[ECP] K12 Newsletters: NASA opportunities for the education community

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

Guidance for Education and Public Outreach Activities Under Sequestration

NASA has taken the first steps in addressing the mandatory spending cuts called for in the Budget Control Act of 2011. The law mandates a series of indiscriminate and significant across-the-board spending reductions totaling $1.2 trillion over 10 years.

As a result, NASA has been forced to implement a number of new cost-saving measures, policies, and reviews in order to minimize impacts to the mission-critical activities of the Agency. Guidance regarding conferences, travel, and training that reflect the new fiscal reality in which the agency must operate has been provided.

For specific guidance as it relates to public outreach and engagement activities please reference the following webpage.

http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/about/sequestration-NASA-education-guidance.html

Properties of Living Things: Searching for Life on Mars Web Seminar

Audience: 4-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: April 18, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

International Space Apps Challenge
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Dates: April 20-21, 2013

Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Next Event Date: April 20, 2013

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Celebrate Our Beautiful Earth
Audience: Grades 5-12
Event Date: April 22, 2013, Noon EDT

Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: April 22, 2013

2013-14 NASA LEARN Opportunity
Audience: 6-12 Educators
Application Deadline: April 22, 2013

Free Virtual Professional Development Workshop Series: Rockets to Racecars
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: First workshop takes place on April 23, 2013, at 3:15 p.m. EDT

Center of Mass and Center of Pressure: Engineering a Stable Rocket Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: April 23, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. EDT

ISS EarthKAM Spring 2013 Mission – EarthKAM Erosion Challenge
Audience: Middle School Educators and Students
Mission Dates: April 23-26, 2013

Human Body: Space Adaptations Web Seminar
Audience: 4-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: April 24, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

Reduced Gravity Education Flight Opportunity for Students at Minority Serving Institutions
Audience: Higher Education Educators & Students
Proposal Deadline: April 24, 2013

NASA Seeks Universities for Early Stage Innovation Tech Proposals
Audience: Accredited U.S. Universities
Notice of Intent Deadline: April 29, 2013
Proposal Deadline: May 21, 2013

2013 Astrobiology Summer Science Experience for Teachers
Audience: Grade 9-12 Educators
Registration Deadline: April 30, 2013
Event Date: July 29 – Aug. 2, 2013

Global Precipitation Measurement Mission Anime Challenge
Audience: Artists ages 13 and older
Entry Deadline: April 30, 2013

It Rocks! Learn About the Moon With Award-Winning Selene Video Game
Audience: All Educators and Grade 5-Higher Education Students
Suggested Registration Deadline: April 30, 2013

2014 eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Due Date: May 1, 2013

RockOn 2013 University Rocket Science Workshop
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: May 1, 2013
Workshop Dates: June 15-20, 2013

2013 Summer Workshops — Climate Science Research for Educators and Students
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Application Deadline: May 1, 2013

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring
Audience: All Educators and Students
Nomination Deadline: June 5, 2013

2013 Lunar Workshops for Educators
Audience: 6-9 Educators
Workshop Dates: June 24-28, and July 8-12, 2013

NASA Night Rover Energy Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Early Registration Deadline: July 26, 2013
Regular Registration Deadline: Oct. 25, 2013

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

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Properties of Living Things: Searching for Life on Mars Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar for educators on April 18, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. This web seminar features two lessons: one on extremophiles and the other on searching for life. Review criteria for determining if something is alive and learn how students apply the criteria in a hands-on activity. A video will be shown that connects the activity to a NASA mission. Collaborate with other participants about ways of using and adapting the activity. Extension activities for students interested in the topic will be provided.

This is the final time this seminar will be offered during the current school year.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar21.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NASA Explorer Schools help desk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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International Space Apps Challenge

NASA and government agencies worldwide will host the second International Space Apps Challenge April 20-21, 2013, with events across all seven continents and in space.

Participants are encouraged to develop mobile applications, software, hardware, data visualization and platform solutions that could contribute to space exploration missions and help improve life on Earth.

