NASA Education Express — May 5, 2011

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

NASA Explorer Schools Live Video Chats: Focus on Your Future
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: May 6, 2011

NES Offers Web Seminars Through NSTA Learning Center
Audience: 4-12 Educators
Event Date: May 9, May 17 and May 25, 2011

Electronic Professional Development Network Course: Engage and Educate — Podcasts in the Classroom
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Course Dates: June 8 – July 12, 2011

New Educational Materials Available at NASA.gov
Space Lunch — Grades K-4
Comparing Comets — Grades 7-12
Core of Omega Centauri (NGC 5139) Lithograph — Grades 9-12
Carina Nebula Pillar Lithograph — Grades 11-12
Earth’s Energy Budget Poster — Grades 6-12
NASA and You Flier — Grades K-12

________________________________________________________________

NASA Explorer Schools Live Video Chats: Focus on Your Future

NASA Explorer Schools invites students in grades K-12 from across the U.S. and Department of Defense schools to participate in a live video chat about careers at NASA. Two chat events will take place live from the 2011 NES National Student Symposium at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 6, 2011. Chats will occur from 1:15 – 2 p.m. EDT and 2:15 – 3 p.m. EDT. Each chat with feature a panel of NASA scientists, engineers and specialists working on various projects at KSC. Students watching the chat over the Web are invited to submit questions to panelists through a chat window.

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

To learn more about the panelists participating in each webchat, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/career-panel-chat.html.

________________________________________________________________

NES Offers Web Seminars Through NSTA Learning Center

NASA Explorer Schools has teamed with the National Science Teachers Association, or NSTA, to offer Web seminars featuring NASA educational resources. Tech support is available during each of the Web seminars. To register, click on the link below each seminar description. If you do not already have a free Learning Center account, you will be prompted to create one.

Satellite Meteorology: Monitoring the Global Environment — May 9, 2011, 6:30-8 p.m. EDT
The Satellite Meteorology Web seminar features “Monitoring the Global Environment,” one of eight modules within the Satellite Meteorology course. The activities within this module incorporate the use of authentic data taken from satellites in NASA’s GOES (Geostationary Operational, Environmental, Satellites) and POES (Polar Operational, Environmental, Satellites) program.
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES/webseminar10.aspx

Earth Climate Course — May 17, 2011, 6:30-8 p.m. EDT
In this Web seminar, you will learn the answer to the question, “What factors have the greatest influence on the temperature of a planet?” The featured lesson is “Modeling Hot and Cold Planets” from the educator guide, where students design an experiment to determine the factors having the greatest influence on the temperature of a planet. Students test their hypotheses using physical and computer models.
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES/webseminar2.aspx

The Virtual Lab — May 25, 2011, 6:30-8 p.m. EDT
This Web seminar focuses on using a free, downloadable computer program that simulates a scanning electron microscope. Selected specimens from life sciences, physical sciences, and Earth and space sciences related to current NASA research will be featured. With this virtual tool, your students have access to high-powered simulated scientific instrumentation with 90 different specimens and three different virtual tools: atomic force microscope, scanning electron microscope and fluorescence light microscope.
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES/webseminar7.aspx


Please email any questions about these Web seminars to
webseminars@nsta.org.

________________________________________________________________

Electronic Professional Development Network Course: Engage and Educate — Podcasts in the Classroom

NASA’s Learning Environments and Research Network and the Georgia Institute of Technology have teamed up to offer 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!

The application is now open for the following course:

Engage and Educate: Podcasts in the Classroom (June 8 – July 12, 2011)
Learn how podcasts can be integrated in classroom lessons to engage students in STEM disciplines. In this course the benefits as well as obstacles to podcasts will be discussed and participants will be introduced to the tools and techniques of creating podcasts. Participants will finish by creating their own podcasts using NASA resources. This course is designed for beginners who have little or no experience with podcasts.

To learn more about this free course and to apply online, visit
https://www.nasaepdn.gatech.edu/certificates/technologyintegration.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 Sponsler at
fran.sponsler@dlpe.gatech.edu.

________________________________________________________________

New Educational Materials Available at NASA.gov

The Educational Materials section of NASA’s Web site offers classroom activities, educator guides, posters and other types of resources that are available for use in the classroom. Materials are listed by type, grade level and subject. The following items are now available.

Space Lunch — Grades K-4

Learn about nutrition and space food at the same time. In this “collapse-type” game, match foods and food groups to beat the clock and reveal a picture of astronauts and their space food.

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

Comparing Comets — Grades 7-12

In this activity, students
Compare surface features on the nucleus of two comets.
— Explain some possible causes for differences between the two nuclei.
— List questions that you have about the surface of comet nuclei.

The student pages include images of comet Wild 2 (pronounced “Vilt-2”) and comet Tempel 1 for students to compare the nucleus of each. The student pages also include a digital image analysis procedure for high school students.

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

Core of Omega Centauri (NGC 5139) Lithograph — Grades 9-12

A globular cluster is a tight-knit collection of many thousands, sometimes even millions, of stars born at almost the same time and place. The image of NGC 5139, a globular cluster, is on the first page of the lithograph. Background information about Omega Centauri is on the second page. The lithograph includes a Level One Inquiry activity entitled “In Search of … Stellar Evolution,” in which students research the variety of colors of stars.

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

Carina Nebula Pillar Lithograph — Grades 11-12


Carina Nebula Pillar is an active, three-light-year-tall pillar of gas and dust in the southern constellation Carina. The image of the pillar is on the first page of the lithograph. Background information about the “Mystic Mountain” is on the second page. The lithograph includes a Level One Inquiry activity entitled “In Search of … Star Formation,” in which students research how stars form.

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

Earth’s Energy Budget Poster — Grades 6-12

Earth’s heat engine does more than simply move heat from one part of the surface to another; it also moves heat from Earth’s surface and lower atmosphere back to space. This flow of incoming and outgoing energy is Earth’s energy budget.

The front of the Earth’s Energy Budget Poster depicts incoming, reflected, absorbed and emitted solar radiation. The back of the poster is divided into eight parts with background information, a lesson plan, a vocabulary matching activity and career information.

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

NASA and You Flier — Grades K-12

This flier describes how teachers can access the NASA and You (NASA y Tú) website. The bilingual site is designed to inspire Latino students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. NASA y Tú consists of 30-second educational video segments, interview clips with Hispanic researchers and educational resources for parents and teachers.

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

________________________________________________________________

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

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

NASA Education Express — April 28, 2011

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

New NASA eClips Video and Educator Guides Available
Audience: 6-12 Educators

Celebrate Space Day at the National Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: May 7, 2011

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

Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Registration Deadline for Interactive Opportunity: April 29, 2011
Event Date: May 9, 2011

2011 National Community College Aerospace Scholars Program
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: June 2, 2011

National Space Biomedical Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Notice of Intent Deadline: May 18, 2011
Application Deadline: June 20, 2011

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


________________________________________________________________

New NASA eClips Video and Educator Guides Available

As you wait for the space shuttle Endeavour to launch on its last mission on April 29, check out the new educator guides and video that NASA eClips™ has rolled out for April.

