NASA Education Express Message -- June 12, 2014

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Free Education Webinar Series From NASA Educator Professional Development
Audience: K-12 In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators
Event Dates: June 12 and 17, 2014

Call for Abstracts: 30th American Society for Gravitational and Space Research Conference
Audience: Full-time Graduate Students
Submission Deadline: June 15, 2014

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program -- Mission 7 to the International Space Station
Audience: School Districts Serving Grades 5-12, Informal Education Institutions, Colleges and Universities
Inquiry Deadline: June 15, 2014

Free Lecture -- From Skylab to Interplanetary Space Weather: The Next Frontier
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Date: June 18, 2014, at 8 p.m. EDT

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy's Fall 2014 Policy Internship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: June 20, 2014
NASA's Digital Learning Network Event -- Engineering Cool Stuff That Works
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: June 20, 2014, 2 - 3 p.m. EDT
NASA GIRLS and NASA BOYS Mentoring Project
Audience: 5-8 Educators and Students
Application Deadline: June 22, 2014

Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Next Workshop Date: June 23-27, 2014
NASA Call for Proposals -- Innovative Early Stage Technology
Audience: Higher Education
Intent to Submit Proposals Date: June 24, 2014

Free Lecture -- From Air and Space to the Railroad and Beyond: An Evening With Brig. Gen. James A. McDivitt
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Date: June 26, 2014, at 8 p.m. EDT

NASA Exploration Design Challenge
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Virtual Crew Registration Deadline: June 30, 2014

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

2014 Lunar Workshop for Educators
Audience: 6-9 Educators
Workshop Dates: July 14-18, 2014

Free Lecture -- Exploring Pluto and Its Satellites at the Solar System's Frontier
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Date: July 16, 2014, at 8 p.m. EDT
U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Postsecondary Sustainability Awards
Audience: Higher Education
Intent to Nominate Date: Aug. 1, 2014
Send Your Name to the Asteroid Bennu!
Audience: Educators and Students Worldwide
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2014
Now Available in Spanish -- Energy Literacy: Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education
Audience: All Educators
Don't miss out on upcoming NASA education opportunities.
For a full list of events, opportunities and more, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA's website:
-- Educators http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
-- Students http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/current-opps-index.html


Free Education Webinar Series From NASA Educator Professional Development

NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

Climate Time Machine
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: June 12, 2014, at 4 p.m. EDT
Get an overview of climate change and standards-based ways to inspire students to think about our impact on the environment.

Humans in Space: Higher Standards of Living
Audience: Pre-service and In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 6-8
Event Date: June 17, 2014, at 1 p.m. EDT
Explore how humans have adapted to the space environment, particularly on the International Space Station.

For more information about these webinars and to register online, visit https://paragon-tec.adobeconnect.com/admin/show-event-catalog.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to Phyllis Alford at palford@paragon-tec.com.


Call for Abstracts: 30th American Society for Gravitational and Space Research Conference

A call for abstracts has been released for the 30th annual American Society for Gravitational and Space Research, or ASGSR, conference and the 28th Symposium on Gravity-Related Phenomena in Space Exploration. The meeting will take place Oct. 23-26, 2014, at The Westin Pasadena in California.

Abstracts must be submitted electronically no later than June 15, 2014, using the abstract submittal form and instructions posted on the ASGSR website. All submitted abstracts will be peer reviewed by the conference organizing committee.

All accepted abstracts from students will be presented as posters or orally in competitions. The student poster competition will be judged by society members, and monetary awards will be given during the banquet scheduled for Oct. 25, 2014. Student competition winners will be encouraged to submit an extended abstract or a communication article to the ASGSR journal "Gravitational and Space Research." All students are expected to coordinate with their advisors when submitting an abstract for the conference.

Student travel assistance of up to $500 is available on a limited basis. Students requesting consideration for travel assistance should check the box on the abstract submittal form.

For more information, visit https://www.asgsr.org/index.php/news/asews-a-announcements/1814-2014-cal.... Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Ms. Jobi Cook at admin@asgsr.org.


