NASA Express Message – Feb. 22, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Bring Heart to Your Teaching
All Educators
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.govFebruary is American Heart Month and NASA has ways to bring relevant heart-related science into your classroom. #TeacherOnBoard Joe Acaba and his crewmates are working on an experiment to learn more about the human heart, including how heart muscle tissue contracts, grows and changes in microgravity. Invite your students to step into the role of a NASA flight surgeon through “Heart to Heart,” a curriculum developed by NASA and Texas Instruments to help students understand the science of how life in the microgravity of space affects the human heart.

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 aboard the International Space Station.

NASA Aeronautics: Speed of Sound
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Feb. 26, 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. Learn about motions and forces, transfer of energy and technological design, including how NASA reduces or eliminates aircraft noise. Explore the physics of sound, including how certain variables can affect the speed of sound. Learn about hands-on experiments and physical demonstrations to connect this research in the classroom. Online registration is required.
  ISS YES: Space Food and Nutrition
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Feb. 27, 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. Learn about food and nutrition aboard the International Space Station and how these impact our planning for the Journey to Mars.Online registration is required.
ISS YES: Mass Versus Weight
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-8
Event Date: Feb. 28, 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. Mass and weight are two very different things and are often confused. Explore mass and weight using NASA lessons that integrate education video filmed by astronauts on the International Space Station. Newton’s Laws of Motion, NASA STEM online resources and inquiry activities will also be discussed. Online registration is required.
  GOLD Science Communications Webinar — Unprecedented Imaging of Earth’s Space Environment From Geostationary Orbit
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Feb. 28, 2018, 4 p.m. EST
Contact: tom.mason@lasp.colorado.eduNASA’s Global Scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission launched on Jan. 25, 2018, and is making its way into a geostationary orbit. Join GOLD Principal Investigator, Richard Eastes, to learn how the GOLD instrument — an ultraviolet imaging spectrograph — will capture unprecedented images of Earth and provide valuable insight into how the near-space environment responds to inputs from the Sun above and the lower atmosphere below.
Technology Drives Exploration: Engineering Rovers
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-9
Event Date: March 1, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Contact: john.f.weis@nasa.govJoin the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. Explore a historical overview of NASA’s rover missions and activities simulating the development of rovers. Hands-on engineering activities will be discussed. These activities address the Next Generation Science Standards for engineering design ETS1. Online registration is required.
  NASA GLOBE Clouds: Spring Cloud Observations Data Challenge
Audience: All Educators and Students
Challenge Dates: March 15-April 15, 2018
Contact: marile.colonrobles@nasa.govThe NASA GLOBE Clouds team at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, invites educators, students, and the public to enter up to 10 cloud observations per day from March 15-April 15, 2018. Observations can be logged using the GLOBE Program’s data entry options or the GLOBE Observer app. Participants with the most observations will be congratulated by a NASA scientist with a video posted on the NASA GLOBE Clouds website.
Free ‘Sun, Earth, Universe’ Exhibition Available for Eligible Institutions
Audience: Informal Science Education Institutions in the U.S. within the NISE Network (NISENet)
Application Deadline: May 1, 2018In collaboration with NASA, NISENet is accepting applications from eligible institutions to receive a free “Sun, Earth, Universe” exhibition. This engaging and interactive museum exhibition about Earth and space science has been curated with science experts and designed for family audiences. Visit the site for eligibility details. Free, online resources are available for those not selected.
  ‘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
Contact: Bethanne.Hull@nasa.govCelebrate 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.
ISS YES: Teaching on the ISS
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Feb. 22, 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. 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)
Contact: 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.
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
Contact: frank.six@nasa.govThe 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.
  2018 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships
Undergraduate Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2018
Contact: sfp@caltech.eduCaltech’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 — Green Propellant: Developing Breakthrough Technologies
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Event Date: Feb. 26, 2018, at 6 p.m. EST
Contact: afrc-nasabestedu@mail.nasa.govJoin 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.
  Call for Abstracts: 69th International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time U.S. Graduate Students Attending U.S. Universities
Submission Deadline: Feb. 27, 2018
Contact: abstract@nasaprs.comNASA 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.
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.eduDid 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.
  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
Contact: denise.a.davis-konopka@nasa.govJoin 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.
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
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.

Applicants are reminded to review the posted FAQs and Amendments, including the notice with additional information for NRA Theme/Priority “Human Exploration Beyond Low-Earth Orbit,” as well as the TEAM II Announcement itself (Number NNH18ZHA001N). To view, visit

  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 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.eduNASA, 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.
  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.
Contact: caroline.l.montgomery@nasa.govNASA 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 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.govJoin 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).
  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2018 Environmental Education Local Grants Program
Educational and Environmental Organizations
Application Deadline: March 15, 2018
Contact: eegrants@epa.govThe U.S. EPA seeks proposals for grants to support environmental education projects that promote environmental and conservation literacy and encourage behavior that will benefit the environment. This grant program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods or techniques. Up to $3 million in funding is available via 30-35 grants nationwide. Applicant organizations must be located in the U.S. or its territories.
Celebrate Solar Week – Spring 2018
Audience: Educators and Students in Grades 5-9, Informal Educators
Event Date: March 19-23, 2018
Contact: solarweek@solarweek.orgSolar Week provides a weeklong series of web-based educational activities with a focus on the sun-Earth connection. Students ages 10-14 can learn about solar careers, sunspots, solar energy and solar storms through a series of games and lessons. This spring’s Solar Week activities will highlight the ionosphere. In constant motion, this mysterious region of Earth’s upper atmosphere is our interface to space. In 2018, the ionosphere’s secrets will be probed by two NASA satellite missions, GOLD and ICON.
  2018 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge
Students in Grades 3-12
Entry Deadline for Glog Only Track (Grades 3-12): March 5, 2018
Contact: OPSPARC@PRIVO.COMNASA’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.
2018-2019 Virginia Space Grant Consortium STEM Bridge Scholarships
Audience: Minority Undergraduate Students (Underclassmen) at Virginia Space Grant Consortium Member Institutions Listed Below
Application Deadline: March 12, 2018
Contact: tsanford@odu.eduThe Virginia Space Grant Consortium is offering renewable scholarships to undergraduate students studying STEM. The STEM Bridge Scholarships are $1,000. They are available to students who are U.S. citizens from any federally recognized minority group and are enrolled full time at The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, or Virginia Tech. Scholarships are awarded for the academic year following application. Applicants must be classified as a sophomore during the 2018-2019 academic year.
  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.

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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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