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NASA Education Express Message — Oct. 4, 2012
 
Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listed below.
Celebrate World Space Week With NASA
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: Oct. 4-10, 2012
Celebrate World Space Week
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: Oct. 4-10, 2012
Celebrate World Space Week With Free Education Webinars from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Oct. 4-9, 2012
NASA’s Digital Learning Network Celebrates World Space Week Special Events Featuring Curiosity!
Audience: Grades 5-12
Event Dates: Oct. 4-10, 2012
Electromagnetic Spectrum: Remote Sensing Ices on Mars Web Seminar
Audience: 8-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 4, 2012
Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Oct. 6, 2012
Engineering Design Process: On the Moon Educator Guide Web Seminar
Audience: 6-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 10, 2012
Space Station Expedition Webcasts
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Oct. 11-12, 2012
Engineering Design: Forces and Motion — The Great Boomerang Challenge Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 11, 2012
Celebrate Earth Science Week 2012
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: Oct. 14-20, 2012
New Space Life Sciences Website for Educators and Students
Audience: All Educators and Students
Now Available Online: Smart Skies Training Videos
Audience: Grades 5-9 Educators
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Celebrate World Space Week With NASA
World Space Week kicks off today and runs through Oct. 10 in more than 100 countries with hundreds of education-related activities for teachers and students. NASA’s Education Division will introduce a few of its own new features designed to inspire formal and informal educators and help them encourage students to pursue studies in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields (STEM).

Space Life Sciences Website

The agency’s new Space Life Sciences education website went live on Sept. 28, at http://www.nasa.gov/education/spacelife. Development of the website was a collaborative effort between NASA’s Teaching From Space project and Educational Technology Services.
Features focus on the human body in space, plants in space, space food and nutrition, space habitats and the potential for life beyond Earth. The website will serve as a single location for education content, resources, opportunities and updates on space life sciences.
Educators will find classroom materials, links to other NASA websites, announcements about life science research conducted in space, and information on opportunities for educators and students.

NASA’s Digital Learning Network

NASA’s Digital Learning Network will host several events at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., and Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., focused on the Mars Curiosity rover that recently landed on the Red Planet. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the mission from NASA experts. For a schedule of events, visit http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/index.html.

Aerospace Education Services Webinars

NASA’s Aerospace Education Services Project, managed by Penn State University, will host a series of webinars through the NASA Educators Online Network, or NEON. During the month of October, educators and students will hear from experts on a variety of topics, including living and working on the International Space Station, the Kepler and DAWN missions, the solar system and robotics.
A complete webinar schedule is available at http://neon.psu.edu/webinars. The webinars are hosted at https://meeting.psu.edu/neon.

NASA’s Teaching From Space project

NASA’s Teaching From Space project is devoted to helping educators make STEM come alive for learners. A team of former classroom teachers offer experiences and resources intended to be unique and accessible and to provide real-life connections to the world of STEM. Students can get involved in real NASA missions and research, gain access to NASA experts, and use NASA equipment to take learning to a new level. Visit http://www.nasa.gov/education/tfs for more information and a schedule of activities.
TFS will focus on World Space Week with its Amateur Radio on the International Space Station activities in the U.S. and several other countries, Oct. 5-13.
Assembling and using amateur radios, students from around the world can talk directly with crew members on the International Space Station for about 10 minutes and ask questions about life in space and other space-related topics as the station passes over their area.
On Oct. 13, a scheduled ARISS radio contact and presentation by NASA astronaut Dr. Lee M. Morin will highlight youth activities at the PACIFICON 2012 premiere wireless event during the American Radio Relay League Pacific Division Conference in Santa Clara, Calif.
International ARISS events will be held at schools in Turkey, Malaysia, Luxembourg and Italy. For general information and a complete schedule of ARISS activities, visit https://www.nasa.gov/education/tfs/ariss.

