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NASA 2013 Summer Internship Applications Due March 15, 2013

One Stop Shopping Initiative Website

The NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI) provides students at higher education institutions access to a portfolio of internship, fellowship, and scholarship opportunities offered by NASA mission directorates and NASA centers.

Visit the OSSI LaunchPad to find information about internship, fellowship, and scholarship opportunities. The site features the OSSI: Student Online Application for Recruiting Interns, Fellows, and Scholars (SOLAR). This innovative system allows students to search and apply for all types of higher-education NASA internship, fellowship, and scholarship opportunities in ONE location. A single application places the student in the applicant pool for consideration by NASA mentors.

Applications for summer opportunities are due March 15, 2013.

Visit to find available opportunities and fill out a SOLAR application.

Visit for more information.


International Space Station NASA Education Project: Proposals Due February 20, 2013

ISSAttention College and University Students!

Conduct research in space and make new discoveries! The adventure begins in 2013. The ISS NASA Education Projects Office is now accepting proposals from higher education institutions or consortia of organizations serving higher education that are interested in conducting research in space and have concepts for flight experiments or demonstrations that utilize a microgravity environment and can be conducted in a ‘1 unit’ (1U) NanoRacks NanoLab.

Proposal requirements:

· Must align with space station program research priorities in technology, biology, biotechnology, and physical sciences

· Must address innovative, meaningful, and enduring research and technology development activities with STEM –based context

White papers must be submitted on January 23, 2013 by 4 p.m. (CST). Full proposals must be submitted on February 20, 2013 by midnight (CST).

For more information, visit:

About us: The ISS NASA Education Projects Office acts as a gateway to the space station for students, educators, and institutions of learning and helps to strengthen the connection between space station and STEM education.

Janejit T. Gensler
NASA Johnson Space Center
2101 NASA Parkway
Houston, TX 77058


NASA’s Women in STEM High School (WISH) 2013 Aerospace Scholars Program applications due January, 3, 2013

logoNASA OFFERS HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS A CHANCE TO JUMP-START THEIR FUTURE — NASA is offering high school junior girls from across the United States an opportunity to jump-start their future by participating in the Women In STEM High School (WISH) Aerospace Scholars program for 2013.

WISH participants will participate in online forums focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) topics, and complete online activities to qualify for a six-day summer experience at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. During the summer experience, they will work with mentors to design a mission to Mars, interact with NASA female role models, and mingle with scientists and engineers as they learn about careers in STEM.

Applications are due Jan. 3. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, female high school juniors with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and interested in STEM. They must have access to the Internet and e-mail, be able to commit to the project for one year and participate in the Johnson summer program in 2013.

WISH Aerospace Scholars is sponsored by NASA’s Education Flights Project Office and offered at no cost to the participants. Questions about WISH may be directed to

To learn more about NASA’s Women In STEM High School Aerospace Scholars, visit:

For more information about NASA’s education programs, visit:

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Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) Sixth Flight Opportunity, Mission 4 to the International Space Station inquiries due Dec 31, 2012.

ssep-banner-smallSSEP Mission 4 is an opportunity for schools and districts to engage their 5-12 grade students in VERY REAL Microgravity Experiment Design for Flight to the International Space Station (ISS). YOUR Students are invited to be real researchers, and your community to be part of America’s space program!

9-Week Experiment Design Phase in Your Community: February 25 to April 29, 2013
Selection of Your Community’s Flight Experiment: May 30, 2013
Ferry Flight to ISS: mid-October 2013
Ferry Flight Return to Earth: mid-November 2013
National Conference in Washington, DC: early July 2013, and 2014

ALL INTERESTED COMMUNITIES ARE ASKED TO READ THIS CAREFULLY AND INQUIRE BY DECEMBER 31, 2012; schools and districts need to assess interest with their staff and, if appropriate, move forward with an Implementation Plan.

DEADLINE FOR COMMUNITIES TO BE ABOARD (approved Implementation Plan and funded):
February 18, 2013. To meet this deadline, the Center needs to begin working with interested communities as soon as possible.

Dr. Jeff Goldstein: 301-395-0770 or

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education in the U.S., and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education internationally, invite communities across the U.S. and Canada to participate in SSEP Mission 4 to the International Space Station (ISS). SSEP immerses a community of students in real scientific research of their own design, using a highly captivating spaceflight opportunity on the International Space Station – America’s newest National Laboratory, and which will garner the community significant media attention for STEM education.

