NASA Education Express — Jan. 13, 2011

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

Education Opportunities in NASA STEM Workshop
Audience: Higher Education Institutions
Event Date: Jan. 20, 2011

NASA DLN Planetary Webcast Series
Audience: 5-8 Educators and Students
Event Dates: Jan. 20 – April 21, 2011

Free Webcast — Space Operations in 2011
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Event Date: Jan. 26, 2010

Space Exploration Educators Conference
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Feb. 3-5, 2011

2011 ACCESS Internships for Students With Disabilities

Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 11, 2011

2011 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2011

No Boundaries Project and Student Competition
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Entry Deadline: April 1, 2011

Education Innovation — Google Science Fair
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Entry Deadline: April 4, 2011

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Education Opportunities in NASA STEM Workshop

The NASA Office of Education will be accepting proposals under the Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) NASA Research Announcement. This new announcement is an umbrella announcement for opportunities under the Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP, and includes calls for proposals in the following program elements for Fiscal Year 2011:

— Curriculum Improvement Partnership Award for the Integration of Research into the Undergraduate Curriculum, or CIPAIR.
— Innovations in Global Climate Change Education, or IGCCE.
— MUREP Space Projects, or MSP.
— NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center Center-Unique Projects.
— NASA’s Stennis Space Center Center-Unique Projects.

Eligibility Information: Proposals will be accepted from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and other minority-serving institutions including those with high Hispanic enrollment. For some program elements, community colleges are also eligible. Public school districts and nonprofit organizations that reach a large number of under-represented and/or under-served audiences are also eligible. In some cases, NASA centers and other organizations may apply through partnership with the lead organization.

Interested parties may attend the EONS Workshop on Jan. 20, 2011, at the Westin Washington D.C. City Center. Onsite registration begins at 7:45 a.m. Participation is not required to submit a proposal.

For more information regarding this opportunity, please visit the EONS page on the NSPIRES website. Go to http://nspires.nasaprs.com and click on Solicitations, then on Open Solicitations.

Please e-mail any questions about this opportunity to NASAEONS2011@nasaprs.com.

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NASA DLN Planetary Webcast Series

NASA’s Digital Learning Network announces a series of monthly webcasts. Join Dr. Joel Levine each month as he features a different topic of planetary study and talks about what NASA has done to help us better understand our home planet and neighbors in our solar system. This series is designed to target middle school students.

The Earth and Other Planets: A Tour
Jan. 20, 2011, 1-2 p.m. EST
Join Dr. Joel Levine on a tour of the planets. This webcast will explore the surface features, atmospheric structure and composition, and moon and ring systems of the planets. Did you know the planets may be divided into two distinct groups? Learn more about the properties that distinguish the terrestrial planets from the gaseous outer planets.

The Earth: Up Close and Personal
Feb. 17, 2011, 1-2 p.m. EST
Join Dr. Joel Levine to learn more about our home planet. This webcast will explore the
components of the Earth system. The lithosphere (the solid planet), the hydrosphere (the water), the atmosphere (the air) and the biosphere (life) will be discussed. Various processes on the Earth system, such as volcanism and the water cycle, also will be discussed.

Mars: Up Close and Personal
March 17, 2011, 1-2 p.m. EST
Join Dr. Joel Levine to learn more about the Red Planet. Today, Mars is a cold, dry, inhospitable planet with a very thin atmosphere. Scientists believe that early Mars was very hospitable with abundant surface water and atmospheric pressure similar to Earth’s. This webcast will explore Mars’ past and what makes Mars and Earth so different today.


The Heat Is On: Global Warming — Causes and Consequences
April 21, 2011, 1-2 p.m. EST
Join Dr. Joel Levine to learn more about global warming and how it is affecting our planet.
The temperature of the surface of Earth and the other planets is controlled by incoming solar radiation and the outgoing thermal or infrared radiation generated at the surface by the absorption of the incoming solar radiation. This webcast will discuss the causes and consequences of global warming.

NASA’s Digital Learning Network allows the next generation of explorers to connect with scientists, engineers and researchers without leaving the classroom. The network provides distance-learning events designed to educate through demonstrations and real time interactions with NASA experts.

