NASA Education Express Message -- Apr. 23, 2015

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Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other Education Organizations
Available While Supplies Last

Free "Hubble Space Telescope 25th Celebration" Education Webinar Series From NASA Educator Professional Development
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators
Next Event Date: April 23, 2015, at 6 p.m. EDT

Help Name Surface Features on Pluto and Its Orbiting Satellites
Audience: All Educators and Students
Deadline: April 24, 2015

2014 NASA EONS Solicitation -- New MUREP Other Opportunities Appendix
Audience: U.S. Organizations and Institutions
Notice of Intent Deadline: April 24, 2015
Proposal Deadline: June 26, 2015

2014 NASA EONS Solicitation -- New MUREP Educator Institutes Appendix
Audience: Minority Serving Institutions
Notice of Intent Requested by April 24, 2015
Proposal Deadline: June 30, 2015

Free Education Webinars From NASA Educator Professional Development
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators
Next Event Date: April 27, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement Mission -- ‘Signs of Spring’ Photo Contest
Audience: All Educators and Students Age 13 and Older
Entry Deadline: April 27, 2015

NASA Virtual Career Fair
Audience: Higher Education Students
Event Date: April 30, 2015

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Presents Astronomy Chats
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Chat Date: April 30, 2015, at 12 p.m. EDT

21st Century Teacher Academy
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: April 30, 2015

2015 eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Due Date: April 30, 2015

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program -- Mission 9 to the International Space Station
Audience: School Districts Serving Grades 5-12, Informal Education Institutions, Colleges and Universities
Inquiry Deadline: April 30, 2015

Free Educator Workshop -- Journey to Mars: Rocketry
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: May 2, 2015, at 10 a.m. PDT

Free Tours of Facilities at NASA's Glenn Research Center
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event Date: May 2, 2015

Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops -- Spring/Summer 2015
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Next Event Date: May 2, 2015

2014 NASA EONS Solicitation -- New MUREP ASTAR Fellowship Appendix
Audience: Prospective and First-year Graduate Students
Proposal Deadline: May 4, 2015

Release of Cooperative Agreement Notice for NASA Science Mission Directorate Science Education
Audience: All Educators
Electronic Proposal Submittal Deadline: May 4, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. EDT

2020 Electric General Aviation NASA Aeronautics Design Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students
Entry Deadline: May 8, 2015

Dawn Mission’s i C Ceres Celebration
Audience: All Educators and Students
Flagship Event Date: May 9, 2015

Lunar and Planetary Institute Workshop: Mars Through Time
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Pre-service Teachers
Workshop Dates: July 13-16, 2015
Application Deadline: May 15, 2015

NASA Robotic Mining Competition 2015
Audience: Higher Education Educators & Students
Event Date: May 18-22, 2015

MAVEN Educator Ambassador Program
Audience: Middle School and High School Teachers
Workshop Dates: Aug. 3-7, 2015
Application Deadline: May 22, 2015

2015 NSBRI First Award Fellowship Program
Audience: Postdoctoral Fellows
Application Deadline: June 5, 2015

Teacher Professional Development Programs at the NASTAR Center
Audience: K-12 Educators
Workshop Dates: Multiple dates July 6-31, 2015

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


Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles Available for Educational Use

NASA invites eligible U.S. educational institutions and museums to request space shuttle thermal protective tiles and other special items offered on a first-come, first-served basis while quantities last. Organizations previously allocated thermal protective tiles may request an additional three tiles.

There will be a nominal shipping fee that must be paid online with a credit card. To make a request for special items online, visit http://gsaxcess.gov/htm/nasa/userguide/Special_Item_Request_Procedure.pdf.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to GSAXcessHelp@gsa.gov.


Free "Hubble Space Telescope 25th Celebration" Education Webinar Series From NASA Educator Professional Development

NASA Educator Professional Development is celebrating 25 years of the Hubble Space Telescope with a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about the Hubble Space Telescope mission, and discover activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources that bring the Hubble Space Telescope and science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, into your classroom.

Registration is required for these webinars. Simply go to https://www.etouches.com/121324 and register.

