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NASA Education Express Update for January 17th

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Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listed below.

Science Fair Projects Demystified in NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Education Videos
Audience: All Educators and Students

Expeditions 35 and 36 In-flight Education Downlink Opportunities
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 18, 2013

2013 RASC-AL Lunar Wheel Design Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students
New Deadline: Jan. 19, 2013

2013 RASC-AL Competition
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: Jan. 19, 2013

Invitation to Participate in ISS EarthKAM Winter 2013 Mission
Audience: Middle School Educators and Students
Optional Online Information Sessions: Jan. 22 and 23, 2013
Mission Dates: Jan. 29 - Feb. 1, 2013

International Space Station Research Opportunity for Higher Education Organizations
Audience: Higher Education Community
Deadline to Submit White Papers: Jan. 23, 2013

Chemical Elements: Genesis -- What Are We Made Of? Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 23, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST

Temperature and Earth Climate: Modeling Hot and Cold Planets Web Seminar
Audience: 7-9 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 24, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST

NASA’s Glenn Research Center's High School Shadowing Project
Audience: Students in Grades 10-12
Session II Application Deadline: Jan. 25, 2013
Sessions III and IV Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2013

U.S. Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellowships
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: Jan. 29, 2013

Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars -- Summer 2013 Session
Audience: Higher Education Students
Informational Webcasts: Jan. 23-24, 2013
Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2013

U.S. Department of Energy Webcast -- An Energy Literate Citizenry From K to Gray
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: Feb. 6, 2013, at 4 p.m. EST

IRIS Challenge: Tracking a Solar Storm
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Registration Open Now, Challenge Begins February 2013

2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2013

5th Annual NASA STEM Educators Workshop Series
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Registration Deadline: Feb. 25, 2013
Event Date: March 4-6, 2013

2013 NASA Glenn Research Center High School Internship Project
Audience: Students in Grades 10-11
Application Deadline: March 15, 2013

Free Lecture -- GPS for Humanity -- The Stealth Utility
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Date: March 21, 2013, at 8 p.m. EST

2013 Jet Propulsion Laboratory Summer Faculty Research Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Deadline: April 1, 2013

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Audience: All Educators and Students
Nomination Deadline: April 1, 2013

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Science Fair Projects Demystified in NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Education Videos

Just in time for science fair season, the Education Office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL, has released a video series designed to take teachers, students and parents through the sometimes mystifying process of crafting a science fair project.

The six-part video series features JPL scientist Serina Diniega, engineer Arby Argueta and educator Ota Lutz, who team up to take viewers step by step through the project design process, from generating an idea to communicating the final results in an attractive display.

Students learn about one of the hardest steps in the process -- generating an idea -- from the perspectives of scientific investigation and engineering design, discovering how to observe and ask questions about the world around them that can serve as starting points for their projects.

The videos also cover common areas that students often overlook while designing their projects, such as asking a testable question that examines just one concept, and considering elements that could affect an experiment and factoring them into the results.

Visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/sciencefair/ to watch the series, download related resources and find notes for teachers and parents.

Questions about this video series should be emailed to Kim Orr at kimberly.m.orr@jpl.nasa.gov.

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Expeditions 35 and 36 In-flight Education Downlink Opportunities

NASA is seeking formal and informal educational organizations, individually or working together, to host live, in-flight education downlinks during Expeditions 35 and 36 (approximately from March 2013 to September 2013). To maximize these downlink opportunities, NASA is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the downlinks into well-developed education plans.

The deadline to submit a proposal is Jan. 18, 2013.

During Expeditions 35 and 36, crew members aboard the International Space Station will participate in downlinks. Downlinks take approximately 20 minutes and allow students and educators to interact with astronauts through a question-and-answer session. Downlinks afford education audiences the opportunity to learn firsthand from astronauts what it is like to live and work in space. Downlinks are broadcast live on NASA TV and are streamed on the NASA website. Because of the nature of human spaceflight, organizations must demonstrate the flexibility to accommodate changes in downlink dates and times.

Interested organizations should visit http://www.nasa.gov/education/tfs/downlinks to learn more or contact Teaching From Space at JSC-Teaching-From-Space@mail.nasa.gov.

