NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for March 7, 2019

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

Christa McAuliffe’s Lost Lessons: Effervescence
Audience:
Grades 5-8 Educators 

NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement, in partnership with the Challenger Center, is excited to share the second in our series of lessons honoring Christa McAuliffe. In this video, astronaut Ricky Arnold guides students and educators through an exploration of effervescence from aboard the International Space Station. Teachers can use the accompanying lesson plan to further scientific learning in their classrooms. We look forward to sharing more lessons in this series as they are available.

Heritage Family Day at the Smithsonian—We Can Do It! Women in Aviation and Space
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: March 9, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST
Contact: NASMVisitorServices@si.edu 

Women will have an immense impact on the future of space, aviation and other STEM fields. Celebrate Women’s History Month with a day of hands-on activities for families at the “Women in Aviation and Space” Family Day taking place at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Take a look back at ground broken by women of the past and forward to what can and will be achieved by women in the future.

Explore Space Tech: Thermal Protection
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: March 19 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 the NASA Beginning Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) curriculum and ways to use the engineering design process to design, create and test a prototype of a spacecraft that is able to withstand a battery of tests simulating the harsh conditions in space. The activities explored in this webinar align with the Next Generation Science Standards. Online registration is required.

Explore Space Tech: Remote Sensing
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Event Date: March 20 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: deepika.sangam@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore one of the widest-spread technologies used by NASA—remote sensing. Review NASA’s educational resources on remote sensing and dive deep into a few activities that explore remote sensing of Earth’s landcover to illustrate the connection between remote-sensing technology and computer imagery. Online registration is required.

Explore Space Tech: Rockets 101—Forces and Motion
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: March 21 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. Blast off into learning by exploring the mathematics and science of rockets with NASA missions and STEM classroom resources. Launch your students’ interest and excitement about forces and motion with inquiry-based rocket activities and design challenges that include designing, building and launching simple rockets. Online registration is required.

App Development Challenge
Audience:
Educators and Students in Middle and High School
Registration Deadline: April 10
Contact: JSC-M2MSTEM@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’s App Development Challenge kicks off on March 13. The challenge gives middle and high school students the opportunity to develop an app that can visualize three minutes of simulated data in support of NASA’s Ascent Abort-2 flight test. This flight test is a critical step to demonstrate the Orion spacecraft’s safety as NASA leads the next steps of human exploration into deep space. Team submissions will be considered for an all-expenses-paid trip to a NASA field center. Round 1 participation concludes with video submissions on May 1.

Artists Inspire Astronauts Contest
Audience:
U.S. Citizens Ages 18 and Older
Entry Deadline: April 30
Contact: team@challenge.gov 

The astronaut crew quarters at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida are being prepped for the upcoming commercial crew launches, and your artwork could be on display! NASA is looking for inspiring artwork to hang in the hallways where future crews will stay before launch. The area is one of the last places astronauts will spend time before heading for the launch pad. Artwork on display may be visible during NASA video coverage of crew departure.

Humans in Space: Youth Art Competition
Audience:
Artists Worldwide, Ages 10-18
Entry Deadline: April 30
Contact: contests@sciartex.org 

Fifty years after humans first set foot on the Moon, we’re calling on artists in the generation who will take the next giant steps into space. Artwork entries may be musical, literary, visual or video that expresses ideas and inspiration for a new generation living, working and doing science on the Moon. Prizes will be awarded to the top entries. Winning entries will be displayed through a worldwide tour, beginning with a kickoff event in the Vortex Dome in Los Angeles, California.

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.

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.

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.

  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.

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.

 
NASA insignia 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.

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.

  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.

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.

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!

Earth to Sky Academy
Audience: Informal Educators
Application Deadline: March 31
Academy Dates: Oct. 21-25
Contact: https://www.earthtosky.org/about-us/contact-us.html 

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.

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.

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.

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.

  Help NASA Find New Planetary Systems — Become a Disk Detective!
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: marc.j.kuchner@nasa.gov 

Help NASA find new disks, homes of extrasolar planets, by classifying images from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer telescope and other observatories. In this citizen science project, you’ll view animated images of disk candidates and classify them, distinguishing good candidates from galaxies, asteroids and image artifacts. This project, suitable for elementary students through expert adults, will yield targets for the James Webb Space Telescope and publications in professional scientific literature. The project is expected to run through 2018.

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Are you looking for NASA STEM materials to support your curriculum?
Search hundreds of resources by subject, grade level, type and keyword at http://www.nasa.gov/education/resources/.

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.

 
 
 
 

 


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
For Students: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html
NASA Kids’ Club: http://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub

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