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NASA Education Express Message -- March 24, 2016

Status Report From: NASA Education Office
Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2016

 

New This Week!

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Free NASA Educator Professional Development Webinars

Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators

Next Event Date: March 24, 2016, at 6 p.m. EDT

 

2016 International Summer School in Astrobiology

Audience: Graduate Students Studying at U.S. Institutions

Application Deadline: March 31, 2016

Summer School Dates: June 20-24, 2016

 

2016 Fellowship in Aerospace History

Audience: Recent Recipients of the Ph.D. in History or a Closely Related Field, or Students in Programs Granting Doctoral Degrees in Those Fields

Application Deadline: April 1, 2016

 

2016 NASA Fellowship in the History of Space Technology

Audience: Recent Recipients of the Ph.D. in History of Technology or a Closely Related Field, and Students Pursuing Doctoral Degrees in Those Fields

Application Deadline: April 1, 2016

 

Free Tours of Facilities at NASA's Glenn Research Center

Audience: All Educators and Students

Next Event Date: April 2, 2016

 

2016 History of Science Society Fellowship in the History of Space Science

Audience: Recent Recipients of the Ph.D. in History of Science or a Closely Related Field, or Students in Programs Granting Doctoral Degrees in Those Fields

Application Deadline: April 6, 2016

 

Sally Ride EarthKAM @ Space Camp Announces Spring 2016 Mission

Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators

Mission Date: April 12-16, 2016

 

2016 National Academy of Engineering - Engineering for You Video Contest 3

Audience: All Educators and Students 

Entry Deadline: May 31, 2016

 

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PREVIOUSLY PROMOTED OPPORTUNITIES…

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New NASA Women of STEM Website

Audience: All Educators and Students 

 

STEM@NASA Goddard: Women's History Month

Audience: All Educators and Students

Next Event Date: March 24, 2016, at 1 p.m. EST

 

2016 von Kármán Lecture Series -- Attend in Person or View Online

Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students

Next Lecture Date: March 24, 2016, at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)

 

NASA/Applied Physics Laboratory Summer Internship 2016

Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students 

Application Deadline: March 25, 2016

 

Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy

Audience: Designed for Families With Children Ages 10 to 14, but Open to All

Next Event Date: March 26, 2016, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST

 

NASA's Digital Learning Network Event -- Live Video Chat: NASA STARS en Español

Audience: All Educators and Students

Event Date: March 29, 2016, 1-2 p.m. EDT

 

NASA's Digital Learning Network Event -- Video conferencia en vivo: NASA STARS en Español

Audiencia: Todos Los Educadores y Estudiantes

Fecha del Evento: Marzo 29, 2016, 1-2 p.m. EDT

 

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Presents "STEM in 30" Webcast Series

Audience: Grades 6-8 Educators and Students

Next Webcast Date: March 30, 2016, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. EDT

 

International FameLab Competition: San Juan Regional Event

Audience: Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Fellows and Early Career Researchers

Event Date: March 30-April 1, 2016

 

International Space Station Research Design Challenge: Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments

Audience: Grade 8-12 Educators and Students

Entry Deadline: April 1, 2016

 

2016 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Audience: All Educators and Students

Nomination Deadline: April 1, 2016

 

Astrobiology Graduate Conference 2016

Audience: Astrobiology Graduate Students

Application Deadline: April 1, 2016

Conference Dates: July 24-27, 2016

 

Earth Observatory's Tournament Earth 2016

Audience: All Educators and Students

Competition Dates: Through April 4, 2016

 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Education Grants

Audience: State and Local Education Agencies, Colleges and Universities, Non-profit Organizations, Tribal Education Agencies, and Non-Commercial Educational Broadcasting Companies.

Application Deadline: April 8, 2016

 

NASA TechPort Request for Information

Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students

Feedback Deadline: April 14, 2016

 

Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles and Blankets Available for Educational Use

Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other Education Organizations

 

2016 Texas Space Grant Consortium Columbia Crew Memorial Undergraduate Scholarships

Audience: Undergraduate Students at Texas Space Grant Consortium Member Institutions

Application Deadline: April 29, 2016

 

2016 Texas Space Grant Consortium STEM Educator Scholarships

Audience: Educators Enrolled in STEM-field Programs for a Master’s Degree at Texas Space Grant Consortium Member Institutions

Application Deadline: April 29, 2016

 

2016-2017 Texas Space Grant Consortium Graduate Fellowships

Audience: Graduate Students at Texas Space Grant Consortium Member Institutions

Application Deadline: April 29, 2016

 

Institute of Museum and Library Services Grants: STEM Expert Facilitation of Family Learning in Libraries and Museums

Audience: Libraries, Museums and Higher Education Institutions

Application Deadline: May 1, 2016

 

2016 NASA Aeronautics Design Challenge: Distributed Electric Propulsion

Audience: Students at U.S. Colleges and Universities

Entry Deadline: May 16, 2016

 

Call for Papers: NASA in the ‘Long’ Civil Rights Movement Symposium

Audience: Academics, Graduate Students and Independent Scholars

Abstract Submission Deadline: July 31, 2016

Symposium Dates: March 16-17, 2017

 

Call for Submissions -- NASA Announcement for High Impact / Broad Implementation STEM Education Partnerships (EDUCATION01SP16)

Audience: Education Institutions and Organizations

Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis Through Dec. 31, 2017

 

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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

 

Are you looking for NASA educational materials to support your STEM curriculum? Search hundreds of resources by subject, grade level, type and keyword at http://www.nasa.gov/education/resources/.