Three schools per time slot will be allowed to join Levine for this lecture series. All others may join via webcast.

For more information about this series of webcast events, visit
http://dln.nasa.gov/dln/.

If you have any questions about this webcast series, please contact Caryn Long at Caryn.Long@nasa.gov.

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Free Webcast — Space Operations in 2011

Astronauts and cosmonauts will continue to work on the International Space Station after the retirement of the space shuttle. Join Carla Rosenberg for an hourlong webcast on Jan. 26, 2011, at 4 p.m. EST, to find out what is next for human space exploration in 2011. The new NASA educational product for middle school grades called “Station Simulation” also will be discussed.

For more information and to view the webcast, visit
http://dln.nasa.gov.

Please e-mail any questions about this opportunity to Renee Elias at
nasa_renee@lcjvs.net.

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Space Exploration Educators Conference, Feb. 3-5, 2011

Register today for the 17th Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference, to be held Feb. 3-5, 2011, at Space Center Houston. This conference is for all K-12 educators. Activities presented use space-related themes to teach across the curriculum and can be used for science, language arts, mathematics, history and more.

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

For more information and to register for the conference, visit
http://spacecenter.org/TeachersSEEC.html.

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

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2011 ACCESS Internships for Students With Disabilities

Applications are now being accepted for the Achieving Competence in Computing, Engineering and Space Science project, also known as ACCESS. This 10-week, paid internship at NASA centers around the U.S. is designed for undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities.

Applicants should have strong backgrounds in science, a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and a desire to pursue technical careers. Students who are chosen will work with scientists and engineers in an area compatible with their skills and interests.

Applications for placement at NASA are due Feb. 11, 2011.

For more information, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/descriptions/Achieving_Competence.html.

Please e-mail any questions about this opportunity to
Laureen Summers at
lsummers@aaas.org.

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2011 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. 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, they submit a technical paper and give a SURF Seminar Day oral presentation.

All application materials must be received no later than Feb. 22, 2011. For more information, visit http://www.surf.caltech.edu/.

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

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No Boundaries Project and Student Competition

Encourage your classes to participate in the No Boundaries National Competition, a joint educational initiative created by NASA and USA TODAY Education. This competition is designed to help students explore careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The effort also offers students the opportunity to learn more about NASA.

When people hear the word “NASA,” they often think of astronauts’ amazing journeys. While astronauts are the public face of NASA, thousands of people at the space agency collaborate to send astronauts into space.

The goal of this project is for students to work in small groups to develop a creative project (website, video, podcast, song, etc.) that markets careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to teens. These student groups then will present their projects to their classmates and a class of younger peers.

The No Boundaries website includes a Teacher Toolkit and step-by-step instructions for teachers to implement the project in the classroom. Background information and links to websites with career information also are provided.

After presenting their projects, groups are encouraged to enter them in the No Boundaries National Competition. All contest entries must be submitted to USA TODAY Education no later than April 1, 2011. Winning teams can win $2,000, passes to a VIP NASA experience and the chance to present their project to NASA.

To learn more about the project and to enter the competition, visit
www.noboundaries-stemcareers.com.

Please e-mail any questions about the No Boundaries Competition to
Marcie Peck at mpeck@usatoday.com.

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Education Innovation — Google Science Fair

On Jan. 11, 2011, Google launched the inaugural Google Science Fair. Google has partnered with CERN, National Geographic, Scientific American and the LEGO Group to create this new STEM competition. This is a global competition open to any student aged 13-18, and students may enter as individuals or as teams of up to three. There is no entry fee. Registrations and submissions will be made online. The Science Fair will culminate in a celebratory event at Google headquarters in California in July 2011, where finalists will compete for internships, scholarships and prizes in front of a panel of celebrity scientist judges, including Nobel Laureates and household names.

Submissions are due by April 4, 2011. To sign up for free resource kits for your classroom or school, please visit the Global Science fair website at
http://www.google.com/sciencefair.

