the NASA context. This webinar highlights Earth Right Now teacher and student digital badges that focus on the role of clouds and cloud types in Earth’s energy budget. This webinar will walk through the NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative digital badge site and introduce the teacher professional development badge as well as digital or printable ways to implement the activities in the classroom. The webinar also will preview the Journey to Mars and Aeronautics digital badges. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/205370

For a full schedule of upcoming webinars, visit http://www.txstate-epdc.net/events/.

Please direct questions about this series of webinars to Steve Culivan at stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov.


Free Workshop — NASA Resources for Girl Scout Journeys

Discover ways that NASA resources, missions and content can help support and enrich your Girl Scout Journeys. Join NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Research Center Office of Education for a free professional development workshop to explore how to navigate these resources and how you might incorporate them into your Girl Scout program.

This online event will take place Oct. 18, 2016, at 7 p.m. EDT. To register, visit https://nvite.jsc.nasa.gov/RSVP/?id=s5aty.

Please direct questions about this workshop to Amanda Harvey at amanda.c.harvey@nasa.gov.


White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Spring 2017 Policy Internship Program

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is seeking students for spring 2017 internships. The OSTP advises the President on the effects of science and technology on domestic and international affairs. The office serves as a source of scientific and technological analyses and judgment for the president with respect to major policies, plans and programs of the federal government.

Policy internships are open to interested students from all majors and programs, including law school programs. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are enrolled, at least half-time, in an accredited college or university during the period of volunteer service. Students in undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in all fields are encouraged to apply.

While these positions are without compensation, the assignments provide educational enrichment, practical work experience and networking opportunities with other individuals in the science and technology policy arena.

Applications for spring 2017 internships are due Oct. 28, 2016.

For more information, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ostp/about/student.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact Rebecca Grimm at rgrimm@ostp.eop.gov.


Virginia Earth System Science Scholars Program

The Virginia Earth System Science Scholars, or VESSS, program is an interactive online science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning experience for Virginia high school juniors and seniors. The program will select 175 high school juniors and seniors statewide to participate in the inaugural offering of the online course from December 2016 through April 2017. Three dual-enrollment college credits will be offered through Thomas Nelson Community College with costs underwritten by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium.

About 90 students who perform well in the online course will be selected to attend one of two one-week residential summer academies at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. At the academy, students will work with mentors to apply course content and NASA data to real-world applications. It is anticipated that one additional college credit will be offered for successful completion of the academy.

VESSS partners include the Hampton University Center for Atmospheric Research and Education, NASA’s Langley Research Center, and Thomas Nelson Community College.

Applications are due Oct. 30, 2016.

For more information and to complete the online application for the 2016-2017 course, visit http://vsgc.odu.edu/VESSS/.

Please email any questions about this program to Joyce Corriere at jcorrier@odu.edu.


PREVIOUSLY PROMOTED OPPORTUNITIES…


Sign Up for NASA Education ‘Science WOW!’ Weekly Email Newsletter

Are you a science educator or interested in science education? Sign up for the NASA Education “Science WOW!” mailing list. Receive an email with NASA’s latest science education offerings delivered “Weekly on Wednesdays.”

Science starts with a question, and so does “Science WOW!” Each week’s message kicks off with a science question and a link to where you can find the answer. “Science WOW!” also highlights an awesome science education tool each week. These featured resources will include NASA apps, interactive games, 3-D printing templates and more!

Plus, “Science WOW!” delivers — right to your inbox — the latest science education opportunities offered by NASA. It’s a simple way to keep up with the latest professional development webinars, student contests, workshops, lectures and other activities.

To register your email address and be added to the list, visit https://www.nasa.gov/education/sciencewow/.


NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Live Video Chat: NASA STARS en Español

Do you want to be one of NASA’s STARS? In this series of live Spanish video chats, “Students Talk About Real STEM” with NASA professionals who work in these areas. Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network and Educator Professional Development Collaborative for an inside look at NASA missions, research and careers.

The next 45-minute event will be webcast on the NASA DLiNfo Channel on Oct. 13, 2016, at 1 p.m. EDT.

Submit questions via Twitter using #NASASTARS or via email to astrosdeNASA@gmail.com. Or sign up at https://www.txstate-epdc.net/nasa-stars/) for your class to connect directly.
For more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/dln. Please send questions about this event to astrosdeNASA@gmail.com.


NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — NASA STARS en Español

¿Quieres ser uno de los Astros de NASA? En esta serie de video conferencia en español y en vivo, los estudiantes hablarán de lo que es en realidad STEM (ciencias, tecnología, ingeniería y matemáticas) con profesionales de NASA que están trabajando en estas ramas. Acompaña a los programas de conexión digital de NASA (DLN for sus siglas en inglés) y el programa de colaboraciones de desarrolló profesional educativo (EPDC por sus siglas en inglés) hablando de diferentes misiones, investigaciones, y carreras en NASA.

El siguiente programa será transmitido por NASA DLiNfo Channel el 13 de octubre de 2016 a la 1 p.m. EDT.

 Envia tus preguntas por medio de Twitter usando #NASASTARS ó por correo electrónico astrosdeNASA@gmail.com. O inscribe tu escuela y conectate.

Para más información, visite la página https://www.nasa.gov/dln. Escribanos si usted esta interesado en conectarse directo para participar y cualquier pregunta sobre el programa astrosdeNASA@gmail.com.


2017 RASC-AL Special Edition: Mars Ice Challenge

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace announce the 2017 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage, or RASC-AL, Special Edition: Mars Ice Challenge. This new special edition challenge for 2017 is taking place in celebration of the 100th anniversary of NASA’s Langley Research Center! This design competition is aimed at university-level engineering students and is one of several NASA RASC-AL competitions.

The Mars Ice Challenge requires participants to build a prototype ice drilling system. Teams will compete to extract the most water from simulated Martian subsurface ice at NASA Langley in a three-day competition during summer 2017. During this competition, each participating team will receive a simulated subsurface ice test station composed of solid blocks of ice. The blocks will be in an ice container with a layer of overburden (dirt, rocks, etc.) on top. After drilling through the overburden into the ice, teams must devise innovative solutions to deliver clean water from the ice to an external storage tank (filtering out sediments).

Up to four members of the team (plus the faculty advisor) may travel to NASA Langley for the onsite testing. The drilling and water extraction systems must operate autonomously or via teleoperation, and they are subject to mass, volume and power constraints.

After completion of the test and validation portion of the project, teams will present their drilling concepts to a design review panel composed of NASA judges. Presentations will be based on the team’s technical paper that details the drill concept’s path-to-flight (how the design can be applied to actual drilling on Mars).

Interested teams are encouraged to submit a notice of intent by Oct. 14, 2016, and teams must submit a project plan for their proposed system by Nov. 17, 2016.

A Steering Committee of NASA experts will evaluate the project plans and select up to eight teams to compete against each other at NASA’s Langley Research Center in summer 2017. Each of the selected teams will receive a $10,000 stipend to develop their drilling and water extraction system.

The RASCAL Special Edition: Mars Ice Challenge is open to full-time undergraduate or graduate students majoring in engineering, science or related disciplines at an accredited university in the United States. University design teams must include (a) one faculty or industry advisor with a university affiliation and (b) two or more undergraduate or graduate students. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

For more information about this competition, visit http://rascal.nianet.org/mars-ice-challenge.

If you have questions about this competition, please contact the RASC-AL team at rascal@nianet.org.


Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles and Blankets Available for Educational Use

NASA invites U.S. educational institutions to request space shuttle thermal protective tiles, space shuttle thermal protective blankets, and other special items offered on a first-come, first-serve basis while quantities last. Organizations previously allocated thermal protective tiles may request an additional three tiles.

Nonprofit museums, libraries and planetariums (sponsored through their respective State Agency Surplus Property, or SASP, organization) are also eligible to make requests. Visit the link below for special instructions to request items. To find the contact information for the SASP representative for your area, visit http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/100851.

A nominal shipping fee must be paid online with a credit card. To make a request for special items online, visit http://gsaxcess.gov/htm/nasa/userguide/Special_Item_Request_Procedure.pdf.

Please direct questions about this opportunity to GSAXcessHelp@gsa.gov.


Call for White Papers: NASA iTech Initiative

NASA iTech is a yearlong initiative to find innovative ideas with the most potential impact on future space exploration and to support development of the most promising solutions. Ideas may come from U.S. small or large businesses, academia, or other government organizations external to NASA. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

The first step for potential innovators to participate in NASA iTech is to submit a five-page white paper summarizing a proposed innovation to solve challenges in one of the focus areas. These challenges range from crew health to propulsion.

A panel of experts will review all submitted ideas. The top 25 white papers submitted will be recognized by NASA iTech as semifinalists and evaluated by NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist. Innovators representing the top 10 ideas will be invited to present to the agency and its largest contractors at the NASA iTech Forum on Dec. 5-8, 2016, at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The deadline to submit white papers is Oct. 17, 2016.

For more information, visit http://nasaitech.com/#intro.

Please direct questions about this opportunity to Tom Flake at t.g.flake@nasaitech.com.


Celebrate Solar Week — Fall 2016

Solar Week, October 17-21, provides a weeklong series of web-based activities with a focus on the sun-Earth connection. Young people ages 10-14 can learn about solar careers, sunspots, solar eclipses, solar energy and solar storms through a series of cool facts, activities and games.

Solar Week is ideal for young teens or groups wanting to know more about the solar system, the stars or astronomy in general. Many activities are suitable for fun in the computer lab as well. After doing the activities, participants can interact on the bulletin board with leading scientists at the forefront of sun-Earth research. Solar Week is great for learning about our nearest star, the sun.

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

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


NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event: Game-Changing Technology

In 2013, life changed drastically for the families of 19 firefighters trapped in an Arizona wildfire. The fire shelters that the firefighters were carrying could not protect them. That tragedy inspired scientists and engineers at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia to look at how technology that was developed for inflatable heat shields for spacecraft could be used to prevent this kind of tragedy.

Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network for a special webcast on Oct. 19, 2016, at Noon EDT to learn personally from the scientists, engineers and representatives of the National Forestry Service about how they will use this technology to save lives. Viewers may submit questions live during the event.

To join the webcast on the day of the event, visit http://go.nasa.gov/2dtxV18.

Please direct questions about this event to DLiNfochannel@gmail.com.

For more information about other DLN events, visit https://www.nasa.gov/dln.


Free Educator Workshop — Technology Drives Exploration: Deep Space Atomic Clock

Precise radio navigation — using radio frequencies to determine position — is vital to the success of a range of deep-space exploration missions. Join NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center Office of Education for an educator professional development workshop on the innovative Deep Space Atomic Clock project — a NASA Technology Demonstration Mission that will revolutionize deep-space navigation.

Participants will hear from Dr. Todd Ely, JPL’s Principal Investigator for the Deep Space Atomic Clock project, about this revolutionary new capability that could forever change the way we conduct deep-space navigation. Through hands-on activities and physical demonstrations, educators will learn how to design, construct and test a simple water clock using the NASA Beginning Engineering Science and Technology for Educators Guide and the engineering design process.

The workshop will take place Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, 4:30-6 p.m. PDT at NASA’s Armstrong Educator Resource Center at the AERO Institute in Palmdale, California.

For more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/atomic_clock_flyer_10_19_16.pdf.

Please direct questions about this workshop to Sondra Geddes at sondra.l.geddes@nasa.gov.


2016 von Kármán Lecture Series — Attend in Person or View Online

The Theodore von Kármán Lecture Series, named after the founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and presented by JPL’s Office of Communication and Education, shares the excitement of the space program’s missions, instruments and other technologies.

Lectures take place twice per month, on consecutive Thursdays and Fridays. The Thursday lectures take place in JPL’s Theodore von Kármán Auditorium, and Friday lectures take place at Pasadena City College’s Vosloh Forum. Both start at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT). Admission and parking are free for all lectures. No reservations are required, but seating is limited. The Thursday evening lectures are streamed live for viewing online. Archives of past lectures are also available online.

Next Lecture in the Series:

Asteroid Anchors, Rock-Climbing Robots, Gecko Grippers and Other Ways to Stick in Space
Event Date:
Oct. 20 and Oct. 21, 2016, at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/lectures_archive.php?year=2016&month=10
The ability to rove the surface of Mars has revolutionized space missions. With more advanced mobility, new targets such as cliff faces, cave ceilings, and the surfaces of asteroids and comets could be explored. Join Dr. Aaron Parness from the Extreme Environment Robotics group at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for a discussion about the work being done at JPL’s Robotics Rapid Prototyping Lab.

For more information about the Theodore von Kármán Lecture Series, including a complete list of upcoming lectures, visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/lectures.php.

Questions about this series should be directed to http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php.


Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Presents ‘STEM in 30’ Webcast Series

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum is presenting a series of free education webcast events called “STEM in 30.” This program consists of live, fast-paced 30-minute webcasts designed to increase interest and engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics for students. To enhance the learning experience, students can get involved with the content through the interactive “Cover It Live” feature, which includes poll questions and classroom activities. The webcasts are available live on the National Air and Space Museum website and NASA TV, and they will be archived for on-demand viewing.

Seven Minutes of Terror: The Engineering Behind Landing on Other Planets
Oct. 26, 2016, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. EDT
Rocket thrusters, giant airbags and a sky crane: These are just a few ways we have landed on other planets. Join the webcast to explore the engineering behind these different techniques and what is in store for future missions.

Scientist or Guinea Pig: Science on the Station
Nov. 16, 2016, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. EST
Do you like being poked, prodded and analyzed? If you said yes, then you may have a future as an astronaut. Astronauts on the International Space Station don’t just conduct scientific experiments — they are part of an experiment themselves. Learning about the human factors of spaceflight is an important element to a future trip to Mars. Join the webcast to explore the effects of space on the humans who travel there.

