Launch Opportunity: RockSat-C and RockSat-X Programs

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NASA, in partnership with the Colorado Space Grant Consortium, is offering the opportunity for university instructors and students to participate in three programs designed for everyone from the novice to the more experienced space researcher.

RockSat-C is a competitive program for university and community college students to design and build a sounding rocket payload, and then launch the payload on a sounding rocket at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The program actively engages students through full design-process mentoring, with assistance through the design phase throughout the fall semester. During the spring semester, teams are lead through testing and integration reviews, along with a launch readiness review.

RockSat-X pushes the RockSat-C concept to new extremes by providing participants with full access to the space environment, more in-flight resources and less restrictive design space. Deployable items are even allowed. In addition, payloads will be provided power and a live telemetry feed for real-time data acquisition during the flight. These amenities allow experimenters to focus more on the science and leave power and data handling to the Wallops rocket team.

Selected RockSat-C experiments will launch in June 2015. RockSat-X experiments are expected to launch later in the summer.

Student teams who are up to the challenge are invited to submit an intent to fly form beforeSept. 19, 2014.

To learn more about Rocket-C and to see experiments selected for previous flights, visithttp://spacegrant.colorado.edu/national-programs/rs-c-2015-home.

Questions about the RockSat-C program should be directed to Becca Lidvall by email at rocksatprogram@gmail.com.

To learn more about RockSat-X and to see experiments selected for previous flights, visithttp://spacegrant.colorado.edu/national-programs/rs-x-2015-home.

Questions about the RockSat-X program should be directed to Jesse Austin by email at rocksatx@gmail.com.

Free Webinar — Secrets to Fundraising for Competing in NASA Challenges

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NASA has several exciting technical challenges open for universities and colleges. The challenges include the Student Launch, the Robotic Mining Competition, the Human Exploration Rover Challenge, the X-Hab Academic Innovation Challenge, as well other challenges. In order to be successful, teams not only need to master engineering and technical obstacles, they must also raise the funding necessary for equipment and travel expenses.

To help all universities and colleges interested in competing, the NASA Minority Innovation Challenges Institute, or MICI, is hosting a free webinar on Sept. 10, 2014, at 3 p.m. EDT. Topics covered during the session will include:

– Fundraising practices utilized by teams that competed in the 2014 NASA Robotic Mining Competition.
– How to locate potential donors, and the best way to land contributions.
– How to use crowdfunding websites to expand fundraising efforts to regional and national levels.
– Grant opportunities that are open and receptive to funding university teams.

The webinar will be hosted by a certified fundraising executive along with two certified grant writers.

To sign up for this webinar and gain access to MICI’s other free webinars, visit http://nasamici.com/upcoming-sessions.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Mary Baker at mary@nasamici.com.

International Observe the Moon Night

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On Sept. 6, 2014, the whole world has the chance to admire and celebrate our moon on International Observe the Moon Night. And you can join in the fun!

Check the map of registered observation events at http://observethemoonnight.org to see if there is an event being held near you. If not, please consider registering and hosting one and inviting your family, friends or neighbors.

Don’t know where to start?
This link walks you through the process of planning an event of any size. How to host an event in six easy steps: http://observethemoonnight.org/getInvolved/.

Need suggestions for hands-on activities?
Visit http://observethemoonnight.org/activities/ for ideas.

Worried about cloudy weather obscuring your view of the moon?
The “Moon as Art” collection, chosen by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, team, gives the public the opportunity to see the moon as others have seen it for centuries — as an inspirational muse — but this time from the perspective of being in orbit with a series of eyes that see in different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. Learn more at http://lunar.gsfc.nasa.gov/moonartgallery.html.

Additional beautiful, high-resolution images of the moon’s surface taken by LRO’s cameras are available at http://lroc.sese.asu.edu.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Lora.V.Bleacher@nasa.gov.

Free Course: Introduction to Psychology (Yale University)

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https://itunes.apple.com/us/course/introduction-to-psychology/id897495476?enlh=2.500044.500043.500037.1.&mt=10&ls=1

What do your dreams mean? Do men and women differ in the nature and intensity of their sexual desires? Can apes learn sign language? Why can’t we tickle ourselves? This course tries to answer these questions and many others, providing a comprehensive overview of the scientific study of thought and behavior. It explores topics such as perception, communication, learning, memory, decision-making, religion, persuasion, love, lust, hunger, art, fiction, and dreams. 

We will look at how these aspects of the mind develop in children, how they differ across people, how they are wired-up in the brain, and how they break down due to illness and injury.

Free Course – Earth: Science in Action

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by California Academy of Sciences California Academy of Sciences

"Science in Action" at the California Academy of Sciences strives to make science accessible. Through media screens and live chats on the museum floor, the Science Today website, podcasts, and monthly programming, "Science in Action" gathers and disseminates science-focused content through our partners, local programs, other media and Academy staff. "Science in Action" at the California Academy of Sciences strives to make science accessible. Through media screens and live chats on the museum floor, the Science Today website, podcasts, and monthly programming, "Science in Action" gathers and disseminates science-focused content through our partners, local programs, other media and Academy staff.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/earth-science-in-action/id416250394?enlh=3.500044.500043.500037.1.&mt=10&ls=1