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Weekly Update - NASA Education
  November 1, 2011
 
 

Elementary and Secondary Education

 
Mission-Directorate-Funded Programs

2011-2012 NASA Student Launch Initiative Teams Announced
MSFC
POC:  Julie Clift,
julie.d.clift@nasa.gov
MD:  Space Operations
Each year, the NASA Student Launch Projects (SLP) challenge middle school, high school and college-aged students to design, build and launch a reusable rocket to one mile above ground level with a scientific or engineering payload. The project is an 8-month commitment, requiring teams to complete a series of technical presentations and design reviews, educational engagement activities in their community, and host a website with project information. Teams will travel to Huntsville, Ala., on April 18, 2012, to participate in the culminating launch week events. The launch date is scheduled for April 21 (with a rain date on April 22) at Bragg Farms in Toney, Ala. The middle school, high school and informal teams selected are:
AIAA Orange County Section – Orange, Calif.
Falls Church High School – Falls Church, Va.
Harmony Magnet Academy – Strathmore, Calif.
Hart County 4-H – Munfordville, Ky.
Ingraham High School – Seattle, Wash.
Katalyst for Katastrophy – Spring Grove, Ill.
Lake Zurich High School – Lake Zurich, Ill.
Madison West High School Project Diffusion – Madison, Wis.
Madison West High School Project Vibrations – Madison, Wis.
Plantation High School Team 1 – Plantation, Fla.
Plantation High School Team 2 – Plantation, Fla.
Presidio High School Team Pride – Presidio, Texas
Presidio High School Team Spirit – Presidio, Texas
St. Thomas High School – Houston, Texas
Thomas Jefferson High School – Alexandria, Va.
http://education.msfc.nasa.gov/sli
 

Smart Skies to be presented at NCTM mid-western regional meeting
ARC
POC:  Rebecca Green,
Rebecca.A.Green@nasa.gov
CC:  eEducation
MD:  Aeronautics Research
The NASA Smart Skies project team will conduct a 90-minute workshop at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) regional meeting in St. Louis, MO on October 28, 2011. Teachers attending the Smart Skies session will be introduced to the LineUp With Math simulator and the FlyBy Math visualization tool and trained on the related mathematics and problem-solving strategies.
http://smartskies.nasa.gov
 

HRPEO Attends Star City Space Forum
JSC
POC:  Chuck Lloyd,
Charles.W.Lloyd@nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems
On October 19, 2011, Mission X, the NASA international fitness program presentation, was given at the Star City Space Forum. The education program session attracted approximately 25 participants representing Engeria, the Institute for Biomedical Problems, Vozonezh Medical Academi, and the U.M. Sultangazin Space Research Institute (Kazakhstan). The session included presentations that highlighted the flight of student experiments, and the resulting positive impacts that influence students to continue their higher education in science and engineering. Other presentations included student lead efforts to develop a space flight museum, and current academy educational programs that encourage professional participation in the space biomedical fields. Following the NASA Mission X presentation that discussed the international fitness project, a question and answer session was facilitated. Two medical academies expressed interest in potentially participating in the challenge. Attendees conferred about issues regarding language translation, the Mission X website, content, and access to training for local teachers. During the session, a Star City Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center lead education effort intended specifically for children and young adults (12-17 years of age) was discussed as a prospective venue for the implementation of Mission X. The two medical academies (Voronezh Medical Academi and U.M. Sultangazin Space Researches Institute) will likely contribute to the Mission X program within Russia, and will review the Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut content to determine the feasibility for implementation. Future discussions with both academies are being planned.
 

Math and Science @ Work Content Now Available Via the NASA Portal
JSC
POC:  Monica Trevathan,
Monica.Trevathan@Tietronix.com
MD:  Exploration Systems
All FY11 content developed for Math and Science @ Work (MS@W) and Exploring Space Through Math (ESTM) is now available on the NASA portal. This includes new problems developed during the school year, as well as problems that integrate multiple Texas Instruments (TI) technologies. Problems using non-TI specific technologies are also accessible. The FY11 content has been distributed to TI for posting on their websites.
www.nasa.gov/education/mathandscience
• http://education.ti.com/calculators/timathnspired/
• http://education.ti.com/calculators/tisciencenspired/
• http://education.ti.com/calculators/downloads/US/Activities/
 

NASA Explorer Schools Electronic Professional Development Now “Live”
JSC
POC:  Monica Trevathan,
Monica.Trevathan@Tietronix.com
MD:  Exploration Systems
All HRPEO NASA Explorer Schools (NES) Electronic Professional Development (ePD) modules are now “live” on the NES campus. The modules were developed collaboratively between NES education specialists and HRPEO secondary education specialists. Teachers Teaching with Technology (T3) instructors also participated in the creation of ePD modules. Three Math and Science @ Work modules (Breath of Fresh Air, Space Shuttle Auxiliary Power Units, and Lunar Instrumentation), and three Exploring Space Through Math modules (Lunar Rover, Weightless Wonder, and Space Shuttle Ascent: Mass vs. Time) were conceived as a result of the shared efforts.
http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/index.html
 

Texas Instruments Webinar to Feature HRPEO Content
JSC
POC:  Monica Trevathan,
Monica.Trevathan@Tietronix.com
MD:  Exploration Systems
On October 25, 2011, a webinar facilitated by Texas Instruments (TI) will feature content developed for the Math and Science @ Work (MS@W) and Exploring Space Through Math (ESTM) projects. TI offers free online learning opportunities to educators throughout the school year. Each Tuesday, TI offers a free webinar which highlights activities based on various TI technologies. The webinar will be conducted by Teachers Teaching with Technology (T3) and HRPEO team members.
http://education.ti.com/calculators/pd/US/Online-Learning/Webinars
 

