NASA Education Express Message — Sept. 20, 2012

Audience: K-12 Educators

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

NASA Education
http://www.nasa.gov/education

 
Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Various Dates During September 2012
“Curiosity Has Landed in Your Classroom” Educator Conference
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Registration Deadline: Sept. 21, 2012
Conference Date: Sept. 29, 2012
Live Video Chat: Life as an Astronaut
Audience: Grades 4-12
Event Date: Sept. 25, 2012, 1-1:45 p.m. EDT
2012 Gregory G. Leptoukh Online Giovanni Workshop
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Workshop Dates: Sept. 25-28, 2012
Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications
Audience: All Educators
Application Deadline: Sept. 30, 2012
2012-2013 National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Deadline to register and apply for build awards: Sept. 30, 2012
2013 RASC-AL Competition
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: Jan. 19, 2013
New DIY Podcast Module Available — Failure Prevention
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
New NASA iPad Magazine “Space Place Prime” Now Available
Audience: Educators of Grades 3-14
Have a Blast Learning About the Moon With New Selene Video Game
Audience: All Educators and Grade 5-Higher Education Students
Discovery Dome Loaner Program
Audience: Informal Educators and Museum Curators
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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 September 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.
Putting NEON to Work for You (Grades K-12)
Sept. 20, 2012, 5 – 6 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Anne Weiss explains how to use the NASA Educators Online Network, or NEON’s, most important feature: the interest groups. Participants will role-play several scenarios to find out how NEON’s various tools can be used to find NASA activities that align to state-specific standards.
Are Microbes Alive? (Grades 5-12)
Sept. 25, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler will discuss how scientists define life and what characteristics are common to living things. This webinar will focus on a problem- based learning activity that connects the concept of requirements for life and serves as a bridge to activities in which participants speculate on the possibilities of life (possibly microbial life) on other planets in our solar system.
Are Microbes Alive? (Grades 5-12)
Sept. 25, 2012, 7 – 8 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler will discuss how scientists define life and what characteristics are common to living things. This webinar will focus on a problem- based learning activity that connects the concept of requirements for life and serves as a bridge to activities in which participants speculate on the possibilities of life (possibly microbial life) on other planets in our solar system.
Mission to Planet Earth: Remote Sensing (Grades 2-8)
Sept. 26, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
The world around us is constantly changing. Sometimes these changes happen suddenly and are easily observed. In many cases, changes in the Earth are not easily seen, yet are readily apparent in comparisons made over time. Join aerospace education specialist Rick Varner for this session designed to help teachers and students appreciate these changes and study the impacts of Earth’s natural systems and how humans affect their environment.
I’m Signed up for NEON — Now What? (Grades K-12)
Sept. 29, 2012, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Anne Weiss will introduce participants to basic features of the NASA Educators Online Network, or NEON, professional/collaborative learning community. Participants will also learn how to use NEON to find appropriate NASA standards-aligned activities that satisfy state-specific teaching standards.
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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“Curiosity Has Landed in Your Classroom” Educator Conference

Learn how to bring STEM concepts from NASA’s newest Mars rover, Curiosity, into your classroom during a free educator conference at Arizona State University! Special presenters from NASA’s Mars team will share the latest news and discoveries from the Red Planet, and education specialists will showcase hands-on activities to help educators extend their students’ science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, learning.
A certificate for 6.5 professional development clock hours will be given for this conference. Conference participants will receive lesson plans, NASA materials and resources.
The conference will take place on Sept. 29, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The deadline to register is Sept. 21, 2012.
For more information and to register, visit http://marsed.asu.edu/curiosityhaslanded.
Questions about this conference should be directed to marsed@mars.asu.edu.

