NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Sept. 27, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  ‘A Year of Education on Station’ Conclusion Celebration!
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

Tune in to NASA TV on Oct. 2 at 11 a.m. EDT, as we wrap up the Year of Education on Station! Watch astronaut and former classroom teacher Ricky Arnold answer questions on social media using the hashtag #TeacherOnBoard live from the International Space Station. 

On Oct. 4, Ricky Arnold and his crewmates Drew Feustel and Oleg Artemyev are scheduled to leave the space station to return home. This will conclude the almost 12-month presence of a teacher aboard the International Space Station, which also featured astronaut and former classroom teacher Joe Acaba, who lived and worked on the station from September 2017 to February 2018. Connect with this opportunity and find additional resources at NASA’s A Year of Education on Station.

NASA GLOBE Observer: Adopt a Pixel Challenge and Citizen Science Project
Audience: All Educators and Students
Challenge Dates: Through Oct. 1
Contact: holli.kohl@nasa.gov 

The NASA Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Observer team invites educators, students and the public to make a better world land map using the GLOBE Observer app. The new “Land Cover: Adopt a Pixel” module lets citizen scientists photograph with their smartphones the landscape, identify the kinds of land cover they see (trees, grass, etc.) and then match their observations to satellite data. Users can also share their knowledge of the land and how it has changed. To start the data collection, the 10 citizen scientists who map the most land by Oct. 1 will be recognized on social media and will receive a certificate of appreciation from GLOBE Observer. Ongoing participation and data collection is also welcome after Oct. 1.

 
  Explore the Solar System and Beyond: NASA Space Place Cross-Curricular STEM Engagement
Audience: Educators of Grades K-10
Event Date: Oct. 9 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. Learn how to earn solar system badges with integrated technology. Make planet masks, edible asteroids and galaxy pinwheels. The NASA Space Place resources includes games, apps, ebooks and animations. Also, learn how to order NASA Space Place materials. Online registration is required.

Explore Solar System and Beyond: Strange New Worlds
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-8
Event Date: Oct. 10 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 how planets and planetary features are discovered using remote-sensing techniques. Learn the different phases in planetary exploration, including telescope observations, fly-by missions, orbiters, landers, rovers and human exploration. Online registration is required.

 
  Engaging Students in STEM Problem Solving: Exploring Ice in the Solar System
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: Oct. 11 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 the 12 NASA teaching guides related to water and ice in our solar system. The STEM problem-solving lesson plans invite students to inquire about phase changes, properties of water, ice core samples, structure of ice and comparisions with snow. Acting out science is included in each module. Online registration is required.

Celebrate Solar Week—Fall 2018
Audience: Educators and Students in Grades 5-9, Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 22-26
Contact: solarweek@solarweek.org 

Solar Week provides a weeklong series of web-based educational classroom and out-of-school activities with a focus on the Sun-Earth connection. Students ages 10-14 can learn about solar eclipses, sunspots, solar storms, solar energy and solar careers through a series of cool facts, activities, games and questions to solar scientists. Solar Week is ideal for young teens or others wanting to know more about our Sun, the solar system, the stars or astronomy in general.

 
  Save the Date: 2019 Space Port Area Conference for Educators
Audience: K-12 Formal and Informal Educators
Event Date: July 24-26, 2019
Contact: goforspace@gmail.com 

Save the date for the 2019 Space Port Area Conference for Educators (SPACE) taking place at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. This conference is for K-12 formal and informal educators who are U.S. citizens teaching in the United States. 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.

Sally Ride EarthKam Mission
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Mission Dates: Sept. 24-Oct. 1
Contact: https://www.earthkam.org/contact 

Sally Ride EarthKam is a free STEM educational program managed by the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. EarthKAM allows your students to take images of Earth from space using a camera aboard the International Space Station. Use EarthKam as a teaching tool to study subjects ranging from geography to art to meteorology. Visit the website for details and to register to participate.

 
  NASA Spacesuit User Interface Technologies for Students Design Challenge
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Information Session: Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Letter of Intent Deadline: Sept. 27
Proposal Deadline: Oct. 31
Contact: NASA-SUITS@mail.nasa.gov 

In the NASA S.U.I.T.S. Design Challenge, university student teams design and create spacesuit information displays within an augmented reality environment. These display and audio environments seek to aid astronauts in performing spacewalk tasks. After developing their environment, selected student teams will travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, to test their prototypes.

Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications
Audience: All Educators
Application Deadline: Sept. 30
Contact: ambassad@jpl.nasa.gov 

The Solar System Ambassadors Program is a nationwide network of space enthusiast volunteers. Highly motivated enthusiasts nationwide are eligible to join—and those in Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories are especially encouraged to apply.

 
  Commercial Crew Program: Helping Students Develop Strong Team Collaboration Skills
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: Oct. 1 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. NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is the next phase in space transportation, enabling industry to provide a safe, reliable and cost-effective access to and from the International Space Station and low-Earth orbit. Teamwork is important when you are working toward a common vision. Lessons and team challenges will be provided so that students become proficient in the 21st century skills leading to success. Online registration is required.

NASA History Program Office Spring 2019 Internships
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Oct. 1
Contact: bill.barry@nasa.gov 

The NASA History Program Office is seeking undergraduate and graduate students for spring 2019 internships. The History Division maintains archival materials to answer research questions. It edits and publishes several books and monographs each year, and it maintains websites and social media featuring NASA history. Strong research, writing and editing skills are essential to the internship. Students of all majors are welcome to apply.

