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High School Students – Apply Now for the Global Climate Change Summer School – Deadline May 15, 2010

Oregon High School students may apply to participate in the NASA Climate Change Summer School scholarship program. One hundred (100) students will be selected to receive a tuition scholarship to cover the cost of participation in this college course.

During this online college course, students will engage in hands-on climate change activities. Scholarship winners will prepare a portfolio of their activities and essays on each topic. These results will be shared with science teachers at the local high schools in the Fall of 2010.

Eligibility
Students attending Oregon high schools who will be enrolled in grades 9-12 during the 2010-2011 school year are eligible to apply for this unique opportunity to participate in a college level course. A $25 tuition scholarship will be awarded to 100 students to attend the Summer 2010 course.

Application Deadline: May 15, 2010
Application Guide: http://spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/gcc.pdf

What is the Global Climate Change Summer School Program?
Every day we hear more about the state of our planet. What information is accurate and reliable? How will our lives be affected by these changes? What can we do to make a difference? The Global Climate Change Summer School Program offers exceptional Oregon high school students the opportunity to learn the latest information from world climate change experts while participating in a free college course offered online by Portland Community College (PCC).

The course website can be found at http://www.pcc.edu/gcc

Course Objectives:

  • Increase PCC’s educational outreach to Oregon K-12 educational system.
  • Educate high school students (and their families) on climate change.
  • Engage these NASA scholarship recipients in a hands-on summer climate change activity (in response to President Obama’s charge to NASA to do this for one million students in the summer of 2010).
  • Provide these exceptional scholars with a meaningful summer learning activity and resume piece.
  • Stimulate the participants to seek other college level courses while completing their high school requirements.
  • Provide climate change feedback into the classes at their schools in the Fall of 2010 while creating an opportunity for their teachers to use NASA educational materials in the curriculum.
  • Significantly contribute to PCC’s Climate Change Action Plan’s Educational and Public Outreach component.
  • Contribute to the mission of NASA and OSGC, and in particular stimulate students into the pursuit of STEM careers.

How will students participate?
100 Oregon NASA Space Grant scholarships in the amount of $25 each to cover cost of class tuition will be awarded to high school students across Oregon. The tuition scholarships will be used to enroll these scholars in GCC1 – Global Climate Change Summer School at Portland Community College.

Participating students will engage in hands-on computer based activities (labs) relating to the subjects of the streaming video sessions for the course (GCC1). Students will perform these activities at home with the guidance of the teacher assigned to GCC1 in summer term.

Each scholar will create a portfolio of the Climate Change Summer School experience. Portfolios will include a short review and summary of each session of the course, specifically addressing session issues important to the student and topics deemed most relevant to the student’s understanding of climate change. Examples will be available for student reference. Participants will produce two copies of the portfolio – one for submission to their high school science teacher during Fall 2010 and one submitted to Portland Community College.

Application Process:
Eligibility – Students attending Oregon high schools who will be enrolled in grades 9-12 during the 2010-2011 school years are eligible to apply for this unique opportunity to participate in a college level course. A $25 tuition scholarship will be awarded to 100 students to attend the Summer 2010 course. A computer with internet access is required for participation in the class.

Mentor Teacher – Each participating student must have a mentor teacher. Mentors will provide student participants with guidance regarding basic questions during the summer course. The course instructors will provide primary guidance but mentor teachers should be prepared to continue contact with the student via email or phone during the summer months if basic questions arise (time commitment is expected to be minimal).

Mentors must provide contact details on the student application form. Additionally, mentor teachers must provide a brief recommendation for the student’s application packet. This recommendation should briefly answer the following two questions:
1. Why would this student benefit from participation in the Global Climate Change Summer School?
2. What characteristics of this student will ensure their full participation and completion of this college course?

Mentor recommendations should be submitted as a separate page and must include the teacher’s name, school, and phone number.

Application forms are available online. Please use the following link to download the application guide. http://spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/gcc.pdf

Completed application forms and Mentor Teacher recommendations should be sent via email or regular mail to the following address:

By Mail:
Climate Change Summer School
Portland Community college
SY ST 312
PO Box 19000
Portland OR 97280

By Email: GCC@PCC.EDU
(note: If sending via email, please keep file sizes small. Send documents in PDF or .DOC format.)

