NASA Express Message – March 29, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Introducing #TeacherOnBoard Ricky Arnold
Audience:
All Educators
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

On March 21, astronaut and former classroom teacher Ricky Arnold and his crewmates blasted off for the International Space Station to continue NASA’s “A Year of Education on Station.” 

Get to know Ricky as he shares stories about his unlikely path to teaching and, ultimately, his career as an astronaut. You can check out short videos including Astronaut Moments With NASA Astronaut Ricky Arnold, and 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Ricky Arnold, or settle in for a more in-depth podcast visit with Ricky. Follow Ricky’s journey from snorkeling to spacewalking with the Ricky Arnold Timeline. This is a great opportunity to show your students that people who think of themselves as average — and don’t know exactly what they want to be when they grow up — can achieve extraordinary things through curiosity and perseverance. 

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.

Earth Right Now: Understanding the A-Train
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: April 2, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: john.f.weis@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar presenting an overview of the A-Train — a series of Earth-observing satellites — and related education resources. Discussion will include modifications of activities and accommodations. The activities discussed in this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standards ESS2 and ESS3. Online registration is required.

 
  Earth Right Now: Sally Ride EarthKAM
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: April 3, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about Sally Ride EarthKAM, a program that lets students request images of specific locations on Earth taken from a camera on the space station. The image collection is in a searchable archive with classroom activities to engage students in Earth and space science, geography, social studies, mathematics, communications, and art. Online registration is required.

Call for Proposals: NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate’s University Leadership Initiative
Audience: Accredited, Degree-granting U.S. Colleges and Universities|
Applicant’s Online Workshop: April 4, 2018, 12:30-3 p.m. EDT
Step-A Proposal Deadline: May 16, 2018
Contact: HQ-UnivPartnerships@mail.nasa.gov 

The University Leadership Initiative of NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate provides the opportunity for university teams to exercise technical and organizational leadership in proposing technical challenges, defining interdisciplinary solutions, establishing peer review processes, and applying innovative teamwork strategies to strengthen research impact. Multiple awards are anticipated with nominal budgets in the $1-2M range per award per year. Awards will have a maximum duration of four years. Information about the Applicant’s Online Workshop is available at https://nari.arc.nasa.gov/uli.

 
  Earth Right Now: Meteorology Educator Guide — Weather and Climate
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-9
Event Date: April 4, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: john.f.weis@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Participants will be introduced to the educator guide Meteorology: An Educator’s Resource for Inquiry-Based Learning for grades 5-9. Discussion will focus on the hands-on activities and low-cost equipment builds included in the guide. The activities address Next Generation Science Standards MS-ESS2.D and HS-ESS2.D. Online registration is required.

NOAA Planet Stewards Webinar — Meteorological Memories: The Hazardous Weather of 2017 and How to Prepare for the Future!
Audience: All Formal and Informal Educators
Event Date: April 9, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: bruce.moravchik@noaa.gov 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Weather Prediction Center regularly analyzes and forecasts high-impact events ranging from winter storms to devastating floods. Join NOAA’s Planet Stewards Education Project for a free webinar with Greg Carbin, chief of forecast operations at NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center. Look back at an overview of significant weather events from 2017, and learn how to prepare for extreme weather. Space is limited so reserve your spot today!

 
  Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 13 to the International Space Station
Audience: School Districts Serving Grades 5-12, Informal Education Institutions, Colleges and Universities
Inquiry Deadline: April 27, 2018
Start Date: Sept. 4, 2018
Contact: jeffgoldstein@ncesse.org 

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education announce Mission 13 to the International Space Station, a community engagement initiative in STEM. In each participating community, one proposed student experiment is selected to fly in low-Earth orbit on the space station. For pre-college grades 5-12, each community is expected to engage at least 300 students in real microgravity experiment design and proposal writing. For an undergraduate community, it is expected that at least 30 students will be engaged. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than April 27, 2018.

Call for Proposals — NASA Research Announcement for MUREP (Minority University Research and Education Project) for Sustainability and Innovation Collaborative — MUSIC
Audience: Nonprofit Organizations, Minority Serving U.S. Colleges and Universities
Proposal Deadline: May 22, 2018
Contact: NASAMUSIC@nasaprs.com 

NASA invites nonprofit organizations and Minority Serving Institutions to submit proposals to create and provide workshop(s) and training materials for Minority Serving Institutions that desire to develop their institutions’ capacity for receiving federal funds through competition for federal contracts. NASA expects to select two to three proposals for this award. Awards are expected to be two years in duration.

 
  Technology Drives Exploration: STEM Interactive Technology
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: March 29, 2018, at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. Learn to use the NASA Space Place website to investigate the sun, Earth, solar system, universe, technology and science through interactive technology. Use ebooks, games, media and activities to understand STEM content. Online registration is required.

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.