NASA’s INSPIRE Online Learning Community

At Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA’s Interdisciplinary National Science Project Incorporating Research and Education Online Learning Community will hold a one-hour “LiveChat” for a group of high school students, Oct. 4. The online session will feature two newly-inducted NASA student ambassadors.
The ambassadors will discuss what influenced them to pursue an education in a STEM field of study, their college experiences and future goals, and answer questions.
NASA recently inducted 100 high-performing interns into the 2012 NASA Student Ambassadors Virtual Community. Their selection is part of NASA’s effort to engage undergraduate and graduate students in STEM research and interactive opportunities.
For information about INSPIRE activities, visit www.nasa.gov/education/INSPIRE.

Space Place Prime App

The agency also introduced “Space Place Prime,” a new application for iPads. The app updates daily with articles from the Space Place website and the best of NASA images and videos. Users can search the Apple App Store for this new application.

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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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Celebrate World Space Week With Free Education Webinars From the Aerospace Education Services Project
The Aerospace Education Services Project is celebrating World Space Week with a series of free webinars taking place Oct. 4-9, 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.
The International Space Station: Life in Space (Grades 4-12)
Oct. 4, 2012, 5 – 6 p.m. EDT
The International Space Station is a unique and exciting classroom in space. Join aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan as he shares inquiry activities and online resources for your classroom on Earth. NASA STEM resources, space food and nutrition, and Newton’s Laws of Motion are just some of the topics integrated during the out of this world webinar.
Kepler Mission (Grades K-12)
Oct. 4, 2012, 6 – 7:30 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt as he discusses NASA’s Kepler mission to find Earth-like planets. Participants will also learn about Kepler-related educational materials and how to use the activities with their students.
The Origins of the Solar System: The Dawn Mission (Grades 4-12)
Oct. 5, 2012, 1 – 2 p.m. EDT and 4 – 5 p.m.
Join aerospace education specialist Rachelle Oblack as she discusses the Dawn mission. Learn how this mission will characterize the early solar system and the processes that dominated its formation by studying asteroid Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres, celestial bodies believed to have accreted early in the history of the solar system.
Exploring Strange New Worlds (Grades K-12)
Oct. 8, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Most of our knowledge about the solar system and objects beyond our celestial neighborhood comes to us through remote sensing, fly-by, orbiter and robotic missions. Join aerospace education specialist Rick Varner as he discusses these information gathering techniques. Participants will be introduced to the “Strange New Worlds” classroom activity.
Solar System Resources (Grades 2-12)
Oct. 9, 2012, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialists John Weis and Brandon Hargis for an overview of NASA resources available for teaching about the solar system. Resources will focus on hands-on activities and include topics such as scale, missions, moons and eclipses.
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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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Celebrates World Space Week Special Events Featuring Curiosity!

Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, for a trio of special events to celebrate World Space Week (Oct. 4-10, 2012).
On Oct. 9, 2012, at 3:30 p.m. EDT and Oct. 10, 2012, at 6 p.m. EDT, the DLN presents opportunities for students to interact with experts at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. During these special live events, students can discuss the Curiosity mission to Mars with NASA experts who helped design the mission. Visit the DLN website to learn how your class can participate.
For more information and to watch the webcasts online, visit the DLN website at http://dln.nasa.gov.
Inquiries about these events should be directed to Caryn Long at caryn.long@nasa.gov.
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Electromagnetic Spectrum: Remote Sensing Ices 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 on Oct. 4, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. EDT. Learn how to use authentic NASA mission data to investigate the composition and distribution of ices in the high-latitude regions of Mars through analysis of visible light, infrared light and gamma rays. The seminar includes information about a unique student extension activity, where students access a free computer simulation illustrating how gamma rays are used to determine the chemical composition of Mars.
For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar4.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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Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series
Curious about our nearest star, moon rocks, volcanoes and other wonders of the universe? Come to the Smithsonian’s Stars, a series of 10 lectures by Smithsonian researchers who are exploring the sun, the moon, planets, stars, galaxies and the universe. These speakers will share behind-the-scenes details about how their research is done and technologies that advance new discoveries at the Smithsonian Institution.
Each lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. and is followed by a question-and-answer session. A Discovery Station activity will take place at 4 p.m. prior to each lecture. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.
Oct. 6, 2012 — Three Decades of Telescopes for Observing the Sun
Thirty years ago, Smithsonian scientists and engineers began developing a new technique for coating mirrors to look at the sun. The resulting telescopes have driven three decades of new discoveries. Senior Project Engineer Peter Cheimets will discuss the telescopes that have made this golden age of solar observation possible and the breathtaking results.
Oct. 20, 2012 — Mercury: Oh Strange New World
Data from the MESSENGER spacecraft orbiting Mercury shows us just how wondrous and unique the smallest planet in our solar system is. Planetary Geophysicist Michelle Selvans will discuss the complexities that make Mercury so wonderfully unique.
Nov. 3, 2012 — Moon Rocks and How They Became Famous
In the late 1960s, Apollo astronauts collected rocks from the moon and brought them back to Earth. Scientists studied these rocks, curators put them on display in museums around the world and President Nixon gave them as gifts to foreign heads of state. Teasel Muir-Harmony will explore the wide-ranging roles that these rocks played.
Nov. 17, 2012 — The Dynamic Sun
The sun is even more dynamic, mysterious and beautiful than you probably imagine. Astrophysicist Mark Weber will explore this incredible star with observations from some of the most advanced telescopes. Learn what scientists have discovered and what they are only beginning to understand.
Dec. 1, 2012 — A Universe of Data
This century has seen stunning cosmic discoveries. The digital age has given everyone free access to space data; the trick is to turn that data into quantitative science and pictures that tell a story. Astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell will use images from the Chandra Space Telescope to help explain how astronomers study space in the computer age.
Dec. 15, 2012 — The Mission of the Mars Science Laboratory, Curiosity
Since landing on Mars in early August 2012, the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover has returned an array of stunning data that is being used to evaluate whether Mars may have harbored habitable environments. Geologist John Grant will delve into the recent findings from Curiosity.
Jan. 5, 2013 — Trees in the City

