NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Nov. 15, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  New Video Series—The Habitable Zone
Audience: All Educators, Students, General Public
Join space explorers Cas Anver and Cara Gee as they search for a new exoplanet home in a new video series from NASA’s Universe of Learning team. This sci-fi voyage explores the real science behind exoplanets in a way that appeals to lifelong learners of all ages.
Goldilocks Paradox (Part I)
Goldilocks Paradox (Part II)For more resources to explore fundamental questions in science, visit NASA’s Universe of Learning at
Human Spaceflight: Spacecraft Engineering Design Challenges
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: Nov. 26 at 5 p.m. EST
Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Human spaceflight will enable astronauts to continue orbiting Earth, return to the Moon and then travel to Mars, bringing together science, technology and human innovation. Participants will explore NASA Engineering Design Challenges focused on crew space vehicles and rockets. Multiple STEM inquiry-based activities will be presented. Online registration is required.
  Explore Flight: Principles of Flight
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Nov. 27 at 6:30 p.m. EST
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 principles of flight and the four forces while using NASA’s “Museum in the Box” curriculum. Participants will also learn about current research going on at NASA Armstrong. Online registration is required.
Explore Moon to Mars: STEM Engagement with Lunar Hotels and Mother Ships
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: Nov. 28 at 5 p.m. EST
Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. NASA trains astronaut crews to prepare them to live and work together during space missions. Explore storylines designed to help students learn and practice teamwork and problem-solving and two engineering design challenges, including designing a lunar hotel and a vehicle to transport astronauts on water and land. Online registration is required.
  Explore Moon to Mars: Where No One Has Gone Before—Apollo 50th Anniversary
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. EST
Join theNASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. In December 1968, the first American astronauts orbited the Moon on Apollo, and the following year, the first astronauts walked on the Moon. The Apollo missions made it possible to explore more distant worlds further in the future. Explore the history of Apollo and NASA STEM resources that bring our Moon and human exploration into your classroom. Online registration is required.
  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.
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.
  MUREP Innovation and Tech Transfer Idea Competition
Multidisciplinary Student Teams Enrolled at Minority Serving Institutions
Concept Paper Deadline: Nov. 16
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.
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 Stewardsis 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!
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.
  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.
  Department of Homeland Security’s Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions
Audience: Faculty Members at Minority Serving Institutions
Application Deadline: Dec. 21
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions provides faculty and student research teams the opportunity to do research at the university-based DHS Centers of Excellence. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and at an eligible MSI at the time of application. Selected faculty will be invited to submit a team application including a research project proposal developed in collaboration with a DHS Center researcher and applications from one or two qualified students.
Free Download for Educators: Experience Mars in Virtual Reality With Mars 2030
Audience: All Educators and Museum Staff
Mars 2030 gives players the opportunity to explore the Red Planet. The virtual reality simulation was created using real data to deliver an authentic experience based on what is known about Mars today. A desktop version also is available for players without virtual reality hardware. Complimentary Mars 2030 software is available for educators and museum staff.
  Be a Citizen Scientist With the ‘Aurorasaurus’ Project
Audience: All Educators and Students
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.
Call for Proposals—NASA Research Announcement for Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System: Appendix E
Audience: Graduate Students
Proposal Deadline: Dec. 14
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.
  2019 BIG Idea Challenge: Marsboreal Greenhouse Design
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Optional NOI Deadline: Oct. 5
Entry Deadline: Jan. 6, 2019
NASA’s 2019 Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge seeks innovations in the design and operation of a Mars Greenhouse. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged. Top teams present their concepts via a design review at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia. Eligible students on teams that advance to the BIG Idea Forum will have the opportunity to compete for one of five NASA summer internship slots.
2018-2019 Scientist for a Day Essay Contest
Audience: Students in Grades 5-12
Entry Deadline: Feb. 8, 2019
The Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying moons of Jupiter and Saturn. Participants examine three moons and choose the one they think NASA should return to that would yield the best scientific results. This year’s topics are Saturn’s moon Enceladus, Saturn’s moon Titan and Jupiter’s moon Europa. After researching the three options, students write an essay under 500 words explaining their choice.

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