NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Aug. 23, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Expeditionary Skills for Life
Audience:
STEM Educators
Webinar Date: Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

Have you ever wondered how to help your students learn to work as a team and respect one another’s differences? NASA had to get this handled before sending astronauts into space where they live together in a confined space for six months. The NASA behavioral sciences group worked with astronauts to create “Expeditionary Skills”—an astronaut training flow focused on people skills. Educators can use it, too! Tune into a free educator professional development webinar tonight, Aug 23 at 6 p.m. EDT to learn more about the Expeditionary Skills for Life curriculum. Or visit the Expeditionary Skills for Life website to hear from astronauts as they explain the importance of soft skills including teamwork, communication, leadership/followership and cultural competency. 

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.

NASA Psyche Inspired Internship
Audience: Undergraduate Students
Application Deadline: Aug. 31
Contact: https://psyche.asu.edu/contact/ 

NASA’s Psyche Mission invites full-time, enrolled undergraduate students in any major from universities and community colleges in the U.S. and its territories to apply to become part of this year’s cohort of Psyche Inspired interns! Psyche Inspired is a program that brings undergraduate students together to share the excitement, innovation, and scientific and engineering content of NASA’s Psyche mission with the public through artistic and creative works.

 
  Explore Earth: GLOBE Hydrology
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Sept. 4 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 about water and the hydrologic cycle. NASA’s researchers, airborne missions and fleet of satellites address some of the critical challenges facing our planet today. Explore ways to take part via citizen science as part of the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program, an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process. Online registration is required.

Explore Earth: From Earth to the Moon
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Event Date: Sept. 5 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 to explore how Earth is influenced by the Moon. NASA has been studying our Moon for 60 years and will soon celebrate the 50-year anniversary of humans’ arrival to the Moon during the Apollo program. Explore the Earth-Moon relationship and learn to integrate NASA STEM missions, online resources and lessons into your classroom teaching. Online registration is required.

 
  Explore Earth: Solving STEM Problems with Field Study and Data Collection
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: Sept. 6 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 about the NASA Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program. This worldwide, hands-on school-based science education program for grades 6-12 promotes problem solving, communication skills and teamwork while engaging students in problem-based learning that is both fun and relevant. Teacher implementation guides, protocols, activities and resources are integrated in this webinar. Online registration is required.

Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series: Curiosity and Our Evolving View of the Red Planet
Audience: Public, Educators and Students of Grades 7-College
Event Date: Sept. 6 at 8:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: CosmicLecture@lpi.usra.edu 

The Lunar and Planetary Institute presents “Curiosity and Our Evolving View of the Red Planet” by Dr. Kirsten Siebach of Rice University. Dr. Siebach is also a member of the Curiosity rover team and will discuss how our knowledge of the surface of Mars has changed over the past 50 years of exploration. Attend the event in person at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas, or watch the event live online. Archives of past lectures also are available online.

 
  Celebrate NASA’s 60th Anniversary at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center
Audience: Public
Event Date: Sept. 22 from 1-4 p.m. EDT
Contact: kimberly.a.check@nasa.gov 

NASA is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2018! NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center invites the public to join in the celebration during a special event on Sat., Sept. 22 from 1 – 4 p.m. Meet representatives from the various programs operated at Wallops as well as NASA’s local partners. The event is open and free to the public and will feature lectures, exhibitors and science demonstrations.

Engage Students in Real-world Applications of STEM Concepts Inspired by GPS
Audience:
Educators of Grades 5-12
Contact: john.johnson@softekenterprises.com 

A new educational curriculum uses global positioning system (GPS) concepts to stimulate students’ interest in STEM. The free curriculum features four modules: Earth, Life, Space and Movement with inquiry-based lessons designed to support the new science standards and the Common Core. Scenarios highlight STEM applications in satellites, orbital space clutter, energy grids, precision agriculture, global supply chains, aviation, weather forecasting and conservation.

 
  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.

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.

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.

 
  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.

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
Contact: mindy.peirce@slsc.org 

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.

 
  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.

Earth Science Week 2018 Photography Contest
Audience: Public
Entry Deadline: Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2018 with American Geosciences Institute’s photography contest. Photographs should support the topic “Inspired by Earth” and show a view of the natural world that you find inspiring. Any resident of the United States or any AGI international affiliate may enter. Entries must be submitted electronically. Only one entry will be accepted per person.

 
  CubeSat Launch Opportunity
Audience: K-12, Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 20
Contact: Jason.Crusan@nasa.gov 

NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads to fly on rockets planned to launch or be deployed from the International Space Station between 2019 and 2022. 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.

2019 BIG Idea Challenge: Marsboreal Greenhouse Design
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Optional NOI Deadline: Oct. 5
Entry Deadline: Jan. 6, 2019
Contact: BigIdea@nianet.org 

NASA’s 2019 Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge seeks innovations in the design and operation of a Mars Greenhouse. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged. Top teams present their concepts via a design review at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia. Eligible students on teams that advance to the BIG Idea Forum will have the opportunity to compete for one of five NASA summer internship slots.

 
  Earth Science Week 2018 Video Contest
Audience: International Public
Entry Deadline: Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2018 with American Geosciences Institute’s video contest. Videos should focus on the theme “Earth Expressions.” Submit a brief, 30-90 second original video that tells viewers about artistic expression that stems from the natural world. The contest is open to individuals or teams of interested persons of any age in any part of the world. Entries must be submitted electronically.

Search for Gravitational Waves With ‘Gravity Spy’ Citizen Science Project
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: tyson.b.littenberg@nasa.gov 

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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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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