NASA Education Express — Feb. 9, 2012

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

Join the Worldwide GLOBE at Night 2012 Campaign
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Feb. 12-21, 2012

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Webcast Series — Flying ThroughAfrican-American History With the Tuskegee Airmen
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Dates: Multiple Dates Throughout February 2012

Properties of Living Things:Fingerprints of Life Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 14, 2012

LinearEquations: NASA CONNECT — Breaking BarriersWeb Seminar
Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 15, 2012

4th Annual NASA STEM Educators Workshop Series
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Registration Deadline: Feb. 15, 2012

Women In STEM HighSchool Aerospace Scholars
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2012

Temperature and Earth Climate: ModelingHot and Cold Planets Web Seminar
Audience: 7-9 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 16, 2012

NASA’s Digital LearningNetwork Webcast — National African American History Month and Engineers Week
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: Feb. 22, 2012

Call for Abstracts: 63rd International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time Graduate Students
Submission Deadline: Feb. 29, 2012

“A Vision of Discovery”: Understanding NASA Images through ArtEducator Workshop
Audience: All Educators
Registration Deadline: March 1, 2012
Event Date: March 10, 2012

Women’s History Month Event: Women, Innovation and Aerospace
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: March 8, 2012

Pennsylvania Space Grant Workshops
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Workshop Dates: Multiple dates July – August 2012
Application Deadline: March 18, 2012

Astronaut Don Pettit Demonstrates Science Concepts in “Science off theSphere” Video Series
Audience: All Educators and Students

New Human Spaceflight Educational Materials Available at NASA.gov
Build the Station Simulation:Educator Guide — Grades 5-8
Play and Learn: Window to Earth– Grades K-4
Spaced Out Sports Educator Guide — Grades 5-8
“Food for Thought: Eating in Space” Educator Guide — Grades 5-8

Mass Versus Weight Educator Guide –Grades 5-8
The Texas School for the Deaf Downlink Videos — Grades K-12

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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 the appearanceof a constellation (Orion or Leo in the northern hemisphere, and Orion and Cruxin the southern hemisphere) with seven star charts of progressively fainterstars. 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 Feb. 12-21, 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 areuser-friendly tools on the GLOBE at Night report page to find latitude andlongitude.

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 Webcast Series– Flying Through African-American History With the Tuskegee Airmen

In honor of National African American HistoryMonth, NASA’s Digital Learning Network is hosting a webcast series titledFlying Through African-American History With the Tuskegee Airmen. The webcastseries will focus on this elite group of African-American pilots who fought warand racism in World War II and the challenges faced by early African-Americanaviators.

Engineering a Proud Heritage
Feb. 14, 2012, 1-2 p.m. EST
Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama became the historic site that launchedproof that African-Americans could fly and maintain sophisticated combataircraft. Engineering schools such as the Tuskegee Institute provided the edgeneeded for African-Americans to make a significant impact during World War II.

Mathematics Fuels the Tuskegee Airmen
Feb. 21, 2012, 1-2 p.m. EST
Over 900 men graduated as pilots from the Tuskegee Institute pilot trainingprogram. The elite class of airmen was granted the opportunity to fuel flightsuccess with calculated risks.

Teachers interested in having their classes participate in the live audienceshould visit the DLN website for details to register. Requests will be taken ona first-come, first-served basis.

Classes not chosen to participate in the live audience may still join thewebcast via live streaming on the DLN website.

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

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

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Propertiesof Living Things: Fingerprints of Life Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminarfor educators on Feb. 14, 2012, at 6:30p.m. EST. The student activity featured in this seminar will introducegrades 5-8 students to the exciting world of astrobiology. The seminar willreview criteria for determining if something is alive — or not alive — andapply those criteria to determine if anything is living in any of threedifferent soil samples. This type of analysis is similar to what the Vikinglanders used on Mars when looking for life.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar12.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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Linear Equations: NASA CONNECT — Breaking Barriers Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, NASAExplorer Schools and NASA’s Learning Environmentsand Research Network, or LE&RN, projects arehosting a 60-minute Web seminar on Feb.15, 2012, at 8 p.m. EST. During this professional developmentsession, participants will receive information about the applications of linearequations at NASA and learn how to implement the Breaking Barriers activity.Breaking Barriers provides students an opportunity to step into the shoes of aNASA engineer to design, build and test an X-1 balloon.

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

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

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

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4th Annual NASA STEM Educators Workshop Series

Join NASA for a science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM,workshop series taking place Feb. 28 -March 1, 2012, in Charlotte, N.C. This conference is for inservice,informal and preservice teachers who serve the K-12 education community. Theworkshops will explore engineering design challenges, problem-based learningactivities, distance learning modules, inquiry-based lessons and hands-onprojects.

Sarah Hill, Chris Darby and Charlotte Isham of the United Kingdom’s NationalSpace Centre and Simon Roberts of the University of Nottingham will present avirtual session titled “BeamingSpace Education Across the World.” Participants will explore newways to increase students’ understanding of moon phases, the Earth-moon-sunrelationship, the seasons and the role of space technology in monitoring andmanaging the impacts of climate change.

Registration is free. The deadline for registration is Feb. 15, 2012.

For more information and to register for the workshops, visit http://aesp.psu.edu/register/confreg.cfm.

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

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Women In STEM High School Aerospace Scholars

Engineer your dream job. The Women in STEM HighSchool Aerospace Scholars project offers a one-of-a-kind experience for femalehigh school juniors to jump-start their futures and explore the possibilitiesof a major or career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.Participants begin their adventure in an online community. The projectculminates with a summer experience at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston,Texas. Collaborate with girls from across the country and female NASA engineersand interns.

Applications are due Feb. 15, 2012.

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

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

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Temperatureand Earth Climate: Modeling Hot and Cold Planets WebSeminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project is hosting a 90-minute Web seminaron Feb. 16, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Use NASA mission data collected from NASA satellites to seehow a planet’s climate is determined. Attend this session and discover how youcan incorporate authentic NASA data into your classroom to provide a real-worldconnection for your students.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar9.aspx.

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

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

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Webcast –National African American History Month and Engineers Week

In observance of National African AmericanHistory Month and Engineers Week in February, the Office of Education at NASA’sGoddard Space Flight Center in Maryland will host a live webcast for teachersand students in grades K-12.

On Feb.22, 2012, from 1-2 p.m. EST, students will interact live withAfrican-American engineers and scientists who will share how they use science,technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, in their careers. Presenterswill discuss what sparked their career choices and how students can prepare forfuture careers in STEM fields. The event will be streamed on the DigitalLearning Network “DLiNfo” webcast channel, and during the eventstudents can submit questions for the scientists to answer via an email addressthat will be provided by the on-air host.

Also during the month of February, GSFC willrelease two videos featuring Dr. Aprille Ericsson and James Fraction. Thesevideos will give an inside look at what engineers do during the day. This is agreat opportunity for educators and students to learn more about engineeringcareers at NASA. To view the videos, visit http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a010000/a010900/a010911/.

For more information on these events and how toparticipate, please visit the DLiNfo webcast section at the Digital LearningNetwork site, http://dln.nasa.gov.

Questions about these opportunities should bedirected to Trena Ferrell at Trena.M.Ferrell@nasa.gov.

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Call for Abstracts: 63rd InternationalAstronautical Congress

NASA announces its intent to participate in the 63rd InternationalAstronautical Congress, or IAC, and requests that full-time graduate studentsattending U.S. universities or colleges respond to this call for abstracts. TheIAC, which is organized by the International Astronautical Federation, theInternational Academy of Astronautics and the International Institute of SpaceLaw, is the largest space-related conference worldwide and selects an averageof 1,000 scientific papers every year. The upcoming IAC will be held Oct. 1-5,2012, in Naples, Italy. NASA’s participation in this event is an ongoing effortto continue to connect NASA with the astronautical and space internationalcommunity.

This call for abstracts is a precursor to a subsequent submission of a finalpaper, which may be presented at the 63rd IAC. Student authors are invited tosubmit an abstract regarding an original, unpublished paper that has not beensubmitted in any other forum. A NASA technical review panel of scientistsand/or officials will select abstracts. Many students and professors areinvolved in NASA-related research. Persons submitting abstracts are stronglyencouraged to seek advice from professors who are conducting NASA researchand/or from NASA scientists and engineers.

Abstract Preparation
— Abstracts must be 400 words or less.
— Abstracts must be written in English.
— Abstracts cannot include formulas, tables or drawings.
— Select the symposium and session in which you wish to post your abstract.Please view the IAC brochure at http://www.iafastro.org/docs/2012/iac/IAC2012_CallForPapers.pdf for list of sessions and more details.

Abstracts must be related to NASA’s ongoing vision for space exploration andfit into one of the following categories:
Science and ExplorationSystemssustaining missions including life, microgravity, space exploration, spacedebris and search for extraterrestrial intelligence, or SETI.
Applications and Operations Ongoing and future operational applications, including Earthobservation, communication, navigation, human space endeavors and smallsatellites.
Technology Commontechnologies to space systems including astrodynamics, structures, power andpropulsion.
Infrastructures — Systems sustaining space missions including spacesystems, transportation, future systems and safety.
Space and Society –Interaction of space with society including education, policy and economics,history and law.

Abstracts must be submitted to theIAC’s website http://www.iac2012.org by Feb. 29, 2012 andto http://iac.nasaprs.com no later than 11:59:59p.m. EST on March 4, 2012.

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to abstract@nasaprs.com.

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“A Vision of Discovery”: UnderstandingNASA Images through Art Educator Workshop

Join NASA’s Discovery and New Frontiers Programs for educator workshops takingplace in four locations on March 10, 2012. Experience real-world science and bring captivating activities to yourstudents. Participants will learn how to use the elements of art to inspireand engage students in the interpretation and understanding of NASA imagerybased on fantastic new images ofMercury from the MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging,or MESSENGER, mission and of asteroid Vesta from the Dawn mission.

“A Vision of Discovery” workshops will take place on March 10, 2012, in fourlocations:
— NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
— NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas
— Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, Ore.
— Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md.

Events at all four sites will includespecial speakers, hands-on activities with break-out sessions for K-12 andout-of-school-time educators, and resource packets full of educationalresources and goodies.

NASA is offering a free webinar option of the workshop for those unable toattend in person. The webinar will allow interested parties to watch thespeaker presentations in real time. These presentations will be the onlyportion of the workshop available by webinar.

Participants must register by March 1,2012. The cost to attend the workshop is $25. Lunch and snacks will beprovided.

For more information, including times for each site, visit http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/discovery/vision_of_discovery.asp.

Please direct questions about “A Vision of Discovery” workshops toWhitney Cobb at
wcobb@mcrel.org, 303-632-5572.

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Women’s History Month Event: Women, Innovationand Aerospace

To celebrate Women’s History Month, NASA and George Washington University arehosting a daylong event to foster discussion among students and early careerprofessionals on encouraging women to enter and succeed in the field ofaerospace. The event will take place at George Washington University inWashington, D.C., on March 8, 2012.

A panel discussion led by NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver will kick offthe event and breakout sessions will follow. Session topics include humanexploration, flash mentoring, student ambassadors and jobs enabling NASAscience.

For more information and to register for the event, visit http://women.nasa.gov/womens-history-month/.

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PennsylvaniaSpace Grant Workshops

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

All workshops take place in State College, Pa. Grants are awarded to allparticipants to cover lodging, parking, some meals and partial tuition.

Applications for all workshops are due March18, 2012.

Astrobiology: The Interdisciplinary Searchfor Life in the Cosmos (Grades 5-9) — July 23-27, 2012
Learn about current research in the field of astrobiology and how thisexciting topic can be used to engage students in scientific inquiry.Participants will receive NASA educational materials related to the topics and activitiespresented.
http://teachscience.psu.edu/workshops/astrobiology.html

Hands-On Particle Astrophysics(Grades 9-12) — July 30 – Aug. 3, 2012
Participants will get a brief overview of modernparticle physics and explore various astrophysics topics. Instructors will helpparticipants build and use devices made from household materials to detect airshowers generated by cosmic-ray protons.
http://teachscience.psu.edu/workshops/particle_astrophysics.html

Black Holes: Gravity’s Fatal Attraction(Grades 6-12) — July 30 – Aug. 3, 2012
Delve into the predicted properties of black holes, the astronomicalevidence for their existence and their importance in the cosmos. Modern ideasabout gravity, space and time will also be explored.
http://teachscience.psu.edu/workshops/black_holes.html

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

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Astronaut Don Pettit Demonstrates ScienceConcepts in “Science off the Sphere” Video Series

NASA and the American Physical Society, or APS, have entered into a partnershipto share unique videos from the International Space Station with students,educators and science fans around the world. NASA astronaut Don Pettit will useeveryday objects from Earth to demonstrate physics through the “Scienceoff the Sphere” video series.

Space fans know Pettit well from his previous stays in space when he performedscience demonstrations like the “Zero G Coffee Cup.” Pettit,currently on the orbiting outpost as a member of the Expedition 30 crew, iscontinuing these demonstrations. This time he has added a physics challenge forthe viewers.

APS, the professional society for physicists, will share the “Science offthe Sphere” videos with students, educators and science fans by makingthem available on its outreach website, Physics Central. The website also willfeature educational content on the physics topics demonstrated in space byPettit and facilitate the challenge. APS will host the physics-orientedchallenges to ignite interest in science, technology, engineering andmathematics.

Segments of “Science off the Sphere” will end with a question for theviewers. APS will review the responses and identify a winner. Pettit willrecognize the winner in a future installment.

For more information and to view the science demonstrations, visit http://www.physicscentral.com/sots.

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New Human Spaceflight Educational MaterialsAvailable at NASA.gov

The Educational Materials section of NASA’s Web site offers classroomactivities, educator guides, posters and other types of resources that areavailable for use in the classroom. Materials are listed by type, grade leveland subject. The following space science-related items are now available fordownloading.