Each participating community will be provided all launch services to fly a real microgravity research mini-laboratory on ISS from mid-October to mid-November 2013, and a kit for assembly and loading of their mini-lab. A 9-week experiment design competition in your community, held Winter/Spring 2013, will allow grade 5-12 student teams to design microgravity experiments vying for the community’s reserved mini-lab slot on ISS. Your student teams write very real but grade level appropriate research proposals, go through a formal proposal review process, and one experiment is selected to fly for your community. This is a true science immersion program where students are asked to be real scientists and go through the exact same process as professional researchers vying for research resources and research opportunities.

In fact two NASA feature articles on the SSEP program at appeared on the International Space Station RESEARCH page, not education page. NASA considers these students TO BE RESEARCHERS. The program is changing the way students view both science and their ability to do science. It is also changing the way teachers teach science. SSEP is a true STEM education program. It addresses a wide range of biological and physical science disciplines (thus appropriate for all teachers of science), including: seed germination, crystal growth, physiology and life cycles of microorganisms (e.g. bacteria), cell biology and growth, food studies, and studies of micro-aquatic life. Students design experiments to the technology and engineering constraints imposed by a real research mini-lab and flight operations to and from Earth orbit.

SSEP is about a commitment to the joys of learning; to student ownership in exploration through immersive and REAL science experiences; to science as journey; to rich experiences for teachers in real science; and to science as an interdisciplinary tapestry that extends to vital written and oral communication skills.

SSEP has had 5 flight opportunities to date:

Through SSEP on the final two flights of the U.S. Space Shuttle Program (STS-134 and STS-135), 977 student team proposals were
 received, and 27 experiments have flown – one for each of the participating communities (16 on STS-134 and 11 on STS-135).

SSEP Missions 1, 2, and 3 to the International Space Station engaged 32 communities, providing 69,100 students in grades 5-14 the opportunity to participate, 3,370 student team proposals were received, and thus far 39 experiments were flown to space station on the SpaceX Dragon vehicle, heralding in a new era in human spaceflight. Student flight teams were at Kennedy Space Center for the launch and were interviewed by NASA TV.

The Mission 3 payload of 17 experiments is expected to fly to the space station in April 2013.

The initiative was also highlighted last year at the 2nd Annual White House Science Fair event.

1. Typically a minimum of 300 grade 5-12 students across a participating community are engaged in experiment design. The school district is free to determine the participating grade levels. SSEP is not designed for a single class or a small number of students. A team of science teachers partnering across a school or a district is a recipe for success.

2. Implementation is straightforward and well defined; all needed curricular materials are fully developed; and we provide ongoing, proactive support for your educator implementation team.

3. Well-designed content resources for teachers and students support foundational instruction on science in microgravity and experimental design.

4. SSEP is flexible enough to be tailored to your community’s strategic needs in STEM education.

5. A suite of SSEP program elements – the Community Program – leverages the flight experiment design competition to engage the entire community, embracing a Learning Community Model for STEM education. Elements include flying up to 2 Mission Patches resulting from an art and design competition across your community.

6. Students can take part in their own research conference where they can report on experiment design and results. The conference is normally held in Washington, DC, in early July, at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, the site of the 2011 and 2012 conference – the most visited Museum on the planet.

1. CAREFULLY read the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program home page (link below), which includes links to all aspects of the program, including program operations, how to participate, profiles of the 51 communities participating to date, and summaries of all selected flight experiments. Also below are the links to extensive media coverage, and program testimonials from community leadership.

2. Contact us via the SSEP home page, or call me directly at: 301-395-0770




Be part of history by making history

Dr. Jeff Goldstein, Center Director and SSEP Program Creator
Cell: 301-395-0770
National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE)
PO Box 3806
Capitol Heights, Maryland 20791

National Center for Earth and Space Science Education
Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education
NanoRacks, LLC
Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)

This on-orbit, real research opportunity for students is enabled through NanoRacks LLC, which is working in partnership with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory.

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Keeping the Wheels Turning: Registration open for the 20th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race

Moonbuggy LogoRegistration is now open for the 20th annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race, which challenges high school, college and university students around the world to build and race fast, lightweight “moonbuggies” of their own design.

The students’ work will culminate in two days of competitive racing April 26-27, 2013, at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. NASA created the event two decades ago to complement classroom learning, provide young thinkers and builders with real-world engineering experience and inspire them to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics — the STEM fields.

“It’s our goal to keep the wheels turning,” said Tammy Rowan, manager of the Academic Affairs Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, which organizes the race each year. “The ingenuity and enthusiasm we see among racers begins in the classroom. That first spark of interest — whether it’s in basic chemistry or astronomy or the history of spaceflight — starts the wheels turning. The Great Moonbuggy Race helps sustain that momentum, turning interest into passion, and dreams into a lifelong pursuit of new answers and new horizons.”