NASA Space Telescopes -- Past, Present and Future of STEM Exploration
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: April 23, 2015, at 6 p.m. EDT
Explore the history of NASA space telescopes that expand our understanding of the solar system and the universe beyond. The Hubble Space Telescope and the James Webb Space Telescope will be the focus. NASA STEM curriculum, online resources, careers and the Next Generation Science Standards will be integrated in the "out of this world" webinar.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to Brandon Hargis. brandon.m.hargis@nasa.gov.


Help Name Surface Features on Pluto and Its Orbiting Satellites

Launched on Jan. 19, 2006, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft already has covered more than 3 billion miles on its journey that has taken it past each planet’s orbit, from Mars to Neptune, in record time. Now it’s in the first stage of an historic encounter with Pluto that includes long-distance imaging, as well as measuring dust, energetic particles and solar wind in the space environment near Pluto.

This encounter will allow scientists to get a better view of the surfaces of Pluto and its orbiting satellites. And the new surface features being discovered will need to be named!

Through April 24, 2015, the public can suggest names for the New Horizons team to use. Submissions must follow a set of accepted themes and guidelines set out by the International Astronomical Union. The IAU is the formal authority for naming celestial bodies. After the campaign concludes, NASA’s New Horizons team will sort through the names and submit its recommendations to the IAU. The IAU will decide whether and how the names will be used.

The campaign allows the public of all ages to submit names for the many new features scientists expect to discover on Pluto following the encounter.

To find out more information about how to participate in the Pluto naming contest, visit http://www.nasa.gov/newhorizons.

Detailed IAU guidelines for acceptable names submissions are available online at http://www.iau.org/public/themes/naming/#dwarfplanets.

For images and updates on the Pluto flyby set to take place on July 14, 2015, visit http://www.nasa.gov/newhorizons  and http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/.


2014 NASA EONS Solicitation -- New MUREP Other Opportunities Appendix

NASA's Office of Education Minority University Research and Education Project, or MUREP, is seeking proposals from U.S organizations and institutions that align with the four White House Executive Orders for Minority Institutions to strengthen curriculum and curricular pathways in STEM and to attract, retain and support the success of underrepresented students in STEM degree programs.

Proposals for the NASA MUREP Other Opportunities solicitation must address one of the following as a primary focus: (1) increasing the number of minorities in STEM education areas relevant to NASA (2) effectively implementing NASA’s educational goals and objectives using NASA’s unique assets and capabilities (3) increasing the number of available STEM courses and curricular pathways (4) attracting, retaining and supporting the success of students in STEM degree programs and subsequently in NASA-related careers, or (5) increasing the number of students who complete STEM certificates/degrees from backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in STEM. Successful proposals will be funded as multiyear cooperative agreements.

Institutions planning to prepare a proposal package for the NASA MUREP Other Opportunities solicitation are asked to submit a Notice of Intent to propose. NOIs assist NASA in assessing the response to this cooperative agreement notice and determining the expertise required for the proposal review panel. NOIs should be submitted by the authorized organization representative into the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System, or NSPIRES, by April 24, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Those interested in submitting a proposal must register with NSPIRES before it can be accessed for use.

Since NOIs submitted after the deadline may still be useful to NASA, late NOIs may be submitted and will be accepted.

Proposals are due on June 26, 2015.

For more information, visit http://go.nasa.gov/1FhzSof.

Questions about this solicitation may be directed to Misti Moore at Misti.M.Moore@nasa.gov.


2014 NASA EONS Solicitation -- New MUREP Educator Institutes Appendix

NASA's Office of Education is accepting new proposals under the Education Opportunities in NASA STEM, or EONS, 2014 NASA Research Announcement. Proposals are being solicited from Minority Serving Institutions to plan, coordinate and evaluate MUREP Educator Institutes that will bring pre-service and alternative-route STEM educators from Minority Serving Institutions across the U.S. to NASA centers annually for a one-week professional development session.

Institutions planning to prepare a proposal package for the NASA MUREP Other Opportunities solicitation are asked to submit a Notice of Intent to propose. NOIs assist NASA in assessing the response to this cooperative agreement notice and in determining the expertise required for the proposal review panel. NOIs should be submitted by the authorized organization representative into the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System, or NSPIRES, by April 24, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Those interested in submitting a proposal must register with NSPIRES before it can be accessed for use.

Since NOIs submitted after the deadline may still be useful to NASA, late NOIs may be submitted and will be accepted.

Proposals are due on June 30, 2015.

