NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Oct. 18, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  International Observe the Moon Night
Audience: Public
Event Date: Oct. 20
Contact: https://moon.nasa.gov/feedback/ 

On Oct. 20, the whole world has the chance to admire and celebrate our Moon on International Observe the Moon Night. And you can join in the fun! Visit the website to find a map of registered events and make plans to attend. If you don’t see an event near you, sign up to host your own! The website has step-by-step plans for hosting an event of any size. Ideas for hands-on activities are available to make your event a success.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: 2018-19 University Student Design Challenge at NASA’s Glenn Research Center
Audience: Undergraduate Students
New Registration Deadline: Oct. 29
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.

 
  Explore Moon to Mars: Student Launches
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: Nov. 1 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 model rocketry challenges such as the Team America Rocket Challenge and NASA’s Student Launch. This webinar addresses the Next Generation Science Standards PS2 and ETS1. Online registration is required.

NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships—Fall 2019
Audience: Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 1
Contact: hq-nstrf-call@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate seeks to sponsor graduate student researchers who are U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents. Applicants must show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s goal of creating innovative space technologies for the nation’s science, exploration and economic future. The research grants, worth up to $80,000 per year, will coincide with the start of the 2019 fall academic term. Selected candidates will do research at their colleges or universities and at selected NASA centers.

 
  NASA International Space Station RFID Localization Challenge
Audience: U.S. Citizens Ages and 18 Over
Entry Deadline: Nov. 2
Contact: patrick.w.fink@nasa.gov 

NASA has an experimental Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) tracking system aboard the International Space Station that can provide the location of tagged items. NASA is seeking to improve the efficiency of the system by challenging participants to create algorithms to estimate the location of RFID tagged items more accurately within the space station. The locations returned by participants’ algorithms will be compared to ground-truth data. A prize purse of up to $26,500 in overall cash prizes is available.

Next Generation Animal Tracking Ideation Challenge
Audience: Anyone Ages 18 and Older
Submission Deadline: Nov. 8
Contact: lynn.buquo-1@nasa.gov 

Current animal tracking technology provides limited coverage and is costly. NASA and The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management are seeking ideas for how to use emerging SmallSat/CubeSat technology along with other space, stratosphere, land and/or water systems to improve the spatial and temporal coverage, spatial accuracy and/or data packet size of animal telemetry data collection and tracking. A total prize pool of up to $30,000 is available. Up to three awards are planned with the minimum prize being no lower than $5,000.

 
  Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series—NASA’s Juno Mission: What’s New at Jupiter?
Audience: Public, Grades 7-Higher Education Educators and Students
Event Date: Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. CST
Contact: shaner@lpi.usra.edu 

Join the Lunar and Planetary Institute for a free lecture to explore how our knowledge of Jupiter has changed over the past 50 years of planetary exploration. Dr. Fran Bagenal of the University of Colorado-Boulder—and member of NASA’s Juno mission team—will present “NASA’s Juno Mission: What’s New at Jupiter?” Attend the lecture in person at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas, or watch the presentation via livestream.

2019 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge
Audience: 9-12 and Higher Education Educators and Students
International Team Registration Deadline: Dec. 13U.S. Team Registration Deadline: Jan. 17, 2019
Contact: MSFC-RoverChallenge2019@mail.nasa.gov 

Registration is now open for the 2019 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge. The competition will be held April 12-13, 2019, in Huntsville, Alabama, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Teams of high school and college students are challenged to design and build a human-powered vehicle to traverse the simulated surface of another world. The course includes 14 obstacles and five tasks, and teams must meet NASA specifications. Each school may enter up to two teams. For international entries, no more than four teams from each country can be accepted.

 
  Explore Solar System and Beyond: By the Numbers
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-12
Event Date: Oct. 18 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. Integrate out-of-this-world math, science and engineering into your classroom with NASA STEM solar system activities and missions. Investigate real data, classification, graphing and scale models to better understand and visualize our Sun, planets, asteroids and other objects in our solar system. Online registration is required.

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.

 
  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.