Center Funded Programs

FY 11 GRC Shadowing Project
GRC
POC:  Lynne Sammon,
Lynne.C.Sammon@nasa.gov
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
The FY 11 GRC Shadowing Project provided 88 high school students with 74 short term (1-2 day) and 14 long term (up to 2 weeks)career exploration opportunities. Students spent time with mentors, toured NASA's unique facilities and were exposed to hands on research and technology experiences. The Office of Education Performance Measurement (OEPM)System reports reflected a strong interest in STEM disciplines/careers: 86% following short term and 95% (8% increase pre to post)following long-term experiences. GRC Shadowing supports NASA Strategic Goal 6 (Outcome 6.1; Objective 6.1.2) and the NASA Education FY 11 Annual Performance Goal number 6 (75 % of elementary and secondary students express interest in STEM careers following involvement in NASA education programs). Mentor comment: She was considering the medical field or engineering, and she shadowed in both areas, but the better experience was at NASA. Student comment: I'd like to thank you for giving me the chance to participate in the Shadowing Program - I had no idea that there are so many areas/facilities at the GRC Research Center. High School POC: We found this experience to be 'very' valuable in helping young people choose their future careers. The student expressed her thanks for a 'facinating' experience and said everyone was wonderful!
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/education/shadowingProgram_GRC.html
 

FY 12 GRC Shadowing Project
GRC
POC:  Lynne Sammon,
Lynne.C.Sammon@nasa.gov
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
The FY 12 GRC Shadowing Project will provide career exploration opportunities for high school students throughout the school year. Students will spend time with mentors, tour NASA's unique facilities and be involved in hands on activities and research projects. All will depart with information about NASA careers and additional educational opportunities. Shadowing will be conducted on 12/6/11, 2/29/12, 3/27/12 and 4/25/12. Long term shadowing (i.e. junior/senior projects) will be offered March - May.
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/education/shadowingprogram_GRC.html
 

Iowa Science Teachers Conference
MSFC
POC:  John Weis,
john.f.weis@nasa.gov
MD:  Science
On October 17-18, 2011, an Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP) education specialist provided support for the Iowa Academy of Sciences Iowa Science Teachers Section annual conference held at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Support included an informational table at an evening event, a key note address for the Earth Science Teachers Breakfast and five workshop sessions. Topics covered included: the effects of microgravity on the body, Newton’s Laws of Motion, NASA Resources for Educators, Earth Science Update, Weight versus Mass and the On the Moon Educator Guide. Of the approximately 300 attendees, 113 in-service and pre-service educators attended the NASA sessions.
 

Alabama Science Teachers Association
MSFC
POC:  William O. Robertson,
william.o.robertson@nasa.gov
MD:  Science
A NASA Aerospace Education Services Project education specialist presented sessions on nanotechnology at the Alabama Science Teachers Association in Birmingham, Ala., on October 18, 2011. Forty-five science teachers across Alabama participated in the NASA education program to become aware of the impact nanotechnology will have on space exploration in the future. Teachers were trained in activities to relate how nanotechnology can be introduced to middle and high school students by using simple robotic toys to illustrate how future space probes can be made smaller and more powerful.
 

MSFC Supports ISS Downlink with George Washington Carver High School, Birmingham, Ala.
MSFC
POC:  William O. Robertson,
william.o.robertson@nasa.gov
On October 21, 2011, U.S. Representative Terri Sewell (D-AL) and George Washington Carver High School in Birmingham, Ala., hosted a downlink with Expedition Commander Mike Fossum. Students from several Birmingham City Schools participated during the downlink by asking Astronaut Fossum questions about his responsibilities as Commander of the International Space Station and what subjects he had in school that prepared him in becoming an astronaut. The program was arranged to emphasize to students the importance of STEM education. The event was aired on NASA-TV.
 

Girls Science and Engineering Day
MSFC
POC:  Dr. Susan A. Currie,
susan.currie@nasa.gov
On Saturday, November 12, 2011, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Academic Affairs Office will support Girls Science and Engineering Day, an event for girls in grades 3rd -5th, hosted by the Women’s Leadership Council at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). This event, held at the Shelby Center for Science and Technology on the UAH campus from 9:30 a.m.-12:35 p.m., is designed to stimulate girls’ interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers through a fun-filled day of experimenting, participating in hands-on activities, and meeting women in STEM fields. MSFC employees and contractors will offer a class and exhibit booth that includes NASA educational materials.
http:// www.gseduah.com
 

Union Elementary School Visit
MSFC
POC:  Julie Clift,
julie.d.clift@nasa.gov
Two Marshall Space Flight Center employees visited Union Elementary School in Temple, Ga., on October 14, 2011. Presentations and hands-on activities were provided to 400 students. Students built and launched water bottle rockets. The event was provided to interest students in STEM courses.
 

NASA MSFC Supports 101 for Educators
MSFC
POC:  Dr. Susan A. Currie,
susan.currie@nasa.gov
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Academic Affairs Office has been asked to support the third session of Huntsville/Madison County 101 for Educators, sponsored by the Huntsville Madison County Chamber of Commerce on October 28, 2011, from 8-11 a.m. The manager of the Academic Affairs Office and an education specialist will share with middle and high school teachers, administrators and counselors information on how they can access educational materials and resources from the NASA Portal. Participants will gain first-hand experience in the use of a NASA hands-on activity as they build a pop rocket; they will receive demonstration kits with this and similar activities included for use in their schools.
 

International Observe the Moon Night
MSFC
POC:  Dr. Susan A. Currie,
susan.currie@nasa.gov
CC:  Informal Education
On Saturday, October 8, 2011, dozens of telescopes were pointed at the sky as the Lunar Quest Program at Marshall Space Flight Center hosted the second annual International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN). This annual public outreach event is dedicated to engaging the lunar science and education community, amateur astronomers, space enthusiasts, and the general public in annual lunar observation campaigns that share the excitement of lunar science and exploration. This special event included hands-on activities for children, an astronomy van, special speakers, an inflatable planetarium, and lots of telescopes. Approximately 500 students and their parents participated in this year’s event held at NASA’s Education Training Facility building.
 

Expanding Your Horizons is a Great Success
MSFC
POC:  Dr. Susan A. Currie,
susan.currie@nasa.gov
NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) partnered with Sci-Quest Hands-on Science Center and other area businesses and industries to bring Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) to middle school-aged girls in the Tennessee Valley area. The mission of an EYH conference is to nurture girls' interest in science and math courses; to encourage them to consider careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); and to become innovative and creative thinkers ready to meet 21st Century challenges.