Build the Station Simulation: Educator Guide — Grades K-8


Just as five space agencies cooperated to build the International SpaceStation, students can work together to build a paper model of the world’slargest orbiting laboratory. Teams take on the roles of international partnersas they learn about and assemble portions of the model. During a mock summit,each team briefs the group about their section of the model. The teams thenassemble the entire model to complete the space station. The guide includesstudent sheets, parts of the model, instructions for holding a summit, andfacts about the station.

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

Play and Learn: Window to Earth — Grades K-4

Astronauts have a spectacular view of Earth from space. Move through the pagesof Window to Earth and see images taken from space of these geographicalfeatures: peninsula, glacier, lake, desert, cape, island, upheaval dome,strait, waterfall, reef and volcano.

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

Spaced Out Sports Educator Guide — Grades 5-8

Students learn the science of sports with the activities in this educatorguide. The activities are applications of Newton’s Laws of Motion.

Among the guide’s six activities students will do the following:
— Construct a CD hovercraft and apply Newton’s Laws of Motion to makehovercraft work.
— Use gravity to locate the center of mass of irregular-shaped objects.
— Investigate the principle of conserving angular momentum.
— Create and play simulated microgravity sports with a balloon.

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

“Food for Thought: Eating in Space” Educator Guide — Grades 5-8

Among the thousands of questions that need to be answered before astronautstravel to distant planets and asteroids is the question: How much food willthey need and what foods can they take? Food for Thought includes five lessonplans that relate to food and nutrition and that are aligned to nationaleducation standards.

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

Mass Versus Weight Educator Guide — Grades 5-8

Students often confuse the terms “mass” and “weight.” Eachactivity in this series demonstrates the difference between mass and weight bycomparing students’ results with the results of astronauts aboard the spacestation. Students perform the activities and analyze their data. Then theywatch video of astronauts performing similar demonstrations on the station. Theactivities focus on Newton’s second law of motion.

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

The Texas School for the Deaf Downlink Videos — Grades K-12

While aboard the International Space Station in 2010, astronaut Tracy CaldwellDyson used American Sign Language, or ASL, to answer a variety of videoinquiries submitted by students from the Texas School for the Deaf, or TSD. Sherecorded almost an hour of video footage showing an inside view of the stationin response to the students’ questions about life in space. NASA sent the videofootage to TSD, and students in Bobbie Guerra’s video technology class (ZealousStudio) used this footage to create a series of video clips.

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

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

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


NASA Education Express — Feb. 2, 2012

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

EngineeringDesign Challenge: Thermal Protection System Web Seminar
Audience: 8-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 6, 2012

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Webcast Series — Flying ThroughAfrican-American History With the Tuskegee Airmen
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Dates: Multiple Dates Throughout February 2012

Live Video Chat: In Celebration of Black History Month
Audience: 4-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: Feb. 8, 2012, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. EST

Ultraviolet Radiation and Yeast:Radiation Biology Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 8, 2012

Registration Open for the 19th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race
Audience: 9-12 & Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline for U.S. Teams: Feb. 10, 2012

2012 NASA StudentAirborne Research Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators andStudents
Application Deadline: Feb. 10, 2012

Student Climate Research CampaignWorkshop Series
Audience: K-12 Educators
Workshop Dates: Feb. 18 and March 17, 2012

NASA’s Digital LearningNetwork Webcast — National African American History Month and Engineers Week
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: Feb. 22, 2012

2012 Army-Navy Bridge Design Challenge
Audience: Grade 6-7 Students
Deadline: March 1, 2012

Challenge toInnovate: Gaming Challenge
Audience: All Educators and Students
Entry Deadline: March 5, 2012

Smart Skies Releases New Air TrafficControl Game — Sector 33
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students

New Space Science Educational Materials Available at NASA.gov
Comet Mystery Boxes — Grades K-8
A Dusty Dilemma — Grades 8-10
Signals and Noise Ratio — Grades 6-8
Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation (CRaTER) Educational Kit –Grades 6-8

Earth Calling… Activity From New Horizons— Grades 6-8
Star-forming Nebula NGC 3603 Lithograph and In Search of Stellar EvolutionEducation Activity — Grades 11-12

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EngineeringDesign Challenge: Thermal Protection System Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminarfor educators on Feb. 6, 2012, at 6:30p.m. EST. Learn about the science of heat transfer and heat dissipationrelated to NASA vehicles, and receive an introduction to the associated engineeringdesign challenge, Thermal Protection System. This activity challenges studentsto design a thermal protection system and test it using a propane torch.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar10.aspx.

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

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

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Webcast Series — Flying ThroughAfrican-American History With the Tuskegee Airmen

In honor of National African American History Month, NASA’s DigitalLearning Network is hosting a webcast series titled Flying ThroughAfrican-American History With the Tuskegee Airmen. The webcast series willfocus on this elite group of African-American pilots who fought war and racismin World War II and the challenges faced by early African-American aviators.

Technology Advances the Tuskegee Airmen
Feb. 7, 2012, 1-2 p.m. EST
The onset of World War II spurred the aerospace industry, one of America’smost notable accomplishments. Aircrafts were plentiful, but pilots were scarce.Technology supported the Tuskegee Airman’s victory over Nazism and Fascism inthe European skies and racism on American soil.

Engineering a Proud Heritage
Feb. 14, 2012, 1-2 p.m. EST
Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama became the historic site that launchedproof that African-Americans could fly and maintain sophisticated combataircraft. Engineering schools such as the Tuskegee Institute provided the edgeneeded for African-Americans to make a significant impact during World War II.

Mathematics Fuels the Tuskegee Airmen
Feb. 21, 2012, 1-2 p.m. EST
Over 900 men graduated as pilots from the Tuskegee Institute pilot trainingprogram. The elite class of airmen was granted the opportunity to fuel flightsuccess with calculated risks.

Teachers interested in having their classes participate in the live audienceshould visit the DLN website for details to register. Requests will be taken ona first-come, first-served basis.

Classes not chosen to participate in the live audience may still join thewebcast via live streaming on the DLN website.

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

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

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Live Video Chat: In Celebration of Black HistoryMonth

In celebration of National Black History Month, a panel of five outstandingAfrican-American engineers and scientists at NASA’s Langley Research Centerwill answer students’ questions about their paths to NASA and theircontributions to the projects and missions they work on.Meet Erica Alston, a researchscientist; Monica Barnes, an electronics engineer; Samuel James, a mechanical engineering technician; Luther Jenkins,an aerospace research engineer; and Byron Meadows, a laser systems engineer.

The hourlong live video chat event takes place on Feb. 8, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. EST.

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.

To view the video chat or for more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/black-history-month-chat.html.

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

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UltravioletRadiation and Yeast: Radiation Biology Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminarfor educators on Feb. 8, 2012, at 6:30p.m. EST. The student activity featured in this seminar demonstrates theeffects of radiation on living organisms. Participants will learn howsun-screening materials protect live yeast cells from harmful ultraviolet, orUV, radiation and countermeasures for UV radiation and discuss phenotypicchanges in yeast as a result of radiation damage. Participants will learn howdifferent sun protection materials may be used to expand the range of itemstested in this lab. See how you can bring a real-world connection betweenscience and education to your students.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar11.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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Registration Open for the 19th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race

Registration is open for the 19th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race. High schooland college students are challenged to design and build a vehicle thataddresses a series of engineering problems similar to those faced by theoriginal lunar-roving vehicle team. Each school may enter up to two teams.International teams are limited to 10 teams per country. The race will takeplace April 13-14, 2012, in Huntsville, Ala., at the U.S. Space & RocketCenter.

U.S. teams must register by Feb. 10, 2012.

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

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

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2012 NASA Student Airborne Research Program

The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highlymotivated junior and senior undergraduate and early graduate students to applyfor the NASA Student Airborne Research Program, also known as SARP, 2012. Theprogram provides students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of amajor scientific campaign, from detailed planning on how to achieve missionobjectives to formal presentation of results and conclusions to peers andothers. Students will assist in the operation of airborne instruments onboardthe NASA P-3 aircraft.

The program takes place in summer 2012. Preparatoryinformation and data analysis will take place at the University of California,Irvine. Instrument and flight preparations, and the research flightsthemselves, will occur at NASA’s Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility inPalmdale, Calif.

Successful applicants will be awarded a $3,000stipend and $2,500 meals allowance for eight weeks of participation in theprogram. Round-trip travel to California, housing and transportation will beprovided.

The deadline for all applications is Feb. 10, 2012.

For more information and to download the programapplication, visit http://www.nserc.und.edu/learning/SARP2012.html.

Specific questions about the program should bedirected to SARP2012@nserc.und.edu.

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StudentClimate Research Campaign Workshop Series

Join NASA’s Langley Research Center and the Virginia Air and Space Center forthe Student Climate Research Campaign Workshop series. These free workshops forK-12 educators will take place at the Virginia Air and Space Center in Hampton,Va. Each workshop will provide approximately 5.5 hours of professionaldevelopment.

Phenology and Climate — Feb. 18, 2012
This workshop will focus on phenology and climate, and introduce participantsto the following Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment,or GLOBE, field campaigns: Great Global Investigation of Climate, and Climateand Land Cover IntensiveObserving Period. Participants willbecome certified in green-up and green-down, budburst and temperature protocols.

Land Cover andClimate — March 17, 2012
This workshop will focus on land cover and climate,and will prepare participants for the next GLOBE Climate and Land Cover Intensive ObservingPeriod field campaign. Participants will becomecertified in the following GLOBE protocols: biometry, land cover site and theModified UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and CulturalOrganization) Classification scheme.

To register for the workshops and to learn more about the GLOBE program, visit http://science-edu.larc.nasa.gov/GLOBE/training-1.php.

Questions about the Student Climate Research Campaign Workshop Series should bedirected Jessica Taylor at larc-globe-partner@lists.nasa.gov.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Webcast –National African American History Month and Engineers Week

In observance of National African AmericanHistory Month and Engineers Week in February, the Office of Education at NASA’sGoddard Space Flight Center in Maryland will host a live webcast for teachersand students in grades K-12.

On Feb.22, 2012, from 1-2 p.m. EST, students will interact live withAfrican-American engineers and scientists who will share how they use science,technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, in their careers. Presenterswill discuss what sparked their career choices and how students can prepare forfuture careers in STEM fields. The event will be streamed on the DigitalLearning Network “DLiNfo” webcast channel, and during the eventstudents can submit questions for the scientists to answer via an email addressthat will be provided by the on-air host.

Also during the month of February, GSFC willrelease two videos featuring Dr. Aprille Ericsson and James Fraction. Thesevideos will give an inside look at what engineers do during the day. This is agreat opportunity for educators and students to learn more about engineeringcareers at NASA.

For more information on these events and how toparticipate, please visit the DLiNfo webcast section at the Digital LearningNetwork site, http://dln.nasa.gov.

Questions about these opportunities should bedirected to Trena Ferrell at Trena.M.Ferrell@nasa.gov.

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2012Army-Navy Bridge Design Challenge

The U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy are proud to announce thefirst-ever Army-Navy Bridge Design Contest. This competition is a specialedition of the national West Point Bridge Design Contest, created specificallyfor 6th- and 7th-grade students. The contest provides students with a realisticintroduction to engineering through an engaging, hands-on design experience.

Students may work as individuals or in teams of two. There’s no cost to enterthe competition. Contestants may compete on behalf of either the Army or theNavy. Students must enter this contest through a teacher sponsor. No individualsubmissions will be accepted.

Design submissions are due March 1, 2012.Top designs will advance to semifinal competitions. The top Army semifinalistand the top Navy semifinalist will compete in a final round competition at WestPoint in May 2012.

For more information about this competition, visit http://bridgecontest.usma.edu/armynavy.htm.

Questions about this competition should be directed to wpbedc1@gmail.com.

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Challenge to Innovate: Gaming Challenge

Do you have an idea for how interactive technology and game-based learning canimprove teaching and learning? Enter your idea in the Challenge to Innovate, orC2i: Gaming Challenge.

Proposed ideas must effectively incorporate game-based learning. Registeredparticipants can review, comment and vote on submitted ideas. At the end of thereview period, up to 10 ideas will receive $1,000 cash awards from the NationalEducation Association’s NEA Foundation.

Submissions must be received by March 5,2012.

The C2i: Gaming Challenge can be found on the U.S. Department of Education’sOpen Innovation Portal. Co-sponsored by the White House Office of Science andTechnology Policy, this Portal has been developed as an online forum where keystakeholders in education can share their innovative ideas and collaborate toturn those ideas into a new reality. The Department of Education will play arole as convener of these diverse ideas and facilitator of partnerships.

For more informationand to submit your ideas online, visit https://innovation.ed.gov/challenges/gaming/show.

Email any questions about this opportunity to Jeff Howard at C2i@nea.org.

C2i: Gaming Challenge is sponsored by the NEAFoundation and Microsoft — US Partners in Learning.

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SmartSkies Releases New Air Traffic Control Game — Sector 33

NASA’s Smart Skies team announces a newapplication available for iPad®, iPhone®, and iPod touch®. Sector 33 is an airtraffic control mobile game designed to interest students inaeronautics-related careers and to connect mathematics and problem solving tothe real world.

In Sector 33, the player role-plays as an air traffic controller and guides twoto five airplanes through a sector of airspace by changing the planes’ routesand speeds. The challenge is to get the planes through the sector in thefastest time possible, with the player’s performance scored according to theplanes’ final spacing. The game consists of four levels and is played in livemode without a pause feature.

The app is free and available for download from the App StoreSM. AnAndroid™ version of the app is currently under development and will be madeavailable in the Android Marketplace once it’s ready for release.

Sector 33 was developed as a companion piece to NASA’s Smart Skies LineUp WithMath, an educational product used in formal middle school classrooms. LineUpWith Math teaches students to solve distance-rate-time problems in the contextof air traffic control. Problem solving, decision-making, and proportionalreasoning are skills that students apply in LineUp With Math as they learn tosolve distance-rate-time problems using both paper-and-pencil activities and a Web-basedair traffic control simulator. The Sector 33 app serves as an extension to the LineUpWith Math air traffic control simulator by taking on a game-like quality andgiving players both a stronger role-playing experience and a greaterproblem-solving challenge.

