NASA Education Express Message — Oct. 26, 2017

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  See Your Town From Space: Sign Up for Next Sally Ride EarthKAM Mission
Audience:
All Educators and Students
Contact:JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.govWould you like to take pictures like astronaut and former teacher Joe Acaba does? Sally Ride EarthKAM allows anyone to become a photographer from space. Students, educators and the public can create an account, then program a camera placed in a window of the International Space Station to take an aerial photo of their desired location. Mission dates run Nov. 1-3, 2017, so make sure to register soon!Look for more ways to get involved with the station and find other great resources during NASA’s A Year of Education on Station, a celebration of an almost 12-month presence of a teacher on board the International Space Station.
Celebrate International Observe the Moon Night at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Audience:
All Educators and Students
Event Date: Oct. 28, 2017, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. CDT
Contact: stephanie.w.henry@nasa.govJoin in the celebration of International Observe the Moon Night with an evening of fun-filled events at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Enjoy hands-on activities, a live interactive solar system show, solar system virtual reality simulators from NASA, and a chance to see the moon up close with the help of telescopes and astronomers. The event is free and open to the public.
 
  Using Rover Design Challenges to Teach Simple Machines
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: Oct. 30, 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 that features all six simple machines — lever, wedge, wheels and axles, screw, pulley, and inclined plane. Combine different machines to create more complex, kinetic systems. Use inspiration from real NASA missions to help students gain critical mechanical skills, “design-thinking” principles and physical science concepts. Online registration is required.
Earth Sense — Remote Sensing at NASA: For Your Eyes Only
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Nov. 2, 2017, at 6 p.m. EST
Contact: stephen.p.culivan@nasa.govJoin the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar to explore our Earth through the eyes of the astronauts. Learn how human observations from space enable us to better understand our planet. Using NASA missions, real data, online resources and classroom lessons, we’ll investigate Earth with eyes from above. Online registration is required.
 
  2018-2019 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship
Audience:
K-12 STEM Educators
Application Deadline: Nov. 16, 2017, at 8 p.m. EST
Contact: sc.einstein@science.doe.govThe Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship is a paid fellowship for K-12 science, mathematics, engineering and technology teachers. Einstein Fellows spend a school year in the Washington, D.C., area serving in a federal agency or on Capitol Hill. Applicants must be U.S. citizens currently employed full time in a U.S. elementary or secondary school or school district. Applicants must have been teaching STEM full time for at least five of the last seven years.
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Research Fellowships for 2018
Audience:
Predoctoral, Postdoctoral and Non-Academic Researchers
Application Deadline: Dec. 1, 2017
Contact: NASM-Fellowships@si.eduThe Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is accepting applications for research fellowships for 2018. Fellowships are available for predoctoral, postdoctoral and non-academic researchers. Fellows work closely with museum staff and have access to the museum’s archival collections. Proposals must reflect that the research to be undertaken is intended for publication in peer-reviewed books and journals.
 
  Aviation Space Writers Foundation Award
Audience:
Researchers of Aerospace Topics
Application Deadline: Dec. 1, 2017
Contact: NASM-Fellowships@si.eduThe National Air and Space Museum is offering a $5,000 grant to support research on aerospace topics that results in a product suitable for potential public dissemination in print, electronic, broadcast or other visual medium. Potential topics include contemporary aviation or space events of interest to the public; significant persons, historical events or trends that illuminate the history of human flight in air and space; records; or compendia of aerospace source material.
National Science Foundation’s 2017-2018 Community College Innovation Challenge
Audience:
Community College Students and Faculty
Entry Deadline: Feb. 14, 2018
Contact: innovationchallenge@nsf.govThe National Science Foundation’s Community College Innovation Challenge is seeking teams to propose innovative STEM-based solutions for real-world problems. Teams must include three to five community college students, a faculty mentor and an industry partner. Submissions consist of a written portion and a 90-second video. Finalists will be invited to attend an Innovation Boot Camp, which is a professional development workshop on innovation and entrepreneurship. First- and second-place teams win cash awards.
 

