Current NASA Education Opportunities

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

Louisiana Tech University Online Course — Steps to STEM: NASA Education Resources for STEM Engagement
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: Aug. 30, 2014

Destination Station: San Diego
Audience: All Educators and Students
Exhibit Open Through Sept. 2, 2014

Free Education Webinar From NASA Educator Professional Development — NASA Resources for Homeschoolers
Audience: K-12 In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators
Event Date: Sept. 3, 2014, at 7 p.m. EDT

NASA Rockets 2 Racecars Educator Professional Development Opportunity at Richmond International Raceway 2014
Audience: All Educators
Event Dates: Sept. 5-6, 2014

International Observe the Moon Night
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Sept. 6, 2014

Free Webinar — Secrets to Fundraising for Competing in NASA Challenges
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Webinar Date: Sept. 10, 2014

2015 ICESat-2 Mission Hexacopter Engineering Challenge
Audience: Undergraduate College Students from Accredited U.S. Colleges and Universities
Application Deadline: Sept. 12, 2014

Family Day Event at Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Sept. 13, 2014

Call for Papers — The NACA Centenary: A Symposium on 100 Years of Aerospace Research and Development
Audience: Scholars and Graduate Students
Submission Deadline: Sept. 15, 2014

MAVEN Workshop — Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!
Audience: Elementary Educators
Application Deadline: Sept. 15, 2014
Workshop Date: Sept. 21, 2014

Second Annual Astrobiology Symposium at the Library of Congress
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Symposium Dates: Sept. 18-19, 2014

Launch Opportunity: RockSat-C and RockSat-X Programs
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Notice of Intent Deadline: Sept. 19, 2014

2015 RASC-AL Robo-Ops Competition
Audience: Higher Education Students
Notice of Intent Requested by Sept. 19, 2014
Proposal Deadline: Oct. 10, 2014

NASA Family Education Night at Kennedy Space Center
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Sept. 20, 2014

National Mars Education Conference — Mars and the Comet: How to Use Natural Events as NGSS-Aligned Teachable Moments in Your Classroom
Audience: All Educators
Application Deadline: Sept. 23, 2014
Conference Date: Sept. 27, 2014

Celebrate Earth Science Week: Earth’s Connected Systems
Audience: All Grade Levels
Event Date: Oct. 12-18, 2014

Open House 2014: NASA’s Ames Research Center
Audience: All Educators and Students
Tickets Available Starting Sept. 2, 2014
Event Date: Oct. 18, 2014

2015 RASC-AL Aerospace Concepts Design Competition
Audience: Higher Education Students
Notice of Intent Requested by Nov. 3, 2014
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 11, 2015

Don’t miss out on upcoming NASA education opportunities.
For a full list of events, opportunities and more, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA’s website:
– Educators http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
– Students http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/current-opps-index.html

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Louisiana Tech University Online Course — Steps to STEM: NASA Education Resources for STEM Engagement

Louisiana Tech University is teaming up with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center to offer a 10-week course for educators interested in putting a space-themed twist on learning. The course is designed to be a self-paced, online professional development experience focusing on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, education resources available from NASA. These resources have application methods for use in grades 4-9 classrooms with the goal of advancing high quality STEM education utilizing NASA’s unique capabilities.

Applications are due Aug. 30, 2014.

For more information and to enroll in the course, visit http://education.latech.edu/departments/science_technology_education_center/opeo.php.

Questions about these courses should be directed to Amy McDowell at amy.mcdowell@nasa.gov.

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Destination Station: San Diego

Ever wonder what it’s like to live and work in space? Find out at the Destination Station exhibit! This multimedia exhibit showcases what it’s like to live aboard the International Space Station. The exhibit will be open to the public through Sept. 2, 2014, at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego, California.

To learn more, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/news/destination_station/index.html.

Questions about this exhibit should be directed to Megan Sumner at megan.c.sumner@nasa.gov.

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Free Education Webinar From NASA Educator Professional Development — NASA Resources for Homeschoolers

Join NASA Educator Professional Development on Sept. 3, 2014, at 7 p.m. EDT, for a look at NASA resources relating to science, technology, engineering and mathematics designed to get students actively engaged while building content knowledge. Participants in this hourlong webinar will get an overview of resources and join a discussion of modifications to accommodate small groups or individual students. Connections to the Next Generation Science Standards will also be discussed.

