NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for June 14, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Got a Space Question? Ask an Astronaut!
All Educators
Event Date: June 15, 2018, at 3:15 p.m. EDT

#TeacherOnBoard Joe Acaba and Mark Vande Hei are back and ready to answer your questions! Join in on “Periscope” as they talk about STEMonstrations, Year of Education on Station and all the great resources available for educators on the NASA education website. 

Tweet your questions to @NASAedu using #askNASA before the event, then log on to see if your questions will be answered. You can watch the event live at 3:15 p.m. EDT on the NASA Periscope page. 

Find more ways to bring NASA into your classroom during NASA’s A Year of Education on Station, a yearlong celebration of a teacher aboard the International Space Station.

Learning Innovation Summit 2018
Audience: STEM Educators of Grades K-College
Event Date: June 15, 2018

Join NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and SmartSparrow for the Learning Innovation Summit 2018 taking place at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California. This daylong event will cover innovations in education and education technologies. Educators nationwide will share real, repeatable practices. The event will feature hands-on demonstrations, breakout workshops, panels and keynote speakers.

  NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center NASA in the Park Event
Audience: Open to All
Event Date: June 16, 2018, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. CDT

Join NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, for NASA in the Park. The free event will showcase work being done at Marshall, as well as exhibits, demonstrations, live music, food trucks, educational activities and games for all ages. This event will take place at Big Spring Park in downtown Huntsville.

Back to the Moon and on to Mars: Mars Math
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-9
Event Date: June 18, 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 a survey of NASA mathematics resources related to the missions to Mars. Discussion will focus on modification and integration of the activities into existing curriculum. The activities presented in this webinar address multiple standards of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Online registration is required.

  Robotics and Coding: Force and Motion STEM Lessons
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: June 19, 2018, at 5 p.m. EDT

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Multiple NASA STEM resources will be presented to help educators teach biomimicry, force, motion and coding. Spheros, small spherical robots, will be used to demonstrate the engineering and math required to understand flying in formation. Online registration is required.

Back to the Moon and on to Mars: Teaching Light and Solar Energy Using Engineering Design
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: June 20, 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 be introduced to new NASA lessons on light and solar energy. Learn how to guide your students to use the engineering design process to design, build and improve a stand-alone solar powered pumping system to move water between two containers. Online registration is required.

  Gaining Traction on Mars: An Engineering Design Challenge
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-8
Event Date: June 20, 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 NASA’s “Gaining Traction on Mars” resource filled with engineering design challenges relating to wheels similar to those on the Mars Curiosity rover. Discover preliminary investigations that provide background knowledge and reinforce understanding of the forces that interact to propel a vehicle across a sandbox. Online registration is required.

Using the Rockets Educator Guide to Teach Basic Physics
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Event Date: June 21, 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’s “Rockets” educator guide and ways to use its activities to teach basic principles of force, motion and energy. Hands-on activities showing basic physics will be discussed. The activities explored in this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standards PS2 and PS3. Online registration is required.

  Space Innovation Day at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum
All Educators and Students
Event Date: June 27, 2018, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. EDT

Join NASA and Future Engineers at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum for a celebration of space innovation and in-space manufacturing. Hands-on activities and exhibits from NASA Solve, NASA Education, NASA In-Space Manufacturing and more will be located in the Space Race gallery.

Free ‘STEM in 30’ Webcast — International Space Station Downlink
Audience: Grade 6-8 Educators and Students
Event Date: June 27 2018, at 11 a.m. EDT

Join the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum for this fast-paced webcast that will feature a live downlink with the International Space Station. Winners of the Future Engineers “Two for the Crew” design challenge, along with other preselected students, will ask questions live to NASA astronauts Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel as they orbit 250 miles above Earth. The downlink will take place around 11 a.m. EDT; the exact time will be announced two weeks before the downlink.

  Free Webinar: Atomic Clock — A Technology Demonstration Mission
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-10
Event Date: July 2, 2018, at 6 p.m. EDT

Join NASA’s Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology educators for a free 60-minute professional development webinar. Find out how NASA is using atoms to have precise accounting of time. With NASA’s “BEST Atomic Clock Activity Guide,” participants will explore the engineering design process to demonstrate the importance of calibration of clocks. Learn how to incorporate engineering challenges and the engineering design process into your science program. Register online to participate.

Informal Learning Institutions Selected to Inspire Next Generation
Audience: Informal Educators 

Three informal education organizations have been selected through NASA’s Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions (TEAM II) solicitation. The Arizona Science Center (Phoenix, Arizona), Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Inc. (Coral Gables, Florida) and Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center Inc. (Hutchinson, Kansas) will promote STEM learning to inspire the next generation of explorers. 

The selected projects provide authentic mission-driven STEM experiences, such as a new immersive STEM game inspired by an “escape room;” traveling exhibitions featuring actual Apollo Mission Control Room consoles and interactive mission simulations; and the world’s first makerspace in a botanic garden, dedicated to NASA’s food production challenges. The organizations will partner with other museums, K-12 and higher education institutions, informal education and maker networks to engage audiences nationwide.

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  Free Tour at NASA’s Glenn Research Center: Graphics and Visualization Lab and the Virtual Reality Exploration Lab
Audience: All Educators and Students
Registration Opens: June 14, 2018
Event Date: July 14, 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 July 14, check out the Graphics & Visualization (GVIS) Laboratory and the Reconfigurable User-interface & Virtual Reality Exploration (GRUVE) Laboratory to see things a different way. A bus departs from NASA’s main gate every hour beginning at 9 a.m. The last tour departs at noon. RESERVATIONS are required.

Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope Summer Institutes 2018
Audience: K-12 Educators
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. 

Multiple sessions will be offered: 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.

  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.

2018 Space Port Area Conference for Educators
Audience: K-12 Certified Educators Who Are U.S. Citizens Teaching in the U.S.
Registration Deadline: June 22, 2018
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.

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.

  ‘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.

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

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.

  Bring Engineering to the Classroom With NASA Glenn’s Engineering Design Challenges
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12

Engineering design challenges are an exciting way to give students the opportunity to work on real-world challenges in a collaborative, team-based environment. Glenn Engineering Design Challenges connect students, in both classroom and out-of-school settings, with the distinct challenges faced by NASA scientists and engineers as they design the next generation of aeronautic and space vehicles, habitats and technology. Current challenges include Powered and Pumped Up, Let It Glide and Gaining Traction on Mars.

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.

  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 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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