The conference featured hands-on workshops, guest speakers, and panel discussions all conducted by women from STEM fields and geared toward exposing girls to STEM careers. Education specialists from NASA/MSFC offered Movers and Shakers, a class in which girls used an electric circuit and an unbalanced load to create a jittering bug. Approximately 500 of the 1200 girls in attendance participated in the NASA activity.
 

California Science Teachers Association Education Conference
JPL
POC:  Patrice Houlemard,
Patrice.A.Houlemard@jpl.nasa.gov
CC:  Higher Education, Informal Education, eEducation, Under-Represented
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science
October 21-23,2011 Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Education Office, in partnership with the Stardust-NEXT and Dawn missions, coordinated a significant presence at the 2011 California Science Teachers Association's annual Science Education Conference in Pasadena, CA. Between 1,500 and 1,600 educators (K through university plus informal educators and institutions) from across the state attended the three day conference. The NASA/JPL presence consisted of a 20x60 foot exhibit area featuring a full-scale model of the Mars Science Lander "Curiosity," two "Focus Speakers," an evening event on Mars and Sci-Fi, a "field course" trip to JPL, and eight workshops. Additionally, NASA Dryden Education had a booth as did the SETI Institute featuring the Kepler and SOFIA missions. There was also a field course to see the SOFIA aircraft and ten more NASA-related workshops. The exhibits plus 23 separate activities constituted the largest NASA participation in this conference in many years. Substantial educational material and project information was distributed. A JPL Education Office manager was on the conference planning committee and CSTA was generous to NASA/JPL with 20x20 feet of exhibit space donated for the rover display and ample promotion in the program schedule. In addition, the workshop demonstrating "Eyes on the Solar System 3-D" and "Eyes on the Solar System" was very well attended with about 65 educators in attendance, 40 of whom provided their e-mails in order to assist JPL in refining the products and in identifying educational uses, curriculum, and enhancements. We will be reaching out to them for help and support. The hands-on workshop on "Eyes on the Earth 3-D" with 22 computers was over subscribed with some educators doubling up to try it. All in all, this was an extremely successful weekend (Fri-Sun).
http://on.fb.me/tbcvIs
 

Education Opportunities - William S. Hart Union High School District
DFRC
POC:  Russ Billings,
russell.l.billings@nasa.gov
10/20/2011, Santa Clarita, CA - R. Billings conducted an overview session of NASA Education programs and materials to seven middle school science department chairs from the Hart Union High School District. Particular focus was given to sustained engagement STEM opportunities with NASA's Summer of Innovation program. The Director of Curriculum and Assessment is looking to request Professional Development sessions from NASA Education staff during this school year.
 

California Science Teachers Association Conference
DFRC
POC:  Russ Billings,
russell.l.billings@nasa.gov
10/20-10/22, Pasadena, CA -The DFRC Education team Russ Billings, Sara Cutts, Alexis Harry & Shaun Smith conducted multiple educator sessions/workshops pertaining to Agency, Center education programs and services. A three hour workshop was conducted for teachers with new curriculum that has been developed out of the Airborne Research Experiences for Educators activity. Over 713 teachers visited DFRC's booth in the exhibit hall, with 28 teachers participating (combined) in our workshops. 64 teachers requested information and materials from the ERC.
 

College of the Canyons - NASA Education Sensing Meeting
DFRC
POC:  Russ Billings,
russell.l.billings@nasa.gov
CC:  Higher Education
10/24/2011, AERO Institute, Palmdale, CA - Russ Billings and Cecilia Cordova met with representatives from the Santa Clarita based College of the Canyons. The College of the Canyons team is looking for ways to incorporate STEM activities into their grade school based summer camps and academies as well as opportunities to engage their engineering students with NASA. Working with the College will enable us to broaden our overall program reach while utilizing existing programs and structures. A follow up working session has been planned on the College Campus on 11/9/2011.
 

NASA Explorer Schools

NASA Explorer Schools Project Update
GRC
POC:  Rob LaSalvia,
robert.f.lasalvia@nasa.gov
The NASA Explorers Schools Project added 62 new educators to the project this week bringing the total active participants to 1,617 for the 2011-2012 school year. The project held 5 live web seminars through project partners the National Science Teachers Association and the Learning Environments and Research Network, entitled Engineering Design Challenges: Spacecraft Structures reaching 41 educators, Mathematical Models: Black Holes reaching 11 educators, Chemical Elements: GENESIS-What are We Made Of? reaching 48 educators, Center of Mass and Center of Pressure: Engineering a Stable Rocket reaching and Linear Regression: Exploring Space Through Math – Space Shuttle Ascent. Nine new project participants attended a live orientation session to learn about key project features and implementation in the classroom. On Wednesday, October, 19 the latest NASA Now episode was released on the Virtual Campus for students in grades 8-12. This episode, entitled NASA Now: The Speed of Sound, students learn about sonic booms and the speed of sound from an aerospace engineer at Kennedy Space Center as he shares the excitement of physics in his description of the space shuttle re-entering Earth’s atmosphere.
http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/calendar/live-epd-events.html
http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/calendar/live-orientation-events.html
 

NASA Explorer School Events
GRC
POC:  Rob LaSalvia,
robert.f.lasalvia@nasa.gov
NASA Explorer Schools will release two new episodes of the NASA Now Classroom Video series. On October 26, the Virtual Campus will release a NASA Now about States of Matter: Finding and Using Water on the Moon. A Ceramics Engineer and Senior Scientist from Marshall Space Flight Center will discuss research on utilizing the water this is found on the moon’s surface to reduce the cost of exploration. On November 2, the Virtual Campus will release a NASA Now about Orbital Mechanics. A Project Scientist from Goddard Space Flight Center will discuss different types of orbits and the methods required to keep satellites in orbit. NASA Explorer Schools will hold 3 live Web seminars highlighting featured STEM lessons from the NES Virtual Campus and 2 orientation sessions for new NASA Explorer School Participants. Web Seminars are free, live professional development experiences that use online learning technologies to allow participants to learn classroom implementation strategies for NASA STEM Content from a NASA Explorer Schools Education Specialist. On Thursday, November, 3 at 2 p.m. EDT, NASA Explorer Schools will host a live career video chat with the Jim Adams, the Deputy Director of Planetary Science at NASA Headquarters who will talk about the Year of the Solar System. Students will be able to ask questions live through the chat window or may email questions to NES ahead of time.
http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/calendar/live-epd-events.html
http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/calendar/live-orientation-events.html
http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/adams-chat.html
 

Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP)

Wyoming After School Alliance Conference/Workshops
ARC
POC:  Tony Leavitt,
anthony.d.leavitt@nasa.gov
CC:  Informal Education
NASA Ames aerospace education specialist participated in Wyoming After School Alliance Conference in Laramie, WY. This conference was sponsored as a Wyoming 21st Century Community Learning Conference (21CCLC). NASA specialist facilitated four workshop sessions at the conference over two days. Attending the conference were hundreds of K-12 in-service teachers and after-school educators from across Wyoming. The four NASA sessions each covered different topics: Earth-Moon scale, NASA Smart Skies, Microgravity-Toys in Space and MarsBound. Over the two days the NASA sessions served 30 teachers, after school educators, university and nonprofit personnel. Demonstrated NASA activities and materials were aligned with state curriculum goals in the areas of science, math, engineering and technology.
 

Oklahoma NASA Space Grant Workshop
JSC
POC:  Lisa Roberts,
lisa.roberts-1@nasa.gov
The Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP) partnered with the Oklahoma NASA Space Grant to host a two day workshop and a tour of Johnson Space Center. The focus of the workshop was lunar and meteorite certification and activities from Earth and Beyond. In addition, the teachers had the opportunity to attend a presentation on NASA Resources at the Educator Resource Center (ERC). The teachers were very excited to return to the classroom and share their experiences and the new activities with both their students and fellow educators.
 

Education Flight Projects

ZST Students Contact ISS
JSC
POC:  Carol Jackson,
carol.m.jackson@nasa.gov
On Friday, October 21, an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact was held between students attending Zespol Szkol Technicznych in Rybnicka, Slask, Poland and on-orbit astronaut Mike Fossum, KF5AQG. Approximately 65 students, teachers, parents, guests and media attended the event and listened as Fossum fielded 19 questions posed by the students. The SP9PKS radio club members worked with the youth to prepare them for the contact. Lesson plans included the construction of radio equipment and contacts via LEO (Low Earth Orbit) satellites. Two newspapers and four broadcast radio stations covered the contact: Dziennik Zachodni and Wiadomoci Powiatowe newspapers, Radio Zet, Radio Zote Przeboje, Tok FM, Antyradio, and local station Radio Fest.
 

Reduced Gravity Participants Give Final Presentations
JSC
POC:  Becky Kamas,
annamarie.r.kamas@nasa.gov
The 21 educator teams that took part in a Teaching From Space (TFS) Reduced Gravity Flight Week during Summer 2011 concluded their experience this past week by giving their final presentations. Using WebEx, an online collaboration tool, the teams reported on the results of their experiments, student involvement and outreach activities. Several teams also included students in their final presentations. Teams also shared lessons learned and provided TFS education specialists with many valuable insights into their experience. Currently, TFS is preparing for the next TFS Reduced Gravity Flight Week in February when another seven educator teams will arrive at Johnson Space Center.
 

Selections Made for the Microgravity Experience
JSC
POC:  Dynae Fullwood,
elicia.d.fullwood@nasa.gov
CC:  Higher Education
The Teaching From Space Office notified selected educators for its Microgravity Experience. The Microgravity Experience is a suite of activities spanning six months that surrounds the concept of microgravity. Within an online community, educators and their students will be engaged in the development of an experiment to be flown on a reduced gravity aircraft in February 2012, content training on NASA education resources related to microgravity and collaboration with a NASA mentor. The seven teams of 4-5 educators were notified on October 20, 2011 and are expected to accept the invitation by October 26, 2011. The first online meeting aimed to welcome the selectees into the Microgravity Experience is scheduled for November 7, 2011.
 

A Chance to Talk to the Space Station
JSC
POC:  Becky Kamas,
annamarie.r.kamas@nasa.gov
CC:  Informal Education, Under-Represented
MD:  Space Operations
NASA has released a call for proposals for in-flight education downlinks and is seeking formal and informal education institutions and organizations, individually or working together, to host a downlink during Expeditions 31 and 32 (March to September 2012). Downlinks last approximately 20 minutes and allow students and educators to interact with astronauts onboard the space station through a question-and-answer session. NASA is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the downlink into a well-developed education plan. The deadline to submit proposal is December 21, 2011. These unique educational opportunities are made available through Teaching From Space, a NASA Education office.
http://www.nasa.gov/education/tfs
 

Interdisciplinary National Science Program Incorporating Research and Education Experiences (INSPIRE)

INSPIRE Online Learning Community, 2011-2012 Community
KSC
POC:  Steve Chance,
Steven.H.Chance@nasa.gov
2,052 students have been admitted to the 2011 – 2012 Online Learning Community (OLC) representing 49 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. There are also 9 students who are U.S. citizens from 9 countries.
 

INSPIRE Online Learning Community. Week of October 10 through October 16, 2011.
KSC
POC:  Steve Chance,
Steven.H.Chance@nasa.gov
The OLC features themed activities and weekly LiveChats with NASA scientists and engineers. On October 11, Erin McKinley of GSFC hosted an afternoon LiveChat to discuss her career, information about GSFC and answered questions. 21 students participated. On October 13, Douglas Christopher Morton of GSFC hosted an evening LiveChat to discuss his career, discussed the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), and answered questions. 159 students participated. On October 18, Sharon Bowers, Project Manager of the RealWorld/InWorld Design Challenge hosted a LiveChat. Ms. Bowers will provide OLC members information regarding the upcoming RealWorld/InWorld Design Challenge, and answer questions. 48 students participated. RealWorld/InWorld is a joint education initiative of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA), USA TODAY Education, and LearniT-TeachiT. It provides and opportunity for students in grades 7-12 work collaboratively as engineers and scientists to solve real-world problems related to the James Webb Space Telescope and Robonaut 2. On October 20, Steve Zornetzer, Associate Administrator at ARC, will host a LiveChat to discuss his career, discuss “NASA Going Green”, and answer questions.