  Testing Terror – Technology for Exploration: Mysteries of Saturn and Cassini
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: Oct. 26, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: karen.c.roark@nasa.govSaturn’s ringed world has attracted attention ever since humans first looked at the sky. Scientists first got a close-up look at the planet when the Pioneer and Voyager spacecrafts swung by Saturn in the 1970s and 1980s. Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to explore the incredible Cassini mission and learn Saturn facts to share with your students.Online registration is required.
International Observe the Moon Night
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Oct. 28, 2017
Contact: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/contact-usOn Oct. 28, 2017, 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! Visit the website to find a map of registered events and make plans to attend. If you don’t see an event near you, sign up to host your own! The website has step-by-step plans for hosting an event of any size. Ideas for hands-on activities are available to make your event a success.
 
  Call for Proposals — NASA Research Announcement for Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System: Appendix D
Audience: Graduate Students
Notice of Intent Deadline: Oct. 31, 2017
Proposal Deadline: Dec. 15, 2017
Contact: francis.p.chiaramonte@nasa.govNASA invites graduate students and established researchers to submit proposals for ground-based research that uses NASA’s Physical Sciences Informatics system to develop new analyses and scientific insights. This solicitation appendix focuses on five research areas: combustion science, complex fluids, fluid physics, fundamental physics and materials science. Research and development efforts will take place over two years. The typical award will be $100,000 per year, for up to two years.
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.
 
  Send Your Name to Mars on NASA’s Next Red Planet Mission!
Audience: Educators and Students Worldwide
Submission Deadline: Nov. 1, 2017
Contact: http://mars.nasa.gov/feedback/NASA invites the public to send their names to the Red Planet aboard NASA’s InSight Mars lander! InSight will launch in May 2018 and land on Nov. 26, 2018. The mission will do an in-depth study of the interior of Mars to answer key questions about how the solar system’s rocky planets formed, including Earth. InSight will place the first seismometer directly on the surface of Mars and deploy a self-hammering heat probe that will burrow deeper into the ground than any device on the planet has ever done.
Commercial Crew 2018 Calendar Artwork Contest
Audience: Students Ages 4 to 12
Entry Deadline: Nov. 2, 2017
Contact: ksc-connect2ccp@mail.nasa.govNASA’s Commercial Crew Program is holding an art contest to create a 2018 calendar. Each month will have a different theme related to the International Space Station, astronauts, growing food in space and more! Unique and original artwork will be selected for each month. Once the calendar is complete, NASA will transmit it to astronauts aboard the space station. The calendar also will include supplemental education materials for kids on Earth to learn more about the space-related themes.
 
  NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships — Fall 2018
Audience: Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 2, 2017
Contact: hq-nstrf-call@mail.nasa.govNASA’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.


Be a Mosquito Habitat Mapper With ‘GLOBE Observer’ App
Audience: All Educators and Students
Project Dates: Now Through Nov. 10, 2017
Contact: Holli.riebeek@nasa.govCitizen 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.
 
  Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 15, 2017
Contact: ariss.us.education@gmail.com ARISS-US is accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums, science centers and community youth organizations (working individually or together) to host an amateur radio event between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2018. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS-US is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. Radio contacts are approximately 10 minutes long.
Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles and Blankets Available for Educational Use
Audience:
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.
 


  NASA’s 2018 Drop Tower Challenge: Microgravity Expulsion From Water
Audience: 9-12 Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 10, 2017
Contact: Ed-DropTower@lists.nasa.govNASA challenges teams of high school students to design and build objects that sink in water in normal gravity but will be expelled as far as possible out of water during free fall in NASA’s 2.2 Second Drop Tower at Glenn Research Center. The expulsion must result from hydrophobic surface properties of the object. Top-performing teams will be invited to present their results in a poster session at the 2018 meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research. Visit the website to learn more.
Virginia Earth System Science Scholars Program
Audience: Virginia High School Juniors and Seniors
Application Deadline: Nov. 12, 2017
Contact: joyce.h.corriere@nasa.govVESSS is an interactive online STEM learning experience for Virginia high school juniors and seniors. Participants will complete seven web-based modules and a final project. Those who perform well in the online course may be selected for a one-week residential summer academy at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Participants will be eligible to receive college credits through Thomas Nelson Community College with costs underwritten by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium.
 