 
  Explore Solar System and Beyond: James Webb Space Telescope—Physical Science
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-12
Event Date: Oct. 3 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 James Webb Space Telescope and learn about resources for teaching a range of astronomical observation from infrared to gamma ray. The activities discussed in this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standards PS4. Online registration is required.

NASA Live Event—Earth Science Week: Earth as Inspiration
Audience: Public
Event Date: Oct. 4 at 3:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: Trena.M.Ferrell@nasa.gov 

Join NASA scientists and education specialists for an hour-long educational event to explore and share their perspectives on Earth as an inspiration! In coordination with this year’s Earth Science Week theme, this NASA event will feature a sneak peek into the exciting NASA products included in this year’s Earth Science Week Toolkits. This event will be webcast in real time, and educators and students are encouraged to submit questions for NASA scientists to answer during the event. The event will be livestreamed at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-gsfc.

 
  Moon to Mars Deep Space Exploration: Space Launch System Engineering Is Out of This World
Audience: Educators of Grades 2-4
Event Date: Oct. 4 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. As NASA expands human exploration by visiting the Moon and then Mars, deep space exploration will require innovations in transportation that include the Space Launch System, Orion and Ground Launch Systems. Activity emphasis will be on the “Engineering is Out of This World” activity resources. The activities discussed in this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standards ETS1. Online registration is required.

Free Lecture—Mapping Disasters From Space
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: Oct. 4-5 at 10 p.m. EDT (7 p.m. PDT)
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php 

Join Earth science section manager Sue Owen from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to learn how researchers are using GPS and space-based radar to respond to earthquakes, volcanic unrest, floods and fires. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via live webcast.

 
  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.

Call for Proposals: Partnership Agreement Related to Science Engagement Opportunities for the NASA Mars 2020 Project
Audience: Commercial, Educational and Non-Profit Organizations
Proposal Deadline: Oct. 9
Contact: hqmars2020namingproposals@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA is seeking to partner with a commercial, educational or non-profit organization on a nonreimbursable basis to define, organize and execute a nationwide contest for K-12 students in U.S. schools to select a name for “…the Mars 2020 rover launching in 2020.” NASA seeks proposals from innovative, inspirational organizations that utilize high-impact avenues for reaching a diversity of populations and broadening participation.

 
  Become a Member of the Infiniscope Education Advisory Board
Audience: All Formal and Informal Educators
Application Deadline: Oct. 19
Contact: jlswann@asu.edu 

The Arizona State University Infiniscope Project (under cooperative agreement with NASA’s Science Mission Directorate) aims to recruit individuals with enthusiasm, passion and ambition for a renewable, one-year term on its advisory board starting November 2018 and ending October 2019. Board members will review Infiniscope-developed educational products and receive a stipend, training, collaborative space and recognition on the Infiniscope website. Board members also will have opportunities to earn badges and attend group meetings at national conventions.

Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles and Blankets Available for Educational Use
Audience:
Educational Institutions, Museums and Other Education Organizations
Contact: GSAXcessHelp@gsa.gov 

NASA invites U.S. educational institutions to request space shuttle thermal protective tiles, space shuttle thermal protective blankets, and other special items offered on a first-come, first-serve basis while quantities last. A nominal shipping fee must be paid online with a credit card.

 
  Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2018
Audience: Grades 9-12 Students
Registration Deadline: Oct. 10
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 Oct. 12.

2019 RASC-AL Special Edition: Moon to Mars Ice & Prospecting Challenge
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
NOI Deadline: Oct. 12
Project Plan Submission Deadline: Nov. 15
Contact: rascal@nianet.org 

The 2019 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts—Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) Special Edition: Moon to Mars Ice & Prospecting Challenge is an engineering design and technology demonstration contest for eligible college students. Teams have the opportunity to design and build prototype hardware that can extract water and assess subsurface density profiles from a simulated off-world test bed. Up to 10 teams will be chosen to receive a stipend to build and demonstrate their systems’ capabilities in June 2019 at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

 
  NASA Internships—2019
Audience: High School, Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Contact: NASA-Internships@mail.nasa.gov 

Are you a current student with a 3.0 GPA and U.S. citizen? Be part of NASA’s mission! NASA’s agency internship program is now accepting applications for spring, summer and fall of 2019. NASA interns contribute to important missions and goals, while gaining valuable professional experience. Internship projects will continue to be posted during the coming weeks. Selections for the upcoming spring session will be made through early November.

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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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NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Sept. 20, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Bring Science Aboard the Station Into Your Classroom!
Audience:
All Educators
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

Are you interested in having an astronaut help teach one of your STEM lessons? This is possible with STEMonstrations! These videos explore the science concepts you are teaching and use the microgravity environment aboard the International Space Station to show a different perspective of these topics. Each video features accompanying Classroom Connections—related lesson plans developed by educators for educators and tied to Next Generation Science Standards. Current topics include “Water Filtration,” “Surface Tension,” “Orbits” and more! 