The Wright Stuff: Flying the Wright Flyer
Dec. 14, 2016, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. EST
The birth of aeronautical engineering began in the Wright brothers’ bike shop in Dayton, Ohio. The family tree of airplanes can be traced back to the Wright brothers’ 1903 Flyer. The principles of flight that got the Wrights into the air are the same today. Join the webcast to investigate the principles of flight and how the Wright Flyer made it into the air and then into the history books.

“STEM in 30” webcasts are online learning experiences but are filmed in front of a live audience. If you are interested in bringing your school group to a live filming of “STEM in 30,” please email STEMin30@si.edu for details.

For more information about the Smithsonian’s “STEM in 30” Webcast Series, including a full list of upcoming webcasts, visit https://airandspace.si.edu/connect/stem-30.

Questions about this series should be directed to STEMin30@si.edu.


ROSES-16 Amendment 33: New Program Element — Interdisciplinary Science for Eclipse 2017
Audience: Informal and Higher Education Institutions
Step-1 Proposal Deadline: Oct. 27, 2016

A total solar eclipse is widely regarded as one of the most incredible natural phenomenon visible from Earth. On Aug. 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will traverse the continental U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina. For approximately 90 minutes, city after city along the centerline will experience two to nearly three minutes of darkness during daytime as totality moves from west to east. While the path of totality will cover a swath only 60 miles wide, the contiguous U.S. States will see at least 65% of the sun disappear behind the moon during its progression of phases. A large fraction of the population in North America is expected to witness this natural event (http://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/).

The purpose of this program element is to support development of new research or enhancement of existing research, applied to the 2017 eclipse. NASA is seeking proposals that would use the special opportunity presented by the solar eclipse to study the sun, Earth, the moon, astronomy, and/or space science, including the ionosphere-thermosphere-mesosphere system. Building on existing partnerships and the use of interdisciplinary or citizen science approaches is encouraged. Citizen science involves public contributions to science, including formulating research questions, conducting experiments, collecting and analyzing data, interpreting results, making new discoveries, and/or developing new/existing technologies and applications. Citizen science is distinguished from public outreach in that the primary purpose of public involvement is to make contributions to science. All proposals must demonstrate links to the 2017 solar eclipse.

Step-1 proposals are due by Oct. 27, 2016.

Step-2 proposals are due by Nov. 30, 2016.

For more information, visit http://go.nasa.gov/2cZzz8T .

Please direct questions concerning this program element to Madhulika Guhathakurta at madhulika.guhathakurta@nasa.gov.


Postdoctoral Fellowships in Space Biology to Study the Microbiome of the International Space Station as a Built Environment

NASA is seeking proposals from potential postdoctoral fellows to conduct studies to characterize microbial populations isolated from the International Space Station. Selected studies will provide insight into how microbes and microbial populations adapt to spaceflight. Proposed experiments will use microbial isolates collected from the space station that have been archived at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Proposals will be accepted from graduate students in their final year of their Ph.D. or equivalent degree program; from postdoctoral fellows (Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., D.V.M., or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution); or from applicants who received a doctoral degree within the past two years but have not yet had postdoctoral training. Applicants must have no more than four years of postdoctoral research experience at the time of the initial or the subsequent resubmission or revision application. The program is open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or persons with pre-existing visas obtained through their sponsoring institutions that permit postdoctoral training for the project’s duration. Sponsoring institutions must be U.S. academic, government or commercial institutions that will provide appropriate mentors.

Interested applicants must submit a required notice of intent no later than Oct. 31, 2016.

For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/NASAMoBE2016.

Please direct questions about this opportunity to Dr. David Tomko at dtomko@nasa.gov.


Host a Real-Time Conversation With Astronauts Aboard the International Space Station

ARISS-US is now accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums, science centers and community youth organizations (working individually or together) to host an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, or ARISS, radio contact with an orbiting space station crew member between July 1 – Dec. 31, 2017. Proposals are due Nov. 1, 2016.

ARISS is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. Students can learn about satellite communications, wireless technology, science research conducted on the space station, what it is like to work in space, radio science, and any related STEM subject. Students learn to use amateur radio to talk directly to an astronaut and ask their STEM-related questions. ARISS will help educational organizations locate amateur radio groups who can assist with equipment for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students. Exact dates for the 10-minute radio contact are determined by crew scheduling and space station orbits.

For proposal information and more details such as expectations, proposal guidelines and proposal form, visit http://www.arrl.org/hosting-an-ariss-contact.

ARISS-US is offered through a partnership between NASA; the American Radio Relay League, or ARRL; and the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation, or AMSAT. ARISS was created and is managed by an international working group.

Please email questions about this opportunity to ariss@arrl.org.


NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships

The NASA Postdoctoral Program provides early-career and more senior scientists the opportunity to share in NASA’s mission. NPP Fellows work on one- to three-year assignments with NASA scientists and engineers at NASA centers and institutes to advance NASA’s missions in Earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics, engineering, human exploration and space operations, astrobiology, and science management.

U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents and foreign nationals eligible for J-1 status as a research scholar may apply. Applicants must have completed a doctorate or equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but they may apply while completing degree requirements. Applicants who earned the Ph.D. more than five years before the deadline date are categorized as senior fellows; all applicants, no matter their category, must apply and become eligible for an NPP award via the same process.

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

For more information and application procedures, go to https://npp.usra.edu/.

Please direct questions about this fellowship opportunity to npphelp@usra.edu.


National Science Foundation’s Advancing Informal STEM Learning Program

The National Science Foundation is accepting proposals for the Advancing Informal STEM Learning, or AISL, program. This program seeks to advance new approaches to evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; to provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; and to advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments.

Proposals are due Nov. 8, 2016.

For additional information about the program, including anticipated awards, visit http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15593/nsf15593.htm.

Please direct questions about this opportunity to DRLAISL@NSF.gov.


Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program Accepting Applications for 2017-2018 Fellowship Year

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics to serve in the national education arena. Fellows spend 11 months working in a federal agency or U.S. congressional office to bring their extensive classroom knowledge and experience to efforts related to STEM education programs and policy.

To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens who are currently employed full time in a U.S. public or private elementary or secondary school or school district. Applicants must have been teaching full time in a public or private elementary or secondary school for at least five of the last seven years in a STEM discipline.

Current sponsoring agencies included NASA, the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation. The DOE sponsors up to four placements in U.S. congressional offices.

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program is managed by the DOE Office of Science through its Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists, in collaboration with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education and partnering federal agencies.

Program applications are due Nov. 17, 2016, at 8 p.m. EST and must be submitted through an online application system.

Additional information about the program, including eligibility requirements, program benefits, application requirements and access to the online application system, may be found at http://science.energy.gov/wdts/einstein/.

Please direct inquiries about the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program to sc.einstein@science.doe.gov.


NASA CubeSat Launch Opportunity

NASA has opened the next round of its CubeSat Launch Initiative in an effort to engage the growing community of space enthusiasts who can contribute to NASA’s space exploration goals.

The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers and faculty a chance to get hands-on flight hardware development experience in the process of designing, building and operating small research satellites. It also provides a low-cost pathway to space for research in the areas of science, exploration, technology development, education or operations consistent with NASA’s Strategic Plan.

Applicants must submit their proposals electronically by 4:30 p.m. EST, Nov. 22, 2016. NASA will choose the payloads by Feb. 17, 2017, but initial selection does not guarantee a launch opportunity. Certain selected experiments are slated to be flown as auxiliary payloads on agency rocket launches or to be deployed from the International Space Station beginning in 2017 and running through 2020. NASA does not fund the development of the small satellites, and this opportunity is open only to U.S. nonprofit organizations and U.S. accredited educational organizations.

One goal of the CubeSat Launch Initiative is to extend the successes of space exploration to all 50 states by launching a small satellite from at least one participant in each state in the next five years. During this round, NASA is particularly focused on gaining participation in the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 18 states not previously selected for the CubeSat Launch Initiative. These states are Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Washington and Wyoming.

CubeSats are in a class of research spacecraft called nanosatellites. The base CubeSat dimensions are about 4 inches by 4 inches by 4 inches (10 centimeters by 10 centimeters by 11 centimeters), which equals one “cube,” or 1U. CubeSats supported by this launch effort include volumes of 1U, 2U, 3U and 6U. CubeSats of 1U, 2U and 3U size typically have a mass of about three pounds (1.33 kilograms) per 1U Cube. A 6U CubeSat typically has a mass of about 26.5 pounds (12 kilograms). The CubeSat’s final mass depends on which deployment method is selected.

To date, NASA has selected 119 CubeSat missions from 66 unique organizations. Of those missions, 46 have been launched into space with 29 more CubeSats scheduled to go in the next 12 months.

For additional information about NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative program, visit http://go.nasa.gov/CubeSat_initiative.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Jason Crusan at Jason.Crusan@nasa.gov.


Call for Submissions — NASA Announcement for High Impact / Broad Implementation STEM Education Partnerships (EDUCATION01SP16)

The NASA Headquarters Office of Education, in cooperation with the agency’s four mission directorates, nine center education offices, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory education office, announces this competition to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. Responses must be submitted electronically via the NASA data system NSPIRES (http://nspires.nasaprs.com).

NASA Education seeks to partner with eligible domestic or international organizations on a no-exchange-of-funds basis to reach wider and more diverse audiences and to achieve mutually beneficial objectives. The announcement places a priority on collaboration involving the following: digital learning; engaging underrepresented groups in STEM; NASA-themed STEM challenges; and youth-serving organizations. NASA also is receptive to other creative ideas including, for example, investigations or application of science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and design, or STEAMD; or activities culturally relevant to or focused on populations underrepresented in STEM careers, such as women, ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities. The announcement explains the criteria used to review responses and NASA’s partnership mechanism known as a no-exchange-of-funds or nonreimbursable Space Act Agreement.

NASA will accept responses on a rolling basis through Dec. 31. 2017.

For more information about this opportunity, visit NSPIRES at http://go.nasa.gov/1RZwWCi.

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


NASA Unveils New Public Web Portal for Research Results

With the launch of a new agency public access portal, public access to NASA-funded research data now is just a click away. PubSpace is a repository of original science journal articles produced by NASA-funded research and available online without a fee.

While the agency always has made access to its research a high priority, the focus now is to make NASA science data more easily obtainable via “one-stop shopping.” This increased public access is intended to accelerate the dissemination of fundamental research results to advance scientific knowledge and help ensure the nation’s future prosperity.

The NASA-Funded Research Results portal was created in response to a 2013 request from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, which directed science-funding agencies to develop plans to increase access to the results of federally funded research. NASA’s public access plan was developed in coordination with the science and technology research community across the agency. NASA will continue to consult with the scientific community, academic institutions, publishers and other federal agencies to implement this plan and increase access to research results.

For more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/open/researchaccess.


Help NASA Study Mars — Planet Four: Terrains

Help NASA study exotic landscape features near the south pole of Mars! In this citizen science project, you will view images from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s Context Camera. Your input will help scientists identify possible areas for even more detailed examination with the orbiter’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera. HiRISE can reveal more detail than any other camera ever put into orbit around Mars.

Some of Mars resembles deserts on Earth, but seasonal freezing and thawing of carbon-dioxide ice (known on Earth as “dry ice”) at the Martian poles create some unusual landscape features. There’s a lot of territory to cover, so scientists need your help identifying what and where these features are.

For more information and to learn how to participate, visit the “Planet Four: Terrains” website at https://www.zooniverse.org/#/projects/mschwamb/planet-four-terrains.

To learn more about NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and its mission at the Red Planet, visit http://mars.nasa.gov/mro/.

Please direct questions about this opportunity to Michelle Viotti at michelle.a.viotti@jpl.nasa.gov.


Searchable Portals for Federally Sponsored Opportunities for STEM Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student seeking opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)? The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science — in collaboration with the participating agencies in the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on STEM Education (CoSTEM) and the Science.gov Alliance — has launched a search portal for both students and universities to discover federally sponsored STEM education training and funding opportunities.

Student users can search the site for opportunities they can apply to directly, such as research internships and fellowships. Likewise, universities can search the site for federal funding opportunities to establish innovative training programs for undergraduates or graduate students.

Users can search the site through faceted searching capabilities for characteristics such as program type, STEM discipline, institution location, federal sponsor, and eligibility. Or they can search through the open text option.

For programs and opportunities for undergraduates, visit http://stemundergrads.science.gov/.

For graduate programs and opportunities, visit http://stemgradstudents.science.gov/.


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

Are you looking for NASA educational materials to support your STEM curriculum? Search hundreds of resources by subject, grade level, type and keyword at https://www.nasa.gov/education/resources/.

Find NASA science resources for your classroom. NASA Wavelength is a digital collection of Earth and space science resources for educators of all levels — from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. http://nasawavelength.org/

Check out the new ‘Explore NASA Science’ website!
Science starts with questions, leading to discoveries. Explore the redesigned NASA Science site and send us feedback. Visit https://science.nasa.gov. To view the site in Spanish, visit http://ciencia.nasa.gov.

Do you just want to receive weekly updates on NASA Education opportunities relating to science? Sign up for the NASA Education “Science WOW!” message for science opportunities delivered to your inbox “Weekly on Wednesdays!” https://www.nasa.gov/education/sciencewow/


Visit NASA Education on the Web:
NASA Office of Eduation: https://www.nasa.gov/education
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

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Call for Abstracts: 66th International Astronautical Congress

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Call for Abstracts: 66th International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time Graduate Students
Submission Deadline: March 5, 2015

NASA announces its intent to participate in the 66th International Astronautical Congress, or IAC, and requests that full-time U.S. graduate students attending U.S. universities respond to this “Call for Abstracts.”

