NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for June 28, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Wanted: Citizen Scientists
All Educators

Looking for ways to engage your students in real-world science? Check out NASA Citizen Science Projects where students can sign up to help with NASA research. The Citizen Science Projects website has several projects to choose from, like Cosmo Quest, a challenge for students to analyze more than 15 million images taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Working from computers, students view the images and identify geological features or challenge themselves to find the exact location of the image. Who knows, your students may be able to provide information about this image recently taken by #TeacherOnBoard Ricky Arnold. Encourage your students to explore all the opportunities and jump into NASA research! 

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

International Space Station: The Physics of Microgravity
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: July 5, 2018, at 6 p.m. EDT

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Microgravity is the condition in which people or objects appear to be weightless. Explore the physics of microgravity and how it’s created and used for learning in space on the International Space Station. Also, explore how microgravity can be created and used for learning on Earth and in your classroom. Online registration required.

  Modern Figures: OSIRIS REx—Launch Windows
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: July 9, 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 the Modern Figures—OSIRIS-REx—Calculating Launch Windows classroom resource. Review the history of human computers like Katherine Johnson, and get an overview of future space exploration. Learn about OSIRIS-REx and its search for asteroids using modernday technology to calculate launch windows and orbits. Participants will receive hands-on activities that combine math, science, engineering and social studies. Online registration is required.

ISS L.A.B.S—Learning, Achieving, Believing and Succeeding
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: July 11, 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 the “International Space Station (ISS) Learning, Achieving, Believing, and Succeeding (L.A.B.S.) Educator‘s Resource Guide.” The webinar will also review STEM activities. Online registration is required.

  NASA STEM Resources Overview
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: July 12, 2018, at 5 p.m. EDT

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore NASA STEM resources such as Space Place, Climate Kids, NASA Wavelength, My NASA Data, The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program, Space Math and Exploring Ice. Online registration is required.

NASA Mars Science: MAVEN Outreach Webinar—Challenges of Resurrecting the Martian Atmosphere
Formal and Informal Educators, Parents and Teens
Event Date: July 25, 2018, 7 p.m. EDT

Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) Outreach Webinars are virtual gatherings of staff from the MAVEN mission to offer professional development for formal and informal educators, and others interested in MAVEN and Mars science. Join MAVEN co-investigator Dr. Robert Lillis of the UC Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory to hear the latest MAVEN news and learn about the challenges of re-creating a thicker Martian atmosphere.

  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

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.

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.

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.

  Teacher Professional Development Programs at the NASTAR Center
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Multiple dates July 9-27, 2018

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.

Call for Proposals: NASA Research Announcement—Space Technology Research Institutes
Audience: Accredited U.S. Universities
Preliminary Proposal Deadline: July 30, 2018

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.

  Free Download for Educators: Experience Mars in Virtual Reality With Mars 2030
Audience: All Educators and Museum Staff

Mars 2030 gives players the opportunity to explore the Red Planet. The virtual reality simulation was created using real data to deliver an authentic experience based on what is known about Mars today. A desktop version also is available for players without virtual reality hardware. Complimentary Mars 2030 software is available for educators and museum staff.

Free Lecture — Walking on Mars
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: July 12 – 13, 2018, at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)

Researchers at NASA’s Operations Laboratory are spearheading several ambitious projects applying virtual and augmented reality to space exploration. Join operations lab lead Victor Luo from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to learn how engineers are using 3D designs to explore Martian terrain, prepare astronauts for spacewalks and more. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via live webcast.

  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

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.

Search for Gravitational Waves With ‘Gravity Spy’ Citizen Science Project
Audience: All Educators and Students

A century after Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory made the first direct detection of this phenomenon. LIGO is the most sensitive and complicated gravitational experiment ever created; it is susceptible to instrumental and environmental noise sources called “glitches.” In this online Zooniverse citizen science project, your input will help scientists classify and characterize glitches, which, in turn, will help scientists determine and eliminate the sources of noise.


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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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