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Weekly Update - NASA Education
  November
 
 

Elementary and Secondary Education

 
Mission-Directorate-Funded Programs

NASA Student Launch Initiative Prepares For Design Reviews
MSFC
POC:  Julie Clift,
julie.d.clift@nasa.gov
MD:  Space Operations
The nineteen (19) selected NASA Student Launch Initiative (SLI) teams are preparing for their upcoming design reviews. Teams are required to submit a report, a PowerPoint presentation and a one-page overview for three of the four design reviews. In addition, teams are required to defend their designs and test results during a video teleconference. The first review, the Preliminary Design Review (PDR), is due for posting on each team's website by November 19, 2010. Presentations will be held via WebEx December 6-14. The Critical Design Review (CDR) is due on January 24, 2011 with presentations being held February 2-11. A panel of engineers, scientists, education specialists and many others make up the review panel from across the agency.
http://education.msfc.nasa.gov/sli
 

Astro Camp November 6 Fall Camp "Living with a Star"
SSC
POC:  Christopher Smith,
christopher.n.smith@nasa.gov
MD:  Space Operations
Astro Camp hosted its third of four fall camps on November 6. On this mission campers came to discover the relationship we have with our closest star the sun. Through hands on activities they saw how many things the sun effects and how we can use our most important resource to its fullest potential. 26 campers attended this mission.
 

KSC Hosts NASA University Research Centers
KSC
POC:  Laura Baker,
Laura.a.baker@nasa.gov
CC:  Higher Education, eEducation
MD:  Space Operations
The Kennedy Space Center Educator Resource Center helped to host the NASA University Research Centers Student Leadership Series: Launching Student Leaders for Success in conjunction with the launch of STS-133. Participants were provided with an overview and tour of Kennedy Space Center and given an opportunity to view STS-133 on launch pad 39A.
 

Educator Appreciation Day
KSC
POC:  Laura Baker,
Laura.a.baker@nasa.gov
MD:  Space Operations
Certified Florida educators have been invited to attend the inaugural Educator Appreciation Day at the Kennedy Space Center. The NASA Educator Resource Center and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex are joining forces to excite teachers about STEM education. Professional Development Workshops will be conducted and teachers will also be able to take advantage of the many exhibits, movies and tours offered by the visitor complex. Certificates of completion will be provided for professional development and in-service credits.
http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/centers/kennedy/erc/index.html
 

Brevard Group Treatment Home Students explore STEM activities!
KSC
POC:  Lania Rosengren,
lania.a.rosengren@nasa.gov
MD:  Science, Space Operations
Kennedy Space Center Educator Resource Center Education Specialists participated in a two-day STEM based program at the Brevard Group Treatment home on Nov. 16th and Nov. 17th. Through a variety of hands-on, interactive activities, thirty boys learned about craters, the solar system, solar energy, electricity and circuits, and finding water on the moon. The students were excited and engaged as they discussed NASA’s future plans. Many of them said they were interested in a STEM based career. This is the second visit to the Brevard Group Treatment Home.
 

Touchdown at Central Middle School NASA STEM
KSC
POC:  Lania Rosengren,
lania.a.rosengren@nasa.gov
MD:  Science, Space Operations
Kennedy Space center Educator Resource Center Educational Specialist conducted a hands-on landing on the moon activity for 100 8th grade students in Melbourne, FL. On Nov. 18th. As part of the NASA School Connection program, students designed and engineered a shock absorbing lunar lander that they tested at various heights. Students learned about landing on the moon and what engineers and scientists must think about when designing and building a space craft.
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/On_the_Moon_Guide.html
 

Inaugural Educator Appreciation Day
KSC
POC:  Laura Baker,
Laura.a.baker@nasa.gov
CC:  eEducation
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
Certified Florida and Georgia educators attended the inaugural Educator Appreciation Day at the Kennedy Space Center. Together, the Kennedy Space Center NASA Education office, the NASA Educator Resource Center and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex conducted a STEM based education day to salute Florida and Georgia teachers. Two Professional Development Workshops about Rocketry and Air Pressure were conducted. Teachers were able to take advantage of the many exhibits, movies and tours offered by the visitor complex including an exclusive tour to the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to learn about the early history of America’s Space Program on Florida’s east coast. The event was a big success and plans have begun for 2011!
 

ISSET Inservice Teachers from the UK
KSC
POC:  Mike McKee,
mckeem1@gmail.com
MD:  Science, Space Operations
Fifteen teachers from the UK who were at KSC for science workshops participated in inquiry activities on air pressure, heat transfer and applications of those concepts to the space shuttle thermal protection system and liquid nitrogen.
 

I'm an Elementary Teacher and I Fear Science
KSC
POC:  Mike McKee,
mckeem1@gmail.com
MD:  Space Operations
This is the second of a series of workshops to provide ongoing support for elementary teachers who teach science. This workshop focused on heat, heat transfer, and the difference between heat and temperature. Teachers observed the conduction of heat in aluminum foil as chocolate chips melted to show the direction of heat flow. They also made simple heat flow indicators using butter to observe how different materials conduct heat efficiently. Finally, teachers learned about how alcohol is not cold in itself, but it cools objects from evaporation.
 

Inspiring Students through STEM Activities
KSC
POC:  Angela Thomas,
angela.thomas@nasa.gov
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
Kennedy Educator Resource Center Education Specialists conducted student STEM programs for 255 middle school students from Idaho and Florida during the week of November 1- November 6, 2010. The students participated in hands-on activities involving the Space Shuttle, Living and Working in Space, Vestibular System, International Space Station, Solar Dynamics Observatory, Rocketry, Training like an astronaut, and Microgravity.
 

Preparation for Brevard Space Week
KSC
POC:  Mike McKee,
mckeem1@gmail.com
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
In collaboration with Delaware North, staff at the Educator Resource Center conducted a workshop using the foam rockets activity out of the NASA Rockets Guide. There were about 85 teachers in attendance and they were challenged to build and launch the foam rockets so they could travel as far as possible. In addition, a shorten "Living in Space" presentation was conducted.
 

Elementary Students are Inspired by Living in Space
KSC
POC:  Linda Scauzillo,
linda.c.scauzillo@nasa.gov
CC:  eEducation
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
On November 5, Kennedy Space Center Educator Resource Center Education Specialist conducted Living in Space student programs for 150 5th grade students and their educators from Highland Elementary in Florida. The students participated in NASA STEM activities, such the Barany Chair, Bernoulli Ball, and Sleep Restraint, while learning about Shuttle Processes, launch, International Space Station, and Landing.
 

Girl Scouts Earn Junior Aerospace Badge with NASA STEM
KSC
POC:  Linda Scauzillo,
linda.c.scauzillo@nasa.gov
CC:  Informal Education, eEducation, Under-Represented
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
Kennedy Space Center Educator Resource Center Education Specialist conducted an Aerospace Badge Workshop for 34 Girl Scouts on November 6. The Girl Scouts participated in many NASA STEM activities including Rocket Plane, Wing Ring Glider, Winglet Plane, One Straw Kite, and Spin Offs, while earning their badge.
 

Bay Haven Elementary School Celebrates their Fall Festival with NASA STEM
KSC
POC:  Linda Scauzillo,
linda.c.scauzillo@nasa.gov
MD:  Space Operations
Kennedy Space Center Educator Resource Center Education Specialists conducted NASA STEM activities at Bay Haven Elementary for 500 students and parents during their Fall Festival in Sarasota, Florida on November 13. The students and parents experienced Newton’s Laws when they rode on the Hover Craft and built Straw Rockets. They also learned about the moon phases during Edible Moon Phases.
http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/brainbite/rocketscience/hovercraft/
 

Inspiring Students through STEM Activities at Kennedy Space Center Exploration Station
KSC
POC:  Angela Thomas,
angela.thomas@nasa.gov
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
Kennedy Educator Resource Center Education Specialists conducted student STEM programs for 145 middle school students from around Florida during the week of November 8- November 13, 2010. The students participated in hands-on activities involving the Space Shuttle, Living and Working in Space, the International Space Station, Robotics, Rocketry, and Training like an astronaut.
 

McNair Middle School Students Explore the Moon with NASA STEM
KSC
POC:  Linda Scauzillo,
linda.c.scauzillo@nasa.gov
CC:  eEducation, Under-Represented
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
Kennedy Space Center Educator Resource Center Education Specialist conducted a Lunar Workshop for 80 8th grade students at McNair Middle School in Cocoa, Florida on November 15 as part of the NASA School Connection Program. The students participated in the NASA STEM activity Touch Down, while learning about past and present lunar exploration. The students created a model of a Lunar Module that was capable of a soft landing when dropped from a height of 12 inches.
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/On_the_Moon_Guide.html
 

Sculptor Charter School Students Learn About Lunar Exploration with NASA STEM
KSC
POC:  Linda Scauzillo,
linda.c.scauzillo@nasa.gov
CC:  eEducation, Under-Represented
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
Kennedy Space Center Educator Resource Center Education Specialist conducted a Lunar Workshop for 90 7th and 8th grade students at Sculptor Charter School in Titusville, Florida on November 17 and 18 as part of the NASA School Connection Program. The students participated in the NASA STEM activity Touch Down, while learning about past and present lunar exploration. The students created a model of a Lunar Module that was capable of a soft landing when dropped from a height of 12 inches.
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/On_the_Moon_Guide.html
 

South Woods Elementary School Students Participate in Space Exploration
KSC
POC:  Linda Scauzillo,
linda.c.scauzillo@nasa.gov
CC:  eEducation, Under-Represented
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
Kennedy Space Center Educator Resource Center Education Specialist conducted a Space Exploration Workshop for 210 3rd-5th grade students at South Woods Elementary in Elkton, Florida on November 19. The students participated in NASA STEM activities such as Straw Rockets and Space Food. The students created Straw Rockets, while learning about center of mass, Newton’s Laws, and aeronautics. They also explored the process of creating space food and were introduced to growing plants in space.
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Rockets.html
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Moon_Munchies.html
 

Inspiring Students through STEM Activities
KSC
POC:  Angela Thomas,
angela.thomas@nasa.gov
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
Kennedy Educator Resource Center Education Specialists conducted student STEM programs for 590 elementary and middle school students from Florida during the week of November 15-20, 2010. The students were engaged in hands-on activities involving Shuttle, Living and Working In Space, Vestibular System, Newton Laws, International Space Station, Lunar Lander, Microgravity, Robotics, and Rocketry.
 

Touchdown at Calvary Chapel NASA STEM
KSC
POC:  Lania Rosengren,
lania.a.rosengren@nasa.gov
CC:  eEducation
MD:  Exploration Systems, Space Operations
Kennedy Space Center Educator Resource Center Education Specialist conducted a hands-on landing on the moon activity for 18 eighth grade students in Melbourne, FL. on Nov. 19th. As part of the NASA School Connection program, students designed and engineered a shock absorbing lunar lander that they tested at various heights. Students learned about landing on the moon and what engineers and scientists must think about when designing and building a space craft. Fifty fifth graders participated in a rocketry workshop and they also engineered solar water heaters and learned about SDO.
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/On_the_Moon_Guide.html
 

Brevard Space Weeks 2010
KSC
POC:  Laura Baker,
Laura.a.baker@nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
Kennedy Educator Resource Center Education Specialist will conduct STEM based programs for approximately 6000 Brevard County sixth grade Students from November 29 – December 10. The student presentations will focus on living and working in space.
 

NASA Smart Skies in Charlotte County VA with the FAA
ARC
POC:  Greg Condon,
gregory.condon@nasa.gov
CC:  eEducation
MD:  Aeronautics Research
The FAA Deputy Administrator for the FAA Eastern Region, Diane Crean, arranged a Smart Skies teacher professional development workshop for 45 teachers and school administrators in Charlotte County, VA on October 26, 2010. The workshop focused on the LineUp With Math educational product. The teachers used the Smart Skies air traffic control simulator on computers in the school computer lab to explore how to solve real-world problems, learned the associated math, and learned how to access the rich set of materials. The Supervisor of the Charlotte County School District is planning to introduce smart skies in the middle school classrooms.
http://smartskies.nasa.gov
http://www.faa.org/education
 

NASA/GS FLL Robotics Tournament
ARC
POC:  Mark Leon,
mark.j.leon@nasa.gov
CC:  Under-Represented
MD:  Exploration Systems
On Saturday, 13 Nov, ARC played host to the 2nd Annual NASA/Girl Scout FIRST Lego League Tournament. The tournament is a partnership between the NASA Robotics Alliance Project, Girl Scouts of Northern California, and Playing @ Learning. 17 FLL teams from across Northern California participated in this qualifying tournament. The students ranged from upper elementary to middle school age. Awards are presented to FLL teams in three key categories: Robot Design, Research Project, and Teamwork. In addition, a Judges Award is given to a deserving team that doesn't fit in one of the key categories. The teams are judged and scored in these categories with an overall score calculated. Based on a ranking of these scores, five teams move on to the regional tournament. Those five teams were: Team 406-RoboCandies, Team 9787-Cosmic Robotic, Team 2001-Team Green, Team 4440-the Androids, and Team 8064-Team Firefox. The tournament was planned, coordinated, managed, directed and executed by a member of the Space Cookies FIRST Robotics Team 1868 as her Gold Award Project (highest award in Girl Scouts). In addition to receiving support from her team mates, the event was also supported by two other FRC teams, the Cheesy Poofs FRC Team 254 and the Insomniacs FRC Team 2489.
https://sites.google.com/site/gsflltournament/
http://www.playingatlearning.org/
http://www.spacecookies.org/
http://www.team2489.org/
http://www.team254.com/
 

Cassini Scientist for a Day 2010 Essay Contest
JPL
POC:  Rachel Zimmerman Brachman,
Rachel.Zimmerman-Brachman@jpl.nasa.gov
MD:  Science
Over 1,000 U.S. students from 23 states wrote essays for the Cassini Scientist for a Day 2010 Essay Contest. The contest deadline was October 27, 2010. Cassini scientists, engineers, and educators will be judging the essays and selecting winners. Winning students and their classes will be invited to participate in a teleconference or videoconference to ask questions about Saturn to Cassini scientists. The international edition of the contest is also being held in 30 countries on six continents.
http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/education/scientistforaday9thedition/
 

International winners selected for Cassini Scientist for a Day essay contest
JPL
POC:  Rachel Zimmerman Brachman,
Rachel.Zimmerman-Brachman@jpl.nasa.gov
MD:  Science
Judges are reading the U.S. essay contest entries for Cassini Scientist for a Day. Essay contest winners have been selected in Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Algeria, Turkey, Peru, and Venezuela so far. The winning essay from Portugal was published in the Portuguese science magazine "Superinteressante".
http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/education/scientistforaday9thedition/
 

Live Ustream webcast on Dec 7 2010 for Cassini Scientist for a Day
JPL
POC:  Rachel Zimmerman Brachman,
Rachel.Zimmerman-Brachman@jpl.nasa.gov
MD:  Science
Students in grades 5-12 will watch a live webcast of Cassini scientists answering students' questions about Saturn and its rings and moons. All students who entered the 2010 Cassini Scientist for a Day essay contest are invited to send in questions for the Cassini scientists to answer. Winners and their classes will call in live to ask their questions over the phone, while other questions will be e-mailed in advance and read during the webcast. The event will be archived for future viewing as well.
http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/education/scientistforaday9thedition/
 

HRPEO Team Members Attend AP Forum
JSC
POC:  Monica Trevathan,
Monica.Trevathan@tietronix.com
MD:  Exploration Systems
HRPEO members supported the AP Forum as invited guests of the College Board which was held October 27-29, 2010 in Washington, D.C. The AP Annual forum offers an opportunity to discuss important issues affecting education today and tomorrow to wide range of peers from superintendents, teachers, and counselors, to presidents, faculty, and admissions and financial aid officers. Educators from schools and colleges across the nation and around the world gather for professional enrichment and to share ideas with a wide range of peers from superintendents, teachers, and counselors, to presidents, faculty, and admissions and financial aid officers. This year, over 3,000 educators participated in the forum. In addition, Forum attendees are treated to addresses by leaders from the fields of education, politics, business, the media, and entertainment. HRPEO was provided an area in the Resource Center to share Math and Science @ Work content and project information to all participants. Other NASA information regarding opportunities for high school thru post-doctoral students was also shared with participants. Additionally, participants learned about the latest in technology and innovation at NASA by interacting with the Surface Exploration Vehicle simulator and model, as well as the MARK III space suit.
http://forum.collegeboard.org/?affiliateId=rdr&bannerId=forum
 

NASA Announces High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH) Teams in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee
MSFC
POC:  Fred Kepner,
fred.kepner@nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems, Space Operations

On November 5, 2010, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) and Stennis Space Center (SSC) announced High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH) Teams from Alabama, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Of the twenty-five (25) teams that submitted proposals, the following seventeen (17) HUNCH Teams were selected based on panel reviews.

Alabama first year team:
Austin High School, Decatur

Alabama returning teams:
Huntsville Center for Technology, Huntsville
Bob Jones High School, Madison
Buckhorn High School, New Market
Hewitt-Trussville High School, Trussville
Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School, Montgomery

Tennessee returning team:
Lincoln County High School, Fayetteville, Tenn.

Louisiana first year teams:
Beau Chene High School, Arnaudville
Captain Shreve High School, Shreveport
Lusher Charter High School, New Orleans
Parkway High School, Bossier City
Northside Engineering Academy, Lafayette

Mississippi first year team:
Hancock County Vocational Technical School, Kiln

Mississippi returning teams:
East Central High School, Hurley
Gulfport High School, Gulfport
New Albany High School, New Albany
Petal High School, Petal

HUNCH is a collaborative effort between the NASA Exploration Systems and Space Operations mission directorates, the MSFC Academic Affairs Office, Training and Crew Operations, the SSC Education Office and Engineering and Test Directorate.

A HUNCH kick-off telecon with NASA and school representatives will be held on November 15, 2010. This will be followed by SSC and MSFC education and engineer visits to HUNCH schools during November and December, to include delivery/discussion of task package requirements and product specifications.

During January through March, HUNCH teams will experience NASA’s authentic work environment, as they plan, design, and develop hardware and software models and/or products to be used for NASA missions. An Appreciation Day will be held on April 21, 2010, at MSFC and SSC. Teams will be recognized and will display and discuss projects with NASA employees.
 

Rocket Rulz Activity - Space Day at Nativity BVM Biloxi, MS
SSC
POC:  Barbara Murphy,
barbara.d.murphy@nasa.gov
MD:  Space Operations
Five education staff members participated in this 169 student K - 6 grade school Space Day with hands on activities; Rocket Transportation, Stomp Rockets, 3,2,1 Puff and including StarLab portable planetarium for 2nd - 6th grade. Journey Into Space presentations were given to Pre-k - 2nd graders. Educator packets were distributed to all teachers.
 

Center Funded Programs

NASA to support teacher conference
JSC
POC:  Jessica Cejka,
jessica.a.cejka@nasa.gov
The JSC Education Office will be supporting the Conference for Advancement of Science Teaching held November 11-13 at the George R Brown Convention Center. JSC Education will have a booth to talk to teachers about NASA opportunities as well as presenting at a variety of sessions during the event. This event is a large recruiting event for our student and educator programs in the state of Texas.
http://www.statweb.org/cast
 

MSFC NASA Foundations of Influence, Relationships, Success, and Teamwork (FIRST) Team Focuses on Volunteer Support and Recognition
MSFC
POC:  Jeff Ehmen,
jeff.ehmen@nasa.gov
CC:  Higher Education, Informal Education, eEducation, Under-Represented
The MSFC NASA Foundations of Influence, Relationships, Success, and Teamwork (FIRST) team 2010 project was to develop a comprehensive center-wide awareness campaign and recognition program to inspire the MSFC workforce to be more involved in science; technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) related education and outreach. The end result of the project would be to raise the visibility of volunteer opportunities available through the Marshall Academic Affairs Office and other center-outreach organizations (such as Speakers Bureau) and to provide visible recognition to those who volunteer. MSFC senior management has endorsed the effort. The MSFC Academic Affairs Office will be working with the team on assuming the role of implementing the recommendations.
 

Canyon Fest at Little River Canyon
MSFC
POC:  Fred Kepner,
fred.kepner@nasa.gov
A Marshall Space Flight Center education specialist traveled to Little River Canyon in Fort Payne, Ala., for its annual Canyon Fest. NASA educational programs were showcased utilizing a portable theater system. The Great Moonbuggy Race and the Student Launch Initiative/University Student Launch Initiative were featured in the video presentation. Approximately 250 people attended the festival.
 