The IAC — which is organized by the International Astronautical Federation, or IAF; the International Academy of Astronautics, or IAA; and the International Institute of Space Law, or IISL — is the largest space-related conference worldwide and selects an average of 1,000 scientific papers every year. The upcoming IAC will be held Oct. 12-16, 2015, in Jerusalem, Israel. NASA’s participation in this event is an ongoing effort to continue to bridge NASA with the astronautical and space international community.

This “Call for Abstracts” is a precursor to a subsequent submission of a final paper, which may be presented at the 66th IAC. Student authors are invited to submit an abstract regarding an original, unpublished paper that has not been submitted in any other forum. A NASA technical review panel will select abstracts from those that have been accepted by the International Astronautical Federation. This opportunity is for graduate students majoring in fields related to the IAF research topics. Students may submit technical (oral) presentations and/or posters. Students may submit abstracts that are co-authored with their Principal Investigators. However, the student must be the “lead author,” and only the student will present at the IAC. Students must be available to travel to the conference to represent NASA and their universities. Students must be U.S. citizens, attending a U.S. university, who plan to enter a career in space science or aeronautics. Pending the availability of funding, graduate students selected by NASA to participate in the IAC will be considered for subsidy funding from NASA.

Many students and professors are currently involved in NASA-related research that could be considered for this submission. Students submitting abstracts are strongly encouraged to seek advice from professors who are conducting NASA research and/or from NASA scientists and engineers. Abstracts must be related to NASA’s ongoing vision for space exploration and fit into one of the following IAC categories:

— Science and Exploration — Systems sustaining missions, including life, microgravity, space exploration, space debris and Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, or SETI
— Applications and Operations — Ongoing and future operational applications, including earth observation, communication, navigation, human space endeavors and small satellites
— Technology — Common technologies to space systems including astrodynamics, structures, power and propulsion
— Infrastructure — Systems sustaining space missions including space system transportation, future systems and safety
— Space and Society — Interaction of space with society including education, policy and economics, history, and law

The criteria for the selection will be defined according to the following specifications:
— Abstracts should specify purpose, methodology, results, conclusions and areas for discussion.
— Abstracts should indicate that substantive technical and/or programmatic content is included.
— Abstracts should clearly indicate that the material is new and original; they should explain why and how.
— Prospective author(s) should certify that the paper was not presented at a previous meeting.

Abstracts must be written in English, and the length should not exceed 400 words. Tables or drawings are not allowed in the abstract.

NOTE: If you plan to seek assistance from NASA, you must submit to the International Astronautical Federation and to NASA.

New Deadline Dates:
— Submit your abstract to the IAF at their website www.iafastro.org by Thursday, March 5, 2015 (23:59 Central European Time).
— Submit your abstract to NASA at
http://iac.nasaprs.com no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on Thursday, March 5, 2015.

IAC Paper Selection
Submitted abstracts will be evaluated by the Session Chairs on the basis of technical quality and relevance to the session topics. Selected abstracts may be chosen for eventual oral or poster presentation. Any such choice is not an indication of quality of the submitted abstract. Their evaluation will be submitted to the Symposium Coordinators, who will make acceptance recommendations to the International Programme Committee, which will make the final decision. Please note that any relevance to the Congress main theme will be considered as an advantage.

The following information must be included in the submission: paper title, name of contact author, name of co-author(s), organization(s), full postal address, phone, email of the author and co-author(s). Abstract should specify purpose, methodology, results and conclusions and should indicate that substantive technical and/or programmatic content, as well as clearly indicate that the material is new and original and explain why and how.

Please check the IAF and the IAC websites (www.iafastro.org and www.iac2015.org) regularly to get the latest updates on the Technical Programme.

NASA Education Express — July 3, 2014

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

Concept Paper Solicitation: ISS Post-Grad Innovation Awards in Space Life and Physical Science Research
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Concept Paper Due: July 10, 2014

Destination Station: San Diego
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: July 13-20, 2014

Call for Proposals to Develop Coursework for the InTeGrate Project
Audience: Higher Education Faculty and Instructors
Proposal Deadline: July 15, 2014

Sally Ride EarthKAM Announces the 2014 Summer Mission
Audience: Middle School Educators and Students, and the Informal Education Community
Mission Dates: July 15-19, 2014

Family Day Events at Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event Date: July 16, 2014

Free Lecture — Exploring Pluto and Its Satellites at the Solar System’s Frontier
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Date: July 16, 2014, at 8 p.m. EDT

NASA Call for Proposals — Innovative Early Stage Technology
Audience: Higher Education
Proposals Deadline: July 23, 2014

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Postsecondary Sustainability Awards
Audience: Higher Education
Intent to Nominate Date: Aug. 1, 2014

REGISTRATION OPEN: Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2014
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: Sept. 5, 2014

2015 ICESat-2 Mission Hexacopter Engineering Challenge
Audience: Undergraduate College Students from Accredited U.S. Colleges and Universities
Application Deadline: Sept. 12, 2014

MAVEN Workshop — Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!
Audience: Elementary Educators
Application Deadline: Sept. 15, 2014
Workshop Date: Sept. 21, 2014

Send Your Name to the Asteroid Bennu!
Audience: Educators and Students Worldwide
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2014

Earth Science Challenges With OpenNEX Cloud Data
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Challenges Run Through Nov. 15, 2014

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

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Concept Paper Solicitation: ISS Post-Grad Innovation Awards in Space Life and Physical Science Research

NASA’s Space Life and Physical Sciences Office and the International Space Station Program Office are seeking hypothesis-driven research concept papers that use the International Space Station as a microgravity platform in the space life and physical sciences disciplines.

Concept papers should describe ground-based research that can be enhanced by flying in a microgravity environment on the space station. Concept papers selected will have the opportunity to submit a full flight proposal based on the merit of the research presented. NASA anticipates selecting 10 submissions to receive monetary awards. Selected awardees will be invited to submit full proposals on their research, which may result in one flight opportunity for student researchers.

Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows from all categories of U.S. institutions who have never conducted or been involved in space research are eligible to submit papers. Student research and scientists from EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) jurisdiction institutions are specifically encouraged to participate.

Concept papers must be submitted by July 10, 2014.

For more information, visit https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={3C132DBD-9B4F-C54F-8C0C-2D63E4693E43}&path=open.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Dr. Camille Alleyne at camille.alleyne@nasa.gov.

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Destination Station: San Diego

Ever wonder what it’s like to live and work in space? Find out directly from NASA astronauts at the Destination Station event taking place in San Diego, California, July 13-20, 2014.

During the event, NASA will share the accomplishments, promise and opportunities for research aboard the International Space Station. Plus, NASA’s newest exhibit, Destination Station, will be on hand. This multimedia exhibit showcases what it’s like to live aboard the International Space Station. The exhibit will be open to the public through Sept. 2 at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego.

To learn more and to see a schedule of events, visit https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/news/destination_station/index.html.

Questions about this event should be directed to Megan Sumner at megan.c.sumner@nasa.gov.

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Call for Proposals to Develop Coursework for the InTeGrate Project

InTeGrate is seeking proposals from faculty and instructors to author new undergraduate-level teaching materials and model courses. All materials will be developed, tested and published by collaborative teams drawn from a minimum of three institutions and must support at least two weeks of instruction. Each team member will receive a $15,000 stipend for work authoring, testing, revising and publishing the teaching materials and supporting materials for faculty. Teaching materials will be focused on:

— modules or courses that use a humanities, engineering or social science frame to teach about the Earth.
— modules or courses that bring learning about the Earth into the core majors curricula in biology, engineering, economics or other disciplines, or that bring engineering, economics, business or other disciplines into the core geoscience major.
— modules for introductory geoscience or environmental science on any of six topics integrating geoscience and societal issues.

To learn more about the materials development and testing process and requirements for authors, visit http://serc.carleton.edu/integrate/participate/2014call.html.

Proposals are due July 15, 2014.

InTeGrate is funded by a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation. The program supports the teaching of geoscience in the context of societal issues both within geoscience courses and across the undergraduate curricula. The goal of InTeGrate is to develop a citizenry and workforce that can address environmental and resource issues facing our society in a just and sustainable way.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Cathryn Manduca at cmanduca@carleton.edu.

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Sally Ride EarthKAM Announces the 2014 Summer Mission

Students and educators have a chance to participate in Sally Ride EarthKAM this summer. The 2014 summer mission is scheduled from July 15-19, 2014. Guide your students in hands-on research as they program a camera aboard the International Space Station to take pictures of specific locations on Earth. The optional online curricula at the Sally Ride EarthKAM website is targeted at middle school students but could easily be adapted for other grade levels. All students and educators are welcome, including participants in afterschool programs.

For more information and to register for the upcoming mission, visit the Sally Ride EarthKAM home page at https://earthkam.ucsd.edu/.

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

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Family Day Events at Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum

The Smithsonian’s Family Day event series celebrates the diverse ethnic and cultural communities that have contributed to aviation and space exploration. Events will commemorate historic and current contributions through presentations and activities for the entire family. The events are free and open to the public.

Milestones in Aviation and Space
July 16, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
National Air and Space Museum in Washington, District of Columbia

Explore how aviation and space exploration have changed the world. Enjoy hands-on activities and story time, learn about Amelia Earhart’s accomplishments from an interpretive actor, and hear tales of innovations from a current NASA astronaut.
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/detail.cfm?id=10835

Discover the Moon Day!
July 25, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
National Air and Space Museum in Washington, District of Columbia
Celebrate Earth’s moon! Interact one-on-one with Museum scientists who are active in lunar research, learn about current and past lunar missions and spacecraft, see 3-D images of the moon’s surface and more!
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/moonday/

We Share STEM! Connecting Across Cultures
Aug. 2, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia

Learn about the contributions of scientists and engineers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, professions across cultures. Talk to an astronaut, meet pilots and see their helicopters, including a gyroplane, and participate in hands-on activities. Spanish-language activities and story times along with events featuring Latino STEM professionals will also take place.
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/detail.cfm?id=10772

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

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Free Lecture — Exploring Pluto and Its Satellites at the Solar System’s Frontier

NASA’s New Horizons mission launched in 2006 and is approaching the Pluto system. It is the first mission to an outer planet since Voyager in 1989. On July 16, 2014, New Horizons team leader Alan Stern, Pluto scientist William McKinnon and science writer Dava Sobel will discuss the program’s goals for exploring the Pluto system next year and its place in the history of exploration.

The lecture begins at 8 p.m. EDT at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, District of Columbia.

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/detail.cfm?id=9928.

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

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NASA Call for Proposals — Innovative Early Stage Technology

NASA is seeking proposals from universities to advance the agency’s plans for exploration to deep space and Mars. The Early Stage Innovations NASA Research Announcement calls for innovative space technology proposals that could benefit the space program, other government agencies and the greater aerospace community.

Aligned with NASA’s Space Technology Roadmaps and priorities identified by the National Research Council, NASA selected topic areas that lend themselves to pioneering approaches where U.S. universities can help solve tough space technology challenges.

“The sparks to fuel the fire of innovation that will develop the new space technologies of tomorrow reside within American universities,” said Michael Gazarik, NASA’s associate administrator for the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in the District of Columbia. “These investments benefit government space technology development and our future missions, while also boosting economic growth and competitiveness.”

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, or STMD, expects to make approximately 12 awards this fall, with total award amounts of up to $500,000. Research and development efforts will take place over two to three years.

Researchers will investigate transformative space technologies in areas such as advanced thermal protection materials modeling, computational materials, in situ use of asteroid materials, mobile robotic surface probe concepts for planetary exploration, kinetic penetrators for icy planetary moons and advanced technology habitat system designs for continued human exploration of space.

Only accredited U.S. universities may submit proposals under this solicitation. The deadline for submitting final proposals is July 23, 2014. To view the announcement and information for submitting proposals, visit http://go.nasa.gov/1mRS9y8.

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is innovating, developing, testing and flying hardware for use in NASA’s future missions. Over the next 18 months, the directorate will make significant new investments to address several high-priority challenges for achieving safe and affordable deep space exploration.

The current topic areas support four of eight key STMD technology thrust areas: advanced life support and resource use, Mars entry descent and landing systems, space robotic systems, and lightweight space structures. Additionally, the technology topics solicited support the effort to send humans to Mars as well as outer planetary investment priorities.

For more information about NASA’s investments in space technology, visit https://www.nasa.gov/spacetech.

Questions about this announcement should be directed to David Steitz at david.steitz@nasa.gov.

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U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Postsecondary Sustainability Awards

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) has introduced a new Postsecondary Sustainability Award for the 2014-2015 cycle. In addition to a total of five school and district nominees, each state may nominate one postsecondary institution for exemplary achievement in all three of the program’s Pillars: Reduced Environmental Impact and Costs, Improved Health and Wellness, and Effective Environmental and Sustainability Education. For this award, state selection committees are particularly encouraged to document how the nominees’ sustainability work has reduced college costs, increased completion rates, led to employment, and ensured robust civic skills among graduates; and to make an effort to consider diverse types of institutions. Interested colleges and universities should contact their state higher education authorities for information on how to apply in their states.

Like the PK-12 awards, this category is entirely voluntary. Hearing from interested colleges and universities may be helpful to state authorities considering 2014 – 2015 participation. State higher education authorities should contact U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools for more information. They can find updated criteria and other state implementation guidance on our website. All state authorities are encouraged to indicate their intent to nominate in 2015 by Aug. 1, 2014.

