NASA opportunities for the K12 education community

NASA opportunities for the K12 Education Community

International Space Station EarthKAM Fall 2012 Mission
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Event Date: Nov. 13-16, 2012

High Power Microscopes: The Virtual Lab Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 13, 2012

‘Mousetronaut’ Book Signing With Astronaut/Author Mark Kelly at the National Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Nov. 14, 2012, at 11 a.m. EST

Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Various Dates During November 2012

Engineering Design Challenge: Spacecraft Structures Web Seminar
Audience: 5-9 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 14, 2012

National Air and Space Museum Downlink Event
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Nov. 15, 2012, at 11:35 a.m. EST

NASA’s DEVELOP Program — 2013 Spring and Summer Sessions
Audience: 9-12 and Higher Education Educators and Students
Spring Session Deadline: Nov. 15, 2012
Summer Session Deadline: Feb. 4, 2013

“The World’s a Place of Living Things” Art Contest
Audience: Students in Grades 2-4
Entry Deadline: Nov. 16, 2012

2012-2013 Real World Design Challenge
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students — U.S. Only
Registration Deadline: Nov. 16, 2012

DEADLINE EXTENDED: NASA CubeSat Space Missions
Audience: Higher Education Educators & Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 20, 2012

2012 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Video Contest
Audience: Grade 3-12 Students
Registration Deadline: Dec. 15, 2012

Registration Open for the 20th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race
Audience: 9-12 & Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline for International Teams: Jan. 7, 2013
Registration Deadline for U.S. Teams: Feb. 4, 2013

IRIS Challenge: Tracking a Solar Storm
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Registration Open Now, Challenge Begins February 2013

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International Space Station EarthKAM Fall 2012 Mission

Middle school educators are invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAM Fall 2012 Mission from Nov. 13-16, 2012. Find out more about this exciting opportunity that allows students to take pictures of Earth from a digital camera aboard the International Space Station.

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

For more information about the project and to register for the upcoming mission, visit the EarthKAM home page www.EarthKAM.ucsd.edu.

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

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High Power Microscopes: The Virtual Lab 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 Nov. 13, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. EST. Learn to use a computer program simulating three high-power virtual microscopes: an atomic force microscope, a scanning electron microscope and a fluorescence light microscope. Viewing specimens include one-celled organisms, human tissue, computer chips, insects and fungi. You will get an overview of the software, watch videos of students exploring specimens and learn to use the Virtual Lab website and software.

For more information and to register online, visit URL http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar13.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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‘Mousetronaut’ Book Signing With Astronaut/Author Mark Kelly at the National Air and Space Museum

Visit the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 14, 2012, for a special book signing event with former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly. At 11 a.m. EST, Kelly will read from his new children’s book, “Mousetronaut.” Afterwards, Kelly will be available until 1 p.m. to meet the public and sign books.

“Mousetronaut” tells the story of a mouse that trains for a space mission. While in space, the mouse saves the day and shows the importance of perseverance and courage. The reader learns that being small can be a good thing.

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=4628.

Questions about this event should be directed to the museum’s visitor service line at 202-633-1000.

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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 November 2012. 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.

Train Like an Astronaut (Grades 1-12)
Nov. 14, 2012, 2 – 3 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Lester Morales will discuss the “Train Like an Astronaut” education materials. These activities use a physical and inquiry-based approach to human health and fitness on Earth and in space. Activities are modeled after the real-life training that astronauts do to prepare for exploring space. This webinar is part of the Department of Education’s Green Strides webinar series.

Here an Earth, There an Earth, Everywhere an Earth: The Kepler Telescope Search for Habitable Planets Beyond Our Solar System (Grades 5-12)
Nov. 15, 2012, 5 – 6 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will discuss NASA’s Kepler telescope and its search for Earth-like planets orbiting other stars. Participants will learn how to use Johannes Kepler’s Third Law and actual Kepler telescope data to construct graphs to record and interpret data that determine if a planet orbiting a star in another solar system is a possible candidate to support life.

Robotics on a Budget (Grades 5-12)
Nov. 28, 2012, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EST
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 December 2012, visit http://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to Katie Hayden at Katie.S.Hayden@nasa.gov.

