NASA Education Express Message – Feb. 15, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Sally Ride EarthKAM Mission Starts Feb. 20
All Educators
Mission Dates: Feb. 20-26, 2018

#TeacherOnBoard Joe Acaba is calling all educators! Would you like your students to see Earth from the perspective of the International Space Station? It’s possible. It’s free. And it’s time to sign up! During an EarthKAM mission, a camera is placed in the window of the space station, and students are invited to request images of specific targets on Earth. Visit the Sally Ride EarthKAM website to sign up. EarthKAM is great for traditional classrooms, after-school programs, community youth organizations, home-school groups and more. 

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.

ISS YES: Water Is Necessary for Life
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-12
Event Date: Feb. 21, 2018, at 5 p.m. EST

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. Learn how to design and build a water filtration device using commonly available materials and following the design process used by the engineers who developed the space station’s water recovery system. Students build, test and measure the performance of their filtration device; analyze the data; and then work toward an improved design. Online registration is required.

  ISS YES: Teaching on the ISS
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Feb. 22, 2018, at 6 p.m. EST

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. The Year of Education on Station coordinates educational outreach activities and resources that feature U.S. crew members aboard the space station, including two educators-turned-astronauts. YES takes advantage of the unique capability of the space station to stimulate the interest of students from kindergarteners to post-graduates. Online registration is required.

Free Lecture — The InSight Mission to Mars
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: Feb. 22 and 23, 2018, at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)

The InSight mission, scheduled to launch in May 2018, will be the first NASA mission to observe the deep interior of Mars. Join technologist Troy Lee Hudson for a discussion about Earth’s next trip to Mars. Learn how the Red Planet’s interior will teach us about the history and evolution of the other rocky planets in the solar system. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via live webcast.

  2018 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships
Undergraduate Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2018

Caltech’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships, or SURF, program introduces undergraduate students to research under the guidance of seasoned mentors at Caltech or NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Students collaborate with potential mentors to define and develop a project and to write research proposals. Caltech faculty or JPL staff review the proposals and recommend awards. Students work during a 10-week period in the summer.

Free Webinar for Girl Scout Leaders — Introduction to NASA’s BEST Engineering Design Process
Girl Scout Leaders
Event Date: Feb. 28, 2018, at 4 p.m. EST

Join NASA’s Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology educators for a free 60-minute webinar for scout leaders. NASA’s BEST introduces the principles of engineering to young audiences through hands-on, NASA-themed activities that apply the engineering design process to solve problems and generate solutions. The engineering design process is a series of steps that models how engineers approach problem solving. Register online to participate.

  Visit NASA at the CIAA Career Expo
Audience: Educators and Students in Grades 5 Through College
Event Dates: March 1-3, 2018
Location: Charlotte Convention Center (Ballroom), 501 South College St., Charlotte, N.C.

NASA is preparing for the annual NASA Awareness event at the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament. This event engages the minority serving institutions and community at large from the CIAA to boost awareness and participation in NASA programs and opportunities. NASA’s missions and its STEM opportunities will be on display with exhibits featuring NASA technology, drones, virtual reality and liquid nitrogen demonstrations. NASA’s own DJ Scientific will be spinning music. Please direct questions to Caroline Montgomery at

Free Webinar for Girl Scout Leaders — Modeling of NASA’s BEST Engineering Design Process
Girl Scout Leaders
Event Date: March 6, 2018, at 4 p.m. EST

Join NASA’s Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology educators for a free 60-minute webinar for scout leaders. Learn how to use NASA’s BEST engineering design process activities with your troop. Discover hands-on, NASA-themed activities that apply the engineering design process to solve problems and generate solutions. The emphasis is on students’ understanding that engineers must imagine and plan before they begin to create and test. Register online to participate.

  Free Webinar for Girl Scouts and Leaders — Engineering at NASA Goddard
Girl Scout Leaders
Event Date: March 22, 2018, at 4 p.m. EST

Join NASA’s Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology educators for a free 60-minute webcast for scout leaders and scouts. Interact live with an engineer from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Learn how engineers use the engineering design process to approach problem solving in a real-world setting. Register online to participate.

Bring Engineering to the Classroom With NASA Glenn’s Engineering Design Challenges
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12

Engineering design challenges are an exciting way to give students the opportunity to work on real-world challenges in a collaborative, team-based environment. Glenn Engineering Design Challenges connect students, in both classroom and out-of-school settings, with the distinct challenges faced by NASA scientists and engineers as they design the next generation of aeronautic and space vehicles, habitats and technology. Current challenges include Powered and Pumped Up, Let It Glide and Gaining Traction on Mars.

