Category Archives: Seminar

NASA CONNECT Web Seminar – Linear Equations – Dec 8, 2011

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, NASA Explorer Schools and NASA’s Learning Environments and Research Network, or LE&RN, projects are hosting a 60-minute Web seminar on Dec. 8, 2011, at 7 p.m. EST. During this professional development session, participants will receive information about the applications of linear equations at NASA and learn how to implement the Breaking Barriers activity. Breaking Barriers provides students an opportunity to step into the shoes of a NASA engineer to design, build and test a Balloon X-1.

For more information and to register online, visit https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-linear-equations/.

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

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

Electrolysis of Water: Math and Science @ Work – A Breath of Fresh Air Web Seminar – Dec 15, 2011

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Dec. 15, 2011, at 3 p.m. EST. Learn how to implement a chemistry lab activity called “A Breath of Fresh Air.” During the activity, students create their own electrolysis apparatus to generate oxygen and use a Texas Instruments TI-Nspire calculator to collect data. Note: You do not need to have a TI-Nspire calculator during this professional development.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar13.aspx

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.

Free Educator Web Seminar – Calculator Controlled Robots – Dec 5, 2011

Algebraic Equations: Calculator Controlled Robots Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on Dec. 5, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Discover a unique way of integrating robotic technology into your algebra classes. Robotic missions engage students and provide a unique way of bringing to life the concepts you are teaching. Learn to use programmable Texas Instruments, or TI, calculators and Norland Research Robots to solve problems requiring substituting values for variables in formulas.

You do not need to have a Norland Research Robot or programmable TI calculator to participate in this seminar, or know how to program the calculator. This seminar provides an overview of using robotics in algebra so you can make an informed decision about purchasing the robots and other equipment.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar8.aspx

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

Linear Regression: Exploring Space Through Math – Space Shuttle Ascent Web Seminar – Oct 6, 2011

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools and Learning Environments and Research Network, or LEARN, Projects are hosting a 60-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Oct. 6, 2011, at 8 p.m. EDT. Discover how you can use the Space Shuttle Ascent activity to construct a knowledge bridge for your students between the algebra concepts they learn in your classroom and space exploration.

For more information and to register online, visit https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-linear-regression/.

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

Properties of Living Things: Fingerprints of Life Web Seminar – Oct 5, 2011

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 live professional development Web seminar for educators on Oct. 5, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. The student activity featured in this seminar will introduce grades 5-8 students to the exciting world of astrobiology. The seminar will review criteria for determining if something is alive — or not alive — and apply those criteria to determine if anything is living in any of three different soil samples. This type of analysis is similar to what the Viking landers used on Mars when looking for life.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar12.aspx .

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

Draft SALMON-2 AO released for community comment

Release Date: August 24, 2011
Comments Due: September 16, 2011
Identification Number: NNH11ZDA017J
Notice Type: Presolicitation

On August 24, 2011, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is releasing a draft solicitation for community review and comment: the draft Second Stand Alone Mission of Opportunity Notice (SALMON-2) Announcement of Opportunity (AO). Upon the release date, the full text of the draft solicitation will be available at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/.

The draft SALMON-2 AO provides a solicitation and procurement base for opportunities for modest investigations requiring space flight that advance the high priority science, exploration, and technology objectives of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, and the Office of the Chief Technologist. This draft SALMON-2 AO represents a restructuring of the 2008 SALMON AO (NNH08ZDA009O; http://go.nasa.gov/SALMON-AO) to incorporate the standard format and processes that have been developed for the NASA Science Mission Directorate’s Standard AO ( http://soma.larc.nasa.gov/StandardAO/sao_templates.html).

This draft SALMON-2 AO is the product of a multi-directorate effort by NASA to:
• Simplify and remove burden from the community in generating proposals that respond to the SALMON-2 AO.
• Incorporate into the cross-Directorate SALMON-2 AO the standard processes, standard language, and lessons learned that have been incorporated into all Science Mission Directorate AOs beginning in 2009.
• Maintain NASA’s ability to solicit modest space investigations through the SALMON-2 AO without needing to develop an AO for each proposal opportunity.
• Not make changes that will substantially affect the quality of proposals being received nor limit NASA’s ability to determine the risk associated with such proposals for implementation.
It is NASA’s intent that:
• This AO clearly and unambiguously states the policies that govern the solicitation, evaluation, selection, and implementation of modest space investigations, also referred to as Mission of Opportunity (MO) investigations, solicited by NASA by any of its space-going Directorates including the Science Mission Directorate, the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, and the Office of the Chief Technologist.
• This AO standardizes the language and policies, to the maximum extent possible, that all mission directorates use in soliciting modest space investigations.
• To simplify the nature of the response necessary, this AO clearly and unambiguously states and numbers the requirements that all proposals shall meet in order to represent a compliant response to this AO.
• This AO clearly separates requirements that apply to proposals from the program policies and requirements that apply to investigations that have been selected to proceed into formulation. The successful proposer, however, will have a good understanding of the tasks necessary during formulation and beyond.
Requirements governing proposal content will be found, for the most part, in Section 5 and Appendix B of this AO. The rest of the AO contains NASA policies and practices for implementing space flight projects that may aid the proposer in developing a response to this AO. These policies and practices include requirements that will apply to any proposed investigation that is selected by NASA for further definition and implementation.