Questions regarding this program or the application process may be
sent to the course administrator at GCC@PCC.EDU

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Vernal Equinox Start Parties in Oregon – March 27, 2010

(From our friends at OMSI, Portland Oregon)

On Saturday March 27, OMSI, Rose City Astronomers and Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers will celebrate the vernal equinox and the beginning of spring with a free Star Party at both Rooster Rock State Park and L.L. “Stub” Stewart State Park! From beginners to experts of all ages, here’s your opportunity to view the stars and other celestial objects up close and personal through telescopes. Viewing highlights includes the planets Venus, Mercury, Mars and Saturn, waxing gibbous Moon, deep sky objects including the Orion Nebula, Beehive star cluster and more!

Join us as we gaze at the spring night sky at Rooster Rock State Park, located 22 miles east of Portland on I-84 just east of Sandy River at exit 25. To reach L.L. “Stub” Stewart State Park, take US-26 west of Portland and turn right on OR-47. The event starts at 7:30 pm and is free with $5 parking per vehicle. Warm clothing and a flashlight with red light are recommended. Personal telescopes and binoculars are welcome.

On the scheduled day of each OMSI Star Parties, it is suggested that interested visitors call the OMSI Star Parties Hotline, (503) 797-4610 #2, or check the OMSI Star Parties web site for possible weather-related cancellations.

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Hubble 3D on IMAX – See the Film and Visit These Great Hubble Websites

Treat your students to the ultimate field trip! Through the power of IMAX® 3-D, your class can journey through distant galaxies to explore the mysteries of our celestial surroundings, accompany space-walking astronauts as they attempt the most difficult tasks in NASA history, and experience never-before-seen 3-D flights through Hubble imagery.

Visit  to download classroom activities inspired by the film to further extend the learning experience into the classroom. Curriculum tie-ins include science and technology, communication, critical thinking, and more!

Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, Hubble 3D reunites the Space Station 3D filmmaking team, led by producer/director Toni Myers. James Neihouse, director of photography, also doubles as the astronaut crew trainer. Judy Carroll is associate producer. Graeme Ferguson, co-founder of IMAX and pioneer producer of many IMAX space films, is executive producer. Hubble 3D is an IMAX and Warner Bros. Pictures production, in cooperation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Exclusive IMAX engagements of Hubble 3D are taking place in March/April 2010. The film will have a wider release in August 2010. For more Hubble-related educational resources, visit the sites listed below.

Hubble Education Resource site: http://www.nasa.gov/education/hubble
One stop shop for 125 Hubble Education resources and activity products, plus links to 11 related sites.

  • Introduction to Hubble (15 products + links to 4 related sites)
  • Hubble Careers (82 products/profiles + links to 2 related sites)
  • From Galileo to Great Observatories (13 products + links to 3 related sites)
  • Hubble Spacewalks and Technologies (15 products + links to 2 related sites)

Hubble Career Multimedia — Special Editions
The Hubble Legacy
http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a010000/a010400/a010473/index.html – Duration: 4.5 minutes

  • Astronaut Kathryn Thornton and NASA engineer Russ Werneth look back at the challenges and triumphs of the Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions.
  • The video clip includes footage from Servicing Mission 1 and Servicing Mission 4.

Hubble Career Profiles
http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a010000/a010400/a010474/index.html – Duration: 3.0 minutes

  • These two video profiles begin to explore what systems engineering is as seen through the roles of Benjamin Reed and Jackie Townsend on the Hubble Space Telescope. Through their personal backgrounds and current work, Reed and Townsend show that great engineers share patience, tenacity, and a passion for problem solving.
  • Reed is a materials assurance engineer who has a background in chemistry and has most recently worked on improving Hubble’s outer blanket layer.
  • Townsend came to Goddard with a background in physics and has served as the instrument manager of Hubble’s newest imager, Wide Field Camera 3.

Hubble Top Star Activities
http://topstars.strategies.org/showcase.php

  • U.S. formal (K-12 and college) and informal educators are invited to submit their best examples of using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope for science, technology, engineering or mathematics education.
  • Top Stars Educators receive national recognition and awards and their Hubble activities are showcased on this site.