Educator Guides
— Launchpad: The Great Boomerang Challenge (grades 9-12)
— Real World: Balloon Aerodynamics Challenge (grades 6-8)

Video
Real World: Mercury’s MESSENGER Reveals Mysteries (grades 6-8) — How long is a day on Mercury? Why does the planet have a 600-degree range in temperature? MESSENGER, NASA’s first mission to Mercury in 30 years, will capture stunning imagery, determine the composition of the surface and measure Mercury’s unusual magnetic field. So, what are you waiting for? Stay awhile and learn more.

To learn more about NASA eClips™ and how the program may benefit your classroom, visit
NASA eClips™ on the Web.

________________________________________________________________

Celebrate Space Day at the National Air and Space Museum

Celebrate Space Day at the National Air and Space Museum, on Saturday, May 7, 2011. This event is sponsored by Lockheed Martin. Space Day is a perennial favorite at the National Air and Space Museum. Visitors enjoy hands-on activities; meet NASA astronauts, scientists and engineers; find out how space suits are made; design a mission patch; and learn about space from museum experts. All of the activities take place amid the awe-inspiring collection of historic aviation and space artifacts in the museum’s National Mall building.

For a list of scheduled events, visit
http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=2506.

________________________________________________________________

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

________________________________________________________________

2011 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 math, science, engineering or computer science by interacting with engineers at a NASA center.

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 June 2, 2011.

For more information and to apply online, visit
http://aerospacescholars.jsc.nasa.gov/NCAS/.

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

________________________________________________________________

National Space Biomedical Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The National Space Biomedical Research Institute, or NSBRI, seeks solutions to health concerns facing astronauts on long missions. This research also benefits patients on Earth. The NSBRI is soliciting applications for its Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

The NSBRI’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program provides support for postdoctoral fellows in any U.S. laboratory carrying out space-related biomedical or biotechnological research. Funding is for a two-year period with an option for a third year of support. Applicants must prepare proposals with the support of a mentor, and all proposals are evaluated by a peer-review panel.

Interested applicants are asked to submit a Notice of Intent by May 18, 2011, but an NOI is not required.

Applications are due June 20, 2011.

For detailed information on the application process, visit
http://www.nsbri.org/EDUCATION-and-TRAINING/Student-Graduate-and-Fellowship-Opportunities/Postdoctoral-Fellowship/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to
postdoc@nsbri.org.

________________________________________________________________

Pre-Proposal Telecon May 2, 2011 — 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)

A pre-proposal telecon will be held on Monday, May 2, 2011, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. EDT. NASA plans to post written questions and answers and teleconference charts to the NSPIRES website. An opportunity to ask questions and solicit clarification will be provided in the teleconference. To dial into the teleconference, call 1-888-469-1385. The participant passcode is CP4SMP. Please dial in several minutes early to allow operators time to take roll call. For relay services for the hearing impaired, call 711 at least 30 minutes before the call is to begin.

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


________________________________________________________________

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

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

NASA Education Express — April 21, 2011

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

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

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

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

Event Date: May 9, 2011

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


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

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

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

Workshop Date: July 28-29, 2011

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

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

Application Deadline: Dec. 31, 2011

________________________________________________________________

Spiders in Space: Nine Days Before Launch

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

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

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

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

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

________________________________________________________________

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

________________________________________________________________

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

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

There are three education opportunities in this ROSES NRA.

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

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

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

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

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

________________________________________________________________

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

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

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

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

Applications for grants are due June 30, 2011.

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

________________________________________________________________

Training Workshops for Afterschool Universe Astronomy Program

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

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

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

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

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

________________________________________________________________

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

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

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

________________________________________________________________

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

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

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

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

To learn more about NASA’s broad education initiatives, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/education.

________________________________________________________________

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

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

NASA Education Express — April 14, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

________________________________________________________________

Live Video Chat: Building and Testing Solid Fuel Rocket Motors

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

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

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

________________________________________________________________

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

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

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

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

________________________________________________________________

National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

________________________________________________________________

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

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

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

________________________________________________________________

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

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

NASA Education Express — March 24, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

________________________________________________________________

PBS Design Squad Nation: ‘One Giant Leap’

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

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

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

________________________________________________________________

NASA Explorer Schools Live Video Chat: Women at NASA

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

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

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

________________________________________________________________

Join the Worldwide GLOBE at Night 2011 Campaign

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

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

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

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

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

________________________________________________________________

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

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

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

Applications are due May 31, 2011.

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

________________________________________________________________

NASA LEARN and NES Offering Webinars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

________________________________________________________________

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 Message — March 17, 2011

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

NASA Launches Women@NASA Website
Audience: All Educators and Students

NASA Webchat — Data Mining Digs up Clues for Aviation Safety
Audience: 9-Higher Education Educators and Students
Event Date: March 23, 2011


Free Webcasts — Physics Phundamentals
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: March 24, 2011

Free Exploring Space Lecture Series — Attend in Person or View Online
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Dates: Monthly March 24 – June 9, 2011

2011 Heliophysics Educator Ambassador Program
Audience: 6-8 Educators
Application Deadline: March 25, 2011


Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Event Dates: Multiple Dates March 26 – July 17, 2011

NASA Seeks Partners To Manage Night Rover, Nano-Sat Launcher Challenges
Audience: U.S. Non-Profit Organizations

Night Rover Challenge Proposal Deadline: April 22, 2011
Nano-Satellite Launcher Challenge Proposal Deadline: May 6, 2011

Airborne Research Experiences for Educators and Students
Audience: 6-9 Educators

Application Deadline: April 29, 2011


________________________________________________________________

NASA Launches Women@NASA Website

To celebrate Women’s History Month, NASA recently unveiled a new website that features women in NASA careers telling their stories in their own words. The website has 32 video interviews with women of diverse backgrounds who represent different aspects of the agency’s work. Subjects include NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver, astronauts, engineers and scientists. They discuss their accomplishments and offer encouragement to women and girls considering technical careers so they can become the trailblazers of tomorrow. The site also provides information about NASA internships and career opportunities.

To watch the interviews and learn more, visit
http://women.nasa.gov.

________________________________________________________________

NASA Webchat — Data Mining Digs up Clues for Aviation Safety

When an airplane flies through the air, hundreds of data streams — pilot reports, incident reports, control positions, instrument positions and warning modes — fly from it every second. There’s so much data, it has been difficult for airlines to do anything other than search for the cause of something that has already happened.

Enter the data mining detectives from NASA. Data mining involves analyzing mountains of data and summarizing it into useful information. (Popular search engines do this every second.) NASA’s is using data mining to search for clues that could predict safety issues.

On March 23, 2011, at 2 p.m. EDT, join a live webchat with NASA data mining expert Ashok Srivastava and Southwest Airlines’ Flight Safety Director Jeff Hamlett to find out what makes data mining so hard and how airlines are using data mining “gold” to make flying safer.

To learn more about the chat and how to participate visit
https://www.nasa.gov/connect/chat/data_mining_chat.html.

(NOTE: Both chat guests will also talk about data mining on “The Leading Edge,” which streams live on NASA TV at
www.nasa.gov on March 23, from 11 a.m.-noon EDT. To read more about “The Leading Edge,” visit http://www.aeronautics.nasa.gov/leading_edge_data_mining.htm.)