The two-day event will provide an opportunity for government to harness the expertise and entrepreneurial spirit of citizen explorers to help address global challenges. During the event, representatives of NASA and other international space agencies will gather with scientists and participants to use publicly released open data to create solutions for 50 software, hardware and visualization challenges, including robotics, citizen science platforms and applications of remote sensing data.

Twelve locations in the United States will host an International Space Apps Challenge event: Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Cape Canaveral, Fla.; Cleveland; Detroit; Easton, Md.; New York; Philadelphia; Reno, Nev.; Rochester, N.Y.; San Francisco; and Syracuse, N.Y. Thirty-eight other events will be held in 30 other countries: Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Poland, Macedonia, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Uganda and United Kingdom. Also participating will be McMurdo Station in Antarctica and astronauts aboard the International Space Station

Registration for citizen participation is now open.

To learn more about the International Space Apps Challenge, get the latest updates and register to attend an event, visit http://spaceappschallenge.org/.

If you have questions about the challenge, please visit http://spaceappschallenge.org/about/contact/.

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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 most importantly, you and your workshop colleagues will gain first-hand experience implementing these proven strategies yourselves. 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.

April 20, 2013 — Dearborn, Mich.
CAE Great Lakes Regional Teaching Exchange

May 4, 2013 — Oceanside, Calif.
CAE Southern California Regional Teaching Exchange

June 1-2, 2013 — Indianapolis, Ind.
CAE Tier I Teaching Excellence Workshop for Current and Future Astronomy and Space Science Instructors

June 17-20, 2013 — College Park, Md.
New Faculty Workshop for Physics and Astronomy

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.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Celebrate Our Beautiful Earth

Join NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center on Earth Day, April 22, 2013, at Noon EDT, for a musical and visual tour of Earth from space with interactive discussions through the Beautiful Earth program!

Director and musician Kenji Williams will narrate the BELLA GAIA®, or beautiful Earth, multimedia show, and discuss his inspiration and why art and music are important in science. He will be joined by NASA’s Dr. Claire Parkinson, project scientist of the Aqua satellite mission, which measures Earth’s processes including temperatures, clouds, vegetation cover and water vapor. Dr. Parkinson will discuss climate change and how NASA is studying our home planet.

Students and teachers are invited to participate by viewing the webcast on the DLiNfo Channel at http://dln.nasa.gov. During the event, an email address will be provided for participants to send questions.

For more information about the Beautiful Earth program, visit http://beautifulearth.gsfc.nasa.gov.

Inquiries about this event should be directed to Erin McKinley at erin.e.mckinley@nasa.gov.

BELLA GAIA is a registered trademark of Remedy Arts, LLC.

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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of free webinars throughout April 2013. All webinars can be accessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

Space Faring: The Radiation Challenge (Grades 6-12)
April 22, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and 6 – 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler will discuss ways NASA is working to keep astronauts from exceeding acceptable levels of radiation exposure during spaceflight.

Kepler Mission: Planets, Planets… Planets! (Grades 6-12)
April 23, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and 6 – 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will discuss NASA’s Kepler Mission. Kepler has been in space for three years searching for planets that are orbiting stars in the Milky Way galaxy. Participants will learn how transits are used to find planets and determine their sizes and distances from the stars they orbit.

Robotics on a Budget (Grades 4-8)
April 30, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and 6 – 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will explore how to use robotics to enhance your students’ understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. Participants will also learn about NASA STEM robotics missions, curriculum and activities that are available.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through April 2013, visit http://aesp.psu.edu/programs/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to Chris Gamrat at gamrat@psu.edu.

The U.S. Department of Education has Green Strides webinars scheduled throughout 2013. To see a full list of Green Strides webinars, visit http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/green-strides/webinar.html.

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2013-14 NASA LEARN Opportunity

The Long-term Engagement in Authentic Research at NASA, or LEARN, Project is seeking educators for an innovative program that provides onsite research and training opportunities with NASA scientists in the summer and guided research projects that continue on throughout the school year. Participants conduct their own research with help of a team of NASA scientists and share and integrate these projects into the classroom.