To learn more about Sector 33, visit https://www.nasa.gov/Sector33.

iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in theU.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.
Android is a registered trademark of Google Inc.

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New Space Science Educational MaterialsAvailable at NASA.gov

The Educational Materials section of NASA’s Web site offers classroomactivities, educator guides, posters and other types of resources that areavailable for use in the classroom. Materials are listed by type, grade leveland subject. The following space science-related items are now available fordownloading.

Comet Mystery Boxes — Grades K-8


Introduce students to the physical characteristics of comets by using a tactilelearning experience. Using only their hands, students reach into a series ofboxes and feel the variety of materials and structures within. Each boxcontains an object that represents a quality of comets.

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

A Dusty Dilemma — Grades 8-10

In this lesson, students learn the concepts of averages, standard deviationfrom the mean, and error analysis. Students explore the concept of standarddeviation from the mean before using data from the Student Dust Counter, aninstrument aboard the NASA New Horizons mission to Pluto. This data is used todetermine the issues associated with taking data, including error and noise.Questions are deliberately open-ended to encourage exploration.

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

Signals and Noise Ratio — Grades 6-8

Students are introduced to the terms “signal” and “noise” in the context of spacecraftcommunication. This hands-on activity includes an online interactive to explorethe Signal-to-Noise Ratio, a fundamental concept in spacecraft communication.The lesson’s pencil-and-paper component addresses relevant topics such asproportions and ratios.

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

Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation (CRaTER) Educational Kit– Grades 6-8

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is a spacecraft orbiting the moon. The primaryinstrument on LRO for analyzing the moon’s radiation environment is the CosmicRay Telescope for the Effects of Radiation, or CRaTER. This educator guideincludes lessons to introduce to students to cosmic rays and their effects onhumans.

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

Earth Calling… Activity from New Horizons — Grades 6-8

Some spacecraft return to Earth with valuable data as part of their cargo, butall require some periodic remote communications as they travel. And for thosespacecraft that do not return to Earth, the communication system is the onlylink to the valuable data collected during its journey. In this activity,students simulate spacecraft radio communication concepts, including the speedof light and the time-delay for signals sent to and from spacecraft.

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

Star-forming Nebula NGC 3603 Lithograph and In Search of Stellar EvolutionEducation Activity — Grades 11-12

Some of the heftiest known stars in the universe reside in the nebula NGC 3603,a large gas cloud in the Milky Way galaxy. The image of the nebula is on thefirst page of the lithograph and background information is on the second page.The lithograph includes a Level One Inquiry activity entitled “In Search of … Stellar Evolution” in which studentsresearch how stars form.

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Star-forming_Nebula.html

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

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


NASA Education Express — Jan. 26, 2012

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

New NASA Kids’ Club Activity: Window to Earth
Audience: K-4 Educators and Students

New DIY Podcast Module Available — Micro-g
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students

NASA’s Orion Spacecraft to Land in Texas andAlabama
Audience: All Educators and Students
Tour Stop in Dallas, Texas: Jan. 27-29, 2012
Tour Stop in Huntsville, Ala.: Feb. 1-2, 2012

AlgebraicEquations: Calculator Controlled Robots Web Seminar
Audience: Algebra Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 30, 2012


NASA’s DEVELOP Program– 2012 Summer Session
Audience: 9-12 and Higher Education Educators and Students
Summer Session Deadline: Jan. 30, 2012

Host a Real TimeConversation With Crewmembers Onboard the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 30, 2012

Scholarship Announcement: 2011 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award Video Contest
Audience: Grade 3-12 Students
Video Submission Deadline: Jan. 31, 2012

International Space Apps Challenge
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Submission Deadline: Jan. 31, 2012

Distance/Rate/Time Problems: Smart Skies Web Seminar
Audience: 5-9 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 1, 2012

NASA’s DigitalLearning Network Webcast Series — Flying Through African-American History Withthe Tuskegee Airmen
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Dates: Multiple Dates StartingFeb. 2, 2012

Engineering Design: Forces andMotion — The Great Boomerang Challenge Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 2, 2012

Join the Worldwide GLOBEat Night 2012 Campaign
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Now through April 20, 2011

Women In STEM High School AerospaceScholars
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2012

NASA’s DigitalLearning Network Webcast — National African American History Month andEngineers Week
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: Feb. 22, 2012

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

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New NASA Kids’ Club Activity: Window to Earth

Astronauts have a spectacular view of Earth from space. Move through the pagesof Window to Earth and see images taken from space of these geographicalfeatures: peninsula, glacier, lake, desert, cape, island, upheaval dome,strait, waterfall, reef and volcano.

To take a peek and see how Earth looks from space, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/kidsclub/flash/clubhouse/Window_to_Earth.html

For more fun activities, visit https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub.

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New DIY Podcast Module Available — Micro-g

The newest Do-It-Yourself, or DIY, Podcast module, Micro-g, is live and ready for use.

This module includes four NASA experts explaining microgravity and how to livein it. Nancy Hall is a microgravity researcher on Earth. Mike Fincke is theU.S. astronaut who has spent the most total time in orbit (more than a year).And we have footage of flight engineers Nicole Stott and Bob Thirsk from theInternational Space Station.

Several video clips and images on the photo index page show microgravitydemonstrations on Earth and objects and astronauts floating through the spacestation.

Other DIY Podcast topic modules are:
— Fitness
— Lab Safety
— Newton’s Laws
— Robots
— Rocket Science
— Solar Arrays
— Spacesuits
— Sports Demo

Students use the video clips, pictures and audio clips to build podcastepisodes and other multimedia projects.

A companion blog offers tips andsuggestions for incorporating the DIY Podcast into the classroom.

To learn more and to start building podcasts, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/diypodcast/index.html.

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

A test version of NASA’s Orion spacecraft soonwill make a cross-country journey, giving residents the chance to see afull-scale test version of the vehicle that will take humans into deep space.

The crew module will make stops during a tripfrom the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico to the Kennedy Space Center inFlorida. The planned stops include Jan.27-29 at Victory Park and the American Airlines Center in Dallasand Feb. 1-2 at the U.S.Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. Engineers, programofficials, astronauts and NASA spokespeople will be available to speak with themedia and the public.

The full-scale test vehicle was used by groundcrews in advance of the launch abort system flight test that took place in NewMexico in 2010. Orion will serve as the vehicle that takes astronauts beyondlow-Earth orbit, and the first 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

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

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

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Algebraic Equations: Calculator Controlled Robots Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, theNASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a 90-minute Web seminar on Jan.30, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Discovera unique way of integrating robotic technology into your algebra classes.Robotic missions engage students and provide a unique way of bringing to lifethe concepts you are teaching. Learn to use programmable Texas Instruments, orTI, calculators and Norland Research Robots to solve problems requiringsubstituting values for variables in formulas.

You do not need to have a Norland Research Robot or programmable TI calculatorto participate in this seminar, or know how to program the calculator. Thisseminar provides an overview of using robotics in algebra so you can make aninformed decision about purchasing the robots and other equipment.

For more information and to registeronline, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar8.aspx.

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

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

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NASA’s DEVELOP Program — 2012 Summer Session

DEVELOP is a NASA Science Mission DirectorateApplied Sciences-sponsored internship that fosters the training and developmentof students in the atmospheric and earth sciences. The DEVELOP Program extendsthe application of NASA earth science research and technology to meet societalneeds.

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

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

Applications for the summer 2012 session are dueJan. 30, 2012.

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

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

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Host a Real Time Conversation With CrewmembersOnboard the International Space Station

NASA is now accepting proposals from U.S.schools, museums, science centers and community youth organizations to host anAmateur Radio on the International Space Station, or ARISS, contact betweenJuly 15, 2012, and Jan. 15, 2013. To maximize these radio contactopportunities, NASA is looking for organizations that will draw large numbersof participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan.Proposals are due Jan.30, 2012.

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

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

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

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Scholarship Announcement: 2011 OPTIMUS PRIMESpinoff Award Video Contest

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center is pleased toannounce that the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, or ASME, Foundationis offering scholarships to the winners of the 2011 NASA OPTIMUS PRIME SpinoffContest. These scholarships, with a combined value of $25,000, will be awardedby the ASME Foundation to students whose video submissions best represent aselected NASA spinoff technology featured in the Agency’s 2010 Spinoffpublication.

Featuring OPTIMUS PRIME, the leader of thepopular TRANSFORMERS brand, the 2011 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award Contest highlightsspinoffs from NASA technologies that are used on Earth. The goal is to helpstudents understand the benefits of NASA technology to their daily lives. Lastyear’s contest was open to students in grades 3-8 and resulted in 76 videosubmissions from over 190 students in 31 states.

For the 2011, the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award Contest has been expanded toinclude students in grades 3-12. Each student, or group of students, willsubmit a three- to five-minute video on a selected NASA spinoff technologylisted in NASA’s 2010 “Spinoff” publication. Videos must demonstrate anunderstanding of the NASA spinoff technology and the associated NASA mission,as well as the commercial application and public benefit associated with thespinoff technology.

Video entries are due Jan. 31, 2012.

Video entries will be posted on the NASA YouTube channel, and the public willbe responsible for the first round of judging. The top five submissions fromeach of the three grade groups (Elementary [3rd-5th], Middle [6th-8th] and HighSchool [9th-12th]) will advance for final judging. A NASA panel will select awinning entry from each group. Among other prizes, a crystal OPTIMUS PRIMESpinoff Award Trophy will be given to winners at a special awards ceremonybeing held in Florida in April 2012. The innovators associated with the NASAtechnology highlighted in the winning videos also will receive trophies, aswill their commercial partners.

The NASA OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Contest is brought about through a collaborationbetween NASA and Hasbro. For more information, visit the OPTIMUS PRIME SpinoffAward website at http://ipp.gsfc.nasa.gov/optimus.

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

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International Space Apps Challenge

NASA is working with the Open Government Partnership, or OGP, and internationalspace agencies to coordinate an International Space Apps Challenge. The competitionwill culminate in an event taking place in April 2012 that will enable thegovernment to use the expertise and entrepreneurial spirit of citizens to helpaddress global challenges.

Through the end of January, NASA and the event partners will receive anddevelop ideas for potential projects via the online platform. During the eventin April, NASA representatives and officials from international space agencieswill gather with scientists and citizens to use publicly released scientificdata to create solutions for issues, such as weather impact on the globaleconomy and depletion of ocean resources.

The deadline to submit ideas is Jan. 31,2012.

The OGP is a new, multilateral initiative that aims to secure concretecommitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fightcorruption and harness new technologies. NASA’s participation in the UnitedStates Domestic Plan will promote innovation through internationalcollaboration.

NASA is a leader in the U.S. Open Government Initiative. The president’s fiscalyear 2012 budget request focuses NASA’s efforts on a vigorous path ofinnovation and technological development. The path leads to an array ofchallenging and inspiring missions to destinations with incredible potentialfor discovery, increasing knowledge about our solar system, developingtechnologies to improve life on Earth, expanding our presence in space,increasing space commerce and engaging the public.

To learn more about the International Space Apps Competition, get the latestupdates and submit your ideas, visit http://open.nasa.gov/appschallenge.

To learn more about the Open Government Partnership, visit http://www.opengovpartnership.org/.

If you have questions about the International Space Apps Competition, please visithttp://open.nasa.gov/appschallenge/contact/.

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Distance/Rate/TimeProblems: Smart Skies Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASAExplorer Schools project is hosting a 60-minute professional development Webseminar for educators on Feb. 1, 2012,at 8 p.m. EST. Learn how to use an innovative air traffic control simulatorto engage your students as they explore the mathematics involved in the role ofan air traffic controller. In the three-plane problem featured in this lesson,the challenge is to change routes and speeds to line up the planes safely, withproper spacing, at a given route intersection.

For more information and to registeronline, visit https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-distanceratetime/.

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

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

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Webcast Series — Flying ThroughAfrican-American History With the Tuskegee Airmen

In honor of National African American HistoryMonth, NASA’s Digital Learning Network is hosting a webcast series titledFlying Through African-American History With the Tuskegee Airmen. The webcastseries will focus on this elite group of African-American pilots who fought warand racism in World War II and the challenges faced by early African-Americanaviators.

The Tuskegee Airmen Balance Warfare WithScience
Feb. 2, 2012, 1-2 p.m. EST
Learn more about the Tuskegee Airmen and their pivotal role during WorldWar II. These pilots fought war and racism with one of World War II’s greatestweapons, the science of the P-51 Mustang fighter aircraft.

Technology Advances the Tuskegee Airmen
Feb. 7, 2012, 1-2 p.m. EST
The onset of World War II spurred the aerospace industry, one of America’smost notable accomplishments. Aircrafts were plentiful, but pilots were scarce.Technology supported the Tuskegee Airman’s victory over Nazism and Fascism inthe European skies and racism on American soil.

Engineering a Proud Heritage
Feb. 14, 2012, 1-2 p.m. EST
Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama became the historic site that launchedproof that African-Americans could fly and maintain sophisticated combataircraft. Engineering schools such as the Tuskegee Institute provided the edgeneeded for African-Americans to make a significant impact during World War II.

Mathematics Fuels the Tuskegee Airmen
Feb. 14, 2012, 1-2 p.m. EST
Over 900 men graduated as pilots from the Tuskegee Institute pilot trainingprogram. The elite class of airmen was granted the opportunity to fuel flightsuccess with calculated risks.

Teachers interested in having their classes participate in the live audienceshould visit the DLN website for details to register. Requests will be taken ona first-come, first-served basis.

Classes not chosen to participate in the live audience may still join thewebcast via live streaming on the DLN website.

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

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

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

As part of a series of electronic professionaldevelopment experiences, the NASAExplorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a 90-minute professional development Web seminar for educators on Feb. 2, 2012, at 8:15 p.m. EST. Learnhow NASA aerodynamics research can be applied to boomerang design to increaseperformance. During the session, participants will be introduced to theBoomerang Design Challenge and learn how to incorporate this activity intoscience classes. The seminar also includes information about two uniqueextensions. In the first, students access a free computer simulationillustrating the airflow around an airfoil to determine the correct flowequation, and a second extension uses an interactive simulation to determinethe airflow around various shapes of airfoils.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar24.aspx.