  2018 RASC-AL Special Edition: Mars Ice Challenge Competition
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
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).

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/

FOLLOW, SHARE, AND BE A PART OF THE STEM EDUCATION CONVERSATION WITH NASA!

 


Visit NASA Education on the Web:
NASA Education: http://www.nasa.gov/education
For Educators: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html
For Students: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html
NASA Kids’ Club: http://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub

NASA Education Express Message — Oct. 19, 2017

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Wave at #TeacherOnBoard the International Space Station!
Audience:
All Educators and Students
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

Did you know you can see the International Space Station fly overhead with the naked eye? It is the third brightest object in the sky, and is easy to spot if you know when to look. Visit the link above, put in your zip code and find out when the space station will fly over your town. Invite your friends and family, walk out under the dawn or dusk sky and wave to astronauts and cosmonauts on board the station, including former classroom teacher Joe Acaba.Connect with this opportunity and others during NASA’s A Year of Education on Station, a celebration of an almost 12-month presence of a teacher on board the International Space Station.

Testing Terror — Technology for Exploration: Speed of Sound
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Oct. 24, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar to explore NASA’s efforts to reduce aircraft noise. Learn about motions and forces, transfer of energy and the abilities of technological design to reduce or eliminate noise. Use hands-on experiments and physical demonstrations to make and share connections to aircraft noise research within the classroom. Online registration is required.

 
  Testing Terror – Technology for Exploration: Mysteries of Saturn and Cassini
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: Oct. 26, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: karen.c.roark@nasa.gov 

Saturn’s ringed world has attracted attention ever since humans first looked at the sky. Scientists first got a close-up look at the planet when the Pioneer and Voyager spacecrafts swung by Saturn in the 1970s and 1980s. Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to explore the incredible Cassini mission and learn Saturn facts to share with your students.Online registration is required.

Free Download for Educators: Experience Mars in Virtual Reality With Mars 2030
Audience: All Educators and Museum Staff
Contact: http://mars2030-vr.com/contact-us  

Mars 2030 gives players the opportunity to explore the Red Planet. The virtual reality simulation was created using real data to deliver an authentic experience based on what is known about Mars today. A desktop version also is available for players without virtual reality hardware. Complimentary Mars 2030 software is available for educators and museum staff.

 

  2017 von Kármán Lecture — Sink or Swim? Using Radar to Protect California’s Water Supply
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Lecture Dates: Oct. 19 and Oct. 20, 2017, at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php 

California has highly variable annual precipitation and a great disparity between where precipitation falls and where people live and grow crops. To deal with these issues, a vast array of infrastructure is in place. Monitoring and maintaining this infrastructure is critical. Join Dr. Cathleen E. Jones, a signals analysis engineer, for a discussion about how NASA is using high-resolution, airborne radar to make this monitoring more efficient. Attend the lectures in person or view Thursday’s lecture via live webcast.

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
Contact: marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov 

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.

 
  Texas High School Aerospace Scholars Program
Audience: High School Juniors in Texas
Registration Deadline: Oct. 25, 2017
Contact: nancy.zigler@nasa.gov 

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.

International Observe the Moon Night
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Oct. 28, 2017
Contact: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/contact-us 

On Oct. 28, 2017, 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! Visit the website to find a map of registered events and make plans to attend. If you don’t see an event near you, sign up to host your own! The website has step-by-step plans for hosting an event of any size. Ideas for hands-on activities are available to make your event a success.