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

Webinar—Exploring the Ripples of Earth’s Upper Atmosphere: Waves and Tides
Audience:
Public
Event Date: Sept. 26 at 4 p.m. EDT (1 p.m. PDT)
Contact: tom.mason@lasp.colorado.edu 

NASA’s Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission has taken its first, unprecedented images of Earth’s interface to space, and is preparing to begin its science mission in early October. Join GOLD scientist Katelynn Greer in this webinar to learn how the GOLD instrument—an ultraviolet imaging spectrograph—will measure the response of Earth’s upper atmosphere to activity from below, primarily in the form of waves and thermal tides.

 
  Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications
Audience: All Educators
Application Deadline: Sept. 30
Contact: ambassad@jpl.nasa.gov 

The Solar System Ambassadors Program is a nationwide network of space enthusiast volunteers. Highly motivated enthusiasts nationwide are eligible to join—and those in Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories are especially encouraged to apply.

Commercial Crew Program: Helping Students Develop Strong Team Collaboration Skills
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: Oct. 1 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. NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is the next phase in space transportation, enabling industry to provide a safe, reliable and cost-effective access to and from the International Space Station and low-Earth orbit. Teamwork is important when you are working toward a common vision. Lessons and team challenges will be provided so that students become proficient in the 21st century skills leading to success. Online registration is required.

 
  Explore Solar System and Beyond: Deep Space Atomic Clock
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Oct. 2 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 to learn how NASA is using atoms to have the most precise accounting of time. With NASA’s Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) “Atomic Clock Activity Guide,” participants will explore the engineering design process to demonstrate the importance of calibration of clocks. Participants will learn how to create a gradation system for a simple clock. Teaching connections will be made to real-world applications and NASA missions. Online registration is required.

Explore Solar System and Beyond: James Webb Space Telescope—Physical Science
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-12
Event Date: Oct. 3 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 James Webb Space Telescope and learn about resources for teaching a range of astronomical observation from infrared to gamma ray. The activities discussed in this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standards PS4. Online registration is required.

 
  Moon to Mars Deep Space Exploration: Space Launch System Engineering Is Out of This World
Audience: Educators of Grades 2-4
Event Date: Oct. 4 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. As NASA expands human exploration by visiting the Moon and then Mars, deep space exploration will require innovations in transportation that include the Space Launch System, Orion and Ground Launch Systems. Activity emphasis will be on the “Engineering is Out of This World” activity resources. The activities discussed in this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standards ETS1. Online registration is required.

Free Lecture—Mapping Disasters From Space
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: Oct. 4-5 at 10 p.m. EDT (7 p.m. PDT)
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php 

Join Earth science section manager Sue Owen from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to learn how researchers are using GPS and space-based radar to respond to earthquakes, volcanic unrest, floods and fires. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via live webcast.

 
  Commercial Crew 2019 Calendar Artwork Contest
Audience: Students Ages 4-12
Entry Deadline: Oct. 17
Contact: info@sciartexchange.org 

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is holding an art contest to create a 2019 calendar. Each month will have a different theme related to the International Space Station, astronauts, growing food in space and more! Unique and original artwork will be selected for each month. Once the calendar is complete, NASA will transmit it to astronauts aboard the space station. The calendar also will include supplemental education materials for kids on Earth to learn more about the space-related themes.

2018-19 University Student Design Challenge at NASA’s Glenn Research Center
Audience: Undergraduate Students
Registration Deadline: Oct. 17
Contact: grc-university-design-challenge@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, is hosting a 2018-19 University Student Design Challenge (USDC-3) with aeronautics and space themes. The competition is open to teams of full-time undergraduate students who are juniors or seniors enrolled at accredited U.S. academic institutions. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged. Each university or college team must have at least one faculty advisor. Participants will have access to subject matter experts at Glenn who will serve as mentors for the teams.

 
  Become a Member of the Infiniscope Education Advisory Board
Audience: All Formal and Informal Educators
Application Deadline: Oct. 19
Contact: jlswann@asu.edu 

The Arizona State University Infiniscope Project (under cooperative agreement with NASA’s Science Mission Directorate) aims to recruit individuals with enthusiasm, passion and ambition for a renewable, one-year term on its advisory board starting November 2018 and ending October 2019. Board members will review Infiniscope-developed educational products and receive a stipend, training, collaborative space and recognition on the Infiniscope website. Board members also will have opportunities to earn badges and attend group meetings at national conventions.

The National Science Foundation 2026 Idea Machine
Audience: Educators and Students Ages 14 and Older
Entry Deadline: Oct. 26
Contact: nsf2026IM@nsf.gov 

The NSF 2026 Idea Machine is a competition to help set the U.S. agenda for fundamental research in science and engineering. Participants can earn cash prizes and receive public recognition by suggesting the pressing research questions that need to be answered in the coming decade. The competition is an opportunity for researchers, the public and other interested stakeholders to contribute to NSF’s mission to support basic research and enable new discoveries.

 
  Free Lecture—Deep Space Network
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: Nov. 8-9 at 10 p.m. EDT (7 p.m. PDT)
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php 

How does NASA capture the faint whispers of spacecraft voyaging to far-flung destinations across the solar system and beyond? The answer involves giant radio antennas, global cooperation and a lot of careful planning. Join researchers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for a discussion about NASA’s Deep Space Network and how it turns radio waves into science and engineering data. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via live webcast.