For more information and to register online, visit https://events-na11.adobeconnect.com/content/connect/c1/1088539485/en/events/event/shared/1097653603/event_landing.html?sco-id=1210211617.

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NASA Rockets 2 Racecars Educator Professional Development Opportunity at Richmond International Raceway 2014

Calling all science and math teachers — Come to Richmond International Raceway on Fri., Sept. 5, 2014, from noon to 7 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 6, 2014, from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and become an ambassador of NASA content on NASA-inspired activities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Team up with NASA education specialists in the VA529 Kid Zone and earn hours of professional development for every hour spent at the track. Participating teachers will receive a free ticket for the NASCAR Nationwide Race on Fri., Sept. 5, 2014.

Learn about all the different NASA-inspired hands-on activities by visiting http://tinyurl.com/NASAR2RatRIR2014.

Register today by sending an email to NASA Education Specialists Marilé Colón Robles at marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov or Bonnie Murray at bonnie.murray@nasa.gov.

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International Observe the Moon Night

On Sept. 6, 2014, the whole world has the chance to admire and celebrate our moon on International Observe the Moon Night. And you can join in the fun!

Check the map of registered observation events at http://observethemoonnight.org to see if there is an event being held near you. If not, please consider registering and hosting one and inviting your family, friends or neighbors.

Don’t know where to start?
This link walks you through the process of planning an event of any size. How to host an event in six easy steps: http://observethemoonnight.org/getInvolved/.

Need suggestions for hands-on activities?
Visit http://observethemoonnight.org/activities/ for ideas.

Worried about cloudy weather obscuring your view of the moon?
The “Moon as Art” collection, chosen by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, team, gives the public the opportunity to see the moon as others have seen it for centuries — as an inspirational muse — but this time from the perspective of being in orbit with a series of eyes that see in different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. Learn more at http://lunar.gsfc.nasa.gov/moonartgallery.html.

Additional beautiful, high-resolution images of the moon’s surface taken by LRO’s cameras are available at http://lroc.sese.asu.edu.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Lora.V.Bleacher@nasa.gov.

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Free Webinar — Secrets to Fundraising for Competing in NASA Challenges

NASA has several exciting technical challenges open for universities and colleges. The challenges include the Student Launch, the Robotic Mining Competition, the Human Exploration Rover Challenge, the X-Hab Academic Innovation Challenge, as well other challenges. In order to be successful, teams not only need to master engineering and technical obstacles, they must also raise the funding necessary for equipment and travel expenses.

To help all universities and colleges interested in competing, the NASA Minority Innovation Challenges Institute, or MICI, is hosting a free webinar on Sept. 10, 2014, at 3 p.m. EDT. Topics covered during the session will include:

– Fundraising practices utilized by teams that competed in the 2014 NASA Robotic Mining Competition.
– How to locate potential donors, and the best way to land contributions.
– How to use crowdfunding websites to expand fundraising efforts to regional and national levels.
– Grant opportunities that are open and receptive to funding university teams.

The webinar will be hosted by a certified fundraising executive along with two certified grant writers.

To sign up for this webinar and gain access to MICI’s other free webinars, visit http://nasamici.com/upcoming-sessions.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Mary Baker at mary@nasamici.com.

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2015 ICESat-2 Mission Hexacopter Engineering Challenge

The Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite-2, or ICESat-2, mission will host the 2015 ICESat-2 Mission Hexacopter Engineering Challenge at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, on April 17, 2015. This challenge will task teams of students with measuring the height of Earth around us, from tree canopies to bodies of water. This challenge will be the first of its kind in a yearly series of ICESat-2 engineering challenge events.

Student teams will be selected to participate in this challenge through a proposal and selection process. Participating teams will design and build hexacopter multirotors that can create a digital elevation model of a specific area within a predetermined amount of time. Students will also submit technical and educational reports describing in detail their efforts throughout the competition process.