 
  Call for Proposals — NASA Research Announcement for Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System: Appendix D
Audience: Graduate Students
Notice of Intent Deadline: Oct. 31, 2017
Proposal Deadline: Dec. 15, 2017
Contact: francis.p.chiaramonte@nasa.gov 

NASA invites graduate students and established researchers to submit proposals for ground-based research that uses NASA’s Physical Sciences Informatics system to develop new analyses and scientific insights. This solicitation appendix focuses on five research areas: combustion science, complex fluids, fluid physics, fundamental physics and materials science. Research and development efforts will take place over two years. The typical award will be $100,000 per year, for up to two years.


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

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.

 
  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.org 

The 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.

Be a Mosquito Habitat Mapper With ‘GLOBE Observer’ App
Audience: All Educators and Students
Project Dates: Now Through Nov. 10, 2017
Contact: Holli.riebeek@nasa.gov 

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.

 


  Send Your Name to Mars on NASA’s Next Red Planet Mission!
Audience: Educators and Students Worldwide
Submission Deadline: Nov. 1, 2017
Contact: http://mars.nasa.gov/feedback/ 

NASA invites the public to send their names to the Red Planet aboard NASA’s InSight Mars lander! InSight will launch in May 2018 and land on Nov. 26, 2018. The mission will do an in-depth study of the interior of Mars to answer key questions about how the solar system’s rocky planets formed, including Earth. InSight will place the first seismometer directly on the surface of Mars and deploy a self-hammering heat probe that will burrow deeper into the ground than any device on the planet has ever done.

Commercial Crew 2018 Calendar Artwork Contest
Audience: Students Ages 4 to 12
Entry Deadline: Nov. 2, 2017
Contact: ksc-connect2ccp@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is holding an art contest to create a 2018 calendar. Each month will have a different theme related to the International Space Station, astronauts, growing food in space and more! Unique and original artwork will be selected for each month. Once the calendar is complete, NASA will transmit it to astronauts aboard the space station. The calendar also will include supplemental education materials for kids on Earth to learn more about the space-related themes.

 
  NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships — Fall 2018
Audience: Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 2, 2017
Contact: hq-nstrf-call@mail.nasa.gov 

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.

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/

FOLLOW, SHARE, AND BE A PART OF THE STEM EDUCATION CONVERSATION WITH NASA!

 


Visit NASA Education on the Web:
NASA Education: http://www.nasa.gov/education
For Educators: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html
For Students: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html
NASA Kids’ Club: http://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub

NASA Education Express Message — Oct. 12, 2017

  #TeacherOnBoard — Astronauts Answer Your Students’ Questions — Live From Space!
Audience:
All Educators
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

Join astronaut and former classroom teacher Joe Acaba, along with crewmate Paolo Nespoli, for a Facebook Live event on Oct. 16, 2017, at 11:05-11:35 CDT. Acaba and Nespoli will respond to questions from media, educators and students from around the world! Submit questions ahead of time at @NASAEdu twitter using #TeacherOnBoard. Log on and ask questions: Maybe yours will get answered!This special event kicks off NASA’s A Year of Education on Station, a celebration of an almost 12-month presence of a teacher on board the International Space Station.

Space Center Houston Presents ‘Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission’ Exhibit
Audience: All Educators and Students
Exhibit Dates: Oct. 14, 2017 – March 18, 2018
Contact: schinfo@spacecenter.org 

Space Center Houston is the first of four stops for a new exhibit featuring the Apollo 11 command module. The exhibit will feature more than 20 one-of-a-kind mission artifacts. They include a lunar sample return container; astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s extravehicular visor and gloves; astronaut Michael Collins’ Omega Speedmaster Chronograph; a star chart; a survival kit; and more. Space Center Houston will be the only location where visitors can see the capsules for both the first (Apollo 11) and last (Apollo 17) lunar landings.

 
  Dance of the Planets: Motion Laws and the Solar System
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-6
Event Date: Oct. 16, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: john.f.weis@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. Participants will get an overview of resources for relating motion equations from Isaac Newton and Johannes Kepler to the bodies of the solar system. The activities presented in this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standards ESS1, PS2 and PS3. Online registration is required.

