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VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter

Volume 10, Issue 4
January 2011

NASA Space Weather Media Viewer Mobile App Now Available

It's finally here! The NASA Space Weather Media Viewer (Mobile App)! You can now download the mobile version of the viewer directly from iTunes at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nasa-space-weather-media-viewer/id398687618?m

TEAM GRANTS AVAILABLE: Start a FTC high school robotics team

It's not too late to launch a team during the 2010-2011 School Year! For more information, visit the following websites:

NASA's Know Your Earth Project

This summer marked the nationwide release of the new, multi-mission education and public outreach project named “Know Your Earth.” This video segment plays on screens in theater lobbies in more than 40 states, including major movie-going venues in Los Angeles, New York and Orlando. To learn more about the project and to view the videos online, visit http://www.nasa.gov/knowyourearth . Inquiries about the Know Your Earth project should be directed to project lead Brian Campbell at Brian.A.Campbell@nasa.gov.

2011 NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition

NASA is challenging U.S. and international undergraduate and graduate student teams to design and build a remote-controlled or autonomous excavator that could be used on the moon. The excavator must be able to collect and deposit a minimum of 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of lunar simulant in 15 minutes. Design teams must include one faculty advisor from a college or university and two or more undergraduate or graduate students. A group of universities may work in collaboration, and multidisciplinary teams are encouraged. Teams must apply no later than Feb. 28, 2011. There will be a limited number of teams allowed to compete.

For more information about the competition and to apply online, visit http://www.nasa.gov/lunabotics


Please e-mail any questions about this opportunity to Susan Sawyer at Susan.G.Sawyer@nasa.gov


As the Space Shuttle Program nears retirement, NASA is looking for ways to preserve the program's history and inspire the next generation of space explorers, scientists and engineers. NASA is offering 7,000 shuttle heat shield tiles to schools and universities that want to share technology and a piece of space history with their students. Schools can request a tile at: http://gsaxcess.gov/NASAWel.htm. Click on the tile icon to log on to the request page. A login ID and password may be obtained by registering on the link provided. A Department of Education statistics tracking number (NCES for schools or IPEDS for universities) is needed to register. Hyperlinks are available to these sites to find a specific institution's tracking number. The requests will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Only one tile will be given per institution. Because the tiles are government property, a transfer protocol is observed. Recipients will be responsible for a shipping and handling fee of $23.40, which is payable to the shipping company through a secure website. For more information about artifacts also available to museums and libraries, visit: http://gsaxcess.gov/htm/nasa/userguide/NASA_SSPA_Pamphlet.pdf. For information about the space shuttle, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle.

CAREERS IN ENGINEERING FOR WOMEN - 6th & 7th Grade Female Students(CEW)

Application Deadline: Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Event Dates: June 13 - 17, 2010
Grade: Current 6th - 7th Female Students
Hosted by the Society of Women Engineers at The University of Texas at Austin, Careers in Engineering for Women (CEW) is a weeklong summer camp for middle school girls currently in the 6th & 7th grades. This non-residential day camp allows girls to explore different engineering careers, meet industry professionals, and learn about engineering through hands-on experiences. The camp costs $250 and the application deadline is March 1, 2011. For additional details and to download an application, please visit: http://www.engr.utexas.edu/swe/cew.html . For additional questions contact the CEW Coordinators at cew@engr.utexas.edu.

Society of Women Engineers accepting applications for Encounter with Engineering for 10th & 11th Grade Female Studnets(EWE)

Event Date: February 12, 2011
Grade: 10th & 11th Grade High School Students
The Society of Women Engineers is also accepting application for Encounter with Engineering (EWE). EWE will be held on Saturday, February 12, 2011 and it targets current 10th and 11th grade female high school students. Additional information about this FREE event can be found online at: .

Geography Trivia From Space Contest

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is currently living aboard the International Space Station. During his six-month stay in space, Kelly will have the opportunity to see and photograph various locations on Earth. Using these pictures, astronaut Kelly wants to test your knowledge of the world through a geography trivia game on Twitter. Kelly will tweet a picture and ask the public to identify the place depicted in the photo. The first person to correctly identify the place will win an autographed copy of the picture. Kelly plans to continue posting contest photos throughout his mission. He is currently scheduled to return from the space station in March 2011. For more information and for complete rules for the Geography Trivia From Space Contest, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition25/geo_trivia_contest.html . Questions about the contest should be directed to Amiko Kauderer at amiko.kauderer-1@nasa.gov.

2010-2011 NASA Future of Flight Art Contest

NASA's Future of Flight Art Contest invites students to imagine what spaceships, rockets or aircraft will look like 100 years from now. High school and college students from all areas of study are encouraged to enter. Artists are encouraged to collaborate with science and engineering students. Any full-time student can enter, regardless of major or area of study. Team entries are accepted, but team size is limited to eight students. Entries are due April 15, 2011.

For more information about the NASA Future of Flight Art Contest, visit http://artcontest.larc.nasa.gov/.