In addition to the RealWorld/In World Challenge, students are also being encouraged to participate in the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Award. This challenge enlists students to create innovative products using science, technology, and entrepreneurship to solve real-world, 21st century problems. The Conrad Foundation was created by the family of late astronaut Pete Conrad (Apollo 12), with NASA as a government partner. Two webinars will be held on October 20 and 25 to explain the competition and answer questions. The INSPIRE OLC supports student teams by providing space on the Discussion board to share with other INSPIRE participants in the challenge, and will award 200 points if students share their final project. We encourage our community to participate in this challenge, and look forward to your innovations!
 

INSPIRE Team Patch Challenge
KSC
POC:  Steve Chance,
Steven.H.Chance@nasa.gov
Congratulations to a freshman from Rensselaer, New York, for his winning entry in the INSPIRE Team Patch Challenge. This challenge allowed students to design a team patch, in the tradition of Space Shuttle mission patches, to represent the OLC throughout 2011-2012. The winning design will be made into cloth patches and decals and distributed to all OLC members. The winning patch will also be utilized throughout the OLC and other venues (e.g. OLC site, newsletters) representing the INSPIRE project.
 

Miscellaneous

Puerto Rico Workshops
KSC
POC:  Priscilla Moore,
Priscilla.M.Moore@nasa.gov
In response to the Presidential Study Directive 9 calling for agency to find better ways to provide support to military families around the globe, KSC education staff will travel to Puerto Rico October 24-29, 2011 to conduct grade appropriate workshops for students attending Department of Defense Education Activity Schools, Antilles elementary, middle and high schools all located on Ft. Buchanan. This is a collaboration project between KSC Education Office and JSC Flight Project Office.
 

NASA 360 Program on Wallops
GSFC
POC:  Joyce Winterton,
joyce.l.winterton@nasa.gov
A NASA 360 program about Wallops Flight Facility has been completed and is available at the NASA 360 website. This program can be used by both WRATS and WBEE participants in their classes.
http://nasa.gov/nasa360
 

 

Higher Education

 
Mission-Directorate-Funded Programs

2011-2012 NASA University Student Launch Initiative Teams Announced
MSFC
POC:  Julie Clift,
julie.d.clift@nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems
Each year, the NASA Student Launch Projects (SLP) challenge middle school, high school and college-aged students to design, build and launch a reusable rocket to one mile above ground level with a scientific or engineering payload. The project is an 8-month commitment, requiring teams to complete a series of technical presentations and design reviews, educational engagement activities in their community, and host a website with project information. Teams will travel to Huntsville, Ala., on April 18, 2012, to participate in the culminating launch week events. The launch date is scheduled for April 21 (with a rain date on April 22) at Bragg Farms in Toney, Ala. The college or university teams selected are:
Alabama A&M University - Normal, Ala.
California State Polytechnic University – Pomona, Calif.
Clark College – Vancouver, Wash.
Fisk University – Nashville, Tenn.
Florida A&M University – Tallahassee, Fla.
Florida State University – Tallahassee, Fla.
Georgia Institute of Technology – Atlanta, Ga.
Harvey Mudd College – Claremont, Calif.
Haskell Indian Nations University – Lawrence, Kan.
Iowa State University – Ames, Iowa
Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Cambridge, Mass.
Mississippi State University – Starkville, Miss.
Missouri University of Science & Technology – Rolla, Mo.
New Mexico State University – Las Cruces, N.M.
North Carolina State University – Raleigh, N.C.
Northwest Indian College – Bellingham, Wash.
Pennsylvania State University – University Park, Pa.
Purdue University – Lafayette, Ind.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – Troy, N.Y.
Saint Louis University – St. Louis, Mo.
Santa Fe College – Gainesville, Fla.
Tuskegee University – Tuskegee, Ala.
University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa, Ala.
University of Alabama in Huntsville – Huntsville, Ala.
University of Alaska – Fairbanks, Alaska
University of Central Florida – Orlando, Fla.
University of Colorado – Boulder, Colo.
University of Evansville – Evansville, Ind.
University of Florida – Gainesville, Fla.
University of Louisville – Louisville, Ky.
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, Mich.
University of Minnesota – Minneapolis, Minn.
University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Neb.
University of North Carolina – Charlotte, N.C.
University of North Dakota – Grand Forks, N.D.
University of Notre Dame – South Bend, Ind.
University of South Alabama – Mobile, Ala.
University of Washington – Seattle, Wash.
Utah State University – Logan, Utah
Vanderbilt University – Nashville, Tenn.
Virginia Tech – Blacksburg, Va.
Windward Community College – Kaneohe, Hawaii
http://education.msfc.nasa.gov/usli
 

Center Funded Programs

JPL Undergraduate Student Research Program & Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Researdh
JPL
POC:  Patrce Houlemard,
Patrice.A.Houlemard@jpl.nasa.gov
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science
On Saturday, October 15, seven community college students from the JPL Undergraduate Scholars (JPLUS) Program attended SURF Seminar Day at Caltech. The daylong event is a professional development activity, helping to prepare community college students for research opportunities with Caltech or JPL. This event, coupled with the Southern California Conference for Undergraduate research (SCCUR) will further assist JPLUS students with awareness, information, and successful processes of the opportunities, programs, and research areas otherwise not available to them. The SCCUR 2011 conference will take place on the campus of Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) in Walnut California on November 19, 2011. JPLUS is sponsored by both the Education Office with support from the JPL Director's Office
 

 

Informal Education

 
Center Funded Programs

SSA Interviews Voice of NASA for Podcast
JPL
POC:  Kay Ferrari,
Kay.A.Ferrari@jpl.nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
The October 19 podcast for the International Year of Astronomy's continuing initiative "365 Days of Astronomy" featured Solar System Ambassador Tony Rice of North Carolina interviewing George Diller of KSC, affectionately known as "the voice of NASA." During the interview, Diller reminisces about his more than 30 years with NASA and comments on the future of space exploration.
http://365daysofastronomy.org/2011/10/19/october-19th/
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Tony_Rice.htm
 

