NASA Education Express Message — Aug. 17, 2017

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

Exploring Beyond the Planets: NASA and Star Wars — The Connections Are Strong in This One!
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Aug. 23, 2017, at 4 p.m. EDT

Are planets like those in “Star Wars” really out there? NASA plans to find out. Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar to explore exoplanets and the search for habitable worlds. Learn how to bring the topic into the classroom with a NASA STEM lesson plan focusing on sequencing, comparing and contrasting. Online registration is required.
  Solar Eclipse 2017: So It Rained — What Did You Miss?
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Aug. 24, 2017, at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: stephen.p.culivan@nasa.govIf you didn’t see the 2017 solar eclipse, what did you miss? Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to explore the science, views and videos of the eclipse that were recorded by NASA and citizen scientists across the U.S. NASA STEM solar classroom resources will be presented for your classroom use year-round. If you did see the event, be prepared to share your eclipse stories. Online registration is required.
2017 von Kármán Lecture — 40 Years in Space: Voyager’s Remarkable Journey Continues
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Next Lecture Date: Aug. 24, 2017, at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)

For 40 years, NASA’s twin Voyager spacecraft have been on an incredible journey that has taken them to the outer planets and beyond. Join Alan Cummings, a senior research scientist and Voyager team member since 1973, as he revisits the highlights of the last 40 years and speculates on what lies ahead for the intrepid Voyagers. Attend in person or view the Thursday evening lecture online.

  World Space Week 2017
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: Oct. 4-10, 2017

World Space Week, as declared by the United Nations, is the largest public space celebration in the world. This event commemorates two events: the launch of Sputnik 1 on Oct. 4, 1957, and the signing of the Outer Space Treaty on Oct. 10, 1967, to regulate peaceful use of space by all countries. During this week, teachers are encouraged to use space-themed activities to excite students about science and technology. Visit the World Space Week website to search for events in your area and to find educational materials.

CubeSat Launch Opportunity
Audience: K-12, Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 21, 2017

NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads to fly on rockets planned to launch or be deployed from the International Space Station between 2018 and 2021. The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers and faculty a chance to get hands-on, flight hardware development while designing, building and operating small research satellites. This opportunity is open to U.S. nonprofit organizations and accredited educational organizations.

  2018 RASC-AL Design Competition
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
NOI Deadline: Oct. 15, 2017
Abstract Submission Deadline: Jan. 21, 2018

The RASC-AL engineering design competition challenges teams to develop new concepts that leverage innovations to improve our ability to travel between Earth and other destinations. This year’s themes are (1) Reusable Hybrid Propulsion Stage; (2) Artificial Gravity Reusable Crewed Deep Space Transport; (3) Propellant Resupply Capability; and (4) Lunar Polar Sample Return Architecture. Up to 16 teams will be chosen to participate in a competitive design review at the RASC-AL Forum in Florida. Teams with the top two winning papers will be invited to present their design projects to industry experts at a major aerospace conference.

Exploring Beyond the Planets: All About Moons
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Event Date: Aug. 17, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar to discuss the many types of moons found in our solar system and what we can learn from them. Specific NASA resources related to moons will be incorporated throughout the presentation. This webinar addresses the Next Generation Science Standard ESS1. Online registration required.

 Artist's illustration of various moons in the solar system
 Eclipse safety glasses Safety First! Solar Eclipse Safety Tips From NASA
Audience: All Educators and Students
Eclipse Date: Monday, Aug. 21, 2017

NASA wants everyone who witnesses the Aug. 21 solar eclipse to do so safely. Looking at the sun with the naked eye is unsafe, but with special solar filters, such as eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer, you can safely look directly at the sun. Learn how to check the safety authenticity of viewing glasses or find out how to observe the eclipse with alternate methods.

Get Ready for the 2017 Solar Eclipse With NASA Resources
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: Aug. 21, 2017

On Aug. 21, 2017, the United States will experience a solar eclipse! This celestial event will provide a golden opportunity to engage and educate diverse audiences, and NASA has the resources to help.
  NASA’s Digital Learning Network Live Event — E-Day 2017: Total Solar Eclipse Webcast
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Aug. 21, 2017, 1:15 – 3:15 p.m. EDT

Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network for a two-hour solar eclipse extravaganza! Tune in to see the eclipse live from within the path of totality and learn about the science of the sun-Earth-moon system. Watch CricketCam and make predictions. Find out how to get involved in NASA opportunities. Ask NASA experts your questions via Twitter @NASADLN using #askDLN or by email.
Be a Citizen Scientist During the Solar Eclipse With ‘GLOBE Observer’ App
Audience: All Educators and Students
Eclipse Date: Aug. 21, 2017

Download the “GLOBE Observer” app, available for Apple and Android phones, and contribute to a citizen science database used by scientists and students to study the effects of eclipses on the atmosphere. Observations are welcome from across North America, even if you are not in the path of totality.