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2013 RASC-AL Lunar Wheel Design Challenge

Due to an initially aggressive schedule that resulted from a delayed launch of the 2013 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts - Academic Linkage, or RASC-AL, Lunar Wheel Design Challenge, the new deadline to submit project plans has been extended to Sunday, Jan. 19, 2013, at midnight EST.

The RASC-AL Lunar Wheel Design Challenge invites student teams to design and build a lunar wheel prototype and demonstrate its capabilities while mounted on a utility vehicle during the “Roll-Off” (field tests at NASA's Johnson Space Center’s Rock Yard) in July 2013. Teams are challenged with developing a wheel that needs little maintenance, can travel at higher speeds needed for human rovers and can withstand several years of harsh temperature swings, abrasive regolith, intense sun radiation and lack of an Earth-like atmosphere.

In addition to the field tests, teams will present their wheel concepts to a design review panel comprising Space Exploration Vehicle, or SEV, engineers. Presentations will be based on each team's technical paper that details the wheel concept's path-to-flight (i.e., how the design can be applied to actual planetary exploration on an SEV).

Based on a review of each team’s proposal, up to eight teams will be selected to compete at the “Roll-Off” in July 2013. Qualifying teams will receive a minimum of $9,000 to develop and test their wheel designs. Winning teams will receive cash prizes.

The challenge is open to full-time undergraduate or graduate students majoring in engineering or science at an accredited university. University design teams must include one faculty or industry advisor with a university affiliation and two or more undergraduate or graduate students.

Student teams and their faculty advisors are invited to submit an online Notice of Intent (NOI) and a project plan of their proposed wheel concepts by Jan. 19, 2013. Multi-disciplinary teams and international collaborations are encouraged.

For more information about this competition, visit https://www.nianet.org/RASCAL-wheeldesign2012/index.aspx.

If you have questions about this competition, please contact Shannon Verstynen at shannon.verstynen@nianet.org or Shelley Spears at shelley.spears@nianet.org.

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2013 RASC-AL Competition

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace announce the 2013 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage, or RASC-AL, Competition. RASC-AL is a design project competition aimed at university-level engineering students.

The RASC-AL contest challenges participants to design projects based on real NASA projects. Participants can choose from three different themes. Concepts derived from the design projects potentially could be implemented by NASA.

Interested teams are encouraged to submit a notice of intent by Nov 9, 2012, and teams must submit an abstract for their proposed project by Jan. 19, 2013. The RASC-AL Steering Committee of NASA and industry experts will evaluate the proposals and select as many as 10 undergraduate and five graduate teams to compete against each other at a forum in June 2013 in Florida.

The RASC-AL competition is open to full-time undergraduate or graduate students majoring in engineering or science at an accredited university. University design teams must include one faculty or industry advisor with a university affiliation and two or more undergraduate or graduate students. A group of universities may also work in collaboration on a design project entry. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

For more information about this competition, visit http://www.nianet.org/rascal/index.html.

If you have questions about this competition, please contact Shelley Spears at Shelley.Spears@nianet.org or Stacy Dees at stacy.dees@nianet.org.

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ISS EarthKAM Winter 2013 Mission

Middle school educators are invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAM Winter 2013 Mission from Jan. 29 - Feb. 1, 2013. Guide your students in hands-on research as they program cameras aboard the space station to take pictures of specific locations on Earth.

For more information about EarthKAM and to register for the upcoming mission, visit the EarthKAM home page http://www.earthkam.ucsd.edu.

Optional EarthKAM Online Information Sessions

If you’re new to EarthKAM or if you registered for a past mission but weren’t sure how to navigate the website and request images, join us for a 30-minute online EarthKAM information session. You’ll learn:

-- What EarthKAM is all about and how you and your students can participate.
-- What to expect during the mission, including the classroom time commitment.
-- Ways to use EarthKAM to enhance what you already teach.

The online information sessions are free. Send an email to webinar@earthkam.ucsd.edu to request log-in information. Please indicate which session you plan to attend.

Jan. 22 at 9:30 a.m. CST
Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. CST

Please note that you do not have to attend an information session to participate in the upcoming EarthKAM mission. The information sessions are provided as an option for teachers who are new to EarthKAM or for returning teachers who have general questions.