 

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NEW THIS WEEK!

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Free Education Webinars From NASA Educator Professional Development

 

The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources that bring NASA into your classroom. Registration is required to participate. To register, simply click on the link provided beneath the webinar description.

 

Technology Drives Exploration: Pluto -- Exploring a New World in Your Classroom

Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 4-8

Event Date: March 24, 2016, at 6 p.m. EDT

Pluto has fascinated humans since it was first discovered. What is Pluto? How is Pluto both different from and like other objects in our solar system? These are some of the questions to be investigated by New Horizons, NASA's first robotic mission to Pluto. This webinar will discuss these questions by exploring NASA STEM education content, online resources, the Next Generation Science Standards and data from the New Horizons mission. Join this webinar to learn exciting ways to bring the fascination and mystery of Pluto into your classroom. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/168028

 

Technology Drives Exploration: Astronauts and Radiation -- The Exploration Design Challenge

Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-12

Event Date: March 28, 2016, at 4 p.m. EDT

The NASA Exploration Design Challenge allows students to research and design ways to protect astronauts from space radiation. NASA and Lockheed Martin are developing the Orion spacecraft that will carry astronauts beyond low Earth orbit and on to an asteroid or Mars. Protecting astronauts from radiation on these distant travels is an important -- and very real -- problem that needs solving. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/166960

 

Virtual Missions and Exoplanets (vMAX): Part 1 - Curriculum Overview 

Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 6-12

Event Date: March 30, 2016, at 6 p.m. EDT

Learn how to engage students in the study of exoplanetary systems through hands-on experiences, scenario-based problem solving, and 3-D multi-user virtual world simulations with the Virtual Missions and Exoplanets curriculum. This webinar provides an overview of exoplanetary system resources that build upon the use of NASA data. These resources are organized for a one-week experience for middle school students but are flexible for any formal or informal audience and time period. It is suggested that participants also attend the vMAX Technical (Part 2) webinar for a complete understanding of how to implement these resources. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/166705

 

Virtual Missions and Exoplanets (vMAX): Part 2 - Technical Overview

Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 6-12

Event Date: March 31, 2016, at 6 p.m. EDT

Learn how to engage students in the study of exoplanetary systems through hands-on experiences, scenario-based problem solving, and 3-D multi-user virtual world simulations with the Virtual Missions and Exoplanets curriculum. This webinar addresses technical requirements to download, install, and navigate the virtual world as an avatar in preparation for using the vMAX virtual world with students. It is suggested that participants also attend the vMAX Curriculum (Part 1) webinar for a complete understanding of how to implement these resources. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/166714

 

For a full schedule of upcoming webinars, visit http://www.txstate-epdc.net/events/.

 

Please direct questions about this series of webinars to Steve Culivan at stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov.

 

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2016 International Summer School in Astrobiology

 

The 2016 International Summer School in Astrobiology will be held at the summer campus of the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo, Palacio de la Magdalena, in Santander, Spain, on June 20-24, 2016.

 

This year’s theme will be "Earth Analog Environments and the Search for Life Beyond the Earth." The school will provide an interdisciplinary examination of the chemical, physical and geological properties of potential extraterrestrial habitats and an in-depth description and analysis of sites on Earth with similar characteristics. In particular, lectures and activities will consider icy satellites, rocky planets in the solar system, extreme Earth environments, and terrestrial exoplanets.

 

The NASA Astrobiology Institute is offering scholarships that cover travel costs, school fees, accommodations and meals. To be eligible to apply for these scholarships, applicants must be graduate students studying at U.S. institutions.

 

Applications are due March 31, 2016.

 

For more information, visit http://nai.nasa.gov/uimp/2016-international-summer-school-astrobiology/

 

Please direct questions about this opportunity to Edward Goolish at edward.goolish@nasa.gov.

 

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2016 Fellowship in Aerospace History

 

The Fellowship in Aerospace History, offered by the American Historical Association and supported by NASA, seeks applications for a predoctoral or postdoctoral fellowship related to the history of aerospace. The selected fellow will have the opportunity to engage in significant and sustained advanced research in all aspects of the history of aerospace from the earliest human interest in flight to the present. These areas will include cultural and intellectual history; economic history; history of law and public policy; and the history of science, engineering and management.

 

The fellowship carries a stipend of $20,000 for a six- to nine-month fellowship. Funds may not be used to support tuition or fees.

 

The fellowship is open to applicants who hold a doctoral degree in history or in a closely related field, or applicants who are enrolled in and have completed all course work for a program granting doctoral degrees in those fields.

 

Applications are due April 1, 2016.