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Engineering Design Challenge: Spacecraft Structures 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 Nov. 14, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn how to incorporate the excitement of rocketry into your classroom during this Web seminar and receive an overview of the student engineering design challenge, Spacecraft Structures, where students design and construct a strong, but lightweight, structure that can withstand the launch of a water bottle “rocket.”

This Web seminar will be repeated on Mar. 20, 2013.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar14.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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National Air and Space Museum Downlink Event

Tune in to NASA TV on Nov. 15, 2012, at 11:35 a.m. EST to see students involved in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, or SSEP, talk live with astronauts Kevin Ford and Suni Williams.

SSEP is an in-orbit educational research opportunity that allows students to design and send experiments to the space station through a partnership with NanoRacks, LLC. Astronaut Williams has been involved in activating the latest round of SSEP experiments that launched to the space station on the Dragon spacecraft in early October.

The downlink, hosted at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., takes place during International Education Week, or IEW. IEW is a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education that celebrates the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller, National Air and Space Museum Director General Jack Dailey, Smithsonian Institute Assistant Secretary for Education and Access Claudine Brown, and the NASA Associate Administrator for Education Leland Melvin will participate in the program.

To find out how to watch NASA TV in your area or to watch the downlink event live online, visit http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html.

For more information about the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/.

To learn more about NASA education downlinks, visit http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/teachingfromspace/students/downlinks.html.

Questions about this event should be directed to Becky Kamas at JSC-Teaching-From-Space@mail.nasa.gov.

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NASA’s DEVELOP Program — 2013 Spring and Summer Sessions

DEVELOP is a NASA Science Mission Directorate Applied Sciences-sponsored internship that fosters the training and development of students in the Earth sciences. The DEVELOP Program extends the application of NASA Earth science research and technology to meet societal needs.

Students conduct projects that focus on the practical application of NASA’s Earth science research and demonstrate how results can benefit partner organizations and local communities. Advisors and mentors, from NASA and partner institutions, provide guidance and support for the program. Students gain experience using NASA science and technology in a professional setting.

Students from high school through doctoral levels are selected through a competitive application process. Students chosen by DEVELOP work on teams onsite at 13 locations in North America. Activities are conducted during three 10-week terms per year: spring, summer and fall. To apply to a DEVELOP center at a NASA location, applicants must be a citizen of the U.S. However, international students currently registered at an accredited school in the U.S. are eligible to apply to DEVELOP regional locations. International applicants must already have a visa that permits them to work in the U.S.

Applications for the spring 2013 session are due Nov. 15, 2012. Summer 2013 applications are due Feb. 4, 2013.

For more information about this unique internship opportunity, please visit the DEVELOP website at http://develop.larc.nasa.gov.

Questions about the DEVELOP Program should be directed by email to NASA-DL-DEVELOP@mail.nasa.gov or by telephone to 757-864-3761.

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“The World’s a Place of Living Things” Art Contest

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, or IGES, invites young scientists and artists to explore biodiversity. There are many different types of life on Earth — from bacteria to insects to plants and animals. Biodiversity is everywhere. Students in grades 2-4 are encouraged to learn more about the forms of life in a particular place — what types of life can be seen? What types of life are hard to see? Do the different types of life interact with each other?

Students should investigate these questions, and create a piece of artwork (no larger than 16″x20″) to show what they have learned. First-, second-, and third-place artists will receive a $100, $75, and $50 gift card, respectively, framed color certificates and their artwork will be showcased on the IGES website.

Entries are due Nov. 16, 2012. For full details on the contest, resources on biodiversity and to download an entry form, visit http://www.strategies.org/artcontest.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to info@strategies.org.

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2012-2013 Real World Design Challenge

The Real World Design Challenge is an annual U.S. competition that gives students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to work on real-world engineering challenges in a team environment. This year, NASA is teaming up with other RWDC partners on the Aviation Challenge. This challenge invites students to design an unmanned aerial system to help locate a lost child.

Participating schools receive real engineering software and partner with mentors who are professional engineers. The contest provides students with opportunities to apply the lessons of the classroom to real technical problems.

The deadline for team registration is Nov. 16, 2012. Entries must be submitted by Jan. 18, 2013.

For more information about the challenge, visit http://www.realworlddesignchallenge.org.

Questions about the Real World Design Challenge should be directed to Ralph Coppola at rcoppola@ptc.com.

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: NASA CubeSat Space Missions

NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads to fly on rockets planned to launch between 2013 and 2016. These miniature spacecraft, known as CubeSats, could be auxiliary payloads on previously planned missions.