EPOXI Mission Comet Hartley-2 Flyby Student Event
JPL
POC:  Mary Kay Kuehn,
mary.k.kuehn@jpl.nasa.gov
11/4/10, two hundred middle and high school students from five regional US Congressional districts will attend a 2 hour event at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory associated with the EPOXI spacecraft flyby of Comet Hartley-2. Students will learn about the mission and comet science, view a demonstration and do a hands-on activity. They will also have a chance to hear in person from and ask questions of Malcolm Hartley, discoverer of the comet and, hopefully, see the highest resolution images captured during the flyby. This experience will broaden interest and knowledge of a comet’s activity while visiting our solar system.
 

EPOXI Comet Hartley 2 Flyby – Education Event
JPL
POC:  Mary Kay Kuehn,
mary.k.kuehn@jpl.nasa.gov
On 11/4/10, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Education Office hosted a special day for students coincident with the comet flyby of November 4. During the live NASA TV coverage from the Space Flight Operations Facility Mission Support Room (MSA) there was a 19 minute segment that featured demonstrations and Q&A from students. Later in the morning 150 students and 26 adults attended a two and a half hour program that included presentations on the encounter events of the day, comet science, the Deep Impact mission (from Ball Aerospace), a make-a-comet demonstration and “Comet on a Stick,” a hands-on activity. The group also had a visit from Malcolm Hartley, discoverer of the comet. The students came from five local US Congressional Districts’ K-12 schools. Their morning ended with the unveiling of the high quality closest approach images. The EPOXI encounter (and related educational activities) is one of a strand of small bodies (comets and asteroids) events including an educator conference in February followed by the Stardust-NEXT flyby of comet Tempel 1 later in February and the Dawn arrival at asteroid Vesta during the summer of 2011. The entire day left an enormous impression on each student’s thoughts of what space exploration is all about.
 

Women in Mathematics Conference
JPL
POC:  Mary Kay Kuehn,
mary.k.kuehn@jpl.nasa.gov
On 11/19/10, one hundred twenty five female high school students and 22 teachers attended the first annual Women in Mathematics Conference, held at Chaffey College, Chino, CA . The students attended workshops to prepare them for a possible future career in the sciences. The conference also included workshops to encourage girls to take part in areas such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Marsbound Challenge activity was presented in 3 workshops to 44 high school students and 8 teachers. NASA careers were discussed during a panel discussion after lunch.
 

NASA High School Aerospace Scholars' model shared at Virtual School Symposium
JSC
POC:  Linda Smith,
linda.k.smith@nasa.gov
November 15 a JSC representative co-presented with partner Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars (ISAS) at the Virtual School Symposium in Phoenix, Arizona. The model and its successes were shared highlighting the contribution of partnerships at the national and state levels. The conference topics provided valuable information and insight on the delivery of on-line curriculum.
http://aerospacescholars.jsc.nasa.gov/HAS/
http://www.sde.idaho.gov/site/science/ISAS/index.htm
http://www.virtualschoolsymposium.org/
 

NASA High School Aerospace Scholars' model shared in Arizona
JSC
POC:  Linda Smith,
linda.k.smith@nasa.gov
The NASA High School Aerospace Scholars' model was shared with Arizona State Representive Rich Crandall,Chairman of the Education Committee, as well as individuals representing Science Foundation Arizona and Intel. They are interested in the model and discussing the possibility with their state partners.
http://aerospacescholars.jsc.nasa.gov/HAS/
 

TEDxYouth Event at JSC
JSC
POC:  Linda Smith,
linda.k.smith@nasa.gov
Saturday November 20 JSC hosted the 1st TEDxYouthNASAJSC event at Space Center Houston. It was in conjunction with the 30 plus events held in honor of Universal Children's Day. Approximately 150+ local high school juniors and seniors attended with an estimated 1,000+ web viewers. As of 11/21, JSC held the 3rd highest viewer minutes of TEDxYouth events accounting for about 11% of the approximate 400,000 viewer minutes. Attendees heard from a NASA astronaut about his experiences and why “Failure is Not an Option… It’s a Necessity”; a Johnson Space Center engineer who made his dream of owning a electric car a reality – he built one; one of JSC’s foremost experts on asteroid threats and planned human missions; Rice University students who are participating in the program to change the world for Global Health (Rice 360 deg) – traveling to Malawi and other locales to develop new equipment and ideas; as well as many others and a great exhibit area with young professionals discussing their projects and passions with the participants.
http://tedxnasa.com/youth-jsc/
http://blog.ted.com/2010/11/12/amazing-event-lineup-for-tedxyouthday-november-20/
 

Girl Scouts
DFRC
POC:  Deborah Rosenquist,
deborah.rosenquist@nasa..gov
11/15/2010 – Deborah Rosenquist presented the Discovery Dome film “Force 5” to approx. 25 girl scouts, in conjunction with the activity entitled “Movers Try-it”, to show the power of wind and how it affects flight. The objective is to create excitement within girls to pursue science activities. Five parents and two educators were alsopresent. The event was held at Charles Helmers Elementary School, Valencia, CA. POC: Deborah Rosenquist (661) 276-5603
 

Girl Scouts
DFRC
POC:  Deborah Rosenquist,
deborah.rosenquist@nasa..gov
11/13/2010 - Deborah Rosenquist presented the Discovery Dome presentation of “Future Moon” at a Girl Scout Workshop for Brownies and the Discovery Dome presentation of “Earth’s Wild Ride” to Juniors at the Girl Scout Services Center in Montrose, CA. There was a combined total of 62 attendees. POC: Deborah Rosenquist (661) 276-5603
 

STAR/INSPIRE
DFRC
POC:  Russ Billings,
russell.l.billings@nasa.gov
10/22-10/24/2010 – Russ Billings presented NASA Intern opportunities for students and pre-service teachers at the California Science Teachers Association annual conference in Sacramento, CA. He met with over 50 potential interns for the STAR Fellows progam and presented the INSPIRE program to over 100 teachers. POC: Russ Billings (661) 276-2445
 

Super Science Saturday
DFRC
POC:  Shaun Smith,
shaun.smith@nasa.gov
UPDATE for event held on 10/23/2010. Shaun Smith, NASA education and AREES educator, Sonja Squires , supported Super Science Saturday, an event at Joe Walker Middle School, Quartz Hill, CA to engage 4th – 8th grade students in science and engineering activities to promote interest in STEM and STEM-based careers. A number of community organizations provided activities. And approximately 315 elementary and middle school students from 19 Antelope Valley schools participated in the event. Lancaster High Robotics Teams 399 and Garagebots 72, FIRST Tech Challenge Teams #452 and #4322 provided a demonstration of their robots. POC: David Voracek (661) 276-2463 nd Shaun Smith (661) 276-3888
 

"Elluminate"
DFRC
POC:  David Alexander,
david.e.alexander@nasa.gov
11/15/2010 David Alexander provided an overview of NASA's involvement with videoconferencing and distance learning programs between U.S. students and International Students to technology professionals via Elluminate software at the Global Education Conference via the Digital Learning Network (DLN). POC: David Alexander (661) 276-5818
 

Math and Science Odyssey 2011
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POC:  Russ Billings,
russell.l.billings@nasa.gov
11/10/2010 – The Bohn-Meyer Math and Science Odyssey 2011 Planning Meeting was held at the AERO Institute, Palmdale, CA. Russ Billings and representatives from Antelope Valley Community College will present The Math and Science Odyssey event on Friday, February 4, 2011 at Antelope Valley Community College. This STEM event will focus on reaching 250 – 7th grade students in the Antelope Valley. POC: Russ Billings (661) 276-2445
 

NASA Explorer Schools

NES Promotion at NSTA Regional Conference
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POC:  Teresa Sindelar,
teresa.m.sindelar@nasa.gov
On behalf of NASA Explorer Schools (NES), a Teaching From Space (TFS) Education Specialist supported the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Regional conference held October 28-30, 2010 in Kansas City, MO. The main objective of participating in this conference was to introduce the new format of NASA Explorer Schools to educators. During the 3 day conference, approximately 130 educators visited the NES booth and several expressed interest in joining the newly redesigned NES online community. In addition to staffing the NES booth, the TFS staff member presented a break-out session that detailed the new aspects of NASA Explorer Schools and the benefits of participation.
 

NES Meeting with Strategic Partners
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POC:  Rob LaSalvia,
Robert.f.lasalvia@nasa.gov
NES Project Management conducted a meeting with strategic partners from the National Science Teachers Association and International Center for Leadership in Education. The meeting focused on leveraging external teacher networks to support recruitment and offered external experts an opportunity to weigh in on project direction and validate key ideas.
 

Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP)

Pre-service Educator Workshop at University of Wyoming
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POC:  Tony Leavitt,
anthony.d.leavitt@nasa.gov
•NASA Ames education specialist facilitated two days of workshop sessions at the University of Wyoming- College of Education. •Specialist worked at the University of Wyoming in collaboration with the Wyoming Space Grant to introduce future teachers to NASA materials and resources. •Workshop sessions were presented on the Solar System, Aeronautics, Rockets, Toys in Space, and Mars exploration. •Space grant also facilitated meetings with the Wyoming Department of Wyoming, and the Wyoming Science and Math Teaching Center. •Demonstrated NASA activities and materials were aligned with state curriculum goals in the areas of science, math, engineering, technology, and geography.
http://aesp.psu.edu
 

. California State University- Pre-Service Education Undergraduate Workshop
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POC:  Brian Hawkins,
brian.j.hawkins@nasa.gov
?(October 30, 2010) An Ames based NASA Aerospace Education Program Specialist taught an all day Saturday workshop for undergraduate student teachers from the Instructional Technology and Resource Center (INTERESC) at California State University in Fresno, CA. This workshop demonstrated how a variety of electronic instructional technologies could be integrated with NASA science, meteorology, mathematics, and web based lessons into a standards based curriculum. Extensive use of NASA web based resources and electronic online curriculum was utilized. The Specialist modeled best practices and hands on activities. Eighteen education students and four certified teachers from adjacent communities were in attendance.
http://aesp.psu.edu
 

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional Conference
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POC:  Mike McGlone,
michael.a.mcglone@nasa.gov
Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP) supported the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. Specialists presented sessions on Exploring Space through Mathematics, Math for Young Astronauts, plus Measuring and Modeling the Solar System. Teachers from across the country attended this conference with nearly 200 attending AESP sessions.
 

NES West Ward Elementary Celebrates 10 Years with NASA
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POC:  Lisa Brown,
lisa.r.brown@nasa.gov
Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP) supported NASA Explorer School (NES) West Ward Elementary in Killeen, TX for their 10th anniversary with NASA. AESP presented various topics about the solar system to all of the students in the school, as well as, during their Family Night event. Solar System topics were also presented to teachers during a professional development workshop, during the week.
 

Profesional Development Worshop Aviation Museum at Warner Robins, GA
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POC:  Lina Rosado,
lina.r.rosado@nasa.gov
CC:  eEducation
MD:  Exploration Systems, Space Operations
AESP supported Warner Robins Aviation Museum where NASA-RERC is housed. The workshop was for 43 STEM teachers in the topics of Astronomy (K-12) as well Pre-service teachers from Macon College, Kennesaw State University, and University of West Georgia. Aerospace specialist conducted a Lunar and Meteorite Sample Education Disk Program Certification Workshop at. Teachers were introduced to the Lunar/Meteorite Certification Program that was designed to be used as a science teaching aid in a classroom environment. Teachers were certified for the use of a disk in their classroom by attending this workshop sponsored by NASA's Space Science Education. Educators learned hands on activities that can be utilized in your classroom and give the student’s access to view and explore some small portions of these lunar materials. Teachers had hands on activities from On the Moon Guide, and Exploring the Moon Guide.
 

Recruitment for Summer 2011 Internship Opportunities
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POC:  Mablelene Burrell,
Mablelene.S.Burrell@nasa.gov
CC:  Higher Education
Goddard's presence to recruit students for Summer 2011 internship opportunities will occur or has occurred at the following venues: Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Conference; National Society of Black Engineers Region 2 Meeting; Society of Women Engineers Conference; and American Indian Science and Engineering Society Conference.
 

Aerospace Education Services Project Presents Education Sessions Via Skype
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POC:  Steve Culivan,
stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov
November 3, 2010: The Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP) presented three Skype student education sessions, “Our Solar System: A Learning Tour”, from the Stennis Space Center to third graders and teachers at New Albany Elementary School in New Albany, Mississippi. The local newspaper, The New Albany Gazette, was present for the sessions.
 

Aerospace Education Services Project Presents Teacher Workshop Sessions at Louisiana Science Teacher's Association Institute
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POC:  Steve Culivan,
stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov
MD:  Space Operations
November 5, 2010: The Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP) presented teacher professional development sessions for fifty-eight teachers at the Louisiana Science Teacher's Association (LSTA) Annual Institute in Monroe, Louisiana. The two workshop sessions showcased the new Stennis Space Center developed education curriculum resources, “Mass vs. Weight: A Heavy Duty Concept” and “Spaced Out Sports: Science Behind the Games on Earth and in Space”. Also assisted Marshall Space Flight Center AESP present workshop session, “Using Scale Modeling to Comprehend the Size of Earth”. Stennis Space Center Education Office also staffed a NASA education resources exhibit available for over two hundred participants who visited the exhibit.
 

San Joaquin Community Medical College Support
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POC:  Brian Hawkins,
brian.j.hawkins@nasa.gov
(November 1, 2010) An Ames based NASA Aerospace Education Program Specialist provided a hands-on demonstration and curriculum support for medical related lessons on human space flight for college students. During this session, community college students were provided standards based curriculum content that focused on human physiology and microgravity effects. This presentation was sponsored and organized by the San Jose State University Fresno Educator Resource Center (ERC).
http://aesp.psu.edu
 

MESA Schools Program Support /LCROSS
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POC:  Brian Hawkins,
brian.j.hawkins@nasa.gov
(November 5, 2010) An Ames based NASA Aerospace Education Program Specialist supported the Mathematics, Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) Engineering Day program at Washington State University in Vancouver WA. During four sessions, 60 middle school students and 6 accompanying adult mentors participated in a standards based lesson and engineering activity using the LCROSS mission results as a focus.
http://aesp.psu.edu
 

2010 South Carolina Council for Teachers of Mathematics Fall Conference
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POC:  Gwen Wheatle,
gwendolyn.h.wheatle@nasa.gov
A Core of Excellence in Mathematics, Technology, and Standards was the theme of the SCCTM Fall Conference held in Greenville, SC. Aerospace Education Specialist delivered four (4) workshops for attendees on topics closely associated with the theme. Mathematics resources from NASA such as Smart Skies, Earth Math, Buzz Lightyear Missions, and Wall-E Proportions were demonstrated. Also, the participants were trained on how to become a part of the NASA Educators Online Network. The benefit of the workshops was to introduce the strongest resources produced by NASA that are closely related to the South Carolina mathematics standards for grades K-12.
 

Oklahoma Science Teachers Conference
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POC:  Mike McGlone,
michael.a.mcglone@nasa.gov
The Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP) supported the Oklahoma Science Teachers Conference held on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK. AESP specialists conducted workshop sessions for in-service and pre-service teachers on the topics of astrobiology, exoplanets, and Earth and space sciences. Workshops included information about past and current NASA missions plus classroom activities for teachers to use in the classroom.
 

AESP Trains Educators of Lincoln County Schools, NC
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POC:  Gwen Wheatle,
gwendolyn.h.wheatle@nasa.gov
The Aerospace Education Services Project was invited to Lincolnton, NC to train elementary school educators on NASA education resources related to studying the Moon, weather, rocks & minerals, and force & motion. The visit called for stops at 12 individual elementary schools and 2 presentations held at the Lincoln County Board of Education Office Building. Aerospace Education Specialist worked with the educators on the specified topics in addition to promoting NASA education interactive and online resources including NEON and the Find Teaching Materials search engine. Before the week’s visit ended, the aerospace education specialist was invited to return to Lincolnton, NC to work with middle school educators on a future visit.
 

AESP Supports STEM Academy at Carver Junior High School, Spartanburg, SC
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POC:  Gwen Wheatle,
gwendolyn.h.wheatle@nasa.gov
Carver Junior High School of Spartanburg, SC is the pilot campus for implementing the first STEM Academy in the Spartanburg 7 school district. The AES have established a collaborative effort to provide training for educators at the school on curricula that employ science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) using NASA education resources. The recent visit to Carver was the second in a series of three for the current academic year where teachers in core subjects were trained in cohorts on resources that address their subject area primarily but also involves other disciplines in the STEM suite. For example, English teachers were trained on the use of Space Weather Action Centers, a resource that employs research and writing skills to create a multimedia project that is based on live science data from a NASA website.
 

New York Science Teachers Association
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POC:  Sonya Williams,
sonya.r.williams@nasa.gov
An Education Specialist will be leading two sessions on NASA Resources in the Classroom for the New York Science Teachers Association in Liverpool, NY for an expected audience of twenty teachers.
 

National Science Teachers Association
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POC:  Sonya Williams,
sonya.r.williams@nasa.gov
A Goddard Education Specialist will be attending the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) in Baltimore to present "An Introduction to NASA Education Resources" workshop for Earth Science teachers at the Earth Science Share-a-thon.
 

Maine Science Teachers Association
GSFC
POC:  Tom Estill,
thomas.j.estill@nasa.gov
A Goddard Education Specialist will in Gardiner Maine to host a workshop on "Utilizing NASA Educational Resources In The Classroom" to show teachers how to access online NASA educational resources, describe the role of Maine’s NASA Educator Resource Center, show various NASA lesson plans and classroom activities, advise how to participate in NASA Distance Learning Network opportunities, students contests and competitions, and teacher opportunities, and introduce them to their State of Maine/NASA education liaison.
 

STS 133 Launch Support Activities
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POC:  Lina R. Rosado,
lina.r.rosado@nasa.gov
CC:  Informal Education
MD:  Exploration Systems, Space Operations
AESP supported launch activities for visitors at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor center on L-1. Activities tables were set up at two locations, the IMAX movie theatre building and under the Shuttle Orbiter muck up. Hands on STEM activities were shared with members of the public who stopped at the tables. The activities were related to the launch of STS-133 which included the construction of a model of the "End Effectors" which is located at the end of the shuttle's Robotic Arm, and performing Extravehicular activity (EVA) where the participants were tethered to the "EVA Board", put on gloves and were directed to perform tasks like removing bolts, placing them on a special magnetic board and replacing a piece of equipment. Similar activities would have been performed Launch day at both the Astronaut Hall of Fame and the Saturn V facility, but launch has been delayed.
 

AESP visit to Theena C. Crowder Elementary School
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POC:  Lina R. Rosado,
lina.r.rosado@nasa.gov
CC:  eEducation
MD:  Science
Theena C. Crowder Elementary School of Miami FL received a visit for two days to work with K-3 students. STEM activities included traveling from the surface of Earth to out in space seeing the Earth as one planet, learning about our day night cycle, the reason for seeing the Moon in the sky and how its position and shape changes on a nightly basis, the motion of the Sun and stars across the sky, and working with images of our solar system were incorporated in the programs.
 

Visit to the Puerto Rico Educational Community for In-service Teacher Professional Development Workshops and Student Educational Programs
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POC:  Lina R. Rosado,
lina.r.rosado@nasa.gov
CC:  eEducation
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
Aerospace Education Services Project specialist visited Puerto Rico from Nov. 8 -14, 2010 to conduct a school visit and NASA-STEM professional development workshops for In-service teachers. The school visited was Escuela Miguel A. Sastre Oliver in Jayuya, Puerto Rico. to 4th -6th grade students participated in hands on activities in Aeronautics (Ring Glider), Robotics (End Effector), Astronomy(Starry Night), and Living and Working in Space with emphasis on International Space Station and Space Shuttle respectively. Two professional development workshops were conducted in two different cities and attended by in-service teachers of the regions. The first workshop was held at The University of Puerto Rico Arecibo Campus and hosted by the Integrated Science Multi-used Laboratory (ISMul), where 15 teachers had a one day workshop called NASA- Technology in the classroom. Teachers were introduced to a series of NASA related online resources including NASA website, eClips, Express Mail, MyNASA, NASA-epdn, Kepler website, Solar Dynamic Observatory website, New Horizons website, NASA - Math, My Space Place, NEON, among others. Teachers were also given training on how to use NASA virtual Microscope. The second workshop was held in Humacao, Puerto Rico, hosted by NASA-Puerto Rico Education Resource Center. There were 22 teachers in attendance from many municipalities including from the Island of Vieques. This was an Astronomy workshop where AESP participated with presentation of NEON and Kepler mission website. Interactive Kepler simulation instrumentation was demonstrated as well as the Kepler Astronomy Wheel. AESP also participated in the Lunar and star gazing evening event to teach teachers how to used telescopes and how to look for planets, stars, and moons.
 