 

For detailed information on the fellowship and the application process, visit http://www.historians.org/prizes/NASA.htm.

 

Please direct questions about this opportunity to awards@historians.org.

 

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2016 NASA Fellowship in the History of Space Technology

 

The NASA Fellowship in the History of Space Technology, offered by the Society for the History of Technology and supported by the NASA History Program Office, seeks applications for a yearlong predoctoral or postdoctoral fellowship related to the history of space technology. The fellowship may support advanced research related to all aspects of space history, leading to publications on the history of space technology in a broad sense, including cultural and intellectual history, institutional history, economic history, history of law and public policy, and history of engineering and management.

 

The fellowship carries a stipend of $21,500, paid quarterly. Funds may not be used to support tuition or fees. The NASA fellow also will receive complimentary membership in the Society for the History of Technology for the year of fellowship. 

 

Applicants must possess a doctorate in the history of technology or in a closely related field, or be enrolled as a student in a doctoral degree program and have completed all requirements for the degree (except the dissertation) in history of technology or a related field. Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens.

 

Applications are due April 1, 2016.

 

For detailed information on the fellowship and the application process, visit http://www.historyoftechnology.org/awards/nasa.html.

 

Please direct questions about this opportunity to shotsec@auburn.edu.

 

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Free Tours of Facilities at NASA's Glenn Research Center

 

NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, is offering tours that take visitors behind the scenes and inside certain research facilities. Glenn scientists and engineers serve as guides. Tours and open house events will be held each month through October 2016. Tours are free for groups and individuals, but to guarantee admission, reservations are required. Visitor parking is also free.

 

On the days of the tours, a bus departs from Glenn's main gate every hour, beginning at 10 a.m. The last tour departs at 1 p.m. Each tour lasts about 45 minutes and is followed by a stop at Glenn's Gift Shop.

 

Glenn’s 2016 Tour Schedule

 

April 2, 2016 -- Piloted Control Evaluation Facility and Distributed Engine Control Laboratory: Visit two laboratories that showcase how researchers evaluate propulsion control and aircraft engine control. Tour the Piloted Control Evaluation (Flight Simulator) Facility to see where researchers evaluate the effect of propulsion control on aircraft performance. Visit the Distributed Engine Control Laboratory to learn how NASA evaluates new hardware architectures for aircraft engine control.

 

May 21-22, 2016 -- Open House at NASA's Glenn Research Center: NASA Glenn is opening its doors to the public for a weekend open house. Visitors will be able to tour many of the center’s world-class facilities and see how the center improves aviation and fosters exploration to benefit everyone on Earth. Visitors also will be able to meet an astronaut and talk with engineers, scientists and technicians who work on space programs. Registration for this event is not required.

 

June 11-12, 2016 -- Open House at NASA's Plum Brook Station: NASA Glenn is opening the doors of Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio, to the public for a weekend open house. Visitors will be able to tour the station's world-class facilities and step inside the world’s largest vacuum chamber, which has tested parts of rockets, Mars landers and Orion hardware. Visitors also will be able to meet an astronaut and talk with engineers, scientists and technicians. Registration for this event is not required.

 

July 9, 2016: Radioisotope Power System, Systems Integration Laboratory: See how NASA emulates the electrical characteristics of a spacecraft system in the Radioisotope Power System, Systems Integration Laboratory. RPS is a source of electricity for NASA space missions from the surface of Mars to the realm of the outer planets. 

 

Aug. 6, 2016 -- See Things a Different Way: Check out Glenn’s Graphics and Visualization, or GVIS, and the Reconfigurable User-interface and Virtual Reality Exploration, or GRUVE, Laboratories. The GVIS lab uses advanced computer input and output devices paired with a variety of natural user interface devices and 3-D displays. The GRUVE lab is used to analyze data obtained either by computer simulation or from research test facilities.

 

Sept. 10, 2016 -- Vibration Testing: Join us on a tour of Glenn's Structural Dynamics Laboratory, where things get shaken to verify their survivability. Several experiments that currently are operating on the International Space Station were tested in this lab.

 

Oct. 1, 2016 -- Prepare for Impact: Come explore Glenn's Ballistic Impact Facility. See the laboratory that helped to identify the cause of the space shuttle Columbia accident and return NASA’s shuttle fleet to flight.

 

Tours are open to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. To guarantee admission, reservations are required. For more information on tours and how to make reservations, visit http://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/events/tours.html

 

Please direct questions about the tours to Sheila Reese at sheila.d.reese@nasa.gov.

 

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2016 History of Science Society Fellowship in the History of Space Science

 

The Fellowship in the History of Space Science, offered by the History of Science Society and supported by the NASA History Program Office, seeks applications for a nine-month predoctoral or postdoctoral fellowship related to the history of space science. The fellowship may support advanced research related to all aspects of the history of space science, from the earliest human interest in space to the present.

 

The fellowship carries a stipend of $21,250. Funds may not be used to support tuition or fees. 