________________________________________________________________

Free Webcasts — Physics Phundamentals

Join educators Rachel Power and Joshua Santora from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida as they explore what happens when physics and fun collide. Become a virtual member of the audience at Busch Gardens Tampa during this full velocity Physics Phundamentals show, which is offered exclusively to Physics Day students.

Each 30-minute show is designed to show students how physics is something that is encountered constantly. Topics such as action/reaction (Newton’s Third Law), combustion/propulsion, kinetic/potential energy, states of matter/phase change, inelastic collisions and sound waves will be covered in each show.

Four webcasts will take place on March 24, 2011. Shows will begin at 9:30 a.m. EDT, 10:30 a.m. EDT, 11:30 a.m. EDT, and 12:30 p.m. EDT.

For more information and to watch the webcasts, visit
http://dln.nasa.gov/dln/.

Questions about the Physics Phundamentals webcasts should be e-mailed to Rachel Power at
Rachel.B.Power@nasa.gov.

________________________________________________________________

Free Exploring Space Lecture Series — Attend in Person or View Online

The 2011 Exploring Space Lectures will feature world-class scholars discussing the incredibly diverse worlds that make up our solar system. The lectures will be held at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., and are free to attend. Tickets are required. The lectures will be webcast live for free viewing online. Lecture videos will be archived.

The Solar Dynamics Observatory: The Sun Up Close and Personal
NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, is designed to help us better understand how the sun works and how it influences our lives. Project Scientist Dean Pesnell will discuss how SDO will change how we see the sun inside and out in this lecture illustrated with spectacular images and video.

The lecture will take place on March 24, 2011, at 8 p.m. Come early to see a free film and to meet the lecturer.

For more information, visit
http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=2768.

Mars: A Dynamic World
A camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captures images of Mars in greater detail than ever before and records the effects of active processes shaping the surface. Alfred McEwen of the University of Arizona
will discuss the dynamic activity on Mars and its implications for possible life, including visitors from Earth.

The lecture will take place on April 7, 2011, at 8 p.m. Come early to see a free film and to meet the lecturer.

For more information, visit
http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=2769.

Exploring Mercury by Spacecraft: The MESSENGER Mission
Until recently, Mercury was the least explored of the terrestrial planets, visited only by Mariner 10 in the 1970s. In March 2011, the MESSENGER spacecraft goes into orbit around Mercury. Principal Investigator Sean Solomon will guide attendees through the latest images and mission results.

The lecture will take place on May 12, 2011, at 8 p.m. Come early to see a free film and to meet the lecturer.

For more information, visit
http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=2770.

The Early Solar System: Dawn at Vesta
In July 2011, the Dawn spacecraft will begin to orbit Vesta, the second most massive object in the asteroid belt. Just weeks before the spacecraft arrives at this previously unseen world, join Co-Investigator Carle Pieters as she discusses the Dawn spacecraft and how we will study the surface of Vesta.

The lecture will take place on June 9, 2011, at 8 p.m. Come early to see a free film and to meet the lecturer.

For more information, visit
http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=2771.

________________________________________________________________

2011 Heliophysics Educator Ambassador Program


The 2011 NASA Heliophysics Educator Ambassador Program is currently accepting applications. The program kicks off with a weeklong teacher professional development workshop July 18-22, 2011, at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Ill.

The workshop will focus on in-depth learning experiences in Earth, space and physical science topics for educators teaching in middle school grades. The goal of this program is for participants to gain a better understanding of these content areas and develop the capacity to train other teachers on NASA Heliophysics science and educational resources.

Lodging support for out-of-town participants and stipends for all participants are available.

Applications are due March 25, 2011.

For more information about the Heliophysics Educator Ambassador Program and how to apply, visit
http://www.adlerplanetarium.org/educate/pd.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to
learn@adlerplanetarium.org.

________________________________________________________________

Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops

The Center for Astronomy Education announces a series of educator workshops for astronomy educators. Advanced workshops are available for participants who have taken part in previous CAE workshops.

The overarching goal of these workshops is for participants to become familiar with research-validated active engagement teaching strategies and assessment materials, as well as how to implement them in their college courses, through role-playing, modeling, practice, and more! To accomplish this goal, participants will learn how to create productive learning environments beginning with a brief review of research on the nature of teaching and learning. Most workshop time will be spent with participants playing the roles of student, instructor, and critical friend to practice implementing active engagement strategies such as interactive lectures, Think-Pair-Share, interactive demonstrations and videos, collaborative groups, Lecture-Tutorials and Ranking Tasks.

One-day Regional Teaching Exchanges are also available. The Regional Exchanges bring past workshop participants, as well as those local to a particular region who were not able to participate in a past workshop, the opportunity to network with their local community of instructors.

March 26, 2011 — New Palz, N.Y.
NASA CAE Northeast Regional Teaching Exchange

April 15-16, 2011 — El Paso, Texas
Improving the College Introductory Courses Through Active Engagement
: A Tier I (Introductory) Workshop

April 16, 2011 — Seattle, Wash.
NASA CAE Northwest Regional Teaching Exchange

May 21-22, 2011 — Boston, Mass.
Improving the College Introductory Astronomy Survey Course for Non-Science Majors Through Active Engagement: A Tier I (Introductory) Workshop

May 22, 2011 — Boston, Mass.
NASA CAE Tier II (Advanced) Special Topics Workshop: Using Technology in the Classroom

July 16-17, 2011 — Hilo, Hawai’i

Effective Implementation of Interactive Instructional Strategies to Improve Learning in Earth and Space Science Introductory Classrooms: A Tier I (Introductory) Workshop

For more information and to register for workshops online, visit
http://astronomy101.jpl.nasa.gov/workshops/index.cfm.

Inquiries about this series of workshops should be directed to
Gina Brissenden at
gbrissenden@as.arizona.edu.

________________________________________________________________

NASA Seeks Partners To Manage Night Rover, Nano-Sat Launcher Challenges

NASA is seeking partner organizations to manage the agency’s upcoming Night Rover and Nano-Satellite Launcher Centennial Challenges.

NASA’s Centennial Challenges are prize competitions for technological achievements by independent teams who work without government funding. The challenges are extended to individuals, groups and companies working outside the traditional aerospace industry. Unlike most contracts or grants, awards only are made after solutions are successfully demonstrated.

Teams competing in the Night Rover Challenge will need to demonstrate a solar-powered exploration vehicle that can operate in darkness, using its own stored energy. NASA is offering a prize purse of $1.5 million for the rover challenge. The Nano-Satellite Launcher Challenge is to place a small satellite into Earth orbit, twice in one week, with a prize purse of $2 million.

The objective of the Night Rover Challenge is to stimulate innovations in energy storage technologies of value in extreme space environments, such as the surface of the moon, or for electric vehicles and renewable energy systems on Earth. Currently, the solar-powered Mars rovers “go to sleep” during the Martian night. NASA hopes the Night Rover Challenge will generate new ideas that will allow planetary rovers the ability to take on a night shift, and possibly create new energy storage technologies for applications on our home planet.

The Nano-Satellite Launcher Challenge goal is to stimulate innovations in low-cost launch technology for frequent access to Earth orbit while encouraging creation of commercial nano-satellite delivery services. Decreasing the cost of reliably sending small payloads to Earth orbit in a timely manner could create entire new markets for U.S. businesses and provide opportunities for students and researchers to harness the environment of space for technology development and innovative problem solving.

