NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for April 11, 2019

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  North American Youth Innovation Challenge
Audience: Residents of Canada, Mexico and the United States ages 18-30
Entry Deadline: April 12

North American leaders are seeking bold ideas from youth to tackle pressing environmental issues while increasing the well-being of communities. As today’s visionaries and tomorrow’s decision-makers, young leaders will drive the green growth innovations that are critical to a sustainable future. Submit your innovative idea for a chance to receive seed funding and present your idea to North America’s top environmental officials in Mexico City this summer.

Explore Earth: Mission Geography
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-12
Event Date: April 25 at 6 p.m. EDT

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. NASA’s “Mission Geography” is an Earth-based curriculum that integrates STEM, geography and the language arts with Earth observations, remote sensing and maps that investigate our Earth and the processes that shape it, both natural and human influenced. Utilizing the unique perspective from space, “Mission Geography” brings our Earth to life with active, exciting student learning. Register online to participate. Online registration is required.

  Wearable Equipment for Averting Radiation Challenge
Audience: Middle/High School Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: May 10

NASA’s Wearable Equipment for Averting Radiation (WEAR) Challenge gives middle and high school students an opportunity to design wearable radiation countermeasures for deep space exploration. Protecting deep space astronauts from high-energy charged particles and solar particle events are important to exploration. Team submissions will be considered for an expense-paid trip to a NASA center. To participate in WEAR, lead teachers must register by May 10. Find out more at

Be a Citizen Scientist—NASA GLOBE Observer: Trees
Audience: All Educators and Students

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment Program (GLOBE) team has a new citizen science opportunity. A new tool in the GLOBE Observer app allows users to take tree height measurements with their smartphones. The data collected using the app will be used by scientists working on NASA missions studying Earth from orbiting satellites. This is an authentic research opportunity suitable for students in a variety of disciplines, including Earth science, environmental science, life science and mathematics.

  New My NASA Data Lesson: An Earth System View of Earthrise
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-12

My NASA Data has released a new lesson plan, “An Earth System View of Earthrise,” which introduces students to the Earthrise phenomenon first experienced by the Apollo 8 astronauts as they orbited the Moon. This standards-aligned lesson uses Earthrise as a starting point to explore Earth’s global systems and how they are changing over time. Teachers who complete the lesson and submit a digital file documenting students work are eligible to receive a free NASA Earth postcard in the mail. Visit the lesson website for full details.

Seeking Volunteer Reviewers in Earth and Space Science
Subject Matter Experts in Earth and Space Science

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate seeks subject matter experts to serve as mail-in and/or panel reviewers of proposals to ROSES and other SMD solicitations. Reviewers are needed on a regular basis as opportunities periodically open. Visit the website to find volunteer review forms and to indicate the topics in which you consider yourself to be a subject matter expert. If your skills match the needs for that review, you may be contacted to discuss scheduling.

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  U.S. Space & Rocket Center Celebrates Apollo Anniversary With Global Launch Event
Audience: Public
Event Date: July 16

On July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 crew launched to begin their historic mission to the Moon. To commemorate this event, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, home to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, is asking teachers, scout leaders, families, students and rocket enthusiasts of all ages worldwide to join in a Global Rocket Launch! Visit the link for rocket ideas, then sign up and share your launch pictures on social media using #GlobalRocketLaunch.

SPACE: Space Port Area Conference for Educators
Audience: K-12 Formal and Informal Educators Who Are U.S. Citizens
Event Date: July 24-26, 2019

Registration is still open for the 2019 Space Port Area Conference for Educators (SPACE) taking place at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Hosted by the Astronauts Memorial Foundation, this conference features stimulating presentations from astronauts and NASA science and engineering experts; tours of Kennedy and surrounding facilities. Get ready-to-go lesson plans and creative ideas to infuse your classroom with STEM and multifaceted, space-related content.

  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.

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.

  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.

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! 

Follow GLOBE Observer on social media during Mosquito Blitz week on Facebook ( or Twitter (

  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.

Exploring Space Lecture From Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum—The New Moon
Audience: Students in Grades 9-Higher Education and All Educators
Event Date: April 24 at 8 p.m. EDT

Although lunar exploration went on an extended post-Apollo hiatus, in the last decade, numerous spacecraft have sent revolutionary new views of the Moon’s ancient history and how its surface continues to change today. Join Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory planetary scientist Brett Denevi for an update on lunar science. The lecture takes place at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Attendance is free, but tickets are required. The lecture will be webcast live.

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.

  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.

Two-Part Webinar Series—Beyond Blue: Why Ocean Color Really Matters
Audience: Formal and Informal Educators
Webinar Dates: April 30 and May 1

Have you ever wondered how tiny algae help reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide while fueling the marine food web? Are you interested in ideas that make a faraway topic like ocean color feel more personal? The team working on the Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem satellite are hosting a pair of free webinars to answer these questions and more. Learn how data from PACE will be crucial for assessing ocean health, air quality and climate. Find out how to access formal and informal education resources, videos and information designed to make ocean color come to life.

  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

Apollo Youth Art Contest
Students in Grades Pre-K through 12
Registration Deadline: June 1

On July 20, NASA will mark the 50th anniversary of humans first setting foot on the Moon. In recognition of this historic event, NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center is hosting an art competition to encourage students to use the elements of art to explore the role of the Apollo missions in NASA’s advancements in human space exploration. Entries will be judged in four age group categories. Winners will receive prizes, and all contest participants will receive an official NASA Certificate of Participation.

U.S. Department of Energy’s Scholars Program—2019 ARPA-E Technology-to-Market
Audience: Graduate Students and Recent Graduates With Master’s or Ph.D. Degrees

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Scholars Program at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy offers experience in advancing the transition of cutting-edge energy technologies to market applications in a fast-paced environment. ARPA-E is devoted exclusively to support research and development of high-potential, high-impact energy technologies that are too early for private-sector investment. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Appointments typically last 8-12 weeks. Stipends are provided.

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