 

Applicants must possess a doctorate in history of science or in a closely related field, or be enrolled as a student in a doctoral degree program and have completed all requirements for the degree (except the dissertation) in history of science or a related field. Eligibility is not limited to U.S. citizens or residents.

 

Applications are due April 6, 2016.

 

For detailed information on the fellowship and the application process, visit http://hssonline.org/employment/fellowship-in-the-history-of-space-science/2015-16-hss-fellowship-in-the-history-of-space-science/.

 

Please direct questions about this opportunity to info@hssonline.org.

 

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Sally Ride EarthKAM @ Space Camp Announces Spring 2016 Mission

 

Registration is open for the Spring 2016 mission for the Sally Ride EarthKAM @ Space Camp program taking place April 12-16, 2016. During the mission, students worldwide may submit requests to have a camera aboard the International Space Station capture an image of a specific location on Earth. Related resources, including images and activities, are available for use in the classroom. The optional online activities are targeted at middle school students but are adaptable for other grade levels. All students and educators are welcome, including participants in afterschool programs.

 

For more information and to register for the upcoming mission, visit https://www.earthkam.org/.

 

Please submit questions about the Sally Ride EarthKAM @ Space Camp program via https://www.earthkam.org/contact.

 

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2016 National Academy of Engineering - Engineering for You Video Contest 3

 

The National Academy of Engineering, or NAE, is launching the Engineering for You Video Contest 3, or E4U3.

 

This year, participants are tasked with creating a 1- to 2-minute video focused on mega-engineering. Mega-engineering projects typically address important needs of large populations and/or societies, require teams working across countries and cultures on a solution, and involve at least three disciplines including engineering.

 

The competition is open to all individuals or teams in the following competition categories:

-- Middle school students and younger (grades K-8)

-- High school students (grades 9-12)

-- Tertiary education students (two-year college through graduate school, full or part time)

-- The general public

 

The main prize is $25,000, and videos will be accepted through May 31, 2016.

 

For more information, visit http://www.nae.edu/e4u3/.

 

Questions about the E4U3 Video Contest should be directed to E4Uvideocontest@nae.edu.

 

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PREVIOUSLY PROMOTED OPPORTUNITIES…

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New NASA Women of STEM Website

 

Celebrate Women's History Month with the new NASA Women of STEM website! 

 

Through their accomplishments and dedication to their jobs, women at NASA embody the essence of Women’s History Month. They serve as role models to young women in their pursuit of careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

 

Read career profiles, watch videos and more! Visit the new website at http://www.nasa.gov/education/womenstem.

 

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STEM@NASA Goddard: Women's History Month

 

Join NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in March for “STEM@NASA Goddard: Women’s History Month”! On select Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. EST (March 24, 29 and 31), the Goddard Office of Education will celebrate Women’s History Month by highlighting women in STEM. Women from across Goddard will share how they practice science, technology, engineering and mathematics -- through their research, missions, career and the like -- with participating schools and other groups.

 

The 30-minute programs will be streamed live on UStream, and participants will be able to interact with the guest speakers by submitting questions through email and Twitter.

 

To view the programs on Ustream, visit http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-gsfc.

 

For more information or to express interest in participating, please contact Erin McKinley at erin.e.mckinley@nasa.gov.

 

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2016 von Kármán Lecture Series -- Attend in Person or View Online

 

The Theodore von Kármán Lecture Series, named after the founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and presented by JPL's Office of Communication and Education, shares the excitement of the space program's missions, instruments and other technologies.

 

Lectures take place twice per month, on consecutive Thursdays and Fridays. The Thursday lectures take place in JPL's Theodore von Kármán Auditorium, and Friday lectures take place at Pasadena City College's Vosloh Forum. Both start at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT). Admission and parking are free for all lectures. No reservations are required, but seating is limited. The Thursday evening lectures also are streamed live for viewing online. Archives of past lectures are also available online.

 

The next lecture in the series is “The Europa Mission.”

 

What 10 Years at Mars Can Tell Us About the Planet

Event Date: March 24 and March 25, 2016, at 7 pm. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/lectures_archive.php?year=2016&month=3

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbit has been circling the Red Planet for 10 years. During its decade in orbit, MRO has sent back thousands of high-resolution images and more data than all other Mars missions combined. Join MRO scientists Rich Zurek, Ph.D., and Leslie Tamppari, Ph.D., for a discussion of Mars discoveries and what the future of Red Planet research holds.

 

For more information about the Theodore von Kármán Lecture Series, including a complete list of upcoming lectures, visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/lectures.php.

 

Questions about this series should be directed to http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php.

 

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NASA/Applied Physics Laboratory Summer Internship 2016

 

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, or APL, is offering summer projects for students interested in working on NASA missions or space-related research opportunities. 

 

Students participating in the 2016 NASA/APL Internship Program will work at the APL facility in Laurel, Maryland. Students will receive a stipend for the 10-week program, and housing will be provided. 

 

Eligible students include undergraduate rising sophomores through Ph.D. students as of fall 2016. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. 

 

Applications are due March 25, 2016.

 

For more information about the internship and to apply online, visit https://portals.jhuapl.edu/aplnasaintern/Home.aspx.