Centennial Challenge events typically include media and public audiences, and may be televised on NASA Television or streamed online. NASA’s agency website also covers the competitions. The competitions provide high-visibility opportunities to partner organizations and sponsors for public outreach.

NASA will choose U.S. non-profit organizations to manage the contests from proposals in response to agency opportunity notices available at
http://go.usa.gov/40P and http://go.usa.gov/49N.

The organizations that will manage the challenges also will seek sponsors and teams, and conduct publicity and administration of the actual contests. Once selected, the allied organizations will collaborate with NASA to announce challenge rules and details on how teams may enter.

Allied organizations generally seek sponsorships of all monetary sizes and in-kind contributions while providing public recognition to competition sponsors. Arrangements for competition sponsorships will be negotiated directly between the allied organizations and the sponsors and may include competition naming rights for significant contributors.

NASA also is seeking private and corporate sponsors for the Strong Tether, Power Beaming, Green Flight and Sample Return Robot Challenges. NASA is looking for companies, organizations or individuals interested in sponsoring the non-profit allied organizations that manage the prize competitions.

Potential sponsors include for-profit companies and corporations, universities and other non-profit or educational organizations, professional or public organizations, and individuals. Those interested in discussing sponsorship opportunities should respond to a Request for Information at
http://go.usa.gov/459.

For more information about NASA’s Centennial Challenges Program, visit https://www.nasa.gov/challenges.

For more information about NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist, visit https://www.nasa.gov/oct.

________________________________________________________________

Airborne Research Experiences for Educators and Students

The NASA Airborne Research Experiences for Educators and Students, or AREES, program is recruiting science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or STEM, and language arts pre-service and in-service educators of students in grades 6-9 to participate in a three-day experiential workshop in Palmdale, Calif. Workshops will be offered July 13-15 and July 27-29, 2011. Participants will learn how NASA conducts airborne science and flight research via NASA interactive, technology-rich learning module for teachers and students.

The workshop is designed to:
1.  Increase educators’ core scientific and research knowledge bases.
2.  Model and promote use of scientific inquiry through problem-based learning.
3.  Provide STEM teachers with a variety of alternative instructional strategies.
4.  Increase commitment and competency to teaching interactive, technology-rich curricula.
5.  Foster use of interdisciplinary teams.

The AREES workshop anchors pre-service and in-service educators in a community of scientific practice through interactions with NASA engineers and scientists. Attendees also visit NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif., and NASA’s Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif. Further, educators will learn how to participate in an innovative, emergent teacher-student design challenge: Plan a Flight Mission — Improving Earthquake Monitoring. Select teams and individuals who participate in the challenge may be able to participate in a real airborne research experience in 2012!

Applications will be accepted through April 29, 2011, or until workshops are filled. Applications received after that date will receive consideration as space permits. Teams of two to four teachers are encouraged to apply.

For more information, visit
http://www.aeroi.org/K6.php. Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Shaun Smith at shaun.smith@nasa.gov.

The AREES program is offered through the Aerospace, Education, Research and Operations Institute in Palmdale, Calif., and California State University, Fullerton, in partnership with NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center and the Teaching From Space program at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

________________________________________________________________

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

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

NASA Education Express — March 10, 2011

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

Teaching From Space Seeks Educators to DefyGravity
Audience: K-12 Educators
Proposal Deadline: March 14, 2011

Women In STEM High School AerospaceScholars
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Deadline: March 14, 2011

NASA Explorer Schools Live Video Chat:Aquarius Habitat — Analog to the International Space Station
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: March 15, 2011

DLiNFocus:NASA Careers ‘What’s in Your Future?’ Special Event Series — Special Women’sHistory Month Editions
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Dates: Each Wednesday at 2 p.m. EDT

NASA DLN PlanetaryWebcast Series
Audience: 5-8 Educators and Students
Event Dates: March 17 – April 21, 2011

Sun-Earth Day 2011: Ancient Mysteries –Future Discoveries
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: March 19, 2011

Pre-Service Teacher Institutes atNASA’s Johnson Space Center
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: March 22, 2011
Institute Dates: June 19-24 and July 24-29, 2011

International Space StationEarthKAM Spring 2011 Mission
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Event Date: April 5-8, 2011

Host a Downlink With the Space Station
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: April 29, 2011

2011 INSPIRE Project
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Application Deadline: June 30, 2011

NASA’sTeaching From Space Office Unveils New Website
Audience: All Educators

Spiders in Space Experiment andTeacher’s Guide
Audience: All Educators

________________________________________________________________

Teaching From Space Seeks Educators to Defy Gravity

Teaching From Space, a NASA Education office, in partnership with theReduced Gravity Education Flight Program announces the opportunity foreducators across the country to conduct research in a unique reduced-gravityenvironment. For the first time, this incredible opportunity is open to anycurrent K-12 classroom teacher in the United States. Participants must also beU.S. citizens.

This experience will enable selected educator teams to propose, design andfabricate a reduced-gravity experiment and subsequently test and evaluate theirexperiment aboard a microgravity aircraft. This aircraft flies approximately 30roller-coaster-like climbs and dips to produce periods of micro- andhyper-gravity, ranging from 0 g’s to2 g’s.

Fourteen teams of four to five educators will be selected from this applicationprocess to travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Educatorswill participate in Reduced Gravity Flight Week June 24 – July 2, 2011, and fly their own experiments aboard NASA’sReduced Gravity Aircraft.

Educator teams interested in testing an experiment in this unique environmentneed to submit a proposal no later than March 14, 2011. For moreinformation, check out http://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov/tfs or send an e-mail to jsc-rgeducator@nasa.gov.

________________________________________________________________

Women In 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 spring 2011with an online community. The project culminates with a summer experience atNASA’s Johnson Space Center. Collaborate with girls from across the country andfemale NASA engineers and interns.

Applications are due March 14, 2011.

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

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

This opportunity is provided by Teaching FromSpace, a NASA education project. Teaching From Space promotes learningopportunities and builds partnerships with the education community using theunique environment of space and NASA’s human spaceflight program.

________________________________________________________________

NASA Explorer Schools Live Video Chat: Aquarius Habitat– Analog to the International Space Station

NASA Explorer Schools invites students in grades K-12 from acrossthe U.S. and Department of Defense schools to participate in a live video chatwith NASA engineer aquanaut Tara Ruttley. The event will take place on March 15, 2011, at 1 p.m. EDT.Students and teachers can submit questions to Dr. Ruttley during this hour-longchat. Ruttley will answer questions about participating in the NEEMO 6 projectand her career as an engineer aquanaut and Associate International SpaceStation Program Scientist.

Go to the chatpage on the NASA Explorer Schools Virtual Campus website to participate inthe webchat. You’ll find background information aboutRuttley and links to NEEMO. You do not need to be a participant of the NASAExplorer Schools project to join the chat. To learn more about NES, pleasevisit the explorerschools.nasa.govwebsite and click on the What Is NES? video or the About NES link.

________________________________________________________________

DLiNFocus: NASA Careers ‘What’sin Your Future?’ Special Event Series — Special Women’s History Month Editions

Various subject matter experts from different NASA centers will bein the Digital Learning Network studios for a series of webcasts focusing oncareers. Selected classrooms will be able to interact live with the scientiststhrough the DLN cameras. Each event will be webcast to allow students from allover the world to watch the interviews. Any student can interact by sendingquestions via e-mail.