Competitions vary by state, but most states will be posting their applications in the fall with deadlines to submit to them in the winter. State authorities’ school, district and postsecondary nominations are due to the Department of Education by Feb. 1, 2015. Interested PK-12 schools and districts should continue to contact their state education agencies about the school and district award applications. Do you have doubts about ED-GRS? Some Frequently Asked Questions on all three award categories are available here.

For more information, visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/eligibility.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to green.ribbon.schools@ed.gov.

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REGISTRATION OPEN: Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2014

The Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2014 will take place this fall, offering U. S. high school students the opportunity to design experiments that will be tested in space.

Zero Robotics challenges high school student teams to write their own algorithms to fly the Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES. The competition starts online where teams compete to solve an annual challenge guided by mentors. Students can create, edit, share, save, simulate and submit code from a Web browser. After several phases of virtual competition, finalists will be selected to compete in a live championship aboard the International Space Station.

Registration for the competition closes on Sept. 5, 2014. The competition begins with a live webcast kickoff event from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Sept. 6, 2014.

For more information about the tournament and to register your team to participate, visit http://www.zerorobotics.mit.edu.

Zero Robotics is organized by Massachusetts Institute of Technology Space Systems Laboratory, Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation and TopCoder, and is sponsored by The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, NASA and the Center for Advancement of Science in Space.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to zerorobotics@mit.edu.

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2015 ICESat-2 Mission Hexacopter Engineering Challenge

The Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite-2, or ICESat-2, mission will host the 2015 ICESat-2 Mission Hexacopter Engineering Challenge at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland., on April 17, 2015. This challenge will task teams of students with measuring the height of Earth around us, from tree canopies to bodies of water. This challenge will be the first of its kind in a yearly series of ICESat-2 engineering challenge events.

Student teams will be selected to participate in this challenge through a proposal and selection process. Participating teams will design and build hexacopter multirotors that can create a digital elevation model of a specific area within a predetermined amount of time. Students will also submit technical and educational reports describing in detail their efforts throughout the competition process.

This challenge is open to undergraduate college students from accredited U.S. colleges and universities. Teams may consist of one to five students and a university mentor/instructor. Due to the nature of the challenge, multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

Applications are due Sept. 12, 2014.

For more information about the 2015 ICESat-2 Mission Hexacopter Engineering Challenge, visit http://icesat.gsfc.nasa.gov/icesat2/epo_hex.php.

Questions about this challenge should be directed to hexacopter challenge coordinator Brian Campbell at Brian.A.Campbell@nasa.gov.

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MAVEN Workshop — Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, or MAVEN, mission is set to arrive at Mars on Sept. 21, 2014. Celebrate the arrival with the MAVEN education team at this one-day workshop about the mission and the accompanying elementary program, Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore! The program features six standards-based lessons that combine science, literacy and art to help students understand planetary habitability and the MAVEN mission.

The workshop will include dinner and lectures by MAVEN scientists. Following the workshop, participants will watch the NASA TV broadcast of the MAVEN spacecraft’s arrival at Mars.

The workshop will take place on Sept. 21, 2014, in Boulder, Colorado. Registration is $20 and includes coffee, snacks and dinner. Applications are due Sept. 15, 2014, but space is limited so interested educators are encouraged to apply early.

For more information about the workshop and to apply online, visit http://lasp.colorado.edu/home/maven/education-outreach/for-educators/red-planet/boulder-workshop/.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to epomail@lasp.colorado.edu.

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Send Your Name to the Asteroid Bennu!

NASA is inviting people around the world to submit their names to be etched on a microchip aboard a spacecraft headed to the asteroid Bennu in 2016.

The “Messages to Bennu!” microchip will travel to the asteroid aboard the Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx, spacecraft. The robotic mission will spend more than two years at the asteroid, which has a width of approximately 1,760 feet (500 meters). The spacecraft will collect a sample of Bennu’s surface and return it to Earth in a sample return capsule.

The deadline to submit names online is Sept. 30, 2014. Participants who submit their names to the “Messages to Bennu!” campaign will be able to print a certificate of appreciation to document their involvement.

For more information and to submit your name, visit http://planetary.org/bennu.

Participants who “follow” or “like” the mission on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/OSIRISREx) will receive updates on the location of their names in space from launch time until the asteroid samples return to Earth in 2023. Facebook fans also will receive mission progress and late-breaking news through regular status updates.

For more information about the OSIRIS-REx mission, visit https://www.nasa.gov/osiris-rex and http://osiris-rex.lpl.arizona.edu.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to tps@planetary.org.

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Earth Science Challenges With OpenNEX Cloud Data

NASA is launching two challenges to give the public an opportunity to create innovative ways to use data from the agency’s Earth science satellites.

The challenges will use the Open NASA Earth Exchange, or OpenNEX. OpenNEX is a data, supercomputing and knowledge platform where users can share modeling and analysis codes, scientific results, knowledge and expertise to solve big data challenges in the Earth sciences. A component of the NASA Earth Exchange, OpenNEX provides users a large collection of climate and Earth science satellite data sets, including global land surface images, vegetation conditions, climate observations and climate projections.

The first ideation stage of the challenge, which runs through Aug. 1 2014, offers as much as $10,000 in awards for ideas on novel uses of the datasets. The second builder stage, beginning in August, will offer between $30,000 and $50,000 in awards for the development of an application or algorithm that promotes climate resilience using the OpenNEX data, based on ideas from the first stage of the challenge. NASA will announce the overall challenge winners in December.

To educate citizen scientists on how the data on OpenNEX can be used, NASA is releasing a series of online video lectures and hands-on lab modules. To view this material, and for information on registering for the challenges, visit https://nex.nasa.gov/OpenNEX.

The challenge details are available at https://www.innocentive.com/ar/challenge/9933584. Specific questions about this challenge should be directed through the challenge website after the registration.

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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 — Aug. 15, 2013

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

Guidance for Education and Public Outreach Activities Under Sequestration

NASA has taken the first steps in addressing the mandatory spending cuts called for in the Budget Control Act of 2011. The law mandates a series of indiscriminate and significant across-the-board spending reductions totaling $1.2 trillion over 10 years.

As a result, NASA has been forced to implement a number of new cost-saving measures, policies, and reviews in order to minimize impacts to the mission-critical activities of the Agency. Guidance regarding conferences, travel, and training that reflect the new fiscal reality in which the agency must operate has been provided.

For specific guidance as it relates to public outreach and engagement activities please reference the following webpage.

https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/about/sequestration-NASA-education-guidance.html

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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: Aug. 19, 2013, at 4 p.m. EDT

Green Strides Webinar Series
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: Aug. 20, 2013, at 2 p.m. EDT

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Small Bodies: Vesta and Ceres
Audience: Grades 5-12
Event Date: Aug. 22, 2013, Noon – 1 p.m. EDT

2014 MUREP Scholarship
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Aug. 23, 2013

REGISTRATION OPEN: Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2013
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Competition Begins: Sept. 7, 2013

2014 GLOBE Calendar Art Competition
Audience: Students in Grades K-12
Entry Deadline: Sept. 30, 2013

OSSI — Spring 2014 Opportunities
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Oct. 11, 2013

NASA Visitor Centers: Passport to Explore Space
Audience: All Educators and Students

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

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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

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

Weather and Climate Introduction (Grades 3-8)
Aug. 19, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Marilé Colón Robles will discuss the differences in scope between weather and climate. Participants will gain a better understanding of the components of weather that are measured and how long-term weather measurement relates to climate change.

Earth and Mars: An Atmospheric Perspective (Grades 5-12)
Aug. 20, 2013, at 2 – 3 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Marilé Colón Robles will discuss Mars and how its atmosphere compares to Earth’s. Learn about the Curiosity rover and NASA’s future missions to the red planet. Participants will take part in a hands-on activity that demonstrates how the atmosphere can be used to slow down a lander.

Applying the Engineering Design Process to STEM Content (Grades 3-8)
Aug. 20, 2013,
at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler as she discusses ways to modify lessons to teach the engineering process while still covering required content. Upon completion, participants will be able to modify lessons and units to incorporate engineering design into any science, technology, engineering and mathematics subject as recommended in the Common Core standards.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through August 2013, visit http://aesp.psu.edu/programs/webinars/.

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

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Green Strides Webinar Series

The U.S. Department of Education presents the Green Strides Webinar Series. These webinars feature experts from various federal programs. The webinars are free, and events are scheduled throughout the 2013-2014 school year.

The next webinar takes place on Aug. 20, 2013.

For more information and registration, visit http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/green-strides/webinar.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Green.Ribbon.Schools@ed.gov.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Small Bodies: Vesta and Ceres

During its nearly decade-long mission, the Dawn spacecraft will study the asteroid Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres. Learn more about these small bodies during a live videoconference with planetary geologist Dr. Julie Castillo-Rogez on Aug. 22, 2013, at Noon EDT. Castillo-Rogez will discuss the classification of Vesta and Ceres and will answer students’ questions.

If your class is interested in participating in this event via live video conferencing, contact Lyle Tavernier at lyle.tavernier@jpl.nasa.gov.

To view a live webcast of the event and submit questions via email, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/webcast/webcast.html.

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2014 MUREP Scholarship

NASA’s Office of Education is accepting applications for Minority University Research and Education Program Scholars. The MUREP Scholarship is a competitive opportunity that focuses on underserved and underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines, thereby addressing the critical shortage of qualified STEM professionals that the nation is facing.

Eligible students include rising sophomores and juniors at the undergraduate level. The goal is to address the agency’s mission-specific workforce needs and target areas of national need in minority STEM representation. The scholarship includes up to a $9,000 academic scholarship, based on tuition amount, and $6,000 for a Summer 2014 10-week internship at a NASA center.

Applications are due Aug. 23, 2013.

Applications should be submitted through the NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative at https://intern.nasa.gov. Applicants should be sure to select “scholarship” for the type of application.

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REGISTRATION OPEN: Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2013

The Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2013 will take place this fall, offering high school students the opportunity to design experiments that will be tested in space.

Zero Robotics challenges high school student teams to write their own algorithms to fly the Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES. The competition starts online where teams compete to solve an annual challenge guided by mentors. Students can create, edit, share, save, simulate and submit code, all from a Web browser. After several phases of virtual competition, finalists are selected to compete in a live championship aboard the International Space Station!

Teams may register now:
1) Go to http://www.zerorobotics.org.
2) Log in or create an account. (Note: You can start programming in the online integrated development environment at this point!)
3) Click Tournaments and register for the High School Tournament 2013.
4) Create a team and invite other users.
5) Visit Resources to get started (Note: new, improved tutorials will be available in late August).

The High School competition starts on Sept. 7, 2013, with a live webcast kickoff event. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 8, 2013, and you can try out the site right now by creating an account.

Zero Robotics is organized by Massachusetts Institute of Technology Space Systems Laboratory, Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation and TopCoder, and is sponsored by The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, NASA and the Center for Advancement of Science in Space.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to zerorobotics@mit.edu.

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2014 GLOBE Calendar Art Competition

The Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment, or GLOBE, Program is sponsoring an international art competition to encourage students to highlight and document GLOBE communities around the world. GLOBE is asking students to draw, paint or show via some other artistic medium how their local community is unique. Do not send photographs, please!

The GLOBE calendar is viewed by students, teachers, scientists and community members from around the world. This is an opportunity for students to show off their local environment!

Winning entries will be featured in the 2014 GLOBE calendar. All participants will receive a calendar.

Entries are due Sept. 30, 2013. For full contest details and rules, visit http://www.globe.gov/web/scrc/overview/competitions/calendar-competition-2014-calendar/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to science@globe.gov.

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OSSI — Spring 2014 Opportunities

The NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative, or OSSI, strives to provide students at all institutions of higher education access to a portfolio of internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities offered by NASA mission directorates and centers.

Visit the Office of Education Infrastructure Division LaunchPad to find information on internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities. The site features the OSSI online application for recruiting NASA Interns, Fellows and Scholars, or NIFS. This innovative system allows students to search and apply for all types of higher-education NASA internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities in one location. A single application places the student in the applicant pool for consideration by all NASA mentors.

Applications for spring 2014 opportunities are due Oct. 11, 2013.

To find available opportunities and to fill out an OSSI online application for recruiting NIFS, visit https://intern.nasa.gov.

Inquiries about the OSSI should be submitted via https://intern.nasa.gov/oic/.

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NASA Visitor Centers: Passport to Explore Space

Join the Passport to Explore Space program and get ready to explore and experience NASA’s universe of diverse Visitor Centers and the museums. Your mission is to visit all 14 visitor centers and space shuttle locations.

Each NASA Visitor Center offers a unique focus and scope of work, contributing to the overall mission of America’s space program. Learn about mission control and astronaut training at Space Center Houston. Check out the control center for the Curiosity Mars Rover at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. Visit the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., to learn about science experiments taking place on the International Space Station and to see firsthand how much power it took to get man to the moon. These adventures and more await you at the NASA Visitor Centers and space shuttle locations.

Membership in the free Passport to Explore Space program includes:

— An official 8-page Passport to Explore Space.
— A commemorative stamp on the inside of your passport at every NASA Visitor Center and space shuttle location certifying your visit.
— Savings on admission, tours, food and retail (offers vary by location, offers not available at some locations).
— The Space Flyer, a quarterly newsletter featuring the latest happenings at each NASA Visitor Center and shuttle orbiter location.

For more information, visit http://www.visitnasa.com/passport.html.