For more information, visit http://go.nasa.go v/1F2H2tO.

Questions about this solicitation may be directed to Chris Copelan at NASAMEI@nasaprs.com.


Free Education Webinars 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 that bring NASA into your classroom. Registration is required to participate. Simply click on the provided link to register.

Rockets 2 Racecars: Session 1 -- May the Force Uplift You ... Or Not!
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 3-9
Event Date: April 27, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Learn how to get students revved up about STEM with NASA's Rockets 2 Racecars curriculum. Participants will learn about the science of racing, forces of flight and motion through hands-on activities aligned with national and state standards.
Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/125111

Carbon Cycle: Modeling and Simulation
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: April 28, 2015, at 5 p.m. EDT
Activities will introduce participants to carbon cycle modeling and simulation. The activities include the “Paper Clip Simulation” and the “Carbon Travels” game to better understand the carbon cycle with a systems approach.
Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/123377

Rockets 2 Racecars: Session 2 - Train Like an Astronaut
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 4-9
Event Date: April 29, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Discover correlations between stock car drivers and astronauts. Discussion topics include muscle strength and endurance, reaction time, and effects to the brain when exposed to high levels of carbon dioxide.
Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/125124

NASA Is With You When You Fly: Winging It
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades PK-12
Event Date: April 30, 2015, at 7 p.m. EDT
Participants will learn about real-world connections between the classroom and airplanes that are flying today. "Winging It" will focus on axes and control surfaces using the Aeronautics Museum in the Box curriculum while also discussing the X-56A Multi-Utility Technology Testbed, an active research project at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in California.
Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/124937

Rockets 2 Racecars: Session 3 -- Solar Powered Racetrack
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 3-8
Event Date: May 4, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Participants will learn about solar energy and Earth’s energy budget activities to use in the classroom. Education specialists will show how to connect NASA solar and aerodynamic research and educational activities to the solar-powered Pocono Raceway Track in Pennsylvania.
Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/125282

For a full schedule of upcoming NASA Educator Professional Development webinars, visit http://www.txstate-epdc.net/events/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to Steve Culivan at Stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov.


NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement Mission -- ‘Signs of Spring’ Photo Contest

NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement mission announces the "Signs of Spring" photo contest.

Spring is in the air, and with it lots of precipitation. The GPM mission launched in February 2014 and measures Earth’s precipitation from above using a constellation of satellites. GPM can tell us where and how much it is raining and snowing so we can learn more about Earth’s water cycle, better model our weather and climate, and predict floods, droughts, hurricanes, and more.

As GPM watches spring weather from above, the GPM team wants to know what spring looks like to you. Post your coolest photographs of spring weather, and the GPM team will pick the best ones to feature on the NASA Precipitation Measurement missions’ websites (http://pmm.nasa.gov/ and http://www.nasa.gov/GPM).

All entrants must be 13 years old or older. The deadline for submitting photos is April 27, 2015.

For more information and instructions for submitting a photo, visit http://www.nasa.gov/content/gpm-signs-of-spring-photo-contest/.

Questions about this contest should be emailed to Jacob Reed at jacob.b.reed@nasa.gov.


NASA Virtual Career Fair

On April 30, 2015, the NASA Minority Innovation Challenges Institute is introducing a game-changing way for higher education students to meet one-on-one with numerous STEM employers, all from the convenience of the dorm room, home or school.

MICI is unveiling its new platform -- a Virtual Career Fair! This technology will have virtual expo booths staffed live by STEM employers. Students can upload a resume, enter an expo booth of their choosing, gather company information, and have a private face-to-face meeting via webcam with a representative from that company's booth.

Participating exhibitors include NASA, Honeybee Robotics, AOL, Walmart IT, Florida Power and Light, and others. The event is free and open to any undergraduate or graduate student with an expected graduation date between April 2015 and August 2016. Students from Minority Serving Institutions are especially encouraged to participate.

Advance registration is required. Students are strongly encouraged to use a webcam and wear headphones when participating during the event.

For more information and to sign up, visit http://nasamici.com/virtual-career-fair.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Mary Baker at mary@nasamici.com.


Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Presents Astronomy Chats

Have you ever talked to an astronomer? To participate in an informal conversation with an astronomy researcher, join the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum for a series of Astronomy Chats. The researchers work at a variety of institutions, including the Smithsonian, NASA, Harvard University and the U.S. Naval Research Lab. If they cannot come in person, they join by video chat.

