NASA Express Message – March 1, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  #TeacherOnBoard Joe Acaba – Back on Earth
All Educators and Students

#TeacherOnBoard Joe Acaba, along with American astronaut Mark Vande Hei and Russian cosmonaut Aleksandr Misurkin, returned safely to Earth on Feb. 27. The trio spent more than five months living and working aboard the International Space Station. 

Later this month, #TeacherOnBoard Ricky Arnold, a former classroom teacher like Joe, will travel to the space station where he and his crewmates will continue their work to reach teachers and students throughout the world during NASA’s A Year of Education on Station.

Technology Drives Exploration: Strange New Planet
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-12
Event Date: March 5, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. EST

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. Participants will get an overview of the “Strange New Planet” activity from the Mercury Messenger Mission education module — Mission Possible. Discussion will include modifications of activities and accommodations. The activities shared in this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standards PS4 and ETS1. Online registration is required.

  Technology Drives Exploration: Spinoffs
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: March 6, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. EST

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. NASA has a long history of transferring technologies from their original mission applications to secondary uses. 2018 is the 40th anniversary of the NASA Spinoff Publication, which has highlighted over 2,000 different ways NASA spinoff technology impacts our daily lives. Online registration is required.

Technology Drives Exploration: Marsbound
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Event Date: March 8, 2018, at 5 p.m. EST

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. Observation and inference are important to scientific research. NASA remote-sensing data can help explain how air, water and impact events provide evidence in Mars exploration. Multiple inquiry-based activities will deepen the understanding of the behavior of Earth’s geologic features and how they compare to Mars’. Online registration is required.

  Heritage Family Day at the Smithsonian — We Can Do It! Women in Aviation and Space
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: March 10, 2018, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST

Women will have an immense impact on the future of space, aviation and other STEM fields. Celebrate Women’s History Month with a day of hands-on activities for families at the “Women in Aviation and Space” Family Day taking place at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Take a look back at ground broken by women of the past and forward to what can and will be achieved by women in the future.

NASA Stennis Community College and Education Faculty Fellowship Program
Audience: Full-time Faculty at Accredited Higher Education Institutions in Mississippi and Louisiana
Application Deadline: April 27, 2018, at 5 p.m. CDT
Fellowship Dates: June 4 – Aug. 10, 2018

The NASA Stennis Community College and Education Faculty Fellowship Program provides opportunities for STEM faculty to do research for 10 weeks during the summer at NASA’s Stennis Space Center near the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Applicants must be U.S. citizens working full time at a two-year or four-year accredited university or college in Mississippi or Louisiana. The program provides a weekly stipend. Qualified faculty from minority-serving institutions are particularly encouraged to apply.

  New Video — Inside the SLS: Outfitting the World’s Most Powerful Rocket
Audience: All Educators and Students

Find out why NASA’s new deep-space rocket, the Space Launch System, is more than just big and beautiful. For the world’s most powerful rocket, it takes a lot of “guts.” Learn how the SLS core stage components, including sensors, cables, flight computers and other equipment, are being outfitted for the first SLS mission, Exploration Mission-1.

For more insight into the SLS rocket, check out the “No Small Steps” video series at

Technology Drives Exploration: Engineering Rovers
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-9
Event Date: March 1, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. EST

Join 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.

  2018 NASA STEM Enhancement in Earth and Space Science Internship
Audience: Current High School Sophomores and Juniors
Application Deadline: March 1, 2018

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.

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 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).

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

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.

  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.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Call for Abstracts: 69th International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time U.S. Graduate Students Attending U.S. Universities
Submission Deadline: March 10, 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.

  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.

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

The 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.

  DEADLINE EXTENDED: NASA Internships — Summer 2018 Opportunities
High School, Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Application Deadline:
March 16, 2018

NASA Internships provide students at all types of institutions access to a portfolio of opportunities offered agencywide. The online application for NASA Internships 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.

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.

  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

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.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2018 Environmental Education Local Grants Program
Educational and Environmental Organizations
Application Deadline: March 15, 2018

The 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.

  NASA Education Call for Reviewers for Informal STEM Education Proposals
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Application Deadline: March 16, 2018

The NASA Research Announcement 2018 NASA Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions (TEAM II) management team is actively recruiting qualified peer reviewers who volunteer to externally review NASA TEAM II proposals during winter/spring 2018. A diverse reviewer pool is sought, including but not limited to practicing or retired informal education leadership, managers, educators, and evaluators (e.g., K-12; informal; youth groups; public outreach), scientists, engineers, higher education faculty, and other experts (including individuals without a current institutional affiliation) with experience or knowledge of activities described in the Announcement NNH18ZHA001N. To view, visit

Volunteer at Although NASA cannot guarantee an invitation to review will result, we thank you for your consideration and/or referrals. Selected reviewers will be expected to disclose all conflicts of interest, including situations that may give the appearance of bias.

NASA/Applied Physics Laboratory Summer Internship 2018
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: March 30, 2018

The 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.

  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s President’s Environmental Youth Award
Audience: K-12 Students
Application Deadline: March 30, 2018

The 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.

Project Mars: International Art and Film Contest
Audience: College Students and Early Career Professionals
Entry Deadline: Aug. 31, 2018

NASA is leading human space exploration in the vicinity of the Moon and on to Mars. Project Mars invites college students and recent graduates with fewer than 5 years of experience in the film or graphic arts industry to learn about NASA’s deep space endeavors and create a visualization of what this expedition may look like. Entries can be short films (two to five minutes in length) or posters (standard-size sheets, 27 by 41 inches). Winners will receive cash prizes.


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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.

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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