NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for May 10, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  #TeacherOnBoard Ricky Arnold Tells Students to #ThankATeacher
All Educators

Take it from #TeacherOnBoard Ricky Arnold — a guy who’s been around the world in more ways than one. Ricky is orbiting Earth at 17,500 mph aboard the International Space Station. And before he became an astronaut, Ricky taught in schools all over the world, including the U.S., Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and Romania. Watch this one-minute video to find out — after all the travel and exposure to places and cultures — which profession Ricky found to be the most challenging. Ricky knows better than most to #ThankATeacher every day. 

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. 

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.

Elementary STEM: Explore NASA Resources
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: May 14, 2018, at 5 p.m. EDT

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about NASA STEM resources for K-12 audiences. Explore resources found at these NASA websites: Space Place, Climate Kids, NASA Wavelength, My NASA Data, GLOBE, Space Math and Exploring ICE. Online registration is required for the webinar.

  Solar System and Beyond: Scale of Discovery & Cross Curriculum Integration
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: May 15, 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 hands-on standards-aligned activities using scale to create a scroll of the universe to explore the inner planets, outer planets and asteroid belt. Educators will use mathematical conversions and scale to compare planets and asteroids with various-sized fruit while learning about the Dawn and New Horizons missions. Online registration required.

Solar System and Beyond: Super Models
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-8
Event Date: May 17, 2018, at 6 p.m. EDT

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. . Explore our solar system with NASA STEM lessons and missions. This webinar will investigate classification, graphing and models to help educators better understand and visualize our sun, planets, asteroids and other celestial objects of the solar system. Online registration is required.

  NOAA Planet Stewards Book Club — Discussion of “Please Don’t Paint Our Planet Pink”
Audience: All Formal and Informal Educators
Event Date: May 21, 2018, at 8 p.m. EDT

Join the Planet Stewards Book Club of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for a discussion of “Please Don’t Paint Our Planet Pink,” a story about climate change for kids and their adults. Explore what might happen if we could see carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. What if CO2 were pink? Visit the site for details to join the discussion. Space is limited.

NOAA Planet Stewards Webinar — Water Quality, Shellfish and You!
Audience: All Formal and Informal Educators
Event Date: May 22, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. EDT

Join NOAA’s Planet Stewards Education Project for a free webinar with Dr. Suzanne Bricker, manager of NOAA’s National Estuarine Eutrophication Assessment, and Molly Harrison, coordinator of NOAA Planet Stewards. Learn about the causes of eutrophication, the enrichment/pollution of water bodies with nutrients, and what is being done to contend with it. Then check out a new 3-D learning sequence for middle and high school levels that explores oysters in the Chesapeake Bay. Space is limited so reserve your spot today!

  Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internships
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students at U.S. Universities and Colleges
Application Deadline: June 1, 2018

The Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internships program of the Space Studies Board gives students the opportunity to work in civil space research policy in the nation’s capital. The board is the principal advisory group providing independent scientific and programmatic advice to NASA and other government agencies on civil space research and associated ground-based activities. Interns typically undertake one or more short-term research projects to assist with or to enhance ongoing study projects.


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.

  DEADLINE EXTENDED: Call for Papers: 2018 International Space Station Research and Development Conference
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
New Abstract Submission Deadline: May 11, 2018

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.

Free ‘STEM in 30’ Webcast — How Do We Know What’s Out There?
Audience: Grade 6-8 Educators and Students
Event Date: May 16, 2018, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. EDT

From using the naked eye to the Hubble Space Telescope, we can observe the universe in many different ways. Join the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum for this fast-paced webcast to explore the science behind observing our universe and the equipment allowing us to see farther and farther out.

  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

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

NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement Mission’s Vector-borne and Water-related Disease Initiative Workshop
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: May 17, 2018, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. EDT

Vector-borne diseases are responsible for over 17 percent of all the infectious diseases globally. Many of these diseases are preventable through protective measures. Join NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement mission for a daylong workshop at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., to hear success stories that showcase how NASA data is being used to inform, predict and better understand water-related and vector-borne disease. Register online to attend the workshop in person or remotely.

  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.

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.

  Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope Summer Institutes 2018
Audience: K-12 Educators
Registration Deadline for California Institute: June 4, 2018
Registration Deadline for Virginia Institutes: June 15, 2018

The Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope program lets educators and students operate a 112-foot radio telescope from the classroom. Join the GAVRT team for a two-day institute to learn about radio astronomy and science campaigns available through GAVRT. 

Four sessions will be offered: June 12-14, 2018 — Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey, California; June 26-27 and June 28-29, 2018 — National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia; and July 23-24, 2018 — Sydney, Australia.

2018 Space Port Area Conference for Educators
Audience: K-12 Certified Educators Who Are U.S. Citizens Teaching in the U.S.
Event Date: July 11-13, 2018

Registration is open for the 2018 Space Port Area Conference for Educators, or S.P.A.C.E., taking place at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Experience stimulating presentations from astronauts and NASA science and engineering experts; tour Kennedy and surrounding facilities. Get ready-to-go lesson plans and creative ideas to infuse your classroom with STEM and multifaceted, space-related content. Register today!

  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.

  Help NASA Predict Landslides — Citizen Science: Landslide Reporter
Audience: All Educators and Students

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.

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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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