Monthly Archives: January 2011

My NASA Data: Scientist Tracking Network For Grades 8-9


This series of lessons is designed to answer the question, “How can we use data from NASA satellites to pinpoint a geographic location?” Students participate in a problem-based unit to investigate the relationships among three data sets located on the MY NASA DATA website. They will create products that discuss the relationship of surface irradiance to season and surface temperature. They will also compare total column ozone levels recorded at different latitudes.

Visit the My NASA Data website to access these and many other lesson plans using NASA data.

Free Videos From NASA’s Global Climate Change Website

“Earth: The Water Planet,” “Frozen Earth,” and, “Majestic Planet,” along with many other global climate change videos, are all available on the NASA Global Climate Change site: Each video explores a different aspect of climate change, and encourages the viewer to explore the topic further.


2011 Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program – Deadline Jan 28, 2011

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 If you have questions about this opportunity, please e-mail Robyn Wagner, PGGURP administrator, at


The 62nd International Astronautical Congress – Submission Deadline Feb 28, 2011

The 62nd International Astronautical Congress in Cape Town, South Africa

NASA announces its intent to participate in the 62nd International Astronautical Congress (IAC) and requests that full-time graduate students attending U.S. universities or colleges respond to this “Call for Abstracts.” The IAC – which is organized by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) – is the largest space-related conference world-wide and selects an average of 1000 scientific papers every year. The upcoming IAC will be held October 3-7, 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa. NASA’s participation in this event is an on-going effort to continue to bridge NASA with the astronautical and space international community.

This “Call for Abstracts” is a precursor to a subsequent submission of a final paper, which may be presented at the 62nd IAC. Student authors are invited to submit an abstract regarding an original, unpublished paper that has not been submitted in any other forum. A NASA technical review panel of scientist and/or officials will select abstracts. Many students and professors are involved in NASA related research. Persons submitting abstracts are strongly encouraged to seek advice from professors who are conducting NASA research and/or from NASA scientists and engineers.

Abstract Preparation:
• Abstracts must be 400 words or less
• Abstracts must be written in English
• Abstracts can not include formulas, tables or drawings
• Select the Symposium and Session in which you wish to post the abstract. Please view the IAC brochure at for list of sessions and more details.

Abstracts must be related to NASA’s ongoing vision for space exploration and fit into one of the following categories:
• Science and Exploration – Systems sustaining missions including life, microgravity, space exploration, space debris and Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI)
• Applications and Operations – On-going and future operational applications, including earth observation, communication, navigation, human space endeavors and small satellites
• Technology – Common technologies to space systems including astrodynamics, structures, power and propulsion
• Infrastructures – Systems sustaining space missions including space system, transportation, future systems and safety
• Space and Society – Interaction of space with society including education, policy and economics, history and law

If you are interested in or majoring in education, please note that the Space and Society (E category) symposium deals with activities, methods and techniques for formal and informal space education at different educational levels, space outreach to the general public and space workforce development.

The full text of the abstract must be submitted electronically in the prescribed format at no later than 11:59:59 PM ET on February 28, 2011 and to the IAC website at by March 2, 2011.

No Boundaries Project and Student Competition – Deadline April 1, 2011

Encourage your classes to participate in the No Boundaries National Competition, a joint educational initiative created by NASA and USA TODAY Education. This competition is designed to help students explore careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The effort also offers students the opportunity to learn more about NASA.

When people hear the word “NASA,” they often think of astronauts’ amazing journeys. While astronauts are the public face of NASA, thousands of people at the space agency collaborate to send astronauts into space.

The goal of this project is for students to work in small groups to develop a creative project (website, video, podcast, song, etc.) that markets careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to teens. These student groups then will present their projects to their classmates and a class of younger peers.

The No Boundaries website includes a Teacher Toolkit and step-by-step instructions for teachers to implement the project in the classroom. Background information and links to websites with career information also are provided.

After presenting their projects, groups are encouraged to enter them in the No Boundaries National Competition. All contest entries must be submitted to USA TODAY Education no later than April 1, 2011. Winning teams can win $2,000, passes to a VIP NASA experience and the chance to present their project to NASA.

To learn more about the project and to enter the competition, visit

2011 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships – Deadline Feb 22, 2011

Caltech’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships, or SURF, project introduces undergraduate students to research under the guidance of seasoned mentors at Caltech or NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Students experience the process of research as a creative intellectual activity and gain a more realistic view of the opportunities and demands of a professional research career.

SURF is modeled on the grant-seeking process. Students collaborate with potential mentors to define and develop a project and to write research proposals. Caltech faculty or JPL staff review the proposals and recommend awards. Students work over a 10-week period in the summer, mid-June to late August. At the conclusion of the project, they submit a technical paper and give a SURF Seminar Day oral presentation.

All application materials must be received no later than Feb. 22, 2011. For more information, visit

2011 ACCESS Internships for Students With Disabilities – Deadline Feb 11, 2011

Applications are now being accepted for the Achieving Competence in Computing, Engineering and Space Science project, also known as ACCESS. This 10-week, paid internship at NASA centers around the U.S. is designed for undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities.

Applicants should have strong backgrounds in science, a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and a desire to pursue technical careers. Students who are chosen will work with scientists and engineers in an area compatible with their skills and interests.

Applications for placement at NASA are due Feb. 11, 2011.

For more information, visit

Space Operations in 2011 Webcast – Jan 26, 2011

Astronauts and cosmonauts will continue to work on the International Space Station after the retirement of the space shuttle. Join Carla Rosenberg for an hour-long webcast on Jan. 26, 2011, at 4 p.m. EST, to find out what is next for human space exploration in 2011. The new NASA educational product for middle school grades called “Station Simulation” also will be discussed.

For more information and to view the webcast, visit

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