SSA's Podcast Focuses on the Possibility of Human Settlements on the Moon
JPL
POC:  Kay Ferrari,
Kay.A.Ferrari@jpl.nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
The October 20 podcast for the International Year of Astronomy's continuing initiative "365 Days of Astronomy" featured Solar System Ambassador Nancy Atkinson of Illinois interviewing Dr. Paul Spudis of NASA's Lunar Science Institute. In the interview, Spudis, who has studied the Moon for more than 30 years, discusses the plan he and colleague Tony Lavoie developed for a human settlement on Earth's closest neighbor. The unique system they propose not only creates a Moon base, but also a railroad that could open us the area between the Earth and the Moon for future development.
http://365daysofastronomy.org/2011/10/20/october-20th-plan-for-a-sustainable-lunar-base/
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Nancy_Atkinson.htm
 

SSEP and JPLer Bring Curiosity to Teachers and Students
JPL
POC:  Kay Ferrari,
Kay.A.Ferrari@jpl.nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
On October 19, JPLer Kobe Boykins and Solar System Educator Dee McLellan of Minnesota collaborated on an educator workshop and student webcast entitled “Newton’s Curiosity” from the JASON Project Conference in Ashburn, Virginia. McLellan conducted a workshop for 45 educators which included instruction on using webcasts in the classroom. Boykins taught Newton’s laws of motion using the Curiosity rover as an example. This portion of the workshop was webcast live to more than 7200 students.
http://twitter.com/#!/JASONProject
http://solarsystem.jpl.nasa.gov/ssep/directory-profile.cfm?Name=dmclellan
 

SSAs Conduct Eight Library Events in Five States This Week
JPL
POC:  Kay Ferrari,
Kay.A.Ferrari@jpl.nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
This week libraries topped the list as venue most used by Solar System Ambassadors with eight events taking place in five different states. California led the way with three libraries sponsoring four events. SSA Eric Norris spoke at the Belmont and Milpitas libraries, while Katie Berryhill conducted two separate programs at the San Mateo County Library. In other states, Jason Kendall of New York was guest speaker at the East Meadow Public Library, Shannon Murphy of Michigan was hosted by the Livonia Library, Kristine Larsen of Connecticut addressed the subject of Near Earth Objects at the Essex Public Library and Carol Lutsinger of Texas taught Astronomy 101 at the Southmost Public Library in Brownsville. In all, 291 people were served by Solar System Ambassadors conducting events at libraries across the country this week.
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Carol_Lutsinger.htm
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Shannon_Murphy.htm
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Katie_Berryhill.htm
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Kristine_Larsen.htm
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Eric_Norris.htm
 

SSA Addresses the Red Hat Society in Connecticut
JPL
POC:  Kay Ferrari,
Kay.A.Ferrari@jpl.nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
On October 21, Solar System Educator of Connecticut hosted twelve members of The Red Hat Society at the Copernican Planetarium in New Britain for a general talk on astronomy and NASA's space exploration efforts. The Red Hat Society is a women's social group that supports women of all ages in their pursuit of fun, friendship, freedom, fulfillment (including life-long learning), and fitness. Their name comes from the poem "Warning" by Jenny Joseph, which depicts an older woman in purple clothing with a red hat. This colorful outfit has now been adopted as the "uniform" of The Red Hat Society. Larsen's planetarium program was followed by sunspot viewing on the lawn. The Copernican Observatory and Planetarium is a NASA Museum alliance member.
http://www.redhatsociety.com/index.aspx
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Kristine_Larsen.htm
http://web.ccsu.edu/astronomy/
 

SSA Supports Astronomy Day at Texas University
JPL
POC:  Kay Ferrari,
Kay.A.Ferrari@jpl.nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
On October 22, Solar System Ambassador Kelley Miller hosted at booth at the University of Texas-Arlington's annual Astronomy Day event. Miller's booth included a 3D poster of the Curiosity Rover, general mission information and LEGO Design-a-Rover activity. The event, which drew in more than 600 people, was sponsored by the UTA Planetarium, Texas Astronomical Society, Ft. Worth Astronomical Society and the National Space Society. The event included the premiere of the documentary "The City Dark." The UTA Planetarium is a NASA Museum Alliance Member. The Texas Astronomical Society and the Fort Worth Astronomical Society are NASA Night Sky Network members.
http://www.uta.edu/planetarium/
http://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/club-map.cfm?FromCity=&FromState=TX&FromZip=&SearchType=Club&Submit=Search
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Kelley_Miller.htm
 

Miscellaneous

Museums in North Carolina and Virginia connect with NEEMO 15 “aquanauts”
LRC
POC:  Ivelisse Gilman,
ivelisse.r.gilam@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education, Under-Represented
On Saturday, October 22nd students and families visiting the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and the Virginia Air and Space Center were connected and interacted with “aquanauts” participating in NASA’s Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) 15. Museum visitors had the opportunity to talk with and observe astronauts, engineers and scientists, also known as aquanauts, at work in the undersea laboratory, Aquarius. The live connection was also broadcasted through NASA’s DLiNfo channel giving families, students and teachers the opportunity to participate remotely and submit questions through email. NASA Langley’s Informal Education team planned this live interaction as an engagement activity for their Summer of Innovation partners, which included migratory children from North Carolina and Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Girls Inc of Hampton Roads. The connection was accomplished using NASA Langley’s Digital Learning Network.
 

Homeschool Family Day at the Virginia Air and Space Center
LRC
POC:  Ivelsse Gilman,
ivelisse.r.gilman@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
On October 20, 2011, Langley’s Informal Education team and the Virginia Air and Space Center partnered to engage over 800 homeschoolers and their parents in a series of NASA-inspired hands-on activities. NASA’s Rockets to Racecars display offered students an opportunity to experience real world applications of science and engineering concepts related to racing and NASA. Other hands-on activities included the engineering challenges of landing on Mars, Habitats in Space, Solar System exploration, robotics and aeronautics. One of the highlight of the day was a drawing for a free e-Mission worth $500 through the Challenger Learning Center in Wheeling, WV. An e-Mission offers educators and a group of students a chance to train for, and then react to an emergency situation through a virtual online experience. The lucky winner was a homeschool group from Poquoson, Virginia.
 