Experts will share their academic experiences from elementary through collegeand talk about what motivated them to pursue their careers. They will discusswhere those career paths lead. Students and teachers will have an opportunityto learn about the variety of career choices at NASA — astronauts aren’t theonly folks who work here! The schedule of events through March 2011 includes:

— March 16: Multiple NASA centers featuring Debbie Goodenow-Messman, electricaland nuclear engineer; Heather Hickman, aerospace engineer; and Amy Stalker,mechanical engineer.
— March 23: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center featuring Katie Collins, researchanalyst with the Global Inventory Monitoring and Mapping Studies branch.

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

Sign up today to become a part of this exciting opportunity to meet NASAemployees 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.

________________________________________________________________

NASA DLNPlanetary Webcast Series

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

Mars: Up Close and Personal
March 17, 2011, 1-2 p.m.EDT
Join Dr. Joel Levine to learn more about the RedPlanet. Today, Mars is a cold, dry, inhospitable planet with a very thinatmosphere. Scientists believe that early Mars was very hospitable withabundant surface water and atmospheric pressure similar to Earth’s. Thiswebcast will explore Mars’ past and what makes Mars and Earth so differenttoday.

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

NASA’s Digital Learning Network allows the nextgeneration of explorers to connect with scientists, engineers and researcherswithout leaving the classroom. The network provides distance-learning eventsdesigned to educate through demonstrations and real time interactions with NASAexperts.

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

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

________________________________________________________________

Sun-Earth Day 2011: Ancient Mysteries –Future Discoveries

Join NASA in celebrating Sun-Earth Day on March 19, 2011.

Sun-Earth Day comprises a series of programs and events that occur throughoutthe year, culminating with a celebration on or near the spring equinox. Thisyear’s theme, “Ancient Mysteries — Future Discoveries,” opens the door to amuch deeper understanding of the sun and its impact across the ages.

Over the past 10 years, the NASA Sun-Earth Day team has sponsored andcoordinated education and public outreach events to highlight NASA heliophysicsresearch and discoveries. The SED team’s strategy involves using celestialevents, such as total solar eclipses and the transit of Venus, as well asSun-Earth Day during the March equinox, to engage K-12 schools and the publicin space science activities, demonstrations and interactions with spacescientists.

On March 19, 2011, join theSun-Earth Day team for a live Sun-Earth Day webcast. For this webcast, the teamwill combine forces with the award-winning NASA EDGE team known for theiroffbeat, funny and informative look behind the NASA curtain. The webcast willfocus on sites in the United States and Mexico that present uniqueopportunities to develop cultural connections to Native Americans, highlightingthe importance of the sun across the ages.

You can participate in this year’s celebration through Twitter! Over 100participants will be attending a tweetup at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centerin Greenbelt, Md. Everyone talking about the webcast and tweetup will add #SED2011 or #NASATweetup to the end of their tweet. Don’t miss outon a variety of very lively conversations! To learn how to host your owntweetup, visit http://sunearthday.nasa.gov/2011/about/launchinfo.php.

For more information, educational resources and social media connections, visitthe Sun-Earth Day website at http://sunearthday.nasa.gov/2011.

Questions about Sun-Earth Day events should be e-mailed to sunearthday@gmail.com.

________________________________________________________________

Pre-Service Teacher Institutes at NASA’sJohnson Space Center

The Pre-Service Teacher Institute is a one-week summer residentialsession for early childhood and elementary education majors preparing to teachin an elementary or middle school classroom. Two institutes will take placethis year: June 19-24 and July 24-29, 2011. Both events will take place at NASA’sJohnson Space Center in Houston.

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

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

The application period closes on March 22, 2011.For more information, visit http://education.jsc.nasa.gov/psti/default.htm.

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

________________________________________________________________

International Space Station EarthKAM Spring 2011 Mission

Middle school educators are invited tojoin NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAM Spring 2011 Mission fromApril 5-8, 2011. Find out more about this exciting opportunitythat allows students to take pictures of Earth from a digital camera aboard theInternational Space Station.

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

For more information about the projectand 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.

________________________________________________________________

Host a Downlink With the SpaceStation

NASA is seeking formal and informal education institutions andorganizations, individually or working together, to host a live, in-flighteducation downlink during Expeditions 29 and 30 (approximately from September2011 to March 2012). To maximize these downlink opportunities, NASA is lookingfor organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integratethe downlink into a well-developed education plan. The deadline to submit aproposal is April 29, 2011.

Downlinks are approximately 20 minutes in length and allow students andeducators to interact with the astronauts through a question-and-answersession. A downlink is a modified video conference in which participants seeand hear the crew members live from space, but the crew does not see theaudience. Downlinks afford education audiences the opportunity to learnfirst-hand from astronauts what it is like to live and work in space. Downlinksare broadcast live on NASA TV and are streamed on the NASA website. Due to thenature of human spaceflight, organizations must demonstrate the flexibility toaccommodate changes in downlink dates and times.

For more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/teachingfromspace/students/downlinks.html.

Interested parties should contact Teaching From Space to obtain informationrelated to expectations, content, format, audience, application guidelines andforms by sending an e-mail to JSC-Teaching-From-Space@mail.nasa.gov or by calling 281-244-7608.

________________________________________________________________

2011 INSPIRE Project

U.S. high school students are invitedto participate in NASA’s Interdisciplinary National Science ProgramIncorporating Research Experience, or INSPIRE, through an online learningcommunity. INSPIRE is designed to encourage students in ninth through 12thgrades to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Applications are being accepted through June30, 2011. NASA will make selections for the program in September. Theselected students and their parents will participate in an online learningcommunity with opportunities to interact with peers, NASA engineers andscientists. The online community also provides appropriate grade leveleducational activities, discussion boards and chat rooms for participants togain exposure to careers and opportunities available at NASA.

Students selected for the program also will have the option to compete forunique grade-appropriate experiences during the summer of 2012 at NASAfacilities and participating universities. The summer experience providesstudents with a hands-on opportunity to investigate education and careers inthe STEM disciplines.

INSPIRE is part of NASA’s education strategy to attract and retain students inthe STEM disciplines critical to NASA’s missions. For more information aboutINSPIRE, visit https://www.nasa.gov/education/INSPIRE.

To apply for the program, visit https://inspire.okstate.edu/index.cfm?liftoff=login.LoginForm.

________________________________________________________________

NASA’s Teaching From SpaceOffice Unveils New Website

Teaching From Space is a team of former classroom teachers devoted tohelping educators make science, technology, engineering and mathematics, orSTEM, come alive for learners. Each experience and resource offered throughTeaching From Space is intended to be unique and accessible and to providereal-life connections to the world of STEM.

Teaching From Space recently unveiled a new website. This site providesinformation on many opportunities available through the Teaching From SpaceOffice. Opportunities range from capturing images of Earth by remotelyprogramming a camera aboard the International Space Station to launching anexperiment on a NASA weather balloon. Teaching From Space even can put you intouch with astronauts aboard the International Space Station to answerquestions related to your classroom studies.

The new site also features a section devoted to women and female students whoserve as role models for future generations. Celebrate Women’s History Month byreading about some of the women at NASA and the paths they followed to achievetheir goals.

