NASA Education Express Message — Jan. 11, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Free Educator Workshop — Our Solar System and Beyond
Audience: Grades 4-8, In-Service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal STEM Educators
Registration Deadline: Jan. 14, 2018 (maximum of 30 participants)
Event Date: Jan. 18, 2018, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. CST
Contact: april.l.mcintosh@nasa.gov 

Join the Stennis Space Center Office of Education for an exciting journey through our solar system and beyond! NASA’s exploration strives to span the universe and boldly research the outer reaches of space. While using NASA STEM activities and online resources, participants will investigate worlds beyond our planet and probe the origins of our universe. The workshop will be held at the Infinity Science Center in Pearlington, Mississippi. (Map).

NASA Aeronautics: Exploring the Extreme
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Jan. 16, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. EST
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 NASA’s “Exploring the Extreme” educator guide. Discussion will focus on hands-on activities to teach the concepts of force and motion. The activities in this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standard PS2. Online registration is required.

 
  NASA Spotlites — Science by Students for Students
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Jan. 17, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Contact: john.f.weis@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. . Learn about a problem-based activity in which students produce NASA Spotlite videos. These 90- to 120-second videos are written, filmed, edited and produced by students using the engineering design process. Each video targets a misconception about science. All steps of creating a Spotlite video can be done using cell phones, tablets and laptops. Online registration is required.

NASA Aeronautics: Elementary Balloons and Kites
Audience: Educators of Grades K-5
Event Date: Jan. 18, 2018, at 5 p.m. EST
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. Participants will learn how to use aeronautic teaching guides to teach STEAM lessons that incorporate children’s literature and art. By using popular children’s books, students are engaged in the cross-cutting principles and the science and engineering process skills of the Next Generation Science Standards. Online registration is required.

 
  Free Educator Workshop — Network of States Lunar Sample / Robotics EV3 EPD Workshop
Audience: NASA Network of States Educators Phase 2, and In-service STEM Educators of Grades 5-12 Interested in Joining the NASA Network of States Educator Institute
Registration Deadline: Jan. 22, 2018 (maximum of 50 participants)
Event Date: Jan. 27, 2018, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. CST
Contact: april.l.mcintosh@nasa.gov 

Join the Stennis Space Center Office of Education for a free workshop on the use and security of lunar and meteorite sample disks. Learn about hands-on activities designed to integrate use of the sample disks into curricula. Participants will be certified to borrow lunar and meteorite sample disks from NASA for the classroom. The workshop will include a short follow-up training session on EV3 robotics. It will be held at the Infinity Science Center in Pearlington, Mississippi. (Map).

#TeacherOnBoard Ricky Arnold and Guardians of the Galaxy Super Heroes Launch to Station in 2018!
Audience:
Students Ages 13-18
Entry Deadline: Jan. 31, 2018
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space and Marvel Entertainment are challenging students to design a microgravity experiment based on the characteristics of popular Marvel comics super heroes — Rocket and Groot. Two student-submitted concepts for the Guardians of the Galaxy Space Station Challenge will become official space station experiments. Who knows? Maybe former classroom teacher and astronaut Ricky Arnold will conduct the experiments during his 2018 mission. 

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.

 
  DEADLINE EXTENDED: 2018 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators
New Application Deadline: Jan. 30, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST
Fellowship Dates: June 4 – Aug. 10, 2018
Contact: Mark.D.Kankam@nasa.gov 

The 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 Educator Workshop — International Space Station: Beyond the Classroom
Audience: Grades 4-8, In-Service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal STEM Educators
Registration Deadline: Feb. 4, 2018 (maximum of 30 participants)
Event Date: Feb. 8, 2018, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. CST
Contact: april.l.mcintosh@nasa.gov 

Join the Stennis Space Center Office of Education for an exploration of ways to integrate the International Space Station into your STEM, arts and social studies instruction. Participants also will learn about the Year of Education on Station — two former classroom teachers, now astronauts, spending a combined year in space delivering STEM activities related to the space station. The workshop will be held at the Infinity Science Center in Pearlington, Mississippi. (Map).

 
  Free ‘STEM in 30’ Webcast — Astronaut Training
Audience: Grade 6-8 Educators and Students
Event Date: Feb. 28, 2018, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. EST
Contact: STEMin30@si.edu 

Did you know training for a spacewalk requires a 6.5-million-gallon swimming pool, a team of divers, and a mock-up of the International Space Station? Astronauts have to train for a variety of jobs they must do in low-Earth orbit. Once on the station, astronauts run science experiments (sometimes on themselves), fix toilets, and operate the robotic arm. Join the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum for this fast-paced webcast to learn about what it takes to complete astronaut training.

NASA Internships and Fellowships — Summer 2018 Opportunities
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Audience: High School, Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: March 1, 2018
Contact: https://intern.nasa.gov/oic/ 

NASA Internships and Fellowships provide students at all types of institutions access to a portfolio of opportunities offered agencywide. The online application for NASA Internships and Fellowships enables students to easily access, register and complete the application, as well as search and apply for up to 15 opportunities. A completed application places the student in the applicant pool for consideration by all NASA mentors.