This challenge is open to undergraduate college students from accredited U.S. colleges and universities. Teams may consist of one to five students and a university mentor/instructor. Due to the nature of the challenge, multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

Applications are due Sept. 12, 2014.

For more information about the 2015 ICESat-2 Mission Hexacopter Engineering Challenge, visit http://icesat.gsfc.nasa.gov/icesat2/epo_hex.php.

Questions about this challenge should be directed to hexacopter challenge coordinator Brian Campbell at Brian.A.Campbell@nasa.gov.

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Family Day Event at Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum

The Smithsonian’s family day event series celebrates the diverse ethnic and cultural communities that have contributed to aviation and space exploration. Events will commemorate historic and current contributions through presentations and activities for the entire family. The events are free and open to the public.

Women in Aviation and Space
Sept. 13, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, District of Columbia
From the days of the earliest pilots to today’s space program, women have been making significant contributions. Celebrate the incredible contributions of women in aviation and space exploration at the “Women in Aviation and Space” family day. During this event, visitors will have the opportunity to meet female role models and learn about the women who inspired them.

http://airandspace.si.edu/events/detail.cfm?id=11599

Questions about this series of events should be directed to the Visitor Service line at 202-633-1000.

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Call for Papers — The NACA Centenary: A Symposium on 100 Years of Aerospace Research and Development

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, or NASM, and NASA’s History Program Office invite proposals for papers to a special symposium commemorating a century of aerospace research and development. On March 3, 1915, the U.S. Congress established the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, or NACA, “to separate the real from the imagined and make known the overlooked and unexpected” in the quest for flight. In honor of that centennial, NASA and NASM will team to present a symposium on the history of the NACA. This historical symposium will be held in Washington, District of Columbia, on March 3-4, 2015.

All are invited to submit proposals. Major themes to be addressed in the symposium include:

– The NACA organizational and institutional structure and evolution.
– The NACA model of public/private partnerships in aerospace research.
– The NACA’s contributions to aerospace theory, ground research and flight operations.
— Individual projects.
— Broad themes in the history of the agency.
— Research projects versus other structural attributes.
– The social, economic and/or political history of the NACA.
– The NACA culture and its evolution.
– The relationship of the NACA to other entities, both private and public.
– Innovation in aerospace research.
– Models of partnership.

Possible topics are not restricted to these major themes. All papers are envisioned as scholarly contributions exploring broad thematic issues and questions.

Contributions from international scholars and graduate students with an interest in this history are welcome.

Some travel support scholarships may be available for international scholars and graduate students. Please indicate your interest in a need statement included with your paper proposal.

We intend that a subset of the papers will merit publication.

Proposals for papers should include a title and an abstract, as well as the author’s curriculum vita, and travel support need statement (as appropriate). Please send all proposals, in the form of a 300-word abstract and a brief vita electronically to Dr. William P. Barry, NASA chief historian, at bill.barry@nasa.gov, and Dr. Roger D. Launius, associate director for Collections and Curatorial Affairs at the National Air and Space Museum, launiusr@si.edu. The deadline for abstract submissions is Sept. 15, 2014.

Decisions about acceptance and support will be made by Nov. 1, 2014.

For more information about the Call for Papers, visit http://www.nasa.gov/naca100years/.

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MAVEN Workshop — Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, or MAVEN, mission is set to arrive at Mars on Sept. 21, 2014. Celebrate the arrival with the MAVEN education team at this one-day workshop about the mission and the accompanying elementary program, Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore! The program features six standards-based lessons that combine science, literacy and art to help students understand planetary habitability and the MAVEN mission.

The workshop will include dinner and lectures by MAVEN scientists. Following the workshop, participants will watch the NASA TV broadcast of the MAVEN spacecraft’s arrival at Mars.

The workshop will take place on Sept. 21, 2014, in Boulder, Colorado. Registration is $20 and includes coffee, snacks and dinner. Applications are due Sept. 15, 2014, but space is limited so interested educators are encouraged to apply early.

For more information about the workshop and to apply online, visit http://lasp.colorado.edu/home/maven/education-outreach/for-educators/red-planet/boulder-workshop/.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to epomail@lasp.colorado.edu.