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

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

NASA RECOMMENDS DISCONTINUATION OF STUDENT ROCKET ACTIVITY

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Recently, an air pressurized paper rocket launcher being used by an educator failed. This launcher is described in NASA’s Rockets Educator Guide, publications EG-2011-11-223-KSC, pp. 86-90 and EG-2008-05-060-KSC, pp. 86-90. NASA completed an engineering investigation into the failure and determined that the launcher, or design equivalents, should not be used. NASA has removed the launcher design from its website and its education curriculum. Individuals and organizations should immediately discontinue use of the launcher published in the referenced NASA publications. The point of contact for additional information is James Stofan, Deputy Associate Administrator for Education Integration at nasaedpartners@nasa.gov. We request that your organization assist NASA in disseminating this information as widely as possible throughout the education community.


NASA Education Express — July 12, 2012

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

Mars Day! 2012 at the National Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: July 13, 2012

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

2012 Music and Astronomy Under the Stars Events

Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: Multiple dates July 14 – Oct. 26, 2012

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Ready for Launch!
Audience: Grades 5-12
Event Date: July 16, 2012, 1 – 2.:30 p.m. EDT

Earth Science Information Partners Federation Summer Meeting 2012
Audience: Grades 6-12 Educators

Event Dates: July 17-18, 2012

SpaceFest: Teacher Professional Development Event
Audience: All Educators
Registration Deadline: July 17, 2012
Event Date:
July 20, 2012

Algebraic Skeletal System: Human Physiology in Space Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: July 19, 2012, 11 a.m. EDT

NASA’s DEVELOP Program — 2012 Fall Session

Audience: 9-12 and Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: July 23, 2012

Have a Blast Learning About the Moon With New Selene Video Game
Audience: All Educators and Grade 5-Higher Education Students

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Mars Day! 2012 at the National Air and Space Museum

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

Mars Day! 2012 will take place on Friday, July 13, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

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

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

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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

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

Looking at the Sun (Grades 2-8)
July 13, 2012, 3 – 4 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Rick Varner will present sun-Earth-moon models that help to explain the phases of the moon, and both lunar and solar eclipses. Additionally, the activity Kinesthetic Astronomy will be introduced for its explanation of the seasons.

Putting NEON to Work for You, Part 2 (Grades K-12)
July 14, 2012, noon – 1 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Anne Weiss explains how to use the NASA Educators Online Network, or NEON’s, most important feature: the interest groups. Participants will role-play several scenarios to find out how NEON’s various tools can be used to find NASA activities that align to state-specific standards.

Our Solar System: A Model Overview (Grades 4-9)
July 16, 2012, 11 a.m. – noon EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will present NASA inquiry activities that demonstrate remote sensing and scale models to better visualize our sun, planets, asteroids and other objects as a whole system.

Messenger’s Mission to Mercury (Grades K-12 and Informal)
July 17, 2012, 10 – 11 a.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Brandon Hargis will provide an overview of the Messenger Mission along with lessons and activities connected to the mission. Attendees will visit the Messenger Mission website to get a glimpse of available resources , investigate stratification of lava layers and take core samples to make observations and inferences.

I’m Signed up for NEON — Now What? (Grades K-12)
July 17, 2012, 6 – 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Anne Weiss will introduce participants to basic features of the NASA Educators Online Network, or NEON, professional/collaborative learning community. Participants will also learn how to use NEON to find appropriate NASA standards-aligned activities that satisfy state-specific teaching standards.

Kepler Mission: Searching for Earth-like Planets (Grades 6-12)
July 18, 2012, 7 – 8:15 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will discuss NASA’s Kepler Mission.  Kepler has been in space for three years searching for planets that are orbiting stars in the Milky Way galaxy. Participants will learn how transits are used to find planets and determine their sizes and distances from the stars they orbit.

Understanding Earth, Moon and Sun Connections (Grades K-12)
July 23, 2012, 2 – 3 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Sonya Williams will build on participants’ understanding of moon phases and the solar system to help them gain a better understanding of Earth, moon and sun connections. Participants will listen to a Native American/Western science story and take part in a hands-on activity.

Engineering Design Process Implementation (Grades K-12)
July 23, 2012, 6 – 7:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist John Weis will lead this webinar encouraging educators to share their experiences facilitating engineering design activities into their curriculum and assist them in creating an engineering design process activity within their specific content area.

Classroom Lunacy: Studying the Moon (Grades K-12 and Informal)
July 24, 2012, 10 – 11 a.m. EDT
Aerospace education Brandon Hargis will share NASA resources that will help participants develop lessons about the phenomena of moon phases and eclipses. Recent discoveries from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite missions will be shared during this activity.

Food for Thought (Grades 5-8)
July 24, 2012,
11 a.m. – noon EDT
Aerospace education Steve Culivan will share “Food for Thought,” a new NASA educator guide designed to explore space food and the nutritional needs of the astronauts. The guide includes a menu of inquiry activities and other resources to address this exciting topic.

Solar System Mission Exploration: Past, Present, Future (Grades 2-8)
July 24, 2012, 2 – 3 p.m.
EDT
Aerospace education specialist Rick Varner will discuss the process through which NASA researchers design missions to collect data from distant worlds. The presentation will briefly discuss the current and future exploration missions in our solar system and provide an activity that simulates remote sensing and sample return missions using simple materials.

Applying the Engineering Design Process to STEM Topics (Grades K-12)
July 24, 2012,
6 – 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist John Weis will lead this webinar where educators will discuss implementing the engineering design process as a method of problem solving in subject areas other than engineering.

Get Ready for the Landing of the Curiosity Rover (Grades K-12 and Informal)
July 25, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
NASA’s newest Mars rover, Curiosity, is getting ready to land on Mars. Join aerospace education specialist Tom Estill to learn about Mars education resources available to formal and informal educators. Learn about Mars games, classroom activities, projects and e-learning opportunities, all to help you prepare for the upcoming Curiosity landing.

Living and Working in Space (Grades K-5)
July 26, 2012, 9 – 10 a.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Wil Robertson will introduce teachers to some of the obstacles humans face while traveling in space. The webinar will review the major difficulties and concerns of adapting to the space environment, from everyday living and personal hygiene to safety.

Our Solar System: A Model Overview (Grades 4-9)
July 26, 2012, 11 a.m. – noon EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will present NASA inquiry activities that demonstrate remote sensing and scale models to better visualize our sun, planets, asteroids and other objects as a whole system.

NASA Engineering Design Challenge: Can You Deliver? “Touchdown!” (Grades 5-10)
July 26, 2012, 7 – 8 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will share an activity that challenges students to safely deliver a cargo to the surface of Mars. This activity introduces students to the engineering design process, from brainstorming to writing a summary report. Given a particular set of materials, student teams design, build and test prototypes.

Putting NEON to Work for You, Part 2 (Grades K-12)
July 26, 2012, 9- 10 a.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Anne Weiss explains how to use the NASA Educators Online Network, or NEON’s, most important feature: the interest groups. Participants will role-play several scenarios to find out how NEON’s various tools can be used to find NASA activities that align to state-specific standards.


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

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

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2012 Music and Astronomy Under the Stars Events

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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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Ready for Launch!

Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, hosts Michael Hare and Damon Talley for a live interactive education event on July 16, 2012, at 2 p.m. EDT to celebrate the Soyuz launch of astronaut Suni Williams and the Expedition 32 crew. Students will learn about the upcoming mission to the International Space Station and meet an astronaut trainer that prepares astronauts and cosmonauts for their missions.

For more information and to watch the webcast online, visit the DLN website at http://dln.nasa.gov.

Inquiries about this webcast should be directed to Michael Hare at michael.w.hare@nasa.gov.


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Earth Science Information Partners Federation Summer Meeting 2012

The Federation of Earth Science Information Partners, or ESIP, invites teachers to attend a 1.5-day workshop on earth science education, with an integral strand dedicated to climate change education. Participants will be able to choose from several breakout sessions demonstrating ways that earth science tools and data can be used in science classrooms.

This summer’s workshop will take place July 17-18, 2012, at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. After the workshop, teachers are invited to stay for the ESIP conference plenary and poster reception.

Educators for grades 6-12 are eligible to receive a $200 time and travel stipend. Student registration rates and single-day registrations are also available. Those who are unable to attend in person may register to attend virtually.

To register for the workshop, please visit http://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1078265.

To learn more about the ESIP summer conference, please visit http://esipfed.org/meetings.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to erinrobinson@esipfed.org.

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SpaceFest: Teacher Professional Development Event

Join fellow educators for an exclusive professional development event at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex, in New York City on Friday, July 20, 2012. This event coincides with SpaceFest, Intrepid Museum’s grand opening celebration for the new space shuttle Enterprise Pavilion.

Attendees will gain useful knowledge in areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Sessions will include hands-on demonstrations, activities and discussions with experts resulting in numerous take-aways for the classroom.

Pre-registration is required to attend. The deadline to register is July 17, 2012.

For more information and the event agenda, visit
http://www.intrepidmuseum.org/Spacefest-TeachersPD.aspx.

Questions about this event should be directed to
educationprograms@intrepidmuseum.org.

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Algebraic Skeletal System: Human Physiology in Space Web Seminar

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on July 19, 2012, at 11 a.m. EDT.
The seminar focuses on human physiology. Obtain information about the effect microgravity has on the physiology of astronauts and learn about the countermeasures NASA uses to help overcome these effects when they return to Earth.

Outer space is an exciting part of our lives and promises to be an even more exciting part of the future for your students. It provides scientists with a unique laboratory, allowing scientific studies never possible in the history of civilization. Future space missions will continue to involve sending humans into space. But after extended stays in microgravity, astronauts must return safely to Earth and lead normal, healthy lives.

This seminar will provide instruction on how to integrate the Skeletal System: Human Physiology in Space lesson into your curriculum. There are two classroom activities in this lesson focusing on the effects of spaceflight on human physiology.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar26.aspx

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

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

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NASA’s DEVELOP Program — 2012 Fall Session

DEVELOP is a NASA Science Mission Directorate Applied Sciences-sponsored internship that fosters the training and development of students in the atmospheric and geosciences. The DEVELOP Program extends the application of NASA Earth Science research and technology to meet societal needs.

Students conduct projects that focus on the practical application of NASA’s Earth Science research and demonstrate how results can benefit partner organizations and local communities. Advisors and mentors, from NASA and partner institutions, provide guidance and support for the program. Students gain experience using NASA science and technology in a professional setting.

Students from high school through doctoral levels are selected through a competitive application process. Students chosen by DEVELOP work on teams onsite at 10 locations nationwide. Activities are conducted during three 10-week terms per year: spring, summer and fall. To apply to a DEVELOP center at a NASA location, applicants must be a citizen of the U.S. However, international students currently registered at an accredited school in the U.S. are eligible to apply to DEVELOP regional locations. International applicants must already have a visa that permits them to work in the U.S.

Applications for the fall 2012 session are due July 23, 2012.

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

Questions about the DEVELOP Program should be directed by email to NASA-DL-DEVELOP@mail.nasa.gov or by telephone to 757-864-3761.

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Have a Blast Learning About the Moon With New Selene Video Game

Use your computer to journey back some 4.5 billion years, and prepare to blast away — you’re going to make a moon just like Earth’s. All you need to do is to register to play the award-winning “Selene” online video game from the Center for Educational Technologies, or CET. CET is the home of NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, W.Va.

In “Selene: A Lunar Construction Game,” you and your students learn about basic geological processes on Earth and in the solar system while helping educational researchers study how and when people learn through educational video games.

Funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation, “Selene” has won numerous awards, and research has shown that the game aids learning. But we need players. To register your students, email
selene@cet.edu with your contact info and times when you would be available for a short 30-minute orientation.

New for the 2012-2013 school year is a Spanish-language version of the game. The game is open to ages 9 and up and can be played anytime, anyplace. To learn more about “Selene,” read testimonials about it or see how it aligns with national and state science standards. Visit the “Selene” website at http://selene.cet.edu.

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

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

NASA Education Express — June 28, 2012

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

2012 NASA Lunar Science Forum
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration
Deadline: July 1, 2012



Host a Real-Time Conversation With Crewmembers Aboard the International Space Station

Audience: All Educators

Proposal Deadline: July 2, 2012



International Space Station EarthKAM Summer 2012 Mission

Audience: 5-8 Educators 

Event Date: July 10-14, 2012

NASA’s Mars Rover Curiosity Landing Educator Conference
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: Aug. 3-5, 2012

Satellites & Education Conference XXV

Audience: All Educators

Event Date: Aug. 9-11, 2012



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2012 NASA Lunar Science Forum



Join the NASA Lunar Science Institute for the fifth annual NASA Lunar Science Forum being held July 17-19, 2012, at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif.



This year’s forum will feature sessions on in-depth scientific results from the following missions: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO; the Acceleration Reconnection Turbulence and Electrodynamics of the Moon’s Interaction with the Sun, or ARTEMIS, mission; the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, or LADEE; and the Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory, or GRAIL, satellites. The forum will also feature a dedicated side-conference for graduate students and young professionals. As in past years, science sessions are structured to report on both recent results and future opportunities for lunar science, exploration, education and outreach.



Before the forum, join the NASA Lunar Science Institute for the third annual Lunar Graduate Conference on Sunday, July 15, 2012. And make plans to attend the Next Generation Lunar Scientists and Engineers Workshop on Monday, July 16, 2012.



This forum is free and open to anyone interested in participating in the lunar science community.

 Pre-registration is required. Participants must register by July 1, 2012. 



For more information, visit http://lunarscience.nasa.gov/lsf2012/. 



Questions about this forum should be directed to Shirley Berthold at Shirley.Berthold@nasa.gov.



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Host a Real-Time Conversation With Crewmembers Aboard the International Space Station



NASA is now accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums, science centers and community youth organizations to host an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, or ARISS, contact between Nov. 1, 2012, and May 1, 2013. 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. Proposals are due July 2, 2012.



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



Interested parties should contact Teaching From Space, a NASA Education office, to obtain complete information including how the technology works, what is expected of the host organization and how to obtain the proposal/application form by sending an email to JSC-TFS-ARISS@mail.nasa.gov or by calling 281-244-1919. 



