NASA Education Express Message — Oct. 19, 2017

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Wave at #TeacherOnBoard the International Space Station!
All Educators and Students

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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.

  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

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
: 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.

  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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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