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

2011 Space Tech Engineering Design Challenge

NASA has invited college students to take part in the 2011 Space Tech Engineering Design Challenge. Students are invited to design a technology that will help further space exploration and development. The contest is open to any full-time student enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution in the United States. This category includes universities, colleges, trade schools, community colleges, professional schools, etc. Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged. A notice of intent is requested as soon as possible. Final entries are due June 1, 2011.

For more information and a complete list of rules, visit http://spacetech.larc.nasa.gov.

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

NASA Educators Online Network

The NASA Educators Online Network, also known as NEON, is a new learning community developed by NASA's Aerospace Education Services Project. AESP is managed by Penn State University's College of Education. NEON gives K-12 educators of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines the opportunity to locate other like-minded professionals and develop effective collaborative networks. The network allows teachers to collaborate with scientists, engineers, NASA Education Specialists and other STEM educators to help support their classroom work. To become a member of NEON, log on to http://neon.psu.edu and follow the steps to complete a profile.

Registration Open for the 18th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race

Registration is open for the 18th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race. High school and college students are challenged to design and build a vehicle that addresses a series of engineering problems similar to those faced by the original lunar-roving vehicle team. Each school may enter up to two teams. International teams are limited to 10 teams per country. The race will take place April 1-2, 2011, in Huntsville, Ala., at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. U.S. teams must register by Feb. 1, 2011.

For more information about the competition and to register online, visit http://moonbuggy.msfc.nasa.gov/index.html.

Please e-mail any questions about this event and registration to Sabrina Pearson at Sabrina.M.Pearson@nasa.gov.

NASA LEARN and NES Offering Webinar

Rockets and Your Classroom -- Jan. 26, 2011, 9 p.m. EST

Review the Rocketry activity, explore the NASA connections, share tips and tricks for implementing this lesson in the classroom, watch videos of students engaged in the lesson, and discuss possible modifications or extensions. https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-nasa-rockets-guide/

New “Wings in Orbit” Book Details Space Shuttle History

As NASA's space shuttle fleet nears retirement; the agency is preparing to release a comprehensive account of the program that managed the spacecraft and the dedicated people who made its accomplishments possible. The 500-plus-page book, "Wings in Orbit" is available for pre-publication sale. The book describes the scientific, engineering and cultural contributions of the space shuttle through text, photographs and graphics, written or selected by those who worked in the shuttle program. The book features a wide range of contributors, including the first space shuttle crew and many former flight directors, engineers and program managers.

The book is slated for release in February. To order the book during the pre-publication sale visit http://www.shopNASA.com

For more information about the space shuttle era, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/flyout/

New Educational Materials Available at NASA.gov

The Educational Materials section of NASA's Web site offers classroom activities, educator guides, posters and other types of resources that are available for use in the classroom. Materials are listed by type, grade level and subject. www.nasa.gov

Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars Flier -- Grades 9-11

WISH wants female high school juniors to participate in a pilot project. Beginning with an online collaboration in fall 2010, selected applicants will compete to participate in a summer 2011 workshop at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. There they will work alongside female NASA engineers and interns and collaborate in hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The WISH Flier explains how to apply. http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/WISH_Flier.html

NCWIT Resources: Inspiring Girls to Pursue Careers in Information Technology Webinar

February 9, 2011
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Timezone (Webcast)
NCWIT is the National Center for Women & Information Technology, a coalition of over 200 corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profits working to increase women's meaningful participation in information technology (IT). This webcast will highlight free materials and information for attracting more girls and underrepresented groups to computing and information technology and share how formal and informal educators are using these resources to strengthen programming for girls. http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=136693463058291&index=1

OSSI:SOLAR Student Application Deadline Extension Announcement:

The HQ Office of Education has decided to extend the student application deadline in OSSI:SOLAR for the Summer 2011 session from February 1 to March 1, 2011. To view available opportunities and to submit an application online, visit http://intern.nasa.gov/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Mabel Matthews at Mabel.J.Matthews@nasa.gov.

Free Webcast -- Mass vs. Weight: What's the Big Difference Anyway?

The Aerospace Education Services Project, or AESP, is presenting a free webcast on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, at 4:30 p.m. EST. During this hourlong webcast, Stennis Space Center aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will discuss “mass” and “weight,” two terms that differ in meaning and that often are used incorrectly. This webcast will integrate Newton's Laws of Motion and microgravity to explore these two terms and demonstrate their difference by focusing on education video filmed by astronauts on the International Space Station. NASA education resources and inquiry activities, developed from the space station video, will be used in this workshop. Come enjoy this “heavy duty” topic.

For more information and to view the webcast, visit http://neon.psu.edu/13jan2011.

If you have any questions about the webcast, please contact Steve Culivan at Stephen.P.Culivan@nasa.gov. Or visit the “Mass vs. Weight” website at http://education.ssc.nasa.gov/massvsweight.asp .

International Space Station EarthKAM Winter 2011 Mission

Middle school educators are invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAM Winter 2011 Mission from Jan. 18-21, 2011. Find out more about this exciting opportunity that allows students to take pictures of Earth from a digital camera aboard the International Space Station. For more information about the project and to register for the upcoming mission, visit the EarthKAM home page www.EarthKAM.ucsd.edu . If you have questions about the EarthKAM project, please e-mail ek-help@earthkam.ucsd.edu.