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

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

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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 chartonline with their date, time and location to help create a light-pollution mapworldwide.

The GLOBE at Night 2012 campaign dates are Feb. 12-21, March 13-22 and April 11-20,2012. Over 68,000 measurements have been contributed from more than 115countries over 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, dateand time are put in automatically. And if you do not have a smart phone ortablet, there are user-friendly tools on the GLOBE at Night report page to findlatitude 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 a differenceand join the GLOBE at Night efforts in 2012. Activity packets, one-page flyersand 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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WomenIn STEM High School Aerospace Scholars

Engineer your dream job. The Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars projectoffers a one-of-a-kind experience for female high school juniors to jump-start theirfutures and explore the possibilities of a major or career in science, technology,engineering and mathematics. Participants begin their adventure in an onlinecommunity. The project culminates with a summer experience at NASA’s JohnsonSpace Center in Houston, Texas. Collaborate with girls from across the countryand female NASA engineers and interns.

Applications are due Feb. 15, 2012.

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

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

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Webcast — National African American History Month and Engineers Week

In observance of National African AmericanHistory Month and Engineers Week in February, the Office of Education at NASA’sGoddard Space Flight Center in Maryland will host a live webcast for teachersand students in grades K-12.

On Feb. 22, 2012, from 1-2 p.m. EST,students will interact live with African-American engineers and scientists whowill share how they use science, technology, engineering and mathematics, orSTEM, in their careers. Presenters will discuss what sparked their careerchoices and how students can prepare for future careers in STEM fields. Theevent will be streamed on the Digital Learning Network “DLiNfo”webcast channel, and during the event students can submit questions for thescientists to answer via an email address that will be provided by the on-airhost.

Also during the month of February, GSFC will release two videos featuring Dr.Aprille Ericsson and James Fraction. These videos will give an inside look at whatengineers do during the day. This is a great opportunity for educators andstudents to learn more about engineering careers at NASA.

For more information on these events and how to participate, please visit theDLiNfo webcast section at the Digital Learning Network site, http://dln.nasa.gov.

Questions about these opportunities should be directed to Trena Ferrell at Trena.M.Ferrell@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 on internship, fellowship andscholarship opportunities. The site features the OSSI: Student OnlineApplication for Recruiting Interns, Fellows and Scholars, or SOLAR. This innovativesystem allows students to search and apply for all types of higher-educationNASA internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities in one location. Asingle application places the student in the applicant pool for considerationby all NASA mentors.

Applications for summer 2012 opportunities are due March 16, 2012.

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

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

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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/kidsclu

NASA Education Express — Jan. 12, 2012

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

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

2012 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Awards
Audience: K-12 Educators

Application Deadline: Jan. 16, 2012

Meteorology: How Clouds Form Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 17, 2012

Engineering Design Process: On the Moon Web Seminar
Audience: 6-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 19, 2012

2012 RASC-AL Competition
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: Jan. 20, 2012

International Space Station EarthKAM Winter 2012 Mission
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Event Date: Jan. 31 – Feb. 3, 2012

Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars — Summer 2012 Session
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2012

Registration Open for the 19th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race

Audience: 9-12 & Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline for U.S. Teams: Feb. 10, 2012

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Call for Papers: Solar System Exploration @ 50 Symposium
Audience: Higher Education Educators Students

New Deadline: Feb. 21, 2012

Polar Science Weekend at the Pacific Science Center
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: March 1-4, 2012

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Audience: All Educators and Students
Nomination Deadline: April 1, 2012

STEMconnector Website Launched
Audience: All Educators

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NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2012 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Awards

Do you know K-12 teachers or district-level administrators who are making a difference in education through the use of technology? Recognize their achievements by nominating them for the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award. The Astronauts Memorial Foundation, in partnership with NASA and the Space Foundation, will recognize the accomplishments of one outstanding individual and his or her contributions to lifelong learning through the application of technology in the classroom or professional development of teachers.

Technology personnel and K-12 classroom teachers who have demonstrated exemplary use of technology to enhance learning are eligible for this award. School principals, superintendents or associate superintendents may nominate eligible candidates. The award will be presented in April 2012 at the 28th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo. The deadline for applications is Jan. 16, 2012.

Applications and more information are available online at http://www.amfcse.org/Alan%20Shepard%20Award/alan_shepard_award.htm.

Questions about this award should be directed to amfreg@amfcse.org.

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Meteorology: How Clouds Form Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on Jan. 17, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn about the relationships between air pressure, temperature, volume and cloud formation. The presenter will provide an overview of the necessary conditions for cloud formation and then show how to apply them to making a cloud in a bottle. Information will be provided about an extension activity, the S’COOL Project, which involves student participation in authentic science.

For more information and to register online, visit URL  http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar2.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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Engineering Design Process: On the Moon Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar on Jan. 19, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EST. This seminar showcases two lessons from the On the Moon educator guide: On Target and Feel the Heat. Participants will learn how to use the engineering design process to challenge students to solve problems related to exploring the moon. This session will fully prepare attendees to implement these activities in the classroom.

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

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

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

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2012 RASC-AL Competition

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace announce the 2012 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage Competition. RASC-AL is a design project competition aimed at university-level engineering students.

The RASC-AL contest challenges participants to design projects based on real NASA projects. Participants can choose from four different themes. These design projects potentially could be implemented by NASA.

Interested teams are requested to submit a notice of intent as soon as practical, and teams must submit an abstract for their proposed project by Jan. 20, 2012. The RASC-AL Steering Committee of NASA and industry experts will evaluate the proposals and select as many as ten undergraduate and five graduate teams to compete against each other at a forum in June 2012 in Florida.

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

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

If you have questions about this competition, please contact Shelley Spears at Shelley.Spears@nianet.org.

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International Space Station EarthKAM Winter 2012 Mission

Middle school educators are invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAM Fall 2011 Mission from Jan. 31 – Feb. 3, 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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Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars — Summer 2012 Session

Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars, or LARSS, is offering a 10-week summer internship at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. Internships are available for rising undergraduate juniors, seniors and graduate students at accredited U.S. colleges, universities and community colleges. Students of all majors are encouraged to apply. GPA requirement is a 3.0 out of a 4.0.

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

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applications are due Feb. 1, 2012.

Note: 15-week fall and spring sessions are also offered. Please see the website for details.

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

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

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Registration Open for the 19th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race

Registration is open for the 19th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race. High school and college students are challenged to design and build a vehicle that addresses a series of engineering problems similar to those faced by the original lunar-roving vehicle team. Each school may enter up to two teams. International teams are limited to 10 teams per country. The race will take place April 13-14, 2012, in Huntsville, Ala., at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

U.S. teams must register by Feb. 10, 2012.

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

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

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Call for Papers: Solar System Exploration @ 50 Symposium

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first successful planetary mission, Mariner 2 sent to Venus, the NASA History Program Office and the Division of Space History at the National Air and Space Museum invite papers for a conference relating to the history of planetary exploration. This historical symposium will be held in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 25-27, 2012.

Entitled “Solar System Exploration @ 50,” the purpose of this symposium is to consider what we have learned about the other bodies of the solar system and the process whereby we have learned it. This symposium seeks to pursue broader questions relating to the history of planetary exploration.

International scholars and graduate students seeking exposure to the history of the planetary sciences are particularly welcome. Proposals for papers should include a title and abstract, as well as the author’s curriculum vita. Please send all proposals, in the form of a 300-word abstract and a brief vita electronically to Dr. William P. Barry, NASA chief historian, at bill.barry@nasa.gov, and Dr. Roger D. Launius, senior curator in space history at the National Air and Space Museum, launiusr@si.edu.

The new deadline for abstract submissions is Feb. 21, 2012.

For more information, visit http://history.nasa.gov/Solar%20System%20Exploration%20@%2050%20Call%20for%20Papers.pdf.


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Polar Science Weekend at the Pacific Science Center

Polar Science Weekend at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Wash., is taking place March 1-4, 2012. The event is four days of hands-on activities, live demonstrations and exhibits presented by scientists who work in some of the most remote and challenging places on Earth. Learn about ice sheets and sea ice, polar bears and penguins, scientific instruments and polar expeditions.

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

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

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

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Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

The National Science Foundation is currently accepting nominations and applications for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, or PAEMST, program. PAEMST is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th-grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Since 1983, more than 4,100 teachers have been recognized for their contributions to mathematics and science education. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. Up to 108 awardees may be recognized each year.

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

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

Nominations for elementary school teachers (grades K-6) are due April 1, 2012. Secondary school teachers (Grades 7-12) are eligible to apply in 2013.

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

Please email any questions about this opportunity to info@paemst.org.

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STEMconnector Website Launched

The new STEMconnector™ website launched on Nov. 30, 2011. This new website serves as a national gateway to “who is doing what” in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM.

STEMConnector™ is a nationwide collaboration of companies, nonprofit associations and professional societies, STEM-related research and policy organizations, and academic institutions concerned about the plight of STEM education in the United States. STEMConnector™ is designed to link “all things STEM” by constructing a comprehensive website that provides connections to national, state and local STEM entities and their own content through a variety of search tools.

Visit the new site to find state-by-state information, a blog, events and resources related to STEM.

http://www.stemconnector.org/


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

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

NASA Education Express — Jan. 5, 2012

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

Properties of Living Things: Searching for Life on Mars Web Seminar
Audience: 4-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 9, 2012

Graph Analysis: Genesis — Exploring Data Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 9, 2012

High Power Microscopes: The Virtual Lab Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 11, 2012

Live Video Chat: Let’s Talk About Meteors, Meteorites and Comets
Audience: 6-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: Jan. 12, 2012, noon EST

American Meteorological Society’s DataStreme Earth’s Climate System Professional Development Course
Audience: K-12 Educators
Course Begins: Jan. 16, 2012

RealWorld-InWorld Entries Due January 27
Audience: 7-12 Educators and Students
Deadline: Jan. 27, 2012

2012 Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Jan. 30, 2012

Call for Papers: Solar System Exploration @ 50 Symposium
Audience: Higher Education Educators Students
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2012

NASA History Division Summer 2012 Internships
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: Feb. 4, 2012

4th Annual NASA STEM Educators Workshop Series
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Registration Deadline: Feb. 15, 2012

2012 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2012

2012 Jet Propulsion Laboratory Summer Faculty Research Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Deadline:
April 27, 2012

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

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

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar for educators on Jan. 9, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Review criteria for determining if something is alive and learn how students can apply the criteria in a hands-on activity. A video will be shown that connects the activity to a NASA mission. Collaborate with other participants about ways of using and adapting the activity. Extension activities for students interested in the topic will be provided.

For more information and to register online, visit URL http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar7.aspx.

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

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

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Graph Analysis: Genesis — Exploring Data Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools and Learning Environments and Research Network, or LE&RN, projects are hosting a 60-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Jan. 9, 2012, at 8 p.m. EST.

Through an active, hands-on approach, learn how your students can work in production design teams to explore Genesis solar wind data located on the Los Alamos National Laboratory Genesis data website. The seminar consists of background material related to the Genesis mission and a data analysis component. Learn how to access and review the data, and discuss questions that might arise from this activity.

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

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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High Power Microscopes: The Virtual Lab Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute web seminar for educators on Jan. 11, 2012, at 8:15 p.m. EST. Learn to use a computer program simulating three high-power virtual microscopes: an atomic force microscope, a scanning electron microscope and a fluorescence light microscope. Viewing specimens include one-celled organisms, human tissue, computer chips, insects and fungi. You will get an overview of the software, watch videos of students exploring specimens and learn to use the Virtual Lab website and software.

For more information and to register online, visit URL http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar3.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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Live Video Chat: Let’s Talk About Meteors, Meteorites and Comets

Join Dr. Bill Cooke and Rhiannon Blaauw, two meteor experts, during this video Web chat at noon EST on Jan 12, 2012, and get answers to your questions about meteors, meteorites and comets and their potential danger to spacecraft.

Cooke, the lead for NASA’s Meteoroid Environmental Office, and Blaauw, a meteor physicist, both have astronomy degrees and work in the Meteoroid Environment Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. They provide NASA with models of the meteoroid environment, which are used in the design of protective shields on spacecraft. They analyze meteor observations data collected by equipment such as radar and all-sky and low-light-level cameras.


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.

To view the video chat or for more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/meteors-meteorites-comets-chat.html.

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

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American Meteorological Society’s DataStreme Earth’s Climate System Professional Development Course

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

DataStreme ECS uses NASA Earth Observing System data and visualizations, and introduces the Educational Global Climate Modeling developed by the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, to explore the fundamentals of climate change. Teachers completing the course construct and execute a plan of action to advance public climate science literacy and affect curriculum change within their local schools and districts.

DataStreme ECS is administered through Local Implementation Teams across the country. The course is free to all participants, and the teachers are awarded three graduate credits upon successful completion of the course.

The spring 2012 course begins on Jan. 16, 2012.

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

Questions about these courses should be directed to amsedu@ametsoc.org.


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RealWorld-InWorld Entries Due January 27

There is still time to submit entries to
RealWorld-InWorld, or RWIW, NASA’s engineering design challenge. The activity encourages students in grades 7-12 to explore and build skills essential for successful science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, careers through a RealWorld (face-to-face) and an InWorld (unique online virtual reality) phase of project-based learning and team competition.

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

NOTE: The RealWorld Phase can be completed by teams in about two weeks.

RealWorld Phase ends: Jan. 27, 2012. To be considered to move to the InWorld phase, all RealWorld work must be submitted by this deadline.

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

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

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

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

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

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2012 Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program

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

Undergraduate students interested in learning about research in planetary geoscience are eligible to apply. Students graduating in 2012 who have not started graduate school yet are also eligible. Preference is given to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Applications are due Jan. 30, 2012.

