NASA Education Express Message — Jan. 4, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  #TeacherOnBoard — Joe’s Journey
All Educators and Students
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.govInspire your students to face their challenges with hope and determination – just like astronauts do. Introduce them to #TeacherOnBoard Joe Acaba and his journey from an ordinary boy in an ordinary family to a classroom teacher and later an astronaut living on board the International Space Station. It’s all part of the new interactive timeline designed to make Joe’s story come alive for young learners.

Find more ways to bring NASA into your classroom 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.

NASA Aeronautics: Principles of Flight
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Jan. 9, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Contact: barbie.buckner@nasa.govJoin the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. Explore an overview of the principles of flight and the four forces of flight while using NASA’s Museum in a Box curriculum. Participants also will learn about current research taking place at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California. Online registration is required.
  Call for Nominations: National Space Council Users’ Advisory Group
U.S. Citizens With Expertise in Aerospace Topics
Nomination Deadline: Jan. 10, 2018
Contact: jeff.l.waksman@nasa.govPublic nominations are being accepted from U.S. citizens and organizations for potential membership on an advisory group that will represent the perspectives, interests and expertise of industry and other nonfederal entities to the National Space Council. NASA recently established the Users’ Advisory Group to advise and inform the National Space Council on a broad range of aerospace topics. U.S. citizens or organizations may nominate individuals for consideration as potential members of the UAG. Interested candidates also may nominate themselves.
Advanced Gravity With NASA
Audience: Educators of Grades 9-12
Event Date: Jan. 10, 2018, at 6 p.m. EST
Contact: john.f.weis@nasa.govJoin the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 90-minute webinar. Participants will get an overview of NASA gravity missions and resources for teaching about advanced gravity concepts including gravity waves and relativistic frame dragging. This webinar addresses the Next Generation Science Standards PS2. For lessons, please go to Online registration is required.
  Teaching Force and Motion With Rocket Activities
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: Jan. 11, 2018, at 5 p.m. EST
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.govJoin the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. This project-based STEAM webinar will guide participants through hands-on and inquiry-based learning activities related to forces, motion, and the engineering design process. Lessons that will be explored in this webinar include Stomp Rockets, Foam Rockets, Green Propellant Rockets and Balloon Rockets. Online registration is required.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office Summer Internship Program
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Jan. 29, 2018
Contact: DHSed@orau.orgThe U.S. Department of Homeland Security is accepting applications from undergraduate and graduate students interested in projects at federal research facilities across the country. The projects help the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office implement “domestic nuclear detection efforts for a managed and coordinated response to radiological and nuclear threats, as well as integration of federal nuclear forensics programs.” Applicants must be U.S. citizens. See website for full eligibility requirements.
  2018 Space Exploration Educators Conference
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Feb. 1-3, 2018
Contact: seec@spacecenter.orgRegister today for the Space Exploration Educators Conference (SEEC), taking place at Space Center Houston. SEEC is for all K-12 educators. The activities presented may be used for science, language arts, mathematics, history and more. Attend sessions hosted by scientists, engineers and astronauts leading the charge in exploration. Receive ready-to-implement classroom ideas and experience minds-on, hands-on fun. Attendees can earn up to 24 hours of continuing professional education credit.
National Weather Service NCEP 2018 Summer Student Internship Program
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 5, 2018
Contact: NCEPInternships@noaa.govThe National Weather Service’s National Centers for Environmental Prediction is accepting applications from current undergraduate and graduate students interested in paid summer internships to work in areas that will meet the future needs of the ever-broadening weather-climate-water user community. Students majoring in mathematics, physics, meteorology, atmospheric and climate science, computer science, engineering, and social science are welcome to apply.
  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: March 1, 2018
Contact: piaee@epa.govThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in partnership with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, is accepting applications for the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. This award recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning. PIAEE winners and their local education agencies will each be awarded up to $2,500.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s President’s Environmental Youth Award
Audience: K-12 Students
Application Deadline: March 1, 2018
Contact: peya@epa.govThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s President’s Environmental Youth Award recognizes outstanding environmental projects by students in grades K-12. Submissions can include projects developed by individuals, school classes, summer camps, public interest groups, and youth organizations. Recent winning projects included forming recycling programs for pencils and books, starting an environmental news YouTube channel, and creating a better method to protect migratory birds from airplanes.
  NASA/Applied Physics Laboratory Summer Internship 2018
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: March 30, 2018
Contact: aplnasaintern-web@jhuapl.eduThe Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, is offering summer internships for students interested in working on NASA missions or space-related research opportunities. A stipend and housing will be provided for the 10-week program. Eligible students include undergraduate rising sophomores through doctoral students as of fall 2018. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.Students graduating in 2018 who have not yet started graduate school are also eligible. Preference is given to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
Download This: NASA Science 2018 Commemorative Calendar
Audience: All Educators and StudentsPlan ahead for the new year — decorate your space with the NASA Science 2018 Commemorative Calendar. This downloadable, full-color calendar features vibrant images of NASA science discoveries ranging from Earth to deep space. Each month also includes science mission facts, important dates in science history, and a monthly highlight about the people who have impacted science though the ages.
  NASA Aeronautics: Forces and Motions of Flight
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-8
Event Date: Jan. 4, 2018, 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. Learn how to explore the principles and physics of flight by flying things in your classroom. Using NASA online resources and simple, inexpensive STEM classroom activities and design challenges, investigate the parts of an airplane, what makes an airplane fly, and how to design and build aircraft that can fly in a classroom.  Online registration is required.
U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management — 2018 Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program Internships