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Second Annual Astrobiology Symposium at the Library of Congress

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress in the District of Columbia, in cooperation with the NASA Astrobiology Program, is hosting the second annual Astrobiology Symposium on Sept. 18-19, 2014.

“Preparing for Discovery: A Rational Approach to the Impact of Finding Microbial, Complex or Intelligent Life Beyond Earth,” is a two-day symposium featuring panel discussions, lectures and audience question-and-answer sessions. Panel members include professors, scientists, philosophers and astronomers representing various universities and organizations including NASA, the SETI Institute and the Library of Congress.

The event is free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required. For those unable to attend the symposium in person, the two-day event will be streamed live via webcast at https://ac.arc.nasa.gov/loc/.

For more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/loc/kluge/news/nasa-program-2014.html.

Questions about the symposium should be directed to Jason Steinhauer at jste@loc.gov.

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Launch Opportunity: RockSat-C and RockSat-X Programs

NASA, in partnership with the Colorado Space Grant Consortium, is offering the opportunity for university instructors and students to participate in three programs designed for everyone from the novice to the more experienced space researcher.

RockSat-C is a competitive program for university and community college students to design and build a sounding rocket payload, and then launch the payload on a sounding rocket at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The program actively engages students through full design-process mentoring, with assistance through the design phase throughout the fall semester. During the spring semester, teams are lead through testing and integration reviews, along with a launch readiness review.

RockSat-X pushes the RockSat-C concept to new extremes by providing participants with full access to the space environment, more in-flight resources and less restrictive design space. Deployable items are even allowed. In addition, payloads will be provided power and a live telemetry feed for real-time data acquisition during the flight. These amenities allow experimenters to focus more on the science and leave power and data handling to the Wallops rocket team.

Selected RockSat-C experiments will launch in June 2015. RockSat-X experiments are expected to launch later in the summer.

Student teams who are up to the challenge are invited to submit an intent to fly form before Sept. 19, 2014.

To learn more about Rocket-C and to see experiments selected for previous flights, visit http://spacegrant.colorado.edu/national-programs/rs-c-2015-home.

Questions about the RockSat-C program should be directed to Becca Lidvall by email at rocksatprogram@gmail.com.

To learn more about RockSat-X and to see experiments selected for previous flights, visit http://spacegrant.colorado.edu/national-programs/rs-x-2015-home.

Questions about the RockSat-X program should be directed to Jesse Austin by email at rocksatx@gmail.com.

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2015 RASC-AL Robo-Ops Competition

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace announce the 2015 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage Exploration Robo-Ops, also known as RASC-AL Robo-Ops, competition. This design competition is aimed at university-level engineering or science students.

The RASC-AL Robo-Ops contest challenges participants to build a planetary rover prototype and demonstrate its capabilities in field tests at NASA’s Johnson Space Center’s Rock Yard. Up to three members of the team (plus the faculty advisor) may travel to Johnson Space Center for the onsite testing. The remaining team members will stay behind at the local university to conduct mission control tasks. The prototype rovers will be tele-operated by the mission control team members and must negotiate a series of obstacles while accomplishing a variety of tasks that include sample collection and acquisition. The only information available to the rover controller to perform the required tasks will be information transmitted through onboard rover video camera(s) or other onboard sensors.

Interested teams are encouraged to submit a notice of intent by Sept. 19, 2014, and teams must submit a project plan for their proposed projects by Oct. 10, 2014. The RASC-AL Robo-Ops Steering Committee of NASA experts will evaluate the project plans and select up to eight teams to compete against each other at the Rock Yard in June 2015, providing each selected team with a $10,000 stipend to develop its rover. $12,000 in cash awards is available to the winning teams.

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. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

For more information about this competition, visit http://www.nianet.org/RoboOps.

If you have questions about this competition, please contact Stacy Dees at stacy.dees@nianet.org or Shelley Spears at shelley.spears@nianet.org.

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NASA Family Education Night at Kennedy Space Center

NASA is hosting the annual NASA Family Education Night on Sept. 20, 2014, from 2 – 6 p.m. EDT at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

The event, targeted for first- through sixth-grade students and their parents, will focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, with the theme Technology Drives Exploration. Educational activities and demonstrations will highlight the future of America’s space program and allow children to apply critical thinking skills, make and launch rockets and talk with a former astronaut.