If you have questions about the EarthKAM project, please email ek-help@earthkam.ucsd.edu.

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International Space Station Research Opportunity for Higher Education Organizations

Conduct research in space and make new discoveries! The adventure begins in 2013. The International Space Station NASA Education Projects Office has released a solicitation for proposals of educational experiments relating to science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, that utilize the unique microgravity platform of the space station.

Proposals are being accepted from higher education institutions or consortia of organizations serving the higher education community. Proposals must align with space station program research priorities in technology, biology, biotechnology and physical sciences. Experiment ideas also must address innovative, meaningful and enduring research and technology development activities with STEM-based context.

White papers must be submitted by 4 p.m. CST on Jan. 23, 2013. Full proposals are due Feb. 20, 2013.

For more information, visit http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={8626F554-923E-4797-DEE7-89CF3988FEE3}&path=open.

Questions about this solicitation should be directed to Janejit T. Gensler at Janejit.t.gensler@nasa.gov.

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Chemical Elements: Genesis -- What Are We Made Of? Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Jan. 23, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn how to use the “What Are We Made Of?” hands-on activity to integrate mathematics and physical science in your classroom. Discover how students can use statistical sampling to estimate the chemical composition of the sun by analyzing data in a way similar to the one used by scientists who analyzed solar particles collected by the Genesis spacecraft.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar23.aspx.

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

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

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Temperature and Earth Climate: Modeling Hot and Cold Planets Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on Jan. 24, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Use NASA mission data collected from NASA satellites to see how a planet’s climate is determined. Attend this session and discover how you can incorporate authentic NASA data into your classroom to provide a real-world connection for your students.

This seminar will be repeated on May 2, 2013.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar24.aspx.

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

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

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NASA’s Glenn Research Center's High School Shadowing Project

NASA's Glenn Research Center, or GRC, in Cleveland, Ohio, is accepting applications for its High School Shadowing Project sessions for the 2012-2013 school year. This opportunity provides students with a one- to five-day career exploration experience at Glenn Research Center.

The project provides high school students with an opportunity to explore career possibilities in a research and development environment while under the guidance of a NASA scientist, engineer, technician or administrative professional that serves as the student’s mentor. Students are provided information about various careers, career paths and Glenn Research Center educational resources and programs.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 16 years old by the application deadline. Application periods are still open for three sessions scheduled for the 2012-2013 school year.

Session II --
Application Deadline: Jan. 25, 2013
Session Date: Feb. 27, 2013

Session III --
Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2013
Session Date: March 26, 2013

Session IV --
Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2013
Session Date: April 24, 2013

For more information about this opportunity, please visit http://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/education/ShadowingProgram_GRC.html.

Questions about the GRC High School Shadowing Project should be directed by email to GRC-Intern@mail.nasa.gov or by telephone to 216-433-6656.

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U.S. Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellowships

Teachers with successful strategies for increasing student achievement are encouraged to apply for Teaching Ambassador Fellowship positions with the U.S. Department of Education for the 2013-2014 school year. Teachers will be chosen based upon their record of leadership, impact on student achievement and potential for contribution to the department and the field.

The program offers two tracks: Classroom and Washington Fellows.

Classroom Fellows will serve their regular teaching contracts with their districts and will be paid to perform additional fellowship duties for the Department of Education. As practicing classroom teachers, these Fellows will share an important perspective for -- and will gain more knowledge about -- education policy and program development. They will share their experiences with other Fellows and with the Department of Education at designated times throughout the year.

Washington Fellows will serve as full-time federal employees in Washington, D.C., from the summer of 2013 through June 2014. They will be placed in appropriate positions within the Department of Education to work on education program development and implementation. They will focus on using their previous classroom experience to contribute knowledge and insight to various Department of Education projects. They will spend the majority of their time working in program offices, increasing their knowledge of and contributing to federal education policies and programs, and collaborating with other Fellows.

Applications for both tracks are due Jan. 29, 2013.

For more information about this fellowship opportunity and activities of the current group of Teaching Ambassador Fellows, visit http://www.ed.gov/programs/teacherfellowship/index.html.