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students at Accredited Minority-Serving Institutions
Application Deadline: Jan. 5, 2018
Contact: vivian.cato@srnl.doe.govThe U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management is seeking applicants for 10-week summer internships at the Department of Energy’s national laboratories. Interns will complete research projects aligned with ongoing DOE efforts. Students also will be involved in enrichment activities that may include laboratory and site tours, professional development seminars, workshops and lectures. A stipend or salary will be provided. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  Generation Nano Challenge: Superheroes Inspired by Science!
Audience: Students in Grades 6-12
Submission Deadline: Jan. 8, 2018
Contact: gennano@nsf.govThe 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.
Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Innovators Program
Audience: Recent College Graduates (Undergraduate and Graduate)
Application Deadline: Jan. 8, 2018
Contact: DOE-RPP@orau.orgThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Innovators Program enables recent graduates to do research on solutions to the challenges faced in the deployment of solar energy. Innovators will work with a mentor at a utility, energy service provider, or electric public utility commission currently conducting research related to the integration of solar energy onto the electricity grid. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. Appointments are for up to two years, and stipends are provided.
  Research Grants: Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research
Audience: Researchers at Academic Institutions in Developing Countries
Application Deadline: Jan. 12, 2018
Contact: peer@nas.eduPEER is a competitive awards program that invites scientists in developing countries to apply for funds to support research and capacity-building activities on topics of importance to the United States Agency for International Development. These efforts would be conducted in partnership with U.S. government-supported and selected private sector partners. PEER applicants must be based at an academic institution; nonprofit organization; or government-managed research laboratory, center or institute in a PEER-eligible country.
Call for Proposals — NASA Research Announcement for NASA Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions (TEAM II)
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Pre-Proposal Telecom: Dec. 21, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. EST
Notice of Intent Deadline: Jan. 16, 2018
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 28, 2018
Contact: TEAMII@jpl.nasa.govNASA is seeking proposals for the NASA Research Announcement: NASA Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions. Eligible proposers include U.S. nonprofit science museums, planetariums, youth-serving organizations and libraries. Selected parties will offer inquiry- or experiential-based opportunities that include NASA education and research and directly align with major NASA missions related to space exploration, space science or microgravity. Projects shall use network partnerships.
  2018 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Application Deadline: Jan. 16, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST
Fellowship Dates: June 4 – Aug. 10, 2018
Contact: Mark.D.Kankam@nasa.govThe NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program provides opportunities for STEM faculty to do research for 10 weeks during the summer at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Ohio. Applicants must work full time at an accredited university or college in the United States. The program provides stipends and covers limited travel expenses. Qualified male and female faculty from majority- and minority-serving universities and colleges, including underserved groups and persons with disabilities, are encouraged to apply.
Free Webinar — Parachuting on Mars: Developing Crosscutting Breakthrough Technologies
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Event Date: Jan. 17, 2018, at 6 p.m. EST
Contact: afrc-nasabestedu@mail.nasa.govJoin NASA’s Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology, or BEST, educators for a free 60-minute educator professional development webinar. Learn how NASA is developing large, sturdy and lightweight systems to deliver the next generation of rovers and landers to Mars. Using NASA’S BEST engineering design process, participants will design a prototype of new drag devices to potentially land humans, habitats and rovers safely on Mars. Register online to participate.
  Free Lecture — Explorer 1’s 60th Anniversary
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: Jan. 25 and 26, 2018, at 7 p.m. PST (10 p.m. EST)
Contact: Explorer 1 satellite marked the start of the Space Age for the United States. For the world, it heralded the study of Earth from space. Join NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory documentarian Blaine Baggett and historian Dr. Erik Conway as they go on a multimedia journey from the dawn of Earth science exploration to today’s modern fleet of satellites dedicated to studying our home planet. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via live webcast.
2018-2019 NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 1, 2018
Earth Science Contact:
Space Science Contact: mnorris@nasa.govThe NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship program is accepting proposals for the 2018-2019 academic year. Applications must be from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees in Earth and space sciences, or related disciplines. NASA will award training grants to the respective universities, with the advisor serving as principal investigator. The maximum NESSF award is $45,000 per year.
  2018 Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Exploration Science Summer Intern Program
Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Jan. 19, 2018
Contact: explorationintern@lpi.usra.eduJoin the Lunar and Planetary Institute for a 10-week program for graduate students in geology, planetary science, planetary astronomy and related programs. Learn how to integrate scientific input with exploration activities in a way that mission architects and spacecraft engineers can use. Activities will support missions to the Moon that use the Orion crew vehicle, the Deep Space Gateway and robotic assets on the lunar surface. Interns will receive stipends and travel expense reimbursement.
2018 RASC-AL Design Competition
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Abstract Submission Deadline: Jan. 21, 2018
Contact: rascal@nianet.orgThe 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.
  Free Program — Cubes in Space™
Audience: Students Ages 11-18 and Educator Mentors
Registration Deadline: Feb. 2, 2018
Contact: info@cubesinspace.comNASA’s Wallops Flight Facility and Langley Research Center, along with the Colorado Space Grant Consortium and idoodledu, inc., are offering a free STEAM education program for students ages 11-18. Cubes in Space™ lets students design and compete to launch an experiment into space. Selected student-designed payload cubes will be launched via a sounding rocket from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, in late June 2018 or from a high-altitude scientific balloon from NASA’s Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in New Mexico in late August 2018.

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Check out the ‘Explore NASA Science’ website! Science starts with questions, leading to discoveries. Visit To view the site in Spanish, visit

Take part in a Year of Education on Station. September 2017 – September 2018: Although on different crews, astronauts Joe Acaba and Ricky Arnold – both former teachers – will work aboard the International Space Station. Visit NASA’s A Year of Education on Station website for out-of-this-world resources and opportunities for K-16 students and educators.

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