 

Questions about the NASA/APL Internships Program should be emailed to aplnasaintern-web@jhuapl.edu.

 

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Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy

 

Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy, at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, is a free alternate-reality game that will challenge you to become an astronaut-in-training for a future trip to Mars. Choose what role you will play on the mission; engage in fun interactive activities; and explore the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skills you will need as a next-generation space traveler. Along the way, you'll learn about some of the museum's fascinating artifacts.

 

Instructions and guidance are given via a special webpage accessed on your mobile device. Players should bring their own phones or devices equipped with an internet browser and a camera. Having a digital picture-taking device (smartphone, tablet, camera) is highly recommended but not required.

 

The game is aimed at upper elementary and middle school visitors and their families. Do you want to bring a group? Reservations are required for groups larger than 15.

 

The next offering of the Astronaut Academy is on March 26, 2016. Begin your training with Astronaut Orientation in the Claude Moore Education Center Classroom 1 located on the first level across from the restrooms. Astronaut Orientation is offered at regular intervals between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The last opportunity to start the game is at 2:30 p.m. A self-guided activity, the game should take between 60 and 90 minutes, and staff will help you along the way.

 

For more information, including a full list of upcoming Astronaut Academy dates, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/techquest/

 

Please direct questions about the Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy to the visitor service line at 202-633-2214.

 

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NASA's Digital Learning Network Event -- Live Video Chat: NASA STARS en Español

 

Do you want to be one of NASA’s STARS? In this series of live, Spanish video chats, "Students Talk About Real STEM" (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) with NASA professionals who work in these areas. Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network and Educator Professional Development Collaborative for an inside look at NASA missions, research and careers. Submit questions via Twitter using #NASASTARS or via email to astrosdeNASA@gmail.com.

 

Sign up to connect your class directly and participate in a live event. Please direct questions about this event to astrosdeNASA@gmail.com.

 

The next hourlong event will be webcast on the NASA DLiNfo Channel on March 29, 2016, at 1 p.m. EDT.

 

For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/dln.

 

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NASA's Digital Learning Network Event -- Video conferencia en vivo: NASA STARS en Español

 

¿Quieres ser uno de los Astros de NASA? En esta serie de video conferencia en Español y en vivo, los estudiantes hablarán de lo que es en realidad STEM (ciencias, tecnología, ingeniería y matemáticas) con profesionales de NASA que están trabajando en estas ramas. Acompaña a los programas  de conexión digital de NASA (DLN for sus siglas en Ingles) y el programa de colaboraciones de desarrolló profesional educativo (EPDC por sus siglas en Ingles) hablando de diferentes misiones, investigaciones, y carreras en NASA. Inscribe tu escuela y conectate ó envia tus preguntas por medio de Twitter usando #NASASTARS ó correo electrónico astrosdeNASA@gmail.com.

 

Escribanos si usted esta interesado en conectarse directo para participar y cualquier pregunta sobre el programa astrosdeNASA@gmail.com.

 

El siguiente programa de una hora será transmitido por NASA DLiNfo Channel el 29 de Marzo de 2016 a la 1 p.m. EDT.

 

Para más información visite la página http://www.nasa.gov/dln.

 

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Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Presents "STEM in 30" Webcast Series

 

The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum is presenting a series of free education webcast events called "STEM in 30." This new program consists of live, fast-paced 30-minute webcasts designed to increase interest and engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics for students. To enhance the learning experience, students can get involved with the content through the interactive "Cover It Live" feature, which includes poll questions and classroom activities. The webcasts will be available live on the National Air and Space Museum website and will be archived for on-demand viewing.

 

Mars Rovers

March 30, 2016, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. EDT

Two separate rovers are traversing Mars right this instant. It took many people and thousands of parts (many of them made of titanium) to build these rovers. Explore the construction of the Mars rovers as well as the science that is being done 140 million miles away on the Red Planet.

 

Moon Rocks

May 25, 2016, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. EDT

Twelve men have walked on the moon. While the rest of us remain Earth-bound, we’re able to learn about the moon from the rocks these 12 astronauts brought back for scientific study. We also have found lunar meteorites here on Earth -- meteorites produced by impacts hitting the moon. Explore moon rocks and what they can tell us not only about the moon but also about our own planet.

 

Milestones of Flight: Lunar Module

May 25, 2016, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. EDT

To date, only one spacecraft has flown exclusively in space: the Lunar Module. This craft was designed for the sole purpose of getting men to the moon and then back to the Command Service Module orbiting above. Six of these crafts landed on the moon with a seventh being used as a lifeboat for the crew of Apollo 13. This webcast will explore this amazing spacecraft.

 

"STEM in 30" webcasts are online learning experiences but are filmed in front of a live audience. If you are interested in bringing your school group to a live filming of "STEM in 30," please email STEMin30@si.edu for details. 

 

For more information about the Smithsonian's "STEM in 30" Webcast Series, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/explore-and-learn/stem-in-30/.

 

Questions about this series should be directed to the visitor service line at 202-633-2214.