For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/centers/kennedy/home/index.html.

Questions about the event should be directed to Joshua Santora at joshua.santora@nasa.gov.

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National Mars Education Conference — Mars and the Comet: How to Use Natural Events as NGSS-Aligned Teachable Moments in Your Classroom

Mars and the Comet…Close Encounters of the Natural Kind!

Have you ever wondered how to turn natural events into rich, teachable science moments in your classroom? Join NASA’s Mars Education team to learn Next Generation Science Standards-aligned strategies to use natural events as timely learning opportunities. The conference will focus on a fantastic, dramatic natural event that is taking place very soon — Comet Siding Spring is on track to have a close encounter with Mars on Oct. 19, 2014!

Mars Program Chief Scientist Dr. Richard Zurek from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory will be the featured guest speaker. He will provide educators with the latest information about how NASA will address this challenging natural event.

Find out how Mars related activities can enhance your curriculum. Learn about the newest Red Planet discoveries and new classroom science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, tools. In addition, attendees will be introduced to NGSS STEM hands-on activities and ways to extend students’ learning with critical thinking and project-based learning challenges. Conference participants will receive lesson plans, NASA materials and a certificate with 6 ½ professional development hours.

Applications are due Sept. 23, 2014.

For more information, visit http://marsed.asu.edu/naturalevents.

Questions about the conference should be directed to Sheri Klug Boonstra at sklug@asu.edu or marsed@asu.edu.

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Celebrate Earth Science Week: Earth’s Connected Systems

Join us for an exploration of our dynamic Earth! This year, Earth Science Week takes place Oct. 12-18, and celebrates Earth’s Connected Systems – from land to sea, ice to sky and everything living in between.

NASA missions study Earth’s system and help us to understand the interconnectivity among its components. NASA’s Earth Science Week 2014 website covers NASA Earth missions and how scientists study our home planet, educational resources about Earth’s system, videos, links to mission science, and more.

Visit the site to see a schedule of events for educators and the public: http://nasaesw.strategies.org.

Do you want the latest information on NASA Earth Science Week activities? Follow NASA’s Earth Science Week team on Twitter (@NASAESW) or Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/NASAESW).

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Open House 2014: NASA’s Ames Research Center

To celebrate its 75th anniversary, NASA’s Ames Research Center in California is hosting an open house.

On Oct. 18, 2014, the public is invited to visit NASA’s center in Silicon Valley. Take a 2-mile walking tour through the center, and visit with Ames engineers and scientists in booths set up in front of their facilities. After the walking tour, visit the plaza to learn about Ames’ missions. Food, drinks and mementos will be available for purchase.

General visitor parking will be offsite, and tickets with reserved entry times will be required to attend the event. Tickets will be available starting Sept. 2, 2014.

For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/ames/openhouse2014/.

Questions about the Ames Open House event should be directed to Sharon Lozano at sharon.k.lozano@nasa.gov.

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2015 RASC-AL Aerospace Concepts Design Competition

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace announce the 2015 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage, or RASC-AL, Aerospace Concepts competition. RASC-AL is a design project competition for university-level engineering students and faculty.

The 2015 RASC-AL contest challenges participants to design projects based on real NASA problems, responding to one of four themes:
– Earth-Independent Mars Pioneering Architecture
– Earth-Independent Lunar Pioneering Architecture
– Mars’ Moons Prospector Mission
– Large-Scale Mars Entry, Decent and Landing Pathfinder Mission

Concepts derived from the design projects could potentially be implemented by NASA.

Interested teams are encouraged to submit a notice of intent by Nov. 3, 2014, and teams must submit an abstract for their proposed project by Jan. 11, 2015. The RASC-AL Steering Committee of NASA and industry experts will evaluate the proposals and select as many as 11 undergraduate and five graduate teams to compete against each other at a forum in June 2015 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 collaborate on a design project entry. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

For more information about this competition, visit http://nianet.org/RASCAL.

If you have questions about this competition, please contact Stacy Dees at stacy.dees@nianet.org or Shelley Spears at Shelley.Spears@nianet.org.