The conversation may be on any topic of interest to you. Visitors frequently ask questions like, "What's an average day like for you?" or "What kind of telescopes have you used?"

Astronomy Chats take place at the Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory at the Smithsonian Institution in the District of Columbia. During inclement weather, the chats may be moved indoors, usually to the Explore the Universe gallery. Both locations are accessible. There is no admission fee.

The next Astronomy Chat is scheduled for April 30, 2015.

For more information about the Smithsonian's Astronomy Chat Series, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/astronomy-chats/index.cfm.

Questions about this series should be directed to the visitor service line at 202-633-2214.


21st Century Teacher Academy

The 21st Century Teacher Academy, or 21CTA, is a unique educator professional development workshop opportunity for K-12 educators. The workshop is designed to immerse teachers in the best practices and methodologies to develope and implement real-world, project based learning, or PBL, curriculum using NASA's missions. 21CTA is sponsored by the Office of Education and Public Outreach at NASA's Ames Research Center, and funded by NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate.

21CTA is a two-week workshop held July 8-22, 2015. The workshop will be led by content experts, PBL experts, technical subject matter experts and a master teacher. The workshop will take place at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. Attendees will receive a $4,500 stipend. Teacher teams are highly encouraged!

Applications are due April 30, 2015. Interested K-12 educators should apply through NASA's One-Stop Shopping Initiative website at http://go.nasa.gov/1ECJ0kz.

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


2015 eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge

In a continuing effort to engage and retain students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields and provide a real-world challenge, exposing students to the engineering and design processes, the Human Exploration Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) has begun accepting applications for the sixth annual eXploration Habitat, or X-Hab, Challenge for 2016.

The winners of the challenge will receive between $10,000 and $30,000 to design and produce functional products of interest to projects within HEOMD.

Proposals are due April 30, 2015, and awardees will follow a tailored systems engineering process with the projects completing in the May 2016 time frame.

Proposals will be accepted from university faculty who are U.S. citizens and currently teach an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology accredited engineering senior or graduate design, industrial design or architecture curriculum at an accredited university in the U.S.

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 also are highly encouraged.

For more information about the challenge, visit http://spacegrant.org/xhab/.

If you have any questions about the X-Hab Challenge, please email xhab@spacegrant.org.


Student Spaceflight Experiments Program -- Mission 9 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 9 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 ISS. This opportunity is part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, or SSEP.

Each participating community will receive a real microgravity research minilaboratory capable of supporting a single microgravity experiment and all launch services to fly the minilab to the space station in spring 2016 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 minilab. 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 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 April 30, 2015. 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 9 to International Space Station National Announcement of Opportunity at http://ssep.ncesse.org/2015/03/new-flight-opportunity-for-school-districts-announcing-student-spaceflight-experiments-program-ssep-mission-9-to-the-international-space-station-for-2015-16-academic-year/.

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 Educator Workshop -- Journey to Mars: Rocketry

The Educator Resource Center at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Palmdale, California, is presenting a free educator workshop on May 2, 2015, at 10 a.m. PDT.

Participants will select a mission and learn how to design and construct a high-powered paper rocket to achieve that mission. The activity includes constructing a rocket, predicting its performance and chance of mission success, flying the rocket, and filing a post-flight mission report. Learn about real-world connections with NASA research and our Journey to Mars.

For more information about the workshop and to register online to attend, visit http://aeroi.org/ercRegister/index.html.

Questions about this event should be directed to Sondra Geddes at sondra.l.geddes@nasa.gov.


Free Tours of Facilities at NASA's Glenn Research Center

NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, is offering tours that take visitors behind the scenes and inside certain research facilities. Glenn scientists and engineers serve as guides. Tours will be offered each month through October 2015. Tours are free of charge for groups and individuals on an advance reservation basis. Visitor parking is also available free of charge.

A tour bus departs from Glenn's main gate every hour beginning at 10 a.m. The last tour departs at 1 p.m. Each tour lasts about 45 minutes and is followed by a stop at Glenn's Gift Shop.

