NASA Education Express Message — Sept. 7, 2017

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  NASA’s Digital Learning Network Live Event — Cassini’s Final Days Webcast
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Sept. 7, 2017, 1 – 2 p.m. EDT

On Sept. 15, 2017, the Cassini spacecraft will plunge into Saturn, thus completing a nearly 20-year mission. Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network for a live one-hour virtual event — just days before the end of mission — to learn more about the upcoming “grand finale.” Ask NASA experts your questions via Twitter @NASADLN using #askDLN or by email at
Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2017
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Kick-Off Event: Sept. 9, 2017, at 1 p.m. EDT
Registration Deadline:
Sept. 27, 2017

Teams of U.S. high school students are challenged to design a software program for small satellites called SPHERES that operate inside the cabin of the International Space Station. Finalists will have their codes sent to the station, where an astronaut will program the SPHERES to run their tests. Visit the site on Sept. 9, 2017, at 1 p.m. EDT, to watch this year’s live kickoff event.
  There’s Space in Your Classroom for Cross-Curricula: Space Science and the Engineering Design Process in a Culturally Relevant Way
Audience: Educators of Grades 3-8
Event Date: Sept. 11, 2017, at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: slt95@txstate.eduJoin the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. Participants will learn about the engineering design process and explore methods of implementing culturally responsive bilingual activities and lessons. Online registration required.
Launching Soon! ‘A Year of Education on Station
Audience: All Educators and Students
Launch Date: Sept. 12, 2017, at 5:17 p.m. EDT

Tune in to NASA TV next Tuesday to watch astronaut and former classroom teacher Joe Acaba and his Expedition 53-54 crewmates Mark Vande Hei and Alexander Misurkin launch to the International Space Station. Shortly after they return in February 2018, astronaut and former classroom teacher Ricky Arnold will launch to the space station as part of the Expedition 55-56 crew. Keep an eye out for another upcoming launch – “A Year of Education on Station” website — for opportunities and resources designed to connect educators and students with Acaba’s and Arnold’s missions.
  NASA’s Digital Learning Network Live Event — Back-to-School Blast and Farewell Webcast
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Sept. 21, 2017, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EDT

On Sept. 21, 2017, celebrate the beginning of a new school year and say goodbye to NASA’s Digital Learning Network! All missions must come to an end, and the DLN would like to go out with a bang. Please register at to be eligible to participate in the live virtual audience, or tune in to the DLiNfo Channel and ask questions @NASADLN via Twitter using #askDLN or via email at
Teachable Moment — The Farthest Operating Spacecraft, Voyagers 1 and 2, Still Exploring 40 Years Later
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Contact: ota.l.lutz@jpl.nasa.govFour decades ago, NASA’s Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft embarked on an ambitious mission to explore the giant outer planets. Since completing their flybys of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune in 1989, they have been journeying toward the farthest reaches of our solar system — where no spacecraft has been before. Bring their record-breaking journey to the classroom with the latest Teachable Moment resources from JPL Education.

  There’s Space in Your Classroom for Cross-Curricular: STEAM-rolling Through Space
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Event Date: Sept. 7, 2017, at 6 p.m. EDT
Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. Explore beyond the science, technology, engineering and mathematics of space. Integrate the “A” in STEAM in your classroom by learning the important role language, art and music play in space exploration. Online registration required
NASA Swarmathon: Seeking College Teams for Virtual Robotics Competition!
Audience: Higher Education Faculty and Students at Minority Serving Universities and Minority Serving Community Colleges
Event Date: Sept. 15, 2017
The 2018 NASA Swarmathon Virtual Competition challenges students to develop search algorithms for robotic swarms. These algorithms will be tested by competition organizers in a virtual environment. Selected teams will receive a $500 stipend for their faculty member; training via live webinars, videos and guides; and access to technical forums.

  NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies Seek Educators for Climate Change Research Initiative
Audience: Full-time 9-12 STEM Educators Who Are U.S. Citizens and Reside Within 50 Miles of NYC
Application Deadline: Sept. 21, 2017
Contact: matthew.d.pearce@nasa.govThis yearlong STEM engagement opportunity allows high school STEM educators to work directly with NASA scientists, to lead research teams, and to develop STEM curricula for their current classes. Educators participating in this opportunity will become associate researchers who integrate NASA education resources and content into their classrooms while improving STEM education within their communities.
Become a Member of the Infiniscope Education Advisory Board
Audience: Formal and Informal Educators of Grades 5-12
Application Deadline: Sept. 29, 2017
Contact: jlswann@asu.eduInfiniscope invites you to apply to become an Infiniscope Education Advisory Board member for a renewable one-year term from 2017-2018. Board members will review Infiniscope-developed educational products and receive a stipend, training, collaborative space, and recognition on the Infiniscope website. Board members also will have opportunities to earn badges and attend group meet-ups at national conventions.
  Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications
Audience: All Educators
Application Period: Sept. 1-30, 2017
Contact: ambassad@jpl.nasa.govThe Solar System Ambassadors Program is a nationwide network of space enthusiast volunteers. Highly motivated enthusiasts nationwide are eligible to join — and those in Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories are especially encouraged to apply.


NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies Seek Students for Climate Change Research Initiative
Audience: Graduate Students Who Are U.S. Citizens and Reside Within 50 Miles of NYC
Application Deadline: Sept. 21, 2017
Contact: matthew.d.pearce@nasa.govThe CCRI internship is a yearlong opportunity to work directly with NASA scientists and research teams on a NASA research project related to climate change. This opportunity will not conflict with the student’s course work and class schedule during the fall and spring. The internship is considered a part-time position that supports the graduate student’s major area of study.
  BIG Idea Challenge 2018
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
NoI Deadline: Oct. 1, 2017
Entry Deadline: Nov. 30, 2017
Contact: BigIdea@nianet.orgNASA’s 2018 Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge seeks innovations in the design, installation and sustainable operation of a large solar power system on Mars. Top teams present their concepts via a design review at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia or NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Ohio. The winning team will receive NASA internship offers.
NASA History Program Office Spring 2018 Internships
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Oct. 1, 2017
Contact: bill.barry@nasa.govThe 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.

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