In addition to hands-on activities, the website features electronic resourcesdesigned with busy educators in mind. Quickly and easily find everythingneeded, from short video clips to lesson plans, to infuse your classroom withNASA-unique content.

To find available opportunities and to learn more about Teaching From Space,visit https://www.nasa.gov/education/tfs.

Questions about Teaching From Space should be directed to JSC-Teaching-From-Space@mail.nasa.gov.

________________________________________________________________

Spiders in Space Experiment and Teacher’s Guide

In April 2011, an orb weaver spider will join the STS-134 crewaboard space shuttle Endeavour for a trip to the International Space Station.Once on board the space station, the spider will star in an exciting experimentto observe its behaviors in microgravity. The spider will live in a safe environmentthat provides food and water. The special habitat allows the spider to bemonitored continuously. Real-time photos and video of the spider will betransmitted from the space station back to Earth and made available on the“Spiders in Space” Mission page.

Baylor College of Medicine in Houston has created a complete curricular module.It will allow students and teachers worldwide to conduct their own classroominvestigations comparing ground-based spiders with those living in microgravityon the space station. The teacher’s guide for the Spiders in Space module isfree. Visit the link below to register and download the module guide. Itprovides information on the orb weaver spider, housing and care for a spider,and setting up a classroom-based investigation with your students.

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

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

________________________________________________________________

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

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


NASA Education Express – Feb. 17, 2011

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

Learn How to Apply for a NASA Internship
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Live Presentations: Feb. 17, 2011 and Feb. 22, 2011
Application Deadline: March 1, 2011


NASA DLN CubeSats Webcast
Audience: 9-Higher Education Educators and Students
Event Date: Feb. 22, 2011

Educator Resource Showcase Webcast — Earth Observatory Online
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Event Date: Feb. 23, 2011

Thrill of Discovery Workshop
Audience: All Educators
Registration Deadline: March 1, 2011
Event Date: March 19, 2011

NASA LEARN and NES Offering Webinars
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Event Date: March 2, March 9, March 23 and March 30, 2011

________________________________________________________________

Learn How to Apply for a NASA Internship

The NASA Minority Innovation Challenges Institute, also known as MICI, is offering free interactive video sessions which guide undergraduate and graduate students through the step-by-step process of applying for a NASA internship. Applications are due March 1, 2011. The video sessions also provide information about scholarships, fellowships, and other NASA opportunities.

A recorded session featuring Cathalina Juarez, NASA Recruitment Coordinator is available for viewing now. On Feb. 17, 2011, at 2 p.m. EST, MICI will feature a live interactive presentation from Juan Carlos Lopez, a NASA MUST Scholar. This will be followed by a presentation on Feb. 22, 2011, at 3 p.m. EST, from Denisse Aranda, a NASA Student Ambassador.

Visit
http://nasamici.com/2011-nasa-summer-internships.html to learn how to access this free content.

Questions about the MICI video sessions should be directed to Theresa Martinez at
Theresa.C.Martinez@nasa.gov.

________________________________________________________________

NASA DLN CubeSats Webcast

Students and satellites go together like NASA and space. NASA’s Launch Services Program is partnering with universities to launch small satellites called CubeSats as part of the Educational Launch of Nanosatellites, or ELaNa, mission. Nicknamed CubeSats, because of their shape, they were built by college teams from Montana State University, the University of Colorado and Kentucky Space, a consortium of state universities.

Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network for a webcast on Feb. 22, 2011, from 1-2 p.m. EST, to meet the teams as they describe their experiences and to learn more about the project and how you can get involved in launching satellites with NASA.

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

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

________________________________________________________________

Educator Resource Showcase Webcast — Earth Observatory Online

Join host Renee Elias from the Central Operation of Resources for Educators and special guest Holli Riebeek from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center for an hour-long, free webcast on Feb. 23, 2011, at 4 p.m. EST. This webcast will focus on how the Earth Observatory website can be used as a resource in formal and informal education.

The Earth Observatory site features images and stories about climate and the environment and how NASA’s research — including satellite missions, field research and climate models — contributes to our understanding of Earth. The site contains nearly 10,000 images with descriptive captions and over 350 feature articles.

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

Visit the Earth Observatory website at
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/.

If you have any questions about the webcast, please e-mail them to Renee Elias at
nasa_renee@lcjvs.net.

________________________________________________________________

Thrill of Discovery Workshop

Celebrate NASA’s Year of the Solar System by attending a Thrill of Discovery workshop.

NASA’s Discovery and New Frontiers missions are traveling vast distances to find answers to age-old questions. These robotic spacecraft are celestial detectives, revealing how our solar system formed and evolved — doing brilliant science utilizing cool technologies.

The Thrill of Discovery workshop will be taking place on March 19, 2011, in four locations.
            — NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
            — NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas
            — Jackson Middle School Observatory, Champlin, Minn.
            — Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md.

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

The Thrill of Discovery is offering a webinar option for those who are unable to attend at one of the workshop sites. The webinar will allow interested parties to watch the speaker presentations in real time. These presentations will be the only portion of the Thrill of Discovery workshop available by webinar.

Participants must register by March 1, 2011. The cost of the workshop is $25. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

For more information, visit
http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/discovery/thrill_of_discovery.asp.

Please direct questions about the Thrill of Discovery workshop to Mary Cullen at
mcullen@mcrel.org or 303-632-5547.

________________________________________________________________

NASA LEARN and NES Offering Webinars

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

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

Exploring Space Through Math — March 2, 2011, 9 p.m. EST
During this unique webinar, you’ll learn how to get your students to investigate the characteristics of quadratic functions to solve real-world problems involving the parabolic flights of NASA’s “Weightless Wonder” microgravity jet.
https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-exp-space-through-math/

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

Rockets Educator Guide — March 23, 2011, 9 p.m. EST
During this webinar, receive an overview of the Rocketry activity, explore the NASA connections, share tips and tricks for implementing this lesson in the classroom, watch videos of students engaged in the lesson and discuss possible modifications or extensions.
https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-nasa-rockets-guide/

Smart Skies — March 30, 2011, 9 p.m. EST
Learn how to use an innovative air traffic control simulator to engage your students as they explore the mathematics involved in being an air traffic controller.
https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-smart-skies/

________________________________________________________________

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

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


NASA Education Express — Feb. 10, 2011

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

NASA DLN Planetary Webcast Series
Audience: 5-8 Educators and Students
Event Dates: Feb. 17 – April 21, 2011

2011 Space Technology Research Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 23, 2011

National Academy of Engineering Launches New Website
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students

New Educational Materials Available at NASA.gov
Color NASA — Grades K-4
Structures and Materials: Shuttle Tiles Educator Guides — Grades 2-12
Signals and Noise, Oh Boy! — Grades 3-5
Reduced Gravity Opportunity Bookmark — Grades K-12
Johnny’s Airport Adventure Educator Guide — Grades K-4
2009 NASA Education Highlights — All Educators

________________________________________________________________

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: 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.

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.

________________________________________________________________

2011 Space Technology Research Fellowships

NASA is seeking applicants for the agency’s new Space Technology Research Fellowships. Applications are being accepted from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of graduate students interested in performing space technology research beginning in the fall of 2011.