International registration for the 2013 race closes Jan. 7. Registration for U.S. teams closes Feb. 4. Participating high schools, colleges and universities each may register up to two teams
and two vehicles. For complete rules and to register, visit:

When Marshall created the race as a regional college challenge during the 1993-1994 school year, only eight teams participated. The high school division was added in 1996, and registration has swelled ever since.

Racers compete to post the fastest vehicle assembly and race times in their divisions, while incurring the fewest penalties. Prizes are awarded to the three teams in each division that finish with the lowest final times. NASA and industry sponsors present additional awards for engineering ingenuity, team spirit, best debut by a rookie team and more.

The course, built each spring on the outdoor grounds of the Space and Rocket Center, comprises a winding half-mile of gravel embankments, sand pits and obstacles that mimic the harsh surface of the moon. The race’s creators drew inspiration from conditions faced by the Apollo-era Lunar Roving Vehicles. Three rovers built at Marshall in the late 1960s were used on the moon during the Apollo 15, Apollo 16 and Apollo 17 missions in 1971 and 1972.

Today, the students’ moonbuggies address many of the same design challenges NASA and industry engineers overcame to deliver those historic rovers. The vehicles dramatically expanded astronauts’ reach across the lunar surface and enabled them to conduct much more scientific research during their brief stays on the moon.

In the most recent Great Moonbuggy Race, held in April 2012, more than 70 teams tackled the course. Petra Mercado High School in Humacao, Puerto Rico was first place in the high school division. The University of Alabama in Huntsville won first place in the college division. Petra Mercado, in only its second year in the competition, earned a completion time of 3 minutes and 20 seconds. The winning University of Alabama in Huntsville team finished in 4 minutes and 3 seconds.

To date, more than 5,000 students from around the world have participated in the races. Past winning teams have hailed from Alabama, Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky,
Louisiana, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah and Wyoming — and from Canada and Germany. International racers have come from as far away as India, Italy, Romania, Russia and the United Arab Emirates.

Racers from Erie High School in Erie, Kan., have held the record for the best course-completion time since 2008. Their best overall time of 3 minutes and 17 seconds earned the first-place trophy in the high school division that year.

More than 350,000 people watched live and archived coverage of the spring 2012 race on NASA TV and on UStream. For archived footage of the competition, visit:

For images and additional information about past races, visit:


EXTENDED Due Date: 2013 NASA Academy Online Application Due January 22, 2013

Calling all university students who see themselves as future leaders in the Aerospace Program….the NASA Academy, an intensive ten-week residential summer experience, is for you!

Conduct hands-on research at a NASA center, live with other highly motivated interns, participate in group projects, and network with NASA leaders and industry experts. Interested students must first create a profile on the NASA SOLAR website at and then apply at Applications are due January 22, 2013; selections will be made in early February, 2013.

The academy application serves the:
* NASA Academy at Ames Research Center (Mountain View, CA)
* NASA Academy at Glenn Research Center (Cleveland, OH)
* NASA Academy at Marshall Space Flight Center (Huntsville, AL)
* NASA Aeronautics Academy at Ames Research Center (Mountain View, CA)
* NASA Aeronautics Academy at Dryden Flight Research Center (Edwards AFB, CA)
* NASA Aeronautics Academy at Glenn Research Center (Cleveland, OH)
* NASA Aeronautics Academy at Langley Research Center (Hampton, VA)
* NASA Propulsion Academy at Marshall Space Flight Center (Huntsville, AL)
* NASA Robotics Academy at Marshall Space Flight Center (Huntsville, AL)

For more information go to


Over 50 Years Running – AESP: Aerospace Education Services Project

Connecting NASA with K-12, AESP is NASA’s longest running K-12 education project. AESP Education Specialist based at NASA field centers travel throughout the states to deliver pre-service and in-service professional development at no cost to the host. Go to for more information or to request a visit to your school.

Educators will have access to NEON or NASA Educators Online Network, a professional learning community that will allow educators to expand their learning resources. Discover NEON at

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NASA Summer 2013 Student Opportunities Application System Opens NOVEMBER 1, 2012

One Stop Shopping Initiative Website

NASA’s One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI) online application system opens November 1, 2012. Visit for more details.

Students interested in NASA internship, fellowship, and scholarship opportunities should view/search NASA opportunities at Students will complete one online application via the Student On-Line Application for Recruiting Interns, Fellows and Scholars (SOLAR) for up to 15 opportunities per session.

Opportunities for 2013 are open through OSSI from November 1, 2012 through February 1, 2013. Selections and awards will be made starting February 2, 2013.

Visit for more information.

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