[ECP] Educational CyberPlayGround: K12- Newsletter – NASA opportunities

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

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

Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: June 13, 2013, at 4 p.m. EDT

Free Exploring Space Lecture — Attend in Person or View Online
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: June 13, 2013, at 8 p.m. EDT

LAUNCH Systems Challenge 2013
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Early Bird Entry Deadline: June 15, 2013
Final Entry Deadline: July 15, 2013

CosmoQuest Lunar Surface Geology Workshop
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Workshop Dates: June 17-21, 2013

Center for Gulf Studies Summer Speaker Series
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: Each Monday at 11 a.m. CDT through August 2013

Newton’s Laws of Motion: Lunar Nautics Web Seminar
Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: June 19, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

NASA GIRLS and NASA BOYS Mentoring Project
Audience: 5-8 Educators and Students
Application Deadline: June 20, 2013

Engineering Design: Forces and Motion — The Great Boomerang Challenge Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: June 20, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

Von Kármán Symposium at California Institute of Technology
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Event Date: June 21, 2013

Pre-Service Teacher Institute at NASA’s Langley Research Center
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: June 21, 2013
Institute Dates: July 22 – Aug. 2, 2013

Climate Change in the Classroom Summer 2013 Teacher Workshop
Audience: Educators of Grades 8-12
Registration Deadline: June 21, 2013
Online Workshop Dates: July 31 – Aug. 1, 2013
In-Person Workshop Dates: Aug. 5-6, 2013

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

Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars — Fall 2013 Session
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: June 26, 2013

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 5 to the International Space Station
Audience: School Districts Serving Grades 5-12, Informal Education Institutions, Colleges and Universities
Inquiry Deadline: June 30, 2013

Sally Ride EarthKAM Summer 2013 Mission
Audience: Middle School Educators and Students, and the Informal Education Community
Mission Dates: July 9-12, 2013

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

Presenters Needed for 2014 Space Exploration Educators Conference
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Aug. 2, 2013

2014 Space Exploration Educators Conference
Audience: K-12 Educators
Early Bird Registration Deadline: Nov. 10, 2013
Event Date: Feb. 6-8, 2014

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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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of free webinars throughout June 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.

Classroom Lunacy: Studying the Moon (Grades 3-8)
June 13, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Sandy Kaszynski will share teaching strategies that guide students to understand the Earth-moon system in concrete ways. This webinar highlights NASA resources about the phenomena of moon phases and eclipses. Recent discoveries from the latest NASA missions also will be shared.

Engineering Design Process: Part 2 — Create, Experiment and Improve (Grades 3-12)
June 14, 2013, at Noon – 1 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist John Weis as he provides teachers with additional details outlining the final steps of the engineering design process: build, test, evaluate, redesign and share solution. Participants will also model experimental facilitation and the questioning process.

Exploring NASA Climate Change Resources (Grades 3-12)
June 17, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist Lester Morales as he discusses ways NASA is studying climate change. Participants will received a list of website tools and interactive remote sensing technologies to help bring an understanding of climate change into the classroom.

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

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

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Free Exploring Space Lecture — Attend in Person or View Online

The 2013 Exploring Space Lectures will feature world-class scholars discussing the incredibly diverse worlds that make up our solar system. The lectures will be held at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., and are free to attend. Tickets are required. The lectures will be webcast live for free viewing. Lecture videos will be archived.

50 Years of Solar System Exploration: New Worlds, New Discoveries

Through the decades of planetary explorations, a wide variety of spacecraft (orbiters, landers, rovers and more) have revealed an amazing diversity of worlds, each with its own story to tell. Join James L. Green, director of planetary science at NASA Headquarters, as he guides attendees through the 50-year voyage of discovery.

The lecture will take place on June 13, 2013, at 8 p.m. Come early to see a free film and to meet the lecturer.

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=4980.

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LAUNCH Systems Challenge 2013

NASA, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of State and Nike recently announced a challenge to identify 10 game-changing innovations that could transform the system of fabrics to one that advances equitable global economic growth, drives human prosperity and replenishes the planet’s resources.

Challenge organizers are interested in innovations with potential to scale in two years, as well as game-changing early stage technologies and prototypes. Innovations can be business models, financial instruments, technologies and programs that accelerate research, education and capacity building.

The LAUNCH Systems Challenge 2013 is open through July 15, 2013. Early bird submissions are due June 15, 2013. Ten innovators that apply by the June 15 early submission deadline will be selected to qualify for professional advice on submissions. The first 10 innovators will receive a special message from an astronaut or elite athlete.

Forum partners will select 10 innovators to present their technology solutions at the LAUNCH Systems Challenge 2013 forum, which will be held Sept. 26-29, 2013, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

NASA and the LAUNCH Council — thought leaders representing a diverse and collaborative body of entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers, government, media and business — will participate in the forum and help guide these innovations forward. The selected LAUNCH innovators will receive networking and mentoring opportunities from influential business and government leaders, as well as portfolio presentations.

