NASA Education Express Message — Oct. 12, 2017

  #TeacherOnBoard — Astronauts Answer Your Students’ Questions — Live From Space!
All Educators

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

  Now Accepting Applications for NASA Spring Internships
: High School, Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Oct. 17, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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