NASA Education Express Message — Sept. 14, 2017

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  #TeacherOnBoard Visit the New ‘A Year of Education on Station’ Website
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.govThe September 12 launch of astronaut and former classroom teacher Joe Acaba kicks off “A Year of Education on Station,” NASA’s celebration of an almost constant one-year presence of an educator on board the International Space Station. While in space, Joe and (later) astronaut and former classroom teacher Ricky Arnold will be the eyes and ears of teachers as the two travel at 17,500 miles per hour in low Earth orbit. Check out the new website designed to connect educators and students with Joe, Ricky, their crewmates and education resources related to their missions.
There’s Space in Your Classroom for Cross-Curricular: Marsbound!
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Sept. 18, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: john.f.weis@nasa.govJoin the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar to get an overview of the NASA education resource Marsbound! — Mission to the Red Planet. This cross-curricular activity combines science, engineering, mathematics and group interaction as students plan for an unmanned mission to the Red Planet. This webinar addresses Common Core – Mathematics standards and Next Generation Science Standard ETS1. Online registration required.
 
  Cosmology 101
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Sept. 19, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: john.f.weis@nasa.govJoin the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. Participants will get a historical overview of the varying scientific views about the structure of the observed universe from ancient cultures to current theories. This webinar addresses Next Generation Science Standards ESS1.A. Online registration required.
There’s Space in Your Classroom for Cross-Curricular: Who Will Feed the World?
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: Sept. 20, 2017, at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.govJoin the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. STEAM Educators will explore problem-based learning using the NASA resource, Mission Geography. This activity includes an investigation that focuses on meeting the food needs of an increasing global population. Online registration required.
 
  Hurricanes in Your Classroom: Ask a Hurricane Hunter Pilot
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Event Date: Sept. 21, 2017, at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. Learn how to use real NASA data and STEM lessons to explore hurricanes in your classroom. A U.S. Air Force Reserve “Hurricane Hunters” pilot from Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi, will share his experiences and expertise in the study of hurricanes. He also will take time to answer questions from participants. Online registration required.
2017 von Kármán Lecture — A Volcanologist’s Paradise
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Next Lecture Date: Sept. 21, 2017, at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.phpThe biggest volcanic eruptions in the solar system aren’t happening on Earth: They’re taking place on Jupiter’s moon, Io. Join research scientist Ashley Davies, a volcanologist at JPL, for a discussion of how studying volcanoes on Earth leads to a clearer understanding of how Io’s volcanoes work and how best to study them from spacecraft. Attend the lectures in person or view Thursday’s lecture via live webcast.
 
  NASA Internships, Fellowships, and Scholarships Virtual Career Summit
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Event Date: Sept. 27, 2017, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: https://intern.nasa.gov/oic/Join the NIFS recruiting team for a virtual event showcasing the many internships, fellowships and scholarships available for higher education students. Participants will learn about NASA opportunities, eligibility requirements and tips for the application process. Previous and current interns will share their experiences. The session will allow students to ask questions and have them answered live by NASA professionals. Visit the website to register to attend.
NASA Mars Science: MAVEN Outreach Webinar — Deep Dips: Designing a Mission Orbiter
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Sept. 27, 2017, 7 p.m. EDT
Contact: epomail@lasp.colorado.eduJoin the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, mission team for an education professional development webinar. The MAVEN spacecraft has been orbiting Mars since 2014, making periodic “deep dips” to sample Mars’ upper atmosphere. Guy Beutelschies from Lockheed Martin will discuss the challenges engineers face in designing missions like MAVEN for success.
 