Amazing Space Features Hubble SM4: http://amazing-space.stsci.edu/sm4/

  • Amazing Space brings emphasis to the science of Hubble.
  • Visit their SM4 microsite and discover a Hubble image gallery, trivia, lithographs, science activities, career of the day and special edition of Star Witness News.

Sight/Insight: http://www.hubble-sightinsight.com
Special Note: Through Sight/Insight, a free education initiative created by USA TODAY in cooperation with NASA, students learn how NASA professionals bring Hubble’s extraordinary discoveries to the world and become involved in activities based upon the technology and science of Hubble.

  • The Hubble Legacy: Collegiate Case Study.
  • Understanding Hubble’s Contributions to the Study of the Cosmos: Collegiate Case Study.
  • The Hubble Legacy: A High School Case Study.
  • Understanding Hubble’s Contributions to the Study of the Cosmos: High School Case Study (In Process).
  • Designing An Astronaut Tool for a Hubble Servicing Mission: A High School Engineering Project Based Learning Activity.
  • Designing An Astronaut Tool: Abridged Version.
  • Color the Universe: A High School Project Based Learning Activity (In process).

NASA Careers: http://www.noboundaries-stemcareers.com

  • No Boundaries helps students explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while learning about NASA — the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
  • The Career component of the Hubble Education Resource site coordinates with this site.

Hubble 3Dhttp://www.imax.com/hubble/

  • Educator’s Resource Guide (Grades 3-5 available online; Grades 6-8 to be added).
  • Features 3 activities: Build a Robotic Arm: Communication Station; Images from Hubble (simulation).

NASA Education Robotics Web sitehttp://www.nasa.gov/education/robotics

  • Innovation, creativity, problem solving — the world of robotics at NASA is all of these things.
  • This site includes information about robotics and Hubble.

ESMD Space Grant Project 2010 Systems Engineering Paper Competition – Letter of Intent Due April 16, 2010

NASA’s Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Space Grant Project proudly announces the fourth annual Systems Engineering Paper Competition. This competition is designed to assist NASA with strengthening the nation’s future STEM workforce in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The ESMD Systems Engineering Paper Competition is open to undergraduate or graduate student teams enrolled in a U.S. college or university.

For this competition, the paper should relate to one of the following areas that are critical to the future of space exploration.

  • Spacecraft: Guidance, navigation and control; thermal; electrical; structures; software; avionics; displays; high-speed re-entry; modeling; power systems; interoperability/commonality; advanced spacecraft materials; crew/vehicle monitoring; life-support.
  • Propulsion: Propulsion methods that use materials found on the moon or Mars, “green” propellants, on-orbit propellant storage, motors, testing, fuels, manufacturing, soft landing, throttle-able propellants, high performance and descent.
  • Lunar and Planetary Surface Systems: Precision landing hardware, software, in-situ resource utilization, navigation systems, extended surface operations, robotics (specifically environmental scouting prior to human arrival, outpost maintenance with and without humans present, and assistance to astronaut with geologic exploration), environmental analysis, radiation protection, spacesuits, life support, and power systems.
  • Ground Operations: Pre-launch, launch, mission operations, command and control software systems, communications, landing, and recovery.

The top three teams will receive a cash scholarship and VIP seating to an upcoming launch.
Teams must submit a letter of intent and team roster by April 16, 2010. The deadline for submitting the research paper is April 23, 2010.

For more information about this competition, visit http://education.ksc.nasa.gov/esmdspacegrant/SystemsEngineering.htm

Spring 2010 HiRISE Image Suggestion Challenge – Deadline April 5, 2010

A new challenge is beginning for the spring 2010 school semester. NASA is looking for students to determine the next target for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera in NASA’s search for water on Mars. Register for the Spring 2010 HiRISE Image Suggestion Challenge. You can help choose the next imaging site and search for evidence for where water was once active on the surface of Mars.

HiRISE, one of several instruments on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, or MRO, has been taking images of the Martian surface in search of evidence of water since November 2006. The camera takes pictures at a higher resolution, about 25 cm per pixel, than any other Martian explorer to date. The higher resolution allows scientists to see details of the Martian surface as small as a meter across.
HiRISE also is known as ”The People’s Camera” because anyone, regardless of scientific background, can help suggest where to point the camera and analyze the resulting images. Participants make a direct and significant contribution to the study of the Martian surface.

