NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Feb. 14, 2019

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

Sally Ride EarthKAM Mission
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Mission Dates: Feb. 19-25
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.

‘Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day’ Webcast
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Feb. 21, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST
Contact: Bethanne.Hull@nasa.gov 

Celebrate National Engineers Week with NASA. “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” is Thurs., Feb. 21. NASA will host 30-minute events every hour on the hour starting at 10 a.m. EST to highlight women in science and engineering agencywide. Watch any event on the NASA Virtual Appearances live stream. Participate in the live Q&A via Twitter using #NASAdeep or the chat window next to the video player. Contact Bethanne.Hull@nasa.gov to learn more.

U.S. Department of Education’s 2019 Education Innovation and Research Competitions
Audience: Educational Agencies, Consortiums and Nonprofit Organizations
Notice of Intent Deadline: Feb. 21
Application Deadline: April 2 at 4:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: eir@ed.gov 

The U.S. Department of Education’s Education Innovation and Research (EIR) program seeks applicants for funding grants to create or take to scale entrepreneurial, evidence-based, field-initiated innovations to improve the achievement and attainment of high-need K-12 students. $125 million is available for award, and 25 percent of these funds will be reserved for applicants serving predominantly rural students. In addition, EIR aims to award at least $60 million for STEM education projects.

Explore Humans in Space: Microgravity
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Event Date: Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. EST
Contact: deepika.sangam@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore ways to use microgravity to teach fundamental phenomena that define our world. Participants will get an overview of microgravity and explore different domains of microgravity research like biotechnology, fluid physics and more. The resources discussed in this webinar cover Next Generation Science Standards in physical sciences and life sciences for grades 5-12. Online registration is required.

Explore Humans in Space: Mass vs. Weight
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. EST
Contact: barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about hands-on, standards-aligned activities using mass and weight. Also learn about microgravity aboard the International Space Station. Webinar activities address the Next Generation Science Standards ESS1 and ESS2 and Common Core Math Standards. Online registration is required.

2019 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Audience: All Educators and Students
Nomination Deadline: March 1
Contact: info@paemst.org 

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, or PAEMST, is the highest recognition that a teacher of K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics and/or computer science may receive for outstanding teaching in the U.S. Anyone may nominate an exceptional teacher, or teachers may apply directly. The nomination deadline for secondary school teachers (grades 7-12) is March 1. Primary school teachers (grades K-6) are eligible to apply in 2020.

U.S. Department of Energy Robotics Internship Program
Audience: High School Seniors, Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: March 5 at 5 p.m. EST
Contact: Robotics.Internships@orise.orau.gov 

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is accepting applications from students interested in hands-on robotics internships at federal national laboratories and private-sector organizations throughout the U.S. Participants will do research or other technical activities under the guidance of a mentor at a host facility. High school seniors and college students/recent graduates are encouraged to apply. Experience in robotics competitions is preferred.

NEW DEADLINE: Call for Proposals: 2019 Future Investigator in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: March 11, 2019
Contact: HQ-FINESST@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate is seeking proposals from accredited U.S. universities for research grants to begin in the 2019-2020 academic year. Each proposal must identify a Masters or PhD student in Earth-and space-sciences as the participating future investigator. Project proposals may request up to a three-year period of performance. Visit the website for full details and proposal requirements.

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Free Lecture—The Golden Age of Exoplanet Exploration
Audience: Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: March 14-15 at 10 p.m. EDT (7 p.m. PDT)
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php 

Since the discovery of the first exoplanet orbiting a sun-like star in 1995, several thousand more have been discovered. Learn how the new NASA planet-hunting spacecraft called the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) and the Spitzer Space telescope are providing valuable insights into what these worlds might be like. Join scientists Jessie Christiansen and Karl Stapelfeldt for a look at exoplanet science and what future discoveries may be around the corner. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via live webcast.

Celebrate Solar Week—Spring 2019
Audience: Educators and Students in Grades 5-9, Informal Educators
Event Date: March 18-22, 2019
Contact: solarweek@solarweek.org 

Solar Week provides a series of web-based educational activities focusing on the Sun-Earth connection. Students ages 11-14 can learn about solar careers, sunspots, solar energy and solar storms. Explore the website to find cool facts, scavenger hunts and games, and an online interactive discussion board where your class or group can submit a question to leading solar scientists. With NASA’s Parker Solar Probe exploring the Sun like no mission before, it creates exciting times for Sun-related science!

Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge
Audience: Students in Grades 5-12
Registration Deadline: March 31
Contact: apollo50@uw.edu 

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing and to prepare for the next giant leap, NASA’s Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline invites students to enter the Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge. Each team will build a replica of the lunar module and use a remote-controlled drone to land it on an 8-by-10-foot map of the Moon’s surface. Students will modify and program a LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robot to then explore the lunar surface and bring back a rock sample. Visit the site for full challenge details.