NASA’s Centennial Challenges: Carbon Dioxide Conversion Challenge
Audience: All Interested U.S. Citizens, Including Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: Jan. 24
Contact: questions@co2conversionchallenge.org 

The NASA Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Conversion Challenge is a public competition focused on discovering ways to develop novel synthesis technologies that use CO2 as the sole carbon source to generate molecules that can be used to manufacture a variety of products, including substrates for use in microbial bioreactors. The challenge asks individuals, teams and organizations to design and develop specialized technology that has the potential to be useful on Mars and on Earth.

 
  New Applied Research STEM Curriculum Unit Available—‘Earth’s Energy Budget
Audience: High School Educators
Contact: matthew.d.pearce@nasa.gov 

‘Earth’s Energy Budget’ is a unit plan designed for grades 9-12 classrooms with access to computers and NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies Panoply and RStudio software. This unit takes approximately three weeks to complete. The goal of this unit is for students to learn about each component of Earth’s energy budget formula and how the contribution of each component changes with respect to the location on Earth and the time of the year. Each lesson challenges students to connect the content to climate change, as students are asked to estimate how various components of the energy budget will be impacted due to the changing climate.

Diversity Drives Discovery Webcast
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Sept. 20 from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: Bethanne.Hull@nasa.gov 

Join NASA for a series of live webcasts featuring members of NASA’s diverse workforce sharing information about their careers and experience. Speakers range from program managers to scientists and engineers. Presentations will begin at the top of every hour from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. Ask questions during the live event via Twitter using #nasaDEEP or via the chat window at the livestream website.

 
  Earth Right Now: Using NASA Data for STEM Problem Solving
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: Sept. 20 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. Are you working on implementing a new vision for science classrooms based on the Framework for K-12 Science classrooms in which teachers support students in science and engineering practices to build and use science ideas to solve real problems? This webinar will explore NASA resources that will guide you and your students through this process with authentic data. Online registration is required.

Space and Science Festival at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Audience: Public
Event Date: Sept. 20-23
Contact: jelliot@intrepidmuseum.org 

Join the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City for its annual Space and Science Festival. Meet astronauts, explore exhibits from NASA, stargaze on the ship and more during four days of out-of-this-world exhibits.

 
  Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum—Space and Science Festival Teacher Professional Development
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Sept. 22 at 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. EDT
Contact: jelliot@intrepidmuseum.org 

Join the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City for its annual Space and Science Festival Teacher Professional Development. Tour the museum and attend presentations from guest speakers and presenters from NASA and educational organizations. Attend sessions featuring demonstrations of STEM concepts and resources, learning activities and discussions with experts. Visit the site to register in advance.

Museum Day Event at NASA’s Ames Research Center
Audience: Public
Event Date: Sept. 22 at Noon to 4 p.m. PDT
Contact: arc-visitorcenter@mail.nasa.gov 

Join us at the visitor center at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, for Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day 2018. Ames is a key facility for NASA’s missions and projects. Come to NASA’s Ames Visitor Center and learn what we’re doing at this amazing NASA facility! Museum Day 2018 will showcase “Women Making History: Trailblazers in arts, sciences, innovation and culture.” Click here for directions.

 
  Sally Ride EarthKam Mission
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Mission Dates: Sept. 24-Oct. 1
Contact: https://www.earthkam.org/contact 

Sally Ride EarthKam is a free STEM educational program managed by the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. EarthKAM allows your students to take images of Earth from space using a camera aboard the International Space Station. Use EarthKam as a teaching tool to study subjects ranging from geography to art to meteorology. Visit the website for details and to register to participate.

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 Spacesuit User Interface Technologies for Students Design Challenge
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Information Session: Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Letter of Intent Deadline: Sept. 27
Proposal Deadline: Oct. 31
Contact: NASA-SUITS@mail.nasa.gov 

In the NASA S.U.I.T.S. Design Challenge, university student teams design and create spacesuit information displays within an augmented reality environment. These display and audio environments seek to aid astronauts in performing spacewalk tasks. After developing their environment, selected student teams will travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, to test their prototypes.

NASA History Program Office Spring 2019 Internships
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Oct. 1
Contact: bill.barry@nasa.gov 

The NASA History Program Office is seeking undergraduate and graduate students for spring 2019 internships. The History Division maintains archival materials to answer research questions. It edits and publishes several books and monographs each year, and it maintains websites and social media featuring NASA history. Strong research, writing and editing skills are essential to the internship. Students of all majors are welcome to apply.

 
  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.

NASA Live Event—Earth Science Week: Earth as Inspiration
Audience: Public
Event Date: Oct. 4 at 3:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: Trena.M.Ferrell@nasa.gov 

Join NASA scientists and education specialists for an hour-long educational event to explore and share their perspectives on Earth as an inspiration! In coordination with this year’s Earth Science Week theme, this NASA event will feature a sneak peek into the exciting NASA products included in this year’s Earth Science Week Toolkits. This event will be webcast in real time, and educators and students are encouraged to submit questions for NASA scientists to answer during the event. The event will be livestreamed at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-gsfc.

 
  Call for Proposals: Partnership Agreement Related to Science Engagement Opportunities for the NASA Mars 2020 Project
Audience: Commercial, Educational and Non-Profit Organizations
Proposal Deadline: Oct. 9
Contact: hqmars2020namingproposals@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA is seeking to partner with a commercial, educational or non-profit organization on a nonreimbursable basis to define, organize and execute a nationwide contest for K-12 students in U.S. schools to select a name for “…the Mars 2020 rover launching in 2020.” NASA seeks proposals from innovative, inspirational organizations that utilize high-impact avenues for reaching a diversity of populations and broadening participation.