  2018 NASA Ames Space Settlement Contest
Audience: Students in Grades 7-12
Submission Deadline: Feb. 15, 2018

Design a space settlement! These settlements are permanent communities in orbit, as opposed to a place to work for a few months and then go home. Designing a space settlement involves physics, mathematics, space science, environmental science and many other disciplines. This contest is open to students in grades 7-12 throughout the world. Individuals or teams may enter. Grade levels are judged separately, except for the grand prize. Each participant will receive a NASA certificate.

3-D Printed Habitat Challenge — Phase 3
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: Feb. 15, 2018

NASA is offering $2 million in prize money in Phase 3 of the 3-D-Printed Habitat Challenge, a three-part competition asking citizen inventors to use readily available and recyclable materials to print habitats for future space explorers. Phase 3 challenges competitors to fabricate sub-scale habitats using indigenous materials with or without mission-generated recyclables. NASA may use these technologies to construct shelters for future human explorers to Mars

  2018 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge
Students in Grades 3-12
Deadline for Glog + InWorld Presentation Track (Grades 7-12): Feb. 20, 2018
Entry Deadline for Glog Only Track (Grades 3-12): March 5, 2018

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center invites you to enter the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge, or OPSPARC. Spinoffs are technologies originally created for space and modified into everyday products used on Earth. This contest challenges students to create a multimedia poster using a tool developed by Glogster. An optional InWorld component is available for students in 7-12. Winners will be invited to a behind-the-scenes workshop at Goddard, attend a VIP awards ceremony and meet actor Peter Cullen, the voice of OPTIMUS PRIME. OPTIMUS PRIME is a trademark of Hasbro and is used with permission. © 2017 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

2018 Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program
Audience: Undergraduate Students Majoring in Geology or a Related Science
Application Deadline: Feb. 21, 2018

The Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program pairs qualified undergraduate students with NASA-funded investigators at research locations across the U.S. for eight weeks during the summer. Undergraduate students majoring in geology or related sciences are eligible to apply. Students graduating in 2018 who have not yet started graduate school are also eligible. Preference is given to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

  ‘Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day’ Webcast
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Feb. 22, 2018, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST

Celebrate National Engineers Week with NASA. “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” is Thursday, Feb. 22! NASA will host 30-minute events every hour on the hour starting at 9 a.m. EST to highlight women in science and engineering across the agency. Watch any event on the NASA Virtual Appearances live stream. Participate in the live Q&A via Twitter using #NASAdeep or the chat window next to the video player. Contact to learn more.

NASA Marshall Faculty Fellowship Program 2018
Audience: Higher Education Researchers Who Are U.S. Citizens
Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2018
Fellowship Dates: June 4 – Aug. 10, 2018

The NASA Marshall Faculty Fellowship Program provides opportunities for STEM faculty to do research for 10 weeks during the summer at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Applicants must be U.S. citizens working full time at an accredited university or college in the U.S. 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 — Green Propellant: Developing Breakthrough Technologies
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Event Date: Feb. 26, 2018, at 6 p.m. EST

Join NASA’s Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology educators for a free 60-minute educator professional development webinar. Using NASA’s BEST engineering design process, participants will design and build a simple spacecraft. They also will develop an environmentally friendly “green” propellant for the spacecraft. Learn how to incorporate engineering challenges and the engineering design process into your middle school science program. Register online to participate.

Upcoming Deadline — NASA Research Announcement for NASA Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions (TEAM II)
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 28, 2018

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. 

Applicants are reminded to review the posted FAQs and Amendments, as well as the TEAM II Announcement itself (Number NNH18ZHA001N). To view, visit

  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

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).

Call for Abstracts: 69th International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time U.S. Graduate Students Attending U.S. Universities
Submission Deadline: Feb. 27, 2018

NASA is seeking abstracts from full-time graduate students interested in presenting at the 69th International Astronautical Congress taking place Oct. 1-5, 2018, in Bremen, Germany. Abstracts must be original, unpublished papers that have not been submitted in any other forum. Abstracts must be 400 words or less, written in English and related to NASA’s ongoing vision for space exploration.

  NASA Internships and Fellowships — Summer 2018 Opportunities
High School, Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Application Deadline:
March 1, 2018

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.

2018-2019 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Community College STEM Scholarship
Audience: Virginia Community College Freshmen
Application Deadline: March 12, 2018

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.


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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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