 

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International FameLab Competition: San Juan Regional Event

 

NASA, the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Pedras and Arecibo Observatory are hosting an International FameLab regional competition event on March 30-April 1, 2016, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

 

Are you passionate about science? Do you love to communicate?  

 

At regional competitions throughout the U.S., early career scientists from numerous disciplines are competing to convey their research and related science concepts. Each contestant has the spotlight for only three minutes. No slides or charts are allowed. Contestants may only use the power of words and any prop that can be held in their hands. 

 

Winners from each regional event will face off in April 2016. Contestants will compete for a grand prize and the opportunity to compete with peers from around the world at the FameLab International Final in the United Kingdom in June 2016. 

 

For more information and to register to take part in the competition, visit http://famelab.arc.nasa.gov/.

 

Questions about this competition should be emailed to Desireemoi Bridges at desireemoi.r.bridges@nasa.gov.

 

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International Space Station Research Design Challenge: Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments

 

NASA and Portland State University are seeking participants for the International Space Station Research Design Challenge: Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments, or CELERE. This design challenge enables students to participate in microgravity research on capillary action, similar to that conducted on the space station. 

 

Teams or individuals create their own experiment using computer-aided design with a provided template and submit short proposals presenting the experiments. Portland State University then manufactures test cells using the CAD drawings and a computer-controlled laser cutter. Each experiment is conducted in a drop tower. Video of the drop is provided for student analysis and reporting of results.

 

CELERE is open to individuals and teams in grades 8-12. To facilitate the participation of informal science clubs, Scouts, etc., teams may include younger students as long as at least one team member is in grades 8-12. Teams may be of any size and may include an entire class or science club. The program is limited to students from the U.S., including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Students at Department of Defense Education Activity schools (www.dodea.edu), including those outside the U.S., are also eligible to participate. 

 

The CELERE design challenge is a relatively new program and, as a result, the odds of selection are quite high. In 2014 and 2015, 100 percent of the entries were selected for full participation, where the student experiments were built and tested in microgravity. In 2016, selection of at least one qualifying entry is guaranteed from each state and listed territory, at least one DODEA school, and at least one Bureau of Indian Education school (http://bie.edu/). Students are strongly encouraged to apply!

 

Design proposals are now being accepted. Submissions are due April 1, 2016.

 

For more information about this opportunity, visit http://spaceflightsystems.grc.nasa.gov/CELERE/

 

If you have questions about this opportunity, please email your inquiries to the CELERE team at celere@lists.nasa.gov.

 

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2016 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

 

The National Science Foundation currently is accepting nominations and applications for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching program. PAEMST is the highest recognition that a teacher of K-12 mathematics or science (including computer science) may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Since 1983, more than 4,400 teachers have been recognized for their contributions to mathematics and science education. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. Up to 108 awardees may be recognized each year. 

 

Presidential awardees receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States; a trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities; and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on the behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. 

 

The PAEMST program is open to outstanding mathematics and science teachers in the 50 states and the four U.S. jurisdictions (Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico; Department of Defense education activity schools; and the U.S. territories as a group). Anyone -- principals, teachers, parents, students or members of the public -- may nominate a teacher by completing the nomination form available on the PAEMST website. Teachers also may apply directly. Teachers from groups underrepresented in STEM teaching and learning are encouraged to apply.

 

Nominations for elementary school teachers (grades K-6) are due April 1, 2016. Secondary school teachers (grades 7-12) are eligible to apply in 2017.

 

For more information, visit http://www.paemst.org/

 

Please email any questions about this opportunity to info@paemst.org.

 

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Astrobiology Graduate Conference 2016

 

The next Astrobiology Graduate Conference, AbGradCon 2016, will be held at the University of Colorado in Boulder on July 24-27, 2016. This conference is run by graduate students for other graduate students and early career scientists with the purpose of having conference attendees share their astrobiology-related research, collaborate with their peers, and make new professional connections in a low-pressure setting.

 

Conference attendees share their research by presenting a 15-minute talk or presenting a poster (though talks are preferred). Topics to be covered include astrochemistry, exoplanet research, planetary science, geobiology, computer science, origins of life research, and aerospace engineering. The conference culminates with a field trip to a site relevant to astrobiology. This year's conference attendees will visit Dinosaur Ridge in Morrison, Colorado. A Public Speaking Workshop will be held as an alternative for those who do not want to participate in the field trip. 

 

Attendees also have the option of joining, separate from the conference, the Research Focus Group workshop that will take place July 22-24 in Estes Park, Colorado. The RFG is a proposal-writing workshop targeted at developing better fundable proposals for research.

 

Food and lodging for conference attendees will be covered by the conference. We also expect to be able to cover most travel costs for attendees.

 

Applications are due April 1, 2016.

 

For more information, visit http://astrobiology.nasa.gov/careers-employment/abgradcon-2016/

 

Please direct questions about this opportunity to abgradcon@gmail.com.