2019 RASC-AL Special Edition: Moon to Mars Ice & Prospecting Challenge
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
NOI Deadline: Oct. 12
Project Plan Submission Deadline: Nov. 15
Contact: rascal@nianet.org 

The 2019 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts—Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) Special Edition: Moon to Mars Ice & Prospecting Challenge is an engineering design and technology demonstration contest for eligible college students. Teams have the opportunity to design and build prototype hardware that can extract water and assess subsurface density profiles from a simulated off-world test bed. Up to 10 teams will be chosen to receive a stipend to build and demonstrate their systems’ capabilities in June 2019 at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

 
  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!

NASA Internships—2019
Audience: High School, Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Contact: NASA-Internships@mail.nasa.gov 

Are you a current student with a 3.0 GPA and U.S. citizen? Be part of NASA’s mission! NASA’s agency internship program is now accepting applications for spring, summer and fall of 2019. NASA interns contribute to important missions and goals, while gaining valuable professional experience. Internship projects will continue to be posted during the coming weeks. Selections for the upcoming spring session will be made through early November.

 

Want to subscribe to get this message delivered to your inbox each Thursday? Sign up for the NASA EXPRESS newsletter at www.nasa.gov/education/express.

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.

 
 
 
 

 


Visit NASA Education on the Web:
NASA Education: http://www.nasa.gov/education
For Educators: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html
For Students: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html
NASA Kids’ Club: http://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub

NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Sept. 13, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  #TeacherOnBoard—Talk to an Astronaut Aboard the Space Station
Audience:
All Educators
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

Did you know your students can interview an astronaut in space? This opportunity is available through Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS). Schools, scouting groups, after-school programs, museums or any other education organization may apply for the next available interview window. Develop an education plan and write a proposal for the upcoming September – October application period to be considered to host an ARISS contact during the July – December 2019 time frame. 

Connect with this opportunity and others during NASA’s A Year of Education on Station, a celebration of an almost 12-month presence of a teacher aboard the International Space Station.

NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies Seeks Students for Climate Change Research Initiative
Audience: Graduate Students Who Are U.S. Citizens and Reside Within 50 Miles of NYC
Application Deadline: Sept. 19
Contact: matthew.d.pearce@nasa.gov 

The CCRI internship is a yearlong opportunity to work directly with NASA scientists and research teams on a NASA research project related to climate change. This opportunity will not conflict with the students’ course work and class schedules during the fall and spring. The internship is considered a part-time position that supports the graduate students’ major areas of study.

 
  NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies Seek Educators for Climate Change Research Initiative
Audience: Full-time 9-12 STEM Educators Who Are U.S. Citizens and Reside Within 50 Miles of NYC
Application Deadline: Sept. 19
Contact: matthew.d.pearce@nasa.gov 

This yearlong STEM engagement opportunity allows high school STEM educators to work directly with NASA scientists, to lead research teams and to develop STEM curricula for their current classes. Educators participating in this opportunity will become associate researchers who integrate NASA education resources and content into their classrooms while improving STEM education within their communities.

Diversity Drives Discovery Webcast
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Sept. 20 from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: Bethanne.Hull@nasa.gov 

Join NASA for a series of live webcasts featuring members of NASA’s diverse workforce sharing information about their careers and experience. Speakers range from program managers to scientists and engineers. Presentations will begin at the top of every hour from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. Ask questions during the live event via Twitter using #nasaDEEP or via the chat window at the livestream website.

 
  Things to Do With NASA During the 2018-19 School Year
Audience:
K-8 STEM Educators 

Do something new this school year: Participate in NASA activities! Print these “bucket lists” of ways elementary and middle school teachers and students can be involved in real-world, authentic STEM activities. The list includes activities that require minimal effort, such as signing up on a website, to competitions that take planning and designing, and citizen science projects that require days of observation and recording data. 

Start checking off your list:
Things to Do With NASA and STEM for Grades K-4 

Things to Do With NASA and STEM for Grades 5-8

Sally Ride EarthKam Mission
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Mission Dates: Sept. 24-Oct. 1
Contact: https://www.earthkam.org/contact 

Sally Ride EarthKam is a free STEM educational program managed by the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. EarthKAM allows your students to take images of Earth from space using a camera aboard the International Space Station. Use EarthKam as a teaching tool to study subjects ranging from geography to art to meteorology. Visit the website for details and to register to participate.

 
  NASA Spacesuit User Interface Technologies for Students Design Challenge
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Information Session: Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Letter of Intent Deadline: Sept. 27
Proposal Deadline: Oct. 31
Contact: NASA-SUITS@mail.nasa.gov 

In the NASA S.U.I.T.S. Design Challenge, university student teams design and create spacesuit information displays within an augmented reality environment. These display and audio environments seek to aid astronauts in performing spacewalk tasks. After developing their environment, selected student teams will travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, to test their prototypes.

MUREP Innovation and Tech Transfer Idea Competition
Audience: Multidisciplinary Student Teams Enrolled at Minority Serving Institutions
Concept Paper Deadline: Oct. 30
Contact: HQ-MITTIC@mail.nasa.gov 

Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) Innovation and Tech Transfer Idea Competition (MITTIC) is a spinoff challenge established to develop new ideas for commercialization of NASA technology. Teams choose one NASA technology from the provided list and submit concept papers using MITTIC challenge guidelines. Up to 10 teams will be selected to participate using an online collaboration tool and will receive funding to travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, for an immersion experience in January 2019.

