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Current Opportunities for Educators and Students
08.11.09
 
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Start the school year off with NASA educational resources. Credit: NASA

NASA Educator Resource Centers -- Locate the NASA Educator Resource Centers in your state or region. The ERCs provide free professional development opportunities incorporating NASA educational materials.

Education Projects -- Learn about NASA projects for educators and students in this A-Z Index of NASA education opportunities.

Astro Camp (Grades K-8) -- Astro Camp is an exciting, week-long mission for children located in Bay St. Louis, Miss. Each year, camp activities are centered on a new space exploration theme.

HUNCH: High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware (Grades 9-12) -- HUNCH provides "work-world" experiences for students by engaging them in the design, fabrication and rapid prototyping of multiple products for use in the ARES I mock-up and the International Space Station.

Lunar Regolith Excavator Project Proposal Call (Higher Education) -- A university faculty advisor or student team may propose up to $5,000 to support a student team to design, build and compete a lunar regolith excavator in the Lunabotics Mining Competition at Kennedy Space Center the week of May 25-28, 2010. Approved proposals will be funded on a first come/first serve basis by NASA through the National Space Grant Foundation. $50,000 has been set aside for this purpose. Proposals will be accepted electronically between Aug. 1, 2009, and Feb. 28, 2010. More information about the Lunabotics Mining Competition is available on the ESMD Space Grant Web site and on Facebook.


Minorities in Science and Engineering (Higher Education) -- MISE provides 10-week summer internships at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., for students at Oakwood College, the University of Alabama in Huntsville and Alabama A&M University. For more information, contact Oakwood College Department of Research at 256-726-7114 or Madeline Hereford at Madeline.E.Hereford@nasa.gov.

Minorities Striving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success in Earth System Science (Higher Education) -- The MS PHD'S initiative, developed by and for underrepresented minorities to facilitate increased participation in Earth system science, is accepting applications for its 2009-11 cohort. Each year, the initiative provides 30 minority undergraduate and graduate students opportunities to interact with and participate in the Earth system science community. The deadline for submitting the online application is Sept. 8, 2009.

NASA Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project: Educator Fellowships -- As part of NASA's commitment to the effective preparation of science teachers, educators are invited to apply to become a NASA Endeavor Fellow. Each Fellow will be fully funded to complete five graduate courses in an innovative, online format. In these courses, participants will learn to apply research-based pedagogical strategies and cutting-edge STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) content to their classroom. Applications will be accepted from July 1 - Sept. 30, 2009.

Pre-Service Teacher Institute -- Minority pre-service educators learn hands-on NASA activities and inquiry-based pedagogy at several NASA centers including Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas; Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.; Kennedy Space Center in Florida; Marshall Space Flight Center, in Huntsville, Ala.; and Stennis Space Center in Jackson, Miss.
http://education.jsc.nasa.gov/psti/
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http://www.nianet.org/psti/
http://education.ssc.nasa.gov/psti/psti.asp
http://www.floridaspacegrant.org/fsgc_pre_college_activities2.php?ID=9

Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunity Program (Higher Education) -- NASA's Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program is accepting proposals from undergraduate students. This program gives aspiring explorers a chance to propose, design and fabricate a reduced-gravity experiment. Selected teams will test and evaluate their experiment aboard NASA's reduced-gravity airplane. All applicants must be full-time students, U.S. citizens and at least 18 years old. Proposals are due Oct. 28, 2009. An optional letter of intent is requested by Sept. 16, 2009.

The Great Moonbuggy Race (Grades 9-Higher Education) -- The Great Moonbuggy Race is an annual competition for students to design well-crafted vehicles to manipulate rugged simulated lunar terrain at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.

Robotics Academy (Higher Education) -- This project is a 10-week, resident summer internship for students specifically interested in robotics who have taken active interest in robotics in demonstrable ways.

Student Launch Initiative (Grades 7-12) -- The NASA Student Launch Initiative, or SLI, involves middle and high school students in designing, building and testing reusable rockets with associated scientific payloads.

Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope Project (GAVRT) -- Bring authentic science to your classroom through NASA radio telescopes. Teacher training introduces educators to all the tools needed to operate NASA deep space radio telescopes. Students throughout the US are collecting data.

Current Opportunities -- Connect with NASA through educational competitions, professional development opportunities and events.

