NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Jan. 31, 2019

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

Free Lecture—World of Scientific Ballooning
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: Feb. 7 – 8 at 10 p.m. EST (7 p.m. PST)

Human flight began with the balloon, and today it is the last bastion of guerrilla science. Scientific ballooning provides a well-tested, reliable, low-cost, moderate risk platform that helps prepare the next generation of scientists, engineers and instruments. Join engineers Jose V. Siles, Ph.D., and Laura Jones-Wilson, Ph.D., for a look at how our oldest flight technology paves the way for the future. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via live webcast.

National Weather Service NCEP 2019 Summer Student Internship Program
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students Who Are U.S. Citizens
Application Deadline: Feb. 10, 2019

The National Weather Service’s National Centers for Environmental Prediction is offering up to 10 paid internships targeted towards current second- and third-year undergraduate and enrolled graduate students. Internship work will relate to areas that will meet the future needs of the ever-broadening weather-climate-water user community. Students majoring in mathematics, physics, meteorology, atmospheric and climate science, computer science, engineering and social science are welcome to apply.

2019 NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship
Audience: Sophomore undergraduate students
Application Deadline: Feb. 15, 2019

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is accepting applications for its 2019 Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program. It provides scholarships for two years of undergraduate study with a paid internship at a NOAA facility during the interim summer session. A stipend and a housing allowance are provided. Applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled full time at an accredited college or university. Applicants must have a declared major relevant to NOAA’s mission, and must earn and maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

2019 NOAA Educational Partnership Program With Minority Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI) Undergraduate Scholarship
Audience: Sophomore undergraduate students attending Minority Serving Institutions
Application Deadline: Feb. 15, 2019

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is accepting applications for its 2019 EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship Program. It provides scholarships for two years of undergraduate study to students majoring in STEM fields that directly support NOAA’s mission. Participants conduct research at a NOAA facility during two paid summer internships. A stipend and a housing allowance are provided. Applicants must be U.S. citizens attending an MSI and must have a minimum 3.2 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Volunteers Needed: eCYBERMISSION Competition
Audience: Educators, School Officials, STEM Professionals
Registration Deadline:
Feb. 27, 2019

eCYBERMISSION is a web-based STEM competition for students in grades 6-9 sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program. Students nationwide work in teams to improve their local communities and to compete for prizes. And volunteers may join the mission from anywhere in the country. It’s the perfect opportunity to encourage students to explore the real-world applications of STEM.

2019 NASA STEM Enhancement in Earth and Space Science Internship
Audience: Current High School Sophomores and Juniors
Application Deadline: March 1, 2019

NASA, the Texas Space Grant Consortium and The University of Texas at Austin Center for Space Research have joined forces to encourage high school students’ interest in STEM careers. The SEES project allows students to work remotely prior to their onsite internships in Austin, Texas, July 13-27, 2019. Participants will learn how to interpret NASA satellite data while working with scientists and engineers in their chosen areas of work. Housing, transportation and meals will be provided.

Summer Institute—LiftOff 2019: Legacy of Apollo
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Application Deadline: April 1, 2019
Institute Dates: June 23-28, 2019

The 2019 LiftOff Summer Institute is a weeklong training event sponsored by NASA’s Texas Space Grant Consortium and held at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. This year’s theme is “Legacy of Apollo.” The event will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing. Applicants must be U.S. citizens currently employed as classroom teachers of grades 5-12, with at least one year teaching experience prior to the institute.

Summer Institute—LiftOff Alumni 2019: The Next Giant Leap
Audience: Previous LiftOff Institute Attendees
Application Deadline: April 1, 2019
Institute Dates: July 27-31, 2019

LiftOff Institute alumni are invited to a multiday workshop highlighting what’s happening in the world of space exploration. “The Next Giant Leap” workshop will take place in South Palm Beach, Florida. Attendees will take part in activities related to robotics, 3D printing and sharing cross-curricular ideas with fellow LiftOff educators. Participants will visit NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral to meet with scientists and engineers.

  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s President’s Environmental Youth Award
Audience: K-12 Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2019

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s President’s Environmental Youth Award recognizes outstanding environmental projects by students in grades K-12. Submissions can include projects developed by individuals, school classes, summer camps, public interest groups and youth organizations. Winning projects have included a wide range of activities such as creating videos, skits and newsletters focused on environmental issues, recycling in schools and communities, restoring native habitats and planting trees.

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.

  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.

Free Program—Cubes in SpaceTM
Audience: Students Ages 11-18 and Educator Mentors
Registration Deadline: Feb. 8, 2019

NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility and Langley Research Center, along with the Colorado Space Grant Consortium and idoodledu inc. are offering a free STEAM education program for students ages 11-18. Cubes in Space lets students design and compete to launch an experiment into space. Selected student-designed payload cubes will be launched via a sounding rocket from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia in late June 2019 or from a high-altitude scientific balloon from NASA’s Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in New Mexico in late August 2019.

  NASA Marshall Faculty Fellowship Program 2019
Audience: Higher Education Researchers
Application Deadline: Feb. 15, 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.

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.

  Free Virtual Reality Program: NASA SLS VR Experience
Audience: All Educators and Students

Do you want to experience the excitement of standing on the launch pad beneath NASA’s massive new rocket, the Space Launch System? The “NASA SLS VR Experience” is a free, virtual reality software program that is available for anyone with an Oculus Rift to download. Users can experience the scale of the SLS and can explore the rocket from multiple angles. Those using the software can even sit in the cockpit during prelaunch activities to see what it’s like to be an astronaut inside the Orion spacecraft.

2019 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge
Students in Grades 3-12
Mission 3 Entry Deadline: Feb. 19, 2019
Mission 2 Entry Deadline: March 12, 2019

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, invites you to enter the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC). Embark on three missions, starting with a scavenger hunt for NASA spinoffs or technologies created for NASA missions now being used for other purposes. OPSPARC challenges young innovators to find creative uses for NASA technologies and to invent their own spinoffs. Winners will be invited to a workshop at Goddard, attend a VIP awards ceremony and meet actor Peter Cullen, the voice of OPTIMUS PRIME. OPTIMUS PRIME is a trademark of Hasbro and is used with permission. All Rights Reserved.

  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.

Search for Gravitational Waves With ‘Gravity Spy’ Citizen Science Project
Audience: All Educators and Students

A century after Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory made the first direct detection of this phenomenon. LIGO is the most sensitive and complicated gravitational experiment ever created; it is susceptible to instrumental and environmental noise sources called “glitches.” In this online Zooniverse citizen science project, your input will help scientists classify and characterize glitches, which, in turn, will help scientists determine and eliminate the sources of noise.


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