NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Aug. 16, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Real-world Applications for Out-of-This-World Science
Audience:
STEM Educators
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

Are you looking for ways to connect STEM studies to real-life applications? Check out Space Station Research Explorer, a searchable database of experiments happening aboard the International Space Station. Space Station Research Explorer allows you to link student experiments to similar ones being conducted by astronauts in space. One example is Understanding Growth Morphologies in Chemical Gardens—an investigation that looks at growing plant-like chemical gardens in a microgravity environment. Each experiment found at Space Station Research Explorer gives background information on the science involved as well as applications to life on Earth. 

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 station.

Project-based Learning: The Importance of Fresh Water
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Aug. 28 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 Project-based Learning (PBL) resources to answer the real-life problem of the availability of fresh water. The resources include videos, lesson plans, interactive websites and articles on the water cycle, weather, climate and societal applications. Explore these resources and discuss how they can be used to design a PBL lesson. Online registration is required.

 
  Explore Space Technology: Robotics on a Budget
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-8
Event Date: Aug. 30, 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 about robotics. Robots are a part of everyday life, but what exactly are they? How are robots used in our lives? How are they used at NASA? Explore answers to these questions, and learn how to use robotics inexpensively in your classroom by integrating NASA STEM robotic missions, curriculum and online resources. Online registration is required.

Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2018
Audience: Grades 9-12 Students
Registration Deadline: Sept. 26, 2018
Contact: zerorobotics@mit.edu 

Teams of high school students are challenged to program small satellites called Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) that operate inside the International Space Station. Teams send their final codes to the space station, where an astronaut referees the final competition live! Early registration is strongly encouraged because code for the 2D practice competition must be submitted by Sept. 28, 2018.

 
  NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge
Audience:
Problem Solvers of All Ages
Event Date:
Oct. 19-21
Contact: https://2018.spaceappschallenge.org 

The seventh annual International Space Apps Challenge invites tech-savvy innovators, scientists, entrepreneurs, designers, artists, educators and students worldwide to use NASA data to develop projects related to this year’s theme: “Earth and Space!” In response to challenges issued by NASA, Space Apps participants collaborate to create solutions from mobile applications, software, hardware and data visualizations to videos, games and art. Visit the website for updates and registration information! You can also apply to host a Space Apps in your area (host application closes Aug. 24).

Explore Space Technology: Roving on Mars
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. EDT
Contact: brandon.rodriguez@jpl.nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn how the Curiosity rover was built to withstand the hard climate of Mars, and how we continue to keep it safe from harm from here on Earth. Topics will tie into several engineering design lessons to use with students in your classroom. The activities in this webinar are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards. Online registration is required.

 
  Explore Space Technology: Solar Sail
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Aug. 21 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 Beginning Engineering Science & Technology (BEST) curriculum, and use the engineering design process to design and create a solar sail. The activities in this webinar are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards. Online registration is required.

International Space Station: A Day in the Life Aboard the Station With Problem-based Learning
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Aug. 22 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.

 
  NASA Educational Resources for Teaching Life Skills: Expeditionary Skills for Life
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Aug. 23 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. Learn about a series of educational activities designed to take you through educational expeditions that will help students learn life skills they can apply in almost every aspect of life. Online registration is required.

NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center Programs
Audience:
Public
Event Dates: Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday Through Aug. 31
Contact: Kimberly.A.Check@nasa.gov 

The NASA Visitor Center at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia is offering free educational programs for visitors of all ages. Programs are scheduled each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday throughout July and August. Programs include solar system tours, “Science on the Sphere” presentations, hands-on STEAM Labs, and rocketry. Scout troops, home school and youth groups are encouraged to attend. Please call ahead for group larger than eight people.

 
  Call for Participants: Apollo Dialogues Workshop
Audience: Scholars and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Aug. 31
Event Date: Dec. 7
Contact: bill.barry@nasa.gov 

The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing offers an opportunity to reflect on what we know about the Apollo era and its legacies. The National Air and Space Museum Space History Department and NASA History Division invite colleagues whose research and writing extend our understanding of Apollo, the Apollo era, human spaceflight, future space and related areas to join together in assessing the current state of the field, suggesting new lenses for analysis and interpretation, and considering new paths for future scholarship.

Free Lecture — NASA@60: The Role of the Robots
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: Sept. 6 – 7, 2018, at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php 

Space exploration has changed in the 60 years since NASA’s inception. Despite all the advances, one thing hasn’t changed: we still rely on robotic spacecraft to explore and blaze a trail for human explorers. Join outreach specialist Preston Dyches for a panel discussion on the history and progression of robotic exploration. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via live webcast.

 
 CubeSat101 CubeSat 101—Basic Concepts and Processes for First-Time CubeSat Developers
Audience: K-12 and Higher Education Educators and Students
Contact: Carol.A.Galica@nasa.gov 

Do you want to start a CubeSat program and launch a small satellite? The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers and faculty a chance to get hands-on, flight hardware development experience while designing, building and operating small research satellites. This opportunity is open to U.S. nonprofit organizations and accredited educational organizations. Download the new “CubeSat 101” guide to learn more.

Proposals are currently being accepted for CubeSats to fly on rockets planned to launch or be deployed from the International Space Station between 2019 and 2022. Proposals are due Nov. 20.

Project Mars: International Art and Film Contest
Audience: College Students and Early Career Professionals
Entry Deadline: Aug. 31, 2018
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.

 
  Earth Science Week 2018 Visual Arts Contest
Audience: Students in Grades K-5
Entry Deadline: Oct. 19
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2018 with American Geosciences Institute’s visual arts contest. Artwork should focus on the topic “Earth and Art.” The contest is open to students in grades K-5 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original 2D visual arts project that shows how the natural world is part of making art. Entries must be submitted by mail.

Earth Science Week 2018 Essay Contest
Audience: Students in Grades 6-9
Entry Deadline: Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2018 with American Geosciences Institute’s essay contest. Essays should focus on the theme “Finding ‘Art’ in Earth.” The contest is open to students in grades 6-9 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original essay up to 300 words in length, typed and formatted to fit on one page. Entries must be submitted electronically.

 

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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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