This summer, participants will complete two weeks of onsite work at NASA’s Langley Research Center during the weeks of July 8-12 and July 15-19, 2013. Teachers will receive approximately 70 hours of professional development. Onsite work will be followed by continued research through 2014 via virtual research team meetings and data presentations. A stipend is offered for participants, and educators may present proposals for travel funding to present their research at regional conferences.

This opportunity is open to science, technology, engineering and mathematics educators of grades 6-12. Earth science, physics, chemistry and mathematics teachers are strongly encouraged to apply. Application is open to U.S. citizens only.

Applications are due April 22, 2013.

For more information and to register for the workshops, visit http://science-edu.larc.nasa.gov/LEARN/.

Questions about these workshops should be directed to Margaret Pippin at m.pippin@nasa.gov.

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Free Virtual Professional Development Workshop Series: Rockets to Racecars

Start your engines! Engage students in real-world mathematics and incorporate standards-based hands-on activities to make mathematics challenging and fun. Bring the excitement of racing and the thrill of launching into your classroom with the “Rockets 2 Racecars” educational materials.

Learn about tires and air pressure as you calculate the effects of temperature on regular tires as well as Space Shuttle and racecar tires in the session “Measure Up and Calculate.” Use mathematics to interpret air pressure and air flow data on airplane wings and racecar spoilers in “May the Force Uplift You…or Not!”. Test the variables that affect cars’ stability to travel by constructing a balloon-powered race car and maneuver through different angles to see force in action in “Newton’s Angle on Force and Motion.” Design a capsule to land on Mars and see its effectiveness by calculating speed or rate of descent in “Drag Race to Mars Engineering Design Challenge.”

Sign up today to join the free four-day workshop series on April 23, April 25, April 29 and May 1, 2013, from 3:15pm to 4:30pm EDT.

Participants who register and complete all four workshops are eligible to receive five workshop hours towards continuing education units.

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

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Marilé Colon Robles at marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov.

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Center of Mass and Center of Pressure: Engineering a Stable Rocket Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on April 23, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. EDT. Learn how to incorporate rocketry into your teaching repertoire. During this seminar, participants will get an overview of an activity from NASA’s “Rockets Educator Guide” that addresses forces and motion, center of mass and center of pressure. This seminar provides an overview of the activity, explores the NASA connections, shares tips and tricks for implementing this lesson in the classroom, showcases videos of students engaged in the lesson and discusses possible modifications or extensions.

This is the final time this seminar will be offered during the current school year.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar7.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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ISS EarthKAM Spring 2013 Mission – EarthKAM Erosion Challenge

Middle school educators are invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAM Spring 2013 Mission from April 23-26, 2013. This mission will feature the EarthKAM Erosion Challenge. Guide your students in hands-on research as they program cameras aboard the space station to take pictures of erosion on Earth, and then video conference with an astronaut to discuss what they learned. During the interactive video conference, students will share what they learned about erosion, exchange images and chat with the astronaut about the research being conducted from the International Space Station.

For more information about EarthKAM and to register for the upcoming mission, visit the EarthKAM home page https://earthkam.ucsd.edu/ek-images/erosion_challenge .

Please note that you can participate in the ISS EarthKAM Spring 2013 mission without participating in the EarthKAM Erosion Challenge.

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

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Human Body: Space Adaptations Web Seminar

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on April 24, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Space is a harsh environment. When an astronaut goes into space, his or her body immediately begins to change, causing the astronaut to feel and even look slightly different. During this seminar, you will get information about the effects of microgravity on astronauts. You also will be guided through three student activities, which provide a first-hand look at the effects of reduced gravity on bones, the fluid shifts in the body and the amount of oxygen needed to survive.

This is the last time this Web seminar will be offered during the current school year.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar22.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NASA Explorer Schools help desk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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Reduced Gravity Education Flight Opportunity for Students at Minority Serving Institutions

NASA is offering undergraduate students from minority serving institutions an opportunity to test experiments in microgravity aboard NASA’s reduced gravity aircraft.