 
  NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships
Audience: Graduate Students and Ph.D. Scientists
Application Deadlines: Nov. 1, March 1 and July 1
Contact: npphelp@usra.edu 

The NASA Postdoctoral Program offers early career and senior scientists one- to three-year work assignments with NASA scientists and engineers. Opportunities relate to missions in Earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics, engineering, human exploration and space operations, astrobiology and science management. Applicants must have completed a doctorate or equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but they may apply while completing degree requirements.

NASA Internships—2019
Audience: High School, Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Contact: NASA-Internships@mail.nasa.gov 

Are you a current student with a 3.0 GPA and U.S. citizen? Be part of NASA’s mission! NASA’s agency internship program is now accepting applications for spring, summer and fall of 2019. NASA interns contribute to important missions and goals, while gaining valuable professional experience. Internship projects will continue to be posted during the coming weeks. Selections for the upcoming spring session will be made through early November.

 
  New Resources Available—Seeing Sound: STEM Learning Module
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-8
Contact: karen.l.rugg@nasa.gov 

As airplanes fly, air moving over the wings and body generates sound waves, which we hear as noise, especially during takeoffs and landings. Spinning propellers or jet engines add to the sound. Explore ways to “see sound” by using the resources in the new “Seeing Sound” educator guide and student activities from NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. Participants will need a drum, a small mirror, tuning forks, paper, a laser light, balloons and other items. Resources provided include a video and an interview with NASA acoustic engineer Danielle Koch.The STEM learning module is available online and free to download.

Free Tour at NASA’s Glenn Research Center: Go With the Flow in the 8- by 6-Foot Wind Tunnel
Audience: All Educators and Students
Registration Opens: Sept. 13, 2018
Event Date: Oct. 13, 2018
Contact: grc-tours@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, offers 45-minute tours that take tourists behind the scenes to one of the center’s test facilities. On Oct. 13, tour the 8- by 6-foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel, which has contributed to decades of aeronautic research and is testing models for the next generation of supersonic aircraft. A bus departs from NASA’s main gate every hour beginning at 9 a.m. The last tour departs at noon. RESERVATIONS are required.

 
  Explore Earth: GLOBE Atmosphere, Clouds and Contrails
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Sept. 13 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 clouds and contrails with the NASA GLOBE Program. GLOBE is an international science and education program that provides students worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment. Online registration is required.

Explore Earth: Using Earth Observations to Talk About Snow and Ice—Earth Science
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-9
Event Date: Sept. 17 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 resources discussing the effects of changing snow and ice coverage on the Earth from the Earth Observatory and NASA Earth Observations (NEO) websites. This webinar addresses the Next Generation Science Standards ESS2 and ESS3. Online registration is required.

 
  An Orientation to EPDC Digital Badging
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Sept. 18 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. Discussions will include how to sign up and a survey of current badge offerings. Online registration is required.

Explore Earth: Earth Science from Space
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Event Date: Sept. 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. Explore Earth science through the eyes of astronauts and satellites. Learn how observations from space enable us to better understand Earth and the processes that shape it. NASA missions, real data, online resources and classroom lessons, will be used to investigate our planet. Online registration is required.

 
  NASA Mars Science: MAVEN Outreach Webinar—An Overview of a Solar Storm at Mars
Audience:
Formal and Informal Educators, Parents and Teens
Event Date: Sept. 19 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 Dr. Christina O. Lee of the UC Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory to hear the latest MAVEN news and learn how strong solar activity in September 2017 impacted the space environment around Mars, including its atmosphere and the radiation environment at the surface.

Earth Right Now: Using NASA Data for STEM Problem Solving
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: Sept. 20 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. Are you working on implementing a new vision for science classrooms based on the Framework for K-12 Science classrooms in which teachers support students in science and engineering practices to build and use science ideas to solve real problems? This webinar will explore NASA resources that will guide you and your students through this process with authentic data. Online registration is required.

 
  Space and Science Festival at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Audience: Public
Event Date: Sept. 20-23
Contact: jelliot@intrepidmuseum.org 

Join the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City for its annual Space and Science Festival. Meet astronauts, explore exhibits from NASA, stargaze on the ship and more during four days of out-of-this-world exhibits.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum—Space and Science Festival Teacher Professional Development
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Sept. 22 at 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. EDT
Contact: jelliot@intrepidmuseum.org 

Join the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City for its annual Space and Science Festival Teacher Professional Development. Tour the museum and attend presentations from guest speakers and presenters from NASA and educational organizations. Attend sessions featuring demonstrations of STEM concepts and resources, learning activities and discussions with experts. Visit the site to register in advance.

 
  Museum Day Event at NASA’s Ames Research Center
Audience: Public
Event Date: Sept. 22 at Noon to 4 p.m. PDT
Contact: arc-visitorcenter@mail.nasa.gov 

Join us at the visitor center at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, for Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day 2018. Ames is a key facility for NASA’s missions and projects. Come to NASA’s Ames Visitor Center and learn what we’re doing at this amazing NASA facility! Museum Day 2018 will showcase “Women Making History: Trailblazers in arts, sciences, innovation and culture.” Click here for directions.

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.

 
  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.