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Live Video Chat: Life as an Astronaut

NASA Explorer Schools is offering students in grades 4-12 an opportunity to ask questions of Bob Cabana, astronaut and Director of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Join the video chat on Sept. 25, 2012, from 1-1:45 p.m. EDT to ask Cabana questions about his education, astronaut training, living and working in space and the future of space exploration.
Students do not need to be in a school participating in the NASA Explorer Schools project in order to ask questions during this video chat.
Submit questions during the chat through a chat window, or send them to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.
To learn more about NES, visit the explorerschools.nasa.gov website.
For more information and to view the video chat, visit http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/cabana-chat.html.
If you have any questions about the video chat, contact NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.
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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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Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications

The NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassadors, or SSA, Program, a nationwide network of space enthusiast volunteers, is accepting applications through Sept. 30, 2012.
Highly motivated individuals will be given the opportunity to represent NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as volunteer Solar System Ambassadors to the public for a one-year, renewable term beginning Jan. 1, 2013.
While applications are being sought nationwide, interested parties from the following states are especially encouraged to apply: Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia and southern Arizona (near Tucson). Successful applicants from southern Arizona will also have the opportunity to support the University of Arizona locally as OSIRIS-REx Ambassadors. The Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer, also known as OSIRIS-Rex, is a NASA planetary science mission that will send a spacecraft to an asteroid in 2016.
To learn more about the Solar System Ambassador Program and to apply online, visit http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/.
If you have questions about this opportunity, contact Kay Ferrari, SSA Coordinator, by email at ambassad@jpl.nasa.gov.
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2012-2013 National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition

The National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition is the Montana Space Grant Consortium’s Education Program for NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, mission. IRIS will use spectrography and imaging in ultraviolet wavelengths to reveal the dynamics of the sun’s chromospheres and transition region.
This yearly competition is open to undergraduate interdisciplinary teams from colleges and universities across the U.S. Teams are challenged to design and build a working ground-based solar spectrograph and demonstrate the capabilities of the spectrograph as defined by their science goal. Typical teams have three to six students and must have a faculty advisor.
Both substantial scholarship prizes and travel prizes will be given in four categories: best design, best build, best science observations and best presentation of results. Teams may apply for funding of $2,000 per team for project materials. Priority for build funds will be given to minority-serving institutions, community colleges and institutions with less aerospace activity.
Applications for build awards and registrations are due on Sept. 30, 2012.
The competition will be held in Bozeman, Mont., in May 2013.
For more information and to register online, visit http://www.spacegrant.montana.edu/IRIS/index.html.
Please email any questions about this competition to Randy Larimer at rlarimer@ece.montana.edu.
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2013 RASC-AL Competition

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace announce the 2013 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage, or RASC-AL, Competition. RASC-AL is a design project competition aimed at university-level engineering students.
The RASC-AL contest challenges participants to design projects based on real NASA projects. Participants can choose from three different themes. Concepts derived from the design projects potentially could be implemented by NASA.
Interested teams are encouraged to submit a notice of intent by Nov 9, 2012, and teams must submit an abstract for their proposed project by Jan. 19, 2013. The RASC-AL Steering Committee of NASA and industry experts will evaluate the proposals and select as many as 10 undergraduate and five graduate teams to compete against each other at a forum in June 2013 in Florida.
The RASC-AL competition is open to full-time undergraduate or graduate students majoring in engineering or science at an accredited university. University design teams must include one faculty or industry advisor with a university affiliation and two or more undergraduate or graduate students. A group of universities may also work in collaboration on a design project entry. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.
For more information about this competition, visit http://www.nianet.org/rascal/index.html.
If you have questions about this competition, please contact Shelley Spears at Shelley.Spears@nianet.org or Stacy Dees at stacy.dees@nianet.org.