If you have questions about the fellowship, please email your inquiries to TeacherFellowship@ed.gov.

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Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars -- Summer 2013 Session

Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars, or LARSS, is offering a 10-week summer internship at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. Internships are available for rising undergraduate juniors, seniors and graduate students at accredited U.S. colleges, universities and community colleges. Students of all majors are encouraged to apply. The grade point average requirement is a 3.0 out of a 4.0.

The internship includes doing a research project under the supervision of a researcher, attending technical lectures by prominent engineers and scientists and presenting project results at a poster session. Additional elements include tours of Langley wind tunnels, computational facilities and laboratories, as well as several networking activities.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applications are due Feb. 1, 2013.

Note: Fifteen-week fall and spring sessions are also offered. Please see the website for details.

For more information and to apply online, visit http://www.nianet.org/LARSS-2012/index.aspx.

To learn more about the LARSS internship opportunity, join NASA's Digital Learning Network for two informational webcast events. The webcasts are taking place from 3-4 p.m. on Jan. 23-24, 2013. To join the webcast, visit http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/index.html.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Debbie Murray at Deborah.B.Murray@nasa.gov.

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U.S. Department of Energy Webcast -- An Energy Literate Citizenry From K to Gray

Join the U.S. Department of Energy for a webinar detailing the "Energy Literacy Framework," which identifies concepts every citizen should know to be energy literate. With this document, the Department of Energy aims to empower energy educators to apply an interdisciplinary, systems-based approach to teaching the physical, natural and social sciences necessary for a comprehensive understanding of energy.

The "Energy Literacy Framework" was developed through a series of workshops and an extensive review and comment process involving the 13 federal partner agencies, including NASA. The U.S. Global Change Research Program comprises these agencies and many other education partners. With the "Energy Literacy Framework" complete and in print, work continues involving education partners to advance energy education with audiences from K to Gray.

This webinar will take place on Feb. 6, 2013, at 4 p.m. EST.

For more information and to register online, visit https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/198384864.

To learn more about the "Energy Literacy Framework," visit http://www1.eere.energy.gov/education/energy_literacy.html.

Questions about this webinar should be emailed to DaNel Hogan at DaNel.Hogan@ee.doe.gov.

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IRIS Challenge: Tracking a Solar Storm

Join the Tracking a Solar Storm Challenge and guide students as they learn about the sun’s anatomy, the space weather it generates and why studying the sun is important.

This challenge is designed around NASA’s solar mission Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS. Scheduled to launch in April 2013, the IRIS spacecraft will study the dynamics of the interface region of our sun’s atmosphere using an ultraviolet telescope and imaging spectrograph. As students participate in the challenge, they will learn more about the IRIS mission and the instruments that scientists use to gather solar data.

An educators’ guide for the IRIS challenge is available on the Tracking a Solar Storm website and includes key information for helping students study the sun’s weather, track a solar storm and predict its effect on Earth. Students will demonstrate what they have learned by collecting data and producing a space weather report.

The challenge will run February - May 2013.

To learn more about the challenge, visit http://irischallenge.arc.nasa.gov/.

Educators are invited to register now at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZRBWQQK to receive updates as the challenge develops.

Please email any questions about this challenge to Linda Conrad at arc-quest-challenge@mail.nasa.gov.

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2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Caltech's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships, or SURF, project introduces undergraduate students to research under the guidance of seasoned mentors at Caltech or NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL. Students experience the process of research as a creative intellectual activity and gain a more realistic view of the opportunities and demands of a professional research career.

SURF is modeled on the grant-seeking process. Students collaborate with potential mentors to define and develop a project and to write research proposals. Caltech faculty or JPL staff review the proposals and recommend awards. Students work over a 10-week period in the summer, mid-June to late August. At the conclusion of the project, each student will submit a technical paper and give a SURF Seminar Day oral presentation.

All application materials must be received no later than Feb. 22, 2013. For more information, visit http://www.surf.caltech.edu/.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to the Caltech Student-Faculty Programs office at sfp@caltech.edu.

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5th Annual NASA STEM Educators Workshop Series

Join NASA for the 5th Annual NASA STEM Educators Workshop Series taking place March 4-6, 2013, in Charlotte, N.C.