Student Spaceflight Experiments Program -- Mission 7 to the International Space Station

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education, in partnership with NanoRacks LLC, announce an authentic science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, opportunity for school districts across the U.S. and space station partner nations. The newest flight opportunity, Mission 7 to the International Space Station, or ISS, gives students across a community the ability to design and propose real experiments to fly in low Earth orbit on the International Space Station. This opportunity is part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, or SSEP.

Each participating community will receive a real microgravity research mini-laboratory capable of supporting a single microgravity experiment, and all launch services to fly the mini-lab to the space station in spring 2015 and return it to Earth. An experiment design competition in each community -- engaging typically 300+ students -- allows student teams to design and propose real experiments vying for their community’s reserved mini-lab. Content resources for teachers and students support foundational instruction on science in microgravity and experimental design. Additional SSEP programming leverages the experiment design competition to engage the community, embracing a learning community model for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education.

This competition is open to students in grades 5-12 and college. Informal education groups and organizations are also encouraged to participate. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than June 15, 2014. The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education is available to help interested communities in the U.S. secure the needed funding.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit the SSEP Mission 7 to International Space Station National Announcement of Opportunity at http://ssep.ncesse.org/2014/04/new-flight-opportunity-for-school-distric....

SSEP is enabled through a strategic partnership with NanoRacks LLC working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a national laboratory. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (http://www.iss-casis.org/) is a national partner on SSEP. To view a list of all SSEP national partners, visit http://ssep.ncesse.org/national-partners/.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please email SSEP National Program Director Jeff Goldstein at jeffgoldstein@ncesse.org.


Free Lecture -- From Skylab to Interplanetary Space Weather: The Next Frontier

Before the Space Age, protecting ourselves meant looking after our resources on Earth. Now it includes our assets in space. Powerful solar storms have the potential to cripple our modern-day, high-tech society. Satellites bind us all together through communications and GPS. Deep space probes that collect and transmit images and data are now exploring the solar system, far beyond Earth's protective magnetosphere.

On June 18, 2014, Madhulika (Lika) Guhathakurta, program scientist at NASA Headquarters, will discuss how the study of space weather is vital to the continued success of missions in space and to ensure minimal disruption to our lives here on Earth.

The lecture begins at 8 p.m. EDT at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, District of Columbia. Come early to see a free film and to meet the lecturer. The lecture will be webcast live.

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/detail.cfm?id=9568.

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


White House Office of Science and Technology Policy's Fall 2014 Policy Internship Program

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, or OSTP, is seeking students for fall 2014 internships. The OSTP advises the President on the effects of science and technology on domestic and international affairs. The office serves as a source of scientific and technological analyses and judgment for the president with respect to major policies, plans and programs of the federal government

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

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

Applications for fall 2014 internships are due June 20, 2014.

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

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


NASA's Digital Learning Network Event -- Engineering Cool Stuff That Works

 

NASA and Center for the Advancement of Science in Space invite students and educators to chat with Mike Yagley, director of Research and Testing at Cobra Puma Golf, for an inside look at how space station research will help engineer a better golf club. From problem solving, designing, understanding materials, analyzing constructions and studying aerodynamics, a solid background in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is required to create golf products.

During the chat, ask your question by sending it via email to dlinfochannel@gmail.com or tweet the question with #askDLN.

The event will be webcast on the NASA DLiNfo Channel on Friday, June 20, 2014, at 2 p.m. EDT.

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

Questions about this event should be directed to Rachel Power at rachel.b.power@nasa.gov.


NASA GIRLS and NASA BOYS Mentoring Project

NASA is looking for the next generation of scientists, engineers and innovators. To jump-start the future of potential explorers, Women@NASA has created a mentoring project that offers a one-of-a-kind experience for middle school students. Participants will get to explore the possibilities of a career in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The project will feature one-on-one mentoring from NASA employees. Participants will complete online lessons with their mentors while virtually connected through Skype or Google Chat.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens in grades 5-8 or home-school equivalent. The mentoring project will take place over a five-week period during the summer.

Applications are due June 22, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit http://women.nasa.gov/nasagirls/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to hq-women@nasa.gov.


Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops

NASA's Center for Astronomy Education, or CAE, announces a series of educator workshops for astronomy and space science educators.