FMA Live! performances in Bolingbrook, IL
SSC
POC:  Katie V. Wallace,
katie.v.wallace@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
FMA Live! performed 2 shows at Hubert H. Humphrey Middle School in Bolingbrook, IL, on Thursday, October 20, 2011. 750 students in grades 6 - 8 attended.
 

FMA Live! performances in Wayzata, MN
SSC
POC:  Katie V. Wallace,
katie.v.wallace@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
FMA Live! performed 3 shows at Wayzata West Middle School in Wayzata, MN, on Monday, October 24, 2011. 750 students in grades 6 - 8 attended.
 

The Florida Association of Science Teachers (FAST), Inc. 2011 Professional Development Conference
KSC
POC:  Liz Wise,
Liz.Wise-1@nasa.gov
The FAST conference was held October 20-22, 2011, at the International Palms Resort and Conference Center in Orlando, FL. Theme: Celebrating Science in Our World. NASA KSC Education provided an exhibit table display to inform the conference attendees of NASA curriculum website handouts, education, resources, opportunities and a spin wheel activity enabling the educators to win a NASA giveaway after answering a trivia question. NASA KSC Education also conducted one hands-on activity (end effector) for the educators during the Friday Night Science Fair. Although approximately 1000 educators were expected, approximately 300 teachers from grades K-12 visited the exhibit hall. 198 educator contact information was collected from NASA table.
 

Girl Scouts of Citrus Council
KSC
POC:  Liz Wise,
Liz.Wise-1@nasa.gov
The NASA KSC Education and the Education Resource Center educators will be supporting the Girl Scout service group “New Generation” Camp Out event on Saturday, November 5, 2011, at Camp Mah-Kah-Wee in Oviedo, FL. Approximately 150 girl scouts will be attending this camp which is November 4-6, 2011. It is a 60’s themed camp out. From 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. there will be six (one hour) sessions of presentation and hands on activities focusing on the space race, rockets used, and getting to the moon. The scouts will build and launch stomp rockets to enhance the activity.
 

2012 Overnight Adventure
KSC
POC:  Liz Wise,
Liz.Wise-1@nasa.gov
The Overnight Adventure essay contest for Saturday Academy ended on October 15th and Orlando Future Generations STEM Academy, Inc. deadline is October 28th. Received a total of 11 essays from Saturday Academy and thus far, a verbal count of 30 essays from the Orlando Future Generations STEM Academy. The Overnight Adventure has been reserved for February 11, 2012.
 

 

eEducation

 
Center Funded Programs

Brushbot competition at the Hawaii State Capitol
ARC
POC:  wendell thomas,
wendell_thomas@notes.k12.hi.us
On October 2, 2011 Senator Suzanne Oakland Chun organized the annual Hawaii Youth Day which included many events for children throughout the State of Hawaii. Hawaii NASA RERC was invited by Mr. Art Kimura to organize the judging segment for the brushbot competition. Twenty-two schools throughout the State of Hawaii competed and were enlightened by the scientific process.
 

Colorado Cool Science Visits Mars
JSC
POC:  Cheryl Ledford,
cledford@spacefoundation.org
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
NASA's regional Educator Resource Center (ERC) helped to host nearly sixty participants the evening of October 19 at Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy. The school's Mars Yard mockup was the focus of demonstrations and activities. The highlight was the unique opportunity for a group from a Colorado Springs school for the deaf and blind to 'explore Mars' by walking and touching the components of the simulated Mars terrain.
 

Provisional Patent Filed for Mobile Instructional Presentation Device
LRC
POC:  Bob Starr,
robert.m.starr@nasa.gov
An invention conceived and prototyped by the LEARN Project manager has been submitted for a provisional patent by NASA Langley's Patent Attorney. This provides protection while NASA ascertains the value and potential licensing of the invention. The device allows for hands free use of mobile devices during videoconferencing. This is one of the outcomes of a research project supported by Langley's Innovative Ideas Fund.
http://dln.nasa.gov
 

NASA Educational Technology Services (NETS)

Airborne Research Experiences for Educators and Students Website Development
MSFC
POC:  Jeff Cobb,
jeff.cobb@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education, Higher Education, Informal Education, Under-Represented
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
Creation of the Airborne Research Experiences for Educators and Students (AREES) website has been completed and deployed inside the Teaching From Space section of NASA.gov. The site launched in time for a scheduled AREES event where the website will be debuted.
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/teachingfromspace/home/arees/index.html
 

Gravity Guide Website
MSFC
POC:  Sandra May,
sandra.b.may@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
Members of NASA Educational Technology Services (NETS) have been working closely with the Glenn Research Center (GRC) education team responsible for redeveloping the Microgravity Educator Guide into an interactive website for teachers and students. The site will support an inquiry-based learning approach with resources for the classroom and an interactive (Flash-based) component for students. When fully operational, the website will be integrated into the Microgravity website currently being developed by NETS and the Teaching From Space team. The NETS team has been asked by the GRC team to take a more active role in terms of research, content authoring, and website development. In addition to meeting with the GRC team on a weekly basis, two members of the NETS team will be attending a brainstorming session at GRC in mid-November to help define the requirements for the interactive Flash component. The site is tentatively scheduled to be released for beta testing around April 2012.
 

