National Institutes of Health Seeking Applications for Serious STEM Games for Pre-College and Informal Science Education Audiences

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The National Institutes of Health, or NIH, is seeking applications for funding awards to develop serious science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, games with a focus on biology that address health and medicine questions for pre-kindergarten to 12th grade students, pre- and in-service educators or informal education audiences.

Serious games are defined as the use of gaming technology to train, educate and encourage behavioral changes in a virtual world format where progressive learning, feedback on success and user control are combined into an interactive and engaging experience.

Two types of grants are available. Awards will be made via Small Business Innovation Research grants and Small Business Technology Transfer grants. Only United States small business concerns, or SBCs, are eligible to submit applications for this opportunity. An SBC is one that, at the time of award of Phase I and Phase II, meets specific requirements. For full details, visit the opportunity website.

The first deadline for applications is Nov. 12, 2014.

For more information regarding these grant opportunities, please visit http://grants.nih.gov/searchguide/related_results.cfm?DocNum=PAR-14-326. Questions should be directed to grantsinfo@nih.gov.

Free Education Webinars From NASA Educator Professional Development

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NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

EarthKAM: Teaching Students How to Take Pictures of Earth
Audience: 
Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 6-8
Event Date: Nov. 11, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Participants will examine the Sally Ride EarthKAM program and learn how students can capture images of Earth from the International Space Station using NASA’s EarthKAM camera.

Launch America: Human Space Exploration Beyond Boundaries
Audience: 
Pre-service and In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Nov. 12, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. EST
Participants will explore how to launch students’ interest and excitement in forces, motion and energy by learning about exciting lessons that feature designing, building and launching simple rockets while recording, analyzing and graphing data.

MAVEN: Red Planet — Read, Write, Explore!
Audience: 
Pre-service and In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 3-5
Event Date: Nov. 13, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. EST
Participants will learn about the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, or MAVEN, mission to study the atmosphere of Mars and will receive a set of educational activities called Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore! The resources include six standards-based science lessons incorporating reading, writing and art activities for grades 3-5.

NASA’s New Horizon’s Mission: Pluto up Close and Personal
Audience: 
Pre-service and In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 6-8
Event Date: Nov. 19, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. EST
Participants will explore the mystery of Pluto and will learn exciting ways to bring the fascination of Pluto into the classroom while also integrating the Next Generation Science Standards into curriculum.

For more information about these webinars and to register online, visit https://paragon-tec.adobeconnect.com/admin/show-event-catalog.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to Clarence Jones at Clarence.F.Jones@NASA.gov.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: OSSI NIFS — Spring 2015 Opportunities

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NASA’s One Stop Shopping Initiative for Internships, Fellowships and Scholarships, or OSSI NIFS, strives to provide high school students and undergraduate and graduate students at all institutions of higher education access to a portfolio of internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities offered by NASA mission directorates and centers.

Visit the Office of Education Infrastructure Division LaunchPad to find information on internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities. The site features the OSSI NIFS online application for recruiting NASA interns, fellows and scholars. This innovative system allows students to search and apply for all types of higher education NASA internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities in one location. A single application places the student in the applicant pool for consideration by all NASA mentors.

The deadline for spring 2015 opportunity applications has been extended to Nov. 9, 2014.

To find available opportunities and to fill out an online application, visit https://intern.nasa.gov/index.html.

Inquiries about OSSI NIFS should be submitted via https://intern.nasa.gov/oic/.

Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles Available for Educational Use

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NASA invites eligible U.S. educational institutions and museums to request space shuttle thermal protective tiles and other special items offered on a first-come, first-served basis while quantities last. Organizations previously allocated thermal protective tiles may request an additional three tiles.

There will be a nominal shipping fee that must be paid online with a credit card. To make a request for special items online, visit http://gsaxcess.gov/htm/nasa/userguide/Special_Item_Request_Procedure.pdf.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to GSAXcessHelp@gsa.gov.

Microsoft is updating Office for iPad & iPhone – more features

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Microsoft will be releasing new versions of the Office app for iPads and iPhones on November 6th.  In the earlier version, if you didn't have a subscription to Office 365, you were limited in what you could do in the apps.  Many users asked that the apps be made free, and Microsoft has compromised, making more of the core functionality of Office free to users.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/microsoft-corporation/id298856275

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