Testing Terror — Technology for Exploration: Engineering a Satellite
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: Oct. 18, 2017, at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov  

Materials going into space encounter extremely harsh conditions not normally encountered on Earth. Probes dropped into the atmosphere of a planet like Jupiter or Saturn’s moon, Titan, may encounter tremendous pressures, temperatures and corrosive gases. Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar that will focus on two satellite engineering design challenges. Online registration is required.

 
  Send Your Name to Mars on NASA’s Next Red Planet Mission!
Audience: Educators and Students Worldwide
Submission Deadline: Nov. 1, 2017
Contact: http://mars.nasa.gov/feedback/ 

NASA invites the public to send their names to the Red Planet aboard NASA’s InSight Mars lander! InSight will launch in May 2018 and land on Nov. 26, 2018. The mission will do an in-depth study of the interior of Mars to answer key questions about how the solar system’s rocky planets formed, including Earth. InSight will place the first seismometer directly on the surface of Mars and deploy a self-hammering heat probe that will burrow deeper into the ground than any device on the planet has ever done.

Virginia Earth System Science Scholars Program
Audience: Virginia High School Juniors and Seniors
Application Deadline: Nov. 12, 2017
Contact: joyce.h.corriere@nasa.gov 

VESSS is an interactive online STEM learning experience for Virginia high school juniors and seniors. Participants will complete seven web-based modules and a final project. Those who perform well in the online course may be selected for a one-week residential summer academy at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Participants will be eligible to receive college credits through Thomas Nelson Community College with costs underwritten by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium.

 
  Generation Nano Challenge: Superheroes Inspired by Science!
Audience: Students in Grades 6-12
Submission Deadline: Jan. 8, 2018
Contact: gennano@nsf.gov 

The National Science Foundation and the National Nanotechnology Initiative invite middle and high school students to use scientific research to imagine an original science-powered superhero. Entries consist of two parts: a written section, and either a short comic or a 90-second video. Entrants should introduce their superhero, demonstrate how scientific research is incorporated into their superhero’s story and explain how it drives them on their mission.

GLOBE Student Research Campaign — Water in Our Environment
Audience: K-12 Educators
Campaign Dates: Now Through June 30, 2018
Contact: http://www.globe.gov/support/contact 

Water continuously circulates through one of Earth’s most powerful systems: the water cycle. Join GLOBE for its latest campaign that uses a set of guiding investigative questions to enable students to meaningfully explore water in their local environment and collaborate to consider the influence of water on a global scale. The project is flexible, allowing teachers to choose between many options to involve their students. Visit the site for details about the project and upcoming informational webinars.

 
  Middle School Teacher Reviewers Needed — Online Astrobiology Game
Audience: Educators of Grades 7-8
Contact: daniella.m.scalice@nasa.gov 

The NASA Astrobiology Institute has funded the production of an exciting new online educational game called “Life Underground.” In the interactive experience, the student takes on the role of a scientist who navigates and investigates a subsurface environment, searching for and characterizing microbial life. The project’s development team at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts is seeking educators to explore the software and review the accompanying supplemental materials.

Citizen Science Project: Cosmoquest’s Image Detective
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: info@cosmoquest.org 

CosmoQuest’s Image Detective, a NASA-funded citizen science project, invites the public to identify Earth features in photographs taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Citizen scientists are asked to help identify geographic features (natural or human-made) in astronaut photographs and then determine the location on Earth where the photo is centered. Your efforts can enhance NASA’s database of images taken by astronauts from the space station.

 
  Teachable Moment — Nobel-Prize-Winning Research: Modeling Gravitational Waves
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-8
Contact: lyle.tavernier@jpl.nasa.gov 

Researchers Kip Thorne and Barry Barish of Caltech and Rainer Weiss of MIT have been awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics for their “decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves.” Learn more about the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory and ways to bring its scientific breakthroughs into the classroom with the latest Teachable Moment resources from JPL Education.