Marshall Education Specialist Trains Missouri Teachers
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POC:  John Weis,
john.f.weis@nasa.gov
On November 10-12, an Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP) education specialist conducted four workshops on NASA robotics for in-service and pre-service teachers in southwest Missouri. The workshops, hosted by Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff, Missouri included information about NASA robotic exploration and classroom activities including the use of LEGO Mindstorms robotics kits. Each workshop was two hours long and the four workshops reached approximately 60 teachers. In addition to the workshops, the specialist also gave a public talk on November 12th titled, “Animals in Space,” which was attended by approximately 100 people.
 

Conference for the Science Teachers Association of Texas
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POC:  Mike Mcglone,
michael.a.mcglone@nasa.gov
The Aerospace Education Services Project supported the Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching (CAST) in Houston, Texas on November 11-13, 2010. Specialists conducted a series of full and half-day short courses, plus several one-hour workshops. Two short courses were presented in collaboration with the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Scdience (ARES) education team from Johnson Space Center. CAST is the annual conference for the Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT) and attracts nearly 7000 educators from across Texas and surrounding states.
 

International Space Station Expedition 25 Commander Doug Wheelock Recognizes Alabama Students and Teachers
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POC:  William O. Robertson,
william.o.robertson@nasa.gov
CC:  Under-Represented
MD:  Space Operations
The International Space Station Expedition 25 Crew was interviewed on the syndicated radio show, Rick and Bubba on November 18. The interview with Commander Doug Wheelock and Flight Engineers Shannon Walker and Scott Kelly highlighted life onboard the station and the future of human exploration of space. During the interview Commander Doug Wheelock introduced their fourth crew member, Al the Astro-nut. Al is a peanut mascot created by teachers and students of the Wiregrass Math and Science Consortium of southeast Alabama. Al will be used to motivate students in learning how he was flown into space teaching model rocketry, mathematics, and physics using NASA education materials for grades K-12. Estimated audience by Arbitron of the Rick and Bubba Radio Show is approximately one million listeners.
http://dothan.troy.edu/consortium/index.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXX5Z5vbOlA
 

AESP Webcast on the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill
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POC:  Gwendolyn H. Wheatle,
gwendolyn.h.wheatle@nasa.gov
Aerospace Education Services Project conducted a webcast in the Digital Learning Network studio on the Great Gulf Oil Disaster of 2010. Three of NASA’s education resources were highlighted in the webcast because of their uniqueness for teaching about the way oil deposits are created, the desire to drill for oil, oil spill disasters, and the environmental effects of oil spill dispersion & clean up. The resources are NASA SciFiles: The Case of the Ocean Odyssey, NASA eClips, and the current catalog of NASA Space Math.
 

North Carolina Science Teachers Association (NCSTA) Conference
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POC:  Gwendolyn H. Wheatle,
gwendolyn.h.wheatle@nasa.gov
In Greensboro, NC attendees of the 41st Annual Professional Development Institute celebrated one word, STEM. Recognizing that science, technology, engineering, and technology (STEM) is one really big integrated topic, the members of NCSTA selected a proposal from the Aerospace Education Services Project on The Great Gulf Oil Catastrophe of 2010. The session revisited some of NASA’s education resources designed to help students understand the difficulties involved in drilling for oil, oil seeps, the effectiveness of various methods of oil spill cleanup, what happens to the ocean during an oil spill, and the impact of oil pollution on the environment and wildlife.
 

3rd Annual NASA STEM Educators Workshop Series
LRC
POC:  Gwen Wheatle,
gwendolyn.h.wheatle@nasa.gov
NASA Aerospace Services Project (AESP) and educators in Charlotte, NC will “Embrace the Challenge to Innovate” on March 1st – March 3rd, 2011 at Whitewater Middle School. The 84 workshops will continue to blend science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) using education resources related to current and future missions. They will also explore engineering design challenges, problem-based learning activities, distance learning modules, inquiry-based lessons, and hands-on projects. Educators will be invited to register for 2-3 days of workshop training and will earn between 12 to 18 hours toward continuing education units.
 

Aerospace Education Services Project November Events
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POC:  Lisa Roberts,
lisa.roberts-1@nasa.gov
The Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP) supported 11 events in 5 states during the month of November, which included conferences, teacher in-service workshops, student programs and pre-service training workshops. Through these events, NASA resources reached 540 teachers, 125 students and 1,000 community members promoting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
 

Education Flight Projects

ARISS Contact Planned for Euro Space Center
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POC:  Kenneth Ransom,
kenneth.g.ransom@nasa.gov
CC:  Informal Education
Euro Space Center (ESC), Transinne, Belgium has been scheduled for an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Tuesday, November 16 at 19:42 UTC via telebridge station VK5ZAI in Australia. ESC is a Space Expo, which is open to the public, as well as a Space Camp for youth. Twenty-four English speaking students, ages 10-14 from the International School Zurich North (Switzerland), attending the Space Camp, will participate in the ARISS contact.
 

Building Partnerships
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POC:  Becky Kamas,
annamarie.r.kamas@nasa.gov
Education specialists from the Teaching From Space office visited Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA) located on the grounds of Lakeland Regional Airport in Lakeland, FL, on November 1, 2010. CFAA will host a downlink with Exp. 26 commander Scott Kelly on December 1. The specialists met with administrators and staff from CFAA, Sun-N-Fun Museum, and FAA Production Studios and toured facilities. CFAA provides meaningful and content-rich education that challenges students to reach high levels of achievement in STEM in preparation for high-tech careers in the fields of aviation and aerospace. Downlinks provide opportunities for educators and students to interact with crewmembers aboard the International Space Station through a question and answer session. Downlinks also support a comprehensive suite of education activities proposed by host organizations to enhance student learning in STEM.
 

NASA FIRST Collaboration
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POC:  Matthew Keil,
matthew.j.keil@nasa.gov
The Teaching From Space Office and NASA FIRST team at JSC have been collaborating to develop STEM education resources that relate to the International Space Station. NASA FIRST (Foundations of Influence, Relationships, Success, and Teamwork) is the Agency’s leadership development program for GS 11 and 12 engineers, scientists, and administrative professionals. NASA FIRST is an important initial element of the Agency’s succession management strategy as it provides leadership training for some of the Agency’s most promising junior professionals. FIRST focuses on developing leadership capabilities and intra-Agency collaboration by providing increased awareness of the NASA Vision, Mission, and Goals.
 

ISS Astronaut Provides Lessons From Space
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POC:  Trinesha Dixon,
trinesha.m.dixon@nasa.gov
CC:  eEducation
MD:  Space Operations
Teaching From Space and astronaut Doug Wheelock conducted two on-orbit education demonstrations. The demos, Exercise2 and Dress for Success were performed on Nov. 3 and Nov. 4 respectively. Both videos will be edited and used in the "Day in the Life Aboard the ISS" education website. The Exercise2 demo is intended for students and educators grades 6-12 and Dress for Success is intended for students and educators grades K-5. These videos will inform students of how astronauts live and work in a microgravity environment. In addition to helping students understand the differences between living in space and on Earth, the goal of these videos is to encourage the pursuit of STEM careers.
http://www.nasa.gov/education/tfs/dil
 

Rocketry Web site Training Sessions
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POC:  Teresa Sindelar,
teresa.m.sindelar@nasa.gov
CC:  eEducation
Teaching From Space partnered with Digital Learning Network (DLN) to deliver two NASA internal train the trainer workshops to introduce NASA Education's new Rocketry Web site and corresponding Rocketry Kit on Friday, Nov 5, 2010 and Mon, Nov 8. An additional workshop was conducted for external viewers also on Mon, Nov 8. Two Rocketry Kits will be sent to each NASA Center for Education Specialists to use at events, workshops, etc and the kit will soon be available to educators through CORE.
http://www.nasa.gov/education/rocketry
http://dln.nasa.gov
 

Successful ARISS Contact with Malaysian Youth
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POC:  Kenneth Ransom,
kenneth.g.ransom@nasa.gov
CC:  Informal Education
On Tuesday, November 2, students from S.K. Bukit Damansara visited the National Planetarium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and participated in an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact. The youth posed questions to astronaut Doug Wheelock, KF5BOC about what it is like to live in space. The contact was made in conjunction with the “Prime Minister’s - National Space Challenge Trophy 2010” event. ARISS is an international educational outreach program which offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers onboard the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize youngsters' interest in science, technology and learning.
 

ARISS Crew Debrief Held with Astronaut Caldwell-Dyson
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POC:  Kenneth Ransom,
kenneth.g.ransom@nasa.gov
Expedition 23/24 astronaut Tracy Caldwell-Dyson participated in an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) debrief session on Wednesday, November 3. The feedback she provided on the ISS Ham radio equipment and school contacts will aid the ARISS team in updating its program procedures. ARISS is an international educational outreach program which offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers onboard the International Space Station.
 

Polish Students Look Forward to ARISS Contact
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POC:  Carol Jackson,
carol.m.jackson@nasa.gov
MD:  Space Operations
LLiceum Ogolnoksztalcace Nr I im. Stanislawa Staszica in Ostrowiec Swietokrzyski, Poland has been scheduled for an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Wednesday, January 26 at 07:36 UTC. The school is setting up an astronomy and amateur radio club for the students and there are plans for a series of lectures on astronautical engineering and astronomy.
 

ARISS Contact with Collège Joseph Chassigneux
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POC:  Carol Jackson,
carol.m.jackson@nasa.gov
Collège Joseph Chassigneux, located in Vinay, France, has been scheduled for an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Tuesday, February 1 at 07:02 UTC. Through this activity, teachers hope to expose students from mostly rural villages to the outside world. In French class, students have written articles for the school magazine about life on the ISS as well as items about their preparations for the radio contact. They have learned technical terms in English, built CW circuits in Physics and have studied continents and countries in Geography. Amateur radio operators plan to discuss the technical aspects of the contact with the youth.
 

St. Louis Charter School Students Chat with Astronaut Shannon Walker via ARISS Contact
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POC:  Carol Jackson,
carol.m.jackson@nasa.gov
On Thursday, November 11, an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact was held between astronaut Shannon Walker and St. Louis Charter School, St. Louis, Missouri. The school integrated the ARISS contact into its science curriculum covering the solar system, space exploration and space missions. Students took part in several hands on activities and research papers to prepare for the contact. ARISS is an international educational outreach program which offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers onboard the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize youngsters' interest in science, technology and learning.
 

Astronaut Hobbies
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POC:  Trinesha Dixon,
trinesha.m.dixon@nasa.gov
MD:  Space Operations
Teaching From Space and astronaut Doug Wheelock conducted an on-orbit education demonstration on Nov. 10, 2010 as part of the Education Payloads Operations. This video is intended to inform students and educators grades K-12 about the hobbies astronauts engage in while aboard the ISS and how those hobbies are impacted by the microgravity environment. In addition to helping students understand the differences between living in space and on Earth, the goal of this video is to encourage the pursuit of STEM careers. The video will be edited and used on the "Day in the Life Aboard the ISS" education website
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/teachingfromspace/dayinthelife/index.html
 

Tracy Caldwell-Dyson Provides Feedback About On-Orbit Education Activities
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POC:  Trinesha Dixon,
trinesha.m.dixon@nasa.gov
MD:  Space Operations
The Teaching From Space Office participated in the post-mission debriefing sessions of Tracy Caldwell-Dyson on November 15, 16, & 19. While aboard the ISS, Tracy participated in In-flight Education Downlinks, EPO demos, and Kids in Micro-g activities. In-flight Education Downlinks are 20 minute live question and answer sessions with K-12 students and ISS crewmembers. Tracy conducted an EPO demo on cloud observations that will be used by the Students’ Cloud Observations On-line project. For the Kids in Micro-g project, Tracy conducted experiments written by middle school students. The students’ schools were provided with the videos of the respective students’ experiments being conducting in space.
 

Elementary & Secondary Small Programs

Washington County
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POC:  trena ferrell,
trena.m.ferrell@hotmail.com
The 8 grade students will come here on center and talk to scientists and see SOS at the GSFC Visitors Center.
 

Prince George's County District 1 Principals to visit GSFC
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POC:  trena ferrell,
trena.m.ferrell@hotmail.com
CC:  Under-Represented
Principals will come here on center and talk to scientists and see SOS at the GSFC Visitors Center.
 

Collaboration with Navy on inspring students
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POC:  Frank Scalzo,
frank.scalzo-1@nasa.gov
CC:  Under-Represented
MD:  Science
Our NYC - GISS office covered this event for the GSFC Speakers Bureau. Iridescent is a non-profit STEM K-12 organization, sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, that works with a number of minority school districts in Los Angeles. They are currently attempting to do the same in NYC - starting in the Bronx. More than 2000 students and teachers attended this event. The Plenary speakers included Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy and Congressman Jose Serrano, Bronx, NY.
 

4 H Club STEM Meeting
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POC:  trena ferrell,
trena.m.ferrell@hotmail.com
CC:  Under-Represented
I will talk to the group about science and technology and the importance of it.
 

NESBE Jr. Cahpter
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POC:  trena ferrell,
trena.m.ferrell@hotmail.com
CC:  Under-Represented
I will talk to the group about science and technology and the importance of it. I will also do a hands on activity with the students.
 

NSTA Workshop
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POC:  trena ferrell,
trena.m.ferrell@hotmail.com
I will talk to the group about science and technology and the importance of it. I will also do a hands on activity to show the educators.
 

Learning Technologies Program

JSC LT MathTrax/MDE Collaboration with Georgia Tech and IDEAL Group
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POC:  Stephanie Smith,
stephanie.l.smith@nasa.gov
CC:  Higher Education, Informal Education, eEducation, Under-Represented
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
JSC LT is consulting with the Georgia Tech Sonification Lab and the IDEAL Group Apps4Androids on a new MathTrax prototype based on the Math Description Engine Software Development Kit. MathTrax is a graphing tool for middle school and high school students to graph equations, physics simulations or plot data files. The graphs have descriptions and sound so you can hear and read about the graph. Blind and low vision users can access visual math data and graph or experiment with equations and datasets. The open source Math Description Engine Software Development Kit can be used by software developers to make computer-rendered graphs more accessible to blind and visually-impaired users. It has a simple API that lets you easily add alternative text and sound descriptions to your graphs. MathTrax and the MDE SDK received a 2007 Tech Museum Award and were named the 2006 NASA Software of the Year runner-up. The Georgia Institute for Technology Sonification Lab specializes in multimodal and auditory interfaces for the vision impaired. The IDEAL Group Apps4Androids is an Android software development company dedicated to developing free or very low-cost, high-quality, mobile applications for individuals with disabilities.
http://prime.jsc.nasa.gov
http://http://sonify.psych.gatech.edu/
http://www.apps4android.org/
 

JSC LT Hosts CloudSat's Dr. Matt Rogers at Second Life Talk
JSC
POC:  Stephanie Smith,
stephanie.l.smith@nasa.gov
CC:  Higher Education, Informal Education, eEducation, Under-Represented
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
CloudSat research scientist Dr. Matt Rogers gave a talk at the NASA eEducation island in Second Life. Dr. Rogers discussed the mission, science and outreach for CloudSat. CloudSat is part of the A-Train and gathers data to understand the role clouds play in global warming. Dr. Rogers addressed the international teledistant crowd in avatar form on a voice channel and took many good questions from the audience.
http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/ltp/home/index.html
http://reef.atmos.colostate.edu/rogers/second_life/cloudsat_second_life.ppt
 

NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future Program

Turk Students Hear About Classroom of the Future Research
HQ
POC:  Janis Worklan,
jworklan@cet.edu
Graduate students in Turkey studying educational technology learned how they can integrate games and virtual worlds into the instruction they design thanks to a webinar hosted by a NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future researcher. Dr. Debbie Denise Reese, senior educational researcher at the Center for Educational Technologies, home of the Classroom of the Future at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, WV, presented Nov. 10 to 10 graduate students at Suleyman Demirel University in Isparta, Turkey. The webinar came about through Reese's contact with the students' professor, who is also affiliated with the Games, Learning, and Society group at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where Reese has presented. The title of the webinar was "Integrating Instructional Games and Simulations for Instruction and Assessment." Reese used examples from the Selene videogame funded originally by NASA and now by the National Science Foundation and MoonWorld, the lunar geology research base funded by NASA in the Second Life virtual world. Both Selene and MoonWorld were created by the Classroom of the Future to study how best to teach NASA science and assess learning in virtual environments.
http://selene.cet.edu
http://moonworld.cet.edu
http://www.glseurasia.org/research.html
 

WV NASA Organizations Partner on Lunar Science Education
HQ
POC:  Janis Worklan,
jworklan@cet.edu
West Virginia's two NASA entities have begun a partnership to develop and disseminate a professional development model for lunar science. The NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future at the Center for Educational Technologies at Wheeling Jesuit University and the Educator Resource Center at the NASA IV & V Facility in Fairmont are working together to present an instructional unit on lunar science. The unit enables educators to infuse state of the art learning technologies—companion educational environments MoonWorld and Selene: A Lunar Construction GaME—into their science classroom. The Classroom of the Future has created both Selene and MoonWorld to study the best ways to teach NASA science and assess student learning in online environments. The Classroom of the Future has developed a number of professional development activities to guide educator and student understanding of how to observe the Moon. The two organizations will begin to roll out professional development activities during workshops this winter and spring. The IV & V Facility will host the 2011 workshops at its facility and build the unit into its equipment loan certification training for its telescope kits. The partners plan to take the model nationwide in 2011-2012.
http://selene.cet.edu/
http://moonworld.cet.edu
 

Evaluators Hear About Micronauts Evaluation
HQ
POC:  Janis Worklan,
jworklan@cet.edu
CC:  Informal Education
Dr. Laurie Ruberg, associate director of the Center for Educational Technologies at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, WV, presented a paper at the annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association that dealt with a new program aimed at children in grades K-4. The paper evaluated the new Micronauts facility at the Challenger Learning Center at Wheeling Jesuit and was titled, "Process Evaluation of an Immersive Learning Experience for Grades K-4 Youth." Coauthors were Dr. Debra Burkey Piecka, Jackie Shia, Cassie Lightfritz, and Annie Morgan of the Center for Educational Technologies. Also at the conference Nov. 10-13 in San Antonio, Ruberg promoted discussion about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs for young learners on a NASATalk collaborative called NASA and STEM Resources for K-4. Ruberg's paper was selected for presentation through a peer review process and was included in a strand of papers that focused on the theme of “Strengthening Schools and Youth Through the Use of Evaluation: Issues and Perspectives.” The presentation is posted in the American Evaluation Association online e-library, where it is available for association members to download, comment on, and review. The AEA presentation is also featured in the NASATalk collaborative and can be downloaded from there.
http://www.nasatalk.com/component/resource/article/120-nasa-and-stem-resources-for-k-4/1134-process-evaluation-of-an-immersion-learning-experience-for-grades-k-4-youth.html?lastid=1134
 

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

INSPIRE Online Learning Community. Week of November 1 through November 7, 2010.
KSC
POC:  Steve Chance,
Steven.H.Chance@nasa.gov
The Online Learning Community (OLC) features a weekly theme, weekly activities, and weekly Live Chats with NASA scientists and engineers. Last week’s theme was Robotics. On November 4, Curtis Frodge, Johnson Space Center, Texas, hosted the Live Chat. Mr. Frodge answered questions, informed the OLC members about his career, and provided information regarding robotics in space. 44 students were on hand to watch the presentation and ask questions.

New INSPIRE Online Learning Community Activities:
End Effectors: Students develop an understanding of the attributes of design and the ability to apply the design process.
Robot Hand: Students construct a robotic-like hand and demonstrate how data is collected when using robotic technology.
International Space Station Design Challenge: Students work together in groups to research, design, and construct a virtual 3D model of an international space station.
 