Glenn’s 2015 Tour Schedule

May 2, 2015 -- Research in Flight: Visit the Flight Research Building, also known as the hangar, where you will find a new generation of research aircraft, including the S-3B Viking, the Learjet Model 25, the Twin Otter Icing Research Aircraft and a T-34C trainer. NASA engineers test technologies designed to improve the safety of aircraft. The result is every U.S. aircraft has NASA-developed technology on board that is with you when you fly.

June 6, 2015 -- Glenn's Portal to the Space Station: Take a journey through the Telescience Support Center. This secure, multipurpose facility is designed to provide dedicated support for simultaneous training, simulations and real-time operations of space experiments on the International Space Station. Principal investigators, project scientists and payload operators can send commands and receive telemetry and science data from their payload hardware operating on board the station.

July 11, 2015 -- Breeze by a Wind Tunnel: Tour the Abe Silverstein Supersonic Wind Tunnel. This facility has conducted supersonic propulsion testing on aircraft components such as inlets, nozzles and engines. It is ideally suited for launch vehicle tests and other fuel-burning applications.

Aug. 1, 2015 -- See Things a Different Way: Check out Glenn’s Graphics and Visualization, or GVIS, and the Reconfigurable User-interface and Virtual Reality Exploration, or GRUVE, Laboratories. The GVIS Lab uses advanced computer input and output devices paired with a variety of natural user interface devices and 3-D displays. The GRUVE lab is used to analyze data obtained either by computer simulation or from research test facilities.

Sept. 12, 2015 -- Go to the Extreme: Join us on a tour through Glenn’s Extreme Environments Rig, or GEER. As NASA ventures through the solar system and beyond, spacecraft will experience hostile environments of Venus and other planetary bodies. Temperatures can reach hundreds of degrees. Air pressure is crushing, and the toxic atmosphere is thick. GEER is designed to simulate those temperatures and pressure extremes and accurately reproduce the atmospheric compositions of bodies in the solar system. GEER is currently in its commissioning phase for operations simulating Venus’ surface temperature, pressure and chemistry.

Oct. 3, 2015 -- Explore Locomotion on Planets: Come explore the Simulated Lunar Operations facility, which is home to a 60-foot-long, 20-foot-wide sandpit filled with simulated lunar soil and a lunar rover test bed. Other areas simulate Martian soil conditions. Research in this facility will help NASA develop the components of rovers capable of traveling long distances and investigating planetary surfaces during future human and robotic missions to keep NASA’s journey to Mars moving forward.

Tours are open to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. To guarantee admission, reservations are required. For more information on tours and how to make reservations, visit http://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/events/tours.html.

Questions about the tours should be directed to Sheila Reese at sheila.d.reese@nasa.gov.


Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops -- Spring/Summer 2015

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.

May 2, 2015 -- MiraCosta College in Oceanside, California
CAE Southwest Regional Teaching Exchange

June 13-14, 2015 -- South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, South Carolina
CAE Tier I Teaching Excellence Workshop for Current and Future Astronomy and Space Science Instructors

June 22-25, 2015 -- American Center for Physics in College Park, Maryland
New Faculty Workshop for Physics and Astronomy

August 4-6, 2015 -- Honolulu Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii
CAE Teaching Excellence Short-Courses on Active Learning in the STEM Classroom

August 2015 -- American Museum of Natural History in New York, New York
CAE Northeast Regional Teaching Exchange

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.


2014 NASA EONS Solicitation -- New MUREP ASTAR Fellowship Appendix

NASA's Office of Education is accepting new proposals under the Education Opportunities in NASA STEM, or EONS, 2014 NASA Research Announcement for the MUREP Advanced STEM Training and Research, or ASTAR, Fellowships appendix.

NASA Office of Education Fellowships support independently conceived or designed research or senior design projects for graduate students in disciplines needed to help advance NASA’s missions. ASTAR fellowships provide awards for individuals in the early stage of their graduate studies. They must be pursuing or planning to pursue graduate work leading to master’s and doctoral degrees in relevant NASA-related disciplines at accredited U.S. universities.

The fellowship award includes tuition offset, student stipend, and funding for an annual Center Based Research Experience. The result is an annual award of up to $50,000 for a student pursuing a master’s degree or $55,000 for a student pursuing a doctoral degree. Fellowship awards are made in the form of training grants to academic institutions and are for a duration of no more than three academic years. Proposals are due May 4, 2015.