LAUNCH was created to identify, showcase and support innovative approaches to global sustainability challenges. LAUNCH searches for visionaries whose ideas, technologies or programs show great promise for making tangible impacts on society in the developed and developing worlds.

For more information about the LAUNCH Systems Challenge 2013 and how to enter, visit http://www.launch.org/challenges/systems-2013.

Inquiries about this challenge should be directed to http://www.launch.org/contact.

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CosmoQuest Lunar Surface Geology Workshop

Join astronomers and educators from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and CosmoQuest to learn how your students can conduct authentic astronomy research in the classroom. The workshop is open to middle school educators and will take place June 17-21, 2013, in Edwardsville, Ill.

Participants will receive practical ideas for bringing citizen science into the classroom. Free materials and a stipend will be provided. Optional continuing professional development units and graduate course credit are available.

For more information, visit http://www.smdeponews.org/programs-events/cosmoquest-lunar-surface-geology-workshop-for-middle-school-educators-june-17-21/.

Questions about the workshop should be directed to Georgia Bracey at gbracey@siue.edu.

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Center for Gulf Studies Summer Speaker Series

The INFINITY Science Center in Mississippi invites the public, both young and old, to meet some of the leading researchers in the world studying the Gulf of Mexico. INFINITY is hosting the First Annual Center for Gulf Studies Summer Speaker Series. These lectures will take place each Monday at 11 a.m. CDT through August. The lectures are free with paid admission to the INFINITY Science Center.

Researchers associated with the Center for Gulf Studies will discuss what they are learning and discovering about the Gulf and its importance to our living, playing and working in and around its waters. Next week’s lecture on June 17, 2013, will include a discussion titled “What’s in the Water?” led by Dr. Alan Schiller, and retired Rear Admiral Ken Barbor will discuss “Charting the Waters in the 21st Century.”

For more information, including a full list of upcoming lectures, visit http://www.visitinfinity.com/news-events/1958/.

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Newton’s Laws of Motion: Lunar Nautics Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on June 19, 2012 at 6:30 EDT. This Web seminar features three lessons for grades 6 – 8 that address the middle school Engineering Design performance expectations in the Next Generation Science Standards. The lessons focus on a real-world understanding of Newton’s Laws of Motion and common misconceptions associated with the laws. The featured lessons are Rocket Staging: Balloon Staging, Lunar Landing: Swinging Tray and Lunar Base Supply Egg Drop.

This is the only time during this school year that this seminar will be offered.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar1.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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NASA GIRLS and NASA BOYS Mentoring Project

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

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

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

Applications are due June 20, 2013.

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

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

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Engineering Design: Forces and Motion — The Great Boomerang Challenge 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 free 90-minute professional development Web seminar for educators on June 20, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn how to incorporate the Next Generation Science Standards, High School Engineering Design Performance Expectations, into your curriculum. During the session, participants will be introduced to the Boomerang Design Challenge and learn how to incorporate this activity into science classes. The seminar also includes information about two unique extensions. In the first, students access a free computer simulation illustrating the airflow around an airfoil to determine the correct flow equation, and a second extension uses an interactive simulation to determine the airflow around various shapes of airfoils.

Due to popular demand, this Web seminar is being offered this one final time during the current school year.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar6.aspx.

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NES Help Desk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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Von Kármán Symposium at California Institute of Technology

A one-day symposium will be held at the California Institute of Technology on June 21, 2013, to commemorate the life and accomplishments of Dr. Theodore von Kármán. Dr. von Kármán was a key figure in aerodynamics, and his work on supersonic and hypersonic airflow characterization was groundbreaking. Being a true visionary with many international contacts, he founded or helped to found many institutions, notably the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the International Academy of Astronautics and the California Institute of Technology, where he served as the first director of Graduate Aerospace Laboratories.

Registration is $75 and includes a luncheon and a closing reception.

For more information, including the symposium agenda and instructions for registering, visit http://www.lcpm10.caltech.edu/symp.html.

Questions about this symposium should be directed to vks@caltech.edu.

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Pre-Service Teacher Institute at NASA’s Langley Research Center

NASA Langley Research Center’s Office of Education and the National Institute of Aerospace are sponsoring a two-week Pre-Service Teacher Institute taking place July 22 – Aug. 2, 2013, in Hampton, Va. This session is for education majors preparing to teach grades K-8.

Participants will engage in hands-on learning experiences designed to develop their skills for teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics using NASA-developed resources. Participants will have opportunities to interact with NASA scientists and engineers, making real-world connections to standards-based classroom content. Full-time rising junior or senior undergraduate and graduate students, including career switchers, are invited to apply. Students who participate will receive a stipend for attending.

Applications are due June 21, 2013.