INSPIRE Online Learning Community. Week of November 8 through November 14, 2010.
KSC
POC:  Steve Chance,
Steven.H.Chance@nasa.gov
The Online Learning Community (OLC) features a weekly theme, weekly activities, and weekly Live Chats with NASA scientists and engineers. Last week’s theme was Langley Research Center. On November 10, Karen Ricks, Langley Research Center, Virginia, hosted the Live Chat. Ms. Ricks answered questions, informed the OLC members about her career, and provided information regarding Langley Research Center. 34 students were on hand to watch the presentation and ask questions.
New INSPIRE Online Learning Community Activities:
Newton’s First Law of Motion: Students discover Newton’s First Law of Motion using rate equation to compute distance and time and evaluate acceleration as a change in velocity of time.
NASA and Hurricanes: Students observe and document changes in the Earth’s land, oceans, and atmosphere.
Vector Concepts: Students add, subtract, and resolve displacement and velocity vectors and determine the net displacement of a particle relative to other particles.
International Space Station Design Challenge: Students work together in groups to research, design, and construct a virtual 3D model of an international space station.
 

Summer of Innovation

SOI Review
DFRC
POC:  Russ Billings,
russell.l.billings@nasa.gov
11/4/2010 – Russ Billings and Alexis Harry conducted a Summer of Innovation review and NASA educational program goals overview with the education staff of the California Science Center, Los Angeles, CA, The purpose of the meeting was to set program objectives for SOI 2011 and assess professional development opportunities available through AESP. POC: Russ Billings (661) 276-2445
 

Langley's 4th SoI Train-the-Trainer Workshop, Virginia, Beach, VA
LRC
POC:  Dollie M. McCown,
dollie.m.mccown@nasa.gov
CC:  Under-Represented
Train-the-Trainer - 4th Fall/Summer of Innovation Workshop Langley will be conducting its 4th train-the-trainer workshop, on November 13th, from 9am – 12noon, at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Virginia Beach, VA. This workshop is a spin-off of the other three Summer of Innovation workshops that were held during FY10 for middle school students in the Virginia Beach area. The facilitator stated that all participants will be active or retired teachers who will be attending the workshop. After the initial workshop, Mount Olive Baptist Church will be engaging middle school students in STEM activities every Saturday of the month. The following individuals will be conducting the workshop: Rudo Kashiri, NES Coordinator, TreAsia Fields, Math Teacher, and Tiffany Hunter, Pre-Service teacher, Hampton University. The three facilitators will be using the six 30-hour thematic units of NASA content, which is specific hands-on, problem –based activities and resources which was developed by Penn State University’s Aerospace Education Specialist, primarily for SoI events. Roger Hathaway, Director of Education, Langley and Dollie McCown, Summer of Innovation Lead, Langley will also be attending the workshop and providing an overview of Langley’s Fall/Summer of Innovation program.
 

Mission-Directorate-Funded Programs

Educator Appreciation Day
KSC
POC:  Beverly Davis,
Beverly.Davis@nasa.gov
On November 20, 2010, Delaware North, operator of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center, hosted the inaugural Educator Appreciation Day. Retired Astronaut Jack Lousma, who served as a member of the astronaut support crews for the Apollo 9, 10, and 13 missions, was the kickoff keynote speaker for the event. ERC Education Specialists offered NASA STEM based workshops and educator materials for approximately 77 guest teachers in attendance for this event. NASA Launch Services Program provided educational materials as well as workshops at the ERC. Live Science on a Sphere demonstrations were conducted all day long for the educators. In addition to all of the workshops and materials, access to the Visitor’s Center and the Astronaut Hall of Fame, a ‘Cape Canaveral: Then and Now’ bus tour was provided to the first 50 registrants.
 

Miscellaneous

NASA Glenn Digital Learning Network ends the month of October with 102 Event Completed
GRC
POC:  Dave Mazza,
david.a.mazza@nasa.gov
The NASA Glenn Research Center's Educational Programs Office DLN completes the month of October with 102 completed events reaching an audience of Educators 263, Parents 7, VIPs 25, K_4 Students 868, 5_8 Students 1153, and 9_12 Students 589 for a total of 2905 paticipants. The top five requested events were The Moon - 28, Asteroids - 15, Our Planet Earth - 11, Humans to Mars - 9, DLN Overview & Program Showcase - 9, and Humans in Space - 9. The States reached during the month were Texas - 24, Virginia - 18, Florida - 12, New York - 12, North Carolina - 7, Michigan - 6, Pennsylvania - 6, Montana - 4, Wyoming - 4, and Alabama - 3.
 

NASA Glenn Digital Learning Network Weekly Report
GRC
POC:  Dave Mazza,
david.a.mazza@nasa.gov
The NASA Glenn Research Center's Educational Programs Office Digital Learning Network week of November 1, 2010 event numbers are as follows; Completed Events 32 reaching, Educators - 76, Parents - 82, VIPs - 3, K_4 Students - 615, 5_8 Students - 368, and 9_12 Students - 81 for a total of 1225 participants. Program requests for this week were; Our Planet Earth - 13, The Moon - 7, The Solar System and Beyond - 4, Rocket Science - 2, Galileo: The Origins of Science - 2, Asteroids - 2, Simple Machines - 2, Humans in Space - 1, Ratios and Proportions - 1, and The Space Shuttle - 1. States requesting events; Texas - 15 New York - 6 Pennsylvania - 4 Virginia - 3 Ohio - 3 Arizona - 1 South Carolina - 1 North Carolina - 1 Alabama - 1
 

NASA Glenn Research Center's Digital Learning Network Weekly Report for November 15th, 2010
GRC
POC:  Dave Mazza,
david.a.mazza@nasa.gov
The NASA Glenn Education Office's DLN Event Status for the week of November 15, 2010 had Completed 29 completed events with an audience of Educators 39, Parents 0, VIPs 7, K_4 Students 126, 5_8 Students 466, 9_12 Students 111, for a total of 749 participants. Events requested during the week were Galileo: The Origins of Science - 7, The Moon - 5, The Solar System and Beyond - 5, Asteroids - 5, Humans in Space - 3, Ratios and Proportions - 2, Simple Machines - 2, Our Planet Earth - 1, and Rocket Science - 1. The States reached during the week were Texas - 6, South Carolina - 5, New York - 4, Pennsylvania - 3, Colorado - 3, Florida - 3, Ohio - 2, California - 2, Virginia - 1, and Montana - 1. Teahcer Comments were as follows, Thanks David! The program was fantastic. The kids talked about what they learned all afternoon. I think it opened a few minds. We will be in the computer lab on Wednesday, and will fill out the survey then. Can't wait until next time. Thank all of you so much, Cory Kutin. Hello Dave, What a great presentation! The kids loved it! The wanted to give you an A++. Can thank you enough for providing this opportunity for my students. Norine. Hello, The students in my class absolutely loved the video conference on Humans in space! I think that they most enjoyed all the visuals, especially watching the water balloon pop in space. They also loved seeing how people do everyday tasks in space. It certainly got them thinking! Thank you so much! Sarah Markel Kindergarten Teacher. Article in the Columbus News link http://www.snponline.com/articles/2010/11/18/multiple_papers/news/allwenasa%20_20101118_0827am_7.txt
 

Mission X International Meeting Held at CNES Headquarters
JSC
POC:  Charles Lloyd,
Charles.W.Lloyd@nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems
The last pre-challenge working group meeting was held at CNES in Paris, France, November 4-5, 2010. The sessions began with reports from NASA and ESA discussing the Mission X structure development. Thereafter, each country provided a status on their progress in establishing Mission X challenge sites. Additionally, the group discussed: the Mission X website, teacher training, potential give-aways, corporate support, a multi-national culminating event, press releases, the development of challenge sites, and Mission X surveys. Currently, the Mission X pilot project consists of an estimated 9 countries, 25 cities, 80+ teams, and 3,700 students. The Mission X content will be available in six languages, and will include 14 physical activities, and four educational activities. The Mission X challenge will initiate in January 2011.
http://trainlikeanastronaut.org/
 

Publication Support
HQ
POC:  Anton Butler,
a.butler-1@nasa.gov
Publications and exhibits provided and shipped to Robbie Mezzatesta and Delores Abraham at Kennedy Space Center, FL for the STS 133 Crew Launch on Nov. 3, 2010. Publications provided (assembled) and shipped to Tawana Clary at Cape Canaveral, FL for 200 participants for the STS-133 crew launch. Publications provided and shipped to Dollie McCown at NASA Langley Research Center for an event with 100 students on Nov. 5th, 2010. Urgent publication request filled for the Administrator Suite for Kevin Durham sent to Ann Evans at Farrell Elementary School in Farrell, PA for 30 Elementary students and their teacher on Nov. 2, 2010...
 

STS-133 Pre-Launch Innovation Summit
HQ
POC:  Kate Dancy,
kate.dancy@nasa.gov
The STS-133 Pre-Launch Innovation Summit was held October 31 - November 1 in Orlando, Florida at the Regal Sun Resort. 129 guests from industry, academia, non-profit and other areas attended the summit, which featured plenary speakers, roundtables and group discussions. Approximately 100 attended the VIP tour of Kennedy Space Center given on October 30.
 

National Summer Learning Association Conference (NSLA)
HQ
POC:  Kevin Durham,
kevin.e.durham@nasa.gov
The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) conference is in full swing in Indianapolis Indiana with NASA representation from Headquarters, Langley and Johnson Space Center. The HQ Office of Education Associate Administrator/Astronaut Mr. Leland Melvin had a very exciting plenary session on one of the hottest topics in out-of-school time learning. Mr. Melvin talked about opportunities for tracing STEM skills during the summer and the importance of motivating young people to pursue careers in space exploration and other STEM fields. NASA also held a 90 minute educator workshop and has an exhibit booth focusing on the Summer of Innovation project (SoI) as well as other K-12 NASA programs with summer opportunities. It is estimated that NASA will reach approximately 500-600 participants during this very insightful and education worthy conference promoting STEM!
 

Publication Support / Inquiry Response
HQ
POC:  Anton Butler,
a.butler-1@nasa.gov
Publications in quantities of 100 along with an exhibit provided and shipped to Kevin Durham for the National Summer Learning Association Conference (NSLA) being held on November 9-10 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Publications provided for Renaldo Lagdna in the Information Center at NASA Headquarters. The Information Center provide publications for small urgent request from NASA employee’s and also the general public visiting NASA Headquarters. Quantities of 100 assembled publications delivered to the Information Center. 44 Public Inquiry letters received through NASA Headquarters Mail Center. Inquiry letters are from K-12 students requesting Education Publications. Inquiries responded to and mailed materials....
 

Communication Support Services
HQ
POC:  Anton Butler,
a.butler-1@nasa.gov
Publications provided and assembled in 75 NASA Backpacks for Mrs. Bolden and Mrs. Perminova, wife of the Head of the Russian Federal Space Agency. Backpacks were for their brief meeting with a group of 4th grade students during a tour of the National Air and Space Museum on November 16, 2010. Materials were delivered to Patrick Logenbaker at NASA Headquarters...
 

 

Higher Education

 
Mission-Directorate-Funded Programs

Steckler Phase I Forum
JSC
POC:  Madonna Adams,
penny.m.adams@nasa.gov
The Steckler Phase I Forum was held at South Shore Harbour Convention Center in League City from Nov. 15th-17th. The Ralph Steckler grant is implemented in three phases, and the forum served as the Phase I closing out brief. Among the 56 total in attendance, there was NASA personnel from JSC, Headquarters, JPL and Glenn Research Center. Industry stakeholders, as well as, academia personnel from universities across the United States were also in attendance. 18 Phase I awardees presented up-to-date research activities and findings in preparation for the Phase II proposal submissions. Each awardee answered questions pertaining to their research findings and was given feedback from fellow university researchers. A question and answer session pertaining to the upcoming Phase II of the award closed out the three day event. Steckler Phase II proposals are due Jan. 12, 2011.
 

Undergraduate Student Flight Program: The Proposals are in!
JSC
POC:  Sara Malloy,
sara.w.malloy@nasa.gov
MD:  Space Operations
The proposal deadline for the Reduced Gravity Student Flight Program was Wednesday, October 27. The program received a total of 65 proposals from colleges and universities across the United States. Among the proposals were twenty-one institutions that have never participated in the Reduced Gravity Education Flight program previously. Technical, safety and outreach reviews will begin this week and selections will be announced on Thursday, December 8.
http://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov/
 

Systems Engineering Educational Discovery Flight Program: The Proposals are in!
JSC
POC:  Sara Malloy,
sara.w.malloy@nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems
The proposal deadline for the Reduced Gravity Student Flight Program was Wednesday, October 27. The program received a total of 20 proposals from colleges and universities across the United States. Technical, safety and outreach reviews will begin this week and selections will be announced on Thursday, December 8.
http://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov/se/
 

NASA University Student Launch Initiative Prepares For Design Reviews
MSFC
POC:  Julie Clift,
julie.d.clift@nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems
The thirty-three (33) selected NASA Student Launch Initiative (USLI) Level 1 and Level 2 teams prepare for their upcoming design reviews. Teams are required to submit a report, a PowerPoint presentation and a one-page overview for three of the four design reviews. In addition, teams are required to defend their designs and test results during a scheduled video teleconference. The first review, the Preliminary Design Review (PDR), is due on their team website by November 19, 2010. Presentations will be held via WebEx December 6-14. The Critical Design Review (CDR) is due on January 24, 2011 with presentations being held February 2-11. A panel of engineers, scientists, education specialists and many others make up the review panel from across the agency.
http://education.msfc.nasa.gov/usli
 

Center Funded Programs

Selection of Texas Aerospace Scholars' Interns for Spring 2011
JSC
POC:  Katherine Crouse,
katherine.crouse-1@nasa.gov
A record number of applications were received for the Spring 2011 Texas Aerospace Scholars' internship. Seven students were selected for the internship and will be placed with Johnson Space Center mentors for 15 weeks starting January 2011. These students are majoring in science, technology, engineering and math.
 

Community College Aerospace Scholars (CAS) Lessons Online
JSC
POC:  Deborah Hutchings,
deborah.hutchings-1@nasa.gov
Community College Aerospace Scholars (CAS) applicants have started working on their online lessons. Students must complete four online lessons outlining a fictitious mission to Mars before they are eligible to participate in the spring workshops onsite at JSC. Lessons are due February 24, 2011. During their two day onsite experience, students will work as part of team of community college students from across Texas to create a proposal for Martian Rover. Students also take part in engineering and scientific briefings and JSC tours, and are mentored by JSC scientists and engineers. During 2011, CAS will be held March 24, March 31, April 7 and April 13.
https://aerospacescholars.jsc.nasa.gov/CAS/
 

American Indian Science and Engineering Society
MSFC
POC:  Marla Marshall,
marla.l.marshall@nasa.gov
Two Marshall Space Flight Center representatives attended the American Indian Science Engineering Society conference and career fair on November 12, 2010, in Albuquerque, N.M. The representatives discussed student educational opportunities with high school and college students, along with other professionals. Information was shared concerning NASA and Marshall internships, co-op opportunities, and curriculum development information with the professionals and teachers. NASA was represented by NASA Headquarters and the following field centers: Johnson, Kennedy, Goddard, Glenn, Langley, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Ames, and Marshall.
 

Society of Women Engineers Conference
MSFC
POC:  Marla Marshall,
marla.l.marshall@nasa.gov
Two Marshall Space Flight Center representatives participated in the Society of Women Engineers conference and career fair on November 5, 2010, in Orlando, Fla. The representatives found a tremendous amount of interest by the conference attendees in obtaining information about employment, internships and co-op positions at the various NASA centers. One Marshall representative, a former intern and co-op employee, provided personal insight to conference attendees with regard to expectations, projects, and possible future employment for students. Several NASA centers were represented at the career fair.
 

Career Exploration Program Students Attend Texas Space Grant Consortium Design Challenge
JSC
POC:  Sherri Burrow,
sherri.burrow-1@nasa.gov
Nine Career Exploration Program (CEP) high school students attended the Fall Texas Space Grant Consortium Design Challenge at South Shore Harbor Resort on November 15, 2010. Students had the opportunity to observe the competing university design teams as they prepared and presented their projects. Students also had the opportunity to network and ask questions about college, their choices of majors and the actual design project experience to the participants. Sponsored by NASA and administered by the Texas Space Grant Consortium, the TSGC Design Challenge is a unique academic experience offering undergraduate students an opportunity to propose, design and fabricate a solution to a topic of importance to NASA and its mission.
http://www.epo.usra.edu/epo/programs.html
http://www.tsgc.utexas.edu/challenge/
 

Ohio State University 2010 Government Career Fair
MSFC
POC:  Marla Marshall,
marla.l.marshall@nasa.gov
Three Marshall Space Flight Center employees, including one from the Office of Human Capital and two from the Engineering Directorate, participated in the Ohio State University 2010 Government Career Fair held October 21, 2010, in Columbus, OH. Over 900 students attended the career fair. The Marshall representatives spoke with engineering students, distributing literature on NASA student opportunities and USAJobs navigation. Prior to the career fair they participated in an evening information session for approximately 22 students in the College of Engineering. They also met with faculty in the Welding Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering programs the day after the career fair to discuss potential research and development collaborations between the university and Marshall through the Summer Faculty Program. The Marshall representatives also met with senior students to participate in their capstone project intended to resurrect the image of the welding engineering program at the university.
 

National Community College Aerospace Scholars - Marshall
MSFC
POC:  Deborah Hutchings,
deborah.hutchings-1@nasa.gov
Forty-five community college students from across the nation who are interested in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) were selected to attend a 3-day onsite experience at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) on November 3-5, 2010. During their 3-day experience, students worked as teams mentored by NASA co-op students majoring in engineering, and created proposals for a Martian Rover. Students also took part in presentations given by NASA aerospace engineer Bill Pannell on the Heavy Lift Launch Vehicles (HLLV), co-op manager Chrissa Hall on co-op and internship opportunities, and onsite tours.

The National Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) is a program funded by NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) and administered by NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC).
https://aerospacescholars.jsc.nasa.gov/NCAS
 

University of Washington Annual Science and Engineering Career Fair
MSFC
POC:  Chrissa Hall,
chrissa.k.hall@nasa.gov
Two Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)employees, including one from the Engineering Directorate and a Co-op student from the Office of Human Capital participated in the 31st Annual Science and Engineering Career Fair at the University of Washington on Wednesday, October 27, 2010, in Seattle. Representatives from more than 100 companies participated in the event. During the career fair, the Marshall representatives spoke with approximately 125 University of Washington students, distributing literature on NASA student opportunities and answering questions.
 

Community College Students Exposed to the Undergraduate Research Community
JPL
POC:  Mary Kay Kuehn,
mary.k.kuehn@jpl.nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
On 10/16/10, the JPL Undergraduate Scholars (JPLUS) program brought 9 community college students to Caltech’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) Seminar Day at Caltech, Pasadena CA. SURF Seminar day is an event in which Caltech’s SURF students give a presentation to their peers and mentors about the projects they have been engaged in. A research environment is not typically a characteristic of a community college, and presents a disadvantage to these students. This program provides further exposure into the experience of the undergraduate research community as other students from 4-year colleges already have. In past years, this activity has led many community college students to participate in undergraduate research at either Caltech or JPL. JPLUS is a program sponsored by the Education Office and supported by the Director’s Discretionary Fund.
 

EPOXI Comet Hartley 2 Flyby – Education Event
JPL
POC:  Mary Kay Kuehn,
mary.k.kuehn@jpl.nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
On 11/4/10, six SIRI (Student Independent Research Intern Program) interns at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory were front and center as first-ever, close-up views of comet Hartley 2 popped up on large monitors in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's mission control room. There was a 19 minute segment that featured demonstrations and Q&A from students. Their morning concluded with the unveiling of the high quality closest approach images along with a visit from Malcolm Hartley, discoverer of the comet. The experience left a deep impression on the students as reflected in the news feature on JPL’s Education Gateway.
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/index.cfm?page=219
 

JPL Intern Carlotta Pham
JPL
POC:  Jenny Tieu,
jenny.tieu@jpl.nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
Two-time JPL SpaceSHIP (Summer High School Internship Program) and recent Space Grant intern, Carlotta Pham, received warm regards for her oral presentation on Validation of Crater Detection Software at the Southern California Conference for Undergraduates (SCCUR) conference this past weekend. Carlotta’s talk focused on her JPL summer internship project developing a validation procedure for evaluating the performance of the crater detection software. Carlotta ended her talk by suggesting that the current standard by which hazardousness is evaluated be amended. Carlotta started her STEM career at JPL as a high school student following her love for math and science and successfully pipelined into other student programs over the years. She is currently a sophomore at UC Irvine, CA, studying engineering and plans to be back at JPL for her fourth internship this coming summer.
 

