NASA Education Express Message — Sept. 28, 2017

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the Education Community.

  #TeacherOnBoard — Get to Know Joe
Audience: All Educators and Students

Former classroom teacher and astronaut Joe Acaba is on the space station! Listen to this episode of “Houston, We Have a Podcast” to find out how this son of Puerto Rican immigrants went from a boy who loved the outdoors to a man dedicated to education and exploration. Acaba shares his candid thoughts — including why he believes that although astronauts inspire students, teachers make a much bigger impact.Looking for more about Acaba’s mission? Visit NASA’s A Year of Education on Station website for out-of-this-world resources and opportunities for K-16 students and educators.

Testing Terror — Technology for Exploration: Calculator Robotics
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: Oct. 2, 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 get an overview of the NASA resource “Calculator-Controlled Robots” and the basics of programming calculator robots. This webinar addresses the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Equations and Expressions, Functions and Geometry. Online registration is required.

  Testing Terror — Technology for Exploration: BEST GPIM
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Oct. 3, 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 learn about how technology drives exploration. Using the NASA Beginning Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) curriculum, participants will learn how to use the engineering design process to build a satellite and test green propellant. Participants also will learn about current research at NASA, specifically the Green Propellant Infusion Mission. Online registration is required.

‘Inclusion Drives Innovation’ Webcast
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Oct. 5, 2017, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Join NASA for live webcasts to learn from NASA employees with disabilities. Speakers will share their challenges and triumphs in pursuit of their dreams and how they have pushed NASA to meet the needs of every individual. Visit the website for a list of speakers. Ask questions during the live event via Twitter using #nasaNDEAM or via email at

  Testing Terror — Technology for Exploration: Microgravity
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: Oct. 5, 2017, at 6 p.m. EDT

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. Microgravity is the condition in which people or objects appear to be weightless. Explore how microgravity is created and used for learning in space and how it also can be created and used for learning here on Earth, even in your classroom. Online registration is required.

Earth Science Week 2017 Photography Contest
Audience: All Educators and Students
Entry Deadline: 5 p.m. EDT on Oct. 13, 2017

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2017 with American Geosciences Institute’s photography contest. Photographs should support the topic “Earth and Human Activity Here” and show human interaction with natural systems where you are. Any resident of the United States or any AGI international affiliate may enter. Entries must be submitted electronically. Only one entry will be accepted per person.

  Earth Science Week 2017 Visual Arts Contest
Audience: K-5 Students
Entry Deadline: Oct. 13, 2017

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2017 with American Geosciences Institute’s visual arts contest. Artwork should focus on the topic “People and the Planet.” The contest is open to students in grades K-5 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original 2-D visual arts project that shows how human activities shape, and are shaped by, Earth systems. Entries must be submitted by mail.

Earth Science Week 2017 Essay Contest
Audience: Students in Grades 6-9
Entry Deadline: 5 p.m. EDT on Oct. 13, 2017

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2017 with American Geosciences Institute’s essay contest. Essays should focus on the theme “Human Interaction With Earth Systems.” The contest is open to students in grades 6-9 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original essay no more than 300 words in length, typed and formatted to fit on one page. Entries must be submitted electronically.

  Earth Science Week 2017 Video Contest
Audience: All Educators and Students
Entry Deadline: 5 p.m. EDT on Oct. 13, 2017

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2017 with American Geosciences Institute’s video contest. Videos should focus on the theme “Earth and Human Activity.” Submit a brief, 30-90 second original video that tells viewers about how people have an impact on Earth systems, or how Earth systems have an impact on people, in your part of the world. The contest is open to individuals or teams of interested persons of any age in any part of the world. Entries must be submitted electronically.

Texas High School Aerospace Scholars Program
Audience: High School Juniors in Texas
Registration Deadline: Oct. 25, 2017

The Texas High School Aerospace Scholars program is a NASA-unique opportunity for Texas high school juniors to explore STEM disciplines in a learning community led by Texas-certified educators. After successful completion of the online course, students are eligible to compete for a spot in an all-expense-paid, weeklong camp at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Students may be eligible to receive a high school elective credit upon successful completion of the course.

  NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships — Fall 2018
Audience: Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 2, 2017

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate seeks to sponsor graduate student researchers who are U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents. They must show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s goal of creating innovative space technologies for the nation’s science, exploration and economic future. The research grants, worth up to $75,000 per year, will coincide with the start of the 2018 fall academic term. Selected candidates will do research at their colleges or universities and at selected NASA centers.