These workshops provide participants with experiences needed to create effective and productive active-learning classroom environments. Workshop leaders model best practices in implementing many different classroom-tested instructional strategies. But more importantly, workshop participants will gain first-hand experience implementing these proven strategies. During many microteaching events, you will have the opportunity to role-play the parts of student and instructor. You will assess and critique each other's implementation in real time as part of a supportive learning community. You will have the opportunity to use unfamiliar teaching techniques in collaboration with mentors before using them with your students. CAE is funded through NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Exoplanet Exploration Program.

June 23-27, 2014 -- College Park, Md.
New Faculty Workshop for Physics and Astronomy

August or September, 2014 -- South Carolina
CAE Tier I Teaching Excellence Workshop for Current and Future Astronomy and Space Science Instructors

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 Call for Proposals -- Innovative Early Stage Technology
NASA is seeking proposals from universities to advance the agency's plans for exploration to deep space and Mars. The Early Stage Innovations NASA Research Announcement calls for innovative space technology proposals that could benefit the space program, other government agencies and the greater aerospace community.
Aligned with NASA's Space Technology Roadmaps and priorities identified by the National Research Council, NASA selected topic areas that lend themselves to pioneering approaches where U.S. universities can help solve tough space technology challenges.
"The sparks to fuel the fire of innovation that will develop the new space technologies of tomorrow reside within American universities," said Michael Gazarik, NASA's associate administrator for the Space Technology Mission Directorate in the District of Columbia. "These investments benefit government space technology development and our future missions, while also boosting economic growth and competitiveness."
NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate, or STMD, expects to make approximately 12 awards this fall, with total award amounts of up to $500,000. Research and development efforts will take place over two to three years.
Researchers will investigate transformative space technologies in areas such as advanced thermal protection materials modeling, computational materials, in situ use of asteroid materials, mobile robotic surface probe concepts for planetary exploration, kinetic penetrators for icy planetary moons and advanced technology habitat system designs for continued human exploration of space.
Only accredited U.S. universities may submit proposals under this solicitation. Notices of intent to submit proposals to the Early Stage Innovations Appendix of NASA's Research Announcement, Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration and Infusion 2014 (SpaceTech-REDDI-2014), are due June 24, 2014. The deadline for submitting final proposals is July 21, 2014. To view the announcement and information for submitting proposals, visit: http://go.nasa.gov/1mRS9y8.
NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate is innovating, developing, testing and flying hardware for use in NASA's future missions. Over the next 18 months, the directorate will make significant new investments to address several high-priority challenges for achieving safe and affordable deep space exploration.
The current topic areas support four of eight key STMD technology thrust areas: advanced life support and resource use, Mars entry descent and landing systems, space robotic systems, and lightweight space structures. Additionally, the technology topics solicited support the effort to send humans to Mars as well as outer planetary investment priorities.
For more information about NASA's investments in space technology, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/spacetech.
Questions about this announcement should be directed to David Steitz at david.steitz@nasa.gov.


Free Lecture -- From Air and Space to the Railroad and Beyond: An Evening With Brig. Gen. James A. McDivitt

 

On June 26, 2014, former astronaut James A. McDivitt takes the podium to reflect on the various stages of his careers from the 1950s to the present. McDivitt was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force and logged over 5,000 flight hours before being selected as an astronaut in 1962. He flew a Gemini mission and commanded Apollo 9. Upon leaving NASA in 1972, McDivitt began another career in the energy, railroad and aerospace industries.

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

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/detail.cfm?id=9696.

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


NASA Exploration Design Challenge

Time is running out to have your students’ names flown aboard Orion during its first flight! NASA's Exploration Design Challenge, or EDC, invites students around the world to think and act like scientists to overcome one of the major hurdles of deep space long-duration exploration -- the dangers associated with space radiation. Students taking part in the challenge will discover how to plan and design improved radiation shielding aboard the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, currently being developed by NASA, Lockheed Martin and other partners to carry astronauts to space, venturing farther than humans have ever gone. Through a series of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, engagement activities, students in grades K-12 will analyze different materials that simulate space radiation shielding and recommend materials that best block radiation and protect astronauts.

