NASA opportunities for the education community.

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

New STEM on Station Page for Educators and Students
Audience: All Educators and Students
2012 Music and Astronomy Under the Stars Events
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: Multiple dates June 23 – Oct. 26, 2012
Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Various Dates During June 2012
2012 NASA’s Multiwavelength Universe Online Professional Development Course
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Higher Education Students
Event Dates: June 25 – July 13, 20122012 Pre-Service Teacher Institute at NASA’s Johnson Space Center
Audience: Higher Education Students
Applications are due June 27, 2012
Zero Robotics Video Challenge
Audience: All Educators and Students
Idea Submission Deadline: June 26, 2012
Graphing With MathTrax Web Seminar
Audience: 6-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: June 26, 2012
Human Body: Space Adaptations Web Seminar
Audience: 4-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: June 28, 2012
Best of “Earth as Art” Contest from Landsat
Audience: All Educators and Students
Polls Close: July 6, 2012
NASA Office of Education Solicits Proposals for the NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR
Audience: Higher Education Institutions in Eligible States
Notice of Intent Deadline: July 20, 2012
Proposal Deadline: Aug. 14, 2012
NASA’s DEVELOP Program — 2012 Fall Session
Audience: 9-12 and Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: July 23, 2012
Presenters Needed for 2013 Space Exploration Educators Conference
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Sept. 6, 2012
2012 Gregory G. Leptoukh Online Giovanni Workshop
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Workshop Dates: Sept. 25-28, 2012
Celebrate World Space Week
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: Oct. 4-10, 2012
2013 NASA Space Settlement Design Contest
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Entry Deadline: March 15, 2013
Funding Selections Announced and Abstracts Available — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums Plus Opportunities for NASA Visitor Centers and Other Informal Education Institutions (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH11ZHA004N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008) — Available For Download
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
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New STEM on Station Page for Educators and Students
NASA Education is launching a new Web resource for students and educators titled STEM on Station. The new pages present videos that were filmed on the space station about science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. Students can follow astronauts as they demonstrate principles such as Newton’s Laws of Motion, surface tension and advances in technology. NASA lesson plans and other resources supplement the STEM videos.
STEM on Station is part of the Teach Station site that is the platform for space-station-focused education resources, science and research information for students and teachers, crew updates and current education news. Visit often and watch for opportunities to connect with the expedition crew members and for other NASA education opportunities.
Visit STEM on Station at http://www.nasa.gov/education/STEMstation.
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2012 Music and Astronomy Under the Stars Events
Join Dr. Donald Lubowich, coordinator of the Astronomy Outreach Program at Hofstra University, for a series of events bringing astronomy to the public. Concertgoers at several events this summer will get a glimpse of heavens along with their music.
This NASA-sponsored program will include optical and radio telescope observations of the Sun prior to the concerts. Observations of the moon, planets, multi-colored double stars, star clusters and nebulae will be featured at intermission and after the concerts. Videos, posters, hands-on activities and the sounds of the sun will also be available.
For more information and to see a full schedule of events, visit http://www.hofstra.edu/Academics/Colleges/HCLAS/PHYSIC/physic_underthestars.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 through June 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.
Our Solar System: A Model Overview (Grades 4-9)
June 25, 2012, 11 a.m. – noon EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will present NASA inquiry activities that demonstrate remote sensing and scale models to better visualize our sun, planets, asteroids and other objects as a whole system.
Our Solar System: A Model Overview (Grades 4-9)
June 25, 2012, 3 – 4 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will present NASA inquiry activities that demonstrate remote sensing and scale models to better visualize our sun, planets, asteroids and other objects as a whole system.
For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through August 2012, visit http://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.
Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to Gwendolyn Wheatle at Gwendolyn.H.Wheatle@nasa.gov.
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2012 NASA’s Multiwavelength Universe Online Professional Development Course
In-service and pre-service teachers of middle- and high-school students are invited to register for an online professional development course sponsored by several NASA missions that are exploring the universe across the electromagnetic spectrum.
The course is offered for academic or continuing education credit through Sonoma State University. In the course, participants will be shown how to use astronomical examples (images, phenomena, telescopes) to describe the nature of light and color in terms of the regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Participants will also learn why NASA uses a variety of telescopes and space-based instruments to make observations of the universe. NASA resources for the classroom will be shared, and participants will learn how NASA resources can be used to address common student misconceptions about the nature of light and color.
Formal presentations for the course will take place on four dates between June 25 and July 13, 2012, but will also be available for archival viewing. Homework for academic credit is due Aug. 17, 2012.
Enrollment is limited to 25 participants. Auditors are also welcomed, on a space-available basis.
For more information and to register, visit http://epo.sonoma.edu/multiu.php.
Questions about this course should be directed to Lynn Cominsky at lynnc@universe.sonoma.edu. ______________________________________________________________________________________

