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

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Free ‘STEM in 30’ Webcast—Magic or Math? Math in the Aerospace Industry
Audience: Educators and Students Grades 6-8
Episode Available: Starting Dec. 13
Live Web Chat: Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. EST

What do designing aircraft, enlarging paintings and running faster than the Wright Flyer all have in common? These things may all seem like feats of magic, but they all rely heavily on math. Join the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum for this fast-paced webcast to learn all about real-world applications of math and to learn a little magic along the way. Watch the episode, and then tune in for a live chat about math!

NOAA Lecture—Our Warming Planet: Topics in Climate Dynamics
Audience: Educators and Students
Event Date: Dec. 18 at 4 p.m. EST

Join the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast, a project led by NASA’s 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. The lecture series is designed to aid students, teachers and interested researchers worldwide to understand aspects of climate change. All webinars are recorded and made available online.

  Call for Judges: 2018-2019 Conrad Challenge
Audience: Educators, Researchers and Members of Academia
Registration Deadline: Jan. 11, 2019

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 a global impact. Help inspire students to pursue STEM careers by registering to judge this year’s entries. Judges follow a rubric to review, score and provide feedback on business plans from students teams from around the globe. Visit the website for full details and to sign up.

NASA Lucy Mission Student Collaboration: L’SPACE Academy—Level 1
Audience: Undergraduate Science and Engineering Students
Application Deadline: Jan. 12, 2019, by 11:59pm PST

NASA’s Lucy Mission to Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids is currently accepting applications for its higher education student collaboration program—the Lucy Student Pipeline Accelerator and Competency Enabler (L’SPACE) Virtual Academy. This project-based, interactive program consists of two 12-week sessions and is designed to engage a diverse population of college/university science and engineering students in rigorous, team-based STEM workforce development that is based on NASA missions.

  2019 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Application Deadline: Jan. 21, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. EST
Fellowship Dates: June 3 – Aug. 9, 2019

The NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program provides opportunities for STEM faculty to do research for 10 weeks during the summer at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Applicants must work full time at an accredited university or college in the United States. The program provides stipends and covers limited travel expenses. Qualified faculty from majority- and minority-serving universities and colleges, including underserved groups, persons with disabilities and early career faculty, are encouraged to apply.

2019 Space Exploration Educators Conference
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Feb. 7-9, 2019

Register today for the Space Exploration Educators Conference (SEEC), taking place at Space Center Houston. SEEC is for all K-12 educators. The activities presented may be used for science, language arts, mathematics, history and more. Attend sessions hosted by scientists, engineers and astronauts leading the charge in exploration. Receive ready-to-implement classroom ideas and experience minds-on, hands-on fun. Attendees can earn up to 24 hours of continuing professional education credit.

  NASA Marshall Faculty Fellowship Program 2019
Audience: Higher Education Researchers
Application Deadline: Feb. 8, 2019
Fellowship Dates: June 3 – Aug. 9, 2019

The NASA Marshall Faculty Fellowship Program provides opportunities for STEM faculty to do research for 10 weeks during the summer at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must hold fulltime teaching or research positions at an accredited university or college in the U.S. The program provides stipends and covers limited travel expenses. Qualified faculty from majority- and minority-serving universities and colleges, including underserved groups and persons with disabilities, are encouraged to apply.

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 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.

Department of Energy’s Scholars Program 2019
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students; Postgraduates
Application Deadline: Dec. 17 at 5 p.m. EST

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Scholars Program introduces college students and recent college graduates to the Department of Energy’s mission and operations. Participants apply their education, talent and skills in a variety of scientific research settings. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and be an undergraduate, graduate or recent postgraduate of an accredited institute of higher education. Internships typically last 10 weeks during the summer, and stipends are provided.

  Explore Real World Math With NASA STEM Resources
Audience: Educators of Grades 9-12
Event Date: Dec. 17 at 5 p.m. EST

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to explore NASA Wavelength resources for high school math. Engage your students with press releases, images and graphic displays. NASA has a complete collection of books and other space math products in PDF format, which are available to download. The documents are full color, and contain additional explanatory materials about the content. Online registration is required.

2019 NASA EONS Solicitation New Appendix: MUREP Institutional Research Opportunity
Audience: Minority Universities
Proposal Deadline: Dec. 17

NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement is accepting new proposals under the Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) 2019 NASA Research Announcement for the Minority University Research and Education Program (MUREP) Institutional Research Opportunity (MIRO) appendix. Through MIRO awards, NASA aims to promote STEM literacy and to enhance and sustain the capability of minority-serving institutions to perform NASA-related research and education.

  Explore Moon to Mars: Gateway—Power for Exploration
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-9
Event Date: Dec. 18 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 that will introduce activities and resources related to the Gateway Orbital Platform with an emphasis on power generation in space. The activities shared in this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standards PS3. Online registration is required.

Audience: Students in Grades 6-9
Registration Deadline: Dec. 19

Registration is open for the eCYBERMISSION competition, sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program. Free to students, this web-based competition challenges teams to identify a problem in their communities to use scientific inquiry or the engineering design process to investigate or propose a solution to that problem. Teams compete for state, regional and national awards of up to $9,000 in U.S. savings bonds. eCYBERMISSION provides a wealth of online resources for student teams and for Team Advisors to assist with project completion.

  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.

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

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.

  Explore Aeronautics Careers and Aviation History With Leveled Readers
Audience: K-12 Educators

Bring the history of American aviation to life in your classroom with a new series of leveled readers from NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. Available in three versions with increasing levels of text complexity, the stories highlight the accomplishments of famous and historical aviators, promote STEM careers with contemporary NASA aeronautics personnel, and acknowledge milestones in American aviation. All three versions are artfully designed and free to download with teacher guide and assessment options.

Seeking Volunteer Reviewers in Earth and Space Science
Subject Matter Experts in Earth and Space Science

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate seeks subject matter experts to serve as mail-in and/or panel reviewers of proposals to ROSES and other SMD solicitations. Reviewers are needed on a regular basis as opportunities periodically open. Visit the website to find volunteer review forms and to indicate the topics in which you consider yourself to be a subject matter expert. If your skills match the needs for that review, you may be contacted to discuss scheduling.

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  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.

2019 BIG Idea Challenge: Marsboreal Greenhouse Design
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
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.

  Mechanical Maker Challenge: Mechanical Eye
Audience: U.S. Residents Ages 18 and Older
New Submission Deadline: Jan. 30, 2019

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.

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