NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for June 21, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Take a Ride in Orbit With Astronaut Scott Tingle!
Audience:
All Educators
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

Do your students want to know how high the International Space Station flies? Are they fascinated by the science of satellites in orbit? Your students will love the latest episode of STEMonstrations

Astronaut Scott Tingle demonstrates the movement of objects around Earth, while guiding viewers through calculations of the space station’s velocity and orbital circumference. The coinciding lesson plan challenges students to use geometry and simple physics to explain an integral concept that keeps moons, comets, spacecraft and more moving throughout our solar system and universe. 

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.

An Orientation to EPDC Digital Badging
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: June 25, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: john.f.weis@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Participants will get an overview of the Digital Badging platform used by NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative to deliver free, asynchronous, online professional development. Discussion will include how to sign up and a survey of current badge offerings. Online registration is required.

 
  Back to the Moon and on to Mars: Understanding Radiation
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: June 26, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about NASA’s plan to go “Back to the Moon and on to Mars” and how radiation impacts planning for the trip. Participants will also learn about current research at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center. Online registration is required.

Back to the Moon and on to Mars: Integrating Life Sciences
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-9
Event Date: June 27, 2018, at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. As humans journey back to the Moon and on to Mars, there are many factors to consider for sustaining life support during each mission. Explore NASA STEM life science classroom lessons, online resources and teaching strategies that bring the journey to the Moon and Mars alive in the classroom. Online registration is required.

 
  Back to the Moon and on to Mars: Designing the Mission
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-12
Event Date: June 28, 2018, at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore the engineering design process as it applies to NASA’s journey back to the Moon and on to Mars. This webinar will showcase NASA STEM engineering design challenges that help students understand the process of designing and launching a mission to land on the Moon and Mars. Online registration is required.

Teacher Professional Development Programs at the NASTAR Center
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Multiple dates July 9-27, 2018
Contact: gkennedy@nastarcenter.com 

The National AeroSpace Training and Research (NASTAR) Center in Southampton, Pennsylvania, is hosting a series of teacher professional development programs during July. Here’s your chance to experience acceleration in a centrifuge, pilot an airplane simulator or explore the gas laws in an altitude chamber. Each one-day workshop is worth eight hours of continuing education. Visit the website for a list of workshop dates and to download a registration packet.

 
  Mars Day! 2018 at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum
Audience: Open to All
Event Date: July 20, 2018, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. EDT
Contact: NASMVisitorServices@si.edu 

Visit the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., to celebrate “Mars Day! 2018.” This annual event celebrates the Red Planet with a variety of educational and fun family activities. Visitors may talk to scientists conducting Mars research and learn about current and future missions.

Call for Proposals: NASA Research Announcement—Space Technology Research Institutes
Audience: Accredited U.S. Universities
Preliminary Proposal Deadline: July 30, 2018
Contact: HQ-STMD-STRI@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking to invest, via research institutes, in university-led, multidisciplinary basic research and technology development within particular areas of strong interest to NASA and the aerospace community. Typically, an awarded institute will be funded up to $15M for a five-year period. Accredited U.S. universities are eligible to submit proposals; teaming with other universities is required, and teaming with nonprofit entities and industry is permitted.

 
  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
Contact: john.f.weis@nasa.gov 

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.

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
Contact: space@amfcse.org 

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!

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

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 10:30 a.m. EDT
Contact: STEMin30@si.edu 

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 astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor as she orbits 250 miles above Earth. The downlink will take place around 10:30 a.m. EDT.

 
  NASA Internships — Fall 2018 Session
Audience: High School, Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Contact: NASA-Internships@mail.nasa.gov 

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
Contact: http://www.globe.gov/support/contact 

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.

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

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.

Explore Aeronautics Careers and Aviation History With Leveled Readers
Audience: K-12 Educators
Contact: karen.l.rugg@nasa.gov 

Bring the history of American aviation to life in your classroom with a new series of leveled readers from NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. Available in three versions with increasing levels of text complexity, the stories highlight the accomplishments of famous and historical aviators, promote STEM careers with contemporary NASA aeronautics personnel, and acknowledge milestones in American aviation. All three versions are artfully designed and free to download with teacher guide and assessment options.

 
  World Space Week 2018
Audience: Educators and Students
Event Dates: Oct. 4-10, 2018
Contact: admin@worldspaceweek.org 

World Space Week, as declared by the United Nations, is the world’s largest public celebration of space. This event commemorates the launch of Sputnik 1 on Oct. 4, 1957, and the signing of the Outer Space Treaty on Oct. 10, 1967, to regulate peaceful use of space by all countries. During this week, teachers are encouraged to use space-themed activities to excite students about science and technology. Visit the World Space Week website for event locations and related educational materials.

ASTRO CAMP® 2018 at NASA’s Stennis Space Center
Audience: Students in Grades 2-10
Event Dates: Weekly During June and July
Contact: maria.l.lott@nasa.gov 

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.

 
  Citizen Science Project: Cosmoquest’s Image Detective
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: info@cosmoquest.org 

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.

Download the New ‘Spacecraft AR’ App
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: Holli.riebeek@nasa.gov 

NASA spacecraft travel to far-off destinations in space, but a new mobile app from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory brings spacecraft to you! The new app, called Spacecraft AR, uses the latest augmented reality (AR) technology to put virtual 3-D models of NASA’s robotic space explorers into any environment with a flat surface. Download the new app to explore and snap pictures with 3-D rovers, space probes and more!

 

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Are you looking for NASA educational materials to support your STEM curriculum?
Search hundreds of resources by subject, grade level, type and keyword at http://www.nasa.gov/education/resources/.

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. http://nasawavelength.org/

Check out the ‘Explore NASA Science’ website! Science starts with questions, leading to discoveries. Visit https://science.nasa.gov. To view the site in Spanish, visit http://ciencia.nasa.gov.

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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