CubeSats are a class of research spacecraft called nanosatellites. These cube-shaped satellites are approximately four inches long, have a volume of about one quart and weigh less than three pounds.

Proposed CubeSat investigations must be consistent with NASA’s Strategic Plan and the NASA education vision and goals. The research must address aspects of science, exploration, technology development, education or operations.

Applicants must submit proposals electronically by 4:30 p.m. EST, Nov. 20, 2012. NASA will select the payloads by Jan. 31, 2013. Selection does not guarantee a launch opportunity. The selected spacecraft will be eligible for flight after final negotiations when a launch opportunity arises. NASA will not provide funding for the development of the small satellites.

NASA recently announced the results from the third round of the CubeSat Launch Initiative. From the first three launch initiatives, 64 payloads made the short list for launch opportunities between 2011 and 2014. They are eligible for launch pending an appropriate opportunity and final negotiations. The satellites come from 25 states: Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Vermont and Virginia.

For additional information about NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative program, visit http://go.nasa.gov/puk9K2 and http://go.nasa.gov/CubeSatOp.

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2012 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Video Contest

NASA has opened registration for the 2012 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Video Contest. Featuring OPTIMUS PRIME, the leader from the popular TRANSFORMERS brand, the contest highlights spinoffs from NASA technologies that are used on Earth. The goal is to help students understand the benefits of NASA technology to their daily lives.

Each student, or group of students, will submit a three- to five-minute video on a selected NASA spinoff technology listed in NASA’s 2011 “Spinoff” publication. Videos must demonstrate an understanding of the NASA spinoff technology and the associated NASA mission, as well as the commercial application and public benefit associated with the spinoff technology.

Participants must register for the contest by Dec. 15, 2012.

Video entries will be posted on the NASA YouTube channel, and the public will be responsible for the first round of judging. The top five submissions from each of the three grade groups (elementary [3rd-5th], middle [6th-8th] and high school [9th-12th]) will advance for final judging. A NASA panel will select a winning entry from each group. The students submitting the winning entries will be the guests of honor at the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Contest awards ceremony in May 2013. While there, the winners will receive the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Contest trophy and have the opportunity to meet NASA VIPs, astronauts and actor Peter Cullen, who voices the character OPTIMUS PRIME.

TRANSFORMERS and OPTIMUS PRIME are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. © 2012 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.

For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/news/releases/2012/12-077.html.

Questions about this contest should be directed to Darryl Mitchell at Darryl.R.Mitchell@nasa.gov.

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Registration Open for the 20th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race

Registration is open for the 20th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race. High school and college students are challenged to design and build a vehicle that addresses a series of engineering problems similar to those faced by the original lunar-roving vehicle team. Each school may enter up to two teams. International teams are limited to 10 teams per country. The race will take place April 25-27, 2013, in Huntsville, Ala., at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

International teams must register by Jan. 7, 2013. U.S. teams must register by Feb. 4, 2013.

For more information about the competition and to register online, visit http://moonbuggy.msfc.nasa.gov/index.html.

International teams with questions about this event and registration should email Marilyn Lewis at Marilyn.H.Lewis@nasa.gov. U.S. teams with questions should contact Diedra Williams at Diedra.A.Williams@nasa.gov.

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IRIS Challenge: Tracking a Solar Storm

Join the Tracking a Solar Storm Challenge and guide students as they learn about our sun’s anatomy, the space weather it generates and why studying the sun is important.

This challenge is designed around NASA’s solar mission Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS. Scheduled to launch in 2013, the IRIS spacecraft will study the dynamics of our sun’s atmosphere using an ultraviolet telescope and spectrograph. As students participate in the challenge, they will learn more about the IRIS mission and the instruments that scientists will use to gather data.

An educators’ guide for the IRIS challenge will be posted in mid-November outlining basic lesson plans and supplementary learning projects available to help you lead students in studying the sun’s weather, tracking a solar storm and predicting its effect on Earth.

The challenge will run February – May 2013.

To learn more about the challenge, visit http://irischallenge.arc.nasa.gov/.

Educators are invited to register now at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZRBWQQK to receive updates as the challenge develops.

Please email any questions about this challenge to Linda Conrad at arc-quest-challenge@mail.nasa.gov.

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