Future Engineers: Two for the Crew Challenge
Audience: K-12 Students
Entry Deadline: Dec. 19, 2017

Calling all students! Use your ingenuity to create a tool that combines the functions of two objects already being used by crew aboard the International Space Station! Visit the challenge website to find out about space station tools and to get brainstorming resources to help you create a design. The site provides links to free 3-D design software. The winning design will be 3-D printed on the station. Prizes include “3-D Printing in Space” prize packs, a 3-D printer for your school and a trip to Washington, D.C.!

  Explore Aeronautics Careers and Aviation History With Leveled Readers
Audience: K-12 Educators

Bring the history of American aviation to life in your classroom with a new series of leveled readers from NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. Available in three versions with increasing levels of text complexity, the stories highlight the accomplishments of famous and historical aviators, promote STEM careers with contemporary NASA aeronautics personnel, and acknowledge milestones in American aviation. All three versions are artfully designed and free to download with teacher guide and assessment options.

There’s Space in Your Classroom for Cross-Curricular: The Math of Climate Science
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Event Date: Sept. 28, 2017, at 6 p.m. EDT

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar to explore several activities demonstrating how climate change can be measured using simple math. NASA makes climate data available to students, meaning your classroom can download and manipulate real data to construct arguments about our global impact. Online registration is required.

  Final Days to Apply! Become a Member of the Infiniscope Education Advisory Board
Audience: Formal and Informal Educators of Grades 5-12
Application Deadline: Sept. 29, 2017

Infiniscope 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

The 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.

  BIG Idea Challenge 2018
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
NoI Deadline: Oct. 1, 2017
Entry Deadline: Nov. 30, 2017

NASA’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

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.

  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.

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.

  Earn STEM Digital Badges to Celebrate the Centennial of NASA’s Langley Research Center
Audience: Educators and Students in Grades 5-9, Informal Educators
Deadline: Oct. 21, 2017

To celebrate NASA’s Langley Research Center’s Centennial, three STEM digital badges are now available for educators and students in grades 5-9. Discover the role of cloud types in the Earth’s Energy Budget; how drag is used to land the Mars2020 Rover on Mars; and the importance of composite materials for airplanes. The first 1,000 educators to complete all three badges by Oct. 21, 2017, will receive a NASA insignia iron-on patch.

Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles and Blankets Available for Educational Use
Educational Institutions, Museums and Other Education Organizations
Contact: GSAXcessHelp@gsa.govNASA invites U.S. educational institutions to request space shuttle thermal protective tiles, space shuttle thermal protective blankets, and other special items offered on a first-come, first-serve basis while quantities last. A nominal shipping fee must be paid online with a credit card.

  Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut — Walk Around the Earth Challenge
Audience: All Educators and Students
Challenge Dates: Oct. 2 – Dec. 7, 2017

To prepare for an Earth-to-moon journey in 2018, online mascot Astro Charlie is making a trip around Earth. Mission X is challenging Fit Explorers to work together to perform activities that will move Astro Charlie the 66 million steps required to walk around Earth! That’s 25,000 miles, or 40,000 kilometers! Visit the website for full challenge details and to do your part to help reach the globe-trotting goal.

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.

  University Student Research Challenge — A Pilot Project
Audience: Students at U.S. Colleges and Universities
Proposal Deadline: Oct. 16, 2017

NASA’s Transformative Aeronautics Concepts Program seeks to develop novel concepts with the potential to create new capabilities in aeronautics by stimulating aeronautics research in the student community. Through this solicitation, TACP will provide students from accredited U.S. colleges or universities with grants for aeronautics projects that also raise cost-sharing funds using crowdfunding platforms. This challenge, which is being run as a pilot project, seeks students who have an aeronautics-related project idea and have the passion to develop that idea.

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One thought on “NASA Education Express Message — Sept. 28, 2017”

  1. The NASA has been very generous for creating all of these learning programs for the students who would like to connect their life with the space exploration. I think that everyone who is fascinated about space studying would rush and enroll in the program right away. I would like to make it to the list of the NASA’s best students of the year and I know I would benefit a lot from the program as well as NASA would benefit greatly from using my knowledge.

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