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


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Call for Papers: Solar System Exploration @ 50 Symposium

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first successful planetary mission, Mariner 2 sent to Venus, the NASA History Program Office and the Division of Space History at the National Air and Space Museum invite papers for a conference relating to the history of planetary exploration. This historical symposium will be held in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 25-27, 2012.

Entitled “Solar System Exploration @ 50,” the purpose of this symposium is to consider what we have learned about the other bodies of the solar system and the process whereby we have learned it. This symposium seeks to pursue broader questions relating to the history of planetary exploration.

International scholars and graduate students seeking exposure to the history of the planetary sciences are particularly welcome. Proposals for papers should include a title and abstract, as well as the author’s curriculum vita. Please send all proposals, in the form of a 300-word abstract and a brief vita electronically to Dr. William P. Barry, NASA chief historian, at bill.barry@nasa.gov, and Dr. Roger D. Launius, senior curator in space history at the National Air and Space Museum, launiusr@si.edu.

The deadline for abstract submissions is Feb. 1, 2012.

For more information, visit
http://history.nasa.gov/Solar%20System%20Exploration%20@%2050%20Call%20for%20Papers.pdf.


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NASA History Division Summer 2012 Internships

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

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

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

Applications are due Feb. 4, 2012. For more information, visit
http://history.nasa.gov/interncall.htm.

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

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4th Annual NASA STEM Educators Workshop Series

Join NASA for the 4th Annual NASA STEM Educators Workshop Series taking place Feb. 28 – March 1, 2012, in Charlotte, N.C.

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

Registration is free. The deadline for registration is Feb. 15, 2012.

For more information and to register for the workshops, visit
http://aesp.psu.edu/register/.

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

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2012 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Caltech’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships, or SURF, project introduces undergraduate students to research under the guidance of seasoned mentors at Caltech or NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL. Students experience the process of research as a creative intellectual activity and gain a more realistic view of the opportunities and demands of a professional research career.

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

All application materials must be received no later than Feb. 22, 2012. For more information, visit http://www.surf.caltech.edu/.

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

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2012 Jet Propulsion Laboratory Summer Faculty Research Program

Applications are currently being accepted for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory 2012 Summer Faculty Research Program. This program provides opportunities for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, faculty to engage in research of mutual interest to the faculty member and a JPL researcher. Non-STEM faculty will be considered based on available opportunities.

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

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

The deadline for applications is April 27, 2012. For more information about this opportunity, visit http://jsfrp.jpl.nasa.gov/.

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

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

Additional Frequently Asked Questions received after the proposal due date and/or about NASA Visitor Centers were made available on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011 on the CP4SMP+ portal page on NSPIRES at the following URL:

Visit: http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7b75AAC7BF-2F69-6C73-2980-B1DCF25EA665%7d&path=closed

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

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


NASA Education Express — Dec. 15, 2011

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

Teach STEM? NASA Explorer Schools Can Help With That!
Audience: 4-12 Educators

Electromagnetic Spectrum: Remote Sensing Ices on Mars Web Seminar
Audience: 8-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Dec. 19, 2011

Expedition 31 and 32 In-flight Education Downlink Opportunity
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Dec. 21, 2011

National Space Biomedical Research Institute Summer Internship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: Dec. 31, 2011

Algebraic Equations: Transit Tracks — Finding Habitable Planets Web Seminar
Audience: Algebra Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 3, 2011

2011 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award Video Contest
Audience: Grade 3-12 Students
Registration Deadline: Jan. 3, 2011
Video Submission Deadline: Jan. 17, 2012

2012-13 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship
Audience: K-12 STEM Educators
Application Deadline: Jan. 5, 2012

Engineering Design: Forces and Motion — Balloon Aerodynamics Challenge Web Seminar
Audience: 6-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 5, 2012

4th Digital Media and Learning Competition Enters Stage Two
Audience: All Educators, Designers, and Students
Deadline: Jan. 12, 2012

Solving the Challenges of Space in the RealWorld and InWorld
Audience: 7-12 Educators and Students
Deadline: Jan. 27, 2012

FameLab Astrobiology — Science Communication Competition
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Competition Finals: April 12-16, 2012

2012 Summer Workshops — Climate Science Research for Educators and Students
Audience: 9-12 Educators
Application Deadline: June 1, 2012

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Teach STEM? NASA Explorer Schools Can Help With That!

Teachers across the country, regardless of school size, type or geographic location, have seen the benefit of participating in the NASA Explorer Schools project. These teachers have access to free NASA classroom materials and student engagement activities, as well as educator support resources, through the NES Virtual Campus. NES classroom resources are designed to help teachers increase student interest and achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, subjects.

Are you looking for fun, exciting and interactive ways to connect your students to NASA? Designed for teachers in grades 4-12, NES provides a forum for accessing free lessons, student engagement activities, and professional development opportunities centered on NASA missions and STEM topics and careers. NES also offers multiple pathways for you to connect with other motivated STEM educators across the country to share best practices and classroom implementation ideas. Visit the NASA Explorer Schools website to read firsthand stories from participating teachers about the benefits of joining the NES project and implementing NASA resources in the classroom!

https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/recognition/profiles-index.html.


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Electromagnetic Spectrum: Remote Sensing Ices on Mars Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute web seminar on Dec. 19, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn how to use authentic NASA mission data to investigate the composition and distribution of ices in the high latitude regions of Mars through analysis of visible light, infrared light and gamma rays. The seminar includes information about a unique student extension activity, where students access a free computer simulation illustrating how gamma rays are used to determine the chemical composition of Mars.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar1.aspx.

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov
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Expedition 31 and 32 In-flight Education Downlink Opportunity

NASA is seeking formal and informal educational organizations, individually or working together, to host a live, in-flight education downlink during Expedition 31 and 32 (approximately from March 2012 to September 2012). To maximize these downlink opportunities, NASA is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the downlink into a well-developed education plan.

The deadline to submit a proposal is Dec. 21, 2011.

During Expeditions 31 and 32, crew members aboard the International Space Station will participate in downlinks. Downlinks are approximately 20 minutes in length and allow students and educators to interact with astronauts through a question and answer session. Downlinks afford education audiences the opportunity to learn firsthand from astronauts what it is like to live and work in space. Downlinks are broadcast live on NASA TV and are streamed on the NASA website. Because of the nature of human spaceflight, organizations must demonstrate the flexibility to accommodate changes in downlink dates and times.

Interested organizations should contact Teaching From Space, a NASA Education office, to obtain information related to expectations, format, audience, guidelines and forms by sending an email to JSC-Teaching-From-Space@mail.nasa.gov or calling 281-244-7608.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/teachingfromspace/students/downlinks.html.

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National Space Biomedical Research Institute Summer Internship Program

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

Applicants are asked to send a curriculum vitae or resume, a letter of interest indicating available dates during the summer, two letters of recommendation, and college transcripts. The program is open to U.S. citizens.

Applications for the 2012 program are due Dec. 31, 2011.

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


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Algebraic Equations: Transit Tracks — Finding Habitable Planets Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools and Learning Environments and Research Network, or LE&RN, projects are hosting a 60-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Jan. 3, 2012, at 8 p.m. EST. Discover how an algebra activity called “Finding Habitable Planets” will help you teach students to use their skills to analyze NASA data. Students learn about the possibility of discovering planets in habitable zones of solar systems.

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

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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2011 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award Video Contest

NASA has opened registration for the 2011 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award Contest. Featuring OPTIMUS PRIME, the leader of the popular TRANSFORMERS brand, the contest highlights spinoffs from NASA technologies that are used on Earth. The goal is to help students understand the benefits of NASA technology to their daily lives. Last year’s contest was open to students in grades 3-8 and resulted in 76 video submissions from over 190 students in 31 states.

For 2011, the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award Contest has been expanded to include students in grades 3-12. Each student, or group of students, will submit a three- to five-minute video on a selected NASA spinoff technology listed in NASA’s 2010 “Spinoff” publication. Videos must demonstrate an understanding of the NASA spinoff technology and the associated NASA mission, as well as the commercial application and public benefit associated with the spinoff technology.

Participants must register for the contest by Jan. 3, 2012. Video entries are due Jan. 17, 2012.

Video entries will be posted on the NASA YouTube channel, and the public will be responsible for the first round of judging. The top five submissions from each of the three grade groups (Elementary [3rd-5th], Middle [6th-8th] and High School [9th-12th]) will advance for final judging. A NASA panel will select a winning entry from each group. Among other prizes, a crystal OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award Trophy will be given to winners at a special awards ceremony being held in Florida in April 2012. The innovators associated with the NASA technology highlighted in the winning videos also will receive trophies, as will their commercial partners.

For more information, visit the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award website at http://ipp.gsfc.nasa.gov/optimus.

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


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2012-13 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship

Applications are currently available for the 2012-13 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program. This program is open to current public or private elementary and secondary mathematics, technology, engineering and science classroom teachers with demonstrated excellence in teaching. Applications are due Jan. 5, 2012.

Selected teachers spend a school year in Washington, D.C., sharing their expertise with policy makers. Einstein Fellows may serve with one of several government agency sponsors, such as the Department of Energy, NASA or the National Science Foundation.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and be currently employed full time in a 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.

For more information about this opportunity and to apply online, visit www.einsteinfellows.org.

Inquiries about the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program should be directed to einsteinfellows@triangle-coalition.org.

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Engineering Design: Forces and Motion — Balloon Aerodynamics Challenge Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Jan. 5, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EST. This Web seminar will introduce the Forces and Motion: Balloon Aerodynamics Challenge for students. This activity provides first-hand information about density, neutral buoyancy and drag, which is then used to solve a problem. The activity provides many opportunities for incorporating national mathematics, science and technology learning standards into your curriculum.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar23.aspx.

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

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


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4th Digital Media and Learning Competition Enters Stage Two

The HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation’s 4th Digital Media and Learning Competition, held in collaboration with the Mozilla Foundation, encourages individuals and organizations to create badges that are designed to publicly validate new skills, knowledge and achievements.

The Design and Technology stage (Stage Two) of the Competition is now open for organizations, teams, or individuals skilled in design to submit initial prototypes for badge systems based on the content or programs developed by official collaborators (including NASA’s robotics badges) and winning applicants from Stage One. Submissions will be displayed online for public comment and assessed by an expert panel of judges. Stage Two winners will be matched with content and programs teams from Stage One and proceed on to Stage Three.

Stage Two applicants should submit visual materials that will graphically represent their proposed badge system, as well as a 1500-word written proposal that describes in detail how the badge system will perform. Submissions, due no later than Jan. 12 at 5 p.m. PST, should be submitted through the DML Competition web site: http://dmlcompetition.net.

Visit http://dmlcompetition.net to explore collaborator content as well as the 60 winning competitor entries selected from among the hundreds of badge ideas submitted in Stage One of the competition. Several Federal agencies are listed as collaborators, including NASA. The proposed badge content addresses a breadth of topics — from the promotion of civic engagement and community volunteerism, to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) learning in and out of the classroom, to digital literacy, to workforce preparedness and beyond.

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


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Solving the Challenges of Space in the RealWorld and InWorld

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FameLab Astrobiology — Science Communication Competition

FameLab Astrobiology is a science communication competition focused on graduate students and post doctoral researchers doing research in astrobiology. Via four preliminary and one final competition, early career astrobiologists will compete to convey their own research or related science concepts. Each contestant has the spotlight for only three minutes — slides and charts are not allowed. A panel of experts in both science and science communication will judge the events. Events will take place on the following dates:

— Jan. 13, 2012 — Houston, Texas — Lunar and Planetary Institute
— Feb. 10, 2012 — Denver, Colo. — Denver Museum of Nature and Science
— March 9, 2012 — Washington, D.C. — NASA Headquarters/National Geographic Society
— Jan. – March 2012 — Online via YouTube
— FINAL: April 12-16, 2012 — Atlanta, Ga. — Astrobiology Science Conference

Each preliminary event will feature science communication training and enrichment activities, providing exposure to alternative careers. There will be a two-day master class for finalists prior to the final event in April.

The winner will go on to compete in the International FameLab Final in the United Kingdom in June 2012.

For more information, visit http://astrobiologyfamelab.arc.nasa.gov/.

Questions about this competition may be directed to Daniella Scalice at the NASA Astrobiology Institute via email at daniella.m.scalice@nasa.gov.


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2012 Summer Workshops — Climate Science Research for Educators and Students

The Institute for Earth Science Research and Education, in collaboration with Queens College/City University of New York, is seeking participants for summer professional development workshops in the second year of its Climate Science Research for Educators and Students project. Funded by the NASA Innovations in Climate Education program, this project seeks to improve student engagement in climate science by helping teachers and students develop authentic climate-related science research projects.

During summer 2012, two climate science workshops will take place in New York City. The first workshop will be held in late June or early July. The workshop will focus on understanding sun/Earth/atmosphere interactions and Earth’s radiative balance, a fundamental concept for climate science. All participants will build pyranometers, instruments for monitoring solar radiation. A follow-up workshop will take place in August. During the summer, participants are expected to conduct their own research. 

All workshop participants in 2011 were from New York City or within commuting distance. In 2012, teachers from other places are encouraged to attend the early summer workshop, with follow-on activities to be conducted online in place of attendance at the August workshop. On-campus housing at Queens College should be available, and travel support for teachers from outside the NYC area may be available.

Applications are due June 1, 2012.

For more information, visit http://www.instesre.org/GCCE/GCCEHome.htm.

Questions about this competition should be directed to David Brooks via email at brooksdr@drexel.edu or by phone at 610-584-5619.