NASA Live Event—Earth Science Week: Earth as Inspiration
Audience: Public
Event Date: Oct. 4 at 3:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: Trena.M.Ferrell@nasa.gov 

Join NASA scientists and education specialists for an hour-long educational event to explore and share their perspectives on Earth as an inspiration! In coordination with this year’s Earth Science Week theme, this NASA event will feature a sneak peek into the exciting NASA products included in this year’s Earth Science Week Toolkits. This event will be webcast in real time, and educators and students are encouraged to submit questions for NASA scientists to answer during the event. The event will be livestreamed at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-gsfc.

 
  Call for Proposals: Partnership Agreement Related to Science Engagement Opportunities for the NASA Mars 2020 Project
Audience: Commercial, Educational and Non-Profit Organizations
Proposal Deadline: Oct. 9
Contact: hqmars2020namingproposals@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA is seeking to partner with a commercial, educational or non-profit organization on a nonreimbursable basis to define, organize and execute a nationwide contest for K-12 students in U.S. schools to select a name for “…the Mars 2020 rover launching in 2020.” NASA seeks proposals from innovative, inspirational organizations that utilize high-impact avenues for reaching a diversity of populations and broadening participation.

2019 RASC-AL Special Edition: Moon to Mars Ice & Prospecting Challenge
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
NOI Deadline: Oct. 12
Project Plan Submission Deadline: Nov. 15
Contact: rascal@nianet.org 

The 2019 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts—Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) Special Edition: Moon to Mars Ice & Prospecting Challenge is an engineering design and technology demonstration contest for eligible college students. Teams have the opportunity to design and build prototype hardware that can extract water and assess subsurface density profiles from a simulated off-world test bed. Up to 10 teams will be chosen to receive a stipend to build and demonstrate their systems’ capabilities in June 2019 at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

 
  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).

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.

 

Want to subscribe to get this message delivered to your inbox each Thursday? Sign up for the NASA EXPRESS newsletter at www.nasa.gov/education/express.

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.

 
 
 
 

 


Visit NASA Education on the Web:
NASA Education: http://www.nasa.gov/education
For Educators: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html
For Students: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html
NASA Kids’ Club: http://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub

NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Sept. 6, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Sally Ride EarthKAM Mission
Audience:
All Educators
Mission Dates: September
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

Sign up for this unique fall opportunity that allows your students to observe Earth from above via a camera on the International Space Station! The Sally Ride Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle School Students (EarthKAM) program invites students to request images of specific targets on Earth taken by a camera placed in the window of the space station. EarthKAM can be used in any K-12 classroom setting, and is a great way to show students a new perspective of Earth. Visit https://www.earthkam.org/ to learn more and register for this free program. 

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.

Explore Earth: GLOBE Atmosphere, Clouds and Contrails
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Sept. 13 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 clouds and contrails with the NASA GLOBE Program. GLOBE is an international science and education program that provides students worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment. Online registration is required.

 
  Explore Earth: Using Earth Observations to Talk About Snow and Ice—Earth Science
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-9
Event Date: Sept. 17 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 resources discussing the effects of changing snow and ice coverage on the Earth from the Earth Observatory and NASA Earth Observations (NEO) websites. This webinar addresses the Next Generation Science Standards ESS2 and ESS3. Online registration is required.

An Orientation to EPDC Digital Badging
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Sept. 18 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. Discussions will include how to sign up and a survey of current badge offerings. Online registration is required.

 
  Explore Earth: Earth Science from Space
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Event Date: Sept. 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. Explore Earth science through the eyes of astronauts and satellites. Learn how observations from space enable us to better understand Earth and the processes that shape it. NASA missions, real data, online resources and classroom lessons, will be used to investigate our planet. Online registration is required.

NASA Mars Science: MAVEN Outreach Webinar—An Overview of a Solar Storm at Mars
Audience:
Formal and Informal Educators, Parents and Teens
Event Date: Sept. 19 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 Dr. Christina O. Lee of the UC Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory to hear the latest MAVEN news and learn how strong solar activity in September 2017 impacted the space environment around Mars, including its atmosphere and the radiation environment at the surface.

 
  Earth Right Now: Using NASA Data for STEM Problem Solving
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: Sept. 20 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. Are you working on implementing a new vision for science classrooms based on the Framework for K-12 Science classrooms in which teachers support students in science and engineering practices to build and use science ideas to solve real problems? This webinar will explore NASA resources that will guide you and your students through this process with authentic data. Online registration is required.

Museum Day Event at NASA’s Ames Research Center
Audience: Public
Event Date: Sept. 22 at Noon to 4 p.m. PDT
Contact: arc-visitorcenter@mail.nasa.gov 

Join us at the visitor center at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, for Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day 2018. Ames is a key facility for NASA’s missions and projects. Come to NASA’s Ames Visitor Center and learn what we’re doing at this amazing NASA facility! Museum Day 2018 will showcase “Women Making History: Trailblazers in arts, sciences, innovation and culture.” Click here for directions.

 
  NASA Live Event—Earth Science Week: Earth as Inspiration
Audience: Public
Event Date: Oct. 4 at 3:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: Trena.M.Ferrell@nasa.gov 

Join NASA scientists and education specialists for an hour-long educational event to explore and share their perspectives on Earth as an inspiration! In coordination with this year’s Earth Science Week theme, this NASA event will feature a sneak peek into the exciting NASA products included in this year’s Earth Science Week Toolkits. This event will be webcast in real time, and educators and students are encouraged to submit questions for NASA scientists to answer during the event. The event will be livestreamed at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-gsfc.