It is further intended that the “standards” established by this AO be the template for all SALMON-2 solicitations with program specific requirements (including deviations from SALMON-2 standard requirements) called out in a Program Element Appendix (PEA) for a specific solicitation and proposal opportunity.

NASA welcomes comments and suggestions on this DRAFT standardized SALMON-2 AO. Comments are welcome on any topic, but are especially welcome where they identify policies, practices, or specific language that are unclear, ambiguous, nonoptimal, or unnecessary.

Comments should be sent to the following address no later than September 16, 2011, in order to be most useful. Please include the phrase “SALMON-2 AO COMMENT” (without quotes) in the subject line of any comment submitted.

Questions or requests for further information may be addressed to Dr. Paul Hertz, Chief Scientist, Science Mission Directorate, NASA, Washington, DC 20546; Telephone: 202-358-0986; Email: paul.hertz@nasa.gov.

NASA Research Announcement: Research and Technology Development to Support Crew Health and Performance in Space Exploration Missions

A National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Research Announcement (NRA), entitled, “Research and Technology Development to Support Crew Health and Performance in Space Exploration Missions” (NRA NNJ11ZSA002NA), has been released which jointly solicits ground-based, bed rest definition and flight definition proposals for the NASA Human Research Program (HRP) and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI). NASA and NSBRI are placing special emphasis on the high priority research area of “Visual Impairment and Intracranial Pressure.” This NRA is available through the NASA Research Opportunities homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ and then linking through the menu listings “Solicitations” to “Open Solicitations.” On the Open Solicitations page, select NNJ11ZSA002NA from the list of Solicitations.

Proposals are solicited by NASA in the areas of Visual Acuity and Ocular Structure and Function; Fluid Distribution; Team Social, Technical, and Task Roles; and Effects of Constrained, Asynchronous Communication on Operational Tasks. New for this year, NASA is also soliciting investigations lasting no more than one year that provide innovative approaches to any of the defined risks contained in the Integrated Research Plan ( http://humanresearchroadmap.nasa.gov) of the Human Research Program.

Proposals are solicited by NSBRI in the areas of Microgravity-Induced Visual Alterations/Intracranial Pressure; Cardiovascular Alterations; Human Factors and Performance; Musculoskeletal Alterations; Neurobehavioral and Psychosocial Factors; Sensorimotor Adaptation; and Smart Medical Systems and Technology.

Proposals responding to the NASA emphases and NSBRI emphases must be submitted separately, and will result in separate evaluations and awards. Step-1 proposals are due on September 22, 2011, and invited Step-2 proposals are due on December 19, 2011. Participation is open to all categories of organizations, including educational institutions, industry, nonprofit organizations, NASA centers, and other Government agencies.

Proposals solicited through this NRA will use a two-step proposal process. Only Step-1 proposers determined to be relevant with respect to the solicited research of this NRA will be invited to submit full Step-2 proposals. Proposals must be submitted electronically. Step-1 proposals to NASA may be submitted via the NASA Proposal data system NSPIRES ( http://nspires.nasaprs.com) or via Grants.gov ( http://www.grants.gov). Invited Step-2 proposals to NASA must be submitted via NSPIRES. Both Step-1 and Step-2 proposals to NSBRI must be submitted via NSPIRES.

This email is being sent on behalf of and is intended as an information announcement to researchers associated with the NASA Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) Human Research Program (HRP).

Thank you for your continued interest in NASA and NSBRI. Please refer to the solicitation document for contact information.

Webcast – Physics Phundamentals – March 24, 2011

Join educators Rachel Power and Joshua Santora from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida as they explore what happens when physics and fun collide. Become a virtual member of the audience at Busch Gardens Tampa during this full velocity Physics Phundamentals show, which is offered exclusively to Physics Day students.

Each 30-minute show is designed to show students how physics is something that is encountered constantly. Topics such as action/reaction (Newton’s Second Law), combustion/propulsion, kinetic/potential energy, states of matter/phase change, inelastic collisions and sound waves will be covered in each show.

Four webcasts will take place on March 24, 2011. Shows will begin at 9:30 a.m. EDT, 10:30 a.m. EDT, 11:30 a.m. EDT, and 12:30 p.m. EDT.

For more information and to watch the webcasts, visit http://dln.nasa.gov/dln/

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