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

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

NASA Education Express — Nov. 17, 2011

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

Heat Transfer: MESSENGER — My Angle on Cooling Web Seminar
Audience: 5-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 21, 2011

NASA Explorer Schools Live Video Chat: Graphics and Animation: The Magic of Creating
Audience: 6-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: Nov. 23, 2011, 9 a.m. EST

Geometry: Space Math Problems — Solar Storms Web Seminar
Audience: Algebra Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 29, 2011

Properties of Living Things: Searching for Life on Mars
Audience: 4-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 30, 2011

DiscoverE Educator Awards
Audience: All Educators and Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Dec. 1, 2011

Meteorology: How Clouds Form Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Dec. 1, 2011

Participate in the ISS National Lab Education Project Workshop
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: Dec. 2, 2011

Algebraic Equations: Calculator Controlled Robots Web Seminar
Audience: Algebra Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: Dec. 5, 2011


YouTube Space Lab Competition
Audience: 9-12 Students

Entry Deadline: Dec. 7, 2011

NASA Accepting Applications for Future Astronauts
Audience: All Educators and Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Jan. 27, 2012

Host a Real Time Conversation With Crewmembers Onboard the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 30, 2012

2012 NASA Student Airborne Research Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 10, 2012

Centennial Challenge: Nano-Satellite Launch Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: 2013

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Heat Transfer: MESSENGER — My Angle on Cooling Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on Nov. 21, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EST.
Learn how the MESSENGER mission to Mercury takes advantage of passive cooling methods to keep the spacecraft functioning in a high-temperature environment. Participants will also see how to use the Staying Cool activities to lead students through an examination of different solutions to the problem of how to deal with too much sunlight and energy.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar22.aspx

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

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

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Live Video Chat: Graphics and Animation: The Magic of Creating

NASA Explorer Schools invites students in grades 6-12 from across the U.S. and Departments of Defense and State schools to participate in a live video webchat with Zareh Gorjian. Gorjian is the lead animator and software engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory located in Pasadena, Calif. He will be discussing some of the projects he has worked on and how an animation or graphic is put together from start to finish. Gorjian will be able to connect what the students are doing in the classroom with a real-life career. The hourlong live webchat begins at 9 a.m. EST on Nov 23, 2011.

You do not need to be a participant in the NASA Explorer Schools project to participate in the webchat.

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.

To view the video chat or for more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/Gorjian-2011-chat.html.

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

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Geometry: Space Math Problems — Solar Storms Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools and Learning Environments and Research Network, or LEARN, projects are hosting a 60-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Nov. 29, 2011, at 7 p.m. EST. Solar Storms provides students a unique opportunity to use geometry and trigonometry to analyze real NASA images of a solar tsunami. During this session, participants will preview a video about solar storms. An overview of the problem sets, suggestions for implementation of best practices and some extension activities that may be appropriate for your curriculum will be provided.

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

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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Properties of Living Things: Searching for Life on Mars

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar for educators on Nov. 30, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Review criteria for determining if something is alive and learn how students can apply the criteria in a hands-on activity. A video will be shown that connects the activity to a NASA mission. Attendees will collaborate with other participants about ways of using and adapting the activity. Extension activities for students interested in the topic will be provided.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar7.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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DiscoverE Educator Awards

Do you know educators who are inspiring tomorrow’s innovation generation? Recognize their achievements by nominating them for the DiscoverE Educator Award. This award honors educators who are working to help students discover engineering.

Teacher nominees must be full-time U.S. or international school-based educators teaching in grades 6-12. Nominees must be nominated by an engineer or engineering student (college or graduate level). The application form for the award includes short questions to be completed by the educator and the engineer/student nominator.

DiscoverE Educator winners will receive cash awards, prizes and media recognition.

Applications are due Dec. 1, 2011.

Applications and more information are available online at
http://www.eweek.org/NewsStory.aspx?ContentID=256.

Questions about this award should be directed to
info@eweek.org.

The DiscoverE Educator Awards is a program of the National Engineers Week Foundation and its partners. Funding is provided by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.


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Meteorology: How Clouds Form Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute web seminar on Dec. 1, 2011, at 8:15 p.m. EST. Learn about the relationships between air pressure, temperature, volume and cloud formation. The presenter will provide an overview of the necessary conditions for cloud formation and then show how to apply them to making a cloud in a bottle. Information will be provided about an extension activity, the S’COOL Project, which involves student participation in authentic science.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar2.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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Participate in the ISS National Lab Education Project Workshop

As a key feature of the 2011 NASA Education Stakeholders Summit, the International Space Station National Laboratory Education Project, or ISS NLEP, will be announcing opportunities for new educational activities and partnerships during a workshop scheduled on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. These opportunities will include a variety of frameworks to execute your ideas, including flying your experiment aboard the space station and using reduced-gravity facilities and ground-based environments using Space Station resources.

The objective of ISS NLEP is to strengthen a link between the unique venue of the space station and science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education. The objective of the workshop is to bring together researchers, academicians and interested parties for discussions on upcoming opportunities.

To register for the workshop, go to: http://spacestationlive.jsc.nasa.gov.


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Algebraic Equations: Calculator Controlled Robots Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on Dec. 5, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Discover a unique way of integrating robotic technology into your algebra classes. Robotic missions engage students and provide a unique way of bringing to life the concepts you are teaching. Learn to use programmable Texas Instruments, or TI, calculators and Norland Research Robots to solve problems requiring substituting values for variables in formulas.

You do not need to have a Norland Research Robot or programmable TI calculator to participate in this seminar, or know how to program the calculator. This seminar provides an overview of using robotics in algebra so you can make an informed decision about purchasing the robots and other equipment.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar8.aspx.

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

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

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YouTube Space Lab Competition

YouTube Space Lab is a worldwide educational initiative that challenges 14-18 year-old students to design a science experiment that can be performed in space. The two winning experiments will be conducted aboard the International Space Station, or ISS, and live streamed on YouTube.

A prestigious panel of scientists, astronauts, and educators, including renowned professor Stephen Hawking, NASA’s Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations William Gerstenmaier, NASA’s Associate Administrator of Education and former Astronaut Leland Melvin, ESA Astronaut Frank De Winne, JAXA Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and Cirque du Soleil’s founder Guy Laliberté, will judge the entries with input from the YouTube community.

Students in two age categories, 14-16 years old and 17-18 years old, either alone or in groups of up to three, may submit a YouTube video describing their experiment to YouTube.com/SpaceLab.

Submissions close on Dec. 7, 2011.

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NASA Accepting Applications for Future Astronauts

Do you dream of flying in space? Now is your chance. NASA is accepting applications for the agency’s next class for the Astronaut Candidate Program.

Qualified individuals can submit their applications through the federal government’s USAJobs.gov website. Those selected will be among the first to pioneer a new generation of commercial launch vehicles and travel aboard a new heavy-lift rocket to distant destinations in deep space.

Qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in engineering, science or mathematics and three years of relevant professional experience. Successful applicants frequently have significant qualifications in engineering or science; or extensive experience flying high-performance jet aircraft. Educators teaching kindergarten through 12th grade with these minimum degree requirements also are encouraged to apply.

NASA will accept applications through Jan. 27, 2012. After applicant interviews and evaluations, the agency expects to announce the final selections in 2013. Training will begin that summer.

For more information about astronaut application and selection and to follow the latest news via NASA accounts on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, visit https://www.nasa.gov/flynasa.


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Host a Real Time Conversation With Crewmembers Onboard 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 July 15, 2012, and Jan. 15, 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 Jan. 30, 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 you obtain the technology required to host this once in a lifetime opportunity for your 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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2012 NASA Student Airborne Research Program

The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highly motivated junior and senior undergraduate and early graduate students to apply for the NASA Student Airborne Research Program, also known as SARP, 2012. The program provides students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a major scientific campaign, from detailed planning on how to achieve mission objectives to formal presentation of results and conclusions to peers and others. Students will assist in the operation of airborne instruments onboard the NASA P-3 aircraft.

The program takes place in summer 2012. Preparatory information and data analysis will take place at the University of California, Irvine. Instrument and flight preparations, and the research flights themselves, will occur at NASA’s Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif.

Successful applicants will be awarded a $3,000 stipend and $2,500 meals allowance for eight weeks of participation in the program. Round-trip travel to California, housing and transportation will be provided.

Applications received by Jan. 20, 2012, will be considered for early acceptance. The deadline for all applications is Feb. 10, 2012.

For more information and to download the program application, visit
http://www.nserc.und.edu/learning/SARP2012.html.

Specific questions about the program should be directed to SARP2012@nserc.und.edu.

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Centennial Challenge: Nano-Satellite Launch Challenge

NASA and the Space Florida Small Satellite Research Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., are seeking teams to compete in a satellite launch technology demonstration competition with a potential $2-million prize.

During the Nano-Satellite Launch Challenge, teams will compete to launch satellites with a mass of at least 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) into Earth orbit twice within the span of one week. The objective of the competition is to encourage innovations in propulsion and other technologies, as well as operations and management relevant to safe, low-cost, small payload delivery system for frequent access to Earth orbit. Innovations stemming from this challenge will be beneficial to broader applications in future launch systems. They may enhance commercial capability for dedicated launches of small satellites at a cost comparable to secondary payload launches — a potential new market with government, commercial and academic customers.

NASA provides the prize money to the winning team as part of the agency’s Centennial Challenges competitions, which seek unconventional solutions to problems of interest to the agency and the nation. While NASA provides the prize purse, the competitions are managed by nonprofit organizations that cover the cost of operations through commercial or private sponsorships. The competition is planned for summer 2012, and is anticipated to attract hundreds of competitors from industry and academia nationwide.

For more information about the Nano-Satellite Launch Challenge visit
http://www.spaceflorida.gov/nano-sat-launch-challenge. Draft Rules for public comment will be posted in the near future.

The Centennial Challenges program is part of NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist. For more information about NASA’s Centennial Challenges and the Office of the Chief Technologist, visit: https://www.nasa.gov/oct.

Questions about the Nano-Satellite Launch Challenge should be sent to Percy Luney at pluney@spaceflorida.gov.

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

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


NASA Education Express — Nov. 10, 2011

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

DEADLINE TOMORROW: GRAIL Spacecraft Naming Contest
Audience: K-12 Students
Entry Deadline: Nov. 11, 2011

NASA’s DEVELOP Program — 2012 Spring and Summer Sessions
Audience: 9-12 and Higher Education Educators and Students
Spring Session Deadline: Nov. 14, 2011
Summer Session Deadline: Jan. 30, 2012

2012 National Community College Aerospace Scholars Program

Audience: Higher Education Students

Application Deadline: Nov. 15, 2011

Electromagnetic Spectrum: Remote Sensing Ices on Mars Web Seminar
Audience: 8-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 15, 2011

SOFIA Airborne Astronomy Ambassador Program
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Application Deadline: Nov. 15, 2012

Educator Resource Showcase Webcast — RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge
Audience: 7-12 Educators
Event Date: Nov. 16, 2011

Algebraic Equations: Transit Tracks — Finding Habitable Planets Web Seminar
Audience: Algebra Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 17, 2011

Registration Open for the 19th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race
Audience: 9-12 & Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline for International Teams: Jan. 9, 2012
Registration Deadline for U.S. Teams: Feb. 10, 2012

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

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GRAIL Spacecraft Naming Contest

Launched on Sept. 10, 2011, the Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory mission, also known as GRAIL, will allow scientists to study the moon like never before. Using two twin spacecraft orbiting the moon at very precise distances, the GRAIL mission is designed to create a gravity map of the moon. This map will enable scientists to learn about the moon’s internal structure and composition, and give scientists a better understanding of the moon’s origin. Accurate knowledge of the moon’s gravity could also be used to help choose future landing sites on the moon.

Now that they’re on their way to the moon, the two robotic spacecraft, currently dubbed GRAIL-A and GRAIL-B, need real names — ones that capture the spirit and excitement of lunar exploration. And NASA is looking for students to help with the naming duties.

U. S. students in grades K-12 are eligible. Entries should include the chosen names for the spacecraft, along with an explanation of why those names should be selected. Justification can be any length, from a short paragraph to a 500-word essay.


Entries are due Nov. 11, 2011. All entries must be submitted by teachers.

For more information about the GRAIL mission and to submit entries via the online entry form, visit http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/grail/namingcontest.cfm.

If you have questions about the GRAIL Naming Contest, please email grailcontest@jpl.nasa.gov.

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NASA’s DEVELOP Program — 2012 Spring and Summer Sessions

DEVELOP is a NASA Science Mission Directorate Applied Sciences-sponsored internship that fosters the training and development of students in the atmospheric and earth sciences. 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 spring 2012 session are due Nov. 14, 2011. Summer 2012 applications are due Jan. 30, 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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2012 National Community College Aerospace Scholars Program

National Community College Aerospace Scholars is an interactive, online learning experience featuring engineering career possibilities. It is highlighted by an on-site experience where selected students are encouraged to study mathematics, science, engineering or computer science by interacting with engineers at NASA.

The only cost to participants is a $30 registration fee. NASA covers travel, food and lodging. NCAS is open to community college students throughout United States. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have access to the internet.

Applications are due Nov. 15, 2011.

For more information and to apply online, visit http://ncas.aerospacescholars.org/

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

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Electromagnetic Spectrum: Remote Sensing Ices on Mars Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute web seminar on Nov. 15, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn how to use authentic NASA mission data to investigate the composition and distribution of ices in the high latitude regions of Mars through analysis of visible light, infrared light and gamma rays. The seminar includes information about a unique student extension activity, where students access a free computer simulation illustrating how gamma rays are used to determine the chemical composition of Mars.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar1.aspx.

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to
NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov
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SOFIA Airborne Astronomy Ambassador Program

NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, is a 747 aircraft carrying a 2.5 meter-diameter telescope. The SOFIA Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors Program is seeking middle- and high-school educators in teams of two to participate in an upcoming SOFIA flight. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal residents teaching in a U.S. school.

Applications are due Nov. 15, 2011.

For more information and to apply online, visit
http://www.seti.org/epo/SOFIA.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Pamela Harman at
pharman@seti.org.


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Educator Resource Showcase Webcast — RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge

Join host Renee Elias from the Central Operation of Resources for Educators and special guest Sharon Bowers from the National Institute for Aerospace for an hourlong, free webcast on Nov. 16, 2011, at 3 p.m. EST. This webcast will focus on the RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge.

The RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge invites students in grades 7-12 to work cooperatively as engineers and scientists to solve NASA-related problems. This challenge helps students to see themselves as explorers and engineers by solving real-world problems. Students may choose design solutions related to either the James Webb Space Telescope or Robonaut2. Register for online resources prior to the Web Seminar by visiting
www.nasarealworldinworld.org.

For more information and to view the webcast, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/index.html.

If you have any questions about the webcast, please email them to Renee Elias at
RElias@lcjvs.net.

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Algebraic Equations: Transit Tracks — Finding Habitable Planets Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools and Learning Environments and Research Network, or LEARN, projects are hosting a 60-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Nov. 17, 2011, at 7 p.m. EST. Discover how an algebra activity called “Finding Habitable Planets” will help you teach students to use their skills to analyze NASA data. Students learn about the possibility of discovering planets in habitable zones of solar systems.

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

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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Registration Open for the 19th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race

Registration is open for the 19th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race. High school and college students are challenged to design and build a vehicle that addresses a series of engineering problems similar to those faced by the original lunar-roving vehicle team. Each school may enter up to two teams. International teams are limited to 10 teams per country. The race will take place April 13-14, 2012, in Huntsville, Ala., at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

International teams must register by Jan. 9, 2012.
U.S. teams must register by Feb. 10, 2012.

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

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

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What’s New at NASA’s Space Place Website

Space is not always about, um, space. Often it′s about Earth, our home and about us, how we are changing Earth. Getting into orbit above it all gives us a whole different perspective on our beautiful and precious planet. What new things can we learn about Earth — from space?

New at spaceplace.nasa.gov
One type of Earth-observing spacecraft is the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites, also known as GOES, built by NASA and operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA. The GOES are workhorse satellites doing everyday tasks; they watch and warn of developing severe weather, monitor events such as floods and fires, and monitor solar storms that can have damaging effects on Earth.

The next generation of the GOES, series “R,” will produce much more data, and of higher resolution, than the current GOES, that meteorologists and other scientists on the ground who receive and depend on the GOES data are building new computer systems to handle the huge influx that will be coming from GOES-R.

A fun, colorful — dare we say addictive — new game on The Space Place has you hopping around like mad to keep up with this incoming wealth of information. The game is called “Satellite Insight.” Its game “pieces” represent data from the kinds of observations the satellite’s advanced instruments will be making, in order to reinforce the power and importance of studying Earth’s — and the sun’s — dynamic processes from space. Check it out at
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/satellite-insight.

We have also created an iPhone version of the game. It is NOAA’s first iPhone app and only NASA’s second iPhone game. Search for “Satellite Insight” at the Apple iTunes App Store.

Space Place en español
Earth from space isn’t all business, however. “Spuzzled” has interactive puzzles that showcase Earth as art” The astonishing, natural color images are from LandSat 7. They show unique views of Earth from all over the world. With short captions and a big locator star on a world map,  the puzzle sneaks in a little bit of geography with the art and fun. To give Spuzzled a try, visit http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/sp/spuzzled.

Focus on tsunami from space!
Another way to look at Earth from space is at an angle, or, better yet, from nine angles all at once. “Getting the right angle on the story” describes and shows how a special instrument on the Terra satellite can spot a tsunami from space. Although satellites might not be able to warn people on endangered coastlines in time, the information is being used to study how tsunamis behave when they hit a coastline. This understanding, along with the ocean-based tsunami warning system, will improve tsunami evacuation plans and, hopefully, save many lives. To learn more about tsunamis, visit
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/tsunami.

For the classroom
Katrina will, for a long time (we hope), be considered the “mother of all hurricanes” of the century. Our Katrina poster, which you can download to print, shows the monster hurricane from space as it bore down on the Gulf states. The poster explains how the GOES satellite tracked the storm, evaluated its severity and predicted its track. On the back of the poster (which you can easily print as individual pages) is an easy-to-understand explanation of how hurricanes form and a student activity comparing the predicted and actual storm tracks. Download the Katrina poster at
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/posters/#katrina.

For out of school time
For the younger set, we have the GOES and GOES-R fun activity books to download and print. Each booklet has 14 pages of simple word, picture and coloring activities for early readers. The theme? Weather. Weather is an adventure! To download the booklets, visit
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/posters/#funpad.

Special Days
Month of November: Aviation History Month
Find out from Dr. Marc how airplanes ever got off the ground in the first place.
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/dr-marc-technology

Nov. 5: Gunpowder Day
This is an explosive subject, but historically and scientifically important, nonetheless. See how you can use it to explain how orbits work at
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/how-orbits-work.

Nov. 8, 1895: X-rays discovered by W. C. Roentgen.
Find out where X-rays fit into the electromagnetic spectrum by taking a stroll through the “Land of the Magic Windows,”
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/magic-windows.

Nov. 27, 1571: Birthday of Johannes Kepler
Kepler is considered the founder of modern astronomy. Find out why from Dr. Marc at
http://tinyurl.com/dr-marc-kepler.

Dec. 6, 1945: Percy Spencer invented the microwave oven.
Another opportunity to check out the electromagnetic spectrum. See where microwaves fit in as you play “Photon Pile-up” at
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/photon-pileup.

Dec. 11, 1719: The aurora borealis was first recorded in New England.
Find out about space weather, the cause of this beautiful light show, at
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/spaceweather.

Dec. 14: Geminids Meteor Shower
Moonlight makes viewing not so great this year. But, you can still learn about meteor showers and prepare for the next good, moonless meteor shower, the Lyrids, on April 21 and 22, 2012.
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/meteor-shower

Last words . . .
We’ve given you just a sample of the earth-science related resources on The Space Place. We encourage you to explore our Earth menu for yourself and see what else there is to explore, do and play.

iPhone and iTunes are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.

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

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

NASA Education Express — Nov. 3, 2011

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

Temperature and Earth Climate: Modeling Hot and Cold Planets Web Seminar
Audience: 7-9 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 7, 2011

Derivatives: Math and Science @ Work — Space Shuttle Auxiliary Power Units Web Seminar
Audience: Calculus Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 7, 2011

Newton’s Laws of Motion: Lunar Nautics Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 8, 2011

Heat, Temperature and Energy: MESSENGER — Cooling with Sunshades Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 10, 2011

Electromagnetic Spectrum: Remote Sensing Ices on Mars Web Seminar
Audience: 8-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 15, 2011

2012 CanSat Competition
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 30, 2011

Lessons About Bioscience Challenge
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators and K-12 Students
Entry Deadline: Dec. 1, 2011

NASA to Perform Student Experiments For Whole World To See
Audience: 9-12 Students
Entry Deadline: Dec. 7, 2011

2012 NASA High-Altitude Student Platform Opportunity

Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: Dec. 16, 2011

Student Career Experience Program Opportunity at Marshall Space Flight Center
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Dec. 31, 2011

2012-13 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship
Audience: K-12 STEM Educators
Application Deadline: Jan. 5, 2012

NASA Launches New ISSLive! Website
Audience: All Educators and Students

Download the New “Satellite Insight” Game
Audience: All Educators and Students

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

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project is hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on Nov. 7, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Use NASA mission data collected from NASA satellites to see how a planet’s climate is determined. Attend this session and discover how you can incorporate authentic NASA data into your classroom to provide a real-world connection for your students.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar9.aspx.

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

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

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Derivatives: Math and Science @ Work — Space Shuttle Auxiliary Power Units Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools and Learning Environments and Research Network, or LEARN, projects are hosting a 60-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Nov. 7, 2011, at 7 p.m. EST. The Space Shuttle Auxiliary Power Units student activity featured in this seminar is a problem set from the Mission Control series of NASA’s Math and Science @ Work project. Participants will assume the role of a student. Attendees will work the problem set, score their results and share best practices with other participants for implementing this problem set into the classroom.

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

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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Newton’s Laws of Motion: Lunar Nautics Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on Nov. 8, 2011, at 8:15 p.m. EST. This Web seminar features three lessons for grades 5-8, focusing on a real-world understanding of Newton’s Laws of Motion and addresses common misconceptions associated with the laws. The featured lessons are Rocket Staging: Balloon Staging, Lunar Landing: Swinging Tray and Lunar Base Supply Egg Drop.

For more information and to register online, visit
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar20.aspx.

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

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

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Heat, Temperature and Energy: MESSENGER — Cooling with Sunshades Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on Nov. 10, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn how to use the NASA MESSENGER (Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and Ranging) mission to motivate your students to investigate energy and the electromagnetic spectrum. Discover how students can create their own sunshades and measure the effectiveness of different materials in protecting against sunlight and solar radiant energy.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar21.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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Electromagnetic Spectrum: Remote Sensing Ices on Mars Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute web seminar on Nov. 15, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn how to use authentic NASA mission data to investigate the composition and distribution of ices in the high latitude regions of Mars through analysis of visible light, infrared light and gamma rays. The seminar includes information about a unique student extension activity, where students access a free computer simulation illustrating how gamma rays are used to determine the chemical composition of Mars.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar1.aspx.

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

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

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2012 CanSat Competition

Applications currently are being accepted for the 2012 CanSat Competition.

This annual competition is open to university and college students from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe. Teams of three to 10 students must design and build a space-type system called a CanSat. Each CanSat is the size of a soda can and must be built according to the specifications released by the competition organizing committee.

All teams entering the CanSat competition are required to have a faculty adviser. The faculty adviser will oversee and be responsible for the conduct of the team at all times during the competition. The advisor is strongly encouraged to accompany the team to the competition.

Applications are due Nov. 30, 2011.

For more information about the competition and to download the application, visit http://www.cansatcompetition.com/.

Questions about this competition should be directed to questions@juno.nrl.navy.mil.

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Lessons About Bioscience Challenge

The National Institutes of Health, or NIH, is making a collection of engaging, inexpensive experiments for K-12 students, and they need your help. Through the Lessons About Bioscience, or LAB, Challenge, NIH is looking for science enthusiasts — students, teachers, parents, scientists and organizations — to submit their best experiments. The experiment should be original, inexpensive, related to health and life science and easily accessible for use in a K-12 classroom.

For challenge details, visit http://LAB.challenge.gov/.

The deadline to submit experiment ideas is Dec. 1, 2011. Winners will be announced on March 1, 2012. Each winning experiment and submitter’s name and affiliation will be featured online and published in an NIH best-experiments collection, and each winner will receive an exclusive NIH LAB Challenge electronic badge to display online.

Help to spread the word about this challenge by sharing this information. Feature it on your website and Facebook page, and tweet about it. More information is available at the NIH Office of Science Education website: http://science.education.nih.gov/NIHLABChallenge.nsf,or from Carla Easter (easterc@mail.NIH.gov) or Cindy Allen (allency@od.nih.gov).

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NASA to Perform Student Experiments For Whole World To See

NASA is providing support to Space Adventures, Ltd. of Vienna, Va., to conduct a global competition for students to design experiments that will be performed in space and broadcast around the world. Contest entrants may submit up to three experiments in either life sciences or physics. They must submit a two-minute video application by Dec. 7 via YouTube.com. The public will be able to follow the competition and watch the experiments via video streaming on YouTube’s website.

You can find more information about how to enter the competition or to submit a video application at https://www.youtube.com/SpaceLab.

For more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/news/YouTube.html.


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2012 NASA High-Altitude Student Platform Opportunity

NASA is accepting applications from students at U.S. colleges and universities who want to send experiments to the edge of space on a high-flying scientific balloon.

The annual NASA project provides near-space access for 12 undergraduate and graduate student experiments to be carried by a NASA high-altitude research balloon. The flights typically last 15 to 20 hours and reach an altitude of 23 miles. Experiments may include compact satellites or prototypes.

The experiments are flown aboard the High Altitude Student Platform, or HASP, a balloon-born instrument stack launched from the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility’s remote site in Fort Sumner, N.M. The goals of the project are to provide a space test platform to encourage student research and stimulate the development of student satellite payloads and other space-engineering products.

HASP seeks to enhance the technical skills and research abilities of students in critical science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. The project is a joint effort between NASA and the Louisiana Space Grant Consortium.

The deadline for applications is Dec. 16, 2011.

For application information and technical details about the program, visit http://laspace.lsu.edu/hasp.

Questions about the High-Altitude Student Platform opportunity should be directed to T. Gregory Guzik at guzik@phunds.phys.lsu.edu.

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Student Career Experience Program Opportunity at Marshall Space Flight Center

NASA’s Student Career Experience Program, also known as Cooperative Education Student Program, or Co-op, is seeking undergraduate and graduate students to apply for co-op positions. The purpose of the Student Career Experience Program is to provide students with exposure to public service, enhance their educational experience and provide financial support to encourage and support their educational goals.

The Cooperative Education Student Program is formally structured to give students the opportunity to work in positions related to their academic/career goals. A written agreement is required between NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, the student’s university and the student.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, at least 16 years old and have a grade point average of at least 2.9. Enrollment in an accredited college or university on at least a half-time basis and at least sophomore standing are also required. Salary is based on academic classification supported by an official transcript and letter of referral by the University Co-op or Career Services Office.

Applications must be received no later than Dec. 31, 2011.

To view this opportunity announcement on the USAJobs website, visit http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/301479800.

To learn more about the Marshall Space Flight Center Cooperative Education Program, please visit http://coop.msfc.nasa.gov/.

Note: This is not a NASA Internship. If interested in a NASA Internship, please proceed to http://intern.nasa.gov/.

Email any questions about this opportunity to the Tina Smith at Tina.M.Smith@nasa.gov.

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2012-13 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship

Applications are currently available for the 2012-13 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program. This program is open to current public or private elementary and secondary mathematics, technology, engineering and science classroom teachers with demonstrated excellence in teaching. Applications are due Jan. 5, 2012.

Selected teachers spend a school year in Washington, D.C., sharing their expertise with policy makers. Einstein Fellows may serve with one of several government agency sponsors, such as the Department of Energy, NASA or the National Science Foundation.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and be currently employed full time in a 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.

For more information about this opportunity and to apply online, visit www.einsteinfellows.org.

Inquiries about the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program should be directed to einsteinfellows@triangle-coalition.org.