The fellowships will sponsor U.S. graduate student researchers who show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s strategic space technology objectives through their studies. Selected candidates will perform graduate student research both on their respective campuses and at NASA centers. Awards resulting from this competitive selection will be made in the form of training grants to the respective universities.

Applications for this opportunity are due Feb. 23, 2011.

For more information about this solicitation, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/oct/early_stage_innovation/grants/NSTRF.html.

Questions about the NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships should be sent to Claudia Meyer at hq-nstrf-call@mail.nasa.gov.

________________________________________________________________

National Academy of Engineering Launches New Website

The National Academy of Engineering recently launched the new Changing the Conversation website. The goal of the new site is to promote broad implementation by the engineering community of the findings and recommendations presented in the 2008 NAE report, “Changing the Conversation: Messages for Improving Public Understanding of Engineering.”

The website addresses the image problem that engineering currently is facing. Important facets of this problem include the public’s perception of engineering, the lack of diversity in the engineering field and how the United States compares with other countries in terms of its engineering workforce. Recommended messages and taglines, examples of messaging by other organizations, and tips for effective messaging are provided on the site.

Engineers and others interested in the future of the profession are encouraged to join the conversation by registering at the site.

Visit the new website at http://www.engineeringmessages.org/.

Questions about the Changing the Conversation website should be directed to Greg Pearson at gpearson@nae.edu.

________________________________________________________________

New Educational Materials Available at NASA.gov

The Educational Materials section of NASA’s Web site offers classroom activities, educator guides, posters and other types of resources that are available for use in the classroom. Materials are listed by type, grade level and subject. The following items are now available for downloading.

Color NASA — Grades K-4

In this interactive online resource, students select an image and read about some of the plants and animals that live at different NASA centers. Students can choose a picture to color online, or print the drawing and color.

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

Structures and Materials: Shuttle Tiles Educator Guides — Grades 2-12

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

NASA is offering space shuttle tiles to schools on a first-come, first-served, one-per-institution basis. The Structure and Materials Shuttle Tile Educator Guides contain mathematics- and science-related activities for using the tiles.

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

Signals and Noise, Oh Boy! — Grades 3-5

Students are introduced to the terms “signal” and “noise” in the context of spacecraft communication. They explore these concepts by listening to a computer-generated signal from two different distances with no additional background noise, and then with background noise. They compare their experiences in a science journal page.

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

Reduced Gravity Opportunity Bookmark — Grades K-12


The downloadable bookmark invites educators and students to propose an experiment to fly on NASA’s Reduced Gravity aircraft. Teams of educators will be competitively selected to travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center to fly along with their experiments.

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

Johnny’s Airport Adventure Educator Guide — Grades K-4

Promote interest in airplanes and air transportation in young students using role play. This educator guide consists of seven science-, mathematics-, or language-based activities including a storyboard and role-play activity. The storyboard introduces students to airport and aircraft terminology including engine types. The accompanying role-play story of Johnny’s Airport Adventure takes children on a pretend trip to the airport and then on an airplane from Cleveland to San Diego. Complete with cutout characters, labels and aircraft, the educator guide also includes worksheets and a list of suggested props to use with the role-playing activity. Spanish language worksheets and activities are provided.

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

2009 NASA Education Highlights — All Educators

NASA is taking a leading role in the effort to inspire interest in STEM through its unique mission, workforce, facilities, research and innovations. NASA is continuing to pursue three major education goals: strengthening NASA’s and the nation’s future workforce, attracting and retaining students in STEM disciplines, and engaging Americans in NASA’s mission. Read the highlights of NASA’s education strategy in pursuance of these goals, and learn about the education milestones and accomplishments achieved by NASA Education in 2009.

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/2009_NASA_Education_Highlights.html

________________________________________________________________

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. 27, 2011

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

DLiNFocus: NASA Careers ‘What’s in Your Future?’ Special Event Series
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Dates: Each Wednesday at 2 p.m. EST


Online Professional Development Workshop: Enrichment Problems in Space and Earth Science XXVII

Audience: 5-12 Educators
Event Date: Feb. 3, 2011

Call for Abstracts: 62nd International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: Feb. 28, 2011

2011 Graduate Student Researchers Project
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: March 1, 2011

3rd Annual NASA STEM Educators Workshop Series
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 1-3, 2011

2011 Simulation-Based Aerospace Engineering Teacher Professional Development Program
Audience: Middle and High School STEM Educators
Application Deadline: March 7, 2011

________________________________________________________________

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 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 variety of career choices at NASA — astronauts aren’t the only folks who work here! The schedule of events through February 2011 includes:

Feb. 2: NASA’s Kennedy Space Center featuring Dr. Philip Metzger, research physicist and founder of the Granular Materials and Regolith Operations Lab.
Feb. 9: NASA’s Langley Research Center featuring Jennifer Keyes, aerospace engineer.
Feb. 16: NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center featuring Dr. Bill Cooke, head of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office.
Feb. 23: NASA’s Stennis Space Center featuring Tom Nicolaides, systems engineer supporting Propulsion Test Projects.

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

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.

________________________________________________________________

Online Professional Development Workshop: Enrichment Problems in Space and Earth Science XXVII

John Ensworth at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies and the NASA Science Mission Directorate invite you to attend an upcoming online professional development workshop.

Topic: Enrichment Problems in Space and Earth Science
XXVII

In the 27th bi-monthly installment of these mission- and inquiry-oriented mathematics problems, Dr. Sten Odenwald will supply background for and lead participants through problems from his “Problems in Space and Earth Science” series. Space Math @ NASA has posted four new math problems based on exciting new press releases from NASA that were posted at the beginning of the month. In this webinar, we will work through the following problems:

Problem 396: Kepler 10b — A Matter of Gravity (Grades 8-10)
In this problem, students use the measured properties of the Earth-like planet Kepler 10b to estimate the weight of a human on its surface. Topics include evaluating formulas; mass = density x volume; volume of a sphere; and scientific notation.

Problem 395: Death Stars (Grades 6-9)
Some stars create super-flares that are capable of eliminating life on planets that orbit close to the star. Students learn about these flares on common red-dwarf stars and compare them to flares on our own sun. Topics include scientific notation; percentages; and rates of change.

Problem 394: Probing the Lunar Core Using Seismology (Grades 9-10)
Students learn about the geometry needed to determine the diameter of the lunar core using a simplified model. Topics include geometry and properties of inscribed arcs.

Problem 393: Taking a Stroll Around a Martian Crater! (Grades 6-8)
Students use a recent photograph of a crater on Mars to estimate its circumference and the time it will take NASAs Opportunity Rover to travel once around its edge. Topics include scale model; distance = speed x time; and metric measure.

The goal of these problems is to teach students about space weather by using mathematics. Each problem begins with real world questions, missions and situations, and applies the necessary mathematics for a solution. Participants may ask questions and work along in this fully interactive Webinar environment.
http://spacemath.gsfc.nasa.gov

Date: Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011

Time: 3:00 p.m., EST (Greenwich Mean Time -05:00, New York)

You will need a computer, a good internet connection and a telephone to participate.

Participants must first register for this meeting. There is no cost for this event.
Note: Only the first 150 registrants will be accepted. Register ASAP!

