NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Feb. 28, 2019

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

Explore Space Tech: Calculator Robotics
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: March 11 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: john.f.weis@nasa.gov 

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 NASA resource “Calculator-Controlled Robots” and the basics of programming calculator robots. The activities explored in this webinar address the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Equations and Expressions, Functions and Geometry. Online registration is required.

Explore Space Tech: Robotics and the Engineering Design Process
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: March 12 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
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 NASA’s robotic arm aboard the International Space Station. Explore how to design and construct a robotic arm using foam cups while developing an understanding of engineering design, the roles of troubleshooting, research and development, invention, innovation and experimentation in problem-solving. Learn about programming for the classroom with robots using take-away, hands-on, standards-aligned activities. Online registration is required.

Explore Space Tech: Gateway Power for Exploration
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-9
Event Date: March 13 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: john.f.weis@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. This webinar begins with an overview of the Gateway Orbital Platform. Activity emphasis will be on related resources with a focus on power generation in space. The activities shared in this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standards PS3. Online registration is required.

Explore Space Tech: Engineering Design 101
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: March 14 at 6 p.m. EDT
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 the engineering design process and its application to real-world problem-solving. Also explore NASA design challenges and other NASA STEM classroom resources. Engineering design is a common core idea across each grade level in the Next Generation Science Standards and an important concept in understanding the world around us. Online registration is required.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Mechanical Maker Challenge—Mechanical Eye
Audience: U.S. Residents Ages 18 and Older
Submission Deadline: March 31
Contact: mechanicalmaker@jpl.nasa.gov 

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 travel to NASA JPL (award up to $1,000 towards travel costs), meet with spacecraft engineers to discuss their design and take an engineer-led tour.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 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.

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

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.

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
Contact: barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

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
Contact: stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov 

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
Contact: education@aldoleopldnaturecenter.org 

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!

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
Contact: teachinglcsummer@loc.gov 

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.

Library of Congress 2019 Summer Institutes—Science, Technology and Engineering Focus
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: March 10, 2019
Institute Dates: July 15-19, 2019
Contact: teachinglcsummer@loc.gov 

The Library of Congress is accepting applications for its summer institute for K-12 educators who teach science, technology or engineering—or collaborate with those who do. During the five-day institute, participants work with Library of Congress education specialists and subject-matter experts to explore effective use of primary sources—notebooks, photographs, manuscripts, drawings, maps, and more from the Library’s collections—within their classrooms. Tuition and materials are free.

2019-2020 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Community College STEM Scholarship
Audience: Virginia Community College Freshmen
Application Deadline: March 11, 2019
Contact: jkuberek@odu.edu 

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium is offering $2,000 scholarships to students at schools in the Virginia Community College System. Applicants must be majoring in a STEM field, and be interested in pursuing a career that supports NASA’s mission, including careers in the aerospace sector. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Scholarships are awarded for the students’ sophomore year.

 
  2019-2020 Virginia Space Grant Consortium STEM Bridge Scholarships
Audience: Undergraduate Students (Underclassmen) at Virginia Space Grant Consortium Member Institutions Listed Below. Minority students are strongly encouraged to apply.
Application Deadline: March 11, 2019
Contact: jkuberek@odu.edu 

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium is offering renewable scholarships of $1,000 to undergraduate students studying STEM. The STEM Bridge Scholarships are available to students who are U.S. citizens and are enrolled full time at The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia or Virginia Tech. Scholarships are awarded for the academic year following application. Applicants must be classified as sophomores during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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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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!

Summer Institute—LiftOff 2019: Legacy of Apollo
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Application Deadline: April 1, 2019
Institute Dates: June 23-28, 2019
Contact: baguio@tsgc.utexas.edu 

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.

New Education Resources—Peanuts and NASA: A 50th Anniversary Celebration
Audience: Educators of Grades K-5
Contact: http://ymiclassroom.com/feedback-peanuts/ 

In May 1969, Apollo 10 orbited the Moon as a dress rehearsal for the Apollo 11 Moon landing. Apollo 10 was also the mission that sent Charlie Brown and Snoopy into space when their names were adopted as the official call signs of the command module and lunar module. To celebrate this anniversary, NASA and the Peanuts gang have teamed up to create standards-aligned activities to help students explore space flight history and the amazing technologies NASA will use to land astronauts on Mars.

2019 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge
Audience:
Students in Grades 3-12
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.

 
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.

Search for Gravitational Waves With ‘Gravity Spy’ Citizen Science Project
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: tyson.b.littenberg@nasa.gov 

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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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.

 
 
 
 

 


Visit NASA STEM Engagement on the Web:
NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement: http://www.nasa.gov/education
For Educators: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html
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