Pre-Service Teacher Institute at NASA’s Johnson Space Center
The Pre-Service Teacher Institute has opened the July 2012 workshop and extended the deadline for more applications. This one-week residential session is for early childhood and elementary education majors preparing to teach grades K-8. Participants will interface with NASA personnel and tour NASA facilities while learning to incorporate NASA’s research into lesson plans. Full-time undergraduate students in their junior or senior year are invited to apply. Applications are due June 27, 2012.
 To learn more and to participate in this opportunity, visit http://education.jsc.nasa.gov/psti/.
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Zero Robotics Video Challenge

Kids are always told to reach for the stars. Now, NASA is literally giving them a chance to by providing middle and high school students with unprecedented access to the International Space Station and letting them write the programs that control state-of-the-art robots on the International Space Station — no Ph.D. in astrophysics required!
The NASA Tournament Laboratory, established by NASA and Harvard University, along with the enabling capabilities of the TopCoder community, have partnered with Tongal to hold a competition with cash prizes for winning ideas, pitches and promotional videos to inspire tomorrow’s scientists to see mathematics as more than just digits on a calculator, to further the study of outer space and to push the limits of human knowledge about the worlds (and the space) beyond our planet. The winning videos will help inspire middle and high school students to compete in the Zero Robotics Challenge, which is managed for NASA by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or MIT.
To learn more and to participate in this challenge, visit http://tongal.com/project/ZeroRobotics.
Important dates for the Zero Robotics Video Challenge are:
June 19 – 26, 2012:                              Idea phase
July 2, 2012:                                        Five winning ideas selected
July 2 – 16, 2012:                                 Pitch phase
July 20, 2012:                                      Five winning pitches selected
July 20, 2012 – Aug. 20, 2012:             Video phase
Aug. 27, 2012:                                     Seven winning videos delivered to NASA
Note: TopCoder is a registered trademark of TopCoder, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Tongal is a U.S. federal trademark held by Tongal, Inc.
Questions about the Zero Robotics Video Challenge should be directed to info@tongal.com.
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Graphing With MathTrax Web Seminar
As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project is hosting a 60-minute professional development Web seminar for educators on June 26, 2012, at 8 p.m. EDT. Learn how to use a computer graphing tool to engage your students as they graph equations and data sets or experiment with physics simulations. Help students explore the relationship between math equations and their application in the real world with roller coaster and rocket launch simulators.
For more information and to register online, visit https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-graphing-with-mathtrax/.
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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Best of “Earth as Art” Contest from Landsat
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Landsat Program on July 23, 2012, NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey would like your help in selecting the top five “Earth as Art” images from the more than 120 scenes in our collection.
For 40 years Landsat satellites have been acquiring images of the land cover of the planet. The satellites have provided spectacular views of mountains, valleys, coastal areas, islands, volcanic fields, forests and patterns on the landscape. By highlighting some of those features and creatively crafting the colors, the series of “Earth as Art” perspectives reveal the artistic side of Landsat.
Voting closes on July 6, 2012. The Top five “Earth as Art” images will be announced on July 23 in Washington, D.C., at a special event commemorating the launch of the first Landsat satellite.
To view the images and vote for your favorites, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/landsat/news/earth-as-art.html.
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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 June 28, 2012, at 2 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.
For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar27.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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NASA Office of Education Solicits Proposals for the NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Office of Education, in cooperation with NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), Human Exploration & Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD), and Science Mission Directorates (SMD), the Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT), and NASA’s ten Centers, solicits proposals for the NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). Each funded NASA EPSCoR proposal is expected to establish research activities that will make significant contributions to the strategic research and technology development priorities of one or more of the Mission Directorates or the OCT and contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities, higher education, and economic development of the jurisdiction. If submitted, Notices of Intent are due on July 20, 2012, and proposals are due on Aug. 14, 2012.
Public Law 102-588, passed in 1992, authorized NASA to initiate NASA EPSCoR to strengthen the research capability of jurisdictions that have not in the past participated equably in competitive aerospace research activities. The goal of NASA EPSCoR is to provide seed funding that will enable jurisdictions to develop an academic research enterprise directed toward long-term, self-sustaining, nationally-competitive capabilities in aerospace and aerospace-related research. This capability will, in turn, contribute to the jurisdiction’s economic viability and expand the nation’s base for aerospace research and development. Since its inception, NASA EPSCoR has been closely linked to the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program (Space Grant).
While proposals can be accepted only from institutions for which the NASA EPSCoR Directors are currently serving, all institutions of higher education within the jurisdiction should be given the opportunity and must be made aware of the FY 2012 NASA EPSCoR CAN. The National Science Foundation (NSF) determines overall jurisdiction eligibility for NASA EPSCoR.
Details regarding general eligibility are available athttp://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/programs/epscor/eligible.jsp.
The following jurisdictions are eligible to submit up to two proposals that must be submitted through the jurisdiction PI to this NASA EPSCoR solicitation: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
South Carolina may submit up to three proposals, provided at least one of the proposals represents a project from the U.S. Virgin Islands (which currently falls under South Carolina’s jurisdiction).
For more information, visit http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={36283FDE-A756-ED4D-426B-A7C0EA1FD9A3}&path=open.
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NASA’s DEVELOP Program — 2012 Fall Session
DEVELOP is a NASA Science Mission Directorate Applied Sciences-sponsored internship that fosters the training and development of students in the atmospheric and geosciences. 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 10 locations nationwide. 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 fall 2012 session are due July 23, 2012.
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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Presenters Needed for 2013 Space Exploration Educators Conference

