21st Century Teacher Academy

The 21st Century Teacher Academy is a unique professional development opportunity for K-12 educators. The academy is designed to immerse teachers in the best practices and methodologies on how to create and implement real-world, project based learning, or PBL, curriculum using NASA's missions. This program is hosted by the Office of Education and Public Outreach at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California.

The 21st Century Teacher Academy is a unique professional development opportunity for K-12 educators. The academy is designed to immerse teachers in the best practices and methodologies on how to create and implement real-world, project based learning, or PBL, curriculum using NASA's missions. This program is hosted by the Office of Education and Public Outreach at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California.

During the two-week workshop, attendees will create a full PBL module to implement in the classroom, share developed PBL modules within their cohort and have access to a suite of NASA education tools and resources. Participants will also be exposed to unique NASA facilities, missions and subject matter experts while increasing their familiarity with NASA's research and efforts involving aeronautics. Attendees will also receive a $4,500 stipend.

Applications are due April 30, 2015. Interested K-12 educators should apply through NASA's One-Stop Shopping Initiative website at http://intern.nasa.gov/ossi. Search for "21st Century Teacher Academy" to find information and application instructions.

If you have questions about the 21st Century Teacher Academy, please email ARCTeacherAcademy@mail.nasa.gov.

Deadline:

Thursday, April 30, 2015

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Scholarships Available for 2015 U.S. Space & Rocket Center® STEMcon Professional Development Sessions

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center® is offering scholarships to educators from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center's five-state region to attend a four-day professional development session featuring NASA-focused STEM content and resources.

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center® is offering scholarships to educators from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center's five-state region to attend a four-day professional development session featuring NASA-focused STEM content and resources.

This is a terrific opportunity to learn new ways to bring science to life both inside and outside the classroom. STEMcon provides 32 hours of intensive classroom, laboratory and training time. During the program, educators participate in astronaut-style training and simulations, along with activities designed to promote lifelong learning. All lessons and activities are correlated to Next Generation Science Standards and other national standards and are ready to use in various educational settings.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the NASA Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums. The scholarship includes tuition, meals, lodging, lesson materials and a stipend to help offset travel expenses.

STEMcon sessions will take place June 4-7, 2015, (arrive June 3; depart June 7) and July 9-12, 2015, (arrive July 8; depart July 12).

STEMcon applications are due by 11:59 p.m. CST on April 3, 2015.

To be considered for a 2015 STEMcon scholarship, educators must meet the following requirements:

1. Must be ONE of the following:
-- a certified current or practicing educator who is teaching science, mathematics or technology to students ages 10-14 and will continue to teach these subject areas through 2016, OR
-- an informal current or practicing educator who is teaching science, mathematics or technology to students ages 10-14 and will continue to teach these subject areas through 2016, OR
-- a preservice educator who will be teaching science, mathematics or technology to students ages 10-14 and will continue to teach these subject areas through 2016.

2. Have not previously attended a Space Academy for Educators program.

3. Must live in the five-state Marshall Space Flight Center service area: Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri and Tennessee.

For more information and to access the online application, visit https://spacecamp.fluidreview.com/.

If you have questions about the 2015 STEMcon opportunity, please email your inquiries to education@spacecamp.com.

Deadline:

Friday, April 3, 2015

Opportunity Category:

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

The National Science Foundation is currently accepting nominations and applications for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, or PAEMST, program. PAEMST is the highest recognition that a K-12 mathematics or science (including computer science) teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Since 1983, more than 4,300 teachers have been recognized for their contributions to mathematics and science education.

The National Science Foundation is currently accepting nominations and applications for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, or PAEMST, program. PAEMST is the highest recognition that a K-12 mathematics or science (including computer science) teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Since 1983, more than 4,300 teachers have been recognized for their contributions to mathematics and science education. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. Up to 108 awardees may be recognized each year.

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

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

Nominations for secondary school teachers (grades 7-12) are due April 1, 2015. Elementary school teachers (grades K-6) are eligible to apply in 2016.

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

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

Deadline:

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Opportunity Category:

2014 NASA EONS Solicitation for MUREP Community College Curriculum Improvement (MC3I)

NASA's Office of Education is accepting new proposals under the Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) 2014 NASA Research Announcement for MUREP Community College Curriculum Improvement (MC3I) appendix. MC3I is designed to strengthen curriculum and curricular pathways in STEM, and attract, retain, and support the success of underrepresented students in STEM degree programs.

NASA's Office of Education is accepting new proposals under the Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) 2014 NASA Research Announcement for MUREP Community College Curriculum Improvement (MC3I) appendix. MC3I is designed to strengthen curriculum and curricular pathways in STEM, and attract, retain, and support the success of underrepresented students in STEM degree programs. The MC3I proposals will contain plans for and be guided by curriculum improvements, and address one of the following as a primary focus: (1) improving curriculum in STEM vocational certificate programs, Associate of Arts/Science degree programs, and/or transfer programs; (2) strengthening and diversifying the STEM pipeline through high school partnerships; or (3) expanding opportunities in engineering.   Proposals are due June 11, 2015.

