Daily Archives: May 9, 2012

2012-2013 National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition – Registration Deadline Sept 30, 2012

National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition

Enter the National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition

The National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition is the Montana Space Grant Consortium’s Education Program for NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, mission. IRIS will use spectrography and imaging in ultraviolet wavelengths to reveal the dynamics of the sun’s chromospheres and transition region.

This yearly competition is open to undergraduate interdisciplinary teams from colleges and universities across the U.S. Teams are challenged to design and build a working ground-based solar spectrograph and demonstrate the capabilities of the spectrograph as defined by their science goal. Typical teams have three to six students and must have a faculty advisor.

Both substantial scholarship prizes and travel prizes will be given in four categories: best design, best build, best science observations and best presentation of results. Teams may apply for funding of $2,000 per team for project materials. Priority for build funds will be given to minority-serving institutions, community colleges and institutions with less aerospace activity.

Applications for build awards and registrations are due on Sept. 30, 2012.

The competition will be held in Bozeman, Mont., in May 2013. For more information and to register online, visit http://www.spacegrant.montana.edu/IRIS/index.html

New NASA Blog – Julie’s Journey: Rocket City to Russia

NASA education specialist Julie Clift has a brand new blog, “Julie’s Journey: Rocket City to Russia.” On May 8, 2012, Clift will leave Huntsville, Ala., for Russia and then Kazahkstan, where she’ll see her friend Joe Acaba embark on a space-bound adventure. Astronaut Acaba, a former classroom teacher, will be on a Soyuz spacecraft when it launches to the International Space Station. Acaba will become a member of the Expedition 31 and 32 crews.

Follow along with Julie’s international adventure. NASA will post blog entries as she prepares for the trip and throughout her journey.

To read “Julie’s Journey: Rocket City to Russia,” visit http://blogs.nasa.gov/cm/newui/blog/viewpostlist.jsp?blogname=juliesjourney_rocketcitytorussia.


Summer STEM Teacher Professional Development in Portland OR

The Portland Metro STEM Partnership is offering a series of math and science content and pedagogical practice courses , in collaboration with area school districts and Portland State University. All interested teachers are welcome. Electronic copies of the brochure and course descriptions can be found at http://pdxstem.org/intel-stem-center/stem-teachers-academy/ — all courses are designed to:

1.) deepen teacher content knowledge.
2.) increase teacher understanding of how students learn various content and processes/practices.
3.) align Oregon curriculum standards (including Common Core State Standards) and instructional materials.
4.) implement standards-based and assessment-for-learning practices.
5.) complement District professional development and instructional practice goals.

For more info, please contact Carol Biskupic Knight, STEM Center Professional Development Coordinator (bis2@pdx.edu). More about the Portland Metro STEM Partnership at http://www.pdxstem.org

Free Webinar – Where is the Solar System in this Image? – May 10, 2012

The May 10 webinar, “Where in the Solar System is this Image?”, features an interactive presentation connecting students with a scientist at the NASA Johnson Space Center.

NASA’s Expedition Earth and Beyond (EEAB) Program promotes student-led research investigations in the classroom using NASA data and resources. Students will view astronaut imagery of Earth and remote sensing imagery of other planetary bodies in our Solar System as they identify features, planetary locations, and learn the significance behind imagery being shared.

For registration and information, go to http://ares.jsc.nasa.gov/ares/eeab/event_05102012.cfm

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) – Mission 3 to the International Space Station

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) — Mission 3 to the International Space Station
Communities should apply now for 2012–13 academic year

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, in partnership with NanoRacks, LLC, announces Mission 3 to the International Space Station. This opportunity gives students across a community the ability to design real experiments to fly in low Earth orbit on the Space Station. The program is open to students in grades 5–14.

Each participating community will be provided a real microgravity research mini-laboratory and all launch services to get it to the International Space Station and safely returned to Earth. An experiment design competition in Fall 2012 in each community (September 17 through November 9) allows student teams to design and write proposals for real experiments vying for their community’s reserved experiment slot on the Space Station. Flight experiments are selected by December 7, 2012. Additional programming leverages the experiment design competition to engage the community, embracing a Learning Community Model for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

The flight of the payload to Space Station is expected in early April 2013, and a return to Earth in mid-May 2013, so that the entire Mission 3 program is contained in the 2012–13 academic year.

For more information, visit the SSEP website at http://ssep.ncesse.org/2012/04/announcing-new-ssep-flight-opportunity-mission-3-to-the-international-space-station-for-the-2012-2013-academic-year/

2012 NASA Summer of Innovation Program

NASA Summer of Innovation

The 2012 NASA Summer of Innovation Program for middle school students and educators has begun!

NASA’s third annual Summer of Innovation (SOI) project is underway. The project is providing hands-on learning opportunities for middle school students and educators through NASA-unique science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educational activities during the summer school break. SOI is a key component of the agency’s broader education program to increase student interest in STEM courses, particularly among those in underserved sectors of the academic community.

SOI uses NASA’s out-of-this-world missions and technology programs to boost interest in STEM among middle school students by offering interactive learning experiences. This year, a major portion of the SOI content focus will be on Curiosity, a NASA flagship science mission currently en route to Mars and scheduled to land Aug. 6.

“NASA always has been fortunate when it comes to offering interesting STEM education content; our missions are compelling and inspiring,” said Leland Melvin, associate administrator for NASA Office of Education. “Because Curiosity will reach the Red Planet during SOI 2012, it provides a timely and relevant context for teaching students about planetary science, engineering and technology. Students will get to see much of what they learned unfold as the rover makes its final rendezvous with Mars.”

SOI 2012 is multi-faceted and features a variety of engagement activities offered by NASA’s 10 centers located across the country. SOI 2012 also will continue several STEM summer programs developed by NASA’s national SOI partners during 2010 and 2011.

SOI includes a competitive “mini-grant” component to assist small education and outreach organizations in providing NASA-themed STEM content to middle school students or teachers through existing summer or afterschool programs. NASA plans to announce the mini-grants proposal process and due dates within the coming weeks.

A revamped SOI website will include new products and tools for students and educators to access virtually NASA’s educational offerings and resources. It will feature tools to download learning and activity plans and access to current SOI NASA center opportunities, highlights of the 2012 program and SOI contact information.

Another exciting new web feature is a collection of SOI virtual activity plans called “mini-camps.” These eight self-contained STEM learning modules offer one-day, two-day and weeklong programs in fields such as rocketry, aeronautics and robotics that easily can be tailored to a variety of audiences.

SOI debuted in 2010 as a three-year pilot program to respond to President Obama’s Educate to Innovate campaign. Since its inception, NASA has reached more than 45,000 students; had a presence in 46 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico; and provided professional development opportunities for approximately 5,500 educators.

For more information about the SOI project, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/soi

For more information about NASA’s broader education program, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/education

Humans in Space Art Contest – Deadline October 21, 2012

Humans in space Youth Art Competition

Enter the Humans in Space Youth Art Competition by October 21, 2012

How will humans use science and technology to explore space, and what mysteries will we uncover?

Students age 10-18 are challenged to answer this question through art. Create your musical, literary, visual or video artwork and submit it by midnight U.S. Central Standard Time, October 21, 2012.

Learn more at the Humans in Space Youth Art Competition website:
Humans in Space Art Contest

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