The 19th Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference, or SEEC, is taking place Feb. 7-9, 2013, 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 Sept. 6, 2012.
For more information, visit http://spacecenter.org/TeachersSEEC.html.
If you have any questions about the conference, please call 281-244-2149 or email seec@spacecenter.org.
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2012 Gregory G. Leptoukh Online Giovanni Workshop

Join the NASA Goddard Earth Science Data and Information Services Center for the 2012 Gregory G. Leptoukh Online Giovanni Workshop taking place Sept. 25-28, 2012. This workshop will focus on the use of the pioneering data visualization and analysis tool, Giovanni. The online workshop will be organized around four main themes: Earth system research utilizing Giovanni; Giovanni applications (air quality, disaster management, environmental monitoring, etc.); planned and desired augmentation of Giovanni; and educational use of Giovanni.
The workshop will primarily consist of online author-led presentations coupled with real-time discussions about these presentations. Presentations and chat logs will be available online for review for those unable to participate in live sessions.
To learn more, visit http://disc.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/giovanni/additional/newsletters/gregory_leptoukh_2012_online_giovanni_workshop.
Questions about this workshop should be directed to Dr. James G. Acker at James.G.Acker@nasa.gov.
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Celebrate World Space Week
Join educators and space enthusiasts around the world to celebrate World Space Week, Oct. 4-10, 2012. This international event commemorates the beginning of the Space Age with the launch of Sputnik 1 on Oct. 4, 1957.
World Space Week is the largest public space event in the world, with celebrations in more than 50 nations. During World Space Week, teachers are encouraged to use space-themed activities. The theme for 2012, “Space for Human Safety and Security,” has been chosen to celebrate the many ways in which mankind’s activities in space improve our daily lives.
To find NASA educational resources that can be used during World Space Week, visit the Educational Materials Finder: http://search.nasa.gov/search/edFilterSearch.jsp?empty=true.
To learn more about World Space Week, search for events in your area and find educational materials related to the event, visit www.worldspaceweek.org.
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2013 NASA Space Settlement Design Contest

Design a space settlement! Space settlements are permanent communities in orbit, as opposed to being on the moon or other planets. Designing a space settlement involves physics, mathematics, space science, environmental science and many other disciplines.
The NASA Space Settlement Design Contest is intended for students in grades 6-12, although younger students may enter. Individual or teams from anywhere in the world may enter. Grade levels are judged separately, except for the grand prize. All participants will receive a certificate.
Submissions must be received by March 15, 2013.
For more information about the NASA Space Settlement Design Contest, visit http://settlement.arc.nasa.gov/Contest/.
If you have any questions about the contest, please email Al Globus at aglobus@mail.arc.nasa.gov.
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Funding Selections Announced and Abstracts Available — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums Plus Opportunities for NASA Visitor Centers and Other Informal Education Institutions (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH11ZHA004N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008) — Available For Download
Selections with abstracts for this NRA are available on the CP4SMP+ portal page on NSPIRES at URL: http://go.nasa.gov/NKC2V0.
The NASA June 18, 2012 press release is at URL: http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2012/jun/HQ_12-205_Museum_Exhibits_Selected.html.
A competitive call for new CP4SMP+ proposals is anticipated for release in Fiscal Year 2013. While waiting for the 2013 CP4SMP+, potential proposers can review 1) the above referenced 2011 NRA; 2) NASA’s most current Guidebook for Proposers Responding to a NASA Research Announcement (NRA) or Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) at http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/procurement/nraguidebook/ and 3) NASA’s Grant and Cooperative Agreement Handbook at http://prod.nais.nasa.gov/pub/pub_library/grcover.htm.
No further information is available about the 2013 NRA.

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