The names of all students participating in the NASA EDC will fly aboard the spacecraft as honorary virtual crew members for Orion's first flight. The deadline to register students for the virtual crew is June 30, 2014.

For more information and to register online, visit http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/spacelife/explorationdesign/ov....

For more information about Orion, visit http://www.nasa.gov/orion.

Email any questions about this opportunity to nasaedc@nianet.org.


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

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

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

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

Concept papers must be submitted by July 10, 2014.

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

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


2014 Lunar Workshop for Educators

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, mission is sponsoring a workshop for educators of students in grades 6-9. This workshop will focus on lunar science, exploration and how our understanding of the moon is evolving with the new data from current and recent lunar missions.

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has allowed scientists to measure the coldest known place in the solar system, map the surface of the moon in unprecedented detail and accuracy, find evidence of recent lunar geologic activity, characterize the radiation environment around the moon and its potential effects on future lunar explorers and much, much more!

Workshop participants will learn about these and other recent discoveries, reinforce their understanding of lunar science concepts, gain tools to help address common student misconceptions about the moon, interact with lunar scientists and engineers, work with LRO data and learn how to bring these data and information to their students using hands-on activities aligned with grades 6-9 National Science Education Standards and Benchmarks.

The workshop will take place July 14-18, 2014, at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to tour the LRO Mission Operation Center and the Goddard spacecraft testing facilities.

Participants will receive a $200 stipend to help offset travel expenses.

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

Questions about this workshop should be directed to Brooke Hsu at Brooke.C.Hsu@nasa.gov.


Free Lecture -- Exploring Pluto and Its Satellites at the Solar System's Frontier

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

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

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

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

 


U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Postsecondary Sustainability Awards
U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) has introduced a new Postsecondary Sustainability Award for the 2014-2015 cycle. In addition to a total of five school and district nominees, each state may nominate one postsecondary institution for exemplary achievement in all three of the program’s Pillars: Reduced Environmental Impact and Costs, Improved Health and Wellness, and Effective Environmental and Sustainability Education. For this award, state selection committees are particularly encouraged to document how the nominees’ sustainability work has reduced college costs, increased completion rates, led to employment, and ensured robust civic skills among graduates; and to make an effort to consider diverse types of institutions. Interested colleges and universities should contact their state higher education authorities for information on how to apply in their states.
Like the PK-12 awards, this category is entirely voluntary. Hearing from interested colleges and universities may be helpful to state authorities considering 2014 - 2015 participation. State higher education authorities should contact U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools for more information. They can find updated criteria and other state implementation guidance on our website. All state authorities are encouraged to indicate their intent to nominate in 2015 by Aug. 1, 2014.
Competitions vary by state, but most states will be posting their applications in the fall with deadlines to submit to them in the winter. State authorities’ school, district and postsecondary nominations are due to the Department of Education by Feb. 1, 2015. Interested PK-12 schools and districts should continue to contact their state education agencies about the school and district award applications. Do you have doubts about ED-GRS? Some Frequently Asked Questions on all three award categories are available here.
For more information, visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/eligibility.html.

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


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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


Now Available in Spanish -- Energy Literacy: Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education
Are you looking for energy education materials in Spanish? Check out the new Spanish translation of the Energy Literacy Framework, or ELF, Conocimiento de Energía, to engage energy educators and curriculum designers around the country. The U.S. Department of Energy led the development of the ELF, which was endorsed by 13 federal agencies and peer-reviewed by educators interested in a more comprehensive approach to teaching about energy. The multidisciplinary framework provides energy concepts that, if understood and applied, will help individuals and communities make informed energy decisions. This can lead to cost savings for the home and empower communities to become active in energy policies impacting their daily lives.

 

Using a multitude of resources; videos, lesson plans and hands-on activities, the Department of Energy wants to promote and encourage science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, education, energy literacy, and excitement about energy careers. Get started today in learning about and applying a multidisciplinary approach to energy education – from the natural sciences to economics and other social sciences.
Check out the framework and resources on the website at:
http://energy.gov/eere/education/energy-literacy-essential-principles-an....

Questions about this resource should be emailed to energyliteracy@ee.doe.gov.