Ohio State University Government Career Fair
MSFC
POC:  Chrissa Hall,
chrissa.k.hall@nasa.gov
Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) participated in the Ohio State University government career fair with 27 other local, state and federal agencies on October 21, 2010. Engineering students were a relatively small fraction of the over 900 students who attended the event. The Marshall recruiting team shared student and employment opportunities with the career fair attendees. In addition, a NASA-MSFC Information Session was held for students in the College of Engineering on Wednesday night, October 20, describing intern and co-op opportunities at MSFC. Approximately 22 students attended representing primarily Aerospace, Mechanical, Materials, and Welding engineering disciplines. This effort was coordinated through Ohio State’s Engineering Career Services Department and proved to be a valuable opportunity for marketing NASA internships, co-ops and future employment opportunities.
 

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Career Fair
MSFC
POC:  Marla Marshall,
marla.l.marshall@nasa.gov
Two Marshall Space Flight Center representatives attended the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Career Fair on October 29-30, 2010. In addition to Marshall, four other NASA center recruiting teams joined efforts to serve as judges for the Academic Olympiad Competition as well as the Pre-College Symposium. Over 200 students visited the NASA booth on both Friday and Saturday career days. Students demonstrated their abilities and skills at various engineering competitions (e.g., Extreme Engineer Contest and the Academic Olympiad). Both events were sponsored by NASA.
 

AACC Panel on STEM-based Student Internships
LRC
POC:  Dr. Thom Pinelli,
thomas.e.pinelli@nasa.gov
Pinelli Participates in American Association of Community Colleges Panel on STEM-based Student Internships Friday morning, October 29, 2010, University Affairs Officer, Dr. Thom Pinelli participated in a panel discussion entitled, “The Value of STEM-based Internships for Community College Students,” at the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) sponsored conference – “Building a Diverse and Entrepreneurial Workforce – held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. (Representatives from four federal agencies -- the DOD, NASA, Homeland Security, and the Department of Labor – served as panelists.) About 75 community college students, faculty and administrators attended the Friday panel discussion. Pinelli’s presentation, Closing the Gap between Engineering Education and Engineering Practice, focused on the role that internships play in helping students make the transition from “school to work”. He used Langley’s LARSS program as an example of a “paid (summer) internship” that accepts community college students who are engineering majors and are involved in “2 plus 2” (ABET accredited) engineering degree programs at four year colleges and universities. NASA LaRC POC, Dr. Thom Pinelli, 4-2491
 

KY Space Grant
LRC
POC:  Dr. Thom Pinelli,
thomas.e.pinelli@nasa.gov
MD:  Aeronautics Research
Pinelli Attends Kentucky Space Grant Consortia Meeting and Visits University of Kentucky Tuesday and Wednesday, October 26-27, 2010, LaRC University Affairs Officer, Dr. Thom Pinelli attended the Kentucky Space Grant Consortia meeting and visited the School of Engineering at the University of Kentucky. The meeting was held on the University of Kentucky (Lexington) campus and was attended by 35 K-12 (formal and informal) educators and university faculty from across Kentucky. (KY Space Grant is "under new management". Formally located at the Western KY University, the Space Grant and EPSCoR programs are now located in Lexington at the University of KY. Professor Suzanne Smith and Dr. Janet Lumpp are the co-directors of KY Space Grant and EPSCoR programs). Of particular significance at the meeting was the presentation on the Kentucky NextGen Air Transport Initiative. On Wednesday afternoon, Pinelli met with the Dean (and faculty) of the School of Engineering at the University of Kentucky. The ensuing discussions included internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students and research opportunities for faculty. NASA LaRC POC, Dr. Thom Pinelli, 4-2491
 

Diversity Career Fair
LRC
POC:  Dr. Thom Pinelli,
thomas.e.pinelli@nasa.gov
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Science
NASA Langley and Goddard Support Diversity Career Day Dr. Thom Pinelli and USRP student, Scott W. Ashcroft (NASA Langley) and John S. Pak (NASA Goddard) represented NASA at the Diversity Career Day held at the University of Virginia (John Paul Jones Arena) on Wednesday, November 3, 2010. This annual event is sponsored by the University of Virginia and is attended by students from 25 colleges and universities across Virginia, DC, and Maryland. About 1,200 students (mostly women and underrepresented groups) attended this year’s event. About 100 corporations, non-profit organizations, and government agencies participated in this year’s program. Students received information on NASA’s internship and fellowship programs – NASA LARSS, GSRP, NPP, and USRP -- and the Goddard Space Academy.
 

Career Fair
LRC
POC:  Linwood Smith,
Linwood.J.Smith@nasa.gov
Langley Participates in SWE Annual Conference Debbie Murray (LARSS Program Coordinator, VA Space Grant) and Linwood Smith (Human Resource Mgmt. Branch, OHCM) represented the Langley Research Center at the Society of Women Engineer’s (SWE) annual conference held in Orlando, FL, November 4-6, 2010. SWE is the nation’s largest, most comprehensive gathering of professional and collegiate level women engineers and has one of the largest career fairs. During the Career Fair, Murray and Smith briefed many of the 5,400 attendees on Langley’s co-op program, the LARSS program, and the Agency’s various internship programs and held numerous one-on-one discussions with students regarding internship, co-op, and hiring opportunities at the Center. POC: Debbie Murray (VSGC), 4-5215 Linwood Smith (OHCM), 4-2189
 

USRP
LRC
POC:  Dr. Thomas E. Pinelli,
thomas.e.pinelli@nasa.gov
MD:  Aeronautics Research
Annual NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program Site Visit Concluded On Tuesday, November 9, 2009, Bryan Dansberry, NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP) Project Lead, conducted the Center’s annual USRP site visit. USRP is NASA’s largest nationwide internship program for undergraduates. Students may apply for a 10-week summer session or a 15-week Spring or Fall session. The purposes of the NASA-USRP include (1) strengthening NASA’s commitment to educational excellence and university research; (2) strengthening the NASA workforce pipeline; and (3) attracting undergraduate students who represent America’s racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity. Twelve (12) USRP students will be interning at Langley in the spring 2011 session. The 1-day site visit included a USRP program overview, attended by 63 LaRC personnel; individual (student) site visits, and student interviews for the Researchers News and the GSRP website. The USRP http://usrp.usra.edu/ is managed for NASA by the Universities Space Research Association in Houston, TX. NASA LaRC POC: Thom Pinelli, 4-2491 POC: Kathy Powell, USRP Coordinator, 4-7164
 

Langley Supports National Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Conference
LRC
POC:  Roger Hathaway,
roger.a.hathaway@nasa.gov
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
Langley Supports National Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Conference November 11-13, 2010, Roger Hathaway, Debbie Murray, and Kathy Powell attended the 2010 National American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. AISES was founded in 1977. A goal of the (annual) national conference is to substantially increase the representation of American Indian and Alaskan Natives in engineering, science and related technology disciplines. NASA is a supporting partner of AISES and the annual conference. A keynote address was delivered by Dr. Mae C. Jemison, the first African American woman in space (and also a successful engineer, doctor, lecturer, and entrepreneur). The Langley team distributed information on the Agency’s internship and co-op programs, the NASA On-Stop Shop Initiative, and the LARSS (Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholars) program to approximately 1,700 students at a career fair (held Friday, 11/12/2010 as part of the conference). On Saturday, November 13, 2010, Debbie Murray and Kathy Powell presented a workshop entitled, “The Importance of Networking and Business Etiquette,” that was attended by about 120 professionals and students. NASA LaRC, POC, Roger Hathaway, 4-3312
 

SOLAR Online Recruitment
DFRC
POC:  Kendra Titus,
kendra.titus@nasa.gov
11/1/10 - 2/1/2011 The Student On-Line Application for Recruiting Interns, Fellows, and Scholars (SOLAR) will begin accepting applications from undergraduate and graduate students across the nation on November 1, 2010. Student applications will be accepted for the Summer 2011 term, with a deadline of February 1, 2011. SOLAR is also still open for mentors to request interns for the summer. Log in at http://intern.nasa.gov today to submit your opportunity! POC: Kendra Titus (661) 276-5008
 

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
DFRC
POC:  Kendra Titus,
kendra.titus@nasa.gov
11/4/2010 Kendra Titus spoke at an information session on NASA internships and careers, hosted by the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) chapter, at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA. Following the AIAA hosted infosession, Kendra hosted another session for the PanHellenic Career Night - a career fair for women in the PanHellenic sororities at UCLA. POC: Kendra Titus (661) 276-5008
 

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
DFRC
POC:  Kendra Titus,
kendra.titus@nasa.gov
11/4/2010 Kendra Titus spoke at an information session on NASA internships and careers, hosted by the UCLA American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) chapter, at UCLA. Following the AIAA hosted information session, Kendra hosted another session for the PanHellenic Career Night - a career fair for women in the PanHellenic sororities at UCLA. Twenty engineering students attended the AIAA information session, 19 women in STEM majors attended the Career Night information session. Feedback from the organizers of Career Night stated that the NASA Information session garnered the highest level of interest and most number of women signed-up prior to the session. POC: Kendra Titus (661) 276-5008
 

The National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science
DFRC
POC:  Amy Scott-Williams,
amanda.l.scott-williams@nasa.gov
11/15/2010 The National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, formally known as GEM Fellowship, Application Deadline. For more info visit http://www.gemfellowship.org/apply/process. POC: Amy Scott-Williams (661) 276-3563
 

Undergraduate Student Research program

NASA USRP Recruiting Efforts and Outcomes for FY10
JSC
POC:  Heather Ogletree,
ogletree@epo.usra.edu
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
The Undergraduate Student Research Project collected data from Fall 09 to Fall 10 as part of our Annual Report. As part of the USRP application, students are asked “How did you hear about USRP?” Applicants are then instructed to select all applicable areas from a pre-approved list. USRP calculated 10,579 answers from 5,129 applicants and found that the most popular answers to the question were from their University (18%) and from a Web Search (17%), while Conferences (1%) scored the lowest amount of responses.
 

NASA USRP Technical Report Website Online
JSC
POC:  Heather Ogletree,
ogletree@epo.usra.edu
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
The Undergraduate Student Research Project (USRP) went live last Friday, 29 Oct 10, with the Technical Paper portion of the USRP website. It contains preparation guidelines and examples of 17 past intern papers from 5 NASA centers. All USRP interns are required to complete a technical paper as part of their experience, and this site gives them the opportunity to be published and to contribute to future interns successes. All USRP Student Technical Reports published on the USRP website have been approved through NASA STI Processes.
 

USRP Receives a Record High Number of Applications Submitted for Spring 2011
JSC
POC:  Heather Ogletree,
ogletree@epo.usra.edu
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
The Undergraduate Student Research Project received a record high 711 eligible application for the Spring 2011 session. This represents a 62% increase in applications since Spring 2010 when USRP received 440 eligible applications. Moreover, the applicant pool for Spring 2011 consists of 23% underserved and under-represented minorities and 24% females.
 

NASA USRP University Postings Success
JSC
POC:  Heather Ogletree,
ogletree@epo.usra.edu
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
From Fall 09 to Fall 10 the NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program has posted with 141 accredited universities nationwide through the university website and career services. USRP found that 39% of our applicant pool comes from the Universities at which we have postings.
 

USRP Project Lead Presents at Langley Research Center
JSC
POC:  Heather Ogletree,
ogletree@epo.usra.edu
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
Bryan Dansberry, Project Lead for the Undergraduate Student Research Program, gave a presentation to a group of over 60 NASA mentors, civil servants, and interns at Langley Research Center on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010. The presentation covered USRP statistics and internship outcomes, and was followed by a 45 minute Q & A session which stressed best practices for recruiting and selecting interns. One best practice that was highlighted was interviewing prospective intern candidates in order to make quality matches.
 

NASA USRP Contunuity Binders Complete
JSC
POC:  Heather Ogletree,
ogletree@epo.usra.edu
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
The Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP) designed a continuity binder to illustrate all USRP National Office Business Practices in one convenient place. The binder is broken down into 8 comprehensive sections, covering everything from the National Office On-Boarding Process to Purchasing Interns and Technical Reports Guidance. The continuity binder is meant to serve as a tool for our Center Coordinators/Managers as well as for the National Office to utilize in day-to-day program management and can easily be updated in the event that a change occurs amongst the current USRP Business Processes.
 

National Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS)

National Community College Aerospace Scholars travel to MSFC this week for onsite experience
JSC
POC:  Deborah Hutchings,
deborah.hutchings-1@nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems
This week (November 3-5), 43 community college students from across the nation (representing 23 states) will travel to MSFC to take part in a NASA onsite visit as a culmination of their participation in National Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS). Students have been divided into companies and will compete for a fictitious NASA rover contract. While onsite at Marshall, students will work with NASA scientists, engineers, interns and co-ops as mentors. Students will take part in engineering and scientific briefings and MSFC tours. NCAS Program Managers from JSC will travel to MSFC to facilitate this event. The application for the next NCAS program year is now available online, with an application deadline of December 9, 2010.
aerospacescholars.jsc.nasa.gov/NCAS
 

ISS National Lab Education Project

LEGO Collaboration
JSC
POC:  Debbie Biggs,
deborah.b.biggs@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Space Operations
A NASA Teaching From Space Education Specialist supported the press conference announcing NASA's collaboration with the LEGO Group. This is a multi-year partnership and includes flying two separate Lego Bricks payloads to the International Space Station. In addition to the press conference, a Build the Future event on the causeway was supported. Nearly 300 students and NASA personnel attended this event where students built their vision of future spaceflight.
http://www.legospace.com
 

Kids in Micro-g Crew Training
JSC
POC:  Debbie Biggs,
deborah.b.biggs@nasa.gov
MD:  Space Operations
Teaching From Space education specialists trained Ron Garan on the Kids in Micro-g payload activities scheduled during his mission to the ISS next year. Kids in Micro-g is a student experiment design challenge geared toward grades 5-8. Its purpose is to give students a hands-on opportunity to design an experiment or simple demonstration that could be performed both in the classroom and aboard the International Space Station. Six proposals will be chosen for execution onboard the ISS in the spring of 2011. Proposals are due December 8, 2010.
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/nlab/experimentchallenge.html
 

Miscellaneous

Interns meet Ames Center Director
ARC
POC:  Maria Lopez,
maria.c.lopez@nasa.gov
Dr. Simon P. “Pete” Worden, the Director of NASA Ames Research Center, met with the Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP) interns on October 26, 2010 during an “About Ames” session, which is held weekly for interns to learn about Ames and meet various leaders within the center. Dr. Worden shared about his professional experience, emphasized the value of education, and highlighted unique qualities about Ames. The interns were especially interested in Dr. Worden’s advice about leadership.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_Worden
http://usrp.usra.edu/
 

“About Ames” Session with Intelligent Systems Division Deputy Chief
ARC
POC:  Maria Lopez,
maria.c.lopez@nasa.gov
Dr. Dennis Koga, the Intelligent Systems Division Deputy Chief, will meet with the Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP) interns on November 16, 2010 during an “About Ames” session, which is held weekly for interns to learn about Ames and meet various leaders within the center. Dr. Koga will discuss the progression of the Intelligent Systems Division and highlight leading projects and researchers.
http://ti.arc.nasa.gov/
 

Breast Cancer Awareness 2-mile Fun Run/Walk
ARC
POC:  Maria Lopez,
maria.c.lopez@nasa.gov
Two Undergraduate Research Student Program (USRP) interns participated in the Breast Cancer Awareness 2-mile Fun Run/Walk on October 26, 2010 at Ames Research Center. The event helped build awareness about breast cancer and the fight against the life threatening disease. Participants celebrated survivorship and honored those who have unfortunately lost their battle. Participants received Breast Cancer Awareness “Hope” bracelets during registration as well as pink and silver necklace beads and light refreshments at the finish line.
http://ails.arc.nasa.gov/ails/?st=1&so=cdate&v=thumbs&o=0&h=1&page=1&jimenu=YES
 

“About Ames” Session with Experimental Aero-Physics Branch Chief
ARC
POC:  Maria Lopez,
maria.c.lopez@nasa.gov
Dr. Rabindra (Rabi) Mehta, Experimental Aero-Physics Branch Chief, will meet with the Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP) interns on November 16, 2010 during an “About Ames” session, which is held weekly for interns to learn about Ames and meet various leaders within the center. Dr. Mehta will showcase the Experimental Aero-Physics Branch as well as his own research, which includes the aerodynamics of sports balls, including cricket balls, baseballs, golf balls, and tennis balls.
http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/people/bios/aero/rabi.html
 

Ames Annual Poster Symposium / "Mini" Job Fair Provides Opportunity to NASA HR and Contractors to Meet Face to Face with Summer Interns and Fellows
ARC
POC:  Jean Wesolowski,
Jean.M.Wesolowski@nasa.gov
On July 26, 2010, the Ames Office of Education, Higher Education, held a "mini" job fair in conjunction with the annual summer internship poster symposium. The "mini" job fair provided an opportunity for the summer intern and fellow symposium participants to interact directly with NASA Human Resources and several contractors. Approximately 100 interns and fellows participated, visiting the employer booths and providing resumes. As a direct result of this event, 2 interns were recently hired by Loral Space Systems and are now transitioning into the Aerospace industry. To enhance the effort of retaining students in STEM and strenthening NASA and the Nation's future workforce, the Ames Education Office has developed a "Resume Compilation" of the poster symposium participants who submitted resumes. The compilation will be distributed to Ames Human Resources and to each Directorate.
 

Fall 2010 Higher Education Interns Meet Former NASA Astronaut
ARC
POC:  Maria Lopez,
maria.c.lopez@nasa.gov
Mr. Karol Joseph "Bo" Bobko, NASA Astronaut (former), will meet with the Fall 2010 higher education interns on November 23, 2010, during an “About Ames” session, which is held weekly for interns to learn about Ames and meet various leaders within the center. Per the interns’ request, Mr. Bobko will talk about his career, biggest challenges and fears, as well as flight in space, including reentry and change in temperature.
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/bobko-kj.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karol_J._Bobko
 

Support Development of an Energy Literacy Framework
LRC
POC:  Sharon Welch,
sharon.s.welch@nasa.gov
MD:  Science
On November 1, the Department of Energy sponsored a single-day workshop in Washington, D.C. to begin building an Energy Literacy Framework patterned after the Climate Literacy Framework and other national science benchmarks. Representatives from Federal Agencies, academia, practicing engineers in energy industries, and educators were invited to participate. The NASA Global Climate Change Education Manager attended as the NASA representative. Other agencies represented included the Department of Energy who hosted the event, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Education, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. During the workshop, a draft goal for the framework and foundation concepts were established.
 

800 K-12 Students Determine Their Carbon Footprints As Part of GCCE Event
LRC
POC:  Sharon Welch,
sharon.s.welch@nasa.gov
MD:  Science
The Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) at the University of Wisconsin in Madison has undertaken a three-tiered program to train G6-12 teachers to be Ambassadors of Climate Literacy in their local schools and communities. This project is funded under the NASA Global Climate Change Education program. The first cohort of GCCE Climate Literacy Ambassadors included Chuck Tennessen from Dodgeville Wisconsin who developed a district-wide action plan detailing opportunities and incentives for students at all grade levels to investigate the size of their individual and/or household carbon footprints, compare with other cultural groups, and identify actions to reduce carbon pollution. Approximately 800 students participated in this event which was coordinated with 350.org and the 10-10-10 global work party. To leverage the success of this effort, project leaders Steve Ackerman and Margaret Mooney from the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) will present this effort with Mr. Tennessen and the NASA GCCE program at the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers (WSST) annual conference next March. The Dodgeville Action Plan is available for download at http://cimss.ssec.wisc.edu/climatechange/nav/lessonplans/
 

Calitfornia State University, Long Beach URC students co-author paper that win honors at Digital Avionic Systems Conference
ARC
POC:  Natalie Gore,
natalie.e.gore@nasa.gov
CC:  Under-Represented
October 4th-7th was the 29th Digital Avionics Systems Conference in Salt Lake City. CHAAT had 3 papers at the conference. One of the CHAAT papers was selected "Best in Session" (Presented by Paul Krois, FAA, Session Chair) and "Best in Track: Human Factors + Special Topics" (Presented by Elly Smith, MITRE, and Kenneth Allendoerfer, FAA, Track Chairs). This paper was co-authored by 5 CHAAT students (Josh Kraut, Paige Bacon, Katsumi Minakata, Jimmy Nguyen, and Andrea Rotterman) along with Tom, Vern, Walt, and Kim Vu. This paper represents the collaborative efforts between CHAAT and NASA FDDRL.
 

