NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for July 12, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Surface Tension in Space
Audience:
All Educators
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

More than 70 percent of our planet is covered by water. It is crucial for life and has many unique properties. One of these is surface tension. While this force-resistant behavior can be observed on Earth’s surface, it becomes a spectacle in the microgravity environment of the International Space Station. In the latest episode of STEMonstrations, astronaut Ricky Arnold demonstrates how surface tension affects life on orbit, and how water molecules bond to one another. The coinciding classroom connection can be found at https://www.nasa.gov/stemonstrations, and is a great way to engage students in a fun STEM activity! 

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: Pressure Suits
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: July 17 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 the International Space Station—Year of Education on Station, a celebration of a yearlong educator presence on the International Space Station. Find out more about classroom teachers-turned-astronauts Joe Acaba and Ricky Arnold. Then, explore how pressure suits are used to protect pilots and astronauts during flight and space walks. Online registration is required.

 
  International Space Station: Extreme Environments
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-8
Event Date: July 19 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. Investigate the harsh environment of space, the critical role spacewalks play in human space exploration and how spacesuits are designed to protect astronauts from the harsh space environment. NASA STEM classroom lessons, online resources and teaching strategies will be integrated into this walking with the stars webinar. Online registration is required.

International Space Station: Mass vs. Weight
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: July 24 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 hands-on, standards-aligned activities using mass and weight. Also learn about microgravity aboard the International Space Station. Webinar activities address the Next Generation Science Standards ESS1 and ESS2 and Common Core Math Standards. Online registration is required.

 
  International Space Station: A Day in the Life Aboard the Station With Problem-based Learning
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: July 25 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live and work in space? Follow astronauts on the International Space Station in a series of videos as they explain their daily routines. Educators can use these videos and resources to enhance K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics curricula. Online registration is required.

Math in Search for Life Beyond Earth
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: July 25 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: deepika.sangam@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore an overview of math problems that give an authentic glimpse of modern science, engineering and actual research data from NASA missions that explore signs of life beyond Earth. Online registration is required.

 
  2018 Thermal and Fluids Analysis Workshop
Audience:
Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: Aug. 3
Workshop Dates: Aug. 20-24
Contact: rubik.b.sheth@nasa.gov 

The Thermal and Fluids Analysis Workshop encourages knowledge sharing, professional development, and networking within the thermal and fluids engineering community across NASA, academia, and the greater aerospace industry. NASA will host this year’s free workshop in Galveston, Texas. STEM faculty and university students are welcome.

Mars InSight Roadshow at the San Diego Air & Space Museum
Audience:
Open to All
Event Dates: Aug. 3-5
Contact: Sarah.S.Marcotte@jpl.nasa.gov 

Scientists and engineers working on NASA’s InSight Mission are bringing the Mars InSight Roadshow to the San Diego Air & Space Museum in California. The roadshow brings family friendly science activities, exhibits and discussions to communities throughout California. Stop by to chat with NASA scientists and engineers, learn about marsquakes and find out how InSight will study in-depth the inner space of Mars: its crust, mantle and core.

 
  NASA STEM Resources Overview
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: July 12 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

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.

Free Lecture — Walking on Mars
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: July 12-13 at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php 

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 at 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.

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

 
  NASA Mars Science: MAVEN Outreach Webinar—Challenges of Resurrecting the Martian Atmosphere
Audience:
Formal and Informal Educators, Parents and Teens
Event Date: July 25 at 7 p.m. EDT
Contact: epomail@lasp.colorado.edu 

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.

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

 
NASA insignia Seeking Volunteer Reviewers in Earth and Space Science
Audience:
Subject Matter Experts in Earth and Space Science
Contact: max.bernstein@nasa.gov 

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate seeks subject matter experts to serve as mail-in and/or panel reviewers of proposals to ROSES and other SMD solicitations. Reviewers are needed on a regular basis as opportunities periodically open. Visit the website to find volunteer review forms and to indicate the topics in which you consider yourself to be a subject matter expert. If your skills match the needs for that review, you may be contacted to discuss scheduling.

‘CineSpace’ Short Film Competition
Audience: All Educators and Students
Submission Deadline: Aug. 1
Contact: cinespace@cinemartsociety.org 

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.

 
  Project Mars: International Art and Film Contest
Audience: College Students and Early Career Professionals
Entry Deadline: Aug. 31
Contact: info@sciartexchange.org 

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
Contact: contact@zooniverse.org 

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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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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