This opportunity is a partnership between the Minority University Research and Education Program and NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program, which gives aspiring explorers a chance to propose, design and fabricate a reduced-gravity experiment. Selected teams will test and evaluate their experiments aboard NASA’s reduced-gravity airplane. The aircraft flies about 30 roller-coaster-like climbs and dips during experiment flights to produce periods of weightlessness and hypergravity ranging from 0 gravity, or g, to 2 g.

Proposals are due April 24, 2013.

All applicants must be full-time undergraduate students, U.S. citizens and at least 18 years old.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit https://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov/murep/.

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to Suzanne Foxworth at jsc-reducedgravity@nasa.gov.

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NASA Seeks Universities for Early Stage Innovation Tech Proposals

NASA is seeking innovative, early-stage space technology proposals from accredited U.S. universities that will enable NASA’s future missions and America’s leadership in space.

Proposals are sought for science instruments, cryogenic propellant storage for long-duration space exploration, optical coatings for astrophysical pursuits, oxygen recovery for life support systems, and to improve our understanding of and protection from near-Earth asteroids.

Each of these space technology areas requires dramatic improvements over existing capabilities. New early stage, or low technology readiness-level, technologies could mature into tools that solve the hard challenges facing NASA’s future scientific and human spaceflight missions. Researchers should propose unique, transformational space technologies that address specific topics found in this solicitation.

This solicitation requests proposals on five topic areas. The first topic area seeks new instrument technologies for the exploration of planetary bodies within our solar system. Innovative technology advances are needed to support the instruments that scientists will need to better understand the history, climates, evidence of past life and future potential habitability of planets and moons within the solar system.

Spaceflight architectures for future human space exploration beyond low-Earth orbit will require technologies and capabilities not available today, such as long duration storage of cryogenic propellants in a zero gravity environment. Under a second topic area for this solicitation, NASA is particularly interested in proposals regarding how to mature fundamental experimental and computational solutions to address the challenges of cryogenic storage of liquid hydrogen.

Through a third topic area for this solicitation, NASA is seeking advances in optics technologies to enable the challenging science measurements that may contribute to the understanding of the first moments of the universe, the characterization of galaxy evolution over time and the characterization of newly found exoplanets.

As future exploration missions extend beyond low-Earth orbit, vehicles and extraterrestrial surface habitats housing astronauts will need to be highly reliable and self-sufficient; the opportunity for resupply of consumables diminishes the farther from home you go. The fourth topic area of this solicitation seeks novel technologies that will help close the atmosphere revitalization loop aboard spaceships and surface habitats during long duration space missions. New technologies must have the potential to significantly increase the oxygen recovery rate beyond the current state of the art.

Under a final topic area, NASA is seeking proposals for new technologies to better understand and protect our planet from near-Earth asteroids. Early stage technologies that will help with characterizing, understanding, and planning how to mitigate the threat of near-Earth asteroids are of great interest. These efforts are important for the sustainability and future of our home planet.

NASA expects to make approximately 10 awards this fall, based on the merit of proposals received. Each award will be made for one year with an additional year of research possible. The typical annual award value is expected to be approximately $250,000. Second-year funding will be contingent on the availability of appropriated funds and technical progress. Only accredited U.S. universities may submit proposals to this solicitation. Notices of intent are due by April 29, 2013, with proposals due May 21, 2013.

To view the Early Stage Innovation NASA Research Announcement and information for submitting proposals, visit http://go.usa.gov/25De.

The solicitation is a part of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, which is innovating, developing, testing and flying hardware for use in NASA’s future missions. For more information about NASA’s investment in space technology, visit http://www.nasa.gov/spacetech.

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to Claudia Meyer at claudia.m.meyer@nasa.gov.

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2013 Astrobiology Summer Science Experience for Teachers

The 2013 Astrobiology Summer Science Experience for Teachers, or ASSET, is being held July 29 – Aug. 2, 2013, at San Francisco State University. ASSET will feature presentations by leading astrobiology researchers from the SETI Institute, NASA and the California Academy of Sciences. Scientists will share the latest in astrobiology research on the origin of life on Earth, the extreme conditions in which life exists, Mars exploration, the formation of planetary systems around sun-like stars and the search for life in the universe.