2019 RASC-AL Special Edition: Moon to Mars Ice & Prospecting Challenge
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
NOI Deadline: Oct. 12
Project Plan Submission Deadline: Nov. 15
Contact: rascal@nianet.org 

The 2019 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts—Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) Special Edition: Moon to Mars Ice & Prospecting Challenge is an engineering design and technology demonstration contest for eligible college students. Teams have the opportunity to design and build prototype hardware that can extract water and assess subsurface density profiles from a simulated off-world test bed. Up to 10 teams will be chosen to receive a stipend to build and demonstrate their systems’ capabilities in June 2019 at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

 
  2019 RASC-AL Competition
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Optional NOI Deadline: Oct. 15
Entry Deadline: Jan. 17, 2019
Contact: rascal@nianet.org 

The 2019 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts—Academic Linkages (RASC-AL) invites teams of university students to respond to one of four themes with creative ideas to improve our ability to access and explore cis-lunar space via the Gateway: 1. Gateway Logistics as a Science Platform, 2. Gateway-based Cis-lunar Tug, 3. Gateway-based Human Lunar Surface Access, 4. Gateway Uncrewed Utilization and Operations. Up to 14 teams will be chosen to participate in a competitive design review at the RASC-AL Forum in June 2019.

See Yourself in Space With New ‘NASA Selfies’ App
Audience: Public
Contact: outreach@ipac.caltech.edu 

Create your own selfies from outer space! “NASA Selfies” lets you put your photo in a virtual spacesuit in front of captivating images from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telecope. (Images from other NASA missions will appear in future versions of the app.) Share these space selfies on social media, and learn about the science behind the pictures. Available for iOS and Android devices.

 
  Take a Guided Tour of the TRAPPIST-1 Planetary System With the ‘Exoplanet Excursions’ App
Audience: Public
Contact: outreach@ipac.caltech.edu 

In NASA’s “Exoplanet Excursions” virtual reality (VR) app, VR users are taken on a guided tour of the only known exoplanet system to host seven planets that are roughly Earth-size. Users of the app are navigated around five of the seven planets, surrounded by the blackness of space and the faint lights of distant stars. The VR app is available for Oculus and Vive. A 360-degree video is also available on Youtube that allows viewers to explore the virtual TRAPPIST-1 system on their desktop computers, smartphones or with a smartphone-based 360-viewer.

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.

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.

 
  Explore Earth: Sally Ride EarthKAM
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar about the Sally Ride EarthKAM program. Find out how your students can learn about Earth from the unique perspective of space. During Sally Ride EarthKAM missions, students worldwide request images of specific locations on Earth. This image collection and accompanying activities are extraordinary resources to engage students in Earth and space science, geography, social studies, mathematics, communications and art. Online registration is required.

Free Tour at NASA’s Glenn Research Center: Go With the Flow in the 8- by 6-Foot Wind Tunnel
Audience: All Educators and Students
Registration Opens: Sept. 13, 2018
Event Date: Oct. 13, 2018
Contact: grc-tours@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, offers 45-minute tours that take tourists behind the scenes to one of the center’s test facilities. On Oct. 13, tour the 8- by 6-foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel, which has contributed to decades of aeronautic research and is testing models for the next generation of supersonic aircraft. A bus departs from NASA’s main gate every hour beginning at 9 a.m. The last tour departs at noon. RESERVATIONS are required.

 
  Space and Science Festival at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Audience: Public
Event Date: Sept. 20-23
Contact: jelliot@intrepidmuseum.org 

Join the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City for its annual Space and Science Festival. Meet astronauts, explore exhibits from NASA, stargaze on the ship and more during four days of out-of-this-world exhibits.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum—Space and Science Festival Teacher Professional Development
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Sept. 22 at 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. EDT
Contact: jelliot@intrepidmuseum.org 

Join the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City for its annual Space and Science Festival Teacher Professional Development. Tour the museum and attend presentations from guest speakers and presenters from NASA and educational organizations. Attend sessions featuring demonstrations of STEM concepts and resources, learning activities and discussions with experts. Visit the site to register in advance.

 
  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.

Call for Proposals: Partnership Agreement Related to Science Engagement Opportunities for the NASA Mars 2020 Project
Audience: Commercial, Educational and Non-Profit Organizations
Proposal Deadline: Oct. 9
Contact: hqmars2020namingproposals@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA is seeking to partner with a commercial, educational or non-profit organization on a nonreimbursable basis to define, organize and execute a nationwide contest for K-12 students in U.S. schools to select a name for “…the Mars 2020 rover launching in 2020.” NASA seeks proposals from innovative, inspirational organizations that utilize high-impact avenues for reaching a diversity of populations and broadening participation.

 
  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).

 
  Be a Citizen Scientist With the ‘Aurorasaurus’ Project
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contactaurorasaurus.info@gmail.com 

Aurorasaurus is a citizen science project that gathers real-time data about aurora sightings and sends out notifications to users when the northern or southern lights are likely visible in their area. Registered users get location-based notifications and a real-time monitor of space weather activity. The project also allows users to help verify tweets and search for real sightings. Plus, the website features answers to science and aurora questions.

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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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