NASA Announces the Release of FY 2011 Research Announcement for the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have released the FY 2011 Research Announcement for the NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). Each funded NASA EPSCoR proposal is expected to establish research activities that will make significant contributions to the strategic research and technology development priorities of one or more of NASA's four Mission Directorates -- Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, and Space Operations --, the Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT), and NASA's ten Centers and contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities, higher education, and economic development of the proposing jurisdiction. This solicitation may be accessed through the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) at http://nspires.nasaprs.com. The deadline for submitting proposals is Jan. 28, 2011.

2011 Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program

The Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program pairs qualified undergraduate students with NASA-funded investigators at research locations across the U.S. for eight weeks during the summer. Students will spend the summer at the NASA scientist's home institution. Selected students receive a cost-of-living stipend and compensation for housing and travel. Undergraduate students interested in learning about research in planetary geoscience are eligible to apply. Students graduating in 2011 who have not started graduate school yet are also eligible. Preference is given to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Applications are due Jan. 28, 2011.

For more information, visit http://www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~tgregg/pggurp.html. Questions? Contact Robyn Wagner, PGGURP administrator, at rlwagner@buffalo.edu.

NASA History Division Summer 2011 Internships

The NASA History Division is seeking undergraduate and graduate students for summer 2011 internships. The History Division maintains archival materials to answer research questions from NASA personnel, journalists, scholars, students at all levels and others from around the world. The division also edits and publishes several books and monographs each year. It maintains a large number of websites on NASA history. Students of all majors are welcome to apply. Applications are due Feb. 1, 2011. For more information, visit http://history.nasa.gov/interncall.htm . Questions? Contact Steve Garber at stephen.j.garber@nasa.gov.

Comets and Asteroids Educator Conference at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Join the Stardust-NExT mission and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Education Office for an education conference being held Feb. 5, 2011, near Pasadena, Calif. The conference will focus on comets, asteroids and protoplanets. This daylong conference will feature a series of presentations, as well as introduction to hands-on activities mainly targeted for grades 5-8. This conference is open to all formal and informal educators interested in Earth and space science and exploration. Students in high school and college also may attend. Pre-registration is required. Participants must register by Feb. 1, 2011. Walk-up registration will not be possible for this conference. For more information, visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/index.cfm?page=110.

For registration questions, please call the JPL Education Office at 818-393-0561. For other questions, please call the JPL Educator Resource Center at 909-397-4420.

Electronic Professional Development Network Courses

NASA's Learning Environments and Research Network and the Georgia Institute of Technology have teamed up to create the ePDN, an initiative dedicated to preparing K-12 teachers to engage their students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) through the use of NASA-developed learning materials and resources. If you are looking for a way to enhance your instructional skills, meet your professional development goals, or find new and exciting resources to use in your learning environments, apply to one of our free courses today! Applications are now open for the following courses starting in February:

Using Robotics to Enhance STEM Learning -- Feb. 2 - March 15, 2011

Learn how to build and program LEGO Mindstorm robots and use them to promote student engagement and conceptual understanding of mathematics, science and engineering. Explore robotic manipulators and end effectors like the ones NASA uses on the International Space Station, and integrate multiple sensors into your robot to allow for systematic control. Join your colleagues in the Grand Challenge to design, build and program a robot to explore an environment and return with a sample for investigation.

Project-Based Inquiry Learning: Science Teaching and Learning for the 21st Century -- Feb. 23 - March 15, 2011

Develop your skills in designing and using project-based inquiry learning, or PBIL, to enhance conceptual understanding, critical thinking, scientific reasoning, and problem solving in standards-based classrooms. Experience and analyze two NASA-oriented PBIL projects firsthand; learn PBIL curriculum design strategies and methods; and design a PBIL unit for use in your classroom. Use e-PDN's suite of online tools to collaborate, connect and create with other course participants.

To learn more about these free courses and to apply online, visit http://www.nasaepdn.gatech.edu/nasaepdn_application.php.

For more information on the e-PDN and the resources it offers to K-12 teachers, visit www.nasaepdn.gatech.edu.

Questions about these courses should be directed to Fran Ruskin at fran.ruskin@dlpe.gatech.edu.

Free Engineering Event for 1st – 8th Grade Girls: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

Saturday, February 26, 2011
2 – 5 p.m.
UT Austin Campus

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (Girl Day) is an international event celebrated during Engineers Week each year for 1st through 8th grade students. Families and educators are encouraged to join their students at The University of Texas at Austin for an afternoon of engineering fun. The Girl Scouts of Central Texas will have Girl Day patches for sale at the event. All Girl Day participants will receive a Girl Day giveaway as well as an activity passport to record the day's events. Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day is offered FREE of charge but registration is required. Individual and group registration is available online at: http://www.engr.utexas.edu/wep/k12/girlday . Questions? Contact Didey Muniz at 512-417-5650 or dideymuniz@mail.utexas.edu

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