NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for April 4, 2019

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  GLOBE Observer Mosquito Blitz
Audience: Citizen Scientists
Event Date: April 7-13

The Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Observer Mosquito Blitz kicks off on April 7 and runs through Citizen Science Day on April 13. To join this focused effort to gather observations of mosquito breeding sites, download the app and check for standing water (mosquito breeding sites). Take a photo and check for mosquito larvae. Use the app to identify the larvae, eliminate the water if feasible and upload your observations. Certificates will be awarded for top observers and photographs! 

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GLOBE Mission Mosquito Webinar: Who Am I? (or How to Identify Larvae)
Audience: All Educators
Webinar Date: April 10 at 2 p.m. EDT

Mosquito season is about to begin in the U.S. and the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment Program’s (GLOBE) Mission Mosquito student research campaign is ready for a new season of data collection. Join GLOBE science lead Dr. Rusty Low to learn best practices for collecting mosquito larvae, including how to identify larvae, pupae and adult mosquitoes using an inexpensive clip-on magnifier for a cell phone and school microscopes. Learn how scientists and public health officials are planning to use the data collected to support their research and respond to the threat of mosquito-related diseases. Webinar registration is required.

  Free Tour at NASA’s Glenn Research Center: Go With the Flow in the 8- by 6-Foot Wind Tunnel
Audience: All Educators and Students
Registration Opens: April 11
Event Date: May 11

NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, offers 45-minute tours that take tourists behind the scenes to one of the center’s test facilities. On May 11, tour the 8- by 6-foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel, which was used to test models of Saturn booster rockets during the Apollo era. Today, researchers test models for the next generation of supersonic aircraft. A bus departs from NASA’s main gate every hour beginning at 8 a.m. The last tour departs at 11 a.m. Reservations are required.

Contact Opportunity: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators
Informational Webinars: April 11 at 7 p.m. EDT and April 16 at 9 p.m. EDT
Proposal Deadline: May 15

ARISS-US is accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums and community youth organizations to host an amateur radio contact with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2020. To maximize the events, ARISS-US is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed STEAM education plan. Radio contacts are approximately 10 minutes long. Visit the site for proposal guidelines, forms and upcoming pre-proposal webinars.

  Engineering Practices in the K-12 Classroom
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: April 16 at 6:30 p.m. EDT

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore how to implement engineering practices in K-12 classrooms. Discussion will be based on the Science and Engineering Practices component of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and will include examples of NASA educational activities that can be used to facilitate these practices in a systematic manner. Online registration is required.

GLOBE Mission Mosquito Webinar: Tools for Analyzing Data
Audience: All Citizen Scientists
Webinar Date: April 17 at 2 p.m. EDT

Mosquito season is about to begin in the U.S. and the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment Program’s (GLOBE) Mission Mosquito student research campaign needs your help collecting data. Join GLOBE for a free webinar to learn how you can see your data in an entirely new way. Webinar participants will learn how to use GLOBE Viz, the Advanced Data Access Tool, and Google Earth. Webinar registration is required.

  Explore Earth: The Scoop on Soil
Audience: Educators of Grades K-10
Event Date: April 17 at 5 p.m. EDT

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore STEM resources related to soil and soil moisture, including NASA resources to encourage field study experiences. Elementary Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) includes free storybooks on Earth science topics. GLOBE protocols introduce measuring accurately with precision. STEM inquiry activities will guide participating educators through problem-based learning with real-world authentic data. Online registration is required.

Explore Earth: Exploring From Space
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-12
Event Date: April 18 at 6 p.m. EDT

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore our home planet from space through the eyes of astronauts and satellites. Learn how observations from space enable us to better understand Earth and the processes that shape it. Using NASA missions, real data, online resources and classroom lessons, we’ll investigate our home planet using space-based resources. Online registration is required.

  Student Spaceflight Experiments Program—Mission 14 to the International Space Station
Audience: School Districts Serving Grades 5-12, Informal Education Institutions, Colleges and Universities
Inquiry Deadline: April 26
Start Date: Sept. 3

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education announce Mission 14 to the International Space Station, a community engagement initiative in STEM. In each participating community, one proposed student experiment is selected to fly in low-Earth orbit on the space station. For pre-college grades 5-12, each community is expected to engage at least 300 students in real microgravity experiment design and proposal writing. For an undergraduate community, it is expected that at least 30 students will be engaged. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than April 26.

ASTRO CAMP 2019 at NASA’s Stennis Space Center
Audience: Students in Grades 2-10
Event Dates: Weekly During June and July

ASTRO CAMP is a series of weeklong summer camps held at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. At ASTRO CAMP, learners in grades 2-10 engage in fun, hands-on educational activities related to NASA’s missions. Students learn the basics of engineering, rocketry and robotics; they end the week with tours of Stennis facilities and a model rocket launch. Camp dates are filling fast! Visit the site to get full details and register.