If this meeting is full, you will receive an e-mail that reads:
“Your registration for this meeting is denied.”
In that case, we ask you to please join us in the next workshop!
If you do miss this event, we will send you the link to a video archive of the workshop so you will still be able to benefit from the exercises.

Please join the meeting 15-20 minutes before start to make sure your computer is prepared to run the Webex software. You may also pre-install the Webex plug-in following the instructions at the bottom of this e-mail.

—————————————————–
Where to
register for this meeting
—————————————————–
1. Go to
https://nasa.webex.com/nasa/j.php?ED=162247537&RG=1&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D.
2. Register for the meeting.
Once the host approves your request, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with instructions for joining the meeting.

To view in other time zones or languages, visit
https://nasa.webex.com/nasa/j.php?ED=162247537&RG=1&UID=0&ORT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D.

——————————————————-
Closed Captioning is available during the Webinar. A link to this will be provided closer to meeting time.
——————————————————-
For assistance
——————————————————-
1. Go to
https://nasa.webex.com/nasa/mc
2. Click “Assistance”.
3. Click “Support”.

For more information, contact John Ensworth by e-mail at
john_ensworth@strategies.org or by telephone at 703-312-0563.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This WebEx service includes a feature that allows audio and any documents and other materials exchanged or viewed during the session to be recorded. By joining this session, you automatically consent to such recordings. If you do not consent to the recording, do not join the session. This video and earlier product videos will be available via a Web-based archive tool will soon be located at:
http://www.strategies.org/education/index.aspx?sub=education&sub2=professional and http://video.strategies.org.

——————————————————-

To check the setup of your computer and pre-install the plug-in software, use the following links:

Downloads

WebEx will automatically setup Meeting Manager for Windows the first time you join a meeting. To save time, you can setup prior to the meeting by clicking this link: https://nasa.webex.com/nasa/meetingcenter/mcsetup.php.

The host requests that you check for compatibility of rich media players for Universal Communications Format (UCF) before you join the session. UCF allows you to view multimedia during the session. To check now, click the following link: https://nasa.webex.com/nasa/systemdiagnosis.php.

Meeting Manager for Microsoft® Windows® – MSI Installer

— Meeting Center automatically downloads, installs and configures Meeting Manager for Windows the first time you start or join a meeting. However, you may choose to download and run the Meeting Manager Installer before starting or joining a meeting. You must have administrator privileges on your computer to use this installer.
— Download Meeting Manager Installer for Internet Explorer
https://nasa.webex.com/client/T25L/atmcie.msi
— Download Meeting Manager Installer for Mozilla Firefox/Netscape Navigator https://nasa.webex.com/client/T25L/atmcns.msi

Meeting Manager for Mac® OS X (PowerPC)

— Meeting Manager for Mac OS X (PowerPC) is set up automatically the first time you start or join a meeting. The Installer for Mac OS X (PowerPC) can be used to manually install or uninstall Meeting Manager for Mac OS X (PowerPC).

Download Meeting Manager Installer for Mac OS X (PowerPC)
https://nasa.webex.com/client/T25L/mac/powerpc/webexinstaller.hqx.

________________________________________________________________

Call for Abstracts: 62nd International Astronautical Congress

NASA announces its intent to participate in the 62nd International Astronautical Congress, or IAC, and requests that full-time graduate students attending U.S. universities or colleges respond to this “Call for Abstracts.” The IAC — which is organized by the International Astronautical Federation, or IAF; the International Academy of Astronautics, or IAA; and the International Institute of Space Law, or IISL, — is the largest space-related conference worldwide and selects an average of 1000 scientific papers every year. The upcoming IAC will be held Oct. 3-7, 2011, in Cape Town, South Africa. NASA’s participation in this event is an ongoing effort to continue to connect NASA with the astronautical and space international community.

This “Call for Abstracts” is a precursor to a subsequent submission of a final paper, which may be presented at the 62nd IAC. Student authors are invited to submit an abstract regarding an original, unpublished paper that has not been submitted in any other forum. A NASA technical review panel of scientists and/or officials will select abstracts. Many students and professors are involved in NASA-related research. Persons submitting abstracts are strongly encouraged to seek advice from professors who are conducting NASA research and/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://iac2011.com/sites/default/files/pdf/iac2011-call-for-papers.pdf for list of sessions and more details.

Abstracts must be related to NASA’s ongoing vision for space exploration and fit into one of the following categories:
Science and Exploration — Systems sustaining missions including life, microgravity, space exploration, space debris and Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, or SETI.
Applications and Operations — Ongoing and future operational applications, including Earth observation, communication, navigation, human space endeavors and small satellites.
Technology — Common technologies to space systems including astrodynamics, structures, power and propulsion.
Infrastructures — Systems sustaining space missions including space systems, transportation, future systems and safety.
Space and Society — Interaction of space with society including education, policy and economics, history, and law.

The full text of the abstract must be submitted electronically in the prescribed format at
http://iac.nasaprs.com no later than 11:59:59 p.m. EST on Feb. 28, 2011 and to the IAC website at http://iac2011.com by March 2, 2011.

If you have a question or concern about the programmatic or the electronic submission of your abstract, please e-mail abstract@nasaprs.com, and you will receive a response within two (2) business days.

________________________________________________________________

2011 Graduate Student Researchers Project


Applications are being accepted for NASA’s Graduate Student Researchers Project. Through GSRP, NASA awards fellowships for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees in science, technology, mathematics and engineering fields related to NASA research and development. In 2011, NASA is expanding GSRP to include students interested in becoming teachers or education administrators.

Applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted as full-time students at an accredited U.S. college or university. Applicants also must be U.S. citizens.

All application materials must be received no later than March 1, 2011. For more information, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/descriptions/Graduate_Student_Researchers_Project.html.

To apply for this fellowship online, visit the OSSI: SOLAR (One Stop Shop Initiative: Student On-Line Application for Recruiting Interns, Fellows and Scholars) website
http://intern.nasa.gov.

Please e-mail any questions about this opportunity to Linda Rodgers at Linda.L.Rodgers@jpl.nasa.gov.

________________________________________________________________

3rd Annual NASA STEM Educators Workshop Series

The 3rd Annual NASA STEM Educators 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 in-service, informal and pre-service teachers who serve the K-12 education community.

The workshop series will take place March 1-3, 2011, in Charlotte, N.C.

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 757-864-9570 or
Brandon.Hargis@nasa.gov.

________________________________________________________________

2011 Simulation-Based Aerospace Engineering Teacher Professional Development Program

Applications are currently available for the 2011 Simulation-Based Aerospace Engineering Teacher Professional Development Program. This program will provide 32 select middle and high school STEM teachers the opportunity to attend a two-week, paid internship-based workshop at a NASA facility.

During the workshop, teachers will attend presentations by NASA engineers and education specialists, tour NASA facilities and work side-by-side with mentors. At the conclusion of the workshop teachers will have developed an innovative modeling and simulation lesson plan relevant to the mentor’s research area that they will be able to use in their classrooms and share with other educators across the nation.

Applications are due March 7, 2011.

For more information about this opportunity and to download the application materials, visit
https://simaero.rti.org.

Inquiries about the 2011 Simulation-Based Aerospace Engineering Teacher Professional Development Program should be directed to Olivia Rice at
simaero@rti.org or 919-541-7011.

________________________________________________________________

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