  2018 RASC-AL Special Edition: Mars Ice Challenge Competition
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
NOI Deadline: Oct. 13, 2017
Project Plan Submission Deadline: Nov. 16, 2017
Contact: rascal@nianet.orgThis engineering design and technology demonstration contest challenges teams to design, build and test prototype systems capable of extracting water from simulated Martian subsurface ice. Up to 10 teams will be selected to participate in a multi-day competition in June 2018 at NASA’s Langley Research Center. In addition to the technology demonstrations, participation includes the submission of a technical paper and poster presentation to NASA and industry judges that details the team concept’s “path-to-fight” (i.e. essential modifications required to operate their system on Mars).
Free Educator Workshop — Classroom Lunacy: Lunar Samples in Your Classroom
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-9
Registration Deadline: Oct. 22, 2017 (maximum of 30 participants)
Event Date: Oct. 26, 2017, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. CDT
Contact: april.l.mcintosh@nasa.gov Join the Stennis Space Center Office of Education for a free workshop to train in the use and security of lunar and meteorite sample disks. Workshop participants will be certified to borrow lunar and meteorite sample disks from NASA for use in the classroom. The workshop will be held at the Infinity Science Center in Pearlington, Mississippi. (Map).
 
  Apply to Receive Free ‘Explore Science: Earth & Space 2018’ Toolkits
Audience: Children’s Museums, Science Centers and Museums, NASA Visitor Centers, Public Planetariums and Observatories Located in the U.S.
Application Deadline: Nov. 1, 2017
Contact: cmccarthy@smm.orgThe National Informal STEM Education Network, in collaboration with NASA, has assembled a new set of engaging, hands-on Earth and space science experiences with connections to science, technology and society. A total of 250 toolkits will be awarded to eligible organizations through a competitive application process.
Free Educator Workshop — Technology Drives Exploration: NASA Technology and Engineering Design Challenges
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-8
Registration Deadline: Nov. 12, 2017 (maximum of 30 participants)
Event Date: Nov. 16, 2017, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. CST
Contact: april.l.mcintosh@nasa.gov Join the Stennis Space Center Office of Education for a free, activity-filled technology and engineering workshop highlighting NASA’s cutting-edge space exploration missions. Explore NASA STEM engineering design challenges and apps. The workshop will be held at the Infinity Science Center in Pearlington, Mississippi. (Map).
 
  Free Educator Workshop — Network of States II: Classroom Lunacy and EV3 Robotics
Audience: NASA Network of States Educators Phase 2 and In-service STEM Educators of Grades 5-12 Interested in Joining the NASA Network of States Educator Institute
Registration Deadline: Dec. 4, 2017 (maximum of 30 participants)
Event Date: Dec. 9, 2017, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CST
Contact: april.l.mcintosh@nasa.gov Join the Stennis Space Center Office of Education for a free workshop to train in the use and security of lunar and meteorite sample disks. Workshop participants will be certified to borrow lunar and meteorite sample disks from NASA for use in the classroom. The workshop also will include a short EV3 robotics follow-up training session. The workshop will be held at the Infinity Science Center in Pearlington, Mississippi. (Map).

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
Contact: info@nasaswarmathon.comThe 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’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
Contact: DLiNfochannel@gmail.com

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 http://bit.ly/DLNFarewell 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 DLiNfochannel@gmail.com.
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.
 
  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.


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.
Sign Up for NASA Education ‘Science WOW!’ Weekly Email Newsletter
Audience
: All Educators
Contact: https://science.nasa.gov/about-us/contact-usAre 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.
 

 


  Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2017
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: Sept. 27, 2017
Contact: zerorobotics@mit.edu

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.
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.

Are you looking for NASA educational materials to support your STEM curriculum?
Search hundreds of resources by subject, grade level, type and keyword at http://www.nasa.gov/education/resources/.

Find NASA science resources for your classroom. NASA Wavelength is a digital collection of Earth and space science resources for educators of all levels — from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. http://nasawavelength.org/

Check out the ‘Explore NASA Science’ website! Science starts with questions, leading to discoveries. Visit https://science.nasa.gov. To view the site in Spanish, visit http://ciencia.nasa.gov.

Do you just want to receive weekly updates on NASA Education opportunities relating to science? Sign up for the NASA Education “Science WOW!” newsletter for science opportunities delivered to your inbox “Weekly on Wednesdays!” https://www.nasa.gov/education/sciencewow/

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