 
  2018 NASA STEM Enhancement in Earth and Space Science Internship
Audience: Current High School Sophomores and Juniors
Application Deadline: March 1, 2018
Contact: baguio@csr.utexas.edu 

NASA, the Texas Space Grant Consortium, and The University of Texas at Austin Center for Space Research have joined forces to encourage high school students’ interest in STEM careers. The SEES project allows students to work remotely prior to their onsite internship in Austin, Texas, July 14-28, 2018. Participants will learn how to interpret NASA satellite data while working with scientists and engineers in their chosen area of work. Housing, transportation and meals will be provided.

Free Educator Workshop — Forces and Motion of Flight
Audience: Grades 4-8, In-Service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal STEM Educators
Registration Deadline: March 4, 2018 (maximum of 30 participants)
Event Date: March 8, 2018, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. CDT
Contact: april.l.mcintosh@nasa.gov 

Join the Stennis Space Center Office of Education for an exploration of aeronautics — the first “A” in NASA! Learn about the forces and motion of flying things with a wide variety of hands-on aerospace STEM activities, lesson plans and online resources. Discover some of the many aeronautics technologies developed from NASA research. The workshop will be held at the Infinity Science Center in Pearlington, Mississippi. (Map).

 
  Free ‘STEM in 30’ Webcast — Staying Safe Is No Accident: The Science of Safety
Audience: Grade 6-8 Educators and Students
Event Date: March 14, 2018, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. EDT
Contact: STEMin30@si.edu 

Do you feel safe when you travel in a car or plane? A lot of engineering and science goes into making sure the vehicles we use every day are safe and secure. Join the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum for this fast-paced webcast to explore the science of safety.

Summer Institute — Liftoff 2018: Reach New Heights, Reveal the Unknown, Benefit All Humankind
Application Deadline: March 30, 2018
Institute Dates: June 24-29, 2018
Contact: baguio@tsgc.utexas.edu 

The 2018 LiftOff Summer Institute is a weeklong training event sponsored by NASA’s Texas Space Grant Consortium and held at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The theme is ” Reach New Heights, Reveal the Unknown, Benefit All Humankind.” The event will celebrate all that NASA has contributed and the engineering behind its accomplishments. Applicants must be U.S. citizens currently employed as classroom teachers of grades 4-12, with at least one year teaching experience prior to the institute.

 
  Free ‘STEM in 30’ Webcast — How Do We Know What’s Out There?
Audience: Grade 6-8 Educators and Students
Event Date: May 16, 2018, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. EDT
Contact: STEMin30@si.edu 

From using the naked eye to the Hubble Space Telescope, we can observe the universe in many different ways. Join the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum for this fast-paced webcast to explore the science behind observing our universe and the equipment allowing us to see farther and farther out.

Free Educator Workshop — Understanding Our Earth Through STEM
Audience: Grades 4-8, In-Service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal STEM Educators
Registration Deadline: May 27, 2018 (maximum of 30 participants)
Event Date: May 31, 2018, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. CDT
Contact: april.l.mcintosh@nasa.gov 

Join the Stennis Space Center Office of Education for an “Earth-based” workshop that integrates STEM with Earth observations, remote sensing, maps and natural resources. Explore and investigate planet Earth with the unique perspective from space. NASA missions, curriculum and online resources will be shared for a better understanding of Earth and the processes that shape it. The workshop will be held at the Infinity Science Center in Pearlington, Mississippi. (Map).

 
  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.gov 

Join 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.

Research Grants: Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research
Audience: Researchers at Academic Institutions in Developing Countries
Application Deadline: Jan. 12, 2018
Contact: peer@nas.edu 

PEER 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.

 
  New FAQs, Amendment Posted: 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.gov 

NASA 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. 

The NASA Office of Education has posted new information for its 2018 NASA Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions (TEAM II) Announcement Number NNH18ZHA001N. To view the FAQs and Amendments, visit https://go.nasa.gov/2mhfTnS.

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.gov 

Join 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.

 
  2018 Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Exploration Science Summer Intern Program
Audience:
Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Jan. 19, 2018
Contact: explorationintern@lpi.usra.edu 

Join 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.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.

 
  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: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php 

The 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: claire.i.macaulay@nasa.gov
Space Science Contact: mnorris@nasa.gov 

The 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.

 
  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.

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.org 

The 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.

 
  2018-2019 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.

National Science Foundation’s 2017-2018 Community College Innovation Challenge
Audience:
Community College Students and Faculty
Entry Deadline: Feb. 14, 2018
Contact: innovationchallenge@nsf.gov 

The 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.

 

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.

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.

Do you just want to receive weekly updates on NASA Education opportunities relating to science? Sign up for the NASA “Science WOW!” newsletter for science opportunities delivered to your inbox “Weekly on Wednesdays!” https://www.nasa.gov/education/sciencewow/

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