This workshop series will explore engineering design challenges, problem-based learning activities, distance learning modules, inquiry-based lessons and hands-on projects. Each workshop will be led by experienced educators and education public outreach specialists who will model pedagogical techniques and methods to foster problem-based learning, science as inquiry, technology integration and best practices. Workshops target inservice, informal and preservice teachers who serve the K-12 education community.

Registration is free. The deadline for registration is Feb. 25, 2013.

For more information and to register for the workshops, visit https://education.uncc.edu/cstem/nasa.

If you have any questions about the workshops, please contact Brandon Hargis at Brandon.Hargis@nasa.gov.

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2013 NASA Glenn Research Center High School Internship Project

The NASA Glenn Research Center High School Internship Project provides paid summer internship opportunities, eight weeks in duration, to students interested in careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and professional administration at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. This project offers opportunities for students in grades 10 and 11 who will be juniors and seniors in the upcoming school year, and is sponsored by the Educational Programs Office.

To be eligible for this project:

-- The applicant must be a U.S. citizen and 16 years old on or before the project start date (June 17, 2013).
-- The applicant must be a permanent resident of Ohio and currently enrolled in a high school located within a 50-mile radius of Glenn Research Center.
-- The applicant must be a current sophomore or junior at the time of application.
-- The applicant must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
-- The applicant must be available on a full-time basis (Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week) from June 17, 2013, through Aug. 9, 2013.

Applications are due March 15, 2013. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/education/GlennHighSchoolIntership.html.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to GRC-intern@mail.nasa.gov.

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Free Lecture -- GPS for Humanity -- The Stealth Utility

The Global Positioning System, or GPS, has become a ubiquitous, but often invisible, part of modern life. On March 21, 2013, Dr. Bradford Parkinson, chief architect and original program director for GPS in the 1970s, will present the history, applications and future of GPS and the Global Navigation Satellite System.

The lecture begins at 8 p.m. at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. For those unable to attend in person, the lecture will be webcast live.

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=5245.

Questions about this lecture should be directed to nasmpubliclectures@si.edu.

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2013 Jet Propulsion Laboratory Summer Faculty Research Program

Applications are currently accepted for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory 2013 Summer Faculty Research Program. This program provides opportunities for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, faculty to engage in research of mutual interest to the faculty member and a JPL researcher. Non-STEM faculty will be considered based on available opportunities.

To be eligible to participate in the program, a potential fellow must hold a full-time appointment at an accredited university or college in the U.S. Special requirements for foreign national faculty members may apply. Fellows are required to submit a research report and present their work at the end of the session.

The program awards $13,500 fellowships for the 10-week session. A housing allowance will be offered for awardees who live beyond a 50-mile radius of JPL. Please note that stipend payments or salaries from other federal funding sources, including research grants and contracts, may not be accepted during the 10-week tenure of a JPL faculty research appointment.

The deadline for applications is April 1, 2013. For more information about this opportunity, visit http://jsfrp.jpl.nasa.gov/.

Inquiries about NASA's JPL Summer Faculty Research Program should be directed to the Petra Kneissl-Milanian at Petra.A.Kneissl-Milanian@jpl.nasa.gov.

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Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

The National Science Foundation is currently accepting nominations and applications for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, or PAEMST, program. PAEMST is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th-grade mathematics or science (including computer science) teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Since 1983, more than 4,100 teachers have been recognized for their contributions to mathematics and science education. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. Up to 108 awardees may be recognized each year.

Presidential awardees receive a certificate signed by the president of the United States, a trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on the behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

The PAEMST program is open to outstanding mathematics and science teachers in the 50 states and the four U.S. jurisdictions (Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Department of Defense education activity schools and the U.S. territories as a group). Anyone -- principals, teachers, parents, students or members of the general public -- may nominate a teacher by completing the nomination form available on the PAEMST website. Teachers may also apply directly.

Nominations for secondary school teachers (grades 7-12) are due April 1, 2013. Elementary school teachers (Grades K-6) are eligible to apply in 2014.

For more information, visit http://www.paemst.org/.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to info@paemst.org.