For more information and to apply online, visit http://www.nianet.org/resources/Outreach/K-12-Education-Outreach/PSTI.aspx.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Shannon Verstynen at shannon.verstynen@nianet.org.

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Climate Change in the Classroom Summer 2013 Teacher Workshop

The Climate Change in the Classroom — Summer 2013 Teacher Workshop is an opportunity for teachers of grades 8-12 to learn about climate change in today’s headlines and to enhance their understanding about this complex global issue for use across curricula.

Participants will explore climate science with researchers at NASA and Columbia University’s Center for Climate Research on the frontlines of advancing scientific understanding. Online workshop sessions will take place July 31 – Aug. 1, 2013. In-person workshop sessions will take place Aug. 5-6, 2013, at Columbia University in New York City.

Participants will receive a stipend and will have the opportunity to receive graduate credits. Applications are due June 21, 2013.

For more information and to download an application, visit http://ccsr.columbia.edu/education/hot-one-world-one-climate/.

Questions about this workshop should be directed to Carolyn Harris at Cah40@columbia.edu.

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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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Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars — Fall 2013 Session

Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars, or LARSS, is offering a 15-week fall internship at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. Internships are available for rising undergraduate juniors, seniors and graduate students at accredited U.S. colleges, universities and community colleges. Students of all majors are encouraged to apply. The grade point average requirement is a 3.0 out of a 4.0.

The internship includes doing a research project under the supervision of a researcher, attending technical lectures by prominent engineers and scientists and presenting project results at a poster session. Additional elements include tours of Langley wind tunnels, computational facilities and laboratories, as well as several networking activities.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applications are due June 26, 2013.

Note: Spring and summer sessions are also offered. Please see the website for details.

For more information and to apply online, visit http://www.nianet.org/LARSS-2012/index.aspx.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Debbie Murray at Deborah.B.Murray@nasa.gov.

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Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 5 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 5 to the International Space Station, or ISS, gives students across a community the ability to design and propose real experiments to fly in low Earth orbit on the International Space Station. This opportunity is part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, or SSEP.

Each participating community will receive a real microgravity research mini-laboratory capable of supporting a single microgravity experiment, and all launch services to fly the mini-lab to the space station in spring 2014 and return it to Earth. An experiment design competition in each community — engaging typically 300+ students — allows student teams to design and propose real experiments vying for their community’s reserved mini-lab. Content resources for teachers and students support foundational instruction on science in microgravity and experimental design. Additional SSEP programming leverages the experiment design competition to engage the community, embracing a learning community model for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education.

This competition is open to students in grades 5-12 and college. Informal education groups and organizations are also encouraged to participate. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than June 30, 2013. 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 5 to International Space Station National Announcement of Opportunity at http://ssep.ncesse.org/2013/05/to-school-districts-announcing-student-spaceflight-experiment-program-ssep-mission-5-to-the-international-space-station-for-2013-14/.

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.

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Sally Ride EarthKAM Summer 2013 Mission

Students and educators are invited to join NASA for the Sally Ride EarthKAM Summer 2013 Mission from July 9-12, 2013. Guide your students in hands-on research as they program a camera aboard the International Space Station to take pictures of specific locations on Earth. The optional online curriculum at the Sally Ride EarthKAM website is targeted at middle school students, but could easily be adapted for other grade levels. All students and educators are welcome — including participants in summer and after-school programs.

For more information and to register for the upcoming mission, visit the Sally Ride EarthKAM home page at https://earthkam.ucsd.edu/.

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

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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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Presenters Needed for 2014 Space Exploration Educators Conference

The 20th Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference, or SEEC, is taking place Feb. 6-8, 2014, at Space Center Houston. The goal of SEEC is to encourage K-12 educators to use space to teach all subjects in their classrooms. Over 700 educators gather for this event each year.

Conference organizers are looking for 170 interactive sessions that present exciting classroom activities. All sessions must have a hands-on component; lecture sessions will not be accepted. Proposals are due Aug. 2, 2013.

For more information, visit http://spacecenter.org/education-programs/teacher-programs/teachers-seec/.

If you have any questions about the conference, please call 281-244-2129 or email seec@spacecenter.org.

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2014 Space Exploration Educators Conference

Make plans to attend the 20th Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference, to be held Feb. 6-8, 2014, at Space Center Houston. This conference is for all K-12 educators. Activities presented use space-related themes to teach across the curricula and can be used for science, language arts, mathematics, history and more.

Attend sessions hosted by scientists and engineers working on the International Space Station, Mars exploration and the planets beyond. Hear from astronauts who will be leading the charge in exploration. Attend sessions presented by educators and receive ready-to-implement classroom ideas. Attendees can earn up to 24 hours of continuing professional education credit.

Early bird registration closes on Nov. 10, 2013.

For more information, visit http://spacecenter.org/education-programs/teacher-programs/teachers-seec/.

If you have any questions about the conference, please call 281-244-2129 or email seec@spacecenter.org.

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