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



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International Space Station EarthKAM Summer 2012 Mission



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



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



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



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

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NASA’s Mars Rover Curiosity Landing Educator Conference


Bring “Curiosity” Into Your Classroom! Join in the historic landing of NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity at Gale Crater Aug.3-5, 2012, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. 

Bring the excitement of Mars exploration to your classroom with standards-aligned, STEM-based, hands-on activities and take home image-rich learning materials. Mission team members will share their stories, and you can see mission control, rover test beds and more. Then, view Curiosity’s anticipated landing at 10:31 p.m., Aug. 5. 

For more information and to register, go to: http://marsed.asu.edu/curiosity.

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Satellites & Education Conference XXV


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



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



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



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



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

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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 21, 2012

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

New STEM on Station Page for Educators and Students
Audience: All Educators and Students

2012 Music and Astronomy Under the Stars Events
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: Multiple dates June 23 – Oct. 26, 2012

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

2012 NASA’s Multiwavelength Universe Online Professional Development Course
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Higher Education Students
Event Dates: June 25 – July 13, 2012

2012 Pre-Service Teacher Institute at NASA’s Johnson Space Center
Audience: Higher Education Students
Applications are due June 27, 2012

Zero Robotics Video Challenge
Audience: All Educators and Students
Idea Submission Deadline: June 26, 2012

Graphing With MathTrax Web Seminar
Audience: 6-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: June 26, 2012

Human Body: Space Adaptations Web Seminar
Audience: 4-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: June 28, 2012

Best of “Earth as Art” Contest from Landsat
Audience: All Educators and Students
Polls Close: July 6, 2012

NASA Office of Education Solicits Proposals for the NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR
Audience: Higher Education Institutions in Eligible States
Notice of Intent Deadline: July 20, 2012
Proposal Deadline: Aug. 14, 2012

NASA’s DEVELOP Program — 2012 Fall Session
Audience: 9-12 and Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: July 23, 2012

Presenters Needed for 2013 Space Exploration Educators Conference
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Sept. 6, 2012

2012 Gregory G. Leptoukh Online Giovanni Workshop
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Workshop Dates: Sept. 25-28, 2012

Celebrate World Space Week
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: Oct. 4-10, 2012

2013 NASA Space Settlement Design Contest
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Entry Deadline: March 15, 2013

Funding Selections Announced and Abstracts Available — 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
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New STEM onStation Page for Educators and Students

NASA Education is launching a new Web resource for students and educatorstitled STEM on Station. The new pages present videos that were filmed on the spacestation about science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM.Students can follow astronauts as they demonstrate principles such as Newton’sLaws of Motion, surface tension and advances in technology. NASA lesson plansand other resources supplement the STEM videos.

STEM on Station is part of the Teach Station site that is the platform forspace-station-focused education resources, science and research information forstudents and teachers, crew updates and current education news. Visit often andwatch for opportunities to connect with the expedition crew members and for otherNASA education opportunities.

Visit STEM on Station at https://www.nasa.gov/education/STEMstation.
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2012 Music andAstronomy Under the Stars Events

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

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

For more information and to seea full schedule of events, visit http://www.hofstra.edu/Academics/Colleges/HCLAS/PHYSIC/physic_underthestars.html.
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Free EducationWebinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

The AerospaceEducation Services Project is presenting a series of free webinars through June2012. All webinars can be accessed online. Join aerospace education specialiststo learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bringNASA into your classroom.

Our Solar System: AModel Overview (Grades 4-9)
June 25, 2012, 11 a.m. -noon EDT
Aerospace educationspecialist Steve Culivan will present NASA inquiry activities that demonstrateremote sensing and scale models to better visualize our sun, planets, asteroidsand other objects as a whole system.

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

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

Questions about this series ofwebinars should be directed to Gwendolyn Wheatle at Gwendolyn.H.Wheatle@nasa.gov.
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2012 NASA’sMultiwavelength Universe Online Professional Development Course

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

The course is offered foracademic or continuing education credit through Sonoma State University. In thecourse, participants will be shown how to use astronomical examples (images,phenomena, telescopes) to describe the nature of light and color in terms ofthe regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Participants will also learn whyNASA uses a variety of telescopes and space-based instruments to makeobservations of the universe. NASA resources for the classroom will be shared,and participants will learn how NASA resources can be used to address commonstudent misconceptions about the nature of light and color.

Formal presentations for thecourse will take place on four dates between June 25 and July 13, 2012, but will alsobe available for archival viewing. Homework for academic credit is due Aug. 17,2012.

Enrollment is limited to 25participants. Auditors are also welcomed, on a space-available basis.

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

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

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 Pre-Service Teacher Institute at NASA’s Johnson Space Center
 
ThePre-Service Teacher Institute has opened the July 2012 workshop and extendedthe deadline for more applications. This one-week residential session is forearly childhood and elementary education majors preparing to teach grades K-8.Participants will interface with NASA personnel and tour NASA facilities whilelearning to incorporate NASA’s research into lesson plans. Full-timeundergraduate students in their junior or senior year are invited to apply.Applications are due June 27, 2012.

Tolearn more and to participate in this opportunity, visit http://education.jsc.nasa.gov/psti/default.htm.
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ZeroRobotics Video Challenge

Kidsare always told to reach for the stars. Now, NASA is literally giving them achance to by providing middle and high school students with unprecedentedaccess to the International Space Station and letting them write the programsthat control state-of-the-art robots on the International Space Station — noPh.D. in astrophysics required!

The NASA Tournament Laboratory, established by NASA and Harvard University,along with the enabling capabilities of the TopCoder community, have partneredwith Tongal to hold a competition with cash prizes for winning ideas, pitchesand promotional videos to inspire tomorrow’s scientists to see mathematics asmore than just digits on a calculator, to further the study of outer space andto push the limits of human knowledge about the worlds (and the space) beyondour planet. The winning videos will help inspire middle and high schoolstudents to compete in the Zero Robotics Challenge, which is managed for NASAby the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or MIT.

To learn more and to participate in this challenge, visit http://tongal.com/project/ZeroRobotics.

Important dates for the Zero Robotics Video Challengeare:

June 19 – 26, 2012:                      Ideaphase
July 2, 2012:                               Fivewinning ideas selected
July 2 – 16, 2012:                        Pitchphase
July 20, 2012:                             Fivewinning pitches selected
July 20, 2012 – Aug. 20, 2012:     Videophase
Aug. 27, 2012:                            Sevenwinning videos delivered to NASA


Note: TopCoder is a registered trademark of TopCoder, Inc. in the United States and othercountries. Tongal is a U.S. federal trademark held by Tongal, Inc.


Questions about the Zero Robotics Video Challenge should be directed to
info@tongal.com.

GraphingWith MathTrax Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, theNASA Explorer Schools project is hosting a 60-minute professional developmentWeb seminar for educators on June 26, 2012, at 8 p.m. EDT. Learn how touse a computer graphing tool to engage your students as they graph equations and data sets or experiment with physicssimulations. Help students explore the relationship between math equations andtheir application in the real world with roller coaster and rocketlaunch simulators.

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

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NES Help Desk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.
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Best of “Earth as Art” Contest from Landsat

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Landsat Program on July 23, 2012, NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey would like your help in selecting the top five “Earth as Art” images from the more than 120 scenes in our collection.

For 40 years Landsat satellites have been acquiring images of the land cover of the planet. The satellites have provided spectacular views of mountains, valleys, coastal areas, islands, volcanic fields, forests and patterns on the landscape. By highlighting some of those features and creatively crafting the colors, the series of “Earth as Art” perspectives reveal the artistic side of Landsat.

Voting closes on July 6, 2012. The Top five “Earth as Art” images will be announced on July 23 in Washington, D.C., at a special event commemorating the launch of the first Landsat satellite.

To view the images and vote for your favorites, visit https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/landsat/news/earth-as-art.html.
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Human Body: Space Adaptations Web Seminar

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on June 28, 2012, at 2 p.m. EDT. Space is a harsh environment. When an astronaut goes into space, his or her body immediately begins to change, causing the astronaut to feel and even look slightly different. During this seminar, you will get information about the effects of microgravity on astronauts. You also will be guided through three student activities, which provide a first-hand look at the effects of reduced gravity on bones, the fluid shifts in the body and the amount of oxygen needed to survive.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar27.aspx.

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NASA Explorer Schools help desk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.
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NASA Office of Education Solicits Proposals for the NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Office of Education, in cooperation with NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), Human Exploration & Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD), and Science Mission Directorates (SMD), the Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT), and NASA’s ten Centers, solicits proposals for the NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). Each funded NASA EPSCoR proposal is expected to establish research activities that will make significant contributions to the strategic research and technology development priorities of one or more of the Mission Directorates or the OCT and contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities, higher education, and economic development of the jurisdiction. If submitted, Notices of Intent are due on July 20, 2012, and proposals are due on Aug. 14, 2012.

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={36283FDE-A756-ED4D-426B-A7C0EA1FD9A3}&path=open.
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NASA’s DEVELOP Program — 2012 Fall Session

DEVELOP is a NASA Science Mission Directorate Applied Sciences-sponsored internship that fosters the training and development of students in the atmospheric and geosciences. The DEVELOP Program extends the application of NASA Earth Science research and technology to meet societal needs.

Students conduct projects that focus on the practical application of NASA’s Earth Science research and demonstrate how results can benefit partner organizations and local communities. Advisors and mentors, from NASA and partner institutions, provide guidance and support for the program. Students gain experience using NASA science and technology in a professional setting.

Students from high school through doctoral levels are selected through a competitive application process. Students chosen by DEVELOP work on teams onsite at 10 locations nationwide. Activities are conducted during three 10-week terms per year: spring, summer and fall. To apply to a DEVELOP center at a NASA location, applicants must be a citizen of the U.S. However, international students currently registered at an accredited school in the U.S. are eligible to apply to DEVELOP regional locations. International applicants must already have a visa that permits them to work in the U.S.

Applications for the fall 2012 session are due July 23, 2012.

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

Questions about the DEVELOP Program should be directed by email to NASA-DL-DEVELOP@mail.nasa.gov or by telephone to 757-864-3761.
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Presenters Needed for 2013 Space Exploration Educators Conference

The 19th Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference, or SEEC, is taking place Feb. 7-9, 2013, at Space Center Houston. The goal of SEEC is to encourage K-12 educators to use space to teach all subjects in their classrooms. Over 700 educators gather for this event each year.

Conference organizers are looking for 170 interactive sessions that present exciting classroom activities. All sessions must have a hands-on component; lecture sessions will not be accepted. Proposals are due Sept. 6, 2012.

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

If you have any questions about the conference, please call 281-244-2149 or email seec@spacecenter.org.
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2012 Gregory G. Leptoukh Online Giovanni Workshop

Join the NASA Goddard Earth Science Data and Information Services Center for the 2012 Gregory G. Leptoukh Online Giovanni Workshop taking place Sept. 25-28, 2012. This workshop will focus on the use of the pioneering data visualization and analysis tool, Giovanni. The online workshop will be organized around four main themes: Earth system research utilizing Giovanni; Giovanni applications (air quality, disaster management, environmental monitoring, etc.); planned and desired augmentation of Giovanni; and educational use of Giovanni.

The workshop will primarily consist of online author-led presentations coupled with real-time discussions about these presentations. Presentations and chat logs will be available online for review for those unable to participate in live sessions.

To learn more, visit http://disc.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/giovanni/additional/newsletters/gregory_leptoukh_2012_online_giovanni_workshop.

Questions about this workshop should be directed to Dr. James G. Acker at James.G.Acker@nasa.gov.
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Celebrate World Space Week

Join educators and space enthusiasts around the world to celebrate World Space Week, Oct. 4-10, 2012. This international event commemorates the beginning of the Space Age with the launch of Sputnik 1 on Oct. 4, 1957.

World Space Week is the largest public space event in the world, with celebrations in more than 50 nations. During World Space Week, teachers are encouraged to use space-themed activities. The theme for 2012, “Space for Human Safety and Security,” has been chosen to celebrate the many ways in which mankind’s activities in space improve our daily lives.

To find NASA educational resources that can be used during World Space Week, visit the Educational Materials Finder: http://search.nasa.gov/search/edFilterSearch.jsp?empty=true.

To learn more about World Space Week, search for events in your area and find educational materials related to the event, visit www.worldspaceweek.org.
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2013 NASA Space Settlement Design Contest

Design a space settlement! Space settlements are permanent communities in orbit, as opposed to being on the moon or other planets. Designing a space settlement involves physics, mathematics, space science, environmental science and many other disciplines.

The NASA Space Settlement Design Contest is intended for students in grades 6-12, although younger students may enter. Individual or teams from anywhere in the world may enter. Grade levels are judged separately, except for the grand prize. All participants will receive a certificate.

Submissions must be received by March 15, 2013.

For more information about the NASA Space Settlement Design Contest, visit http://settlement.arc.nasa.gov/Contest/.

If you have any questions about the contest, please email Al Globus at aglobus@mail.arc.nasa.gov.
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Funding Selections Announced and Abstracts Available — 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

Selections with abstracts for this NRA are available on the CP4SMP+ portal page on NSPIRES at URL: http://go.nasa.gov/NKC2V0.

The NASA June 18, 2012 press release is at URL: https://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2012/jun/HQ_12-205_Museum_Exhibits_Selected.html.

