NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for May 3, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  #TeacherOnBoard Meets #ThankATeacher
All Educators

Join #TeacherOnBoard Ricky Arnold and the rest of the NASA family as we give a NASA shout-out to all the teachers out there. Teacher Appreciation Week is May 7-11, and NASA is doing it up right with a social media campaign aimed at recognizing the professional educators who give it their all to impact the lives of our young people. Watch the NASA social media accounts for pictures and stories of NASA professionals whose lives were changed by a teacher. 

While thinking about all the ways you and your colleagues impact students, check out this NASA feature story about a teacher in Houston who leads a special education program. Here’s a teaser: Her last name is Arnold, and her husband is out-of-this-world. 

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.

Solar System and Beyond: Art and the Cosmic Connection Across the Curriculum
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: May 8, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Participants will learn about the solar system and beyond, including activities that bring art into the STEM classroom. Participants also will discuss “Art & The Cosmic Connection,” a NASA STEAM lesson. Online registration is required.

  Solar System and Beyond: Survival of Organisms — Similarities and Differences
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: May 9, 2018, at 5 p.m. EDT

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Participants will explore an activity where students use evidence to construct an explanation for how characteristics of organisms vary in extreme environments. Participants will use both cause and effect and compare and contrast to understand different organisms in their special environments. Online registration is required.

Solar System and Beyond: Search for Life
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-9
Event Date: May 10, 2018, at 6 p.m. EDT

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Using NASA STEM lessons, participants will explore the possibility of life beyond Earth using a self-developed definition of “life.” Participants will do experiments, record observations and draw pictures as they collect data from simulated Mars samples to determine if life may exist in any of them. Online registration is required.

  Exploring Space Lecture From Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum — The Hubble Space Telescope: Opening Cosmic Doors for JWST
Audience: Students in Grade 9-Higher Education and All Educators
Event Date: May 23, 2018, at 8 p.m. EDT

Even 28 years after its launch, the Hubble Space Telescope is opening new frontiers of astronomical discovery. Join Jennifer Wiseman, Hubble Space Telescope senior project scientist, as she discusses how Hubble’s work is providing a framework for the observations planned for the James Webb Space Telescope. The lecture takes place at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Attendance is free, but tickets are required. The lecture will be webcast live.

2018 Girls in STEM Event at NASA’s Glenn Research Center
Audience: Summer Camps and Out-of-School-Time Groups for Girls in Grades 6-8
Registration Deadline: May 30, 2018
Event Date: July 12, 2018

NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, is hosting a “Girls in STEM” event for girls in grades 6 to 8 who participate in summer camps or other out-of-school-time summer groups and organizations. This daylong event includes educational activities, an engineering design challenge, a panel discussion with female scientists and engineers, and facility tours to encourage future leaders to pursue careers in STEM. Attendees must be U.S. citizens. Each group must have 10-25 students.



  Making Waves With NASA: Optics Resources
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Event Date: May 3, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Participants will get an overview of NASA resources for teaching about waves, lenses and mirrors. The activities discussed in this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standard PS4. Online registration required.

Online Training Session: Using NASA Earth Observing Data for Monitoring and Response to Vector-borne and Water-borne Diseases
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: May 8, 2018, 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. EDT

Vectors are living organisms that are able to transmit diseases between humans or from animals to humans. Vectors include mosquitoes, ticks, sandflies, fleas and other insects. Join NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement mission for a beginner-level online training webinar to learn how NASA Earth-observing satellite data sets can be used to identify environmental conditions that may result in the onset of vector-borne diseases. Two sessions are being offered. Register online.

  Free Tour at NASA’s Glenn Research Center: Go Under the Dome of Silence — the Aero-Acoustic Propulsion Lab
Audience: All Educators and Students
Registration Opens: May 9, 2018
Event Date: June 9, 2018

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 June 9, visit the Aero-Acoustic Propulsion Laboratory and see where some of the world’s most advanced aircraft noise-reduction ideas are developed and tested. A bus departs from NASA’s main gate every hour beginning at 9 a.m. The last tour departs at noon. RESERVATIONS are required.

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

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.

  Free Educator Workshop — Understanding Our Earth Through STEM
Audience: Grades 4-8, In-Service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal STEM Educators
Registration Deadline: May 27, 2018 (maximum of 30 participants)
Event Date: May 31, 2018, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. CDT

Join the Stennis Space Center Office of Education for an “Earth-based” workshop that integrates STEM with Earth observations, remote sensing, maps and natural resources. Explore and investigate planet Earth with the unique perspective from space. NASA missions, curriculum and online resources will be shared for a better understanding of Earth and the processes that shape it. The workshop will be held at the Infinity Science Center in Pearlington, Mississippi. (Map).

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: May 30, 2018
Start Date: Sept. 4, 2018

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 May 30, 2018.

  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.

Citizen Science Project: Cosmoquest’s Image Detective
Audience: All Educators and Students

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

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.

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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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