Call for Peer Reviewers: U.S. Department of Education’s 2019 Education Innovation and Research Competitions
Audience: Educators, School Leaders, Researchers
Contact: EIRpeerreview@ed.gov 

In support of its 2019 Education Innovation and Research Competitions, the U.S. Department of Education seeks individuals who can participate in review panels to help select grant award winners. Reviewers will provide written analysis and scoring of submitted grant applications, and provide constructive written feedback to applicants. Reviewers with expertise in K-12 computer science education are encouraged to apply. Applicants for this year’s competition may not apply.

  NASA Marshall Faculty Fellowship Program 2019
Audience: Higher Education Researchers
Application Deadline: Feb. 15, 2019
Fellowship Dates: June 3 – Aug. 9, 2019
Contact: frank.six@nasa.gov 

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.

2019 NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship
Audience: Sophomore undergraduate students
Application Deadline: Feb. 15, 2019
Contact: StudentScholarshipPrograms@noaa.gov 

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
Contact: EPP.USP@noaa.gov 

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.

Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh Presents ‘Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission’ Exhibit
Audience: Public
Exhibit Dates: Open Through Feb. 18, 2019
Contact: BMSmith@heinzhistorycenter.org 

The Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh is the third of four stops for a new exhibit featuring the Apollo 11 command module Columbia—the only part of the Apollo 11 spacecraft to return intact to Earth. The exhibit features more than 100 artifacts, including astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s extravehicular visor and gloves, a star chart and more. The family friendly exhibit also features an immersive launchpad entrance, iconic audio from mission control and interactives like a lunar lander video game and a virtual 3D tour of Columbia’s interior.

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

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.

Explore Humans in Space: Heart Rate—Keeping the Beat
Audience: Educators of Grades K-10
Event Date: Feb. 20 at 5 p.m. EST
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. The “NASA eCLIPS Educator Guide” includes activities such as measuring and recording pulse rate before and after physical activity, mapping the circulatory system and learning about the effects of gravity on circulation. Thinking and acting like scientists and engineers, students learn more about the design of exercise equipment to keep astronauts healthy in space. This lesson is developed using a 5E model of instruction. Online registration is required.

Explore Humans in Space: Space Food and Nutrition
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact: stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore space food and nutrition with the “NASA Food for Thought” education guide that investigates space food and guides students to construct sample space food meals based on the nutritional needs of astronauts. Explore a menu of inquiry activities and other resources to satisfy your students’ STEM appetite. Online registration is required.

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

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.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Call for Proposals — NASA Research Announcement for MUREP Innovations in Space Technology Curriculum
Audience: Two-year/Community College Minority Serving Institutions
New Proposal Deadline: Feb. 28, 2019
Contact: Roslyn.Soto@jpl.nasa.gov 

NASA invites two-year/community college Minority Serving Institutions to submit proposals to develop innovations in curriculum and experiential learning opportunities related to NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate. STMD is responsible for developing the crosscutting, pioneering new technologies and capabilities that NASA needs to achieve its current and future missions. Successful proposals will be funded as cooperative agreements with a two-year period of performance.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: 2019 NASA EONS Solicitation New Appendix: MUREP Institutional Research Opportunity
Audience: Minority Universities
New Proposal Deadline: Feb. 28, 2019
Contact: NASAMIRO@nasaprs.com 

NASA’s Office of Education 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.

Call for Abstracts: 70th International Astronautical Congress—Heritage Space Transportation Systems From Apollo Era
Audience: Authors and Historians With Apollo Expertise
Submission Deadline: Feb. 28
Contact: charles.e.cockrell@nasa.gov
 

The 70th International Astronautics Congress will include sessions celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the Moon. A special session in the Space Transportation Symposium (session D2.9-D6.2) titled, “The Apollo Program and the Rockets That Took Humanity to the Moon” will cover the development and operations of critical systems for the rockets used in the Apollo program as well as the heritage impact of the Saturn 5 on modern launch vehicle systems. NASA welcomes abstracts from authors with perspectives not only on the development of transportation systems that made the Apollo program successful, but also perspectives from today’s developers on the influence of Saturn/Apollo on other systems in operation or under development.

Call for Abstracts: 70th International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time U.S. Graduate Students Attending U.S. Universities
Submission Deadline: Feb. 28, 2019
Contact: www.iafastro.org 

NASA seeks abstracts from students interested in presenting at the 70th International Astronautical Congress being held October 21-25, 2019, in Washington, D.C. NASA’s participation in this event is an ongoing effort to continue to bridge NASA with the astronautical and space international community. 

Students must submit abstracts to the International Astronautical Foundation website (http://www.iafastro.org/) by Thurs., Feb. 28, 2019, (11:59 p.m. EST) and to the NASA website (https://iac.nasaprs.com) by Fri., March 15, 2019, (11:59 p.m. EDT). 

Participants must submit proof of U.S. citizenship and current enrollment in U.S. university or college no later than March 18 to abstract@nasaprs.com.

2019 NASA STEM Enhancement in Earth and Space Science Internship
Audience: Current High School Sophomores and Juniors
Application Deadline: March 1, 2019
Contact: baguio@csr.utexas.edu 

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.

Free Virtual Reality Program: NASA SLS VR Experience
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: twila.g.schneider@nasa.gov 

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.

 

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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. https://science.nasa.gov/learners/wavelength

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.

 
 
 
 

 


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