Digital Learning Network (NES)

DLN Partners With NEEMO XV
JSC
POC:  Ryan Schaffer,
ryan.c.schaffer@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
The Digital Learning Network (DLN) at the Johnson Space Center hosted a special event with NASA’s Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) program on Tuesday, October 25th. The DLN host welcomed students and presented general information about the NEEMO program to start the event. This was followed with an opportunity for students to ask questions of Astronaut Stan Love who was assisting NEEMO operations from “topside” near Key Largo, FL. Students questions ranged from Mr. Love’s experiences in outer space, to activities being conducted during NEEMO XV. Students learned why analog research is important, and how NASA expects to explore asteroids in the future. Schools that participated included William Sidney Mount School (NY), Jefferson Elementary Center (WV), and Pioneer Heritage Middle School (TX). This event was webcasted on the DLiNfochannel and Ustream to reach a larger audience. To increase the interactivity, viewers watching online sent in questions via e-mail during the program. There were an estimated 250+ students that watched this special event.
http://dln.nasa.gov
http://nasa.gov/neemo
 

 

Under-Represented

 
Mission-Directorate-Funded Programs

JSC Office of Education Personnel Travel to the Universityof Texas - El Paso for Recruitment Efforts
JSC
POC:  Sharon Griffin,
sharon.v.griffin@nasa.gov
JSC Office of Education personnel travelled to the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), from October 20 – 21, 2011, to recruit for various programs for the Spring and Summer 2012 sessions. Employees and research assistants from the Center for Space Exploration Technology Research (cSETR) provided tours of the newly remodeled labs, which are now fully functional and allow the students to more effectively conduct their research. In addition to tours, NASA personnel had the opportunity to speak to students about SOLAR, interview a perspective cSETR student for an internship opportunity at JSC, and provide information to students in the College of Education about the JSC Pre-Service Teachers Institute (PSTI). The trip culminated with attendance at a Weather and Climate presentation given by personnel from Goddard Spaceflight Center (GSFC).
 

Miscellaneous

La Feria Es EL Momento "The Moment is Now, Educate Them Fair" Educational Career Day, Cal State Dominquez
JPL
POC:  Patrice Houlemard,
Patrice.A.Houlemard@jpl.nasa.gov
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s education office, with support from the MARs mission, participated in La Feria Es El Momento: Edúcalos” (The Moment is Now: Educate Them Fair), an education fair for Spanish-speaking families organized by Univision’s local station KMEX-TV, Channel 34, this past Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, on the campus of Cal State Dominquez. “La Feria Es El Momento: Edúcalos” promotes a college-going and professional career culture among Spanish-speaking parents and encourages them to be drivers of their children’s educational success. The event helps parents learn the basics of the California educational system from pre-kinder to college. Close to 50,000 were in attendance. The NASA/JPL presence consisted of a 40 foot linear exhibit space featuring a full-scale inflatable Mars Science Laboratory/lander “Curiosity”, an 8-wheel “roll over” rover and 3 NASA diversity banners, displayed where education material and information was distributed.For more information, call (310) 243-3337
http://www.feriaparaaprender.com/LA
 

 

Upcoming Events

 
Mission-Directorate-Funded Programs

Smart Skies to be presented at NCTM mid-western regional meeting
ARC
10/28/2011
POC:  Rebecca Green,
Rebecca.A.Green@nasa.gov
CC:  eEducation
MD:  Aeronautics Research
The NASA Smart Skies project team will conduct a 90-minute workshop at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) regional meeting in St. Louis, MO on October 28, 2011. Teachers attending the Smart Skies session will be introduced to the LineUp With Math simulator and the FlyBy Math visualization tool and trained on the related mathematics and problem-solving strategies.
http://smartskies.nasa.gov
 

Center Funded Programs

Girls Science and Engineering Day
MSFC
11/12/2011
POC:  Dr. Susan A. Currie,
susan.currie@nasa.gov
On Saturday, November 12, 2011, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Academic Affairs Office will support Girls Science and Engineering Day, an event for girls in grades 3rd -5th, hosted by the Women’s Leadership Council at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). This event, held at the Shelby Center for Science and Technology on the UAH campus from 9:30 a.m.-12:35 p.m., is designed to stimulate girls’ interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers through a fun-filled day of experimenting, participating in hands-on activities, and meeting women in STEM fields. MSFC employees and contractors will offer a class and exhibit booth that includes NASA educational materials.
http:// www.gseduah.com
 

NASA MSFC Supports 101 for Educators
MSFC
10/28/2011
POC:  Dr. Susan A. Currie,
susan.currie@nasa.gov
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Academic Affairs Office has been asked to support the third session of Huntsville/Madison County 101 for Educators, sponsored by the Huntsville Madison County Chamber of Commerce on October 28, 2011, from 8-11 a.m. The manager of the Academic Affairs Office and an education specialist will share with middle and high school teachers, administrators and counselors information on how they can access educational materials and resources from the NASA Portal. Participants will gain first-hand experience in the use of a NASA hands-on activity as they build a pop rocket; they will receive demonstration kits with this and similar activities included for use in their schools.
 

NASA Explorer Schools

NASA Explorer School Events
GRC
10/26/2011 - 11/04/2011
POC:  Rob LaSalvia,
robert.f.lasalvia@nasa.gov
NASA Explorer Schools will release two new episodes of the NASA Now Classroom Video series. On October 26, the Virtual Campus will release a NASA Now about States of Matter: Finding and Using Water on the Moon. A Ceramics Engineer and Senior Scientist from Marshall Space Flight Center will discuss research on utilizing the water this is found on the moon’s surface to reduce the cost of exploration. On November 2, the Virtual Campus will release a NASA Now about Orbital Mechanics. A Project Scientist from Goddard Space Flight Center will discuss different types of orbits and the methods required to keep satellites in orbit. NASA Explorer Schools will hold 3 live Web seminars highlighting featured STEM lessons from the NES Virtual Campus and 2 orientation sessions for new NASA Explorer School Participants. Web Seminars are free, live professional development experiences that use online learning technologies to allow participants to learn classroom implementation strategies for NASA STEM Content from a NASA Explorer Schools Education Specialist. On Thursday, November, 3 at 2 p.m. EDT, NASA Explorer Schools will host a live career video chat with the Jim Adams, the Deputy Director of Planetary Science at NASA Headquarters who will talk about the Year of the Solar System. Students will be able to ask questions live through the chat window or may email questions to NES ahead of time.
http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/calendar/live-epd-events.html
http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/calendar/live-orientation-events.html
http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/adams-chat.html
 

 
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