 
  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: March 30, 2018
Contact: piaee@epa.gov 

The 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.

NASA/Applied Physics Laboratory Summer Internship 2018
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: March 30, 2018
Contact: aplnasaintern-web@jhuapl.edu 

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
Contact: peya@epa.gov 

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.

2018 NASA Fellowship in the History of Space Technology
Audience: Recent Recipients of the Ph.D. in History of Technology or a Closely Related Field, and Doctoral Candidates in Those Fields
Application Deadline: April 1, 2018
Contact: awards@historians.org 

The NASA Fellowship in the History of Space Technology, offered by the Society for the History of Technology and supported by NASA, seeks applications for a fellowship lasting six to nine months. The fellowship is open to applicants who hold a doctoral degree in history of technology or in a closely related field, or to those who are enrolled in and have completed all course work for a program granting doctoral degrees in those fields. The fellowship carries a stipend of $21,250, which includes travel expenses.

 
  2018 Fellowship in Aerospace History
Audience: Recent Recipients of the Ph.D. in History or a Closely Related Field, and Doctoral Candidates in Those Fields
Application Deadline: April 1, 2018
Contact: awards@historians.org 

The Fellowship in Aerospace History, offered by the American Historical Association and supported by NASA, seeks applications for a fellowship lasting six to nine months. The fellowship is open to applicants who hold a doctoral degree in history or in a closely related field, or to those who are enrolled in and have completed all course work for a program granting doctoral degrees in those fields. The fellowship carries a stipend of $21,250, which includes travel expenses.

2018 History of Science Society Fellowship in the History of Space Science
Audience: Recent Recipients of the Ph.D. in History of Science or a Closely Related Field, and Doctoral Candidates in Those Fields
Application Deadline: April 1, 2018
Contact: awards@historians.org 

The Fellowship in the History of Space Science, offered by the History of Science Society and supported by NASA, seeks applications for a nine-month fellowship. Applicants must hold a doctorate in history of science or in a closely related field, or they must be enrolled as a student in a doctoral degree program and have completed all requirements for the degree (except the dissertation) in history of science or a related field. The fellowship carries a stipend of $21,250, which includes travel expenses.

 
  DEADLINE EXTENDED/SCOPE EXPANDED: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2018 Environmental Education Local Grants Program
Audience:
Educational and Environmental Organizations
Application Deadline: April 11, 2018
Contact: eegrants@epa.gov 

The U.S. EPA’s EE Local Grants Request for Proposals, originally issued in January, has been modified in order to expand the scope of the environmental issues that can be addressed. 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.

Earth Day Workshop: Investigating Our Earth From Above and Below
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: April 14, 2018, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. PDT
Contact: Brandon.Rodriguez@jpl.nasa.gov 

Join NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for an educator workshop to explore activities to celebrate Earth Day in the classroom. Participants will investigate the water cycle in Southern California and demonstrate curriculum resources that get students exploring rainfall patterns, aquifers and satellite data. Learn how engineering feats have allowed scientists to measure water from space. The workshop will take place at the Chino Basin Water Conservation District in Montclair, California. Pre-registration is required.

 
  Teacher Innovator Institute at the Smithsonian
Audience: STEM Educators of Grades 5-8
Application Deadline: April 15, 2018
Institute Dates: July 9-20, 2018
Contact: baldiolism@si.edu 

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum is accepting applications for its inaugural Teacher Innovator Institute. Participants will spend two weeks in Washington, D.C., working with education and STEM experts to explore the connections between informal STEM education and authentic learning. Each attendee will develop an individual project to take back to their school. There is no cost for teachers to participate — travel, food, lodging and supplies are all provided.

NASA GLOBE Clouds: Spring Cloud Observations Data Challenge
Audience: All Educators and Students
Challenge Dates: March 15-April 15, 2018
Contact: marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov 

The 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.

 
  The Vizzies — Visualization Challenge
Audience: Educators and Students Ages 18 and Older
Entry Deadline: April 15, 2018
Contact: vizzies@nsf.gov 

Do you love animating data, creating science apps, illustrating engineering concepts or taking photographs of the natural world? The Vizzies, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Popular Science, challenges participants to submit their best science or engineering visualization. Entries can be produced by individuals or by teams. Winning entries will be featured online, and winners will receive cash prizes.

Send Your Name to the Sun on the Parker Solar Probe
Audience: All Educators and Students
Submission Deadline: April 27, 2018
Contact: Solar-Probe-Plus-Webmaster@jhuapl.edu 

This summer, a spacecraft the size of a small car will launch on a mission to travel directly into the Sun’s atmosphere — and your name can tag along for the ride! NASA is inviting people around the world to submit their names online to be placed on a microchip aboard NASA’s historic Parker Solar Probe. Facing brutal heat and radiation, the mission will study the corona and solar winds as the probe travels through the Sun’s atmosphere.

 

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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.

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