The six-day workshop features a combination of cutting-edge science, inquiry-based teaching and learning and leadership skills development to support teachers and teacher trainers.

Participants receive the entire Voyages Through Time curriculum and complementary astrobiology materials, developed by NASA’s Astrobiology Institute, for use in their classrooms.

Applications are due April 30, 2013.

For more information and to apply online, visit http://www.seti.org/seti-educators/asset.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Pamela Harman at pharman@seti.org.

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Global Precipitation Measurement Mission Anime Challenge

NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement, or GPM, mission has teamed up with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency to hold a design challenge for people around the world to develop an anime character to represent the GPM mission. GPM is an international satellite mission that will use multiple satellites orbiting Earth to collect rain and snow data worldwide every three hours.

Participants should learn about the GPM mission and design their characters to represent the mission’s objectives. The winning character will star in a comic series that will teach the public about GPM and precipitation science.

Participants must be at least 13 years old. Entries must be submitted by April 30, 2013.

For more information, including instructions for submitting a character design, visit http://pmm.nasa.gov/education/anime.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to GSFC-GPM@mail.nasa.gov.

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It Rocks! Learn About the Moon With Award-Winning Selene Video Game

Use your computer to journey back 4.5 billion years — you’re going to make a moon just like Earth’s. All you need to do is to register to play the award-winning “Selene” online video game from the Center for Educational Technologies.

To allow time for students to finish “Selene” before the end of the school year or to prepare students to play “Selene” over the summer, teachers are encouraged to register by April 30, 2013.

Designed for players ages nine and older, “Selene: A Lunar Construction Game,” teaches users about basic geological processes on Earth and in the solar system. Players learn the solar system’s basic geological processes by firing away at what will quickly become a full-fledged, pockmarked moon like our own.

“Science” magazine and the National Science Foundation honored “Selene” in 2013 as one of the top educational games or apps in the world.

Educators and youth leaders can incorporate “Selene” into classroom curriculum and other activities. Follow game play with “MoonGazers,” hands-on activities that take players outside to explore the moon and its phases from their own backyards. With funding from NASA Education and the National Science Foundation, CyGaMEs has conducted empirical research that shows “Selene” causes and measures learning. Discover and apply concepts that are standards based, then investigate the moon.

To learn more about “Selene,” read testimonials about it or see how it aligns with national and state science standards, visit http://selene.cet.edu.

“Selene” is now available in Spanish. For more info, visit http://selene.cet.edu/?page=espanol.

Questions about the “Selene” game should be directed to selene@cet.edu.

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2014 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 Advanced Exploration Systems Habitation Systems Deep Space Habitat Project team has begun accepting applications for the 2014 eXploration Habitat, or X-Hab Challenge.

Post-secondary students, engaged in a variety of curricula, will work together to create a solution to a need for living and working in space or on another celestial body. The winners of the challenge will receive between $10,000 and $20,000 to design and produce functional products of interest to the Deep Space Habitat project.

Proposals are due May 1, 2013, and awardees should expect to deliver their product to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, in May of 2014.

Proposals will be accepted from university faculty who are U.S. citizens and currently teach an ABET-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.

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RockOn 2013 University Rocket Science Workshop

U.S. university and community college faculty and students are invited to a weeklong workshop to learn how to build and launch a scientific experiment into space. NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia is hosting the RockOn 2013 workshop June 15-20, 2013, in partnership with the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortia. Workshop participants must be U.S. citizens. The registration deadline for the workshop is May 1, 2013.

The hands-on workshop teaches participants to build experiments that fly on sounding rockets. During the week, participants will work together in teams of three to construct and integrate a sounding rocket payload from a kit. On the fifth day of the workshop, the experiments will fly on a sounding rocket expected to reach an altitude of more than 70 miles.

Each experiment will provide valuable scientific data, analyzed as part of the student-led science and engineering research. The program engages faculty and students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills critical to NASA’s future engineering, scientific and technical missions.

