NES enrollment for the 2011-2012 school year is now open!
If you were a participant in the NASA Explorer Schools project in the 2010-2011 school year, you are now able to enroll for the upcoming school year. By enrolling, you will ensure that you have continued access to engaging and exciting classroom materials from NES, including 20 new product modules for 2011-2012 and a fresh collection of NASA Now and Live Chat events planned for the upcoming year.
Are you wondering why you have to enroll for next year?
NES wants to keep an up-to-date record of active project participants. To do so, NES will be asking all current participants to complete a brief enrollment form to confirm participation for the upcoming year. NES will send email notifications to all teachers when the enrollment period begins.
What does enrollment entail?
When you log on to the Virtual Campus after May 2
, you will receive a pop-up window prompt to fill out a short enrollment form, where you can inform us of any changes to your personal, classroom or school information. Then all you have to do is click "submit" and you'll be ready to take advantage of NES educational resources to bring your 2011-2012 STEM classroom curriculum alive! For answers to frequently asked re-enrollment questions, please see the NES FAQs below.
Frequently Asked Questions About Enrolling
- As a returning participant, why do I have to enroll for next year?
NASA Explorer Schools is asking all teachers to enroll in the project for the 2011-2012 school year so that we have an up-to-date record of active project participants, the classes where NES resources are being implemented, and the estimated number of students that are engaged in NES activities.
- If I just registered for the NES project, do I have to complete an enrollment form?
No, if you registered for the NES project on or after May 2, 2011, you are already enrolled for the 2011-2012 school year. You do not need to complete an enrollment form.
- When is the enrollment period?
NES participants may begin enrolling for the 2011-2012 school year on May 2, 2011. Enrollment for existing participants will run through June 30. On July 1, the NES project will close for two weeks for a summer recess. During that time, we will be making some improvements to the Virtual Campus and adding new classroom resources for the upcoming school year. The NES 2011-2012 year will officially launch on July 15, 2011.
- If my personal, school or classroom information has changed, will I be able to update that information on my enrollment form?
Yes, you will be able to update all of your school and personal information when you enroll. To make the process as easy as possible, NES will have completed parts of the form with information from last year’s registration. You can, however, modify any of that information if it has changed. Other fields will be left blank for you to fill out with your 2011-2012 school year information.
You will not be able to change your email address or password on this enrollment form. If you want to update your email address or your password, you should email the Help Desk and we will assist you!
- What if my 2011-2012 school year information is not yet finalized?
If your 2011-2012 school year information is not finalized yet, please put in your best estimate. You may return to the Virtual Campus at any time and update your profile later under the My Profile tab.
- If I don’t complete my enrollment form now, what will happen?
If you do not fill out your form before NES goes into a two-week summer recess on June 30, you will no longer be able to log on to the Virtual Campus on July 15, 2011, when the NES 2011-2012 year begins. This DOES NOT mean that you cannot participate. You will, however, have to complete the enrollment form before you can log on to the Virtual Campus. Once you complete this form, you will have full access again to the Virtual Campus for the 2011-2012 school year.
- If I don't complete my enrollment form now, will I still be able to participate in the future?
Yes, if you do not re-enroll in the project before June 30, 2011, you can still re-register at any point during the year. We do, however, encourage current participants to enroll before June 30 to ensure that there are no interruptions in access to project materials. Also, by completing your enrollment form, you will maintain your record of the previous year's activities.
- If I participated last year, will I still have a record of my previous activities?
Yes! If you were a participant in the 2010-2011 school year and enroll for the upcoming school year, you will have a record of your previous activities. Once the 2011-2012 NES year begins on July 15, 2011, you will find a record of your 2010-2011 school year activities, as well as a growing list of your current activities in the My Activities section of the Virtual Campus.
- When does the NES 2011-2012 year start?
NES will launch the project for the 2011-2012 school year beginning on July 15, 2011. Any activities that you complete on or after July 15 will count toward the 2011-2012 school year.
- Is NES going to offer teacher and school recognition opportunities this year?
Yes! NES will offer recognition opportunities again for teachers, schools and students who participate in the NES project. Eligibility will again be based on project participation and completion of the core NES activities (content modules, electronic professional development and NASA Now events). Be on the lookout for more information regarding recognition opportunities this fall!
- If I completed an activity during the 2010-2011 school year, will that count toward my eligibility for next year's recognition opportunities?
No, any activities and associated surveys that are completed on the Virtual Campus before June 30, 2011, will count toward 2010-2011 school year participation. All activities completed after July 15, 2011, will count toward the 2011-2012 eligibility requirements.