  10th Annual Astronomy Festival on the National Mall
Audience: Public
Event Date: June 22, 6-11 p.m. EDT

Take a free guided tour of the sky at the 10th Annual Astronomy Festival sponsored by Hofstra University. The festival will feature solar, optical and radio telescope observations of the Sun, Jupiter, Saturn and star clusters; hands-on demonstrations, activities and videos; a planetarium show with a portable blow-up dome; speakers from scientific and educational organizations; and a chance to meet astronomers. Join the celebration from 6-11 p.m. EDT on the National Mall, in front of the Smithsonian Castle (between 9th-10th streets).

Explore Earth: Weather in Your Classroom
Audience: Educators of Grades 3-8
Event Date: April 4 at 6 p.m. EDT

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore our understanding and forecasting methods of weather and how weather and climate differ. NASA missions, STEM classroom resources, lessons and design challenges will guide us through a storm of classroom activities. Join us, rain or shine. The activities shared in this webinar address Next Generation Science Standards 3-ESS3-1 and MS-ESS2-5,6. Online registration is required.

  Explore Earth: GLOBE Hydrology
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: April 8 at 6:30 p.m. EDT

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar about water and the hydrologic cycle. NASA’s researchers, airborne missions and fleet of satellites address some of the critical challenges facing our planet today. Explore ways to take part via citizen science as part of the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program, an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process. Online registration is required.

Explore Earth: Understanding the A-Train
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: April 9 at 6:30 p.m. EDT

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 Earth-observing satellites, known as the A-Train, and related education resources. Discussion will include modifications of activities and accommodations. The activities discussed in this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standards ESS2 and ESS3. Online registration is required.

  Sally Ride EarthKAM Mission
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Mission Dates: April 9-12

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.

App Development Challenge
Educators and Students in Middle and High School
Registration Deadline: April 10

NASA’s App Development Challenge kicked 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.

  NASA Global Climate Change Resources
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: April 11 at 5 p.m. EDT

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar about climate change. Earth-orbiting satellites and other technological advances have enabled scientists to see the big picture, collecting many different types of information about Earth and its climate on a global scale. This body of data, collected over many years, reveals the signals of a changing climate. Participants will explore evidence, causes, effects and solutions. Online registration is required.

2020 eXploration Systems and Habitation Academic Innovation Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Faculty and Students
Proposal Deadline: April 26

The X-Hab Academic Innovation Challenge encourages university-level students to develop innovative design solutions for deep-space human exploration systems. Those selected to participate in the challenge will receive $15,000 to $50,000 to design and produce studies or functional products that will increase knowledge and foster risk reduction for space exploration capabilities. Awardees will follow a tailored systems-engineering process with projects being completed in the May 2020 timeframe.

  Artists Inspire Astronauts Contest
U.S. Citizens Ages 18 and Older
Entry Deadline: April 30

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.

Explore Aeronautics Careers and Aviation History With Leveled Readers
Audience: K-12 Educators

Bring the history of American aviation to life in your classroom with a new series of leveled readers from NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. Available in three versions with increasing levels of text complexity, the stories highlight the accomplishments of famous and historical aviators, promote STEM careers with contemporary NASA aeronautics personnel, and acknowledge milestones in American aviation. All three versions are artfully designed and free to download with teacher guide and assessment options.

  DEADLINE EXTENDED: Call for Abstracts: 70th International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time U.S. Graduate Students Attending U.S. Universities Who Have Submitted Abstracts to the IAF Website
Submission Deadline: May 6

NASA seeks abstracts from students interested in presenting at the 70th International Astronautical Congress being held Oct. 21-25, 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 who have submitted abstracts to the International Astronautical Federation website ( are requested to submit their abstracts to the NASA website ( by Mon., May 6 (11:59 p.m. EDT). Only abstracts selected by the IAF will be considered for selection by NASA. 

Participants must submit proof of U.S. citizenship and current enrollment in U.S. university or college no later than May 9 to

Humans in Space: Youth Art Competition
Artists Worldwide, Ages 10-18
Entry Deadline: May 15

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.

‘CineSpace’ Short Film Competition
Audience: All Educators and Students
Submission Deadline: July 15, 2019

NASA and the Houston Cinema Arts Society invite professional and aspiring filmmakers to share their works using actual NASA imagery. The “CineSpace” competition will accept all genres, including narrative, documentary, comedy, drama, animation and others, up to 10 minutes long. Entries must use at least 10 percent publicly available NASA imagery. Entries will be judged on creativity, innovation and attention to detail. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three submissions, as well as two special category films: 1) the best documentary film and 2) the film that best exhibits human presence in space.

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