Celebrate Earth Science Week With Resources From GLOBE
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Earth Science Week Dates: Oct. 8-14, 2017
Contact: Marile.ColonRobles@nasa.gov 

What determines the color of your sky? Use the Elementary GLOBE Aerosol book and a suggested phenomenon-based learning progression to teach your students about aerosols, clouds and sky color. Collect and submit your observations during Earth Science Week using the GLOBE Observer app, and NASA will send you observations from Earth-observing satellites. Educators may sign up for this opportunity and receive a free classroom set of the Elementary GLOBE book titled “What’s Up in the Atmosphere? Exploring Colors in the Sky.”

 
  Testing Terror — Technology for Exploration: Rockets to Mars
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-8
Event Date: Oct. 12, 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. Blast off into learning by exploring the STEM of rockets to Mars with NASA missions and classroom resources. Launch your students’ interest in forces and motion with NASA inquiry rocket activities and design challenges that include designing, building and launching simple rockets while recording and analyzing data. Online registration is required.

Earth Science Week 2017 Visual Arts Contest
Audience: K-5 Students
Entry Deadline: Oct. 13, 2017
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

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 Photography Contest
Audience: All Educators and Students
Entry Deadline: 5 p.m. EDT on Oct. 13, 2017
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

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 Essay Contest
Audience: Students in Grades 6-9
Entry Deadline: 5 p.m. EDT on Oct. 13, 2017
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

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
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

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.

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.org 

This 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).

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

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
Contact: nspires-help@nasaprs.com 

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.

 
  Now Accepting Applications for NASA Spring Internships
Audience
: High School, Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Oct. 17, 2017
Contact: https://intern.nasa.gov/oic/ 

Now is your chance to apply for exciting hands-on spring internship opportunities available at all NASA centers. Help NASA scientists and engineers with ongoing scientific and engineering research, technology development and spaceflight operations activities. Internship opportunities also exist in nontechnical areas such as communications, budget, procurement, education and human resources. NASA internships are stipend-paid and offer students mentor-directed, degree-related, NASA-relevant tasks.


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
Contact: marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov 

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.

 
  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.org 

The 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.

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 15, 2017
Contact: ariss.us.education@gmail.com 

ARISS-US is accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums, science centers and community youth organizations (working individually or together) to host an amateur radio event between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2018. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS-US is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. Radio contacts are approximately 10 minutes long.

 


  Texas High School Aerospace Scholars Program
Audience: High School Juniors in Texas
Registration Deadline: Oct. 25, 2017
Contact: nancy.zigler@nasa.gov 

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.

International Observe the Moon Night
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Oct. 28, 2017
Contact: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/contact-us 

On Oct. 28, 2017, 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! Visit the website to find a map of registered events and make plans to attend. If you don’t see an event near you, sign up to host your own! The website has step-by-step plans for hosting an event of any size. Ideas for hands-on activities are available to make your event a success.

 
  Search for Gravitational Waves With ‘Gravity Spy’ Citizen Science Project
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: tyson.b.littenberg@nasa.gov 

A century after Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory made the first direct detection of this phenomenon. LIGO is the most sensitive and complicated gravitational experiment ever created; it is susceptible to instrumental and environmental noise sources called “glitches.” In this online Zooniverse citizen science project, your input will help scientists classify and characterize glitches, which, in turn, will help scientists determine and eliminate the sources of noise.

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/

FOLLOW, SHARE, AND BE A PART OF THE STEM EDUCATION CONVERSATION WITH NASA!