For more information, visit http://go.nasa.gov/199fbjb.

Questions about this solicitation may be directed to nspires-help@nasaprs.com.


Release of Cooperative Agreement Notice for NASA Science Mission Directorate Science Education

NASA's Science Mission Directorate, or SMD, has released a Cooperative Agreement Notice, or CAN, soliciting team-based proposals for SMD science education for community review and comment. The final text is downloadable from the NSPIRES Web page at https://nspires.nasaprs.com/ by selecting Solicitations and searching for NASA Science Education or NNH15ZDA004C.

The goal of NASA SMD Science Education is to enable NASA scientists and engineers into the learning environment more efficiently and effectively for learners of all ages. This CAN is to meet the following NASA SMD Science Education Objectives: Enabling STEM education, improving U.S. science literacy; advancing National education goals; and leveraging science education through partnerships. NASA intends to select one or more focused, science discipline-based team(s). While it is envisioned that multiple agreements may be awarded, selection of a single award to support all of SMD science education requirements is not precluded. Awards are anticipated by Sept. 30, 2015.

Issuance of this CAN is dependent on programmatic factors, including NASA receiving an appropriation and operating plan containing adequate funding within the NASA budget. Any costs incurred by prospective investigators in preparing submissions in response to this CAN are incurred completely at the submitter's own risk.

Programmatic questions regarding this solicitation should be submitted no later than 15 days prior to the proposal due date by email using the character string “Science Education CAN” (without quotes) included in the subject line of all transmissions. The identity of those submitting comments will be held in confidence. Answers to questions about this Announcement and Frequently Asked Questions from the draft CAN text are available on the website at https://nspires.nasaprs.com/. Note that it is the responsibility of interested proposers to check for such information prior to the submission of their proposals.

Programmatic questions should be submitted to:
Kristen Erickson
Email: CANsci-ed@hq.nasa.gov
Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters
300 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20546

Anticipated NASA SMD Science Education CAN schedule:
CAN Release Date -- Feb. 4, 2015
Preproposal Conference -- Feb. 17, 2015 (1 p.m. EST)
Notice of Intent to Propose Deadline -- March 4, 2015
Electronic Proposal Submittal Deadline -- May 4, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. EDT
Selections Announced (target) -- Summer 2015
Projects Begin (target) -- Oct. 1, 2015


2020 Electric General Aviation NASA Aeronautics Design Challenge

Electric-powered aircraft have the potential to revolutionize the way we travel. NASA invites college teams to take part in the 2015 NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate's 2020 Electric General Aviation Design Challenge. Student teams are invited to design an electric (i.e., no combustion) general aviation aircraft that meets performance requirements and is operational by 2020.

The contest is open to teams of full-time students enrolled in higher education institutions of the United States or its territories. This category includes universities, colleges, trade schools, community colleges, professional schools, etc. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

Final entries are due May 8, 2015.

For more information and a complete list of rules, visit http://aero.larc.nasa.gov/university-contest/.

Questions about the challenge should be directed to Elizabeth Ward at Elizabeth.B.Ward@nasa.gov.


Dawn Mission’s i C Ceres Celebration

After more than seven years cruising at stunning speeds, including a wonderful year exploring protoplanet Vesta, the Dawn spacecraft will arrive at its second destination in the main asteroid belt, the dwarf planet Ceres. As the Dawn mission begins its exploration of Ceres, it’s time to celebrate!

A flagship i C Ceres event will be held on May 9, 2015, in Pasadena, California, by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology. The event will include games and contests. Plus, members of the mission team will be there to translate the space science for you!

If you aren’t in southern California, don’t worry. You can host your own event! Big or small, public or private, all are welcome. Celebrate with your club, society, school group or museum. Awesome presentations will be streamed live.

To learn more, find an event near you, or explore resources to plan your own i C Ceres event, visit http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/news/I_c_ceres.asp.

For more information about the Dawn mission, visit http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Joe Wise at jwise1972@gmail.com.


Lunar and Planetary Institute Workshop: Mars Through Time

The Lunar and Planetary Institute and the ChemCam instrument team invite high school educators, both in-service and pre-service, to attend the "Mars Through Time" workshop. This four-day workshop will take place at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas, July 13-16, 2015.

