NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for May 31, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Girl Power on the International Space Station!
All Educators and Students

On June 6, Serena Auñón-Chancellor, along with crewmates Alex Gerst and Sergey Prokopyev, will catch a ride on a Russian Soyuz rocket headed to the International Space Station. Auñón-Chancellor, following in the footsteps of female greats like Peggy Whitson and Kate Rubins, will work alongside her crewmates to make discoveries and expand knowledge for the benefit of humanity. This is a great time to showcase the work of women aboard the space station — starting with this short video featuring Serena Auñón-Chancellor — astronaut, medical doctor, engineer and former martial arts instructor. 

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.

Back to the Moon and on to Mars: BEST Rover & Engineering Design
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: June 5, 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. Learn what it takes to move around on Mars and the difference in gravity. Find out about the NASA Beginning Engineering Science & Technology (BEST) curriculum, and use the engineering design process to create a rover for Mars. This webinar is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. Online registration is required.

  Back to the Moon and on to Mars: Imagine Mars — A STEAM Based Approach to Building a Sustainable Community on Mars
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: June 6, 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. Explore a NASA STEAM-based approach to building a sustainable community on Mars. Learn about NASA educational resources that cover building a sustainable community on Mars, considering criteria and constraints in an engineering and design process, while exploring Earth science concepts along the way. Online registration is required.

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.

  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.

 Call for Research Proposals: NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate’s Flight Opportunities Program
Audience: Accredited U.S. Universities
Application Deadline: June 8, 2018

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate seeks research proposals from accredited U.S. universities for promising space technologies that will benefit future NASA space exploration missions. Selected technologies will be flight-tested on commercial suborbital launch vehicles, reduced-gravity aircraft and high-altitude balloon flights. NASA will provide funding for selected universities to purchase flight services and to cover costs related to payload design, development, preparation and travel.

  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: June 15, 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 June 15, 2018.

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!

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.

  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.

‘CineSpace’ Short Film Competition
Audience: All Educators and Students
Submission Deadline: Aug. 1, 2018

NASA and the Houston Cinema Arts Society invite professional and aspiring filmmakers to share their works using actual NASA imagery. The “CineSpace” competition will accept all genres, including narrative, documentary, comedy, drama, animation and others, up to 10 minutes long. Entries must use at least 10 percent publicly available NASA imagery. Entries will be judged on creativity, innovation and attention to detail. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top submissions.


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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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