For more information regarding MC3I Solicitation, please visit the NASA EONS page on NSPIRES http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/

Deadline:

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Opportunity Category:

2014 NASA EONS Solicitation for MUREP Aerospace Academy (MAA)

NASA's Office of Education is accepting new proposals under the Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) 2014 NASA Research Announcement for MUREP Aerospace Academy (MAA) appendix. MAA is designed to increase participation and retention of historically underserved and underrepresented K-12 youth in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

NASA's Office of Education is accepting new proposals under the Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) 2014 NASA Research Announcement for MUREP Aerospace Academy (MAA) appendix. MAA is designed to increase participation and retention of historically underserved and underrepresented K-12 youth in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The MAA will educate students utilizing a STEM curriculum that meets science, technology, engineering and math standards aligned to NASA’s mission directorates; and improve STEM literacy by engaging students, family members and teachers through the integration of emerging technologies. Proposals are due June 11, 2015.

For more information regarding MAA Solicitation, please visit the NASA EONS page on NSPIRES http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/

2014 NASA EONS Solicitation New Appendix
Audience:  Minority Serving Community Colleges
Proposal Deadline: June 11, 2015

Deadline:

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Opportunity Category:

MS Research Assistantship

Position availability: Fall 2015

Position availability: Fall 2015

A half-­‐time research assistantship including a competitive stipend and tuition waiver is available for a Master’s graduate student to do ground-­‐based, thesis research to establish lighting and fertilization protocols for leafy green and dwarf tomato cultivars in controlled environments. Objectives will include creating and evaluating protocols for the “Veggie” plant-­‐growth unit on the International Space Station for a future “pick-­‐and-­‐eat” scenario by astronauts. Experiments will be conducted initially in controlled-­‐environment rooms growing test crops in expandable Veggie-­‐analogue growth units with their own LED lighting and root-­‐ support “pillows” designed to support plant growth in microgravity. The thesis work will be conducted in the Department of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture at Purdue University in the laboratory of Dr. Cary A. Mitchell in collaboration with scientists at the NASA Kennedy Space Center, the Orbital Technologies Corporation, and the Johnson Space Center.   

How to apply: Students with a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture or other appropriate plant-­‐science-­‐related field with interest in controlled environment agriculture are encouraged to apply. Interested applicants should contact Ms. Colleen Flynn flynnck@purdue.edu for application materials or apply directly at the following link:

https://app.applyyourself.com/AYApplicantLogin/fl_ApplicantConnectLogin.asp?id=purduegrad  

Questions about the research project can be directed to Cary Mitchell cmitchel@purdue.edu. Applicants with career goals open to possible future employment with space agencies may be interested in this educational and training opportunity. Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. 

Deadline:

Friday, July 31, 2015

Opportunity Category:

eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) 2016 Academic Innovation Challenge

The National Space Grant Foundation is pleased to announce the X-Hab Academic Innovation Challenge.  This program is a university-level challenge designed to develop strategic partnerships and collaborations with universities to help bridge strategic knowledge gaps and increase knowledge in capabilities and technology risk reduction related to NASA’s vision and missions.

The National Space Grant Foundation is pleased to announce the X-Hab Academic Innovation Challenge.  This program is a university-level challenge designed to develop strategic partnerships and collaborations with universities to help bridge strategic knowledge gaps and increase knowledge in capabilities and technology risk reduction related to NASA’s vision and missions. The competition is intended to link with senior- and graduate-level design curricula that emphasize hands-on design, research, development, and manufacturing of functional prototypical subsystems that enable functionality for space habitats and deep space exploration missions. NASA will directly benefit from the challenge by sponsoring the development of innovative concepts and technologies from universities, which will result in novel ideas and solutions that could be applied to exploration. The Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) Division will offer multiple awards of $10k - $30k each to design and produce functional products of interest to the AES Division as proposed by university teams according to their interests and expertise. The prototypes produced by the university teams may be integrated onto existing NASA-built operational prototypes. X-Hab proposals will have a proposal submittal, where down-selection will determine which projects will be funded. X-Hab university teams will complete their products for evaluation in May-June 2016 by the AES Division. Universities may collaborate together on a project team.

Eligibility
Proposals will be accepted from faculty who are U.S. citizens and currently teach an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited engineering senior or graduate design, industrial design, or architecture curriculum teaming course at a university affiliated with the National Space Grant College (if applicable) and Fellowship Program, or other US accredited university. Multi-discipline, multi-departmental, and/or multi-institutional teaming collaborations are highly encouraged.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and other minority serving educational institutions are particularly encouraged to apply. Proposals from women, members of underrepresented minorities groups, and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Important Dates and Information
Program website: http://spacegrant.org/xhab/
Questions for online Technical Interchange Due: April 4, 2015
Proposals Due: April 30, 2015

Deadline:

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Opportunity Category:

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's 2015 Faculty Research Program

Applications are currently accepted for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory 2015 Faculty Research Program. This program provides opportunities for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, faculty to engage in research of mutual interest to the faculty member and a JPL researcher. Non-STEM faculty will be considered based on available opportunities.

Applications are currently accepted for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory 2015 Faculty Research Program. This program provides opportunities for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, faculty to engage in research of mutual interest to the faculty member and a JPL researcher. Non-STEM faculty will be considered based on available opportunities.

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

The program awards $15,500 fellowships for 10-week sessions. Please note that stipend payments or salaries from other federal funding sources, including research grants and contracts, may not be accepted during the 10-week tenure of a JPL faculty research appointment.

The deadline for applications is April 1, 2015. For more information about this opportunity, visithttp://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/intern/apply/jpl-summer-faculty-research-program/.

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

Deadline:

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Opportunity Category:

Samoy, Kayla

Kayla Samoy is a University of Arizona Senior majoring in Journalism. She works with Sarah Gassen from Arizona Daily Star conducting research on “Arizona Daily Star Science Journalism Intern.”

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