Daily Archives: February 7, 2011

Teaching From Space Seeks Educators to Defy Gravity – Applications Due March 14, 2011

Teaching From Space, a NASA Education office, in partnership with the Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program announces the opportunity for educators across the country to conduct research in a unique reduced-gravity environment. For the first time, this incredible opportunity is open to any current K-12 classroom teacher in the United States. Participants must also be U.S. citizens.

This experience will enable selected educator teams to propose, design and fabricate a reduced-gravity experiment and subsequently test and evaluate their experiment aboard a microgravity aircraft. This aircraft flies approximately 30 roller-coaster-like climbs and dips to produce periods of micro- and hyper-gravity, ranging from 0 g’s to 2 g’s.

Educator teams interested in testing an experiment in this unique environment need to submit a proposal no later than March 14, 2011. For more information, check out http://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov/tfs

NASA College Scholarship Fund – Deadline March 31, 2011

Applications for the NASA College Scholarship Fund will be open February 1 – March 31, 2011.

Up to five scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $2,000 each.  The scholarship is renewable for a maximum of $8,000 over 6 calendar years.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be dependents of current/retired NASA employees or reimbursable detailees with NASA for a period of 2 years as of January 2011. (There is no minimum period of employment requirement for eligible dependents of former NASA employees or former reimbursable detailees who died while employed by NASA.)
  • All applicants must, in addition to the NASA dependency requirement, be graduated properly from an accredited public, private, parochial high school, be graduated from a home schooling program in accordance with the home schooling laws of the state in which the applicant resides, or be currently enrolled in college with good academic standing.
  • An applicant must have a minimum combined high school and college (if any) grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, or an equivalent.
  • Must be pursuing a course of study in the science or engineering field that will lead to a recognized undergraduate degree at an accredited college or university in the United States.

For details, please visit the NCSF website at http://nasapeople.nasa.gov/NASAScholarship/schopp.htm

NASA Environmentally Responsible Aviation Project – Deadline March 15, 2011

NASA’s Environmentally Responsible Aviation Project invites high school students to propose ideas and designs for future aircraft that use less fuel, produce less harmful emissions, and make less noise.

Due Date March 15, 2011

Write a well-documented essay to describe your ideas for a large commercial air transport vehicle (200 passenger minimum) that will incorporate advanced materials, advanced propulsion systems, including unconventional architectures, non-conventional aircraft designs, produce less harmful emissions, less noise, and greater fuel efficiency than commercial passenger vehicles used in today’s aviation industry.

Together with your essay, provide a one-minute video to describe your best idea. The video will count as ten percent of your overall score.

Eligibility & Awards for high school students or teams

All competitors should be full time students at an accredited institution of secondary education. Foreign students are invited to enter but are not eligible for financial awards. Through a NASA cooperative agreement with a Virginia-based university, US citizens may win cash awards; non-citizens may win trophies and certificates. The winning student or team of students may be invited to display their video at a NASA sponsored event.

For complete contest information, go to http://aero.larc.nasa.gov/era_high/competitions_high_era.htm

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