NASA EXPRESS Message – April 12, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  New Resource Featuring #TeacherOnBoard Joe Acaba
Audience:
All Educators
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

Check out the brand new STEMonstration: Kinetic and Potential Energy! If you’re looking for a fresh way to teach this difficult concept, this short video – along with Classroom Connections – is the perfect grab-and-go resource. Take your students on an out-of-this-world field trip to the International Space Station where they will watch Joe, a former classroom teacher, launch his crewmate from a giant rubber band to demonstrate potential energy converting to kinetic energy. 

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: GLOBE Atmosphere, Clouds and Contrails
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: April 17, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: deepika.sangam@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. Learn about clouds and contrails using the GLOBE Program. GLOBE is an international science and education program that lets students worldwide participate in data collection and the scientific process. Learn how your students can contribute to understanding of the Earth system and global environment. Online registration is required.

 
  Earth Right Now: STEM Activites for Relationships in Ecosystems
Audience: Educators of Grades K-5
Event Date: April 18, 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 about the Elementary GLOBE “Earth System Module” containing storybooks and STEM activities. Activities help students learn what plants need from water, sunlight and soil; explain how Earth’s processes and components are interconnected; and demonstrate their knowledge of how water, air, soil and living things interact in the Earth system. Online registration is required.

NASA Mars Science: MAVEN Outreach Webinar — Do Habitable Worlds Require Magnetic Fields?
Audience:
Formal and Informal Educators, Parents and Teens
Event Date: April 18, 2018, 7 p.m. EDT
Contact: epomail@lasp.colorado.edu 

MAVEN Outreach Webinars are virtual gatherings of team members from the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission to offer professional development for formal and informal educators, troop leaders, museum docents, and others interested in MAVEN and Mars science. Join MAVEN Co-Investigator Dr. Dave Brain of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) to learn about the role that a global magnetic field may play in the evolution of a planet’s atmosphere and in planetary habitability.

 
  Earth Right Now: Exploring Our Earth From Space
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-9
Event Date: April 19, 2018, at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. Explore Earth from above with the help of astronauts and satellites. Learn how observations from space teach us about our planet and the processes that shape it. Using NASA missions, real data, online resources and classroom lessons, we’ll investigate Earth with eyes from above. Online registration is required.

Call for Papers: 2018 International Space Station Research and Development Conference
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Abstract Submission Deadline: April 27, 2018
Contact: ISSTechChair@atdl-inc.com 

NASA, the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, and the American Astronomical Society are seeking abstracts from those interested in presenting at the annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference. This year’s conference will be held July 23-26 in San Francisco, California. Abstract topics are listed on the conference website. Because of the large number of expected submissions, presenters are encouraged to submit abstracts early.

 
  2018 Columbia Crew Memorial Undergraduate Scholarships
Audience: Undergraduate Students at Member Institutions of the Texas Space Grant Consortium
Application Deadline: April 27, 2018
Contact: scholarships@tsgc.utexas.edu 

The Texas Space Grant Consortium and the Aviation and Space Foundation of Texas, in partnership with NASA, are offering undergraduate scholarships of $1,500 in memory of the Space Shuttle Columbia astronauts. These scholarships recognize outstanding students and encourage graduate studies in STEM-related fields. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and registered for at least a half-time course load at a Texas Space Grant Consortium institution. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

2018 Texas Space Grant Consortium STEM Educator Scholarships
Audience: Educators Enrolled in Programs for a Master’s Degree in a STEM Field at Member Institutions of the Texas Space Grant Consortium
Application Deadline: April 27, 2018
Contact: scholarships@tsgc.utexas.edu 

The Texas Space Grant Consortium’s Educator STEM Scholarship Program provides $1,500 scholarships to eligible teachers enrolled in master’s programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who hold a bachelor’s degree and are enrolled in a master’s program at a Texas Space Grant Consortium institution. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

 
  2018-2019 Texas Space Grant Consortium Graduate Fellowships
Audience: Graduate Students at Member Institutions of the Texas Space Grant Consortium
Application Deadline: April 27, 2018
Contact: fellowships@tsgc.utexas.edu 

Texas Space Grant Consortium Fellowships encourage graduate study in the fields of space science and engineering. Interdisciplinary and integrated work experience are emphasized. Each $5,000 award supplements half-time graduate support (or a fellowship) provided by a consortium institution. Applicants must be U.S. citizens registered for full-time study in a graduate program at one or more of the Texas Space Grant Consortium institutions. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

2018 NASA SEES TEX2 Teacher Externship Program
Audience: Secondary Educators in Texas
Application Deadline: May 1, 2018
Contact: baguio@csr.utexas.edu 

Join NASA, the Texas Space Grant Consortium and The University of Texas at Austin Center for Space Research for a weeklong “externship” this summer. Educators will collaborate with students selected from across the nation and NASA scientists. Participants will conduct research using Earth-observing satellite data and explore STEM careers. Housing, meals and a stipend will be provided.

 
  Help NASA Predict Landslides — Citizen Science: Landslide Reporter
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: landslide_support@nccs.nasa.gov 

Landslides affect all countries, yet scientists don’t have a clear picture of where and when landslides occur globally. To predict landslides more accurately, NASA scientists are building the Cooperative Open Online Landslide Repository with data of past landslides — and you can help. Learn how to add to the COOLR catalog using the Landslide Reporter citizen science application. Visit the Get Started page for more information.

 

Earth Right Now: Weather and Climate
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-8
Event Date: April 12, 2018, at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about weather and how it is forecast, and explore how weather and climate differ. NASA missions, STEM classroom resources and lessons will guide us through a “storm” of classroom activities that address Next Generation Science Standards MS-ESS2-5,6. Online registration is required.

 
  Free Tour at NASA’s Glenn Research Center: Breeze by the 10- by 10-Foot Wind Tunnel
Audience: All Educators and Students
Registration Opens: April 12, 2018
Event Date: May 12, 2018
Contact: grc-tours@mail.nasa.gov  

NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, offers 45-minute tours that take tourists behind the scenes to one of the center’s test facilities. On May 12, visit the10- by 10-foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel that conducts propulsion testing at supersonic speeds. Learn about this lab’s connections to NASA’s Apollo program and man’s first step on the moon. A bus departs from NASA’s main gate every hour beginning at 9 a.m. The last tour departs at noon. RESERVATIONS are required.

The Saint Louis Science Center Presents ‘Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission’ Exhibit
Audience: All Educators and Students
Exhibit Dates: April 14 – Sept. 3, 2018
Contact: mindy.peirce@slsc.org 

The Saint Louis Science Center is the second of four stops for a new exhibit featuring the Apollo 11 command module. The exhibit will feature more than 20 one-of-a-kind mission artifacts. They include a lunar sample return container; astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s extravehicular visor and gloves; astronaut Michael Collins’ Omega Speedmaster Chronograph; a star chart; a survival kit; and more.

 
  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.

 
  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.

Free Webinar — Shake, Bake and Shout: Materials ISS Experiment-X (MISSE-X)
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Event Date: April 18, 2018, at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: afrc-nasabestedu@mail.nasa.gov 

Join NASA’s Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology educators for a free 60-minute professional development webinar. Learn how NASA is using a series of experiments mounted externally on the space station to investigate the effects of long-term exposure to the harsh environment of space. Using NASA’s BEST engineering design process, participants will test a variety of materials to determine if they would be suitable for long-term use in space. Register online to participate.

 
  Call for Proposals — NASA Research Announcement for MUREP Aerospace Academy
Audience: Minority Serving U.S. Colleges and Universities
Proposal Deadline: April 20, 2018
Contact: NASAMAA@nasaprs.com 

NASA invites Minority Serving Institutions to submit proposals to establish a NASA MUREP Aerospace Academy to increase participation and retention of historically underserved and underrepresented K-12 youth in areas of STEM. Supported by evidence-based research, the MUREP Aerospace Academy is generally conducted in an out-of-school setting but may also be offered in a school setting. Successful proposals will be funded as multi-year cooperative agreements not to exceed two years.

Call for Proposals — NASA Research Announcement for MUREP Innovations in Space Technology Curriculum
Audience: Two-year/Community College Minority Serving Institutions
Proposal Deadline: April 20, 2018
Contact: Roslyn.Soto@jpl.nasa.gov 

NASA invites two-year/community college Minority Serving Institutions to submit proposals to develop innovations in curriculum and experiential learning opportunities related to NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate. STMD is responsible for developing the crosscutting, pioneering new technologies and capabilities that NASA needs to achieve its current and future missions. Successful proposals will result in a partnership with a NASA center and funding through a 15-month cooperative agreement.

 
  GLOBE Student Research Campaign — Water in Our Environment
Audience: K-12 Educators
Campaign Dates: Now Through June 30, 2018
Contact: http://www.globe.gov/support/contact 

Water continuously circulates through one of Earth’s most powerful systems: the water cycle. Join GLOBE for its latest campaign that uses a set of guiding investigative questions to enable students to meaningfully explore water in their local environment and collaborate to consider the influence of water on a global scale. The project is flexible, allowing teachers to choose between many options to involve their students. Visit the site for details about the project and upcoming informational webinars.

Citizen Science Project: Cosmoquest’s Image Detective
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: info@cosmoquest.org 

CosmoQuest’s Image Detective, a NASA-funded citizen science project, invites the public to identify Earth features in photographs taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Citizen scientists are asked to help identify geographic features (natural or human-made) in astronaut photographs and then determine the location on Earth where the photo is centered. Your efforts can enhance NASA’s database of images taken by astronauts from the space station.

 
  Help NASA Search the Realm Beyond Neptune at Backyard Worlds: Planet 9
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: contact@zooniverse.org 

Is a large planet at the fringes of our solar system awaiting discovery, a world astronomers call Planet Nine? NASA scientists are looking for this planet and for new brown dwarfs in the backyard of the solar system. But they need your help! Finding these dim objects requires the human eye to comb through the images. Participants in this citizen science project will share the credit for their discoveries in any scientific publications that result from the project.

Help NASA Find New Planetary Systems — Become a Disk Detective!
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: marc.j.kuchner@nasa.gov 

Help NASA find new disks, homes of extrasolar planets, by classifying images from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer telescope and other observatories. In this citizen science project, you’ll view animated images of disk candidates and classify them, distinguishing good candidates from galaxies, asteroids and image artifacts. This project, suitable for elementary students through expert adults, will yield targets for the James Webb Space Telescope and publications in professional scientific literature. The project is expected to run through 2018.

 
  Be a Citizen Scientist With the ‘Aurorasaurus’ Project
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contactaurorasaurus.info@gmail.com 

Aurorasaurus is a citizen science project that gathers real-time data about aurora sightings and sends out notifications to users when the northern or southern lights are likely visible in their area. Registered users get location-based notifications and a real-time monitor of space weather activity. The project also allows users to help verify tweets and search for real sightings. Plus, the website features answers to science and aurora questions.

Search for Gravitational Waves With ‘Gravity Spy’ Citizen Science Project
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: tyson.b.littenberg@nasa.gov 

A century after Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory made the first direct detection of this phenomenon. LIGO is the most sensitive and complicated gravitational experiment ever created; it is susceptible to instrumental and environmental noise sources called “glitches.” In this online Zooniverse citizen science project, your input will help scientists classify and characterize glitches, which, in turn, will help scientists determine and eliminate the sources of noise.

 

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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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