 


Visit NASA Education on the Web:
NASA Education: http://www.nasa.gov/education
For Educators: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html
For Students: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html
NASA Kids’ Club: http://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub

NASA Education Express Message — Oct. 5, 2017

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  #TeacherOnBoard — Talk to an Astronaut on Board the Space Station
Audience: All Educators
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov

Your students can interview an astronaut in space! It’s possible through Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, or ARISS, and they don’t have to be amateur radio enthusiasts to be eligible. Schools, scouting groups, after-school programs, museums or any other education organization can apply. Develop an education plan, write a proposal and send it by Nov. 15, 2017, to be considered to host an ARISS contact during the July – December 2018 timeframe.Connect with this opportunity and others during NASA’s A Year of Education on Station, a celebration of an almost 12-month presence of a teacher on board the International Space Station.

Celebrate Earth Science Week With Resources From GLOBE
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Earth Science Week Dates: Oct. 8-14, 2017
Contact: Marile.ColonRobles@nasa.gov

What determines the color of your sky? Use the Elementary GLOBE Aerosol book and a suggested phenomenon-based learning progression to teach your students about aerosols, clouds and sky color. Collect and submit your observations during Earth Science Week using the GLOBE Observer app, and NASA will send you observations from Earth-observing satellites. Educators may sign up for this opportunity and receive a free classroom set of the Elementary GLOBE book titled “What’s Up in the Atmosphere? Exploring Colors in the Sky.”

 
  Testing Terror — Technology for Exploration: Curiosity Rover
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Oct. 10, 2017, at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: brandon.Rodriguez@jpl.nasa.gov

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar to explore how the Curiosity rover was built to traverse the hard terrain and survive the harsh climate of Mars, as well as how we continue to keep the rover safe on Mars. This webinar will tie into several engineering design lessons aligned to Next Generation Science Standards. Online registration is required.

Lessons From a Decade of Stratospheric Exploration: STEM in Action for Educators
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Oct. 11, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: karen.c.roark@nasa.gov

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar to learn about the Far Horizons project at the Adler Planetarium. Far Horizons has engaged students and volunteers as young as 10 years old in hands-on STEM experiences with high-altitude balloon missions. The program’s manager will discuss the amazing opportunities — and interesting challenges — high-altitude balloon missions can provide to students and educators. Online registration is required.

 
  Testing Terror — Technology for Exploration: Rockets to Mars
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-8
Event Date: Oct. 12, 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. Blast off into learning by exploring the STEM of rockets to Mars with NASA missions and classroom resources. Launch your students’ interest in forces and motion with NASA inquiry rocket activities and design challenges that include designing, building and launching simple rockets while recording and analyzing data. Online registration is required.

International Observe the Moon Night
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Oct. 28, 2017
Contact: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/contact-us

On Oct. 28, 2017, 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! Visit the website to find a map of registered events and make plans to attend. If you don’t see an event near you, sign up to host your own! The website has step-by-step plans for hosting an event of any size. Ideas for hands-on activities are available to make your event a success.

 
  Call for Proposals — NASA Research Announcement for Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System: Appendix D
Audience: Graduate Students
Notice of Intent Deadline: Oct. 31, 2017
Proposal Deadline: Dec. 15, 2017
Contact: francis.p.chiaramonte@nasa.gov

NASA invites graduate students and established researchers to submit proposals for ground-based research that uses NASA’s Physical Sciences Informatics system to develop new analyses and scientific insights. This solicitation appendix focuses on five research areas: combustion science, complex fluids, fluid physics, fundamental physics and materials science. Research and development efforts will take place over two years. The typical award will be $100,000 per year, for up to two years.

Commercial Crew 2018 Calendar Artwork Contest
Audience: Students Ages 4 to 12
Entry Deadline: Nov. 2, 2017
Contact: ksc-connect2ccp@mail.nasa.gov

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is holding an art contest to create a 2018 calendar. Each month will have a different theme related to the International Space Station, astronauts, growing food in space and more! Unique and original artwork will be selected for each month. Once the calendar is complete, NASA will transmit it to astronauts aboard the space station. The calendar also will include supplemental education materials for kids on Earth to learn more about the space-related themes.