 
  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.

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.

 
  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!

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.

 
  Moon to Mars—Deep Space Exploration: Spacecraft Structures With Secondary Engineering
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: Oct. 22 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. Explore an overview of NASA’s plans for human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit. Activity emphasis will be on the Spacecraft Structures Engineering Challenge for secondary students. Activities shared in this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standards ETS1. Online registration is required.

Small Steps to Giant Leaps: X-planes
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Oct. 23 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. As NASA nears the 50th anniversary of the first human footprints on the Moon with Apollo 11, it celebrates the spirit of innovation that took us on that journey from small steps to giant leaps. Join us for a history of X-planes and learn about NASA STEM education resources that can bring innovation and exploration into your classroom. Online registration is required.

 
  Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity
Audience: All Educators
Informational Webinars: Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. EDT
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 15
Contact: ariss.us.education@gmail.com 

ARISS-US is accepting proposals from U.S. schools and youth education organizations working individually or together to host an amateur radio contact with an astronaut aboard the ISS between July 1 and Dec. 30, 2019. To augment the events, ARISS-US is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed STEAM education plan. Contacts are about 10 minutes long. Visit the site for proposal guidelines, forms and upcoming pre-proposal webinars.

Sally Ride EarthKam Mission
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Mission Dates: Oct. 23-26
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.

 
  Call for Proposals—NASA Research Announcement for Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System: Appendix E
Audience: Graduate Students
Notice of Intent Deadline: Oct. 23
Proposal Deadline: Dec. 14
Contact: francis.p.chiaramonte@nasa.gov 

NASA invites graduate students and established researchers to submit proposals for ground-based research proposals—both experimental and numerical studies—that use experimental data residing in NASA’s Physical Sciences Informatics system. This solicitation appendix focuses on five research areas: combustion science, complex fluids, fluid physics, fundamental physics and materials science. Proposals from graduate students must be submitted by their advisors. The typical award will be $75,000 to $100,000 per year for up to two years.

NASA BEST: Asynchronous Training
Audience: Educators of Grades K-8
Event Date: Oct. 24 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. Get a first look at NASA Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) asynchronous training modules and participate in the educator feedback process. We will explore each of the training modules and follow it up with feedback to be incorporated in the training development process. Online registration is required.

 
  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.

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.

 
  Call for Presenters: 2019 Space Port Area Conference for Educators
Audience: K-12 Formal and Informal Educators
Proposal Deadline: Oct. 31
Conference Dates: July 24-26, 2019
Contact: goforspace@gmail.com 

The Astronauts Memorial Foundation is hosting the second annual Space Port Area Conference for Educators (SPACE) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Organizers are seeking interactive, innovative STEM sessions that align with Next Generation Science Standards where possible. Presenters will receive a discounted registration rate (limited to two presenters per accepted presentation). Proposers and attendees must be U.S. citizens.

Calling Teachers and Student Innovators: Register for 2018-2019 Conrad Challenge
Audience: Students Ages 13-18 and Educators of Grades 9-12
Registration Deadline: Nov. 2
Contact: kristin@conradchallenge.org 

The Conrad Challenge is an annual, virtual competition that invites students worldwide to become entrepreneurs and apply innovation, science, technology, creativity and critical thinking to solve challenges having global impact in six categories. Teams of two-five students, ages 13-18, create products and/or services that address some of the most pressing global challenges. Guided by teachers and industry experts, the competition becomes a master class in collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication.

 
  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.

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.

2019 Drop Tower Challenge: Plant Watering in Microgravity
Audience: Students in Grades 9-12
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 20
Contact: Ed-DropTower@lists.nasa.gov 

Future long-duration space missions will require crews to grow food; so, understanding how to water plants in microgravity is important—especially because the roots also require air. Teams of high school students are challenged to design and build objects that will use wetting characteristics to transport both water and air in a microgravity environment. Objects created by selected teams will experience microgravity in NASA’s 2.2 Second Drop Tower. NASA will invite the top-performing teams to present their results in a student poster session at the 2019 meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research.

 

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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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