California State University, Long Beach URC students have posters accepted for presentation at prestigious Human Factors meeting held by the Department of Defense
ARC
POC:  Natalie Gore,
natalie.e.gore@nasa.gov
Department of Defense Human Factors Engineering Technical Advisory Group Meeting was held in San Jose on October 25-28, 2010. Two CHAAT students, Josh Kraut and Jimmy Nguyen had posters accepted for presentation at the meeting. Both students reported on preliminary data they have gather for their thesis projects
 

 

Informal Education

 
Mission-Directorate-Funded Programs

Marshall Space Flight Center Robotics Alliance Project Supports Area Robotics Competitions
MSFC
POC:  Karen M. Kelley,
Karen.m.kelley@nasa.gov
Two education specialists from Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) will provide volunteer and judging support at the South’s BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) competition November 19-20, 2010, in Auburn, Alabama and at the Alabama FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology) LEGO League Championship December 3-4, 2010, in Huntsville, Alabama. The Academic Affairs Office is also recruiting MSFC volunteers for the Alabama FIRST LEGO League Championship.
 

Annual Education Conference for Future Teachers
SSC
POC:  John Boffenmyer,
john.c.boffenmyer@nasa.gov
CC:  Under-Represented
Two Stennis educators presented seven Solar System presentations with the portable Star Lab Planetarium for students grades 4 - 16 at Hinds Community College in Utica, MS, approximate 250 students. The program overall goal is to encourage minority students to choose teaching as a career, to provide a comprehensive, flexible academic support service to prepare students to become quality teachers, and to provide professional development for those teaching in elementary and secondary education currently.
 

Center Funded Programs

Young Astronaut Day at NASA Glenn - 11/6/2010
GRC
POC:  Chris Hartenstine,
Christopher.A.Hartenstine@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
Informal Education Staff provided support and supplies for GRC's 18th Annual Young Astronaut Day, held on Saturday, November 6, 2010. Students in grades 1-12 participated in engaging design challenges, including: In-Space Repair, Marble Roller Coaster, Balloon Car, Shuttle Tile Design, Airplane Design, Aerodynamic Drag, Lunar Rock Race, and Don't Lose Your Marbles (vacuum chamber activity). Students also had the opportunity to hear a presentation from astronaut Yvonne Cagle, inspring them to pursue careers in STEM fields. Attendees included 321 students, 96 teachers and parent chaperones, and 50 NASA Glenn employee-volunteers.
 

SSA Presents Cassini Mission Highlights on 365 Days of Astronomy Podcast
JPL
POC:  Kay Ferrari,
Kay.A.Ferrari@jpl.nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
The October 28 podcast for the continuing International Year of Astronomy's 365 Days of Astronomy podcast featured Solar System Ambassador Andy Poniros of Connecticut reflecting on Cassini mission highlights, with special focus on the exploration of Saturn's moons and rings.
http://365daysofastronomy.org/2010/10/28/october-28th-cassini%e2%80%99s-amazing-voyage-to-saturn-it%e2%80%99s-moons-and-it%e2%80%99s-rings/
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Andy_Poniros.htm
 

SSEP Teams Up with Space Grant and ERC to Host Educator Workshop
JPL
POC:  Kay Ferrari,
Kay.A.Ferrari@jpl.nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
Solar System Educator Nancy Sills of Georgia collaborated with the Georgia Space Grant and Educator Resource Center to host a workshop for local-area educators on October 30. There were 32 pre-service and in-service teachers attending. The workshop, which also featured a Lunar and Meteorite Certification class, was covered by the local Fox 24 affiliate station. Says Tony Docal of the Georgia Space Grant Consortium of Nancy's efforts, "[S]he was phenomenal! She had 32 teachers, in-service and pre-service, and impressed them all. We are fortunate to have a resource like her with SSEP in the state."
https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/ssep/directory-profile.cfm?Name=nsills
http://www.newscentralga.com/news/local/NASA-Professional-Development-Workshops-106379953.html
 

SSA Supports Fall Festival at Local Elementary School
JPL
POC:  Kay Ferrari,
Kay.A.Ferrari@jpl.nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
Nineteen-year-old Solar System Ambassador Ambassador Avani Bedagkar of California is in her second year at Ohlone College with a goal to transfer to UC Davis on a Biochem major at the end of this school year. Even with a full schedule, she still made time to participate in Harvey Green Elementary School's Fall Festival on October 30. In addition to sharing her love of astronomy with the students, Avani also spoke to the parents, reminding them of how important their support is to the success of the school's student astronomy club.
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Avani_Bedagkar.htm
http://www.fremont.k12.ca.us/green/site/default.asp
 

Students at SSEP's EPOXI Encounter Event Receive Call From Malcolm Hartley
JPL
POC:  Kay Ferrari,
Kay.A.Ferrari@jpl.nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
On November 4, the 120 students who gathered at the Jackson Middle School Observatory in Champlin, Minnesota, to participate in Solar System Educator Dee McLellan's EPOXI Hartley 2 Encounter event were surprised when the phone rang and the caller was none other than Dr. Malcolm Hartley himself. Hartley took a few moments of his off-camera time to phone McLellan and answer questions from the students. They asked asked how it felt to have the comet he discovered visited by a NASA mission, what had been discovered so far and what made him want to become a scientist. The students thought it was exciting that Hartley works in an Observatory since they have one at their school.
http://www.anoka.k12.mn.us/education/dept/dept.php?sectionid=27407
https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/ssep/directory-profile.cfm?Name=dmclellan
 

SSA Addresses Girls at UA Huntsville's Girls' Science and Engineering Day
JPL
POC:  Kay Ferrari,
Kay.A.Ferrari@jpl.nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems
On November 6, Solar System Ambassador Megan Beattie participated in the second annual Girls' Science and Engineering Day celebration held at the University of Alabama's Huntsville campus and sponsored by the Women's Leadership Council. Beattie, who is a student of former NASA Administrator Mike Griffin, reported that more than 450 girls from surrounding areas attended the event and commented, "It was a great event and every girl I talked to before they left were excited about at least one new thing they learned."
http://www.cvent.com/EVENTS/Info/Summary.aspx?e=ac3b2b42-8c45-44b3-9f88-30c77ad81f59
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Megan_Beattie.htm
 

SSEP Shares Podium with Advisor on President's Science Committee at Bergen Community College
JPL
POC:  Kay Ferrari,
Kay.A.Ferrari@jpl.nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
What do Dr. Jim Gates, an advisor on the President's science committee and Solar System Educator Laura Venner have in common? Besides a 10-year friendship, both were featured speakers at the High School and College Physics Teachers Workshop held on November 13 at Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey. Gates spoke on "Physics Resources for the Classroom" while Venner covered "NASA Resources for the Classroom." The event drew more than 50 physics teachers from the surrounding area.
http://www.bergen.edu/documents/PR/events2010/PhysicsTeachersWorkshop-Poster1010.pdf
https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/ssep/directory-profile.cfm?Name=lvenner
 

SSA's High School Engineering Students Participate in NASA/UAH Mission Design Project
JPL
POC:  Kay Ferrari,
Kay.A.Ferrari@jpl.nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
Under the guidance of Solar System Ambassador Doreen Forsythe of Alabama, engineering students at Lee High School in Huntsville are participating in the InSPIRESS (Innovative Student Project for the Increased Recruitment of Engineering and Science Students) managed by Dr. Michael Benfield. The project, which is based on NASA/JPL's Planetary Science Summer School model, is supported by the Discovery and New Frontiers Program Office and the Science Mission Directorate. Forsythe's class has chosen to develop scientific payload to go on the UAH student-developed spacecraft to Europa. The students have been mentored via Skype by JPL scientists Dr. Robert Pappalardo and Dr. Steve Vance on how to pull together their proposed topic, "Does Jupiter's Magnetosphere and the flexing of Europa's surface change Europa's magnetic field, and if so, to what extent?" Their proposal is due to be presented at the University next Spring.
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Doreen_Forsythe.htm
 

SSA's 365 Days of Astronomy Podcast on Mysterious Moon Dust
JPL
POC:  Kay Ferrari,
Kay.A.Ferrari@jpl.nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
The November 23 podcast for the International Year of Astronomy's continuing initiative, 365 Days of Astronomy, features Solar System Ambassador Nancy Atkinson of Illinois and Dr. Mihaly Horanyi of the NASA Lunar Science Institute addressing the topic of mysterious moving moon dust, hazy dust clouds hovering well above the Moon’s surface that have been observed since the Apollo era. In Atkinson's interview with Dr. Horanyi, he discusses a new robotic mission that could help solve this mystery. In addition to being an SSA, Nancy Atkinson is a science journalist and is the Senior Editor for Universe Today and project manager for 365 Days of Astronomy.
http://365daysofastronomy.org/2010/11/23/november-23rd-mysterious-moving-moon-dust/
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Nancy_Atkinson.htm
 

SSA Receives the Eugene M. Emme Award for Astronautical Literature at AAS Conference
JPL
POC:  Kay Ferrari,
Kay.A.Ferrari@jpl.nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
On November 16, Solar System Ambassador Jay Gallentine of Minnesota was awarded the American Astronomical Society's Eugene M. Emme Astronautical Literature Award for 2009 for his book "Ambassadors From Earth," which chronicles the early days of the American and Soviet robotic space exploration programs. The award, named for NASA’s first Historian, recognizes an outstanding book that advances public understanding of astronautics. It rewards originality, scholarship and readability. Prior recipients of this award include Dr. Bruce Murray, former director of JPL, and Sir Arthur C. Clarke. In his acceptance speech, Gallentine acknowledged those who helped him. He said, "Thanks to all the people who allowed me to interview them. At least one is here today, and that's Jim Burke. A living legend. I can only write about space history, but people like him made it. They lived it. That's why the book is dedicated to them."
http://www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/product/Ambassadors-from-Earth,674133.aspx
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Jay_Gallentine.htm
 

NASA NANOSATELLITE LIVE LAUNCH EVENT
ARC
POC:  Laura Lewis,
Laura.Lewis@nasa.gov
MD:  Science
Members of the public are invited to the NASA Exploration Center on Friday Nov. 19 to observe the live webcast of the launch of NASA's Organism/Organic Exposure to Orbital Stresses nanosatellite, known as O/OREOS. The O/OREOS launch will be preceded by a special program that begins at 5:00 p.m. PST to discuss what scientists expect to learn from the mission and how small autonomous satellites can enable a new way of conducting science experiments in space.
 

NASA Explorer Institutes

Marshall Space Flight Center Supports Girl Scout Event at the U. S. Space & Rocket Center
MSFC
POC:  Karen M. Kelley,
karen.m.kelley@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Exploration Systems
Marshall Space Flight Center will help host an overnight event for about 200 girls from the Greater North Alabama Girl Scouts Council, November 12-13, 2010, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) in Huntsville, Ala., Girls in 7th grade and above will participate in a Career Day visit to the Center. Younger Girl Scouts will join them for a sleepover at the USSRC, followed by a day of age-level appropriate hands-on activities designed to increase STEM awareness.
 

Marshall Space Flight Center Supports “Alabama’s Place in Space” Event for Girl Scouts
MSFC
POC:  Karen M. Kelley,
Karen.m.kelley@nasa.gov
Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) personnel supported the annual “Alabama’s Place in Space” event for the Greater North Alabama Girl Scout Council, November 12-13, 2010, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. On the first day, 25 Girl Scouts in grades 7-9 participated in a career-focused visit to MSFC, during which the group met with female scientists and engineers who shared personal information about their education and careers. The older girls were joined that evening by 150 younger Girl Scouts, along with a total of 70 leaders and chaperones for an overnight stay under the Saturn V rocket. Saturday the participants enjoyed exploring U.S. Space & Rocket Center exhibits and doing hands-on science activities led by MSFC education specialists and Space Camp education staff. The entire event provided inspiration and engagement in NASA-related content, encouraging the Girl Scouts in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) -related pursuits.
 

Miscellaneous

JSC Open House, Kids Space Place Activities
JSC
POC:  Susan H. Anderson,
susan.h.anderson@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems
Oct 30th marked the annual JSC Open House event which is in conjunction with the Ballunar Liftoff Festival on the grounds of JSC. The Office of Education along with 12 centerwide volunteers hosted 6 different hands on kids activities for our guests to enjoy. Spuds in Space, Hover crafts, Orion's Parachute, Penny Gliders, Aeronautics memory card game, and decorate a Shuttle or Hot Air Balloon were all parts of the "Kids Space Place" experience. The Office of Education appreciates the help provided by the many volunteers who gave up their Saturday to help promote the experiences in Kids Space Place.
 

FMA Live! performances in Chardon, OH
SSC
POC:  Katie V. Wallace,
katie.v.wallace@nasa.gov
FMA Live! performed 3 shows at Chardon Middle School in Chardon, OH, on Thursday, October 28, 2010. 757 students in grades 6 - 8 attended.
 

FMA Live! performances in Newark, NJ
SSC
POC:  Katie V. Wallace,
katie.v.wallace@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
FMA Live! performed 3 shows at Park Elementary School in Newark, NJ, on Wednesday, November 3, 2010. 600 students attended from grades 4-8.
 

FMA Live! performances in Lafayette Hill, PA
SSC
POC:  Katie V. Wallace,
katie.v.wallace@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
FMA Live! performed 2 shows at St. Philip Neri School in Lafayette Hill, PA, on Monday, November 8, 2010. 450 students in grades 5-8 attended from 3 schools, including St. Genevieve's School, Conshohocken Catholic School and Our Lady of Victory Regional School..
 

FMA Live! performances in Cranston, RI
SSC
POC:  Katie V. Wallace,
katie.v.wallace@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
FMA Live! performed 3 shows at Western Hills Middle School in Cranston, RI,, on Monday and Tuesday, November 15 & 16, 2010. 930 8th-grade students attended, including students from Park View Middls School and Bain Middle School.
 

Denver Museum of Nature and Science Site Visit
KSC
POC:  Cheryl Johnson,
Cheryl.J.Johnson@nasa.gov
KSC Informal Ed visited the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on November 16 for a site visit. KSC Informal Ed oversees a grant for the museum as part of the 2009 Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums (CP4SMP). The visit also included a meeting on future partnership opportunities with the museum and other strategic outreach opportunities in the surrounding area. The team also met to discuss possible opportunities for outreach with various Native American tribes. Overall, the visit was very successful in strengthening the partnership, and learning about the Science on a Sphere grant.
 

IAAPA- International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions
KSC
POC:  Cheryl Johnson,
Cheryl.J.Johnson@nasa.gov
KSC Informal Ed will attended the IAAPA Attractions Expo on November 18, to meet with the RoboThesbian team. They were able to see a working version of the RoboThesbian and learn about the process for setup, programming, and operation. This allowed the Informal Ed team to begin strategically planning for the arrival of Robothesbian and to become educated on how to sustain the equipment and software in order to serve and educate the public. They also saw three potential exhibits that they will research further to possibly include in the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
 

 

eEducation

 
Mission-Directorate-Funded Programs

Smart Skies teacher workshops at CMC-South Annual Conference
ARC
POC:  Greg Condon,
gregory.condon@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Aeronautics Research
Smart Skies conducted 2 invited computer-based teacher workshops at the Annual Conference of the California Math Council (CMC) South in Palm Springs, CA on November 5, 2010. The teachers learned about LineUp With Math (LUWM). They viewed our short movie introducing air traffic control, explored the solution of a sample air traffic problem using the LUWM simulator, learned the math, and received an overview of the supporting materials. CMC conducted an independent assessment of the workshop using a questionnaire for the attendees. The teachers rated the workshop outstanding - a score of 5.9 out of a possible 6.0. Teacher written comments were: Fantastic! (2), Great! (2), Awesome (3), Amazing!, "I plan to use these applications in my classes on Monday" and "This session will make my flight to this conference worthwhile even if I see nothing else. Wow"
http://www.smartskies.nasa.gov
http://www.cmc-math.org/activities/south_conference.html
 

Student Tune in to Hear Results of LCROSS
ARC
POC:  Brian Day,
Brian.H.Day@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education, Informal Education
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
On November 3, a panel of scientists including Anthony Colaprete, Jennifer Heldmann, and Diane Wooden shared with classrooms around the world the exciting findings of the LCROSS mission: evidence that lunar soil is rich in useful materials, that the moon appears to be chemically active and has a full-fledged water cycle, and they confirmed that the water found was more abundant that they had expected. More than 270 students joined us in the chat room to ask their questions. There is evidence of more attenders online who watched but did not access the chat room. A follow-up webcast is being scheduled around the week after Thanksgiving. An archive of this past webcast will be placed online soon.
http://lcross.arc.nasa.gov/observation.htm
http://quest.nasa.gov/lunar/lcross/LCROSS_Back-to-School.html
 

Center Funded Programs

Early Childhood Preservice Teacher Professional Development
GSFC
POC:  Anne Holbrook,
aholbroo@verizon.net
CC:  Higher Education
MD:  Exploration Systems
The challenge to develop a professional development day for Early Childhood preservice teachers was met by scientist, Steele Hill, as an enjoyable task. Together with the ERC and Visitor's Center, a busy day is planned to gather NASA data, activities, resources, and materials, which will directly benefit the students they teach in January. Our goal is to banish any Sun-Earth misconceptions. These student teachers will more confidently teach their kindergarten-second grade classes this winter with NASA educational materials and knowledge.
 

Wallops Visitor Center Solar Sense Program
GSFC
POC:  Amanda Chesser,
amanda.c.chesser@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
This 30 minute children's program teaches the basics about our Sun and it's connection to planet Earth. A children's activity follows
 

Wallops Visitor Center What On Earth! Program
GSFC
POC:  Amanda Chesser,
amanda.c.chesser@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
To learn about the geology processes of planet Earth. How plate techtonics and volcanoes have formed islands and mountains. A children's activity follows
 

Wallops Visitor Center Oceans Alive Program
GSFC
POC:  Amanda Chesser,
amanda.c.chesser@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
This 30 minute children's program teaches about the ocean's, life zones, tides, weather, and research. A children's activity follows
 

NASA IV&V Facility ERC Facility Robots and Ratios
LRC
POC:  Todd Ensign,
erc@ivv.nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education, Higher Education, Informal Education, Under-Represented
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
The NASA IV&V Facility ERC host a Robots and Ratios workshop on Saturday, November 6. Learn to program LEGO robots using MINDSTORMS NXT-G software, and to use proportional mathematics, Video-based Science and Engineering curriculum, and previous First LEGO League challenges to help teach math, science, and 21st Century Skills.
http://erc.ivv.nasa.gov
 

Louisiana Educator Resource Center Fall Update
MSFC
POC:  Lindsey Keith-Vincent,
lbkv@latech.edu
During September and October 2010, the Louisiana Educator Resource Center (ERC) at the IDEA Place in Ruston, Louisiana, provided professional development for two groups of educators (35 participants), field trips for four groups of students and teachers (125 total), and support for an Astronomy badge session for Boy Scouts (10). Their “Spooktacular” event was attended by about 1000 community members. Many of these visitors utilized the planetarium and the Educator Resource Center at the IDEA Place.
http://www.latech.edu/ideaplace
 

Science Education Summit
MSFC
POC:  Renee Elias,
nasa_renee@lcjvs.net
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
NASA sponsored Central Operation of Resources for Educators (CORE) attended the Science Education Summit at the WVIZ/PBS Ideastream offices in Cleveland, Ohio. Nearly 200 superintendents, science teachers, school building administrators and informal science education providers gathered on Wednesday, October 20, 2010, for a day-long summit on science education. Presentations delved into the specifics of the new science standards, the new requirements, and innovative ways to teach science utilizing the new science standards. Speakers included Gregory Forbes, Professor of Biological Science, Grand Rapids Community College, William Schmidt, Michigan State University; Rollie Otto, Director of Education Outreach, Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics; Carl Pennypacker, Astrophysicist, University of California at Berkeley; Mark J. Waner, John Carroll University; Constance Barsky and Kimberly Mullen, Ohio Department of Education. Attendees participated in hands-on learning experiences that will help teachers discover inquiry-based science instruction and the fundamental science concepts that form the basis for the revised state science standards.
http://www.nasa.gov/education/core
 

ePDN Proposal Accepted for 2011 NSTA Conference Presentation
LRC
POC:  Fran Ruskin,
fran.ruskin@dlpe.gatech.edu
The ePDN's session proposal to NSTA to present at the 2011 Research Dissemination Conference on Emerging Technologies was recently accepted. Our proposal featured several of the ePDN courses, with the emphasis on the effectiveness of the online courses in reproducing the type of interactions typical (and effective) in face-to-face teacher professional development. There will be an in-depth analysis of the discourse in the ePDN courses, and how teachers are learning not just the mechanics of how to do the technology (robotics, podcasts etc), but also how to use it in their classrooms. The ePDN is a collaborative agreement run out of Georgia Tech and is managed by Bob Starr under the Learning Environments & Research Network project.
 