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NASA Launches New ISSLive! Website

NASA announces the deployment of ISSLive!, an innovative, interactive Web-based initiative that provides a novel way to learn about the International Space Station.

ISS Live! delivers real-time space station telemetry and crew time line data in a science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, context to the classroom or educational environment. Educational products for students and teachers, interactive 3-D views of the space station and 3-D Mission Control Center with console positions, public displays, social media feeds and existing streaming public video/audio feeds may be found at the website, too. ISS Live! is available via a public-friendly website, mobile devices and tablet applications.

View site: http://spacestationlive.jsc.nasa.gov

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Download the New “Satellite Insight” Game

“Satellite Insight” for iPhone and other Apple iOS devices is now available on iTunes. It’s free! It’s challenging! It’s fun! Colored blocks represent different types of data gathered by the amazing science instruments on the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite – R Series, or GOES-R. The data blocks fall into columns on a grid. Bundle like data types together and store them safely before the data grid overflows.

“Satellite Insight” is the very first iPhone app from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (in partnership with NASA).

Check it out at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/iOS/.

iPhone and iTunes are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.

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

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

NASA Education Express — Oct. 27, 2011

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

NASA History Division Spring and Summer 2012 Internships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Spring 2012 Application Deadline: Oct. 30, 2011
Summer 2012 Application Deadline: Feb. 4, 2012

Vector Addition: Math and Science @ Work — Lunar Surface Instrumentation Web Seminar
Audience: Physics Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 1, 2011

Expedition Earth and Beyond Webinars
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Various dates through Dec. 20, 2011

NASA Explorer Schools Live Video Chat: Year of the Solar System
Audience: 8-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: Nov. 3, 2011

Engineering Design Challenge: Water Filtration Web Seminar
Audience: Physics teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 3, 2011

Expedition 31 and 32 In-flight Education Downlink Opportunity
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Dec. 21, 2011

2011 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Video Contest
Audience: Grade 3-12 Students
Registration Deadline: Jan. 3, 2012
Video Submission Deadline: Jan. 17, 2012

2011-2012 Faculty Institutes for NASA Earth and Space Science Education
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Workshop Dates: Jan. 3-4, 2012

Electronic Professional Development Network Courses
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Using Robotics to Enhance STEM Learning: Jan. 18-Feb. 28, 2012
Technology Integration — Vodcasts: Feb. 8-March 13, 2012
Don’t Just Show Me the Numbers; Make Sense of the Information: Feb. 29-April 3, 2012
Project-Based Inquiry Learning: March 14-April 17, 2012
Technology Integration — 3-D Visualizations: March 21-April 24, 2012
Technology Integration — Turn Your Classroom Digital: April 4-May 8, 2012


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NASA History Division Spring and Summer 2012 Internships

The NASA History Division is seeking undergraduate and graduate students for spring and summer 2012 internships. The History Division maintains archival materials to answer research questions from NASA personnel, journalists, scholars, students at all levels and others from around the world. The division also edits and publishes several books and monographs each year. It maintains a large number of websites on NASA history.

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

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

Applications for spring 2012 internships are due Oct. 30, 2011. Summer 2012 internship applications are due Feb. 4, 2012.

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

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

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Vector Addition: Math and Science @ Work — Lunar Surface Instrumentation Web Seminar

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar on Nov. 1, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn how students can apply their knowledge of vectors to a hypothetical lunar instrument-servicing mission. Information and tools will be provided to help engage students and relate the lesson to their background knowledge. Participants will collaborate about ways to adapt and modify the problem.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar18.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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Expedition Earth and Beyond Webinars

Expedition Earth and Beyond is designed to motivate students to gain an interest in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. Using stunning images, the program encourages students to not only want to learn about earth processes but to provide them with the opportunity to get involved with NASA in the process of exploration, discovery and science.

Check out the following webinar sessions to bring rigor and relevance to your classroom and transform your students into scientists as they explore Earth and other planetary bodies in our solar system. A telephone and a computer with Internet access are required to join these sessions.

Blue Marble Matches Activity Training Webinar
Nov. 1, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
http://ares.jsc.nasa.gov/ares/eeab/event_11012011.cfm
This teacher training webinar session will introduce participants to the Blue Marble Matches classroom activity. This activity is designed to spark interest and provide background information on geological processes on Earth and other planetary bodies in our solar system.

Training Webinar: Student Research in the Classroom — Getting Started
Nov. 8, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. EST
http://ares.jsc.nasa.gov/ares/eeab/event_11082011.cfm
This teacher training webinar session will focus on important aspects of student scientist research in the classroom. The session will include useful information to share with students about things to consider as they conduct a research investigation in the classroom.

Mars Rovers and Landers — Past, Present and Future
Nov. 15, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. EST
http://ares.jsc.nasa.gov/ares/eeab/event_11152011.cfm
Join this interactive presentation to connect your students with a NASA scientist who will show images and share exciting stories about exploring Mars. The presentation will focus on Mars rovers and landers of the past, present and future. The session will include information on the upcoming launch of NASA’s Mars Science Lab rover.

Training Webinar: Student Scientist Guidebook Training — Modeling the Process of Science, Steps 1-3
Nov. 29, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. EST
http://ares.jsc.nasa.gov/ares/eeab/event_11292011.cfm
This teacher training webinar session will focus on steps 1, 2 and 3 of the modeled process of science in the Expedition Earth and Beyond Student Scientist Guidebook. The session will provide tips to help students with preliminary questions, initial observations and background research.

Training Webinar: Student Scientist Guidebook Training — Modeling the Process of Science, Steps 4-5
Dec. 6, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. EST
http://ares.jsc.nasa.gov/ares/eeab/event_12062011.cfm
This teacher training webinar session will focus on steps 4 and 5 of the modeled process of science in the Expedition Earth and Beyond Student Scientist Guidebook. The session will provide tips to help students with experiment design and collecting and compiling data.

Training Webinar: Student Scientist Guidebook Training — Modeling the Process of Science, Steps 6-9
Dec. 13, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. EST
http://ares.jsc.nasa.gov/ares/eeab/event_12132011.cfm
This teacher training webinar session will focus on steps 6, 7, 8 and 9 of the modeled process of science in the Expedition Earth and Beyond Student Scientist Guidebook. The session will provide tips to help students with data displays, analyzing and interpreting data, drawing conclusions and ideas on sharing research.

Training Webinar: Follow-Up Session: Student Scientist Guidebook Training — Modeling the Process of Science
Dec. 20, 2011 at 6 p.m. EST
http://ares.jsc.nasa.gov/ares/eeab/event_12202011.cfm
This teacher training webinar session will focus on the previous sessions about the modeled process of science in the Expedition Earth and Beyond Student Scientist Guidebook. The follow-up session will be useful for those who have additional questions or want a quick overview of previous sessions.

For more information about the Expedition Earth and Beyond program, visit
http://ares.jsc.nasa.gov/ares/eeab/index.cfm.

If you have questions about these webinars, please contact Paige Graff at paige.v.graff@nasa.gov.

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NASA Explorer Schools Live Video Chat: Year of the Solar System

NASA Explorer Schools invites students in grades 8-12 from across the U.S. and Departments of Defense and State schools to participate in a live video webchat with Jim Adams, NASA’s deputy director of planetary science. NASA spacecraft will be heading for key locations within the solar system during the “Year of the Solar System,” a Martian year covering almost two Earth years. Adams will answer students’ questions about recent planetary missions, discoveries and upcoming launches. Learn about his career path and some of the most rewarding moments in his 22-years working with NASA. The hourlong live webchat begins at 2 p.m. EDT on Nov 3, 2011.

Email questions to be answered during the live chat to
NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

You do not need to be a participant of the NASA Explorer Schools, or NES, project to participate in the video chat.

To find out more about the Year of the Solar System, visit
http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/yss/index.cfm.

Read about Jim Adams at
http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/people/profile.cfm?Code=AdamsJ.

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

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

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

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Engineering Design Challenge: Water Filtration Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar on Nov. 3, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Get background information about water recycling on the International Space Station, and then see how to incorporate the information into an exciting hands-on, inquiry-based challenge requiring students to solve a problem. Participants will watch a video showing students engaged in the challenge and discuss possible modifications to the challenge in order to adapt it for different students and classroom situations.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar19.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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Expedition 31 and 32 In-flight Education Downlink Opportunity

NASA is seeking formal and informal educational organizations, individually or working together, to host a live, in-flight education downlink during Expedition 31 and 32 (approximately from March 2012 to September 2012). To maximize these downlink opportunities, NASA is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the downlink into a well-developed education plan.

The deadline to submit a proposal is Dec. 21, 2011.

During Expeditions 31 and 32, crew members aboard the International Space Station will participate in downlinks. Downlinks are approximately 20 minutes in length and allow students and educators to interact with astronauts through a question and answer session. Downlinks afford education audiences the opportunity to learn firsthand from astronauts what it is like to live and work in space. Downlinks are broadcast live on NASA TV and are streamed on the NASA website. Because of the nature of human spaceflight, organizations must demonstrate the flexibility to accommodate changes in downlink dates and times.

Interested organizations should contact Teaching From Space, a NASA Education office, to obtain information related to expectations, format, audience, guidelines and forms by sending an email to JSC-Teaching-From-Space@mail.nasa.gov or calling 281-244-7608.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/teachingfromspace/students/downlinks.html.

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2011 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Video Contest

NASA has opened registration for the 2011 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Video Contest. Featuring OPTIMUS PRIME, the leader from the popular TRANSFORMERS brand, the contest highlights spinoffs from NASA technologies that are used on Earth. The goal is to help students understand the benefits of NASA technology to their daily lives. Last year’s contest was open to students in grades 3-8 and resulted in 76 video submissions from over 190 students in 31 states.

For 2011, the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Video Contest has been expanded to include students in grades 3-12. Each student, or group of students, will submit a three- to five-minute video on a selected NASA spinoff technology listed in NASA’s 2010 “Spinoff” publication. Videos must demonstrate an understanding of the NASA spinoff technology and the associated NASA mission, as well as the commercial application and public benefit associated with the spinoff technology.

Participants must register for the contest by Jan. 3, 2012. Video entries are due Jan. 17, 2012.

Video entries will be posted on the NASA YouTube channel, and the public will be responsible for the first round of judging. The top five submissions from each of the three grade groups (Elementary [3rd-5th], Middle [6th-8th] and High School [9th-12th]) will advance for final judging. A NASA panel will select a winning entry from each group. Among other prizes, a crystal OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award Trophy will be given to winners at a special awards ceremony being held in Florida in April 2012. The innovators associated with the NASA technology highlighted in the winning videos also will receive trophies, as will their commercial partners.

TRANSFORMERS and OPTIMUS PRIME are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. © 2011 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.

For more information, visit the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Contest website at http://ipp.gsfc.nasa.gov/optimus.

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

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2011-2012 Faculty Institutes for NASA Earth and Space Science Education

Applications are now being accepted for the 2011-2012 Faculty Institutes for NASA Earth and Space Science Education, also known as FINESSE. This two-day workshop will assist university and community college science and education faculty in preparing future teachers in science. The 2012 institute will incorporate the theme of Our Solar System in a New Light, in conjunction with the Year of the Solar System.

FINESSE workshops are free, and participants receive a $300 stipend and lunch. During the workshop, NASA Earth and space scientists and educators share inquiry activities, data and resources.

This year’s FINESSE workshop will take place will take place Jan. 3-4, 2012, during the in Association for Science Teacher Education conference in Clearwater Beach, Fla.

For more information about the workshop and to apply online, visit http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/facultyInstitutes/.

Inquiries about the FINESSE workshop should be directed to Christine Shupla at shupla@lpi.usra.edu.

To learn more about the Year of the Solar System, visit http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/yss/.

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Electronic Professional Development Network Courses

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

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

Applications are now open for the following courses:

Using Robotics to Enhance STEM Learning — Jan. 18-Feb. 28, 2012
Learn how to build and program LEGO Mindstorms robots and use them to promote student engagement and conceptual understanding of mathematics, science and engineering. Explore robotic manipulators and end effectors like the ones NASA uses on the International Space Station, and integrate multiple sensors into your robot to allow for systematic control. Join your colleagues in the Grand Challenge to design, build and program a robot to explore an environment and return with a sample for investigation.

Technology Integration — Vodcasts Feb. 8-March 13, 2012
Participants will use various audio and video editing software tools to create video podcasts, or vodcasts. Each participant will begin by creating an enhanced podcast and build up to a vodcast through the creation of video and audio files. During the course, you will examine and use many of the NASA public domain resources for infusing STEM concepts into your projects.

Don’t Just Show Me the Numbers; Make Sense of the Information Feb. 29-April 3, 2012
Strengthen your understanding of the statistics content included in the Common Core Standards while deepening your understanding of data analysis, sampling and inference. Participants will use the four-step investigative approach for problem solving using statistics. Learn to use online interactive applications, NASA data sets and electronic collaborative tools for data collection.

Project-Based Inquiry LearningMarch 14-April 17, 2012
Develop skills in designing and using project-based inquiry learning, or PBIL, to enhance conceptual understanding, critical thinking, scientific reasoning and problem solving in standards-based classrooms. Experience and analyze two NASA-oriented PBIL projects firsthand; learn PBIL curriculum design strategies and methods; and design a PBIL unit for use in your classroom.

Technology Integration — 3-D Visualizations — March 21-April 24, 2012
Participants will learn how to use 3-D visualization tools to create models of complex objects. Introduction to systems engineering and the multidisciplinary engineering design processes such as product lifecycle management and integrated product and process development principles will be introduced.

Technology Integration — Turn Your Classroom Digital — April 4-May 8, 2012
Attendees
will learn how to create their own online course from start to finish. Participants will get an overview of online teaching models, learning management systems, instructional design models, Web 2.0 collaborative tools and online assessments. Participants will then combine the pieces and create an online course in a free learning management system.

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

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

Questions about these courses should be directed to Kristen Anderson at kristen.anderson@dlpe.gatech.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