Attendees will discover the relationship between technology and science as it relates to our understanding of Mars. Attendees also will discuss the nature and process of science with invited Mars scientists. Classroom resources will be provided.

Workshop registration is free. This workshop is limited to 20 participants. Interested educators are encouraged to apply early to secure a spot. Qualified applicants will be accepted in the order they apply. Travel stipends are available. The application closes May 15, 2015.

For more information and to apply for the workshop, visit http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/workshops/mars/.

Questions about the workshop should be directed to Andy Shaner at shaner@lpi.usra.edu.


NASA Robotic Mining Competition 2015

The Sixth Annual NASA Robotic Mining Competition will be streamed live from the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center on May 20-22, 2015.

The NASA Robotic Mining Competition challenges university-level students to design and build a mining robot that can traverse the simulated Martian chaotic terrain, excavate Martian regolith and deposit the regolith into a collector bin within 10 minutes. The technology concepts developed by the university teams for this competition conceivably could be used to robotically mine regolith resources on Mars.

To learn more about the competition, visit https://www.facebook.com/RoboticMiningCompetition.

To watch the competition live online, visit http://www.ustream.tv/NASAEDGE.


MAVEN Educator Ambassador Program

In September 2014, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, or MAVEN, mission began exploring Mars’ upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the sun and solar wind. The MAVEN Educator Ambassador, or MEA, program will focus on in-depth learning experiences around Earth, space and physical science topics for educators teaching middle- and high-school grades.

During this weeklong, NASA-funded program, participants will receive training to become a MAVEN Educator Ambassador. The goal of the MEA program is to develop the capacity and provide the opportunity for educators to train other teachers on NASA heliophysics and planetary science educational resources. Follow-up support will be provided via teleconference calls and other electronic communications. Participants involved in the MEA program will be expected to implement the lesson plans and education resources in their own classrooms, as well as train other teachers at local and regional professional development conferences or meetings.

The program will take place Aug. 3-7, 2015, at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Participants will receive a travel stipend of $700. Free housing and meals will be provided.

Applications are due May 22, 2015.

For more information about the workshop and to apply online, visit http://lasp.colorado.edu/home/maven/education-outreach/for-educators/mea/2015mea/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to epomail@lasp.colorado.edu.


2015 NSBRI First Award Fellowship Program

The National Space Biomedical Research Institute, or NSBRI, is accepting fellowship applications for the First Award Fellowship Program. The one-year fellowships are available in any U.S. laboratory carrying out space-related biomedical or biotechnological research.

Applicants are required to submit proposals with the support of a mentor and an institution, and all proposals will be evaluated by a peer-review committee. Selected applicants receive a stipend, allowance for health insurance and travel funds for related scientific meetings.

This year's applicants also can request to be considered to spend part of the fellowship in Russia, via a program involving NSBRI and the Institute of Biomedical Problems in Moscow.

Detailed program and application submission information is available at http://www.nsbri.org/firstaward/.

The application deadline is June 5, 2015.

Questions may be directed to Dr. Amanda Smith Hackler at hackler@bcm.edu.

NSBRI, funded by NASA, is a consortia of institutions studying the health risks related to long-duration spaceflight and developing the medical technologies needed for long missions. The institute's science, technology and education projects take place at more than 60 institutions across the United States.

For more information about NSBRI's First Award Program, please visit http://www.nsbri.org/firstaward/.


Teacher Professional Development Programs at the NASTAR Center

The National AeroSpace Training and Research, or NASTAR, Center is hosting a series of teacher professional development programs throughout the month of July. Here’s your chance to experience acceleration in a centrifuge, pilot an airplane simulator, or explore the gas laws in an altitude chamber. Each one-day workshop is worth eight hours of continuing education.

One-day workshops are planned for multiple dates in July. To see a full list of workshop dates, visit http://www.nastarcenter.com/nastar-teacher-professional-development-program-dates-for-2015.

For more information about the workshops and to download a registration packet, visit http://www.nastarcenter.com/education/teachers.

The NASTAR Center is located in Southampton, Pennsylvania, a northern suburb of Philadelphia. The center is an Affiliate Member of the NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium. Funding from the NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium supports these programs, so they are offered at no cost to teachers.

Questions about this series of workshops should be directed to Greg Kennedy at gkennedy@nastarcenter.com.