NASA Educational Technology Services (NETS)

NASA and You Website Updates
MSFC
POC:  Jeff Cobb,
jeff.a.cobb@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education, Informal Education, Under-Represented
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
On Saturday, October 30, 2010, the second series of NASA and You video learning segments began airing on the Univision television network. In conjunction with these four new segments, the NASA and You website was updated with 18 supporting web pages and 17 videos on Friday, October 29, 2010. The web pages and videos are presented in the Spanish language in order to support the education community that watches Univision.
http://www.nasa.gov/education/nasaandyou
 

NASA Students on Facebook
MSFC
POC:  Heather Deiss,
heather.s.deiss@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education, Higher Education, Informal Education, Under-Represented
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
The NASA Students Facebook page has 7,748 members as of November 1, 2010. This is an increase of 320 members from the previous month. The student Facebook page is updated daily, excluding weekends and holidays, broadcasting information regarding competitions, feature articles, podcasts, videos, and more. Information is also posted to update students on those competitions or opportunities that have an upcoming deadline date, or when the space shuttle is preparing for a launch or a landing.
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=34760681199
 

NASA Explorer Schools Virtual Campus
MSFC
POC:  Sandra May,
sandra.b.may@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education, Informal Education, Under-Represented
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
Members of NASA Educational Technology Services (NETS) met with members of the NASA Explorer Schools (NES) team at NASA Glenn Research Center to discuss future enhancements to the Virtual Campus and requirements for phase two of the participant website. The team documented and prioritized the actions and will begin implementation. In addition, the team is organizing a live chat with astronaut, Mike Foreman, tentatively scheduled for November 22, 2010, at 1:00 EST. A test chat was set up with Foreman to acclimate him to the technology and process. The NES team is currently developing promotional text for the live event, which will be open to the public and used as a recruiting tool for NES.
 

Educator Guide Breakout
MSFC
POC:  Charmein Johnson,
charmein.e.johnson@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education, Higher Education, Informal Education, Under-Represented
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
Members of NASA Educational Technology Services completed an effort to break out portions of the “Lunar Nautics Educator Guide” to support the NASA Explorer Schools Virtual Campus website. Product pages have been created in the educational materials section for the following:

Lunar Base Supply Egg Drop
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/LN_Lunar_Base.html
Lunar Landing: Swinging Tray
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/LN_Lunar_Landing.html
Rocket Staging: Balloon Staging
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/LN_Rocket.html

 

“Taking Up Space” Downlink Postponed
MSFC
POC:  Heather Smith,
heather.r.smith@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education, Higher Education, Informal Education, Under-Represented
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
The downlink scheduled with NASA Educational Technology Services (NETS) writer Heather Smith and the astronauts on the International Space Station during STS-133 has been postponed due to the rescheduling of the launch of STS-133. The purpose of the downlink is to support a new blog for high school and college students called “Taking Up Space.” Posts on the blog tell stories and happenings with engineers, scientists, astronauts, and many others who work at NASA. Social media sites were used in the selection of questions that will be asked during the downlink. Students were invited to vote for topics and questions before they were submitted for approval for the downlink. Video from the event will be used for content on the education sections of NASA.gov. The downlink is a collaboration between the Teaching From Space Office at Johnson Space Center and NETS.

Taking Up Space blog
http://blogs.nasa.gov/cm/blog/takingupspace
NASA Taking Up Space (Facebook)
http://www.facebook.com/pages/NASA-Taking-Up-Space/156917631003292
@NASAblogTUS (on Twitter)
http://twitter.com/NASAblogTUS

 

National Middle School Association Conference
MSFC
POC:  Dawn Morgan,
dawn.morgan@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education, Informal Education, Under-Represented
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) supported the NASA’s Exploration Systems Mission Directorate’s (ESMD) booth at the National Middle School Association Annual Conference, which was held November 4-6, 2010, in Baltimore, Maryland. The NASA Educational Technology Services (NETS) coordinated booth activities onsite. ESMD shared exhibit space with NASA’s Science Mission Directorate(SMD), and personnel from Marshall, Goddard, and the Institute for Global Environmental Studies provided staffing. An education specialist from MSFC assisted teachers at the booth, which featured both ESMD and SMD educational products. This specialist also conducted a hands-on workshop using the "Field Trip to the Moon" guide, which guides teams of students through planning a lunar outpost. The 21 workshop participants represented 12 states, and received “LunarNautics” and “On the Moon” guides, which will help them incorporate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts and NASA awareness into the classroom.
 

Top 10 PDF Downloads For October 2010
MSFC
POC:  Charmein Johnson,
Charmein.e.johnson@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education, Higher Education, Informal Education, Under-Represented
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
Title of Product
Number of Downloads
Microgravity.Teachers.Guide.pdf
33,055
Lets_Fly_Away.pdf
4,374
Rockets.pdf
1,963
Color_and_Learn.pdf
1,899
Rockets_Water_Rocket_Launcher.pdf
1,226
Space.Shuttle.Glider.pdf
1,124
Rockets_Water_Rocket_Construction.pdf
998
Rockets_History.pdf
981
ICS_Energy.pdf
925
Jamestown/Survival.pdf
914

http://www.nasa.gov/education/materials
 

NASA Educational Technology Services Monthly Metrics--October 2010
MSFC
POC:  Charmein Johnson,
Charmein.e.johnson@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education, Higher Education, Informal Education, Under-Represented
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
NETS October 2010 Metrics
Web site
Page Views
Office of Education 524,373
Kids 1,498,340
Students 831,380
Educators 2,036,598
CORE 30,796
Emails Answered -- 52
Comments Moderated - 150

 

STS-133 Educational Resources On NASA.Gov
MSFC
POC:  Kathy Forsythe,
Kathy.R.Forsythe@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education, Higher Education, Informal Education, Under-Represented
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
Members of NASA Educational Technology Services created and posted the following items to support space shuttle mission STS-133:
• STS-133 Educator Resources Page: The page includes descriptions and links to articles, interactive games, mission information, and classroom materials for educators about STS-133. Published Oct. 26, 2010.
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/sts133-index.html
• STS-133 Overview feature “STS-133:Delivering the Future”: The feature was written to the educational audience about the purpose of the STS-133 mission. Published Oct. 26, 2010.
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/sts-133-delivering-the-future.html
• STS-133 Cosmic Corridor Game for K-4 Students: The interactive Flash feature was posted in the NASA Kids’ Club and the K-4 Students section. The content is based on information about the STS-133 mission. Published Oct. 26, 2010.
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/kidsclub/flash/currentevent/STS-133_Cosmic_Corridor.html
• STS-133 Cosmic Corridor Game for 5-12 Students: The interactive Flash feature was posted in 5-8 and 9-12 Students area. The content is based on information about the STS-133 mission. Published Oct. 26, 2010.
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/5-8/features/sts133_cosmic_corridor.html
• The STS-132 Educator Resources Page is also featured in the “Mission Extras” section of the STS-133 Mission Page.
 

Monthly Metrics For Educational Sections Of NASA.Gov
MSFC
POC:  Jeff Cobb,
Jeff.A.Cobb@nasa.gov
The total page views for the educational sections of NASA.gov for October 2010 were 4,890,691. This is statistically equal to the previous month and a 16% decrease from October 2009. The four main educational sections accounted for the following percentages of the total: Office of Education at 11%, Kids' Club at 31%, For Students at 17%, and For Educators at 42%.
 

NASA Education Express Blog
MSFC
POC:  Kathy Forsythe,
kathy.r.forsythe@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education, Higher Education, Informal Education, Under-Represented
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
NASA Educational Technology Services (NETS) announces a new blog for the education community. The NASA Headquarters Office of Communications requested that NASA Education’s Express listserv messages be shared via NASA’s Twitter account to its approximately 659,000 subscribers. The purpose of the Express message is to provide the educational community with information about current NASA products, activities, workshops, events, and opportunities for educators and students.

Starting on November 18, the Express message will be sent to approximately 18,300 current subscribers, and posted to the NASA Blog page. After the message is posted, the NASA Headquarters Public Affairs Officer for NASA Education will send a “tweet” announcing that the Education Express message is available. In addition, posting the Express message on the Blog page allows interested persons to sign up to receive the Express message via a Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feed. Using social media services to expand the range for NASA education messages will increase the total audience to approximately 800,000 people.
http://www.nasa.gov/education/express
http://twitter.com/nasa
http://blogs.nasa.gov/cm/newui/blog/blogs.jsp
 

NASA Kids' Club Recognized by Physics.org
MSFC
POC:  Charmein Johnson,
charmein.e.johnson@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education, Informal Education, Under-Represented
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
The NASA Kids’ Club website has been selected as the "Best Kids' Site” by Physics.org for 2010. Physics.org is operated by the Physics in Society team at the Institute of Physics, a scientific charity devoted to increasing the practice, understanding, and application of physics. They are a leading communicator of physics to all audiences, from specialists to the general public. NASA Kids’ Club is designed for children in kindergarten through 4th grade by NASA Educational Technology Services. The site captures the imagination of students, encouraging them to become the scientists, engineers, and explorers of the future. The games and activities support national education standards in science, technology, and mathematics. Kids Club receives over one million page views per month.
www.nasa.gov/kidsclub
http://www.physics.org/featuredetail.asp?id=52
 

“Color NASA”
MSFC
POC:  Charmein Johnson,
charmein.e.johnson@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education, Informal Education, Under-Represented
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
Members of NASA Educational Technology Services published the “Color NASA” interactive feature on November 16, 2010. The feature is highlighted on the NASA Kids’ Club main page and later will be revealed in the Kids’ Club House. In the "Color NASA" interactive Flash feature, kids will use an online coloring tool to color 28 different wildlife and plant images converted to line drawings. The drawings were submitted by each NASA center and the images portray animals such as eagles, alligators, deer, and other wildlife that co-exist with technology at NASA locations.
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/kidsclub/flash/clubhouse/Color_NASA.html
 

Digital Learning Network (NES)

Astronaut Ellen Baker Uses DLN to Speak with Students in Puerto Rico
JSC
POC:  Ryan Schaffer,
ryan.c.schaffer@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education, Under-Represented
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
On Oct 27th, Astronaut Ellen Baker used the DLN studios to connect with middle school students at Marcelino Canino Canino Middle School in Puerto Rico. Ms. Baker began the program by showing students a picture of Puerto Rico from orbit. She then showed students additional pictures of her time spent in outer space during three separate missions. Ms. Baker answered many student questions afterward. She ended the program by discussing her own inspirations when she was younger and left the students with a good background on the careers available at NASA. This program was unique in that it was a bilingual where Ms. Baker alternated between speaking in spanish and english.
http://dln.nasa.gov
 

JSC DLN Supports TFS Rocketry Workshop Webcast
JSC
POC:  Patricia Moore,
patricia.l.moore@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Space Operations
The Digital Leaning Network supported a Rocketry Workshop webcast facilitated by the Teaching From Space office on November 5th. The webcasted workshop informed internal NASA education groups about the newly designed Rocketry website, student/teacher opportunities, activities, and materials kits.
 

DLiNFocus: NASA Careers, What's in YOUR future?
LRC
POC:  Caryn Long,
caryn.long@nasa.gov
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
The "DLiNFocus: NASA Careers What's in Your Future?"Special Event series happens regularly on Wednesdays from 2-3 PM ET. Various subject matter experts from all of the NASA centers will be in the DLN studios interacting live with students face to face through our cameras. In addition, the events will be webcast to allow students from all over the world to interact via email through Q&A. SME’s will share their academic experiences from elementary through college and talk about what motivated them to pursue their careers. They will also discuss where those career paths lead. Students and teachers will have an opportunity to learn about the wide variety of career choices at NASA - astronauts aren't the only folks who work here!
http://dln.nasa.gov
 

2011 NABSE Levine Lecture Series
LRC
POC:  Caryn Long,
caryn.long@nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
Join Dr. Joel Levine in this exciting lecture series event! Each month he will feature a different topic of planetary study and talk about what NASA has done to help us better understand our home planet and neighbors in our solar system. This series is designed to target Middle School students. 3 lucky classes will get to join Dr. Levine LIVE as he shares his information. Other students may join via webcast. January 20, 2011: The Earth and the Other Planets: A Tour We will go on a tour of the planets and explore the surface features, atmospheric structure and composition and moon and ring systems of the planet. The planets may be divided into two distinct groups, separated by the asteroid belt. The terrestrial or inner planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars) have solid surfaces surrounded by atmospheres composed mostly (95%) of carbon dioxide (Venus and Mars) or nitrogen (78%) and oxygen (21%) (Earth). The outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune) have very thick and massive atmospheres, composed mostly of hydrogen (about 90%), with smaller amounts of helium (10%), no evidence of a solid surface beneath their thick atmospheres and have numerous moons and multiple systems of rings orbiting around them. February 17, 2011: The Earth: Up Close and Personal The components of the Earth system, the lithosphere (the solid planet), the hydrosphere (the water), the atmosphere (the air) and the biosphere (life) will be discussed. Various processes on the Earth system will be discussed, including the structure of the Earth’s interior and surface, the formation of impact craters, volcanism and volcanic craters, the circulation of the atmosphere and oceans, the water cycle (evaporation, condensation and precipitation), the formation of clouds and meteorological phenomenon. The interactions between the components of the Earth system will be discussed. March 17, 2011: Mars: Up Close and Personal Today, Mars is a cold, dry, very inhospitable planet. The thin atmosphere of Mars has a surface pressure of only about 6 millibars (the pressure of the Earth’s atmosphere is about 1013 millibars). It is now believed that early Mars was a very hospitable planet with abundant surface water in the form of lakes, rivers and even planetary-scale oceans with an atmospheric pressure comparable to that of the Earth’s atmospheric pressure. What caused the very divergent evolutionary paths of Earth and Mars? It is believed that some 500 million years after its formation about 4.6 billion years ago, Mars lost its planetary dipole magnetic field, which protected its atmosphere from the “sand-blasting” effects of the solar wind, the continuous stream of energetic protons, electrons and ions emitted by the Sun into interplanetary space. Once Mars lost its planetary magnetic field, the direct interaction of the energetic solar wind particles with the atmosphere resulted in Mars losing more than 99% of its atmosphere. Once Mars lost the bulk of its atmosphere surface liquid water was no longer stable and was either lost to space and/or migrated to the sub-surface of Mars as frozen water. April 21, 2011: The Heat Is On: Global Warming-Causes and Consequences The temperature of the surface of the Earth and the other planets is controlled by incoming solar radiation and the outgoing thermal or infrared radiation generated at the surface by the absorption of the incoming solar radiation. As the surface-emitted thermal radiation travels upward through the atmosphere, it is absorbed and then re-emitted by certain atmospheric gases, resulting in an additional warming of the surface. This additional warming is called the “greenhouse effect.” Gases that absorb and then re-emit thermal radiation are called “greenhouse gases.” Carbon dioxide, while only a very minor gas in the atmosphere, is an important greenhouse gas. Measurements indicate that atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide are increasing, most likely as a result of certain human activities, like the combustion of fossil fuels for transportation and energy generation and the burning of vegetation for deforestation and other land-clearing activities. The causes and consequences of global warming will be discussed.
http://dln.nasa.gov
 

DLN Coordinators honored with awards
LRC
POC:  Caryn Long,
caryn.long@nasa.gov
MD:  Space Operations
Two DLN Coordinators were honored recently for their contributions to NASA missions and education. Scott Anderson of Marshall Space Flight Center was honored with a Silver Snoopy on Sept. 21. Scott was recognized for his leadership with NASA's DLN, which included his facilitation and technical support for in-flight education downlinks with International Space Station (ISS) Expeditions 4 through 10, production for the NASA Portal of a video titled "First Aid" featuring astronaut Mike Finke aboard the ISS, and support for Education Payload Operation (EPO) development and on-orbit support of Expeditions 4 through 11. Kelly Witherspoon of Stennis Space Center was named a NASA Frontline Award winner for his hard work in the Oceans '09 student e-mission! Kelly provided this support through his work with the DLN.
 

 

Under-Represented

 
Mission-Directorate-Funded Programs

NASA Presence at Tougaloo College and Internship Fair
JSC
POC:  Sharon Griffin,
sharon.v.griffin@nasa.gov
CC:  Higher Education
Sharon Griffin visited Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, MS on Nov 11-12, 2010. This visit was significant in that this was the first time NASA has participated in this capacity. Tougaloo is one of four universities awarded the NASA Science Technology Institute (NSTI) Mission Enabling Technology Cluster assigned to JSC. During her visit, she had meetings with the Vice President of Academic Affairs and shared additional MUREP Grant Opportunities. She met with the Dean of Chemistry and shared internship opportunities highlighting NASA’s new internship portal, the SOLAR system. She also met with Dean of Education and shared information about JSC Pre-Service Teacher Institute (PSTI). NASA was represented during the Internship Fair with other organizations such as the FBI, the Department of Labor, the United States Army, and Homeland Security. JSC’s Office of Education was able to personally reach 12 students for the PSTI program, 50 students during the Intern Fair and 25 students to sign-in on a SOLAR follow up sheet.
 

Science Engineering Mathematics and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA)

AEL Official Dedication and Grand Opening Event
GRC
POC:  Darlene Walker/Clarence Jones,
Darlene.S.Walker@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
On October 22, 2010, the most recently established Aerospace Education Laboratory (AEL), at Longfellow Middle School, Lorain, Ohio, in conjunction with the GRC NASA SEMAA Management team hosted it's official Dedication Ceremony and kickoff event, celebrating the opening of the first Aerospace Education Laboratory (AEL) for a middle school in the state of Ohio. Approximately 500 students, educators, and parents were in attendance. The event began with a morning announcements address to the student body, by Astronaut Mike Foreman via the schools public announcements, audio/video system. The day commenced with autograph sessions and a NASA photo booth exhibit in which the entire student body participated The culmination of events included an assembly-style presentation with Astronaut Foreman to the student body, parents, and Longfellow faculty and staff members. NASA representatives present included Mrs. Kaprice Harris, Deputy Chief of External Programs; and Mrs. Darlene Walker, SEMAA Project Manager. Lorain City Schools Officials in attendance were Dr. Cheryl Atkinson, Superintendant/CEO; Mrs. Maria D. Sanchez Deputy Superintendent for Teaching & Learning; Dr. Stephen Sturgill, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education & College and Professional Pathways; Mr. William Sturgill, Board Member; and Mr. Timothy Williams, Board Member.
 

2010 Annual SEMAA Director's Meeting
GRC
POC:  Darlene Walker/Clarence Jones,
Darlene.S.Walker@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
November 15-18, 2010- The NASA SEMAA Project conducted it's Annual Director's Meeting in Cleveland, Ohio. This event was attended by more than 50 SEMAA Site Directors, Family Café Coordinators and AEL Coordinators from all 15 SEMAA Site locations, Nation-wide. Throughout the week, meeting attendees were addressed with remarks from AA for NASA Education, Leland Melvin; Director of Center Operations, Robyn Gordon; Deputy Chief of External Programs, Kaprice Harris; and Deputy Branch Chief of the GRC Educational Programs Office, Dovie Lacy. A major focus of this week-long series of meetings centered around ways to increase the recruitment and sustainability measures utilizing the framework designed by NASA. Furthermore, the results of the ABT evaluation were shared by ABT Associates, Inc., and discussed collaboratively. Highlighted components of this week-long meeting included a series of special presentations, discussions, and break-out session focused on topics and updates in the SEMAA Project, Education at NASA, and Education across the Nation. The culminating event was an Awards Dinner hosted at the 100th Bomber Grouop Restaurant. The NASA SEMAA Next Generation Pioneer Award, an annual award given to NASA SEMAA graduates in recognition of their long-term participation in the NASA SEMAA Project and their academic and/or professional accomplishments related to the study of STEM. Two student recipients received this year’s award. Additionally, this event honored and recognized individual SEMAA staff members from the various SEMAA Sites who have made outstanding contributions to the project’s mission. Many of the attendees have been quoted as saying "This is the best SEMAA Director's Meeting EVER!" One of the SEMAA Director's is quoted with the following feedback: "Thanks again for a really fantastic directors' meeting last week. It was easily the best one in my history with the project. We walked away having made some real decisions and set tasks, and at least I felt like the NSO, NASA and sites understood each other much better than before we met." - Dr. Tim Paglione, SEMAA Director, York College, CUNY
 

Two New SEMAA Sites Selected
GRC
POC:  Darlene Walker/Clarence Jones,
Darlene.S.Walker@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
As a result of the 2010 New SEMAA Site Solicitation process, two new SEMAA Sites have been selected, as follows: - The University of Texas, El Paso - Hartnell Community College, Salinas, California The selection of these two new SEMAA sites will help to increase the participation of historically underserved K-12 youth in the areas of STEM. These two new sites will widen SEMAA’s reach and provide excellent STEM learning opportunities to predominately Hispanic communities.
 