For more information about RockOn and to register online, visit http://spacegrant.colorado.edu/national-programs/rockon-2013-home.

Questions about the workshop or the registration process should be directed to Chris Koehler by email at koehler@colorado.edu or by telephone at 303-492-3141

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2013 Summer Workshops — Climate Science Research for Educators and Students

The Institute for Earth Science Research and Education, in collaboration with Queens College/City University of New York, is seeking participants for summer professional development workshops in the third year of its Climate Science Research for Educators and Students project. Funded by the NASA Innovations in Climate Education program, this project seeks to improve student engagement in climate science by helping teachers and students develop authentic climate-related science research projects.

During summer 2013, two climate science workshops will take place in New York City. The first workshop will be held in late June. The workshop will focus on understanding sun/Earth/atmosphere interactions and Earth’s radiative balance, a fundamental concept for climate science. All participants will build instruments called pyranometers, which monitor solar radiation. A follow-up workshop will take place later in the summer. During the summer, participants are expected to conduct their own research.

Applications are due May 1, 2013.

For more information, visit http://www.instesre.org/GCCE/GCCEHome.htm.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to David Brooks via email at brooksdr@drexel.edu.

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Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation are currently accepting nominations for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, or PAESMEM. This award program recognizes U.S. citizens or permanent residents and U.S. organizations that have demonstrated excellence in mentoring individuals from groups that are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and the workforce.

Presidential awardees receive a $10,000 award and a commemorative presidential certificate. Awardees are invited to participate in an awards ceremony in Washington D.C., which includes meetings with education policy leaders.

Individuals and organizations in all public and private sectors are eligible, including industry, academia, primary and secondary education, military and government, nonprofit organizations and foundations. Nominations, including self-nominations, are due June 5, 2013.

For more information, visit www.nsf.gov/PAESMEM.

An informational webinar about preparing and submitting PAESMEM nomination materials will take place on April 24, 2013, at 3 p.m. EDT. To register for the webinar, visit https://mmancusa.webex.com/mmancusa/j.php?ED=203853802&RG=1&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to PAESMEM@nsf.gov.

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2013 Lunar Workshops for Educators

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, mission is sponsoring a pair of workshops for educators of students in grades 6-9. These workshops 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.

Workshops will take place: June 24-28 and July 8-12, 2013, 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.

Each workshop will be limited to 25 participants. Interested educators are encouraged to apply early to secure a spot. Qualified applicants will be accepted in the order they apply.

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

Questions about these workshops should be directed to Katie Hessen at Katie.K.Hessen@nasa.gov.

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NASA Night Rover Energy Challenge

Registration is open for teams seeking to compete in the $1.5 million energy storage competition known as the Night Rover Challenge, sponsored by NASA and the Cleantech Open of Palo Alto, Calif.

To win, a team must demonstrate a stored-energy system that can power a simulated solar-powered exploration vehicle that can operate through multiple cycles of daylight and extended periods of darkness.

During the Night Rover Challenge, energy storage systems will receive electrical energy from a simulated solar collector during daylight hours. During darkness, the stored energy will be used for simulated thermal management, scientific experimentation, communications and rover movement. A winning system must exceed the performance of an existing state-of-the-art system by a predetermined margin. The winning system will be the one that has the highest energy-storage density.

The challenge is extended to individuals, groups and companies working outside the traditional aerospace industry. Unlike most contracts or grants, awards will be made only after solutions are demonstrated successfully.

Early registration closes on July 26, 2013. Regular registration closes on Oct. 25, 2013.

For information about the Night Rover Challenge and how to register a team, visit http://www.nightrover.org.

This is a Centennial Challenge in which NASA provides the prize purse for technological achievements by independent teams while the Cleantech Open manages the competition as NASA’s allied organization. For more information about the Cleantech Open, visit http://www.cleantechopen.org.

NASA’s Centennial Challenges program is part of the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, which is innovating, developing, testing and flying hardware for use in NASA’s future missions. For more information about NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate and its Centennial Challenges program, visit http://www.nasa.gov/spacetech.

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