 
  NASA Earth & Space Air Prize
Audience: Higher Education Students and Faculty
Registration Deadline: Dec. 13, 2017
Contact: questions@earthspaceairprize.org

Tiny airborne particles, known as aerosols, can contribute to a variety of health problems. NASA is working with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to ask teams or individuals to design and develop easy-to-maintain, small and affordable aerosol sensor technology that is useful in spaceflight as well as on Earth. Three finalists will receive $50,000 each to build a functioning sensor according to their proposals. The winner will receive a $100,000 award.

2018-2019 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship
Audience: Undergraduate Sophomores and Juniors at Virginia Space Grant Consortium Member Institutions Listed Below
Application Deadline: Feb. 5, 2018
Contact: jkuberek@odu.edu

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium is offering undergraduate research scholarships of up to $8,500 to encourage students to conduct research in STEM fields. Participants must take part in an active faculty-mentored research experience that aligns with NASA’s mission. Applicants must be enrolled full time at The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, or Virginia Tech. The scholarship will be awarded for the following academic year.

 
  2018-2019 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Graduate STEM Research Fellowship
Audience: Graduate Students at Virginia Space Grant Consortium Member Institutions Listed Below
Application Deadline: Feb. 5, 2018
Contact: jkuberek@odu.edu

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium’s Graduate STEM Research Fellowship Program provides fellowships of $6,000 in add-on support to graduate students to supplement and enhance basic research in fields related to STEM. Research should support NASA’s mission. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and enrolled full time at The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, or Virginia Tech. The fellowship is awarded for the following academic year.

2018-2019 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Community College STEM Scholarship
Audience: Virginia Community College Freshmen
Application Deadline: March 12, 2018
Contact: VSGC@odu.edu

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium is offering $2,000 scholarships to students at schools in the Virginia Community College System. Applicants must be majoring in a STEM field. The consortium strongly supports students who are preparing to transfer to institutions of higher learning while developing the essential skills for a competitive global workforce. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. The scholarship will be awarded for the sophomore year.

 
  2018-2019 Virginia Space Grant Consortium STEM Bridge Scholarships
Audience: Minority Undergraduate Students (Underclassmen) at Virginia Space Grant Consortium Member Institutions Listed Below
Application Deadline: March 12, 2018
Contact: tsanford@odu.edu

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium is offering renewable scholarships to undergraduate students studying STEM. The STEM Bridge Scholarships are $1,000. They are available to students who are U.S. citizens from any federally recognized minority group and are enrolled full time at The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, or Virginia Tech. Scholarships are awarded for the academic year following application. Applicants must be classified as a sophomore during the 2018-2019 academic year.

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

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 KSC-Speakers-Bureau@mail.nasa.gov.

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

World Space Week 2017
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: Oct. 4-10, 2017
Contact: gnikolasevic@worldspaceweek.org

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.

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

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
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org

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
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org

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
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org

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.

 
  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.org

This 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).


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
Contact: marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov

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.

 
  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.org

The 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.

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 15, 2017
Contact: ariss.us.education@gmail.com

ARISS-US is accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums, science centers and community youth organizations (working individually or together) to host an amateur radio event between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2018. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS-US is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. Radio contacts are approximately 10 minutes long.

 


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

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
Contact: nspires-help@nasaprs.com

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.

 
  Now Accepting Applications for NASA Spring Internships
Audience
: High School, Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Oct. 17, 2017
Contact: https://intern.nasa.gov/oic/

Now is your chance to apply for exciting hands-on spring internship opportunities available at all NASA centers. Help NASA scientists and engineers with ongoing scientific and engineering research, technology development and spaceflight operations activities. Internship opportunities also exist in nontechnical areas such as communications, budget, procurement, education and human resources. NASA internships are stipend-paid and offer students mentor-directed, degree-related, NASA-relevant tasks.

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/

FOLLOW, SHARE, AND BE A PART OF THE STEM EDUCATION CONVERSATION WITH NASA!

 


Visit NASA Education on the Web:
NASA Education: http://www.nasa.gov/education
For Educators: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html
For Students: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html
NASA Kids’ Club: http://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub