NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for May 17, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Check In With the Newest Class of NASA Astronauts
All Educators
In 2017, NASA announced its newest class of astronauts — 12 men and women from across the nation specially chosen to help NASA discover and expand knowledge for the benefit of humanity. Many students perceive astronauts as superhumans who easily master new skills, but the truth is astronauts often struggle with difficult subjects — especially new languages. Check out this short video to hear firsthand from astronaut candidates Raja Chari, Kayla Barron and Loral O’Hara as they talk about their struggle to learn the Russian language. If you know a student wrestling with a difficult task, show them this video and remind them even astronauts have to work hard in school!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.
Solar System and Beyond: Juno to Jupiter
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: May 22, 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 with NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter. Learn about the Juno mission, which started in August 2011, and hands-on activities related to the solar system. Online registration is required.
  Solar System and Beyond: STEM Lessons Based on the NASA Technologies in The Martian
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: May 23, 2018, at 5 p.m. EDT
Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. The surface of Mars is not welcoming for humans. Explore NASA STEM education resources related to habitats, space farming, water recovery systems, spacesuits, rovers, oxygen recovery generators, power sources and astronaut preparation for space. Resources include everything from coloring sheets to opportunities for using authentic data. Online registration is required.
Solar System and Beyond: Exploring New Planets
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: May 24, 2018, at 6 p.m. EDT
Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn to use real NASA data to explore how telescopes — especially the Kepler and TESS space telescopes — search for planets orbiting stars beyond our Sun. The NASA STEM activities presented investigate how to use telescope data and Kepler’s Third Law to construct graphs and interpret data to determine if a planet beyond our solar system is Earth-like. Online registration is required.
  ASTRO CAMP® 2018 at NASA’s Stennis Space Center
Audience: Students in Grades 2-10
Event Dates: Weekly During June and July
ASTRO CAMP® is a series of weeklong summer camps held at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. At ASTRO CAMP, learners in grades 2-10 engage in fun, hands-on educational activities related to NASA’s missions. Students learn the basics of engineering, rocketry and robotics; they end the week with tours of Stennis facilities and a model rocket launch. Camp dates are filling fast! Visit the site to get full details and register.ASTRO CAMP also is collaborating with organizations across the Gulf and in Atlanta for 40+ community-based camps. For “ASTRO CAMP® In the Community” locations, click here. The Community camps process their own registrations. Please contact those camps directly.
NASA Internships — Fall 2018 Session
Audience: High School, Undergraduate and Graduate Students
NASA is currently accepting applications for fall 2018 internships. Students should complete applications as soon as possible to increase the possibility of selection. Offers will be extended throughout the month of June. The fall semester is 16 weeks long; internships begin in late August or early September, depending on the location. NASA Internships provide students at all types of institutions access to a portfolio of opportunities offered agencywide.
  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.
  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.
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!
  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.
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.
  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.
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.
  GLOBE Student Research Campaign — Water in Our Environment
Audience: K-12 Educators
Campaign Dates: Now Through June 30, 2018
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.
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!
  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.
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.
  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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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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