 GLOBE Observer Eclipse app displayed on a smart phone
  Free Eclipse Digital Experience Available from NASA and Infiniscope
Audience: Grades 5-12 and Informal Educators
Eclipse Date: Aug. 21, 2017

Aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, the “Eclipse 2017” experience presents NASA’s “Eyes on the Solar System” visualization embedded within the immersive digital learning environment of Infiniscope. Learners will explore the Earth-moon-sun system; learn about shadows at the astronomical level; and predict the eclipse’s path of totality.
‘Predict the Corona’ Art Project
Audience: Students of All Ages
Eclipse Date: Aug. 21, 2017

Before the advent of photography, astronomers tried to sketch the fleeting shape of our sun’s outer atmosphere called the corona. This ghostly halo of light had been seen for centuries by naked-eye observers at the height of most total solar eclipses. To prepare for the solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017, NASA wants you to predict what the corona will look like!
  New From WGBH Education — The Solar Eclipse of 2017: Teacher Toolkit
Audience: K-12 Educators
Eclipse Date: Aug. 21, 2017

Boston-based PBS station WGBH, supported by a NASA cooperative agreement, has gathered information from trusted content partners into a “Solar Eclipse of 2017: Teacher Toolkit.” Check out the toolkit to find maps, activities and more. Learn how to align your eclipse activities to national education standards. Watch an archived recording of a professional development webinar about the eclipse. And you can even find resources available in Spanish!
New Resources From LPI Explore! The Vanishing Sun: Eclipse Tales From Around the World
Audience: All Educators and Students
Eclipse Date: Aug. 21, 2017

Get excited about the 2017 Solar Eclipse with a new set of online storytelling recordings from the Lunar and Planetary Institute. These multicultural eclipse folktales were researched and performed by professional storytellers Cassandra Wye and Fran Stallings. The stories may be used in all settings and were recorded to engage a diverse audience and a variety of ages.

 Explore! The Vanishing Sun: Eclipse Tales From Around the World
 Space Racer Solar Eclipse Resources Space Racers Solar Eclipse Content for Young Children
Audience: Pre-K and Kindergarten Educators and Students
Eclipse Date: Aug. 21, 2017

Find everything you need to know about viewing the upcoming solar eclipse with pre-K and Kindergarten students. Watch a short video that explains the science behind solar eclipses. View a U.S. map that illustrates the path of totality. Get ready for the eclipse with a hands-on activity. All materials developed in conjunction with The U.S. Space & Rocket Center and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

New 2017 Solar Eclipse Resources Available for Public Libraries
Audience: Librarians and Informal Educators
Eclipse Date: Aug. 21, 2017

Funded by the NASA@ My Library program, STAR_Net has developed educational resources to assist libraries in creating promotional and program materials for events surrounding the upcoming solar eclipse. These materials include images, videos, posters, activities, webinars and more!


  Sign Up for NASA Education ‘Science WOW!’ Weekly Email Newsletter
: All Educators

Are you a science educator or interested in science education? Sign up to receive an email with NASA’s latest science education offerings delivered “Weekly on Wednesdays.” It’s a simple way to keep up with the latest professional development webinars, student contests, workshops, lectures and other NASA science education activities.

National Science Foundation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities — Undergraduate Program
Audience: Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Various Projects — Notice of Intent Deadline: Sept. 5, 2017

The National Science Foundation’ s HBCU-UP is committed to enhancing the quality of undergraduate STEM education and research at Historically Black Colleges and Universities as a means to broaden participation in the nation’s STEM workforce.

  Call for Submissions — NASA Announcement for High Impact / Broad Implementation STEM Education Partnerships (EDUCATION01SP16)
Education Institutions and Organizations
Application Deadline: Dec. 31, 2017

NASA Education seeks to partner with eligible domestic or international organizations on a no-exchange-of-funds basis to reach wider and more diverse audiences and to achieve mutually beneficial objectives. Priority will be placed on collaboration involving digital learning; engaging underrepresented groups in STEM; NASA-themed STEM challenges; and youth-serving organizations.


NASA History Program Office Spring 2018 Internships
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Oct. 1, 2017

The NASA History Program Office is seeking undergraduate and graduate students for spring 2018 internships. The History Division maintains archival materials to answer research questions. The division edits and publishes several books and monographs each year, and it maintains websites and social media featuring NASA history. Strong research, writing and editing skills are essential to the internship. Students of all majors are welcome to apply.

 GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper app displayed on a smart phone Be a Mosquito Habitat Mapper With ‘GLOBE Observer’ App
Audience: All Educators and Students
Project Dates: Now Through Nov. 10, 2017

Citizen scientists can use the “GLOBE Observer” app, available for Apple and Android phones, to help those who are working to understand and reduce mosquito-borne diseases. The app helps users identify and eliminate mosquito breeding sites. This local, ground-based information helps NASA by supporting satellite-based research of environmental conditions that indicate possible outbreaks of mosquitoes.

Help NASA Search the Realm Beyond Neptune at Backyard Worlds: Planet 9
Audience: All Educators and Students

Is a large planet at the fringes of our solar system awaiting discovery, a world astronomers call Planet Nine? NASA scientists are looking for this planet and for new brown dwarfs in the backyard of the solar system. But they need your help! Finding these dim objects requires the human eye to comb through the images. Participants in this citizen science project will share the credit for their discoveries in any scientific publications that result from the project.


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