Tree cover is an important element of the urban environment that plays an increasingly larger role in ecosystem processes. Geographer Andrew Johnston will discuss how satellite data is used to make reliable observations about urban tree cover variability, why it matters to urban residents and how these same data are used to map changes in tree cover.
Feb. 2, 2013 — Volcano Breath
Join Global Volcanism Program Director Liz Cottrell for a lecture about volcanoes on a global scale. Learn how the gaseous contents of volcanoes propel their explosions and impact our climate. Hear the latest about volcanic gas research and explore the latest discoveries about how the deep Earth is recycling the air we breathe.
Feb. 16, 2013 — Venus: 50 Years After Mariner 2
Fifty years ago Mariner 2 flew past Venus, becoming the first space probe to explore another planet. But Venus, our nearest neighbor, still holds many mysteries. On Feb. 16, 2013, Geophysicist Bruce Campbell will discuss what is known about Venus, including how it differs from Earth, and how future explorers may provide crucial clues to understanding this hot, dry world.
March 2, 2013 — Robots and Humans Unite
The universe is far older and vaster than anyone imagined a century ago. To help scientists map the structure and evolution of the universe, a special instrument called a Hectospec was needed. A Hectospec uses the precision technology of optical fibers placed by delicate but very fast robots. Senior Physicist Dan Fabricant will discuss how the Hectospec was developed, how it works and how it is used by astronomers for scientific discovery.
For more information about the Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/lectures/stars/index.cfm.
Questions about this lecture series should be directed to the visitor service line at 202-633-1000.
The Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series is made possible by a grant from NASA.
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Engineering Design Process: On the Moon Educator Guide 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 live professional development Web seminar on Oct. 10, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. EDT. This seminar showcases two lessons from the “On the Moon” educator guide: “On Target” and “Feel the Heat.” Learn how to use the engineering design process to challenge students to solve problems related to exploring the moon. This session will fully prepare you to implement these activities in your classroom.
For more information and to register online, visit URL http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar5.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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Space Station Expedition Webcasts
NASA’s Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate project and NASA’s Teaching From Space office are presenting three free webcasts that focus on the International Space Station. All three webcasts will cover the same material. Each webcast will kick off with an introduction to space station expeditions and will then explore NASA’s most relevant classroom resources.
Webcasts will take place on Oct. 11-12, 2012. Participants must register online. Registration closes three days prior to each session.
For more information, visit http://www.us-satellite.net/ISS-expedition-webcasts/index.cfm.
Questions about this opportunity should be directed to nasa_endeavor@us-satellite.net.
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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 Oct. 11, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn how forces and motion are used in boomerang design to increase performance. 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.
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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Celebrate Earth Science Week 2012
Who are NASA’s Earth Explorers and what does it take to become one of them?
Under the theme “Discovering Careers in the Earth Sciences,” this year’s Earth Science Week will focus on this very topic: the story of the Earth Explorers who contribute to our understanding of the planet. As a leader in Earth science research and applications, NASA plays a key role in this annual celebration. The American Geosciences Institute, or AGI, has organized this event since 1998.
During Oct. 14-20, 2012, students of all ages can connect to an incredible group of NASA Earth Explorers — from scientists and engineers, to multimedia producers, educators and writers. Find out about their careers, why and how they study the planet and what their typical day is like. Blog posts, Google+ Hangouts and Twitter chats, as well as a webinar and radio interview in Spanish, are just some of the media activities that will allow explorers to tell their stories. You can directly participate by asking questions during the live events or by sending in questions beforehand.
The current schedule of Earth Science Week events includes:
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 1-2 p.m. EDT — Twitter Chat with polar scientist Thorsten Markus
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 1-2 p.m. EDT — Univisión Radio interview with scientists Erika Podest and Miguel Román (in Spanish)
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 1-2 p.m. EDT — Google+ Hangout with Operation IceBridge scientist Christy Hansen, on location near Antarctica
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 4-5 p.m. EDT — Webinar with Aquarius engineers (in Spanish)
Thursday, Oct. 18, noon-1 p.m. EDT — Twitter chat with atmospheric research scientist Erica Alston
Coming soon:
TBA — Reddit Interview with Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientist
In addition, on Oct. 18, the many contributions of women at NASA to Earth science will be highlighted as part of Female Geoscientist’s Day. Together with the NASA Earth Science Week website, the Women@NASA blog will feature three remarkable Earth Explorers.
Visit the 2012 NASA Earth Science Week website (http://climate.nasa.gov/esw2012) for a collection of articles, event information, blog posts, videos and other educational resources in English and Spanish.
Visit the Women@NASA Blog page: http://blogs.nasa.gov/cm/newui/blog/viewpostlist.jsp?blogname=womenatnasa.
Questions and feedback about Earth Science Week should be submitted to http://climate.nasa.gov/feedback/index.cfm?ReferPg=ESW.
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New Education Website on Space Life Sciences
NASA is releasing a new education website centered on living organisms in the space environment. The Space Life Sciences Education website focuses on the human body in space, plants in space, space food and nutrition, space habitats, and the potential for life beyond Earth. The website serves as a single location for education content, resources, opportunities and updates. Visitors to the site will find classroom materials, links to NASA websites, announcements about life science research conducted in space, and information on opportunities for educators and students.
Visit the new website at www.nasa.gov/education/spacelife.
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Now Available Online: Smart Skies Training Videos

NASA’s Smart Skies has brought its LineUp With Math™ professional development workshop to the Web in the form of a video workshop. Educators can now watch a series of eight topic-driven, on-demand training videos that introduce the product, show how to solve a problem on the air traffic control simulator and explain the math used to solve the problems. The videos are viewable on computers, tablets and smart phones and serve as a great resource for new teachers or educators wishing to conduct a Smart Skies workshop of their own.
The Smart Skies website features two mathematics products for grades 5-9. LineUp With MathTM taps into prealgebra skills to challenge students with distance-rate-time problems in a fun interactive air traffic control simulator interface. FlyBy MathTM uses hands-on activities that incorporate graphing as students solve distance-rate-time problems. Both activities are aligned with state education standards.
To download these free education materials, visit http://smartskies.nasa.gov/.
To view the training videos and learn how these lessons and activities can be used in the classroom, visit http://smartskies.nasa.gov/trainer/videos.html.
Questions about Smart Skies should be directed to ARC-smartskies@mail.nasa.gov.

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