SEMAA Students Participate in FIRST Lego League Competition
GRC
POC:  Darlene Walker/Clarence Jones,
Darlene.S.Walker@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
On November 13, 2010, the a team of students from the NASA SEMAA site at Wayne State University participated in a regional F.I.R.S.T. Lego League tournament. The site came in third place and received a perseverance award for students’ hard work and sportsmanship like conduct during the competition. The students prepared their own robots for this regional competition. The team prepared for the tournament by researching, planning and testing the production of their design. This type of event involves students in hands-on activities that will not only strengthen, but increase science and technology literacy amongst Americans. This event also reinforces STEM concepts.
 

Small Programs for HBCUs

"Cultural Competency Experience" on the Navajo Nation
KSC
POC:  Theresa Martinez,
Theresa.Martinez@nasa.gov
From October 26-29, KSC team members attended an educational experience on the Navajo Nation, sponsored by Ames Research Center and the Science Mission Directorate. The intent is to educate NASA education personnel about the particular needs of Tribal Colleges and Universities and the hardships existing within a reservation. The agenda focused around the educational landscape of the Navajo Nation, including a visit to Navajo Technical College, tribal government offices, K-12 schools, and cultural experiences such as a tour in Canyon de Chelley, a visit to a working sheep farm, and lectures from cultural experts. A timeline of the Navajo history was presented, detailing the impacts of governmental action on the Navajo people and their culture. Navajo Technical College is currently receiving a grant under MUREP Small Projects, and has been able to leverage that funding to be awarded several other grants. Due to all of the changes initiated with the MSP grant, the college is seeking accreditation to offer a 4 year degree and with the new funding from other grants, plans to transition to a university, eventually offering degrees in industrial engineering and electrical engineering.
 

Miscellaneous

Lead NASA Scientist of the UNNEC-Glenn Cluster receives Patent for Cluster related research
ARC
POC:  Natalie Gore,
natalie.e.gore@nasa.gov
CC:  Higher Education
MD:  Science
Dr. Aloysius F. Hepp, Bio Science and Technology Branch, and Dr. Jerry D. Harris, Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho (an EPSCoR state), are the co-inventors of a U.S. patent (USP 7,763,230) issued on July 27, 2010 for "Process and Apparatus Utilizing Mixed Ligand Organometallic Catalysts for In Situ Growth of High Purity, Low Defect Density Carbon Nanotubes." The process uses NASA’s chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and novel catalyst process to effect growth and quality of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNT) applicable for coatings, automotive parts and power devices and components. The patent is assigned to Nanotech Innovations (NI), LLC, Oberlin, OH founded by NASA retiree Dr. Dennis J. Flood, who has adapted the process in a portable instrument for more affordable nanotube production and research. The instrument is being marketed to community colleges and small universities for student use. Dr. Hepp says "The whole point of the instrument is to make nanotechnology accessible to college and high school students who are not at high-powered research schools."
 

NSTI -UNCFSP Graduate Fellow receives Ph.D
ARC
POC:  Natalie Gore,
natalie.e.gore@nasa.gov
Dr. Karina Castillo from University of Texas El Paso (UTEP), supported a NSTI Graduate Fellowship for the UNNEC Cluster recently completed her Ph.D. She has an impressive background in alternative fuels and processing: M.S. (hydrogen storage material), Ph.D. (bio-inspired upgrading). She is currently working for a UTEP Joint Venture Start-Up Company.
 

NSTI- UNNEC Cluster Faculty Researcher at Savannah State University filing for non-provisional patent protection
ARC
POC:  Natalie Gore,
natalie.e.gore@nasa.gov
CC:  Higher Education, eEducation
MD:  Science
Within the next week,NSTI Cluster Faculty researchers at Savannah State University plan to file for non-provisional patent protection for the “Microcorganism water separation, concentrating, and dewatering technique” with USPTO, and are making plans/preparations for field deployment in local tidal river for long term collection of naturally occurring (phyto-) plankton.
 

NSTI- UNITE Meeting at Texas Southern University- November 8 and 9th
ARC
POC:  Natalie Gore,
natalie.e.gore@nasa.gov
The UNITE-NSTI Cluster held a successful meeting aimed at refocusing the cluster to align with current research themes at NASA Ames Research Center. Faculty member from four different Minority Serving Institutions, NASA representatives, and UNCFSP met on the Texas Southern University campus for this two day meeting. Topics included a review of the current state of the UNITE Cluster, creating a plan for refocusing the cluster, cluster sustainability, recruiting undergraduate, graduate students and post docs for the cluster.
 

Student Leadership Series
DFRC
POC:  Tamiara Wade,
tamiara.l.wade@nasa.gov
10/31 – 11/3/10 - The NASA University Research Center (URC) Student Leadership Series (SLS), hosted by the URC Management Office,(Katrina Emery, Tamiara Wade and Daesha Roberts), was held on November 1, 2010 with an opening reception on October 31, 2010 at Embassy Suites Hotel in Orlando, Florida. The kick-off of the SLS activities was held at the NASA Kennedy Space Center (Center for Space Education) in Cape Canaveral, Florida in conjunction with the NASA STS-133 Shuttle Launch. The SLS is designed to train and prepare students for entry into the professional STEM community and to expand research opportunities within their sphere of influence. The SLS will officially launch in January 2011 with monthly online training modules. This unique opportunity begins with 37 URC scholars from each awarded NASA URC. Additionally, 13 URC investigators, mentors or faculty representatives will participate in this kick-off activity. The initial training modules will focus on but are not limited to “Leadership as a Way of Being – Personal Competencies” and “Leadership as a Way of Doing – Functional Competencies.” POC: Tamiara Wade (661) 276-5353
 

 

Upcoming Events

 
Mission-Directorate-Funded Programs

NASA Student Launch Initiative Prepares For Design Reviews
MSFC
11/19/2010 - 02/11/2011
POC:  Julie Clift,
julie.d.clift@nasa.gov
MD:  Space Operations
The nineteen (19) selected NASA Student Launch Initiative (SLI) teams are preparing for their upcoming design reviews. Teams are required to submit a report, a PowerPoint presentation and a one-page overview for three of the four design reviews. In addition, teams are required to defend their designs and test results during a video teleconference. The first review, the Preliminary Design Review (PDR), is due for posting on each team's website by November 19, 2010. Presentations will be held via WebEx December 6-14. The Critical Design Review (CDR) is due on January 24, 2011 with presentations being held February 2-11. A panel of engineers, scientists, education specialists and many others make up the review panel from across the agency.
http://education.msfc.nasa.gov/sli
 

Educator Appreciation Day
KSC
11/20/2010
POC:  Laura Baker,
Laura.a.baker@nasa.gov
MD:  Space Operations
Certified Florida educators have been invited to attend the inaugural Educator Appreciation Day at the Kennedy Space Center. The NASA Educator Resource Center and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex are joining forces to excite teachers about STEM education. Professional Development Workshops will be conducted and teachers will also be able to take advantage of the many exhibits, movies and tours offered by the visitor complex. Certificates of completion will be provided for professional development and in-service credits.
http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/centers/kennedy/erc/index.html
 

Brevard Space Weeks 2010
KSC
11/29/2010 - 12/09/2010
POC:  Laura Baker,
Laura.a.baker@nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
Kennedy Educator Resource Center Education Specialist will conduct STEM based programs for approximately 6000 Brevard County sixth grade Students from November 29 – December 10. The student presentations will focus on living and working in space.
 

NASA University Student Launch Initiative Prepares For Design Reviews
MSFC
11/19/2010 - 02/11/2011
POC:  Julie Clift,
julie.d.clift@nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems
The thirty-three (33) selected NASA Student Launch Initiative (USLI) Level 1 and Level 2 teams prepare for their upcoming design reviews. Teams are required to submit a report, a PowerPoint presentation and a one-page overview for three of the four design reviews. In addition, teams are required to defend their designs and test results during a scheduled video teleconference. The first review, the Preliminary Design Review (PDR), is due on their team website by November 19, 2010. Presentations will be held via WebEx December 6-14. The Critical Design Review (CDR) is due on January 24, 2011 with presentations being held February 2-11. A panel of engineers, scientists, education specialists and many others make up the review panel from across the agency.
http://education.msfc.nasa.gov/usli
 

Live Ustream webcast on Dec 7 2010 for Cassini Scientist for a Day
JPL
12/07/2010
POC:  Rachel Zimmerman Brachman,
Rachel.Zimmerman-Brachman@jpl.nasa.gov
MD:  Science
Students in grades 5-12 will watch a live webcast of Cassini scientists answering students' questions about Saturn and its rings and moons. All students who entered the 2010 Cassini Scientist for a Day essay contest are invited to send in questions for the Cassini scientists to answer. Winners and their classes will call in live to ask their questions over the phone, while other questions will be e-mailed in advance and read during the webcast. The event will be archived for future viewing as well.
http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/education/scientistforaday9thedition/
 

Center Funded Programs

Wallops Visitor Center Solar Sense Program
GSFC
11/13/2010
POC:  Amanda Chesser,
amanda.c.chesser@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
This 30 minute children's program teaches the basics about our Sun and it's connection to planet Earth. A children's activity follows
 

Wallops Visitor Center What On Earth! Program
GSFC
11/20/2010
POC:  Amanda Chesser,
amanda.c.chesser@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
To learn about the geology processes of planet Earth. How plate techtonics and volcanoes have formed islands and mountains. A children's activity follows
 

Wallops Visitor Center Oceans Alive Program
GSFC
11/27/2010
POC:  Amanda Chesser,
amanda.c.chesser@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
This 30 minute children's program teaches about the ocean's, life zones, tides, weather, and research. A children's activity follows
 

EPOXI Mission Comet Hartley-2 Flyby Student Event
JPL
11/04/2010
POC:  Mary Kay Kuehn,
mary.k.kuehn@jpl.nasa.gov
11/4/10, two hundred middle and high school students from five regional US Congressional districts will attend a 2 hour event at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory associated with the EPOXI spacecraft flyby of Comet Hartley-2. Students will learn about the mission and comet science, view a demonstration and do a hands-on activity. They will also have a chance to hear in person from and ask questions of Malcolm Hartley, discoverer of the comet and, hopefully, see the highest resolution images captured during the flyby. This experience will broaden interest and knowledge of a comet’s activity while visiting our solar system.
 

NASA NANOSATELLITE LIVE LAUNCH EVENT
ARC
11/19/2010
POC:  Laura Lewis,
Laura.Lewis@nasa.gov
MD:  Science
Members of the public are invited to the NASA Exploration Center on Friday Nov. 19 to observe the live webcast of the launch of NASA's Organism/Organic Exposure to Orbital Stresses nanosatellite, known as O/OREOS. The O/OREOS launch will be preceded by a special program that begins at 5:00 p.m. PST to discuss what scientists expect to learn from the mission and how small autonomous satellites can enable a new way of conducting science experiments in space.
 

Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP)

3rd Annual NASA STEM Educators Workshop Series
LRC
03/01/2011 - 03/03/2011
POC:  Gwen Wheatle,
gwendolyn.h.wheatle@nasa.gov
NASA Aerospace Services Project (AESP) and educators in Charlotte, NC will “Embrace the Challenge to Innovate” on March 1st – March 3rd, 2011 at Whitewater Middle School. The 84 workshops will continue to blend science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) using education resources related to current and future missions. They will also explore engineering design challenges, problem-based learning activities, distance learning modules, inquiry-based lessons, and hands-on projects. Educators will be invited to register for 2-3 days of workshop training and will earn between 12 to 18 hours toward continuing education units.
 

Education Flight Projects

ARISS Contact Planned for Euro Space Center
JSC
11/16/2010
POC:  Kenneth Ransom,
kenneth.g.ransom@nasa.gov
CC:  Informal Education
Euro Space Center (ESC), Transinne, Belgium has been scheduled for an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Tuesday, November 16 at 19:42 UTC via telebridge station VK5ZAI in Australia. ESC is a Space Expo, which is open to the public, as well as a Space Camp for youth. Twenty-four English speaking students, ages 10-14 from the International School Zurich North (Switzerland), attending the Space Camp, will participate in the ARISS contact.
 

Polish Students Look Forward to ARISS Contact
JSC
01/26/2011
POC:  Carol Jackson,
carol.m.jackson@nasa.gov
MD:  Space Operations
LLiceum Ogolnoksztalcace Nr I im. Stanislawa Staszica in Ostrowiec Swietokrzyski, Poland has been scheduled for an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Wednesday, January 26 at 07:36 UTC. The school is setting up an astronomy and amateur radio club for the students and there are plans for a series of lectures on astronautical engineering and astronomy.
 

ARISS Contact with Collège Joseph Chassigneux
JSC
02/01/2011
POC:  Carol Jackson,
carol.m.jackson@nasa.gov
Collège Joseph Chassigneux, located in Vinay, France, has been scheduled for an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Tuesday, February 1 at 07:02 UTC. Through this activity, teachers hope to expose students from mostly rural villages to the outside world. In French class, students have written articles for the school magazine about life on the ISS as well as items about their preparations for the radio contact. They have learned technical terms in English, built CW circuits in Physics and have studied continents and countries in Geography. Amateur radio operators plan to discuss the technical aspects of the contact with the youth.
 

Elementary & Secondary Small Programs

Washington County
GSFC
11/12/2010
POC:  trena ferrell,
trena.m.ferrell@hotmail.com
The 8 grade students will come here on center and talk to scientists and see SOS at the GSFC Visitors Center.
 

Prince George's County District 1 Principals to visit GSFC
GSFC
11/18/2010
POC:  trena ferrell,
trena.m.ferrell@hotmail.com
CC:  Under-Represented
Principals will come here on center and talk to scientists and see SOS at the GSFC Visitors Center.
 

4 H Club STEM Meeting
GSFC
12/04/2010
POC:  trena ferrell,
trena.m.ferrell@hotmail.com
CC:  Under-Represented
I will talk to the group about science and technology and the importance of it.
 

NESBE Jr. Cahpter
GSFC
12/11/2010
POC:  trena ferrell,
trena.m.ferrell@hotmail.com
CC:  Under-Represented
I will talk to the group about science and technology and the importance of it. I will also do a hands on activity with the students.
 

NSTA Workshop
GSFC
11/13/2010
POC:  trena ferrell,
trena.m.ferrell@hotmail.com
I will talk to the group about science and technology and the importance of it. I will also do a hands on activity to show the educators.
 

NASA Explorer Institutes

Marshall Space Flight Center Supports Girl Scout Event at the U. S. Space & Rocket Center
MSFC
11/12/2010 - 11/13/2010
POC:  Karen M. Kelley,
karen.m.kelley@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Exploration Systems
Marshall Space Flight Center will help host an overnight event for about 200 girls from the Greater North Alabama Girl Scouts Council, November 12-13, 2010, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) in Huntsville, Ala., Girls in 7th grade and above will participate in a Career Day visit to the Center. Younger Girl Scouts will join them for a sleepover at the USSRC, followed by a day of age-level appropriate hands-on activities designed to increase STEM awareness.
 

Digital Learning Network (NES)

2011 NABSE Levine Lecture Series
LRC
01/20/2011 - 04/21/2011
POC:  Caryn Long,
caryn.long@nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
Join Dr. Joel Levine in this exciting lecture series event! Each month he will feature a different topic of planetary study and talk about what NASA has done to help us better understand our home planet and neighbors in our solar system. This series is designed to target Middle School students. 3 lucky classes will get to join Dr. Levine LIVE as he shares his information. Other students may join via webcast. January 20, 2011: The Earth and the Other Planets: A Tour We will go on a tour of the planets and explore the surface features, atmospheric structure and composition and moon and ring systems of the planet. The planets may be divided into two distinct groups, separated by the asteroid belt. The terrestrial or inner planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars) have solid surfaces surrounded by atmospheres composed mostly (95%) of carbon dioxide (Venus and Mars) or nitrogen (78%) and oxygen (21%) (Earth). The outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune) have very thick and massive atmospheres, composed mostly of hydrogen (about 90%), with smaller amounts of helium (10%), no evidence of a solid surface beneath their thick atmospheres and have numerous moons and multiple systems of rings orbiting around them. February 17, 2011: The Earth: Up Close and Personal The components of the Earth system, the lithosphere (the solid planet), the hydrosphere (the water), the atmosphere (the air) and the biosphere (life) will be discussed. Various processes on the Earth system will be discussed, including the structure of the Earth’s interior and surface, the formation of impact craters, volcanism and volcanic craters, the circulation of the atmosphere and oceans, the water cycle (evaporation, condensation and precipitation), the formation of clouds and meteorological phenomenon. The interactions between the components of the Earth system will be discussed. March 17, 2011: Mars: Up Close and Personal Today, Mars is a cold, dry, very inhospitable planet. The thin atmosphere of Mars has a surface pressure of only about 6 millibars (the pressure of the Earth’s atmosphere is about 1013 millibars). It is now believed that early Mars was a very hospitable planet with abundant surface water in the form of lakes, rivers and even planetary-scale oceans with an atmospheric pressure comparable to that of the Earth’s atmospheric pressure. What caused the very divergent evolutionary paths of Earth and Mars? It is believed that some 500 million years after its formation about 4.6 billion years ago, Mars lost its planetary dipole magnetic field, which protected its atmosphere from the “sand-blasting” effects of the solar wind, the continuous stream of energetic protons, electrons and ions emitted by the Sun into interplanetary space. Once Mars lost its planetary magnetic field, the direct interaction of the energetic solar wind particles with the atmosphere resulted in Mars losing more than 99% of its atmosphere. Once Mars lost the bulk of its atmosphere surface liquid water was no longer stable and was either lost to space and/or migrated to the sub-surface of Mars as frozen water. April 21, 2011: The Heat Is On: Global Warming-Causes and Consequences The temperature of the surface of the Earth and the other planets is controlled by incoming solar radiation and the outgoing thermal or infrared radiation generated at the surface by the absorption of the incoming solar radiation. As the surface-emitted thermal radiation travels upward through the atmosphere, it is absorbed and then re-emitted by certain atmospheric gases, resulting in an additional warming of the surface. This additional warming is called the “greenhouse effect.” Gases that absorb and then re-emit thermal radiation are called “greenhouse gases.” Carbon dioxide, while only a very minor gas in the atmosphere, is an important greenhouse gas. Measurements indicate that atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide are increasing, most likely as a result of certain human activities, like the combustion of fossil fuels for transportation and energy generation and the burning of vegetation for deforestation and other land-clearing activities. The causes and consequences of global warming will be discussed.
http://dln.nasa.gov
 

Summer of Innovation

Langley's 4th SoI Train-the-Trainer Workshop, Virginia, Beach, VA
LRC
11/13/2010
POC:  Dollie M. McCown,
dollie.m.mccown@nasa.gov
CC:  Under-Represented
Train-the-Trainer - 4th Fall/Summer of Innovation Workshop Langley will be conducting its 4th train-the-trainer workshop, on November 13th, from 9am – 12noon, at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Virginia Beach, VA. This workshop is a spin-off of the other three Summer of Innovation workshops that were held during FY10 for middle school students in the Virginia Beach area. The facilitator stated that all participants will be active or retired teachers who will be attending the workshop. After the initial workshop, Mount Olive Baptist Church will be engaging middle school students in STEM activities every Saturday of the month. The following individuals will be conducting the workshop: Rudo Kashiri, NES Coordinator, TreAsia Fields, Math Teacher, and Tiffany Hunter, Pre-Service teacher, Hampton University. The three facilitators will be using the six 30-hour thematic units of NASA content, which is specific hands-on, problem –based activities and resources which was developed by Penn State University’s Aerospace Education Specialist, primarily for SoI events. Roger Hathaway, Director of Education, Langley and Dollie McCown, Summer of Innovation Lead, Langley will also be attending the workshop and providing an overview of Langley’s Fall/Summer of Innovation program.
 

 
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