NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Nov. 8, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  NOAA Lecture—Our Warming Planet: Topics in Climate Dynamics
Audience: Educators and Students
Event Date: Nov. 13 at 4 p.m. EST

Join the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast, a project led by the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments team, for a free webinar about topics in climate dynamics. This month’s lecture will feature discussions on explaining climate and the role of clouds in climate. The lecture series is for students, teachers and interested researchers worldwide to better understand various aspects of climate change. All webinars are recorded and made available online.

NOAA Planet Stewards Webinar—The Teacher-Friendly Guide to Climate Change
Audience: Formal and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. EST

“The Teacher-Friendly Guide to Climate Change” is a free resource that offers an overview of the physical science of climate change while addressing the social science that makes teaching about it a different kind of challenge. Join NOAA’s Planet Stewards Education Project for a free webinar featuring Don Duggan-Haas and Dr. Ingrid Zabel from the Paleontological Research Institute. The webinar will include an overview of the guide and discussion about the teaching of climate change. Space is limited so reserve your spot today!

  NASA GLOBE Webinar—ICESat-2 Mission
Audience: Educators and Citizen Scientists
Event Date: Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. EST

Join the NASA Goddard Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Partnership for a free webinar to learn about the ICESat-2 mission, the GLOBE Tree Height Measurement Campaign and the GLOBE Elementary Reader on Climate. While the presentations are primarily aimed at educators, information on GLOBE citizen science apps will also be presented. This one-hour presentation will be recorded and archived for those who are interested but unable to attend. Visit the website to register to attend.

Explore Moon to Mars: Ascent Abort 2 Test Engineering Challenge
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. EST

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. Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to learn how to integrate resources related to the Ascent Abort 2 test, including the Mobile Application and Visualization Challenge, into the classroom. Activities shared during this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standards ETS1. Online registration is required.

  NOAA Planet Stewards Webinar—The What, Where, How and Why of Joining the NOAA Planet Stewards 2019 Stewardship Community
Audience: Formal and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. EST

NOAA Planet Stewards is now accepting applications for formal and informal educators working with elementary through college-aged students to join its 2019 Stewardship Community. Join Molly Harrison, stewardship project coordinator, for a brief presentation where she will review the goals, processes and benefits of joining the community. Find out where and how to apply, and get answers to questions about the program. Space is limited so reserve your spot today!

NASA’s Langley Research Center 2019 Student Art Contest
K-12 Students in the U.S.
Entry Deadline: Dec. 31

Calling all artists in grades K-12! NASA’s Langley Research Center invites you to take part in its 2019 Student Art Contest. The theme for this year’s contest is “Explore” and encourages you to illustrate your vision of the future in aeronautics, exploration and Earth science. Artwork entries may consist of drawings, paintings, mixed media and digital creations. Prizes will be awarded to the top entries in each grade level. Plus a grand prize winner will be chosen from all entries.

  Citizen Science Project: Earth Rotation Detector
Audience: Educators and Students

Use your smartphone to explore how Earth’s rotation affects surface gravity at different latitudes. The Earth Rotation Detector project lets you measure the acceleration of gravity at your location and share your data with NASA. Because Earth is rotating, at the equator centrifugal forces will make the local acceleration of gravity a bit weaker than at higher latitudes near the poles. Visit the site for a step-by-step guide on how to participate.

Livestream of National Air and Space Society Lecture Featuring Apollo Program Flight Director Eugene Kranz
Audience: Public
Event Date: Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. EST

The National Air and Space Society is hosting the 2018 Vice Adm. Donald D. Engen Flight Jacket Night lecture featuring aerospace engineer, fighter pilot and Apollo program flight director Eugene Kranz. Throughout his distinguished career, Kranz played a critical role in many milestones in America’s space program, serving as flight director for Apollo 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15 and 17. Watch the lecture live online via livestream.

  Next Generation Animal Tracking Ideation Challenge
Audience: Anyone Ages 18 and Older
Submission Deadline: Nov. 8

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.

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)

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.

  Virginia Earth System Science Scholars Program
Audience: Virginia High School Juniors and Seniors
Application Deadline: Nov. 11

VESSS is an interactive online STEM learning experience for Virginia high school juniors and seniors. Participants will complete seven web-based modules and a final project. Those who perform well in the online course may be selected for a one-week residential summer academy at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Participants will be eligible to receive college credits through Thomas Nelson Community College with costs underwritten by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium.

Explore Flight: Speed of Sound
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. EST

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about motions and forces, transfer of energy and the abilities of technological design to reduce or eliminate aircraft noise. The speed of sound and factors affecting it are important concepts related to the physics of sound. Enjoy hands-on activities and physical demonstrations for educators to use and share within their classrooms. Online registration is required.

  Explore Moon to Mars: A Field Trip to The Moon
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. EST

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Embark on a “Field Trip to the Moon” with NASA EDPC. In this inquiry-based journey, your students will learn team-building and careers in science and engineering. And they will design a self-sufficient lunar station. As they work in teams to investigate ecosystem, geology, habitat, engineering, navigation and medicine, emphasis is on critical thinking skills, problem-solving techniques and understanding of complex systems as they discuss solutions to essential questions. Online registration is required.

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

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.

  2019-2020 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship
K-12 STEM Educators
Application Deadline: Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. EST

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship is a paid fellowship for K-12 science, mathematics, engineering and technology teachers. Einstein Fellows spend a school year in the Washington, D.C., area serving in a federal agency or on Capitol Hill. Applicants must be U.S. citizens currently employed full time in a U.S. elementary or secondary school or school district. Applicants must have been teaching STEM full time for at least five of the last seven years.

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 15

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.

  CubeSat Launch Opportunity
Audience: K-12, Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 20

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.

Mechanical Maker Challenge: Mechanical Eye
Audience: U.S. Residents Ages 18 and Older
Submission Deadline: Nov. 30

With its sulfuric acid clouds, temperatures over 450°C and surface pressure 92 times that of Earth, Venus is one of the most hostile planetary environments in the solar system. Most electrical components do not survive long in these conditions, but NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory hopes to build an automaton (or clockwork mechanical robot) rover to explore Venus. This challenge seeks innovative ideas for a mechanical camera system that could operate under the harsh conditions found on Venus. The first place winner will have the opportunity to demonstrate and give a short presentation on the winning device at JPL/Caltech, and will receive up to $1,000 to cover travel costs.

  Save the Date: 2019 Space Port Area Conference for Educators
Audience: K-12 Formal and Informal Educators
Event Date: July 24-26, 2019

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.

2019 Drop Tower Challenge: Plant Watering in Microgravity
Audience: Students in Grades 9-12
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 20

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.

  Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum 2019 Research Fellowships
Audience: Predoctoral, Postdoctoral and Nonacademic Researchers
Application Deadline: Dec. 1

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum seeks applicants for several research fellowships related to aviation and space history being offered in 2019. Applications must be submitted electronically and must include three letters of reference, a summary description, a research proposal and a research budget. Applicants must also identify a member of the Smithsonian’s research staff who will act as a principal advisor. Visit the fellowships website for full details.

2019 High-Altitude Student Platform Opportunity
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: Dec. 14

The Louisiana Space Consortium, or LaSPACE, is accepting applications from students at U.S. colleges and universities who want to send experiments to the edge of space. The annual project, supported by the NASA Balloon Program Office and LaSPACE, provides near-space access for 12 student experiments to be carried by a NASA high-altitude research balloon. The flights typically last 15 to 20 hours and reach an altitude of 23 miles. Experiments may include compact satellites or prototypes.


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