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

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


NASA Education Express — Jan. 6, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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OSSI:SOLAR Student Application Deadline Extension Announcement:


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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International Space Station EarthKAM Winter 2011 Mission

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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2011 Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program

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

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

Applications are due Jan. 28, 2011.

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

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NASA History Division Summer 2011 Internships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Electronic Professional Development Network Courses


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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. 2, 2010

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

NASA and You — NASA y Tú Website
Audience: 5-12 and Informal Educators and Students

Tiles for Teachers
Audience: All Educators

Live Webcast: Saturn Question and Answer Session With Students
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: Dec. 7, 2010

DLiNFocus: NASA Careers ‘What’s in Your Future?’ Special Event Series
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: Multiple dates beginning on Dec. 8, 2010

Free Webcast — The Air We Breathe
Audience: K-4 Educators
Event Date: Dec. 11, 2010

2011 NASA Academy
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: Jan. 18, 2011

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NASA and You — NASA y Tú Website

NASA and Univision Communications Inc. have launched an on-air and online initiative to help engage Hispanic students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education. View Spanish-language educational video segments featuring Hispanic employees from NASA and check out the online resources for educators. The website also includes information on educational opportunities for students.

To view the “NASA and You” website in Spanish, visit https://www.nasa.gov/educacion/nasaytu.

An English-language version of the website will be available in early 2011.

Inquiries about the NASA y Tú website should be directed to Ivelisse Gilman at Ivelisse.R.Gilman@nasa.gov.

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Tiles for Teachers

NASA is offering space shuttle tiles to schools. Perhaps you’d like to have one for your classroom? You’d better act quickly because a limited number are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

So, why are these tiles so “cool”?

Imagine that your school buses experience an extreme cold front followed by a heat wave, followed by another extreme cold front, followed by … Well, you get the point. What would be necessary to protect the students inside the buses when the temperature fluctuates from minus 200 F to plus 200 F every 90 minutes? How could you handle an occasional outside temperature of 1000 F? NASA scientists addressed this question over 50 years ago.

The space shuttle has made space exploration history over the past 30 years by regularly traveling through such extreme temperature fluctuations. Scientists and engineers collaborated to develop unique materials to withstand extreme temperatures. This led to the development of five space shuttles with their unique “skin” of shuttle tiles.

You or your students may have witnessed the more memorable launches. Perhaps you remember the first flight. Did you watch the flights that carried the Hubble Space Telescope into space or the flights to repair the telescope? Did you see any of the space shuttle dockings with the Russian Mir space station? Surely you witnessed one or several space shuttle launches to build or resupply the International Space Station? One hundred and thirty-three launches in 30 years have made space travel pretty routine. Have you gone outside at night and seen a space shuttle streak across the sky while attached to the space station? The space shuttles and their shuttle tiles have contributed immeasurably in making America a world leader in routine human spaceflight.

NASA is looking for ways to preserve this great history and inspire the next generation of space explorers, scientists and engineers. On Dec. 1, 2010, your school or university can sign up and request a space shuttle thermal protective tile. Remember, the tiles are available on a first-come, first-served, one-per-institution basis. Educators have an opportunity to share some technology and a piece of history with their students. Perhaps students will be inspired to hone their science, technology, engineering, or mathematics skills and seek careers in deep space exploration to Mars or beyond. Schools may request a tile at http://gsaxcess.gov/NASAWel.htm. Click on the tile icon to log on to the request page. A login ID and password may be obtained by registering on the link provided. A Department of Education statistics tracking number (NCES for schools or IPEDS for universities) is needed to register; hyperlinks are available to the sites to find your institution’s tracking number. Because the tiles are government property, a transfer protocol is observed (signatures and routing are done electronically). Recipients will be responsible for a shipping and handling fee of $23.40, which is accommodated by the shipping company through a secure website.

Additional information on tiles is available at the website as well as recommendations for curriculum and science lab projects. While you are at the website, you also can view and request other artifacts that are offered periodically. Directions for requesting artifacts are available on the website home page or via the link: http://gsaxcess.gov/htm/nasa/userguide/NASA_SSPA_Pamphlet.pdf.

