Daily Archives: November 3, 2009

National Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) – NASA Johnson Space Center – Deadline Dec 15, 2009

National Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) is a pilot program funded by NASA’s Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) and administered by NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC). Community college students from across the nation who are interested in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics will apply to travel to NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) for a three day experience. This opportunity will provide a hands-on project featuring engineering career possibilities. Selected students will begin the semester commitment with Web-based preparation prior to visiting JSC. The only cost to the student is a $30 registration fee (Oregon students may request a reimbursement for this fee from the OR NASA Space Grant); NASA covers travel (up to $1000), food, and lodging.

Students must complete online applications by December 15, 2009.

What is NCAS?
An interactive, online learning experience where students complete Web-based lessons during the school year and travel to NASA for a three-day (May 20-22, 2010) experience where they work with NASA engineers and scientists developing a proposal for a fictitious Martian rover.

Who is Eligible?
Community college students from across the nation (must be US citizens).

Who pays for NCAS?
There is a one time, non-refundable $30 registration fee (due at the time of acceptance); all travel (up to $1000), room, and food is included. Oregon students may request reimbursement for the $30 registration fee from the Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium.

Student Benefits
* All-expense paid trip to NASA for workshop
* Network with other community college students from across the nation
* Discover career opportunities at NASA

Students Apply Online Now! https://aerospacescholars.jsc.nasa.gov/NCAS/

Requests for registration fee reimbursement may be sent to the Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium at spacegrant@oregonstate.edu

Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope Program For Educators

Teacher Training Opportunity: Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope Program

The Lewis Center for Educational Research announces an opportunity for K-12 teachers to participate in a unique program. The Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope Program, or GAVRT, is an education partnership involving NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and LCER. The program is a K-12 project using radio astronomy to provide an opportunity for students to experience real science and to learn that science is an ongoing process and actual discovery is possible. Using classroom computers, 32,000 students have taken control of a 34-meter, 500-ton, nine-story-tall radio telescope located at NASA’s Deep Space Network at Goldstone, Calif. There are currently 473 trained teachers at 283 schools in 37 states across the United States and at American schools in 14 countries and three U.S. territories.

What is in it for the students? They learn how to gather data, understand what the data mean and how to follow through with analysis. Students and teachers team with scientists to conduct cutting-edge research leading to discovery. GAVRT is exciting for students while accomplishing educational and scientific objectives.

In 2010, the teacher training program will also include Radio JOVE. Radio JOVE is a hands-on educational activity that brings the radio sounds of the sun, Jupiter, the Milky Way galaxy, and terrestrial radio noise to students, teachers and the public. This program targets students in grades 6 – 14 and involves building a simple radio telescope, making observations, and sharing results with other participants and with professional radio astronomers.

To bring the GAVRT program into the classroom, teachers must attend a five-day class. Teacher training classes are scheduled to take place at the Lewis Center on March 8-12, July 19-23, and Oct. 25-29, 2010. The program strongly recommends that at least two teachers attend the training from each school or area. While this is not a requirement, it will definitely help in program support once back in the classroom. The cost of the five-day class is $745. Teachers interested in participating are invited to apply online at http://www.lewiscenter.org/gavrt/opportunities.php

For more information about GAVRT and Radio JOVE, visit http://www.lewiscenter.org/gavrt/ and http://radiojove.gsfc.nasa.gov

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) Program – Application Deadline February 1, 2010

NASA announces a call for graduate fellowship proposals to the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) program for the 2010-2011 academic year. This call for fellowship proposals solicits applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing Master of Science (M.Sc.) or Doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in Earth and space sciences, or related disciplines. The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals. Awards resulting from the competitive selection will be made in the form of training grants to the respective universities.

The deadline for NEW applications is February 1, 2010, and the deadline for RENEWAL applications is March 15, 2010.

The NESSF call for proposals and submission instructions are located at the NESSF 09 solicitation index page at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ – click on “Solicitations” then click on “Open Solicitations” then select the “NESSF 10” announcement. Also refer to “Proposal Submission Instructions” listed under “Other Documents” on the NESSF 10 solicitation index page.

All proposals must be submitted in electronic format only through the NASA NSPIRES system. The advisor has an active role in the submission of the fellowship proposal. To use the NSPIRES system, the advisor, the student, and the university must all register. Extended instructions on how to submit an electronic proposal package are posted on the NESSF 10 solicitation index page listed above. You can register in NSPIRES at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/

Free Apollo Space Program Virtual Conference for Educators – Nov 10, 2009

Join NASA and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum for the Apollo Space Program Virtual Conference for Educators, a FREE online conference taking place on Nov. 10, 2009, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.

Forty years ago the Apollo Space Program met President Kennedy’s goal of landing a man on the moon, one of the most significant achievements of the 20th Century. Join experts as they present the challenges of the Apollo program and examine the remarkable technologies that made the moon landings possible.

Participate in interactive discussions that highlight the Apollo program and its impact on American and world history and our lives today. Explore ways to teach your students how to use primary source materials.

The online conference includes sessions of general interest and sessions for secondary teachers with ties to the NASA History Advanced Placement and Human Geography Advanced Placement projects.

Are you new to virtual conferencing? A virtual or online conference is similar to other professional conferences, only you access it online. Registration is free and open to everyone. All of the conference sessions are recorded and archived so they may be played at any time.

Registration is required. To learn more and to register online, visit http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=1609

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