Monthly Archives: September 2010

2011-2012 Fellowship in Aerospace History – Deadline March 1, 2011

NASA and the American Historical Association will fund one fellow, for one academic year, to undertake a research project related to aerospace history. Applicants must possess a doctoral degree in history or in a closely related field, or they must be enrolled in a doctoral program and have completed all course work. A stipend of up to $20,000 will be awarded.

Applications and letters of recommendation must be postmarked by March 1, 2011.

For more information about the fellowship and to download the application form, visit


2011 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award – Deadline January 15, 2011

Do you know K-12 teachers or district-level administrators who are making a difference in education through the use of technology? Recognize their achievements by nominating them for the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award. The Astronauts Memorial Foundation, in partnership with NASA and the Space Foundation, will recognize the accomplishments of one outstanding individual and his or her contributions to lifelong learning through the application of technology in the classroom or professional development of teachers.

Technology personnel and K-12 classroom teachers who have demonstrated exemplary use of technology to enhance learning are eligible for this award. School principals, superintendents or associate superintendents may nominate eligible candidates. The award will be presented in April 2011 at the 27th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo. The deadline for applications is Jan. 15, 2011.

Applications and more information are available online at

My Place In Space Art Contest – Deadline November 1, 2010

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Enter the My Place In Space art contest

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies is sponsoring the “My Place in Space” art contest. The contest is open to students in grades 2-4 who are residents of the United States. This year’s contest invites young scientists and artists to explore our solar system and beyond. Artwork will be judged by a panel including artists, educators and scientists.

Entries must be submitted by mail and must be received by Nov. 1, 2010.

For more information about the contest and to find related educational materials, visit


NASA BEST Students Curriculum Workshop in Montana – October 21, 2010

NASA's Beginning Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) Logo

NASA BEST Workshop in Montana - October 21, 2010

NASA is hosting a professional development opportunity in Missoula, Mont., on Oct. 21, 2010. This workshop is an introduction to the NASA’s Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology Students curriculum. The BEST Students curriculum is designed to teach students in grades K-8 about the engineering design process. NASA wants students to understand that one must ask questions, imagine solutions and design a plan before ever building an experiment. The hands-on activities in this guide are therefore different than others – students have no recipe to follow! Let them think outside the box when designing and building the next lunar buggy to explore the moon!

This event is open to all educators, informal and formal. To sign up for this free professional development opportunity, please contact Dr. Marci Delaney ( or Kay Fladstol of Visionet (

For more information about the NASA BEST curriculum, visit

Free NASA Webcast – Animals in Space – Oct 7, 2010

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Join NASA's AESP program for a free webcast about animals in space - October 7, 2010

The Aerospace Education Services Project, or AESP, is presenting a free webcast on Oct. 7, 2010, at 4:30 p.m. EDT. This webcast is part of a continuing series of events to support the Year of the Solar System. Teachers of grades K-8 are invited to explore classroom resources on the early history of human exploration of outer space in this hour-long professional development webcast. The webcast will show teachers how to use NASA curriculum support materials in the classroom.

For more information and to view the webcast, visit

New NASA Education Blog “Taking Up Space”

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New NASA Blog - Taking Up Space

NASA Educational Technology Services (NETS) announces a new blog for high school and college students called “Taking Up Space.” The purpose of the blog is to tell stories and happenings with engineers, scientists, astronauts and many others who work at NASA. Sometimes the stories will just be about cool things going on at NASA and how to get involved with what’s going on.  Visit the Taking Up Space Blog at

An exciting blog entry that was posted on Sept. 29, 2010, describes an upcoming event occurring during space shuttle mission STS-133 early in November. NETS writer Heather Smith will talk with an astronaut via an International Space Station educational downlink and is inviting students to visit her “Taking Up Space” social media sites to help her decide which questions to ask. Visit the following sites for more information and to vote for favorite topics and questions.

Social media sites and promotions:

·  Twitter page:
·  Facebook page:
·  Blog page:
·  Feature:  Go Backstage With NASA Education

The deadline for participating is Tuesday, Oct. 12.

2011 Siemens We Can Change The World Challenge

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Enter the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge!

The 2011 Siemens We Can change the World Challenge encourages all students, from kindergarten through twelfth grade, to team up with their classmates to create replicable solutions to environmental issues in their schools (grades K–5), community (grades 6–8), and world (grades 9–12). The competition has been expanded this year to include participation opportunities for all students in grades K-12. Students and teachers work together to identify environmental concerns and envision solutions! The prizes for students, teachers, and schools are exciting and vary by grade level: from $5,000 grants for your school, $10,000 savings bonds for students, and $50,000 in student scholarships!

Learn more about the challenge and sign up to participate at the We Can Change the World Challenge website:

USA Science & Engineering Festival This October Nationwide

Scheduled for October, the USA Science & Engineering Festival  will be a free educational event to get Americans excited about science and engineering!  The festival will feature hands-on demonstrations, fun demos, and presentations including art, music, comedy, film, and theater.

USA Science and Engineering Festival

Join the USA Science and Engineering Festival in October!

Over 150 FREE events are planned throughout the month of October and more than 750 companies, universities, research labs, federal agencies, professional societies, community groups, and science outreach organizations will participate.

The largest of the events will occur on October 23-24 at the National Mall in Washington, DC (and surrou

nding venues) with activities for all ages. You can learn about fun topics like the science of the magic of Harry Potter, the mathematics of jump roping, the physics of superheroes, the chemistry of Thanksgiving Dinner, the engineering of baseball bats and balls, the science behind special effects in movies, trends in global warming, renewable energy sources of the future, and much more.

Events will also take place across the United States. Find an event close to you at the more at the festival website!

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