Imaging site proposals are due April 5, 2010.

Over the past three years, more than 13,000 students have participated in the HiRISE Image Suggestion Challenge. The students, in second-grade through college, hail from such diverse locales as Hungary, Nepal, Curaçao, India, Arizona, California and New Jersey. We welcome home-schooled participants and individual participation by high school and college students. Each participating class or individual is invited to select regions of Mars that once may have been covered in water. They develop an argument for why these regions are particularly interesting and suggest them to the HiRISE team as potential targets for the camera. All participating students are invited to analyze any resulting images for signs of past water activity and to write image captions that will appear with the images when they are released to the public.

This challenge is brought to you by MRO’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera team in collaboration with NASA Quest.
To learn more about how you can get involved or sign your class up for the spring session, visit http://quest.nasa.gov/challenges/hirise/index.html

Call for CubeSat Proposals – Education and Non-Profit Groups – Deadline April 15, 2010

NASA is announcing a new initiative to launch small cube-shaped satellites for education and not-for-profit organizations. CubeSats are a class of research spacecraft called picosatellites, having a size of approximately four inches, a volume of about one quart, and weighing no more than 2.2 pounds.

This is NASA’s first open announcement to create an agency-prioritized list of available CubeSats. They are planned as auxiliary payloads on launch vehicles already planned for 2011 and 2012.

“We’re anticipating some exciting proposals for this pilot program with hopes to break down the barriers to the launching of CubeSats,” said Jason Crusan, chief technologist for NASA’s Space Operations Mission Directorate in Washington. “There are organizations that have been waiting a long time for a chance to see their satellites fly in space.”
CubeSat

Proposed CubeSat payloads must be the result of development efforts conducted under existing NASA-supported activities. Investigations proposed for this pilot project must address an aspect of science, exploration, technology development, education or operations encompassed by NASA’s strategic goals and outcomes as identified in the NASA Strategic Plan and/or NASA’s Education Strategic Coordination Framework.

Collaborators will be required to provide partial reimbursement of approximately $30,000 per CubeSat. NASA will not provide funding to support CubeSat activity or development. Selection does not guarantee an availability of a launch opportunity.

Proposals must be submitted electronically and be received by 4:30 p.m. EDT April 15. Submissions will be evaluated by NASA personnel. Selection is anticipated by June 30.

Details are found at the following link: http://www.nasa.gov/directorates/somd/home/CubeSats_initiative.html

Ethics in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Online Resource Center – Letter of Intent Due April 30, 2010

The Ethics in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Online Resource Center competition proposes to fund one award to support a multidisciplinary team of researchers who will create an online resource center that develops, compiles, and maintains resources related to ethics in science, mathematics, and engineering.

The research team’s focus will be to gather existing information, generate new knowledge, and create interactive tools that will help scientists and engineers incorporate ethical issues and reasoning into their pedagogy and research. The online resource center should be creative, comprehensive, accessible, and constantly evolving. Thus, it should incorporate strategies and techniques to keep the Ethics in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering center relevant and up to date. Engineering, mathematics, and science refers to all of the fields that NSF supports; this includes the social sciences.

Due Dates
Letter of Intent Due Date(s) (required) (due by 5 p.m. proposer’s local time): April 30, 2010
Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer’s local time): June 03, 2010

Full program solicitation available at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10547/nsf10547.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_29&WT.mc_ev=click

2010 NASA Planetary Science Summer School – Application Deadline May 1, 2010

NASA is accepting applications from science and engineering post-docs, recent PhDs, and doctoral students for its 22nd Annual Planetary Science Summer School, which will hold two separate sessions this summer (19-23 July and 2-6 August) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

During the program, student teams will carry out the equivalent of an early mission concept study, prepare a proposal authorization review presentation, present it to a review board, and receive feedback. At the end of the week, students will have a clearer understanding of the life cycle of a robotic space mission; relationships between mission design, cost, and schedule; and the trade-offs necessary to stay within cost and schedule while preserving the quality of science. Applications are due 1 May 2010. Partial financial support is available for a limited number of individuals.

Further information is available at http://pscischool.jpl.nasa.gov

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