A competitive call for new CP4SMP+ proposals is anticipated for release in Fiscal Year 2013. While waiting for the 2013 CP4SMP+, potential proposers can review 1) the above referenced 2011 NRA; 2) NASA’s most current Guidebook for Proposers Responding to a NASA Research Announcement (NRA) or Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) at http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/procurement/nraguidebook/ and 3) NASA’s Grant and Cooperative Agreement Handbook at http://prod.nais.nasa.gov/pub/pub_library/grcover.htm.

No further information is available about the 2013 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 8, 2012

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

TheEpic Struggle Between Birds and Pigs Moves to Space with a NASA Science Twist
Audience: All Educatorsand Students

New ISSLive! ApplicationAvailable for iPhone, iPad and Android
Audience: All Educators and Students

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents “Women in STEM” WebcastSeries
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Dates: Multiple dates throughout March 2012

Free Education WebinarSeries from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Various Dates for March 2012

Join the Worldwide GLOBEat Night 2012 Campaign
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: March 13-22, 2012

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents “STEM Through the Eyes, Earsand Heart of a Woman” Webcast Series
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Dates: Each Wednesday at 1 p.m. Eastern During March 2012

Center of Massand Center of Pressure: Engineering a Stable Rocket Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 15, 2012

Pre-Service TeacherInstitutes at NASA’s Johnson Space Center
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: March 15, 2012
Institute Dates: June 18-22, June 24-30, andJuly 8-14, 2012

Live Video Chat — Astronomy: Starry,Starry Night
Audience: Grades 8-12
Event Date: March 16, 2012, 1-2 p.m. EDT

National Spaced OutSports Design Challenge
Audience: 5-8 Educators and Students
Entry Deadline: Mar. 16, 2012

OSSI: SOLAR — Summer2012 Opportunities
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: March 16, 2012

DEADLINE EXTENDED:Informal Educator Workshop: International Space Station — Engaging YourAudience in Low Earth Orbit
Audience: Informal Educators (Formal Educators Are Welcome to Attend)
New Registration Deadline: March 16, 2012
Event Date: March 24-25, 2012

International Space Station National LabEducation Project
Audience: Higher Education Community
Proposal Deadline: March 23, 2012

Visit NASA Explorer Schools at the 2012NSTA Conference
Audience: 4-12 Educators
Event Dates: March 29 – April 1, 2012

Student Flight Mission Challenge –Improving Earthquake Monitoring
Audience: 7-9 Educators
Notice of Intent Deadline: April 16, 2012
Teacher Submission Deadline: May 21, 2012

2012 Lunar Workshops for Educators
Audience: 6-12 Educators
Workshop Dates: Multiple dates June-August 2012

NASA’s DigitalLearning Network Special Event: Chat With a Mission Control Flight Officer
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students

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

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TheEpic Struggle Between Birds and Pigs Moves to Space with a NASA Science Twist

For nearly three years, millions of gamers have used physics in the battlebetween birds and pigs in the video game Angry Birds. In cooperation with NASA,Finland-based Rovio Entertainment, creator of the Angry Birds franchise,announced its newest game, “Angry Birds Space,” on Thursday, March 8,2012. NASA and Rovio are working together to teach people about physics andspace exploration through the internationally successful puzzle game.

Game developers have incorporated concepts of human space exploration into thenew game. From the weightlessness of space to the gravity wells of nearbyplanets, players use physics as they explore the various levels of the game setboth on planets and in microgravity.

Aboard the International Space Station, Flight Engineer Don Pettit of NASAcreated a video using Angry Birds Space to explain how physics works in space,including demonstrating trajectories in microgravity by catapulting an AngryBird through the space station. The video was shown this week to an audience atthe South by Southwest Conferences and Festivals, an annual convention oforiginal music, independent films, and emerging technologies in Austin, Texas.It is also available on NASA’s website at https://www.nasa.gov.

For more information on microgravity, visit https://www.nasa.gov/microgravity.

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

For more information about Angry Birds Space, visit http://www.angrybirds.com/space.

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New ISSLive! Application Available for iPhone,iPad and Android

NASA announces the release of the ISSLive! app for iPhone, iPad and Andoid.This innovative, interactive app provides a novel way to learn about theInternational Space Station while on the go.

The ISS Live! app delivers live streaming data from the International SpaceStation. Users can take a virtual 3-D tour of the Mission Control Center andthe space station, and view mission control console displays with real-timedata. Interactive educational lessons using the data, as well as crew and sciencetimelines with individual crew member, social media and international scienceexperiment details are also available via the app.

To learn more and find links to download the ISSLive! app, visit http://spacestationlive.jsc.nasa.gov.

iPad and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and othercountries.
Android is a registered trademark of Google Inc.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents”Women in STEM” Webcast Series

In honor of Women’s History Month, NASA’s Digital Learning Network is pleasedto invite you and your students to take part in a special event series titled”Women in STEM.”

Various subject matter experts from different NASA centers will bein the Digital Learning Network studios for a series of free webcasts focusingon how women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fieldscontribute to NASA. Selected classrooms will be able to interact live with theexperts in the studio. Each event will be webcast to allow students from allover the world to watch the interviews. Any student can interact by sending questionsvia email.

The schedule of events through March 2012includes:

March9: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and NASA’sMarshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
March12: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and NASA’sMarshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
March16: NASA’s Glenn Research Center near Cleveland, Ohio, and the JetPropulsion Laboratory in California
March 19: NASA’s Glenn ResearchCenter near Cleveland, Ohio, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville,Ala., and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California
March 22: NASA’s Goddard SpaceFlight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory inCalifornia
March 30: NASA’s Glenn ResearchCenter near Cleveland, Ohio, and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center inGreenbelt, Md.

Each hourlong webcast is scheduled to begin at 1p.m. Eastern.

For more information and to watch the webcasts online, visit the DLN website athttp://dln.nasa.gov.

Inquiries about this webcast series should bedirected to Erin McKinley at Erin.E.McKinley@nasa.gov.

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Free Education Webinar Series from the AerospaceEducation Services Project

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

Food for Thought (Grades 5-8)
March 12, 2012, 3:30 – 5p.m. EST

Aerospace education Steve Culivan will share”Food for Thought,” a new NASA educator guide designed to explorespace food and the nutritional needs of the astronauts that includes a menu ofinquiry activities and other resources to address this exciting topic.

Looking at the Sun: NASA’s Missions to the Sunand the 2012 Study of the Venus Transit (Grades K-12)
March 14, 2012, 4:30 – 6p.m. EST

Aerospace education Rick Varner will discuss theinherent connection between the sun and life on Earth This session is designedto look at NASA’s missions to the study the sun and share sun-Earth activitiesand resources available for use in the classroom. There will be a particularfocus on the Venus Transit taking place June 5-6, 2012, and the Sun-Earth Dayactivities associated with this event.

Animals in Space (Grades K-5)
March 16, 2012, 10 – 11a.m. EST

Aerospace education specialist Wil Robertsonwill instruct teachers on how to use stuffed animals as props in telling thestory of the animals that preceded humans in space. The program is geared forteachers in K-5 with a special focus of aligning the topic with the CoreLiteracy Standards for elementary grades. Web resources will be provided.

Mars Uncovered: Revealing the Geological Historyof Mars (Grades 5-12)
March 29, 2012, 4 – 5p.m. EST

Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt willshare an activity that uses an inquiry-based, critical-thinking approach tostudying the surface of Mars like scientists do. This lesson will teachstudents to examine geologic features of a planetary surface and use relativeage-dating techniques to analyze the information and interpret the geologichistory.

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

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

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Join the Worldwide GLOBE at Night 2012 Campaign

GLOBE at Night is a worldwide, hands-on scienceand education program for primary and secondary schools. The GLOBE at Nightproject encourages citizen-scientists worldwide to record the brightness of thenight sky. During four select sets of dates, children and adults match theappearance of a constellation (Orion or Leo in the northern hemisphere, andOrion and Crux in the southern hemisphere) with seven star charts ofprogressively fainter stars. The map is located 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 2012 campaign dates are March 13-22 and April 11-20, 2012.Over 68,000 measurements have been contributed from more than 115 countriesover the last six years of two-week campaigns.

Children and adults can submit theirmeasurements in real time if they have a smart phone or tablet. To do this, usethe Web application at http://www.globeatnight.org/webapp/.With smart phones and tablets, the location, date and time are put inautomatically. And if you do not have a smart phone or tablet, there are user-friendlytools 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 canexplore the nature of light pollution locally and across the globe. Make adifference and join the GLOBE at Night efforts in 2012. Activity packets,one-page flyers and postcards advertising the campaign are available at http://www.globeatnight.org.

Please email any questions about GLOBE at Nightto globeatnight@noao.edu.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents”STEM Through the Eyes, Ears and Heart of a Woman” Webcast Series

In honor of Women’s History Month, NASA’s Digital Learning Network is pleasedto invite you and your students to take a look into the intriguing world ofscience, technology, engineering and mathematics from a woman’s perspective.

This free webcast series titled “STEM Through the Eyes, Ears and Heart ofa Woman” will feature a female NASA STEM professional, along with a highschool senior from NASA’s Women in STEM High School Aerospace project, alsoknown as WISH.

This hourlong webcast will take place eachWednesday at 1 p.m. Eastern during the month of March.

For more information and to watch the webcasts online, visit the DLN website athttp://dln.nasa.gov.

Inquiries about this webcast series should bedirected to Caryn Long at Caryn.Long@nasa.gov.

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Center of Mass and Center of Pressure: Engineering a Stable Rocket WebSeminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminarfor educators on March 15, 2012, at 6:30p.m. EDT. Learn how to incorporate rocketry into your teaching repertoire.The featured lesson is the “High-Power Paper Rockets” activity from NASA’sRockets Educator Guide. The activity addresses forces and motion, center ofmass and center of pressure. This seminar provides an overview of the activity,explores the NASA connections, shares tips and tricks for implementing thislesson in the classroom and discusses possible modifications or extensions.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar16.aspx.

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

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

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Pre-Service Teacher Institutes at NASA’s JohnsonSpace Center

The Pre-Service Teacher Institute is a one-weeksummer residential session for early childhood and elementary education majorspreparing to teach in an elementary or middle school classroom. Threeinstitutes will take place this year: June 18-22 (for Houston and surroundingareas), June 24-30 and July 8-14, 2012. All events will take place at NASA’sJohnson Space Center in Houston.

College students from diverse backgrounds willbe exposed to aerospace, mathematics and science enrichment activities.Pre-service teachers are able to interface with NASA personnel and tour JohnsonSpace Center facilities while learning to incorporate NASA’s cutting-edgeresearch into lesson plans for elementary and intermediate school students.

Full-time undergraduate students in their junioror senior year are invited to apply.

The application period closes on March 15, 2012. Formore information, visit http://education.jsc.nasa.gov/psti/index.htm.

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

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Live Video Chat — Astronomy: Starry, Starry Night

On March 16, 2012, Dr. MichelleThaller from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., will answerstudent questions from 1-2 p.m. EDT. Dr. Thaller’s research interests are hotstars, colliding stellar winds, binary star evolution and evolved stellarcompanions. Don’t miss this opportunity to have your students ask Dr. Thallerabout her research and the path that led her to NASA.

Submit questions during the chat through a chat window, or send them to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

To learn more about NES, visit the explorerschools.nasa.gov website.

For more information and to view the video chat, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/thaller-chat.html.

If you have any questions about the video chat, contact NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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National Spaced Out Sports Design Challenge

Students in grades 5-8 throughout the UnitedStates are invited to participate in Spaced Out Sports, a national designchallenge that applies Newton’s Laws of Motion by designing a game for theInternational Space Station astronauts to play in space. The goal is forstudents to learn the science behind the game on Earth and in microgravity.

Students will submit game demonstrations via aplaybook and video. Submissions will be accepted from schools, home schoolgroups, after-school or enrichment programs. Awards include: First Place –NASA school-wide or program-wide celebration (U.S. teams only); top three teams– games played on the space station and recorded for a future broadcast; allcontributing schools and programs — opportunity to participate in a DigitalLearning Network webcast with astronauts on the space station.

Entries are due March 16, 2012.

Spaced Out Sports student and educator resourcesinclude posters, bookmarks, curriculum guides, career videos and DigitalLearning Network modules. All include NASA astronauts, engineers and celebritysports figures engaging students in relevant space-sports connections byexplaining and demonstrating the science behind their work and/or games.Featured are: former astronaut and NASA Associate Administrator for EducationLeland Melvin and astronaut Nicole Stott; Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin;NASCAR’s Juan Pablo Montoya; basketball’s Temeka Johnson; football/Super Bowlchampions New Orleans Saints; and hockey’s Ryan O’Reilly and the ColoradoAvalanche.

Spaced Out Sports is managed by NASA’s StennisSpace Center Education through the Teaching From Space Office at NASA’s JohnsonSpace Flight Center in Houston.

For more information and to register for thechallenge, visit http://education.ssc.nasa.gov/spacedoutsports.

If you have questions about Spaced Out Sports,please email inquiries to SpacedOutSports@nasa.gov.

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OSSI: SOLAR — Summer 2012 Opportunities

The NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative, or OSSI,strives to provide students at all institutions of higher education access to aportfolio of internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities offered byNASA mission directorates and centers.

Visit the OSSI LaunchPad to find information oninternship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities. The site features theOSSI: Student Online Application for Recruiting Interns, Fellows and Scholars,or SOLAR. This innovative system allows students to search and apply for alltypes of higher-education NASA internship, fellowship and scholarshipopportunities in one location. A single application places the student in theapplicant pool for consideration by all NASA mentors.

Applications for summer 2012 opportunities aredue March 16, 2012.

To find available opportunities and to fill outa SOLAR application, visit http://intern.nasa.gov/index.html.

Inquiries about the OSSI: SOLAR should bedirected to Mabel Matthews at Mabel.Matthews@nasa.gov.