For more information about the shuttle artifact donation program, read the feature article “Hands-on History” at https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/hands-on-history.html.

Questions about this program should be directed to Jerry Phillips at Jerome.Phillips@nasa.gov.

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Live Webcast: Saturn Question and Answer Session With Students

Cassini scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California will answer questions about Saturn from students who entered the Cassini Scientist for a Day essay contest.

This live event will air on the “NASAJPL” channel on Ustream (http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl2) on Dec. 7, 2010, at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST). This one-hour program will be archived for later viewing.

For more information, visit: http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/education/scientistforaday/.

Questions about this webcast and the Cassini Scientist for a Day contest should be directed to scientistforaday@jpl.nasa.gov.

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DLiNFocus: NASA Careers ‘What’s in Your Future?’ Special Event Series

Various subject matter experts from different NASA centers will be in the Digital Learning Network studios for a series of webcasts focusing on careers. Selected classrooms will be able to interact live with the scientists face to face through the DLN cameras. Each event will be webcast to allow students from all over the world to watch the interviews. Any student can interact by sending questions via e-mail.

Experts will share their academic experiences from elementary through college and talk about what motivated them to pursue their careers. They will discuss where those career paths lead. Students and teachers will have an opportunity to learn about the wide variety of career choices at NASA — astronauts aren’t the only folks who work here! The schedule of events through December includes:

Dec. 8: Dryden Flight Research Center featuring Kathleen Stanton — Nurse.
Dec. 15: Glenn Research Center featuring Mike Foreman — former astronaut and current Chief of External Programs at GRC.

Each hour-long webcast event begins at 2 p.m. ET.

Sign up today to become a part of this exciting opportunity to meet NASA employees live! For more information, visit the DLN website at http://dln.nasa.gov and click the Special Events button.

Inquiries about the DLiNFocus series should be directed to Caryn Long at Caryn.Long@nasa.gov.

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Free Webcast — The Air We Breathe

The Aerospace Education Services Project, or AESP, is presenting a free webcast on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at 10 a.m. EST. Join Aerospace Education Specialist Lester Morales during this hour-long webcast as he features NASA’s education resource book “The Air We Breathe.” This book is designed to help students enrich their science vocabulary, better understand Earth’s atmosphere and practice the scientific process. The book is a great vocabulary builder for English language learners.

For more information and to view the webcast, visit http://neon.psu.edu/11Dec2010.

If you have any questions about the webcast, please contact Chris Gamrat at cwg118@psu.edu.

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2011 NASA Academy

The NASA Academies offer a ten-week summer experience for college students with emphasis on immersive and integrated multi-disciplinary exposure and training. Activities include laboratory research, a group project, lectures, meetings with experts and administrators, visits to NASA centers and space-related industries, and technical presentations. Students learn how NASA and its centers operate, gain experience in world-class laboratories, and participate in leadership development and team-building activities.

The existing NASA Academies include:

NASA Space Academy at Ames Research Center, Glenn Research Center, Goddard Space Flight Center and Marshall Space Flight Center, with emphasis on Space Exploration.
NASA Lunar and Planetary Science Academy at Goddard Space Flight Center, with focus on lunar and planetary science mission design and operation, among others.
NASA Propulsion Academy at Marshall Space Flight Center, for those with interest in Propulsion careers.
NASA Robotics Academy at Marshall Space Flight Center, with an emphasis on Robotics.

New for the upcoming 2011 summer opportunity will be the NASA Aeronautics Academy at Glenn Research Center and Langley Research Center. The Aeronautics Academy will provide unique and valuable learning experiences for the next generation of leaders in Aeronautics, including project management and systems integration. U.S. citizens with majors in aeronautical or aerospace engineering, or related engineering and science disciplines are eligible to apply.

To be eligible to apply to any of the NASA Academies, students must be rising juniors or seniors at the undergraduate level or be at the early graduate level in an accredited U.S. college or university. Applications are due Jan. 18, 2011.

For more information and to apply online, visit https://www.academyapp.com/.

Questions about NASA Academy should be directed to academy@luxcg.com.

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

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