 

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Earth Observatory's Tournament Earth 2016

 

Thirty-two of the best Earth Observatory images will compete in Tournament Earth 4.0, but only one can be the winner! From Feb. 29 through April 4, 2016, visitors to NASA's Earth Observatory website can vote for their favorite images from 2015, whittling them down each week in a tournament of remote-sensing science. The competition is divided into four categories: data, art, event and photograph. 

 

Voting takes place online, and a printable bracket is available to let you pick your favorites and track your selections as the competition progresses.

 

To get started, visit http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/TournamentEarth/.

 

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Kevin Ward at kevin.a.ward@nasa.gov.

 

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Education Grants

 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency seeks proposals for grants to support environmental education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and help people develop the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. This grant program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods or techniques. 

 

Entities that are eligible to apply include local education agencies, state education or environmental agencies, colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, noncommercial educational broadcasting entities, and tribal education agencies (including schools and community colleges controlled by an Indian tribe, band or nation). Applicant organizations must be located in the United States or its territories, and the majority of the educational activities must take place in the U.S.; in the U.S. and Canada or Mexico; or in the territories of the U.S.

 

Applications are due April 8, 2016.

 

For more information, visit http://www.epa.gov/education/environmental-education-ee-grants

 

Please direct questions about this grant opportunity to eegrants@epa.gov.

 

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NASA TechPort Request for Information

 

NASA is conducting this Request for Information, or RFI, to better understand user needs and identify potential improvements for the NASA Technology Portfolio System (TechPort).

 

NASA developed TechPort as an agencywide tool to capture detailed information on technology investments that support missions across aeronautics, space exploration and scientific discovery. NASA has used TechPort internally since 2012. Through continuous updates, the system now contains information on more than 840 active projects and more than 7,600 historical records. In February 2015, NASA opened a beta version of TechPort to the public. 

 

To help enhance the TechPort system, NASA is seeking feedback via a short, 18-question survey that takes an estimated 5 to 10 minutes to complete. Feedback may be submitted through April 14, 2016.

 

To provide feedback, visit https://techport.nasa.gov/rfi.

 

To visit the NASA TechPort, visit http://techport.nasa.gov/home

 

Please direct questions about NASA TechPort and this RFI to hq-techport@mail.nasa.gov.

 

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Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles and Blankets Available for Educational Use

 

NASA invites eligible U.S. educational institutions and museums to request space shuttle thermal protective tiles, space shuttle thermal protective blankets and other special items offered on a first-come, first-serve basis while quantities last. Organizations previously allocated thermal protective tiles may request an additional three tiles.

 

There will be a nominal shipping fee that must be paid online with a credit card.  To make a request for special items online, visit http://gsaxcess.gov/htm/nasa/userguide/Special_Item_Request_Procedure.pdf.

 

Please direct questions about this opportunity to GSAXcessHelp@gsa.gov.

 

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2016 Texas Space Grant Consortium Columbia Crew Memorial Undergraduate Scholarships

 

The Texas Space Grant Consortium and the Aviation and Space Foundation of Texas, in partnership with NASA, are offering undergraduate scholarships of $1,500 in memory of the Space Shuttle Columbia astronauts. These seven men and women paid the ultimate sacrifice to expand the exploration of space and our knowledge of the world that we live in.

 

These scholarships are intended to recognize high-quality students and encourage their consideration of graduate studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, ultimately leading to careers in STEM-related fields. The scholarships stress excellence in academics, participation in STEM education and research projects, and the exhibition of leadership qualities.

 

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and registered for at least a half-time course load at a Texas Space Grant Consortium institution. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

 

The deadline for submitting applications is April 29, 2016.

 

For more information, visit http://www.tsgc.utexas.edu/grants/2016/scholars_announcement.html.

 

Please email any questions about this opportunity to scholarships@tsgc.utexas.edu.

 

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2016 Texas Space Grant Consortium STEM Educator Scholarships

 

The Texas Space Grant Consortium has established a new Educator STEM Scholarship Program. These $1,500 scholarships are intended to recognize teachers enrolled in master’s programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields at a TSGC member institution.

 

Applicants must be U.S. citizens who hold a bachelor's degree and are enrolled in a master’s program at a Texas Space Grant Consortium institution. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

 

The deadline for submitting applications is April 29, 2016.

 

For more information, visit http://www.tsgc.utexas.edu/edu_stem/.

 

Please email any questions about this opportunity to scholarships@tsgc.utexas.edu.

 

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2016-2017 Texas Space Grant Consortium Graduate Fellowships

 

Texas Space Grant Consortium Fellowships encourage graduate study in the fields of space science and engineering. Interdisciplinary and integrated work experience are emphasized. 

 

Each $5,000 award supplements half-time graduate support (or fellowship) provided by a Consortium institution. The fellowship award is good for one year. Each fellowship may be renewed for a maximum of three years, providing the recipient has spent no more than two of those years as a master's candidate.

 

Applicants must be registered for full-time study in a graduate program at one or more of the Texas Space Grant Consortium institutions and must be promised financial support at that institution. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

 

The deadline for submitting applications is April 29, 2016.

 

For more information, visit http://www.tsgc.utexas.edu/grants/2016/fellows_announcement.html.

