NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Feb. 21, 2019

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

Earth to Sky Academy
Audience: Informal Educators
Informational Webinar: Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. EST
Application Deadline: March 31
Academy Dates: Oct. 21-25

The free Earth to Sky (ETS) Academy is for interpreters/informal educators interested in creating and/or strengthening regional communities of practice for improving climate science communication. Graduates will be equipped to develop and run an ETS-style climate course, and be supported in building and sustaining their regional community of practice. Applicants must apply and attend as a team of three to five members from various agencies/organizations. At least one member must have attended an ETS course or mini-course. Visit the website to learn more about the Academy and the informational webinar on Feb. 26.

Webinar—The GOLD Ground System: How Data Gets From the GOLD Instrument to Publicly Available Science Data Products
Event Date: Feb. 27 at 4 p.m. EDT (1 p.m. PDT)

NASA’s Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission is measuring densities and temperatures in Earth’s thermosphere and ionosphere. How do we go from generating and uploading commands to receiving data from the instrument and converting that data into publicly available science data products? Join GOLD science operations center manager Karen Bryant in this webinar for a look at the GOLD instrument data paths and a detailed look at the GOLD ground system.

Explore Space Tech: Space Place—Science and Technology
Audience: Educators of Grades K-10
Event Date: March 4 at 5 p.m. EST

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore NASA’s Space Place, a website designed to inspire and enrich students’ learning of space and technology through fun online games, hands-on activities, informative articles and engaging short videos. With material in English and Spanish, plus resources for parents and teachers, NASA Space Place has something for everyone. Online registration is required.

Explore Space Tech: The Maker Movement and X-Planes
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: March 5 at 6:30 p.m. EST

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore NASA’s X-57 Maxwell Electric Plane while learning about the basics of circuitry. Learn ways to engage students with mathematics, science and engineering activities using circuits, circuitry, alternative energy and batteries. Discover ways to create, build and test simple circuits. Take away hands-on activities for students that combine math, science, engineering and technology. Online registration is required.

Explore Space Tech: Robotics on a Budget
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: March 7 at 6 p.m. EST

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Robots are a part of everyday life, but what exactly are they? How are robots used in our lives? How are they used at NASA? Explore answers to these questions, and learn how to use robotics and engineering design inexpensively in your classroom by integrating NASA STEM robotic missions, curriculum and online resources. Online registration is required.

NOAA Planet Stewards Educator Workshop—From Local to Global: Satellites, Citizen Science, Stewardship and You!
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Registration Deadline: March 8 at 3 p.m. EST
Workshop Dates: March 11-12

Join NOAA Planet Stewards, NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies and the Aldo Leopold Nature Center for a two-day workshop featuring hands-on activities for integrating climate, STEM and data resources into your classroom or informal science curriculum. Educators attending both days will receive certificates of completion to apply towards continuing education unit credits. The workshop takes place in Madison, Wisconsin. Space is limited so reserve your spot today!

Connect, Collaborate, Create—Join the Infiniscope Community
Audience: U.S.-based Formal and Informal Educators of All Grades

The Infiniscope Community empowers educators of all kinds to collaborate and create innovative, educational experiences that meet the needs of learners of all ages. Join the community for free access to discussion forums, events, professional development and digital content. Learn how to create your own digital learning experiences using NASA visualizations and connect with other educators. Watch this video to learn more. Join now to get started!

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

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 to learn more.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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
Audience: Full-time U.S. Graduate Students Attending U.S. Universities
Submission Deadline: Feb. 28, 2019

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 ( by Thurs., Feb. 28, 2019, (11:59 p.m. EST) and to the NASA website ( 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

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

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.

  NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships
Audience: Graduate Students and Ph.D. Scientists
Application Deadlines: Nov. 1, March 1 and July 1

The NASA Postdoctoral Program offers early career and senior scientists one- to three-year work assignments with NASA scientists and engineers. Opportunities relate to missions in Earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics, engineering, human exploration and space operations, astrobiology and science management. Applicants must have completed a doctorate or equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but they may apply while completing degree requirements.

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.

2019 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Audience: All Educators and Students
Nomination Deadline: March 1

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.

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

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!

Library of Congress 2019 Summer Institutes—Teaching With Primary Sources
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: March 10, 2019
Institute Dates: Multiple Dates in July – August 2019

The Library of Congress is accepting applications for its summer institutes for K-12 educators. Educators and school librarians of all grade levels and subject areas are encouraged to apply. During each five-day institute, participants work with Library of Congress education specialists and subject-matter experts to learn how to use primary sources in the classroom effectively, while exploring digitized historical artifacts and documents on the library’s website. Tuition and materials are free.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge
Audience: Students in Grades 5-12
Registration Deadline: March 31

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.

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