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New DIY Podcast Module Available — Failure Prevention
For every NASA mission, the goal is success. If a vehicle, hardware or system fails, it can cost time, equipment, money or even lives. NASA’s Do-It-Yourself Podcast’s newest module is “Failure Prevention.” In this module, you will find background information on how failure plays a role in the engineering design process. Audio and video clips contain interviews with NASA specialists who analyze failure, as well as clips of vehicle and system tests that have both failed and succeeded.
Visit NASA’s DIY Podcast site today to introduce your students to this topic. Integrate technology into your lessons by asking your students to make a podcast. Students may use the information in the overview as a starting point, then develop a script for their podcasts as they add audio and video clips to support their topics.
Come on! Integrate to educate: your students will love it! And what’s more, there are teaching tips and hints on the DIY Podcast blog.
NASA’s DIY Podcast: Failure Prevention http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/diypodcast/failure-prevention-index-diy.html
NASA’s DIY Podcast Blog http://blogs.nasa.gov/cm/newui/blog/viewpostlist.jsp?blogname=diyPodcastBlog
If you have questions or comments about NASA’s DIY Podcast, please email educationpodcast@nasa.gov.
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New NASA iPad Magazine “Space Place Prime” Now Available

Announcing “Space Place Prime,” the new NASA magazine for iPad. This brand new app gathers some of the best and most recent Web offerings from NASA. It taps engrossing articles from The Space Place website, enlightening NASA videos and daily images such as the Astronomy Picture of the Day and the NASA Earth Observatory Image of the Day.
“Space Place Prime” targets a multigenerational audience. Kids, teachers, parents, space enthusiasts and everyone in between will find fascinating features on this new, free NASA app.
For more information about the new magazine, visit http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/ios/.
iPad is a registered trademarks of Apple Inc.
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Have a Blast Learning About the Moon With New Selene Video Game
Use your computer to journey back some 4.5 billion years, and prepare to blast away — 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, or CET. CET is the home of NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, W.Va.
In “Selene: A Lunar Construction Game,” you and your students learn about basic geological processes on Earth and in the solar system while helping educational researchers study how and when people learn through educational video games.
Funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation, “Selene” has won numerous awards, and research has shown that the game aids learning. But we need players. To register your students, email selene@cet.edu with your contact info and times when you would be available for a short 30-minute orientation.
New for the 2012-2013 school year is a Spanish-language version of the game. The game is open to ages 9 and up and can be played anytime, anyplace. To learn more about “Selene,” read testimonials about it or see how it aligns with national and state science standards. Visit the “Selene” website at http://selene.cet.edu.
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Discovery Dome Loaner Program
Thanks to NASA support from the Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums, museums, science centers, Challenger centers and other 501(c)(3) community organizations are eligible for a free Discovery Dome loaner program.
The Discovery Dome is available for monthlong loans. The dome includes the show “We Choose Space,” but will also include other NASA-sponsored planetarium shows. Stellarium star software and WorldWide Telescope galactic exploration software will also be included. In addition, a free immersive game “Monster Trucks on the Moon” is included. This game allows participants to test their driving skills by navigating a truck on the moon without turning it over or spilling its cargo.
To watch the “We Choose Space” show for free, to download educational resources, and to order the show on DVD, visit http://www.spaceupdate.com/?shows/ddome/we_choose_space/we_choose_space.html.
To watch all of the planetarium shows, visit http://tinyurl.com/domeshows.
In order to receive a loaner Discovery Dome, your organization must:
— commit to sending someone to Houston, Texas, or Washington, D.C., for training (or pay travel expenses for a trainer to come to your site).
— pay for one-way return shipping of the system to Houston (or to its next location).
— have insurance or guarantee for any loss or damage. If the mirror is damaged during use, the cost will vary from $100 (minor scratch) to $1,000 (replacement). Total financial commitment is approximately $2,000 or less.
— commit for a person to operate the dome, at least part time. Venues are allowed to sell tickets or otherwise charge (especially if offsite travel is involved), but to maximize usage it is requested that fees are kept to a minimum.
Organizations that are accepted must keep usage statistics for NASA metrics and fill out an evaluation form.
Preference will be given to rural sites, sites more than 100 miles from a digital planetarium and sites serving minority groups.
Interested organizations should fill out the online application form at https://adobeformscentral.com/?f=BvNwE2deC-oenx7oKwe3wQ.
Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Patricia H. Reiff at reiff@rice.edu or 713-348-4634.

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