Daily Archives: March 16, 2012

Lunar and Planetary Institute Workshop: Mars Revealed – July 9-13, 2012


Lunar and Planetary Institute Workshop: Mars Revealed - July 9-13, 2012

The Lunar and Planetary Institute and the ChemCam team invite high school teachers, both in-service and pre-service, to attend the “Mars Revealed: Evolving Technology, Advancing Science” workshop. This five-day workshop will take place in Houston, Texas, on July 9-13, 2012.

Attendees will investigate the geology of Earth and Mars, the history of Mars exploration and how scientists’ understanding of Mars has changed with advances in technology with each new mission to the Red Planet. Classroom resources will be provided.

Workshop registration is free. Participants will receive a $700 stipend upon completion of the workshop.

This workshop is limited to 20 participants. Interested educators are encouraged to apply early to secure a spot. Qualified applicants will be accepted in the order they apply.

For more information and to register for the workshops, visit http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/workshops/mars/.

International Space Station National Lab Education Project – Proposal Deadline March 23, 2012

The ISS National Lab Education Project, or ISS NLEP, has released a solicitation for proposals of STEM-related educational experiments that utilize the unique ISS microgravity platform.

Proposals are being accepted from the higher education communities through March 23, 2012. Seven areas of opportunities are available. These areas include general facility simulation-based, ground-based, in-orbit activities as well as specific areas that are already developed and ready for advancement.

This announcement is accessible through NSPIRES and through Grants.gov.

To access through NSPIRES, go to: http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={8626F554-923E-4797-DEE7-89CF3988FEE3}&path=open.

To access through Grants.gov, go to: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=VHPgP97WbRJXqyL263ptQLXJL1CmsyGXh2y27YMLhBHGN7PDb56Y!-213555334?oppId=143253&mode=VIEW.


Free Exploring Space Lecture – Big Bang for the Buck: Cosmology from WMAP – Webcast March 22, 2012

The Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy, or WMAP, Explorer space mission mapped the remnant radiation from the Big Bang across the entire sky. From the patterns observed, scientists have deduced the age, history, contents and geometry of our universe. Professor Charles Bennett will discuss discoveries made and mysteries that remain.

The lecture will take place on March 22, 2012, at 8 p.m. Come early to see a free film and to meet the lecturer.

The lecture will be held at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., and is free to attend. Tickets are required. The lecture will be webcast live for free viewing online. Lecture video will be archived.

For more information, visit http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=3725.

Percentage and Volume: Space Food and Nutrition – How Much is Waste? Web Seminar – March 22, 2012

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and project LE&RN are hosting a 60-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on March 22, 2012, at 8 p.m. EDT. Learn how to guide your students through three mathematical computations to determine usable and unusable portions of foods. Your students determine the mass and volume of a food package before and after repackaging for spaceflight and determine the usable and waste portions of food selected for spaceflight.

For more information and to register online, visit https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/p7s3w1/.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

Live Video Chat: In Celebration of National Women’s History Month – March 22, 2012

In celebration of Women’s History Month, a panel of outstanding women at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., will answer student questions about their contributions to the missions and goals of NASA. Meet Judith Watson, a senior research engineer, Julie Williams-Byrd, an electro-optics engineer, Kimberly Land, a communications, education and public outreach manager, and Lindsay Rogers, a resources management analyst.

Join the video chat on Mar. 22, 2012 from 2-3 p.m. EDT to ask panel members questions about their career paths or the projects they work on. Submit questions during the chat through a chat window, or send them to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

To learn more about NES, visit the NASA Explorer Schools website. http://explorerschools.nasa.gov

For more information and to view the video chat, visit http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/women-history-month-chat.html.

If you have any questions about the video chat, contact NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

Free Webinar – Heat, Temperature and Energy: MESSENGER – Cooling with Sunshades – March 21, 2012

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on March 21, 2012, at 8:15 p.m. EDT. Learn how to use the NASA MESSENGER (Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and Ranging) mission to motivate your students to investigate energy and the electromagnetic spectrum. Discover how students can create their own sunshades and measure the effectiveness of different materials in protecting against sunlight and solar radiant energy.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar21.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

ROSES-11 Amendment 42: Cancellation of preproposal workshop for the Technology Development for the Physics of the Cosmos (TPCOS) science area from Appendix D.8, Strategic Astrophysics Technology

The Strategic Astrophysics Technology (SAT) program is focused on the advancement of those technologies judged to be most critical to making substantive near-term progress on the recommendations of the 2010 Decadal Survey of Astronomy and Astrophysics. The SAT Program is designed to support the maturation of technologies whose feasibility has already been demonstrated (i.e., TRL 3), to the point where they can be incorporated into NASA flight missions (TRL 6-7).

This amendment is issued to announce the cancellation of the informational preproposal workshop for TPCOS SAT proposals, announced on page D.8-10. The proposers are strongly encouraged to read the SAT proposal guidelines very carefully and in their entirety before submitting their proposals.

The due date for proposals remains unchanged at March 23, 2012.

Further information about this Amendment to ROSES-11 and the SAT program element is available from Rita Sambruna, Astrophysics Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546-0001; Telephone: (202) 358-2166; Email: rita.m.sambruna@nasa.gov


Virtual Professional Development: Rockets to Racecars

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics are the foundation for a successful career in racing, as well as NASA! Like driving a racecar or launching a rocket, mastering these subjects takes some practice. Bring the excitement of racing and the thrill of launching into your classroom. Take a pit stop to learn about the

Rockets to Racecars

Sign up for NASA's Rockets to Racecars professional Development workshop

. Learn how to get students “revved up” about STEM.

If you’re interested in receiving professional development activity units applicable toward license renewal, register and complete the four workshops in the series to accumulate five workshop hours.

Two sessions of this workshop series are available. Session A begins on March 21, 2012, and Session B begins on March 26, 2012.

For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/628503main_R2R%20Teacher%20PD%20.pdf.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Karen Ricks at Karen.Ricks@nasa.gov.

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