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Informal Educator Workshop:International Space Station — Engaging Your Audience in Low Earth Orbit

NASA’s International Space Station, also knownas ISS, and the ISS National Laboratory provide unparalleled opportunities foreducators to connect students and other audiences directly to science,technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

On March 24-25, 2012, NASA’s Jet PropulsionLaboratory, or JPL, in Pasadena, Calif., will host an educator workshop thatwill include science presentations by NASA experts, demonstrations of hands-onactivities, ISS Live! website activities, educational resources and bestpractices for creating content and educational activities in informal settings.Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to network with fellowparticipants to enable future collaborations.

The registration deadline for this workshop hasbeen extended to March16, 2012. A $35 registration fee includes continental breakfast,beverages, snacks, a box lunch and incidentals.

For more information, directions to the workshoplocation and to register online, visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/index.cfm?page=329.

Unable to attend in person? Portions of theworkshop will be available through NASA’s Digital Learning Network. Check the workshop websitefor more information

Please direct questions about this workshop tothe JPL Informal Education staff at Carla.J.Johns@jpl.nasa.gov.

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InternationalSpace Station National Lab Education Project

The ISS National Lab Education Project, or ISS NLEP, has released asolicitation for proposals of STEM-related educational experiments that utilizethe unique ISS microgravity platform.

Proposals are being accepted from the higher education communities through March 23, 2012. Seven areas ofopportunities are available. These areas include general facilitysimulation-based, ground-based, in-orbit activities as well as specific areasthat are already developed and ready for advancement.

This announcement is accessible through NSPIRES and through Grants.gov.

To access through NSPIRES, go to: http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={8626F554-923E-4797-DEE7-89CF3988FEE3}&path=open.

To access through Grants.gov, go to: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=VHPgP97WbRJXqyL263ptQLXJL1CmsyGXh2y27YMLhBHGN7PDb56Y!-213555334?oppId=143253&mode=VIEW.

Here’s a chance to make your ideas a part of NASA’s mission!

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VisitNASA Explorer Schools at the 2012 NSTA Conference

If you are attending the
2012National Science Teachers Association National Conference on Science Educationin Indianapolis on March 29 through April 1, be sure tostop by NASA’s exhibit booth #2159 in the exhibit hall. NASA Explorer Schools,or NES, representatives will be there to share information and answer yourquestions.

If you are not yet a participant in the NES project, you can obtain detailedinformation about NES by visiting the booth or attending a NES presentation.The session, “Teach STEM? NASA Explorer Schools Can Help!”, takesplace on Friday, March 30, from 11 a.m.- noon in the Cabinet Room of the Westin Indianapolis.

Everyone is invited to attend any of the additional NES lesson-relatedsessions:
— The “Virtual Lab and NASA Explorer Schools” session takes place onFriday, March 30, from 4 – 4:45 p.m.in room 142 of the Convention Center.
— The “NASA Engineering Design Challenge: Thermal Protection System”session takes place on Saturday, March31, from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., in room 111/112 of the Convention Center.

Attend one of these presentations and see how NES helps teachers by packagingeverything needed to deliver an exciting NASA-related lesson to students!

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

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

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StudentFlight Mission Challenge — Improving Earthquake Monitoring

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is gaining a betterunderstanding of earth science processes such asearthquakes through airborne science research platforms. Using aspecially modified Gulfstream-III jet, NASA engineers and scientists are usingradar to collect data on how quakes change the Earth’s surface, which mayeventually help scientists forecast earthquakes. NASA hopes to collect baselinedata in critical areas in order to improve our understanding of how quakes affectnot only the immediate area of the quake, but also the state of stress in thesurrounding faults. This will help them improve their forecast models of quakeprobability and magnitude.

NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center and JetPropulsion Laboratory are in process of identifying several new areas tocollect baseline data for earthquake studies. Educators, grades 7-9, areinvited to engage students in the NASA Student Flight Mission Challenge.Through this challenge, students will have the opportunity to investigate,evaluate, design and present a solution to a real-world problem that willexpand our understanding of earthquakes at the global level. Students will formsmall mission teams to create multimedia presentations that suggest a site fora new earthquake science investigation. The challenge will engage students aspractitioners of science through exploration of the airborne science researchprocess that NASA scientists and engineers use to study earth system science.Students will:

— Investigate the science.
— Select a site for earthquake monitoring.
— Prepare a flight plan.
— Develop a multimedia proposal for submittal to NASA.

The challenge can be implemented in a classroom,after-school or other formal and informal teaching environment. One student team proposal can besubmitted per educator. Proposals will be reviewed and ranked by NASA staff. Selectstudent teams will receive recognition as earth system science investigators,and up to three teachers will be invited to attend the Airborne ResearchExperiences for Educators and Students, or AREES, 2012 summer academy.

To submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) for the StudentFlight Mission Challenge, visit www.aeroi.org.

The deadline to submit an NOI is April16, 2012.
The deadline to submit a student team’s proposal is May 21, 2012.

To obtain the curriculum materials and to learn the science and pedagogicalcontent knowledge to prepare students for this challenge, enroll in the onlinecourse Earth System Science throughNASA’s electronic Professional Development Network at https://www.nasaepdn.gatech.edu/nasa_sdc_earthsystemscience.php.The course is free, self-directed and technology and standards-based.

This activity is offered through the Aerospace, Education, Research andOperations Institute in Palmdale, Calif., in partnership with NASA’s DrydenFlight Research Center and the Teaching From Space program at NASA’s JohnsonSpace Center in Houston, Texas. The G-III aircraft isoperated from the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale incollaboration with instrument investigators from NASA’s Jet PropulsionLaboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

For more information about the AREES activity, refer to the website at www.nasa.gov/education/arees.

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2012Lunar Workshops for Educators

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, mission is sponsoring a series ofworkshops for educators of students in grades 6-12. These workshops will focuson lunar science, exploration and how our understanding of the moon is evolvingwith the new data from current and recent lunar missions.

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has allowed scientists to obtain the coldestmeasurement recorded in the solar system, map the surface of the moon inunprecedented detail and accuracy, find evidence of recent lunar geologicactivity, characterize the radiation environment around the moon and itspotential effects on future lunar explorers and much, much more!

Workshop participants will learn about these and other recent discoveries,reinforce their understanding of lunar science concepts, interact with lunarscientists and engineers, work with real LRO data and learn how to bring thesedata and information to their students using hands-on activities aligned withlocal, state and national standards. Laptops are strongly encouraged for those participatingin this workshop.

Workshops will take place in the following locations:
— June 4-8, 2012 — Durango Discovery Museum, Durango, Colo.
— June 18-22, 2012 — Morehead State University, Morehead, Ky.
— June 25-29, 2012 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, Texas
— July 9-13, 2012 — NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
— July 30 – Aug. 3, 2012 — Museum of the North, University of Alaska,Fairbanks, Alaska

Each workshop will be limited to 25 participants. Interested educators areencouraged to apply early to secure a spot. Qualified applicants will beaccepted in the order they apply.

For more information and to register for the workshops, visit http://lunar.gsfc.nasa.gov/lwe/index.html.

Questions about these workshops should be directed to Katie Hessen at Katie.K.Hessen@nasa.gov.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Special Event: Chat With a MissionControl Flight Officer

NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, isexcited to offer a unique opportunity to ask questions of an actual mission controlflight officer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Students will have adirect connection to the public affairs console and will witness the innerworkings of the International Space Station’s Mission Control Center.Additional flight control officers specializing in life support, power,data/communications and robotics may be also be available to speak withstudents.

Before you connect with mission control, a DLN education specialist will spendapproximately 30 minutes with your students highlighting the many science, technology,engineering and mathematics concepts that are important aboard the spacestation. Give an incredible, inspirational opportunity to your students andillustrate real-life applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematicsin action.

For more information and to register for an upcoming event, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/special/MCC.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to jsc-dislearn@mail.nasa.gov.

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What’s New at NASA’s Space Place Website

The Space Place has always been aboutmaking learning fun and painless. Of course, one of the best ways to do thatwith young students is to include a game with a lesson. That makes theexperience all about having fun, and, oh, by the way, maybe catching on to anew idea.

New at spaceplace.nasa.gov
Now the Space Place is taking fun for a walk. Leaping into the world of mobileapplications, we’ve launched our second iPhone game (also optimized for iPad).

“Comet Quest” puts the player in charge of the exciting Rosetta mission to acomet. Rosetta will be the first spacecraft to orbit a comet and drop a landeron the surface. So, in the game, players drop a lander, then record cracks andcraters, jets of gas, tail and coma changes, and chunks of ice flying off thecomet. Players must avoid hitting those pesky solid chunks, retrieve data fromthe lander and transmit data to Earth. Music and sound effects make for animmersive experience. Points accumulate based on lander dropping skill andsuccess at recording events and avoiding crashes. Bonus points may be earned atthe end of the game for answering comet-related questions. A “Learn More”feature has easy reading and illustrations about comets. Go to http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/comet-quest to get the “Comet Quest” link to the Apple App Store.It’s free.

Space Place en Español
We’ve mentioned our first mobile game app “Satellite Insight” in aprevious issue. Now, It is the first NASA app to be available in Spanish. Alongwith the link to the Apple App Store, a Spanish Web version of the game is alsoavailable at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/satellite-insight/sp.

To recap, in “Satellite Insight,” you are the Geostationary OperationalEnvironmental Satellite R-Series, or GOES-R, environmental satellite, and yourjob is to keep up with the massive flow of data that your advanced instrumentsare collecting.

The game play is somewhat “Tetris”-like, with colorful tilesrepresenting different types of data falling into a grid on the display. Withmusic and sound effects, “Satellite Insight” is addictive for some weare told.

Spotlight on Webmaster’s Faves
When the webmaster spends her lunch time playing a Space Place gameover and over, you know it must be something special. She can often be spiedplaying “Ozone Trap-n-Zap” and “Photon Pileup.”

Of “Trap-n-Zap” she says, “Well, somebody’s got to do something to improve theair quality around here!” That’s because ozone near Earth’s surface is damagingto the health of living things. It also acts as a greenhouse gas when it’shanging out at the top of the troposphere (the layer nearest Earth’s surface).But between those two regions of bad ozone is a layer of good ozone, whereozone acts as a pollution scrubber. And higher up still, in the stratosphere,it protects us from harmful ultraviolet rays. So, our webmaster spends herspare time trapping the good ozone and zapping the bad ozone. Help her out at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/ozone.

“Photon Pileup” is a horse of a different color — several colors, actually.She says, “I just like the pretty photons. The purple ones are the mostimportant for making the ultraviolet Galaxy Evolution Explorer space pictures.I like the red ones (for infrared light) best, but I have to survive to Level 5to see them! That’s a challenge.” Can you get far enough to see the redphotons? Try at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/photon-pileup.

For the Classroom
For groups of two or more players, board games are great. How aboutan online board game? That’s “Wild Weather Adventure.” Up to four players picka player name (like Hurricane or Nimbus) and a colored research blimp playingpiece, and take turns spinning the spinner, traveling the map, making rescues,gathering scientific information and answering questions. Check it out at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/wild-weather-adventure.

For out-of-school time
Click on a planet or a comet or some asteroids or a moon, and read asnippet about it. “Solar System Explorer” gives a graphic overlook of all theplanets and their major moons in animated orbits. Where we have NASA missions,play a mini-game. For example, take command of the Cassini spacecraft and helpit navigate the icy chunk mine field of Saturn’s rings. The main thing, ofcourse, is to learn about the planets and moons. Go exploring at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/solar-system-explorer.

Special Days

March 19: Canberra, Australia, Day
This fine city is one of three earthly homes for NASA’s Deep Space Network, orDSN, of antennas, which track planetary spacecraft. The “DSN Uplink-Downlink” gamepays homage at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/dsn-game.

March 23: Energy Education Day
Attack the energy problem, or at least the worst of its by-products, by playing“Greenhouse Gas Attack” at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/greenhouse-gas-attack.

April 18, 1912: First Crossword Book Published
“Weather Word Cross” is a different kind of crossword puzzle at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/weather-words.

April 22: Earth Day
A perfect day to admire Earth as art by solving beautiful satellite image“spuzzles” at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/spuzzled.

April 28: Astronomy Day
“Slyder” puzzles of fabulous infrared space images will get everyone in themood at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/spitzer-slyder.

And many more . . .
Just press “Play” from any screen and get the complete menu ofgames. There’s no excuse for being bored at The Space Place!

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

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

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


NASA's Orion Spacecraft to Land in Oklahoma, Texas and Alabama

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A test version of NASA’s Orion spacecraft soonwill make a cross-country journey, giving residents in three states the chanceto see a full-scale test version of the vehicle that will take humans into deepspace.

The crew module will make stops during a trip from the White Sands MissileRange in New Mexico to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The planned stopsinclude Jan. 24-25 at Science MuseumOklahoma in Oklahoma City; Jan.27-29 at Victory Park and the American Airlines Center in Dallas; and, Feb. 1-2 at the U.S. Space and RocketCenter in Huntsville, Ala. Engineers, program officials, astronauts andNASA spokespeople will be available to speak with the media and the public.

The full-scale test vehicle was used by ground crews in advance of the launchabort system flight test that took place in New Mexico in 2010. Orion willserve as the vehicle that takes astronauts beyond low-Earth orbit, and thefirst orbital flight test is scheduled for 2014.

To see photos of the pad abort test, visit https://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/mpcv/gallery/abort_test/index.htm.

For more information on the each of the sites, visit

Science Museum Oklahoma: http://www.sciencemuseumok.org.

American Airlines Center: http://www.americanairlinescenter.com.

U.S. Space and Rocket Center: http://www.ussrc.com.

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