"Capture the Colorful Cosmos" Astrophotography Project -- Students, teachers, individuals and families can "Capture the Colorful Cosmos" this summer. From July through September, participants can use MicroObservatory, an online network of robotic telescopes controlled over the Internet. Anyone with an e-mail address can use MicroObservatory to request electronic images of astronomical objects. Students who are 13 or younger must have a parent or guardian enter photos for them. Images must be submitted by Sept. 30, 2009.

Cassini Scientist for a Day -- Fall 2009 International Version for IYA (Grades K-12) -- Cassini Scientist for a Day is an essay contest designed to give students a taste of life as a scientist. Students in grades 5-12 are invited to write a 500-word essay about one of three possible targets the Cassini spacecraft will image on Oct. 11, 2009. Visit the site for contest rules and more information.

Earth Science Week Contests (All Grade Levels) -- Take part in the following contests to celebrate Earth Science Week. This year's celebration takes place Oct. 11-17, 2009.
Earth Science Week 2009 Photography Contest
Earth Science Week 2009 Visual Arts Contest
Earth Science Week 2009 Essay Contest
International Year of Planet Earth & Earth Science Week 2009 Photography Contest

Fundamental Aeronautics Program Student Competition
-- High School Division: Students are invited to envision the benefits of an amphibious tiltrotor vehicle with civilian applications. More information will be available on the contest Web site after Aug. 21, 2009. The contest is open to teams or individuals. Entries are due March 15, 2010. Prizes include cash awards, trophy and certificates of achievement.
-- College Division: Students are asked to submit their design for a civilian amphibious tiltrotor vehicle that can take off and land on water or land; can carry up to fifty passengers; cruise at 300 knots; and cover 800 nautical miles. More details will be posted to the contest Web site after Aug. 21, 2009. Teams are encouraged -- across departments and institutions. Prizes include cash awards, student internships, trophy and certificates. Notice of intent is due by Jan. 15, 2010. All entries are due no later than May 1, 2010.

Galilean Nights -- Galilean Nights is an astronomy event taking place Oct. 23-24, 2009. Amateur and professional astronomers around the globe will take to the streets, pointing their telescopes to the wonders that Galileo observed 400 years ago. The focus of the project is sidewalk observations, allowing members of the public to observe the gas giant Jupiter and its moons, our own Moon, the Sun and many more celestial marvels.

Life and Work on the Moon Art & Design Contest -- High School and College Divisions: Students submit their ideas for life and work on the moon in the year 2050. To ensure that entries reflect a realistic scenario, students are encouraged to consult with scientists and engineers before completing the project. Categories include the fine arts, architecture, industrial design, computer design, graphic arts, literature, music and video. The contest opens in September 2009. Entries are due by April 15, 2010. Prizes include cash awards, student internships and exhibit opportunities.

Moon Work: Science and Engineering Design Contest -- College Level Only: Students are invited to submit designs for tools or instrument packages for the next generation of manned lunar rovers. Contest opens in September 2009, and entries are due by May 15, 2010. Prizes include cash awards, student internships and student participation in real NASA lunar analog tests.

Solar System Ambassador Events for Summer 2009 -- Summer is heating up with presentations by NASA Solar System Ambassadors at local venues -- libraries, schools, state parks, museums and more -- across the United States. Themes planned for these public events include "Mars: Missions and Mysteries," "Galaxies, Nebulas, and Stars in the Universe," "Astronomy at the Beach 2009," and "Lunar Landing Anniversary/Star Navigation." Events are planned throughout the summer. Visit the Solar System Ambassadors Web site for a calendar of events.

Hubble Space Telescope Top Stars Contest -- For almost 20 years, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has inspired and engaged educators and students of all ages. U.S. formal (K-12, college) and informal educators are invited to submit their best examples of using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope for science, technology, engineering or mathematics education. Those selected as "Top Stars" will receive national recognition and awards. Entries will be accepted through January 2, 2010.

Cassini Equinox Mission Saturn Observing Night -- The 4th worldwide Cassini Equinox Mission Saturn Observing Night will take place on April 24, 2010. This date coincides with International Astronomy Day and International Astronomy week (April 19-25, 2010). Saturn is at opposition in late March 2010, which means Saturn will be well paced in the sky, along with the moon for viewing. Nearly every astronomy club in the world conducts events on Astronomy Day.

NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program -- The NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program provides scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students. Twenty undergraduate students in their second year of study will receive up to $15,000 per year for two years and a summer internship at a NASA center with a $10,000 stipend. Five graduate students will receive up to $35,000 per year for three years and two summer internships at a NASA center with $10,000 stipends. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.


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