 

Please email any questions about this opportunity to fellowships@tsgc.utexas.edu.

 

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Institute of Museum and Library Services Grants: STEM Expert Facilitation of Family Learning in Libraries and Museums

 

The Institute of Museum and Library Services seeks proposals for design-based research projects focused on inquiry-based STEM programs delivered by scientists, engineers, and related technical practitioners to children ages 6-10 and their families. Proposals should address the role of experts’ oral narratives (e.g., storytelling or personal histories) as part of object-based science inquiry and include information about how findings will be applicable in both museum and library settings.

 

Entities that are eligible to apply include libraries, agencies, institutions of higher education, museums, and other entities that advance the museum and library fields. Grant amounts up to $1,000,000 are available for a period of performance up to two years.

 

Applications are due May 1, 2016.

 

For more information, visit https://www.imls.gov/grants/available/stem-expert-facilitation-family-learning-libraries-and-museums-stemex

 

Library representatives with questions about this opportunity should email Sandra Toro at storo@imls.gov. Museum representatives with questions should email Helen Wechsler at hwechsler@imls.gov or Sandra Narva at snarva@imls.gov.

 

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2016 NASA Aeronautics Design Challenge: Distributed Electric Propulsion

 

Distributed Electric Propulsion, or DEP, is an emerging aircraft design concept that has the potential to improve aircraft performance in a number of areas, including efficiency, takeoff and landing performance, emissions, noise abatement, safety, and ride quality. DEP also has the potential to enable new novel control systems. In this year's NASA Aeronautics Design Challenge, student teams are challenged to design a commuter aircraft that applies DEP technology. The main source of thrust for the students’ concept may come from DEP or a combination of DEP and conventional propulsion devices (turboprops, turbofans, etc.). The challenge for the design team is to determine the most advantageous application of DEP for their aircraft and to justify their selection.

 

The contest is open to teams of full-time students enrolled in higher education institutions of the United States or its territories. This category includes universities, colleges, trade schools, community colleges, professional schools, etc. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

 

Final entries are due May 16, 2016.

 

For more information and a complete list of rules, visit http://aero.larc.nasa.gov/university-contest/

 

Questions about the challenge should be directed to Elizabeth Ward at Elizabeth.B.Ward@nasa.gov.

 

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Call for Papers: NASA in the ‘Long’ Civil Rights Movement Symposium

 

The History Office at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and the Department of History at the University of Alabama Huntsville invite academics, graduate students and independent scholars to submit proposals for papers to be presented at a two-day symposium, March 16-17, 2017. The symposium will take place at the University of Alabama Huntsville and will address the role/relationship of NASA to the “Long” Civil Rights Movement, particularly in, but not limited to, the Deep South (Huntsville, Florida, Houston, Mississippi and New Orleans).

 

The conceptual framework for the symposium is provided by Jacquelyn Dowd Hall’s 2005 essay in the Journal of American History, "The Long Civil Rights Movement and the Political Uses of the Past," which called upon historians to produce new "modes of writing and speaking that emphasize individual agency … while also dramatizing the hidden history of politics and institutions." Along these lines, the conference welcomes papers addressing the Civil Rights experience across NASA that not only explore the experience of African Americans, but also of women, immigrants and other politically/legally marginalized groups. The intention is to publish a subset of the papers as an anthology.

 

Those interested in presenting a paper at the symposium should send an abstract of no more than 400 words and a short biography or curriculum vita, including affiliation, to Brian Odom at brian.c.odom@nasa.gov or Dr. Stephen Waring at warings@uah.edu by July 31, 2016

 

For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/history/call-for-papers-nasa-in-the-long-civil-rights-movement-symposium-university-of-alabama.html.

 

Please direct questions about this opportunity to Brian Odom at brian.c.odom@nasa.gov.

 

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Call for Submissions -- NASA Announcement for High Impact / Broad Implementation STEM Education Partnerships (EDUCATION01SP16)

 

The NASA Headquarters Office of Education, in cooperation with the agency’s four mission directorates, nine center education offices, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) education office, announces this competition to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Responses must be submitted electronically via the NASA data system NSPIRES (http://nspires.nasaprs.com).

 

NASA Education seeks to partner with eligible domestic or international organizations on a no-exchange-of-funds basis to reach wider and more diverse audiences and to achieve mutually beneficial objectives. The Announcement places a priority on collaboration involving the following: digital learning; engaging underrepresented groups in STEM; NASA-themed STEM challenges; and youth-serving organizations. NASA also is receptive to other creative ideas including, for example, investigations or application of science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and design (STEAMD); or activities culturally relevant to or focused on unrepresented in STEM careers populations, such as women, ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities. The announcement explains the criteria used to review responses and NASA’s partnership mechanism known as a no-exchange-of-funds or non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement.

 

NASA will accept responses on a rolling basis through Dec. 31. 2017.

 

For more information about this opportunity, visit NSPIRES at http://go.nasa.gov/1RZwWCi.

 

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please direct your questions to the Points of Contact listed within the NASA Announcement.

 

 

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